Posted by Amanda Bruen on 4/18/2018

If you've always dreamed of owning a house, there is no need to wait to enter the real estate market. In fact, there are many reasons to kick off a house search today, and these include:

1. You can upgrade from your current residence.

If you live with family members or friends or rent an apartment, buying a home may represent an upgrade. Because when you purchase a residence, you can reap the benefits of having your very own living space.

There is no shortage of high-quality houses available in cities and towns nationwide. Regardless of whether you prefer the comfort of small town living or the hustle and bustle of city life, you can check out a broad range of houses at your convenience. Then, you can discover your dream residence, submit an offer to purchase it and move one step closer to making your homeownership dream come true.

2. Many home financing options are available.

One of the biggest issues that often prevents people from pursuing homes is a lack of financing. Fortunately, banks and credit unions offer a variety of mortgage options designed for individuals of all incomes.

Whether it's a fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgage, you're sure to find a mortgage option that complements your finances perfectly. Plus, banks and credit unions are ready to teach you everything you need to know about different types of mortgages. And if you are unsure about how a mortgage works or which mortgage option to choose, friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists are available to assist you.

3. You can receive plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey.

Let's face it – buying a home can be a daunting task, particularly for an individual who is entering the real estate market for the first time. The sheer volume of top-notch houses sometimes makes it tough to differentiate a good home from a great one. Meanwhile, navigating the homebuying process can be stressful, and challenges may arise that make it difficult for a homebuyer to achieve his or her desired results.

If you enter the housing market today, you can hire a real estate agent who can help you streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. This housing market professional will offer expert insights into all aspects of the homebuying journey. In addition, he or she will go the extra mile to ensure that you can quickly and effortlessly acquire your dream home at a price that matches your budget.

Of course, a real estate agent will help you map out a successful homebuying strategy too. He or she will meet with you, learn about your homebuying goals and help you plan accordingly. And if you have concerns or questions at any point during the property buying journey, a real estate agent can respond to them.

Launch a home search today – you'll be glad you did. If you pursue your dream home with help from a real estate agent, you can seamlessly navigate the property buying journey.




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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 4/17/2018

Finding out the quality of furniture at a furniture store can be difficult. Product descriptions are written with the goal of getting you to buy. What’s more, floor sales employees will boast about the quality of their “genuine bonded leather,” how easy it is to clean and how long it lasts.

What many people don’t know is that words like “genuine” don’t mean “real” leather, but rather a grade of leather. Genuine leather is, in fact, the second worst type of leather in terms of quality and durability.

To help you avoid this and other blunders at the furniture store, we’ve written a simple guide to furniture leather that aid you in making the most informed decision possible the next time you’re at the furniture store. After all, furniture is expensive, and you want to make sure you get the best option for you and your family.

Leather grades

Bonded. The most basic thing to understand about leather are the grades. At the bottom of the list, or the lowest grade leather, is bonded leather. The word “leather” is actually generous in this scenario because bonded leather is really made up of fragments of leftover leather that have been glued together (or “bonded”) with latex or poly.

Bonded leather is often used for furniture because large items like sofas require so much of it. Manufacturers won’t soon tell you just how much of the sofa is comprised of leather and how much of it is composed of latex, so be wary of spending a lot of money on bonded leather furniture.

Genuine. Genuine leather, also known as “corrected grain” leather has artificial grain applied to its surface. This top grain is designed to increase the visual appeal of the leather by changing the texture and pigmentation to create different colors.

While genuine leather is a step above bonded leather, it is also subject to wear as the surface isn’t true leather.

Suede. Suede is a type of “split grain” leather, meaning that the top of the piece of leather has been removed and sanded forming the soft, suede texture and color we are all familiar with.

Top and full grain. The highest quality leathers are top and full grain. Top grain has had the split removed which makes it both easier to work with as well as softer and more flexible. Full grain, on the other hand has not had the split removed and is often unbuffed and unsanded. It isn’t as common to see this type of leather used in furniture because the imperfections are often removed in favor of a more visually congruent leather. However, since full grain hasn’t had any layers removed, it is easily the most durable type of leather.

Shopping tips

Now that you know more about the types of leather, here are some tips for when you hit the furniture store.

  • Each manufacturer may use their own numbering system for grading leather, so don’t count on them being accurate.

