New Hampshire - Real Estate
Move to New Hampshire
With its serenity and scenic beauty, New Hampshire living offers it all... the seashore, mountains, lakes, four distinct seasons, beautiful landscapes, colleges, universities and no income tax nor sales tax. Nature lovers will appreciate the scenic mountains, lakes and Atlantic shore, while the politically minded will enjoy being the first to vote in the nation's presidential primaries. It’s New England at its best: apple festivals, strawberry festivals, craft fairs, band concerts, fireworks on the 4th of July, picnics with family and friends. The Granite State has something to offer just about everyone.
Overall cost of living in New Hampshire is about 10% above the national average, with housing costs for homes and apartments at about 12% above average. The median price for an existing home is near $250,000, with the median price of a new construction home at $294,000. Additionally, some of New Hampshire’s local communities have some of the highest property taxes in the country. Housing affordability and property tax relief is a hot topic among New Hampshire politics and remains the goal for a number of governing bodies, laying out strategies to develop and preserve affordable housing for all ranges of income families that call New Hampshire home. Despite the higher cost of housing, personal finances in New Hampshire are greatly helped by the fact that there is no state income tax or sales tax. This relief combined with a state government that has exercised some fiscal restraint has attracted commuters, industry, retail customers and service firms from other nearby states with higher tax policies, like Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine.
New Hampshire is not for those who don't like extreme weather shifts. Residents here enjoy four distinct seasons, with generous amounts of sun, rain and snow. Summers are pleasant and short, and autumn is the crowning glory with some of the best fall foliage in New England. Winters are long and cold; most residents find the winter season an exhilarating time to be in New Hampshire, making it the perfect home to enjoy all types of winter sports. From big mountain downhill skiing, to the quiet solitude of cross country skiing through forest trails, New Hampshire’s skiing (the state’s official sport) offers one of the best ways to enjoy winter. And even though the warmer months are short, residents of New Hampshire take full advantage of summer cottages along the many lakes, motor sports at the New Hampshire International Speedway and Bike Week, a popular motorcycle annual rally held in Laconia in June.
To say that New Hampshire is home to some of the country’s best fall color tours is an understatement. New Hampshire is packed with scenic drives from the Seacoast to the Great North Woods. A popular destination of tourists, autumn in this New England state is unbeatable and each September and October people from all over the world come to New Hampshire to see the fall foliage. As for the suggested route for a fall driving tour, don’t worry. Even if you choose a less recognized roadway, just driving in and around New Hampshire is full of enough picturesque villages, small towns and natural vistas to keep your eyes glued the entire trip.
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