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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/20/2017

When Joshua and Kat were considering moving from Iowa to the Northeast, their decision was between Vermont and New Hampshire. New Hampshire finally won in the end, due to its natural beauty, proximity to family & work, and its more favorable political environment. 

Starting their search from afar, Josh & Kat contacted Porcupine Real Estate about a year prior to their actual home purchase. "Mark and Constance were supremely patient and easy to work with, that made the whole experience far easier than it otherwise has been in the past. Everyone we worked with was fantastic - from the financing folks to the people who kept us informed of of state of the process. Pretty much made it as easy as it could be, given our circumstances." 

Choosing a town in which to settle wasn't so difficult. Josh & Kat found a house they fell in love with, and everything else fell into place. Now that they are here, they like that Newport has everything they need, from good food to a variety of shopping options and, of course, that quintessential New England vibe. 

Josh & Kat were looking for a property with a large amount of land that had both open and wooded spaces, abundant privacy, a modern house and mountain views. As Josh explains, "The property had the special something that you know when you see it." The couple plans to raise animals and food for themselves and the property has the space to build their homestead as they envision it instead of adapting someone else's vision. "We looked at many other properties - we almost made an offer on another - and then we saw this one and it clicked for both of us. I can't really point to any one factor outweighing the others, it was that certain ineffable, holistic sense of it just being right for us." 

Perhaps most important is that Josh & Kat know that New Hampshire was the right place to settle. "It's got everything we want and need; mountains, beaches, low taxes, a rather spread out population, and actual seasons. Whatever we want to do we are generally no more than a two hour drive to it - want a seafood dinner overlooking the ocean? Got it. Want to go hiking to the top of a tall peak? Check. Want to go skiing/snowboarding? Yep, that too. Like antiquing? It's here. Feel like a night out on the town? It can be had." 

Welcome home!




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Posted by Mark Warden on 3/7/2017

Porcupine Real Estate clients Mike & Debbie had been entertaining the idea of moving to the Free State for a few years.  Mike's best friend & Army buddy, Jess Edwards, had been sending him information on the Free State Project and reasons why they should make the move.

After reading more about the FSP and talking with Jess, Mike & Debbie decided to move from their home in California. Mike created a list of the top five reasons for their move: 

1. Leaving the Nanny State behind - As much as they enjoyed the California weather, the state seemed determined to continue reducing individual liberty and stealing from everyone to advance leftist agendas and projects, from ludicrous handgun legislation to regulating the amount of dust from farming.

2. Taxes - Since New Hampshire has neither income nor sales tax, Mike & Debbie will save around 15 cents on every dollar. With being retired, this is a big savings.

3. Family - The couple's children & grandchildren live in Virginia and Maryland, so moving closer to them was appealing.

4. People - The people in the FSP really want to make a difference, and the political activism was energizing to Mike & Debbie. They liked the forums for information on how they can advance individual liberty and have enjoyed the friendliness of the people in the movement. 

5. Friends - Moving closer to Mike's best friend was icing on the cake!

Mike & Debbie found a house in Manchester, only 7 miles from Jess & his wife. They love the area because of the variety of shopping and things to do, and they like that it's small enough to not have big city problems, such as traffic. 

Welcome home, Mike & Debbie.





Posted by Mark Warden on 2/8/2017

Porcupine Real Estate client Dale is an owner-occupant investor who owns and lives in a multi-family property in Manchester. 

Manchester appealed to Dale because he liked the convenience and options that a bigger city like Manchester or Concord offers. His 3-family home has allowed him to support himself for several years. As Dale explains, "Though I don't have a high income, I have been able to keep my expenses low by living in my own property and avoiding debt."

Dale has some suggestions for those just starting out in property investment:

  • Consider using a property manager. Dale waited to find one, and regrets not finding one earlier.
  • Screen tenants thoroughly. According to Dale, "A problem tenant can be a source of a lot of work and anxiety in addition to any financial losses."
While Dale doesn't have any immediate plans to add additional properties to his portfolio, he would consider it if the right opportunity came along.

For more information on investing in property in New Hampshire, contact us.




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Posted by Mark Warden on 12/8/2016

Becky & Adam moved to New Hampshire from California four years ago to be a part of the Free State Project. Adam works remotely as a software engineer, so moving to New Hampshire wouldn't require finding a new job.

They rented for a bit in Manchester and then in Greenland, and decided that the Seacoast would be the best fit for them. Becky explains, "We wanted to stay in the Seacoast, close to our community of friends, and we ended up in Dover because we found a house we loved! The "Freecoast" is beautiful and has a ton of resources for kids and families; I don’t really think you can go wrong with any of the towns in the region."

Since moving to New Hampshire, Becky, a stay at home mom to a 15-month-old and 3-year-old, started a Facebook group for “Future Seacoast Homeschoolers,” to help connect parents of pre-school aged kids who plan on homeschooling. The group has grown to 150 members and their weekly meetups often draw about a dozen families. According to Becky, "Homeschooling is incredibly popular in New Hampshire. I’m very excited for our kids to grow and learn in such a thriving and positive environment."

Becky, Adam and the kids are enjoying all that Dover has to offer, but especially enjoy all that the downtown has to offer: Flight Coffee Co with its New Hampshire-roasted coffee, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, and the kids’ room at the Dover Library.

Welcome home, Becky & Adam!




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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/7/2016

New movers and Free State Project signers Trevor & Melissa knew they wanted to get out of the San Francisco Bay area. The area was much too crowded, and they were looking for a family-friendly place to raise their three children.

Trevor, who works for a tech company, and Melissa, a homeschooling mom, decided to look at properties in Concord. The area's central location, nice community, shopping, and downtown really appealed to them. 

Now that they're in New Hampshire, Trevor is working on building a studio for rehearsing and recording music and producing podcasts. "I'm looking forward to playing music with other musicians in the area once it's up and running." 

Welcome home, Trevor, Melissa & family!




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