Kim Daneault
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Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/22/2017

It makes good sense to buy a home on active duty, especially when you consider low mortgage interest rates, job stability and the range of approved Veteran’s Administration (VA) lenders. Buy a permanent home while serving on active duty and you could take advantage of home allowance assistance. Get a VA loan as soon as you qualify for the loan based on your length of military service and you could also use your home allowance to help pay off the life of your mortgage. Choosing the Right Location is Key Even with these benefits, you might drag your feet, opting to rent versus buy. It’s understandable. Few people relocate and move to a new house as frequently as active duty military members. Here are ways that you could determine if you’re ready to buy a permanent home on active duty and how to identify a permanent home location that may be right for you and your family. If you’re close to your immediate family and know that you're going to settle down in the town where you were born and raised after you finish your military service, you could buy a house there while you’re on active duty and rent the house out. You could even rent the house out to older relatives who are going to college or other active duty members stationed in the town. Feel a strong connection to an area you were stationed in? Discuss buying a home there with your family. Turn the house into a rental property until you complete active duty. Similar to how people rent out summer homes, you could only rent out your house while you’re away, and stay at the house during long vacations. Another option is to buy a permanent house where you’re currently stationed. If you're married, your spouse could live at the house if you're deployed or stationed away from home. If you choose this route, watch the housing market, so that you buy when housing prices, including interest rates, are down and sell when housing prices are up. Documents that Help Secure Military Mortgages After you identify where you want to live, start getting documentation together that you will need when you meet with lenders. Items that you may need to present to lenders include: • Tax returns • Letters from the Internal Revenue Service laying out a payment plan should you be behind on paying your taxes • Bank statements • Monthly credit union statements • Housing allowance assistance documents (that show how much housing allowance you receive each month) • Statement of Service • Certificate of Eligibility • Proof of residency • Paystubs • Driver’s license or passport Work with reputable lenders. Make sure that you can absorb your current living expenses as well as pay for a permanent home. Should you make adjustments to pay off a permanent home, such as renting out a portion or all of the house, while you’re in the military, you could be able to keep more of your retirement pay.





Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/18/2017


2 Larch Unit 1 Street, Goffstown, NH 03045

Condo

$219,900
Price
$222,000
Sale Price

2
Bedrooms
5
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Pinardville's rare opportunity available corner unit in Village of Crosswinds Well maintained Community. Several extras included in this unit are natural gas, a finished tiled lower level foyer, mudroom, 2 closets and an extra room with a glass slider to grassed area facing woods. All Oakwood floors and tiled kitchen second level include open floor plan, gas fireplace, deck looks out to wooded area, eat-in kitchen with large bar area, ss appliances, granite, recessed and pendant lighting, washer/dryer hook-up with built-ins, 1/2 bath and room for a dining table. Carpeted stairs to large bedrooms and closets with entrance from Vaulted master directly to full bath. Space on this level as well for small office space. Lovely detail and wonderful association, location and neighborhood setting. This home is on an end so has extra light and looks out to lovely landscaped, and grassy area. Great opportunity to own in Crosswinds.






Tags: Real-Estate   Condo   Goffstown   03045  
Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/15/2017

When you drive through a new housing development does it seem like all of the homes are enormous compared to when you were growing up? You're not alone. In fact, over the last 40 years, average home sizes have increased by over 1,000 square feet. In other words, you could fit an entire small house inside of the amount homes have grown in size.

Why do Americans love huge houses?

It's counter-intuitive that home sizes should keep growing larger. Bigger houses mean higher prices, more maintenance, and more expensive utilities. To understand why, we need look no further than the automobile industry. In spite of the fact that larger vehicles cost more to buy, use more gas, and do more harm to the environment, people still buy bigger and bigger trucks and SUVs. There are a few reasons why. One is that they can afford to (or they can at least afford the payments). Another reason is cultural. For the most part, bigger meant better in American culture--until recently. Recently, many Americans have begun saying they would prefer smaller sized houses. That desire hasn't entirely caught up to the people building the homes, however. And even as simple living trends and the "tiny house" phenomenon gain traction, building contractors still stand the most to gain from large houses and the people with the money to build houses continue to build big to stay aligned with the other homes in their neighborhood. There are other obstacles in place for people who want a smaller house. Some counties around the U.S. now enforce minimum square footage requirements to uphold the building standards of the area. So, people hoping to move to a particular suburban area but don't want a huge house might be out of luck.

