Home Seller And Buyer Tips

Home Staging Tips That Will Help You Display Your Home in the Best Light

Your home may be one of your largest assets, and you certainly want to take steps to get the best price possible for it when you sell. In addition, you may have plans to purchase a new home when you list your home, so you may need for your house to sell quickly. Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers. While there are dozens of staging tips and ideas that you may use, here are a few that are rather simple and affordable.

Give Each Room a Single Purpose

You may have several rooms that have multiple uses. For example, you may have a work desk placed in the master bedroom, or a section of the living room may be designated as a kids' play area. While this may be functional for how your family lives, it can confuse buyers. Buyers need to be able to walk into a room and imagine their own family living in the area. They may not have a need or use for a desk in the master bedroom, and this can confuse the use of the space.

It also can make a room look smaller and more cramped than it is.

De-Clutter Your Rooms

In addition to defining a single use for each room, you should also de-clutter everywhere. Depending how long you have lived in your home and how significant your periodic spring cleaning sessions have been, this can be a major undertaking. As a good rule of thumb, items that have not been used in more than six months may need to be donated or tossed away. The exception to this rule is seasonal items, like winter coats, pool toys or holiday décor. Keep in mind that buyers may open cabinets,drawers and closets, so your cleaning session should be thorough and not superficial.

Pack Away Personal Belongings

A final step is to pack away personal belongings. Everything from religious symbols like crosses, to a family photo over the mantel, should be packed in boxes and hidden away in the attic or basement closet. Your goal is to make your home look like any family could live there rather than to make it look like your home. Only decorative items that have a broad or universal appeal should remain.

When a home is properly staged, it may feel as though your home is not your own and even as though you are camping out in your own home. Keep in mind that staging can help you to sell your home as quickly as possible and to get the highest bid possible. Therefore, your effort is well worthwhile.


4 Tips to Improve Your Home Without Breaking the Bank - JTRealty

With housing prices increasing, now is the time invest in your home to capitalize on its value. However, like most home owners, the thought of renovations and home improvement probably feels a little discouraging. With these low-budget tips it doesn’t have to be!

Tip #1 – Paint, Paint, Paint!
A couple fresh coats of paint makes an entire room feel clean and updated One of the biggest and simplest improvements is paint! A little bit of paint can go a very long way. A couple fresh coats of paint makes an entire room feel clean and updated — and that means more value. When selecting paint colors, neutral colors appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. Another alternative is an accent wall, it can be a perfect way to break up a large room, or to emphasize an architectural feature. Here’s an example of an accent wall that receives ooh’s and ahh’s at showings. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $30, so go buy a few gallons and get busy!

Tip #2 – Low-maintenance landscaping

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No question that shrubs and colorful plants will add curb appeal to any home, but when shopping at your local garden center, make sure that you "think green." Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant; these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you and more green in your wallet. Your grass is important to keep in mind, overgrown or patchy lawns and outsized bushes will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. A little landscaping goes a long way.

Tip #3 – If you're short on square footage, make it FEEL bigger!
The size of your home is a huge factor, as I'm sure anyone selling their home is aware of. The size of your home is a huge factor, as I’m sure anyone selling their home is aware of. However, it’s not just the square footage that makes an impact it’s also about visual space and how big the buyer FEELS the room is. Replace your old dark, heavy draperies with vertical blinds. Vertical blinds allow much more light into a room – and sunlight always makes a room feel bigger. Also, try to find space for a large mirror in the room to visually double the space.  Last but not least, clutter. Your buyer needs to walk in and feel like they are already at home, so pack up the personal photos, and ditch the vintage collection of Beanie Babies on the top shelf and the less cramped it will feel!


Tip #4 –  Replace Worn Carpets or rugs

WOW -- a 6 Bedroom 4 Full Bath Contemporary home for less than $500, 000!
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Sometimes the problem is right under your nose, or in this case your feet. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Nothing turns buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a home. Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by having the carpets professionally cleaned, or replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and the others as your finances allow.  
If your home has hard wood that appears scratched and damaged, look into a fun area rug. Not only will it help disguise some cosmetic imperfections, but it will add some extra sizzle to the room.

