Blog :: 04-2013

Ice Out Declared on Lake Winnipesaukee

Ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee was declared at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday. The event has always been the most recognized harbinger of spring for the Lakes Region.

Lake Winnipesaukee Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee April 17th

Pilot Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation flew over the big lake this morning. Ice-out is declared when all ports of the M/S Mount Washington are clear of ice, and Emerson has traditionally been the person to make that declaration for many years.
Milder temperatures melted some large chunks of ice that had lingered in Wolfeboro Bay this week. The annual ice out contest has always attracted attention from residents and visitors alike. had registered thousands of guesses and the winner was only off by 117 minutes. The latest ice out on record still remains at May 12th in 1888.

Meredtih NH Real Estate, Grouse Point Luxury Home for Sale

Views - Sandy Beach - Dock Views - Sandy Beach - Dock

Where your home reflects your style. Exquisite home with dock at Grouse Point. Stunning water views of Lake Winnipesaukee and views of the Ossipee and Belknap mountains. A remodel in 2007 has made a lovely home with its open concept and high end finishes into something really stunning. The current owner has added some wonderful high tech amenities and a very cool home theater. Grouse Point offers 3 sugar sand beaches, an incredible club house with function room, meeting room, indoor pool, workout room and huge deck. A remodel of the clubhouse has made this the most attractive building of its kind in the Lakes Region. Also offered are tennis courts, and basketball hoops as well as a kiddy playground. This gated community has a yacht club and this property has its own dock included. This 4 bedroom home is minutes to downtown Meredith. Golf, Skiing, Hiking, Restaurants, are all very close by.

view from the deck - grouse point

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Home sale price increases lagging in NH, soaring elsewhere


New Hampshire Union Leader While that is bad news for sellers, it's great news for buyers.

The sale price for single-family  homes nationwide increased 10.2 percent on a year-over-year basis in February, according to the CoreLogic home price index released on April 3.

It's the biggest increase since March 2006 and the 12th consecutive  monthly increase in home prices nationally, prompting  widespread reports of a major revival in housing.

New Hampshire, however, appears to be missing the party on prices. The CoreLogic data shows appreciation in the Granite State over the same period  at an anemic 2.6 percent, with only 11 states showing smaller gains.

Massachusetts fared best among New England states, with selling prices 6.7 percent higher than in February of last year. Vermont is doing fairly well at 4.3 percent, while Connecticut  price appreciation has been virtually identical to New Hampshire. Maine and Rhode Island did even worse.

The states that saw the biggest  drop in prices during the recession are showing the most impressive gains, with prices up anywhere from 15 to 20 percent over last year in states including Nevada, Arizona and California.  Many states where the decline  was closer to the national average are seeing appreciation in the 10 percent range, triggering  news reports of multiple, full-priced offers and lines at open houses.

As New Hampshire residents see these reports about big price recovery in other parts of the country, they are wondering:  Why not here?

Buyers are back, as demonstrated  by increasing sales volume.  The number of units sold in New Hampshire went up 23 percent in 2012 compared with the number in 2011.

  Inventory tightened as foreclosures  declined 23 percent in February 2013 compared with 2012.

  Time on the market has shrunk from 144 days in January  2012 to 116 days in January 2013, and from 135 days in February  2012 to 124 days in 2013.

The consensus among economists and real estate professionals is that all those trends are likely to improve as the spring buying season gets under way.

Yet those same economists agree price appreciation will be incremental for the foreseeable future. The most optimistic prediction  is that sale prices will not return to their pre-recessionary peaks until sometime between 2017 and the end of the decade.

"We finished last year with residential sales up more than 20 percent over 2011 in New Hampshire," said Bill Weidacher,  a partner with Keller Williams Real Estate in Bedford  and president of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.  "Prices, however, were only up one-tenth of 1 percent. So essentially the conclusion I draw is that while sales were up dramatically, prices were flat."

