Why Lake Trips Are Important

A Life of Infatuation with Water 

I spent countless afternoons on the water before I could walk. I remember sitting in grandmother’s lap from a Grand Lake Stream canoe and my father saying, “Mom, look sweetie, the moose is right there, it’s even moving a little, see it?”

Well, grandmother’s eyes weren’t quite what they used to be and she had never really seen a moose before so she answered, “Oh my Warren, that is a lovely moose.” And true to my grandmother’s devout nature, a woman who spent much of her life in Kentucky, grandmother wasn’t really fibbing because I’m sure what she saw in her imagination was in fact, a lovely moose. “That is so nice Warren, lovely.” The experience was important for grandmother and father both even if the sighting was unclear.

Father and I would often drive to the end of old dirt logging roads, shoulder our fishing gear, and then hike sometimes miles in search of the elusive Native Brook Trout. The Black Flies were always thick, the walking difficult, and raining only meant that the fishing was sure to improve and sometimes we caught as many fish as we wanted, other times we left empty handed. That wasn’t the important part so much either.

My first whitewater canoe expedition was with my sister, in a damaged and limping canoe that floated only inches above the river. Our line was true, our strokes were certain, and our eyes were huge and I remember seeing my sister’s yellow hair high above me as we traveled up and over the standing wave, and then capsized as we took on too much water. The narrow coil of rope my friend tossed missed us so 1. 5 miles later I had the brute washed up on a sandbar.

During college summers I learned intimately the nature of whitewater and guided rafting groups down the Kennebec River. The pull of the river was too strong and raft trips too cumbersome so soon I discovered all I needed was a kayak, some gear, and grand moving water for thrills.

I spent a summer on a fishing boat in Resurrection Bay Alaska and never got accustomed to the immense size of nature, the abundance of sea-life (gray whales, porpoises, Bald Eagles), and how quick the ocean can turn on a man.

BUT PERHAPS the most important trip on the water was my most recent with my father and most of my family. At 83 years old a man can get cabin fever so we made an arrangement that was wheel-chair friendly.

“FREEDOM” is what you would have heard were you with us this afternoon. Sometimes time on the water is the best medicine.

...with Ryan Mahan











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Happy 4th!

Happy Fourth of July! The Valley is bustling in all it’s summertime glory. There are several firework shows this weekend, you can check out the locations of a couple here. If you happen to be in Maine, a list of Fourth of July activities can be found here.fireworks

We are now in our busiest season, the agents are buzzing about, the phone is ringing, and we’re looking forward to a record-breaking summer! If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling this year, contact us for a no-pressure discussion on your goals for the remainder of 2014. We can help you determine whether or not the timing is right.

Have a very safe and Happy Fourth of July!

What to expect when you’re home inspecting

When you’re getting ready to buy a home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how awful it would be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy. It is an important part of buying your home. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector. Inspection Report and Keys

  1. What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, or a drafty window, mention that to the inspector so that you can be sure they check it out.
  2. Can I contact any of your past clients? If someone is doing a good, honest job, they wouldn’t be worried about someone contacting past clients. Even if you don’t actually call, ask for a number or two of people that have used them in the past.
  3. What kind of report will you give me? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you.
  4. Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairsyou or the seller will have to make. Of course, you don’t have to attend, but the option should be available to you if you want it.

None of this is meant to scare you. There are plenty of fixes that can be done yourself, and not everything that shows up in a home inspection report is an urgent repair, so read them with that in mind.

As Realtors, it’s out job to guide you through the home buying process. Let us help. Contact us for more information, and visit our page of tried and true home inspectors for our favorites.


Saco River Trips with Ryan the Realtor

Sundays in July and August — Past and Current Clients the River Calls

The river first calls to me when the ice-jams let out, when the water swells brown after a heavy rain, and indeed my fingers and toes often become numb as some pals and I maneuver around boulders, drop small ledges, and stand high on the tops of river waves in Mt. Washington Valley from our kayaks.

Later in the spring, when air temperatures become tolerable, the river levels drop and whitewater becomes impossible to find.

But the rivers won’t let me go and they call to me again in late June and early July for pleasant canoe trips, waterfall gazing, dipping in chest high pools off the Kancamaugus Highway and plunging head-long into the Saco after dozing on her sandy beaches.

Come for a Canoe Trip with Ryan July 13th — Other Dates TBA




A Castle in Barlett, New Hampshire?

Shining Light on Hidden Marvels — Welcome to Castle Living 

I suppose 13-years-ago I pedaled my bike past this property in pure ignorance. And 6 years ago I suppose I raked leaves of neighboring homes with a landscaper friend of mine, again, in pure ignorance.

