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Eastman NH Vacation Homes

You’ll find beautiful vacation homes for sale in Eastman, NH, a  four-season residential and recreational community near Hanover, New Hampshire and just a short drive from the Boston area.

Eastman, NH does have full-time residents, but it is also a year-round vacation community ideal for seasonal retreats and weekend getaways for those who enjoy outdoor recreation and are looking for a change of pace.

For decades, vacationers have returned to Eastman year after year to make memories that will last a lifetime. Now second and third generations are growing up with the same tradition and consider Eastman to be their second home, a getaway from the congestion of the city, and a respite from the busyness of life.

Unmatched Setting and Amenities in Eastman, NH

This friendly New Hampshire vacation community provides the perfect retreat and is unmatched for its setting and amenities.

Eastman’s 3,700 acres of environmentally protected woodlands and waterways surrounds a 2-mile lake and an 18-hole championship golf course. Eastman Lake offers six private, sandy beaches along with boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming during the warmer months of the year. The Eastman Recreation Department also offers programs for children of all ages during the summer and other school vacations.

Eastman, NH also makes a great ski vacation spot during the winter. When New England winter hits, you can take advantage of the abundance of snow with over 36 kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in Eastman or alpine ski at the nearby Mount Sunapee.

In any weather, the community South Cove Activity Center provides an indoor lap pool, fitness center, sauna, and game room for your enjoyment.

Convenient Vacation Location

Besides having many desirable amenities and activities, Eastman is centrally located with easy access to the Upper Valley and Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region as well as I-89.  Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Wellesley, and Boston are only a short 1.5 to 2-hour drive from this brilliant New Hampshire community.

Search Vacation Homes for Sale in Eastman, NH

You’ll find a number of vacation homes for sale in Eastman, NH, as well as condominiums, that will provide you with access to all the wonderful amenities of this recreational community throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a waterfront condo with beautiful lake views or a golf course home overlooking the fairway, Eastman has the vacation home for you.

Contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC for more information about the community and to find Eastman, NH vacation homes and condos currently for sale so you can start making your own memories in Eastman.

New Hampshire Real Estate Market Data: Q1 2015


Whether you currently have your New Hampshire home listed for sale or you would like to stay updated on the activity of the local real estate market as a potential buyer or seller, it is important to look at past real estate market data to understand and anticipate future trends. The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® (NHAR) has recently released the March 2015, year-to-date and 2015 Q1 data for the New Hampshire real estate market.

NH Closed Residential Sales in Q1 2015
All of New Hampshire

The entire state of New Hampshire saw a positive change across the board in residential home closed sales, median sales price, sales volume, and pending sales in the first quarter of 2015.

Compared to the first quarter of 2014, there was a 2.2% increase in closed residential sales, a 1.6% increase in median sales price, a 2.5% increase in sales volume, and a 1.7% increase in pending sales. Also, the average days on market for residential homes in the first quarter of 2015 decreased 1.8%, which is good news for home sellers as homes spent fewer days on the market.

Additionally, New Hampshire condominium sales saw improvements in the first quarter of 2015 with a 5.8% increase to 604 units closed and an 8.6% increase to 696 units pending sales compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Since “location, location, location” in real estate is a critical driving element in sales, let’s take a closer look at county data for Sullivan County and Grafton County.

Sullivan County Single Family Residential Sales

While the single family residential home sales for the state increased, home sales in Sullivan County decreased in the first quarter of 2015 compared to last year by 10% to 63 closed sales. Pending sales decreased 2.5% to 78. The average number of days on market also moved in the wrong direction, up 27.6% to 157 days.

Although Sullivan County experienced fewer residential home closings in Q1 2015, the homes sold were at higher prices evidenced by the jump in total residential sales volume from $10 million in Q1 2014  to $12 million in Q1 2015.

Grafton County Single Family Residential Sales

After two months of decreased residential home sales in January and February 2015, Grafton County completed the first quarter up in sales, thanks to a 20% sales increase in March 2015.

Overall, Grafton County experienced a 5% increase in residential home sales with 148 closings this quarter compared to 141 closings in Q1 2014. Pending home sales also increased 8.6% to 164 pending sales.

Grafton County also experienced a small 1.5% increase in median sales price in Q1 2015. However, total sales volume in Grafton County was down 8.5%. So although there were more home closings in Q1 2015, the sales prices of those homes combined (the total sales volume) were less than those in Q1 2014.

NH County Condo Closings

Sullivan County saw large jumps in the first quarter of 2015 in the number of condo sales with closed sales up 166.7% to 8 and pending sales up 125% to 9.

