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    Royal View Drive

    Rose Robinson, Conway, NH RealtorRoyal View is situated on top of Davis Hill just minutes from the stores in Conway New Hampshire with sweeping views of the Ledges, Mt. Washington and Conway Lake. This new community is comprised of 34 large lots, most of which are already sold. It is a picturesque residential area with amazing sunsets and beautiful mountain views. The neighborhood also enjoys paved roads and underground utilities. 0-IMG_1562Lot 2 Royal View is a minimalists dream. It is also the latest new home to be built at Royal View. Clean lines and open spaces grace this 3-bedroom saltbox-style home designed for entertaining. A large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters make cooking a breeze. In addition, there is a roomy dining room open to the screened porch and views of the mountains. High cathedral ceilings provide lots of visual interest of the upstairs loft and the fireplace in the living area. The master bedroom suite has a private deck to enjoy morning coffee or step out into the backyard. If a custom-built home is your preference, there are 6 gorgeous lots to choose from. Select from one of our preferred builders or bring your own. Make your dream home a reality with Royal View!

    Custom Contemporary In a Private Setting

    00-jessica-wayBig, bold and beautiful, this 3,552 square foot home boasts 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. You'll find designer fixtures thoughout, hardwood floors, and an ample supply of natural light from an array of energy efficient windows. 2 farmers porches (front & back), provide plenty of sheltered, outdoor space to enjoy the landscaping and perennial gardens in a delightfully private setting. The eat-in kitchen is the center of entertainment, with lots of room, sunshine, and opens to a large formal dining room, a three-season sunroom, and outdoors to the porch overlooking the backyard. Recessed lighting, beautiful hardwood floors, smart cabinetry and stainless appliances create a refined and highly functional gourmet kitchen. A cozy fireplace lends an air of warmth and comfort to a generously proportioned living room. The dining room features multiple oversized windows, double chandelier, and subtle accents, perfect for both formal and casual dining. 00-jessica-way2The 12' x 25' master bedroom is comfortably carpeted, with ample sitting room, private bath, and a walk-in closet. A 2-car garage has a finished upstairs with another master suite featuring its own private bath. All of the bedrooms in this home are very well proportioned. North Conway Village and Cranmore Mountain are easily accessible from this stunning residence, located off Kearsarge Road. Beautiful home, exceptional locationit's difficult to find a better offering in this price range. MLS 4222224 $314,900