So ignorance of what you might ask?

Ignorance of a castle that sits a few minutes walk from my office and that a client of mine would one day contact me for a showing. While buying and selling real estate can be a linear, objective process, my time in real estate also proves the necessity of “house love,” or in this case, “castle love,” and the real need for potential owners to see themselves enjoying the property after purchase.

 castleEnjoying the property would not be  difficult in the case of 361 Hurricane Mountain Road: a home movie theater in the basement, a formal dining room that makes you feel like Swedish Royalty, a guest house to suit the Rockefeller’s, and the only way I could avoid getting lost in the castle was to use compass directions, “Okay, I’m in the West part of the castle, okay, now I”m in the South.”

Also, there is Knight dressed in full armor to keep guard over the bedroom quarters — you now understand the price of $1,785,000. My client and I shared many jaw-dropping moments examining the fine details of this luxury property.

And at one moment I paused and ran my hand along the edge of trim in a doorway. Each trim board had been cut with a ban-saw to fit snugly among the rocks in the castle wall. The time involved for this project is HUGE as the number of doors and entrances are too many to count.

interior castle

If your goals include luxury homes in Mt. Washington Valley, one-of-a-kind historic homes, request a report below.

I am off to Narnia through 361 Hurricane Mountain Road :)

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Post & Beam Home with Organic GardenFor Sale in Eaton, NH

$199,900 Post & Beam Home with Organic Garden — A Home with Charm & Utility — New Listing

If a house could tell secrets on the current owners, 2012 Eaton Road would say the following: Tim is a professional cook who designed his kitchen for guests and function, or maybe also that Tim sometimes sneaks out of the house early to fish on Crystal Lake in neighboring Eaton, or maybe that Christine grows a strong organic garden and has for years. Also, this house raised two children who shared happy memories on Eaton Road before leaving for college.

This quiet country home has a wood stove, burns two tanks of oil annually, has a covered porch that faces the back yard and wraps around the house for grilling and enjoying the sun, and a walk-out basement for North Country toys and tools.

Ryan the Realtor ListingHere’s another secret: Tim & Christine are proud home owners who applied touch up paint to trim, stained decks, and finished odds and ends to make the transition for the next home owners easy. They have loved their home and they want the next folks to love their home as much as they do.

In short, they are a Realtor’s dream as they actually act upon suggestions and observations. Included are some additional photographs of this special property :)

Minutes to King Pine, Cranmore Skiing, and a short walk to historic Eaton Village Store.


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Being a landlord is not a pain!

I recently had a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for rent in Conway Village. Ultimately the owner decided that she would rather sell than rent, but I was overwhelmed with the response to the rental. I kept hearing over and over that there is  nothing out there in that size and price range. The rent was just under $1000.

Rents continue to rise across the country, and there are more and more renters out there looking for somewhere to live! I saw proof of that.  I also am noticing a slight shortage in seasonal rentals. I have received several inquiries looking for a rental for the 2014/2015 ski season. If you home for rent in Conway Villagehave a property that you aren’t using, or were thinking of selling but chose not to because of the potential pricing, it might be a good time to think about renting. Here are some benefits you can expect:

1. $$$$. If you choose to rent out your property, we would treat it just like a sale, and we would do a market analysis to determine your potential rental amount. Then you can sit back and enjoy, letting us find your tenant and all you have to do is collect a check.

2. Peace of mind. Sure, renting to strangers can be scary. But we have a proven process with background checks that make it more secure. Besides that, you will know that your property is not vacant. There will be someone there to report any problems to you, to make sure the heat is working all winter, and can make being a distant property owner much easier for you.

cash3. Build equity. If you have a mortgage on your property, the longer you make the payments, the more principal gets eaten up. If you weren’t happy with a market analysis or appraisal you received, you can rent the property for a couple of years, putting you in a better position a few years from now to make a move.

Sure, there are risks to renting. Nightmare tenants, mortgage payments when the property is unoccupied, the hassle of finding tenants…but that’s where we come in. We will work hard to find you a great tenant quickly, and you won’t have to lift a finger.

To learn more about our rental program, email Emily@JtRealty.com or visit our rental page.


