NH Real Estate News

Confidence in housing doubled back in August toward the all-time high in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with home sellers’ optimism rebounding from July. The HPSI overall posted 88.0 in August, 1.2 percentage points higher than the month prior and moving toward the Index’s record high, reached for the second time in June.

The share of homebuyers surveyed for the Index who believe now is a good time to buy fell five percentage points to 18 percent, but the share of sellers surveyed who believe now is a good time to sell rose eight percentage points to 36 percent. The discrepancy is predominantly due to home prices, says Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president at Fannie Mae. Forty-eight percent of both homebuyers

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Average home sales price for Rockingham & Strafford counties skyrocketed this month to a new all-time high of $364,059 which beats the previous high by almost 5% and is 15% higher than August of 2016. Even with the increase in active inventory over the past month we still remain at about a 2.9 month’s supply which will keep average prices hovering in the mid $300’s for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Home sales in Rockingham & Strafford county rebounded from a poor July jumping 8.4% to 796 sales which is right in line with the August sales pace of the past two years. Total sales in 2017 year to date continue to outperform 2016 as we are currently 10% ahead of where we were the same time last year. The fall market has definitely started

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A new analysis of the New Hampshire economy says job growth in the state’s most urban counties has been much higher than expected in recent years, while rural counties have seen virtually no economic growth.

The report by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies says virtually all job growth in the past three years has occurred in Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties.

“One would expect this to some degree since that is where most of our state’s population lives and where most employers are located,” said Greg Bird, the center’s economist. “However, the level of economic activity that has taken place in these four counties is much higher than might be anticipated, even for their size.”

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There have been a lot of studies, think pieces and discussions trying to figure out millennials. Business owners were skeptical about hiring millennials a few years ago and now, as this younger generation continues to grow and succeed in life, the housing market seems to be the next millennial-facing industry.

There’s no doubt that millennials have finally entered the housing market. In fact, they currently make up 35 percent of buyers throughout the United States. Approximately 68 percent of all first-time home buyers fall into this age bracket as well. But what do they want inside their homes?

Let's take a look and see what millennials are looking for when it comes to buying a home.

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Average home sales prices for Rockingham & Strafford counties also declined from their all-time high in June falling slightly from $347,816 to $340,079. Average sales prices are still 9.5% higher than July of 2016. As inventory in the region remains low, average sales prices will continue to hover in the mid-300’s range.

 

After the record month in June home sales in Rockingham & Strafford counties fell 15% in July coming in at 734 which is also 4% lower year over year. We are currently well ahead of the sales pace set in 2016 with year to date sales totaling 3,819 compared to 3,385 at the same point in 2016. Inventory continues to lag behind (2.9 months’ supply) even with the increase in active listings which jumped 5% month over month.

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If you're selling your home, chances are good you're familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar. But did you know you should stage the exterior of your home too? Failing to update the look of your home's exterior can cause buyers to get a bad first impression when they initially arrive to view your home.  Whether your audience are luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home, staging the exterior of your home will have a major impact in the sale of your home.  If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider tweaking.

Clean Your Exterior

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The summertime real estate season is as hot as the weather, but you might want to postpone your purchase until fall.

For the first time in recent history, October surpassed June as the most popular month to get married. And these autumn-loving brides may be on to something: Although the spring months are notoriously the best time to buy real estate (as well as have a wedding), fall may be the new ideal season to buy a home.

1. There’s less competition

Competition for houses drops off in the fall, a time many people consider to be off-season in real estate. But there are still homes for sale — and in some cases, there’s just as much inventory as there was during the spring and summer. “[Fall] means new inventory and

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Small but mighty, Portsmouth has quite the culinary reputation. Despite being a small city (slightly more than 20,000 people), the quaint New Hampshire seaport is home to some of the region's best dining. Since it's barely an hour away by car (closer than many other places in Massachusetts), there's no reason Bostonians shouldn't gas up, get on the road and plan a trip to its best restaurants. Here are some of our top picks.

 

 

 

Black Trumpet

The historic, harborside brick building belies the contemporary cuisine inside. Chef Evan Mallett, a James Beard award semifinalist for Best Chef: Northeast, culls international flavors for a menu of "small," "medium" and "main" dishes that change often but are always interesting and refined. Even

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Butterflies are among the most beloved insects. Someone once called them flying flowers. They float, they flutter and they dazzle us with their colors. We relish their dance of spring. Then there’s the bad news: Because of pesticides and habitat loss, the populations of our cherished butterflies is in decline. 

A few simple tips will have you on your way to creating your own butterfly habitat. Any home garden, even a container garden, can attract butterflies. My vision is a patchwork of schools, businesses, home gardens and parks around the country that provide insect habitat, restoring communities of beneficial insects. The steps are simple — like most of earth’s creatures, butterflies just need food, water, sun and a safe place to have a…
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It’s no secret that moving is a headache. You need to purchase packing supplies, change your address, clean your current home, and more. Luckily, technology can make the process less painful. Whether you’re choosing the best mover or expertly packing your belongings—there’s an app for that. Read on for useful apps to help you streamline your moving process.

Unpakt

Book, manage, and pay for your move all within the Unpakt app. No need to fill out multiple request forms or call different movers for quotes. Simply enter your move details into the app to see moving prices in several cities across 37 states.

TaskRabbit

Get your home or apartment ready for the move by hiring a Tasker to complete home repairs, deep clean your home, and

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