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Maine Real Estate Market Report | How Are Single Family Houses Selling?

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Welcome to the round up, the Maine real estate report on how single family homes are selling.

This blog post is a snap shot of listing, selling activity in Maine. But remember, the state of Maine is one tall, wide area to sum up in a current real estate market report. In the beginning of the blog post on the market, the inventory will be discussed and then the listing prices, the actual sale dollar amount figures. property me search

There is a sharp contrast when putting a small rural northern, western, eastern section of sparse, rural small town market area under the microscope snap shot lens.

So so different than the market activity in the Portland, Lewiston, Biddeford, etc areas where more population, larger pay checks shake things up. How not the same percolation in each real estate market segment. Each region behaves uniquely today.

When talking single family home sales in southern Maine's handful of cities and their metro ring of listing sales activity. There is a sharp contrast when put along side the small community rural statistics found  further inland. As you spread out and push north away from the coast and inland.

The numbers, the stats for a current Maine real estate market summary.

But through out the state, you will find today 0,446 residential listings currently on the market. When you peel off the under contract, continue to show segment of the housing inventory, the weigh in number today is 9390 residential listings. The list today September 14, 2019 shows 4351 of these statewide listings feature three bedrooms.

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Pet Friendly Real Estate Listings, Thinking About Puff And Spot Buying A Home In Maine.

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The home buyers we deal with factor in their animals, all of their pets in most Maine real estate purchases.

Studies show over eighty percent of home buyers consider their furry friends in any house selection. Fully ninety five percent in one Harris poll survey show the home owner considers their pet as part of the family. Spot is not a dog, he is a little person in a fur coat right? Your grandmother does spoil the little feisty ankle biter. Your sister's cat is treated like a child as having one is put off until heavy college debt is reduced.catsleftbehind

So like the need for a granny flat, a mother in law apartment, a man cave, the household pets weigh in as highly important in the property buying.

Close to eighty percent of recent home buyers survey said they would pass on a house not meeting the needs of their pets.

The majority of our pet heavy house buying decisions involve big yards and lots of land for a pleasure horse. The search for real estate centers around lots of pasture acreage for livestock. A big dog like a St Bernard or many pets sharing the same household space makes it mandatory to find a home with space inside and out for Rover.

If you were a home owner with cats looking for a Maine property, what would be the features Puff would want? Southern exposure for those cat naps could make Puff purr loudly. Built in cat doors to come and go without relying on the owner to open or shut the exterior door would be an added plus.

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Buying A Cheap Repo Home In Maine, To Fix And Flip.

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Buying a cheap repo home in Maine to fix and flip.

What about the resale? What needs to be considered and never forgotten? Like every other real estate market on the globe, no two behave carbon copy. No matter where you look, there are local customs of what features bring more or less in the resale of any home. In any property market, there are areas worth improving and others to leave alone when flipping a home.fix flip repo me homes

This blog post focuses on what to do, what to avoid for repairs or updates when buying a cheap repo home in Maine to fix and flip.

The sluggish Maine economy in sparsely populated rural areas means "easy does it" on pouring money into the Handy Man Special property. What you do in the Fix This Old Home house resale bracket on a twenty, thirty and forty thousand dollar four walls, roof, floor.

The right approach to tackling the property is so different than the treatment a high end residential market listing would demand.

No granite counter tops please. Nope. Not quartz either. Price it to sell, keep it red hot affordable with the best pricing below the rest of the pack.

Never put in an inground pool expecting it to increase the value of your low cost Maine home you want to resell quickly. Too many lakes nearby and unless you plan to play hockey on that rink size outdoor pool, the diving board and deep end only get so many months of use.

In the low end single family residential house sale corner of the market, the most important element is your price. What does the sticker on window or tag hanging off the newly improved house for sale read? You hope to roll up your sleeves, fill up the dumpster, paint inside and out, landscape, repair broken glass or leaks in the plumbing or roof. Then push the place back out onto the open real estate market to not linger or eat up more resources waiting for a buyer.

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House Color, Does It Affect How High A Price, How Quick A Real Estate Sale Happens?

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Your house color, does it really impact how high or how low the final real estate sale price is?

Does the wrong color for your home for sale hurt the days on market figure? All of us have different favorite colors right? But the same shade ofthe color pigment is not applied to everything we purchase in life. First impressions, a neat clean house of any color speeds up the sale process. mainehomechristmas1

You may look great in black. It's slimming right? Or your skin color gets you lots of compliments when you wear pink or yellow or purple.

Red cars used to cost more for insurance. The color picked indicate how heavy your right foot was driving it.

Blue colored websites perform better than orange and black color schemes. Trick or treat.

But what about your house color?

Do certain colors on the exterior really help or hurt the home owner trying to get the highest price possible for a house? Does picking the right color speed up the home selling process?