A Hike with Mom

My mother, inspired by Tom Ryan’s “Following Atticus”, has decided that in the 8 years between her 62nd and 70th birthday that she will join the “4000 footers club”, a group of individuals that have climbed the Appalachian Mountain Club’s list of 4000+ foot White Mountains of NH. She began her ambitious journey on Sunday, and I decided to join her. After much conversation and reference to her many books and maps, we decided (well, she decided, I zoned out) that Mount Pierce, a “moderate” (HA!) climb, would be the first.

hiking Crawford Notch

She picked me up at 6:45 Sunday morning, which is not a time I like to see very often. After a quick stop at Dunkin Donuts, we made our way to Crawford Notch. We arrived just before 8am, and checked out the map at the trailhead (you know, in case it changed in the hour car ride) and began our trek. The first stretch of the hike was relatively easy, and we were pretty amped up and ready to go, so it went by quickly and we were excited. Great scenery, including some pretty waterfalls and wildlife. The first stretch of the hike was along a trail called “Crawford’s Path” which, from what I read online the night before, has been dubbed “relentless”. Well folks, I’d have to agree. I am not a hiker, in fact I think the only hikes I’ve ever really been on that I can recall were Diana’s Baths and Jockey Cap. Not exactly good prep for a 4312 foot high mountain. So when I was picturing hiking, I thought of wide dirt paths that had been beat down to an easy but steady climb. Oh no. No No No. This was like climbing a riverbed. I’d estimate that 90% of the hike was Mizpuh Spring Hut Hikeclimbing wet rocks. We got about 2 hours in and started to rethink what we were doing. There is a fork in the path that can either lead you 1.2 miles to the summit or .07 miles to Mizpuh Spring Hut, that has water and food, then on to the summit. Our plans had originally been to go to the hut then to the summit. After some water and trail mix at the fork in the trail, we both decided that let’s be honest, if we go to that hut we aren’t going any further, so we pushed on and chose the trail that led straight to the summit.

We continued our trek up, talking to many hikers along the way, young and old. It was refreshing to see people older than me on the trail, and reminded me that I can do this. Once we got a decent ways into the path leading to the summit, my anxiety started to take over. I had been thinking all along that we could always just stop going up once we got to the hut, and now that we had made the decision not to I started to feel sort of, trapped, is the best way to describe it. I realized that every careful step trying to find a dry stable rock on the way up would be the same on the way down. The whole way down. With tired legs. “One foot in front of the other Emmy Kate!” My mom would shout. We ran into some hikers that said that the summit was just about another 250 feet up, and that was the push we needed to get to the summit. And oh man, that summit…

Mount Adams

I wasn’t sure that any view would be worth that climb, but I was so wrong! It was a gorgeous day and we could see for miles and miles. It was like there was layers of mountains to be seen, some right in the front, then the silhouettes of ones behind them, and then even more behind those. We were way above the trees, and could see the Mount Washington Hotel far down to the left, and Mount Washington hikersstraight ahead. I’d never seen anything like it. We took some photos and stopped for a few minutes to have a snack and catch our breath. Once we started getting ready to head back down, another wave of anxiety hit. My legs were tired, I was hungry for more than just trail mix, and subconsciously I knew that we had no other choice but to hike back down, and that scared me.

We came back the way we came from after hearing that the trail down to the hut was even wetter than the one we took. My legs were shaking, partially from exhaustion, but mostly from anxiety. I wasn’t sure that the leg I was stepping on was going to hold me up. This was really terrifying to me, as I had several thousand steps to go. I fell once, slipped on a wet rock and fell forward onto my chin, and had one whimper that could have turned into tears, but I took a deep breath and stood up. My mom, ever the therapist that she was pre-retirement, kept encouraging me (or as I like to call it, “therapized” me) “We’re going back down the same way we came up, one step at a time, that’s all we can do”, “Trust your body, we were made to do things like this”, “Don’t look ahead, just look down at what you’re doing”. Eventually, something incredible happened. My legs stopped shaking. I started looking up and realizing I could climb up onto the side of the trail and use the trees to avoid the rocks in particularly wet areas. I started using my arms and hiking pole to help support some of my weight and allow my legs to take a break. I settled into my body and just went down. Once I got comfortable enough to mention this to my mom without jinxing it, she simply said “Well of course you feel better, you conquered a fear”.

hikershiking on Mt AdamsThe rest of the hike felt (somewhat) effortless, and soon enough we were back at the trailhead where we started, exhilarated and exhausted, but happy. I spent the next couple of days icing and heating my very sore muscles, silently cursing my mother and the mountain. Then yesterday, just when my legs started to feel better, I started researching which of the 48 are easier, and texted my mom this morning to count me in on her next one. Maybe I’ll go, maybe I won’t, but this experience was worth it. We climbed more than a mountain.


