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Cranmore Mountain Resort Announces New Kearsarge Brook Real Estate Sales Director

Cranmore Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Difeo as the resort’s new Real Estate Sales Director. She will oversee all aspects of Kearsarge Brook Condominium sales, working with Badger Realty of North Conway Village.


Difeo, a Valley native, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Philosophy. She is a licensed real estate sales agent and has worked in real estate sales for a number of years, most recently in the Greater Boston Area. Difeo has also worked in many customer service positions and is an avid skier.

“We are thrilled to have Eileen join our team,” said Ben Wilcox, Cranmore President and General Manager. “With her background in real estate and customer service, we are confident she will be a great asset to the Kearsarge Brook sales office.”

Cranmore’s Kearsarge Brook Model Unit and sales office is open daily, from 11am-4pm. For more information, visit Kearsargebrooknh.com.

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Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore To Break Ground September 27th

“We are excited to announce that we will be breaking ground on September 27 for Phase One of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore,” said Brian Fairbank. Fairbank is developing Kearsarge Brook with fellow Cranmore owners, Tyler Fairbank and Joseph O’Donnell.

“It takes a lot to put together a $50 million development like Kearsarge Brook,” Fairbank continued. “On September 12, we’ll start installing utility lines in preparation for the official ground breaking later in the month. I’m happy to say that our Kearsarge Brook owners will have have keys in hand in the fall of 2017.”

Part of an extensive redevelopment of Cranmore’s base area that calls for a total of 106 condominiums and six new buildings, Kearsarge Brook’s Phase One includes 18 two and three bedroom residences that offer expansive views of Cranmore Mountain Resort’s slopes and the surrounding White Mountains. Homeowners will enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes as well as a variety of resort amenities. Gated parking, private owners ski lockers and special summer and winter discounts are also included for Phase One owners. Phase One homes sell for $395,000 to $599,000 for the top floor penthouse.

The Fairbank Group, headed by Brian and Tyler Fairbank, are the developers of the project. Both praised the team that is working together on the project. “John Ashworth of Bull-Stockwell Allen of San Francisco, California was the architect. The firm has worked extensively with ski resorts including Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte, Grand Targhee Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort, Stowe and many others,” Brian Fairbank added. “We’re also pleased to be working with local contractor, Glen Builders, Portland, Maine-based architects, Archetype, and Badger Realty, who are the exclusive listing agents.”

The Fairbank Group implemented a similar development at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. In addition to operating Jiminy Peak, the group manages Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont.

HGTV’s Log Cabin Living Episode Shot in Mt. Washington Valley Set to Air January 23

On Saturday, January 23 at 11 pm, HGTV’s Log Cabin Living will follow a Boston couple as they search for the log home of their dreams in the Mt. Washington Valley.

The episode was filmed last September by Warm Springs Productions, a production company based in Missoula and Manhattan, Montana, that provides production services to cable networks including Science, History, Travel, Animal Planet, TNT, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, Food, and Nat Geo Wild and HGTV.

When looking for the ideal couple, homes and log home specialists to film, Warm Springs turned to Badger Realty. The team they assembled included log home builder Rich Leavitt of Leavitt Contracting; Kevin Killourie of Wildcat River Log Homes, Badger Realty’s Log Home Division, representing Golden Eagle Log Homes; and Maureen Garrette of Badger Realty, the agent representing Laurie and Tim, the home buyers featured in the episode.

“It was fascinating to see the filming process over the five days they spent here,” said Kevin Killourie. “They filmed throughout the Valley and western Maine, from local business to scenery and activities the area has to offer. It’ll be interesting to see what made the final cut.  The crew filmed everywhere from  Jackson Village, high up on Mt. Washington, and even filmed the Blood Moon over the Green Hills one night during their visit.  Director, Nathan Charlan, of Warm Springs Productions really wanted to showcase the area and all it has to offer second home owners.  The reach and impact of HGTV as a network is enormous, and can only benefit us by introducing the region to millions of potential visitors.”

Killourie and Leavitt agree that log homes appeal to a unique kind of buyer. “Whether they’re looking for a cozy cabin in the woods or a spectacular mountainside home with soaring cathedral ceilings, these buyers are drawn to the natural, rustic feeling that only a log home has,” Leavitt commented.

