Blog :: 2017

Welcome to our blog! Here, we'll keep you updated on everything you need to know about the real estate market in the Upper Valley. We keep our finger on the pulse of the local real estate market from our office in Enfield, NH. 

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Congrats, Jill!

Jill Receives President's AwardVanessa Stone Real Estate is proud to share the news that Jillian Buckwold received the 2017 President's Award from the Upper Valley Board of Realtors. The President's Award is presented annually to the member of the Upper Valley Board of Realtors that goes above and beyond to help their community, co-workers, and other brokers. We are lucky to work with Jill every day and benefit from her wonderful energy - and know first hand that the award was well deserved. 

Congrats, Jill!

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We are Good Neighbors too!

Vanessa Stone Accepts Good Neighbor AwardVanessa Stone, our owner and broker, recently received the 2017 Good Neighbor Award from the Upper Valley Board of Realtors. The Good Neighbor Award is presented annually to the member of the Upper Valley Board of Realtors that does extensive volunteer work in the community. Vanessa has been a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Mascoma Football Boosters. As a result of winning the Good Neighbor Award, the Upper Valley Board of Realtors made a donation to the Mascoma Football Boosters in Vanessa's honor. 

Congrats, Vanessa and Go Royals!

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Congrats Mary Chamberlin!

Mary Chamberlin Accepts Realtor of the Year AwardWe are excited to share the news that Mary Chamberlin was recently awarded the Realtor of the Year for the Upper Valley Chapter of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors! Mary attended the New Hampshire Association of Realtors Convention in October, where she was presented the award. 

Mary is the sixth broker at Vanessa Stone Real Estate who has been recognized as Realtor of the Year at one point during their career. Congrats, Mary!

Learn More About Mary & View Her Current Listings

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Valley News Reader's Choice Awards Winner!

Thank you to all of our clients who wrote into the Valley News 2017 Readers Choice Awards survey on our behalf. Vannessa Stone Real Estate was chosen as the Best Real Estate Agency and Vanessa Stone was chosen as the Best Real Estate Agent!

We love the Upper Valley and so appreciate that you, our friends and neighbors, recognized us with the Valley News. 

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Halloween Fun in NH's Upper Valley

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Looking for something to do this Halloween? Check out our list of Halloween events happening in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. Please note that not all events are suitable for young children. 

Haunted Trail
Enfield Shaker Museum | Enfield
October 26 - 27, 2017 | 7 - 9 pm
FREE

This spooky trail put on by the Enfield Mascoma Lion’s Club, is sure to give you the creeps! The haunted trail is recommended for children ages 10+. Food is available for purchase. 

“Nosferatu” Film Screening
MVRHS Auditorium | Canaan
October 27, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
FREE

Enjoy a screening of the film “Nosferatu”, the first on-screen adaptation of Dracula accompanied with live music by Jeff Rapsis. Rapsis is ranked as one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists. 

Halloween Bash
Salt Hill Pub | Lebanon
October 27, 2017 | 9 pm - 12:30 am
FREE

Check out some live music at Salt Hill on the mall in downtown Lebanon! Warehouse, with saxophonists Mike Parker and Greg Baker, set the mood for this fun-filled night!

Monster Dash 5K & Costume Run/Walk
Valley Regional Hospital | Claremont
October 28, 2017 | 8am
$25 Adult | $20 Pre-Registration | 12 and Under FREE

Registration for the run begins at 8 am with the race starting at 9 am. Pre-register here! Wear your costumes for a chance to win the costume contest. 

Zombie Prom & Costume Party
Salt Hill Pub | West Lebanon
October 28, 2017 | 9pm - Midnight
FREE

Head over to Salt Hill Pub on Airport Rd in West Lebanon to enjoy good food, drinks, and entertainment provided by Night Cap. 

Halloween-o-Thon Film Festival
Dartmouth College - Loew Auditorium | Hanover
October 29, 2017 | 1 pm - 5:30 pm
FREE

Join CATV for the fifth annual screening of the winners of the 5-minute horror movie content that was held throughout October. Middle school teams screened at 1, high school teams screened at 2:30, and college students and young adults screened at 4. 

Halloween Fun Fest
Lebanon City Hall | Lebanon
October 31, 2017 | 4 pm - 6pm
FREE

Head to Colburn Park for a family-friendly Halloween celebration! This fun-filled night features pumpkin painting, games, stories, and more. 

Indoor Trick-or-Treating
Powerhouse Mall | West Lebanon
October 31, 2017 | 4 pm - 6 pm
FREE

Throw on your costume and head over to the Powerhouse Mall to enjoy a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating at your favorite stores!

Halloween Open House
Lebanon Fire Department | Lebanon
October 31, 2017 | 5 pm - 8 pm
FREE

Hangout with the Lebanon Fire Department for a fun evening with candy, pizza, and refreshments. 

