Littleton, NH – Maggie Jones of Lancaster, a seasoned real estate agent for over 6 years, has changed brokerages and joined the firm of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty and will be based at the firm's Littleton office.
For Jones, her career in real estate started by chance. Jones said, "I moved to New Hampshire in 2015, began my own photography business, and set out to buy my first house. In the eight months of actively searching for the perfect home, I found I had cultivated a skill for real estate and really enjoyed it."
While based out of the Littleton office, Jones expects to continue to assist sellers and buyers in the greater Lancaster area and beyond. As with most of the agents in the Littleton office, Jones is also licensed in Vermont as well to assist folks on either side of the Connecticut River.
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty's Broker/Owner Andy Smith said, "Many of our agents have worked with Maggie in the past on a number of closings and the comments and feedback about Maggie and her level of professionalism really stood out. We are pleased to welcome Maggie to our team." He added, "Maggie will be working alongside Nikki Barrett in our Littleton office to learn more about our vision, company culture and our philosophy of putting the needs of our customers and clients first. Our philosophy is paramount in all of our transactions and it is something Maggie is completely familiar with as she's been doing that all along during her career."
When not working, Jones enjoys cycling, hiking, gardening and spending time outside with her partner and their dogs. She is also involved in the community serving on an advisory committee for the Northern Forest Center, the Lancaster Master Plan Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Lancaster Planning Board.
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty is the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ( 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 www.badgerpeabodysmith.com.
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"Housing in the coming year is going to be a relative bright spot - a helpful driver of national economic growth, rather than the wet blanket it's been for the past couple of years."The headlines are everywhere: "Pending home sales have risen for nine months in a row, a first for the series of the index since its inception in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors. "New Hampshire home sales show 8 percent increase in October" according to the NH Association of Realtors. Locally, from the graphs you can see we have compared the first 11 months of 2009 to the same time frame in 2008. For some towns like St. Johnsbury VT the numbers stayed relatively the same. 30% more houses were sold, with a slightly lower sales price from the year before and the days that the houses stayed on the market actually decreased, so for St. Johnsbury, the market really held its own year over year. However, for the towns of Lyndon and Burke, average selling prices dropped just over 20%, which are numbers that have been seen on the national scale. In New Hampshire, Littleton experienced a similar feat as St. Johnsbury. More houses sold, with a similar sales price year over year, but a higher number of days the house stayed on the market. For the town of Plymouth, more houses sold in 2009, the average selling price was up by 20% and days on market increased slightly. Very encouraging indeed. So while doom and gloom seemed to prevail in the media, and in water cooler discussion, many of our larger area towns held their own and weathered the storm in decent shape. Granted this data is only through the first of December, but we don't expect huge changes at the end of the year. What drove the market this year? Well, certainly the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of $8,000 helped, as some buyers raced to beat the November 30th deadline, which has now been extended until the end of June. For others, they recognized the good values of the homes being offered, and made purchases either for themselves to live in, or are going to use them as an investment tool. For 2010, we expect that the new Move Up Tax Credit of $6500 will certainly help drive some sales. This tax credit is for buyers who already own a home, but are purchasing another one, and it doesn't have to be more expensive than the one they currently own. The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended until June of 2010, and that's an $8000 tax credit for someone who hasn't owned a home in 3 years. There is more information about these tax credits on our website, www.peabodysmith.com But we can't talk about 2009, and even 2010 without discussing the foreclosures and short sales we have seen. Homes are selling that have been foreclosed on, and we have helped to facilitate a number of "short sales" - sales where the sellers owes more on the property than they can sell it for. For sellers, this is a terrifying position to be in, but its imperative to be pro-active and reach out for help. There are two area resources to help - AHEAD Home Ownership Center in Littleton (and they serve Plymouth and beyond) and Gilman Housing Trust in Vermont Both of these non-profits have programs to try to help you should you find yourself in this position. But please, give us a call, talk to an agent, and let's see what we can do to help. 2010 should certainly see the market rebound a bit, but it will be many years before we see the same price levels that we unnaturally hit in the boom times of 2005. The rebound will be at more sustainable levels over many years, leading to a healthy market again. I've said it before, and it bears repeating. Interest rates are at their lowest levels right now, and the housing affordability index is at its lowest since 1970, if you are ready to buy a home, or invest in the market for the long term, this is the time to do it. Selection is good, and its a buyers market. Give us a call, develop a relationship with an agent. Let us get to know you, so we can help you find the home, land, business or rental that you've been waiting for.