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Brick & Barn Real Estate Group Launches Charitable Giving Initiative in Support of Make-A-Wish

How realizing the dream of homeownership, is also helping grant wishes for critically-ill children. 

Portsmouth, NH- April 4, 2018- Brick & Barn Real Estate Group today announced they will be donating a minimum 3% of all company proceeds from every property bought and sold through the company in New Hampshire to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. They will be matching that pledge in Vermont for all transactions closed in that state. The funds will go towards helping grant critically-ill children’s wishes. 

“One of our company's core values is giving back to those less fortunate and the opportunity to lend a helping hand to kids and their families going through the most challenging time in their lives was a cause that Brick & Barn could not overlook” Scott Rome, Owner, and CEO of Brick & Barn Real Estate Group based in Portsmouth, NH, and Quechee, VT, explained of the company’s decision to support Make-A-Wish. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation's impact is immeasurable for these families and we are thrilled to play a part in helping to lift their spirits across New Hampshire and Vermont.” 

Every four days, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire grants a critically-ill child’s wish. The funds donated by Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will go directly toward granting wishes. Past wishes granted include Disney cruises and domestic and international trips, meeting sports heroes, play areas built in families backyard, to name just a few. 

“Brick & Barn Real Estate Group’s involvement will make a significant impact in our efforts to grant children’s wishes in New Hampshire,” Libby Giordano, Director of Seacoast Development for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire explained.  ”We are very grateful for the support that Scott and his team will be providing us and know that children’s lives will be touched by their involvement with Make-A-Wish.” 

“We are thrilled by Brick & Barn Real Estate Group’s commitment to supporting our efforts to continue granting children’s wishes in Vermont,” James Hathaway President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont said. “Their support will make a profound, positive impact on children’s lives.”

In addition to donating funds, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group’s agents and staff will be volunteering their time. “The families that Make-A-Wish supports are experiencing hardships that no child or family should have to go through,” Rome noted. “We are fully committed to doing our part to put a smile on their faces.”

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About Brick & Barn Real Estate Group

Brick & Barn Real Estate Group provides a concierge approach to buying and selling properties. With a highly personal experience, the latest in technology strategy and tools, and supported by a team of experienced real estate professionals, buyers and sellers are offered strategies that ensure the most optimal outcome.  Brick & Barn Real Estate Group currently offers both residential and commercial real estate brokerage services throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Southern Maine. For additional information, please visit, BrickandBarnGroup.com.

About Make-A-Wish New Hampshire: 

Every 4 days Make-A-Wish New Hampshire grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in New Hampshire. The organization believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides Make-A-Wish in everything they do. And inspires the organization to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.  nh.wish.org

About Make-A-Wish Vermont: 

Wishes are often the first step in a child’s recovery. Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted over 800 wishes to children with critical illnesses since its inception in 1989. For more information or to refer a child, please visit vermont.wish.org.

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jocelyn@brickandbarnrealestategroup.com

603-502-5174

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    5 Home Inspection Tips To Help You Save Time & Money

    One of the most important things to do before buying real estate is to complete a thorough home inspection. This is a time that can be used to determine if the property is a good investment or not. But how do you properly inspect a home if you're new to the business? In addition to matching with a real estate agent and home inspector, our team at Brick & Barn Real Estate Group want to give you a few tips to help you inspect your next home. The following should be closely considered when buying any property: 

    • Be Inquisitive
    • Be Present
    • Take Photos
    • Don't Neglect The Roof
    • Develop Trust With The Inspector

    5 Home Inspection Tips To Help You Save Time & Money

    Be Inquisitive

    Never be afraid to ask questions. After all, this is your money on the line. What may seem like a strange question in your mind could trigger something in the mind of a home inspector that could end up saving you thousands down the road. 

    Be Present

    You would be shocked at the number of people who don't attend a home inspection for a property they intend to buy. Instead, they rely solely on the opinion of the home inspector. While his or her opinion may be valid, it is crucial that you see what needs to be done in person before making any final decisions. This way, you're not blindsided by any unexpected tasks which need to be accomplished that would have caused you not to buy the property had you previously known about them.

    Take Photos

    Your memory may be great, but no one could possibly remember every little detail that is seen during a home inspection. That is why it is so important to take a number of photographs. Many little things in the home can add up to be a serious total bill at the end of the day. Having documented evidence of the deficiencies in a home can allow you to better organize your thoughts and decide whether or not this is a good investment. Plus, if you decide to go through with the sale, you'll have pictures you can use as a checklist when making repairs over time. 

