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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.

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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