14 Ways to Make the Most of Your Quarantine


Whether you're quarantined, self-isolating, or choosing social distancing, you're likely wondering what to do with all your time at home these days. Instead of Netflix bingeing, scrolling mindlessly through social media, and letting the news stir up anxiety, why not take this time to spruce up and refresh your home? Think of it as a head start on spring cleaning. Let's come out on the other side of this mayhem a little calmer and with our sanity intact. You can choose to tackle one item on this list per day, or if you're feeling energetic, pick a couple to do in one day. And remember, progress is better than perfection!


1. Order organizing supplies.

You can get supplies for organizing almost anywhere, but some great places to order quality supplies are The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Amazon. Brands like iDesign and OXO offer solutions for the entire home that are both beautiful and functional. A rule professional organizers follow: buy extra and return what you don't end up using.


2. Purge the pantry.

The first step is to take it all out and trash anything that's expired! Check the expiration dates on spices, canned goods, and that pancake mix you haven't used in two years. Toss any stale crackers or cereal too! Keep things fresh and tidy by using airtight pantry canisters for dry goods.


3. Clear and clean the fridge.

Same with the pantry, you'll want to check the expiration dates as well as get rid of any leftovers that have been in the fridge for a week. Take the opportunity to wipe down all the shelves and drawers while you have everything pulled out. A clear lazy Susan is perfect for condiments that don't fit on the door.


4. Clear out the freezer.

The place where mysterious foods wrapped in foil get pushed to the back behind the Ben & Jerry's and frozen berries? Yep, the freezer needs some love too. Anything unidentifiable or that's been in the freezer longer than a year should definitely go.


5. Tackle the junk drawer.

We all have at least one drawer where the random stuff ends up. Take stock: do you really need 50 pens? Where did all these safety pins come from? A spare key to the car you don't even own anymore?! There are many drawer organizers that can help you wrangle the inevitable "stuff" once you've culled the clutter in there.


6. Organize those food storage containers.

The Tupperware cabinet is usually the nightmare of anyone's kitchen! Whether you use actual Tupperware, Pyrex, Rubbermaid, or another brand, it's important to keep it all neat so you don't lose your mind. Toss any containers without a matching lid and any lids without a container. Are there certain sizes that came in your set that you never use? Put them aside in a box to donate later. (Scroll to the end for some ideas for recycling items you no longer use.) Order a lid organizer if you think you need it.


7. Clean your oven.

How often do any of us really use the self-clean option on our ovens? When you're stuck at home is a great time to do it. Make sure to scrub down the inside AND outside, preferably with a natural cleaner that won't irritate your lungs.


8. Clean your dishwasher.

Since your dishwasher has hot water and soap running through it when it's washing dishes, you'd think it would be clean, right? Wrong! You'll need to give it a good cleaning, especially if you're seeing spots and film on your glassware and dishes. All you need is some white vinegar and an old toothbrush. Get the details here.


9. Clean your small appliances.

Coffeemakers, blenders, mixers, toasters, coffee grinders... somehow they all end up with crumbs, gunk, water spots, and more. Use your favorite all-purpose cleaner (or just some diluted vinegar) and paper towels or an old cloth and wipe them clean. Use Q-Tips and toothpicks to get the hard-to-reach spots too!


10. Purge the bathroom drawers and medicine cabinets.

Now is the time to get rid of that dried-up nail polish, old bottle of Tums, and antibiotic you never finished from your sinus infection two years ago. Check expiration dates on all medicines. If you have old prescriptions, check here for a take back location near you. Note that the 2020 Drug Take Back Day has been cancelled. Invest in clear bins, a lazy Susan, or drawer organizers depending on your space.


11. Go through your closet.

You don't have to do a complete closet overhaul if you're not up for the task, but commit to pulling out at least 5 pieces you haven't worn in the past year. Found a sock with a hole? Toss it. If there are pieces you're not ready to let go of just yet, try this trick: Turn your hangers around until you wear an item. At the end of next season, anything that's on a backwards-facing hanger gets culled.


12. Refresh the linen closet.

Do you have old bedding that you probably won't ever use again? Is it time for new bath towels? If so, out with the old and in with the new. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they could use linens and donate them instead of sending them to a landfill.


