Fall Events in NH & ME | 2019 Update

October 02, 2019 / Community, Local News

  Fall is officially here, and with it comes fun & festive community events! Here is an update of our annual guide to some favorite happenings coming up:   OCTOBER 5 | DOVER: APPLE HARVEST DAY “Apple Harvest Day is a day-long family event, featuring 400 crafters, great food, live entertainment, and more. The event… Read more »

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Thrift Store Decor: Unique, Eco-Friendly & On-Budget

September 17, 2019 / Community, Home, Home Decor, Interior Design

  Using secondhand items in your home is a great way to shop sustainably while adding creativity to your decor. It may take some digging, but with a little patience and an open-mind you can often find some great pieces to either reuse, reclaim, repurpose, or upcycle! Plus, you can shop guilt-free knowing that you’re… Read more »

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Vacation Worry-Free with Home Tech

July 18, 2019 / Home

  It’s the season of vacations! Whether you’re spending the summer at the beach, a week at the lake, or a long weekend away, we hope you’re finding some time to relax. Yet being away from home can often leave you a little uneasy: “Did we turn the iron off? Did we lock the door?… Read more »

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Make the Most of Small Spaces: Backyard Edition

May 31, 2019 / Home, Renovation

    As we move further into spring, it’s time to jazz up our yards, clean out the clutter and prep our outdoor spaces to enjoy all summer long. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, there are plenty of creative ways to make the most of what you have…. Read more »

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A Guide to an Eco-Friendly Home

April 22, 2019 / Home, Renovation

  In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve pulled together a quick list of resources that share ideas about how to create a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly home.   NH SAVES + EFFICIENCY MAINE These are local resources that outline various programs and incentives focused on saving energy in your home. From lighting, appliances, heating, cooling, weatherizing… Read more »

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Seacoast Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 29, 2019 / Home, Selling

    Spring is here! It’s our favorite time of the year to open up our windows and spruce up our homes. We’ve created a brief checklist for our friends on the Seacoast, but you can find even more ideas from Houzz.com here: March List | April List   1. Schedule your first tick/bug spray… Read more »

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Start Your Spring Cleaning Early

March 15, 2019 / Home, Home Decor, Interior Design

    Spring will be here soon (we promise) but it isn’t quite time to open our windows and tackle those outdoor projects. Make the most of these last days indoors by starting your spring cleaning early. Get a jump-start on the tasks that you can do inside and you’ll have more time to spend… Read more »

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Make the Most of Small Spaces | Superbowl Edition

February 01, 2019 / Interior Design

  It’s here, New England’s favorite holiday: the Super Bowl! Everyone is looking forward to seeing our favorite team back at it again.  But if you’re hosting the big event, your game-day anxiety might be here early. “How many people are coming over…?” Big parties in small spaces can be a challenge, but with a… Read more »

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THINGS TO DO IF THE SLOPES AREN’T FOR YOU

January 11, 2019 / Local News

  Living in New England doesn’t always come with a love for snow. One of the draws to the Seacoast is certainly its close proximity to the mountains, but some of us prefer to conquer them in the warmer seasons. However, that doesn’t mean you should be hibernating all winter long – embrace it!  … Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions | For Your Home

December 31, 2018 / Home, Renovation, Selling

  The start of a new year often symbolizes a refresh of your routine and a clean slate for the future. When considering our resolutions, it’s common to focus on how we can stop bad habits, learn new things or focus on self-improvement. This year, shift your focus to your home!   FINISH THAT PROJECT… Read more »

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MERRY & (VERY) BRIGHT | HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR A CAUSE

December 06, 2018 / Local News

    Everyone likes an impressive holiday light display, and some festive decorators are inspired to bring it to the next level – by turning their passion into a fundraiser to help others in their community. Here are a few that we found in New Hampshire and Maine:   LIGHTS FOR LIVES | STRATHAM, NH… Read more »

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Upcoming Holiday Parades on the Seacoast

