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Blog :: 09-2013

Housing Trends

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Asked any local Realtor about 2013 business and you will receive similar answers. The year started robustly with a large number of land sales (relatively quiet for the past several years) and home purchases to first-time buyers. To me, both trends suggested confidence in the future and that folks felt their jobs were secure. Expectations were that summer would sizzle. What happened was more like a summer fizzle. More inquiries and showings did not lead to contracts. Many blamed the sudden jump in interest rates. While that may have been a contributing factor, I sensed a return to the economic uncertainty that has hovered over us for the past several years.

Having said that, the past month has been busy with a mix of land, primary homes and second homes going 'under agreement' and to settlement. I am not sure what has started this burst of activity but I do know that buyers are taking advantage of the inventory and getting some very good deals while interest rates are still historically low.

May I suggest taking a look at one prominent Center Lovell home? Conveniently located at the top of Old Stage Road, with 1.6 acres and beautiful White Mountain views, this is the perfect year-round or second home. Please click here for additional photos and detailed information. We would be pleased to show you this exceptional property.


Four Cedars Antiques

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One of Center Lovell's prettiest roads is Old Stage (aka 5A). No matter which direction you are heading, you always end up at Route 5. The southern end is anchored by the Historical Society with the Post Office and the former Dutton office at the opposite end. In addition to a wonderful variety of older farmhouses and new homes, a ride along Old Stage always provides stunning views of Lovell, Baldface and the White Mountains. As we approach foliage season, it is ok to stop and enjoy the view.

One of Lovell's newest businesses, Four Cedars Antiques, is at the corner of Old Stage and Swain Road. Tucked into the woods and between beautiful stone walls, is a small white building with green shutters that contains a great collection of folk art, architectural pieces, country furniture, vintage garden accessories and more. I must say, the way everything is displayed, it is almost like walking into a museum.

Owner Shoo Hale opened Four Cedars this June and is open on weekends from 10-5. Although she plans on having the store open through the fall season, it might be best to call her at 207-925-1017 to be sure.

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After visiting the store, you are invited to walk the grounds of the well-landscaped Four Cedar Farm! Be sure to enjoy this special part of Lovell!


  1. Charlie on

    I am glad you are there to keep me up to date of the current events of my hometown . I am down here in Georgia but I still know what is going on in Lovell. THANKS STAN!!