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Marketing Real Estate During Coronovirus | Lucky To Be A Small Rural Maine Broker

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Marketing real estate during Coronovirus, lucky to be a small rural Maine broker.

In my area, everything is cheaper. The cost of living is lower to in Aroostook County. The locals don't hire everything done and no one lives high on the hog with cash to burn thinking. We don't need a lot to be happy and content. The small tightly connected populaton is very grateful for what we do have. Very aware and know it is more than many for which we are humbly thankful. We have all we need for quality of life taking the precautions needed to avoid catching or spreading the coronovirus COVID 19 infection.

Real estate property listings in Northern Maine are low cost.

Not some of them, all of them. With coronovirus pandemic, how has that changed anything in the way things roll? Well as for the effect on the Maine real estate market. Too early to know because the numbers are still being made. When tough times arrive, we do everything we can to help others struggling. We all know our roles and work together to get things done in small Maine towns. Maine is mostly small rural communities, has only a handful of cities. More land and wildlife than people.

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Appraisals on properties for a mortgage are based on the market that was, real property sales in Maine.

The decline, rise or more of the same is what happens with Maine property sales. All that gets reflected in each and every Maine real estate market report. Stay tuned as we get deeper into the COVID19 effects of the real estate market stats for Maine. We hammer out regular market reports on the speed, the health of how the properties are moving along. And what all that means sliced, diced, spit out.

Tailor made to reflect Maine, not the nation as a whole.

All the while pointing out it makes a big difference WHERE in Vacationland you are curious about today. Buyers, sellers, agents, brokers, bankers, appraisers, the entire local population should be concerned about and looking for current real estate market nitty gritty details.

You and I read and hear the same reports on China, Italy, how things are developing around the coronovirus pandemic.

But blog post is here in Maine. How are we living with coronovirus in rural Maine? I think much easier than most places where the population is big, slow moving and crowded too tightly together. It is a lot like David and Goliath in how efficient and creatively the day to day gets down in small town rural Maine.

In the span of just twenty days, the Texas or wherever it comes from crude oil tea dropped 54 cents a gallon where I live in Maine. The heating oil delivery just made to my in town home was $1.54 per gallon. My son, daughter in law and first grandchild live just a mile and a half way relying on strictly wood at the farm. There the year's fire wood for next heating season is in place. As much of the food we do eat is produced locally. Potatoes, squash, cabbage are farm to table.

Canning and preserving happens in small rural areas. Home made bread, muffins, cookies and cakes always rolled out of the kitchen. People have chickens for eggs and meat. There is beef in the freezer, it's what's for dinner. Crock pots with veggies, a variety of approaches to keep it new and interested has always been served up to put on the family table. It was not caused because of COVID19 developments. We survive differently and simply living makes a game out of the way we roll. We enjoy year round what most only tap into once a year or less often in Vacationland. This is like a natural Disney Land without the people, without the lines at Space Mountain. Maine outdoors to camp, to fish, hunt is open year round and it is accessible by the common man without even opening the wallet or purse.

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Maine Real Estate Market Report | Too Early For Coronavirus Listing Sale Statistics Effect

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Local Maine real estate market report, what the property listings and sales numbers show for a trend.

This blog post is about the current Maine housing market. New listings, sold data, how long a typical house sale is taking in Maine today. How individual areas of Maine's real estate market are percolating and why they are behaving that way. Too early yet, it remains to be seen what the Coronavirus COVID-19 will do to the next Maine real estate market report.

The average list price for Maine real estate residential listings is year to date up 7.32%. The supply of inventory was 4.8 months worth on the statewide MLS conveyor belt a year ago. Today that cookie jar is down to 3.71 months of real estate residential listings. The sales price for Maine houses is up 3.82% for single family residences. But stay tuned for how the Coronavirus and counter measures impact those numbers we report on in the next blog post installment.

Today looking back over our shoulder the last twelve months, statewide residential housing listing numbers show the DOM (days on market) is down 17.35%. The home listings are taking less time to slide over from the pick me please, I'm available into the SOLD column.market reports real estate

Maine has lots of affordable housing inventory but local jobs for people to make the payments is always part of the two step dance music that is happy, sad or "meh" in between.

Employment opportunities, the local pay scale and hourly wage play a huge part in keepinng the lid on the single family housing market. How things shake, rattle and roll in just the residential category of Maine real estate listing sales today is what you will get in this market report blog post. That kind of news is very important to home buyers, house sellers, investors, bank appraisers, government officials, the agents and brokers working hard day and night down in the trenches.