13. Purge toys from the kids' rooms (if applicable).

Kids' rooms and playrooms can accumulate so much stuff--the gifts we buy them for holidays and birthdays, the tiny prizes they get in treat bags at birthday parties, and projects they make at school--it all adds up. Take stock (and involve them if possible) and decide what you definitely want to keep and what you might want to pass on to a child in need.


14. Tidy up the yard.

We're probably done getting piles of snow here in New England, so it's safe to get out and start working in the yard. Rake or blow any leaves left on the lawn from the fall, clear branches that fell during the winter, and pick up trash along your property lines that may have blown in or got pushed in by plows. Make way for the green grass to sprout up soon!


Bonus tip...

While you're refreshing your house, you'll come across perfectly good items you no longer want or need. Instead of putting it in the trash, check out these options for recycling!

- Check Facebook for a local Freecycle group. You never know, someone in your town could be looking for exactly what you're giving away!
- Donate unopened, unexpired non-perishable food or toiletries to your local food pantry.
- Animal shelters often are in need of linens.
- Homeless shelters, transitional housing, women's shelters are always looking for various goods.
- Jeans can be recycled through Levi's, Madewell, and American Eagle.
- Donate shoes in good condition to It's From the Sole.
- Donate gently used bras to Free the Girls and those that are too worn out can be recycled through Harper Wilde after ordering from them.
- Salvation Army and Goodwill take household donations of all kinds that are tax-deductible, while Habitat for Humanity ReStore takes furniture, appliances, home goods, and building materials.


Now that your house is tidy and revitalized, are you ready to put your home on the market? If so, let's chat. Fill out the form to the right and we'll plan a strategy to sell your home your way!



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    Five Fireplaces for a Romantic Valentine's Night In

    Five Fireplaces for a Romantic Valentine's Night In


    This year on the Seacoast, Valentine's Day is forecast to be one of the coldest of the year so far, with temperatures in the evening that feel like they're in the negatives. If you're not one of the brave souls that'll bundle up and venture out to your dinner reservations downtown, you're probably planning to stay in. What more romantic way to celebrate with the one you love on a frigid winter night than to get cozy by a roaring fire? Here are five fireplaces on the Seacoast for a romantic Valentine's date night in. Pour the champagne, grab the chocolates and a blanket, and snuggle in close!


    44 Waterloo Circle, Dover, NH

    The ambiance of this two-story great room with a wall of windows looking out at the river is so grand.


    115 Odiorne Point Road, Portsmouth, NH

    The sunken living room adds to the coziness. You're so close to downtown Portsmouth, you can settle in with takeout from almost any of the amazing restaurants in town.


    9 Heather Drive, Rye, NH

    Sometimes the location is the most important aspect: in a mansion on a waterfront golf course!


    186 West Road, Rye, NH

    For those who prefer their fire a little more contained...


    1308 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH

    Two words: Ocean. Views. Need I say more?


    I can't promise you'll actually be able to spend Valentine's night at any of these houses, but it's certainly possible to make one yours so you can enjoy a night by the fire before the chilly weather is gone! Contact me to set up a showing and we'll make it happen!

    Wishing you a happy (and warm) Valentine's Day!




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      Why Listing Your Home in Winter May Be a Smart Decision

      Statistics show that more homes sell in the warmer months--there's no doubt about that. But that doesn't mean that the real estate world shuts down from December to March. People are still moving for a number of reasons, whether it's an expiring lease, a growing family, or corporate relocations (which, by the way, peaks in the first couple months of the year). If you need or want to sell your house, don't let the time of year scare you off. There are actually perks to selling in the winter, and they may benefit you if you feel like the time is right to sell your house.



      Winter in New England can be beautiful.

      Sure, green grass and flowering gardens are ideal, but if Mother Nature sends some snow your way, it could be good for showing off your house. There's nothing like a fresh coat of snow and some twinkling holiday lights! Think of the quaint small towns in Hallmark holiday movies and how magical they are. We are lucky to live in a place like that! Curb appeal can still be achieved in winter, just be sure to shovel any walkways and keep outdoor areas well lit.

      Buyers in winter are serious buyers.