What is everyone else doing in the local and national real estate market? Polling the paint stores and vinyl siding companies could tell the tale today. On what's hot and what's not. So much of what we buy or don't purchase is influenced by marketing. The kind you are aware of and the bigger section that a person does not even realize is influencing their buying decision making.

So does the color of your home really matter in the eenie meenie miney moe selection process on the open market?

Applying the wrong shade of paint or square of vinyl siding on a home. Does an unpopular color make a property stay on the market for a longer time in the search for a buyer?

The impact of say the color of just your front door. It not that easy to study real estate sale comps in a small rural market. To know without a doubt  and put your finger on how a house with a red front door would have sold quicker and for more money. How many other homes with the same color schemeavailable today could affect which one buyers flock to as well.

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Maine Home Building Inspections, What Happened To "As Is, Where Is" Condition Sales?

Maine Home Building Inspections, What Happened To "As Is, Where Is" Condition Sales?

Maine home building inspections, how they are used beyond determining the condition of the property.

And what happened to 'as is' where is" condition real estate home sales? Where it is what you see, is what you get.

Some history is needed to explain what is happening. In the beginning of Maine real estate home sales, it was buyer beware. Check out whatever you are considering buying with your hard earned money. Make sure the home you are mortgaging for twenty, thirty years does not have any surprises you are not aware of before you purchase. mainehomes2

Now in Maine it is the age of full property disclosure. So if the home has had a fire, been in a flood, or has water well or septic problems you find our before buying. Either from the owner, by hiring tradesmen to check it out or by tracking down a home inspector.

Maine home building inspections, what they are meant to do and how they evolved to harm a perfectly good real estate sale.

Like the used car you are thinking of buying, it is a good idea to put the vehicle up on the hoist to take a looksie underneath. In all the dark places on a vehicle where the sun does not shine. To study the good, the bad, the ugly on what you are thinking of buying.

The same under a microscope inspection on the real estate stress test treadmill can be a fruitful exercise. To know what you the new home property owner are getting in the exchange for the largest investment most ever make in their lifetime.

But here in Vacationland, home building inspections are a relatively new exercise. Back in the late 1980's when I got my Maine real estate broker's license to hang on the wall, building inspections had not been invented.

Currently there still is no licensing in place to be a home inspector in Maine. Licensing for appraising a Maine home just started during my four decades of practicing real estate and my Dad was among the first to obtain the legal authority to do home valuations.

But back to Maine home building inspections.

In a rural state like Maine, usually the home buyer was pretty well versed in the building trades. Survival in Maine is like that where money is always tight. Where some say we live like we are always ready for a recession and play it safe. It is easy does it on the spending and take better care of what a Mainers does purchase.

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Farms For Sale In Maine, Properties With Homes Or Just Land To Buy.

Farms For Sale In Maine, Properties With Homes Or Just Land To Buy.

Farms for sale in Maine, properties with homes or just land to buy.

When the state you list and sell in is big, rural and offers low cost per acre land. Then an agent is going to be busy filling the property listing orders. When a Maine real estate broker performs the brokerage in lower populated areas where there is lots of land, not so many people. Then farms for sale in Maine becomes a big part of what's offered to buyers.

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All sizes, types of agricultural farm land properties are listed for sale because every real estate buyer has a little different wish list.

The needs today for any real estate buyer are not all the same. Like McDonald's you better have a variety hot and ready to serve up to customers coming through the drive through round the clock.

New farm land property for sale in Maine listings are always in demand. Have any of those to blog about today? Sure do. Growing up on and owning a Maine farm personally helps in the sale process too. Who to call, what the lifestyle entails, where to get financing and many questions fielded daily on what's my unique local area of Maine like.

But farms for sale in Maine, how about this 160 acre listing on a US RT 2A in Linneus Maine? You get 160 acres without the old home, minus the buildings. Plus there are a variety of field and pastures, mixed woodlots to this Maine farm. Lots of road frontage too. The fields are level to rolling and could go organic. Big views, plenty of wildlife, total privacy. You supply the home when the time is right. You are not paying for buildings you may not need. More on the Maine farm land in Linneus.

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Residential Maine Real Estate Market Report

Residential Maine Real Estate Market Report

The residential real estate market report for Maine in May, what is happening on the property listing buying and selling scene today?

Like the weather, it is not quite wait twenty minutes for conditions in the local and statewide real estate market to shift radically. Aroostook County is the top "crown of Maine"' and a smaller rural real estate market that does not just deal in residential listings. Being a little ways up Interstate 95 insulates our corner of the World.

Maine land sales are a big component in our local real estate market numbers. It is not just homes or houses that are bought and sold. Marketing time extends. But prices do not spike wildly up and down in small rural Maine real estate markets. The only exception can be waterfront... because there is never enough. Only so much made of the Maine waterfront real estate flavor.