Good news, bad news

That's good news for buyers, but bad news for sellers, especially  sellers who bought their homes during the peak period from 2005 to 2007 or refinanced and cashed-in on equity in those years.

The New Hampshire Board of Realtors triggered a lot of interest among sellers when it reported last month that the median price of the 681 homes sold in February was $199,000, up 12 percent from the $177,350 median price in February 2012. That can hardly be considered an indication of the real annual  trend in prices, according to economists such as Brian Gottlob of Polecon Research in Dover.

The NHAR uses median sale prices, taking the midpoint of a relatively small number of monthly sales. Economists rely on more complicated calculations  used by the Federal Finance  Housing Agency, Core Logic or the Case Shiller Home Price Indices, which take into account a variety of factors, such as repeat sales of the same properties.

Two of the state's leading economists, Dennis Delay and Ross Gittell, agree that price appreciation  in the state is likely to improve slightly to 3 percent to 4 percent a year and stay there for a while.

Delay is chief economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. Gittell is an economics professor who now serves as chancellor of the state's community college system.

"I don't think we will see New Hampshire home prices return to their pre-recession levels until 2017," Delay said.Gittell was slightly less optimistic, predicting  that 2007 prices won't be back until the end of the decade.

A decline in demand

Prices ultimately come down to a question of supply and demand.  New Hampshire saw roaring growth in demand during  the years of economic expansion  in the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s.

The trends that drove that demand  are fading -- a point Gittell,  Delay and others have been making for the past year as they discuss their widely publicized research on the New Hampshire  economy -- "From Tailwinds  to Headwinds."

Job growth has been slow as the state struggles to restore the 25,000 jobs lost in the recession.

New Hampshire housing is still expensive, relative to the median income in the state, unlike other states where the equation is more balanced. And the state has one of the highest percentages of home ownership  in the nation. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire's  home ownership rate of 74.9 percent was second only to West Virginia at 79.

When so much of the state's population already owns a home, and fewer people are moving in because of lackluster job growth, demand is going to be affected, Gottlob said.

Then there is the financial burden faced by many young people coming out of college.

"Young people are far less able or willing to strike out on their own because of higher debt levels and fewer careertype  jobs," Gottlob said. "It's more difficult, particularly for first-time buyers."

More normal market

It all adds up to a more normal  housing market, in which prices are not dropping through the floor or building to a bubble destined to burst.

"What I'm hearing on those reports of the real heated market around the rest of the country is that we're heading in that direction,  just not as dramatically," said Dave Cummings, director of communications for the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.  "And to our agents, that's good news. Most of the people I work with remember the spikes of the 2000s and what that hot, hot market led to -- the recession  in the market -- so I think that this sort of more tempered optimism is a healthy thing."

Article from the NH Union Leader with Credit to Dave Solomon


New Hampshire Union Leader

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Meredith NH

lake winnipesaukee real estate 4 bedrooms - 4 baths - all day sun - long views

Meredith NH - Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront  This prime location on Pleasant Street is within walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Meredith and offers front row seating for watching the July 4th fireworks, pond hockey tournament and ice fishing derby.  This 4 bedroom home was completed in 2008 and offers a master suite with private balcony and breathtaking views down Meredith Bay.  Enjoy the open concept kitchen, dining and living areas with large lakeside deck perfect for entertaining.  The walkout lower level is ready for your finishing touches to the 3/4 bath and family room which will add over 800 square foot  more of living space and the walk-up attic offers endless storage. Two car garage and a low-maintenance lot which will allow you to take time to enjoy the lake.  Move-in ready! Listed by Becky Whitcher For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at  or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at

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Meredith NH Real Estate, Horse Farm?

