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The Little Things In Real Estate Listing, Twisting, Selling.

The Little Things In Real Estate Listing, Twisting, Selling.

Like most things in life, it is the snow ball of all the little details that help or hurt a real estate listing sale.

As a new property hops up on the whirling listing conveyor belt for the razzle dazzle, pick me pick me would you please. The current real estate market conditions impact the speed and chances of ever having a successful real estate closing. The property pricing is the biggest factor that influences a sale on any type of real estate listing. realestatesalephoto3

The value of your property is the tallest hurdle to clear or you can forget all the loose ends that follow behind that figure filled into the price space on the MLS listing software form.

But when the price on the property gets adjusted up and down and is like a ping pong, the buyers watching the real estate radar get the wrong impression. It disappears when pushed up to a higher price bracket so the buyer thinks it is sold. Then reappears when the sales price is lowered and drops back into a low bracket.

The property buyer thinks something must be wrong with the property, it is back on the market and failed to sell. Shelf life, the increasing days on the market (DOM) don't help the sale chances either just as the longer a person is on the operating table, the greater chances of problems developing that threaten coming out of the pair of doors alive and kicking.

Forget the large amounts of wiggle room weighing down a real estate sale listing price. And instead of expecting one brave soul to have the nerve to make an offer, let everyone know you mean to sell. By pricing the property realistically right off the bat. Then monitoring, adjusting that sticker price all the way up to going under contract. To reflect the market all the listings swim in and react to as more real estate comes on and off the current inventory competition.

The list of little things in a real estate sale that impact the chances of a closing include how clean or cluttered the property is. And if the smell of the property odors follow the broker and the buyers home. How quick a possession can be arranged will make or break a sale. Nothing beats an empty home for the hurry up to slide in and start playing house for the new buyer.

Which bank is picked for the mortgage lending can be good, bad or plain ugly.

Local lenders give the best turn around to keep the financial lending wheels spinning best for ground covering action. Far from your state bank loan processing centers can cause sales to die on the real estate vine in the wait for the appraiser, the paperwork shuffle. From all the layers of players in the underwriting dog and pony to get a clear to close for a successful sit down paper shuffle transfer of the real estate title.Too long means too bad when the seller, buyer or both pull the plug on the bank lender.

Marketing, the reach and frequency of the real estate listing exposures determines the size of the buyer pool.

If only local folks, your neighbor knows about the place being for sale, good luck selling fast and for the highest price possible. MOOERS REALTY finds that buyers and seller are very busy and delivery of the information better be cutting edge available and quick, easy to slice and dice. Missing information, a delay in getting current, fresh details about the property for sale, the local community is critical.

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How Much Home Can I Afford To Buy?

How Much Home Can I Afford To Buy?

How much home can I afford to buy?

What mortgage payment would fit into my monthly budget that has other financial obligations to meet? There are some that just don't know for sure what a bank mortgage home loan underwriter would say is the magic number when buying a home. Others who know they don't care how high the "loan arranger" says they can afford but tie it to what they are already paying for rent. buying a home photo

A lot of renters are paying way way beyond the monthly lease installment they technically can afford.

Fixing this, mowing the lawn, paying for utilities that should be on the house meter but that are not. The worry for a home buyer about property taxes, property insurance and upkeep can make the house payment be a small part of the obligation. Many renters are just over spending, paying more than they can afford for their rental units which makes the cushion of extra cash missing in their wallet or purse. And that's why so short on closing costs or getting behind on other payments when something unexpected comes up needing immediate attention. It used to be one flavor or local home loans too, that involved a hefty twenty five percent down payment or forget even trying to get a house mortgage.

So back to the headline of the blog, the question about how much home can I afford? The two rules of thumb batted around if everything is equal is one week's paycheck allocated to housing. Or the other real estate axiom is two and a half times your yearly salary. I prefer to gravitate to the one quarter of your monthly income. So money is left over for other essentials like groceries, house repairs, kid's braces, family entertainment, credit cards, car paymentets etc. Here is one debt to income calculator to fill in the numbers and run some financial scenarios.

The debt to income ratio is just as important as a good credit score and paying your bills on time month after month.

The debt to income ratio is the percentage of your gross income required to cover your housing and debt payments. The lower your debt-to-income ratio the easier to carry your debt load will be. A low debt-to-income ratio increases the odds that you will be able to meet your monthly obligations and not miss any of the payments. This debt to income ratio and your credit score are the two most important factors used by creditors when extending home loans and offering additional credit in lending exercises.To much debt and the odds proven by the numbers if the debt ratio gets too high means everyone loses. 

Calculators for buying a home in Maine.