November 29, 2018 / Local News

MULTI-DAY EVENTS Ogunquit Christmas by the Sea: 12/7 – 12/9 Parade 12/7 @ 3:00pm | View Full Event Schedule (See you there!)   Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude: 11/29 – 12/9 Holiday Hat Parade 12/1 @ 3:00pm | View Full Event Schedule   SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Kittery, ME @ 3:00pm | Learn More Portsmouth, NH @ 5:30pm |… Read more »

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Shop Local | Small Business Saturday

November 21, 2018 / Local News, Uncategorized

    Black Friday: Some of you love it for the great discounts and blowout sales, and others may be avoiding the chaos entirely. We certainly appreciate a good deal, but what we LOVE even more is Small Business Saturday, which falls each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is the day when consumers… Read more »

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DIY Thanksgiving Décor | Use What You Have

November 16, 2018 / Home Decor, Uncategorized

  There are many creative ways to use items that you already have inside (or outside) of your home when planning your Thanksgiving decorations. These ideas are not only affordable, but they also double as fun crafting activities to share with your friends and family.   Brown Bag Leaves: Cut out paper leaves using brown… Read more »

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Happy Veterans Day! Service on the Seacoast & The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

November 09, 2018 / Uncategorized

  This Veterans Day Weekend, we honor all the men and women who have served or are serving our country steadfastly every day.  On the Seacoast, Veteran’s Day has particular significance as we are home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY).  The Shipyard was established in 1800, launching its first product, the USS Washington, in… Read more »

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ALAND REALTY OFFICE COMING TO KITTERY | NOVEMBER 2018!

October 26, 2018 / About Aland, Local News, Real Estate

We are excited to announce the opening of our new Kittery office! Starting in early November, Aland Realty will be open for business at our new Foreside location at 25 Government Street. As Kittery residents ourselves, it has been our dream to join the town’s vibrant business community since opening our first office in Ogunquit… Read more »

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Fall Festivities for the Family | Upcoming Events in NH & ME

October 05, 2018 / Local News

Festive display from our neighbors over at the Ogunquit Wine Cellar. It’s hard not to ‘fall’ in love with autumn in New England. Whether you’re looking forward to decorating your front steps with pumpkins and mums, going apple-picking with friends, or taking a trip to find the best foliage landscapes, there’s something for everyone to… Read more »

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Homework Help | Creating Focus Spaces in Your Home

September 27, 2018 / Interior Design, Interior Design, Real Estate, Renovation, Renovation

  Kids are back in school and backpacks are filling up with books, permission slips, and of course – homework! Study time looks different for every family, and varies by age, personality, and even home layout. Wherever your student’s designated homework space is, there are tips you can follow to enhance their focus and productivity,… Read more »

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Spotlight: A Seacoast Guide For First-Time Homebuyers

September 14, 2018 / Uncategorized

Buying a house is a big deal, especially when embarking on your first home purchase.  Whether you’re newly married and looking to start a family, or settled into the career of your dreams and ready to plant your roots, beginning your search for a home is an exciting endeavor.  The seacoast of New Hampshire and… Read more »

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State of the Market | Summer 2018 & Beyond

September 07, 2018 / Uncategorized

Seacoast New Hampshire With summer winding down, it’s time to take a look back at how the real estate market faired around the Seacoast.  The bottom line is: the Seacoast continued to experience a real estate boom. According to the Seacoast Board of Realtors, July 2018 sales volume hit the highest number since 2016 for… Read more »

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How To Fill An Empty Nest

August 24, 2018 / Local News, Real Estate

For many parents with either college-bound kids or recent graduates, this week is when your home suddenly becomes very quiet and empty.  Since the day your kids were born, you’ve known this day would come, and you either dreaded it or thought you’d be breaking out the champagne to celebrate a job well done.  In… Read more »

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When the Lights Go On {In Your Home}

August 17, 2018 / Selling

  If you are preparing to put your home on the market, you may be considering how to enhance its selling potential. Do you need new countertops? Should you repaint? What about the floors? Depending on your space, this will vary for everyone. However, there is one thing that can help almost every home: the… Read more »