The strength or weakness of the local Maine real estate market affects a person's life and financial health.

Serious stuff. It is not like just small talk banter to fill time about the weather in conversations either. How long is it taking to sell a house in Maine? What are Maine homes selling for today? Everywhere the real estate professional goes in their travels, the same important question gets asked over and over. How's the Maine real estate market today? People want to know. The local media tries to give it attention but a clever sound bite, a less than 30 second synopsis does not do it justice.

The real estate market report is pertinent to where you live and the same forecast in the greater Portland metro does not play out so well in St Agatha or Vanceboro or Greenville Maine housing market.

Active, under contract, an increase or decrease in supply of real estate housing listings is used like a doctor or nurse monitors a patient. Your real estate home listing lives and breathes in a unique set of market conditions wherever it is in Maine and this market report information is vital.

To know when you the seller should make a price reduction to help the process and not wait for one brave soul to make an offer to get you to consider taking less to get to a real estate closing for a sale. The real estate market absorption rate, when there is a healthy six month supply of inventory you look at pricing one way. When the absorption rate shows a shortage or glut of listings. That important statistic signals what to expect ahead and dictates what needs to be done with the property pricing to cause it to sell when others do not.

Real estate market report statisitics always fill columns county by county in Maine with the actual sold price compared to the listing figure.

The one tacked on to the home in the beginning of the process and that proactive sellers and agents / broker hopefully adjust a tad along the way. That ratio number also is all important to know what the current Maine real estate market is looking like and what your buyer or seller should know to make moves in it. When home listings are flying off the shelf, when multiple offer situations and bidding wars occur, that behavior says something about the current housing market in Maine.

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Big Pieces Of Maine Land Are Great But A Little Can Be A Lot

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Big pieces of Maine land, the thought of owning hundreds of acres is a delicious dream to many.

But a little less Maine land can be a lot, more than enough to provide over the top enjoyment of the property investment. This blog post quickly looks at when just a little Maine land works just fine. When all you need is a spot, to get your foot in the door so to speak with Maine land ownership and enjoyment.maineland1For starters, money is always an object or limiting factor buying Maine land.

There is an old Maine expression about farmers being "land poor". Like in the game of Monopoly, buying everything you land on takes it toll and you end up having to mortgage something to stay in the game. You ever coined the phrase about "Maine land, they are not making anymore of it" is so right. When you do the math calculations of the price per acre and see the giant land acreages in rural Maine that are listed for sale, excitement grows. The out of state Maine land buyer thinks he or she is stealing the property because where they live large acreages don't exist. And what is available for land listings for sale is two, three and more times higher priced. 

So back to the premise buying Maine land that a a big piece is wonderful but a small lot or plot can do the trick just as well.

The blog post title on Maine land above considers what drives the need for the acreage, why the buyer is searching online for this type of listing. Land just land in Maine buyers more often than not just want a cheap vacation property for the four season recreation options all around it.

The Maine land is used as a base to explore and discover the four season natural beauty of unspoiled Maine.

Camping and tenting and sleeping under the stars starting out after the real estate closing. Maybe pulling up the travel trailer just sinking in their too small back yard where they live the urban city setting. The one surrounded by fencing like a fort to protect the family members inside from outside hassles.

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Divorce, Real Estate | Buying Selling A House In Maine

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Divorce, real estate and how to work out the buying, selling a house in Maine.

When you are in a divorce, the song goes something like this, sang a little divorce buying maine homeoff key "breaking up is hard to do".

Well, splitting up the couple and dividing up the real estate properties in Maine is usually a sad song.

But over half of us are divorced and kids often involved for the better, worse or more of the same.

This real estate blog post is about what happens to the current house, how do we buy or sell any home during a divorce.

Maine law, divorce and the real and personal property means rules to abide by. This blog post is a quick easy read to focus just on the real estate, the properties. This is what I see from my experiences as a Maine real estate broker if a couple splits up.

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Real Estate Expressions, Quotes And Tips

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Real estate expressions, those little quips, quotes and tips that are well worn but treasured wisdom.

Some expressions more popular than others and a few universal in any language. Like the one about the most important real estate sayingsthing to remember in real estate. Right you are. You instantly hit the buzzer and gave the correct three location, location.

Here is one more for good measure.

Location. 