“It was great to hear the film crew’s reaction to the Valley and the log homes that we have built over the past few years,” said Killourie.  “The crew was really impressed with the custom touches that the log homes featured.”

“We’re so pleased that we were able to help pull this episode together and the exposure that it brings with it,” Killourie continued. “It will be terrific to showcase the Mt. Washington Valley area, and for our log home market and log home builders here.”

For more on log homes in Mt. Washington Valley and western Maine, visit Badger Realty’s website at BadgerRealty.com; Wildcat River Log Homes at WildcatRiverLogHomes.com; and Richard Leavitt at LeavittContracting.com.

Pictured:   (Back row first) Fritz Statler, Branden McCabe, Richard Leavitt, Tim Geheren, Kevin Killourie, Jordan Brorby, Nathan Charlan,  Josef “Tuna” Metesh, Laurie Katz, Lilian Langston, Cory Markellis

Cranmore Mountain Resort Now Accepting Contracts for Kearsarge Brook Condominiums

With All Approvals in Place and Long-Term Funding Secured, Cranmore Moves Forward with Multi-year Master Plan

On Wednesday, December 23, Cranmore Mountain Resort, located in North Conway, NH, announced that sales for its greatly anticipated Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore development would recommence on December 26, 2015. Sales for residences in building one will start now that all necessary permits and approvals are in place.

This greatly anticipated project is being funded by Belmont Capital of Cambridge Massachusetts; an affiliate of Joe O’Donnell’s who, with Brian and Tyler Fairbank, owns Cranmore Mountain Resort, along with Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Massachusetts. O’Donnell also owns Bromley Mountain Resort in Vermont, managed by The Fairbank Group, a management company owned by the Fairbanks. Belmont Capital is a proven lender that realizes Cranmore’s future. “It’s an honor to lead a resort with such rich history into the future,” commented O’Donnell. “With its Kearsarge Brook project, Cranmore will be one of the first resorts in Maine or New Hampshire to construct a progressive mountain-living community in the heart of one of America’s most recognized ski towns. After decades of successful resort development and business ventures with the Fairbanks, I have every confidence that the Cranmore project will be well planned, well financed and wildly successful.”

Phase one of the Cranmore Master Plan calls for two strictly residential condominium buildings to be built in two stages. The first building will consist of 18 residences and the second will be a 19-residence building, all conveniently located at the base of Cranmore’s South Slope for easy ski-in, ski-out access and proximity to spring, summer and fall activities and attractions. Residences will include two- and three-bedrooms and range from approximately 1,300 to 1,800 square feet.

“A year and a half ago we had to freeze the Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore project based on land release issues and some permitting delays,” commented Brian Fairbank, Chairman of The Fairbank Group. “Recently we were able to resolve all outstanding issues and utilize our long-standing relationship with Belmont Capital to restart the condominium development.”

Badger Realty, the official real estate broker of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore, will commence sales on Monday, December 26, 2015. Eighteen units in building one will be the first offered for sale. Cranmore already has signed reservations for approximately 1/3 of the residences but there are still residences available in building one. Since the development is now registered with the NH Attorney General’s Office, buyers will be signing purchase and sale agreements and making a deposit to reserve units.

“Offering base area condominiums to our guests is unique for our region,” commented Cranmore President and GM Ben Wilcox. “Mixing new ski facilities with condominiums has been a successful model at resorts like Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts; Stratton Mountain in Vermont; and Mount Tremblant in Canada.”

Construction could begin as early as spring, 2016 if purchase and sales contracts for 14 of 18 residences can be secured by March 1, 2016. If the required number of contracts is met by March 1, 2016, building one is expected to be completed by January, 2017. Completion dates are subject to change based on achieving the purchase and sale agreement quota. Glen Builders, based in Bartlett, NH is the selected contractor for the project.

Building one and two are part of a multi-year Cranmore Master Development Plan that will eventually add a total of 106 new residential condominium residences to the base of Cranmore. Residences in buildings three, four, five and six will sit above new planned ski facilities.

The Cranmore Master Development Plan will include a total of six new buildings that will eventually replace all of Cranmore’s existing facilities with the exception of the Cranmore Ticket Office building, renovated in 2010, the historic summit Meister Hut, and the Artist Falls Lodge, home to Cranmore Fitness. New ski facilities will include a restaurant, cafeteria, seating, locker rooms, restrooms, changing areas, rental shop, ski retail shop, snow sports instruction registration and other skier service areas. Two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums will be built on the second and third floors of buildings three, four, five and six.