You need to know more than just what is my monthly house payment going to be if the loan is this long a term for the mortgage at this particular interest rate. Debt ratios on how much you make, how much you spend now and what this new home payment is going to weigh in at is part of the mortgage home loan underwriting. 

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Buyers, Sellers Of Real Estate Homes In Maine Need Help.

Buyers, Sellers Of Real Estate Homes In Maine Need Help.

Buying a home in Maine is serious stuff.

Lots to look out for today in the real estate list, twist, sell. Nothing to be left to chance and a real estate professional makes it look easy. But it is not child's play to buy a home. And for the lucky home buyer, staying in the property and making payments, repairs, carrying the financial burden of the sticks and bricks. Pretty important stuff with a lot to consider. monumentborder maine photo

But the two sides of the real estate equation need to be talked about so the buyer and seller understand the ground rules.

To know what is expected of each side of the partnership. As a seller, what has to happen to make sure lots of buyers are in the swarm considering your place?

Tips for sellers of a home.

The attraction to come in from the curb means spruce up the exterior of the property listing. Mow grass, trim those cedar shrubs and hedges. Cut back the long limbs hanging down and crowding the buildings or making the back yard look smaller and over grown. Make sure the front door yard does not look like a police in pound area for seized cars. Park them somewhere else or clean out that garage so the primary vehicles can slide inside!

Paint the home, building exteriors and match that color so it is more scrape and touch up instead of painting the place an entirely new color a few shades brighter or lighter than the original saves time and money. Straighten or replace those cracked or hanging, missing window shutters too helps the appearance. Clean those windows to make them sparkle!

Heading inside the house, the leaking faucets, the missing light bulbs and clutter, dirt need to be addressed.

Before the property showings and for the video walk through open house on demand loops. The inside images should be ready for show time and not showing loose ends that are addressed but after the photo shoot.

Make the inside navigation of the property free of obstacles. Hitting your hip on the table corner does not help the focus of your buyer as he or she wander through and hopefully ooh and aah from joy, not pain. The kitchen and bathroom need to be ship shape and not look like a bomb hit. Teenagers, pick up your mess please! Or someone tidy up the premises like the hotel maid. Nothing on the surfaces for piled high stuff leaning and sliding to the floor.

Do the laundry or hide it away. But not to cause an avalanche when the buyer checks out the closets. Send the barking dogs to your mother in laws. Vacuum, pick up the toys, open up the shades, make sure there is no odor.

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Maine Real Estate Market Reports

Maine Real Estate Market Reports

Maine real estate market reports can be as dry as a kid's popcorn balls found tucked away from Halloween trick or treating a few years back.

But that's if the market reports are rows of numbers and missing pie or bar graphs that tell you quickly what is going on in the many sections of a local real estate market. The ones you would find most interesting in feeling the pulse and reading the collected vital signs.real estate market report

Market reports for real estate that deal with the specific areas of Maine a buyer or selling is thinking about are the most important to them.

Because decisions made affect their pocket books, families and careers. When to move, when to stay put and hold 'em like a real life Poker game. The stakes are high when your family is involved in the move.

And if the reader of a blog post or listening to the media real estate market report is just not interested at this time in buying or selling, the current property listing stats get skipped over completely. Or forgotten beyond the catchy media headline or sound bite. Because at this moment in time they are not a seller or buyer with a listing or sale in the wind and are busy concerned about other pressing matters in life.

But real estate market reports for Maine that do examine the current conditions are a highly valuable economic tool to a seller on the fence and thinking about the best time to slide off and list their property.

Or for a property buyer that kicks it into high gear to purchase now because some factor like rising interest rates or a shrinking supply of the real estate listings he can afford is influx. Waiting could mean less value for the buck in the real estate exchange.

Like travel when the weather can be fickle, there is a best time to hop in or out of the real estate market. Or stay parked and continue to study the current real estate market like a doctor and nurse do the vitals on the patient in the bed hooked up to all the glowing numbers, beeping monitors.

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The Questions Home Buyers Ask Real Estate Agents And Brokers.

The Questions Home Buyers Ask Real Estate Agents And Brokers.

Questions on the property listing, what can you tell me about the home for sale makes for a long list to answer.

What would interest one person might not another but condition, the shape of the home for sale is important. To please a bank financing the loan on it. And for the buyer who thinks of the size of the job jar, how many of them are filled to the brim and that he is agreeing on tackling if this is the home he buys.(Gulp).flickrtemplate-maine-photos

How real estate property listings improve a home buyer's life depends on a number of factors too.

Everyone of us has hot spots of what he wants, does not seek in homes, partners, any provision of goods, services, life experiences.

