How Did South Down Shores and Long Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee Get Started?

South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

When construction started in 1981, Laconia’s South Down Farm offered an ideal picturesque setting for condominium homes. Located at the former 126 acre “Taylor Farm” the original planned community had some marketing flaws and the project stalled. I was brought in by the bank that financed the original community to sell the remaining five or six units at the Fells Condominium located in a field off of Parade Road. After we sold those original units, the original developer stepped out of the project it was then that L. John Davidson arrived in July of 1983, South Down was dead in the water and in trouble financially. Enter Davidson, a true visionary who comes up with a completely new waterfront concept plan geared to the vacation home market to give the stalled project new credibility. He then acquired multiple adjoining parcels and almost a mile of shorefront on Paugus Bay. The name was then changed to “South Down Shores” then carried forward to “Long Bay” its sister community and the rest is history.

 

Today, 36 years later, South Down Shores and Long Bay encompass over 360 acres with almost 1 mile of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee. These private, gated communities feature unique villages and single-family homes of many architectural styles. A huge investment infrastructure for roads, city water/sewer and underground utilities was made. Davidson created a private yacht club for boats complete with boat slips, racks and a launch area with multiple sandy beaches and breakwaters. Throughout South Down and Long Bay, he crafted a series of beautifully landscaped ponds, community buildings, walking trails and an immense waterfront greenbelt common area along the entire shoreline, for all residents to enjoy.

 

Both communities now have over 600 property owners from many geographic areas who can call the Lakes Region “home”. Many are vacation homeowners & semi-retirees and others are year-round, permanent residents. Davidson’s ‘vision’ and hard work paid off immensely for the City of Laconia. Today both communities contribute somewhere close to $3.5 million annually to the City of Laconia’s tax revenue. That’s a lot of income, which has helped the city grow its infrastructure, schools, police station, and other amenities. 

Not only that but think of the economic impact these 600+ families have contributed to the Lakes Region. The pure size of the development infrastructure, amenity package and huge amount of housing constructed has created a massive amount of jobs over the years for local engineers, surveyors, architects, attorneys, site contractors, home builders, landscape companies and all of the other trades connected with the home building industry. Realtors have also benefited; I know our company and our associates have been involved in more than 600 sales since the 1980s. Most importantly, all of the vacation homeowners, semi-retirees, and residents who have called South Down Shores “home” since its inception have immensely supported all of the businesses which operate in the Lakes Region. Just think of the boat dealers, home improvement stores, contractors, furniture stores, automotive dealers, restaurants, entertainment venues, ski areas and all other attractions that have profited from the families who have become a fabric of our area.

So just who is this man that saved the South Down Farm project? L. John Davidson grew up in Andover, MA and graduated from Phillips Andover and Harvard University. As a young man he worked in his father’s restaurants, he was an air controller in the Korean War and later operated clothing stores called “The Andover Shop” in Cambridge & Andover. He also developed the 400-acre land package for the Raytheon Company Missile Systems Plant and he reconstructed Andover Square after defeating Urban Renewal in the 1960s. From 1965-1970 Davidson bought out 70 separate parcels of land, an entire valley in Quechee, VT. He became the architect/developer of one of the largest and most successful developments in New England. The community was called Quechee Lakes and included 6000 acres where Davidson placed 50% of the land in a permanent greenbelt to preserve the integrity and natural beauty of the valley. There are currently over 1700 homes and condominiums in The Queechee Development where he rebuilt a covered bridge over the Ottauquechee River, restored an abandoned mill and relocated other buildings throughout the town. He developed ski trails and built ski lifts for the residents, two championship golf courses, two lakes and a 50-mile trail system. Davidson’s “farmstead concept” was unique to the real estate industry and he was the first to offer the single-family home as a condominium. Davidson later on created condominium suites in Maine and he financed a salvage expedition that raised a 70-foot sections H.M.S DeBraak shipwreck, a British warship that sank off the coast of Delaware in 1798 rumored to be carrying vast treasures. Over the past decade, he embarked on an “egg-venture,” where he spent millions developing an egg pasteurization process to eliminate salmonella and bacteria. He now holds 6 patents. John presently resides in Atkinson, NH.