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Houlton Maine is the cross roads for US RT 1, 2, 2A. Aroostook's County seat and oldest town is where I-95 connects to the Trans Canadian highway to the Atlantic Maritimes.

Small rural markets off the beaten path behave differently than the hustle bustle fast paced ones more populated areas experience. And what is listed and sold is not just homes and houses. Large population areas are colder, more impersonal and not everyone makes eye contact. We hear that observation a lot from folks relocating to small town, home grown friendly Maine communities.

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Micro Brews In Maine | Thirsty Dawg Beer Outlet Houlton ME

Micro Brews In Maine | Thirsty Dawg Beer Outlet Houlton ME

Micro brews in Maine, they number over one hundred craft makers of the barley pop suds.

The Thirsty Dawg in Houlton Maine is one outlet for over one thousand unique micro brew craft beers. Ever been there to do some sampling? Each one has a story and some interesting artwork to go along with what's hiding in the dark colored bottle or can.  Why the hoopla over the beer explosion of varieties? Because the days of limited numbers of beer producers are gone. And live and local is everything when sampling a new area on the Maine map. 

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Why the increase in micro brews and how can they all monetize what's produced on such a small scale to stay in business?

Well, to answer the first part of the question. Dare to be different, seek out new anything avoids boredom for the adult refreshment guzzlers in the audience today.

Pop a top, twist the cap or look for an opener. What's on the grocery or convenience store shelves is no longer just what your dad or grandfather opened the door to reach in and pull out when it was Miller time. Or this Bud's for you. Maybe it's used to be an ice cold Schaeffer. The one beer to have when you are hoisting more than one as the advertising people burned into the beer drinker's memory banks. Nasty Gansett... did you like the riddles under the caps? Ready for another Black Label or Old Milwaukee?

The monetizing the micro brew platform part of the question brought up above now pondered.

It helps to have investors or a "ticket" to pay your regular bills. An income from other sources. While you get your brewery license, all the paraphernalia rounded up and connected. Overhead costs pile up and burdens any business. Which just adds to the rigor of staying alive and financially solvent. Let alone becoming competitive when you are out of the gate.Off and running to develop a following of week after week take me home beer drinkers. Or bar patrons to ask for their favorite lager to be put on tap to pour in 16 or 22 ounce glass wear or pitchers. 

All the marketing begins after the technical aspects of vendor supplies and production dynamics are fine tuned. Allagash Brewing Company touts one craft beer flavor called Sixteen Counties. From their website we quote what's so special about this particular brew offering. 

"This beer’s name honors the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. Keeping with that sentiment, we brew the beer with grains exclusively grown and processed in Maine, including: Maine Malt House 2-row Malted Barley from Buck Farms, Blue Ox Malthouse 2-row Malted Barley, raw wheat from Maine Grains, and oats from Aurora Mills & Farm.

Sixteen Counties has an amber hue with notes of honey, tropical hops, citrus, and a hint of cereal grain. The beer’s malt-forward flavor is meant to showcase the next generation of quality farming in Maine."

Aurora Mills & Farm mentioned in the except is in my neck of the Maine woods. The William family farm's rolled oats, grains make them a Maine micro brew craft beer frenzy component player.

Located in Linneus, Maine the small family Aroostook County farm is making a name for itself. David York from Houlton Maine who now works at Allagash Brewing Company in the Portland area started his employment when there were thirty employees. His dad who I ran into recently shared that Allagash has now roughly 130 employees. So however they are carefully adjusting the dials, whatever they are doing is working as the numbers support.

More varieties, tied to the holiday and four seasons in Maine helps beer sales. More than chocolate and vanilla two choices in what you feel like for a beer, for anything these days of big selection. 

Besides grain, you need a hops crop to help fuel the Maine micro brew recipe. Hops grown in Maine take years to establish. What's grown are supported by baling twine attached to aircraft cable running between 16-foot-tall posts that create a trellis to support the hop plants.

Hop farming is labor intensive, long ranged and how to live until a successful crop is the biggest challenge facing new micro growers. Prior to Prohibition, Maine grew lots of hops. That farming was curtailed when the country went dry (on paper).

Which beer pleases the pallet and what to pick is a lot like wine selection.

What's the event in addition to what's being served up for food. Mexican food goes well with beer from the same country. Canadian beer is not too shabby eh? Grains, hops, yeast, water are the four main ingredients of beer. The color, flavor, aroma all contribute to the overall beer drinking experience that wins over or turns away a customer.

Do you like a hoppy pale India IPA or a Belgian style white wheat beer? To lubricate the party or to go with the slow cooked locally sourced meal? Maybe you just mowed a big lawn by hand. Mainers are famous for lawn mowing akin to weekly "haying". The thought of a tall cold glass beer bottle with sweat droplets sliding south on the outside. Adding a fresh sliced lime wedge forced down the tall neck can be the refreshing treat when you stop pushing or climb off the lawn mower.

