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Overpriced Real Estate Listings, Agents, Brokers Don't Send Wrong Signal.

The seller of a property listing in Maine who says he wants to sell, but wants five times what the place is worth.

That is not a motivated seller. Not an owner who is realistic. Does not make him a bad guy for having the common "buy low, sell high" approach to real estate buying and selling. But over priced property listings just bloat the system. mainefallscolors1

Get in the way on the MLS real estate conveyor belt.

Liked stalled traffic on a high speed multi lane highway, the agent, broker, REALTOR who takes the listing is the gate keeper.

If one by one each real estate professional got up, thanked the owner for their time but walked, life would be easier. Just say no, I can not help you. Whew.

To avoid real estate buyers who get upset when the bank appraiser says no dice. Too rich for the bank's blood on taking back a mortgage for an over priced piece of real estate collateral backing the loan. The one securing the lien made on the dirt, recorded at the registry of deeds.

Not serious to sell is the signal the seller of overpriced property listing sends. Hoping a miracle happens. Someone hits the lottery and has more dollars than brain cells comes along to make the real estate miracle happen.

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The Out Of State Maine Real Estate Buyer Said ....

The out of state Maine real estate buyer said his local news providers don't put all the murders on the broadcast nightly.

Because there would be no room for the news if they did. So many drive by shootings, gang violence, school disturbances and car wrecks, property arsons, etc reported. maine fall colors photo

So the news that the locals in the urban area get to watch, listen to is filtered, sorted, controlled. Where he hangs his hat in areas that are numbed to the steady stream of bad news.

It is like there would be lots of good news if there was not the amount of tragic happening round the clock in the concrete jungle.

Maine is not like that.

In the 4th lowest crime state it is all about helping others, not hurting or stealing from them. Life a little more precious. Family is everything.

Less people makes for way way fewer problems too. No so many accidents, more time spent holding open doors. Letting others go in traffic. Rather than road rage.

The cost of real estate in Maine is lower too. You can purchase property here that would be impossible to own elsewhere. All due to the high cost of living. The layers and layers of piled on fees.

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Maine Association Of REALTOR State Conventions, Trade Shows.

You learn plenty in the day to day of listing, selling in small Maine real estate markets.

But state conventions, Maine REALTOR meetings are a souce of rich education too.

This week am parked in classes at the Samoset for the annual Maine REALTOR state convention and trade show in Rockport. Beautiful setting, neat to see old friends that are doing the same list, market, sell (repeat) in other markets from around the Pine Tree State. jeepwayfunmaine photo

The underlying theme during, between real estate continuing education classes this year all abut doing more from the local turf.

Instead of shipping our real estate listings to California or Washington to buy back better positioning in the "mls scrape", it is key to be more robust back here in Maine.

Where the real estate listings eat, drink, breathe, live.

Have always been a believer to stock the local shelf first.

Maybe it is years of raising vegetables and peddling produce on a Maine farm.

But fresh, full and local trumps stale, missing information shipped back to us that originate here. But too much strained out in the scrape.

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Livestock, Horses, Cows, Or Crops Grown, Raised On Maine Farm?

Livestock, Horses, Cows, Or Crops Grown, Raised On Maine Farm?

Maine farm properties, listings with acreage so the real estate is used for crops or critters.

We grew up on a Maine farm, own one now. So it is very easy to loosen the tie. Slip on the blue jean overhauls, steel toe work boots. To slide on the work gloves and answer questions about Maine farms for sale. farmers market photo

The lifestyle of simple living on a Maine farm.

I enjoyed being raised on a Maine farm.

The reason folks want the outdoor playing in the dirt living.

Is often they want kids to learn from the experience.

Everyone pitches in, has a distinct role in the Maine farm family experience.

Creating wealth out of the soil, water, sunshine. Lots of hard work and always looking skyward.

For support, to study those black clouds rolling in overhead the Maine farm too.

That can mean an interruption in what you had planned to do on the Maine farm this afternoon. The next few days. Being flexible, a jack of all trades too helps keep the farming operation rolling smoothly.

New younger breeds of Maine farmers are coming online. There is a resurgence of locally grown, close to home farm products market buying underway. These are exciting times and better, healthier food for the family is the end result to sustainable Maine agriculture.

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Real Estate News, Want The Good Or The Bad First?

Real estate news, it is not always clear blue sky, sunshine and rosy.

Because like a Doctor who scans the flip chart, studies the latest tests results, the buyers and sellers need to hear sometimes what they would like to avoid.

In the case of the real estate property seller, learning there is a sun mist in maine photoshortage of their type of property is music to their ears.

Because no, or short supply and priced realistically means here comes a quick property sale.

Start packing, we're moving soon. It's a new day to make hay.

This real estate listing for sale in Maine is not going to be that way for long.