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Favorite Farmers’ Market Finds

August 09, 2018 / Local News

  In celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week, we’re sharing some information about local farmers’ markets in the area, along with some of our favorite things to look for while you’re there! Our Favorite Finds FRESH PRODUCE (OF COURSE) Markets are a great place to stock up on your produce for the week while supporting… Read more »

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Own Your Own Vacation Home

August 02, 2018 / Buying

Pictured: 7 Old Salt Ln, York ME   If trips to Seacoast Maine or New Hampshire are your family’s annual tradition, it’s likely you’ve considered the option of purchasing a vacation home for you to enjoy during your time here. While it might feel like wishful thinking, it may be in your best interest to… Read more »

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Here Comes the Rain | Indoor Activities Around the Seacoast

July 26, 2018 / Local News

  We all love the summer sunshine, but don’t let the rainy days get you down! There are plenty of activities around town to fill your time, whether you’re enjoying a vacation away, a free weekend with family, or a night out with friends.   Sign Up for a Cooking Workshop What better way to… Read more »

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First Impressions | Landscaping Tips Before You List

July 20, 2018 / Selling

  It’s amazing what a well-maintained, picturesque landscape can do to enhance first impressions for potential buyers. Whether you’re starting from scratch or working to maintain existing landscaping, there are simple steps you can take prior to listing your home to prevent your lawn from looking lackluster.   Give Your Grass Some TLC Rather than… Read more »

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No Cookout? No Problem | 5 Family Activities for the Fourth of July

June 27, 2018 / Local News

  The Fourth of July is always a fun day to celebrate with a backyard barbeque, but sometimes all of the planning and busy schedules can get in the way. Lucky for you, there are tons of things to do around the Seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire, whether you’re spending the day with friends… Read more »

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How To Say “Aland” and What the “A” Means

June 09, 2017 / About Aland

As a non-franchised, independent, and exclusively local brand, Aland Realty gets a lot of questions about how to correctly pronounce Aland and what the A (with A circle above) means.  Our company is family owned, and family members’ heritage originates in a small archipelago called the Aland Islands off the coast of Sweden.  Aland is pronounced… Read more »

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Shortage of Homes For Sale…Explained.

May 25, 2017 / Buying, Real Estate Trends, Selling

Here on the Seacoast, we are experiencing low inventories of homes for sale, similar to what is happening nationwide.  Portsmouth currently has 86 homes on the market, Kittery has 38, York has 155, Ogunquit has 39, to name a few examples.  There are plenty of prospective buyers, who are able and willing to buy and… Read more »

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Yun: How To Slow Down Rising Rates

March 23, 2017 / Buying, Real Estate Trends

The National Association of Realtors’ chief economist Lawrence Yun says there is a way to slow down the federal government’s past 2 hikes in interest rates in just 4 months. Yun says if more homes are built, this will taper inflation.  The shortage of apartments and single-family homes is causing a housing shortage nationally.  In… Read more »

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Find the Right Mortgage Lender For You!

February 27, 2017 / Buying

Finding the right mortgage lender for you can be a challenge.  Even before surfing online for your next home, it is recommended by Zillow to start talking to potential lenders, to avoid the situation where you choose a mortgage lender out of convenience at the last hour. Additionally, pay attention to how your meeting, phone… Read more »

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Winter is coming…but for sellers, this may be positive!

