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Winter Events in New London and the Lake Sunapee Region 2019 - 2020

From skiing and riding to festive events and family fun activities, New London and the surrounding area towns that make up the Lake Sunapee Region transform into a winter playground for all ages. If you’re looking for things to do from December through February, here are a few local event recommendations!

December 26th – 31st, 2019
Gallery of Trees
Inn at Pleasant Lake
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm each day

3rd Annual Gallery of Trees! Come tour the trees and vote for your favorite. All donations will go to the New Hampshire Food Bank to help feed hungry families this holiday season. All the votes for the winning tree will participate in a raffle - the winner will get brunch for 2 at Oak & Grain!

December 28th, 2019
Ben Fuller Music
The Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor
9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Visit the Ben Fuller for a night filled with acoustic originals and some country music.


January 26th
Ice Day at Muster Field Farm Museum
Muster Field Farm and Kezar Lake
9:00 am start time

Ice Day at Muster Field Farm Museum! Gather the family, bundle up and share a New England tradition.


February 7th
Dinner with Jack Frost – New London Recreation
Colby-Sawyer College (inside & outside of Wheeler Hall), New London, NH
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join this progressive dinner featuring many local restaurants all in one place! This event will take place at Colby-Sawyer College inside and outside of Wheeler Hall. Tickets sell out in advance so be sure to purchase early!
Tickets on sale at www.nlrec.com or call 526-6401.


February 12th – 16th
Newport Winter Carnival
Newport, NH

Newport’s 104th Annual Winter Carnival on the town common and throughout the town. Many fun activities including the Queen’s Pageant, parade, winter activities and fireworks. Fun time for adults and kids.


February 16th
Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race 2020
Blue Mountain Snowdusters, Grantham, NH

Third annual sled dog race!



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    Sunapee Region Home Sales and Values 2000 to 2019

    It’s no surprise that the 2019 housing market is another one for the books. Following a strong 2018 where we saw a record-breaking median sales price of $282,500 in New Hampshire, 2019 is showing equally notable stats coming in with a median sales price of $300,000, year-to-date as of November. Of course, December sales will impact that number, but it prompted us to take a deeper dive into historical homes sales data. Since we’ll soon be celebrating the beginning of a new decade, we wanted to dust off the numbers going back to 2000. Here’s what we found…

    Since 2000, the median sales price has increased by 63% for the State. Looking at our local market, the median sales price for the Sunapee Region* has increased by 57%. Another remarkable data point to note is the Days on Market (DOM) which have dropped from 100 in 2000 to 61 DOM in 2018 for New Hampshire, and 110 to 50 DOM for the Sunapee Region. Locally we are seeing the DOM for 2019 hover around 39 and the median sales price at $250,000**.

    The number of single-family properties sold are continuing to hold steady with 2018 transactions (644 transactions from Jan 1 – Dec 10), which is higher than pre-recession sales in 2005, both locally and for New Hampshire. In 2018 there were 655 transactions compared to 573 in 2015 and 613 in 2005. In 2010 when we were in the midst of the recession, single family home sales came in at 388 for the year.  Single-family home sales for the State followed a similar pattern with 17,525 transactions in 2018, 16,159 in 2015, 10,525 in 2010 and 16,264 in 2005.

    The graphs below display median sales price data and DOM for both New Hampshire and our local market looking back to the year 2000. If you’re curious about data specific to a certain town, please feel free to reach out and we would be happy to send you town reports! As always, if you have questions regarding your local real estate market, we are available to provide additional information—feel free to call, text or email any of us on the O’Halloran Group Team.
    Median Home Sales Price New Hampshire


    Median Home Sales Price Lake Sunapee Region


    Home Sales Days on Market New Hampshire


    Home Sales Days on Market Lake Sunapee Region

    * The Sunapee Region data set includes residential, single-family homes sales from the following 16 towns: Andover, Bradford, Croydon, Grantham, Goshen, Lempster, Newbury, New London, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Warner, Washington, Wilmot.

    ** Data pulled for the following time period: January 1, 2019 - December 10, 2019.

    2019 Home Sales in the New London and Sunapee Region

    In reviewing property sales for the past 8 months (January through August 2019) and comparing that data to the past couple of years, we are seeing shorter median days on market (39 days) and a median sales price for the region that is almost $8,000 higher than the past couple years. On the surface, this sounds great–higher prices, shorter time on the market, sign me up!

