5th Annual Jimmy Buffett Weekend 3/24 & 3/25

 

Image result for tropical islandThe 5th annual Jimmy Buffett Weekend will be held March 24th and 25th at Max’s Restaurant & Pub located at Snowvillage Inn . The inn will be transformed into an island oasis to help melt away your winter blues! Chef Peter Willis has a great menu planned, and will be serving food with a Caribbean flare! Mango Groove will perform Saturday night, so if you love to relax to the sounds of steel drums, make sure not to miss this event!

Innkeeper Kevin has plenty of creative, fruity libations ready to keep your toes warm in your flip flops, so grab your favorite flowered shirt and head on over to this temporary Margaritaville while you can! Make a night of it and stay in one of the Snowvillage Inn’s cozy guests rooms, with packages starting at only $259, including a 3-course dinner!

What #Homebuyers Need to Know: Part 1 – Your Agent

Image result for home buyersSo . . . you’re buying a home. Maybe it’s your first, or your second, or maybe even a vacation house or an income property to rent out. Obviously, there’s no way to sum up what a Homebuyer needs to know in one blog post – or even a dozen! But there is one thing that we can tell you, something that should be one of the firsts on your ‘to do’ list after deciding to make a purchase, and it’s something that even many experienced homebuyers seem to not know.

Choose your agent wisely!

You don’t have to use the listing agent of the property you want to see, or even someone from the listing brokerage. You are free to use any agent licensed in the area in which you are looking. One agent can show you all the homes you are interested in. Take advantage of this!

Image result for home buyersYour home buying experience should be about you, not about the home an agent wants to show you or thinks you should buy. Having a good relationship with the agent of your choice can have a HUGE impact on the experience you have. A good agent will find out your wants, but more importantly, your needs. They’ll know the right questions to ask you about your finances, and will be able to inform you about your options when it comes to different financing programs and lenders. A good agent will work for you and with you – not against you.

If you’ve decided to buy a house, take a look at the agents that work for the different brokerages in the area. It’s okay to meet and interview them before you step foot through a single door. Find someone who is knowledgeable and with whom you have a good rapport. Sometimes, it can take a while before you find the place that’s right for you. A good agent knows this and will have the patience to see you through the process until your happy ending is in hand.

(Even smaller areas usually have plenty of agents to choose from. In North Conway and the surrounding Mt. Washington Valley, there are over 100 to choose from!)

Paddy O’Paws #Conway #Animal Shelter #Benefit

Where can you raise money for a good cause while eating a fantastic brunch AND bid on a photography safari to South Africa, among other fantastic items? At the annual Paddy O’Paws Benefit Brunch and Auction, that’s where!

This year the brunch, which benefits the Conway Humane Society, will be held Sunday, March 19th at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH. The traditional Red Jacket Sunday brunch includes an omelet bar, fruits and pastries, a chef’s carving station, eggs benedict, and much more. Items up for auction are donated by local and national businesses, as well as friends of The Conway Area Humane Society.

Image result for safariSome goodies up for bid in this year’s auction (besides the safari!) include:

Gift certificates for  lodging, jewelry, gift baskets, museum passes, massages, tickets to local and out-of-town attractions and sports events, artwork, crafts, restaurant and service gift certificates, and much more!
(If you cannot make it to the event but would like to submit an absentee bid on any of these items please call (603) 447-5605)

Tickets are $40 per person. Call 447-5605 for more information or to buy tickets email cmackie@conwayshelter.org

We hope you make it to the Mt. Washington Valley and help raise some money for a great cause among the white mountains!

Tin Mountain’s 31st First Season Dinner Auction

First Season Benefit Dinner & Auction

This Saturday, March 11th, from 5:30pm until 9pm at the Fryeburg Academy Field House in Fryeburg, Maine, join the Tin Mountain Conservation Center as they celebrate the coming of spring with the 31st First Season Benefit Dinner Auction. Good food and lots of great items up for bid.  Please consider being a supporter of Tin Mountain Conservation Center by contributing an item, being a sponsor and /or coming to the event.

Tickets are $55, reservations required. 603-447-6991.

Lisa Gardner Launches Book Tour in Valley

 

Unfortunately, this post is too late for you to attend the event, because this happened last month, but we had to share because it’s a perfect example of one of the many unique opportunities life in the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer.

