Lamprey Real Estate History

A Real Estate Tradition in the Lakes Region since 1945.

The first Lamprey REALTORS® office was located right in the center of Moultonboro, in a building that has since been removed in from of what is now the Moultonborough Historical Society Museum, which incidentally was the home that Bob and Stewart grew up in. Bob and Stewart realized early on that the then very quiet town would not offer enough activity to sustain their business and support two families. The decision was made to relocate the operation to Laconia in a building on Paugus Bay, now the location of Paugus Bay Sporting Goods.

After several years of successful operation, the growing real estate company relocated to 408 Union Avenue in Laconia and expanded to include insurance services. In the late 1960's Bob and Stewart purchased the P. I. Building "at the lights" in Meredith, currently the home of the Inn at Bay Point and Lago. This location provided a central location on Lake Winnipesaukee. This move established Lamprey & Lamprey REALTORS as a leader in marketing waterfront properties in the Lakes Region. A boom in the second home market on Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding lakes combined with an increase in the construction of new homes provide ample inventory and business continued to grow.

In the mid 1970's, Bob and Stewart began to diversify their business. Both brothers were active in politics. Bob served on the Moultonboro Board of Selectman for 15 years as well as the Planning Board. Stewart spent 21 years serving the State of New Hampshire legislature rising to become Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate. Both brothers took very active roles in numerous conservation, clean water and preservation boards throughout the Lakes Region. This community activism kept both Bob and Stewart in touch with the local people and the issues that are so important to the conservation of our natural resources and the economy of the area.

Stewart shifted his focus to commercial real estate starting another company New Hampshire Business Sales, while Bob remained the champion of the residential market. In the early 1980's Bob moved his operation to Center Harbor with the purchase of the present office location 249 Whittier Highway. Bob loved the challenge of renovated older homes and once he finished with the Center Harbor Victorian, he took on the renovation of a building in the center of Moultonboro village that he fondly called "The Glidden House" (current office of Attorney Keith Nelson).

Taking a ride around the area with Bob was always interesting – he sold and resold many homes in the Lakes Region and always had a story about the families involved in his transactions. He loved his profession and his home town of Moultonboro, the mountains and lakes in the area. It brought him great joy and much pride to share his love and knowledge of the Lakes Region.

In April of 2008, at the age of 90 Bob passed away. He left a legacy in the Lakes Region that will not be forgotten. People still remember his legendary Stetson Cowboy hat that became the symbol of the company. His devotion to the community and business that he loved so much cannot be matched. Those of us that knew him well miss him greatly, but the memory of his love of the Lakes Region remains an inspiration to us all.

Today, Lamprey & Lamprey REALTORS still remains a family business. Sadly, Mary Lamprey-Bare passed away in 2018. Ben Bare, Mary Lamprey's husband, serves as President of the company. Christopher Williams, our office manager, manages the day to day operations. In 2012 we hired an advertising consultant to give our logo and branding new life and thus we added Lamprey Real Estate Associates. Mary Lamprey-*Bare wanted the agents and staff to be recognized as the heart of the company. Her vision remains to this day and we truly embrace the team approach to selling real estate – working together so that each transaction is handled from beginning to end with complete professionalism.

The real estate business has changed in recent years and this company has moved into the 21st century with enthusiasm. State-of-the-art technology and new marketing concepts have been embraced – and we are always looking for new ways to market and reach our customers and clients. But – even with all of the "new" technology the heart of our business is still "good old fashioned service" that has been the benchmark of Lamprey & Lamprey since 1945. Our service is what sets us apart and makes Lamprey Real Estate Associates one of the Lakes Region's premiere real estate firms.

Our business has been successful because we have had the opportunity to work for so many terrific people. We could not have stayed in business for 0ver 75 years without the many people that have chosen Lamprey REALTORS® over the years. Many of you have been repeat customers and many have been kind enough to refer your friends and family to us. We want to thank you for your patronage and look forward to enthusiastically serving you in the years to come.