Same with a buyer who gets pre-approved and knows before setting foot in the home in Maine that he can have it if he wants it.

If it is "the one", a match for finances and his hen scratched mental "gotta have" list of property listing requirements.

But the bad news, the heart to heart using lots of candor in real estate discussions.

The seller who expects three times what the place is worth. The buyer who has swiss cheese holes all over his credit report.

Sometimes it is make them uncomfortable, but you can not help them. Not much you can do unless, until something happens. To move everything off dead center where the buying or selling is stalled. Dead in the water.

Give them hope for later on, explain why this, this and that too need to be part of the real estate equation. To have a successful Maine property listing sale.

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Moving To Maine, Have A Little Nest Egg Works Best.

Moving to Maine, you finally are taking the reins, pointing the family sedan north up the pike.

Relocating to Maine full time works best if you have some savings. Because although living here is cheaper than higher insurance, property costs in the city, the income generating side of the math equation is farmbarncows2lower.

Often much less than what the property buyer is accustom to before crossing over the big green bridge coming into Maine from the south.

Living debt free is part of settling in, being in Maine.

Without debt that makes you old before your time, a giant mortgage that keeps you up nights, Maine is not about over spending.

Doing debt is not how we survive in Maine.

How we free ourselves up for enjoying living without financial worry. We raise our food, heat with wood.

Maine is all about bartering, trading goods or services too. Feeling more empowered because you do it yourself. The DIY expanding into if I can do this, maybe tackling that would not be so difficult.

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Education, Setting ME Waterfront Real Estate Expectations, Not Relying On Hope Alone.

The process of buying or selling Maine real estate is emotional.

Because it involves red bloodied people with feelings. Not Vulcans, not just the sticks and bricks. And think about it. In a home, babies are brought into them to grow up. folk festival food vendor photo

Celebrate birthdays, play with neighbor kids in the backyard. Get local jobs for money to spend.

Often at some kind of eatery.

Go off eventually in a couple decades to their own homes for a repeat of the same history.

The old familiar house of Gram and Grampy when too frail to stay there alone gets put up for sale.

Moving, shuffling has to happen to a new place. From an old one called home for generations.

If no one in the family steps up to the plate to buy the Maine home to preserve the heritage.

But that kind of raw emotion, excitement full of new hope for the first time Maine home buyer. Or deep sadness for the owner who passes on, no longer lives there. But that was a fixture in the local Maine area. Both can cause feelings good or bad to build up, take off and to soar.

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Cutting Back On The Winter Heating Bill, Common Goal.

There are some who argue after the July 4th fireworks end, start thinking about getting the Maine home banked, wrapped for winter.

We have no igloos, polar bears in Maine though. That is further north quite some distance. But even with four beautiful seasons, Maine winters do demand tightening up the homes. To make them less drafty, more economical to maine lake home photoheat.

To make the Maine home toasty warm and cozy.

Getting away from dependence on foreign oil is nothing new in Maine.

With 91 percent of the state wooded, the fire box for heating.

With birch, maple, ash and all the other species of wood is still big. Well stocked.

Stacks of next year's home heating supply are pretty common, evident as you ride around Maine.

Neighbors, family share wood splitters and pitch in, have weekend afternoon gatherings. To one by one make sure all the members get their supply of wood in the right length split in two and racked, stacked, packed.

For the one by one ride into the furnace over the winter months. To get the Maine home owner to spring comfortably. When the woodstove gets turned off. Parked and not needed for three seasons.

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Small Rural Real Estate Markets, What's Important In Property Sales.

Small rural markets in real estate sales, the treatment of property listings is vastly different.

Than the approach with urban offerings of real estate for sale. What should a seller do to enhance their real estate listing in less populated areas like canoers waiting race photoMaine?

In a small rural market, like city settings what is important is pricing first.

Then possession date, the over all condition of the buildings. If there is a house and bank financing is involved then those come right along into the picture.

Of the adding any perks to enhance and attract interest to the property listing for sale.

It's all way way less important in small priced rural markets like in the less populated, out in the country Maine real estate areas.

Practical considerations, like low cost to run. Easy to maintain features trump the fancy, luxury elements. Everything is lower priced in small rural markets too.

Less money flowing, better impulse control managing or spending it wisely happens. The condition of the roof, heating system, foundation, overall structure of the property listing is what gets eyeballed hard. Like the cost to heat to keep the household budget balanced, in the black.

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Maine Real Estate Property Tipping Point, It Happens.

Maine is rural and the property listings that are off grid, lacking year round access can develop an illness.

For real estate resale, the mostly recreational properties that are for maine ducks photogetaway fun have a distinct role  or purpose.

But when the Maine real estate owner starts to add more and more improvements, a tipping point can happen in the resale value.

The lack of juice wired to the place, easy or year round access missing can come with the territory.

