2011 was a GREAT year! Looking back I feel hopeful our local economy is on the improve-direction though there's no real easy way to predict that. I can look at the steadiness of my business and the variety of leads coming not only as buyers ( as was heavily the case in 2010 with the homebuyer tax credit) but as sellers. Buyers are realistic about their positions and sellers are as well. Though there was a fair share of short sale and foreclosures I saw an increase in cash purchases of all price range, especially upper end!
In Keene NH, I've seen lots of new apartment buildings go up, Keene State College growths and, in general, an increase in commercial development. Our Main Street is vibrant and busy, some of our more popular retail rental spaces have shifted over to Main Street but I am aware of some businesses who are going to take advantage of those vacancies, bringing altogether new energy to those vacant spaces. Though it will take time, I am definitely an optimist here but I can truly say that Keene NH is a wonderful place to be. We are, in so many ways, buffered from the rest of the nation's extreme ups and downs and we have strong community local support to small business owners and local consumerism.
I've been in Keene since 1994 and feel blessed to have chosen this region to raise my family!