Blog :: 11-2011

Carol Bush is a 2011 New Hampshire Five Star Real Estate Agent

Five Star Award Winner Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate

2011 Five Star Award Winner Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate

Carol Bush, Realtor at Maxfield Real Estate in Wolfeboro, has been selected by New Hampshire Magazine as a 2011 New Hampshire Five Star Real Estate Agent, and she is recognized as a top real estate professional in their December 2011 issue. New Hampshire Magazine partnered with Five Star Professional who surveyed New Hampshire residents who purchased a home in the past 36 months as well as 1,000 subscribers of New Hampshire Magazine and 250 surveys that were sent to mortgage and title companies. The final list of 2011 New Hampshire Five Star Real Estate Agents is a select group representing less than 6% of the more than 5,900 active real estate agents in the State. Criteria rated by those who participated in the survey included knowledge, integrity, communication and customer service. Of the over 5,900 active real estate agents in New Hampshire Carol is in the top 4% (NNEREN 1/1/11-11/28/11) of these agents in total sales. Carol Bush partners at Maxfield Real Estate in Wolfeboro with her husband Steve. Contact Carol at 603-387-4733, or to learn more about her, go to her website

Staging Your Home to Sell Makes a Great Impression!

Staging your home as a way to compete with the other homes for sale in your area and price range is the quickest and most effective way to get your property seen by prospective buyers. Its just that simple! Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire there is a company, Great Impressions Staging, owned and operated by staging consultant Robin Webster. Her expertise in the area of staging homes for sale, as well as her many years of experience in the real estate industry (both as an appraiser and Realtor) makes her the perfect choice to present your home in its best possible light. The goal is two-fold: a quicker sale and at a higher sale price.
If You Intend to Sell Your Home, Staging Your Home Could Bring You More Money

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

On Thursday, November 21st, Ms. Webster unveils her latest complete home staging at 25 Abenaukee Drive in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. This wonderful water access Lake Winnipesaukee property, listed at $399,900 by Realtor Carol Bush, will be open for viewing from 11:00 AM 1:00 PM. Lunch will be served during the Open House and all are invited. To see additional pictures you can find property details by Googling the address or MLS #4066828.
Kitchen at 25 Abenaukee Drive BEFORE Staging

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

Kitchen at 25 Abenaukee after Staging by Robin Webster

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

In our business, testimonials often say it all. Here are a few of the outstanding testimonials from those pleased with the professional staging done by Ms. Webster.
  • Great Impressions reorganized my home. They had fantastic ideas for accessorizing and furniture placement. They complimented my home's best features, resulting in a successful sale. Nancy Jones
  • Great Impressions is ethical, hard working, creative and passionate about producing positive results. Ann Bastis
  • Great Impressions ability to transform ordinary into outstanding is amazing. Inside and out the results are incredible! Becky Copithorne
  • Great Impressions had the vision to change a sad foreclosure into a marketable home. They are very professional and a delight to work with. Jay C. Klinck
25 Abenaukee Drive Wolfeboro New Hampshire

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

25 Abenaukee Drive Wolfeboro New Hampshire

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

If you are considering selling your home in the Lakes Region, contact Realtors Steve and Carol Bush for a complimentary price opinion, marketing information and selling advice.  We often feel it is advantageous to consult with a professional home stagger, and we would be happy to arrange a meeting with Robin Webster to determine your needs, or contact Ms. Webster directly at 603-515-1512 or

Wild Turkeys in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Here in Tuftonboro where we live, my daughter snapped a couple of pictures of wild turkeys running across the road.
Flock of Eastern Wild Turkeys in Tuftonboro New Hampshire

The Week Before Thanksgiving These Turkeys are on the Run!

It made me think of when I was younger, growing up in New Hampshire, I never saw turkeys unless they were in the grocers case. So when and where were they introduced back into our state? New Hampshire Fish and Game has an excellent site detailing the facts on the Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Ill share with you a few facts from their site:
  1. Wild turkeys disappeared from New Hampshire approximately 150 years ago due to hunting and habitat destruction.
  2. They were successfully reintroduced in 1975 and today the population is around 25,000 birds.
  3. The males are called toms and the females are hens.
  4. They are extremely social and tend to live in flocks.
  5. They arent territorial birds and often travel within a 4-5 mile radius during the year.
  6. The major predators are fox, coyote and fisher cats.
Moist Turkey and Easy to Catch!

The Week Before Thanksgiving These Turkeys are on the Run!

It is not unusual to see these large birds along the side of Lakes Region roads picking up pieces of grit to use in the process of digesting seeds and berries in their gullet. There have been more than a few times that I have had to wait while these unusual looking birds take their time crossing a major road. I have never eaten a wild turkey, but I have heard that the meat is tougher than a domestically raised turkey. I guess Ill stick with a Butterball on Thanksgiving Day. I have witnessed wild turkeys roosting in my pine trees, and when spooked they make a racket taking flight, with twigs breaking and the beating of wings - it is truly an amazing sound and sight. If you would like to learn more about the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, contact Steve and Carol Bush, Realtors, and let them share their love for this beautiful area of the world.