  • Treated leather, in spite of seeming lower quality, may be more resistant to stains and thus preferable for a family with kids and pets.

  • Leather furniture that has received minimum treatment and includes the top grain requires specific cleaning. Don’t attempt to condition the leather with oils like you might a leather shoe that has been subject to the elements. Rather, use warm, damp, soft cloth to wipe down the leather every month or so. Soaps and cleaning solutions can do more harm than good to quality leather.




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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 4/10/2018


96 Shannon Road, Atkinson, NH 03811

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

5
Bedrooms
10
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You'll Be Impressed w/ this Exceptional Property featuring over 3100 sf nestled on 3+ acre wooded lot abutting the 12th hole of Atkinson Country club & surrounded by beautiful ever-changing perennial landscaping. There has never been a house more suitable for entertaining than this one! This spacious, 5 BD 2.5 BA bright & meticulously maintained colonial is equipped for all your guests & family members needs & is the perfect home for year round entertaining, especially in summer! The inviting 2-story foyer with sunny Palladian windows & wood turnstyle staircase welcomes you into a home that truly reflects pride of ownership. First floor offers Spacious eat-in Kitchen w/ center island/breakfast bar, SS Appliances w/ French doors leading to backyard oasis , fireplaced Family Room with vaulted ceilings, Living Rm, Dining Rm, office/bed , half bath with laundry and newly refinished Hardwood Floors thru-out. Second floor offers an enormous master suite e/ cathedral ceiling complete with master bath and his & her walk-in closets, plus 3 additional bedrooms and full bath. Full finished basement allows for kids to have their own private space and as well as workout room. The backyard oasis features fenced in in-ground heated pool w/ gazebo, outdoor kitchen, private professionally landscaped yard with an abundance of flowering plantings, trees and shrubs, irrigation system and custom stone patio and walkway. Showings begin Friday 4/13/18.
Open House
Friday
April 13 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Location: 96 Shannon Road, Atkinson, NH 03811    Get Directions






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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 4/10/2018

Impressive, exceptional property feat over 3,100 sqft, nestled on 3+ acre wooded lot abutting the 12th hole of Atkinson Country Club & surrounded by beautiful perennial landscaping. Spacious, 5 bed, 2.5 bath, meticulously maintained colonial meets every need. Inviting, 2-story foyer w/ sunny palladian window & wood turnstyle staircase welcomes you to a home that truly reflects pride of ownership. 1st flr has spacious eat-in Kitch w/ center island, SS appliances w/ French doors to backyard oasis, fireplaced FR w/ vaulted ceilings, Liv Rm, Din Rm, office/bed, half bath w/ laundry, & newly refinished hardwood floors. 2nd flr has huge master suite w/ cathedral ceiling w/ master bath & 2 walk in closets, + 3 beds & full bath. Fin basement w/ plenty of extra space plus workout rm. Backyard oasis w/ fenced in in-ground heated pool w/ gazebo, outdoor kitch, professionally landscaped yard w/ an abundance of flowering plantings, trees, shrubs, irrigation system & custom stone patio & walkway.

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 4/10/2018


96 Shannon Rd, Atkinson, NH 03811

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Impressive, exceptional property feat over 3,100 sqft, nestled on 3+ acre wooded lot abutting the 12th hole of Atkinson Country Club & surrounded by beautiful perennial landscaping. Spacious, 5 bed, 2.5 bath, meticulously maintained colonial meets every need. Inviting, 2-story foyer w/ sunny palladian window & wood turnstyle staircase welcomes you to a home that truly reflects pride of ownership. 1st flr has spacious eat-in Kitch w/ center island, SS appliances w/ French doors to backyard oasis, fireplaced FR w/ vaulted ceilings, Liv Rm, Din Rm, office/bed, half bath w/ laundry, & newly refinished hardwood floors. 2nd flr has huge master suite w/ cathedral ceiling w/ master bath & 2 walk in closets, + 3 beds & full bath. Fin basement w/ plenty of extra space plus workout rm. Backyard oasis w/ fenced in in-ground heated pool w/ gazebo, outdoor kitch, professionally landscaped yard w/ an abundance of flowering plantings, trees, shrubs, irrigation system & custom stone patio & walkway.
Open House
Friday
April 13 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 96 Shannon Rd, Atkinson, NH 03811    Get Directions

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