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

Use word pictures to sell your Portsmouth, NH house

An old Chinese proverb says “One Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words”. However when selling a house, well constructed ads and sentences can be just as valuable.  Here’s how we use word pictures to sell your Portsmouth, NH house. Think for a moment about some of the real estate ads you’ve read recently. Do they all sound alike,? For example, do […]


Two Portsmouth NH “supermoons” are on the way

Moon over Portsmouth NH

Two Portsmouth NH “supermoons” are on the way This moon over Portsmouth will be full on December 3rd and also on December 31st making two full moons in December of 2017. When there are two full moons in one calendar month the second one is called a “Blue moon”. Because two full months in one […]


Portsmouth NH is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

City of Portsmouth NH Christmas tree

Portsmouth NH is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas is fast approaching and one of the sure signs is the appearance of the official Christmas tree in Market Square in downtown Portsmouth NH. Our tree is a whopper this year and almost completely covers the concrete planter it sets in. Decorations will be […]


Want a quick, easy, and delicious holiday desert for your Portsmouth NH Thanksgiving?

Portsmouth NH – Falling off a log easy Thanksgiving desert made by my lovely wife Ann. Soften a 1/5 quart container of your favorite ice cream. In a large bowl fold in your favorite candy pieces. We used Heath bar pieces in our. Spoon into a graham cracker crust. Put the plastic top that comes […]


Portsmouth NH condominium sales are strong.

“PORTSMOUTH NH – Sales of single family condominiums in the 13-Sample Seacoast Towns enjoyed the highest October volume in at least five years. The 73 sales were the most in any month since September 2016’s 85 transactions. Find your new Portsmouth NH condominium right here. The 13-Sample Seacoast Towns are Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, […]


Is Portsmouth New Hampshire and the NH Seacoast entering a housing bubble?

With continued low inventory and rising prices in both Portsmouth NH and the New Hampshire Seacoast some are saying we may be entering another housing bubble. We asked the experts (in addition to us) what they thought of that theory and the likelihood of another housing bubble on the Seacoast. David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and […]


The Hidden Horrors of Going FSBO (For Sale by Owner)

Many home sellers have considered skipping the real estate agent to save on closing costs, but very few have actually succeeded in seeing those savings. There’s a good reason: the average homeowner doesn’t have the rigorous training and real estate knowledge that a licensed agent does. But just what makes For Sale By Owner (FSBO) […]


6 Questions to Ask When Considering a condo with a homeowner’s associtation

Let’s say you have your heart set on buying a home in a community like Portsmouth NH with a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and maybe even a playground or trails. Having access to these amenities often means living in a community with a homeowners association, or HOA. Generally, an HOA is responsible for keeping the […]


3 Portsmouth NH Home Selling Prep Essentials

You’ve got to start somewhere when preparing your Portsmouth NH home to sell, but it’s not where you would think. Before jumping right into cleaning, decluttering, staging, and marketing, take some time to review. Having a solid understanding of the real estate market and the home selling process is essential for a smooth and stress-free […]


Is your Portsmouth New Hampshire home still for sale? If so it’s probably the price.

Do you have a home for sale in Portsmouth or the New Hampshire Seacoast and it hasn’t sold after a couple of months? If so, you definitely need to revisit your asking price. The Portsmouth and NH Seacoast market is hot with market absorption rates under 4 months which indicates a fairly robust seller’s market. […]


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

Portsmouth NH real estate for sale

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, you also know the Top Brunch Spots and you have a general idea of where your workplace, grocery store, and soon-to-be-favorite hangouts are […]


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!

Portsmouth NH real estate for sale

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 […]