Why Selling Your Home Takes Professional Realtors® with Experience

Youve been thinking for some time about selling your home.
Selling Your Home Can Be Made Easy With the Right Realtors!

Selling Your Home Can Be Made Easy With the Right Realtors!

It is never an easy decision as often the emotional attachment to ones home is strong, but you now believe that it is the right time in your life, when moving on makes sense. Having come to this conclusion, what should you do next? Here are our suggestions for making the selling process easy, effective and worry free.
  1. Contact Realtors®, such as Steve and Carol Bush, to visit your property to do a free market opinion of value. This is the first important step in ascertaining how your property compares to those currently on the market and those recently sold in your area. This no obligation market analysis provides you with information in order to make essential and informed decisions on whether to list your property now and if so, for how much money.
  2. Once the Realtors® have the opinion of value report prepared and you have reviewed it, meet with them to get their professional advice on the suggested price range, how they will be marketing the property, and what are their suggestions for getting your property ready to be viewed by buyers.  Make sure that the real estate professionals have discussed fully your goals in selling and that you are confident that they have answered your questions thoroughly. They should have a proven track record of successfully selling real estate and will commit to working for you effectively through skilled communication and the marketing of your property.
    Can You Imagine Living Here? Photos Can Help Sell a Property

    Selling Your Home Can Be Made Easy With the Right Realtors!

  3. Once you have made the decision to list your property, it is now time to do a few things to make the presentation of your property more appealing. Your Realtors® are going to take pictures of the interior and exterior of your property, and anything you can do to make the interior and exterior neater and less cluttered will help in the visual marketing of your home. It can be as simple as removing an old tire leaning against the side of a garage or taking snap shots off your refrigerator. The goal is to entice buyers to see your property because of the pictures exhibited on the internet and in print. In effect buyers need to be able to view themselves living in your home prior to making a showing appointment.
  4. 4. Lastly, sit back, relax and let your professional team of Realtors® do their job. If youve contracted with Steve and Carol Bush, you will get first class service, exceptional communication, and honest answers every step of the way.

What Are the Sellers Real Estate Closing Costs for Property in New Hampshire?

It is eminently important that anyone thinking of selling real estate enter into this type of transaction with open eyes and with as much knowledge as possible. There are two perspectives in any real estate transaction - that of the seller and that of the buyer. I will outline the type of closing costs often associated with any New Hampshire real estate transaction for a seller.  It should be noted that I am not an attorney nor a settlement agent at a title company. I cant stress strongly enough that when you have decided to proceed with selling your real estate in New Hampshire that you get professional advice from those who are experienced in handling the transfer of real property.

From the sellers perspective, here are costs associated with most closings.

  • 1. Mortgage payoff. If you carry any mortgages, they or other liens against the property will need to be satisfied at the closing table. There are times when a property is considered under water when an owner owes more for the property than the agreed upon selling price for it. The seller may be forced to come to the closing table with their own funds in order to sell unless the sellers lending institution has agreed to forgive some of the debit.
  • 2. Commission. Typically, unless it is a private sale, there is a real estate agency involved. Depending on the commission structure between the seller and the agency in the listing contract, this amount is most often based on the final selling price of the property. As an example a 6% commission on a $250,000 agreed upon selling price is $15,000. This amount will be paid to the real estate agency upon closing and is deducted from the sellers proceeds check.
  • 3. New Hampshire Transfer Tax. This tax is levied on any real estate transfer of property and is 1.5% of the sales price of the real property. On the NH Department of Revenue Administration website there is a thorough list of what is and what isnt taxable. the tax is split between the seller and the buyer with each party paying 0.75% to the State of New Hampshire at the closing. Using the $250,000 sale price as a guide the total tax is $3,750. Each side of the transaction would then pay $1,875.
  • A good strategy for both seller and buyer is to remove from the selling price of the property anything negotiated like furniture and equipment, as it is financially advantageous to both parties to not pay transfer tax on these types of items. Typically appliances (stove, refrigerator, dish washer, washer and dryer), are included in the price of the property. A consideration for the seller is to draw up a bill of sale for the furnishing by putting a dollar value on it. An example would be the furniture negotiated in the final price of $250,000 is $5,000. The bill of sale to be paid at the closing is $5,000 and the final sale price of the property is $245,000. That would save the seller $300 in real estate commission and $37.50 in real estate transfer tax, or a total of $337.50.
  • 4. Utilities, Town Tax and Association Fees if any. Costs associated with utilities and town/city taxes which would be pro-rated up until the day of closing and association fees if the property is located in an association.
  • 5. Preparation of the Deed by Attorneys Office or Title Company. This cost can vary depending on the office used but the cost of deed preparation is typically between $100 and $150 here in the Lakes Region. Researching the title is part of the buyers closing package and paid for by the buyer.

  • 6. Registry Mortgage Release fees if any. There is a cost for recording release of the mortgage or mortgages and liens at the registry of deeds, if any exist.

When deciding to work with informed Realtors, please contact Steve and Carol Bush, Your Lakes Region Luxury Real Estate Team and they will guide you through the process of selling.


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