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The Dow Realty Group introduces Kristin White

Introducing

Kristin White
Lead Agent – Meredith

Kristin White is Adam Dow’s counterpart for the west side of Lake Winnipesaukee. Like Adam, Kristin brings a corporate background, a business degree from UNH and is a native to the areas served. Working for Boston area financial companies gave her the background to be a great agent and the reassurance the Lakes Region is the place for her family.

Cell - 603-520-4352

Kristin White - Lead Agent Meredith - Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate

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    10 Good Reasons to Forget Lake Winnipesaukee

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    Why buy a waterfront home on Lake Winnipesaukee when you could vacation on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or other hard-to-get-to New England vacation destinations? Here are ten good reasons to avoid the Lakes Region.

    FULL TRANSCRIPT:

    10 GOOD REASONS
    To Avoid Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

    Reason 1: You Enjoy Paying State Taxes

    New Hampshire has no income tax or sales tax. So spending all or part of your time at your home at Lake Winnipesaukee would deprive you of that pleasure.


    Reason 2: You Prefer Remote Locations

    Lake Winnipesaukee is only a two-hour drive from Boston. So the kids can barely watch one movie before you’ve arrived. So you’ll miss the long, arduous travel.


    Reason 3: You Love Monotonous Ocean Views

    Our picturesque White Mountains will block your views of the ocean’s flat horizon. And when they explode with vibrant colors in the fall, it will be particularly annoying.


    Reason 4: You Only Swim in Murky Water

    Our crystal clear, spring-fed lake won’t sting your eyes, and your feet won’t sink into muck. And you’ll miss worrying about what type of sea creature may be lurking nearby.


    Reason 5: You Enjoy Feeling Hot and Sweaty Year-Round

    Our Lakes Region has four seasons, so just when you’re getting acclimated, it changes. And after the leaves change color, you’ll have to pull all your ski stuff out of the closet.


    Reason 6: We have far too many quaint downtown areas.

    Our gourmet restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and other non-essential activities will give you headaches.


    Reason 7: You Never Eat Ice Cream

    In Wolfeboro alone, there are 5 ice cream shops to distract you from your own low-fat diet. So it’s best that you avoid the temptation to eat dessert while strolling around our lake.


    Reason 8: You Enjoy Walking on Paved Surfaces

    Our bike trails, walking trails, ski trails, and mountain trails (leading to great views) are far too primitive. And you may have to invest in a pair of hiking shoes or cross country skis.


    Reason 9: You’ll Miss Boating on Choppy Water

    On calm Lake water will bore you to tears on your boat ride out to dinner. And it will be absolutely no challenge for you to sail or water-ski, if it’s not in 4-foot chop.


    Reason 10: You Don’t Trust Friendly People

    For some reasons, people who live or vacation here all smile and wave at each other, which is certainly suspicious. So it’s best that you avoid them altogether, because it may be contagious.
     

    Learn more about the Lakes Region and finding your vacation home from the Dow Realty Group.

    The Lake Wentworth Sailing Regatta

    Love to sail? Join in on the fun on Saturday, August 1, at Albee Beach in Wolfeboro. The event will include four classes of racing and is open to all ages. A pot luck will be held after the regatta and awards will be handed out. Follow the link for more information and contact numbers. Hope to see you there!

    45 Umbrella Point | Lake Winnipesaukee

    This 43-acre estate property is a rare blend of desirable location and unparalleled features. Anchored by an iconic boathouse, it offers a 1938 two-bedroom bungalow, multi-purpose auxiliary building, and the ideal setting for a future custom lake home. Set on the northeastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee this exceptional home site is in a class by itself.

    Highlights include:

    • 3 private, mostly wooded parcels
    • Stone multi-slip boathouse
    • Approximately 1100 feet of prime shore frontage
    • Three sandy beaches
    • Sheltered boat basin
    • Panoramic views

    Listed at $7,500,000
    For more information on 45 Umbrella Point call Adam Dow, 603.867.7311 or Randy Hilman, 603.677.6713.

    Ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee

    So what's all this talk about "ice-out" on Lake Winnipesaukee? Ice-out is the eagerly anticipated day when the ice that has covered the lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship can navigate between the towns that grace the shores of the lake: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

    Ice-out is anxiously awaited by residents because it not only signals the start of the spring season, but islanders regain water access to their cottages. The determination of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is chosen by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the ice-out call, it is considered official.

    The date of this event has been recorded for more than 130 years and we have compiled some of those dates here ... feel free to download and share! When do you think ice-out will happen this year?

     

     

    Open House tomorrow!

    496 Old Wolfeboro Rd, Alton NH   |   $334,000   |   MLS 4404727

    Move-in-ready, this home is as beautiful inside as out and looks brand new! It offers three bedrooms, large open spaces, unusual architectural details, and light-filled rooms that flow easily from one to another. The massive stone fireplace dominates the living room, with a vaulted ceiling and French doors that open to the deck and back yard. The kitchen features cherry cabinets & granite counters, and the entire first floor is done in hardwood. The master suite opens into a private enclosed porch, and the master bath includes a large soaking tub, separate shower, double sinks and a walk-in closet. Upstairs you'll find two large sunny bedrooms, another room that could be an office, and a full bath. The large basement has a woodstove and provides lots of storage space, there is an attached garage, and wraparound decks are where the summers will be spent. This is a lovely home on a beautiful, private two-acre lot.

    The location would be perfect for anyone commuting to Rochester, the Seacoast, or points south; Old Wolfeboro Road runs parallel to Route 28 and provides privacy and a country feeling while still allowing for easy access to main routes. Wolfeboro and Lake Winnipesaukee are just a few minutes to the north.

    Looking to buy in the Lakes Region? Come visit us tomorrow or visit our website. The snow is melting and spring is right around the corner!

    Our lakes

    We're often asked for information about the various lakes that dot our beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. To answer some of those questions we've put together a graphic that shows sizes, depths, and a little trivia about each one; there are many others but these seem to be some of the most popular. Feel free to print or distribute!

    Family-friendly skiing

    Looking for something to do with the kids next week? Since there is an abundance of snow right now skiing seems an obvious choice, and here in New Hampshire there are at least a half dozen small ski areas where adult holiday lift ticket prices are under $20. One of these is our very own Abenaki, a favorite destination of generations of Wolfeboro residents. For a rundown of family-friendly options from around the state, including prices and links to websites, visit the full article here. Your kids will thank you later!

     

    Fishing Derby Weekend

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    Looking for something to do this weekend? Head over to Lake Winnipesaukee for the Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby. Now in its 36th year, the Derby draws thousands of anglers from across the country. At Derby Headquarters in Meredith the atmosphere is almost carnival-like, with food vendors mingling with hundreds of snowmobiles, helicopters, and ATVs amid the bobhouse city. NH Fish & Game will be hosting a free ice fishing clinic - geared toward kids, but everyone is welcome - on Saturday, February 7, sessions running hourly starting at 10 am.

    Some fun facts:

    • Grand prize this year is $15,000
    • After the Derby is over, all unwanted or non-winning fish are donated to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The fish are used to feed the creatures there - apparently the bears love trout-sicles!
    • Last year's Grand Prize winner was 11-year-old Brady King from Tamworth!

    This is a family-friendly event - bundle up and bring the kids and the camera. Whether you choose to fish or just gawk, this event has a little of everything that makes New Hampshire special.

    If you're looking for a place to stay: http://wolfeborochamber.com/

    If you're looking for a place to buy: http://www.adamdow.com/listings/my-listings/

     

    Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate | Market Update, Year-End 2014

    There has been positive activity on Lake Winnipesaukee in 2014, especially in the under two-to-three-million dollar range (the number of sales doubled!). Overall, the average list price and average sold price for Lake Winnipesaukee properties both increased from the past several years. Though not a banner year, there has been a noticeable depletion of quality inventory.

    I believe the biggest challenge in 2015 will be to find the waterfront home that meets your needs. Given the number of people I know that are looking, the properties that come on in the spring at a fair price will go quickly.

    Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Data 2014