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Moving To Maine | Relocation Tips To Make The Move Easier.

Moving To Maine | Relocation Tips To Make The Move Easier.

Relocation, moving to Maine.

The needs of someone who is selling or has successfully sold their home out of state and who is moving to a small rural Maine town. Each person wonders about the FAQ and their own special formulated list of questions. Much of the planning before the move to Maine relocation happens using videos.houlton maine aerial photo

Before everything, the desire to pick up, pack up and head out to somewhere is the all important decision.

Making sure are you ready, can you do this, are there any doubts.

Nothing is worse than developing a case of seller's remorse letting go of your old home which often has to happen before making the move.

Lots of questions roll around in their head of real estate out of town property buyers with anxious thoughts about what should I be doing to prepare in the relocation, moving to Maine.

How do I find out about all the local information, the contact numbers, the best route to take to save time, money, aggravation. Local insider tips from someone who lives and knows their way around the community from years of experience is a valuable thing. But not if it is only shared when a real estate buyer or seller darkens the agency door. 

One of the blog post considerations in the round robin of what to share is always asking myself a question or two. What would I need to know if I was not from this area? If I did have any frame of reference or a local relative or other resource to tap into the information? I like to think of the folks using our media production products as travelers and not just tourists. Although the interest to relocate, move to Maine usually starts with a simple vacation. And then year after year returning to Maine to continue the tradition or exploring to discover all the wonder of Vacationland. 

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Real Estate Testimonial | Customer Reviews For Agents And Brokers.

Real Estate Testimonial | Customer Reviews For Agents And Brokers.

The testimonial page on your real estate website.

Customer reviews on the agent or broker who was involved in the property sale in Maine. They are pretty darn important indicators of what to expect if you have no experience with an agency that peddles properties. But how to handle the praise from buyers and sellers without looking self centered ego-centric. No ones wants to be judged as "thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others".
 

Not many folks like a braggart who flaunts their real estate services or any products with hust a little too much swagger.

 
But confidence in your real estate agent, broker or REALTOR is so important to building any buyer or seller's trust. On the biggest purchase and sale dollar amount most of us ever make in a life time. So there is the fine line to never cross to help a real estate buyer and seller know they made the right selection. So the expectations going in are to the sale will be kept simple, smooth, always customer testimonials revieprofessional.

Give me advice to guide the process please.

Confidence comes from a job well done and publicly displayed by others before you using this real estate firm.

The kind of confidence that would motivate a buyer or seller to create public accolades, positive reviews so that others know about the experience. To read all about it. To benefit from the knowledge. But too much confidence is arrogance, cocky and prideful from the agent, broker, REALTOR. Nothing good comes from that mirror mirror on the wall who is the greatest REALTOR of them all.
 
It's okay for a buyer and seller to be over the top hand stand happy with the way a real estate sale was handled. But the firm involved in the sale should not be the information source alone. Anything they add for the marketing propaganda is a careful delicate operation.
 
But even too much back slapping and platitudes can make the online reader wonder is this for real? Is this spin and can I trust what my eyes are reading. Some of the real estate reviews or any remarks on say travel websites can seem suspect. Partially because you and I don't use that language describing our experience with a company or individual. The review does not sound legit or is just odd like whoever machined it out does not use English as their primary language.

(Exception: Luxury real estate customer reviews like the copy and plush imagery, videos in the real estate presentation are over the top stilted and high brown snarky.)

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Maine REALTOR Association | Proud Member Of MAR.

Maine REALTOR Association | Proud Member Of MAR.

 Maine REALTOR, if you are listing your home for sale should the real estate agent or broker handling the sale be wearing a blue and gold "R" lapel pin?

You bet they should. What is the difference between a real estate agent / broker or a REALTOR? The copyrighted trademark "R" designation is more than just ripping off, sending in a couple cereal box tops to get your nifty decoder ring.realtors2014
 
Like most things, it starts with a trip to the dictionary.
 
Here's the definition of REALTOR, a real estate association started back on May 13, 1908.