What enthuses one in life bores the heck out of someone else. Variety is the spice of life, and real estate property searches too reflect this versatility in listing needs. As they gather round the real estate agent or broker and start firing the questions. The question list is longer if the presentation is skimpy and lacks information, much in the way of imagery, plat maps, floor plans or video to feed them the property details at their preferred pace, on their time frame that is usually after hours. 

Real estate buying is emotional, there is lots of dreaming attached to the property search. For just the right piece of real estate to reach out, pull off the current MLS carousel going round and round the buyer on the hunt for something to purchase.

To fit a need, to improve a nesting size and location problem. Too big, too small or just right is a moving target with real estate buyers who have life changes. Caused by health, disease, divorce, or affluence and the ability to buy more, get more from their housing dollar.

So the real estate lifestyle search filtering routine is part of how the wheels turn in the head of the listing buyer grind. The home buyer that is ready, willing and able or plans to be to make the purchase if they like from what they find online or in person during the one by one property tours.

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Registry of Deeds In Maine, Sixteen Counties To Land Title Search.

Registry of Deeds In Maine, Sixteen Counties To Land Title Search.

Registry of deeds in Maine, Vacationland is a big state that has sixteen counties for land title searching and recording.

Of all the legal instruments involved when a property is conveyed to another real estate owner. To keep track of who owns what in the chain of title so a real estate abstractor or you and I can know who is the record owner today. Or twenty, forty years ago, whenever time in history is picked for revealing the true, absolute owner in the search of land titles to the real estate under the microscope. houltonmaine registry of deeds photo

Maine is a race notice state which means if you get a property title deed to the real estate, you have one important life and death serious matter to address.

You better find your way to the local registry of deeds.

Don't tuck it away in a top drawer or slide it into a book high up in a little used cabinet and forget to get it recorded.

The deed could burn in a fire, get lost and misplaced in the shuffle when you take your last breath. The lungs stop and your estate is broken up in the dispersement of your real and personal property.

Get that deed to the real estate registry for copying, for the micro filming to store elsewhere. For the all important putting the new title in your name on record at the local registry of deeds pronto. Because if it is not on record, showing up in a forty year title search or longer for the World to know that you are rightful property owner, it's a big sigh and "rut rho Mister Man" sputtered.

Without a recorded, witnessed and notarized legal deed of conveyance placed on record, well now Chummy, nothing keeps the seller from finding another real estate buyer.

Taking his money and granting the same deed description, location and acreage you thought you had purchased. Selling it again to another eager real estate buyer who simply trots up the registry of deed's steep granite court house steps. With the second duplicate deed in hand to pay the fee for so much a first page, second or how many trees killed to make the paper to hammer out the documentation. To show the local property tax people who get a copy who to send notices to each year. The seller, the buyer, the legal description to the real estate along with the transfer tax formsthat accompanies it to record the real estate title to the land in Maine. This is serious stuff when talking the biggest value asset most of us ever possess.

First come, first serve is how the scales of blind folded lady justice law courts view who is really the true owner of the property in Maine now. And if a property is divided up without a legal survey that was done all day long before the slower, expensive splitting up land subdivision process became law in the early 1970's, what if too much pie was sliced and diced?

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Maine Town Spotlight | Hodgdon ME - Aroostook County

Maine Town Spotlight | Hodgdon ME - Aroostook County

Hodgdon Maine is located in the collection of towns in Aroostook County.

Parked on the Canadian border and covering one six by six mile square township south of Houlton Maine. Bordered on the south by Cary Plantation, the west by Linneus Maine. Like other towns in the Southern Aroostook area, farming, logging timber helped put the school land grant on the map. Those two disciplines were what initially spurred settlers to load up the wagon and take the trip north into what was still part of Massachusetts until 1820.cowflies maine farm photo

Hodgdon Maine had 515 households the last US Census survey says. 1309 folks live in this bedroom community to Houlton Maine.

Hodgdon Maine  like Houlton and other towns in what was part of Washington County at the time had a fuzzy border line with our Canadian family and friends.

Loyalists to the King jumped back and forth of what they argued over, the real location of where the International border boundary line was or should look like, where it should be. It took many years for a concensus of opinions on the boundary line and so the railroad could set up shop in this region of the Northern Maine wilderness of woods, patches of fertile cleared fields and pasture land.

My mother was a Benn from a section of Hodgdon Maine called Benn Hill where a lot of Christmas trees come from thanks to local surveyor Fred Rooney who planted them as a side enterprise.