Although Stanford, Connecticut, may have more Fortune 500 Companies per square mile and Boston is certainly an economic engine, these major cities lack one critical resource that the Lakes Region has in abundance. Our beautiful lakes, mountains, forests and rivers continue to attract tourists to our area and new property owners to our area, and they all contribute to the Lakes Region growth and prosperity. Business development and industry growth is likewise important for our economy’s engine and like any community, we need jobs to prosper. However, we can’t lose sight of what our region is all about; we’re primarily a tourist, second home, and semi-retired home market. We also have a strong primary residential market in our surrounding towns, with many young families investing in the Lakes Region. All of us in the Lakes Region should strive to make it the best possible New England destination. Quality development is critical; we need to develop communities we can be proud of, like South Down Shores and Long Bay. I’ve seen the excitement first-hand in the comments from families who have purchased over the years. They absolutely love the community and the entire Lakes Region. They may have started out by renting in the community and then graduated to a small condominium and eventually into a permanent single-family home. So many of them have commented that there’s so much more to do here in the Lakes Region than there was 25 years ago. Nowadays, we have many attractions like The Tanger Outlet Mall, Bank of NH Music Pavilion, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Gunstock Mountain Resort, The NH Motor Speedway, and many new restaurants and eateries. Additionally, there are so many more events to participate in, such as craft fairs, The New England Pond Hockey Classic, fishing derbies, car and boat shows, and the NH Pumpkin Festival. 

 

The popularity of these two communities is evident by the strong sales activity over the past years as follows:

2017

Sales: 54

The average selling price of $389,856

Price range of $162,000-$770,000

2018

Sales: 62

The average selling price of $365,893

Price range of $174,750-$900,000

2019

Sales: 51

The average selling price of $456,211

Price range of $178,000-$1,175,000

2020

At the present time in 2020, 14 homes have sold for an average selling price of $501,570 with a price range of $239,000-$1,130,000 and there are 7 properties available for sale ranging in price from $260,000-$1,249,500.

That’s a pretty good testimonial to the success of these fine communities.

This article was written by Frank Roche. Frank is president of Roche Realty Group with offices in Meredith and Laconia, NH, and can be reached at (603) 279-7046. Data was compiled by a NEREN map search on 06/11/2020 and is subject to change. Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market.

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3 Western, Laconia, NH 03246

MLS # 4818918

City: Laconia, State: NH

Price: $149900

Here is an opportunity to own a lot in the waterfront community of South Down Shores with 4000 ft of shore front, sandy beach, club house, private boat club, walking trails, tennis courts, and more. With very little inventory of homes available in this community, here is your chance own one of the only lots available for sale in South Down Shores. This is a nice level lot, in an association of only 7 owners. Water and sewer is at the lot along with underground utilities. Must build a minimum of 1, 800 sq. ft. of living space. Use your own builder, or Seller is willing to build for you. 5f1f1b9934e2b51def457480 0.31 9696 Laconia LD_2 Nancy Williams Roche Realty Group, Inc NH-Belknap Rte 106, Parade Rd to South Down Shores. Western Terrace will be the 3rd right. Lot is the first one on the right. 3 Western Terrace neren3 5f1f1b7a34e2b51dcc0e84b0 1 1 1595870178 43.5700488 1595808000 149900 Paul Zyla 4818918 Active -71.4790580 13504 4818918 1484 3 Western, Laconia, NH 03246 1600786440 Roche Realty Group, Inc 15 483548 Land Here is an opportunity to own a lot in the waterfront community of South Down Shores with 4000 ft of shore front, sandy beach, club house, private boat club, walking trails, tennis courts, and more. With very little inventory of homes available in this community, here is your chance own one of the only lots available for sale in South Down Shores. This is a nice level lot, in an association of only 7 owners. Water and sewer is at the lot along with underground utilities. Must build a minimum of 1, 800 sq. ft. of living space. Use your own builder, or Seller is willing to build for you. Laconia Sch Dst SAU #30 Laconia High School Laconia Middle School NH Western 3 South Down Shores 1600786999 Lake Winnipesaukee Lake 03246 ListPrice 149900 1595874201 149900 ListingStatus Active 1595874201 Active Point -71.48 43.57 RETS http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/c380-4818918-1-neren3.jpg 1 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/a2d9-4818918-2-neren3.jpg 2 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/530d-4818918-3-neren3.jpg 3 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/6556-4818918-4-neren3.jpg 4 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/2200-4818918-5-neren3.jpg 5 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/f79a-4818918-6-neren3.jpg 6 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/682d-4818918-7-neren3.jpg 7 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/ee66-4818918-8-neren3.jpg 8 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/056e-4818918-9-neren3.jpg 9 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/b678-4818918-10-neren3.jpg 10 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/0847-4818918-11-neren3.jpg 11 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/d1ef-4818918-12-neren3.jpg 12 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/04b9-4818918-13-neren3.jpg 13 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/6808-4818918-14-neren3.jpg 14 1595951083 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/apiv1.photos.master/a12e-4818918-15-neren3.jpg 15 1595951083 1595951083 1595951218