      If someone is viewing your property in winter, they're probably serious about buying. In the nicer months, you may contend with people who are just browsing to see what's on the market, but winter weather and holidays bring out fewer browsers. That means if someone requests a showing, they are ready to buy and will likely make a timely decision.

      There's less competition.

      Lower inventory means less competition. If you put your home on the market in the spring, you're competing with everyone else who decided to wait until spring. List in the winter when there are less homes for buyers to choose from and take advantage of the concept of supply and demand.


      Ultimately, you need to list your home when you are ready. Regardless of the time of year, it's most important to list when it's best for you. With that said though, you can certainly take advantage of the unique aspects of each season. Don't let fear and misconceptions stop you from selling your house when you are ready. If the time is right for you this winter, let's talk. Fill out the form on the right side of the page or email me at and we'll develop a strategy that's best for you and your property!


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        Top Seacoast Events to Spark Your Holiday Spirit


        Seacoast Holiday Events 2019


        In case the onslaught of holiday decor in stores, the chilly weather, and constant loop of Hallmark holiday movies on TV hasn't gotten you into the spirit of the season yet, there are plenty of events on the Seacoast to help you feel festive. This is just a short list of some of the most popular events in the area; you'll find several other holiday craft fairs, small town parades, and more--as well as other quintessentially New England holiday events throughout the region.


        Vintage Bazaar Holiday Edition

        November 29-December 1 | Lafayette Plaza, North Hampton

        Vintage Bazaar New England is a favorite antique and artisan show in the region (named a top 3 vintage market by Country Living Magazine!), and the holiday edition of the series is no different. Browse curated displays from 70 vendors and come away with handmade gifts, unique decor, and inspiration for your own home. There's no better way to shop small or shop local, especially on Black Friday!


        New Castle Village Christmas Fair

        December 7 | New Castle Recreation Building

        This village Christmas fair is an annual tradition in the island town of New Castle. You'll find all the typical craft fair fare, some with a nautical theme, as well as a few things unique to this event. Need new holiday decor but don't want to spend a fortune? Check out the Red Elephant table, with previously loved decorations ready for a new home to grace. Come with an appetite for coffee and baked goods to start the morning and lobster rolls and chowder before you leave. If there are kids in your life, bring them for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!


        Lighting of the Nubble

        November 30 | Sohier Park, York

        Is there any better or quintessentially New England way to ring in the holidays than to see a lighthouse beautifully lit up? Visit the coastal icon to celebrate its illumination for the season and listen to holiday tunes, enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies, get a photo with Santa, and visit with his reindeer.


        Festival of Trees

        December 5 | Exeter Town Hall

        In its 21st year, the Exeter Festival of Trees is an event that draws hundreds of visitors each year. Over 50 local businesses decorate and donate live trees that you can bid on, plus there will be a raffle tree that you could win, filled with local gift certificates. This event raises money for Community Children's Fund, which provides warm clothes and bedding for local kids.


        Gingerbread House Contest

        December 6-22 | Discover Portsmouth

        This sweet annual event is divided into professional and community divisions and features creations constructed by local businesses and neighbors alike. Visit Discover Portsmouth any day of the week to view the gingerbread houses in a winter wonderland display and vote on your favorite. While you're there, enter the raffle to win one, with proceeds benefiting Portsmouth Historical Society. And if you're up for the challenge, you can still register to enter your own gingerbread house until November 25!


        Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

        December 7 | Market Square, Portsmouth

        A family favorite, this downtown event starts with holiday music and the Market Square tree lighting by Mayor Jack Blalock. This year's illuminated parade follows a Hometown Holiday theme and kicks off on Islington Street at Summer Street. You'll see high school students pushing shopping carts--they're collecting donations for the City's annual food drive!


        Candlelight Stroll

        Weekends, December 7-22 | Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth

        Hop on the Vintage Christmas trolley and head to the historical neighborhood museum, where you can stroll the grounds, aglow with hundreds of candlelights, while listening to carolers, learning about holidays of yesteryear, and sipping hot cider, just as visitors have for the past 40 years. Finish off the night with a skate on Puddle Dock Pond or a dinner at Pitt Tavern.