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner’s newest book, Right Behind You, was released January 31st of this year, but – if you’re lucky enough to live in the valley, you were able to get a copy, signed, in person, by the author herself January 30th at the book  launch, sponsored by local indie bookstore White Birch Books and hosted by Horsefeathers Restaurant, both located in North Conway, NH.

This is a yearly event, with those in the valley getting exclusive first access to Gardner’s latest book. Why? Because Gardiner, among other famous authors and artists, lives in the valley. Guess we’re not such a sleepy little town after all. If you haven’t read the book, you should definitely add it to your list. This fast paced, suspenseful thriller will leave you breathless!

 

 

19th Annual #Puppy #Party at #NorthConway Four Your Paws Only

This just may be the cutest event of the year – will you be there?

This Sunday, March 5th- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., the North Conway Four Your Paws Only will be hosting its 19th Annual Puppy Party at Four Your Paws Only.

All puppies are invited to participate in this fun event which is geared toward new puppies and their owners. The store is offering:

  • Free Puppy Nail Trims!●❥ʜᴀᴅᴀᴄᴀʀᴏʟɪɴᴀ❥●:
  • Free Puppy Photos!
  • Free Party Bandana!
  • Free Goody Bag!
  • Free Puppy Playgroup!
  • Free Puppy Food Samples & Treats!
  • Free Puppy Starter Kit for pups under 6 months old. Kit includes a free small bag of Earthborn or ProPac Puppy Food, treats, coupons and more. 

     

     

    PLUS!!!

     

  • In-Store Specials include: 20% off ALL brands of Puppy Food in the store!
  • 20% off training crates, puppy pads, and other training needs!
  • The Earthborn & ProPac Puppy Food Rep. will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your puppy’s nutritional needs.
  • Refreshments will be available for pups and their owners!

     
    *** Please note: Puppies must be on a leash and up to date on age appropriate vaccinations. They must have had at least two sets of puppy shots.

    This event is sponsored by Earthborn and ProPac Pet Foods.

     

#Kids Storybook Character Breakfast

believe-in-booksBring your little ones to the Theatre in the Woods in the Mt. Washington Valley to meet some of their favorite Storybook Characters! This multi-weekend event benefits the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization. For only $7 per person, (children under 3 are FREE), you get a pancake breakfast including 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the trail system! Added bonus – bring a gently used book and swap it with another! After your meal, visit the Maple Sugar Shack to see how they make their delicious syrup!

February 18th:  Pooh Bear
February 25th:  Goldilocks
March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
March 11th: Cinderella
March 18th: Red Riding Hood
March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
April 15th: The Lorax

Curb Appeal in Winter?

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No need to go overboard, a few small touches will do.

When you think of curb appeal, you may think of spring flowers, summer décor, or fall colors. But . . . people sell their homes in winter, too. So, if this is you, what do you do?

1. The number one most important thing to remember any time of year is to provide potential buyers with safe entry into your home. In areas where snow falls (this is us in the Mt. Washington Valley right now), this means keeping your doorstep and walkways free of ice. If a buyer is afraid of slipping on an icy sidewalk, they made decide to skip looking at your house. Remove as much snow from the area as you can, make sure there is ample traction for visitors wearing any kind of shoes (not just boots), and remove icicles hanging over areas where people may walk.

Image result for porch lights2. Light! The days are short and if they’re overcast, too, a buyer isn’t getting the image of the bright, sunny place they’ll be coming home to if they buy your home. Plus, many buyers view homes in the evenings, after work. A few lights lining a walkway, even a motion sensor light that comes on when they approach, will help cast your home in a better (and safer) light.birdsnow.jpg

3. Make sure any handrails or railings are user friendly and in good condition. This means sturdy enough to handle some weight and free of injury causing protuberances like splinters and peeling metal flakes.

4. Add some color. If you live in a region where a plant won’t fare well on the doorstep, consider painting the door – or even the mailbox if it’s on your house! If your front landing is big enough for furniture, try adding some colorful pillows. Hang a friendly sign. And if you’re so inclined, keep a bird feeder nearby. It may seem strange, but a brightly colored bird against a snowy backdrop are the images postcards are made of.

