YES! Buy! It's wonderful living here in Lincoln. My husband and I bought a second home 20 years ago and just this last year when we retired, chose to live here full time. The town is busy, but not overwhelmed by traffic/tourists like the North Conway area. The economy's great. And it's only 2 hours to Boston. Perfect location.
We used a broker named Miles Moran http://(www.mooserealty.com
) when we bought. Miles is a local guy, born and raised, and is tapped into many wonderful deals. A few months ago I spoke with Miles on another matter and he told me he had a foreclosure listing in the South Mountain area that originally sold for $600,000 that was on the market for only $400,000. So he knows the deals.
That said, please do not fall into the trap of offering 25% below market value. It's really not gonna get you anything, and might insult the seller into refusing to deal with you. Sellers only want to get fair market value, and that's really all buyers are entitled to get too. FAIR market value.
Rather, to figure out fair market value, ask your broker to evaluate the prospective sale by doing a "fair market analysis" just as if he/she were going to list the property. This is a great method for zeroing in on what you might offer. Then start your bid at maybe 5% below fair market value.
One trick: before you make your offer, decide what is the MOST you'd be willing to spend on the property. That way you will find it easier to agree to a sales price once the emotion (and stubbornness) of negotiations kicks in.
Good luck and follow your dream. It's wonderful here!