Real Estate

The pitfalls of procrastination: Start your home hunt or listing prep early to avoid regrets

By Erik J. Martin
Buyers aren't the only ones who can have remorse — sellers can feel the pangs of compunction, too, as evidenced by the findings of a recent study that indicates how real estate-related delays can lead to disappointments.
A Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends survey report reveals that the top regrets among home buyer and seller respondents were not beginning their home search punctually (indicated by 28 percent of buyers) and not prepping their home to sell early enough (as voted by 30 percent of sellers).
With homes for sale in shorter supply during this spring buying season, these findings should serve as a cautionary tale to home hunters and sellers alike that it's important to be prepared and get a head start on your competition, say the experts.
"This spring home buying season may be one of the most competitive in recent history, due to tight inventory of for-sale homes and rising home prices. This means it's more important than ever for home shoppers and sellers to take the time to be more strategic in their approaches," says Jeremy Wacksman, CMO for Zillow in Seattle.

Jason Robie: Purposeful painting perfection

By Jason Robie

As I've mentioned before, painting a home's interior is not only one of my favorite "remodeling" tasks to do, but it also has a huge impact on how you feel about your home. Painting the interior allows you to give a room or even a hallway a whole different look and feel without ever picking up a hammer or having to call a contractor. I will admit, ceilings are not my favorite things to paint, but aside from that painting is cost-effective, comparatively quick and offers a huge bang for the buck. Let's explore a few tips and tricks that will get you excited about your next painting project and help you do it like a pro.

Something I learned a long time ago is to invest in good-quality brushes. I'm a Purdy fan, but you can pick anything you prefer. Once you've made that investment, it is important to keep them in tip-top shape. Primarily you need to rinse them thoroughly (just warm water for latex paints), but you can also soak them in some warm water with a splash of fabric softener. Then just let them dry overnight. You won't need to rinse them before your next painting project and you'll love how soft the bristles remain use after use.

Property of the Week: Sunny Madison saltbox

This is a sunny, delightful three bedroom saltbox located at 1324 Conway Road in Madison, just a short walk to Eidelweiss pond and playground amenities and a comfortable drive to Silver Lake.

Enjoy the warmth of wood stove ambiance in the open-concept great area, including cathedral ceiling. There is an updated kitchen and baths as well as a great yard space with brick fire pit for family fun and gardening.

The property has ample parking. This is a great starter or vacation home.

The listing price is $164,900. The MLS number is 4618125.

There will be an open house on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Theresa Bernhardt of Pinkham Real Estate is listing agent. She can be contacted at (603) 986-5286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tamworth farmhouse with commercial opportunities

Just imagine the possibilities with this unique property. This 1830s farmhouse in Tamworth is in need of updating but retains many of its original features from when it was a stagecoach stop.

There are six bedrooms and two baths and, with some work, could be a great location for a bed and breakfast. Also on the property, there is a charming two bedroom, two bath log cabin that was built in 1966 that could easily serve as living quarters for the proprietors of the B&B or as a rental unit for steady income.