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Multi Class Houlton Maine High School Reunion.

The class to have a school wide reunion in Houlton Maine.

The Houlton Maine High School Reunion 2015 is July 4th through the 11th in the Shiretown of Aroostook County. Since September work has been going on to add events to the multi class celebration of Houlton High houlton maine courthouse photoSchool.

There will be a float entry in the local 4th of July parade.

The downtown, Market Square business windows will have displays welcoming alumni back to their home town in Southern Aroostook.

To relive educational adventures, the black and white true school colors of Houlton High School. You will be missed if you can not attend!

The Houlton Agricultural Fair running from July 2nd and 5th at Community Park are looking forward to alums too. Both far away and locals to take part in the multi class reunion celebration at Houlton Maine high school.

An alumni soccer game for Wednesday evening July 8th is in the works.

Reach out to the coach coordinator, Todd Willard, class of 1985 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To give him a heads up you are getting in shape, training. To let him know you want to be out of that field. On the bench to catch your breath. Part of the soccer event and to learn more where to sign up.

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Tell Me About Maine, Hold The Real Estate Listings Please.

Maine, the mystery of anything fuzzy and unknown tackled.

The state of Maine portal, an award winning portal loaded with helpful information. But sometimes unless you are searching for history and the little known facts, just images of Maine is a good place to start. state house augusta maine photo

To scroll, flip through to tell the tale of Maine.

One at a time studied.

Shot, uploaded and posted.

For all to see what the area, all the hoopla is about when the word "Maine" enters a conversation. Comes up when talking about places you would like to go and explore. Discover Maine. More useful Maine  links too.

Sometimes a visit is hard because the distance is great. And you are very busy where you hang your hat, lay your head down at night where you are. But long to be somewhere else. Maybe Maine.

We are here for the A-Z on questions. The FAQ of Maine. Pretty pumped up, excited about this upper right hand corner of the country called Maine. But it is a big state.

There are lots of places in it to roam, maybe settle down. Or to invest in a vacation, part time residence.

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Starting A Micro Farm In Maine, How Much Land Needed?

Starting A Micro Farm In Maine, How Much Land Needed?

You are concerned about what you eat, where the food came from, how it was grown so Maine farms.

You want one. But not flush with cash. There is a little back to the land in all of us. And the feeling, hunger for it increases as the space to do it evaporates in larger urban settings.farmer market in maine photo

So reason folks buy Maine land to farm, for all the other benefits.

And how you are going to juggle the responsibilities of kids, creating an income trail until the agricultural operation becomes one that is sustainable?

It takes home work on the Maine farm dream that you want to make a reality. And to stay on what you build from the Good Earth.

I grew up on an Aroostook County potato and grain farm.

And the Caribou loam soil that was rich, surrounding the home where I was raised could produce yields of 32,000 pounds of potatoes.

In just that 208' x 208' dimension that is the size of an acre of Maine land. Just across the border in Atlantic Canada the unit for farming is metric, hectares.

Market for the farm food in Maine you grow beyond just your own family table is part of the equation. Micro farming assumes operating lean and mean. Making frugal living a survival game challenge.

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Local Maine Libraries | Often The First Place Out Of State Buyers Start.

The question in our Maine real estate dog and pony comes up a lot when folks are moving, relocating.

The one about libraries in your Maine home town, wherever the property listing in Maine is located. That query and tell me you have a Walmart. cary library houlton maine photo

Or what about a hospital or vet for Rover, Spot or Fluff?

Maybe chit chat drifts in other directions.

Discussion drifts to tell me all about Maine weather that often tops, is high on the list. 

Then digressing from the climate to what about your quality of education, the options for higher learning.

But libraries, the fact a small Maine town has one and if well used, much is deduced from this information.

Leaving money to the local Maine library when someone dies, to be remembered. Because the books bought with the donation show what the person was all about. What he or she had for interests, passions.

It is so important to invest in the local Maine library.

And to get the small new readers into the joy of opening up a book. And never putting them down through out their life. To visit often and contribute to, volunteer at the local Maine library is the healthy habit.

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Aroostook County Properties For Sale, Learn More About The Listing Area.

Aroostook County, Maine's largest of the sixteen is known for low cost property listings.

