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The Real Estate Market In Maine, Not Like Everywhere Else.

The mass media prints, voices, splashes of charts and images for the real estate market daily report.

As if it was one big forecast that applies to everywhere. That works like one national pie in maine photoweather forecast. For all the nooks and crannies  where there is property listed, for sale.

Real estate bloggers are guilty too of making one giant sweeping report statement for what is happening for the country.

Based on the what is selling, not moving from their own experience. At their GPS settings zoom in from space.

Each US real estate market pie is flavored differently. Those flavors, tastes change and reflect the current market the listings, properties populate.

But limited to a small chunk of the nation. What moves and grooves in their own backyard. The truth is that every market in real estate, in any industry is so so different and dependent on a slew of variables, factors. All unique and controlled by the way in my case small Maine towns operate and survive.


Don't Shoot The Messenger | Leading Up To The Real Estate Listing.

Hurdles to clear in real estate is like anything else in life. Sometimes a Maine broker, REALTOR gets a call from a seller like this.

Often it can be a widow, with a waterfront property on a Maine lake. No fun coming up to the camp in Maine she tears up. Because lost my best friend lamented.

And only reminders all around the widow, the owner of the Maine waterfront maine lake photoproperty. So like seasons that change, it's time to sell.

Where I come in, why I got the call.

What's the value of the Maine real estate wondered out loud.

It's a big step to consider letting go of a spot on the water in Maine that has been nothing but good times, memory making with family, friends. Being next door to a Maine lake or out on it is a heck of an experience.


The Big City Living Is Driving You To Maine.

White knuckles, feeling anxious like people do in very bad weather, you are leaving the city living.

Putting the crime, stress, crowds, high cost of urban survival in your rear view mirror. maine scenery land photo Making it get smaller, disappear.

Then eyes toward the future in Maine.

Because the bright lights, fast living has taken its toll. You've aged beyond the years on your birth certificate would suggest.

And like a bad addiction, you are quitting cold turkey. Have to while you can.

Lock, stock and barrel selling out so you can slow it down to get to Maine. Moving fast to cover lots of ground quickly. To land in Vacationland to unwind, unplug, relax.

Living a healthier life style in Maine, the way life should be. Before you wake up dead. Are six feet under pushing up daisies.


Buying Maine Waterfront Properties, Five Things To Watch Out For.

Maine waterfront properties, five things to watch out for in the eenie meenie miney moe of the listings.

LIke any real estate purchase, it starts with your expectations, your budget. How the property on the water will enhance your life. Dove tail, fit in to your day to day.lake sunset in maine photo

First, if you live many states away, the Maine property on the water may be used a few times a year at best.

Because your home base is not here in Maine, on the waterfront. Yet. Loose ends to tie up first.

But your plan is to buy now, while prices for Maine property listings are low.

So you can take the income tax benefits of owning a second home on the water in Maine.

Is the desire to make this a Maine waterfront property a rental vacation spot or not?

Because if it is, you might be able to afford a more expensive Maine property on the waterfront.

It becomes hard working. Not empty and just sitting around unused. Yawning, waiting for your now and then highly sporadic visits.

Deducting the interest expense if mortgaged, the Maine property taxes. Keeping track of what you put into the place if you decide let's rent it out. Make it pay or at least subsidize itself. Plan to talk to the bean counter, CPA that studies your yearly numbers. Helps you fill in the blanks on the income tax return you file. To know current tax laws, any changes annually.


Pick Ups In Maine, The Four Wheel Drive With A Plow Truck Kind.

Happens a lot, pick up trucks in Maine being bought by a new out of state buyer.

Who thinks he will need a four wheel drive to travel the roads in winter.To survive one. To keep the dooryard, driveway clear of the white fluffy snow.

You can spend some paul bunyan statue bangor me photoserious money for a new pick up truck in Maine. And there are so many out there with pick ups wearing the yellow, red, silver snow plows that just hiring it out is a common option. For early morning busting through snow banks.

So is a small snowblower to carve out a tunnel, roadway in / out.

The walk behind kind or the back / front loaded on a garden tractor or larger. With a power take off to run it from the tractor of whatever size. So you clear your yard easily on your own. But also do many down the street in a bang bang bang row. As an extra source of income for a much needed service.

This winter those plowing snow per storm made a healthy chunk of change. Someone owning a payloader, front end machine could clean up In fact many I have talked with said property home owners were literally running down the street, waving money. To flag down and coerce, coax, plead with the operator. Help. Please plow, clean me out.


