Jason Robie: Picture perfect pictures

By Jason Robie

I almost wrote another article about staging and setting up your home for showings because we're in the throes of spring-cleaning right now. Going through the process of culling out unnecessary "stuff" and getting the house opened up for the warmer months is one of my favorite times of the year. As I was cleaning windows and filling up my "Goodwill" bag, I realized that all the cleaning and de-cluttering in the world will do sellers no good at all, if they don't take good pictures.

Home of the Week: Dream lake house in Freedom

Living on a lake is a dream for many people. It opens the door to numerous summer and winter recreation. From kayaking and water skiing to swimming and fishing, and to ski touring under the moonlight across a frozen lake.

This beautiful three bedroom, two bath contemporary home located at 91 West Bay Road in Freedom was built in 1997 and has over 147 feet of sandy frontage on Berry Bay.

A cheery three-season enclosed porch provides an inviting setting for entertaining and dining. The master bedroom and bath are on the main floor, with another two bedrooms and bath on the second. The walk-out lower level has an office or rec room, and considerable storage space. Recently refinished oak floors accent the living room with cathedral ceiling and wood fireplace. The grounds have been lovingly landscaped.

The mortgage cost to own this home is roughly half of what it was in 2008, and Freedom's historically low taxes make this an affordable choice.

Make the dream a reality for your family. You won't regret it.

The asking price is $640,000.Daniel Jones is the listing agent. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 356-9444. The MLS number is 4206229.


Something special on Hurricane Mountain

Every now and then, a property becomes available that has that special something about it that makes you pause and think. Hurricane Mountain Farm, located at 1025 Hurricane Mountain Road in Bartlett, is one of those properties. With its exposed hand-hewn beams, charming brick fireplaces, hardwood floors, lush acreage and views to the Moat Mountains to the west.

It feels like special things happened here, and with the original section of this 2,127 square foot home dating back to 1795 it makes you wonder what life was like in Bartlett at that time. At that very time, George Washington was just finishing up his second presidential term, and in the first-ever contested American presidential election John Adams of Massachusetts was elected president in 1796.
Quietly nestled on 4.87 acres at the end Hurricane Mountain Road, this handsome gentleman's farm offers country living combined with the convenience of being five-minutes away from North Conway Village.

Jason Robie: Awesome outdoor options

By Jason Robie

I know I've said it before but it bears repeating: I love the outdoors. I love hiking in the snow, sleet and rain. I love camping in the cooler temperatures at elevation. I love the feel of warm sunshine on my face. If I had my way, my computer would be waterproof (and a black-fly repellant) and I could work on my front deck every day. That said, it may be tough to type with winter mittens on.

When it comes to selling your home, it turns out buyers are in the same boat as I. They want to be able to spend time outdoors and enjoy their new home on those warm summer days. There are a few things (none of which will break the budget) that you can do to your home to entice those potential buyers to come in for a closer look. For you hunters out there, think of these items as a variety of turkey calls. Just don't hide in the bushes in front of your house before they show up. You'll freak them out.

More to picking a cabinet than the color


Most of our clients begin their kitchen remodel with cabinets. There is almost an unlimited number of choices that can meet any aesthetic and budget need. You may have already encountered industry nomenclature that describes cabinet options as stock, semi-custom and custom.

Did you know that these terms refer to the different production methods employed to manufacture cabinets? The terminology has nothing to do with the quality of the cabinet.

• Stock

Stock cabinets are ready-made, pre-manufactured and ship when an order is received. They can't be altered or customized. What you see is what you get.

Pros: Price, and you don't have to wait for long lead times to have your cabinets delivered.

Cons: Typically you don't have a broad selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type or finishes.

• Semi-custom

Semi-custom cabinets come in basic sizes similar to stock cabinets but give designers the flexibility to resize cabinet drawers and doors and modify the depth of the cabinets themselves.

Pros: The best of both worlds. A gentle price tag accompanied by some ability to have your cabinets your way to meet space requirements and design preferences.

Cons:  May not provide all of the flexibility you need to meet room requirements or aesthetics preferences.

• Custom

As the name suggest, custom cabinets provide a blank canvas to get whatever size, color and finish that you desire. Most custom cabinets are built to order on a case by case basis.

Pros: Clients can get the details and features that they want to make personal design statements in their home and outfit their new kitchen to exacting requirements.

Cons: Custom cabinets are labor intensive because they are built one at a time and can take a few weeks or even a couple of months to build. They also generally cost more than semi-custom and stock cabinets.

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