Much more too that comes with unspoiled natural surroundings in this big, not so well publicized area of Maine. That is a row back from the hoopla of sea coasts, lighthouses, salt air and tasty fish. maine lake sunset photo

Pass the Maine potatoes please.

All four seasons, outdoor recreation shines brightly without the traffic, commercialism or crime in Aroostook County.

Less people, a little ways off the beaten path.

Loaded up with a large supply of affordable real estate.

It all agrees with folks investing in Aroostook County properties.

That always comes with a healthy, extra helping or two of land acreage for good measure. To provide plenty of elbow room to enjoy the space best.

Bordered on the east, north, west by Canada, Northern Maine / Aroostook County is in its own world. Houlton Maine is the County Seat or Shiretown.

And along with surrounding towns all make the Crown of Maine shine brightly. Trails to explore by foot, on skis, snow sled or ATV make Northern Maine accessible but pathways preserved, protected. Sit down, relax, look around. You are lucky to be in Aroostook County Maine!

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Maine, You Can Stop Smiling Now.

Be prepared to be seduced, Maine is like that.

Without flash, spin, arm twisting, she is drop dead gorgeous. She tugs at your heart strings. One by one grabbing a handful with a playful way of gaining your undivided attention. And you don't mind in the least.farm barn geese ducks photo

The space of Maine and being sparsely populated is part of it.

So is the attitude of be a good steward. Don't mess up the surroundings that you pass on to the next generation of loved ones.

And keep it simple, make it about Maine family, community rings loud and clear too.

The eye candy of Maine... the small towns and back woods, waterfront and friendly people. Their animals, community events covered in a one frame at a time capture. Those images of Maine speak volumes and say it all.

You come to Maine for all she is that excites and the long list of what she does not have.

Traffic, crime, noise and pollution are not the calling cards that attract anyone to Maine. Those and more elements of urban areas are why folks plan and scheme to get here as often as they can.

For vacations first, then the actual full or part time move, relocation to Maine. To settle down, relax and catch their breath. Then pitch in and become a part of the social fabric. To contribute and gain the rich satisfactoin of being part of Maine local community events.

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Revisiting Real Estate Listings In Maine, Once And Done Not The Way.

When we list a Maine real estate listing, the property is treated VIP going in.

Not thrown together missing vital information, all the details a busy real estate buyer needs and deserves. Wasting people's time is not the secret to more listings, more property sales. kitchen set of property for sale photo

So besides lots of images, better ones.

The real estate video for the show and tell, the copy information better be full, complete and all there.

So one by one the real estate buyer out in the wild blue yonder that tapes into the wireless, copper or glass fiber strand for property listing information gets fed completely.

Every single time they have a few precious moments to spare and it means what's for sale for real estate is the drop everything exercise.

No matter what time of day or night it is where the real estate agent, broker hangs his or her hat. You have to be ready.

We add different images taken from better perspectives or time of day to weave into the message. Or scan and post a survey not known about but uncovered along the way.

Like a stew where new ingredients get stirred in as they become available, we keep improving the real estate marketing presentation to make it better for the other end of the signal.

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Real Estate Encroachments, Now What Do We Do?

Real estate encroachments in property sales, what does that term mean?

When everything is going smoothly on the way to a real estate closing and then uh oh. The news there is a big, bad encroachment, something weston maine lake view photointerfering with the enjoyment of the land.

Affecting the value or full use of the property somehow.

What is an encroachment?

Put simply. the most common kind in real estate involves a building, a structure of some type built over the boundary line.

Or hanging over it so that on the ground level there may, not appear to be crowding or overlapping.

An encroachment interferes with the full enjoyment, value and use of a property.

So look up, see that big old rickety maple shade tree with sprawling limbs hanging over your utility power line? Ready, waiting, itching to come down in a strong Northeaster wind gust. When you will be saying "there goes the corner of the back porch I used to enjoy so much."

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Does Every Maine Lake Have A Public Landing, Boat Launch?

Public landings, boat launches and access on Maine lakes, does every waterbody have one?

It would be nice if they did and were all clearly marked. But back it up a tad. Whoa. Let's talk about the Great Ponds Act of Maine. lake sunset maine photo

A Maine great pond is defined in as "any inland body of water which in a natural state has a surface area in excess of 10 acres".