Maine Houses, What's A Modular, Double Wide, Manufactured Home?

Manufactured homes in Maine, what is a modular, a double wide, or other variation of something made on a factory floor?

Shipped in from out of town to land on the Maine land in the country. The intown lot unless a comprehensive plan ordinance says hold it. You can't put those here.

Years ago it was simple. You made a Maine home out of wood, brick and stick built  the norm.maine older mobile home photo

Carpenters on the site cooking, building from scratch.

Like back in the days of the barn raising on a Maine farm.

This week we help get your barn up.

Next week are all moved, set up at your place to do the same. On and on and done live local. Tied to the expense of materials, local labor rates, the expense to live where the new construction does eventually.


You Selling, Buying A Maine Home?

The what do I do first, next, along the way in the selling, buying a Maine home?

Getting ready to do something is often the drill in much in life. Same is true in making the biggest business transaction most folks ever do bar none.

Selling, buying a lighthouse in maine photoMaine home can be a lot easier with some discussion.

Laying the ground work going in.

Detailed planning to make the Maine real estate experience easier.

Less complicated, stressful and not so costly.

Because you have a plan, time table, clear objectives in the goal of selling, buying a Maine home.

Knowing what to expect makes anything in life easier to brace for, to face head on. This FAQ Real Estate Buyers Video for out of state, new to the area property listing buyers hits the highlights.


Greater Houlton Maine Area School Information.

Let's talk about schools in the Greater Houlton Maine area, what are the options?

Well if you are not one of 5000 Maine home schoolers, the options are pretty simple. In Houlton Maine you are part of RSU 29. Formerly School Administrative District houlton maine courthouse photo(SAD) 29.

Which means the students that live in Houlton, Littleton, Monticello and Hammond Maine attend one of the RSU area schools.

Here is a map link for Houlton Maine school locations.

Address: 7 Bird St, Houlton, ME 04730 Phone:(207) 532-6551

Houlton Maine is the county seat of Aroostook County. Known as the "Shiretown" and located in the "Crown of Maine" as the largest of Maine's sixteen counties.


Hunting, Fishing In Aroostook County Maine

Hunting and fishing in Aroostook County, Northern Maine can have lots of meanings.

You could go in lots of directions under that category heading for a Maine blog post title. Because it all depends on what you are hunting, fishing for in your roaming. Over  the hills, dales, waterfront options in the largest of Maine's sixteen counties.icefishing in maine photo

The term hunting in Maine used to mean just game birds, black bear, white tail deer and large pretty docile moose.

You had your trappers, folks that shot with a camera.

And were more after the telephoto sniping of bald eagles, rare Maine birds.

Maybe a Maine lake loon. There are three kinds in Vacationland.

When someone means fishing for something in Maine swimming, living underwater, breathing through gills, here come the questions.

Brace yourself to further define do you mean fly fishing in Maine for brook trout?

Or off the Maine coast wetting the higher poundage test line for the tug from a mackerel or blue fish? Dropping pots with colorful buoy markers double parked, floating overhead for Maine lobsters?

Picking up a rake, hoe for digging fresh steamers from a clam flat along the coastal regions of Maine?


Angry Family Members Squabbling Over The Maine Real Estate Listing.

In life, in business, we all try to try to keep the boat from rocking, upsetting.

But emotions can run high in a good and not so peachy keen way in the Maine real estate buying and selling process. People are involved. island maine lake photo

Memories, hurt feelings happen and history from events the Maine real estate agent, broker can know nothing about suddenly surface.

When the for sale sign is posted. The marketing begins on a family property listing.

The scenarios can be many garden variety knee jerk reactions when Mom or Grammy, Nana decide it is time to sell the Maine lake cottage.

She does not enjoy coming up to the place she spent the last thirty years with her one and only partner for life.

The cost of repairs, property taxes and afraid of the place doing downhill is another reason a Maine real estate sale is best. The time has come but that does not mean all the children, inlaws, outlaws are on the same page.


Don't Forget Parents Of The Maine Real Estate Buyer.

The parents of the first time home buyer of a Maine home.

Don't forget Mama and Papa Bear and who else from the family should, wants to be involved in the Maine real estate home sale. Because their input is vital to encourage or discourage and help the process to narrow down the home of their dreams.maine license farm plate photo

And because the older family member's influence is going to shape, sway the process if you include them or not in the Maine home purchase.

