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The Process Of Buying And Selling Real Estate In Maine Explained. The Local Community Simple Maine Way Of Life Showcased. Learn More About Maine, The Real Estate Listings, Financing, Legal Red Flags To Recognize And More. Andrew Mooers Is A 38 Year Veteran Maine Real Estate Broker In Houlton ME In Aroostook County.

Andrew Mooers grew up on a Maine potato farm and is the youngest of four boys. He is the father of four grown children, two of each flavor. For 38 years, This Houlton Maine Real Estate Broker has listed, market, sold properties in Aroostook County and Northern Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington Counties too. Active in his small Maine community, Andrew Mooers enjoys blogging about his home town and taking pictures, posting videos on the down to Earth way of simple living. Social media keyword "mooersrealty" Please reach out, connect and share with this Maine real estate broker in Houlton ME.

You Own A Home, You Need To Sell, What's On The List For A Quicker SOLD?

You Own A Home, You Need To Sell, What's On The List For A Quicker SOLD?

The Maine home you decide you want to sell.

Cleaning up, swamping out your current the home you want to sell is the second step. The first and most important one is pricing the property inline with the market. If you ignore current real estate market value, all the detailing, staging and removing clutter is a waste of time. The home you need to sell swims in a market of other listings that are competing for the same home buyers too.29 south townline aerial

 This real estate blog post is designed to show you how to get that home sold. With the steps in the order to achieve a quicker, more profitable and less hassle real estate sale.

 
The current market value has been determined, the list of what loose ends to tweak have  been put on paper for the check off one by one. Fixing up the house, landscaping the yard and thinking about the curb appeal may not be something the average home owner worries about until it is time to upgrade or relocate or downsize.
 
Calculating the home's worth is done by comparing what else is on the current market like your home for sale combined with  study of past listing real estate sales. Cleaning up the home is not the same as staging it for resale either. New fresh paint, removal of over grown or dying shrubs, trimmed weed free lawns, clean windows all combined to make a more favorable first impression to a new home buyer. Bad smells hurt the sale too and the home owner could be nose blind to them. Said with all due respect.
 
In a resale of a home in a small rural real estate Maine market, hitting the high points of what needs attention around the property is the key. Make it better than it was and don't put all the time of labor and expenses in just one or two areas. Spread the time and attention around the property so the tour of the place to a potential real estate buyer will not stall.

 There is nothing more frustrating than having a Maine hme buyer ooh and ahh about the kitchen and then moan "whoa".

Go silent. When they are disappointed as they enter another room that is crying out for attention but that has been neglected. Often because time ran out or the money to fund  the continued housing projects is missing. Easy does it on repair expenses and is the expenditure really an improvement or just something the present home owner always planned to do? I have had home sellers in Maine bent on doing three more things to a house that will not help the sale. But because they always wanted to perform them, they do for the next home buyer who might have liked the color scheme you had before Mr. and Mrs Seller.
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Local Bank Lenders Work Best In Small Rural Maine Real Estate Markets.

Local Bank Lenders Work Best In Small Rural Maine Real Estate Markets.

The buyer for a property listing needs a real estate home loan.

Where to get the mortgage for financing the house for sale when cash is not an option. Or owner financing is not possible. Because the seller needs to pay off a mortgage and to replace the house with a new home address in another neighborhood somewhere else. mainerock1

Nationally there is a shortage of real estate property appraisers.

My Dad was one of the first crop of Maine residential real estate appraisers when licensing for valuations was needed. Prior to that the licensed Maine real estate broker could issue valuations. Appraising a property, valuation was one of the three components of licensure when I took my broker's exam in 1979.

Real estate practices and law were the other two components to getting, passing an agent or broker's license test to hang on the wall of an agency. Valuation was the toughest teacher, Ted Sherwood from Bangor drove home the point and made sure you knew the fine points of valuation for which I thank him. Dana Devoe was the law instructor, Earl Black the practices teacher who I still see at state REALTOR conventions each fall. 