Major views generate from this elevation of Hodgdon but the real top shelf vista happens when you climb Westford Hill. Lots of picnics, a few outdoor music concerts with several local bands on flat bed truck trailers have created music on Westford Hill on the Cone Farm property. Probably a little grape juice, barley pop, fire water were mixed in with the live music strummed, sang by local musicians. Westford Hill, where the amps could be turned up nice and loud, because no one around to bother. 

Views from Westford Hill include Mars Hill to the north, to the west you see Mt Katahdin. And the view extends into Canada on the east. Much of the scenery to the south and west is in to unorganized sections of Maine that are still under populated. These vast woods are loaded with more wildlife than people.

Hodgdon Maine was formed in 1832, began keeping vital records in 1837.

There is rich history found in the cemetary on the Walker Road where my grandparents, lots of other relatives are buried. The plots lined along the hilly terrain grid work of driveways overlook the recreation fields where little league, horse shows and other Hodgdon Maine community events happen.

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Second Homes In Maine For Sale.

Second Homes In Maine For Sale.

Second homes in Maine for sale. Looking for a vacation property or retirement real estate?

Maine is a pretty state with plenty of open space, less people. And the word is out about how neat it would be to own a low cost second home in Maine.

Sometimes the second home in Maine is on the water front. deer  in maine photo

Other times in town, out in the country. Many have plenty of land acres surrounding them for a lifestyle that includes having lots of property. A feature missing where eight out of ten people live in a city, urban setting. Horses, planting something, raising something on the farm land in Maine that is part of the second homedream.

Empty grocery store shelves, losing power for days and other fear survival guides exploit make the purchase of low cost real estate in Maine seem a logical choice. Safety is not so common a feeling when you live where lots of people are clumped together. And not so many wildlife examples.

When more than one buyer is after a second home, the price goes up with the demand.

In small rural Maine with more wildlife and acreages of vast woods and not so many inhabitants create the prices that are affordable. Attractive to Maine second home buyers that are making the decision to spend more time in Vacationland than just a long weekend, a seven day time away from work chance to relax. Two buyers is good, three is better to create an auction setting feeling for the owner of what becomes someone's second home.

Besides the space, the ability to hear yourself think, Maine is sought after for a second home investment for other reasons. The no cost woods trails to explore, the lower expense to insure a place in the 4th lowest crime state. In part of the country where the cost of living is lower. The pride of workmanship is high in rural Maine. Getting away from high tension traffic, all those dead bolts and sliding chairs, security cameras and blinding external lighting.

In Maine you willl see stars you did not know existed over head in a sky of diamond sparkle on a black velvet back drop.

Light pollution, other kinds too is just not a concern when again there is less people per square inch. Northern Maine where I live has 11 people per square mile. Southern Maine is loaded with elbow room too but clocks in with 44 people for the same mile by mile square.

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Like A Traveler Needing Directions, Information, Real Estate Websites.

Like A Traveler Needing Directions, Information, Real Estate Websites.

When you are lost, trying to save time getting to your destination, real estate websites can add or take away from the same kind of experience.

Nothing beats helpful, easy, and not leaving the online real estate search session hungry. Or worse, frustrated because there is a delay getting what you were after. We get it.

And here's the other big surprise, everyone likes to absorb the property listings, the local community way things roll and ABC simple guidance differently. All buyers of real estate have time constraints these days. And even if they had all the time in the World, teasing them with all the properties sounding alike in the skimpy write up of the copy and pasted does not satisfy the hunger for information.derby2011 houlton maine tech day photo

Some real estate buyers like to read.

Others study the pictures. More and more gravitate to video or do all the above  in different degrees.

Being ready, stocking all the shelves of the real estate vending machines and serving up home cooked, individual attention getting presentations.

Media savvy. Kind of like a cub reporter, news broadcaster, handy with the camera stills and real estate video loops. To make marketing deadlines. As the conveyor belt from our real estate workshop spins viciously.

That's what today's real estate professional wearing the white lab coat does day and night. Or better be or the buyer for real estate, sellers too will find another portal that does provide the whole nine yards. And easily presentated so the back button is not used in frustration on real estate websites.

The website design for real estate websites can focus on the color, font, how simple or complicated the approach is. But what's inside, something good has to be put in those online component spaces to help the hit and run real estate buyer. The navigation is important to be predictable and natural.

But the size of the display, not wasting words in long rambling disconnected paragraphs has to be considered. All for the bottom line desire to not waste a second of the property listing buyer's precious time. You want the buyer to come back. A relationship is forming that hopefully goes beyond just the one site visit. That leads to being the buyer, seller of real estate becoming the broker or agent for life in the partnership. Not leaving the website like a dragon fly hit and run.

