Happy General John Stark Day– “Live Free or Die”


Battle of Bennington Monument

I started watching historical shows about the American Revolutionary War.  I reason it’s because I’m from New England, not because I’m getting to be that age when one starts watching the History Channel.

The commercials for the “Sons of Liberty’ miniseries really drew me in.   I even started watching the John Adams series on HBO.  Great story, and to think it was true!

Well the 4rth Monday of April is known as General John Stark Day in New Hampshire, it falls on April 27th this year.  Since 2011 this little known state holiday has been celebrated in New Hampshire.  I only bring this up because 2 key battles referenced in the miniseries are the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battle of Bennington.   Key battles of the Revolutionary War, and General Stark was instrumental in both.    One of his most famous quotes, and NH’s state motto: “Live Free or Die” is a stark reminder of the conviction and determination that our forefathers bore to bring forth a republic.MonumentWithAViewcrop2


I just gotta get that shot!

I have yet to visit the Bunker Hill Monument, interestingly enough my birth name is Bunker(one day I’ll figure out if there’s a relationship).  The Battle of Bennington Monument was an accidental find.  On one of my mother/daughter weekends I did my usual, “let’s see what’s down this road.”  I go off the planned route and go back roads a lot and only Mom tolerates it.  She loves it when I stop on a dime to jump out and take a picture.

-Just my thoughts.

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Market Update in NH – Real Estate

Time for another market update.  What’s going on?  I decided to expand my data to include all of Hillsborough county, NH.  Some of the towns in Hillsborough are: Amherst, Bedford, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua, and Pelham.

Hillsborough County 2 year Real Estate Trends

Hillsborough County 2 year Real Estate Trends

May and June are the busiest months in New Hampshire.  This chart shows 3 years of June activity.  What’s real interesting is this year and 2010** are similar in sales, but pending listings have jumped up this year!  That means in the next 2 months you are going to see a large increase in closed sales over the last 2 years.

This is great news for the real estate market!  The market has stabilized, many towns in this area are experiencing multiple offer situations, marketing times have decreased, and interest rates are crazy low!

Percentage Change in Real Estate

Percentage Change in Real Estate – click to enlarge

**Let’s not forget, 2010 was the year of the tax credit for new buyers which artificially inflated the activity that year.

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