Disclaimer: I am not, nor do I claim to be, a hiker. All references to the difficulty of this hike should be taken with a grain of salt.




Bearfoot Creek: Hot Community of the Month

Congratulations to the new owners of 17 Bearfoot Creek! This property sold on Friday. We bet that the new buyers cannot wait to enjoy their trailside ski home next winter. This sale marks the second sale in Bearfoot Creek in 5 months. There’s no doubt about it now, the luxury home market is making a comeback, especially at this awesome Attitash community.

17 Bearfoot Creek – JUST SOLD

Bearfoot Creek at Attitash Mountain in Bartlett NH is a truly unique trailside development offering ski homes that blend with the natural environment and provide a great deal of entertainment. Whether it’s sitting by a warm fire watching the skiers go by your window or soaking in your outdoor tub after a long day on the slopes, the lifestyle at Bearfoot Creek is unreal. The shopping and great restaurants available in nearby North Conway further enhance the experience. There are plenty of things to do here during all four seasons, and we invite you to check it out for yourself.

P2240187-1 (3)The development was born out of a love for skiing, and has turned into something that is really spectacular. The quality of the homes there is fantastic and so unique. It seems difficult to think about blending rustic elements with a luxury home, but the developer and builders have got it down to a science, and it shows in every home there.


Whether you currently own at Attitash Mountain or are thinking of buying your first property there, Bearfoot Creek is definitely worth a look.


House packages start at $995,000. You can visit our Bearfoot Creek website for more information about this development, or contact Joy to find out more.









5 (cheap) Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Space

I’m addicted to Pinterest. There. I said it. I feel better.

Pinterest is an online “bulletin board” that makes it easy to save photos, recipes, home improvement ideas, ANYTHING, to one place. Find a recipe you want to try? Rather than bookmarking it, you can “pin” it to one of your boards, and go back later.

There is a bad side though. Unfortunately, using Pinterest can make one feel pretty inadequate. I’m a working mom, and don’t have a lot of time to hand make 22 Valentine’s Day cards for my son’s entire Kindergarten class, or create different superhero themed lunches everyday of the week. And if you do these things, I tip my hat to you and am secretly a little jealous. I just am not that crafty!

My point is, when I see a post titled “33 ways to make your backyard awesome” and these are some of the photos, I want to scream:

33 ways to make your backyard awesome       33 ways to make your backyard awesome

REALLY?!?! Does it not rain where these people live? Do they have tons of extra income to buy not one but several mattresses and throw pillows for their BACKYARD?! Get real. (Again, if you have the time, income, or craftiness to accomplish these awesome setups, more power to ya!)

So I have decided to come up with some more realistic ideas on how to make your backyard awesome this summer.

1. Clean it up. Rake the leftover leaves up, pull some weeds, sweep all the dirt from your driveway and walkway. Cost: your time, and maybe some blister.

2. Focus on one area at a time. It never fails, every spring on the first warm weekend day my husband and I stroll around our one acre lot and talk about all of the projects we’d like to do this year. Flower bed here, row of privacy shrubs here, wooden arbor with vines growing here, small fence here….and then we spend half the summer talking about it and never actually doing anything. My solution? Pick one thing. Whether it’s your patio/deck area, your front landscaping, whatever, just pick one area/project to focus on this year and just do that. It makes sense financially to do it this way as well.

Lighting3. Lighting. Adding lighting can make an outdoor space so useful. The flood lighting that might exist on your house already isn’t necessarily enough, and certainly not particularly romantic or serene. I recently bought some exterior globe lights and added them to our wooden arbor near the firepit at our house, which was lacking some lighting. They were $12.99 a strand (I bought two) and really added some nice ambiance to the area:



4. Landscaping. Invest in a few plants for your outdoor space. It doesn’t have to be some $5,000 landscape design by an expert. A little goes a long way, and you can always build on it later. Lowe’s sells nice hanging plants that will immediately brighten up the front of your home. I personally like bright colors that stand out:

5. Just do it. Don’t talk about it anymore. Quit readying this blog. Get off Pinterest. Just pick up a rake, or a shovel, or a hose, or whatever, and get to work! Putting the time and effort into your home can feel so good, even if it’s a small change. I have spent less than $100 this year on:

  • 2 hanging plants
  • 3 strands of exterior lights
  • 3 bags of mulch

But I have spent at least 3 full days outside just working on my house. I was so busy last summer that I wasn’t able to really put the time in, but I am so happy with the way it is looking right now. I smile every single time I pull in!

Enjoy your 3 day weekend, and try to sneak in some fun into all of your yard work. :)





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