Housing Needs in New Hampshire - Report Slides

Posted by Susy Thielen on June 5th, 2014 — in Housing News

If you would like a copy of Dennis Delay’s, “Housing Needs in New Hampshire”, Power Point presentation, please contact <susyt@headingforhome.org> and request a copy of the presentation on June 5 at the Keene Public Library Auditorium.

Housing Needs in New Hampshire - A New Report

Posted by Susy Thielen on May 19th, 2014 — in Housing News

Be among the first to learn about changing NH housing trends, Dennis Delay, economist, New Hampshire Center for Public Policy and co-author of the study report, ““Big Houses, Small Households,” will be the featured speaker in Keene on June 5 from 4-5 p.m. at the Keene Public Library Auditorium on Winter Street. The presentation will be focused on a report of the study’s findings.

New Hampshire Housing commissioned the study on the state’s future housing needs and preferences, performed by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and Applied Economic Research. The purpose of the study was to gauge the amount and type of housing that needs to be generated over the next ten years, as well as identification of the impacts demographic and market trends are having on the types of housing that Granite State residents want.

There will be a discussion and light refreshments immediately after Mr. Delay’s presentation.This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The event is co-sponsored by Heading for Home and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.


8th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast Invitation

Posted by Susy Thielen on October 29th, 2013 — in Housing News, Monadnock Region Coalition

On Friday morning, November 8 from 7:30-9 a.m., Heading for Home is hosting the 8th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast at the Keene State College Alumni Center. The program will feature a presentation and discussion by Dick Anagnost, President of Anagnost Investments, Inc. Mr. Anagnost has been instrumental in the creation of over 500 units of rental workforce housing to serve the needs of the businesses within the City of Manchester. Much of this housing has been created through partnerships with Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority and New Hampshire Housing and Finance Authority. He will share his ideas and lead a discussion on how to develop local working partnerships with the goal of increasing the availability of affordable workforce housing in our region.

There will also be an update on latest local real estate trends with Chris Thompson, President, Monadnock Region Board of Realtors.

There is a $10 registration fee. Registration for the breakfast and program is required. To register, click on the “Register Now” button below. For questions, contact Susy Thielen at susyt@headingforhome.org or 352-0971.

Sponsored by Heading for Home and the Savings Bank of Walpole.


Judge sides with Walpole Planning Board in development suit

Posted by Susy Thielen on May 2nd, 2013 — in Housing News

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
By Kyle Jarvis Sentinel Staff

WALPOLE — The Walpole Planning Board acted appropriately when it approved the largest apartment development in the town’s history, a superior court judge ruled last Thursday.

Cheshire County Superior Court Judge John C. Kissinger Jr. ruled that a group of residents who sued the board after its approval of the project “have not met their burden of persuading the court that the board’s approval was unlawful or that, by the balance of probabilities, it was unreasonable.”

In November, the planning board approved a proposal from the Avanru Development Group of Walpole to build an apartment development along Route 12 behind Tractor Supply Co. In December, several residents filed suit against the board, alleging it acted improperly when it approved the project.

The planning board approved Avanru in 2010 to build a 48-two-bedroom-unit condominium complex, but economic factors led the developer to pursue other options. It returned last year with a new proposal to build an apartment building with 60 single-bed units and seven two-bed units. Avanru says it plans to rent those units to people ages 55 and over. The group of residents suing the board claims that plan was a ruse meant to foster greater support from state and town officials.
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Students in the ‘Hood: How Student Housing Choices Impact the Local Housing Market

Posted by Susy Thielen on March 9th, 2013 — in Uncategorized

You are invited to join us on Friday, March 22 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. to participate in a one-time presentation featuring the findings from a recent research project completed by Keene State College geography students. The study evaluated the impact off-campus student housing rentals are having on the housing market in Keene. A moderated discussion will follow.

Location: The event will be at the Keene State College Alumni Center next to the Main Street/Marlboro Street Roundabout. There is limited parking in the rear.


  • Amelia Armstrong, Kelley Levine and Samuel Rand, Keene State College Senior Geography Students, Researchers

Special Guests:

  • Jay Kahn, Interim President, Keene State College
  • Kendall Lane, Mayor, City of Keene

A free, light breakfast is included. Registration is required by March 20. Please forward this invitation to your friends and associates. We look forward to seeing you.

To register, click the “Register Now” button, below.


Zillow: Nearly a third of US homeowners mortgage-free

Posted by Susy Thielen on January 12th, 2013 — in Housing News

By Alejandro Lazo Los Angeles Times
What mortgage meltdown?

While millions of Americans have suffered the angst of lost homes, equity and pride, nearly a third of the nation’s homeowners have no mortgage at all, according to an estimate by real estate website Zillow.