An orange slice on the side of the New Moon glass of beer is another citrus addition some favor. Grapefruit added to your beer recipe or other fruit extracts are requested by others asking their waiter or waitress. The big question. "What do you have for local micro beer brews on tap for draft?"

For awhile there, it was just a ski area, a high end city restaurant that supported the in house micro brew. Heck now cruise ships even have their own onboard Red Frog and other tappers to pull and pour. To fill the growler and create a unique home grow beer drinking establishment.

The Maine micro brew to go with the meal or to sample during happy hour sitting on the bar stool.

Bartender, make it something local to wash down the appetizers of hot spiced wings, the salty pretzels. Or if you dare to sample the bowl of who knows who has had their hand in those mixed nuts. To slurp and nurse watching the highlights of the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics or whatever game is beamed in on the flat screen.

The Thirsty Dawg is a located Northern maine craft beer outlet.

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 Thirsty Dog owner Kent Good when asked how many beer brands he carries admits he surrendered after getting to 1000 bottles of beer on the wall.

Good says he makes a trip to meet the four Portland area beer distributors that don't service Aroostook County too. To meet them half way in Bangor to do the transfer. To load up the truck to back haul the bottles and cans of beer toretail display at the Houlton store outlet.

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 Located at 9 Florence Avenue in Houlton ME, the Thirsty Dawg gets a lot of out of town traffic. The over the top beer selection and the off the beaten path location. Next to the bottle redemption sister business on the other side of the party wall both have a strong following. Peter pays Paul with returnable cash money.

Laws to make it legal, how to brew and sell beer, what about the licensing? Here's the make it legit link for anyone considering a Maine micro brew operation. To keep the ATF people happy in the alcohol, tobacco and firearms division of Uncle Sam's government hierachy. There are no speak easies, asking for the password to gain entry to beer halls or gin joints since Prohibition was repealed. 

This weekend is the 4th annual Black Fly Brewfest at the Millar Civic Center.

If you are not tied up with work or down time chores around your home. Between spring yard work, here is more about the Black Fly Brewfest. You might wanna go. If you are looking at an opportunity to meet a lot of micro brew craft beer makers under one roof, you might head up to the Millar Civic Center in Houlton Maine this Saturday to check it out.

Use the handy mileage calculator to Houlton Maine. To determine just exactly how far it is from where you are to Houlton Maine for driving times. The Thirsty Dawg is a proud sponsor of the 4th annual Black Fly Brewfest.

Who else is going to be onboard for beer distributors at the Black Fly gathering of er, beer flies?

Over 40 beer exhibitors and wine, cider peddling producers too will be on hand. The time 2:30 to 6 PM for the sampling to get you in condition for the Saturday night plans.

Please drink responsibly or not at all. And find a designated driver if you can not drink responsibly. But here is a chance to learn about micro brewery, the home grown culture of what's produced for suds with a kick in Maine. More on Maine micro brew beer culture.

Interested in learning more about simple Maine living?

You don't have to be a beer drinker or partake in any spirits to get high about Maine. Visit the Me In Maine blog post website for more local flavor. Experience first hand, up close and personal from someone who lives here. Why the rural state called Maine in the upper right hand corner is where it's life the way it should be.

Ever thought of owning a piece of Maine that could be used year round for Vacations or more? Buying, selling, trading Maine real estate, here to help in the process to make it fun, easy, money saving. 

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North ST Houlton ME 04730 USA

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Properties For Sale In Maine Needing Work Or Repairs.

Properties For Sale In Maine Needing Work Or Repairs.

Properties for sale in Maine needing work or repairs.

A picky no or low down mortgage financing program lending outfit might not be so hand stand happy about a Mr Fix It / Handyman Special home. But the public in rural Maine sure does gobble them up. This real estate blog post points out why less than perfect homes in need of repair are a still a pretty popular category of Maine listing sales. There is a good reason. We are home grown, DIY hands on and farm to table kinda people. Not store bought expensive or flashy nor hired out costly on all the house repair work.properties for sale in me

Every real estate market behaves oh so differently. Sparse populated Maine does not rock and roll the same way as urban hot spots of crowded home owners in Atlanta GA, Boston MA, LA, CA or NYC, NY do. Local home buyers have an amazing skill set or know someone that does the is more than willing to lend a hand.

Had a relocating house buyer who was recently widowed and looking to move back to Maine from Florida in the office yesterday. He and his little Heinz 57 variety dog Baxter wanted a country location, some acreage wrapping around a solid but cosmetically challenged home. We toured a country home for sale that did the trick on paper and based on his video cyber walk through experience.

