Janet Sylvester

Fosters Way, Dover, NH

Foster's Way Dover NH

Work with this custom Builder to design the perfect home for you and your Family. Energy Star rated, smart technology and State of the Art construction methods and materials. Just the icing on the cake given the incredible waterfront community that allows for stunning water views, water access and the opportunity to own a deep water slip. Take your boat to downtown Portsmouth, the Wentworth or out to the Isles of Shoals. This location, stunning design and quality of construction provides the ultimate Seacoast Lifestyle. Additional lots and price points available.

5 lots available, prices start at $895,000.

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Low Home Inventory on the Seacoast!

Low Home Inventory! Do you know what that means? 

That means your home might be worth more than you think. That means your home could sell quickly.

Here on the Seacoast we have QUALIFIED buyers actively looking for their new home. We just do not have enough homes to show them.

According to the Seacoast Board of REALTORS® April Press Release, "Real estate sales activity in the 13 Sample Seacoast Towns registered modest monthly gains in March as record low inventory levels limited the spring market to a sluggish start." 

Last week, we called neighbors and previous clients with homes that met our buyer's desires to see if they would consider selling their home.  

In our office, we have personally seen recent bidding wars, multiple offer situations, and homes going under agreement within 24 hours of listing.

Based on NNEREN MLS reports, for the months of March and April (to date) Great Island Realty's closings in the same 13 Seacoast towns, have a 99% of list to sell price with an average of 16 days on the market!

So while you may be waiting for the warmer weather to get your spring clean on and yard work done, buyers are out looking for homes. So call Great Island Realty today to have one of our amazing agents come tell you what your home is worth. 


Happy Earth Day 2015!

There is a lot going on around the Seacoast to celebrate Mother Earth today and throughout this month! Shopping at the local farmer's market, participating in a beach clean up and attending Solarfest at UNH all help contribute, do you know that there is a lot you can do at home to become more green?

According to the National Association of Realtors® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, in New Hampshire Heating and cooling costs, energy efficient appliances and energy efficient lighting are all considered "very important" factors when purchasing a new home. Especially when building a new home.

There are simple steps to start with to make your home more "green":

  1. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs. While LED bulbs might be more expensive up front cost, their long life and energy efficiency will save you money in the long run
  2. Change to programable thermostats. The new Wi-Fi thermostats quickly learn your heating schedule and reduce the amount of time your heat is running
  3. Install water saving shower heads
  4. Upgrading appliances, doors and windows to ENERGY STAR® rated items

Be sure to check out NHSaves.com for rebate and discount information as provided by your utility companies. There may be ways to save money on the items to help turn your home into a more desirable home with energy efficient features and lowered utility costs!

At Great Island Realty we will be focusing on being more green as well: Using less paper, more recycling and unplugging our computers at night!

Enjoy this beautiful Earth Day! 

Check out our Pinterest Board: Going Green for more tips and tricks! 




Spring Cleaning & Staging: Now is the time!

Spring Cleaning & Staging: Now is the time!

Here on the Seacoast, it is finally starting to feel like Spring! And since it is time for you to do your spring cleaning, you might as well consider an important factor when selling your home: Staging It.

However, no matter how clean your home is, or is not, staging is beyond just cleaning. The goal is to give prospective buyers the vision to picture themselves living there.

According to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Staging: 

"Thirty-two percent of buyers' agents believe staged homes increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer by one percent to five percent."

A qualified real estate agent can advise you on how to 

1. De-personalize - a neutral setting to help a buyer envision where they would hang their family photos. This includes possibly changing your neon green daughter's room to a more popular shade.

2. De-clutter - a house can be clean and still have clutter. Use your spring cleaning and impending move to take this time to purge! Donate, have a yard sale, start packing or throw it away! 

3. Furniture Arrangement - Your real estate agent can help you by either using your existing furniture to help define a space, or perhaps they have you rent/borrow/buy a new piece to help display how an oddly shaped space might function better.

Check out Great Island Realty's Pinterest Board "Tips and Tricks" for more home staging and curb appeal advice! 

Luck of the Irish, or Luck of a Great Real Estate Agent?