The free-and-clear class includes, predictably, retirees who have chipped away at their debts for decades, but also a surprisingly high percentage of young people and those who live in relatively affordable regions.

Economists and housing analysts said Zillow’s estimates are in line with historical norms. But the proportion of these owners is likely to grow as the nation’s baby boomers reach retirement. The fact that they can pay cash when they move will make them increasingly important players in a recovering housing market.

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Heading for Home Business Leaders Breakfast Invitation

Posted by Susy Thielen on October 18th, 2012 — in Housing News, Monadnock Region Coalition

Join area business leaders at Heading for Home’s 7th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, November 2 at Stonewall Farm.

The economy is beginning to turn the corner. Get the inside scoop on the early signs of recovery.

The event will feature:

  • A presentation by Jack Dugan on regional economic development projects as well as his insights into the symbiotic relationship between adequate, affordable housing and economic development. Jack is the President of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. He has developed over $105 million worth of real estate and 1.3 million square feet of commercial and industrial space as well as helped to create and retain thousands of jobs, and he continues to play an integral role in the revitalization effort of Downtown Keene.
  • An update on local real estate trends with Cindy Westover , President, Monadnock Region Board of Realtors and Primary Broker at Galloway Real Estate. She has been a Realtor® since 1991.
  • An overview on the Monadnock Region Future Project, a three-year project to develop a plan for the future of the Region with Tara Germond, Regional Planner, Southwest Region Planning Commission.
  • A full, delicious breakfast.

The $10 registration fee includes the cost of breakfast.

To register, click on the blue “Register Now” button below. For questions about the event, contact Susy Thielen, <susyt@headingforhome.org>.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of the Savings Bank of Walpole.


Home sales continue to rise in county, state

Posted by Susy Thielen on September 26th, 2012 — in Housing News


Home sales numbers continue to improve, both in Cheshire County and statewide.

August residential sales came in at 80 homes sold in Cheshire County, up more than 19 percent from a year ago. For the year so far, sales are up by a third.

The August figures from the N.H. Association of Realtors were up from July in the county, both in homes sold and, perhaps more importantly at this point, in median price.

July saw 71 sales, up from that month in 2011, but down from the 78 homes sold this June.  But the median sale price in August was $159,950 — up from $141,000 in July. For the year so far, the median sale price is flat over last August’s figure.

Statewide, sales were up more than 21 percent over August 2011, though prices were stagnant.

It marked the eighth time in eight months that sales were at least 15 percent ahead of last year’s pace statewide, and brought the total number of 2012 sales to 8,413, 21 percent ahead of the 6,973 in the first eight months of 2011.

Habitat for Humanity building a model of efficiency

Posted by Susy Thielen on September 10th, 2012 — in Housing News

In Minnesota, Habitat for Humanity is building an Eco-Village, a housing development that will produce all its own power.

By Jim Buchta

September 4, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — Nakeia and Ramell Dismond are like most working-class families: After the rent is paid, they have no money left in the budget for their kids’ activities or vacations.

That will change in a couple of months when they purchase a new home on the west edge of River Falls, Wis. Crews there are building a housing development that will produce all its own power, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars each month.

The project is the largest of its kind in the nation for Habitat for Humanity, the sixth-biggest U.S. home builder last year. The nonprofit says the development will create affordable housing at a time when mortgages have become tougher to get. It will also serve as a national model, showing for-profit developers that homes can be energy-efficient and economical on a large scale.

“A project of this size helps propel us further along that green and sustainable path,” said Matt Clark, director of construction technologies at Habitat headquarters in Atlanta. “As an industry, we all need to be moving toward green and sustainable solutions.”

The Eco-Village will create its own power through a combination of solar panels, geothermal heating and other energy-saving measures, then sell the power back to the utilities. When finished, the development will have 18 single-family and attached homes as well as a park. The St. Croix Valley Chapter of Habitat is building the Eco-Village on a once-neglected site along the edge of downtown River Falls, about 40 miles east of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
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Local housing sales showing signs of rejuvenation

Posted by Susy Thielen on August 14th, 2012 — in Housing News

By Garrett Brnger Keene Sentinel Staff


Local housing sales showing signs of rejuvenation

The local housing market is showing fresh signs of vitality, mirroring national trends.

Sale figures from the N.H. Association of Realtors June report show Cheshire County doing exponentially better than the rest of the state compared to last year. June residential sales were 122.9 percent of what they were during the same period last year, and sales so far this year are up 42.6 percent.

Compared to last year, all of the state’s counties are doing well. Statewide sales in June were up 17.7 percent over the same 30-day period last year, and year-to-date sales are even better, having increased 20.3 percent from what they were at the same time in June 2011.
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