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Buying, Starting A Small Maine Farm, Dealing With Dirt.

Starting, buying a small Maine farm, you have dirt in your veins.

Maybe farming is in your background. Or just a new desire to till the dirt, grow anything, raise something on those pastures. That notion may have started from days growing up back on your grandparent's farm spread. And you are just waiting for the right time in your life to become a Maine farmer, farm warning photoproducer, grower.

But not like the old black and white television show Green Acres.

We're being serious. This is not a joke, for the at home or studio audience laughter.

And a major move, for you and your family.

A big departure from your typical job description to date you have typed out on your pretty impressive resume to date.

Time to loosen up that pin stripe tie, remove the diamond cufflinks.

Unbutton that top one on the collar of your monogrammed tailored just for you dress shirt.

Two camps surround you in your Maine farm notion in the circle of old friends in your urban setting.

Those that think you are crazy with this notion of buying, running, making a living off a Maine farm. The other half excited, dreaming right along with you but stuck behind.

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Starting A Small Maine Farm, Dealing With Dirt.

Starting a small Maine farm, you have dirt in your veins.

Maybe farming in your background. Or the desire to till the dirt, grow something, raise something on those pastures. That may have started back on your grandparent's farm spread. And you are just waiting for the right time in our life to become a Maine farmer, farm warning photoproducer, grower.

But not like the old black and white television show Green Acres.

We're being serious. This is not a joke, for the at home or studio audience.

And a major move, for you and your family.

A big departure from your typical job description to date you have typed out on your pretty impressive resume.

Time to loosen up that pin stripe tie, remove the cufflinks.

Unbutton that top one on the collar of your monogrammed tailored just for you dress shirt.

Two camps surround you in your Maine farm notion in the circle of old friends in your urban setting.

Those that think you are crazy with this notion of buying, running, making a living off a Maine farm. The other half excited, dreaming right along with you but stuck behind.

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Things To Consider Building Your Home In Maine.

You are toying with buying Maine land, building a brand new home.

Congratulations! Excellent! Finally getting just the house you have dreamed of Snow Shoeing On Maine Land Photoalways owning on your own property, land in Maine.

What to consider when building a Maine home?

Well for starters, unlike when you purchase a place constructed by another, and sort through the undo, redo, make do.

To revamp the house to make it more to your liking, you have a clean white canvas with new Maine home construction.

When building a home on Maine land where there never was one.

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Five Mistakes Maine Home Buyers Make.

Five mistakes Maine home buyers make that hurt or derail the property sale.

Number one is going shopping and expecting to buy when no one brought in the maine home living room photobanker upfront  that is needed at the Maine real estate closing. Unless a cash sale situation.

If not bank loan pre approved, not in a position to buy, browsing is great, part of the "home work".

But getting excited, telling your Mom, Dad and all your family and friends you are buying a Maine home is cart before the horse thinking.

Maybe you are just not ready. Timing is everything in life, real estate buying and selling too. Find out up front. Going in.

So number one for mistakes Maine home buyers make in buying a house is not being sure they can actually purchase.

Just not ready. With loose ends fixed first. That stall, delay, derail the let's buy a Maine home today.

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If Listing, Selling Maine Real Estate Was Like Playing Hockey.

If listing, selling Maine real estate was like the day to day of a NHL hockey player, the description of how it is done would be fun to follow.

The testimonials would be not just thank you's for sensitivity in our Maine real estate blackhawks night hockey photosale.

Or about going the extra mile in this or that way that meant a lot to the buyer, seller or both.

But hand written notes and emails that had a sport writer's twist on the real estate play by play.

With passion for the sport of ice hockey but applied to Maine real estate sales.

With "you played big for your size, saw the real estate ice well" and "covered more than your share of the real estate rink".

"Your head swiveling to scan, study and know the next series of property listing sale moves before they were put into play." And "anticipating what needed to happen before it required the TLC attention."

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Market Report For Maine Real Estate Listings, Sales.

Market reports for Maine real estate listings, sales can be dry and boring as heck.

Unless you are a buyer or seller of a Maine property listing. And suddenly are Maine Lake Boat Photoall ears.

Extremely interested in knowing what is the temperature of the real estate market around you, down state, out of state.

What's the water like?

Then all the print out Maine real estate listing, sales data, details all help explain what is happening and why the delay.

How fast property in Maine sells or not. Maybe tied to the price on the property not reflecting the current market conditions.

Other factors like your place looks like Stephen King made a movie there. Won't pass muster with secondary mortgage market loan requirements.