Trying to Sell a Mount Washington Valley NH Home with Tenants Still Living Inside?

These 3 Tips Will Make Your Life Easier

Are you thinking about selling a home in Mount Washington Valley NH that you have rented out for some additional revenue? If so, you're likely trying to discern how to best inform the current tenants and conduct the sales process in a way that works well for all of the parties involved. In today's blog post we'll explore how to sell your home while you're renting it out to tenants and share three tips that can make the process a bit easier.

#1: Review Local NH Laws and Your Tenancy Agreement

First, you'll want to break out your tenancy agreement and download any state, provincial or municipal laws that apply to landlord-tenant relations. Selling a home with renters living in it can result in a number of sticky situations. You'll want to ensure that you conduct yourself in accordance with the rule of law as you may end up in court if the process goes sour.


#2: Communication is a Vital Part of the Process

Next, you'll need to ensure that you're communicating with your tenants every step of the way. Meet with them to let them know that you would like to place the home on the market, and explain how the sales process is going to work. Allow your tenants to ask questions and to state their case as they may be willing to buy the home from you if they can afford it. Be polite but firm; you don't want to encourage any hostility but this is your property and ultimately, your decision.

Don't forget to fully inform your tenants as to how home showings will work, as they'll likely be concerned as to who is being provided with keys to their home.


#3: Incentives Can Sway an Unruly Tenant

Finally, if you're faced with some unruly tenants that are making the sales process challenging you may find that financial incentives to help the process go smoother. You'll need their cooperation in keeping the home relatively clean and tidy, so you may want to consider offering some gift certificates or paying a portion of the rent in exchange for their help. If you're hosting an open house over a weekend, offer to put their family up in a nice hotel somewhere in town where they can enjoy a weekend together.


While selling a Mount Washington Valley NH home with tenants living inside is rarely easy or fun, it's certainly doable. When you're ready to learn more about the home selling process, contact your local real estate agent as they can share their expertise and guidance to ensure you get the most from your sale.

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3045 East Main St – Just listed! 
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Don't Forget the International Buyer

Bearfoot Creek Home Bartlett NHDid you know that 1 out of every 12 properties sold in the United States is to an international buyer? International buyers purchased $104 billion worth of property in the U.S. in the past year. They tend to pay more for the properties they buy, with 55% of the purchases made as all-cash transactions.* Just last year one of my Attitash Bear Peak listings sold to an international buyer for over $1.4 million! This buyer also purchased the adjacent lot and a construction contract for another $2.5 million.

In fact, I have met so many people from around the world who vacation in the Mount Washington Valley, I recently became a Global Property Specialist with Keller Williams in order to take advantage of new ways to market my resort and fine home listings to this somewhat untapped market. This program gives me a network of over 500,000 agents in 100 countries to work with. It allows me to translate my property information into 19 different languages before it is syndicated to the top international real estate sites around the world. Think of these sites as the Zillows/Trulias for other countries. This means my listings are being marketing to potential international buyers on websites they are familiar with, and in their own native language.

I'm excited about the opportunities for my clients with this new global exposure for their properties. So if you are thinking of listing your lakefront, mountainside or luxury home property, contact me at Joy@JTRealty.com.  I won't just think locally when marketing your property. There's a whole world of possibilities out there!

*Source: National Association of Realtors Profile of International Home Buying Activity 2015

Joy Tarbell's Market Report - August 2015

Dear Clients & Friends,

Mount Washington Valley, NH condo market continues to growThis business is so much more fun when I have good news to report …
The Carroll County Market Report YTD through August 2015 shows the number of single family home sales up almost 11%, median home prices up 8% to $200,000 and the days on market down 5% -- yes!  With pending sales also up over 10%, everything is moving in the right direction.

Not to be left out, the condo market continues with even more good news: the median sales price YTD through August 31, is up 21% to $175,000.  Sales Volume is up 26%, plus pending sales are up almost 10%.

