November 24, 2017

New Hampshire Seacoast A Beautiful Place

SunsetNew Hampshire Seacoast A beautiful Place to call home

While we have a small 18 mile coastline, it is by all accounts an amazing and irresistible place to visit or call home. Jay and I live within 30 minutes of the beach and we work for a real estate firm, Prudential Verani Realty, they have a huge presence on the Seacoast.  With offices in Hampton, Exeter and Portsmouth, to name just the seacoast locations,  we pretty well have the location covered and Jay and I take advantage of that.

Exploring all the nooks and crannies and all the hidden spots

We often meet clients and customers in any one of our seacoast locations and of course, we piggy back that with jaunts along the coast. We love exploring all the nooks and crannies, all the hidden spots as well as those popular spots so beloved by residents and tourists alike.  Over time we have taken a lot of videos and embedded below is a Seacoast of NH lifestyle video playlist that we hope will inspire you to either come visit or come make this area your home.  For seacoast real estate assistance whether you’re thinking of buying or selling please give us a call or text us at 603-944-9172 and let us show the difference we can make.

NH Real Estate Professionals Jay and Monika McGillicuddy


Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, covering southern NH and the Seacoast area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a southern NH or Seacoast area home give us a call…we’d love to help make your home ownership dreams come true.

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, NH REALTORS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty

603-944-9172 direct

603-893-7999 office

E-mail Jay and Monika

Seasonal or Year Round…does it matter?

Seasonal or year round?

Seasonal or year round?

Seasonal or Year Round…does it matter?

To most people it would make a big difference. Let me tell you a story… Recently buyer clients wrote an offer on a year round home in Sandown NH. The property was bank owned, had a full blown septic system, well, insulation and heating system. The town records at first glance indicated it was a year round home and as you know with bank owned homes..it is Buyer beware.

Was it experience or intuition?

For some reason I decided to reference the property as a “year round” home in the property description section of the Purchase Agreement and good thing I did. After our offer was accepted the buyers went to the town to poke around and see what they could find out about the house. With bank owned homes there are no disclosures to rely on and they hoped to discover more information about the septic system.

A bombshell and devastated buyers!

The buyer found out to their chagrin that the home was really considered seasonal by the town of Sandown. Although NOTHING on the tax/assessment card indicated that it was seasonal. Apparently, they were told, that the property met all the requirements for year round status but the former owner had never finished the paperwork process. It was a “technicality” they were told and if they paid the fee and filed the paperwork, the issue could be heard at the next ZBA meeting. Since we did not yet own the property (thank goodness) we needed the listing agent to do that. She agreed and was great to work with. Paper work filed on time and we wait a month for the next scheduled ZBA meeting. Everyone assured us this was pretty well a done deal.

A done deal…not!

A month later the property was denied year round status. None of us could believe it. What can be done? Appeal the decision, which could take months with no guarantee. We didn’t have that kind of time. So what’s the big deal? If my buyers had closed… they could not register to vote, register a car or send their young child to school. If I hadn’t put “year round” on the purchase agreement and the Bank wanted to enforce the ” as is” rule, they could have lost their deposit if they failed to close.

Worse Yet … Nothing Else Compares!

Just like the song…nothing compares to you. We’ll keep looking and I know we’ll find a perfect home but in the meantime we learned a valuable lesson. It doesn’t matter what the assessment card does or does not say…doing further due diligences is crucial. Seasonal does not necessarily mean a home has no insulation, heating system, septic and well …sometimes it means something very different.

If you’d like more information about buying a New Hampshire waterfront property or about buying a home in general please give us a call we’d love to help you find that perfect home you can all your own.

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, REALTORS

603-548-7685

NH Real Estate Professionals Jay and Monika McGillicuddy


Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, covering southern NH and the Seacoast area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a southern NH or Seacoast area home give us a call…we’d love to help make your home ownership dreams come true.

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, NH REALTORS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty

603-944-9172 direct

603-893-7999 office

E-mail Jay and Monika