The former builder of the home did an admirable job in house construction. In many ways the Jack of all trades real estate buyer appreciated what he saw on the actual you are there showing. He was ready to buy with cash in hand something from the properties for sale in Maine needing work bargain bin of real estate listings.

The property for sale in Maine needing work had been rented too long and the home seller already owned another house.

She too had been widowed, did not like carrying the burden of two properties to keep up with so a cash buyer showed up at the right time. Sure location times three is pretty darn important. But what trumps that real estate triple stutter is timing, timing, timing. It is time to sell and a buyer pointing out the tasks ahead of him that is shared in a discussion with a home owner was reacted to with positive joint agreement. Discount for cash means the seller does not have to tackle the deferred maintenance issues. Or replace the month to month renter scheduled to move in two weeks.

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Waterfront Properties For Sale In Maine, What's Available?

Waterfront Properties For Sale In Maine, What's Available?

What's available for waterfront properties for sale in Maine?

maine riverThere is no other category of property listing that is sought after as much as waterfront real estate.

The reason for the increased demand? Part of it is the supply is never great enough. The other drawback is waterfront real estate is always a super investment.

It holds its value and appreciates. Which makes buying waterfront properties in Maine always expensive.

More pricey than other real estate listing near the waterfront but not smack dab on it. 

So what to consider when looking for anything on the water in Maine?

If it is an empty river, pond, lake lot, make sure the waterfront land is buildable. Being up to date on current state of Maine shoreland zoning regulations is a big requirement wading into a waterfront property purchase. Because you want more than a day lot that you can visit but not build on.

Also, besides being schooled on the latest shoreland zoning rules and laws, you better visit the town office where the property is located. To make sure there are not above and beyond beefed up regulations to know about because you get a cease and desist order from local code enforcement officials. More on shoreland zoning in Maine when considering a purchase of waterfront property.

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Owner Financed Maine Land.

Owner Financed Maine Land.

Owner financed Maine land.

This blog post explains what buying and selling land looks like when an owner of it holds the mortgage. Why is finding a property seller willing to hold the paper, to take back a mortgage on the land in Maine you are buying so popular? Lots of reasons really. Maine land is low cost, big and beautiful. First and foremost to that, the country we live in is built on installment sale payments right?maineland

What's one more monthly payment added in? To squeeze out of the household income a little slice for some land in Maine. That sort of thinking happens a lot.

The Maine land is an investment and often used for a cheap vacation destination in the state where the bottom of all the license plates say "Vacationland". Maybe the land buyer wants to farm and live off the bounty of the dirt. To heat with wood, a renewable resource too that is another perk of owning forestry land.

Why else do many land listings so often come with a seller willing to offer owner financing?

Because the seller does not need to replace the land like most do when listing a house. The home for sale might have a mortgage that has a ticking clause in the fine print. The legal clause about if you try to transfer interest in this collateral, or attempt to let someone take over the unassumable loan, an acceleration device is detonated. The bright lights come on, the sirens go off. All the money owed becomes due. Not now but right now happens.

With a house, you usually do need to replace the sticks and bricks. Unless it is your last set of house keys to the home sweet home and you are headed into apartment, assisted living or maybe a nursing home. When you are in the sunset stage of living, monthly owner financing installments trickle in too slowly.

And the seller worries about what if the owner financed home buyer does not keep up his or her end of the bargain and stops paying? Those inheriting the assets if there are any will have to foreclose on the real estate mortgage. Any home owner has to do maintenance on it and when they don't, the value goes south as the property condition heads down hill. With land, look mom, no structures, nothing to maintain... just let it grow or keep those pasture fields hayed or tilled to grow something.

What's another reason that Maine land is most often owner financed unlike other types of real estate? Banks are not hand stand happy about making land loans.

Those kind of mortgages can not be packaged up pretty and dumped on the secondary market.

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Farms For Sale In Maine, Why Are Land Properties So Popular?

Farms For Sale In Maine, Why Are Land Properties So Popular?

Farms for sale in Maine, the demand is growing and for many good reasons.

First and foremost, low land values in Maine make it a sleeping giant for an attractive investment option. You get more bang for your buck. Extra farm land acreage for less price. Second, what you do buy for rich fertile soil from the lower expense, big inventory selection of agricultural land means a better crop to harvest. Good results happen from all the hard work tilling up the farm acreage. In preparing the soil for seed beds with additional soil amendments add to the growing recipe.

The plowing, drainage contour considerations field by field means cultivating, weeding and nurturing is all part of the farming exercise. No matter what you do plant that has  better odds of success in Maine.

Farming today is more apt to have good results when crop rotation stretches out to a more healthy interval that provides the soil a well deserved rest. A little R and R relaxation to fortify with ground covers that get turned back under into the soil is a very good practice if you plan to keep the farming tradion alive and well.farmmorning

Want another reason why Maine gets the nod for farm land investment?