And working with the party's collective concern is easier than trying to second guess the kink.

Where the tug of war is happening in the Maine real estate home sale.

The down payment, help with the repairs to get the Maine bank home loan. All may be part of the role of the supporting parents, grandparents or whoever is brought into the sales.

It may be Great Aunt Margaret who helps advance the gift money, an earlier inheritance.

So crucial for the Maine home buyer to have enough funds to swing the property or not in a bank loan purchase. Down payments are getting more and more scarce in a day and age of less and less saving money the norm. Impulse control part of it in the spending.


Someone Says Two Little Words In A Maine Real Estate Sale, "Title Problems".

When you have a Maine real estate property listing under contract, you don't want any derailments.

Headed down the conveyor belt toward a closing, not the time you want to havedog snow photo someone say those two words you don't want to hear. But they come up in a property sale.

"Title problems" when said or read can make you think oh oh.

Easy to jump to the wrong conclusion and fear the worst possible.

Especially if it is the Maine real estate seller or buyer that hears "title problems" finding uttered first.

Because they don't as a rule do lots of real estate sales.

Don't see all the garden variety type of title problems that come up. So the first thought is the there goes the sale, dreams are broken. Instant heart break occurs.


Houlton Maine Homes For Sale, Any Bad Neighborhoods To Avoid?

Houlton Maine homes for sale, let's talk about neighborhoods.

In large city urban areas, there are different pockets of real estate listings in the good, bad, the ugly spots.

To flock to or avoid like the plague because of crime, decay, poor city planning. Healthy or in decline, flat lining? Concern flatline for maine real estate photoabout the quality of life for you, your family and their safety is number one.

The return on the property investment after you make the home listing purchase a close second.

For starters, lots of local FAQ topics need home work study, addressing to get ready for the visit to our Northern Maine area.

Often the Houlton Maine home buyer from outside the state will ask about areas, neighborhoods to avoid. Because where they currently live, there are lots of real estate locations on the Monopoly board game where you drive around them. Steer clear.

Circling them with a red magic marker as not the places to put your money. Crime the big reason, or schools are better in this area or two towns over from this community.


Two Bedroom Maine Homes, Harder To Sell, Move.

Two bedroom Maine homes, ideal for some and not so handy dandy a fit for many others.

How come? Well if the two bedrooms are upstairs, the folks that can do with that small path tree roots photoa number often can not climb stairs so easily.

As a little thing called age happens.

And fondness for stairways that are steep or twisting, turning are not easily trotted up and down. Not something you do wearing a big happy smile.

If a couple has a family and let's see what Maine home will fit us.

Here is a boy, next one is a girl, whoa. Where do we put the boy and a girl and still have another bedroom of our own for the mortgage payer of the Maine home?

Nice Maine house, cute location, all fixed up but two bedrooms too small. If the average couple has 1.6 kids. And the roll of the dice comes up with one of each flavor, sex.


Fresh Coffee, Bacon, Eggs, Breakfast Smells Fill The Maine Farm House Kitchen.

The heavy Maine farm house kitchen door creaks open, closes, the ceiling light flicks on.

Shines brightly, as you unlace work boots. Park them, your yellow chore gloves too near the kitchen wood cook stove. Hang up your barn coat, reach for a clean coffee cup. farming living photo

Pour, then slurp your second fresh black caffeine installment of the day with one hand.

The other God gave you reaches for the large cast iron frying pan. Flies, pilots, lands it with a touch down on the hot wood cook stove surface.

Early morning farm chores are done, for now.

You just spent the last two and a half hours with horses, sheep, cows and chickens. Feeding, watering, cleaning up, replacing straw bedding.

The hens are the only ones that provide something for your Maine farm fresh breakfast. You crack three eggs layed overnight into the Maine blueberry pancake batter poured from a refrigerator pitcher. Three more eggs have tickets for front row seats in today's Mexican omelet.


Maine Town Spotlight | Linneus ME - Aroostook County

Maine Town Spotlight | Linneus ME - Aroostook County

Small Maine towns are special, and the Pine Tree state has 108 of them.

Linneus Maine, population 984 people is located in Southern Aroostook County. Before Interstate 95 was built, put into operation, US Rt 2A that goes through the town of Linneus Maine was much busier. Lots of traffic from Northern Maine would have to pass through this major transportation artery in this six by six mile square town. linneus maine town sign

Now mostly potato, grain farming and logging trucks coming out of timber cutting woods operations happen.