November 21, 2016 / Real Estate Trends, Selling

According to Redfin, listing your home in the winter is second best only to the spring season.  While you may have fewer prospective buyers, the buyers that are looking may be more serious about buying.  Redfin states that that 18.7  percent of homes sold for above asking price in the spring, but for winter listings,… Read more »

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Decorating Your Home To Sell

September 27, 2016 / Selling

Because most buyers and sellers first look for their next homes online, the importance of making a great first impression through professional photographs of your home cannot be emphasized enough.  Decorating your home to photograph well is equally as important.  Realty Times posted a fantastic and insightful article about how to decorate your home to… Read more »

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5 Reasons to Sell this Fall

September 14, 2016 / Real Estate Trends, Selling

Saying good-bye to warm beach days and endless summer nights does not have to mean returning to the confines and clutter of your home for the winter.  Fall is a great time to clean out the house and also a great time to make a change such as moving.  One of our favorite real estate… Read more »

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The Housing Market At Its Best This Summer

August 24, 2016 / Real Estate Trends, Selling

As summer’s end approaches and we see glimpses of Fall , it is the perfect time to examine the housing market over the last few months. Reading an article on CNBC from Realtor.com’s chief economist, Jonathan Smoke provides us with insight worth sharing with you all! This summer followed one of the strongest springs in about ten years. The… Read more »

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10 Keys to Buying Your Dream Home

August 17, 2016 / Buying

You know that “dream” home you have been creating in your head for years, but convinced yourself that it is either out of your price range or simply does not exist?  Now is the time to stop dreaming and start searching for it because it does exist, and in this market, you would be surprised… Read more »

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What to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Fixer Upper

July 27, 2016 / Buying

Knowing what to keep in mind when finding that cute house to fix up and turn into your dream home, especially when the budget is tight, is tough. We have outlined some major questions to ask yourself brought to you from houzz.com. These following questions will help to start planning for a fixer upper, while… Read more »

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The Best Secrets to Buying a Home

July 20, 2016 / Buying

Aland Realty brokers know how challenging it can be for buyers to begin the home buying process. There are several major things to consider, and we can help you throughout the process. Do you want to know the best secrets to buying a home to get the most out of your money? If yes, you have… Read more »

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The Drone Advantage in Real Estate

July 09, 2016 / About Aland, Real Estate Trends, Selling

Drone Technology. It is a buzz word we hear so often these days in politics, business, and even personal ownership. In real estate, we have seen its emergence in marketing packages for selling homes. Drone technology delves beyond static photos and creates a virtual “showing” for prospective buyers. It extends the marketing arm beyond the… Read more »

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Ogunquit Celebrates Patriots Day This Weekend – April 15th-17th

April 14, 2016 / Local News

Celebrate Patriots Day and the beginning of (what finally feels like) spring in Ogunquit this weekend with a forecast of sun and warm temps. Check out the schedule of events brought to you by The Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce by clicking here!   Events highlights include hay rides at Ogunquit Beach, treasure hunts, photo ops… Read more »

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5 Tips For Selling Your Home This Spring

April 05, 2016 / Real Estate Trends, Selling

With Spring (technically) here on the Seacoast, sellers looking to put their homes on the market should do so between now and June.  We’ve come across numerous articles with tips for sellers to successfully sell their homes this spring.  We’ve highlighted the best we’ve come across for you here and brought to you by Bankrate:… Read more »

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Can you undo/repair Fido’s messes?

March 31, 2016 / Selling

Whether you are trying to sell a home or buy a home, a pet’s odors, stains and damage to a home can really put a damper on a real estate transaction.  Here are some of our tips and some from Realtor.org to help alleviate pet problems: Carpeting: The best advice we can personally give is to… Read more »

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It’s Moving Day…UGH!

March 08, 2016 / Buying

We’ve been through more moves than you can count and lived through many moving horror stories.  We’re sure you have at least one “memorable” account to tell…did your movers dump all your stuff on your lawn?  Damage goods? Refuse to return your stuff?  Moving is never fun.  Making moving day(s) even more stressful with a bad… Read more »

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It’s Tax Season! 4 Real Estate Deductions For Your Consideration

March 02, 2016 / Buying, Real Estate Trends, Selling

One of the perks of homeownership can be the tax deductions, as Redfin outlines in its recent article about real estate tax deductions not to overlook.  However, they emphasize that “if your itemized deductions don’t add up to as much as the standard deduction you’re eligible for, the standard deduction would be the better way… Read more »

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Go Big(ger) or Go (To A New) Home?

