We entered the Real Estate business as investors back in 2012 when an opportunity presented itself in Bartlett, NH. We stayed at the Seasons renting a place through a wonderful owner in May of that year and then during the weekend of our stay, we started thinking, “if we are going to be visiting Storyland, Santa’s Village and other places nearby regulary/each year, why not own a place?” So we went about researching the area and started looking at places that summer. We worked with a great realtor (Dan Jones of Remax in Conway) and he helped us negotiate a purchase of a unit at the Seasons, closing in September of 2012. The benefits at the time of owning this condo included the Seasons (seasonsnh.com), the aforementioned surrounding area, the opportunity that renting the unit would help in paying the mortgage and the hope that we would see appreciation in an area that was not seeing any at that point – thanks to bad winters for snow (hurting ski season) and a massive amount of inventory.
“The Surprise is that you continue to get surprised.” Jill A Davis
Surprise comes in funny ways though. If you were to ask me today why we should own this place, I would have a different set of reasons that never even occurred to me a few years ago! They are not financial but more emotional.
- My kids are getting opportunities to take part in things that require one to be active. For example, the Cranmore Adventure park is just flat out tiring to do but the amount of exercise one gets, is tremendous. Further, walking for hours at the amusement parks and the hikes we have done in the area, give the kids (and the parents) an opportunity to take in nature and see what she has to offer.
- New Hampshire is not Boston. I work in Boston and when I head up to the condo, the sounds change and the scenery change. That is a major stress relief I never even considered.
- Speaking of the surrounding environment, I have been running each time I have been up in the mountains and the challenge of the hills is an experience in itself!
- Memories are building from all the different trips we do while up in NH. One recent one involved our Son who asked Santa (at Santa’s Village) for a nail gun. Now the look on Santa’s face was priceless – our son though was not asking for an actual nail gun but one of those toy home depot nail guns that make sounds…Santa did not know that! Also I had never heard of “Fireman Sam” and was introduced to him (thanks to Netflix) over the past few years.
- While I never meet our guests in person (unless they are existing friends), I have met many over email that have been so kind and the many reviews we get of the place are helpful for 2 major reasons: First, obvious selling point if you get positive recommendations; and second, very helpful in providing third party views of the unit…especially the little things.