Local residents, recreational traffic, trucks hauling agricultural crops, livestock and wood to mills make up the bulk of Linneus Maine traffic.

Plus traveling Maine  tourists wanting to skip the monotony of an interstate system. Take the exit. To go a route actually ten miles shorter to Bangor Maine. Through many quaint small Maine towns that were more hustling, bustling when US Rt 2A was "all she wrote".  Things were all about live and local.

Hunting, fishing, snow sledding and four wheeling recreational cabins dot the highway heading south of the town of Linneus Maine.


DOM | Days On Market, What Does The Real Estate Number Mean?

Reduced to a number, society wants just one lone figure to quickly tell it all for health, in real estate, in life.

Pronto, hurry, the answer in one set of numerals. DOM stands for days on the market that a Maine real estate listing lives, lingers. Has to sit around, wait for a buyer. Inventory piles up.

And like most things in life, to gecko stack up photoput all the red and black stack of chips betting  based on just that one number is foolish.

But the DOM number does say a lot to quickly like an ER doctor's assessment indicate we have a growing problem.

A major concern, with a high DOM number involving years stacking up. Just not sure for the all the individual, particular reasons without the clipboard.

Too early to tell, further monitoring, questioning, tests are needed to know for sure.

If just in the early stages and seasons, agents have not changed yet in the process of buying and selling. Local market conditions affect the listings, sales DOM rise and fall. The days on market start to stack, pile up. Often even the agent, broker, REALTOR has doubts if the property listing in Maine will sell or not. Which signals time for a change.


Going Above And Beyond, Maine Real Estate Service Delivered Quickly.

People are busy and Maine real estate information delivery has to be just as chop chop quickly available.

Complete, sweet, neat. Every time. And a healthy selection of property listing pick up and go options are key. To tap into the signal, satisfy the hunger means it better be maine canoers waiting photoavailable in a variety of transfer, engagement methods.

Print, lap or desk top, smart phone, even text with helpful links.

Like most industries, more complicated has happened in high tech real estate marketing today.

Sophistication for the tell me about your area, the property listings in Maine I can afford there means quick turn around is a must. Paddling for all you are worth as the agent, broker, REALTOR.

Delays are costly, no slack in the request filling when the order comes in. (Ding ding ding kitchen diner counter bell ringing sound). No one likes, should have to wait.


Maine Real Estate Sales, Work Arounds, Problems That Pop Up.

Real estate sales in Maine, the roadway from listings to closings has delays, detours, problems to work through.

That going in you expect could happen but hope they don't just the same. It is never fun, good news to deliver, to let the seller of a Maine property listing know we have a title problem. Or a surveying issue has come up from the title search. maine kids working together photo

The line problem you bring up where the seller says "Oh yeah. Forgot to mention during the listing that situation existed with a bordering property owner dispute years ago. And about those two right of ways not mentioned in my deed too."

You groan, dust yourself off. Work through it together. Sometimes when neither the seller or the neighbor know the true location of a line.

Because the hedge row, rock wall or gravel pit esker, horse back is long gone, removed. Then we try the how about this is the line and each side sign, notarizes a release deed for anything they own on the other side. To define the line best.

Then a surveyor shoots, marks the coordinates of that agreed, crystal clear line location. The paperwork is all recorded, put in the archives of the local Maine registry of deeds.


First Time Home Buyers, Can You Afford To Buy A House?

Like most things in life, before the purchase the question needs to be asked "can the first time home buyer for a Maine home afford to buy?"

If around the buyer he or she, they see one by one Maine homes being listed left and right. Then witness the change loaded truck phototo sale pending, quickly to sold. It is easy to step up.

When they think they heard the word "next!".

And move along in the line to have the first time Maine home buyer's set of keys to their own place.

Cause it's crowded, they need their own place. It is time to stop sharing space.

So should I rent or buy a Maine home and the timing of when to consider either.

Our real estate office fields lots of inquiries about "rent to own Maine homes".

Buying a place with seller financing help that happens with Maine land. With houses involved, not so much. Because the current Maine home mortage holders get upset. Plus the time to pull off the pay as your go, rent with option purchase is way way too long for most sellers. Who want, need to replace the Maine home with another wherever they are headed on the globe.