The Cranmore Master Development Plan is a continuation of resort improvements that started in 2010. In June 2010, the Fairbanks and O’Donnell purchased the resort and, since that date, have invested $10 million in improvements.

Lift improvements since 2010 include the installation of a Doppelmayr eco-Drive fixed-grip quad chairlift, a relocated double chairlift with increased teaching ski terrain, a new triple chairlift on the east side of the mountain and new 380’ carpet lift in the new tubing park.

Facility upgrades include remodeling an older overflow base lodge into a state-of-the-art children’s center. The Arlberg Children’s Center is home to KidsRule, Cranmore’s all day instructional program for children age 3 to 14. The facility also has a children’s rental shop and play room for infants to age 5.

Cranmore’s Ticket Office received a complete redesign with bark siding and post and beam exterior which resembles future buildings to be constructed during the Master Plan.

Cranmore’s Fitness Center went through a renovation that included new weight and cardio rooms and new equipment for its membership. The facility was also remodeled to offer ticket sales and lodge space for winter tubers and those looking to ride many of Cranmore’s new year-round attractions. Energy efficient lighting replaced traditional lighting throughout the facility.

Cranmore has made $1.5 million in snowmaking improvements including over 250 tower snow guns, replaced and expanded snowmaking pipe, and an enhanced snowmaking plant which has helped increase the mountain’s snowmaking output.

Year-round mountain attractions were added including the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line. These attractions operate in summer along with an Aerial Adventure Ropes Course, summer tubing and a number of other family friendly offerings. In winter, a new 10 lane tubing park was added to go along with the other year-round attractions.

“The proposed Cranmore Master Development Plan is the next chapter of improvements that will put Cranmore on the map as one of New England’s quintessential resorts,” comments Tyler Fairbank, CEO of The Fairbank Group. “Cranmore has become a year-round destination that will continue to infuse dollars into the Mount Washington Valley’s local economy.”

For more information regarding Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore, contact Badger Realty at 603-356-5757 or visit Cranmore.com/kearsargebrook.

Keller Williams celebrates grand opening of their North Conway office

Keller Williams Lakes and Mountains Realty celebrated the grand opening of their North Conway office with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 17. Over 50 guests enjoyed the festive holiday gathering and had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated space and meet the Keller Williams team of real estate professionals.

Congratulations to Coldwell Banker Wright Realty on the Grand Opening of their new Office

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty Celebrates their move
to a new office with a Ribbon Cutting 

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty celebrated the Grand Opening of their new offices with a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, October 21. Over 70 guests were greeted by owners Antonella Bliss, Rose Robinson and Lindsey Maihos, as well as their team of real estate professionals and administrative staff. Guests enjoyed tours of the new office facility along with complimentary refreshments and door prizes.

The new location is at Village on the Saco at 486 White Mountain Highway in Conway. Summit Builders designed and completed all the renovations and modifications in just a month’s time. It’s a bright, smartly planned office and now this firm is ready to expand with a new, state of the art facility. The remodeled space includes new offices for agents and the management team, upgraded technology and meeting room to better serve clients.

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is a full service real estate brokerage representing buyers and sellers in Mt. Washington Valley and Western Maine for more than 30 years. Along with residential real estate professionals they also specialize in waterfront properties, vacation homes and commercial.

For more information please call 800-447-2120 or visit Coldwell Banker Wright Realty online at www.wrightrealty.com.

Lorraine Seibel Joins Coldwell Banker Wright Realty

Lorraine Seibel Joins Coldwell Banker Wright Realty

CONWAY, NH— Lorraine Seibel has recently joined Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. Antonella Bliss, Lindsey Maihos and Rose Robinson, owner/brokers of the firm, say they’re very happy to have Seibel on board. “Lorraine is an established professional with extensive experience and qualifications,” noted Lindsey Maihos. “She is a dedicated Realtor® providing exceptional services to buyers and sellers in the Mount Washington Valley.”