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Talk To Me Like A Local, What All Maine Real Estate Buyers Want.

Talk To Me Like A Local, What All Maine Real Estate Buyers Want.

The buyer for Maine real estate is not always local.

The Internet has opened up the waters considerable beyond the days of just running a few national magazine and big city newspaper ads to attract out of town property listing buyers. And because those new to these parts have often not much local information, in small rural Maine towns, the real estate broker becomes the cub reporter. Treating people however we meet them online or in person like travellers not tourists. maine mooersrealty photo

Tell us what it is like living in your small Maine town.

Well for starters, I would say many things make a small Maine town great.

What is it like living in a small Maine town.

So the local information, it is key to the never been to your area or only vacationed a few times real estate buyer.

And blog, shoot videos about small Maine town living, what do you do for fun in your area. Those media creations, reports never go on deaf ears or closed eye peepers in the case of simple community videos. Say a 4th of July video.

So the low cost property listings are important components on the moving, relocation to Maine.

They tug on the wallet, while the lack of traffic, no crime, fresh air and space, clean water ways pull hard on the heart strings. Of the Maine real estate buyer looking for an area that improves their life. With recreational and hobby options that come with the real estate listing they pick out and settle on. As the one for them to buy and relocate to small, rural Maine way of living.

So back to talking to you the reader like a local, an insider, as someone that loves living in Maine, you want to know more about the people, the vibe, the traditional way of how things rock and roll.

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The Maine Real Estate Listing Has Burial Plots, A Cemetery.

The Maine Real Estate Listing Has Burial Plots, A Cemetery.

Family burial plots on a piece of real estate in Maine we list to market and sell.

Why someone would not bury a loved on in a public maintained cemetery could be because of the wishes of the deceased. They instructed the family members left behind to plant me out back on the knoll with the valley view. Or if cremated, scatter those ashes, my body remains around the woodlot, or near the brook that the dearly departed enjoyed so much when alive and kicking. cemeterymaine2

I grew up on a Maine farm and when my father passed away, his wishes were to be cremated.

The family took the remains and one by one took a handful of his ashes, said a few words and spread them by individual casting them.

My Mom with her Bible in one hand, finished the ritual and said a prayer from scripture she thought appropriate.

It was a touching, personal moment that all of us took comfort in knowing that my Dad, the kid's grandfather would have appreciated.

The farm has been in our family over 100 years. But property disclosure about spreading those ashes on a part of the farm by Moose Brook would be something told to any outside of the family buyer. All the ones inside the family circle know and many were there.

But the laws say what about spreading those ashes to ashes around the state of Maine. Like many situations, it is better not to broadcast what is done because somewhere there is legislation prohibiting it. Here is what the state Of Maine says about disposal and final resting burial place procedures for a body.

So before delving into the experiences with family plots on real estate we list and sell, what are the rules for handling remains? Is embalming the body necessary if cremation is not used for treatment of the deceased? This is what the state of Maine says.

"Embalming is a process in which blood is drained from the body and replaced with fluids that delay disintegration. Though it is still a common procedure, embalming is rarely necessary; refrigeration serves the same purpose.

In Maine, if a body will be shipped by common carrier -- such as an airplane or train -- it must either be embalmed or placed in a container designed “to prevent the escape of fluids or offensive odors."

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Not "To Death Do Us Part", Real Estate Starter Homes Get Replaced.

Not "To Death Do Us Part", Real Estate Starter Homes Get Replaced.

The young couple starting out and looking for a home to raise a family.

The house listings get poured over and excitement grows when thinking of buying a home in the price range they can afford. And that matches their needs, wants, dreams. Or as close to that list scratched out that spells out the gotta have, the don't want.starter home houlton maine photo

But.

Unlike wedding vows about to death do us part, the starter home often gets replaced because it served its purpose.

But needs changing up because of developments in the personal real estate requirements of the property owner. Unless they are underwater financially and stuck in the starter home because of over spending or too many home improvements that the market has not caught up with for what they need to sell the place for to clear the hurdles to move on.

Bundles of joy air dropped overhead wrapped in pink or blue blankets is one reason for trading in the starter home. Where to put them all?

Or with elderly folks, those stairs to the second floor bedrooms and only bathroom can seem like Mt Everest. So it is not once and done. Or one size house fits all the home buyers real estate and life needs.

Oh sure you can upgrade the kitchen, add on a private space for the mother in law's first floor bedroom, but in our small rural market of Maine real estate listings, it is cheaper to replace the place.

Get the two car garage, the extra bath and finished rec room along with larger square footage by selling the starter house. It is cheaper to get everything missing in a new house than to try to duplicate it with the tear it apart, replacement of materials and working around obstacles in the starter home not designed up front for all these improvements.