        Wreaths Across America

        December 14 | Albacore Park, Portsmouth

        Wreaths Across America is an organization that places wreaths on the graves of our nation's fallen heroes. Whether you attend to watch the ceremony, sponsor a wreath, or volunteer to lay a wreath and read the name of a veteran, you're sure to feel a sense of pride and thankfulness for these brave men and women.



        Are any of these Seacoast holiday events traditions for you? Did you find something new to check out this year? Share your favorite holiday event in the comments!




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          10 Best Dining Rooms on the Seacoast


          10 Best Dining Rooms on the Seacoast


          10 Best Dining Rooms on the Seacoast


          In real life, we often can be found eating at the bar in the kitchen, on the couch, or even on the go during our commute. But when it comes to holidays (especially Thanksgiving) a dining room is a must. Whether you’re looking for a formal, enclosed dining room or an open-concept space with a cozy feel, there is surely something on the Seacoast to fit your taste. Below, we’ve rounded up the top 10 dining rooms on the Seacoast that are for sale right now. If you’re in the market for a new home, there’s a chance we could get you in just in time to host Thanksgiving. Even if you’re staying put, take a peek through and snag some ideas for your own dining room!


          1. 266 South Road, Rye

          The size alone (room for 10 or more!) makes this dining room one of the best. The chandelier adds a nice touch.

          266 South Road, Rye, NH

          A Rare Opportunity To Own A Spacious Home In The Rye Beach Precinct Where You May See A World Renowned Author Or A U.s. Senator. This French Country Style Home With Guest House Sits Off The Road Offering Privacy, Yet Minutes To The Ocean And Abenaqui Country Club.


          2. 115 Odiorne Point Road, Portsmouth

          Wainscoting, crown molding, and columns lend style, while a wide opening between the dining room and kitchen provide convenience.

          115 Odiorne Point Road, Portsmouth, NH

          Tucker's Cove, Portsmouth's Premier Neighborhood Having Custom Built Homes, Manicured Lawns, Street Lamps & Sidewalks, And Just Minutes From The Bustling Downtown. Built In 2003, This Four Bedroom Home Has Been Lovingly Maintained By The Original Owners.


          3. 17 Cotton Farm Lane, North Hampton

          The ceiling is painted to look like the sky, and one wall has a mural that makes you feel like you’re looking out onto the Italian countryside. Plus, there’s a fireplace and French doors leading to a deck.


          17 Cotton Farm Lane, North Hampton, NH

          One Of The Finest Quality Homes In The Seacoast! This Exceptional Property Is Architecturally Driven At Every Turn. Siematic Cabinetry Sets The Tone For The Gourmet Kitchen With:viking Appliances, Two Islands One For Seating And One For Prep, Mahogany And Granite Surfaces With An Italian Tile Hand Painted Backsplash, Murano Lights, Walk-in Pantry, Walls Of Windows Overlooking Beautiful Gardens And Direct Access To The 15 X 18 Screened In Porch With Cozy Fireplace.



          4. 80 & 90 Wentworth Road, Rye

          Columns, built-ins for displaying your best wares, arched doorways, and plenty of space for guests make this a top formal dining room.


          80 & 90 Wentworth Road, Rye, NH

          One Floor, Truly Open-concept Living With Walls Of Glass Overlooking The Beautiful 18th Fairway Of Wentworth By The Sea Cc! The Lush Green Grass And Beautiful Plantings Are Yours To Enjoy But Not To Take Care Great Is That?



          5. 151 Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton

          This spacious open-concept dining room is filled with natural light and is open to a sitting area and two-story great room. Let the fire roar while you relax and connect over a meal.


          151 Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton, NH

          Privately Tucked Away On More Than Four Acres With Mill Pond Frontage And Dock. Extraordinary New Upgrades And Finishing Touches Allow A Magnificent Home To Shine. You'll Find Uncompromised Luxury, Coupled With Sensible State-of-the Art Utilities And Systems. The Mediterranean Architecture Is Immediately Impressive With Remarkable Exterior Stone Work, Clay Roof, Enchanting Arches And French Doors.



          6. 16 Wentworth Road, Rye

          This dining room is a winner thanks to its views. It’s not made for the largest gatherings, but it’s open to the kitchen and offers direct, expansive views of the ocean.


