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The Pros and Cons of New Construction

The housing market has been tight over the last few years, and finding a home that meets your needs can be a frustrating experience. Several of our clients have opted to take the new construction route so they can get exactly what they want in a location of their choosing. Buying new construction isn’t without its pros and cons, though.…

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The Current Use Program in New Hampshire

For many Free Staters, one of the most important features when looking for a home in New Hampshire is acreage. But the downside of all that peace and space to roam can be a burdensome property tax bill. But New Hampshire has a way to save on taxes if you own more than 10 acres: “current use.” What is “current…

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Everything You Need to Get Pre-Approved: A Checklist

If you’re thinking about buying a home, it’s imperative that you get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start your search. While getting pre-approved can be tedious, it is a critical step that allows you to be ready to jump on making an offer as soon as you find the home of your dreams. It also serves to let the…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Pre-Approval Process

You might have heard the words “pre-approval” before, especially if you’ve just started your home search. What, exactly, is a pre-approval, and why do you need it? Below, we will answer some common questions about being pre-approved. What is a pre-approval? Getting pre-approved means that a lender lets you know the maximum price you can spend on a home, based…

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All You Ever Wanted to Know about Appraisals – Buyer Edition

While you might have a long list of things you appreciate about your new home, your lender may not agree. They don’t care if it has a pizza oven, jacuzzi tub, or patio that is perfect for outdoor gatherings. They do care if the home you are buying is worth what you’re paying. If there is ever a point where…

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Multiple Offers: Should You Worry?

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Months of searching, attending open houses, and viewing available homes finally paid off. You’ve found the perfect property in a nice neighborhood for a fair price. You’re ready to make an offer. Then it happens: you get the dreaded call from your agent telling you there are multiple offers on the property. Now what? Reasons for Multiple Offers Inventory shifts…

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Why People Pick New Hampshire

We all know that New Hampshire is the Free State. But, when faced with moving to a new state, why, exactly, do people pick New Hampshire? Here are some reasons from movers to the Free State: great community and economy New Hampshire’s aesthetics and the state’s laws everyone is very friendly no income tax or sales tax income-earning potential was…

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Thinking of building? Read this first

We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve gotten an email from someone wanting to move to New Hampshire and buy land. While we heartily endorse the idea of property ownership, there are some important considerations worth sharing for folks heading down this path. Financing: typically banks lend only up to 50-70% of the purchase price on land acquisition-fewer options…

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Costs Involved in Buying a Home

Many buyers have questions when it comes to buying a home, but one of the most frequent we hear is: What does it cost? Once you’ve negotiated the purchase and your offer is accepted on a house, you’ll need to provide an earnest money deposit. Another way to think of this is as a good faith deposit. The amount provided…

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