Porcupine Real Estate


Posted by Mark Warden on 10/20/2017

When Joshua and Kat were considering moving from Iowa to the Northeast, their decision was between Vermont and New Hampshire. New Hampshire finally won in the end, due to its natural beauty, proximity to family & work, and its more favorable political environment.†

Starting their search from afar, Josh & Kat contacted Porcupine Real Estate about a year prior to their actual home purchase. "Mark and Constance were supremely patient and easy to work with, that made the whole experience far easier than it otherwise has been in the past. Everyone we worked with was fantastic - from the financing folks to the people who kept us informed of of state of the process. Pretty much made it as easy as it could be, given our circumstances."†

Choosing a town in which to settle wasn't so difficult. Josh & Kat found a house they fell in love with, and everything else fell into place. Now that they are here, they like that Newport has everything they need, from good food to a variety of shopping options and, of course, that quintessential New England vibe.†

Josh & Kat were looking for a property with a large amount of land that had both open and wooded spaces, abundant privacy, a modern house and mountain views. As Josh explains, "The property had the special something that you know when you see it." The couple plans to raise animals and food for themselves and the property has the space to build their homestead as they envision it instead of adapting someone else's vision. "We looked at many other properties - we almost made an offer on another - and then we saw this one and it clicked for both of us. I can't really point to any one factor outweighing the others, it was that certain ineffable, holistic sense of it just being right for us."†

Perhaps most important is that Josh & Kat know that New Hampshire was the right place to settle. "It's got everything we want and need; mountains, beaches, low taxes, a rather spread out population, and actual seasons. Whatever we want to do we are generally no more than a two hour drive to it - want a seafood dinner overlooking the ocean? Got it. Want to go hiking to the top of a tall peak? Check. Want to go skiing/snowboarding? Yep, that too. Like antiquing? It's here. Feel like a night out on the town? It can be had."†

Welcome home!




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Categories: Client Profiles  


Posted by Mark Warden on 10/19/2017

Curb appeal may very well be one of the most important aspects of a home to spruce up when selling. Why is that? Quite simply, it's all about first impressions. Whether it be an open house or an individual showing, the outside of a house is the first thing a homebuyer physically sees. And itís their first impression of your home.

First impressions set the pace of a showing. If the landscaping is lacking or nonexistent and the homebuyer is not excited to be viewing your home then it could leave them with a less than favorable impression, all before they step foot inside. If the house is exuding appeal the homebuyer will be excited and eager to see more.

This is not to say that the homebuyer will purchase solely because of the curb appeal. The rest of the home should reflect what made that potential homeowner as excited as when they first pulled up and laid eyes on the house and accompanying land.

Here are a few tips to maximize curb appeal:
Paint: A fresh paint job lays the foundation of curb appeal. Painting or siding an entire home can be expensive, but painting the front door, porch and stairs can be fairly inexpensive and take only a day or two. Try adding a pop of color to the front door to really make your home stand out from the rest.
Mulch: Is there anything better than freshly laid mulch? The smell alone can set the tone at a showing, but itís the color that brings it home. Try choosing dark colored mulch with a light colored home to really make it stand out.
Flowers & Bushes: Who doesnít like flowers? Itís best to choose low maintenance flowers and bushes just in case the next homeowner isnít looking for extensive yard work. The added color from the flowers and bushes only enhances the amazing curb appeal you will have when youíre done.
Lawn & Yard: Maintaining a healthy lawn and clean yard is essential. Burnt or patches of missing grass make the yard look unkempt and not cared for. To ensure bright, green grass invest in a spring clean up of the yard (many landscaping companies offer this service), which includes raking, fertilizing, mowing, etc. Seeding may also be necessary in areas of missing grass. Continue to water and mow throughout the spring, summer and fall for maximum beauty.†

Curb appeal is not only important when selling a home but also maintaining the value of a home. A house is an investment so make sure to take care of it. Creating and maintaining curb appeal is just one way of caring for your home. Now get to it and good luck!





Posted by Mark Warden on 10/16/2017

This Single-Family in Weare, NH recently sold for $308,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mark Warden - Porcupine Real Estate.


