Jeff Rapson - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty, Bedford, NH Real Estate

Pets are part of the family. They look to us for food, protection, and a daily routine. In return, we get the joys of having a tiny, furry best friend (or in my case a huge, slobbering goofball of a dog). When you want to go away on vacation, however, pets become an added layer of planning that makes the process much more stressful and complicated. The good news is you have options. Depending on your pet, your destination, and your financial situation, some options may be better than others for you. In this article, we'll go over pet planning for when you go away on vacation so you can rest assured knowing your pet will be safe so that you can do what vacations are meant for: relax.

Where are you going?

Depending on your destination and the type of pet you have, it might be possible to bring your animal friend along. Pet friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and rental homes are all ways that allow you to keep you and your pet together during vacation. If you don't have the money to spend on expensive hotels, you could try out campgrounds or staying with a friend or relative in the area. There are also websites designed for couch-surfing that sometimes allow pets.

What's your pet's personality?

We hold pets to a pretty high social standard. If someone scooped you up and took you to a strange place away from your family for a week you might be a little nervous, right? Your pet is no different. Depending on your pet's comfort level, boarding could be an option. However, it's a good idea to test this out for just a night before going away on a long vacation. Similarly, you could try having your pet stay at a friend or relative's house for a sleepover to gauge their reaction. Training and conditioning could be all it takes to help your pet feel comfortable away from you or your home while you're on vacation.

Calling in a sitter

A less expensive option to boarding your pet is to have a pet sitter stay at your home while you're away. Odds are you might have a teenager or college aged relative who wouldn't mind having your home to themselves for a week to get away from their parents and siblings. If you aren't lucky enough to have a relative who's up to the job, you can almost definitely find someone on pet sitter websites or on Craigslist. People who work from home, or college students are often happy to stay at your place and watch your pets for a small fee. They get free TV and WiFi for a week, and you get the assurance that your pet and home is being taken care of; everyone wins. If you're worried about leaving your pet with a stranger, don't worry--we understand. Fortunately, most sites come with references and testimonials and you can always meet your pet sitter in person before handing them the keys to your home.

This Single-Family in New Ipswich, NH recently sold for $329,000. This style home was sold by Jeff Rapson - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty.

48 Locke Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Breathtaking views of mountain and counrtyside. Foundation is 1970, but house has been rebuilt from the foundation up! Intricate copper design roof with Architectural Shingles. Boasts amazing maple kitchen, granite & high end stainless appliances, porcelain tile, open concept living contemporary flair; the living room offers a full wall masonry masterpiece with gas firplace, has a slider to maintanence free deck with the view of Mt. Watatic and rolling fields. The master bedr. has an oversized tile bath w/vessel sink.& deck with the Mt views. Second bedroom also with a full tiled bath. The laundry is on the 1st floor along with a half bath. The lower level with plenty of daylight and walkout is sep up with two more bedrooms and a floor to ceiling state of the art bathroom w/dbl vessel sinks. This could accommodate as guest quarters. The lot is 1.9 acres & has two car garage 22x33 with paved driveway. Beautiful landscaping w/retainer wall. Situated on a dead end road.

Shoppers are more confident than ever in making purchases online. Moreover, younger generations are more likely to make their purchases online, which means the e-commerce industry shows no signs of slowing down. This comes as no surprise in an economy where many of us are hoping to save a few pennies when we can, and what better way to find the best deal than to compare prices online? Buying furniture online is no different. In busy cities where many people do not have a means to transport furniture, the prospect of having a new dresser delivered right to your home for free is appealing. Online furniture shopping offers a wider variety and sometimes better prices than a brick-and-mortar experience. So, the question is, should you make your next furniture purchase online? Here are some things to consider before clicking the "check out" button on your next furniture purchase. Shipping and returns Have you ever bought clothing online only to find out that it didn't fit when it was delivered? You can face the same problem with furniture. It's important to check beforehand with the online store what the shipping and return details are. If you are worried that there might be fine print in the company's "free returns" policy, get it in writing from a customer service representative that there will be no fees and that shipping labels will be provided. Customer reviews One of the beautiful things about online shopping is the ability to find honest, sometimes ruthlessly so, feedback about the company or furniture item. Never make a purchase without reading the reviews. With online shopping no news does not equal good news. If there are no reviews, look for a similar item that has plenty of positive feedback. Get to know the company Buying furniture is a commitment, and an expensive one at that. If you walked into a furniture store that was filled with cheaply-made items with no employees in sight, you probably wouldn't make the purchase. The same goes for online purchases. Check out the website, read the "About Us" and testimonials. If the website looks like something that you used to wait for 20 seconds to load on your AOL dial-up, you might want to steer clear. Don't depend on the photos Things don't always look the way they do in the pictures. You might order a coral sofa to find that it's hot pink. The texture of fabrics looks different in images, and some photos are edited to give furniture smooth edges where they don't exist. If the store has a brick and mortar location, you could go in to try before you buy. If not, request a color or fabric  swatch to be sure it's the right fit for your home. Double check your measurements Before you check out, go back and read the item description to be sure that the product your buying is the correct size and dimensions. Similarly, double check the measurements at home. Follow these pointers and you should have a good online furniture shopping experience. But if you don't, be sure to leave a review on their site for the next potential customer.