When attracting a low cost Maine real estate property seeker. Wanting to be unplugged, off the beaten path.

But easy does it. Keep it simple, cheap and don't create a Frankenstein property listing. One that the buyer scratches his head. Beyond the simple cabin in the woods.

Becoming more and more Maine home like.

But still no foundation, property heating, ventilation, etc. Lacking other features the Maine home buyer expects as a given. That a camp property lacks by nature. As the simple camp tries to move up into a home category. If it walks like a duck, well you know. What is it? Or trying to be?

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Open Areas In Maine Properties, Not Tight Hallways, No Doorways.

The design of Maine properties, homes with open concept layouts.

Not tight, dark, long hallways of wasted space. Those just compartmentalize a place and restrict easy flow of heating or cooling too. When we list, market, sell Maine land, to folks that want to build, it is big time exciting. maine lake home living room photo

To hear about the structures they dream of having hammered out, erected. Staging put up, constructed for their finally Maine home sweet home.

The long list of what goes into the new Maine home filled with all they did not like in other homes to date. What to avoid considered.

And everything they wanted but did not have in their past houses factored into the new construction. Poured into the Maine home building blueprint design.

Cathedral living area where your kitchen, dining, living room are all one big space. To join forces rounding up the individual areas to work in sweet harmony. Your Maine home 24x24 cathedral ceiling living space is bigger when the furniture placement defines the layout. Not sheetrock and hung doors to slice and dice up the new Maine home living area.

More and more with rising fuel, heating prices, the most efficient use of combined space for Maine homes under construction is happening.

What is being built is making it seem larger, open. More glass, splash. Combined space to reinforce each part of the use a home owner puts the house into action for daily living. Joining forces for the best take away final impression when it is wide open, wall to wall long and high ceilings for the added space, angles.

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Property In Maine Has Value, But Weighted In Different Areas.

A real estate appraiser looks a property over and determines the good, bad and the ugly.

Gives it a grade and explains for the customer that ordered the appraisal what we have for a property. How it fits into the local market of current real estate listings, closed sales.

But a buyer for Maine real estate, a property listing.maine blue brown land photo

He or she, they whip out their own crimpled, wrinkled, special check list.

To size up and do the "what do we have here" once over.

To highlight the differences. To help create the distinction of each Maine property listing.

To see if it meets their needs, priorities. Fulfills their Maine real estate dream.

As they kick the tires, test drive. Sort through the subtle, and not always so small differences Maine real estate listings all possess.

It's like an extra filter, template is fit over the property listing. To put the Maine real estate on their own personal dynometer. To run it at high RPM's, see how it performs in the twists, dips, turns from the buyer's unique perspective. What works best for a property listing that consider their individual needs, wallet or purse size.

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Financing A Maine Home, Getting A House Loan.

You don't want to hang out a day longer in the rent rut and financing a Maine home, getting a house loan mortgage is the mission.

Home ownership in Maine is a big step. Makes the Maine home buyer more intimately tied, connected to the community. Because as a property busy bee in maine phototaxpayer, a keen, sharper interest in local town decision making, revenue expenditures kicks into gear.

But getting a Maine home mortgage loan has changed radically since the days of only local lending.

Where it was pretty cut and dry, simple. A black and white given that the Maine home buyer kept renting until the bell rang.Work like a busy bee.

And the all important twenty five percent home loan down payment was saved up, squirrelled away. No easy task. But far less foreclosures on Maine homes happened with this big of an investment going in. Put down, made by local Maine house buyers.

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The Count Down To 2014 World Acadian Congress.

The World Acadian Congress For 2014 Is In Maine.

It's time for Vacationland, specifically Aroostook County to take its turn at playing host. To thousands of Acadians travelling to the Crown Of Maine.

Unlike a Phish musical band concert, all the groupies following it, the few held on the former Loring Air Force Base Young Tradesmen In Maine Photogrounds in Limestone, this event differs.

The Acadian festival happenings are spread out.

Not so self contained logidstical details to iron out.

Traveling back and forth. Across the International border from Maine into Canada.

With opening ceremonies kicked off in a location where Quebec, New Brunswick, Maine are touch respectively.

To signify, add emphasis to the fact that the tow mostly wooded, farm spreads too countries embrace.

Where cultures blend and strengthen for the greater good of heart to heart, face to face discussion of common goals.

To look into solutions for similiar set of problems, issues each has to work around too.

The behind the scenes logistics to handle public safety at the World Acadian Congress 2014 schedule was one topic discussed at this Monday's noon Houlton Maine Rotary Club meeting.

Head of the Troop F barracks of the Maine State Police, Lt John Cote spoke about the enormous task.That required lots of planning, special task forces to handle all the elements of the World Acadian Congress 2014 event in Maine this weekend.

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Is There A Maine Real Estate Broker In The Room?

