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Winter in New England

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If you live in New England, chances are you have run into one of the many problems arising from the cold winter weather.  With all the snow we’ve had this year, many folks have gotten ice dams. Here are some helpful tips!

What causes an ice dam?

Ice dams are caused by a large amount of snow on your roof that melts because of the heat from the living space below. It then refreezes making icicles that prevent the melting snow to drain off the roof.

What are some tips to prevent ice dams?

Some ways to prevent ice dams are cleaning the snow off your roof after a heavy snow fall and properly insulating and ventilating your attic.

What are ways to remove ice dams?

There are several remedies for ice dam removal. The best option is to hire or contact a roofing professional. They may use ice melt or use appropriate tools to break up the ice.

  

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    Toys for Tots

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    Ruffner Real Estate LLC is a designated "drop-off" location for the Toys for Tots charity program for the third consecutive year during the holiday season.  Located at 185 Water St., in downtown Exeter, the office has proven to be a convenient spot for local residents to stop in with their donations.

     

    Previous years have been very successful and the family business extends its gratitude to everyone that participated in the initiative, and hope to see even more toys coming through the door this year.  Ruffner Real Estate will be accepting donations through December 15th.

     

    The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

     

    Pictured in the photo from left to right: Dawn Bullens, Harry Ruffner, Florence Ruffner, Scott Ruffner and Mollie Ruffner.

     

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      You Know What They Say About Those Who Assume...

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      The old adage rings true in so many facets of life, real estate included, especially in todays unpredictable market. Buyers and Sellers alike are often concerned with questions that have no definitive answer. Am I looking at property too early if I cant close for another 5 months? Summer is over, should we just wait until next year to put our home on the market? Ive heard short sales are impossible, should we just skip those listings? And the list goes on. People are so concerned with pinpointing patterns and trends in the real estate market that they forget the most important factor ... TIMING. The house of your dreams comes on the market, with a Seller who wants to ideally close in 6 months, but you miss out to another Buyer because you werent aggressively looking or didnt have your financing pre-approval. You decide to wait until next spring to list your house, and a month later a relocation Buyer is in town for a weekend ready to make an offer and falls in love with your neighborhood. That short sale listing you had your eye on but skipped over ends up closing smoothly in 3 months with someone else. The bottom line is that if you make assumptions about anything in the current market, you may miss out on a really good opportunity. You cant control timing, but being ready certainly puts you ahead of the game!

      Market activity report

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      For those of you that are interested in what the market in the Seacoast area has been doing over the past year, here you go! We examined the marketing trends of single family homes in SAU 16 towns, including Exeter, Brentwood, Stratham, Newfields, Kensington and East Kingston. The number of homes sold in the last year vs. the year before has increased significantly! From June 2011 to June 2012, there were 271 single family home sales. The average list price was $354,107 and the average sold price was $339,134. From June 2012-through June 25, 2013 there were 394 sold homes. That's a 45% increase in home sales. The average list price was $362,167 and the average sold price was $351,006- a 3.5% increase from the year before. The average days on market (DOM) has hovered around the same at 118 & 115. If there's anything you would like to see us to write about, we would love to hear from you!

      Welcome to our new blog!

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