To make the move into the more comfortable, spacious house with the updates that starter house lacked. And to get the country location with land for farming, hobby horses, or future house lots for family members that want to be close by.

It is easier to buy a home when you don't have another one to sell though.

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Black Friday Real Estate Listings | Use Promo Code MAINE.

Black Friday, the time of the year shoppers worry about missing a deal, not saving a bundle.

And to feel hunky dory, setting alarm clocks to rise and shine in the wee hours.

As the ho ho holiday season approaches and we all want to help out the portly guy in red velvet with fur trim. With the addiction to egg nog and a friend to elves everywhere. farming living simple in maine photo

But real estate, what happens to the list, twist and selling of property listings during Black Friday air raid sirens sounding?

When everywhere you look, there is a flyer, a news bulletin, a shopping alert on all the media streams about don't let it get away.

Too low to pass up. The bargain, with wicked good pricing but only two in the entire big box store to wrestle away from other black belt shoppers. Black Friday.

Like blood thirsty wildebeests eyeing a piece of hanging beef swinging overhead. And becoming snarky, territorial with the rest of the pack where trust and a spirt of goodwill to all of mankind exits the building like Elvis.

No thank you very much. Not going to get all shook up Mama.

Don't care how low priced those blue suede shoes are advertised as too good a deal to pass up on Black Friday. And already have a few pairs that serve me just fine. Ever notice you shop and collect more of the same that already hides in your closet?

But Christmas is a time to make sure to buy yourself a little something to make sure you got what you wanted right? Just look at all these Black Friday loss leader teasers to get you to push and shove to get close to the sliding glass double doors when the starting gun is fired.

Easy people, no shoving or stampede and be sensitive to those in wheelchairs and navigating strollers.

Real estate listings gets a lot of attention over the holidays. Despite Black Friday acrobats to leap over to aisle five's end cap with the blue light lit up and revolving like a disco ball.

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Starting A Bed And Breakfast, Buying A Maine Inn.

Starting a bed and breakfast, or buying an existing Maine inn, ever entertain either thought?

What does it take to start a place you share with others? Open up to live under the same roof? And be the local community host who serves, entertains, educates the new to these parts tourist.maine blueberries served up at a maine inn photo

Much like a travel agent who loves where they live, raises a family and shares personal experiences in a new land.

The inn keeper who is the local tour guide to give suggestion about fun things to do.

That opens up their home, bathrooms, porches, and all the other rooms to share their residence.

Shows the ropes, ins and outs of the local turf. That points people in directions to explore and discover the magic of the unique local surroundings.

Maybe the B and B inn exercise is a hobby. You do it for fun. Or are in the real world. So like any business, and running a bed and breakfast is an economic exercise and needing to pay for itself.

Who is the customer you are going after to say hey, stay at my place?

Here are some current Maine B and B Inn lodging options.

What lifestyle are you trying to cater to and to create an experience that matches the taste of the folks laying their head in your bed. And enjoying what you are preparing, dishing out.in season or year round to catering to tourists.

And to round out the prime time lucrative part of your tourist season, what fridge audiences do you want to attract to your clean, friendly, attractive local lodging option? What history of the place would be shared with the tourists and appreciated as you continue the fine tradition as a local steward?

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Maine Farm Barns, Restoring One Or Building From Scratch.

Maine Farm Barns, Restoring One Or Building From Scratch.

Maine farm barns are a wonderful sight to see.

Especially today when many of the original barns on a Maine farm are long gone. The cost of money and sweat equity effort to keep a Maine farm barn healthy is substantial. Especially if the barn is not used, paying for itself. farm1

The hay lofts of a Maine farm barn are not all used for square, rectangular bales or loose hay like they were first intended when under construction.

The large groups of friends, families and community members who pitched in for the barn raising was a beautiful sight to behold.

Kids running around, large meals prepared to feed the crew raising the barn. Putting the beams into place and hoisting them into position. Especially when you consider everything was hand done and not having the crane to lift the beams and walls of a barn into place.

Other uses for a Maine farm barn besides storage of feed for the animals in the extensions on the first level are plentiful today. Weddings, family reunions, for meetings, and barn parties for social and business use are popping up in Maine and elsewhere.

When the Maine farm barn has a use to generate an income, it is easier to find the money to preserve the structure.

To maintain the roof, keep the sills healthy and in place.

Cables for stablization, cross members for support all part of the job jar that comes with a Maine barn. That is dangerous to climb up into whether you are scared of heights or not.