63 Freedom, Laconia, NH 03246

MLS # 4830210

City: Laconia, State: NH

Price: $354900

Welcome to “Fields Crossing” in the private, gated community of South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee. This beautifully updated 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1-car garage condo situated on a quiet culdesac overlooks peaceful meadows. Well-appointed kitchen with new granite countertops and back splash, upgraded appliances with induction cook-top range, custom wood-panel Subzero refrigerator and beautiful built-in buffet hutch with open display glass cabinets. This bright, sun-filled condo features hardwood and tile floors, a cozy wood-burning fireplace to relax by on those cooler nights and ductless mini-split air conditioning for those warmer days. Newer windows, roof, slider, garage door, Biasi high-efficiency heating system and new granite stairs. Enjoy the private patio off the back with a Sunsetter electric awning. South Down Shores offers 4, 000 feet of water frontage, sandy beach, boat club, bocce ball, tennis & basketball courts, clubhouse, playground and walking trails. It’s a wonderful place to vacation or live full time. 5f6ba36434e2b529b5056bac 0.00 9689 Beach Access Beach Rights Building Maintenance Club House Tennis Court Near Golf Course Near Snowmobile Trails 0 0 0 2 2 3 1509 Laconia RE_1 Fields Crossing NH-Belknap Parade Rd to South Down Shores, through gate (code needed) take second right into Fields Crossing, take immediate left onto Freedom Lane 63B is on your right toward the end. 63 Freedom Lane neren3 1 1 Attached 1 5f6ba1b834e2b5297b37eb1c 1 1 1600815787 43.5687626 1600646400 354900 Kevin Shaw 4830210 Active -71.4842328 Level Mountain View 4830210 1484 63 Freedom, Laconia, NH 03246 1600881153 Roche Realty Group, Inc 1 38 235 Single Family Homes Residential Welcome to “Fields Crossing” in the private, gated community of South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee. This beautifully updated 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1-car garage condo situated on a quiet culdesac overlooks peaceful meadows. Well-appointed kitchen with new granite countertops and back splash, upgraded appliances with induction cook-top range, custom wood-panel Subzero refrigerator and beautiful built-in buffet hutch with open display glass cabinets. This bright, sun-filled condo features hardwood and tile floors, a cozy wood-burning fireplace to relax by on those cooler nights and ductless mini-split air conditioning for those warmer days. Newer windows, roof, slider, garage door, Biasi high-efficiency heating system and new granite stairs. Enjoy the private patio off the back with a Sunsetter electric awning. South Down Shores offers 4, 000 feet of water frontage, sandy beach, boat club, bocce ball, tennis & basketball courts, clubhouse, playground and walking trails. It’s a wonderful place to vacation or live full time. 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99 Deerfield Turn, Laconia, NH 03246

