MEREDITH, NH (October, 26, 2021) -- Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group is expanding its reach into the New Hampshire Lakes Region by opening a new office in Meredith.
The office, located at 54 NH Route 25, Suite 54E in the Hannaford Plaza in downtown Meredith, directly across from Lake Winnipesaukee, is the agency's first office in the region. This expansion will connect the entire New Hampshire Lakes Region to The Masiello Group's wide presence in the New England real estate market. The Masiello Group now has 35 offices in Northern New England, spanning from Downeast Maine through New Hampshire and into Vermont.
"We found we were doing more and more business in the Lakes Region and wanted to support our agents, and better serve our clients, by opening a full-service office in the area," said Sarah Kelley Ford, the interim Sales Director for the Meredith office. "The Meredith office will serve as a hub for a number of agents already working throughout the lakes region."
Growth in Rural Markets
The new office in Meredith is a direct response to the recent urban migration trend that's brought numerous homebuyers from out-of-state to Northern New England. The past two years have seen continued interest and increased housing prices in the New Hampshire and Maine real estate markets, partially driven by people moving from other parts of the country to the region. In addition, Meredith and the entire Lakes Region has long been a popular location for vacation and second-home buyers, thanks to its easy access to the major cities of the Northeast and its history of strong home price growth.
With the increased prevalence of remote work, buyers can now work out-of-office at a second home for long periods of time. Others are relocating altogether from larger cities to suburban and rural areas that offer natural beauty, ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, and access to amenities. According to data from the Atlas moving company, roughly two-thirds of the moves in New Hampshire and Maine in 2020 were people migrating into the two states from elsewhere.
"The new Meredith office allows us to increase the company's home listing portfolio and better meet the needs of clients looking to relocate into more rural areas that can provide a higher quality of living," said Ford.
BANGOR, Maine (October 13, 2021) -- Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group and Great East Title recently joined forces to raise $10,685 for Sarah's House of Maine at annual Sarah's House Yard Sale.
The event, which has raised more than $63,000 over the past nine years, supports an organization that provides rural cancer patients with a comfortable home away from home while undergoing treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer. This year celebrated the return of the popular yard sale after it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of people turned out to shop on Saturday, August 21, browsing thousands of items such as furniture, clothing, household items, antiques, sporting goods, and more.
The event, and Sarah's House, honor the memory of Sarah Lunette Robinson, who died in 2011 at the age of 26 from brain cancer. While undergoing treatment, Sarah met other people who were traveling up to five hours to receive their life-saving treatments. She saw that the lengthy and frequent travel was putting a strain, both mentally and physically, on these fellow cancer patients, so she invited them into her own home to provide them a place to stay on treatment days.
This is how Sarah's House of Maine began. It later grew into its own 9-room facility in Holden that has provided many people over the years with a supportive, and affordable place to stay.
Sarah, who was a real estate agent with Town & Country Realtors in Bangor, now a Better Home and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group company, was a beloved member of the community. Great East Title and The Masiello Group family have close ties to the organization. Not only was Sarah once an agent, but Director Delores Landry was an agent as well, and others were friends and co-workers of Sarah's as well. The close connection, and the immediate need for its services, inspired the two companies to support Sarah's House of Maine and keep Sarah's memory alive.
"Sarah was such a wonderful person and a vibrant part of our community," said Kasey Levesque, of Great East Title and organizer of the yard sale. "This event has been a great way to bring together those of us who knew and loved her, as well as do something that just came naturally to her--supporting people in a time of need."
This year's yard sale proceeds were donated in honor of Landry's late mother, Priscilla A. "Pat" Rollins, who died of cancer in September and was a volunteer for Sarah's House. Rollins helped with bookkeeping, cleaning rooms and laundry, donating more than 1,200 hours of service. In 2019, Rollins was honored with the Amanda Dempsey Award for volunteering, which recognized her dedication to Sarah's House and the patients staying there.
Sarah's House provides not only an affordable place to stay but also a supportive and caring atmosphere centered around hope and healing. Referred guests are served with integrity and respect and without regard to financial resources. Anyone who is receiving treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center and lives more than 30 miles away can stay at Sarah's House of Maine. The organization suggests a donation of $15 a night for the stay, however, assistance is available. For those who might have difficulty obtaining transportation, Sarah's House offers a van shuttle to the center, which was generously donated by Darling's of Bangor. To make a donation online, go to www.sarahshouseofmaine.org.