When water is not an issue like many areas of the country where it is not so lush and green, Maine gets another check mark off the list. Plenty of water is another huge plus for the agriculture producer.

Like you and I, plants and animals need unlimited amounts of clean fresh water on site. Not a river like the Colorado that Californians depend on so desperately or the wet stuff brought in by expensive piping and pumps.

When a buyer is stepping out to search for farm land for sale in Maine, their "gotta have" check list boxes all get filled in top to bottom.

Because I hear it a lot, from a real estate buyer not just after a new house to buy or build. But land in Maine for farming is for a bunch of reasons. It's because we get "back where we come from ..."  (here we go again said in a nice way...) The land buyer settling in on Maine will go on to  lament how expensive or nonexistent land is, that irrigation is needed and one more thing.

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The Internet Is 30 Years Old | Real Estate Before, Now.

The Internet Is 30 Years Old | Real Estate Before, Now.

Happy Birthday to the Internet that many believe has always been around like air and water, death and taxes.

Remembering today a time before the Internet and the early years in real estate listing and selling twist and shout. As the net was born and developed into one giant spider web of hand spun connections. 

Providing information for our real estate customers.

In the early years in my small rural Maine town, the customer base was mostly local for buyers. Sure we could run a newspaper ad in a big city weekend edition real estate section bragging up a lake cottage listing for vacations, a piece of land acreage for an investment. vendingrealestatetruck

But like a flare it was shot up, glowed for a short time and then went dark, Expensive, hit or miss and not a constant ad message. Most of our home buyers were local because no net and you needed to be living here to use the house, to pay for the place. No telecommuting to work with an online job brought with you on the relocation move to Maine like happens today.

So our role in the early years of real estate list and sell was coming up with a value for the property. Then describe it in a few lines of copy. Next take a few images of it with black and white Poloroid self exposure film that came in a packages of eight. Unlike digital cameras, you were careful not to chew up too many wasted photos. You ran out of film and in winter development of what you snapped for a photo was a little different.

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Simplified Living In Maine Towns Under 4000 Population.

Simplified Living In Maine Towns Under 4000 Population.

Maine is rural and a collection of mostly small towns, just little communities.

That is a big part of the attraction when anyone is considering relocation to Maine. Smaller town living is better. It removes a lot of what you don't want in your day to day. It keeps it nimble David not big and slow to move Goliath.

The moving to Maine real estate buyer wants to be a part of a vibrant community and to find ways to contribute, to give back their energy and talents. The small Maine town is what it is because of all the people that inhabit it. Not just the empty buildings or fresh air and clean water natural setting alone. You need the mix of dynamic people of all walks of life, across the board age wise. mainecanoers2

So what size Maine small town to select? Because chances are it is going to be a small town and there are only a handful of cities in the pick a place location exercise.

Heading to Maine. Getting the space, the less red tape, the lower amount of layers of players and lots of low cost real estate listings is where a small town with under 4000 population really shines. There is less hired done and more home grown hands on that happens which makes the events, the lifestyle down to Earth.

Simple living means less hassles shuffling the paperwork forms and obtaining permits. Run away from the delays, the high cost of living foumd in an urban center. Trade it in for Maine where we paddle together down the streams, across a lake and work together running the small towns we are so proud up and personally invested. We do way way more that just pay property taxes and are not hands off in the local administration of everything that happens in the boundaries of the small Maine town.

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Best Location & State For Retirement Living? Hands Down, Pick Maine Small Town.

Best Location & State For Retirement Living? Hands Down, Pick Maine Small Town.

Retirement communities in Maine, where is the best place for elderly senior housing?

I don't like to use the terms "elderly" or "senior" because to many in society they carry negative meanings. Learn more on the term coined back in 1989 about ageism. In Maine we have close to twenty five percent of the population fifty five and older.That means lots of worthwhile programs in place to cater to the aged and for those retired to help others of all ages. Maine is all about volunteering and being useful, giving back and sharing. More on the Aroostook Agency on Aging as one perfect example.

Real estate buyers definitely have an advantage relocating to the state of Maine if purchasing a home. Are you are toying with the idea of a move to Maine? Looking for low cost property listings? What area is your best fit when you do retire from your career job? When you change it up the 5-6-7-8 dance steps to make the shift from work work work to lots more leisure time? small maine real estate 1

Why pick a small Maine town for a retirement home location?

And is retirement for you gravitate into a part time job? The plan to slowly ease back away from the forty plus hours a week you are used to spending the bulk of your time at up until now?

Lots of reasons make Vacationland attractive for senior citizens, older folks no matter what stage of retirement living they Planning to do in Maine.

