Blog :: 05-2015

Memorial Day is more than a holiday - JtRealty honors those who have served and fallen

MWV offers veterans opportunities to connect

Robert JtRealty honors those who have served and fallen, we thank them for the freedom they’ve preserved for our country.

For the many veterans who live in the Mount Washington Valley – we thank you for your service. As we honor those who are no longer with us.

Robert "Bob" Stone Tarbell (right) was a torpedo bomber during WWII. Bob, an electricial engineer, with his wife Helen, who predeceased him, raised 6 daughters, including Joy Tarbell. Bob passed away in 2013.

 

 

Veterans who move here from other areas have several places in which to connect with other veterans:

American Legion Ralph W. Shirley, Inc., NH Post 46
47 Taker Hill Rd
Conway, NH 03818          Phone: 603-447-3927
Email: legionnairespost46@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.americanlegionpost46conwaynh.com

American Legion North Conway, NH Post 95
116 Kearsarge Rd
NORTH CONWAY, NH 03860      
Email: nhalpost95@gmail.com   

VFW Post 11557 Mt. Washington Valley Post
PO Box 1111
Rte 16
Conway, NH 03818
United States
Phone: (603) 447-2729

VFW Post 5386 Francis P. Murphy Post
PO Box 380
River St.
Bartlett, NH 03812
United States
Phone: (603) 374-2500

Conway VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
71 Hobbs Street
Conway, NH 03818
Phone & Fax
Phone: 800-892-8384 X 3199

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Gather around the campfire But sleep in a comfy bed

 

Imagine the family gathering around the fire telling ghost stories, cooking over the open flame and pitching the tents - the joys of camping!

For many Massachusetts families, coming to the Mount Washington Valley to go camping  is indeed a ritual of family bonding. I know - we were such a family, as are many of our friends. We made our first trip when our youngest was 2, the oldest was 12. My husband was excited as we packed up the 4 kids, the gear and sped off to Mt Washington Valley from Beverly, MA. "Haven't you done enough camping during your Army stints?" I asked. Mark looked at me "but this is fun camping. You'll love it."

At White Lake State Park campground in Tamworth we unpacked our gear and I learned how to pitch a tent. The kids loved it! Off they went to swim and explore. We had hot dogs & mac n cheese (fun to cook over the open flame - not fun to clean up after) and we told scary campground stories after dark. Days 1-3 were pretty much idyllic.

Then it rained - not fun. Our oldest, Ryan, in a desperate move to self-entertain grabbed my copy of The Da Vinci code and finished it by the end of the day.

I learned later, from my girlfriends, that the secret to camping is this: stay for the fun stuff then leave! Or - get a good night's sleep - not on an air mattress or, worse, a sleeping bag - stay in the family cabin. It turns out many of our friends have either inherited camps or bought cabins - greatly enhancing both the number of trips to MWV and the quality of the trips.

JtRealty agent David Emmet was jubilant about leaving for his upcoming camping trip, heading out with a group of friends. I asked David what he liked best about camping. "For me, I guess, it's getting away from the grind for a couple of days and watching the seasons turn. We fish for Brook Trout, eat great food. We burn enough wood to heat a normal house for a week, and sleep under the stars. Or in my case, in the back of my Suburban," said David, an avid outdoorsman with a great appreciation for nature.

But he also knows the value of not sleeping on the ground!

 

New Hampshire Diners Discount Delight

It's Friday night and you've had a long week. You decide to go out to dinner with friends. How great would it be to walk into a restaurant and get $3 off or a free dessert – excellent, right!

AdoredA New Hampshire company has launched an app that does just that. Adored is a smartphone app that enables restaurants, bars, shops and attractions to build stronger relationships with loyal customers. For the customer, it eliminates that painful rummaging through your purse to find that loyalty rewards card. And it's better than a one-size fits all coupon. This intuitive app will quickly learn and respond to your consumer habits and offer you rewards that are most meaningful to you.

There is a bit of a Big Brother feel to it as the app communicates with tiny Bluetooth "beacons" set in key locations within participating businesses. But it's effortless to use and the interaction with consumers' phones is completely anonymous. There are no passwords to enter, no scanning QR codes, no punching cards. As soon as you walk through the door to your favorite business or restaurant you'll get a special offer. This app truly provides savings without struggle.

