Sara Holland & Company | Lincoln Real Estate, Woodstock Real Estate, Waterville Valley Real Estate

Last evening Sara Holland & Company hosted a Business After Hours for the Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, which also coincided with Walkabout Wednesday and Youth Arts Month. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and meet so many new ones; developing relationships in the community is one of the ways we provide service to our clients as we expand our network and knowledge base. The evening was full of conversation and great food overlooking downtown Plymouth, NH. 

As host of this event, it is natural to talk about what we do, which is great! We are always ready to hear feedback, take suggestions, here about additional resources and get connected with others who have a similar mission of service to the public. The interesting aspect of the evening, yet almost expected, was the collaboration that began to happen. Ideas were shared, passions were exhibited and this group of people from all walks of life began talking about areas in the community, small and large, that could be improved. From youth and education, to business development, to housing (of course!), it was inspiring! 

As a Rotarian, and an entrepreneur, this collaboration and problem solving was not new to me, but I have begun to see it happen more and more often in my little office space at the Enterprise Center - now known as the Suite 301 Think Tank. Indicative of the Enterprise Centers mission, our co-working space has turned into a beautiful Main Street think tank and is open for all to contribute. Have a problem that needs solving? Want to just come and enjoy the view of Main Street from the third floor? Come on down, our doors are open! 

This Single-Family in Franklin, NH recently sold for $180,875. This Gambrel style home was sold by Office Plymouth - Sara Holland & Company.

23 Beech Street, Franklin, NH 03235


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Located on a corner lot in a darling neighborhood above downtown Franklin, this adorable gambrel gives a nod to its past with a two-story carriage house, ornamental woodwork and free-flowing floor plan. Having four bedrooms and two bathrooms over two floors, and formal dining, living and den space adjoined by French doors, there is much room to spread out or gather together. The galley kitchen with additional work station provides room to prepare that fancy feast, while also serving as a side entry for your most casual of guests. Each room is filled with natural light from its Anderson windows, with one delight in particular the row of plant windows in the den that are perfectly south facing! The living room is spacious yet cozy with its gas fireplace, and paired with natural hardwood floors and gorgeous picture windows youll settle in with a good book on a classic New Hampshire snow day. Function is also a key feature, having a full basement including workshop, laundry and cold storage. The portico has a screened room for enjoying a spring evening, or early morning tea, with room to grill overlooking the garden space. The carriage shed offers utility with two car parking, and storage both on the lower and second levels. Hidden gems throughout, a must see in Franklin.

A closing represents the final stage before a buyer acquires a house. At this point, a buyer and seller will meet and finalize an agreement. And if everything goes according to plan, a buyer will exit a closing as the owner of a new residence.

Ultimately, there are several steps that a buyer should complete to prepare for a home closing, and these are:

1. Review Your Home Financing

Typically, a lender will provide full details about your monthly mortgage payments for the duration of your home loan. This information is important, as it highlights exactly how much that you will be paying for your house.

Assess your home loan information prior to a closing. That way, if you have any home loan concerns or questions, you can address them before your closing day arrives.

If you allocate the necessary time and resources to review your home financing, you may be able to alleviate stress prior to closing day. In fact, once you know that all of your home financing is in order, you can enter a closing with the confidence that you'll be able to cover your mortgage expenses.

2. Perform a Final Walk-Through

A final walk-through provides a last opportunity to evaluate a residence before you complete your purchase. Thus, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that a seller has completed any requested repairs and guarantee that a house matches your expectations.

Oftentimes, a final walk-through requires only a few minutes to complete. The inspection generally may be completed a few days before a closing as well.

It is essential to keep in mind, however, that a final walk-through won't always go according to plan. If you give yourself plenty of time for a final walk-through, you should have no trouble getting the best-possible results.

Try to schedule a final walk-through at least a week before a closing. By doing so, you'll ensure that a seller can perform any requested repairs prior to closing day.

3. Get Your Paperwork Ready

During a home closing, you'll likely need to provide proof of home insurance, a government-issued photo ID and other paperwork. If you get required documents ready ahead of time, you won't have to scramble at the last minute to retrieve assorted paperwork for your closing.