Lots of factors a qualified real estate professional can diagnose accurately. To help put your finger on the many causes, variables. 

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Making Real Estate Videos, Why Do It?

Hands up, who agrees real estate videos done right are the most memorable, easy way to do the show and tell?

Okay, you can all put your hands down. Thank you. But ask real estate professionals youtube video logowho watch, listen to videos in their online search for knowledge how come they don't weed, feed and water their own platform.

Eyes go south. The room goes silent.

Conversation lulls, is broken.

But after the uncomfortable, pregnant pause, survey says... (ding ding ding).

No good reason for not having real estate video be the star marketing player on their dug out bench actually. That's the hand's down consensus.

So some basics to highlight. To set the stage for your entry into a beefed up video presence in your marketing.

Don't think you are the witty one, the star, the end all to connect with or follow. None of us are. This is not Hollywood. Our videos not for entertainment, buttered popcorn or a dark theatre, silver screen presentation.

Blue collar, draft horse hardworking helpful, simple real estate videos.

The production starts with small steps. Short videos on the local community events in your burg. That is the flavor, the spark, the what's it like where you live, work, play. And for the outside buyer, new to your area, this is the first watering hole. It's "I need to like your area". "Before I move on to property listings for sale there". That's the process for extending your reach to the never been to your hometown before real estate buyer.

Shoot, capture many local community event videos.

With the sound from the event, the loops to a minimum to save your editing skills for further honing, trimming down the road.

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How Long Is This Maine Real Estate Property Sale Gonna Take?

The time needed to go from listing to selling a Maine property, how long is this process going to take?maine fire photo

Like lots of things in life, the speed, ease of the sale depends on many factors.

It starts first with do you the Maine real estate seller really want, expect to sell?

I have seen many over priced property owners on their third and fourth agent, broker.

Convinced, label themselves as highly motivated to sell. Just ask them. Saying they will do whatever it takes to move the listing. But with a hopelessly over market price tag hanging off the property, that never moves, changes. Nothing has, nothing will happen to help the property sale.

The price not being routinely studied, adjusted and brought in line to reflect what is occuring in today's local real estate market. Means it will sit.

Mold, rot, stink. No fire of desire burning. It's much like stalled or wrecked accident cars on a very busy, multi lane highway wreak havoc with the flow of traffic.

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Cheap Maine Homes With Lots Of Land.

The request comes in over email servers, the phone and through office visits for cheap Maine homes with lots of land.

It is a given that properties are lower cost in Maine. And with less people, the default is more Maine land. Just how it snowmobile1works in Vacationland, the Pine Tree State.

The largest state of all the ones in New England. So why the desire for lots of land in Maine is easy to understand.

For too long, maybe most of their life, an out of state or country Maine real estate buyer has been lacking space. Jammed up against neighbors, stuck in slow or none moving traffic.

Looking over your shoulder for crime, expecting gangs.  Not trusting anyone. Second guessing your own judgement in everyday situations. That sounds like living in fear with no elbow room to me. That is not the Maine I know.

But cheap homes, why the desire to not have something big and swanky, to impress, draw envy?

Because that too is not the way rural small town Maine day to day happens. You don't want a mortgage, you learn to not like or do debt. That frees you up to enjoy the no or low cost natural surroundings, recreation. All four seasons. Everything is cheaper, you don't have to have deep pockets or be loaded, flush with cash to live like a King or Queen in Maine. The bare essentials in Maine are more than enough. Because local folks are resourceful, more jack of all trades.

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Maine Town Spotlight | Monticello ME, Aroostook County

Monticello Maine, a town located north of Houlton and bordered on the east by the province of New Brunswick, Canada. 

Meduxnekeag River PhotoThis blog post is part of a series on spot lighting Maine towns. The population of Monticello Maine last head count from the US Census in 2010 was 790.

Same as ten year prior. Pretty stable town.

Like most Aroostook County townships, the shape is a square six by six miles.

To the north of Monticello Maine is Bridgewater. The unorganized township of Township C Range 2, on the west. At the door, the gateway to the Northern Maine wilderness.

A handful of sporting, woods recreational camps on the Meduxnekeag River that wanders through Monticello provides all kinds, lots of four season fun options.

Harvey Siding is a popular spot for a four season recreational camp location.