In the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Southern Maine there are a lot of Irish decendents out celebrating their heritage today, but do you have to have the luck of the Irish to have a successful real estate transaction?

Here at Great Island Realty we are big believers in making your own luck! That is why all our agents are continuously honing their skills and knowledge of the real estate market trends for the Seacoast and beyond!

 When it comes to selling your home, a great realtor can make all the  difference! By  listening to your real estate agent's advice on pricing,  staging, marketing techniques and  offer negotiations you just might find  that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

 If you are buying a new home an exceptional realtor can provide you  with realistic  comparables, negotiating tactics and knowledge of the  area to find you the best home  for your four leaf clover collection!

 So when it comes to real estate it's true that a talented and educated realtor can make    all the difference! With, or without a lucky little  leprechaun to assist!

  Happy St. Paddy's Day! After all a little extra luck can't hurt!

Top Ten Restaurants in Portsmouth for Date Night

Portsmouth is a pretty darned romantic place. From the beautiful lamppost-lined streets to the stately North Church, just a stroll through downtown screams romance. That got us thinking about the best restaurants in Portsmouth to go for a date night. There are so many, but we chose our top ten below!

  1. Mombo - Located in historic Strawbery Banke adjacent to Prescott Park, this warm, inviting space has exposed wood beams and water views. The cuisine is New American with an international twist, and it's delicious!
  2. Demeter's Steakhouse - A contemporary American steakhouse located in Route 1, Demeter's has an excellent wine selection, incredible steak and seafood and live music.
  3. The Library Restaurant - Located in Portsmouth's mainstay, the Rockingham House, the rich wood and historic book selection feels so warm and comfortable! Traditional New England fare is served by some of the friendliest servers and bartenders in town!
  4. Rudi's Market Square - We love the flagship restaurant, but when Rudi's expanded into the Market Square space (the spaces are connected by a function room) we REALLY fell in love! Stunning exposed brick, incredible cuisine and an wonderful wine list create a perfect combination here.
  5. Ristorante Massimo - Two levels of brick, wood tones and leather seating are home to world-class Italian cuisine in possibly the coziest restaurant in Portsmouth!
  6. The Black Trumpet - A gorgeous spot in the alley on Ceres Street, this waterfront dining is incredible! We love the bar space upstairs for a cocktail and small and medium dishes to share.
  7. The Wellington Room - This charming space has incredible views of the Piscataqua from a second floor Bow Street location. The food is out-of-this-world and we love the valet parking option across the street!
  8. Cava - Specializing in small plates, Cava is a destination spot with an open kitchen, delicious tapas and a wine list that makes our mouth water just thinking about.
  9. Brazo - This eclectic Spanish restaurant has bold colors, funky latin music, creative cocktails and delicious Spanish cuisine. It's the perfect blend of fun and romance.
  10. Cafe Mediterraneo - One of our all-time favorite restaurants in Portsmouth. Delicious Italian cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. You MUST get the lobster ravioli!


Kitchen Updates That Add Value to Your Home

Updating your kitchen is one of the single best investments you can make in the value of your home. Many potential buyers are drawn to a beautiful kitchen... even if they don't cook! It's often the center of the home - a gathering place for entertaining, family time and morning coffee.

Kitchen updates that add value don't have to break the bank! You can make a big impact by spending a few hundred dollars or really go for the 'wow' factor and spend thousands. However, if you do go for it and completely remodel your kitchen, it's a great idea to consult a real estate professional first to determine the value of your home. Doing this provides a safeguard against 'over-improving', which won't allow you the return on your investment when it comes time to sell your property.

Looking to make a few minor improvements?

Here are a few quick updates you can make for around $200 or less:

  • Replace a small appliance - Update the microwave or dishwasher with stainless steel for a clean, fresh look.
  • Freshen the paint color - Choose a light, bright and semi-neutral color to appeal to all tastes.
  • Install a new light fixture
  • Replace your cabinet hardware

Ready for a more significant change?

Consider these higher-ticket updates:

  • Replace all appliances with popular stainless steel package
  • Install new tile or hardwood flooring
  • Reface or replace kitchen cabinetry
  • Install a tile or natural stone backsplash
  • Upgrade your countertops to granite, quartz or other natural stone product

  Check out our Beautiful Kitchens board on Pinterest and get inspired!