    Don't Neglect The Roof

    Buyers are often so focused on the inside of the house that they often neglect to look at the outside of the house, more specifically, the roof. Those cold and snowy winters, as well as the rainy summers in New England, can quickly take a toll on the roof of any property regardless of how well it was built. Replacing a roof is one of the more costly repairs that a real estate investor or homeowner must make which makes it imperative to know about prior to the initial investment. If it's discovered well after the sale, you may be left holding the very expensive bill to cover the repairs. 

    Develop Trust With The Inspector

    In order to take the word of a home inspector, it is essential to build a trusting relationship with him or her. This relationship usually begins by being introduced to the inspector through a real estate agent. Real estate agents have been in the business for a very long time and know the home inspectors who know their stuff and the ones who are just looking to get paid. A good inspector can ultimately make or break your overall investment on a property. If just one thing goes unnoticed during an inspection, it can end up costing you tens of thousands of extra dollars unexpectedly in the future. 

    Buying real estate can be one of the best investments out there. In fact, it was the famous author Mark Twain who once said, "Buy land, they're not making it anymore". By knowing what to look for and common pitfalls that first time real estate investors often fall into, you can already be ahead of the curve. If you would like to know more about becoming a real estate investor in the New England area then be sure to visit the Brick & Barn Real Estate Group website. They will be able to provide you with a plethora of knowledge on the topic and be able to help get you started on the path to sustainable wealth.

     

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    Upcoming Events in Portsmouth and the Seacoast Region

    As winter very slowly makes its way out of New England, the number of fun things to do in Portsmouth and throughout the Seacoast area increases. At least it sure feels that way. Which of these cool activities taking place in our historic city and throughout the region will you be taking advantage of in March and April? 

    Seacoast Repertory Theatre

    Spring may be on its way, but you most likely would prefer to continue to enjoy indoorBrick & Barn Real Estate Group | In The Heights events for a little bit longer, so why not check out a production at our own professional theatre? "In the Heights" is the next mainstage production here, and you have 24 opportunities to enjoy it from March 23-April 22. While there, you'll be entertained by a story about the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan set to a "Tony-Award winning blend of hip-hop, traditional Broadway and Latin music." Tickets cost from $20 to $38. 

    The Music Hall

    Another indoor option is The Music Hall, which is a cool venue simply because of its history: it's the oldest Victorian theater in New Hampshire. Even Mark Twain is amongst the artists to have graced this stage, which dates to 1878. One of the most anticipated upcoming productions here is the comic opera "Così Fan Tutte," which will be performed on March 31. However, that's not the only show to take place at the venue as a wide variety of ones are scheduled here over the coming weeks. 

    Out of Hibernation 5K

    By the middle of April, you will most likely be quite stir crazy from the long winter that we just had, so what better way to burn off that excess energy than by taking part in the Out of Hibernation 5K? This annual race is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 14 and is centered around the Portsmouth Masonic Temple. Registration costs $20. 

    Out of Hybernation 5K

    New Hampshire Wildcats

    Perhaps you prefer to enjoy your sports events as a spectator, not a participant. If so, you're in luck too. Although the college basketball and hockey seasons are wrapping up, the spring sports are just starting up for the New Hampshire Wildcats. Some of the competitions taking place in Durham include women's lacrosse matches on March 13 and April 4, 7 and 21 and track and field meets on April 7 and 14. 

    Great Trivia Knock-Out

    How about exercising your mind? The 3rd Annual Great Trivia Knock-Out is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 9 and will be held at Redhook Brewery. The $100 entry fee includes open beer and wine bar and food from Nibblesworth while proceeds will support the Prescott Park Arts Festival. Auctions and raffles will also take place at this event. 

    Winter Farmers' Markets

    Farmers' Markets are not only for the warmer times of the year as ones have been taking place throughout the winter too. The final two are scheduled for March 24 at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford and on April 7 at Exeter High School. Hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Come Live On The Seacoast

    With all of the fun activities happening come see what it could be like to live here! A professional from Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will be your partner in the process.  We provide a unique approach to helping you navigate the real estate buying experience. Find a property online or give us a call at 603-389-2228. 

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    What To Look For In A Real Estate Agent

    Renowned worldwide for its lush forests, pristine lakes, and mountains and valleys that could come out of a storybook, New Hampshire and Vermont are as picturesque as they are exciting. Home to world-class skiing, the region's most challenging golf, and backcountry adventure like Mount Washington, they provide outdoor people with as much activity as they can handle all year long.What To Look For In A Realtor - Brick & Barn Real Estate Group There are also quaint towns and clean cities filled with friendly people and dining and entertainment that keeps you coming back.