We have seen a steady flow of buyers in the marketplace in the past few weeks and have been especially busy with calls and showing requests.  Not everyone will be at the Fryeburg Fair this week!  Foliage is peaking late this year which should bode well for the number of visitors we have to the Valley.

NH Market Report August 2015

If you’d like specific info on your own community, shoot me an email. We just merged with Keller Williams Lakes & Mountains, giving me more time to focus on my personal clients. I’m here for you!

Warmest Regards,

Joy Tarbell, CLHMS, CRS, GRI

Lots to Love in the Mount Washington Valley of NH

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Lot E54 Stanton Farm Road BartlettI have often heard real estate agents talk about Buyers who literally look for a home for years. They visit as many as 30 properties a season, looking for that perfect home. After all, buying a home is the biggest purchase most families will make and they want to get it right. So why not get it right from the beginning? Buy a lot and build it yourself.

In the Mount Washington Valley and Western Maine there is a lot of pristine land out there just waiting for the right person to come along and envision their dream.  September is usually a time when things slow down a bit in the real estate industry. Kids are back to school, vacations are behind us and focus shifts to everyday life.  It is the perfect time to look for a lot and start the process.

I thought of writing this Blog when I was driving out to Stanton Farm Road in Bartlett. Such a beautiful drive through the development of Stillings Grant up to the end of a cul-de-sac where the owner of Lot E54 had just cleared the 2.5 acre lot for a home site.  Here you are minutes from North Conway and skiing at Attitash yet you feel like you are a world away, in a country setting with mountain views.  I left planning my wrap around porch as I drove down the hill. The lot currently for sale at 12A Switchback in Jackson, NH.

In addition to Bartlett, we always have folks interested in Jackson, NH.  The lot currently for sale at 12A Switchback is one of the biggest lots in this highly desirable resort town at over 11 acres, and the potential for mountain views. It is very close to Jackson Village offering plenty of privacy and still walking distance to town.

Love to ski Cranmore? You can't get much closer than  Cranmore Birches. Lots have been cleared and you will love the views of Cranmore Mountain, so close you can see the groomers on the hill. Lot/Building packages including a garage start at $398,900, or you can choose your own builder. If you like the idea of resort living but not the high cost of trailside ownership then this is your location with Cranmore a short walk away.

In Conway, there is the inviting community of Runabout Bay at Conway Lake. From these lots on Hill Road you can walk to the public beach and boat ramp on Conway Lake, just a few blocks away.  Hill Road ends in a cul-de-sac so there is no through traffic. Lots 4 and 6 are undeveloped at $42,000 and $40,000 and Lot 104 has all its infrastructure in place and is ready to go at $67,000.

Riverfront lots available on Saco River NHIf you like the idea of water access it's hard to beat a private sandy beach on the Saco River at Evergreens on the Saco. Lots start at $40,000 with Riverfront lots available at $95,000. Here you can take advantage of level, cleared lots with utilities and water at the road. The neighborhood is well designed with walking trails winding around pine trees and an abundance of common areas to protect the privacy between you and your neighbors. Take a stroll on easy walking paths to the private beach and in winter hit the slopes with Mt. Cranmore only 10 minutes away! An easy location, close to everything but has the feeling that you're far away from all the hustle and bustle!

For true wilderness living, there is an amazing 45 acre lot in Chatham, NH. It is surrounded on 4 sides by the White Mountain National Forest. Here you can enjoy a remote, off-the grid location for someone who wants ultimate privacy. It is listed for an astonishing $75,000!

How many people love their home but wish there was something they could change about it? A more open floor plan, larger kitchen, first floor master bedroom, a better view? There are Lots to Love in the Mount Washington Valley. Give us a call and let us help you find the perfect location for your dream home.

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Nerves shot! Making the move to Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire

Last spring, my husband & I put our Beverly, MA home up for sale. We had always wanted to live in New Hampshire and we decided to "just do it."  I worked in sales at the time - and was good at it. I thought "I can sell this house faster than any real estate agent."