 Like Rotary International that was started to add some ethic training and accountability for early business folks in Chicago, lots of trade organizations started up about the same time to tame the lawlessness and wide open shoot from the hip approach to many business dealings.

 Rules to go by prior to licensing agencies in the various states is a big reason the REALTOR group was needed to protect the public from shading real estate dealings.
 
I have been a member of the Maine REALTOR group since back in the early 1980's. That membership makes me a card caring 180px Realtor logomember of the National Association of REALTORS real estate trade association. The terms as President of the Aroostook Council of the Maine REALTORS group showed me the value of membership.
 
Every fall I attend the statewide Maine REALTOR trade association annual meeting held at various venues. Most of the time for a central location because Maine is a big 8 hour tall and wide land mass, the state REALTOR convention is often held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.
 
Here is one past blog post on the Maine state REALTOR convention happenings. Here is another blurb on a past MAR statewide convention. The three day meetings on the state level are super for education, for trade association networking with other Maine REALTORS in other real estate markets.
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Buying Land In Maine | Top Mistakes To Avoid Building Your ME Home.

Buying Land In Maine | Top Mistakes To Avoid Building Your ME Home.

Buying land in Maine, what to look out for when building a house from scratch.

This blog post also considers the top mistakes to avoid making when you build your own home in Maine. First the Maine land.mainelakephoto1

Like people the soils are different on house lots or larger property acreages.

And the first rule of real estate everyone knows about the three location, location, location mantra that reminds under everything is the land and where it is on the planet is everything when building a home.

It is so true that the land location, the how it lays in the terrain and setting is everything to the future home owner. What is happening on the adjacent lots, the property across the street or road from the Maine land where you want to build?

Will the house you have in mind fit the flavor of the other houses already constructed? What is planned for development on vacant land for the best finished structure all goes into the selection of the best possible house site for your Maine home. 

What is in your view, the orientation to the southern exposure sun? Where are you toying with placing the improvements on this Maine land? Does the house, the garage, septic system, big garden, tennis court or swimming pool all go together like a puzzle where you don't have to force the pieces? 

Next building permits, HHE 200 soil tests for private septic systems leach field designs are needed on your Maine land.

Every municipality is different on what is required and believe it or not there are itty bitty Maine towns that don't require building permits. Some of these small burgs or plantations that are more like settlements run everything through the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC). The majority of folks who growl about LURC are ot the out of state building on land buyers because they are used to heavy duty zoning and layers of players.

See the local officials before you plow in to the construction and then are told hold it, you are missing some vital paperwork from town hall.

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VA Loans To Buy A House | Veterans Home Loans Explained.

VA Loans To Buy A House | Veterans Home Loans Explained.

No private mortgage insurance (PMI), no down payment using your veterans eligibility certificate to buy a house.... Two pretty darn good reasons for going after a VA home loan.

Are you in the market to purchase a Maine home and in the dark on the best mortgage loan to fit your finances and match the home of your dreams? Considering a VA home loan may be the best mortgage product out there to lock and load for the shock and awe soldier. Keep your head down, your socks dry and skip the step about crawling on your belly like a reptile under barbed wire. At ease... VA home loans explained from A to Z in this real estate blog post.mainehomes

My Dad was a veteran, a tail gunner in a B-24 squeezed tight in the back end of the Liberator four engine aircraft during World War Two. I have two older brothers who served and are veterans.

Part of the benefits that are many to being a veteran is your ability to use a VA eligibility certificate to buy a home in Maine. But who is a veteran. For years I was told that serving in the National Guard did not mean you were able to get a VA home loan. So let's thrash out who qualifies for a VA loan.

For starters, the all important discussion about who exactly is eligible for a VA mortgage home loan?

What's it take to qualify. It starts with your answers to a few simple questions. Can you say yes to any one of the following questions to determine VA home loan eligibility?

1) Were you on active duty for at least 90 consecutive days during wartime?

2) Have you served at least 181 days of active duty during peacetime?

3) Did you serve in the National Guard or Reserves for more than 6 years?

4) Are you a widower or widow of a military service member who died either in the line of duty or as the result of an active-duty service-related injury or disability?

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