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You're Invited! Badger Peabody & Smith Realty is having an Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ!

We couldn't do what we do without you... our customers and community! Please join us at our Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ on Friday, July 8th from 4 to 7pm at our Franconia office on 383 Main Street.

Come to say hello, meet some new faces and enjoy something to eat from the grill.

We look forward to seeing you and offering our thanks.

EVERYONE is welcome.

*Rain or Shine - We'll be under a tent.


A strong work ethic and a zest for life are qualities that define Zachary Hawkins

The Lisbon Regional School graduate earned his undergrad degree at Keene State College and completed his Master's work at Plymouth State University. After travelling around the country for months, he came to the conclusion that "I just love it here" and returned to the White Mountains region. He has joined Badger Peabody & Smith Realty as a sales associate in the Littleton office.

Zach notes that hard work is normal for him, always working at several jobs while juggling extracurricular activities and community involvement. As a full time educator in 2018, Hawkins worked in both hospitality and as a carpenter during the summer months while earning his real estate license.

"Everything just seemed to click," he says. "The combination of my knowledge, experience, and skill set just came together naturally, and I knew real estate was for me."

Since late 2018, Zach has represented clients in over 100 transactions and in $21 million dollars worth of real estate. He has sold single-family homes, assisted with vetting raw land for a new build, worked with multi-family investors, and assisted second homeowners looking to rent their property for income while they are not using it.

"Real estate forces me to continuously grow," he says. "No transaction is the same, and this competitive market demands innovation to be successful. I am a believer in real estate. I have invested in several apartment buildings myself and have opened a small property maintenance company."

"We are so pleased that Zach has joined our team," says Andy Smith, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty President and CEO. "Zach's wide-ranging skills and especially his experience as a teacher translate so well to real estate because we work to help educate buyers and sellers about the process and help guide them through the transaction. "

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty are the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont representatives of LeadingRE ( With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. With combined resources of over 60 full time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online at 


Franconia, NH – Two of the leading real estate firms serving New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty have merged, creating Badger Peabody & Smith Realty.  

Andy Smith, President of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty said, "We've been very deliberate and thoughtful for the last year as we really worked to bring the best of our two brands together. Both brands have always been very similar in that we work as a team, and we meet the needs of our clients first. For us, this was a natural progression and we worked with everyone across both of our teams to best combine our strengths and merge our two brands and rebrand them as one solid firm – Badger Peabody & Smith Realty." 

Smith added, "Both the brand names, Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty, have been synonymous as leaders in our marketplaces – representing property sellers and buyers in Northern, Central, the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire, in addition to servicing the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Western Maine. We knew the time was right to combine these two successful brands into one."  

He added, "Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, the commitment to put the needs of our clients first and foremost while best supporting our agents and staff and our local communities. We have a dedicated team of full-time real estate agents, now over 65 REALTORS®, and have the ability to promote our clients' properties both locally and globally through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio®." 

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty will be led by Andy Smith, while Badger Realty Managing Partner Brenda Leavitt will continue at Badger Peabody & Smith Realty in a senior advisor role through May. Leavitt began her career with Badger Realty over 40 years ago, becoming a partner with founding owner, Dick Badger, to create the leading real estate firm in the greater Mt. Washington Valley and western Maine.  

Leavitt said, "With the changes in the industry, it was important to the Badger family and me to ensure that the company has what's needed to stay at the forefront of the industry. Joining with Peabody & Smith Realty is a win for the staff, the community and the people we serve. The merger will enable us to offer more services and expand into new areas, all while keeping the same shared philosophies and values. And as always, the focus will be on how to better serve consumers." 

In 2021, both firms combined took part in over 1400 transactions throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with grand total gross sales over $447 million dollars in all property categories. This level of production places Badger Peabody & Smith Realty as one of the largest independently owned real estate firms in New Hampshire. 

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has resources of over 65 full time agents, 21 staff members and eight offices in Berlin, Bretton Woods, Franconia, Holderness, Jackson, Littleton, North Conway and Plymouth, NH. In addition, they have a dedicated commercial real estate team as well. As part of the merger, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has launched a new website with many new features. Contact information for all agents and staff can be found on the website. 

Berlin Office
Bretton Woods Office
Franconia Office
Holderness Office
Jackson Office
Littleton Office
North Conway Office
Plymouth Office


We've been busy and pleased to announce several staff additions and promotions at Peabody & Smith Realty during recent months! These additions and promotions help us provide even more services throughout the region to our clients and customers.  

For us, as we grow, it is important for us to support our agents, which in turn benefits our clients and customers. These staff appointments allow us to truly offer a dedicated team to our clients and customers and further help our agents with the multi-faceted careers they have. 

The new Executive Assistant at the Littleton office, Megan Landry assists the agents in all transactions from listing to closing and beyond.?She also supports the firm's marketing departments with social media initiatives. Megan is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a degree in sociology.  