Maine small town bankers prior to appraisers being brought on board could visit the property and size it up for condition and value for the collateral securing a mortgage loan. The home town mortgage lender made character loans too with local control and based on past experiences with the borrower or from family dealings in the small Maine town. Maine only has a handful of cities and small town communities is the norm in Vacationland. 

So back to the blog post title that kept your reading this far.

Local real estate bank home loans, protecting rural small towns in Maine. In my area of northern Maine the shortage of appraisers for the work load is felt in our local markets. One appraisal firm out of Washburn Maine recently announced they were pulling back their horns and not servicing southern Aroostook County any longer. So the tightness for appraisers to do the mortgage loan underwriting inspections and valuations just increase a few clicks on the rachet tension. 

So my advice to a home buyer looking for a home loan in Maine's small rural real estate markets is to keep it local.

Use those banks with processing centers in Maine. With local outlets for lending from institutions that have banks, credit unions in the small Maine town or in one of the sixteen counties of the Pine Tree State. Why? Lots of reasons. First and foremost is the service you you receive and the time that is not wasted waiting for the clear to close real estate memo. 

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Get More Real Estate For The Dollar In Small Rural Maine Markets.

Get More Real Estate For The Dollar In Small Rural Maine Markets.

The price tags hanging off the properties, the real estate in Maine are not all the same size.

 
If you point your car or slide your mouse north, up into the interior of Maine, prices shed pounds. Become skinny, lean and mean. Because the coastal tourist traps, the few cities Maine has to brag about carry hefty prices when it comes time to seriously consider buying a property. The cost of living is lower in rural areas of Maine. Has to be because the local pay scale is lower to the ground to match it.Drews Lake Beavers Photo
 

The shift from doing it yourself instead of hiring it out is part of moving to rural Maine transition.

 
To me it improves your life, creates more respect for personal property of your own and others. Because hard work, careful planning and an easy does it attitude is your approach to life. Like the community living, you are more intimate, more connected to the surroundings, to your property where pride is high. Because you are more invested. More on simple living in Maine and being better prepared for whatever is ahead.
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The Wrench Thrown In The Cogs Of A Perfectly Good Real Estate Sale.

The Wrench Thrown In The Cogs Of A Perfectly Good Real Estate Sale.

Any real estate agent or broker can make a property sale look easy.

To make the process appear seamless as if each property listing transfer could be done with one hand tied behind their back or wearing a blindfold. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Because real estate is an emotional job dealing with all personality types and working around tremendous pressures caused from rushed relocation, mainerealtordwindling resources to carry the expenses of a property listing. And add in the added stress of a divorce, poor health or death and the estate sale squabbling that can add to the difficulty of the real estate sale.

But a seasoned, experienced real estate professional has weathered many markets, dealt with lots of property sale situations and the folks involved in each and every property sale.

So our job is to give advice that sometimes is taken in whole, part or not at all. If the struggle to suggest the best course of action goes on deaf ears, the real estate professional should see the red flags. To wave his or her own white one to surrender. To take a step back and thank the buyer or seller for their time but to suggest there is a better fit out there to represent them. Realizing that you can not help them and that you are not able to meet their expectations. So you can move along to the listings and real estate sales that you can do your best work for results.

This blog post highlights a few of the unknowns that can raise havoc in a real estate sale. MOOERS REALTY has blogged before on areas where sellers can help or hurt their sale. When buyers can do good or harm the process in the real estate sale.

Besides whether the buyers or sellers take your advice or not, what are the wrenches that get thrown into the cogs of a real estate sale that are harder to control or plan for in a transaction? There are plenty that have nothing to do with the buyer or the seller and that can easily get missed early on to only rise up and show their ugly head later. 

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Banks in Houlton Maine | Where To Get A Local Mortgage, Your Lending Options.

Banks in Houlton Maine | Where To Get A Local Mortgage, Your Lending Options.

Getting a mortgage, lenders, local banks in Houlton Maine.