MLS # 4801539

City: Laconia, State: NH

Price: $625000

NEW PRICE IMPROVEMENT!! You can enjoy all of the comforts of home with all of the benefits of the prestigious Long Bay and Bay Reach communities. Living behind the gates of South Down Shores offers a private and peaceful lifestyle.This home is in the Bay Reach village of the Long Bay association. Long bay amenities include two breathtaking private beaches, boat launch, community day docks, a heated in-ground swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, 3 ponds, walking trails, ice skating and more! Complimenting the convenient lifestyle of the community, this home boasts a convenient layout as well.This home is equally as spacious as it is cozy. On the main floor of this home you can enjoy a spacious eat in kitchen open to the dining room, a cozy open living room with a gas fireplace, main floor laundry, a half bath and a large main floor master suite with a full master bath and a large walk in closet. The cozy living room also features sliding glass doors that give you the opportunity to enjoy the view of the wooded landscape from the state forest that abuts this home. Upstairs, you have 3 more bedrooms, a bonus room, generous closet space and a full bathroom. Outside, you can enjoy your front porch, back patio and attached 2 car garage. This home is located in the heart of the Lakes Region- a short drive to I93 and shopping and within close proximity to the beautiful town of Meredith. OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY (8/20) 12-2pm! 5e99b27434e2b546081967d3 0.00 17079 Beach Access Beach Rights Boat Launch Club House Day Dock Dry Dock Tennis Court Interior 1 0 0 2 3 4 3084 Laconia RE_1 Bay Reach NH-Belknap 99 Deerfield Turn neren3 1 2 Attached 1 5e99b03034e2b542312c4863 1 1 1594311815 1587081600 625000 Adam Dow 4801539 Active 4801539 2416 99 Deerfield Turn, Laconia, NH 03246 1597847271 Keller Williams Lakes & Mountains Realty 38 202 Single Family Homes Residential NEW PRICE IMPROVEMENT!! You can enjoy all of the comforts of home with all of the benefits of the prestigious Long Bay and Bay Reach communities. Living behind the gates of South Down Shores offers a private and peaceful lifestyle.This home is in the Bay Reach village of the Long Bay association. Long bay amenities include two breathtaking private beaches, boat launch, community day docks, a heated in-ground swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, 3 ponds, walking trails, ice skating and more! Complimenting the convenient lifestyle of the community, this home boasts a convenient layout as well.This home is equally as spacious as it is cozy. On the main floor of this home you can enjoy a spacious eat in kitchen open to the dining room, a cozy open living room with a gas fireplace, main floor laundry, a half bath and a large main floor master suite with a full master bath and a large walk in closet. 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The Opera House in Laconia NH

The Vision behind the “Opera House” Renovation: Revitalization of the Lakeport Area

There is a lot of excitement brewing in the Lakeport area! Previously shuttered for decades, …

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Roche Realty Group Sells Trustworthy Hardware Building

Laconia – Tom Drouin of Roche Realty Group represented both the Seller and the Buyer of …

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Highland Ridge

Strong Demand at Highland Ridge With 20 Home Sales.

Sales of newly constructed homes throughout the Lakes Region have been very brisk the past …

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Hikers overlooking the lake in New Hampshire, voted "Best State to Live in America" in 2020.

New Hampshire Leads the Pack Again!

New Hampshire Leads the Pack Again! A recent article on moneywise by Esther Trattner showed …

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Hot Markets Around Lake Tahoe and Lake Winnipesaukee

I was reading a recent article on CNBC by Robert Frank the other day where …

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NH River Kayaking

Rolling down the river

A month and a half ago, we had a fun kayaking trip down the Merrimac …

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Historic Landmark is a Focal Point of Windward Harbor on Lake Winnipesaukee

Visitors to Lake Winnipesaukee have long recognized the special qualities of Windward Harbor. Its deep …

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South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

How Did South Down Shores and Long Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee Get Started?

When construction started in 1981, Laconia’s South Down Farm offered an ideal picturesque setting for …

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Balmoral on Lake Winnipesaukee

Four Season Living at Balmoral on Lake Winnipesaukee

There are so many water-access communities in the Lakes Region that provide great memories. Let’s …

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An Overview of Governor’s Island on Lake Winnipesaukee

Find Governor’s Island Homes for Sale The Lakes Region is known for its abundance of …

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Suissevale on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Suissevale: A Desirable Community on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough

When you navigate the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, there’s 71 square miles of water and 274 …

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Gunstock Acres in Gilford, NH

Gunstock Acres in Gilford: A Popular Water Access Community

Find homes for sale in Gunstock Acres We have so many interesting communities in the …

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The docks at South Down Shores in Laconia

The Impact of Second Homes in the Lakes Region

As I drive around the Lakes Region during this period of social distancing, I’ve been …

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At the top of Piper Mountain, New Hampshire

Hiking in New Hampshire

Hiking is an excellent (and free!) way to stay in shape, and the awesome feeling …

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Wolfeboro NH

Thankful to be Living in New Hampshire During This Difficult Period

All of us in the Lakes Region have seen a tremendous impact to our lifestyles …

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How we are embracing technology to continue to serve our clients and customers during this COVID-19 outbreak

The fast-spreading Coronavirus has created an enormous impact on all of us. Draconian measures to …

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Roche Realty Group Meredith Office

Roche Realty Group Reports Sales of $130.4 Million for 2019

Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has …

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Kevin Shaw Realtor

Kevin Shaw of Roche Realty Group, Inc. Produces $36.6 Million in Sales for 2019

Laconia, NH – Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group with offices in Meredith and Laconia, …

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Warming feet by a fire at home

Home and Holiday

If you think about it, many classic Christmas songs (and movies) are centered on the …