Re-roofing, siding or painting whatever covers the barn if not weather cedar shingles, board and baton or clapboard is a big financially endeavor. More about old farm barns and special care these old structures need.

How much does it cost to build a barn today? A lot of questions have to be answered to tackle that one? Metal, wood or what for siding? What about the roof of the barn... asphalt, metal, cedar shingles or something made to look old but of new material to last longer?

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House Meth Lab Cooking, Leaking Heating Oil Fuel Tanks, Mold In Maine Homes For Sale.

House Meth Lab Cooking, Leaking Heating Oil Fuel Tanks, Mold In Maine Homes For Sale.

Maine houses for sale get sold or not for a huge variety of reasons.

Why do homes in Maine get to the honest to goodness real estate closing or not depends on more than just a healthy, priced right inventory of property listings. Not just controlled by the economic principle of simple supply and demand.houlton maine homes under a moon photo

There are darker, more sinister elements of the the housing real estate market that impact property sales.

That can make some properties ones with ten foot pole marks all over them. To linger, to be avoided like the plague. Because of the cost to clean up a property for sale, a home with a meth lab listing.

Or a real estate property for sale with a leaking home heating oil fuel tank. One  that has lots of black mold and other varieties of the dangerous culture growing inside the walls of the Maine home.

Affecting the value, the usability and make it unhealthy for family and friends that visit inside the Maine home's four walls.

That spend time walking the floors, under the roof line.

They say anything can be fixed with enough money. Except for broken hearts. Or homes with a reputation that leaves the home buying audience thinking there is a still an issue.

Haunted homes for sale in Maine are not blue light specials either. Unless you are book writer Stephen King looking for a new house setting for a screen play from his latest horror novel

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Houses Vampires Swoop Down, Buy Up | What Real Estate Homes For Sale Are Hot.

Houses Vampires Swoop Down, Buy Up | What Real Estate Homes For Sale Are Hot.

Real estate we list and market to around Halloween, what about vampire home buyers?

We tailor make the marketing message to hit so many niche audiences and what about the pale white, not so tanned skinned found lurking in the shadows in the home buying real estate audience? light  haunted house or not photo

If you were a vampire, what type of house for sale would bring you in from the curb?

To appeal and lead to a sit down for the closing after the sun sets and the moon is on the rise?

Well for starters, the usually sought after southern exposure for more natural sunlight would not be on the gotta have list.

The lack of windows would be a plus. Smaller sized, less in number would suit a vampire home buyer just peachy. And large homes with secret passage ways and deep, dark basement regions would be a must.

Wet, damp and moist cellars would be A-O-K  in a vampire home buyer search for a place to close the liid on the coffin after a hard night of flying, creating mischief and looking for any type of blood donors.

The lower below ground sections of the house for sale a vampire would smile ear to ear and show their fangs over. Would be ideal for having friends over. To experiment with and not be bothered by pesky neighbors who have no idea what goes on in secret regions of the vampire home sold down the street.

A place with walk in dark closets that could serve as bedroom lairs would make the real estate professional find new uses for old standard housing features. Roll in a couple coffins, add some blood red trim for that cozy ambience.

Kitchens with gloomly, dark colors, no sky lights please. No natural lighting eerie pantries that could hold essential items to keep a vampire feeling fit as a fiddle.

Those score high in the property search. With their liquid diet, vampires gotta eat right? Not happy campers when out of food, vampires do not fast for fun or to lose a few pounds. Houses near the Red Cross would be a bonus find for a vampire searching for homes to buy.

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Marijuana Growing In Maine, Cannabis Laws, Referendums.

Marijuana Growing In Maine, Cannabis Laws, Referendums.

Growing marijuana in Maine, consuming it, getting high.

Regardless of your personal views on weed, cannabis, torching those left handed cigarettes. Or grinding, twisting those saw tooth edged leaves. On the plant that looks a little like the one that grows beef stake tomatoes. baxterr moose eating marijuana photo

Marijuana is a talked about subject surrounding Maine land.

Also commercially,  legally zoned property, medicinal real estate buildings listings and lots.

For the inside grows of the controlled substance.

Despite your, mine, any Tom, Dick or Harry's slant on joints, blunts, spliffs or magic brownies.

Or marijuana cookies, butters or THC tinctures, there is a shift in society on the hot topic. Hey, turn it up.. here comes the best part of Free Bird. And are you gonna eat that last piece of pizza man? Cheech and Chong made a career out of being stoned. Recording songs about getting, staying high and not being caught.

Mary Jane, Reefer Madness and all the other buzz words surface in the news, in conversations that are more relaxed. Way way out in the open in the social media circles.