 
This blog post will help you identify who is local for bank to obtain financing to mortgage a house or other property listing. The address, contact numbers to follow. And dealing with local bank lenders for a mortgage in Maine just makes sense on many levels. You need a bank to save your money is, to store the nuts so to speak too right?
 
First, you are supporting the local economy and want to be a good member of the community you are investing in. And because there is a shortage of residential appraisers, and the local lenders get the best servicing from the ones we do have.
 

Working with the local bank mortgage loan arranger and using those licensed real estate appraisers living and practicing in northern Maine just works best. There is no debate on that.

 
So on with the show, here's who you have on tap for financing when you need a mortgage on property in Northern Maine, Southern Aroostook County. Starting at the beginning of the alphabet, the first financial institution with sticks and bricks in Houlton Maine is Bangor Savings Bank. Located on the corner of Court Street ( US RT 1 ) and Military Street, the physical address for mail and your GPS setting is 38 Court Street. P.O. Box 764. The location is directly across from the Houlton Post Office. Reach out to Christine Nickerson, branch manager at 207.532.4001. houlton maine aerial photo
 
Email address for Bangor Savings Bank is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . BSB has about 56 branches around the state of Maine.
 
The County Federal Savings and Loan merged with the Houlton Federal Credit Union. The merger moved from downtown Market Square up to the higher exposure US RT 1 North Road brand new location.
 
The physical address is 247 North Street Houlton Maine ( US RT 1 ). It is the second property on the right heading north after you take the Houlton Maine I-95 Exit 302. Call 207.532.7658. Ask for Kyle Taylor. Hit up the County Federal Credit Union in Houlton Maine
 if you hunting down a mortgage product and need financing help.
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Real Estate Video And Why It Works Promoting Listings.

Real Estate Video And Why It Works Promoting Listings.

Videos for real estate save everyone time.

Real estate videos work because they are instant. Real full motion video, not a slide show of the same images the buyer has already sat through show how the rooms connect. You don't get one shot of each room, a couple exteriors and that's it. Until your buyer clears the time, has the added expense of physically traveling from far away to be at the property. To finish what was left out of the online listing presentations.mainemap
 
Missing information is no fun.
 
Delays are costly in real estate and if the buyer can not get the full tour with sight and sound when the desire is greatest, when you have their full interest and attention, then the fondness fades.
 
Other things come up on the buyer's end to distract and pull them away from the property listing that lacked the follow through completeness that real estate video delivers oh oh so easily.
 
Besides saving time for a buyer filtering through lots of property listings, video provides more detail.
 
The scan of a room is 25 or more "pictures" per second and those video frames provide a look at the entire room. Not just from one angle which cuts off and limits the total experience that you would have with a real live walk through of the property. When you swivel your head to take it all in.
 
The audio provides forty percent of the information transfer experience too and supports what is being shown for video loops that are carefully stitched together in the property listing presentation.
 
The video is a story, that involves history, location, seller's plans, the convenience elements besides the rich detailed property listing features. 
 
How old is the roof and heating system, where would you add on the mother in law bedroom is all part of the sauce in the video recipe. To help the buyer distinguish this property from the next. Again with little time, the mission for the real estate buyer is to see all that they can afford that meets their living requirements today but to filter out and remove all those properties that won't fit their needs. Video spells it out, gives the complete picture and is the sauce that ties it all together for the other end of the signal.
 
The National Association of REALTORS reports less than five percent of real estate agents or brokers use video in their marketing. NAR also found in studies that 73% of sellers will likely list with agencies offering video over those who do not provide them. Videos are also not limited to just property listing presentations either. Your out of state buyer needs to know more about the area, the community the property is located in before moving on to picking a place to buy. Videos that show the local area events build the interest in the communities they are planning to invest their hard earned dollars in if they like what they see and hear.
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Buying A New Home Before Selling An Old One | Buy And Sell Your House At The Same Time.

Buying A New Home Before Selling An Old One | Buy And Sell Your House At The Same Time.

Should I buy a new home before I sell my old house?

