Blog :: 2018

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Popular Smart Home Devices

The following smart home devices were favorites of people in 2018 for doing what technology does best, making people's lives life easier. Do you have any of these devices? Do you love them or regret purchasing them? Let us know in the comments section below! 

Smart Speakers 

Give a voice command and like a genie, smart speakers will make it happen! 

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Smart Cameras

Smart cameras allow your to monitor what's happening in your home while you're away. They are especially popular with pet owners so that they can keep an eye on their pets throughout the day. The two-way voice audio on the cameras will even allow people to speak to their pets.

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Smart Thermostats

Feeling too hot or cold but don't feel like getting up to adjust the thermostat? No problem, just voice command your requested temperature and it will adjust for you! Some devices also allow you to adjust the temperature by using your phone. 

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Smart Lights 

Feeling tired and ready to fall asleep but are worried that if you get up to turn off the lights you won't be tired anymore? Clap on clap off is a concept of the past. Simply voice command for your lights to turn off and you'll be on your way to dreamland. 

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Smart Locks

Always loosing your keys? No problem. Smart locks allow you simply input a code to get into your home. Just don't loose your phone! 

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Smart Doorbells

Who's at the door? Well, with the built in camera, you check to see who it is from your phone before getting up to open the door for your guest.  

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    Home Decorating Tips to Get Cozy This Fall & Winter

    Here are some tips to make your home cozier during the colder seasons. 

    Place throw blankets throughout your home

    Perhaps there's nothing more inviting to get cozy than a blanket. Place throw blankets on areas that you like to get cozy like the end of your bed, a chair or your couch. 

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    Place extra pillows on your furniture 

    Having extra pillows placed around the house makes people want to nestle against them and get cozy. Additional pillows look great on chairs, couches, beds and window seats. For an even cozier experience, buy pillows with soft, fluffy fabrics. 

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    Decorate your fireplace 

    If you have a fireplace in your home, you'll definitely be cozy from the warmth it provides. If you don't have a working fireplace in your home, you can still create a cozy feeling by placing a fireplace tool set with a rack of wood and newspapers.

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    Place quilts on your beds 

    In addition to being warm, quilts can evoke warm, cozy feelings since many of them have been made by close friends or family members. 

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    Create a reading space

    Although home libraries aren't common, plenty of people still love to read and create reading spaces within their homes. If you don't have a reading space, you can easily create one by placing a chair near a bookshelf in an area that has a lamp or window. 

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    Place area rugs throughout your house 

    When it's chilly, area rugs can help to keep your feet a little warmer if you have hardwood flooring or tile floors and they can also add an element of coziness with certain textures and patterns. 

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    Hang heavy drapes on your windows  

    Similar to the feeling of heavier bedding during colder seasons, heavier drapes can made you feel more cozy knowing that you're warm inside, protected from cold drafts. 

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    Decorate your mudroom

    Decorate your mudroom so that you feel cozy and welcomed to your home each time you open the door. Also, stock it with plenty of outdoor clothes and warm accessories so that you can get warm and cozy before you venture out into the cold. 

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      Weekend Events Vol. 5

      Fall is such a great time of year because of all the opportunities to participate in fun, autumn themed events. Here's a list of what's happening this weekend in and around Wolfeboro. Click on the event titles to open links to more information. Have a great weekend!

      Friday October 26th

      Corn Maze - Meredith  

      Hunt for Pumpkins in Our Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch - Meredith

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       Family Craft: Paper Jack 'o Lantern - Laconia 

      Chocolate Fare at the Moultonborough Library - Moultonborough 

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      Saturday October 27th

      The Shining - Wolfeboro 

      5th Annual Cornhole Tournament - Wolfeboro 

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      Squam Lakes Science Center presents Halloween Hoot' Howl  - Holderness 

      4th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch - Meredith 

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      Halloween Party - Wolfeboro 

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      Sunday October 28th 

       Moulton Farm's “Great Pumpkin Drop” - Meredith 

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        The Benefits of Buying a Newer Home

        Our last blog highlighted some of the benefits of owning an older home. Now, let us look at why some people may choose to purchase a newer home instead. 

        Little Maintenance

        Newer homes don't generally require maintenance because everything about them is new and is expected to work and function properly. A new home appeals to homebuyers because they know they won't have to invest time or money into maintenance and repairs for quite a while. It's truly a luxury to not have to worry about a new roof or water heater for about 15 years at a time. It's much nicer to only worry about minimal maintenance tasks such as needing to change a light bulb. 

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        Modern Amenities

        Have you ever lived in a home without a dishwasher? If so, you can appreciate homes with modern amenities such as new dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Other modern amenities in newer homes include master baths, workout rooms and home theaters with built in sound systems. These types of rooms simply weren't considered as room options when older homes were built. 

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        Energy Efficient

        Newer homes can feature an array of energy efficient features including solar panels, heated floors, heated garages, spray foam insulation and energy efficient appliances and windows. 

