Our real estate agents know that many sellers go into the process with immediate plans for the money they'll make in their transaction. They may wish to use the proceeds for a new home, so timing is crucial. Or they might have something else in mind that's no less important to them.
Whatever the case may be, there's no time to waste. Jackson homes for sale tend to sell for a higher amount the faster they get on and off the market. There are many things sellers and their agents can do to ensure a property moves quickly.
But there's one factor that's difficult to control: Buyer behavior.
When your house is on the market, you want to meet with serious buyers as soon as possible. Some of the methods used by real estate agents, such as open houses, are especially good for this. But even if a buyer says all the right things at first, there's still a chance they may back out before the end.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to be sure your buyer will see things through? While there's no 100% certain method, there is one traditional approach that can be very effective.
Let's talk about earnest money.
When a buyer sticks around long enough to make an offer on a home, it's easy to assume the tough part is behind you. But many issues could come up between that moment and closing day. You may be within days of signing on the dotted line, only for a would-be buyer to back out.
In short, they need some "skin in the game." This is the concept of earnest money.
An earnest money deposit is made when a real estate purchase contract is submitted. Unlike the down payment, which is mainly there to impress the lender, earnest money is for your benefit as the seller.
You've probably heard that a good down payment is about 20%, and maybe even more. But there are no such rules, even informally, when it comes to earnest money. Earnest money can vary from $100 to the whole purchase price. It's ultimately up to you to decide how much earnest money is enough.
When you're thinking about it, consult your real estate agent. Consider the overall market condition, how desirable your home is, and how many other offers you're passing up to follow up with this one. Also bear in mind the buyer's financing may dictate how much cash they have on hand.
You will receive the earnest money if the buyer terminates the sales agreement. If the transaction goes through, on the other hand, the earnest money is returned to the buyer.
But this isn't always the case. The sales contract may have certain stipulations that allow the buyer to walk away "free and clear." You'll have to agree to these for them to be enforceable. For example, a seller may be allowed to exit the deal if an inspection turns up the presence of mold or other issues.
Requiring earnest money is a terrific way to protect your interests. An experienced real estate agent can do the rest. Contact us to find out more or get started.
Thanksgiving Day often means overeating and then lazing around watching football or just relaxing, but Turkey Trots let you have some fun while burning off some calories. Some are held on Thanksgiving Day, and others in advance of the holiday, but either way, they're a great opportunity to exercise before the big feast. Many also help benefit local worthy causes.
Our real estate agents share the following list of Turkey Trots around Carroll and Grafton counties:
Contact us if you'd like to see Holderness homes for sale or those in other areas of New Hampshire, Western Maine, or Eastern Vermont. We offer full-service real estate services and look forward to helping you buy or sell a home.
Fall is a time for festivals and foliage in towns around New Hampshire, a combination that results in truly memorable experiences for the whole family. Some of the best festivals near North Conway homes for sale are around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start planning for family fun.
Events like RiverFire offer unique experiences you won't find anywhere else. Some of your favorite ski resorts will also be hosting festivals that allow you to take in the fall foliage on the mountainside, gear up for ski season, and enjoy activities for all ages. Our real estate agents have all the details for the upcoming lineup of festivals around the White Mountains and Central NH.
RiverFire – October 15, 2022 – 961 Main St., Berlin, NH 03570
Held every year near Berlin homes for sale at Service Credit Union Heritage Park, RiverFire is one local event that you definitely won't want to miss. The fun starts with hayrides, bouncy houses, food vendors, live music from the LA Harley Davidson Band, and a kids' Halloween parade perfect for showing off this year's costumes. Adults will enjoy a cornhole tournament, 5k run, and beer tent serving cold refreshments. This year's event also includes a fun Zombie ATV Poker Run, where you dress up yourself and your machine for a chance to earn prizes.
The evening is capped off with fires on the river and carved, illuminated pumpkins on the bridge. The "river" fires are actually set on old docks that were once used for logging, creating the illusion of fire on the water that gives this event its unique name. It's an enchanting sight and well worth sticking around for after sunset.
Fall Foliage Festival – October 8-10, 2022 – 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Enjoy the fall foliage and prepare for ski season when you visit the Fall Foliage Festival at Waterville Valley Resort. This local favorite near Waterville Valley homes for sale is a full weekend of foliage and fun, with live music all day in the gazebo, nature hikes, boat/bike rentals, ski & snowboard swaps, and tent sales featuring the latest gear.
There will also be a Fall Foliage 5k with a course featuring fantastic views, a 1.6k family fun run after the main race, and fun activities for kids like the Squam Lakes Science Center Live Animal Show.
White Mountain Oktoberfest – October 8-9, 2022 – 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251
Enjoy a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration with a few New Hampshire twists when you visit White Mountain Oktoberfest, taking place around the corner from Lincoln homes for sale. The Oktoberfest festivities include live traditional German music, an indoor/outdoor beer garden, and wild contests like the Stein Carryin', Keg Rollin' Relay Race. The contests are highlighted by the keg toss for adults and the root beer keg toss for the kids.
In addition to the Oktoberfest theme, this event is a great choice for anyone who loves to view fall foliage. Gondola tickets will be available throughout the festival, allowing you to enjoy the mountainside fall leaves from a truly unique perspective. Included with your gondola ticket is a one-hour mountaintop yoga session featuring awe-inspiring views from the peak of Loon Mountain.
When you're ready to find your next home in the White Mountains and Central NH, our team is here to help with all of your local real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central New Hampshire communities.
The craft beer scene in Littleton and Conway is becoming one of the best in Northern New England. With new breweries popping up, our real estate agents love checking out new spots around the White Mountains and Mt. Washington Valley on the weekends. Breweries are becoming increasingly popular because they offer different styles of craft beer, a fun atmosphere, and are often pet friendly.
If you're looking for some recommendations on fun places to hang out with friends and family, here are six of the top breweries in Littleton and Conway.
Come on out and enjoy some of New England's best craft beer. Contact us today for more local business recommendations.
Autumn is here, and the leaves are changing. It's an impressive sight anywhere, but in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it's something people come to see from miles around. And if you're looking at Holderness homes for sale, then you're in a position to experience the spectacle personally. Here are five ways to see the changing leaves of the White Mountains.
The changing leaves are just the beginning of what Central New Hampshire has to offer. To learn more, or if you're ready to make New Hampshire your new home, contact us. Find your dream home with the help of our real estate agents.
New Hampshire is home to more than 100 waterfalls, enough to keep even the most avid nature lover busy for many years. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite waterfall hikes in the White Mountains!
Many of New Hampshire's most beautiful waterfalls are easily accessible, mere footsteps away from the highway. Others require some serious trekking. You'll find examples of both on this list, but rest assured that all the waterfalls listed below are accessible to most hikers.
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Hampshire, and be sure to ask our real estate agents how we can help you find your dream home in the White Mountains!
Many sellers are being urged to list their homes without making upgrades based on the current housing market. But our real estate agents can tell you that wise sellers offering Plymouth homes for sale are maximizing their profits by focusing on two specific rooms: the kitchen and the bathroom. They'll be happy to discuss the return on investment potential from budget-mindful improvements to luxury remodels.
A full kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from about $10,000 to $25,000, but cosmetic treatments can cost just a few hundred. Many renovations recoup 60-80% of the investment when the house is sold. Before you invest unnecessarily in expensive upgrades when putting your house on the market, contact us to discuss the pros and cons of your remodeling efforts. We'll help you make the best choices to obtain the sales price you want.