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Thanksgiving for NH

Thanksgiving for New Hampshire

We have so many reasons to be thankful to live in New Hampshire. I have …

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There are many reasons to live in New Hampshire

It is said that the three most important words in real estate are “location, location, …

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2019 Parade of Homes to be held October 12-14

Get inspired this weekend with the latest in building trends and innovations! The 2019 Parade …

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White Oak Motel and Lakefront Cottages Sold

White Oak Motel and Lakefront Cottages Sold

Holderness– The White Oak Motel and Lakefront Cottages located on White Oak Pond has recently …

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Lakes Region real estate activity for the first 8 months has been strong

Article by Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group.    Real Estate activity for the …

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Historic Homes: Buy with Your Head as Well as Your Heart

Historic Homes: Buy with Your Head as Well as Your Heart I’d like to recommend …

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Northeast Storage has purchased a commercial building located at 57 Reservoir Road.

Northeast Storage purchases unique Reservoir Road building in Meredith

MEREDITH — Northeast Storage has purchased a commercial building located at 57 Reservoir Road. Tom …

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111 Church Street, Laconia

Former Lakes Region mental health building listed and sold by Roche Realty Group

LACONIA — Rick Hagan of Roche Realty Group in Meredith, NH represented the seller, Lakes …

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Live where others dream of vacationing

https://youtu.be/7G5Z4QRBzzc Weirs Beach is a recreation destination with something for everyone, including beautiful lake and …

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Gilford, NH landmark former restaurant sold

Former well-known restaurant in Gilford recently sold

Gilford, NH – A local Gilford landmark built in 1975 and operated as a restaurant …

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Lakes Region NH

Tips for buying a home in the Lakes Region

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is an amazing place to own a home, whether it’s your …

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South Down Shores, a gated community on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Kevin Shaw of Roche Realty Group Inc. Produces Over $20 Million in Sales For 1st Half of 2019

Laconia- Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group Inc with offices in Meredith and Laconia, …

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Lakes Region full throttle during Motorcycle Week

You can already feel the area rumbling with visitors and activity this week as the …

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Is home ownership right for you?

There are advantages to both buying and renting, depending on your current lifestyle and financial …

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New Hampshire Ranked #2 Best State in the USA for 2019

The good news is out! New Hampshire as a state performed exceptionally well in a …

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explore nh lakes

Winnipesaukee Waterfront Sales Activity Spring 2019

The weather is getting warmer, the “Big Lake” is thawing out and the real estate …

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searching for homes on the internet

The homebuyer’s online search is like online dating

Searching for homes online can be a lot like trying to find love through online …

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The Importance of Getting Pre-Approved for Your Home Mortgage

If you want to be an attractive buyer in a competitive housing market, you’ll definitely …

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Lake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough, NH

Moultonborough homes sold at highest prices, fastest pace ever

It’s a historical time to sell a single-family home in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Data suggest …

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For sale by owner sign next to a house

For Sale By Owner? The facts about risk and reward

If you’re trying the “For Sale By Owner” (also known as FSBO/fizbo) approach to selling …

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What to do if your listing expires

Expired listings are a frustrating reality in real estate. If you want to change the …

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Meredith, New Hampshire

Window of opportunity open for Meredith home sellers

If you own a single family home in Meredith and have been waiting for a …

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Gilford, NH

It’s an unrivaled time to sell your single family home in Gilford

If you own a single-family home in Gilford, it’s an unequalled time to sell. It’s …

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Why it’s a great time to sell your home in Laconia

If you own a single-family home or condominium in Laconia, it might be a great …

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Own a piece of the playground!

Recess is better when you own a piece of the playground

When I was a kid my favorite part of the school day was recess, that …

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Hourglass and home

Has your home been on the market for too long?

Once there was a man who loved traveling, but he had been around the world …

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letting go

Letting go can show more strength than hanging on

One day a philosophy professor walked into her classroom while holding a drinking glass filled …

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New home first time homebuyers

You Always Remember the First

There’s just something special, nostalgic and memorable about the first, whether it’s a first kiss, …

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CEO

Sell Your Home Like A Boss

Some home sellers act as though their job is finished the moment they engage the …

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Real Estate Closing issues

Closing Crashers

You know the scene. It’s been in dozens of movies. The bride and groom hold …

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Roche Realty Group Meredith Office

Roche Realty Group Inc. Reports Sales of $121.6 Million for 2018

Meredith NH – Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc. with offices in Meredith …

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