Around the Region: N.H. home sales continue to rise in October
In Merrimack County, 154 homes were sold in October, up 21.3 percent from the 127 sold in October 2012, according to new figures from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors. Median sale price fell 0.9 percent over the same period, to $183,250.
Overall, New Hampshire home sales continued to rise in October, though at their slowest pace since the spring.
The 1,371 single-family homes sold during October represented a 5.9 percent increase from the 1,295 sold in October 2012, the group announced last week. That’s the smallest year-over-year increase since March, when home sales rose 4.1 percent compared with a year earlier; sales were up an eye-popping 23 percent in July, 12.4 percent in August and 15.4 percent in September.
Prices also rose a bit more modestly than in recent months. The median price of a home sold in the state was $213,800 in October, up 5.9 percent from the October 2012 median sale price of $201,900.
Nationally, single-home sales were up 5.2 percent in October compared with a year earlier, and median sale price rose 12.7 percent over the same period, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Electric car hotline
Public Service of New Hampshire has created a hotline and website for customers with questions about electric vehicles.
“As interest in electric vehicles grows,” the utility said in a press release, “so does the need for accurate and up-to-date information.”
The utility’s information center provides information about vehicles, payment options and charging equipment, among other things.
The information is available by phone, at (855) 463-6438, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and online at plugmyride.org.
Irwin Automotive in Laconia provided 100 holiday turkeys to the St. Vincent DePaul charity in Laconia. It is the third year the auto dealer has made a turkey donation.
“Enabling families to share a meal with their families allows for a special celebration, a gratefulness that frees them from their troubles,” the company said in a press release.
New DownEaster station
Barker Architects of Concord has partnered with Dubois & King, an engineering firm in Bedford, to restore the Exeter Depot Baggage Building into a ticketing station for Amtrak’s DownEaster train.
The depot is a 700-square-foot stone building that once was part of a B&M passenger rail station, according to a press release from Barker Architects. Renovations are scheduled to be complete early in 2015.