 Heard a new real estate expression, a tip the other day about 1, 2, 3 applied to life. It involves a property sale tip, some wisdom advice.

 This real estate agent from the Charleston South Carolina area considering a move to Northern Maine.

As the couple and I walk in an unplowed long driveway with a boisterous young K-9 pup to a log home with a lot of acreage.

 Here it comes, the real estate expression quote tip...

 She said a mentor real estate broker always said you could do no better than being 1st born, the 2nd wife, the 3rd real estate agent. The last one might not be so easy as the three "L's" answer to figure out quickly. Get why being last, the tail end "3rd real estate agent" can be your best position?

 You could wonder why would you want to be anything but the first real estate agent to list, market, sell right?

 Simple. Overpriced listings don't sell. Period.

 It can take a couple different brands of real estate listing agents  for the owner to figure out it is not the sign on the lawn colors that cause a successful closing to happen.

 But who wants to waste all those six month, year long listing contract time periods with the price stuck too high for a real estate sale to happen? Be polite, realize you can not help them when the price is wrong Bob. Too high and stuck there means you the real estate agent are going to list it, lose it. Spending a lot of marketing time and money. Then getting much flak as musical brokers happens. You can not help that seller who really does not want to sell or has unpossible property price expectations.

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The Real Estate Market In Maine News | How Are Home Sales?

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How's the real estate market in Maine, how are home sales shaping up today?

What's a house in Portland Maine going for today? What about if I wanted to find a place on a Maine lake or an ocean front home? If you were looking for oh, I don't know, say forty acres or raw land for recreation somewhere in Maine, you would be wondering how are land sales in today's real estate market?

This blog post housing report like others before it jumps into the here and now for current Maine real estate market news.

To sneak a peek and tell the tale of listings, property sales, days on market and actual final sale price compared to the beginning listing one. To take the temperature and report the real estate market findings. So let's hop to it and roll up the sleeve, take the pulse and check the blood pressure of today's real estate market housing report results.

As always, instead of just statewide blah blah blah, an attempt is made to make the statistics have value to a buyer or seller.

If you are in now or plan to be soon one of those two camps, real estate market values are very hot news you can use. It's the biggest investment most of us ever make right? So it's kinda important when your wallet or purse is attached to the news you peruse. That 's why we do Maine real estate market reports.

So the headlines first in Maine real estate new reporting.

This month for the entire state of Maine 7617 current listings are for sale. This compares to 9361 listings a days on market reportyear ago this month period, a reduction of 18.6 percent.

Further study of today's Maine Listing's housing report inventory shows for the year, inventory numbers are off, down 6.3 percent for active real estate listings.

From the latest numbers, there are 955 new Maine real estate listings in the last thirty days.

A year ago this month, 852 new sellers put their Maine property on the market. All these real estate market stats are for residential. Maine is way more than just houses for sale and a little further down the blog post let's look into land listing sales, other property types to round out your take away today. 

 The number of real Maine real estate listings sold over the last year was up 1.9 percent.

For the current month, the number of solds are up nearly 24% statewide. Pending listings,  fingers crossed and expecting to become slid into the SOLD statistics column are up six percent for the last year. The number higher by18.9 percent for this month than a year ago comparison. 

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House Hunting In Maine

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House hunting in Maine. Looking for a home starts first with finding a Maine community.

The location of  where you decide to live in Maine is everything. You know the three "L" real estate house hunting in maine 3chant about what's the most important thing to remember. Picking the best location for this point in your life requires home work.

Because Maine is one tall and wide expansive state to navigate even with GPS or a compass to avoid getting lost house hunting.

So to avoid running in circles and losing your bearings, one by one take the steps to select the right Maine community first. 

This must happen before the eenie meenie miney moe in house hunting from the current inventory selection for the entire state of Maine. Before getting too hot and heavy serious about a home, make sure you have fallen in love with the area first.

The purpose of this real estate blog post is to help outline the best steps house hunting in Maine to avoid getting lost.

I hope it is especially helpful for someone brand new to Maine. That visitor who never or just a couple of times actually stepped foot in Vacationland for a short fun visit. No significant time spent in Maine when you decide to move and relocate here. Kinda makes house hunting like shooting in the dark. Even native Mainers living full time in the Pine Tree state would be a little fuzzy if quizzed on specific areas in the sixteen counties. Maine is a hike to explore and you come for a day, end up staying a lifetime. Find an area of Maine to concentrate on first. Then one by one do the cake walk parade of what is for sale today in your price range and with the feature options you desire.