    If you dig deeper, we see that pricing more aggressively is key for this last quarter of 2019. Looking at the charts below, there is a $60,000 difference in the median price between available inventory and what is currently under contract. A similar differential is reflected in the average and median days on the market for the pending inventory. This shows that accurately priced homes are selling, while properties that push the sales price boundaries are seeing a much higher days-on market average.


    In the spring/early summer we were able to counsel our sellers and drive a higher listing price. Now we are seeing buyers hold back, pause and not jump right away if the price is too high. With rates still at historic lows, and inventory levels down, there is high buyer demand—however, sellers should keep in mind that the key to selling your home in today’s market is knowing the accurate value of your property and pricing it accordingly. Sellers entering the market with a smart pricing strategy, paired with an expert marketing campaign can still have an excellent experience.

    Buyers, so where does this leave you? It is still a seller’s market, but as covered above, things are slowing turning in your favor. Here are a few key things to consider when buying a home or investment property:

    1) Hire a buyer’s agent to help guide you through the process and structure your offer for the highest chance of success. Real Estate is highly localized, and an experienced realtor will be able to provide the data you need to make an informed decision and give you confidence in the decision you are making.

    2) Put your cards on the table. Worst case the seller says, “no” best case, you get the house!

    3) Remember, if you are buying a home for a “home” not a flip or investment property, the long-term value of today’s rates is remarkable. Here’s a quick example to show how rates can impact the carrying cost of purchasing a home:

    On a $250,000 loan at today’s rate of 3.75% versus rates back in 2007 at 6% it equates to a $55,301 savings over the course of 10 years!

    • Total interest at 3.75% 10yrs on a 30yr mortgage = $84,824.37**
    • Total interest at 6% 10yrs in on a 30yr mortgage = $140,125.54**

    **Interest rate information sourced from bankrate.com on September 20, 2019. Always consult your lender for the most up-to-date rate information. 


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      Local and Regional Farm Stands and Apple Orchards

      Local Farm Stands and Markets

      Beaver Pond Farm
      50 McDonough Road, Newport
      Phone: (603) 543-1107

      Schroeder Farm
      126 Sutton Road, Newbury
      Phone: (603) 938-5911

      Spring Ledge Farm
      37 Main Street, New London
      Phone: (603) 526-6253

      Sweet Beet Market
      11 West Main Street, Bradford
      Phone: (603) 455-6196

      The Vegetable Ranch LLC.
      443 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner
      Phone: (603) 496-6391

      Warner Public Market
      19 East Main Street, Warner
      Phone: (603) 456-2602

      Yankee Farmers Market
      360 Rte 103 East, Warner
      Phone: (603) 456-2833

      Apple Orchards

      Alyson’s Orchard
      57 Alyson’s Lane, Walpole
      Phone: (603) 756-9800

      Apple Hill Farm
      580 Mountain Road., Concord
      Phone: (603) 224-8862

      Blackwater Farm
      120 Tyler Road, Contoocook
      Phone: (603) 746-2349

      Gould Hill Farm
      656 Gould Hill Rd, Hopkinton
      Phone: (603) 746-3811

      Peachblow Farm
      6 Strawberry Row, Charlestown
      Phone: (826) 398-0826 x 5700

      Poverty Lane Orchards
      98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon
      Phone: (603) 448-1511

      Work Song Farm
      124 Beech Hill Road, Hopkinton
      Phone: (603) 219-0297


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        Fall Events and Happenings in Sunapee, New London and the Surrounding Region

        What’s not to love about New London, Sunapee and the surrounding region during the fall season! Late September and the month of October are packed with events and things to do from cruising the back roads and taking in the bright colors of the leaves to fall festivals, pumpkin people, cultural events and 5k road races. Below is round up of events and happenings in fall 2019. Also, make sure to check out some of the local and regional farm stands and apple orchards this season!

        September 26

        Twilight Tasting
        Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
        5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

        Unique event with area restaurants, cafes, caterers and others showcasing their talents. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and The Little Nature Museum will be open and available to tour and walk the grounds.

        October 1 – month of October

        Return of the Pumpkin People
        Town of New London
        Throughout the month of October keep an eye out as the Pumpkin People reemerge all around New London. Hosted by the New London Recreation Department, all are welcome to participate! There are categories for residential, business and organization entries.