The need for a tour guide, navigator in the Maine real estate list and sell.

To get to the property listing closing on time. In one piece, not badly maine amish photobattered or bruised. The experience should be fun, educational, and free of confusion.

No one gets bloodied, black and blue sucker punched in the real estate sales process.

Delays happen but expectations and explanations of why this is happening in the property sale.

What is the next step in the play by play of the Maine real estate transaction?

Keeping everyone, current, in the loop.

Tapping the shoulder one by one. Of the many professionals involved in the Maine property sale. To make darn sure they get the cue. Before their play part in the real estate script gets page flipped. Comes up quickly. And it is show time. For their role, spotlight purpose in the Maine real estate sale.

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Maine Waterfront Homes For Sale

So the time has come, for you to start your search for Maine waterfront homes.

Maybe used as a camp, cottage for now. Until the golden retirement bell goes off in a few years. As you ease into being off the clock. Chasing the dollar. maine lake photos

Possibly just a Maine waterfront property without the buildings, structures, improvements.

That's the plan.

To use when the time arrives to build from scratch.

The ground up, side to side. To get what you want. Not someone else's nightmare to tame.

Making changes to existing Maine waterfront properties can be expensive, stressful.

In the undo, redo, make do. Throwing good money after bad. And shoreland zoning in Maine, is not going to make it easier to modify and get what you want.

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Maine, Owning Property, What's So Great About Living Here?

Living in Maine, what do you get around a property listing when you buy real estate here?

Going in the price is so low that living debt free opens up all kinds of options. Because you are freed up on the worry of making a large monthly payment for this or that. Or many at all.maine flowers photo

Once the not needing lots of money to live in Maine sinks in, the new property listing buyer starts to add up savings in other areas too.

Car insurance when you live in the 4th lowest crime state. Means expect to pay about one quarter of our friends behind the wheel.

With the hands in 10 and 2 on the way to work on 495 or 128 in Bean Town.

More car accidents, thefts means higher premiums due to the risk.

Simple Maine living has lots of other advantages too.

Like not locking your door. Smiling. Making eye contact and waving at your neighbor. Or to anyone you meet. Strangers don't stay that way long in small town rural Maine living.

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Gypsies Infiltrating The Maine Real Estate Process.

Maine real estate is local, the property listings are fixed based.

But the financing help and legal closing assistance is something that we see gypies asking for a slice. Trying to muscle in. pie time in maine photo

To sample some of that hit, flit and run local pie.

I am fiercely territorial, home town proud of our local Maine service providers.

Every local Maine  taxpayer should be for area survival, growth, prosperity.

We have talented local Maine bank lenders.

Legal beagle local Maine attorneys, lawyers to shuffle, coordinate the paperwork.

Local Maine insurance agents, brokers to bind the property listings when they sell too.

So when we get Maine real estate office visits from a "gypsy" lender from hours away asking to just give us a whirl.

Try us, you'll like us please. I just smile. Hand goes up, hold it happens. Stop right there. We have plenty of local Maine providers of that service. They create local jobs that feed, support the small Maine town community economy.

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The Question The Maine Real Estate Buyer Has To Ask.

Maine real estate buyers purchasing a property listing wonder what their taxes are going to be the following year.

Especially when buying Maine land and many buildings. So often the question comes up, what are my property taxes on the Maine methodist church parade photoreal estate going to be?

The next time I rip open the envelope.

Get the bill for my new property in Maine delivered.

They gonna walk it, sock it to me?

Property taxes in Maine go up.

They stay the same.

Some years they even drop. And every town in Maine is run differently. Some hip hip, ship shape, tight is right. Others, well loose as a goose. Not so cost efficient.

Each town, plantation, city also does not have the same features. That may help make the property taxes on the Maine real estate lower than others. Industry, making money off licensing, services all go into the same kitty as the property taxes of a Maine community. To pay the bills.

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Half Orders Of The Good Stuff | Maine Land Property Acreage

You know the feeling from getting your money's worth when eating out, dining away from home.

Maine land acreage is like that. You always leave a closing on a property listing for Maine land loaded to the gills, happy, giddy. farmer market photo

Feeling the same buying Maine land as loaded down with the carry out white boxes of food.

From the local Maine diner. Where you always get your money's worth.

That you paid for, just could not eat. But get to save for another sitting.

When hunger returns and you wander out to the refrigerator for a little snack. A quick looksie of just what hiding in there. On those shelves during a commercial break of some reality show. And you are thinking about grazing, putting the feed bag on.

Maine land is plentiful, always included in large supply in a property listing purchase.

Around the in town home with extra lots. Surrounding, wrapping loosely the farm or waterfront property listing in Maine. That includes plenty of acreage in the property trade. To add to the experience of all four season outdoors. With the real estate in Maine, the property listing you zero in on. You decide to purchase.

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