So on with the blog post show, house hunting in Maine, picking the location.

The areas you study, the one that works best considers many factors. The cost of the house you track and hunt for varies greatly in Maine real estate markets. The long and short of it? Expect to dig deeper, pay more for housing in and around Maine's handful of cities.The cost of housing gets cheaper the further you go up into Maine away from the green bridge on the southern end.

Like anything you purchase, you consider the pros and cons before removing your hand from the chess piece and committing  to the major move. How far the location is from quality community health care, shopping, work if not retired, schools is looked at. So is the lifestyle hobbies you enjoy and that the area of Maine encourages easily and inexpensively.

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Mortgage Loans To Buy A Home In Maine

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Mortgage loans to buy a home in Maine.

What types of home buying financing options are out there today to consider? Well for starters, always check with your local Maine mortgage lenders for the best service, lowest rates. To get  advice you can trust. Local bank mortgage financing outlets remove the disconnect. The expensive time delay that out of your real estate market area home loan mortgage providers deliver. Remember, if financing is too slow, if the closing keeps getting pushed ahead, sellers can pull the plug. Decide to not extend the home buying contract agreement.mortgage loans buying home

Let's face it, just talking all the initials jargon and hearing the bank mortgage financing lingo can make your eyes gloss over.

All you know is you want the best interest rate, the lowest closing costs and to have someone study your situation to pick the loan program.

To come up with the best home loan mortgage solution. This blog post outlines quick and easy the types of mortgage loans out there today for buying a home in Maine.

Mortgage loans to buy a home in Maine come in a variety of flavors.

You have your low down, no down payment options. Without a 20% down payment expect to pay for private mortgage insurance buying a Maine home. Maybe an adjustable rate home loan works best in your present situation. Or that local mortgage lender points you in the direction of a fixed rate loan. Regardless, remember to stop renting, start owning and don''t wait for interest rates to become more attractive.

Time is money, and what ever loan option you decide on remember. Your landlord would rather you kept renting than venture bravely out into home ownership. You can always refinance, make an extra house payment and maybe you won't even be in this same home in say five years time. 

Mortgage loans to buy a home in Maine, what are the kinds to consider.

If you are now or were a veteran and served Uncle Sam honorably, take advantage of anything offered in your GI bill benefits. VA loans have many advantages. Veterans buying a home in Maine will find fees others have to pay are not required for the GI.

More on VA home loans.

FHA is another mortgage financing option to buy a Maine home. To know the best lending program to fit your needs best, you have to also consider the home you are buying. The handyman special,  Mr Fix It home you the buyer plan to take your time overhauling. The mortgage underwriting department at your bank lender for a picky loan program may have other ideas. Wanting you to fix this long list of items outlined by the home loan property appraiser before the closing in three weeks. Don't assume the home seller will pick up the tab or to apply  the hammer to in the areas to make the changes the bank loan officer expects. 

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12 Real Estate Myths

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12 real estate myths.

Real estate myths, the kind agents, brokers, REALTORS fight and slay like dragons one by one. How they happen and why they keep circulating. A dozen real estate myths that can impact a sale negatively. How they start, why buyers and sellers of homes and even agents keep them going strong. 12 real estate myths

This blog post is a short read, will list the real estate myths I experience and why in my local property sale market.

Real estate myths. For starters, you, I, everyone likes a good story right?

Not the kind to put someone to sleep like you use on the kids.

But yarn spinning ones sprinkled with not too much fact, the truth stretched a tad for lots of reasons. All seasoned with a little humor. And please and thank you, make it short, sweet, highly entertaining. To go down easy and sound reasonable. Craft it like a good joke worth repeating. 

(Rustling crushed ball of paper being unfolded slowly sound)

On the scribbled blog post list outline, the number one for real estate myths. "Put the price high to end up selling for more" thinking.

Just the opposite happens with that kind of flawed approach to how to price your home for sale. Over priced homes develop ten foot pole marks on their exteriors. Get avoided and lonely because buyers and eventually agents too neglect them. The longer the houses are on the market, the more buyersavoid them and consider them dogs. That's no real estate myth, we hear the reaction from clients practically daily.

