Harold (Buddy) Pope | Francestown Real Estate, Amherst Real Estate, Hancock Real Estate


Are you ready to buy your first home? Although you may conduct plenty of research, know your budget and understand what you want to find in your first residence. Problems may arise along the way that could force you to rethink your homebuying plans. So what does it take to ensure your first home purchase will be a successful one? Here are three lessons that every first-time homebuyer needs to know: 1. Purchase a home only when you're comfortable with your decision. Let's face it – buying a home can be stressful, regardless of whether you're a first-time homebuyer or have purchased multiple residences in the past. As a result, stress can be problematic, and it ultimately may lead you to buy a home before you're ready to do so. In a stressful homebuying situation, be sure to take a step back and explore all of the options at your disposal. By doing so, you can minimize the risk of committing to buy a home in the heat of the moment. When in doubt, don't be afraid to consult with family members, friends and, of course, your real estate agent. A strong support system can make a world of difference for a first-time homebuyer, and it might even help you eliminate stress throughout the homebuying process. 2. Put aside money for home improvements. Budgeting for a home can be tricky. Ideally, you'll want to be able to put at least a few thousand dollars down on your purchase. You'll also want to ensure that you're in great shape financially to handle your mortgage payments. At the same time, you should try to put money aside for potential home improvements. Although you've conducted an extensive home inspection, there are no guarantees that your home will maintain its quality for an extended period of time. As such, having a "rainy day fund" will ensure you're ready to handle numerous home improvement projects down the line. Adding money to your rainy day fund each month can deliver long-lasting benefits. This will allow you to be ready for any home improvement issues that may arise, along with avoiding the anxiety commonly associated with finding the finances to afford home repairs. 3. Understand the ups and downs of the real estate market. What you pay for your home today may not be what it's worth tomorrow. In fact, the real estate market fluctuates frequently, so you'll want to understand that your house's value will change in the years following your purchase. In many cases, the value of your home will rise over the years. But in some situations, it may fall. Remember, buying a home is a major decision and is not without risk. Even though you might expect your home's value to skyrocket, you'll still need to take care of your house. Maintaining your residence will boost your chances of increasing its value, regardless of the real estate market. However, you need to be aware that a buyer's market can change into a seller's one at a moment's notice, so there is always a chance that your house's value will go up and down periodically. Be a prepared homebuyer, and you can minimize problems as you explore the real estate market for your first residence. Thus, you'll be better equipped to find a house that fulfills your needs and will serve you well for years to come.


18 Knapton Circle, Antrim, NH 03440

Single-Family

$254,900
Price

3
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Like new. Located in a quiet rural neighborhood yet under 10 minutes to grocery shopping and under 20 minutes to Peterborough NH, 30 minutes to Concord and 35 minutes to Keene! Breakfast island and eat-in nook, maple cabinetry, hardwood flooring, cathedral space in living room with wood stove, formal dining room, central a/c just added, brand new shed, well built pen for goats or other animals, and some mountain views from 2nd floor. The basement is spacious and dry, the systems are clean as can be andthere is even an on demand hot water heater. All appliances are 4 years old and convey. The master bedroom has 2 walk in closets and its own bathroom. Bedrooms are all well-sized and there are 2 linen closets. The range is fueled by propane as is the forced hot air heat. Plenty of room in unfinished basement and in oversized garage. Property sits away from the road and foliage has never looked so good! TDS fiber is used for delivery of phone, Internet and TV. This house is ready for immediate occupancy and is located only a short distance to Pierce Lake. Located in an area of similar homes.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses





18 Knapton Circle, Antrim, NH 03440

Single-Family

$254,900
Price

3
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Like new. Located in a quiet rural neighborhood yet under 10 minutes to grocery shopping and under 20 minutes to Peterborough NH, 30 minutes to Concord and 35 minutes to Keene! Breakfast island and eat-in nook, maple cabinetry, hardwood flooring, cathedral space in living room with wood stove, formal dining room, central a/c just added, brand new shed, well built pen for goats or other animals, and some mountain views from 2nd floor. The basement is spacious and dry, the systems are clean as can be andthere is even an on demand hot water heater. All appliances are 4 years old and convey. The master bedroom has 2 walk in closets and its own bathroom. Bedrooms are all well-sized and there are 2 linen closets. The range is fueled by propane as is the forced hot air heat. Plenty of room in unfinished basement and in oversized garage. Property sits away from the road and foliage has never looked so good! TDS fiber is used for delivery of phone, Internet and TV. This house is ready for immediate occupancy and is located only a short distance to Pierce Lake. Located in an area of similar homes.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




Have you ever wondered how rooms in magazines always seem to be pulled together in a way you just can’t seem to replicate? Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the addition of greenery and fresh cut flowers. But don’t worry you don’t have to run out and buy bouquets of flowers each week to gain the same effect for your home. You can turn your new home into a green paradise all year long with these five easy to care for plants. 