 
The roll the dice decision on whether to go for it or hold back on buying another home when you already own one. It's depends on lots of factors and above all else, can you financially pull it off? If no bank will touch the new mortgage loan until you pay off the one tacked to your present home, there's your answer. mainehomes2
 

Buying and selling your house at the same time?

 
Or if you have the cash, own your present property too, is it wise to wait or push forward to make it yours?
 
How to size up what to do? This real estate blog post outlines the process to figure out the best course of action when out of the blue a new home comes along that you fall in love with when your are already in a stable housing relationship.
 
Can you see yourself tangling with two houses at a time when you juggle the numbers?
 
It all boils down to a math exercise but there is an emotional side to the pure logic whether you are a Vulcan or not. (Checking ears for points. Whew.)
 
If you can afford to own two homes at a time, should you buy before you sell? Let's start with a simple question. How's you have been sleeping nights is part of the answer on the should you do it or not. Tossing and turning means there is an internal struggle that should be addressed point by point.
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Two Master Bedrooms | Homes With More Than One Suite.

Two Master Bedrooms | Homes With More Than One Suite.

The need for two master bedrooms in a home may not be for the reasons you think.

The polite habit of giving up the best bedroom for your house guests and retreating elsewhere would not be needed. If there was a second master bedroom with its own bath, you the home owner would not have to vacate and retreat to the cramped back bedroom. Because that kind of swanky comfortable could quickly wear out the welcome of the folks from away who decide to stay on and on longer.

They say company is like fish. It can start to smell after a few days. No matter which side of the family the house guests are related to in the home away from home, we've got company experience.  bedrooms 2 130 main st

A second master bedroom is catching on in home building house plans for lots of reasons.

The King and Queen in the home might have health problems that interfere with a good night's sleep. You know how grumpy you and I are if the rise and shine is after a night of tossing and turning. Counting sheep pretty much all night long.

If Dad snores or likes to read detective novels long into the night, if Mom is a night owl and watching murder mysteries while her mate is trying to saw logs causes a delay for the visit from the sandman. Or the queen of the house sadly develops a hiatal hernia that means the bottom footer of the bed has to be jacked up like the back end of a 1960's muscle car, the two situations clash. No easy remed sharing the same bed or setting up twins. It can cause discomfort for both of the home owners. So the remedy could be a pair of master bedrooms. No one person gets the penthouse quarters in the coin toss, both do. In vacation homes, all the brothers and sisters want equal digs. Mr. Carpenter, construct more super sized master bedrooms please.

Elderly parents moving into to live under the same roof line need larger than average bedrooms.

They have deserved the right to have a special master bedroom and not be crammed into the back bedroom with no window, missing a closet and located pretty much as far away from the nearest bathroom as possible. That won't work with a walker or poor eye sight in the middle of the night one hundred yard dash or crawl. Some have breathing machines to place in the already tight for space bedroom area. Expand the walls please. Don't fence me in.

The senior citizens should get a master bedroom just as plush as the home owner because they are helping to swing the house payment by subsidizing living expenses. Or the Golden Girls set up in Florida all should have equally nice appointed and just as large master bedroom retreats.

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

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

Relocation, moving to Maine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Estate Testimonial | Customer Reviews For Agents And Brokers.

Real Estate Testimonial | Customer Reviews For Agents And Brokers.

The testimonial page on your real estate website.

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

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

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

Give me advice to guide the process please.

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

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

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

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Maine REALTOR Association | Proud Member Of MAR.

Maine REALTOR Association | Proud Member Of MAR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Maine Real Estate Market | How's Each Area Market Behaving?

The Maine Real Estate Market | How's Each Area Market Behaving?

How's the real estate market, is this a good time to sell my home in Maine?

What is my home worth? Is this the best time to buy a property? Study of the local real estate market in Maine, the snapshot changes like any investment right?

It's a simple math exercise with bar graph pipes and lines going up, down, sideway. The activity report to show the real estate market report numbers.