From clogged toilets to a lack of ample shower time, there’s always an issue of too many people and too little bathrooms in a home. Most people will agree that one bathroom isn’t enough in a home. Yet, while you’re on the hunt for a home, should you decide to just settle for a single bathroom or keep hunting for a house with more bathrooms? There is always the additional option of putting in another bathroom as well, although this can be costly.  

 In today’s fast-paced world, we have new bathroom needs that make us look at properties differently. Different cultures are also accustomed to varying standards of bathrooms and home building, and find it a normalcy to have only one bathroom. Also, once upon a time, it was feasible for everyone to have people take their turn in the bathroom-even in America. As the family unit shifted and everyone in the house became accustomed to living on the same exact schedules, it became more necessary to have an extra bathroom. 

Age Of A Home   

While you can survive with one bathroom, the biggest message one bathroom in a home sends is that it’s an older property. That may be the underlying factor that steers people away from one bathroom homes. Many realtors even warn of the difficulties in selling a one bathroom home. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. There’s some things that you should consider when you’re searching for a home and are concerned about the number of bathrooms.

How Many Bathrooms Will You Actually Use?

If you’re a bachelor, living on your own, you may not need more than one full bathroom in a home. For comfort reasons, you could consider places with an additional half-bath, but it may not be necessary. If you’re planning on co-living with your in-laws or friends, you’ll definitely need to consider your need for multiple private baths high.

Home Value

If you can afford the upfront cost, it could be well worth it to put a second bathroom into a one bathroom home. It will add a lot of value to the home once it is sold again and your family will have more privacy and space. Not to mention that your home will be more attractive to buyers once the time to sell does come. 

A Luxury

Homes with extra bathrooms are truly seen as a luxury. Have you ever seen celebrity homes advertised that have more bathrooms than there are bedrooms? There’s probably little reason for that other than the luxury factor. Ultimately, your home search will be a bit harder when you seek out multiple bathrooms. However, if this will increase you and your family’s comfort, the time spent searching is definitely worth it! When you’re on the house hunt, the number and type of bathrooms are just one of many things that you’ll need to consider.

Dean J. Christon, Executive Director

September 2017

The trend continues in New Hampshire’s housing market: a relatively low inventory of homes for sale, particularly in the entry-level range; higher prices for homes that are for sale; and a rental market with low availability of units and increasing rents. To some degree, this trend reflects positives like low unemploymentv and rising home prices.

The data also indicate that finding affordable housing is an ongoing challenge for buyers and renters. This is of concern because our housing market needs to be responsive to shifts in the state’s demographics and economy. An adequate housing supply supports business growth and enables the state’s economy to grow.

The data show that over the past year, much remains the same about New Hampshire’s housing market. In more densely populated counties like Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham – where most of the state’s businesses are located – home prices continue to rise. In those areas and statewide, the inventory of homes for sale has decreased and in active markets the lack of inventory likely is slowing the pace of sales. While interest rates are still low, it is likely that they will slowly increase over the next year.

Potential entry-level homebuyers are contending with a low inventory of homes near employment opportunities. Their efforts to buy a home may be challenged by high student debt, stagnant wages, and stricter lending requirements for mortgages. And, young professionals and older individuals who are downsizing their households often are competing for similarly sized, priced and located houses and rental units.

The state’s tight housing market is reflected in the rental market as well as homes for sale. Many low- to moderate-income households continue to rent because there’s a scarcity of affordable homes to buy. This is seen in the low vacancy rate for rentals: this year it stands at 1.4% for two-bedroom units (4% to 5% is considered a balanced market). The relative strength of demand in this sector leads to higher rents. For renters, this means they pay a higher percentage of their household incomes for housing, affecting both affordability and housing choice for many households.

The 2017 New Hampshire Housing survey of the Granite State’s residential rental units found the statewide median gross rent of $1,263 (including utilities) for two-bedroom units increased over 4% since 2016 – the fourth year in a row that rents increased. Addressing this clear need for a balanced and adequate supply of housing requires an ongoing commitment from both the public and private sectors. A critical aspect of meeting New Hampshire’s housing demand is having regulatory and other public policies in place that allow reasonable opportunities for housing development. Having a range of housing choices supports a strong and growing economy.

New Hampshire Housing last year increased access to mortgage funding for low- and moderate-income homebuyers, helping about 2,000 households become homeowners. The Authority also financed the creation or rehabilitation of more than 500 high-quality affordable rental units for working families and seniors, and provided direct rental assistance to thousands of very low-income households. This translates to an investment in the state’s economy of almost $700 million last year.

New Hampshire Housing is committed to being innovative and working with partners to provide housing to meet the needs of our state’s residents and businesses, and to support a vibrant and growing economy.

Courtesy of: New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority: Housing Market Update - September 2017