How big of a home do I need?

There are a lot of things to consider if you're buying a home. Size and cost often go hand-in-hand, but even if you can afford a larger home, do you really need the space? Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine how large of a house you really need:
  • Do I or will I have a family? Kids need space. They need bedrooms and places to play. The size of your family is going to be a huge factor in choosing the size of your home.
  • Do I need all this stuff? Many people use their homes like storage containers. Think about the last time you moved and what you brought with you. Now determine how often you used the things you brought. Odds are you have a lot of items just sitting around taking up space that you don't really need.
  • Do I have hobbies that take up a lot of space? Woodworking, working on cars, playing drums... these are all examples of hobbies that call for some leg room.
  • Am I a dog person? Just like kids, pets tend to take up some room. Larger dogs and energetic dogs require more room, both outside and inside the house.
  • Do I have time to keep up with the maintenance? Bigger houses means more windows to clean, more toilets to scrub, more grass to mow... you get the idea. You might find that you'd rather have a beautiful and well-kept small home than a hard-to-maintain huge one.





Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/8/2017

We all want our flowers to last forever. We want it so much that there are entire aisles in Michael's devoted to plastic flowers that will bloom for eternity. But when it comes to creating a warm atmosphere with pleasant fragrances, nothing compares to the real thing. Here's how to get the most of your potted plants and flowers.

Choose your plants wisely

All plants are different. Some flower for different lengths of time or even at completely opposite times of the year. When it comes to cut flowers, they too last varying lengths depending on the species. The time a cut flower lasts before wilting is called its vase life. The vase life is a hard life. But certain flowers withstand it better than others.
  • Chrysanthemums (25-30 days) - They're not a flashy flower, and they don't need much to survive in a vase other than fresh water each day
  • Orchids (10-30 days) - There are countless varieties of orchids available. Aside from their unique form and appearance, orchids can also be surprisingly hardy
  • Anthurium or "flamingo flower" (15-45 days) - Flamingo flowers are a rare sight, and last quite a long time if maintained properly. But pet owners beware: they're considered toxic to dogs and cats

Preparing the vase

The first thing to remember is to clean a vase thoroughly before you put flowers in it. Once clean, start to prepare your water. Plants need food too. If your flowers came with plant food this is the best option for preserving your flower. Otherwise, there are homemade recipes for plant solution that usually involve something acidic and something sugary. Lemon juice and sugar work well mixed with water. Or you can mix one part lemon-lime soda (not diet soda) with three parts water. Next, cut the flowers slightly longer than the length of the vase and pop them in.

Caring for your flower

The job's not over once you put the flowers in the vase. The real trick to making flowers last longer is caring for them once in the vase.
  • Trim a centimeter or less off of the stems every other day
  • Add water as needed and refresh the water after a few days. Be sure to add your plant food solution as well
  • The flowers themselves can be maintained as well. Most flowers benefit from being misted with water once every day or two. Others recommend spraying things like hair spray which acts as a preservative directly onto the petals. Though it seems do defeat the purpose of taking such care to keep the flowers healthy.
  • Be sure to keep the flowers in a temperate place. If the flowers or water heat up or cool down too much the flowers could wilt

The flowers are dead. Now what?

Once the flowers have wilted (hopefully after a long amount of time due to reading the aforementioned tips!) it may seem like you have no further use for them. But there are plenty of creative ways to repurpose wilted flowers on the internet such as making a wreath or even adding them to your bath. Let us know which flowers you've had the best luck with!    





Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/3/2017


11 Fernand Street, Manchester, NH 03103

Single-Family

$209,900
Price

3
Bedrooms
6
Rooms
1
Baths
Corner lot with lots of living space! New windows. flooring, exterior paint, and more. Wonderful location, convenient to shopping, schools, highways. Updated ranch with eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, light and bright family room with hardwood floors, three bedrooms with good sized closets, hardwood floors, updated bathroom and large open concept finished basement with another area of unfinished storage area. Great starter home!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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