We decided at the last minute to at least hear from a real estate professional. We chose a husband & wife team, mainly because I knew the wife from the gym. We met with them last February and really listened to what they had to say. We chose to go with them. 
I knew the history of the house and the neigbhorhood as we'd lived there for more than 20 years. But the realtors knew the market, the advertising/marketing and how to stage the house to get the most money for our property.
And they did!
We aimed for a listing date of March 1. We had 4 weeks to de-clutter a home in which we raised 4 kids and numerous pets. I couldn't believe Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire homeall the stuff we had to get rid of. It wasn't an episode of "Hoarders" but still - we had to rent a dumpster! The race was on and we got rid of all the junk, took down our family photos and made the house look as neutral and clean as possible. 
It was like living in a model home - which was weird - but it was a good move.
We listed the home March 1 and the first open house was the first weekend - we had more than 150 people attend. 
We sold the house within the month - the closing was in April. We had found a place in Glen we loved and made an offer. After enduring the nerve-wrecking process of selling/buying we realized we had a gap in which we'd have no home for 2 months. The new home's closing was May 31. Who rents for 2 months and to a family with a Rottweiler? No one - that's who.
As the date to move approached with alarming speed, we finally found a rental home that fit the bill. Whew!
It all happened so quickly. As stressful as it was, I realize now how lucky we were to find the right agents to sell our home.
Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire houseWe also had a buyer's agent who gave us great advice regarding our new home.
This spring, in our new home, I plan to learn how to garden. While my hopes are not high regarding my planting skills, I'm thrilled to embrace the coming days of warmth and sunshine.

Winter Projects in The Mount Washington Valley of NH & ME

I usually wait until spring to do a big clean/organize, but this year, all of our "stuff" was really driving me crazy. I have two kids, a husband that works outside, and a job that puts me in the elements sometimes as well. That means there are 8 hands that need gloves, 4 heads that need hats, 4 necks that need scarves, 8 feet that need boots, you get the point. And since we are "shoes off in the house" people, our entryway tends to look a little bit like an outdoor clothing store exploded in it, with everything on the floor. Walking into this was getting really old. It immediately stressed me out. So as I always do, I searched around on Pinterest for DIY storage tables. First we were going to do a built in storage bench with drawers, but being the Realtor I am, all I could think about was resale. What if we only had space for 4 drawers and someday the buyer has 3 kids? Or no kids? So we decided to clean up the entryway with a simple coat rack, and a console table with storage that could be removed when we move.

Here is the inspiration: 

Table and DeskSo off we went to pick up supplies. We were able to purchase the lumber and paint at Lowes for around $30. I found modern chevron print baskets in the storage section of Lowe's for $13 each, and they are really big. I bought one for each of us. Then I went to TJMaxx and dug through the clearance section and was able to find some vintage looking items to sit on top of the table, to blend my husband's taste of older looking things with my love for all things modern. We also purchased a standard shelf/coat hook combo to make things easy. My husband built the table (you can find instructions here, but you will have to adjust measurements to fit whatever storage containers you buy, and the size of your space) and then I painted it with 3 coats of white satin enamel. I waited overnight for it to dry and jumped out of bed the next morning (seriously, I did, I was super excited) and put the baskets in, and decorated the top with an antique style clock, lantern, plant box (plants to come) and a bowl for car keys. We are pretty excited about how our less than $100 project turned out! And it only took a couple of hours. It looks welcoming, and is functional. And the kids think it's fun to put their stuff in their own drawer! I realize this won't last forever, but I'm gonna roll with it for now.


Check it out:

A storage section of Lowe's for $13 eachCoats hanging up


Now, on to the next project!


2014's Hottest Neighborhoods in Mount Washington Valley, NH

We keep a close eye on what's selling and what's not. Here's our opinion on the best-selling markets in 2014:

Nordic Village: This upscale Glen (Bartlett) NH resort saw huge market improvements in 2014. There were 9 sales, from a one-bedroom condo all the way up to a large two-bedroom lockout. This means a big range of styles and prices. 2014 sales more than doubled 2013 sales!  This ate up a great deal of the inventory there, so this first quarter should see some great activity!

