Dover, NH Real Estate News

By Sue Melhorn, Licensed in NH, ME and FL!
(The Bean Group)
Although, the housing market has slowed, Housing Predictor, an independent real estate market forecaster says that the next 12 months will be the best time to invest in the U.S. housing market.  I know what you're thinking...just another real estate agent telling me to get into the market.  BUT, veteran real estate investors know that when it looks bad, that is the time to pull the trigger and buy real estate to have the highest probability of making top profits.  With this said I'm hoping you can do me a favor...if you hear of someone who might like to take advantage of this market, would you give me a call or send me an email?  I'd be happy to help. Now let's take look at what is going on in the market locally... 28 homes sold in Dover in July: - 19 single family homes, -   8 condos, ...
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By Sue Melhorn, Licensed in NH, ME and FL!
(The Bean Group)
Summer is here!  And, this is always a busy time for real estate because who really wants to move when snow is falling right?!  Let's see how the Dover real estate market has fared over the last month:  31 homes sold in Dover in June: - 24 single family homes, and -   7 condos.   Year-to-date, 121 homes have sold in Dover, NH: -89 single family homes -40 condos, and -  2 mobile homes In addition, 13 Dover homes went pending with active contracts in June. I have also listed a couple of properties you might be interested in this month.  Just click on the links below for more information. **22 Muirfield Drive in Stratham, NH--a stunning 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial priced at $649,900. **287 Austin Street in Portsmouth, NH--a charming English "cottage" home priced at $319,900, and **6 Camp ...
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By Sue Melhorn, Licensed in NH, ME and FL!
(The Bean Group)
An important thing to keep in mind when it comes to real estate is that each and every town is different.  Depending on where you are in the country, one town can be thriving and the next can be in a slump.  This can also be true for large cities-certain sections of a city can be desirable...others not so much.  Please keep this in mind when you listen to the news.  The media is often giving you statewide or national market data and your home town is not the "national market".  With that said, let's see what's been going on in the Dover real estate market. 23 homes sold in Dover in May: -15 single family homes, and -8 condos.  Year-to-date, 100 homes have sold in Dover, NH: -65 single family homes -33 condos, and -2 mobile homes In addition, 13 Dover homes went pending with active cont...
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By Sue Melhorn, Licensed in NH, ME and FL!
(The Bean Group)
The latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) claims that existing-home sales are projected to trend up in 2008.  I definitely see that happening here in the Seacoast.  In fact, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR was quoted recently saying, "The improvement in the Northeast reaffirms a trend apparent for some months now that shows signs of recovery, noteworthy because that was the first region to slump." Yes, he said did say improvement in the Northeast!  Let's check out what's been going on in Dover, NH.  22 homes sold in Dover in April - 16 single family homes, and -  6 condos.  Year-to-date, 75 homes have sold in Dover, NH: -48 single family homes -25 condos, and -2 mobile homes In addition, 21 Dover homes went pending with active contracts in April and there a...
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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Final photos are in...this is the end of the road... the fat lady is singing! If you are just joining us, this is the final post in a series showing our transformation of a condo.Original "Before" photos of entire condoPart 2  Dog Hair in the MicrowavePart 3  A New Door and More PaintPart 4  Kitchen Tile, Nasty Carpet, Nana's DresserPart 5  Nana's Dresser Goes Heavy MetalPart 6  What a Difference a Light MakesPart 7  You Don't Always Get it Right The First Time Part 8  From Charming to Functional Using ShelvePart 9  Custom Wood Radiator CoversPart 10  Final photos are in For those of you who have been wondering "when will it end" "how much longer can this series be?"  Your prayers have been answered, this is the big finale! The Master Bedroom....  This project is a testimonial to the po...
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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
We aren't totally finished our "not-so-extreme" make-over yet, but we are close enough for some "After" photos.I first posted on this project back on March 3 and considering we only had weekends and some evenings to work on it, we made pretty good time.I decided not to keep you waiting any longer for the "after" photos.                             The only room left to photograph is the master bedroom, which I will do at another time.  To see past posts on our condo transformation:                                                                            Original "Before" photos of entire condoPart 2  Dog Hair in the MicrowavePart 3  A New Door and More PaintPart 4  Kitchen Tile, Nasty Carpet, Nana's DresserPart 5  Nana's Dresser Goes Heavy MetalPart 6  What a Difference a Light MakesP...