“Psycho” Film Screening
Dartmouth College - Loew Auditorium | Hanover
October 31, 2017 | 7 pm
$8 Admission

Creep yourself out this Halloween and head over to the Loew Auditorium at Dartmouth College on Lebanon Street in Hanover to enjoy a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “Pyscho”. Not recommended for children. 

Scary-Oke Party
Salt Hill Pub | Hanover
October 31, 2017 | 9 pm - 12:30 am
FREE

Salt Hill Pub on Lebanon Street in Hanover is hosting a Halloween party with DJ Brand. Wear your most creative costume. 

TRICK OR TREATING
October 31, 2017 | 5 pm - 7 pm

Both Enfield and Canaan have town-wide trick-or-treating on October 31 from 5 - 7 pm. 

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    5 Things Every Newlywed Couple Needs in Their Home

    Newlyweds in front of HomeWedding season is officially behind us and as you curl up with your new husband or wife, you may be thinking ‘what is our new home missing?’ Below you will find the 5 things every newlywed couple should have in their home.

    A High-Quality Mattress

    A quality nights sleep is of the utmost important — so don’t skimp when purchasing a new mattress. If you’ve recently moved in together this is a great opportunity to throw out your old mattresses and buy something together that you both like. Take the time to research all the options out there and pick a mattress that fits both of your needs. Mattresses may seem a bit pricey, and they can be but remember that you will be spending 6+ hours every single night in it for years to come. 

    A Good Set of Knives

    High-quality knives are not only safer to use than dull worn out knives, but they also make cooking easier. You can find a good set of knives at most department stores, cooking stores, or online. Most even come with sharpeners so you won’t have to pay someone else to keep them from dulling. 

    A Nice Set of Dishes

    You will inevitably have company as newlyweds, and when you do you won’t want to serve your guests on mismatched dishes you’ve been collecting since graduation. A nice set of dishes, that can withstand normal wear and tear and fit with a multitude of different occasions. White dishes are always a good choice as they can be casual for everyday use, or dressed up with napkins and placemats for a more sophisticated feel. 

    Tools

    Now that you are homeowners or soon-to-be homeowners, you can no longer rely on your landlord or building maintenance to fix household problems. Having a decent tool kit, with all the essentials, will make your life that much easier when something inevitably breaks.

    Art

    Now that the two of you are sharing a space it’s time to find art that appeals to both of your sensibilities. As great as that band poster from when you were in high school is, it may not be the best choice for over the sofa. Picking out art together can also be a fun way to express your newlywed character throughout your home. 

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      3 Home Office Mistakes to Avoid

      Home office Illustration

      According to a study conducted by Global Workplace Analytics, 50% of the United States workforce holds a job that is able to be done from home, at least partially. 80% to 90% of the workforce says they are willing to work remotely. More and more companies are becoming more flexible and more and more people are working from home. One in five American’s are now working from home on a regular basis. The Upper Valley is no exception. Working from home definitely has plenty of benefits, it also comes with some disadvantages that can really cause you some pain. You'll definitely want to avoid these mistakes when working from home. 

      Working from the Couch or from Your Bed

      You should really make a designated office space. It’s important to get your mind into work mode. The better we define rooms and their purposes, the more productive they become. You are more likely to stay on task and get your work done in a room with no distractions and the tools you need to succeed, rather than a room where you spend your Sunday’s binge watching your favorite show.  

      Using a Terrible Chair 

      Many sofas and couches are low and deep, creating a c-shaped spine. This puts stress on several parts of your body which can lead to serious injury if not fixed. Keep your spine in line with a good office chair. There are six things you will want to consider when buying an office chair.

      • Height — whether it’s adjustable or not, you will want to make sure the chair sits at the proper height for the desk or table you are using. A good rule of thumb is to position the seat so your feet remain flat on the floor and your arms are within easy reach of your desk. Your knees should be at 90 degrees and your thighs should be parallel to the ground. 
      • Seat Depth — you'd be surprised how often a chair doesn’t fit your body. Keep your feet firmly on the floor, the backs of your knees should be about three inches away from the seat. 
      • Reclining Seat — experts recommend a seat that reclines at a 135-degree angle, give or take.
      • Wheels — this is really personal preference, and really comes down to the type of floor. You want something that you won’t have to continually adjust back to its place throughout the day. 
      • Armrests — armrests should allow you to rest your arms comfortably without effort and without placing stress on your joints. 
      • Lumbar Support — find a chair that offers a firm, adjustable support for your lower back. 