          16 Wentworth Road, Rye, NH

          Situated Directly On The The Water With Spectacular Views Of Ocean, Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Marina, And Donald Ross Designed Wentworth By The Sea Country Club. Direct Ocean Access With Private Dock And Owned Shoreline. Open Concept Eat In Kitchen With Stunning Expansive Views Leads Into A Large Family Room With Fireplace.



          7. 9 Heather Drive, Rye

          Bold paint color, a marble fireplace surround, and a gorgeous chandelier make this dining room at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club one that everyone will want to visit for each holiday.


          9 Heather Drive, Rye, NH

          Truly a masterpiece designed by award-winning, TMS Architects! As if torn from the pages of Architectural Digest, this classic shingle style home is extraordinary with its distinguished cedar shakes, asymmetrical façades, gambrel roof lines, decorative windows, exquisite chimneys, natural stone elements, and welcoming veranda.



          8. 17 Pond Path Road, North Hampton

          If you’re looking for opulence, look no further. This Country Club Estates dining room features Georgian architecture with an arched entryway, marble-surrounded fireplace, built-in bars, onyx floors, and unique trey ceiling.


          17 Pond Path Road, North Hampton, NH

          This Exquisite 13 Room Residence With Over 7000 Sq. Feet Has Classic Georgian Architecture And Is A Tribute To Extraordinary Craftsmanship And Timeless Design. The House Is Located In Country Club Estates In North Hampton Nh, On 2.84 Acres With Views Of The Fairways And Within Walking Distance To The Ocean.



          9. 45 Church Road, Rye

          This spacious dining room is simply elegant, with its hand-crafted natural wood bar and china cabinet with inlaid granite across one entire wall.


          45 Church Road, Rye, NH

          45 Church Road Is One Of The Magnificent Oceanside Estates So Prominent In The Rye Beach Precinct. The Property Sits On 1.2 Acres Of Well-manicured Lawn And Is Bordered By Mature Trees And Woodland, Creating A Private Seaside Retreat. This Gated Estate Elicits Memories Of Days When Summer Residents Strolled The Lane On Their Way To And From The Ocean.



          10. 15 Willow Avenue, North Hampton

          French doors open to a terrace for warmer weather indoor-outdoor entertaining, and interior features include large built-ins, a fireplace, and decorative tray ceiling.


          15 Willow Avenue, North Hampton, NH

          One Of A Kind Estate Facing The Ocean, Built By Alvan T Fuller, Congressman And Gov Of Ma In 1914. The Adjacent Botanical Garden Still Bears His Name! Located In Desirable Little Boar's Head. This Gracious Home, Constructed With The Finest Materials And Craftsmanship, Offers Dramatic Views Of The Atlantic Ocean And The Isles Of Shoals From Every Room.



          Whether you’re looking for an updated space or one filled with period details, ocean views or the privacy of a wooded lot, a separate space or an open layout, there are beautiful dining rooms all across New Hampshire’s Seacoast.


          To make an appointment to view these or any other properties in New Hampshire or Maine, fill out the form to the right and I will be in touch with you!



          10 Beautiful Kitchens On the Seacoast Under $1 Million

          10 Beautiful Kitchens on the Seacoast Under $1 Million

          10 Beautiful Kitchens on the Seacoast Under $1 Million

          We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where meals are lovingly prepared, family and friends linger with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and nosh on a snack, homework is done at the bar, and oftentimes where we congregate--even more than other living spaces. It's no surprise then, that kitchens are one of the most important aspects to buyers, and are usually one of the first rooms renovated (along with bathrooms). New Hampshire's Seacoast is teeming with gorgeous homes--seaside mansions and cottages, historic homes, and even brand new construction--and the kitchens are often the stars of the show. Here's a roundup of 10 beautiful kitchens on the Seacoast, listed for under $1 million:


          604 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth

          604 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH

          Make Portsmouth, One Of The Most Sought After Cities On The Seacoast, Your New Home! This Completely Renovated Home, From Top To Bottom, Includes A New Foundation And All New Interior And Exterior! Simple, Stylish, Chic Open Concept Living! A Great Deal For "new" In Portsmouth And 5 Minutes To The Beaches Too!