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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
There are certain moments in life when emotion floods over and a kind of numb feeling takes over your body.  Hearing my son is going to be a dad was one of those moments. "Ashley is pregnant" Josh said with a big smile.It came out of the blue, totally unexpected.  Surprise!  My boy...a father?We are going to have a new baby, our first grandchild! When Ashley pulled out the pregnancy test, I think I went into a type of shock...I don't know why, but for some reason my top priority at the time was "don't cry" and not being emotional was the main thing on my mind.  I am sure I didn't have the reaction they were expecting.  I hugged them both and I let them know how happy I was, but there was this surreal feeling to the whole thing...joy and fear all mixed together.Please don't misunderstand...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
As part of my revamping of my new website, www.billsomerset.com  I will be adding Visual Tours of areas that I sell real estate in.  I have gotten together with my father, Oscar Somerset, who is the owner/photographer of  8th Wonders Photography, to take photos of these towns and will be adding the tours to my website.For now, here are some local photos of the Dover New Hampshire area we were able to take last week.  Hope you enjoy them.  And always remember, for more information on Dover New Hampshire real estate, feel free to contact me, Bill Somerset anytime, 800-921-0021 or www.billsomerset.com .                                                           For more information regarding Dover New Hampshire real estate.  Feel free to contact Bill Somerset, Century 21 Central Falls Realt...
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By Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
Real Estate Market Update 21 For March 27-April 10, 2008Strafford County, New HampshireSingle Family HomesTotal Listings Available 840 (Last Report 800) Price Range $39,900-$2,750,000 Total New Listings This Report 111 (Last Report 31) Price Range $114,955-$1,100,000Total Pending This Report 34 (Last Report 14) Total Withdrawn This Report 18 (Last Report 6) Total Expired This Report 52 (Last Report 13) Total Sold This Report 44 (Last Report 17)CondosTotal Listings Available 216 (Last Report 208 ) Price Range  $57,900-$489,900 Total New Listings This Report 14 (Last Report 12) Price Range $57,900-$270,000Total Pending This Report 4 (Last Report 5) Total Withdrawn This Report 2 (Last Report 0) Total Expired This Report 12 (Last Report 2) Total Sold This Report 10 (Last Report 0)Shannon Al...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
When: Saturday April 19thWhere: Dover ice arena, Dover New HampshireThe 7th Annual Kids Fest features an exciting mix of interactive educational and entertainment attractions such as costume characters, animal exhibits, health and safety awareness, as well as informative product and service demonstrations from participating vendors. Each year the show includes products and services for children from infants to teenagers.PONY RIDES - FACE PAINTING - COSTUME CHARACTERSTRAVELING BARNYARD SPONSORED BY BEN'S AUTO BODY BOUNCY HOUSES PROVIDED BY TAYLOR RENTALARTS & CRAFTS - GAMES BY KIDZEVENTZ - CHILDPASSENGER SAFETY & AWARENESS SPONSORED BYDOVER FIRE & RESCUE - lil'iguana LIVE STAGE SHOW FOOD VENDORS: Moes Italian Sandwich ShopsMuddy River Marketplace and CateringFriendlys of Portsmouth & Dov...
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By Sue Melhorn, Licensed in NH, ME and FL!
(The Bean Group)
You might not believe it, BUT, the National Association of Realtors stated recently that sales of existing homes rose to a 5.03 million annual rate in February which is an unexpected 2.9% increase.  Why?  The answer is that sales are being spurred by lower prices.  Falling prices improve affordability and encourage people to make purchases.  In addition, the number of new construction homes for sale dropped to 471,000 units (in the US) which is the smallest number of new construction homes on the market since July 2005.Rising sales and lower prices have also stimulated the mortgage market.  Recent Federal Reserve actions have also allowed the 30-year fixed mortgage to remain near 6% and the 15-year fixed to hang around 5.5%.Now that you are all up to date on the national market.  Here's...
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By Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
Dover is the town I grew up in and I have an enduring fondest for it. We have definitely seen some changes when reviewing the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008. In 2007 there were 94 single family homes & condos sold and in 2008 that number has dropped to 61. That computes to a 35% drop in total units sold. Granted we did just live through the snowiest winter on record. Not an easy time to look at houses let alone move in. The first three months of 2008 did see a slight decline in average sales price to $270,079 vs. $281,254 for the same period in 2007. A 4% decrease is more than acceptable but 102 homes came on the market during this time. That is quite a bit of unsold inventory. The average days on market have also increased. In 2007 it took an average of 122.33 days ...
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By Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
Real Estate Market Update 20 For March 20-26, 2008Strafford County, New HampshireSingle Family HomesTotal Listings Available 800 (Last Week 801) Price Range $39,900-$2,750,000 Total New Listings This Week 31 (Last Week 76) Price Range $109,900-$535,000Total Pending This Week 14 (Last Week 31) Total Withdrawn This Week 6 (Last Week 16) Total Expired This Week 13 (Last Week 29) Total Sold This Week 17 (Last Week 16)CondosTotal Listings Available 208 (Last Week 213) Price Range  $84,900-$489,900Total New Listings This Week 12 (Last Week 13) Price Range $84,900-$489,900 Total Pending This Week 5 (Last Week 6) Total Withdrawn This Week 0 (Last Week 2) Total Expired This Week 2 (Last Week 8 ) Total Sold This Week 0 (Last Week 9)Shannon Aldrich, Keller Williams Coastal Realty Portsmouth, NHJoi...