    New Hampshire and Vermont also offer beautiful residential properties, with homes in-tune with the gorgeous landscape. There are homes that offer a traditional New England country feel and in-town homes that offer urban sophistication, without the big city pollution, traffic, crime, and expense. 

    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group currently lists New England homes ranging from country estates to forest cabins to townhouses and condos. There is a vast selection of sizes and surroundings, but all are a bargain compared to similar properties down south.

    How can a real estate agent help?

    Real estate agents at Brick and Barn Real Estate Group breathe real estate in New England. They know every town, neighborhood, and hot property in their areas. They also know what is going on in the towns and where development is headed in the future.

    Real estate is a local business, and having local experts on your side makes all the difference. Agents know what areas suit their client's needs. They also know the areas to avoid. They are aware of problem properties, and they know where the hidden gems lie. Your real estate agent guides you to the home that will make you happy.

    When you contact one of the agents at Brick and Barn, they find out what type of property will work for you and use their turbocharged search power to find you all the options. Real estate agents can access property options that are not available through a search on Zillow. They also often know when properties are close to coming on the market, or when a seller is about to reduce the price. These pieces of information make all the difference when it comes to getting the best deal on a dream New England home.

    A realtor negotiates on your behalf. They handle real estate deals every day. Their negotiating power allows you to buy a home at a great price, with minimal stress. Few people have the time to negotiate a real estate deal, and they shouldn't try. Not having a realtor in a negotiation is like not having a lawyer in court. Just as an attorney earns his fee by getting you a far better legal result than you could obtain on your own, a real estate agent earns their commission by getting you the best possible property for the best possible terms and price.

    When you work with a realtor, you have an expert looking out for your best interests. Buying a home is thrilling, but someone needs to safeguard your financial and legal interests. Your agent handles all of the important details, like titles, inspections, and earnest money. Agents also can provide you with other needed professionals, like home appraisers and inspectors and real estate attorneys.

    The other great thing about working with a real estate agent is that you know who to call down the line if you want to move. Your agent can work to get you the best price for your home. Now that you are on the seller's side, it's time to think about getting that house looking sharp for a spring open house, so you can get top dollar for your investment.

    Why Brick & Barn Real Estate Group? 

    Whether you are buying or selling a home, a professional from Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will be your partner in the process.  We provide a concierge approach to helping you navigate through the experience; end-to-end.. With a highly personal and consultative team of real estate professionals, buyers and sellers are involved and informed at every step in the strategy to ensure the most optimal outcome.

    Leveraging the latest in digital marketing strategies, 3D photography, and our team of over 20 real estate professionals, we make what can sometimes be a stressful experience a smooth and enjoyable one.  

    We are experts in our communities, passionate about New England, and are excited to help sell or find your New England dream home.

    One Commercial Real Estate Merges With Brick & Barn Real Estate Group

    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group Creates New Commercial Division As Part Of Ongoing Expansion Into Residential And Commercial Real Estate Markets

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    Portsmouth, NH - February 5, 2018 - Brick & Barn Real Estate Group recently announced that One Commercial Real Estate will become its commercial division, combining the companies operations. The merger is part of the company’s ongoing expansion in the residential and commercial real estate markets throughout the Seacoast and the Upper Valley region. Headquartered in Quechee, Vermont, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group has been helping people navigate the home buying and selling process for decades. Brick & Barn Real Estate Group Merger With One Commercial Real Estate

    With the addition of One Commercial Real Estate and its founder, Bob Marchewka, 2017’s New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors (NHCIBOR) Realtor of the Year, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will now bring their trademark concierge real estate services to both residential and commercial buyers, sellers and leaseholders throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast.

    “We are thrilled to have Bob Marchewka joining us and heading up our expansion into the commercial market,” Brick & Barn Real Estate Group owner, Scott Rome said. “Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, management, development and consulting, all of which are a significant asset to us as we continue to expand throughout the Seacoast.”

    In addition to being named 2017 Realtor of the Year by the New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors (NHCIBOR), Marchewka is Chairman of the city of Portsmouth’s Economic Development Commission. He also serves on the National Association of Realtors State and Local Issues Mobilization Committee.