          Completely renovated, this house features an open layout, bright white cabinets, subway tile backsplash, quartz countertops, and a nearby natural wood shiplap wall to contrast the simple white theme of the kitchen.


          328 Lang Road, Portsmouth

          328 Lang Road, Portsmouth, NH

          Lovely Home On Private 3 Acres Close To The Center Of Rye & Its Beautiful Beaches. Enter A Private Wooded Drive & Approach A Lovely Landscaped Home With 3 Car Garage. Walk Into A Contemporary Interior Design With A Beautifully Updated Kitchen Open To A Light & Bright Family Room.

          Traditional white subway tiles with gray grout coordinate with gray cabinets, while decorative herringbone wood accents the range hood, sides of the cabinets, and the large island. A pot filler is an added bonus and chef would appreciate!


          89 Tidewater Farm Road, Greenland

          89 Tidewater Farm Road, Greenland, NH

          This Hidden Gem In Tidewater Farm Puts A Modern European Twist On Your Classic New England Style Colonial. It Features 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, With 2 Master Suites, Open Concept Living Surrounding The Modern Kitchen, Living Room With Vaulted Ceilings And Beams. Enjoy Your Summer Nights With Your Friends And Family On The Over Sized Deck With Remote Controlled Awning Overlooking The Beautiful Saltwater, Black River Rock In Ground Pool.

          For those who prefer modern industrial style, this kitchen delivers: the sleek stainless steel island countertop and apron sink are workhorses that match the oversized drawer and cabinet hardware.


          186 West Road, Rye

          186 West Road, Rye, NH

          Whimsical And Eclectic Come To Mind When You See This Quintessential Norman Rockwell Property With Its 3-bedroom New England Style Home Having A Welcoming Wraparound Covered Porch. As You Enter Through The Front Entrance, You Are Greeted By The Detailed Center Staircase With The Living & Dining Rooms On Either Side.

          The custom galley kitchen is conveniently located between the dining room and great room--perfect for serving a formal dinner or running back and forth to grab snacks on family movie night! Plus, it features a wet bar and informal entrance.


          122 Atlantic Ave, North Hampton

          122 Atlantic Ave, North Hampton, NH

          Absolutely Fabulous And Ready To Occupy! Stunning New Construction In A Wonderful Location, Set Back Off Scenic Atlantic Avenue On A Level Lot And Only 1.5 Miles To The Atlantic Ocean! Natural Sunlight Fills The Interior Of This Well Designed Home With An Open And Flexible Layout.

          Another white and gray kitchen makes the list! However, this kitchen has white cabinets and gray subway tile backsplash. Looking out large windows while doing dishes in your oversized apron sink make the chore much easier to enjoy!


          210 Swett Avenue, Portsmouth

          210 Swett Avenue, Portsmouth, NH

          Come And See This Energy Efficient New Construction Home Located In Portsmouth, One Of The Most Sought After Towns On The Nh Seacoast! Only 2 Miles From Downtown, This Home Offers Quick And Easy Commuting Via I-95 And Access To All The Restaurants, Bars, Bakeries, Coffee Shops And Shopping That Portsmouth Has To Offer.

          This new construction home's kitchen is bright, crisp, and clean thanks to white cabinets, counters, and subway tile. Natural wood open shelving adds dimension and three large windows flood the room with natural light.


          44 Pioneer Road, Rye

          44 Pioneer Road, Rye, NH

          Views Of The Marsh And Fairways Of Wentworth Cc. Can Be Found At This Extravagant Two Story Private Retreat On Over An Acre Homesite With Lush And Mature Beautiful Landscaping. Fine Finishes And Craftsmanship Can Be Found As You Enter The Grand Foyer Seeing The Exquisite Gourmet Kitchen Island Designed With Form And Function In Mind.

          The island is what makes this kitchen! It's half hexagon-shaped and super long, offering storage plus comfortable seating for 4. There's plenty of space to spread out and get cooking here!


          4 Bradley Lane, North Hampton

          4 Bradley Lane, North Hampton, NH

          Country Club Estates Is The Setting For This Eleven Room, Four Bedroom, French Provincial-styled Stucco Home Sited On A Well Maintained And Landscaped 2.08 Acre Lot In The Seacoast's Premier Seaside And Golf Neighborhood Community. Walk To The Seaside Paths And Abenaqui Country Club From This Sought After Location.

