New Hampshire 2014 Property Tax Rates

I just updated my webpage at www.TopNHhomes.com with the current list of NH property tax rates: http://topnhhomes.com/nh-tax-ratesNH Tax Time

Why your assessed value is not usually your market vale and what is an equalization ratio explained.

Please take a look.

Jenn

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The End of the Hometown

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When asked where’s your hometown, how do you respond: the one you were born in, or the one you grew up in?

Seeing as the median duration in a residence is only 5.2 years* most of us have moved multiple times since birth.  So people aren’t tied to one location in today’s mobile society and many are missing that connection to a town.

I would always respond that I was born in Lowell, MA but moved a couple times before Nashua…which is where I grew up.  I have a connection to both, but my hometown is Nashua.

So I ask the question in my next post: What is home?

It’s just something I’ve been thinking about, the loss of the hometown.

NashuaMyHometown1Just my thoughts. -Jenn Cote

*https://www.census.gov/sipp/p70s/p70-66.pdf  page 4 “Seasonality of Mobility and Duration of Residence” Household Economic Studies  By Kristin A. Hansen

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Fantastic Location in Epsom, NH

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Welcome to 150 Goboro Rd in Epsom, NH!

Close to everything…shopping, highways, lakes region…yet so private surrounded by trees.  Huge fenced backyard for pets or children!  New wall of cabinets with dishwasher, large light filled living room, and fantastic screened porch to enjoy that backyard!  Great home for first time home-buyer! Nothing to do but move in and call it home.

1,330 square feet on main floor and 629 square feet finished in lower level! BIG.

1,330 square feet on main floor and 629 square feet finished in lower level! BIG.

Call or email me for more information! 603 305-1922 or

Jenn @ TopNHhomes.com (remove spaces)

Private fenced backyard with character!  Fantastic screen porch to enjoy the surroundings.

Private fenced backyard with character! Fantastic screen porch to enjoy the surroundings.

MLS4381250 3 bedroom, 1 bath, finished basement with another bath, screened porch, wooded private lot with fenced backyard, 1,330 SF above grade with 629 SF below grade with full windows and 2-car garage! All for $220,000.

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Character Filled Log Home

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Log Home on Brookline Rd in Mason, NH

Brookline Rd in Mason, NH

Never a doubt that a log home exudes character.  You either love them or they’re just not your style.  This log design is a milled D-shape with a butt and pass corner style.   This rural piece of real estate sold back in 2010, always loved it.

 

Log Home with Large Front Porch

Log Home with Large Front Porch- log homes should always have large overhangs and porches are one of the best ways to protect the exterior.  Water is not a friend to the log and you want it to project away from the house.

Just my thoughts. ~Jenn

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Memorial Day Garden Club Sale Locations

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Grampy Gardening

I’ve always called myself a Yankee Gardener. I use what’s in my yard and create around it, from rough stacked stone walls, shade gardens through the woods, to sunny plant beds on granite outcroppings.  The use of newspaper and cardboard for weed control is just common sense.  Most of my seeds and plants are from friends, family, or garden clubs.  I have plants in my garden from my grandfather, and the first items that moved to my home in Pelham were my plants!  I divide and share, which is what an annual garden club is all about.

Many New Hampshire garden clubs had their yearly sale last weekend and I missed them!  I’ve been trying to find a few for Memorial Day weekend to attend and I thought I would share:

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Saturday, May 24 

Pelham 9-11am by the Congregational Church

Bedford 9-11am Old Town Hall 10 Meetinghouse Rd

Peterborough 9-11am Peterborough Historical Society 19 Grove St

Bow 8am-12pm Bow Community Building

 

I will most definitely be at the Pelham one.  Hope to see you there!

-Jenn

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Nothing to do Condo in Milford, NH…just move in!

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Yes, you can own your own place for only $122,500 in this move-in ready 2-bedroom, 1.5 baths, condo not far from the Milford Oval!  The appliances are even staying.  A rare find when a condo at this price comes with a garage and a low condo fee!

BirchwoodPicsExteriorWithin walking distance to restaurants, the Milford Oval, and access to trails from development.  Beautifully kept and updated with new tile floors in the entrance, 1/2 bath, and kitchen. Wood laminate in dining room, oak treads on stairs to 2nd floor, and newer living room carpet. Newer stainless steel stove, hood, microwave, washer and dryer…APPLIANCES stay! The central AC is a 3 yr old Trane, and the hot-water heater is less than a year old. The third floor is finished with an office.

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This home is turnkey for first-time home buyers, or to just down size. Call me, Jennifer Cote, at 603 305 1922 or email Jenn@TopNHhomes(dot)com if would like to view.

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2014 Empty Bowls Event in Nashua is tonight!

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I cannot say enough how outstanding this is!  Number one, it’s the major fundraising event for the Nashua Soup Kitchen (http://www.nsks.org), and number two, the concept is brilliant!

Filling your free hand made bowl with soups prepared by local area restaurants, while listening to the Nashua High School Jazz Band, is just fun!