A licensed real estate Sales Associate, Gaige Pequeno is the Manager of Agent Success. In the newly created position, he assists agents at Peabody & Smith Realty and its partner Badger Realty with technologies that enable them to keep in touch with their clients and customers now and in the future and employ technology to create an even stronger experience for the firm's clients and customers. Gaige works out of all of the firms' offices, from Conway and Berlin to Holderness in the Lakes Region and all points between. 

Gaige is a native of the area and graduated from Lisbon Regional School and attended the University of New Hampshire where he studied Business Administration. 

For over a decade, we've had the pleasure of working alongside April Reinhard. April joined Peabody & Smith Realty more than 13 years ago in the Littleton office where she oversaw everything from project management to assisting clients, customers and agents. Recently, she took on a new role as Executive Assistant to President Andy Smith, working on special projects, office administration and more.  
April is a North Country native and is recognized by her colleagues for her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to step in to help get any job done. 

Katy Soukup, the Executive Assistant in Franconia helping the residential and commercial agents, will be transitioning to a new position as the licensed commercial Executive Assistant for all of the Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty offices. Based in Franconia, she will be working to market commercial properties and assisting all of the commercial agents in all of the offices across the two firms.  

Katy is a 2005 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Recreation Management. Katy grew up just south of the White Mountains in Campton. She has worked in the hospitality industry around New England, and returned to the North Country in 2013.  

Congratulations Team! 

Megan Landry Gaige Pequeno April Reinhard Katy Soukup



We Recognize Our Peabody & Smith Realty Agents & Staff!

The year 2020 was certainly out of the ordinary, and for many, filled with personal pain. In our company, we experienced all kinds of emotions and at all different times – and sometimes in just a minute! The real estate market in New Hampshire was strong starting in the spring, and continued strong through 2020. It was a year that brought new business protocols and an influx of buyers unlike anything we had seen before.

To celebrate the highlights of the year, we gathered virtually in early February to recognize our agents and staff. This year the applause was over the speaker of the computer, but the smiles and exuberating of our team was as loud as ever.

In 2020, we recorded grand total, gross sales in excess of $208 million dollars, according to statistics from the Northern New England Real Estate Network. (Based on data from the New England Real Estate Network, grand total gross sales, NH & VT, all categories for time period 1/1/2020-12/31/2020.)

We distributed over $20,000 to area organizations including: AHEAD, Boys and Girls Club of the North Country, Franconia Ski Club, Holderness Historical Society, Littleton Regional Healthcare, Squam Lakes Association & Many More!

At the end of the award ceremony, we awarded the "Peabody & Smith Realty Residential Sales Associate of 2020" to Beth Horan. Beth has been with the firm for over 20 years and works in the Franconia office and services clients and customers in the North Country.

We also recognized the top agents for each office, and with that, we recognized the following agents:

Bretton Woods, NH Office: Michele Penner

Littleton, NH Office: Nikki Barrett

Plymouth, NH Office: Missy Sullivan

Holderness, NH Office: Jerrod Mitchell

Other awards included:

Highest Overall Customer Satisfaction Rating in 2020 – this award is compiled from all of our returned surveys – Fran Mattott was awarded this with the highest overall customer satisfaction rating. (5 is the highest you can get on our surveys and sometimes clients and customers write in higher numbers.)

Oval of Excellence – Mt. Monroe Level awarded to: Debbie James, Mary Dragon, Linda Matheson, Mary Doherty, Steve Gorman, Paty Ciotto, Fran Mattott, Jackie Elliott, Angela Spencer, Anne Foss, Debbie Engelhardt.

Oval of Excellence – Mt. Jefferson Level awarded to: Jason Cape, Patty O'Brien, Matthew Penner, Karen Walsh, Tiffany Howard, Joy Moore & Ray Newton.

Oval of Excellence – Mt. Adams Level awarded to: Charles Crannell, Aaron Woods & Keegan Rice.

Oval of Excellence – Mt. Washington Level awarded to: Jerry Love, Missy Sullivan, Jerrod Mitchell, Nikki Barrett, Michele Penner & Beth Horan.

Congratulations to our team and thank you to our clients and customers – it has been our pleasure to work with all of you and we look forward to assisting you in the future!


We are getting ready to pull some market data for the Central NH/Plymouth NH real estate market to use Thursday night during a presentation I'm giving for AHEAD. AHEAD stands for Affordable Housing, Education and Development and they are part of the national NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. They are based out of Littleton but cover Northern and Central NH, its a great organization and one that we are proud to work with. This Thursday, July 9th from 6-8 pm AHEAD will sponsor a free workshop with AHEAD called, "Homebuying in Today's Market". Some topics will include a look at current market conditions, how to negotiate a good deal, how it works when you purchase foreclosed and bank owned property and how real estate is an asset. We presented this workshop a few weeks ago in Littleton, NH and due to its success, this one will be in another AHEAD service area, in Plymouth, NH. We'll be meeting at the Pease Public Library, 1 Russell Street, Plymouth NH. If you are interested in attending you can register online or call 603-444-1377. The workshop is free but they ask that you pre-register so they can get a head count. I hope to see you Thursday night in Plymouth. If there are any specifics questions you would like addressed, please feel free to send them to me at