Where your only neighbors are quiet, four legged, furry. One of many private spots that serve as a low cost place to jump off, explore. From on back a snow sled, riding perched on an ATV or sliding, gliding on cross country skis, hiking. Hoofing it. To head west to Baxter State Park. Further north up Rt 11 into the St Croix Lake region, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. And other natural attractions unspoiled by man. An ideal place with space to unplug, recharge. Hear yourself think.

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7 Poor Excuses For Really Bad Real Estate Videos

Videos for real estate listings are the easy way to make the connection with property buyers.

Using the eyes and the ears is just more memorable. But seven poor excuses for really bad real estate videos is what sunrise in maine photothis blog post is all about. To make sure your real estate video channel is filled with only productions that work. Attract not repel the customers you need to engage.

To retain, to get a little action from enough of those viewers, listeners to make a comfortable living.  Have some fun and help a lot of people in the service we provide to buyers and sellers.

First, your attitude, the motivation for adding video to the real estate marketing.

Not a slide show with elevator music. Do you have fire in your belly? To produce lots of full motion video with natural sound captured from the local community?

From inside, up, down, around the property listings? Loops of video shot, edited, rendered, uploaded to use in your real estate marketing. If someone pushed you into it and you did not take the leap on your own, your video's shine will be dull. Or missing glitter all together.

Second, the time you spend with real estate video.

If you resent it or try to skip steps in the production to just have it done and over with, strike two. Wrap your mind around this is a better use of your time because the buyer expects it. The property owner, listing deserve the video treatment.

Third, if you tell folks you do video and have only a handful in your channel, better hope Santa does not find out.

Tell the truth. You dabble. Set up the channel hoping for great things pretty much without much effort. Video for real estate is not like that. It wants, expects to be included along with the image arrays, information copy, helpful links, aerial maps. To be a full member of the real estate marketing team. Don't leave it just sitting on the bench.

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Moving To Maine, Relocation Guide.

Moving to Maine and you have questions needing answering before the big relocation shuffle.

During the heave ho, getting from A to B. To get up to speed in this place dubbed "Vacationland" on every license houltonfarms-18plate. So load you up you say with the FAQ on Maine.

To often dispel the myths circulated by out of state hairdressers who have never set foot in Vacationland.

Mean no harm and well intentioned.

But the Maine expression applies about "it's hard telling without knowing".

If you have not spent time in Maine, returned for more, you might not be the best navigator for setting expectations for other newbies.

About what it is like in this state of Maine. The one located, tittering, crowning, sitting on top of the New England tier. Up here in the right hand corner of the country parallel parked against Canada on three sides. With lots of oceanfront, 65 Maine lighthouses on the south east portion of rugged, rockbound coastline.

Maine retirement, relocation in the golden years often the reason for the creating a new home base here. Te top of the list, first question to address is tell me about your weather, climate in Maine. And what about places to stay in Houlton Maine for a little shut eye after the trip here and tramping around the area?

Then the not wanting to be cut off from the online connection trepidation kicks in, builds. Because it is not yet time for retirement and the relocation mean Maine telecomuting to work at the old remote, off site job not left behind out of state.

Where and when, how do you need to get your Maine driver's license, car registrations changed over worries creep into the time table discussion.

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Sometimes You Hear The Whine About Banks Too Tight, Money Not Flowing Freely.

Who to blame when a Maine real estate buyer for a business, for a home, for any property listing can not get the mortgage loan?

Often the Maine banks, the SBA, economic development folks or be your shadow stimulus agencies just trying to help the loan along to the real estate closing get a black eye. Are the receivers of the thrown rotten produce. When things go sour. Head south.

The Maine mortgage business loan is denied.

Or further pleas for additional money above and beyond the first pile after it is gone, to keep going thin ice maine snowsled photomeans wheels squeal to a stop. After more moolah, more cabbage being added to the debt, mortgage securing the business process seizes. Dries up, terminates. The thin ice breaks.

The flow of red business ink takes it toll and the show's over.

House lights up on Vampire chasing bright. And it's time to head out into the cold. Can't stay here. Take your empty popcorn box, candy wrapper and drink container with you would you please?

Banks in Maine have standards of lending, don't want you to see you go belly up. Out over your head. Need, want to make mortgage loans. The Maine bank, the financing arm of the business loan officer where it all begins, lives in the community. As your friend, neighbor, partner does not want your property in a foreclosure. Everyone loses when that major hiccup happens.

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Maine Real Buyers Served Here | Not Kid's Menu Portion Sized Either.

Your Maine real estate buyer is one busy boy or girl.

Cow In Maine Says Show Me Everything PhotoLittle time, need all the information yesterday. Don't take kindly, put up with being teased. If it is like pulling teeth to get the bits and pieces of property listing details.