Over priced properties help sell other reasonably stickered real estate listings. Makes them look like even better deals in comparison to listings with the sky high price treatment. Double, triple the value or let's build in $50,000 worth of wiggle room properties just don't ever get to closings. They clog the MLS like parked dead in their track cars in the middle of a very fast super highway. The reason overpriced properties don't sell is often off handedly blamed on "must be a poor real estate market". It's not the economy, it the wrong pricing pure and simple. Ignore fair market value and plan to stay in the home for years to come. That's no real estate myth.

Other reasons real estate listings do not sell.  (PSSSSsst. Making a low ball offer works the same way.. very poorly. The seller does not take you serious or is insulted or figures you are a piker. Can't afford a home priced in his bracket on the MLS merry go round of available listings.)

There must be something wrong the home buyer thinks because why is this place still on the market?

Looks okay from the photos, out on the street driving by. Often the only thing "wrong" is the price. All by itself the one factor keeping the home for sale parked way too high up in another MLS property price bracket. It's the price.

The folks searching for where it should be priced don't see it showing up on their devices. The people in the higher price brackets expect more features that it does not have. It's like the Sesame Street song about one of these things does not belong here, is not like the rest.

I blame real estate agents not just the seller myth that they alone are to blame for bloated pricing.

Can you say hanging around too long and developing shelf life with too many DOM (days on market) ? I knew you could. Real estate agents need to tell the truth on home values even if the red faced upset seller hollers "I'm not going to give it away". It does not matter how much the owner has poured into the sticks and bricks. Only so much is coming out according to current real estate home market values.

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Homes For Sale In Houlton Maine Under 100000

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Homes for sale in Houlton Maine under 100,000 dollars.

It's no hoax or cruel joke. Happens all day long. Check out and see for yourself what's available for current housing available in this price bracket. Affordable homes, plenty of selection is never a problem when you are house hunting in rural parts of Maine. Most of Maine is sparsely populated, pretty much spacious and not jammed in. We are a tad off the beaten path which makes it peaceful not expensive or crowded. homes for sale under 10000

Living in Maine when housing costs are lower, you find you don't need to be chomping at the bit for a pay raise.

Getting by on less and learning to take money right out of the equation is what simple living in Maine is all over. Is it like that where you live now?

What do you get in the price point of homes for sale in Houlton Maine under $100,000 ?

If you scan the sneak a peek link for this price bracket, you see garage, extra bath, fireplace, lots of land and get a place to call home that is not neglected, not a foreclosure property. The extra value in buying a home in Houlton definitely helps the relocating buyer moving to Maine after a recent house sale out of state. Heading to Maine is definitely the right direction to point the car you drive or horse you ride. The out of state home buyer considering small town simple living in Houlton Maine gets more bang for their buck.

Even living in Maine, the housing market values can swing wildly.

The listing prices go up the closer to people you get. Maine only has a handful of cities and is predominantly small rural locations. In the country locations, the price for a home does not spike way up or hang on, down low.

The same home for sale in Houlton Maine for around the $70,000 price point costs in access of $200,000 for apples to apples housing. The land under the home adds considerable costs for the buyer. The larger lot sizes are more precious unless you head further out into the bedroom communities for a Maine city.

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Homes For Sale In Maine With Land | Maine Land Listings

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Homes for sale in Maine with land.

Maine land listings. One of the largest tapped flavors of real estate listings people in the local Houlton Maine area and from out of state search. How much Maine land to go with the homes for sale depends on the lifestyle choice. If all the home buyer wants some extra land surrounding their house, it may be for a little added privacy. To raise that big vegetable or flower garden. To  build an added shop for restoring furniture, an old boat or antique cars.

Tinkering and having a hobby is so important to the newly retired. Who goes from forty hours or more a week to zip. Oh sure, the first thirty days are a wonderful experience but then boredom knocks on the door. I hear it often. I need a project to keep me busy and occupied when I retire and move to Maine. Those folks buy an old New England farmstead that may need repairs. But the buyer has the time and DIY skills to tackle those updates and renovations head on. hamilton int13

Some Maine real estate buyers are after acreage to wrap around their home.

Or just hankering vacant Maine land. Because the intention is to build now something brand new. Or they purchase the land with the thought of someday, down the road slowly putting up a structure or two on the property.

How much extra Maine land acreage house or no home depends on their budget.

You can be land poor and overloaded with so much acreage that it becomes a property tax burden.

Unless you rent out the fields or farm them yourself is the plan to make money playing in the fertile dirt.

When you live out of state in a populated, expensive area having lots of land around your home does not come cheap.