"Or any inland body of water formed artificially, or increased with surface area larger than 30 acres.

Except if one single Maine land owner completely surrounds the artificially formed or increased inland body of water".

The "great pond" legalese was penned and carried over back before Maine became a state. Prior to 1820, Vacationland was part of Massachusetts.

The original language, intended purpose of the case law was to protect timber harvests, to preserve shoreland areas. Establish do's and don't's for the locals to practice in Maine land use. To avoid squabbles, develop standards.

Here is a list of public landings for Maine lakes, ponds, waterbodies.

I have sold properties where a lake on the property was under 10 acres, totally surrounded by one Maine land owner. And who wanted to change the name of the waterbody. Because their young daughter had died of cancer.

And the thought to make the lake designated on maps changed to the daughter's name. Last I knew, the lake name was not changed, we sold the property and the move got lost in the shuffle.

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Rural Real Estate Property Improvements | Easy Does If Thinking Resale Soon!

The laundry wish list of gotta have, don't want carried and created by a Maine real estate property buyer.

What is on the numbered list in order of importance? Much different in rural small town Maine real estate markets compared to urban population centers. lake sunset maine photo

For starters, worries about crime and looking for beefed up security does not make an appearance on the Country Mouse's home hunting list.

But the City Mouse's for sure expects, rewards places with security cameras, guards, gates and dead bolts. Chain link is your friend.

In the land of looking over your shoulder and carrying a taser.

Fear is a strong emotion and protecting your loved ones, yourself is a need to meet. In real estate property listing selection too.

Keeping up with the Jones, status and one of a kind to stand out also is not on the rural real estate buyer's property list requirements. The shift instead to easy to heat, updates to roofing, plumbing, electrical is a logical one.

When money is tight, spending is done with impulse control.

Careful thought to buy value, get lasting and something to call home that is practical.

Maine's is a state of frugal residents, simple living with folks not out to impress.

Wasting money on the flash not seen. Not liking debt means let's double up on the payments for the house mortgage Martha. To be debt free.

Going without something to call attention to yourself for attention means hold your Ego horses. Instead, let's practice moderation and make sure if we do spend money, it is worth the return.

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Life Estate, Still Living At Property After Real Estate Sale.

Life estate, the property has been sold but you the real estate seller stay on board.

Still retain use of the real estate after the listing sale. But upon death or signing off your right for possession of the property, the place space that was retained, it's useage goes to the record owner. fireworks 4th of july photo

We run into life estates in cases where the real estate owner is elderly.

The Nana, Grampy who wants to sell.

Get out from under the maintenance, the property expense.

But still call it home sweet home.

Like they never left for the real estate closing or had to pass the keys please. Staying for the rest of their life on Earth. If the place was sold with a life estate retained.

In the property say a Maine farm they just sold but retained use.

Until death. Or until having to move to a round the clock facility. Preparing for the final demise. The last ride.

Sometimes thre is a rent that is fixed, stays the same in the life estate real estate property sale.

Other times no monthly rent but the actuary tables kick in. Doing the math that if the owner become renter is say ninety six years old. The chart says the this much extra life remains based on the numbers. Like insurance salesmen for life products work with daily. Just math but involving people.

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Your Retirement Account Used To Buy A Home?

Over the years you have slow but sure, steadily funded your retirement account.

For well, the day of when you hopefully make it to the Golden Years of your life. But along the way toward that point, it can be tempting to see all that money. To think of why not use it to invest in a home?fort knox home photo

Especially when divorce happens, thinking of renting with the split time sharing, raising the kids.

But wishing there was a way to buy and not wait.

To create the home to continue the childhood traditions, memory making. To get those kids healed, raised, launched successfully out of the household nest.

Retirement money account withdrawals to buy a house, etc by using the what some plans offer called the "hardship allowance".

Too easy, not a good idea. But even bigger than all that. What does the IRS say about tapping into a the saved for retirement day fund?

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Empty Homes In Maine, Or Barely Lived In.

No one home in Maine, it happens.

Vacant Maine houses are easy to show but with videos, all the details, the exposure is round the clock easy. Not just to local Maine real estate buyers either.

