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Real Estate Agency In Houlton ME.

Real Estate Agency In Houlton ME.

Real estate agency in Houlton ME, do I know of one that does more than list properties for sale?

Because today the buyer for the real estate in Maine is not just local. Or the pool of buyers for a listing better not just be a small one that is local only. The World is getting smaller thanks to the Internet and if the marketing is harnessed correctly, the targeted audience is not just local for a Maine real estate listing.

So how do real estate agencies in Houlton ME stack up?horseteammainephoto

I have found over the last 36 years of this real estate career that buyers want more information on the local area.

And in small Maine towns, not much is posted online to help answer the questions surrounding what is it like living her in Houlton ME.

Or whatever community the buyer is considering investing in and using part or full time.

The local community videos of Houlton ME help broaden the service provided. The barrier has to be removed.

For the out of town, state, country buyer that has to put everything on hold until he or she can clear the schedule and spend a lot of money and time getting here to kick the tires of what is for sale for property listings.

With videos, lots of local images and narratives that tell the local small Maine town story, the buyer is not delayed. The seller benefits and the property listing for sale in the Houlton ME area hops on and off the conveyor belt of current real estate offerings to conside.

Information about the local banks, the local attorneys, options across the board on where to eat. Heck even where to stay, motel rooms in Houlton Maine. All that and much more is needed to be hunt and pecked and posted. All those topics are covered in detail on our many blog posting platforms.

Saving time, gas, money, frustration is a big part of our job. So if setting expectations for the buyer and seller that consider the size of the real estate budget, the timing of what has to happen that involves a property listing for sale in Houlton ME.

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New Construction, Maine Land Needing Something On It.

The neighbor fired up a skill saw this morning and it hit me as something special.

New construction or fixing up anything already built is industrious, shows care and respect. And belief in the future in a small Maine community. New construction on Maine land is not the long and drawn out process folks from out of state fear either.

So many share horror stories about building, remodeling, new home construction projects where they are coming from and still have night sweats over the expensive, drawn out nightmare.

In Maine there are not the layers of players and life is simpler.houltonmaine000004

Shoreland zoning, building around a natural resource is more restrictive but for good reason.

Maine is all about keep it clean, pure, all natural.

To protect the environment and using common sense, methods to avoid or stop soil erosion or anything leaching into the crystal clean waterways in Maine.

Kinda think like a fish... they would holler or gurgle if they could talk about how much they hate lawns, weed and feed, pressure treated arsenic floats and docks.

So how does it work when reaching for power tools and measuring, slicing up boards? Unfolding the blue prints and putting a rock on each corner at the work site.

Doing the ground work. Building from the dreaming about the place in your head and how to wake up with it on the Maine land. The easiest, cost efficient way possible for new construction on the land in Maine.

If you are in a small Maine town which most of these burgs are, the town office is usually only open a number of hours, just a few days a week. Not a bunch of municipal cars parked outside a town office and folks coming and going, shuffling paperwork either.

No, it is a one town manager, part or full time, and other folks with full time jobs holding down the stint on the animal control, fire warden, zoning and planning boards all in one in small Maine villages.

Often six people wearing all the hats in a small Maine town. And when you get off one job after decades of service in that role, hokey pokey jump back into this one. Cross training happening so everyone knows what the rest of the tight knit family is doing. They had the same rotation of job last term in the small town elections won by a landslide margin.

Only so many folks to do the day to day in small Maine towns.

It cuts through the paperwork and you are dealing with local control. The person that is the building inspector, the town tax assessor is up close and personal. One of your neighbors and not a hired gun from away and locally employed the bulk of the time somewhere away from the Maine town office.

But volunteering for  many posts from school board to fire department in the small Maine town. Being of service, more involved. Because not a enough money in the property tax base to do it any other way. Home grown not store bought.

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Tips For Buying Land In Maine

The urge to own, kick yourself into gear and to be finally buying land in Maine is a strong one.

The low prices on the property acreages is one reason. So is just the sheer size of what is for sale for land in Maine that pulls at a person's heart strings too. Underneath all is land, remember? Like Abe Lincoln, you too want your name on the title to the land deed you own outright, free and clear. horsesnowviewwinterlandphoto

Land with good drainage, features like a view, water frontage, an open and wooded mix, terrain.

