FRANCONIA, NH — During travels throughout North America and around the world, Vespar Duffy and her husband have always taken the time to explore the local architecture and real estate market.
"With my interest in style and design, including architectural and interior design for homes, real estate has always been a significant interest of mine," says Duffy, who recently joined Badger Peabody & Smith Realty as a sales agent in their Franconia office. "Location plays a big part in real estate, but I've always felt that a home's design is also essential to a compelling property and a satisfied client, so I'm very excited to share my knowledge with our buyers and sellers."
Born in Littleton, Duffy grew up in Jefferson and Gorham, has lived in the Mount Washington Valley and was the owner/operator of a hair salon/spa in North Conway for many years. Now residing in Franconia with her husband, Duffy says she looks forward to helping clients find their dream home.
Duffy notes that her experience as a cosmetologist and business owner has instilled in her "an ideal of being driven, listening to my clients' wants and needs and doing whatever I can to make them happy."
Outside the office, Duffy enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and playing golf.
"We are happy to welcome Vespar to our Badger Peabody & Smith team," says Andy Smith, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty President and CEO. "Her extensive customer service experience, understanding of architecture and design, and in-depth knowledge of the greater Franconia-Littleton region are invaluable. Adding her to our team enhances our ability to provide outstanding quality services for all our clients."
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If Keegan's not making deals in the White Mountains, he is out traveling the World! Born and raised at his family's Inn and Brewery in North Woodstock, NH, Keegan is passionate about inspiring clients about the aspirational lifestyle New England truly has to offer.
Discover more about Keegan in this week's "Meet Our Agent".
Keegan, how did you land in Real Estate? And how long have you been an agent?
I have been an agent for 5 years. I never knew how much my life would change working in a field that has become more of a lifestyle than a job. I love our local communities and being involved in their growth and prosperity is truly a blessing.
What did you do before you became a real estate agent?
I came from the restaurant and brewery business. While I enjoyed the excitement and fluidity of working in a family business, I felt that I needed to broaden my creative horizons. After taking a number of community development courses in college, I knew where life would lead after the restaurant.
Name a role model who has inspired you in your career.
Sounds lame, but Andy Smith, our fearless leader, has had the most profound impact. I had met with him prior to coming to Peabody & Smith. You could tell that everything that came out of his mouth was the truth. No sugar coating. Well, I thought I knew better, and my sweet tooth took me to a different brokerage. After a few months of limited success in the rat race at a different brokerage, I realized the goods they sold me were not the champagne and strawberries as promised. I couldn't stop thinking about that broker up in Franconia, and as luck would have it, he called me in a time of deep introspection and I knew it was fate. Since then, he has been right 99.5% of the time. When you have someone to turn to with that much wisdom, it really allows you to leave the ego at the door and grow as a professional.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
I am an avid air miles junkie. There is not much I won't do for a few miles. That funds one of my true passions: Traveling the world with my lovely wife. When not working or traveling, I am likely at the golf course in the summer, or on the ski hill in the winter. I help coach the Lin-Wood School's Alpine Ski Team, which keeps the competitive fire burning. My garage is a wood studio to fuel some creativity and vent some steam. Lastly, I LOVE to mow my lawn.
Where do you like to go for vacation?
Anywhere but here? I am grateful to live in a vacation destination, but when it comes time to get away, I like to get away. Some of my favorite places are Laos, Botswana, the Maldives, Colombia, Vietnam, Thailand and New Zealand. No matter where I go, I always come home with a deeper appreciation for where I live.
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Taking a Look at Market Activity:Year over year, New Hampshire residential sales have remained relatively static. Year over year, unit sales have declined a negligible .3%, averaging a little over 1100 units per month. Unit sales peak in the summer, typically running around 1500 units per month in June, July and August. Prices have continued upward in a slow and steady manner. After a very strong 2013, where prices climbed 9.9%, 2014 YTD increase have leveled off at 4%, which we see as a very sustainable growth number. The median sale price in New Hampshire as of August was $233,000. Compared to the peak in 2005 at $276,000, the market has lots of room to grow. With all we have to worry about in the world right now, there are many reasons why the real estate market is not one of them. Real estate is seeing a slow, steady and very solid recovery. Energy costs are declining, the job market is strong in NH, many new developments, both commercially and residentially are taking shape all across the State, and interest rates are still so low that buying is now more affordable than ever. So, need a new place to celebrate the Holidays? Don't delay! Call to set up a confidential, no obligation consultation with one of our over 30 Certified Sales Specialists. We love to talk about the market, and would be happy to update you. Feel free to contact us today! About the Author: Andy Smith, Broker/Owner of Peabody & Smith Realty has over 25 years experience in the Real Estate Industry. In 2004 he was designated as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. He is a founding Member of the NH Commercial Investment Board of Realtors, having served as a Board member, Treasurer, and President. In 2004 he was named the board's Realtor of the Year. Additionally, he is a past Director of the Northern New England Real Estate Network, is a member of the Littleton Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for The Guaranty Bancorp/Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. Andy was awarded the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce 2007 Business Leader of the Year. In his spare time he can be found on the tennis or squash courts, skiing, or riding one of his motorcycles.
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