Seibel has been a Realtor® since 1986, and became a broker in 1996. She is active with the White Mountain Board of Realtors®, and has held many offices, including President in 2007. Lorraine Seibel has also served on the professional development committee with the New Hampshire Association of Realtors®. Seibel was also Realtor® of the year at the White Mountain Board of Realtors® in 2008.

As a qualified Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Seibel has worked with generations of the same families through both the buying and selling process. “It’s an honor to work with people, and provide the best service I can. I enjoy taking all the stress out of the transaction and bringing them through to a smooth closing.”

“Our business increased substantially last year,” says Rose Robinson, one of the principals of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. “We’re definitely excited to have a broker of Lorraine’s caliber representing our clients.”

Lorraine Seibel can be reached by phone at (603) 986-9057 (cell), (603) 447-2117 ext. 301 (office), or email Lorraine@WrightRealty.com. Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is a full service real estate brokerage representing buyers and sellers in both New Hampshire and Maine for more than thirty years. The company is located at 481 White Mountain Highway (Rt 16) in Conway, NH, just north the TechVillage. For more information visit WrightRealty.com, email: Info@WrightRealty.com, or call (603) 447-2117.

Cormack Adds Holt to Design Staff

Cormack Construction Management of Madison, New Hampshire is pleased to announce the addition of Richard G. Holt, AIA, NCARB to their design staff. Mr. Holt earned his architectural degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has extensive experience in residential, commercial, and institutional design and construction. With a special interest in energy efficiency, his work has earned many awards, including a Solar Design Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has recently returned from California where his projects included the complete renovation of, and addition to, an iconic 165 room hotel, and the adaptive re-use of a former publishing facility by preserving the 44-year-old structure and creating a green-certified, high-tech collaborative work space.

MWV Photo Contest: Deadline is October 1st!

Special Thanks to the Conway Daily Sun for sharing this article!!

Theme: ‘There’s No Place Like Home,’

deadline for entries is Oct. 1

CONWAY, NH — It’s that time of year again to enter your favorite photos into the Mount Washington Valley’s 2011 photo contest.

This annual event is now in its 4th year and has received recognition and photo entries from photographers nationwide. All photo enthusiasts are encouraged to dig through their old favorites or start snapping some new photos to the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.”

The Mount Washington Valley photo contest team of judges are looking for interesting and creative interpretations of the theme to make selections for the annual “Calendar for Charity” service project which will feature the six winners of this year’s photo contest as well as six honorable mentions. Resulting “Calendars for Charity” donates $5 per calendar sales to benefit the fundraising efforts of three local charities; Starting Point Services, The Mother Seton House and The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

All photographers are encouraged to enter and share their work as there are three divisions of judging which will include cash prizes for first and second place winners for each of three categories: student, amateur and pro/semi-pro. Thanks to our very generous sponsors there is still no cost to our contestants who may submit up to 10 digital photos burned onto CD or flash-drive. Photos and official entry form needs to be delivered to Badger Realty, attention Bernie Friberg, at 2633 Main St., North Conway, NH, before the end of the day Oct. 1.

To check out contest rules and details, print official entry form and /or see past years winners and honorable mention photographs visit www.mwvphotocontest.com or visit the Facebook page at “Mt. Washington Valley’s annual photo contest” for updated communications. All contest questions can be answered by emailing contest creator Bernadette Friberg at Bernie@MWVphotocontest.com or calling (207) 542-9967. Bernadette Friberg and photo contest production assistant, Alicia Leavitt, look forward to another fun year of hosting this annual event and sharing in photographers’ enthusiasm, talent and artistic eye.

First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center

COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE LAUNCHES
FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS RESOURCE CENTER

PARSIPPANY, NJ – Taking the next step to help people turn their dreams of homeownership into realities, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC launched a new portal on its website specifically for first-time home buyers.  The First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center includes videos, articles and tools to answer questions and guide new home buyers through the real estate search process.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), first-time home buyers accounted for half of all the real estate market home sales in 2010. A recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that 93 percent of first-time home buyers said using online tools to find detailed information about homes was important to them.

“Buying your first home is exciting but it can also be overwhelming, so we created this section for first-time homebuyers to simplify the steps toward home ownership, and make the process easier and enjoyable,” said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “I, like most, remember buying my first home and going through a process that was complex, emotional and rewarding all at the same time.  Today, first-time homebuyers recognize that if they have the financial wherewithal, now is a smart time to buy a home.  The First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center helps give them the confidence to enter the real estate market and gain valuable insight so they can best work with their agent.”