But sometimes as an agent, broker, the property listing owner is a model one. You don't have to make any suggestions. They are already doing it right to help a property sale quickly.blaine maine home photo

Neat, clean, and not home much happens in Maine real estate property sales.

Running the roads with kids in sporting or musical activities.

Or the owners both work a lot, only sleep at the Maine home.

Don't put many miles on the property. And maybe because of a second home on a Maine lake. Maybe a Florida winter home because the sellers are gypsies, snow birds.

These kind of property owners in Maine real estate sales are great neighbors.

No one home. Low mileage property for wear and tear. Easy to show because hardly used. No one to bother when an actual walk through needs to happen. No delay means quicker Maine real estate closing too.

When a home in Maine for sale is real estate odor free or the smells are pleasant ones, that helps the marketing tremendously.

Real estate listing, selling is emotional, and involves all the senses the buyer brings to the property walk through. Like most things in life, it is tons of little stuff that adds up to the thumbs up or down.

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Smells In Maine Houses, Not All Bad.

Properties in Maine come with smells.

And despite the logic of sanitize, got to be squeaky clean. To make everything bland pale white in color appearance, neutral too in smells. Odors, they happen. Because people live in homes for sale in Maine. maine lake photo

The Maine house is the vessel where life happens for the property owner, their families.

So fish fry on a Friday, the fragrance of home cooked food can enhance the walk through. Because how the current owner uses the home, enjoys it. The next Maine home buyer will too.

The smell of a crackling fire in the formal living room during a walk through. A fragrance pine or first Christmas tree radiating its scent.

The sound of a Grandfather's clock keeping perfect time as the sun beams in the bay window through sheer curtains.

Canning, preserving what is grown in the backyard.

Baked beans because it is Saturday. Which means brown bread, home made potato salad, fresh chopped cole slaw, red snapper hot dogs.

Dirty smells, cat litter that has been neglected is not the desired benchmark for odors though. Nor is anything that makes your potential buyer for the Maine home have watery eyes.

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Seeing, Hearing What You Think You Are | Real Estate Misunderstandings.

Thank goodness everyone we deal with in real estate in Maine buying and selling is not a clone.

We all know what relationships are like when one side is trying to make houlton me fair photothe other a carbon copy of themselves.

So in our job listing, marketing, transfering Maine property listings, much of what we do is crowd control.

Making sure everything is spelled out and layed face up on the table.

To avoid misunderstandings that do no one any good.

Assumptions are very dangerous and usually out of date or way off the mark for accuracy.

Off what is really cooking in the shake and bake. But the truth will set you free is what I read. On the front wall of a church in Houlton Maine.

Over the altar mentally tracing the letters. Thinking about the sign painter on planks, the metal scaffolding.

High in the air painting the block lettering hand scribed years ago. Read now when my feet would not touch the floor while sitting, reflecting on the sermon out in the pews. A few rows back and quiet as a well, church mouse.

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Flexible, Creative Real Estate Days Spent Problem Solving.

Real estate in Maine days start with a thought out plan.

But flexibility, creative solutions have to be an agent or broker's pair of shadows all day, into the evening hours. Because what we do is not just empty houses being bought and sold. truck vending real estate photo

There are buyers and sellers, real live people.

Connected  to the real estate in Maine exercise.

With feelings attached to property listing and selling process.

Real estate is emotional.

In good, bad, even ugly ways. The newly wed couple we had a closing with Friday on a home in Houlton Maine just sold is a good feeling. Not sharped edged or contentious. Quick closing period shuffling the paperwork helps.

But being involved in ugly divorces where a Maine home has to be sold. By a pair of property owners not so wild about each other. It all take takes tact. Patience, understanding, empathy to keep everyone on task. Not fist fighting or mud slinging.

The ability to referee fairly and set a common set of expectations in a Maine real estate home sale, any transfer of property, is ao necessary.

From a pair untying the difficult knot often not so skilled in agreeing on anything these days. But needing your help just the same. To develop trust in your abilities as a Maine real estate agent or broker.

Charged with guiding, navigating the sale of property, whatever it on the chopping block to buy or sell.