    Buying a Vacation Home

    lindspicRecreation or Investment? At one time, most people considered a vacation home a luxury. It's much more than that. It can also be an excellent investment. Like most real estate, though, think in the long term. While vacation homes often outpace other real estate sectors in appreciation in the hot markets, they fall just as quickly. Most people who gain substantial equity will buy during the "slow" market, and sell when the market heats up. This could be as much as 10 years. If investment is your motivation, it's almost imperative to think in the long term. But, the vast majority of second home owners buy their home for recreational purposes. If you are buying a second home for an investment, remember that it's no different than any other investmentnothing comes without risk. And, be sure to buy a vacation home that you would enjoy. If you enjoy it, so will your guests. Income through rentals and equity can be quite lucrative, and you can enjoy vacations whenever you want. There's a lot of research that needs to be done, as well as maintenance once you've made your purchase. But there's nothing like a vacation home to increase the dimension of your lifestyle. Unlike stocks, bonds and IRA's, you can leverage much more than your initial investment. can get a lot of pleasure out of your investment while it's earning money for you. Recent trends in the real estate market point to resort communities and desirable vacation areas as the next great real estate boom. Information technology provides a means to access work opportunities, education, shopping, and entertainment without the traffic, congestion, crime and pollution of the big cities. Now that many have moved out of the cities and into the suburbs, the next step is into quaint rural towns and popular tourist areas. Where's the best place to buy a vacation home? If you like to ski, you would look for homes, condos, or land near your favorite ski resort. If you like to fish, swim and boat, look for waterfront or water access property within your means. If an inspiring view puts you at ease, there are many picturesque homes in the mountains and foothills throughout the Mount Washington Valley and western Maine areas at affordable prices. You also have to consider supply and demand. The most expensive, and quickly rising properties are waterfront. They're becoming scarce, and there's only so much that can be developed. Environmental and community laws are becoming stricter, making it considerably more difficult to build than it was a few decades ago. This is a good thing for a recreational area, and it also provides protection for your property and investment. Resort communities are now "connected" via the internet and other information technologies such as cellular and satellite. You can shop online, and buy the best at bargain prices without ever leaving your home. You can go hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, golfing or whatever you choose in this beautiful New England destination. And, you can even continue your education via the internet. It's not futuristic anymore. It's here. Condominiums - If you're considering buying a condo as an investment, you'll want to know a few things. First, find out if there's a rental program within the association that can generate money when you're not using it. There are a few things you should learn:
    • What percentage does the rental program take? This figure is usually around 50%
    • If you don't like the rental program, make sure you can set up your own
    • What are the condo fees per month?
    • Is the unit you're considering already in a rental program? What repairs or upgrades need to be completed to get it accepted as a rental unit?
    • How are units chosen for rental during slow seasons when occupancy rates are low?
    • What's the financial condition of the association?
    • How much are utility bills?
    • What kind of loans are available for the property you're interested in?
    • What amenities are available, not only to you, but to those who will be renting your condo?
    • You'll want to see the association documents and go over them with your Realtor and lawyer to learn your responsibilities.
    • You'll also want a financial statement showing the rental income (if any) over the last 1-3 years.
    Yes, there are a lot of things to consider. Each location presents its own set of more specific questions you'll need to ask. If you're already familiar with the area you want to buy into, you've got a great start. Most importantly, make sure you buy something you know you're going to love. You can often rent a condo in a resort where you'd like to buy. Stay for a weekend to see how well it suits you. Homes - If you want more privacy, and you don't mind the maintenance, then a house is the choice for you. You may not even want to rent your home out to other vacationers. In fact, this may be your telecommuting home. Many employers are beginning to see the advantage of working at home. Most would like to see you face-to-face on a regular basis, but that's changing too. It's still in the trend stage now, but very soon, it'll be in the mainstream. Your second home could very well become your primary residence in the near future. Perhaps it'll become your retirement home. But there are many things to consider, too. What's the demand for the area, and what will it be in the future? Is the home you want to buy a "white elephant"? (For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, a "white elephant" is a very expensive home in comparison to the value of the homes surrounding it.) Many towns have private beaches, for residents only. This is an added amenity. If you're starting to think that your second home could easily become as important as your primary residence, you're getting the picture. You've always heard that for most people, buying a home is the most important investment in their lives. Buying a second home is equally important. It can affect your financial stability, your future, and you're personal well-being in profound ways. When you're comfortable with the decision, financially able, you've done your homework, then you're ready to enjoy the good life.

    Charlie Erff Named Vice President of Northern New England Real Estate Network

    Charlie_Erff-card copyCharlie Erff of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty has recently been named Vice President of Northern New England Real Estate Network (NNEREN), one of the largest MLS systems in the region. NNEREN is a for profit organization, and is in charge of the MLS listing system in the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts with an excess of 7800 REALTOR members. Says Lindsey Maihos, Principal of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty, "The Realtors in our office have contributed a lot of their time to the real estate community, including the White Mountain Board of Realtors, NNEREN, and the New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR). We're proud to have Charlie Erff serving as Vice President of NNEREN." Charlie Erff has been a NNEREN director for the past three years, and has also been the Assistant Treasure for the last two years. As Vice President of NNEREN in 2013, Erff is also the President Elect, and will serve as President of NNEREN starting in January of 2014, for a one year term. Chad Jacobson is the outgoing Vice President, and is now the current President of NNEREN. Says Joe Ryan, Director of Operations at NNEREN, "Charlie has an uncanny way of refocusing discussions back to the issues at hand. That's a great ability to possess in meetings where more than 50 board members are actively participating." NNEREN is comprised of 28 local boards in Vermont and New Hampshire, with a total of 56 board members that make the business decisions for the organization, two from each board. The board members also sit on a number of committees to assist the full time staff in their positions including web site, commercial, forms, complaints and violations and others. "During my terms as Director, I've been operating from the standpoint of local issues as a representative of the White Mountain Board of Realtors," says Erff. "Now I'll have an overview of how the needs of any specific area affects the whole, throughout Northern New England and parts of Massachusetts. It will be a great opportunity to help our board and others to address ideas and issues from a more universal viewpoint."