The new web portal, which will be updated regularly with timely content to help first-time home buyers, provides informative features from coldwellbanker.com, including multiple ways to search and recommendations for like properties. It also includes:

  • Video tips and advice about selecting a home, moving, renovating, and decorating
  • Informative articles on such topics as how to select a real estate agent, identifying wish list items vs. must-have items for a first home and determining how much is affordable
  • Mortgage calculator
  • Affordability radar – This feature breaks down a home’s listing price into what the monthly payment might be at current mortgage rates

The new First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center is a continuation of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate innovative online resources. Coldwellbanker.com already features BlueScape, a unique way to search for homes by emotion and feelings.  Clients select from a series of images that they like or dislike and the site returns a group of homes that might meet their needs.  The website also has a lifestyle search, which allows people to use a simple, sliding scale to rate elements of a home and community that matter most to them. In addition, Coldwell Banker Real Estate partnered with YouTube to develop Coldwell Banker On Location. This site allows consumers to gain market perspective, community highlights and home video listings from Coldwell Banker sales professionals. More than 2.5 million channel views have been recorded since its launch in May 2009.

Survey Methodology: Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC conducted an online survey of 300 first-time home buyers in the United States (people who purchased their first home within the last year) on their experiences and perceptions of the home buying process.

“This is just one of the many reasons we’re proud to be associated with Coldwell Banker,” Antonella Bliss, a principal of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty remarked. “They’re always the first to provide the help and resources to those who most need them in this complex real estate market.”

Lindsey Maihos, another owner/broker and Coldwell Banker Wright Realty notes, “There’s a lot of information that will bring potential new homebuyers right up to speed with today’s market. An informed homebuyer can make the best decisions for their future, and we’re happy to provide every resource we can.”

“It’s a fantastic time to buy real estate,” Rose Robinson, principal of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty stated. “We’re happy to help buyers make that first home purchase with the best information possible. It’s a big step, and we want to make it count for our clients.”

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is a full service real estate brokerage representing buyers and sellers in both New Hampshire and Maine for more than thirty years. Located at 481 White Mountain Highway (Rt 16) in Conway, NH, just after the TechVillage. For more information visit Wright Realty email: Info@WrightRealty.com, or call (603) 447-2117.

Refuge in the mountains is charming and inexpensive

This was a great little article published in NorthJersey.com.  Special Thanks to the author Shannon Roxborough for her work on this!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011    Last updated: Sunday August 28, 2011, 4:15 PM
BY SHANNON ROXBOROUGH SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

While most high-profile second-home destinations bulge under the pressure of the tourist swarm, skyrocketing real estate prices and breakneck development, New Hampshire’s White Mountains remain a charming, inexpensive getaway, where nature lures day-trippers and part-timers with its scenic beauty and limitless outdoor activities.

This three-bedroom, one-bath foreclosure fixer-upper is listed for $64,900. That is what sold Pete Chandler, a self-described “adrenaline junkie” from Elmwood Park, and his wife, Julia, when they bought their weekend home in Carroll County in 2009. After searching for a country retreat in mountain towns across the country, the couple bought a three-bedroom house on a few acres last year for $166,500. The couple tries to visit every weekend year-round, rain or shine.

At one point, the Chandlers, who are in their early 40s, had seriously considered buying in the Adirondacks. But after some deliberation, they decided they didn’t “make a complete connection” with their would-be home. “We really wanted a total package,” Chandler says.

“Over the years, we looked almost everywhere we could think of,” says Chandler, a sales manager for a biotech company, “from the Poconos to the Rockies. Finally, when a ski bum buddy of mine brought us here, we knew we had found the right place. It had the right combination of peace, privacy, nature and affordability. We refer to it as ‘our alpine hideout.’ ”

Like many others, they found an ideal refuge in the blink-and-miss-it village of North Conway, NH (population: 2,349), a national forest-encircled escape tucked into the Mount Washington Valley on the eastern edge of the state near the border with Maine. With wood-framed houses, green-clad hills and miles of pristine wilderness in every direction, the village lies at the heart of a region known for low-cost tourism and moderately priced housing.