        October 5

        Claremont Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off
        The Green at the Claremont Visitor Center
        10:00 am – 3:00 pm

        This is the 22nd Annual Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off 5K Race, with live entertainment, exhibitors and chili contest.

        October 6

        Harvest Day
        Muster Field Farm, Sutton
        10:00 am – 4:00 pm
        Enjoy the beauty of Muster Field Farm in Sutton, NH while listening to live music and watching artists demonstrate and exhibit their skills and crafts! Homemade soups will be available for purchase and the farm stand will be open.

        October 6

        Open Farm Sunday
        Sanctuary Dairy Farm
        11:00 am – 2:00 PM

        Cabot is hosting a fall open house and there will be blacksmith demonstrations, pressed apple cider, warm grilled cheese sandwiches/mac-n-cheese and tours of the dairy barn.

        October 11 – 13

        72nd Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival
        Main St., Warner
        Three days of family fun! Live music, parades, 5k road race, amusement rides, great food, farmer’s market and more!

        October 12

        Corbin Covered Bridge Festival
        Corbin Covered Bridge, Newport
        9:00 am – 3:00 pm

        This is a FREE event that will include historical and cultural activities, fun, food, demonstration, hands on experiences, a heritage parade through the bridge, and photo opportunities.

        October 12

        Mount Sunapee Duck Drop
        Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury
        10:00 am – 3:00 pm
        Get ready to let the ducks fly! Enjoy live music, good food, and test out your duck tossing skills for a chance to win some great prizes.

        October 12-13

        Open Studio Days
        Whipple Hall, New London & Various Local Artist Studios
        10:00 am – 3:00 pm


        October 18

        New London Chili Cook-off
        New London Historical Society, New London
        5:30 – 7:00 pm

        Come try the best chili’s in the New London region! $10 per person! You vote for the best. Winner gets $500!

        October 26

        Haunted Harbor Halloween
        Sunapee Harbor
        5:00–7:30 pm


        October 31

        Halloween Fun
        Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, Wilmot
        5:00–7:00 pm

        The young and young-at-heart will want to join in. The decorations will be grand and the candy, cookies, cider and other goodies sinfully delicious. Kids of all ages are welcome to stop by the Red Barn for games and treats.

        November 2-10

        Christmas at the Fells
        The Fells Historic Gardens & Estate, Newbury
        The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, Newbury, NH Take a tour of The Fells Main House and get inspired! Professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers have sprinkled their magic throughout to create this one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase.

        November 28

        13th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 5K
        Sunapee Harbor
        9:00 am

        Now in its 13th year, the Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot has become a wonderful family tradition for more than 800 racers. Grab your family and friends, work off some calories, and make this great event a part of your Thanksgiving tradition.


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          Lori Meding and Brandy Waterman Join O'Halloran Group

          Spring and Summer 2019 have proven to be a busy season and our team continues to grow. We are thrilled to welcome two new colleagues to the O’Halloran Group—Realtor®, Lori Meding and Brandy Waterman.

          Lori began her real estate career working behind-the-scenes as a broker assistant for over six years prior to becoming a full-time Realtor in 2017. This experience has allowed Lori to be involved in every aspect of the real estate transaction from start to finish on a wide range of properties and has led to her expansive knowledge and insight of the local real estate market. Lori grew up in Newbury and has owned a home in Wilmot since 1990 where she raised her son. As a native of the Lake Sunapee Region, Lori is passionate about our community and looks forward to helping clients discover all that this area has to offer.

          Brandy comes to the O’Halloran Group from Sugar River Bank where she worked in business banking and marketing. With a long background in the banking world, she understands the importance of customer needs, and wants to make sure each client is assisted with prompt service and contact. If you haven’t meet Brandy yet, you will! Her work keeps her at the forefront of all client relations and marketing projects. Born and raised in Sunapee, now residing in Newport. She adores the communities she lives and works in. You’ll find her out and about volunteering for a number of community organizations including the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Orion House and Claremont Kiwanis Club.


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            Welcome to our new blog!

            We look forward to making this the best resource for information about real estate, our local area, and current topics that impact you. Please feel free to comment on our posts if you have questions or reactions to share. If there is anything you'd like to see us write about, we'd love to hear your ideas.