Asking about past experiences about grass when it used to be very hush hush. Is now out in the open. Bill Clinton said he passed the joint, did not enjoyed the ritual, participated in the round robin smoking circles but just did not inhale.

President Obama was asked in an interview if he had ever smoked marijuana.

And indicated in the affirmative. And when pressed further about did he take a toke, inhale, he smiled and said yes, that's the point isn't it? Then moved onto what's your next question? With his straight forward answer to the loaded  question not seemingly hurting his chance of election, then re-election.

Being 420 friendly as a real estate broker is an awareness caused by relaxation of attitudes toward pot that are not longer under radar and just not discussed.

Partly because of the public relations work put forth by marijuana friendly interests. Groups that see the medicinal value of controlled marijuana usage are growing in number.

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The Maine House Is Haunted, Does That Hurt A Home Sale?

The Maine House Is Haunted, Does That Hurt A Home  Sale?

The Maine house is haunted, is that reputation going to hurt the home sale?

Whether you believe in spooks, goblins, things that go bump in the night or not, the haunted home label can scare away a good portion of the house buying audience. We have blogged about haunted homes in Maine before. houlton maine photo

Often times the story telling that for some reason centers around a particular home for sale in the local area grows over the years.

It just looks more haunted than the next run of the mill home. More piled on, sticking like Maine burdocks from wagging tongues of the tenants. Or home owners add to the folk lore by contributing, keeping the dark tale going.

Some people just have a vivid imagination and their mind fills in the blanks without much help needed from any former renters or home owners. Others in the real estate audience just like the novelty of owning a property with extra house guests.

The kind that don't need to use open doors, that come and go on a whim. That some how are stuck in a holding mode at the house that would not longer be haunted if they could just get a ticket to ride out of the home.

The reputation of a a home being haunted for many house buyers is not a deterrent from buying the sticks and bricks. 

But as a real estate agent or broker that listed a haunted house in Maine, is that something that needs to be disclosed? Regardless if you put stock into the idea of haunted homes or not?

More on stigmatized properties, what they are. Haunted houses, the buyer can think no big deal. And then after a few days, following the house showing and stepping up to say "I do" there is a turn around of 180 degrees.

And no thank you, the spell to buy is broken. Gone from red hot in love dovey to stone cold, no way in heck are you dragging me back into that place. To buy or otherwise.

Suddenly it has ten foot pole marks from top to bottom in their eyes and hearts. And they are not tight lipped about spreading the word on what happened to the house of their dreams that went up in a poof of mental smoke.

Someone's girlfriend whispers stories she has heard. A neighbor or family member adds to the rich history of a place known to be haunted. If you believe in haunted houses or not.

And every time a conversation is opened up on haunted homes, more is added to fuel the fire. To enrich the tale. You know how the grape vine works.

If a home buyer does not, the worry about is the next buyer going to be laying awake nights thinking about the creaking steps, the foot steps in the attic, etc is a real concern.

You always think about the next buyer as a seller when toying with a purchase. Or should. Because real estate is an emotional experience. None of us really owns real estate forever.

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The Value Of Your Home, How To Figure Out What It's Worth.

The Value Of Your Home, How To Figure Out What It's Worth.

The value of your home, anything, how do you know what it is worth?

Just Google it, look it up in a book or slider your finger down a row of numbers on a chart? That works for some things like coins, stamps, and anything not fixed to land. Where location does matter, where what is around the home for sale all adds to the rise and fall of value. hero, slow lazy like a home value photo

What's my home worth?

That question comes up a lot.

Especially pushing a grocery cart through a food store or when bumping into someone I know filling the wire cart with one squeaky wheel. Even the seller of a home that is relaxed, layed back and not really ready to list it and put it on the market.

Just wondering about what is my home worth today is a common concern.

Curious to know because maybe contemplating a move to another location, a different house. Or because improvements are about to be put into action and worry about is it cheaper to sell and buyer bigger and better/ Or bite the bullet. And make what you already have for a castle new and improved.

In small rural areas, the valuation of a home for sale does not spike so high and down so low. Steady as she goes happens. Things appreciate with inflation but everything is priced pretty down, close to ground. No surprises.

The other question that comes on the heel of what's my home worth, what is the value of my house is what can I do to make that valuation number go higher?

What can I do to make my home worth more?  In any real estate market, there are items added to a house that increase the value. Other areas tackled that are for personal enjoyment but no financial gain on the valuation.

And there are those routine, joys of ownership areas that just need tackling. But you don't get back the amount invested or more because it is a given your home needs these items repaired and updated to be functional. To please the audience and the bank financing the home, the sticks and bricks have to be up to standards.

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