This blog post will discuss the topic of retirement in Maine from a relocation stand point and for someone brand new to the northern most state in New England. If experts predict you need seventy to eighty percent of what you made at work for your shift to retirement years, congratulations. You can pull that off here.

Moving from an urban area, high priced real estate market to small town rural Maine is going to be a very pleasant surprise.

Lots of money left over and many of your highest cost day to day items to pay for are sharply reduced or disappear altogether. Maine is all over the topic of low cost real estate property listings. Your Maine home is going to be bought for a song compared to what you know for prices out of state. The numbers where you live in a high cost urban setting now are three, four or more times what a Maine home will set you back to own free and clear. That's the plan right? No mortgage and simpler living in Maine?

First off, before you can settle in on where to move for a retirement property investment housing pick or to consider rental apartment options, you need to research the subject. Ever heard the expression "I'm new as being old?" The transition from full time employment  and retired from work is a serious one. Up until now each year you have had some long weekends, a few vacation weeks to try your hand at what it is might be like to be away from your real job and that's been it. Just a taste and nothing final.

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Relocating, Moving To A Small Town In Maine.

Relocating, Moving To A Small Town In Maine.

You dream about relocating, moving to a small town in Maine.

Because living where you do now in a populated area is exhaustive. The pace is expensive and hectic. One of the biggest perks of rural areas of the country is the lower priced property in small Maine towns. When you have a low monthly housing payment on the mortgage you pay on your house, the need to work more than one job to pay for it goes away.maine farm cows 1

When you are relocating, moving to a small town in Maine the the cost to insure the house is less too.

The home mortgage gets retired earlier  for the "coast is clear" living debt free. No mortgage is a wonderful feeling that few get to experience who are living a nip and tuck existence in large populated areas. Where life is a blur and good luck catching your breath. To create quiet space to hear yourself think.

There is a buyer advantage obtaining affordable housing in small rural towns in Maine. Property buyers and apartment renters also enjoy a greater selection. You can own a second home or camp on the waterfront.

Here are some more benefits of living in a small Maine town.  

Low crime, less traffic means a safer and quieter place to raise a family. Retirement to stretch that monthly fixed income check is easier when the cost of living is low to the ground too. You can run home for lunch. See loved ones during the day. Getting across town to pick up a part and then return again to replace it for another that's the right size is easy with the small town life setting.

Folks are friendly, the pace is not so stressed or impersonal when you live in a small Maine community. You get involved, you are part of the local happenings when the population around you is smaller. Folks step up and pitch in and feel more a part of social fabric. You don't have to feel tense worried about personal safety when you feel surrounded by friendly folks you connect with and enjoy.

The locals are cross trained. They share their skill sets. One week working on your garage. The next helping the other cut, split, stack firewood or other chores to lighten their load. You know your neighbors in small Maine towns. Land around the next door neighbor is plentiful and space does not come at a premium. You support the local businesses and feel good about keeping whatever you buy for goods or pay for services circulating in the small hometown economy. The owner IS in the store or on the other end of the service phone line. You are not put on hold and kept on life support muzak waiting for help from a stranger at a far away call center.

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Real Estate Listings In Maine For Sale, Some New Properties.

Real Estate Listings In Maine For Sale, Some New Properties.

Real estate listings in Maine, a couple new properties.

 
The inventory of real estate listings in Maine always need to be added to because properties sell. And everyone is different, their needs and preferences vary greatly. So a healthy selection across the board works best to match up a buyer with a seller who has a property for sale.property me search
 
I am lucky to live in a small rural area of Maine. Where prices are low, the quantity of land that comes with it is large.
 
Space is the number one goal for someone from an area where it was an expensive premium. In urban areas where lots of room will cost you dearly in your living space and the lot of land that it sits on and surrounds it.
 

So new real estate listings in Maine, here are some of the offering that just came on the market.

 
Like to hunt, fish, hit the recreational trails? Have a boat that needs to float? Looking at the calendar with an itch to retire and relocate to Northern Maine in the future? Stretch those retirement dollars here! How about over 40 acres of land in Littleton ME? You get a cabin, storage shed, that's side road quiet and surveyed. Neat views plus open land that has been bush hogged to keep it that way. More information at the link for Lot 2D Foster Road Littleton Maine.
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Top 10 Reasons Real Estate Sales Don't Close.

Top 10 Reasons Real Estate Sales Don't Close.

Off to a good start or doomed from the beginning, the top ten reasons real estate sales don't happen.

In any transfer of property, people are involved. Their life events,  emotions, timing, current economic condition, personal health, marital relations, employment atmosphere, the local economy all can factor into the reasons a current listing becomes a sold comparable or not.propertydeliveryvan

The contingencies of a real estate sale can make or break the chances of a real estate sale ever getting to a sit down or through the mails closing.

