Lakeside Living

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 By holly

I’ve always dreamed of living on the water. There is something about the smell of the air in the morning and the sound of water that is so soothing. Where you enjoy private access to the lake, swimming, sunset views, walking trails, & the soothing sounds & sites of nature. The opportunity for watching birds, butterflies and small mammals is full of joy. You need only to stand on your dock and just watch the fish swimming around; it is far better than watching fish in an aquarium. The view changes with the seasons and there are surprises, like wildlife sightings that keep life interesting and full of wonder.

They say anything is possible once you put your mind to it, “be careful how you throw things out to the universe” If your dream is to live on a lake or body of water you need only to give JtRealty Lakefront to Mountainside a call. We have the ability to make that dream come true. We currently have amazing lakeside properties listed with our agency, in fact we have the reputation as the number one seller in lakefront properties in the Valley! Be sure and check out our new listings on Conway Lake!

Lower Kimball Lake spans both New Hampshire and Maine

Friday, May 28th, 2010 By Suzie Laskin
 
 
 

A Quiet Paddle on the Lake

by Suzie Laskin

I am not a “morning person”. I am not usually awake at 6 AM. But this morning, the sun was bright, the sky was blue and the dogs were licking my face. I was awake and I knew this was the morning I’d been waiting for. I needed to get an early morning photograph of my new listing on Lower Kimball Lake. That’s the time when the sun shines on the house from the lake side, when I could get the perfect shot I needed to show this home in the best light.  So I loaded up my kayak and was out on the lake by 7AM.

What a beautiful morning it was-clear, still water, cool morning breezes and no sounds but the birds. I was hoping to see a moose, but no such luck this morning. I got my shots of the home and then enjoyed paddling across Lower Kimball Lake in the early morning. The view of the surrounding mountains was remarkable. I was the only one out there and it was a real treat. Maybe I should get up early more often.

Kayak on the Lake

Making Your Home Buyer-Friendly

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 By Suzie Laskin
This home in Fryeburg is picture-perfect

This home in Fryeburg is picture-perfect

Sometimes all you have to do to make a ho-hum property really sparkle are a few little inexpensive tricks.

You know the saying, “you only have one chance to make a good first impression”. When a buyer walks up to your home, make sure it is inviting. If necessary, paint the front door.  If your doorknob is old, invest in a shiny new one. Make sure the front steps are swept clean of debris, and of course, shoveled off in winter.

In summer, a potted plant on the top step and window boxes full of flowers are very welcoming. In autumn, decorate the entrance with pumpkins or mums.

In winter, make sure the ski paraphernalia is put away and not lying around the mudroom. Buyers will want to make sure that there is enough storage for their winter gear.

When a showing is scheduled, turn on all lights and leave the house.

Inside, add touches of luxury. Place fresh flowers, beautiful linens and large, white fluffy towels throughout the home. Set the table with your good dishes, as if you’re expecting company.

Use slipcovers on mismatched furniture. If a piece of furniture is an essential part of the room but it doesn’t match well, or if the upholstery is worn, slipcover it.

Clean out the closets. Buyers will poke around the closets in the house to see if there is enough room for their clothing and personal items. Throw out or donate anything you haven’t worn in two years and put dryer sheets between clothing to maintain a fresh smell. (Conway Area Humane Society  accepts donations at their re-sale shop, ReTails in Norcross Circle).

Invest in new light switch covers. Most buyers will interact with several of the light switches throughout the house. Worn and dirty switch covers show inattention to detail.

Make traces of your pets disappear. Do not remind the buyer of the smells, hassle and daily toll a pet takes on a house.  Vacuum carpets with a pet freshener product.

Play soothing music during a showing. Instrumental or jazz music will provide harmony throughout the house which will help to muffle the sounds of traffic and life outside the walls of your home.

Clean anything a buyer will possibly touch. Buyers will touch different parts of the home to get a feel for what it would be like to actually live there. Thoroughly wash all doorknobs, cabinets, cupboards and hand rails.

Of course, it goes without saying, make sure that the entire home is spotlessly clean and uncluttered.  Now is a good time to start packing up anything that you do not use regularly. Pack away all the clutter and store it in cartons in the garage or basement. Let the buyers imagine their own belongings and furnishings in your home. Don’t distract them with your family photos and memorabilia.

It doesn’t have to cost you a bundle to make your home welcoming and buyer-friendly.

Signs of Spring in the White Mountains

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 By Union Street Media

Maple Sugaring buckets adorn a maple tree in Maine

One of my favorite signs of spring in New Hampshire and Maine is seeing the sap buckets on the maple trees. The days are starting to get longer, the sap rises and the buckets appear, seemingly overnight. My drive to work every day takes me through Fryeburg and East Conway where there are dozens of big, beautiful, old maples that all have buckets nailed to them, Rubber hoses run from tree to tree to catch that maple sweet sap and channel it to holding barrels in the woods. Cold nights and warm days are needed to induce sap flows. Like thawing out from too much time spent out in the cold I can relate. The change in temperature from above to below freezing causes water uptake from the soil, and temperatures above freezing cause a stem pressure to develop, which, along with gravity, causes sap to flow out of tapholes or other wounds in the stem or branches. To collect the sap, holes are bored into the maple trees and spouts are inserted.

Each year, the Sugar Houses in Maine host “Maine Maple Sunday” on the last Sunday in March. Some years, it is snowing and some years we have a beautiful, warm, sunny day. I always make it a point not to miss Maine Maple Sunday at Weston’s Farm in Fryeburg.  Weston’s is a family-owned farm that has been in their family for generations. The beautiful old homestead sits on a knoll overlooking the Saco River and acres of farm fields. The Sugar House is across the street. You can see the steam rising from the evaporators, and as you walk into the Sugar House, the aroma of steaming maple sap strikes you immediately. The Westons welcome everyone to their farm on Maine Maple Sunday with a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in fresh maple syrup. You can watch the sap flow through the wood-fired evaporator as it gets boiled down into wonderful, yummy fresh Maine Maple Syrup. There is nothing better!

Suzie Laskin

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