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Lakes Region, NH vs. Cape Cod, MA

Posted 01-13-2016 at 10:06 AM by moneill

The decision to buy in the Lakes Region or on the Cape is a question that repeatedly surfaces when working with buyers looking for a second home in this area. The answer to the question is easy for someone who has lived on the lakes all his or her life. But let us at least try to look at the question objectively.

The Lakes Region versus Cape Cod debate is not an age-old question in the same category as what the universe if made of or the biological basis of consciousness, but it is...
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Wolfeboro, NH Through Different Eyes

Posted 12-31-2015 at 12:59 PM by moneill

Many famous people have owned beautiful homes and estates in Wolfeboro over the years. One of the most interesting was Chiang Kai-shek. He was a Chinese political leader and a major figure in Chinese history from 1927 to 1948. His wife, Soong Mei-ling,*often called Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was also prominent in the world scene. Time Magazine named the couple “Man and Woman of the Year” in 1938. In his “New Hampshire Commentary” blog, Dean Dexter says the couple “were what Tracy and Hepburn were to...
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The Winni Waterfront Sales Report - November 2015

Posted 12-21-2015 at 11:51 AM by Roy Sanborn
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The Winni Waterfront Sales Report - November 2015

There were fourteen waterfront sales on Winnipesaukee in November, 2015 with an average sales price of $1,014,500 and a median price point of $821,500. That brings us to 157 sales on Winnipesaukee so far this year. It looks like we are having a pretty strong sales finish to an already good year on the lake.






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Christmas Houses - The Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Report

Posted 12-21-2015 at 10:54 AM by Roy Sanborn



Christmas Houses - The Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Report

There are many great movies that include Christmas as part of their storyline. The homes that these stories take place in are integral to the plot and have become memorable themselves. One of the most famous homes is the Griswold’s house in Christmas Vacation. This home looks like it could be on Edwards Street in Laconia but is actually located...
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The Redneck Handyman Christmas Gift List -Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Report Dec 2

Posted 12-04-2015 at 11:33 AM by Roy Sanborn



The Redneck Handyman Christmas Gift List -Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Report Dec 2015


OK, so I missed getting this out last week for Black Friday. I apologize. So, if you have already bought your redneck boyfriend or husband something like a new wallet or scarf for Christmas you can always take it back and pick up one of these suggestions. You see, guys like awesome tools or gadgets they can use around the...
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The Porch - The Lakes Region Real Estate Report November 2015

Posted 11-23-2015 at 09:45 PM by Roy Sanborn
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The Porch - The Lakes Region Real Estate Report November 2015



As I was performing the annual fall ritual of bringing in the porch furniture, I thought it might be a good time to reflect, pause, and ponder that specific American architectural institution; the porch. In America, we have front porches, side porches, back porches, entry porches, screened porches, three season porches, four season...
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Winni Waterfront Sales Report - October 2015

Posted 11-13-2015 at 11:41 AM by Roy Sanborn



Winni Waterfront Sales Report - October 2015


October was a pretty good month for waterfront sales on Winnipesaukee with 15 transactions at an average price of $1,279,667! There were 6 sales over $1 million with the highest coming in at $4.35 million. The median price point on the lake for the month was $895,000. That brings us to a total of 143 sales on Winni so far this year with an average price of $1,102,119...
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The much missed palor.

Posted 11-06-2015 at 01:23 PM by Roy Sanborn

The much missed parlor.

The much missed parlor. The Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Market Report - Nov. 1, 2015




My first recollection of the parlor (or palour, if you like a French flair) was likely on the Beverly Hillbillies TV show.
Old Jeb moved from Bug Tussle to Beverly with Grannie, Jethro, and Ellie May to a 32-room, 14-bath, 21,523 square foot magnificent mansion...
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The South Down-Long Bay Sales Report - September 2015

Posted 11-02-2015 at 06:07 PM by Roy Sanborn



There were a couple of condo sales in both Colonial Hills and The Hamptons in September along with a single family home in Long Bay.


Both units in the Hamptons were nicely updated. The home at 7 Lantern has 1,938 square feet and sold for $309,500 after just 20 days on the market. The home at 11 Lantern has 1,663 square feet and brought $307,000 after 80 days on the market. Both units sold considerably above...
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A Ghostly Disclosure - The Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report - September 2015 Sa

Posted 10-26-2015 at 10:52 AM by Roy Sanborn

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A Ghostly Disclosure - The Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report - September 2015 Sales


Last week I received a call to go out and meet with a homeowner who wanted to possibly sell her home. As I approached the house, which turned out to be at the end of a long dirt road, I noticed several out buildings and a...
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Newfound Lake: The Secret is Out

Posted 10-01-2015 at 03:42 PM by moneill

Newfound Lake draws a captive audience year after year. Its mystique is nothing new. Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, mentioned to me that when he was doing a high school project on Newfound Lake in the 1960’s, it was called one of the cleanest lakes in the country by National Geographic. Today, it is still considered to be one of the cleanest in the world.

Newfound is the 5th largest lake in New Hampshire. It encompasses 4,106 acres with 22 miles of shoreline and is...
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One Whopper of a Valuation Subjugation

Posted 09-29-2015 at 05:01 PM by Roy Sanborn

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The Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report - August 2015 Sales


As real estate agents we get bombarded with emails about new properties coming on the market, open houses, and price reductions. And I do mean bombarded. We also get emails from people and companies offering all kinds of services to improve our businesses, get new clients, and sell more houses....
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Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam Waterfront Sales Report - August 2015

Posted 09-20-2015 at 10:32 AM by Roy Sanborn

Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam Waterfront Sales Report - August 2015


There were twenty waterfront sales on Lake Winnipesaukee in August at an average price of $1,156,045 and a median price point of $832,950. That’s pretty awesome! It brings our total number of sales for the year to an even 100 at an average price of $1,133,602. That is a 26.5% increase over the 79 units sold last year with the average price coming in at $1,086,400. So things are moving pretty well...
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“Oeil-de-boeuff”

Posted 09-10-2015 at 09:29 AM by Roy Sanborn
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As of September 1, 2015 there were 1,252 residential homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The median price point came in at $269,900 meaning that there were 626 homes at or below that price point. That’s a lot of affordable property. There were 375 homes available under $200,000. The current inventory level represents 14 month’s worth of inventory...
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Mary O’Neill Joins Roche Realty Group

Posted 08-21-2015 at 11:47 AM by moneill
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MEREDITH – Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc., with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has announced that Mary O’Neill recently joined the Meredith office at 97 Daniel Webster Highway.

Mary was born and raised in Laconia. She grew up on Old North Main Street on Lake Opechee. After being homeschooled through high school, she commuted from home to the University of New Hampshire in Durham for four years. She was a Presidential Merit Scholar and graduated third in...
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