    One Commercial Real Estate: Division of Brick & Barn Real Estate GroupSince 2010, One Commercial Real Estate has been providing commercial real estate brokerage and consulting services throughout the Seacoast, as well as in Dover and Durham, NH.

    “Joining forces with a dynamic, rapidly- growing company, like Brick & Barn Real Estate Group, that boasts a strong team, plus a presence in Vermont, New Hampshire and Southern Maine, allows us to expand our reach, momentum and further accelerate developing our commercial opportunities,” Marchewka said of his decision to join Brick & Barn Real Estate Group.

    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group currently has 20 agents and brokers across its Quechee, Vermont, Portsmouth, NH, and York, Maine offices. To support the growth and the addition of One Commercial, the firm will be opening a fourth office at Pointe Place in Dover, NH, in May of 2018. Pointe Place is a new community in Dover that includes 200 luxury rental apartments and 40,000 square feet of commercial space. In addition to having an office in the development, One Commercial is also overseeing the lease agreements for the commercial space.

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    About Brick & Barn Real Estate Group
    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group provides a concierge approach to buying and selling properties. With a highly personal experience, the latest in technology strategy and tools, and supported by a team of experienced real estate professionals, buyers and sellers are offered strategies that ensure the most optimal outcome. With the company’s 2017 expansion, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group currently offers both residential and commercial real estate brokerage services throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Southern Maine. For additional information, please visit, BrickandBarnGroup.com

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    5 Reasons To Live On The Seacoast

    History. Innovation. Activity. There is no conversation about the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine that won’t be comprised of one of these things. 

    Anywhere you turn, it is clear to see the rich nautical history of this area’s yesteryear. Historic homes, quaint brick, and architecture leave visitors and residents alike feeling like they are walking the streets of a time past. 

    Don’t let the historic facade fool you, however. The Seacoast is home to vibrant businesses, restaurants, and opportunities that keep its nearly 20,000 year-round residents busy. 

    Why the Seacoast?

    Aside from the picturesque downtown of Portsmouth and the rocky coastline of Maine and New Hampshire, why would you want to live on the Seacoast?

    The Food

    The Seacoast boasts hundreds of restaurants, over 100 of them are located right in Portsmouth. Some of these notable locations have appeared on famous shows like Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The Seacoast truly is a foodie paradise.

    Not only is the cuisine fantastic but the Seacoast, home to organic farming pioneer the University of New Hampshire, is the champion for Ecogastronomy

    What is Ecogastronomy? Ecogastronomy integrates sustainable agriculture, hospitality management and nutrition. Whether it is composting waste from restaurants and businesses in Portsmouth, buying your meat from the sustainable butcher in Kittery or sitting down to enjoy the freshest foods from sea and land a restaurant can offer - the Seacoast area is committed to farm-to-table initiatives.

    The Breweries

    As much as the Seacoast loves its food, it also loves its beer. If you are a true beer enthusiast, you will find nirvana in the Seacoast.

    Within 10 miles short miles, beer lovers flock to seven fantastic micro and nano-breweries including Smuttynose, Throwback, Redhook, and Tributary Brewing, to name a few.

    Love beer but want to enjoy all the local breweries have to offer from the comfort of one stool? Stop into The Black Birch in Kittery. Born from a passion for wine, beer, and cocktails, visitors to The Black Birch are never disappointed.

    The Schools

    For anyone with a family, or considering starting a family, the choice of school is paramount when buying a home.  When you choose to move to the Seacoast, you are surrounded by the best schools around - regardless of which side of the state line you choose.

    Portsmouth, Rye, Durham, Hampton Falls and Stratham all have schools in the list of Top 10 schools in the state. Most of these communities also round out the Top 10 places to raise a family in New Hampshire as well.

    Not to be outdone, York Schools appear in the list of Top 10 in the State of Maine and Marshwood consisting of Eliot and South Berwick are in the Top 20.

    The Year Round Events

    Living in what some jokingly refer to as “the arctic tundra” isn’t as dull or cold as you might think. While the vibrant summer events are hallmarks of the area, the Seacoast doesn’t hibernate all winter either.

    Winter may be cold, but it does little to squelch the enthusiasm of residents. Whether celebrating the Fire and Ice Festival or skating at Strawberry Banke Museum, winter is a lively season in the Seacoast. In a bad storm, locals are known to strap on skis and snowshoes to go out because they know their efforts will be rewarded with beer deals at many bars in town.

    Summer brings all the road races and outdoor events you can dream of. The Seacoast Road Race Series promotes fun and fitness with race proceeds to benefit local non-profits.