November 11, 2015 / Buying

Zillow posted this article recently and we know it’s right on point for many of our customers and clients.  Do you love your location, neighborhood and hopefully your home, but are quickly outgrowing it?  What do you do…apply for Love It or List It? Hopefully we (and Zillow) can make this decision easier with these points:… Read more »

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What we (real estate agents) don’t do to our homes

October 21, 2015 / About Aland, Buying, Selling

Making your home feel like your own is important.  But for real estate agents, there are certain things that we veer away from changing or renovating in our own homes, thinking ahead to potentially putting a home on the market.  Here are a few of them and you can read more in depth about them… Read more »

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Should You Rent Your Home to Others?

October 05, 2015 / Real Estate Trends, Selling

When deciding whether to move out of your home and into a new home, this is a question we hear frequently from clients.  Hopefully, this recent post from Realty Times can help you. Advantages: 1.  Renting your current property gives you more cash flow and often more time to look for your dream home and not be… Read more »

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What a wonderful summer, New England!

September 28, 2015 / Local News, Real Estate Trends

We want to take a moment to thank whoever is responsible for the wonderful summer we had here on the Seacoast.  After the long, cold winter of 2014-2015, a beautiful summer was well deserved.  It was also a very positive summer in real estate here on the Seacoast! In case you missed the real estate market… Read more »

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Ogunquit Maine – Our Picks For Activities and Events in August 2015

August 05, 2015 / Local News

 For both locals and visitors alike, August is the height of the summer season here in Ogunquit.  We’ve highlighted some activities and events going on this month that will keep you busy and entertained!  Check our blog later this month for updated activities/events in Ogunquit & the Seacoast! 1. Leavittfest @ Leavitt  Theatre – August… Read more »

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Maine – Sale of Single-Family Existing Homes Up 18% in June

July 27, 2015 / Local News, Real Estate Trends

According to Maine Listings, the sale of single-family existing homes jumped up 18 percent last month. This reflects increased seller confidence in the state of the market.  For buyers, it is advised to submit your best offer upfront in this real estate climate.  Sellers are receiving multiple offers in many cases and are not required… Read more »

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State of the Summer Real Estate Market 2015

July 22, 2015 / Real Estate Trends

The state of the 2015 Summer market is sizzlin’, for lack of a more grammatically correct term.  HousingWire breaks down the current climate in real estate in its blog post today.  The median existing home sale price rose to an all-time high this June, reaching $236,400, which is greater than the previous peak price of… Read more »

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What Home Inspectors May Miss

July 01, 2015 / Buying

Zillow’s blog highlights 4 areas that home inspectors could miss when inspecting a home.  These are: HVAC Deficiencies – Problems with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.  Home inspectors may not have time to run these systems long enough to discover problems. Water Damage/Leaks – Home inspectors may turn on the faucets, but not have… Read more »

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Does Moving Always Have to Be Stressful?

February 25, 2015 / Buying

No! Moving into your new home should be an exciting prospect, not a stressful one. Here a few tips to make the moving process a more efficient and dare I say…enjoyable experience! 1. Start Organizing I know it is hard to resist waiting until the last minute and throwing everything into the closest box….but taking… Read more »

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Has Technology Reduced the Need for Brokerage Services?

February 25, 2015 / Buying, Real Estate Trends, Selling

The real estate industry has seen some exciting advancements in technology over the past five years, especially in mobile applications. Housing data has become more sophisticated while at the same time becoming increasingly easier to access and digest. This has resulted in many real estate purchasers and sellers taking on a lot of the legwork… Read more »

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Try These Useful Real Estate Mobile Applications!

February 25, 2015 / Buying, Real Estate Trends, Selling

Recently, Inman News conducted a report on the best 100 mobile apps for the real estate sector. From our experience, here are a few from the list that we find most helpful: The first three apps listed below are ideal if you are driving around looking for housing on-the-go: 1. Zillow:The best real estate mobile… Read more »

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