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Ann Cummings and Jim Lee, Portsmouth New Hampshire NH REALTORS.

4 Tips for Making an Offer on a Portsmouth New Hampshire Home or Condo

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After searching for the perfect house to call your new home you’ve finally found the one! The price is right but with the current inventory shortage you want to be sure you make the best offer to enhance your chances of making a deal. Here are four tips From Fannie Mae to help you make […]


15 Conveniences You Don’t Want to Forget in Your Portsmouth NH Home Search

You have it all planned out. You know exactly which shopping centers and conveniences you want to live near, you know which amenities you need within a few miles of your community, and you have a general idea of where your workplace, grocery store, and soon-to-be-favorite hangouts are located. When it comes to searching for […]


7 Deadly Marketing Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make! | Portsmouth NH

If you are thinking of selling your New Hampshire Seacoast or southern Maine home here are 7 marketing mistakes you can’t afford to make. Review our handy list below…………………. If you’re thinking of selling or have been unsuccessful selling in the past let’s sit down and make sure you’re don’t make any of these 7 […]


It’s a great time for Portsmouth NH home buyers!

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Mortgage interest rates just fell to their lowest point in 2017! This week’s rate is 4.08% vs. 3.58% a year ago. One fact not so widely reported is that  requirements to get a mortgage have eased also. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quantifies the availability of mortgage credit each month with their Mortgage Credit Availability Index […]


Portsmouth NH Real Estate Sales Statistics for the 1st quarter of 2017

Portsmouth’s first quarter of real estate activity for 2017 is now firmly in the books and we can take a look at this just passed 1st quarter compared to others. As the chart below shows, sales for this first quarter have remained fairly steady at around 60 sales each 3 month period back to 2013. What […]


Pearl Harbor Day December 7th 2017 |Portsmouth NH

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Those words began US President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech to Congress as he asked for a Declaration of War against Japan.   76 years ago today, Portsmouth […]


A perfect meal for a cold, rainy night in Portsmouth New Hampshire

It’s a cold rainy day in Portsmouth NH which seemed like the perfect weather to whip up a pot of chili. I found this Beefy corn and black bean chili recipe a few days ago and tried it out. This is my second batch. I used ground turkey instead of beef, doubled the chili powder, […]


Early mornings in Portsmouth NH

I was out early looking for photographic opportunities when I spotted the morning sunrise with the old Portsmouth Naval Prison silhouetted against the rising sun. The Prison has a long history beginning with the American Revolution. The New Hampshire Militia commanded by General John Sullivan built an earthern fort on this site in 1775 to […]


The Portsmouth New Hampshire Farmer’s Market has something for everyone. | Portsmouth NH

Ann and I love going to our nearby Portsmouth Farmer’s Market. Each Saturday from May 7th through November 5th starting at 8:00 until 1:00 pm the parking lot at Portsmouth NH City Hall becomes a huge outdoor market with locally grown and processed foods of all types from vegetables, to meat and cheeses along with […]


Portsmouth NH Homes Sales for the first half of the year.

Can you believe 2016 is just a few days away from being half over? The halfway mark is a good point to look at where we’ve been in order to make a prediction about where Portsmouth home sales will likely be headed for the remainder of the year. So far this year the Northern New England […]


WARNING! Don’t rely on an online website to find your Portsmouth NH home’s value

A large part of our data research for our sellers is arriving at a suggested price we believe we can sell a Portsmouth NH or New Hampshire Seacoast home for. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear from a buyer or seller insisting that a property is worth a different amount than the […]


10 Easy Spring Cleaning Ideas For Your Portsmouth NH Home

The month of March brings spring, and with spring comes bright budding flowers, longer days, warmer weather, and spring cleaning. There is no better way to shake off the dreariness of winter than a freshly cleaned home ready to welcome the season. Here are 10 easy ways you can clean your Portsmouth NH home for […]


Portsmouth NH and southern Maine real estate update

Portsmouth NH Home Sales are up in 2016! That’s the good news. The bad news is that demand is ahead of supply and many buyers can’t find a house. What does this mean to you as a seller? NOW, and I mean right now, today, is a good time to get your house on the […]


Portsmouth NH Home owners; Are You Taking Advantage of These Homeowner Tax Breaks?

April 15th will be here before you know it. Portsmouth NH homeowners will be enjoying several tax breaks created by their homes in addition to have a snug and safe home for their family. There are many benefits to owning a home: A home is an investment that can earn equity, is often cheaper to buy than to […]


What is my Portsmouth NH home worth? | Portsmouth New Hampshire Real Estate

One question Ann and I are asked a lot is: “What is my Portsmouth NH house worth?” Most of our sellers want to get the best price possible for their house and we have several ways we use to arrive at the current “best price”. The first consideration is how does your house value relate to […]