    From movies in the park to music and outdoor theatre entertainment attracting some of the biggest names in music - there is a little something for the whole family during the Prescott Park Arts Festival season.

    The Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne State Park is fun for the whole family with eco-adventures and the Sea Concert Series.

    Whether you are looking to relax on one of the beautiful beaches in York and Hampton or attend nightly events along the water under the stars - look no further than the Seacoast.

    The Proximity

    If there wasn’t enough to do with food and seasonal events in the Seacoast, one of the advantages of the area is how close it puts you to anything you could want. Living here you are an hour from Boston and everything it has to offer - yet it still has that small town feel.

    Two hours north you have incredible hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Rumney Rocks - named one of the best sport climbing spots on the East Coast is also within that two-hour radius.

    Climbing or hiking not your thing? Stay a little closer to home, and enjoy a 15 min drive to surfing beaches, kayaking within Portsmouth city limits or ride your bike around the six-mile loop leading from downtown Portsmouth into Newcastle.

    Come Live On The Seacoast

    Whether you are buying or selling a home, a professional from Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will be your partner in the process.  We provide a concierge approach to helping you navigate through the experience; end-to-end... With a highly personal and consultative team of real estate professionals, buyers and sellers are involved and informed at every step in the strategy to ensure the most optimal outcome.

    Leveraging the latest in digital marketing strategies, 3D photography, and our team of over 20 real estate professionals, we make what can sometimes be a stressful experience a smooth and enjoyable one.  

    We are experts in our communities, passionate about New England, and are excited to help sell or find your New England dream home.

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    4 Steps To Purchase Your Dream Home

    If you are in the market for a new house and want to make the process as simple as possible, you are likely wondering what steps will allow you to reach your goal. Before you get started, keeping a few tips near the front of your mind will reduce the stress and help you buy the home of your dreams in no time:

    • Know Your Budget
    • Get Prequalified
    • Do Research
    • Get a Real Estate Agent

    Know Your Budget

    Understanding your budget and how much you can comfortably spend is a great step in the right direction if your mission is to purchase a home. In some cases, you will need to have 20 percent of the cost to make the down payment, and the house you buy should not cost more than three times your annual income. You will also want to think about your other bills and financial obligations before you will know how much you should spend when you move forward. Following this advice will help you get a house without putting yourself into a difficult financial situation.

    Get Prequalified

    Once you know your budget and are ready to take the next step in the process, you will be ready to get prequalified. Getting a lender to offer a prequalification letter is not difficult or time-consuming, and most financial institutions will allow you to do so over the phone. If you want to get a prequalification letter that matches what you can expect to borrow, being honest during the interview is vital. The loan officer will ask about your income, bills and assets to paint a clear picture, and you will have your answer without delay. 

    Do Research

    If you want to get a house that matches your needs but would like to avoid overpaying, research is essential. The internet, real estate magazines and friends are great resources when you are trying to learn as much as you can about the real estate market, letting you see the top homes for sale in your area. Conducting research will also help you avoid getting ripped off because you will know what homes are worth in the area to which you want to move. You can take this tip a step further by looking into the crime rate of the area and other factors that should play a role in your decision. 

    Get a Real Estate Agent

    If you would like to enhance your odds of success so that you can enjoy the best possible results be sure to contact a Realtor. A Realtor is your best advocate and will match you with homes that fall within your budget. Enlisting the help of a talented real estate agent will prevent you from running into unneeded problems along the way, putting your worries to rest. 

    The Brick & Barn Real Estate Group

    When you are looking for homes for sale and want to get the most from your time and money, a professional from Brick & Barn Real Estate Group will be your partner in the process.  We provide a concierge approach to buying and selling homes. With a highly personal experience supported by a team of real estate professionals, buyers and sellers are involved and informed at every step in the strategy to ensure the most optimal outcome.

    Leveraging the latest in digital marketing strategies, 3D photography, and our team of over 20 real estate professionals, we make what can sometimes be a stressful experience a smooth and enjoyable one.  

    We are experts in our communities, passionate about New England, and are excited to help sell or find your New England dream home. 

     

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    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group Expands to Portsmouth, NH

    Portsmouth’s newest Real Estate Company, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group, brings a concierge approach to residential and commercial real estate as well as design and project management.

    Brick & Barn Real Estate Group, Portsmouth’s newest real estate company, recently opened its doors at 51 Islington Street. While the company is new to the Seacoast area, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group is a long-established Vermont-based company that has been providing home buyers and sellers with expert services for nearly 50 years.

