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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/9/2018

  

After living in Maryland for a number of years, Ramzi and Jen were looking for a change. With three kids and jobs that allow them to work remotely, they had the flexibility to find the perfect place to live. Initially, they considered the Carolinas for mild weather and proximity to family. Then Ramzi discovered the Free State Project and everything changed. It didn't take long for Ramzi to convince Jen New Hampshire was the place to be: "I told her about the tax benefits, the four distinct seasons, and that the child well-being rankings were really high. Plus, there is NO traffic." 

Ramzi and Jen initially considered several towns. But when their Realtor, Mark Warden (broker/owner of Porcupine Real Estate) suggested Auburn, the couple fell in love with its proximity to Manchester, small-town charm, low taxes, and convenience to the Seacoast, mountains and beaches. 

Now that they're settled in, they've had time to discover even more of New Hampshire. According to Ramzi, "I really love the natural beauty. On clear nights, the sky is amazing. We have been hiking with the kids and just love it. The freedom tradition is palpable and people's 'live and let live' attitude is really a thing here; I notice it everywhere." 

If you are thinking of moving to New Hampshire, take the plunge! Jen agrees, "For those questioning whether NH will be a good fit, just do it. Your only regret will be that you didn’t do it sooner." 

Welcome home, Ramzi & Jen!




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Posted by Mark Warden on 1/23/2018

BJ & Joslyn first learned about the Free State Project during the 2012 Ron Paul campaign. Joslyn's attention was captured and she began researching all the aspects of New Hampshire, the FSP, and other intentional libertarian communities. BJ was skeptical at first, mostly because of Joslyn’s extreme dislike for cold weather. Fast forward three years: Joslyn graduated from veterinary school and the couple started looking more into the logistics of moving to New Hampshire. In November 2014, they signed the FSP pledge, and by April 2015, they were Free Staters.

They fell in love with New Hampshire and the Freecoast community. As BJ states, "Granite Staters are friendly, helpful, and understanding to begin with, and the addition of FSP movers that all share the same core values with us makes the sense of community and wealth of friendships seem almost effortless. We truly feel that we have found our tribe."

With Joslyn's veterinarian position in Manchester and BJ's job as a basketball coach located in the Freecoast, the couple wanted to be halfway between their respective jobs and not live in a city. They had a long list of criteria for their dream home, but the most important factors were that the home had to have a barn and enough land for Joslyn's horse hobby. The perfect home was found in Nottingham. "We moved in two days before Christmas with the help of many FSP friends, and are extremely happy in our new home - doing DIY projects and making it our own. After a lifetime of renting, home ownership has proved to be even more rewarding than we imagined!"

BJ & Joslyn love the small town feel of Nottingham, the rural community style, and the convenience to shopping highways. BJ has already made connections with the town rec department and will be using their facility for basketball player training sessions. Joslyn recently began horseback riding lessons at American Dream Stables in Nottingham, and BJ has been exploring cross-country ski trails at every opportunity. 

Welcome home, BJ & Joslyn!





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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Posted by Mark Warden on 3/7/2017

Porcupine Real Estate clients Mike & Debbie had been entertaining the idea of moving to the Free State for a few years.  Mike's best friend & Army buddy, Jess Edwards, had been sending him information on the Free State Project and reasons why they should make the move.

After reading more about the FSP and talking with Jess, Mike & Debbie decided to move from their home in California. Mike created a list of the top five reasons for their move: 

1. Leaving the Nanny State behind - As much as they enjoyed the California weather, the state seemed determined to continue reducing individual liberty and stealing from everyone to advance leftist agendas and projects, from ludicrous handgun legislation to regulating the amount of dust from farming.

2. Taxes - Since New Hampshire has neither income nor sales tax, Mike & Debbie will save around 15 cents on every dollar. With being retired, this is a big savings.

3. Family - The couple's children & grandchildren live in Virginia and Maryland, so moving closer to them was appealing.

4. People - The people in the FSP really want to make a difference, and the political activism was energizing to Mike & Debbie. They liked the forums for information on how they can advance individual liberty and have enjoyed the friendliness of the people in the movement. 

5. Friends - Moving closer to Mike's best friend was icing on the cake!

Mike & Debbie found a house in Manchester, only 7 miles from Jess & his wife. They love the area because of the variety of shopping and things to do, and they like that it's small enough to not have big city problems, such as traffic. 

Welcome home, Mike & Debbie.





Posted by Mark Warden on 2/8/2017

Porcupine Real Estate client Dale is an owner-occupant investor who owns and lives in a multi-family property in Manchester. 

Manchester appealed to Dale because he liked the convenience and options that a bigger city like Manchester or Concord offers. His 3-family home has allowed him to support himself for several years. As Dale explains, "Though I don't have a high income, I have been able to keep my expenses low by living in my own property and avoiding debt."

Dale has some suggestions for those just starting out in property investment:

  • Consider using a property manager. Dale waited to find one, and regrets not finding one earlier.
  • Screen tenants thoroughly. According to Dale, "A problem tenant can be a source of a lot of work and anxiety in addition to any financial losses."
While Dale doesn't have any immediate plans to add additional properties to his portfolio, he would consider it if the right opportunity came along.

For more information on investing in property in New Hampshire, contact us.




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