Aloe - A plant that’s easy to care for no matter how green your thumb, the aloe is a hearty plant that can survive a little neglect here and there. Note, though, that the aloe does do best in dry areas and while it can go without frequent watering you want to ensure it is in a pot that drains well to avoid root rot. A large aloe plant can add balance to a minimalist room while a row of smaller plants adds whimsical charm to a child’s room.

English ivy - Here’s a plant for the homeowner who wants a plant to add some decorative interest. As a sprawling plant, the English ivy will look beautiful draped along shelves or windows. The ivy is another easy to grow plant that doesn’t require frequent watering and will thrive with lots of light.

Rubber tree - Looking for something to fill a bare corner? Pick up a rubber tree to add life to the room. Its height allows it to make a statement on its own without a corner table to put it at eye level. This tree prefers indirect light and only requires watering about once or twice a month.

Peace lily - Add some beautiful blooms to a room all year with the peace lily. Not only does it boast beautiful white petals, it is also known to greatly improve air quality. This lily is easy to care for and can be coaxed it to bloom all year in a room with low light conditions.

Spider plant - Draw the eye upward in small rooms by hanging the spider plant from the ceiling. With proper care, this plant will eventually offshoot with “babies” that add more visual interest to its foliage with delicate white flowers. Another plant known for its ability for improving air quality the spider plant is easy to care for.

When choosing plants to add to a room don’t be afraid to get creative as you would with decor and take into consideration how well the color and shape of the plant matches the style of your home. Whether you reach for something to sprawl out over a sparsely filled bookshelf with the English ivy or fill an awkward corner with the rubber tree keep the flow of the room in mind. Happy decorating!


Water is a life source that offers a broad range of benefits. There may be no safer, healthier cleaning agent than water. Who hasn't heard a physician proclaim the value of drinking water. It helps to keep the body flushed. Without water, you could feel sluggish, lethargic and tired. You could also invite disease.

Respect the power of water

Yet, water can also cause a lot of damage. And the roof of your house isn't the only place that water can start to chip away at. Check out these 10 reasons why you may want to keep your house water free.

  1. House roof erosion - Water will damage your house roof over time. Currently, there is no way around this. But, you can slow down the damage by replacing and repairing roof tiles as needed. You can also remove heavy snow, especially if your roof is already showing signs of damage.
  2. Mildew - Dark stains could be a sign of mildew. Use a safe cleansing agent to keep your home mildew free.
  3. Mold - Let enough water collect and stay in your home and mold could develop.
  4. Pests - Certain pests are attracted to water.Depending on the climate that your house is located in, you could see these pests during spring, summer and early fall in areas of your house where water collects.
  5. Water damage - If your roof leaks and water gets inside your walls, you may see water stains on your ceiling and walls.
  6. Window sealant - Too much water fall could weaken sealants around your windows.
  7. Trees and shrubs - Even trees, shrubs and plants can take in too much water. Over time, it could cause the greenery to suffer and die. A dead tree during a storm could collapse against your house.
  8. Flooring - All it takes is one flood to realize how  much damage water can do to a floor,be it your basement, living room or bedroom floor.
  9. Carpet - If your house gets flooded, you may have to replace your entire carpet. Even if you try drying the carpet, there could be a strong funk that lingers.
  10. Cabinet discoloration - In addition to discoloring cabinets, water can weaken wood, causing shelving to collapse.

Ways to keep your house water free

It may be impossible to keep your home completely dry. But, try to get into the habit of wiping kitchen and bathroom back splashes dry after each use. Use materials like stainless steel, porcelain and ceramic in rooms that get wet. Avoid lining kitchen and bathroom floors with carpet.

The carpet may feel comfortable against your the soles of your feet. Yet, little stinks worse than wet carpet. If water gets beneath carpet, it can stain hardwood floors. Water can also weaken floor tiles. When you do use water to wash furniture, windows and to clean the exterior of your home, make sure that the water can freely run off your house.

Open windows to help thoroughly dry furniture. Another option is to place furniture covers in the clothes dryer. Simply spraying damp rugs, carpet and furniture coverings will only disguise the fact that the material is wet. These are just a few habits that can help you to respect the power of water. The home care habits can also help your furniture, counter tops, walls, roof and cabinetry to last longer.




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