Ruths Listing - 27 Meadow Lane, Meredith NHMeredith NH Dark Horse Farm....This is a very special property that would appeal to horse lovers, gardeners, folks that love privacy and folks that like to go hiking or snowmobiling on groomed trails. This property has over 21 acres of very pretty  land with an extensive trail system. There are mountain views from the over sized deck and the house is surrounded with perennials. There is a turn out from the pasture and a recently built post and beam 36 x 36 barn with a tack room complete with cable, 3 box stalls and a hay loft. The location is not only private, but close to Meredith, 10 minutes to I93 and another 10 minutes to exit 20 and 20 more minutes takes you to Concord. To the North Plymouth is only 15 minutes away. A great location for boaters, horse lovers, skiers or just a lovely respite.


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Stonyfield 5K Race to Benefit New England Cottontail Restoration

NE_Cottontail_thumbLondonderry NH  - Participants in Stonyfield Farm's 5K  walk/run and free Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Londonderry  will be helping bring a native rabbit back to New Hampshire's landscape. Each  year, Stonyfield donates a portion of the proceeds from the event to an  organization - this year, donations will go to the New Hampshire Fish and Game  Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program for work restoring the New  England cottontail.

For more information on the race and Earth Day fair, visit

Stonyfield Farm provides habitat for one of the last  remaining populations of New England cottontail in New Hampshire. "The  population of New England cottontails occupying the landscape around the  Stonyfield site is possibly the largest in the state," said Heidi Holman,  a wildlife biologist with Fish and Game's Nongame Program and the leader of the  cottontail restoration project. "Their collaboration in creating habitat  has boosted the population of this endangered rabbit in the area."

Initially, just two of the 11 acres at the Stonyfield  site were suitable for the rabbits, which need thick shrubby growth for food  and protection from predators. Only 1 or 2 native rabbits were documented in  the area before work began to make space for young forest to grow. Four years  later, suitable habitat conditions have developed. Today, some 5-10 New England  cottontails can be found throughout the entire 11 acres of habitat.

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is excited to  participate in the 5K and fair and encourages people to learn about the New  England cottontail and the race to save the region's only native rabbit," said  Anthony Tur, New England cottontail coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife  Service. "We also commend Stonyfield for their efforts in New England  cottontail conservation. The restoration project at Stonyfield Yogurt Works has  been the most successful project so far, with positive results for habitat and  the rabbit population."

The Nongame Program and the Service's New England Field  Office will host a scavenger hunt during the children's race and a booth with  fun New England cottontail activities and important information about the  conservation effort.

Restoration of New Hampshire's only native cottontail is  a major effort among six states to restore their population and protect them  before they disappear forever. New England cottontails are endangered in New  Hampshire and are a candidate for listing under the Federal Endangered Species  Act. They occur in parts of southern Maine and New Hampshire, Massachusetts,  Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern New York. Their current distribution  is less than a fifth of their historic range.

To help bring back these rare rabbits, N.H. Fish and  Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is working with the U.S. Fish  and Wildlife Service and other partners to create more of the shrubland habitat  that New England cottontails need for food and shelter. In addition to the Stonyfield site in Londonderry, this work is occurring in  several areas in southern and central New Hampshire. Biologists have also provided supplemental  food for the rabbits during the winter months and are actively monitoring  areas where wild New England cottontails are known to still occur.

Another exciting part of the project is the Nongame  Program's partnership with the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island, where nine  New England cottontails were born in a captive-breeding facility last year.  Last September, these rabbits were transported to a special outdoor enclosure  in Newington, N.H., at the Service's Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where  they spent the winter while transitioning to life in the wild.

Learn more about the New England cottontail at

N.H. Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered  Wildlife Program, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, works to protect  over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects and other  invertebrates. Visit

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

Newfound Lake Home, shared beach area and mooring!

Bristol NH, Newfound Lake, This year round home is located on the eastern shoreline of Newfound Lake offering some of the most magnificent sunsets in the lakes region.   This lovely home has just over 1100 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.  The 60 foot sandy beach includes a day dock for loading and unloading your guests and a mooring to store your boat.  Hiking, Golf and Skiing are just a short drive away along with some of the best restaurants in the area. For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at

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