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              Things to do this Spring and Summer in and around New London and Sunapee

              Whether you live in the Sunapee Region or you're visiting the area, below is a list of 2019 events and activities that are worth checking out. From live music and festivals to fireworks and road races, there's so much to enjoy in and around New London and Sunapee this spring and summer!


              JUNE 1
              MainStreet Warner Block Party and Summer Kickoff
              Warner, NH

              JUNE 8
              28th Annual Plant Sale
              The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens
              8:30 - 11:30 am

              JUNE 13
              Music on the Wilmot Bandstand
              Wilmot, NH
              6:00 - 7:30 pm
              Saturday evenings through August 3

              JUNE 15
              Newport Chamber Day
              Newport, NH
              10:00 am - 1:00 pm

              JUNE 21
              New London Bandstand Concerts on the Green
              New London Town Green
              Saturday evenings through August 23

              JUNE 22
              Save a Stray 5K
              Hosted by Sullivan County Humane Society
              Robert C. Hasevlat Park, Corbin Rd., Newport, NH
              8:30 am registration, 10:00 am race start

              5th Annual Strawberry Festival
              New London Town Green
              Hosted by the New London Recreation Department
              10:00 am - 3:00 pm

              Yoga with a View
              Mount Sunapee
              Newbury, NH
              11:00 am - 1:00 pm
              Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 5

              June Jam
              Muster Field Farm
              Sutton, NH
              Gate opens at 3:30 pm, music beings at 4:00 pm

              JUNE 23
              Free Concerts on the Common
              Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce
              Newport, NH
              6:00 pm

              JUNE 28
              MainStreet Warner Stage
              Warner, NH
              6:00 - 10:00 pm


              JULY 3
              Newbury Rocks the Harbor Summer Concert Series
              Town Gazebo, Newbury, NH
              Concerts held through August 15
              7:00 - 8:30 pm

              JULY 6
              St Andrew's Summer Fair
              New London, NH
              9:00 am - 2:00 pm

              Pleasant Lake Boat Parade
              New London, NH
              2:30 - 4:00 pm

              Pleasant Lake Fireworks
              New London and Wilmot, NH
              9:00 - 10:00 pm

              Sunapee Harbor Fireworks
              Sunapee, NH
              9:00 - 10:00 pm

              JULY 12
              Mink Hills Band
              MainStreet Warner Stage
              Warner, NH
              6:00 - 9:00 pm

              JULY 13
              Newbury Old Home Day
              Newbury, NH
              All day event
              Food trucks, live music, family fun activities, fireworks and more!

              Old Ford Day
              The Ice House Museum
              91 Pleasant St., New London
              9:00 am - 1:00 pm

              JULY 27
              New London Garden Club 52nd Antique Show and Sale
              New London Town Green
              9:00 am - 3:00 pm


              AUGUST 1-3
              95th Annual Hospital Days
              New London, NH

              AUGUST 2
              Honest Millie
              MainStreet Warner Stage
              Warner, NH
              6:00 - 9:00 pm

              AUGUST 3 - 11
              Annual Craftsmen's Fair
              Mount Sunapee Resort
              Newbury, NH

              AUGUST 4
              36th Annual Hospital Days Triathlon
              New London Historical Society and Bucklin Beach
              New London, NH
              7:15 am check-in, 9:00 am race start

              AUGUST 24 & 25
              Farm Days
              Muster Field Farm
              Sutton, NH

              Send us your event!

              If you are hosting an event that isn't listed above, email us at christina@sunapeeregionproperty.com or direct message us via facebook at: www.facebook.com/LakeSunapeeRegion or www.facebook.com/ohallorangroup.

              Things to do Memorial Day Weekend 2019 in New London and the Sunapee Region

              From Memorial Day services to the start of the summer season for many businesses, heres a quick list of events and places to check out if your staying in, or traveling through New London, Sunapee, Newbury, Warner and other surrounding towns in our beautiful region.