          This Epicurean-inspired kitchen in Country Club Estates is a feast for the eyes! A warming drawer and plenty of storage space in the large island make this beautiful kitchen highly functional as well.


          150 Brackett Road, Rye

          150 Brackett Road, Rye, NH

          150 Brackett Road Offers Complete Privacy While Being Only .8 Mi To The Beach! 5.9 Acre Wooded Lot Abuts Conservation Land. Long, Winding Driveway Leads To Well Landscaped 3113 Sf Custom Colonial. Gourmet Kitchen Features Gas Cooktop, Double Ovens, Sub-zero Fridge And Center Island. Beautiful Hardwood Flooring Through Out The House.

          This already-roomy kitchen feels even more spacious thanks to a vaulted ceiling. There's room for a large center island--perfect for extra work space and sitting down for a snack. There's even a built-in desk, making it easy to get dinner ready while the kids do homework.


          40 Riverview Road, New Castle

          40 Riverview Road, New Castle, NH

          First Time This Property Is On The Market In Generations! Inviting Cape On A Desirable Dead End Street In New Castle; This Home Was Rebuilt From The Studs In 2011. The Gourmet Kitchen And Stainless Steel Appliances Are A Chef''s Delight While Guests Enjoy Refreshments At The Oversized Island Or Watch Football In The Welcoming Adjoining Family Room.

          This gourmet kitchen is a welcome diversion from the bright white kitchens currently trending, with its natural wood cabinets and floors, black countertops, and stainless steel appliances and sink. The oversized island offers storage space and a spot for guests to linger while you finish cooking.



          These are just 10 of the many gorgeous kitchens on the Seacoast. If you're after space, form, function, and beauty in the kitchen, we can find it for you. And if your budget is over $1 million, there'll be a post coming soon with truly luxurious gourmet kitchens, so stay tuned--fill out the form to the right to have it sent to your inbox!


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            Greater NH Seacoast & Southern ME Trick-or-Treat Times

            Greater NH Seacoast & Southern ME Trick-or-Treat Times


            Whether you're planning to take the kids out and about in the neighborhood or you want to make sure your own cauldron is stocked with goodies and your porch light is on, you need to know when trick-or-treat is scheduled for your town (it's often not Halloween!). Here are the dates and times for trick-or-treating locally.


            NH Seacoast Area

            Dover: October 30, 5-8pm
            Durham: October 30, 5-7:30pm
            Exeter: October 31, 4-7pm
            Greenland: October 30, 5-7:30pm
            Hampton: October 31, 5:30-8pm
            Kensington: October 31, 5-7pm
            Madbury: October 30, 5-7:30pm
            New Castle: October 30, 5-6:30pm
            Newfields: October 31, 5-7pm
            Newington: October 31, 5-7pm
            Newmarket: October 30, 5-7pm
            North Hampton: October 30, 4-7pm
            Portsmouth: October 30, 5-8pm
            Rye: October 30, 5-7pm
            Seabrook: October 30, 5:30-7:30pm
            Stratham: October 30, 5-7pm


            Southern ME

            Eliot: October 30, 5-8pm
            Kittery: October 30, 5-8pm


            Other Fun Halloween Events in the Area

            Durham: Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Main Street Monster Mash Bash, October 26, 2-4pm
            Exeter: Halloween parade, costume judging, and downtown trick-or-treat, October 26, 10am-2:30pm
            Hampton: Sacred Heart School trunk-or-treat, October 25, 6-7:30pm
            Kittery: Trick-or-Treat on Our Street, Kittery Outlets, October 25, 4-6pm
            Portsmouth: Halloween parade, October 31, 7pm
                                       Ghosts on the Banke @ Strawbery Banke, October 25 & 26, 5:30-8pm
            York: Halloween Hop & Costume Parade, October 29, 4:30-7pm


            Have fun, be safe, and share photos of your favorite costumes or decorated Seacoast-area houses in the comments!