The days of worry that if you tell them everything, the real estate buyer won't call or stop into the office are over.

Right along with full property disclosure on any nicks, dings, dents or bruises, show all the information cards face up.

No smoke, mirrors, mystery, slight of hand or excuses. The buyer in a hurry taps, drums his fingers impatiently.

Show me, I want to see the area, what I need to know if new to these parts. Tell me, tour, one by one with video walk throughs the property listings in Maine. All what we want to do pleads the buyer.

The complete meal deal supersized with NASCAR efficiency. Any hour. To give the buyer all the property puzzle pieces fit, locked in place.

More images, greater property details, helpful links, listing video embeds, aerial maps and regular updated FAQ sections in all our real estate media streams.

The office in no longer 8-5 and just locals get served up. No no, the office is online, spread all over over 400 syndicated listing deliveries to the total span of niche, segment audiences. Not one size fits all in real estate information delivery. Just like one weather forecast or size clothing fits every area, person. 

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Maine Land, Recreational Land Buys As A Group.

Buying Maine land in a round robin fashion, collectively with a group of purchasers or grantees.

islandlakefishingLots of folks do that in Maine. Often it is a fish and game, rod and reel club approach to the Maine recreational property purchase.

Just sold a hunting / fishing camp in Maine that was owned sinced the 1960's by a group from Pennsylvania.

The sporting group came up as many times as possible through the year. Every year.

Traditions, memories made at the simple Maine sporting camp happened. Snap shots filled up the family albums.

The Maine camp, cabin does not have to be that special.

Just placed in the middle of the Maine woods, with access to lakes, rivers and trails. For exploring with the four wheeler ATV and snow sled.

To hike nearby places like Baxter State Park. Where Mt Katahdin and other elevations wait to conquer one by one. Collecting them together. Over the years.  And revisits with their kids through out their childhood. They adopt the same habit with their children on the vacation trips to Maine.

It may all start with just buying a piece of inexpensive Maine land and building something together.

Chipping in for a kit from many local Maine cedar and pine log cabin makers. Or picking your favorite already built. Out of the field at the closest Amish settlement. To have moved to your lot, acreage in Maine. Maybe a visit to the local hardware lumber yard. Building from scratch. Possibly pulling in a fifth wheel for now as "camp" use for now.

If the Maine real estate on a lake happens, the place is used by the group. In timeshare fashion when all can not be there together. And possibly rented out for upkeep, maintenance expenses too. The same folks rent the particular week they start out with year after year. So soon, no occupancy, vacancy happens.

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What If 25% Down Payment Maine Home Loans Happened?

The down payment saved up to apply to a Maine home mortgage used to require a twenty five percent down payment. 

What's Cooking In The Maine Kitchen?True Maine homes are way less costly so that amount can seem small to someone used to $400,000 home price areas. House prices with lots of zero places in them that Vacationland for the most part is not.

The norm for a house price in Northern Maine is $71,000 for a sticker median property listing sale cost.

The banking mess caused with escalating foreclosures was in part due to lenders offering 100% home financing.

And in some cases even banks, lending institutions in Maine offering to allow home buyers to finance 105% of the house's value.

Those zero down and low down payment home loan options helped pin prick the housing bubble burst felt nationwide.

Years ago like most things in a small Maine town, it was done pretty much local. We are wired to be self contained, self sufficient before Internets and Interstates. And the local banker made character loans. Studied the house, the borrower and considered lots of factors to determine is this home buyer a good risk with the house he has in mind? Is the bank going to have to foreclose, yank back the title to the place down the road or not? Gut feeling, what you felt in your bones instinct may seem primitive. But it worked. 

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Hunting For Maine Land, But Not Necessarily Wildlife For The Freezer.

Getting a hunting property listing in Maine, something to use as a base to tramp the woods in fall.

Low Cost Maine Rec Land, ATV Trail Included.Or to angle for fish from as you explore Aroostook County. Or northern Washington, Penobscot, Piscataquis Counties where there is more wildlife than people.

And the price for Maine land is attractively low low, affordable. All the time.

But everyone that buys sporting, hunting property in Maine is not wearing orange, camo and out to shoot something with a gun.

Not regular subscribers of Field and Stream. Rod and Reel. Those kind of hunting, fishing, sporting publications. Many just want a place away from people, in the woods, by a stream. They shoot with a camera, write in a journal about the experience weilding a sharp pen. Or paint, relax, read, unplug to recharge out in the woods.