Town Spotlight: Greenland NH

Greenland, New Hampshire is the closest thing to a suburb of beautiful riverfront Portsmouth as there can be. Set along Great Bay, this charming town is a very popular residential area with buyers flocking to take advantage of the low property tax rates (2014 tax rate is $15.92) and convenient location.

The location of the town itself is one of the main selling features. In less than fifteen minutes you could be on I-95, Route 101, Pease Tradeport or in downtown Portsmouth! The easy access to everything makes Greenland one of the most sought after communities in Seacoast New Hampshire. Most of the commerce within the town of Greenland is local business, although some international stores such as Target and Lowe's call Greenland Home.

Real Estate in Greenland NH

Due to the proximity to downtown Portsmouth and Pease International Tradeport, homes in Greenland tend to command a higher sales price than many other towns in Rockingham county of similar size and population. Much of the inventory on the market currently in Greenland is new construction, whether in a large neighhborhood or a small cul-de-sac just off the major routes. The sweet spot of the market seems to be from $300,000 to $500,000.

Click here to Search for Homes for Sale in Greenland NH

Number of Homes on the Market TODAY - 61

Average LIST Price in the Last 60 Days - $357,100

Average SOLD Price in the Last 60 Days - $347,357

Number of Homes Sold in the Last 60 Days - 95


*Image courtesy of nhpr.org.


Portsmouth NH Restaurant is Back in Action

After a few months of renovation The Rusty Hammer in Portsmouth NH is cranking again! After officially opening in mid September, "The Hammer" has been up and running for over a month. Of course, we have to go visit our neighbor across the street!

We were so excited to see the new look. The downstairs portion of the restaurant has been compacted into a smaller space and updated with a cool bar and open feel. The second floor at The Rusty Hammer, which was previously used as a function room, has been converted into a second dining room with its own bar. It is warm, cozy and beautiful!

The food is exactly as you remember it! There are so many restaurants in Portsmouth, but this is an institution. When news hit that the restaurant was being sold and changes were being made, lovers of The Rusty Hammer made their opinions known about menu changes and Ryan and Crystal Cronin responded perfectly. Much of the staff returned, including kitchen and waitstaff and the menu is just right. A condensed version of Rusty Hammer favorites and some new additions. It is delicious!

Give The Rusy Hammer in Portsmouth NH a try and stop by across the street to say hello!


Town Spotlight: Exeter NH

Exeter, New Hampshire is a charming town located in Rockingham County, just west of the Atlantic Ocean. With a thriving downtown and incredibly easy access to Route 101 and I-95 (two of the major commuter routes in New Hampshire), Exeter is a very popular destination for homebuyers.

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter is home to Phillips Exeter Academy, an internationally renouned university-prepatory school for boarding and day students. Founded in 1781, Phillips Exeter is known worldwide for its academic, athletic and cultural programs. Students from all over world attend PEA creating a very diverse culture that spills into the downtown area. Sitting at a coffee shop downtown on any given day you see students walking through town or holding study sessions at the table next to you. It's a very vibrant atmosphere that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling!



Great Location on the Seacoast

Exeter is centrally located between some of the best parts of the New Hampshire Seacoast. It is just 10 miles to the Atlantic Ocean and 17 miles to downtown Portsmouth. Route 101 and I-95 are both just minutes from Exeter, making a commute into Boston, Manchester or Portland, Maine quite easy. Whether you want to work or play in New Hampshire, it's all easy to do from the beautiful town of Exeter!


Real Estate in Exeter NH
Since Exeter is one of the more popular towns in Rockingham County, real estate is always in high demand here! SAU 16 is a popular school system, which contributes to the higher amount of buyers in the town. There are several different types of homes available in Exeter: older, historic in-town homes within walking distance to downtown, newer (or new construction) homes on the outskirts of downtown in neighborhoods and a few condominium communities and manufactured home communities.

Number of Homes on the Market TODAY - 153

Median LIST Price in the Last 60 Days - $298,486

Median SOLD Price in the Last 60 Days - $293,276

Number of Homes Sold in the Last 60 Days - 64