Red Parka Pub Glen NHTerri O’Brien, owner and general manager of the Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub in Glen, has been using the app for less than a month and is very pleased with her customers’ reaction. “We’ve had almost 100 people sign up. We’re looking to use the app to increase loyalty with our local customers.” If a customer comes in – the app will know that it’s the customer’s 4th visit and a free appetizer notice will pop up. 

If you're making plans to head out - take a moment to launch the app and save $$$. It's available on Apple iOS and Android phones. The app is fairly new as it launched in Manchester last fall, but it's growing in popularity.

One of the greatest benefits to folks who retire here is the great choice of restaurants. Are you considering relocating to the Mt Washington Valley? You get a lot of house for the prices here.

The 9 local merchants who have chosen to participate in the Mount Washington Valley launch of Adored, include:

Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway

Black Cap Grille, North Conway

Frontside Coffee Roasters, North Conway

Chef's Bistro, North Conway

Delaney's Hole in the Wall, North Conway

The Local Grocer, North Conway

Vintage Baking Company, Glen

Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub, Glen

J Town Deli, Jackson

 

Check it out and let us know what you think.

 

Mobile technology - A blessing and a curse!

Yesterday it finally happened - my phone broke. I had some warning - the touch screen started jumping around earlier in the day. I ignored the screen movement secretly hoping the phone fairies would magically fix the problem. No such luck. By 5pm I knew the phone was a goner.
After work, I sped to the phone store. I was not the only one there in a worked-up state over a broken phone. The lady in front of me pleaded with the salesperson "you don't understand - I need to have my phone!" Although I had insurance, somehow I knew getting a new phone would be a challenge. And it was. After waiting in line - the representative handed me a pamphlet - call this number and they will send you a new phone. He said this with a straight face - hello - I don't have a working phone. After a great deal of effort, I was able to order a replacement phone online. 
 
Every day I see our clients clinging to their smart phones like a lifeline. One of the great things about looking for a home today is that you can access everything while you’re in the car. Not while driving of course. More buyers are starting their search on a mobile device. Our www.JtRealty.com mobile site has been out there for a year now, with “Property Search” prominently featured. Here are my favorite real estate apps: 
 
Realtor.com is a good site if you know what you want in a home. You can find the home to meet your specific needs, from lot features, amenities, square footage - right down to the home’s flooring. These search features and the volume of available listings are by far this website’s strongest assets.
 
Yelp.com - Most know Yelp as a tool to find restaurants, hotels and gas stations. But it also is a great way to find local real estate companies. Yelp maps out the locations of real estate companies and provides reviews as well. 
 
Trulia.com is easy to use and provides great visuals.  Trulia is big on providing lots of interior and exterior photos of its properties, and excels in the slideshow function. A prospective buyer can see every detail of what they’re browsing.
 
Homesnap is a bit more creative than some of the others, allowing users to find out more about places they already like. Snap a photo with Homesnap and it will give you the location on your Mt Washington Valley dream home. You mean it costs, HOW MUCH!? Now that the housing market is coming back, this app helps you identify which properties have good "investment potential" and shows you homes that you'll be able to flip.
 
Now that you've found an awesome home, Zillow Mortgages is an app that helps you figure out whether you can pay for it. Look at the "affordability calculator." Find out everything you need to know from loan term to lender fees, before you make the call. Talk about a time saver.
 
When my husband and I were getting ready to purchase our home in Glen, nearly the entire transaction involved electronic signing. Docusign allows you to securely sign and manage documents online from any device with the most widely used e-signature solution.
 
And don’t forget the AutoSearch in our MLS. It may not be an app, but if you register with JtRealty and save your favorite listings, you can get email updates when new properties match your search criteria.
 
As a seller, you can get feedback from showings without waiting for the agent to get back to the office. And the paperwork? Well, just sign electronically. The mobile process makes everything so much easier. 
 
I've managed to get through today without my cell. While the world did not collapse there is a void. Apparently I have muscle memory for texting as I reached for my phone several times. Mobile technology is much more of a blessing than a curse!