Blog :: 02-2016

The Smart Home Revolution is Here

The Smart Home Revolution is Here!

The Consumer Electronics Show this year in Las Vegas is proof that when it comes to Smart Home Technology, deciding what products are practical and worth the price can be overwhelming. We've compiled some of our favorite smart home technologies that buyers would love to see! 

 

Nest Thermostat - Nest is a smart thermostat that over time can learn your temperature preferences and habits. Nest will automatically turn your heat down or up depending on the time of day - ensuring you never come home to a cold house. Nest can also give you warnings when something goes wrong, such as your house being cold enough for pipes to freeze, or an issue with your furnace. On top of all that, Nest regulates temperature more effectively and can help save money! Learn more at www.nest.com 

 

Roost Batteries - Want a smart smoke detector without the price? Roost Batteries are a great alternative! Compatible with most existing smoke detectors, Roost works with your home's wireless internet to send alerts to your phone to let you know it has detected smoke, or if the batteries need to be replaced. No more 2am wake-ups to a beeping smoke alarm somewhere in your home! Learn more at www.getroost.com 

 

Kevo Smart Lock by Kwikset - Kevo is a smart lock that doesn't require your key. In fact, all it needs is your finger! This bluetooth enabled deadbolt ensures that you can easily get in your home, even with your hands full. Simply keep your phone on your person and touch the deadbolt for the door to unlock! Expecting a contractor? Is your REALTOR® showing your home? You can easily send a temporary eKey to allow others to enter your home. Learn more at www.kwikset.com 

 

Sengled Products- Winning the CES Innovation Award in 2015 for the Boost, and again in 2016 for the Voice, Sengled is working hard to become a fixture in every Smart Home in America. Boost is an LED lightbulb/wireless booster hybrid that extends your wireless internet throughout your home. Another product by Sengled, Pulse, is an LED lightbulb/speaker hybrid that allows you to listen to music throughout your entire home without having to run wires. The best part of these products? They work with ANY standard light socket! Learn more at www.sengled.com

 

Want to know more about the Smart Home Revolution? Visit https://www.coldwellbanker.com/smart-home for more information! 

 

Each of the above companies are independently owned and operated from Coldwell Banker® Real Estate LLC and Realogy Holdings Corp. and are the owners of their respective marks and logos.

Why Winter is a Great Time to Sell Your Home in the White Mountains

Why Winter is a Great Time to Sell Your Home in the White Mountains

Winter Buyers are Serious Buyers!

Buyers that brave the cold weather to find the perfect home mean business. Many may need to purchase as soon as possible. But others deliberately shop for homes at this time of the year to avoid possible bidding wars, and to get a jump on the spring market.  Unlike summer shoppers who sometimes are looking for fun, winter buyers tend to be more serious, and are more likely to make an offer on a property. 

 

Inventory is Lower in the Winter Months

In Winter, for various reasons, inventory in the White Mountains is low in comparison to the rest of the year. Listing your home in the Winter means you will have less competition and more visibility for your home. But your home still has to be priced competitively with similar homes on the market in your area.

 

Interest Rates are Low

Right now, interest rates are still extremely low, and buyers are taking advantage of having more spending power. If you're planning on selling, then buying another property, low interest rates will keep your monthly payments down.

 

Properties Close to Winter Activities are Hot!

If you own a property that is slopeside or convenient to skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, winter is a great time to list your home and show off its seasonal appeal to potential buyers. Highlighting features such as snowmobiling and/or skiing directly from the property will help attract buyers looking for a vacation getaway. 

 

Winter Views

If your home has seasonal views, you shouldn't think twice about putting your property on the market now! Winter views to the lakes and mountains can be the deciding factor for a buyer who is on the fence. That gorgeous winter view to Mount Washington can make a huge difference! 

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    Valentine's Weekend Events in the Mount Washington Valley

    Spending Valentine's Weekend in the Mount Washington Valley? Check out what's happening this weekend!

     

    Looking for Love? Join Black Mountain for their annual Valentine's chairlift speed dating event on Saturday, February 13th beginning at 12:30pm. Learn more at www.blackmt.com

     

    Cupcakes for All! On Saturday, February 13th, sample sweet treats from 17+ local bakers in four different categories. The cupcake battle takes place at the North Conway Community Center from 1:00 - 3:30pm. Find more information at valleypromotions.net

     

    Cranapalooza! Join Canmore Mountain Resort for dance parties, games, giveaways, and more this weekend! The events begin at 2pm, with fireworks beginning at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 13th and 20th. For information visit www.cranmore.com

     

    Shake it! Join the Brownfield Lions Club for a Valentine's Dance with the Hurricane Mountain Band from 8pm to Midnight at the Brownfield Lions Den located at the corners of Route 5 and Route 113 in Brownfield, Maine. For more information call 207-935-2333.

     

    Ski King Pine! Join King Pine Ski Area in Madison, New Hampshire for their Winter Carnival. For more information visit them online at kingpine.com or call 603-367-8896.

     

    Can you solve the mystery? Beginning February 12th join MysteryNH for a "real-life escape room experience" at their new location at the Mountain Valley Mall. Solve clues, decrypt messages, and open locks to make your escape! For more information visit mysternh.com or call 603-730-5009.

     

    See a show! Equus is playing at M&D Theatre in North Conway, New Hampshire through February 28th. This is a show you do not want to miss! Purchase tickets by visiting www.yourtheatre.com or by calling 603-733-5275

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    1. Ken Martin on

      Don't forget Equus is playing at M&D Playhouse 7:30pm call 603-733-5275 for tickets
      • Wright Realty on

        Thank you for the great reminder Ken! We have added the information, looking forward to the show!

    Tips for Purchasing a Vacation Rental Property in the Mount Washington Valley

    Tips for Purchasing a Vacation Rental Property in the Mount Washington Valley

    When it comes to a year round vacation hot spot, the Mount Washington Valley has it all. Whether you like outdoor adventure, shopping, or consider yourself a foodie, the Mount Washington Valley has something for everyone, no matter what time of year. Our area is truly a four season gem, which is why so many choose to purchase second homes in our beautiful area for vacation rental purposes. 

     

    Before you take the leap into purchasing a vacation rental property in the Mount Washington Valley, we have some key points you should keep in mind!

     

    Can you rent it? If you are purchasing a property for the sole purpose of renting it, you want to make sure it is actually rentable! Talk to your REALTOR® about the best locations for rental properties and what people are looking for when they rent in the area.  While you might want a private house with five bedrooms on ten acres, you might discover a condo with three bedrooms within walking distance to the slopes is much more desirable in the area. 

     

    Are there added fees? While the asking price of a vacation rental might seem affordable up front, the taxes, association, and other fees might be more than you can afford. Talk to your mortgage broker about what you can truly afford, and then stay in the price range that they give you, including taxes and fees. 

     

    What are the association rules on short term rentals? If you are purchasing in a ski condominium area, such as the Mount Washington Valley, you will find some associations that thrive on short term rentals, while others that do not allow it. Tell your REALTOR® right away that you are purchasing a property for the purpose of renting short term - they can show you properties that will be the right fit. 

     

    Who will manage the rentals and property? If you are purchasing a vacation rental property in the Mount Washington Valley, but live in Rhode Island, managing the property yourself might be a bit difficult. Speak to your REALTOR® about vacation rental property management. While some properties come with an on site rental management, others leave it entirely up to the property owner, which means you are responsible for everything from fixing the leaky sink and shoveling the walk way to cleaning the property afterwards. 

     

    So, are you ready to purchase your vacation rental property? Check out our experienced agents by clicking here. You can also view vacation properties by clicking here.