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Posted by Mark Warden on 2/20/2018

Finding a Winter Rental in New Hampshire

Guest post by Molly Smith†

My husband Rob and I decided many years ago that we needed to get out of California. We wanted a better place to raise our kids, a place that showcased some sort of fiscal responsibility and common sense, and a place where we might find some like-minded folks to be productive members of a community together. Rob remembered a project he had heard about on a radio talk show many years before where freedom lovers, if enough of them got together, could maybe make a great place even better. Enter the Free State Project.

It only took one visit two years ago for us to completely fall in love with New Hampshire. The environment is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the sense of community within the members of the FSP that we met was enough to tell us that this would be the perfect place to call home. We drove around Nashua and Manchester a bit with our one year old in the car, trying to get a feel for the different regions. We found a lot of amenities and things to do and enjoyed both towns that we visited.

Being from California, however, we were used to having a coast near so it was natural that we decided rather quickly that the Seacoast would be the place for us. We loved the charming but tech forward town of Portsmouth and the beach town feel of Hampton. Those were the only two towns we really got to explore on the Seacoast during our 3 day trip, so we had to determine how we would find the right place to live and ensure this was the right region for us.

Before we decided exactly what we wanted, we went through all the options. We knew we eventually wanted to buy a home in New Hampshire, but how would that work? We thought renting first would be a good option, but finding a rental property with less than a year lease agreement was proving to be unlikely and we ideally did not want to be locked in for that long. We spent hours combing through houses online and emailing Mark and Amy at Porcupine Real Estate with a ton of questions about several properties. They responded to every single one with as much information as they could put together, and let us decide if we wanted to proceed in any way.

We went through all the motions, should we fly out and look at some houses, what if a house went under contract before we even came out to visit? Should we put an offer on a house site unseen? Mark assured us that we could, but that it was unusual as even though he could walk through it, we could not get a true idea of how we felt about it without stepping foot in it ourselves.

While searching for options, we noticed that in the Seacoast region, especially in Hampton Beach, there are several options for winter rentals. Beach houses that rent for astronomically high costs by the week during summer, had drastically reduced monthly rates available in the winter. We decided this would be perfect for us. We would have time to further explore New Hampshire and get a better feel for the Seacoast region without being locked in for an entire year. Also, the majority of these rentals are furnished so we shipped out a few essentials, but left the majority of our possessions in a storage unit in California. So now, when we move in to our home that Mark helped us submit an offer on, we can have our items shipped directly to the new house which, as another perk, prevented us from having to move everything twice.

There can be a sense of urgency with buying a house or the sense of wanting to get a better feel for that area before such a permanent move and I think a winter rental can help with either scenario. It gives you a chance to live in New Hampshire, become involved with the FSP community but also not to feel rushed in to making any decisions about your living situation. I would highly recommend it as an option and Porcupine Real Estate is a great resource in getting the process started!

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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 Joslynís 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 1/3/2018

Maximizing space in a smaller bedroom and making that room look and feel larger isnít impossible. These tips wont break the bank or drain months of your time.Here are a few tips to make your small bedroom feel larger:

Paint: Use paint colors to your advantage. Light, cool colors and light, cool toned colors are the best for making your room look larger. Use vertical stripes to make your room feel tall. Paint your ceiling a dark color to enhance its larger, taller feel.

Furniture: Some pieces of furniture can make your room feel small. Avoid bulky bed frames and instead choose smaller, more delicate looking frames that will take up less space in your room. For added perception of extra square footage, leave a few inches of space between your furniture and the wall. It will create the illusion of spaciousness as it makes the room look more open.

Wall-Mounted Nightstand: Instead of having bedside tables on each side of the bed, use floating shelves or wall mounted nightstands. It will make the room feel and look more open since more floor space will be seen.

Multipurpose Furniture: Storage beds work wonders by creating additional storage without adding any additional furniture. There are storage beds with under the bed storage and headboard storage.

Mirrors: Mirrors create the illusion of more space. This could be just by having a larger wall-mounted mirror in the room or adding floor to ceiling mirrors, which will dramatically increase the perception of a larger space.

Wall-Mounted Lighting: Having wall-mounted lighting aids in avoiding the issue of clutter on tables and shelves. It will draw the eye up instead of down at cluttered areas.

With just a few simple updates and some new furniture you can create the illusion of a larger bedroom. If you are looking to make some smaller updates then start with the cosmetic tips and move onto the larger ones when the time comes. Implementing just one tip will get you on your way to a bedroom with a grander feel.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 11/21/2017

This Single-Family in Barnstead, NH recently sold for $269,000. This Saltbox style home was sold by Mark Warden - Porcupine Real Estate.

333 Pitman Road, Barnstead, NH 03225


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Peace and tranquility on 7 acres, waiting just for you. As you enter the winding driveway, you'll feel your worries melt away. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has been thoughtfully updated and is move-in ready. From the comfortable floor plan and exposed beams throughout, to the remodeled kitchen with granite counters, you'll love all the little extras this home affords. The open concept style is perfect for entertaining, and your guests will love spending summer nights out on the screened porch. Having a big get-together? There is plenty of room in the finished basement and finished attic; that's four floors of space for you and your family & friends. The upstairs bathroom boasts custom tile work and a soaking tub. If guests want a space of their own, the finished basement is perfect for an in-law suite, with its own kitchen sink/cabinets, bathroom, and a wood stove. With 7 acres of privacy, you're surrounded by nature. There is a small barn (which also functions great as a workshop). Welcome home!

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Posted by Mark Warden on 11/20/2017

This Single-Family in Weare, NH recently sold for $289,750. This Contemporary style home was sold by Mark Warden - Porcupine Real Estate.

206 Quaker Street, Weare, NH 03281


Sale Price

You'll be impressed with this contemporary-style home on private 2 acres. From the moment you drive on to the winding driveway, you'll fall in love with all this home has to offer: 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, open concept and so much more. Enjoy cooking for family & friends in the spacious kitchen, complete with island. Spend some time on your deck, overlooking the lovely yard (complete with a hot tub!), surrounded by nature. In the winter, you can still enjoy the view while sitting in the sunny solarium. Curl up in front of the fireplace. Relax at the end of the day in the master en-suite's soaking tub. So many things to love about this property... welcome home! The basement is dry and has plenty of space for a workshop and storage. Please do not drive up the driveway without an appointment.

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