If you need help preparing for a home closing, there is no need to worry. Real estate agents are available nationwide, and these housing market professionals can guide you along each stage of the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent will help you find a house, submit an offer on it and conduct a house inspection. Plus, this housing market professional can provide recommendations throughout the homebuying process to help you achieve your desired results. And as closing day approaches, a real estate agent is available to respond to your homebuying concerns and questions too.

Prepare for a home closing – follow the aforementioned steps, and you can seamlessly navigate the home closing process.

This Single-Family in Holderness, NH recently sold for $230,000. This style home was sold by Office Plymouth - Sara Holland & Company.

830 US Route 3, Holderness, NH 03245


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
This Main Street Holderness property is zoned for both commercial and residential use offering a multitude of opportunity. Now, coupled with water access you can be on your way to getting on the water with this walk-to-lake access home. Situated between Little and Big Squam, one block from the Squam Channel, the Post Office, Library and Walters Basin you'll be in the middle of all the hustle & bustle that this Lakes Region destination has to offer. Although located on Main Street, the home offers quiet enjoyment both inside and out with a large back yard for gardening and relaxing, plus an enclosed porch perfect for winding down after a day on the lake, both by boat or snowmobile. Did you know you could hop on the frozen lake and access any number of snowmobile trails, taking you as far as Canada? Not only is this home in a great location with great opportunity as an abode or a business, its been well maintained with all major systems recently replaced and thoughtfully updated. Just come on in and make it your own. You get the charm of a lake cottage, once said to be the local post office furnishing the mail boats for their daily cruise on "Golden Pond", with the peace of mind of a well-maintained home. Holderness School, New Hampton School, Plymouth State University, Speare Memorial and more is only a short 10-15 minute drive. *Can also be sold with boat slip at Squam River Landing boat club at Riveredge Marina with all member amenities, see MLS 4669064.

There are countless reasons a homeowner might want to sell their home and buy another. Some want to move for a change of scenery or to relocate for work. Others are parents with a recently empty nest who want to downsize to something more affordable that meets their needs.

The good news for second time homebuyers is that you already have an idea of what to expect when buying a home. The research, paperwork, disappointments, and delays that come with buying a home can all be prepared for. However, if you have the burden of selling your old home, finding a temporary place to live, and then moving into a new one, your responsibilities can be doubled or tripled.

In this guide, we’ll go over how to prepare for selling your old home and moving into the new one. We’ll cover some common mistakes and offer some advice to keep you sane throughout this daunting (but exciting!) process.

Buying or selling first

For most homeowners, selling first makes the most sense financially. Holding onto a second house often means having to make two mortgage payments at once. Similarly, selling first will give you a much clearer idea of your budget for your new home.

Depending on market conditions, your home may or may not sell for as much as you were hoping. It’s important to keep this in mind before signing onto a new mortgage.

Moving logistics

Once you sell your home, you’ll have to work out living and storage arrangements until you are ready to move into your new home. It may seem easy at first--just rent for a couple months until your move-in date, right? It isn’t always that simple, however, as deals can sometimes fall through and you can find yourself with a move-out date from your own home without having finalized a deal on your new home. Because of this, many homeowners elect to may their current mortgage for an extra month or two until they can move in to their new home. 

Research your options for short-term living and storage in your area. See if you can work with moving companies who will give you a discount for helping you move twice; once to the storage facility and again to your new home.

One way around this is to time your move out and move-in dates so that you don’t have to worry about storage. Some homebuyers will even move into the new home before officially closing on the home (i.e., take possession before closing). While this may be convenient, it can also be dangerous for the buyer and the seller.

Plan meticulously

One of the best piece of advice we can give is to stick to your schedule and keep good records during your buying and selling processes. Make sure whoever buys your home is aware of your plans for moving out and that anything that could delay those plans (inspection issues, moving logistics) are taken care of.  

Keeping track of all this information can be difficult, so don’t be afraid to keep a daily list or planner of the things you need to take care of, and never be afraid to reach out to your real estate agent who will often be able to advise you on the best way to make your move as smooth a process as possible.