              Saturday, May 25

              8:00 AM 12:00 PM
              Wilmot Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
              Wilmot Flat

              8:00 am 1:00 pm
              Annual KCPC Yard Sale

              10:00 am
              Fells Main House Opens for the Season
              The Fells Historic Garden and Estate

              Mount Sunapee Adventure Park Opens
              Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury

              MV Kearsarge Restaurant Ship Opens for the Season

              Potter Place Railroad Station and Museum
              Opens to the public on weekends now through October

              Fentons Landing Opens for the Season

              Monday, May 27

              Registration 7:30 am, Race start 9:00 am
              WCA Black Fly Blitz 5k

              8:00 am 10:45 am
              Memorial Day Services, Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony

              9:45 am
              Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast
              Veterans Hall
              944 N.H. Route 103, Newbury


              Village Sports
              New London
              What: Kayaks, Paddles boards, Electric bikes

              Exploring on Foot

              Main St. New London
              Shops, eateries and a beautiful town green make Main Street New London an enjoyable destination to visit.

              Sunapee Harbor
              Grab a bite to eat, take in the views of the harbor and lake Sunapee and check out Prospect Hill Antiques new location.

              Main Street, Warner
              Another picture-perfect New England town to explore with restaurants and shops to visit.

              Clark Lookout Trail
              Pack a picnic and enjoy sweeping views of Lake Sunapee at Clark Lookout. Less than a mile round trip!

              Mount Kearsarge
              Start from Wilmot or Warner and hike the beautiful Mount Kearsarge with 360-degree views.

              Mount Sunapee & Lake Solitude
              Starting on Mountain Road in Newbury, NH, take the Andrew Brook Trail up to Lake Solitude and the White Cliffs.

              Kezar Lake Loop
              Located in Sutton, NH, stretch your legs and walk the 3-mile loop around Kezar lake. Youll be rewarded with views of Mount Kearsarge and you can always pack a lunch and enjoy Wadleigh State Park after your walk.

              Lake Sunapee Region Home Sales - February 2019

              Although the first day of Spring is right around the corner, home inventory remains low and buyer interest is high. If you are thinking of buying or selling, or know someone who is, please feel free to give us acall/email/text!

              Below is the historical home sales data and what sold by town this past month.

              Andover, NH
              $90,000 - 5 Stewart Street, Andover, NH
              $244,900 - 180 Bridge Road, Andover, NH

              Bradford, NH
              $199,500 - 22 Greenhouse Lane, Bradford, NH
              $215,000 - 16 High Street, Bradford, NH
              $250,000 - 15 Steele Road, Bradford, NH
              $500,000 - 32 West Meadow Road, Bradford, NH

              Grantham, NH
              $133,050 - 52 Troon Drive, Grantham, NH
              $218,000 - 12 Slalom Drive, Grantham, NH
              $242,000 - 11 Bogie Place, Grantham, NH
              $307,000 - 70 Troon Drive, Grantham, NH

              Lempster, NH
              $91,000 - 69 Nichols Road, Lempster, NH

              New London, NH
              $353,000 - 121 Page Road, New London, NH
              $482,000 - 1058 Main Street, New London, NH
              $485,000 - 156 Davis Hill Road, New London, NH

              Newbury, NH
              $770,000 - 250 Rollins Road, Newbury, NH

              Newport, NH
              $90,000 - 46 Bascom Road, Newport, NH
              $120,000 - 30 Middle Street, Newport, NH
              $140,400 - 16 Beverly Street, Newport, NH
              $173,000 - 45 Palmay Hill Drive, Newport, NH
              $213,000 - 91 Chestnut, Newport, NH

              Springfield, NH
              $266,000 - 35 Winding Wood Road, Springfield, NH
              $345,200 - 200 Oak Hill Road West, Springfield, NH

              Sunapee, NH
              $183,000 - 8 Depot Street, Sunapee, NH
              $249,000 - 16 Sunnyside Drive, Sunapee, NH
              $425,000 - 13 Maple Street, Sunapee, NH

              Sutton, NH
              $225,000 - 90 Anderson Road, Unity, NH
              $236,500 - 205 Baker Hill Road, Sutton, NH

              Unity, NH
              $110,000 - 208 N Shore Road, Unity, NH
              $126,900 - 676 Unity Springs Road, Unity, NH
              $140,000 - 8 Skyline Road, Unity, NH
              $180,000 - 3 Judkins Road, Unity, NH

              Warner, NH
              $44,000 - 43 Melvin Mills Road, Warner, NH
              $110,000 - 65 Toms Pond Lane, Warner, NH
              $285,000 - 16 Danny Boy Lane, Warner, NH
              $420,000 - 94 Howe Lane Warner, NH

              There were no sales inAndover, Croydon, Goshen, and Wilmot,NH for February.

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