That does not require you to be a mountain goat.

And please, smack dab, right on the recreational trails if at all possible.

That is the obvious showing up on the wish list folks hold to describe their perfect piece Maine land property acreage.

Along with generous, attractive owner financing options for the Maine land to make buying it on installents easy.

But you have to have sure footing, a good foundation to build anything on. So the title, access, ability to build on the land acreage is pretty darn important stuff to discuss. So is the shape of it if you have teeny weeny frontage on the road, and it goes on and on for seemingly miles.

Spaghetti lots, bowling alley strips or dog leg jogs this and that way are not a land subdivision done right. They are a surveyor's nightmare.

Land in Maine has lots of purposes. Peace of mind to run away to it for fun or to regroup if city living is smothering youin a scary way. Land to retire on. To use for the all important raising a family, to have an investment to enjoy and that increases in the value of the Maine land.

Vacation property is the fun kind. Take a break, catch your breath. Unplug and recharge in Maine.

But tips for buying land in Maine. Like anything involving money, watch out for your wallet is good sage advice. But if you don't do it everyday there are red flags waving you don't even see. Even for a simple small parcel of Maine land used for seasonal recreation.

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Real Estate Sales In Maine, What Is Not Talked About Much.

Real estate sales are a delicate operation and many smaller not talked about so much topics don't get the black ink they should.
 
Sure I have blog posted before about mistakes buyers make in real estate sale  transaction.
 
And equal treatment with real estate seller blunders done with or without knowledge of the severe consequences affecting whether a property listing gets to the closing conference room table or not.aerial lake in maine photo
 
The sheer number of days on the market (DOM) can make the Titanic property list, droop, slide into the dark deep cold waters on the big, impersonal MLS playground too!
But besides the clean it up, price it right and be ready to show at the drop of the hat, on a moment's notice.
 
There is much more to add to the real estate buying and selling discussion.
 
Way way more. Enough for a series of posts on just this topic of what red flags to look out for and the ones you just don't see. Even the real estate professional learns new tricks each day. In the passion, some call jealous addiction of property listing buy, sell, trading.
So skip the staging, the realistic pricing and all out marketing do's and don't and let's toss up for all to see a few more situations that can raise their ugly head.
 
In listing, selling real estate in Maine, anywhere on the planet or solar system.
First and foremost, real estate does not get bought and sold without a lot of people involved. With bank financing especially, more layers of players have something to say. They are all gatekeepers.
 
When the guys and gals with the combination to the bank vault, holding the purse strings raise a concern and their eyebrows one by one get hoisted. And some new wrinkle is introduced in the real estate sale to add to the woes and concerns.
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Land In Maine For Sale, How To Manage Your Woodlot.

Being a good steward of your Maine land, the woodlot that is like tree farming.

Where you the owner want to maximize the return, the growth and to remove any restrictions that hurt the wood production. Of the stands that populate your Maine woodlot.horseteammainelandphoto

Treating the timber on the Maine land with respect and passing along the ownership to another family member is part of the good stewardship.

So is working hard to protect the Maine land from soil erosion.

Where soil is washed away and into precious natural resources that hurt fish, damage the quality of a water resource Maine is famous for and proud to protect. 

So your woodlot, when it is time to timber it, harvest the over story and to weed out the too congested or mature trees, careful and easy does it is the order of the day. The simple tractor you use around a Maine farmstead and it's assortment of chains can be a start.

So when twitching the downed tree and dragging it to the yard to process the limbs, ready it for loading on a truck or trailer, other smaller trees are not destroyed or damaged in the process of cutting the Maine woodlot. 

The private Maine land woodlot owner has the time and pride to take the steps to carefully remove the timber that a forestry report outlines as time to harvest. More on the Maine tree growth program.

The Maine woodlot is not just a place to visit in late summer to gather firewood from hardwoods ridges. To be a season ahead of the heating a Maine home. So seasoned wood from the Maine land is dried, cut to match the length of a woodstove in the kitchen, down in the cellar. 

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