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By Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
Before showing your home, take the time to work with your professional real estate agent to complete a quality listing and fact sheet. I am constantly amazed at the amount of information left off. From total square footage (found on the tax card) to the color of the house. Help yourself and your agent by sitting down to write out a list of improvements made to the home and when. Give as many details as possible. The listing sheet is an essential marketing tool that drives internet information. Leaving off the total square footage means that if a potential Buyer is searching for homes between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet is doesn't matter if your home is 1,800 square feet of living space if that number was never entered. You have just been left out of the hunt for a home. Add the room dim...
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By Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
Real Estate Market Update 19 For March 5-19, 2008Strafford County, New HampshireSingle Family HomesTotal Listings Available 801 (Last Week 767) Price Range $39,900-$2,750,000 Total New Listings This Week 76 (Last Week 39) Price Range $50,000-$724,900 Total Pending This Week 31 (Last Week 13) Total Withdrawn This Week 16 (Last Week 3) Total Expired This Week 29 (Last Week 27) Total Sold This Week 16 (Last Week 15)CondosTotal Listings Available 213 (Last Week 194) Price Range  $69,900-$378,000 Total New Listings This Week 13 (Last Week 5) Price Range $129.900-$304,900 Total Pending This Week 6 (Last Week 1) Total Withdrawn This Week  2 (Last Week 2) Total Expired This Week 8 (Last Week 3) Total Sold This Week 9 (Last Week 8 )Shannon Aldrich, Keller Williams Coastal Realty Portsmouth, NHJo...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
 What a week it has been.  Today being Thursday, I have several more appointments lined up for Friday.  Many of you know, last week was great for me also.  I ran into a developer who is working on a new project, 128 residential lots!  I've done a ton of work trying to get the exclusive on that, marketing plans, etc...   I've had several calls last week, and this week, from past and new clients, all wanting me to do CMA's on homes, some wanting to look at new homes, and some wanting to buy investments!So what gives?  Am I doing something new?  Are my marketing plans finally working and coming to fruition?  I can honestly say, I think a lot of it has to do with Active Rain.  Sure the placement is great, the added traffic to my website is spectacular.  But above all of that, I think the kn...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
  Why not take advantage of a great buyers market while it's still available.Bank owned properties, and short sale properties are readily available in Dover New Hampshire today.  Take a look at some the examples I have compiled for you.    Bank owned for $ 289,900 Bank owned for only $ 154,900!     Bank owned for only $142,500!Subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice. The agency  referenced may or may not be the listing  agency for this property. Copyright 2006 Northern New England Real  Estate Network, Inc. To view any of these properties, or any bank owned properties in Dover New Hampshire, Please contact Bill Somerset, Century 21 Central Falls Realty, Dover New Hampshire 03820  CHECK OUT A CURRENT LIST OF BANK OWNED PROPERTIES AND SHORT SALE PROPE...
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By Paul Carrier
(Bean Group)
Due to a recent surge in automobile break ins in the city of Dover, 40 reported in the last 60 days, Chief Calarusso of the Dover Police Department has put out a strong warning to the citizens of Dover-" If you leave your vehicle, lock it!"  Apparently no one is safe. These thugs are getting cars in peoples driveways! They are targeting unlocked cars. As Chief Calarusso puts it "Thieves are lazy," they are not going to do more than they have to or do something that will draw attention to themselves. Again they are  after everything and anyone, the police are asking the people of Dover to keep a look out for people that look suspicious; people wondering around vehicles, people checking doors, peaking in windows. If you notice something strange, report it immediately.The Dover police woul...
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By Paul Carrier
(Bean Group)
In the Dover City News this week, I read an article about some historical records being returned to the City of Dover. These records date back to 1641 and were headed for auction on the Internet. The Document, which is entitled " Town Records Of Dover New Hampshire 1641-1807",  contains 1,110 pages filled with information on the settlement and development of Dover, which by the way is the seventh oldest settlement in the United States. The documents include references from The American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, the Declaration Of Independence, and the Nations first federal elections. According to a description by The Heritage Auction Galleries " the records detail the minutes of town meetings and the actions of the Selectmen on a tremendous range of concerns; from issues related to ...
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By Stephanie Ballou
(Keller Williams Coastal Realty)
 The city of Dover, New Hampshire is evolving into something beautiful. Once a thriving colonial seaport, and later, the nations leading manufacturer of cotton goods this city, like many, suffered it's hard times. But still, Dover and it's residents persevered, often in the shadow of nearby Portsmouth. Over the past few years this quaint little city has taken on a life of it's own. With ever growing culture, nightlife and entertainment, and dare I say, exceptional dining, this once shadowed little city has become a place you should come to visit and EAT!Here are a few of my favorite places to dine-Cartelli's Bar & GrillLocated at 446 Central Avenue next to River's Camera shop, Cartelli's specializes in Italian favorites- extraordinary Alfredo, the very best Penne Ala Vodka, and maybe my...
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