      Working in the Dark 

      Home offices tend to lack proper lighting in order to make you truly productive. Improper lighting can lead to sleepiness, squinting, or hunching. Supplement the lighting you have in your office space with task lighting to make sure everything is well lit. Home workers need at least 50 watts of halogen light on their workspace or 5-10 watts of LED. Dimmer switches can also help, you will want to be able to adjust lighting based on the natural light outside as well as your mood. 

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        4 Ways Buying a Home is Like Dating

        Dating your HomeWhat do House Hunters and the Dating Game have in common? More than you might think. When it comes to finding your dream home and your soulmate, there are plenty of similarities. 

        You Have to be Open to it

        Whether you are looking for the perfect home or the perfect man, you have to believe it’s possible. According to a Marist poll, 73% of Americans believe they will find true love, while only 52% believe they will find their dream home. When it comes to homes, you have to keep an open mind. You wouldn’t turn down mr.right because he drove a beat-up car, just like you shouldn’t necessarily say no to a house that could use a little work. 

        Looking Online Leads to Success

        The internet has made finding a home, and “The One”, easier than ever. 92% of homebuyers look on the internet before contacting a realtor to schedule. showing. It’s a lot easier to narrow down houses you would like to see in person after you have already seen all of your options online. Similarly, those who use the web to find love say they are more likely to find a better romantic match because you can assess all of your options beforehand. 

        It’s a Numbers Game

        You’re more than likely going to date more than one person before you get married. Just like you’re going to look at more than one home before you buy. On average, home buyers look at an average of 10 homes before they make a purchase. A man on average dates six people before finding “The One” while women typically date five people before “The One”. 

        First Impressions Matter

        Whether it’s love at first sight with a person or property, the majority of American’s believe in it. 77% of homebuyers said they know immediately when they found the perfect home. According to a study, it only takes 12 minutes on a first date to determine if you’re interested in the other person and want to see them again. 

        When it comes to both people and homes, neither are ever truly perfect. The most important thing is to know what you need and want; if you assess a variety of options you’re more likely to find a pretty good fit. It’s most likely going to take time and effort to find “The One”. 

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          April Showers Bring May Flowers

          Coule Smiling in the RainWe’ve all heard the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers,” and while that may be true, April showers can also bring basement flooding and a headache to the home selling process. Most of us in the Upper Valley are accustomed to the occasional spring flooding in our basements, but when it’s time to put your home on the market you may be wondering whether you need to tell potential buyers about it — the answer is yes and no. 

          Most states require homeowners to give a written disclosure report to potential buyers. These reports require you to disclose all sorts of things about your house such as:

          • plumbing and sewage issues
          • water leakage of any type (including basement flooding)
          • termites or other infestations
          • roof defects
          • heating or air conditioning issues
          • property drainage problems
          • Foundation instabilities or cracks
          • problems with the title
          • issues with the neighbors that aren’t obvious

          New Hampshire, however, is not as strict. Disclosure law in the Granite State only requires you to disclose information about a few specific aspects of your home:

          • information about the private sewage disposal system including its location, malfunctions, the date it was most recently serviced, and the name of the contractor who services the system. 
          • information about the type of private water supply system, including its location, malfunctions, date of installation, date of most recent water test, and whether or not you have experienced a problem (such as an unsatisfactory water test) with notations
          • information about your home’s insulation, including type and location
          • notices about radon gas, lead paint, and arsenic

          Not only does New Hampshire have few regulations when it comes to seller disclosure, but courts adhere to caveat emptor — or buyer beware, which really goes back the Live Free or Die sentiment that our great state is founded upon. 

          Despite having relaxed disclosure laws for sellers, New Hampshire does have realtor regulations which state that “the duties of [an agent] acting on behalf of a seller include treating all prospective buyers honestly [and] disclosing to a prospective buyer or tenant any physical, regulatory, mechanical, or on-site environmental condition affecting the subject property of which [they] have actual knowledge”. This disclosure must occur before any written offer is made on a property. 

          For example, you are trying to sell your home in Grafton and your basement floods every Spring as the snow melts and the rains come and you tell your real estate agent that you only want to show your house on sunny days so potential buyers don’t see water in the basement, or similarly, your realtor comes to take photos of the property and notices flooding in the basement. The agent has a legal obligation to report these issues to potential buyers. However, agents are under no obligation to inspect properties for potential problems. 

          Limited legislation on disclosure doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to disclose anything you are aware of (just to protect yourself down the road). The New Hampshire Association of Realtors provides a commonly used disclosure form which covers many critical areas of the home. Questions include how old the home is, whether it’s subject to any liens or lawsuits, and whether you are aware of any major issues such as with the heating, cooling, or plumbing. 

          This form should give buyers a fairly comprehensive snapshot of any defects, but it is always a smart idea for buyers to commission an official home inspection — in the end, it’s better to sleep at night knowing these are absolutely no issues with your new home rather than finding out later there is a massive issue. 

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