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        The "New" Factor 

        There's nothing quite like something that's new. The feeling that you get when you get a new house perhaps supersedes the feeling that you get for all other things that are new. Houses are one of the biggest investments that a person will ever make and are they are meaningful places that will hold lifelong memories. Someone knowing that their memories will be the first in a home makes it all the more special. Another benefit of a new home is that it's clean and you can rest assured that there will be no lingering orders from previous owners.

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        What do you think? What are other advantages of buying a newer home? Let us know in the comments section below. 

         

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          The Benefits of Buying an Older Home

          It's said that new is better. Do you agree?

          Viewers of the television show This Old House may disagree as well as the many others that enjoy watching shows focused on the renovations of older homes. Some people enjoy living in older homes, too. Let's looks at some reasons as to why someone may prefer to buy an older home versus a newer one: 

          Repairs Will Increase Home Value

          Older homes are usually in need of a new roof, HVAC system, water heaters and other updates. If you invest in an older home to make these improvements, it will increase its value.

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          Character

          Custom stained class, carved wood details, crown molding and arched doorways are what gives older homes character. These days, it's rare to find such beautiful craftsmanship in newer homes. 

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          Purchase Price

          Older homes are generally more affordable than newer homes. 

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          Larger Yard

          Older homes were generally built on larger lots because land was more affordable in the past. Most older homes have retained their original lot sizes, which provide substantial yard space.  

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          Landscaping 

          Many older homes feature beautiful landscaping that has been established since the homes were built, which can't be replicated on newer properties. Hundred year old trees and bushes surrounding older homes are truly special features that add to a home's character, charm, and uniqueness.

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          Convenient Location 

          Older homes are generally located in areas that are close to dining, shopping and parks.

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            Weekend Events Vol. 4

            Wolfeboro Pumpkin Patch Contest 

            Let your creativity soar! Paint, decorate, embellish or carve a pumpkin and bring it to Durgin Green in downtown Wolfeboro anytime between 10 am and noon. Pumpkins will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Registration is required. Click here for more details about the event.  

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            Sandwich Fair 

            The Sandwich Fair will run from October 6th to the 8th. Click here to learn more details.

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            Nearer to Nature Walk in Holderness 

            On Saturday, The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will be hosting the Nearer to Nature Walk from 9:00am to 11:30am. It's free to attend but reservations are required. Click here for more details.  

             

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            Enjoy the Foliage 

            It's said that this weekend will be the peak foliage weekend of the year so make sure to get out and take advantage of all the gorgeous views! One great way to enjoy the foliage would be while hiking. Local popular trails include Rattlesnake Mountain, Mount Major, Castle in the Clouds and Bald Knob.  The Cotton Valley Rail-Trail would provide beautiful views, too! If we missed any great hiking spots to see foliage, let us know in the comments section below! 

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            Fall Foliage Celebration in Waterville Valley 

            This family friendly annual celebration will include games for children, outdoor concerts, a 10 mile trail race, etc. Click here for more details. 

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              Home Decorating Tips for the Fall

              It's said that having your home staged to match the appropriate season helps its selling potential. If you are selling your home this fall, here are some fall decorating tips that we hope that you find useful.

              Hang an autumn themed wreath 

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              Decorate your porch with pumpkins

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              Place fall scented/themed candles around your home

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              Display fall flowers/centerpieces 

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              Decorate your mantle 

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              Place apples on the table   

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              Leave a flannel throw on a sitting area or bed

                 

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                Price Reduction On Waterfront Property

                Photo: Bluefin Studio

                3 Wyanoke Gate Lane

                This Winter Harbor property in Wolfeboro is beautifully landscaped with stonewalls, a leveled lawn, walkways and a multi-level patio. The spacious home features wooden floors, granite, fireplaces and a deck off of the master bedroom. There’s also plenty of play space at the water’s edge with a dock and sizable recreation area above the boathouse. Store your favorite toys in the 2-car attached garage and oversized, 1-car detached garage. The water and views are awaiting you!

                Being offered at $1,395,000 MLS #4683566 

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                  Best Songs About Houses

                  Whether it's for their catchy beats, lyrics, or the artists that sing them, here are our top picks for the best songs about houses. Click the pictures below to listen to each song. Do you think there's a song we missed that should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments section below! Or, visit our Twitter account, https://twitter.com/lakesregionnhre , to vote for your favorite!

                  Our House by Crosby Stills & Nash

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                  Lego House by Ed Sheeran 

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                  Here Is The House by Depeche Mode  

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                  The House On the Hill by Stevie Wonder  

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                  Our House By Madness

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                    Reasons to Sell This Fall

                    Thinking of selling your property? Fall is a great time of the year to sell. Click the link below to learn the benefits of selling in the fall to help you decide if the time is right for you. We are located on Main Street in downtown Wolfeboro and we'd be happy to speak with you about your options and how our years of service in the Lakes Region can help. We look forward to speaking with you!

                     

                    Photo and Article: www.simplifyingthemarket.com