It is way easier to buy a home when you are not selling your old one. That saddles you with another house obligation and heavy mortgage debt.

What is the number reason for a property listing sale not happening? Over pricing the place.

Seller's expectation of way way too much money needed to make them agree to a sale. If the agent or broker studies the property's positive and negatives, checks the supply of anything like it on the current market competing for the same buyer. And eye balls the list of what has sold and for how much like this place in the last six months to a year. Then the what the seller should expect today for a sale price either is agreed to or rejected upfront.

If the seller gets red faced, starts to holler and screams "I'm not going to give it away", the agent or broker should back away from the listing. It won't sell. The seller does not really want to sell unless he could get above what is market value.

Some sellers will say if I can get two, three times the real value, I will think about a property sale. Even at this inflated, you got to be dreaming stage of contemplating a sale, it is not realistic. Don't list the property giving this kind of seller that it will sell. You are giving him the wrong expectation, you are wasting time and valuable resources that should be spent on listings that have a snowball's change of selling in you know where.

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Maine Ranches For Sale, A Farm Property Real Estate Listing.

Maine Ranches For Sale, A Farm Property Real Estate Listing.

Maine ranches, the term used to find a home with land is farm properties.

Real estate that is used for farming purposes are very popular. Not everyone is thinking farming on the large scale either. But just like the outdoor lifestyle, the wide open space that country living provides. farmmorning

When you think ranches, I don't know about you but for me Bonanza, something with thousands of acres and herds of cattle comes to mind.

With Hoss, Little Joe, amazing mountain backdrops, wide fast moving rivers to get the cattle across on the way to market.

Because I grew up on a Maine farm, and own one that is in crop production, the term ranch was not used much growing up. Except to describe a one floor home that often comes in the basic 5-3-1 configuration of 5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath layout. 

If local property buyers are all your have to work with, using the real estate terms your friends and neighbors weave into conversations are a smart idea.

You'll lose them if you don't pick familiar terms and native expressions. But when the Internet marketing is far reaching and out of state or out of the country, speaking the real estate language for terms your buyers, sellers use is critical. So the customer or client feels you are talking the same lingo and more importantly because real estate searches made online better include the terms being typed into the queries. 

So ranches for sale in Maine, not just the single level homes with a yard out back but the properties with acreage, with open fields and pastures. Maybe with fencing all established, with the barns, machine sheds, other farm buildings needed for housing critters, crops, agriculatural equipment that go along with the lifestyle pursuit.

I have found it better to get the word out on what each and every property is all about upfront and online.

And not to wait until the buyer actually makes it to Northern Maine to kick some tires and tour some farm property listings. 

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Personal Property In A Real Estate Sale | What Stays, What Goes?

Personal Property In A Real Estate Sale | What Stays, What Goes?

The personal property in a real estate sale, what can go, what has to stay?

The listing for a property should spell out if the appliances stay and which ones. Including the make and model so no swap switcharoo helps make it crystal clear. And to avoid an inferior or broken appliance geting added to the sale.dining rm 19 deerfield dr

If the listed price with added personal property items is not met, then none of the personal property has to stay.

What is the difference between personal property and a fixture? When you don't buy and sell real estate often, confusion can happen about what is expected but does not happen. No one should have to wonder what stays, what goes in a real estate sale. Don't leave it to a verbal list that not all the parties remember. And make sure besides spelling it all out on the purchase and sale agreement to warn family members, friends. To leave the property alone... for the seller to make sure nothing evaoporates after the ink is dry on the purchase and sale agreement spelling out the terms of the transfer.

Oil pro-ration is as important as the calculation for the real estate property taxes.

The money lost hurts whoevers pocket did not get the chunk of change. Whatever party gets left out of the reimbursement feels cheated. And when fuel oil in the tank costs are high per gallon, the need to pro-rate is a strong one when there is a considerable amount of oil left at the property for sale. Less hassle happens when there is under a quarter of a tank and the seller says close enough. Don't hassle them with the nickel and dime. But when there are two 275 or 330 gallon oil tanks and they are filled to the brim, the seller should feel the desire to get reimbursed for the fuel oil.

In our real estate list and sale experience it is better when there is not personal property that is wrestled over. When someone helps themselves to items. The appliance left behind often has issues too that adds to the tension. One electrical burner on the cook stove does not work. The freezer in the refrigerator does not do it's job to keep everything frozen. Unless new appliances, under warranty that transfers with the title to the property, broken appliances in need of repair are better to escort out of the building before they are included in a sale.

Often the focus moves far left or right of a real estate property sale and the personal property tug of war over the lawnmower, the swing set or trampoline, hot tub, whatever takes center stage. It can suck the fun out of the house sale when a buyer is excited but suddenly feets cheated because of how the personal property items are handled. Or if they are left behind because they don't work as they should.

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