Maine has sixteen counties and they do not all behave the same just like kids. Link to county by county real estate listing activity. At the time of hunting, pecking this blog post, Maine has 16,224 active listings for sale. 3069 of them are under contract with a sale pending status. 2041 is the number of new listings in 2018 and 1872 properties have been sold this year to date. So here is what's cooking in the current market. camplife1

To look at the state of Maine to see what's for sale and where, hit this helpful search link.

My home town of Houlton Maine has 102 listings and that is not just houses but all types of property.

Raw Maine land, waterfront listings, multi unit rental housing are all in that figure to break out if needed. Not every property buyer is after the same thing. Like a menu, everyone does not select the same ole same ole.

It is interesting how many single family or condo or land listings populate one market in Maine and the supply of inventory in other markets is not the same mix amounts.

Prices for properties is a big difference too. A average house price of $70,000 could increase to $210,000 depending on the real estate property location in Maine. Maine is one big vast state. It is eight hours long. More if you are a turtle.

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Zoning Maps In Houlton ME | Town Of Houlton Zoning Property Uses. What's R-1, R-2, B-1 Mean?

Zoning Maps In Houlton ME | Town Of Houlton Zoning Property Uses. What's R-1, R-2, B-1 Mean?

The maps, zoning on property in Houlton Maine.

 
What does the comprehensive zoning plan ordinance say about residential, business, industrial or rural farm zone uses? It is always good planning to check on the zoning for a real estate property purchase BEFORE you close the sale. Because if you have to be able to have this use that conflicts with zoning regulations, way way better to know about it early one before the purchase. So you can shift gears and look for a suitable property that is wearing the right zoning classification.houlton me map zoning

Taking the issue to the zoning board of appeals when an exemption to permitted uses is needed all takes time with no guarantee of the outcome.

There is nothing better than looking up online or leafing through the zoning plan. Seeing okay, fine and dandy for the use. The zoning plan for a small town does allow just what you intend to do with the land location and structures planted on top.

Small Maine towns don't have home owner's associations (HOA), no snarky layers of zoning regulations or bylaws as a rule. That restrict the use of the real estate big time. In unorganized townships, plantations there is LURC, the land use regulation commission to approve the do's and don'ts when local planning and zoning boards are missing. On the 250' zone back from and around your Maine waterways, there is shoreland zoning regulations to wrestle with on new construction.

When your structures were built before the the lake front zoning became law, you are grandfathered in. But when it comes time to hope to add on or to replace a deck with something bigger, to repair a boathouse, whatever. It starts and ends with reading over current shore land zoning regulations.

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A Dozen Reasons Your Home For Sale In Maine Is Not Selling.

A Dozen Reasons Your Home For Sale In Maine Is Not Selling.

Your home for sale needs a real estate buyer.

Just one buyer they say is all it takes. But why is the property listing lingering on the market? It does not wear ten foot pole marks. You think it is the best house for sale on the planet bar none. You the seller are kinda perplexed at the delay in the real estate sale. 

Here are a dozen reasons your home for sale is not headed to a slide the keys, pass the check property closing.

#1 - First, foremost, the price for the home for sale is not in line with others in the local market. There have been recent real estate sale of places pretty darn similiar to your home for less money. There is a healthy supply of homes just like it that are priced lower than your listed price. fire passion in home selling photo

#2 - Marketing of the home for sale is missing or barely has a pulse. It is like winking at a girl in the dark. The results are poor when only the neighbor on each side of your home, the one living across the street know your house is for sale.

The marketing has to be way way stronger than just attracting a local buyer too. Bigger marketing pool, means more fish swimming in it to find your buyer quick and easy. The one buyer who is ready, willing and able to buy today. If they like it, if it fits their housing needs. Your real estate agent has to have fire in their belly passion to push the property, to market it's features to the hilt. Full throttle, hang on we're headed to a real estate closing attitude causes home sales.

#3 - The longer an over priced home for sale hangs around the real estate market, shelf life, or property listing mold begins to develop. Why isn't it selling, there must be something wrong the folks out in the online Internet audience wonder.