Mountainside on Attitash: This luxury trailside condo development soared this year. There were five sales, which was more than the two prior years combined! The ski-in ski-out convenience and spacious layouts of the development must have been a huge draw. With little inventory on the market as of January 2015 and a big demand, things should heat up nicely for Mountainside sellers in 2015.Attitash Mountain in Bartlett, NH

River Run: When it comes to Attitash, River Run is the most affordable way to own a year-round vacation home as close to trailside as possible ... it's across the street from the base lodge! With a slew of amenities, there's always something to do there. There was 9 sales in 2014, in a range of sizes and prices. That's 33% more than 2013!

Ledges of Birch Bend: This luxury community sits high up off of Glen Ledge Road in Glen. After a sleepy couple of years, the $500,000 price point performed well in this neighborhood, a mix of new construction and resale homes. Demand should be just as strong in 2015.

So what's in store for 2015? Our predictions are that River Run will continue to perform well, since there's still a lot of inventory on the market and people are buying there. The luxury market was strong last year and will continue to grow. Look for more activity in Hale's Location Country Club and Mountainside on Attitash. We also think developments like Cathedral Trail at Attitash and Cranmore Birches will make it back to the top of buyers' lists.

For more info on these or any other properties, please email Info@JtRealty.com or call (603) 356-7200.

Home Sweet (new) Home

 By Corinne

North Conway home in winterYou know you're in heaven when you can fold laundry while looking out at the Attitash Mountain ski trails!

I read somewhere that the greatest happiness comes from enjoying the daily things in life - not just waiting for big things to happen.

And for the past 6 months, I've found that to be true. Recently, my husband and I have been skiing during the week - a new and fabulous experience for us. No crowds! No waiting in the lift lines!

Our move to this area was rather sudden. My husband retired as a police chief of a Massachusetts North Shore city last year. We thought, "What are we waiting for? Let's move to God's Country up north!"

The time was right. Three of our 4 children are grown and our youngest son, Alex, would be starting high school this past fall. So last spring we sold our house in Massachusetts and began the search for the home we've always wanted to enjoy the next phase of our lives.

And we found it - in Glen, NH. We looked at a lot of homes. Over the years, we've bought and sold a number of homes. The requirements changed as our lives evolved. Our last home was where we raised our children. It was close to everything, shopping, parks, schools and our neighbors were like family. It was a tight-knit neighborhood where people looked out for each other.

Mark & Corinne Bretton WoodsIn 2005, my husband spent a year in Iraq. In addition to his law enforcement job, he also served 30 years in the military. When Mark was deployed to a dangerous area in the region - the Triangle of Death - we had children ages 5, 9, 11 and 14. It was amazing to know the neighbors were always there to help. If I was at work and one of the kids forgot his or her key - there was always a welcoming neighbor home offering milk and cookies until I could get home.

My husband and I both led active work lives and our family time was precious to us. The ski trips to the North Conway area are some of the best memories we made with our children as they grew up.

For this home, we envisioned a place where we could have family and friends stay with us. We wanted to be near mountains and we hope one day to be teaching our grandchildren to ski (not yet though!).

Buying a home is such a personal experience and having a vision of what you want in a home base is vital. We looked at a lot of perfectly nice homes but nothing stood out. However, when we first laid eyes on the one we ended up buying - we knew this was it. Love at first sight!

We live in a quiet area, with a panoramic view of the mountains. We enjoy having family and friends stay with us and we have enough room for everyone. We live near Story Land so we are a favorite destination for our relatives with young children.

One such visit really tested this. For this particular visit, my husband hosted his sister and his brother-in-law, 2 nieces, their husbands and 6 children under the age of 7.

I confess that I was somewhat happy to know I was going to be out of town for work during the visit. Sure, this was somewhat gutless on my part, but I figured my husband was up to the challenge. He was a military commander after all.

When I called to check in, I expected to hear a lot of screaming/crying in the background. But it was not the case.  It turned out to be a terrific visit. The adults had the guest rooms and the kids set up air mattresses in the downstairs living room. It was like indoor camping!

I look forward to working at JtRealty and seeing other people realize their dream lifestyles as well. When my husband and I come downstairs in the morning - we take a look out at the mountains and give each other a big high-five!