69 Beaver Pond Road, Weare, NH 03281

Single-Family

$314,900
Price
$308,000
Sale Price

3
Bedrooms
8
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This well maintained Colonial sits on 2.45 acres in a convenient location in low-tax Weare. The home offers an open concept living area with sliding glass doors out to a lovely 3-season room overlooking the private backyard. Family room features an inviting wood burning stove for cold nights. The 2nd floor has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master en-suite includes a fully remodeled custom master bathroom with luxurious tilework. Basement has been partially finished and makes a great office, man cave, theater room or flex space. The large yard has room to play. There is also a barn and fenced paddock for your animals. Check out the peach tree and wild blackberry bushes! This property is turn-key; nothing to do but unpack. Welcome home!






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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Mark Warden on 10/10/2017

As a homebuyer, entering the real estate market with insights into what it takes to find the perfect house is essential.

Becoming an expert homebuyer, however, may seem impossible at times. Lucky for you, we're here to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to make your homeownership dreams come true.

What does it take to become an expert homebuyer? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Look at Real Estate Market Trends

The housing market ebbs and flows. Therefore, a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow.

Ultimately, the real estate market fluctuates constantly, and you'll want to learn as much as possible about the housing sector to ensure you can map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

In a buyer's market, there are usually more home sellers than buyers. This means homebuyers may be better equipped than ever before to secure a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.

On the other hand, a seller's market features an abundance of homebuyers and a shortage of sellers. For homebuyers who operate in a seller's market, they may be forced to submit competitive offers on homes quickly, or risk missing out on a dream residence to a rival.

When you study the housing market, don't forget to check out the prices of residences that recently sold. By doing so, you can gain a better understanding of how much you'll likely need to pay to acquire a first-rate house based on the current state of the housing market.

2. Learn How a Mortgage Works

What differentiates a fixed-rate mortgage from an adjustable-rate option? An expert homebuyer will know the ins and outs of assorted mortgage options and select one that corresponds to his or her finances.

To learn about mortgages and how they work, you'll want to meet with credit unions and banks. These lenders can describe the different types of mortgages and the pros and cons associated with them.

Also, an expert homebuyer will get pre-approved for a mortgage. With a mortgage in hand, this homebuyer will be able to stick to a price range as he or she searches for the ideal home.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it Ė no homebuyer can afford to make mistakes. Fortunately, you can work with a real estate agent to receive expert guidance as you navigate the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent boasts the skills and know-how needed to streamline the homebuying process. He or she may have many years of housing market experience and is happy to teach you about the opportunities and challenges associated with buying a house.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will help you accelerate the homebuying cycle. He or she can set up home showings, negotiate with home sellers on your behalf and much more. That way, you can focus on what's important Ė finding a terrific house at an affordable price.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can become an expert homebuyer.




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Posted by Mark Warden on 9/25/2017


130 Erie Street, Manchester, NH 03102

Single-Family

$299,950
Price

3
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
If you are looking for a home with lots of space and custom upgrades, look no further! LOVELY is a word that perfectly describes this custom-built home, from the impressive kitchen to the extended deck to the LARGE master bedroom and so much more. If you enjoy cooking or entertaining, you'll fall in love with the spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, stainless appliances, two cooktops (including a commercial range complete with lobster pot faucet), tile backsplash, under-cabinet lighting, & cherry cabinets w/granite countertop. The dining room is perfect for more formal occasions. The open layout between kitchen and living room will allow you to visit with guests while cooking. Imagine relaxing in front of the dual function fireplace during chilly winter months. In warmer months, open the french doors to the impressive deck that spans the entire width of the house. Upstairs you'll find all NEW carpeting and 3 large bedrooms. The master is incredibly spacious w/plenty of room for an exercise area, nursery or reading area. The light and bright 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are equally spacious. The 2nd floor bathroom has been completely renovated with custom tile work, granite countertops, and upgraded cabinets and fixtures. If you are craving peace and quiet, the backyard is the sanctuary you need. Relax on the deck or in the pool. Perched on a corner lot on a quiet residential street in SW Manchester, it's ideally located near the Bedford town line, convenient for shopping and commuting.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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