Real Estate

Jason Robie: Move-in mastery

By Jason Robie

It's safe to say that we've all "moved in" about a dozen or more times in our lifetimes. Whether you were a kid moving with your parents or an adult getting your first apartment or buying your first home, moving into a new place is exciting, stressful and filled with anticipation. You would assume after a handful of these experiences, we would be awesome at it. In reality, there are still a few neat tricks we can glean from others' years of experience. Let's see if we can pick up a trick or two to make the move-in experience more pleasing and more fruitful.

One of my favorite parts about working with professional, experienced, local real estate agents is their vast network of vetted service providers. A real estate pro's business is almost exclusively based on networking. You can be sure that a recommended plumber or electrician is going to be top-notch when referred by an agent. They want to be sure you are happy with the worker they've recommended and that you will remember them when it comes time to buy or sell again. Before you grab the keys and wave goodbye at the closing table, get a few solid recommendations from your agent. They'll appreciate your trust in them and you will appreciate not having to pick random goof balls out of the phone book or the internet.

Custom one-level home in Conway

This custom one-level home at 200 Timbershore Drive in Conway has all the high-quality features you've dreamed of, and this is the first time it's on the market. With 3,362 square feet of living space, the rooms are big and comfortable.

Enjoy the efficiency of multi-zone radiant heating and central air conditioning. Surrounded by tall pines, this home is set on a 1.1-acre lot and has access to a private association beach with 1,400 feet sandy frontage on the Saco River.

The formal living room features hardwood floors and a tile apron in the foyer area. A cathedral ceiling with natural light from recessed dormers adds dimension and a bright, airy essence. A beautiful gas fireplace provides a warm ambiance during the evening hours.

The designer kitchen is oversized, and very well appointed with high quality cabinets, granite counters, Viking appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A large kitchen island provides even more cabinet space, as well as a breakfast bar. There's a dining area with a fireplace that's open to the family room.

There's also a formal dining room off the kitchen, with hardwood floors, wainscoting, and a tray ceiling highlighting the chandelier. French doors provide an elegant touch.

A large family room shares a fireplace with the kitchen. Tile flooring, wainscoting, and triple sets of full transom windows on each side of the fireplace create a unique and open atmosphere, perfect for entertaining.

The master suite is incredible, with a 19 feet by 21 feet bedroom and a 15 feet by 17 feet bath with a jetted soaking tub, tile shower and double vanity. The bedroom features hardwood floors, a walk-in closet, and sliders out to a large deck.

The location is fabulous! North Conway outlet shopping is just five minutes away. There's a large, private beach on the Saco, within walking distance. Ten minutes to golf, skiing or hiking in the White Mountains. This is a home meant to enjoy for the rest of your life.

Lindsey Maihos of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty in Conway is the listing agent for this home, which is priced at $499,900. She can be reached at (603) 303-7123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jason Robie: Creating kitchen cashflow

By Jason Robie

While remodeling my duplex years ago, there were two primary trouble spots: the bathroom and the kitchen. The previous tenants, I'm sorry to say, were complete and utter slobs. This was one of those houses you walk into and ask yourself how people actually live like this. After ripping out all the fixtures and the entire floor (not just the flooring) in the bathroom, we shifted our attention to the kitchen. Luckily, the cabinets were structurally tolerable but ugly, the 1980s linoleum had to go and we needed to do something to give the room a bit more life.

We all know that kitchens and baths sell homes. But even if you are not selling - these two rooms are great places to aim your DIY energy. Today we're going to talk about a handful of projects you can tackle on your own. The primary goal of all of these upgrades is to keep within a tight budget but get more value out of the property when we're done. The added benefit is you get to enjoy these updates as long as you live in the home. So let's get started.

Property of the Week: Charming ranch in Madison

You'll enjoy the wooded surroundings of this 2005 ranch, located at 10 Huttwil in Madison, yet appreciate that it's located only minutes from convenient Route 113.

As you enter, kick off your shoes and leave your skis in the mudroom/laundry room. Perfect floor plan with open kitchen, living, and dining room — this home can be the ideal single level if you want it to be. Sliders off the dining room offer plenty of natural light and give you access to a large deck affords privacy for barbecuing or just relaxing.

Also, on there is an ample master suite on this main level with a spacious closet, a full bath, an additional bedroom, a second full bath, and a guest room/office. It doesn't end here — the lower level family room has sliders to the back yard, it's bright and cheerful, with abundant space; it's the perfect place to spread out. The one-car garage under is so convenient and provides great access when it's dark or chilly outside.

This home has access to great sandy beaches in Eidelweiss and beaches as well as a boat ramp on Silver Lake, plus it is just a short drive to all of North Conway's skiing, dining, and shopping. Just listed and easy to view.

The mls number is 4618747. The listing price is $192,000

The listing agent is Ann Pinkham. Contact her at (603) 662-2545.