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Selling Real Estate, Handling Home Sellers With Our Bare Hands.

What goes into selling a home, how we handle and guide a real estate listing property owner in Maine?

Lots of behind the scenes counseling. Listening, explaining, navigating is a big component in the process of selling a home in Maine or any other type of property listing.sunset canoe in maine photo

The real estate seller is human, has a lot riding on this what it takes for a home sale.

How fast it happens, how well it goes and the results financially all combine for the next step in his or her life. The family is a big part of the process of buying or selling real estate in Maine. Making decisions that affect them is a huge responsibility.

So it all starts with a walk through with the Maine home seller and complete analysis of what is for sale. Study of the good, the bad, the ugly. Let's sit down at the kitchen table or talk on the open deck about what I think should be the approach to this particular Maine home sale.No two home sales tackled, wrestled with the same way.

All combined with a healthy two way conversation. Listening to the seller's situation, what the home owner is holding for cards to make the best use of in the real estate sale. What is their dream for the best case scenario to shoot for in the home sale should not be kept a secret.

If the Maine home is a little tired in some areas, what to do and to what degree comes into the property sale discussion.

What the seller thought would help sell the place could be far from the truth. Because other areas neglected come into the picture that are bigger issues. Can cause a delay or no home sale at all to happen. That is not the happy ending I want to see occur at "The End".

The specific custom made strategy for the home seller is hammered out, talked over and put into action. Unless the seller decides the price is too low and emotions rise with the comment "I am not going to give the place away".

Or "I don't have to sell". Over priced properties start with real estate agents or brokers taking them. Placing them out there on the market to bog it down. Like stalled vehicles to negotiate around on fast lanes of a super highway.

Giving the property owner the impression that the real estate listing has a snowball's chance of you know where of selling. 

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How House Sellers Hurt A Maine Home For Sale Process.

The decision to sell a Maine home, it has been made and now what?

Rely on the real estate professional to guide the process and spell out the procedure  steps one by one. What happens and why. What to expect and when. Otherwise trying to figure all that out on your own Mr Home seller is going to be a very costly in time and dollars mistake. ice fishing in maine photo

Often you know enough about something to be dangerous but because it is not your job day in and out.

Like most things in life, more complicated than it appears happens.

Or go unnoticed until you realize why they are so important in a Maine home sale.

So what a real estate Maine home seller thinks will help a sale can actually work to hurt it.

Because behind the scenes there is a procedure to follow and for good reason. Custom made for the particular Maine home sale where no two are quite exactly the same. There is a lot going on in any Maine home for sale list, market sale. And ever changing along the way from listing to closing.

Read more on things, what can go wrong in listing, selling a Maine home, real estate.

And more on what buyers of Maine real estate do that can trip up the journey to the property listing closing. Five mistakes Maine home buyers make that can be avoided with lots of disccusion, plenty of communication back and forth.

It helps to make believe the home in Maine for sale is your very own as the agent, broker, REALTOR..

Understanding the projects on your own place, the housing dreams you want to see completed are quite similiar to the ones the new Maine home seller does too.

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Ten Questions To Ask Your Property Buyer (And Ten More Buyers Need To Ask Their Real Estate Agent.)

Questions asked early provide answers, the valuable real estate information. To determine the right direction to head in the most expensive life time move most people ever make.

Communication back and forth, going both ways is a beautiful thing in a real estate property transaction. Upfront, during, leading into the closing on a listing for sale that is "the one".judges in maine photo

Every real estate agent, broker, REALTOR should ask buyers and sellers a list of critical questions.

Like a doctor or lawyer to diagnose the problem, recommend a solution and to set realistic expectations to follow. 

And if there is strong opposition, backing away. Because you can not help those that don't want to take the advice after weighing the pros and cons of each slightly different real estate situation.

The early little talk at the listing kitchen table after the walk through or in the real estate office or during a showing provides a glimpse at the likely outcome from everyone's efforts. 