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Real Estate Videos | The Numbers Don't Lie.

Real estate videos for marketing properties, showcasing the listings. It is what buyers on the go want.

Video influences who sellers pick to promote their properties. And the listings themselves deserve real video show and tell for the ease in exposure.maine apple cider photo

Having a video increases the chances of a front page Google search engine search display by over fifty times.

Emails with a video link get tapped approximately 96% of the time too.

Buyers of real estate like, want, expect video for their area information, the property listings for sale.

It is all about expanding the reach, to increase the frequency so more folks get inside, all around the real estate listings for sale.

And also for that brand new to the area buyer to learn as much as possible about the community the property is in. BEFORE they even arrive in town or step foot through the door to what is for sale.

Video for real estate makes it "already seen, heard and toured the place." Late at night, no matter where the buyer is or how crappy the weather. It is on demand open house touring, help yourself to the real estate videos.

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Ever Spent 13 Hours In A Lawn Chair? | Maine Bluegrass Music

Whoa, not talking about someone in the time out corner. But today it is hard for many to stay focused, sitting still for very long.

Sometimes because of overbooked lives we marathon. Other times because of the need to make sure you are not missing out at having it all. So thirteen hours in a colorful, maine lakes summer photolightweight portable chair.

Wearing sunglasses, suncreen protective lotion.

Like a happy toe tapping, gently swaying, humming raisin.

Under the blue skies just soaking up the mix of tunes, rays, refreshment.

Totally relaxed. No anxious feelings to get up and go, somewhere, anywhere. That brand of being antsy often creeps into a daily life of folks on the hand gallop run. But not at the Fort Fairfield Maine venue for one popular musical event. Because you want to be stuck in park for the day.

This weekend there is a winter weekend of Bluegrass Music. But the really big "shoe" as Ed Sullivan would promote and remind. The big event is in the summer in Aroostook County Maine. July 23-26, 2015 is this year's day span for the Northern Maine bluegrass festival.

This morning, I talked with a couple coming out of a local diner where I pull up a counter stool for breakfast. Now that the four kids are grown. The wife in this pair told me she spends thirteen hours in a lawn chair every summer.

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Awkward Moments In Real Estate Conversations.

It happens, awkward moments in real estate conversations.

When everything is sailing along beautifully. Then a pregnant pause and maine lake view photonext the other shoe is dropped.

The buyer for a property listing you first meet shares he has been looking for eight years.

Can not find what he wants.

As the real estate agent or broker, the take away from the comment leads to a couple more questions.

That beg to be asked. Why is it that after eight years, and not so favorable comments about many real estate agents or brokers dealt with one by oneso poorly is that?

Often the explanation of how badly our brethren real estate professionals did to try and serve them creates a gut feeling. Shows soon I am about to hop on the list of disappointments in this buyer's set of peeper's cross-hairs.

Because the expectations of the limited price range with the "gotta have" list is way way too high. Out of whack. And it boils down to like a doctor or lawyer asked for help, you can not assist them. The buyer or seller won't hear of it, even if the advice given is the best we can do in this particular real estate situation.

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Tree Growth Plans, Maine Woodlots Management.

We get the call at the Maine real estate office about land a property owner is thinking of putting under a tree growth plan.

Should I do it and beyond the lower property taxes, will I regret it later he wonders. eagle in tree photo

The biggest concern a real estate agent or broker has is making sure there is an out parcel not included in the tree growth woodlot plan.

A building spot that will soil test for a septic waste water disposal system. With an approved design that makes it possible, allows the new land owner to get a permit. For construction of a structure or two on the ten acres of more woodlot being managed.

The small out parcel not covered by the forestry management plan standing out clear as a bell. Like it is wearing blaze orange. So if the owner of the Maine woodlot decides he wants to sell, there will not big a stiff penalty for taking the land out of tree growth to be able to do it.

Or a penalty because the new owner has different plans and wants to clear large sections of the woods under the management forestry plan.

Or to build a cute cabin in that bluff overlooking the river with the big wide open view. But that was not excepted out by the forester. The licensed Maine forester who did the forestry management plan. Has a lot to consider beyond walking the woodland. Putting it on paper what needs doing to the forestry land to comply with regulations, recommendations.

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