North Conway and its neighboring towns have long lured city-weary outdoor types from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Though weekenders from North Jersey haven’t arrived en masse yet, real estate agents say they are increasingly showing properties to potential buyers from farther away, seeking an alternative to pricier places closer to home.

That, along with its status as a playground for hard-core skiers and serious hikers has fueled North Conway’s appeal as a spot for enjoying an easy-going mountain lifestyle. But many people who don’t ski or hike — including retirees on fixed incomes — are also drawn to the agreeable combination of pine-scented air, relative solitude and simple living.

Some new arrivals are settling in places like the Village at Kearsarge, a sought-after subdivision of wooded home sites, condos and town houses with a community pool and tennis courts. Others are opting for more traditional single-family residences, which range from rustic A-frames and cozy cottages to palatial spreads in the hills.

Among current listings are a midcentury house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with 2,205 square feet of living space, for $179,900 (MLS No. 4074234, Agent: Linda Walker, Badger Realty, North Conway NH, 603-356-5757), and a six-bedroom, five-bath colonial on a large lot with a wide babbling brook is on offer for $249,000 (MLS No. 4087707, Agent: Josh Brustin, Pinkham Real Estate, 603-356-5425).

But nature, tranquility and value-priced real estate aren’t the only reasons buyers are flocking to this mountain resort. Some of North Conway’s popularity has to do with its feel of being a throwback to what other popular places used to be.

“I’m not the only person who thinks that, in many ways, the area feels like the Catskills or Berkshires did in the 1970s,” Chandler says. “And I hope it stays that way for a very long time.”

Perks

An affordable, four-season outdoor mecca with an abundance of nature-related activities and little room for encroachment on the picturesque environment. Opportunities for fishing the Saco River, paddling the Androscoggin River, hiking in Huntington Ravine, scaling the peaks of the Presidential Range, skiing Wildcat and Cranmore Mountains, exploring valley back roads and golfing at North Conway Country Club.

Drawbacks

The lack of a sophisticated cultural scene.

The weather

Warm summers, brightly tinged autumns, harsh winters and beautiful springs. Mount Washington has notoriously volatile weather with violent snowstorms and hurricane-force winds.

The costs

The local average listing price is $245,603, with a median sales price of $124,100. North Conway Real estate offerings range from a two-bedroom trailer home listed at $12,750 to a four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot farmhouse with several outbuildings on 163 acres going for $1.3 million.

Getting there

Cross the George Washington Bridge and continue on I-95 north. In Connecticut, take Exit 48/Hartford onto I-91 north then take exit 29/E. Hartford. Follow CT-15 north toward Boston and merge onto I-84 east and continue onto I-90 east. Take exit 11A/N.H. Cape Cod onto I-95 north; in New Hampshire, merge onto RT-16 north and take White Mountain Hwy. into North Conway. The drive takes about 6 1/2 hours.

Where to stay

The Kearsarge Inn ($79-$349; 603-356-8700) is a well-run bed and breakfast in the heart of the village within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

Must see

Settlers’ Green Outlet Village  offers tax-free shopping at dozens of stores.

For more information

The official website of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (mtwashingtonvalley.org) is the regional go-to resource; the Conway Daily Sun is the local paper

What’s happening in the regional real estate market…

With the stock market crashing around the world, banks going out of business on a weekly basis, money and the real estate market seemed to have dried up. Let’s look at the numbers instead of just listening to the hype. Here are the statistics comparing the year to date (Jan through Sept) in the Mount Washington Valley*:

Residential Properties

2007

2008

Change

# Sold

358

298

-17%

Sold Volume

$75,948,755

$56,362,151

-26%

Avg. Sold Price

$212,147

$189,135

-11%

Avg. Days on Market

149

201

35%

Despite all of these negative numbers, there is some good news. First time homebuyers can finally afford to purchase property, something that hasn’t been a possibility for the past 5 years, and buyers in all price ranges can get a really good deal. Sellers, on the other hand, will be able to make up for the loss on the selling side, when they get a fantastic price on the next home that they purchase.

If you do need to sell your home in the next 12 months, the most important thing to keep in mind is to price your home ahead of the market: the closer you are to market value, the more competitive your offers will be. If not, you will end up chasing the market down and always being a step behind. We can help you with this, as we are still doing what we have always done, and our sales volume has not dropped during this period.