The condo market in Grafton County in Q1 2015 remained comparable to Q1 2014.  Closed condo sales this quarter were exactly the same as last year (56 closings), and pending sales went down 8.2% to 56.

National Real Estate Market Trends

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced existing home sales, which include single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, on the national level jumped in March 2015.

According to NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun in this NAR article, "The combination of low interest rates and the ongoing stability in the job market is improving buyer confidence and finally releasing some of the sizable pent-up demand that accumulated in recent years." However, Yun notes the need for increased inventory to match a significant increase in demand that has been observed nationally. “‘More listings and new home construction are still needed to tame price growth and provide more opportunity for first-time buyers to enter the market.’”

If you’re on the fence about buying or selling your New Hampshire home, hopefully these New Hampshire real estate market insights are helpful. If you’re located in the Upper Valley or Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee Region, our qualified Realtors at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC are happy to speak with you about the real estate market in your local community. Contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC.

(Data for this article was found in the following NHAR Real Estate Market Data Reports: March 2015 and Year-to-Date NHAR Market Data and Q1 2015 NHAR Market Data)

View past 2014 and 2013 New Hampshire Real Estate Market Data.

New Hampshire Home Foreclosures Drop 42% in February 2015

 

According to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA), New Hampshire hit record lows for the number of home foreclosures this decade with only 133 foreclosure deeds filed in February 2015.

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Short-term and Long-term Improvement in NH Home Foreclosures

Not only was this (133) the lowest number of foreclosures the state has seen this decade, but also it was 42% less than those filed just last year in February 2014. That means in one year, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of people who have lost or are at risk for losing their homes to foreclosure.

Additionally, the number of foreclosure auction notices in February dropped even more from February of last year, down 60%, to only 100. It is rare for this number to be lower than the number of filed foreclosures (133) because it is a gauge of the number of people who could lose their homes in the coming months.

Compared to five years ago, so far in January and February of this year foreclosure filings are a whopping 60% lower than they were two months into 2010.

Factors Influencing Fewer NH Home Foreclosures

So, why are we seeing these drastic improvements in the number of New Hampshire home foreclosures both long-term and more recently in just the last year? There are multiple contributing factors. “The NHHFA attributes the improved numbers to an improved economy, and the fact that some banks are allowing short sales rather than taking borrowers’ homes.” (NH Business Review)

Along with the improving economy and banks allowing more short sales, new initiatives have cropped up specifically to assist NH homeowners at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. This recent article celebrates the success of the HomeHelpNH counseling program that helped 750 households avoid foreclosure over the last two years.

Whatever the factors, these improved numbers are a good sign looking toward the spring that we’ll continue to see fewer home foreclosures in New Hampshire in 2015.

Winter Propane Safety Reminders for Your Home

With the substantial amount of snow accumulation we've experienced across the Upper Valley and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee regions, it is important to keep in mind some snow hazards specific to your home propane heating system.

According to Irving Energy, "two of the biggest risks for your propane heating system related to snowfall and drifting snow are propane or oil leaks as a result of damaged fittings and carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked vents."

Hopefully, the most severe winter weather here in New England is through, but we all know the snow hangs around for a long time and can cause damage even after the storm has passed.

So, here are some steps you can take to help ensure your safety before and after heavy snowfalls and icy conditions:

Before a Snowstorm:

  • Mark the location of your storage tank, vent, and/or fill pipe so that it can be easily located.
  • Ensure you know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane or oil supply and any indoor appliances in the event that a problem occurs. Especially if you recently moved into a new residence, put this on your New Homeowner To-Do List...we know you have one.
  • Be sure to clear the snow from your house number so that emergency services will be able to find your home in the case of an emergency. Your house number should be easily visible on the road for emergency responders.

After Each Snowfall or Icy Conditions:

  • Carefully clear heavy snow and ice from regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing and valves. Failure to do so can cause damage that could result in an oil or gas leak. Appliance vents, chimneys and flues must also be kept clear of snow and ice so appliances can vent properly. Again, be very careful when doing so to avoid damage to system components. Finally, carefully clear snow and ice off the top of tanks, gauges, fittings, and lines. Using a broom to do so will help avoid damaging the tank or system components.
  • Watch for heavy icicles or large amounts of snow falling from the roof or eaves that can be very damaging to a tank and system components. Safely remove these hazards from above and around your tank, fill pipes, regulator, piping, tubing and valves, being careful not to damage your system.
  • Inspect your equipment frequently. If you notice your tank has shifted position, gas or oil lines are bent, broken or damaged, or you see something else unusual about your system or appliance, turn off the main gas or oil supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. Then call your propane supplier.