Cooking up a feed of chili, baked beans, beef and venison stews. Regular yearly traditions with their famlies. At the spot off the beaten path. That is simple, deep in the Maine woods or on an unpopulated section of a stream, brook, river or lake. That's all they need, what they want. Are you in this group that avoids crowds, a little bit shy of people coming at you in every direction? Just wanting peace and quiet, tranquil? Good. You are folks that we have plenty of real estate low cost property listing ammo to meet that need. Hit that target.

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Retirement, Relocation To Maine For Elderly Golden Years Makes Perfect Sense.

You might have been raised in a rual area of the country but somehow through the twists and turns of life, you ended up in a city, urban area.

Dog Or Man Driving in Maine?And it was okay when busy working, a younger grasshopper. Consumed, distracted with raising a family. Chasing the dollar to make ends meet.

But whoa. Now you are eye balling, considering retirement and relocation from the expensive, too fast paced city living that needs to take place.

So where to pin the tail on the make the move to where donkey? It is a big decision, you don't want to make mistakes later in life you don't recover from easily.

So consider Maine. A move, relocation, retirement to Maine. Why Vacationland?

Everyone has many of the same items on their relocation, retirement Maine real estate shopping list.

Looking for safe areas, low cost property listings, friendly local people for neighbors, community members. Less people in a place like Maine means no traffic. No delays for just going across town to get something from the local hardware store during a Mr Fix It project. The journey that in a city blows a hole in your afternoon. Because of a zillion stop lights. All as slow as cold molasses running uphill snail paced.

Gangs in Maine, nope. Need to carry a taser. Leave it on the dresser. Off the utility belt where other tools get hung as you saddle up for the day in Maine.

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Getting Ready For The Maine Real Estate Party.

The real estate listing in Maine for sale has been spit polished, all waxed up, windows sparkling and ready for the dance ball to happen.

Maine Is Outdoor Unspoiled BeautyBut marketing. Without a strategy, a system for each real estate property listing to get for the special treatment each requires in their own individual way, it is like winking at a girl in the dark.

The results are less than stellar, ho hum. Everything about the property's charm, appeal is missing. No excitement. Maybe missing pieces left out because of being in a hurry. Not returning to tidy up. Remove the slack. Straighten the wrinkles.

The property just not showing up on radar, dressed and ready for school for the real estate buying public to study, see.

To cause the email server to heat up with questions about the place. The phone to ring pretty much non stop for the scheduling of showings of the property.

To ask about home bank financing, or the FAQ list of questions that come into the Maine real estate office round the clock.

When a Maine real estate listing comes on line, the last thing an agent or broker wants to see happen is nothing.

For it to just sit there and wait. So the process after the property hops off the listing conveyor belt means a pole vault. The short leap toward one chute tube heading out into the wild blue yonder. The marketing machine starts up and hums, rattles, roars into gear.The power from the creative juices poured into the property listing starts getting traction. As it makes the rounds, the syndication, the cross pollination happens. Sparking the fire that becomes bright, blinding, hot, memorable.

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Real Estate Property Listing Guilt By Association Happens.

When you and I have a job providing a service, dealing with the public, misunderstandings in the real estate listing happen. In the marketing, selling of a property, like any industry transaction or exchange of goods or services is possible.

mooseherd1The potential for confusion occuring is there in black and white obvious. Sometimes very likely depending on the deal players. The individuals from buyer, seller, lawyers, banks, building inspectors, real estate appraisers and on and on. And then consider the folks themselves buying and selling. All the variables in their life at the time a sale is needed. Part of the plan.

The expectations of what can and does happen in Maine real estate buying, selling twists, turns, dips and bumps need explantation, communication, education.

And like a hockey player who continually is swiveling his head, moving his feet, using his stick. To assess the possiblities of what happens next before it does. To prepare for everything that is, could take place on the sheet of ice he is skating backwards, forwards and sideways on. Where everyone chases the small black circle. Tries to sink it into the twine of the goal tenders on each end defending the goal area between the iron pipes.

Trying to avoid the heated emotions, short temper flare ups and just all around raw upset feelings.

Is why a person to navigate, guide the Maine real estate process is so important. Nothing that can be automated because real live people are involved. With different situations, unique personalities, unmet needs, past experiences anger triggers and time tables with deadlines to meet. Chop chop. All are counting on the process to go smoothly. Most don't like drama and unwanted delays unless it helps their purposes. Slows or speeds up the trip to the real estate closing.

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