            4 Reasons to List Your Home This Fall

            4 Reasons to List Your Home This Fall


            Most people think of spring and summer as the best times to put their homes on the market. While it's true that the warmer months are busy in the real estate world, don't be scared off by the cooler months. There are certainly some benefits to listing other times in the year, fall in particular being an ideal time. Let's explore these benefits further...


            Benefits of Listing Your Home Right Now

            1. The Beauty of the Season

            Without a doubt, New England looks its best in the fall. There's nothing like vibrant foliage that pops against a bright blue sky, and fall decor conjures up some of the warmest, most welcoming feelings. You can take advantage of the season by listing your house now and letting nature do most of the work for you. When buyers look through your listing photos, they'll almost be able to hear the leaves crunching under their feet as they make their way to the door!

            2. Reduced Inventory

            In most areas, the number of available homes on the market has reduced since the summer peak. What remains are mostly properties that have been on the market for a long time. If you price your house right, it will stand out to buyers who are looking for something new to hit the market.

            3. Low Mortgage Rates

            This week, the average rate for a 30-year fixed conventional mortgage fell to 3.77%. Rates were over 5% a year ago! This is a perfect opportunity for buyers on the fence to make the commitment.

            4. New Buyer Demographics

            More than half of all buyers don't have children at home, which means there's no rush to be settled in a new home for the start of the school year. For these buyers, fall is the perfect time to buy--it's right between summer (vacation season!) and the holidays. List your house now, and both you and your buyers can be settled in your new homes in time for the holidays! Additionally, some of these buyers are motivated by financial/tax purposes and will want to purchase before the year ends.


            Is now the right time for you to sell?

            If you're on the fence about selling, let's talk. The market may be right, but you need to work with a professional who can help you decide if it's the best time for you. Just fill out the 'Ask a Question' form to the right and I'll be in touch!


            What Can You Buy at Your Budget in Portsmouth?

            Three Listings at Three Price Points

            Portsmouth is a fast-growing city with a strong history. It’s home to beautiful outdoor spaces and recreation, a bustling arts and cultural scene, award-winning restaurants, and top-notch medical care. It’s no wonder the housing options are just as varied as the reasons to live there! Whether you’re looking for a private waterfront estate, a hip downtown condo, an 18th century home filled with period details, or a suburban Colonial on a cul-de-sac, Portsmouth has it all.

            $275,000 Budget

            For $274,900, you can get a three-bedroom fixer-upper ranch in Pannaway Manor. This neighborhood was established in 1941 as housing for defense workers during World War II. It just needs the right person to come along and restore its charm! See the listing here:


            Photo courtesy of Lee Gove, RE/MAX Shoreline

            $500,000 Budget

            If you’re willing to go over budget a bit (or maybe you have great negotiation skills), 193 Meadow Road is listed for $519,000. This Cape is close to Woodbury Ave, has been “lovingly maintained,” and recently renovated and updated. Click here to see the details, including the spa-like master bath:


            Photo courtesy of Nikki Douglass, KW Coastal Realty

            $750,000 Budget

            For those able to shell out a little more, there is a colonial in the West End listed at $750,000. It’s been updated from the essentials to the cosmetics and the fenced yard and patio are just darling. View more of this Thaxter Road home here:


            Photo courtesy of Nancy Kingston, KW Coastal Realty/Exeter

            These are just a few of the special properties currently on the market in Portsmouth. Whether you want to make a home your own or move right in, there is sure to be something to fit your needs. Contact me to schedule a showing on these or any other Seacoast-area properties today!


            National Homeownership Month actually started as a week-long celebration of homeownership during the Clinton administration in 1995. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed June as the National Homeownership Month. Here is an excerpt from his proclamation:

            "Homeownership is an important part of the American Dream...A home provides shelter and a safe place where families can prosper and children can thrive. For many Americans, their home is an important financial investment, and it can be a source of great personal pride and an important part of community stability."

            "Homeownership encourages personal responsibility and the values necessary for strong families. Where homeownership flourishes, neighborhoods are more stable, residents are more civic-minded, schools are better, and crime rates decline."

            "During National Homeownership Month, I encourage all Americans to learn more about financial management and to explore homeownership opportunities in their communities. By taking this important step, individuals and families help safeguard their financial futures and contribute to the strength of our Nation."