Image result for snowy front porches5. Keep your yard as neat and tidy as you can. This is impossible to some extent in winter, but remember to trim bushes and tree before the snow falls, and pick up and remove branches that break and fall from the weight of the snow. Keep holiday decorations tasteful and to a minimum. Remove any dirt, spider webs, cocoons, Image result for snowy front porchesetc. from your front entry area, make sure any fences or gates that are visible are in good repair, clean the windows, and keep both a boot scraper and a door mat near the front door to minimize the amount of mud that gets tracked inside.

Image result for lights at end of driveway6. Other ideas that you may want to try include garden embellishments on top of the snow, a lantern or two to add charm (these can be battery, solar or gas powered), and perhaps some lights on either side of your driveway to make it easier for visitors to find your home and to add a touch of warmth and welcome.

With just a little effort, your home can exude warmth and curb appeal in any season’s conditions!

What is Inventory in Real Estate and How Does it Affect You Selling Your Home?

 When you go to sell your home, your listing agent will probably mention something about how much inventory is on your local market. Depending on your agent and your level of interest in the gritty details of what goes into selling a home, they may not explain what this means or how it will affect your experience as a seller. We wish more Real Estate Agents would  educate their clients on this!!!

Knowing what is going on in your local market and what to expect when you list your house for sale can have a huge impact on your expectations and home selling experience. Unfortunately, not all homes sell right away.

As the seller, this can be more than just a bit frustrating. You need to sell your home. No one is offering to buy it. It’s a perfectly good home – what’s going on here?

Selling anything – houses, cars, even shoes – is about supply and demand. When the supply goes up, demand drops, as do prices. When the supply decreases, meaning there’s less available, demand increases and prices rise.

In Real Estate, inventory is the number of homes currently available for sale in your area. Say there are 100 homes currently on the market, and only 10 sold this month. That means there are another 9 months worth of inventory still available. This results in a buyer’s market, which means that sellers may have to accept less money if they want their house to sell quickly.

Conversely, if there are 100 houses on the market, and 30 sold this month, there is less Image result for home for sale signsthan 4 months worth of inventory available. This is called a seller’s market, and it can result in homes receiving multiple offers, meaning the home has the potential to sell for more than the listing price. While this is what we like to see, it may not be a realistic outcome in your area.

That’s why a good agent will take the time to educate you on the current market conditions in your area. Being prepared and knowing what to expect between listing your home and getting that “sold” sign can make selling your home a much less frustrating process.

 

 

 

Chocolate Festival in the Valley!

 We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – the Mt. Washington Valley is full of foodies with sweet tooths (us among them). This Sunday, February 26th, 2017 from 11am until 4pm is the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival. Know locally as ‘the sweetest day on the trails’, there’s almost 30 miles of chances to taste chocolate!

You can cross country ski, snowshoe, or drive between select inns for a sampling of delicious chocolate treats, many of them free! Past offerings included chocolate dipped fruit, fondue, baked goods, even ice cream bars! The only way to find out what’s available this year is to attend!

This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation, and costs $30 per ticket in advance, $35 per ticket the day of the event. So hit the trails and join hundreds of chocoholics this weekend indulge in some sweet stuff!

2017 TRAILSIDE CHOCOLATE STOPS: Open from 11am – 4pm
Visit each of these stops to enjoy the trailside treats.
1785 Inn Adventure Suites Eastern Inns Stonehurst Manor
Old Field House Riverside Inn B&B the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment

the Whitaker Woods Meeting House with chocolate treats provided by Vintage Baking Company.

OTHER AREA STOPS in 2016:
Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise – winner of BedandBreakfast.com’s Best Food Award for 2009 -10 is well worth a visit between 1 – 5 pm. Travel Hurricane Mt. Road for a short distance off Route 16 then turn left at the sign to the Buttonwood Inn.
Briarcliff Motelstop by to visit a recently added lodging member between 1 – 5pm located on White Mountain Highway south of North Conway Village and just 1.5 miles south of the trails in Whitaker Woods.
Sugar Shack at 100 Acre Woods conveniently located on Route 16 between the northern stops and the Touring Center. They will be open from 11 am – 4 pm on Festival day.

 

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