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Quechee VT Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival 2019

Quechee Balloon FestivalThe 40th Annual Quechee, VT Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival is happening this summer, June 14-16, 2019.

This fun-filled weekend offers activities, food, entertainment and more for the entire family. This is the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England!

You can experience the hot air balloons yourself with either tethered rides or ascension rides offered at specific times throughout the festival. The Ascension rides are currently sold out, but you can book your tethered balloon ride on the field during the festival. During a tethered hot air balloon ride, the balloon is held to the ground by ropes. You float up to 50 feet in the air to get a great sense of being in one of the balloons with the security of being attached to the ground. It's a wonderful experience for children, too!

Admission is good all weekend. So however long you stay or as often as you go throughout the three days, you only pay once. They even have a special price for Fathers on Father's Day! Here are the details on festival admission and parking.

See all the scheduled festival events and more details on the festival website.

Such a family friendly event, there's The Kid's Zone, which is a free area to bring your kids for additional entertainment for young ones.

So if you're in the Upper Valley / Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region this weekend, come enjoy a summer hallmark of this area at the Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival.

New Hampshire Real Estate Market Update: Q1 2019

Real estate is local. Knowing what's happening in your local real estate market, and talking to your local REALTOR® can help you with deciding on when to list your home for sale, or when may be a good time to buy. Here are some of the highlights from the New Hampshire real estate market in the first quarter of 2019.

Single Family Residential Sales

Grafton County saw 161 single family residential closings in the first quarter of 2019. That's down 16.6% from the first quarter of last year. Median sales price only dropped by 5.8% to $195,000. But the number days on the market decreased 10.1% to 116 days. That's what home sellers want, right? Fewer days on market.

Sullivan County showed improvement in their numbers in many areas during Q1 2019 compared to last year at the same time. Closings increased by 18.7% to 108. And median sales price increased by 7.2% to $163,450. Days on market was only up 7.4% to 117 days. In addition, the number of pending sales increased a dramatic 46.4% from Q1 2018 to 161 pending sales.

Over all the counties, the state of New Hampshire experienced a slight decrease to 2,702 single family residential closed sales (-2..8%) in Q1 2019 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, the median sales price for those properties increased 7.7% to $280,000. Also, single family residential pending sales increased 7.5% to 3,840 properties for the entire state of New Hampshire.

Condo Sales

Concerning condo sales in the first quarter of 2018, both Grafton County and Sullivan County saw a decrease in sales activity compared to the first quarter for 2018. Grafton County condo closed sales were down 14.1% to 67 and Sullivan County condo closed sales were down 25% to 6 total.

The entire state of New Hampshire saw also saw a decrease in condo closed sales (-10.6%) to 772 during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. But, the median sales price increased 5.3% to $200,000 and pending condo sales increased by 3.7% to 1,116 compared to this time last year.

For more information about the real estate market in your community, please contact us at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC to speak to one of our qualified REALTORS®.

View the NH 2019 Q1 Report.

View the NH Monthly Indicators Report March 2019.

March 2019 Update:

"The Federal Reserve recently announced that no further interest rate hikes are planned for 2019. Given the fact that the federal funds rate has increased nine times over the past three years, this was welcome news for U.S. consumers, which carry an approximate average of $6,000 in revolving credit card debt per household. Fed actions also tend to affect mortgage rates, so the pause in rate hikes was also welcome news to the residential real estate industry." According to NHAR NH Monthly Indicators for March 2019 report. [link]

April 2019 Update:

In April, Grafton County experienced year-to-date (YTD) decrease in single family residential closed sales to 228 (-20.6%) compared to this time last year. However, Sullivan County is showing a significant increase in year-to date sales up 15.9% to 153 single family residential closed sales as of the end of April 2019. YTD days on market has slightly decreased for both Grafton and Sullivan counties, 118 and 108 days respectively.

View the NH Monthly Indicators Report April 2019.