In Maine, big surprise ... come and get it (dinner bell triangle ding ding ding) low cost land.

Served up hot and ready and even cheaper and super sized larger acreages too the further north east and west you push up into the state. A home for sale in Maine with land becomes so so much easier to make your own. Less expensive prices, not so many people, no traffic, and little crime happens too. Those bonus features and the four season beauty of Maine's outdoor simple living  helps the real estate listings sell themselves. Because it is not like this many other places. And the price tags hanging off the Maine land acreages are impressive. 

Our job as a Maine real estate broker for forty years has evolved from less of a salesman to more of a good listener taking very detailed notes.

To glean what the real estate buyer on the other end of the phone call, the email request or the office visitor is saying. Those buyers if you provide them the time will tell you what they like or don''t enjoy about their present and past homes.

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Selling Your Home, What Makes It Worth More For Resale ?

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Selling your home and wondering how to make it worth more for resale?

selling your homeEvery real estate market behaves differently.

What expenditures yield the biggest return bang for your buck varies depending on the community.

But we can all agree on one thing selling your home in Maine?

Everyone wants to know what helps or hurts a home sale so they don't waste time or money.

This blog posts drills down into the topic of how to make your home worth more, to sell for a higher price in shorter time.

In a small rural real estate market like most of Maine is, it is always easy does it making home selling adjustments.

Because assuming you have the funds to update the house for sale, what you funnel into a place does not automatically show up dollar for dollar and then some in the closing check proceeds. The more money you pour into a place could be in the wrong areas for return. Or there is a point where no matter how much extra cash you stash into the home for sale, it is wasted. Gone for good and down the drain without added any horsepower to the home's resale value.

Lots of other homes for sale just like yours?

If you are the property owner selling a home in Maine, make sure to not over price it. The longer the place lingers on the market, like food, it goes bad. Real estate mold from hanging around hurts the value more than anything you will ever do to update a home. Make the home under the cross hairs clean as a whistle. Stage it for no clutter. Make it known across the land this one includes a quick occupancy.

Look at the home for sale from all four sides with a critcal eye and a clipboard.

Fill the driveway potholes and mow that grass to bring them in from the curb. But price is right. Nothing to stress more times to make it loud and clear that a realistic price is the cornerstone of a successful and profitable home sale. Nothing works better than bolting on an attractive price to cause a quicker, smoother real estate closing experience. Unless you want the house sale to take years to happen. Is the price tag figure inline with the current housing real estate market inventory? 

Too many projects started and all those loose ends for a home buyer in Maine to absorb during the house tour.

The torn or missing faded flooring when you step into the entry. The missing shutter or broken window. Damage from pets using door trim for a scratching post. Smells where your buyer shifts over to breathing with an open mouth rather than through their nose. Those factors do hurt the sale. But the long list every home owner has tucked away inside their head that they dream someday about doing to the sticks and bricks. Time to scrap that to do list check out and complete any repairs already started just never completed.

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Real Estate Market In Maine | What's My Home Worth?

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How's the real estate market in Maine? What's my home worth today?

home sale market report 1The bottom line number. What could I expect to walk away with, to net for a final line figure after all the expenses in my home sale?

The purpose of this blog post article to answer the questions that I get asked a lot as a real estate broker about how's the market and today what's the value of homes in Maine.

These real estate market reports can be dry as dust. Like a recycled popcorn ball from five years ago Halloweeen trick or treating. Not so titilating to anyone that does not give a hoot about the current state of affairs when talking local Maine home sale statistics. Pretty dull and percentages, statistics only exciting bean counters right? Not as captivating as say a Boston Red Sox player's batting average or ERA number. Those numbers weaved in the conversation down at the corner store. While fueling up on hot coffee, a pastry and today's local grape vine news.

But people buying or selling a home in Maine. Those cats want to know how's the real estate market in Maine and what's my home worth?

I could be reaching for a can of corn at the local grocery. Or at the check out of the local hardware store getting a couple house keys duplicated. Maybe climbing up onto the bleachers at the start of a soccer, hockey or basketball game. At a wedding or even a funeral. Here it comes. What can I make off the house sale if I list my home with you today? Oh and how long exactly will it take to sell my home? (Days on market, DOM. How long it takes to get the home sold is another real blog post topic.)