A row of beautiful hand crafted bowls you get to choose from.

A row of beautiful hand crafted bowls you get to choose from.

Last years: http://jennifercote.info/empty-bowls-event-in-nashua-nh

Just my thoughts. -Jenn Cote- Everything Real Estate

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Real Estate and GIS Maps for Southern NH Communities

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It’s me again.  Don’t you just love researching real estate!  No?  Then you should call me to help you.  My email and phone are on this site somewhere.

So let me tell you about one of my favorite resources: Geographical Information Systems or GIS for short.  It basically a large data organizer that government (municipal, defense, intelligence), universities, health, and so many more use to easily visualize large quantities of data and their relationships.

For real estate/municipality purposes it takes different property maps such as a map for lot dimensions, zoning, water lines, conservation areas, and overlays them together for easy searching and viewing.

Livingston Park in Manchester, NH Data

Livingston Park in Manchester, NH Data – Click to Enlarge

Find the municipality’s website and many will have an interactive GIS mapping system.

Here are a few municipal GIS mapping sites(make sure your pop-up blocker is off):

Nashua: http://www.gonashua.com and you need to click on “Go to GIS maps” and it will open up in another window.

Windham: http://www.windhamnewhampshire.com (check this out Jeff)

Manchester: http://208.82.76.123/pubgis/ (this one’s for you Dave)

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These are some PDF maps from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission(NRPC): http://www.nashuarpc.org/gis/mapsets.htm
The towns in the NRPC include: Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Wilton.

Here is the Rockingham Planning Commission site for additional maps: http://www.rpc-nh.org/ and the towns include: Windham, Salem, Atkinson, Plaistow, Hampstead, Kingston, Danville, Sandown, Hampton, Freemont, Brentwood, Seabrook, Exeter, Portsmouth, Rye.

-Just my thoughts.  Jenn Cote Everything Real Estate

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Top 10 reasons why working from home is not productive for me:

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Shaggy on Desk

Why don’t I get anything done when I work from home?

As I sit here emailing a new real estate listing to my favorite client, and trying to finish an appraisal report, my mind starts to wander into the many reasons why I’m not as productive working from home.  So I decide to write down my top 10.

1. I cannot see the top of my desk because of all the junk mail, statements, children’s school notes, and the occasional dog on the desk.

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2. Coffee breaks come every 15 minutes.

3. Dogs want to go out every hour.

4. The dishes in the sink are calling me…loudly (one just jumped to their death off the counter as the dog was licking it).

screaming.gif5. All the extra snack breaks.

6. The daydreaming that comes from being overwhelmed by the paperwork on my desk.

7. Once I wake up from the daydreaming I consider moving the wash into to the dryer.

8. Still considering it.

9. The inevitable delaying of the shower.  Then worrying I’ll have to go out on a moments notice.

10. FACEBOOK!

Real estate productivity at its finest…I need to get to the office.

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Just my thoughts.  –Jenn

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Nashua’s Central Fire Station Repurposed?

Banner Nashua Central Fire Station

How about we do something with this downtown building?

I enjoy taking pictures of interesting buildings. This one was once the Nashua Arts and Science Center. Look at the corbels, the arched window headers, the brick detail on the gable, and what’s with that window air-conditioner? Yikes

I liked the picture so much I used it on my Facebook Page for a while, and started to look into the significance of the 1870 date.

Well, I learned quite a bit of Nashua history in my search, but I’ll focus on this picture. It’s the original Central Fire Station, which is on what’s now known as Church St. I wish it had a better use, looking a bit run down now.

Central Station in Nashua, NH back in time.

The Nashua NH Central Fire Station

Going by the Central Station countless times in the previous 3 decades,  I never noticed the tower on the back left of the building until I saw this picture.  Old fire houses had a bell tower…that was the fire alarm for the neighborhoods around it. Most bell towers have been removed due to structural deterioration. Look at the bell tower in this old postcard photo of Central Station.

 

Lowell Central Repurposed
Lowell Central Re-purposed

 

Here’s a good example of a re-purposed fire station in Lowell, MA.  It’s now a restaurant and offices.  Beautiful building from the street.  Notice the bell tower is still there.

You can find a great history of Lowell firefighting:  Lowell Fire Fighting by: J.T.Strunk.  My uncle Gerry was a Captain at this station before it (and he)retired.   I would love to see Nashua do something with the old fire house.

Hmmm, Visualize Nashua?

If you’d like to know when I post another article on this topic “like” my Facebook page: Facebook.com/TopNHhomes

Just my thoughts. -Jenn

Resources:

www.nashuahistory.com

Nashua’s Central Station to Close” -11/12/1970 Nashua Telegraph-

http://www.firenews.org/nh/n/nashuanh.html

http://www.nh.searchroots.com/documents/Hillsborough/History_Nashua_NH_7.txt

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19701112&id=0JgrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=p_UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5756,1378818

http://www.TopNHhomes.com

http://www.JACoteAppraisals.com

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