To determine the actual odds good or bad from experience of the real estate professional checking their gut feeling, the heart and the head for the job at hand.

Sizing up a particular buyer or seller and study of  their role in the script. And likely outcome of ever getting close to a successful real estate transfer sit down around the long conference room table.

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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Maine Real Estate

Bad real estate buying, selling advice, where does it come from and would winging it work better than being steered down the wrong path?

When talking real estate, a property that is the biggest asset most folks ever wrestle with to buy or sell. Or just pay off because of the cost to pull off the purchase and juggle all the other monthly household bills. ice fishing in maine photo

The worst advice I have run into with real estate when we list a property that expired from another agent.

One home with a sizable chunk of land surrounding it was a pretty place.

Large square footage home and over sized garage.

The couple had no kids and poured the money that usually goes into rearing them into the sticks and bricks instead. No thought of resale but strictly home enjoyment ruled the day.

But the pair decided let's sell the home here in Maine and pick one up in sunny Florida. Change of plans, the shifting gears of life put into play. Thinking something this nice for a property listing for sale should not sit on the local Houlton Maine real estate market for long.

Wrong.

The real estate agent that took the property listing made the first cardinal mistake. Not telling them the real value based on a sneak peek at the comparable house sales like it. Over priced properties don't sell, ignore the current market value.

With the gander at what is on the market competing for buyers for homes and land pretty similar to this one on the real estate chopping block. Added in with all the other motivating factors that lead up to the let's list our Houlton Maine home.houlton maine downtown photo

So over priced, giving the house and in Maine a listing price in the nose bleed section of the MLS property bleachers. (Loud buzzer)

Strike one.

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The Penalty For Taking A Maine Woodlot Out Of Tree Growth Plan.

The Penalty For Taking A Maine Woodlot Out Of Tree Growth Plan.

 

The penalty for early removal of land in Maine from the tree growth property tax and management program?

What do you have for a property tax reduction by being in tree growth and what happens if the plug gets pulled before the ten year plan runs out? For starters, education on the tree growth program in Maine is needed. mt katahdin maine mountain photo

The tree growth program in Maine was created in 1972.

To protect a resource.

Yes individual land owners in Maine have property rights for their own use and enjoyment.

And the premise is not that you have to harvest woods in the ten years while the tree growth plan is underway. But just that eventually there is going to be a harvest of the Maine land.

Because of ice storms, spruce budworm, something affecting the unprotected Maine woodlot. Blow downs, dead and and dying trees with decay from insects or wildlife activity will peck away at the Maine woodlot that is neglected.

And suffering in health because no tree growth plan for growth and vitality is in place.

And for financial reasons to help pay the property taxes, other expenses too. To simply make a living in Maine and carve out an existence.

Tree growth plans.

To help guide the forested track acreage into a future harvest with thinning, pruning for recreational beauty too. Environmental protection safeguards put into place on paper first with a pledge, a realistic dream. Not just all ahout money jingling in the pocket from a harvest cutting operation on the Maine woodlot.

Sawlogs, pulpwood, chips, firewood are all wood products. The tree growth program assures the wooded land is protected, healthy stands maintained and thought is put into the care and direction the Maine woodlot is headed in the days, months, years ahead.

Over cutting, clear cuts and no rules before 1972 meant a Maine land owner was on his own with his Jonsered, Husqvarna chain saw and the skidder choker twitch cable heading to the wood yard clearing.

It was his land to do whatever he thought best. Unless polluting a nearby stream, river or Maine lake. Or if interferring with the enjoyment a neighboring land owner was able to have with their next door property.

The biggest penalty we see triggered in our job of listing and selling Maine woodlots, is land removed for a building spot. To put up a camp or cabin. One listing we are getting ready to sell that had more than one building spot designated on the paperwork. Shown on a map of the woodlot getting ready to be put on the market.

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