    Since its establishment in 1968, in Quechee, VT, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group, has been helping people navigate the home buying and selling process in the New Hampshire and Vermont Upper Valley Area. With the recent expansion to Portsmouth, the company will now bring their trademark concierge real estate services to buyers and sellers throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine.                                                          Brick & Barn's New Office

    "Expanding to the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine was a natural progression for us,” explained longtime Portsmouth resident and Brick & Barn Real Estate Group owner, Scott Rome, who bought the business with his partner Herb Hart earlier this year. “This area is vibrant and abounds with charm,” he added.  “We expanded here to bring our unique approach, fresh perspective, cutting-edge technology, and high-touch customer service to representing buyers and sellers in the Seacoast market.”

    In addition to guiding home buyers and sellers through what is oftentimes their most significant financial investment, Brick & Barn Real Estate Group also provides commercial real estate brokerage services and boasts an in-house, full- service design and project management division.

    Through a strategic partnership with The Look Interiors, the company manages residential and commercial design projects from conception to completion, including architectural design, landscape design, sub-contracting, project management, purchasing, decor, and installation. Previous nationwide projects include The National Hotel in Miami, The House of Blues in Chicago and Atlanta, The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA and The Rose in Pasadena, CA.

    “We’re thrilled to be bringing our passion for real estate and design to the Seacoast,” Rome said.

    For more information or to talk to an agent, please contact our Portsmouth office at  603-319-4660!

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      Brick & Barn Real Estate Group Now Offering 3D and Virtual Reality Walkthrough of Home Listings

      When was the last time you looked at a real estate site searching for your own property or just browsing to see what was for sale in your neighborhood or town?  Ever have difficulty understanding the layout of the house or wondered if the pictures truly represent what the property looks like in person?  How about going to look at a house and finding out the pictures were taken with a wide-angle lens and the house is much smaller than you thought? 

      These are all common challenges in the house hunting game.  But it doesn’t have to be anymore! 

      Brick & Barn Real Estate Group has started using a Matterport 3D camera to scan our listings in a dimensionally accurate 3D model – exactly how the human eye would view it.  From your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, you can self-guide yourself through the entire house, at your own pace, viewing each room at any angle, as if you are walking through it in real time. 

      Taking it a step further, Brick & Barn is also using virtual reality headset to allow buyers to have a completely immersive 360-degree walkthrough of our listings. 

      Check out a 3D experience of Brick & Barn’s corporate headquarters in Quechee, Vermont. 

      2D photographs, videos, and drone footage all have its important place in marketing real estate.  But using Matterport’s technology and placing people directly in homes is the future for buying and selling real estate.

      Contact Brick & Barn Real Estate Group to learn more about Matterport 3D and how we can help you market your properties to get the best exposure and experience for your property.  VT: 802 295 7525  NH: 603 560 3411

       

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        Fall is for Apple Picking

        Children Picking Apples in AutumnNow that Fall is upon us it’s time to pull out the comfy sweaters and start watching Hocus Pocus on repeat until Thanksgiving -- or if you prefer spending time outside in the crisp fall air, grab the family and to one of our favorite pick your own apple orchards in the Upper Valley.

        Poverty Lane Orchards
        98 Poverty Lane
        Lebanon, NH

        Recently picked as “One of New England’s Best Apple Orchards” by Yankee Magazine, Poverty Lane Orchards is among our favorite orchards. From September 2 - October 29 from 9 am to 5 pm during the week and 10 am to 5 pm on the weekends, the public is invited to pick their own apples. Poverty Lane Orchards grow over 20 varieties of apples, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect apple, whether you are eating it straight from the tree, baking them in a pie, or fermenting them for apple cider.

        Wellwood Orchards
        529 Wellwood Orchards Road
        Springfield, VT

        Alright, so Wellwood Orchards technically isn’t in the Upper Valley but it’s definitely worth checking out. Wellwood Orchards is open 7 days a week 9 am to 5 pm. Wellwood’s has a variety of fruit to pick throughout the year (like peaches, strawberries, and plums) but their Autumn Harvest consists of an array of apples, pears, and pumpkins! Apples are $4.50 per half a peck and pears are only $1.00 per pound! Wellwood Orchards also offers a ton of family-friendly activities to enjoy on the farm like free wagon rides every weekend through Columbus Day. They also have a petting zoo on site that’s open until 6 pm daily.

        So what are you waiting for? Put on your favorite sweater, grab the family, and get picking!

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