(Information for this blog is based on the data provided by the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS)

Meet Shelbie Clukey, Realtor with CG Shepherd Realty, LLC

Shelbie Clukey Realtor Shepherd RealtyCG Shepherd Realty, LLC welcomes Shelbie Clukey, REALTOR® to our team. Shelbie has been working with Shepherd Realty for a couple years gaining knowledge of the real estate industry. Now she is a Licensed Realtor in New Hampshire and is ready to put her accumulated knowledge and local expertise to work for you!

Local Expertise

As a local Upper Valley resident born and raised in Plainfield, NH, Shelbie has extensive knowledge of the region. She knows what makes each Upper Valley town and village unique, and there are plenty of them.

One thing you’ll find in each town is a wonderful sense of community. Family-friendly community events like farmers markets, outdoor concerts, and seasonal fall and winter festivals all encourage residents to gather together regularly.

“I love the community in the Upper Valley and wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else.”

Whether you’re looking for a quiet country setting or an in-town location close to great restaurants and shopping, you can count on Shelbie to help you find the perfect community for you here in the Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee Region!

Your Home Buying Guide

Not only can Shelbie help you find the right community, but also the right home home for you. That’s part of why she chose to become a Realtor, to make your dream home a reality.

“Helping people find the home of their dreams is so rewarding.”

This is not always an easy task, and the process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times. But Shelbie Clukey is committed to guiding you through each stage of the journey.

“When clients work with me, they should expect someone who is going to be there for them every step of the way.”

With Shelbie as your home buying guide, you’ll have a supportive and knowledgeable professional by your side from that first home showing to holding the keys in your hand.

If you’re looking for your dream home in the Upper Valley, call Shelbie Clukey at 603-448-3278 x106 today!


New Homeowner Checklist: 4 Ways to Care for Your New Home

4 Ways to Care for Your New Home

Congratulations on being a new homeowner! In all the excitement, and maybe relief, of making it through the real estate closing, it can be easy to think “Now what?” after you're handed those keys. To limit some of the overwhelm of all you have to do next, here is a simple new homeowner checklist to get you started with 4 ways to care for your new home.


- If something was found in the home inspection, get it fixed! Don’t wait on this and let small problems become bigger problems. If you need to hire a professional and are new to the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, ask your local Realtor® at CG Shepherd Realty, LLC for a list of recommendations.

- Save that list of local professionals and add to it. Even if you prefer to DIY, sometimes you need to call in a professional.


- Know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane or oil supply and any indoor appliances just in case a problem occurs.

- Find where all the water valves are located inside your home. Often, you can find these under your sinks and behind your toilets. Small leaks can become gushers, and you don’t want to be scrambling to find the turn off valve when you have water spraying all over your bathroom. This is one of those new homeowner mistakes that can easily be avoided.

- Locate and label breaker box. Knowledge is power...literally.


- Check & clean gutters. Check the gutters of your home for debris and clean out any that you find. Clogged gutters can prevent proper drainage of the water runoff from your roof and leave standing water, which could cause damage over time.

- Do a basic interior cleaning. Unless you know your new home was recently thoroughly cleaned, it’s good to do a basic cleaning before you setup and organize all your belongings. Especially make sure the kitchen is clean before loading it up with all your dinnerware and pantry items.


- Try your house keys in all exterior doors to your home and garage to make sure they work and make the appropriate number of copies you will need.

- Test your detectors. Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, make sure there are enough detectors for your whole house. Go ahead and replace the batteries in them so you know they’re fresh. CG Shepherd Realty, LLC gives out free 9 volt batteries twice a year at the fall back and spring forward time changes for this purpose.

- Create an emergency exit plan. We all hope we will never have to use something like this, but it is far better to be prepared than panicked if there is an emergency. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has great instructions and tips for both creating and practicing your fire escape plan including a downloadable grid for drawing your plan. 

- Make a list of local Emergency Service Numbers and keep it somewhere handy, like your refrigerator.

These 4 ways to care for your new home are just the beginning of your journey as new homeowners. Take it one step at a time, and enjoy meeting your neighbors, getting involved in your community, and decorating your home any way you want!

Are you new to the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region? Stop by CG Shepherd Realty, LLC for a list of community phone numbers and school schedules.