First a smile, how you doing, something about the weather first. Then it's cut to the chase and everything becomes all business. The home owner gets serious. Asks can you give me a figure, won't hold you to it, just a ball park guesstimate number of how much do you think I could get. If you listed my property for sale today. What's do you think my home is worth today Mr. Broker Man?

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First Time Buying A Home In Maine

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First time buying a home in Maine?

Or too many moons ago since you bought your last house? Buying a home is a pretty big decision. It's not something most of us do very many times in life. How to help make the real estate experience exciting and successfu? Rather than a horror show of unnecessary high emotions and total frustration.

This helpful blog post will avoid sleepiness nights and lower anxiety levels for first time home buyers.first time home buying 3

The mission in every single house listing is a short, smooth flight without turbulence. So the real estate sale transfer is suppose to be "home sweet home" successful.

Never forget owning is better than renting too. (Over and over it should be fade to black after long shot of a happy ending buyers holding a baby. A SOLD sign rider screwed on the top of the silent salesman out in the front yard.)

Seller moves out the back door. Rides into the sunset while the sweating home buyer is gruntiung and straining. Making trips back and forth through the front door. Unloading the van quickly hustling from the other direction. Carrying lots of heavy boxes ;abeled marked with a laundry marker of what goes where. The new home owner needs to scramble to get the truck emptied, their deposit back and to stop further rental charges.   

What helps or hurts the home sale for a first time buyer?

The purpose of this real estate blog post is to share some important do's and don'ts to make buying your first home as trouble free as possible. To spell our what it feels like being a brand new house buyer. And how if you are in the dark on the process, you don't understand your role in the house buying time line.

This blog post hopes to set the expectations of what's ahead to prepare for getting your own set of house keys. To pull you up and out of the nasty rent rut.

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Community Pages, Real Estate Listings | Go Together Like Peas & Carrots.

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Community pages , real estate listings, they do go together like peas and carrots.

Yes Jennie, you need both if the audience of buyers includes local AND brand new to the area outside real estate buyers. Locals like being in the know of new events, the buzz of anything happening around them. And out of state Maine real estate buyers are alway hungry, starving for local information.

To help them feel safe and secure and not left out in the dark with anxiety. About the relocation to Maine decision making and the thorough study of just exactly where is the best local community to land. deerwintersledtrail

So besides the fully stocked shelves of Maine real estate listings of all types, locations, size and price, our website contains community pages.

Many of the local communities around Houlton Maine are low population and very small bedroom towns, platations and unorganized townships. But they all have unique characteristics to appeal to the appetite of the Maine real estate buyer. 

For example, if you love the water, the Weston Maine community page would be an attractive portal to visit. To learn about the local area and then dive into the search filtering of what is for sale in Weston Maine

If the real estate buyer wants to homestead, his farm and wooded land might be smart to be around other agricultural neighbors.

The Littleton Maine community page is a valuable resource. What is on the the market, what's for sale in Littleton Maine all sliced and diced would just make the hide and seek for listings that much easier. Saving time, frustration and getting the best deal for your hard earned dollar is what Maine frual living is all about right?

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Marijuana Law, In Maine How It Affects Listings, Selling Real Estate.

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Marijuana law, what does the latest legislation surrounding pot do to affect the Maine real estate listing, selling process?

Since the state legalized marijuana at the polls, lots of balls to juggle went sky high up into the air. A few have dropped but many remain still hanging in mid air waiting. For clarification on how does Maine and its muncipalities actually move forward with legalized marijuana.marijuana maine laws

Back in 1999 Maine started allowing  medical marijuana prescribing and limited possession of personal grass.

But much more to tackle and do's and don'ts on just how to administer such a marijuana program was needed.

To shape the policy for growing, licensing, testing, packaging, marketing, distributing and policing pot. For both sides of the coin. The medical care taker kind and the recreational adult marijuana regulations variety of eat or smoke. The statewide approach and then from a home town perspective to be hammered out and applied.

Over the years, in our day to day as a Maine real estate broker, what used to be hush hush and behind the scenes has suddenly become out in the wide open.

For so long, "Reefer Madness" and the evils of the saw tooth edge leaf plant caused much debate but its actual use was hidden. In high school I remember seeing a class mate wearing an orange jump suit, playing Frisbee with inmates. He was held behind bars at the local Aroostook county jail for possession of quantity of marijuana.

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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 market 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 one cut and dry current real estate market report. In the beginning of the blog post on the real estate 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 move the recording needle wildly.

But through out the state, you will find today 10,446 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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