Throughout the Winter Season:

  • Test your Carbon Monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly, and change the batteries, if needed.
  • Be on the lookout for any signs of gas or oil leaks in and around your home. Although gas leaks can occur any time of year, severe winter weather conditions can make your system equipment and appliances more prone to leaks. So even if you are taking the proper precautions stated above, you should still be cognizant of the smell or indication of a leak. 

If you smell propane or suspect a propane leak in your home, follow these safety procedures (provided by Irving Energy):

  1. No Flames or Sparks
    - Immediately put out all smoking materials and pre-existing open flames
    - Do not turn on any lights or appliances
    - Do not use telephones or cell phones
  2. Leave the Area Immediately
    - Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking
  3. Shut Off the Gas
    - Turn off the main gas supply valve on your tank, if it is safe to do so
    - Close the valve by turning it clockwise (to the right)
  4. Report the Leak
    - Once safely away from the area, call 911 or your local fire department
    - Then call your propane supplier
  5. Do Not Return to the Building or Area
    - Wait until the fire department or qualified service technician determines the area is safe
  6. Get Your System Checked
    - Your propane supplier should inspect your entire propane system to ensure it is leak free before using any heating source or appliance


Propane is an efficient and versatile fuel that is safe when properly used. By being mindful of the hazards and taking these precautions, you can ensure your safety when using propane heating in your home.

Some of the above information was adapted from Irving Energy's Winter Safety article.

For more information on propane safety, visit the Propane Education & Research Council website, or Irving Energy's Propane Safety Guide.

New Hampshire Real Estate Market Data: End of Year 2014

As we look into the 2015 real estate housing market with optimism, let's take a look back at how the New Hampshire real estate market finished out 2014. The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® (NHAR) has recently released the December 2014, year-to-date and Q4 data for the New Hampshire real estate market.

Since real estate is local, here are some of the highlights from Sullivan County and Grafton County in New Hampshire:

Sullivan County Single Family Residential Home Sales 2014

Sullivan County, NH saw a decrease in single family residential sales closings in both November  and December of 2014 compared to closings during those months of 2013. In November, we saw a 26.7% decrease (from 45 to 33) in closings compared to November 2013. Then in December, we saw a 15% decrease in closings (from 40 to 34) compared to December 2013.

The fourth quarter of 2014 ended down 12.1% in single family residential closed sales compared to Q4 of 2013 in Sullivan County. Similarly, the total year-to-date 2014 closed sales for the county were also down 12.1% to 449 compared to 2013, but the median sales price was up 5.3% to $149,500 and the number of days on market was down 6.3% to 134 days compared to the year prior.

So in spite of the number of houses sold in Sullivan County decreasing in 2014, those houses sold were on the market fewer days and sold for a higher median price.

Grafton County Single Family Residential Home Sales 2014

Grafton County, NH experienced a smaller decrease in single family residential closed sales for both the fourth quarter (4.8% down to 239) and entire year-to-date (down 5.4% to 895) of 2014 compared to the same periods in 2013.

However, we actually saw a slight 0.1% increase in median sales price by the end of 2014 ($178,750) compared to the year before. The total days on market for single family residential homes 2014 in Grafton stayed exactly the same as it was at the end of 2013 (132 days).

New Hampshire Condo Closings 2014NH Closed Real Estate Sales 2014

The total condo closings in Sullivan County were up 8.3% in 2014 compared to 2013, even though the days on market were up 17.2% to 252 days. Grafton County saw a smaller increase of 2.5% in condo closings and a 2.8% decrease in days on market to 171 days.

All of New Hampshire 2014 Real Estate Market Data

For the whole year, the entire state of New Hampshire only had a 0.4% decrease in single family residential closed sales totaling 14,208 (see chart). However, the days on market for the state was slightly down from 2013 (from 100 to 95), and New Hampshire condo closings for 2014 were up 0.3% to 3,542 from the year prior.

Your Local Real Estate Market

Looking ahead into 2015, we continue to see factors in the real estate market that make it a great market for first-time home buyers, including the improved ability to qualify for credit and to afford the down payment (Realtor.com).

Talk to our realtors at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC for more details on the local Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee real estate market to see if now is a good time for you to buy a home in New Hampshire. Similarly, those of you thinking about listing your New Hampshire home for sale, please contact our agents at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC to get a better idea of the real estate market in your area.

(Data for this article was found in the following NHAR Real Estate Market Data Reports: November 2014 NHAR Market Data, December 2014 and Year-End NHAR Market Data, Q4 2014 NHAR Market Data)

View past 2014 and 2013 New Hampshire Real Estate Market Data.