All posts by Ann Cummings

12 Month-by-Month Goals for Your New Home

‘Tis the season — for goal planning, that is! Many people spend December reflecting on the year and creating a list of goals to aim for in the New Year, and recent home buyers are no exception. If you’re thinking about ways to preserve that “new-to-you” feeling in your home and keep the clutter at […]


Transform Your Home with These Timeless Seasonal Color Schemes

Nothing can transform a home quite like a simple seasonal color palette. Whether you want to embrace the fall foliage, some holiday whimsy, or a little winter coziness, you can do all that with a few coats of paint and some well-placed splashes of color. The best part of all? Not only are these color […]


What You Need to Know About Low-Maintenance Communities

Picture this: It’s winter. It’s freezing. You still need to clear the last of the leaves from your lawn, but you’re finding every excuse to stay huddled inside your warm home and out of the cold, biting air. More than ever, you’re wishing your yard work would just do itself. Sound familiar? Maintenance and lawn […]


The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find […]


Congratulations, Jim Lee — The 2017 REALTOR® of the Year!

Being a Realtor is such a rewarding experience! For over 35 years, Jim and I have been able to go above and beyond to help our clients achieve their real estate goals and make the whole process a fun experience. We wanted to take a moment to thank you, our clients, for being the reason that […]


Portsmouth NH – Farmer’s Market Shopping

Living in Portsmouth New Hampshire is just awesome, and our local Farmer’s Market just makes it that much more enjoyable! If you love buying locally grown fruits and veggies, beautiful plants and flowers, and other locally grown and/or made products, then our Portsmouth Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning is the place for YOU!! The Seacoast […]


Portsmouth NH Homeowners |Take Advantage of Your Tax Benefits

With tax season approaching, are you aware of the potential tax benefits of homeownership?    The biggest reason for buying homes in Portsmouth NH, and anywhere else, is for home and shelter.  Did you also know that there are tax benefits when it comes to being a homeowner, too?  Some are deductible only in the […]


Portsmouth NH Real Estate | Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s

Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400). In a Forbes article the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun […]


Portsmouth NH Homes | Real Estate Market 2015 Recap

  Curious about how the Portsmouth NH real estate market did in 2015? Almost everyone seems to have great interest in how real estate markets perform. We frequently have people asking us questions about the local market.  The media is full of information about ‘the national real estate market’, and yet there is no ‘national’ […]


Portsmouth NH Homeownership as an Investment: The Role of Price Appreciation

We recently posted the results from the latest Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) showing where residential home prices are headed over the next five years. Today, we want to show you what the results of the report could mean to you. A good portion of every family’s wealth comes from the equity in the home they live […]