Often the only out of whack feature of the property is the too high a price tag it wears. I have had a home seller says the reason his house did not sell was because it was too low a price with his last two real estate agents. Believing that low real estate prices scare away home buyers. I have never ever seen a lower than the market value price for a home that has to sell fast keep people away. The marketing makes sure they know about this blue light special shoppers. But when the home for sale marketing is missing, the phone does not ring, the email server does not glow red hot from activity.

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Buying A Horse Farm Property With Land In Maine.

Buying A Horse Farm Property With Land In Maine.

Buying the horse farm property in Maine.

The land soil profile, the location and slope is everything for raising, showing, developing a horse farm property for a business investment. Or for just the sheer pleasure of an equestrian hobby operation. Horsing around on your Maine land.  And agriculture 101 comes into play in the real estate exercise buying the horse farm property in Maine.

Like people, Maine land soils are different.

What you use the farm land in Maine for requires different agricultural real estate approaches to maximize the soil's productivity. While being careful not to cause soil erosion and remaining always eagle eyed about drainage, the terrain of the land and proximity to Maine's precious waterfront resources. The fields, the woodlot are kept in a balance with the wildlife to protect their home too. And the goal is to pass along the land in Maine to your loved ones or another farm property buyer who protects the environment in the same respectful approach.horseteam

A large acreage parcel being eyed for use as a Maine horse farm would be a very foreign assignment.

To a real estate agent or broker working an urban market where it is just house house house sales.

And everyone has a tight tall obtrusive fence around their lots to desperately gain a spec of privacy. With the land measured in square feet like the home, not in whole or at least large fractional units of acres or hectares.

(One acre unit of land measurement is almost two and half times bigger when converted to hectares.) And one acre of land is roughly 208.71' by 208.71 when sliced and diced into a simple square shape. Where I live, just a few miles to the east is the Canadian province of New Brunswick where hectares not acres are how land is measured up for size on farm properties.

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Maine Tourism Association Centers Help MOOERS REALTY Real Estate Office.

Maine Tourism Association Centers Help MOOERS REALTY Real Estate Office.
Tourist information centers in Maine, those traveler outlets are valuable for real estate lead generation.
 
MOOERS REALTY produces 4000 realty brochures at a time to use in an area information cover to get the word out about Northern Maine. The property listings on the brochures  give a good mix of the available real estate available. A powerful glimpse into the local small town Maine community flavor surrounding the properties for sale. Printed advertising sticks around, follows the traveler. Gets passed among others in the mood to own a piece of Maine. We use the same printed realty brochures as vital pieces in our direct mail campaigns too. houltonmaine100
 
Maine has seven primary tourist information centers.
 
And being a member of the Maine Tourism Association means access to more all the bureau outlets through out the year.
 
Trade shows, exhibitions, distribution beyond just the stop at the tourist information centers helps make our phone ring often, the email server to glow bright red. In the all important marketing of our area, the properties for sale in Maine. It is all about the reach, the frequency and the far from home exposure. That better go way way beyond just the local terrain in the real estate listing and community information relay of information.
 
How did you find us? Answers to that question tell us a lot. Are the best indication on what works best attracting potential buyers of Maine real estate. Our primary job is collect priced right property listings and to develop the helpful tools to simplify and enhance the buyer's experience of finding the perfect property listing. To make that user experience (UX) as pleasant as possible. Quick, easy, memorable works so well in our Maine property matchmaking. To bring the buyer together with the seller of a Maine real estate listing.
 
The Maine tourist centers are located in my hometown of Houlton Maine, and scattered around this vast state dubbed "Vacationland".
 
We contact the tourist centers in Calais, Fryeburg, the two north and south in Hampden, the ones in Kittery and Yarmouth om a regular basis. To make sure the supply is fresh and plentiful. So the tourist shelves for the property brochures for Northern Maine real estate are racked and stacked. For the grab and go when tourists land and use the facilities. When they are in the fact finding mode in the search, the scan of the tourist information shelves. The bins and attractive print displays all arranged to make finding what they need easy.
 
I talked this past week with Lois in Hampden and Chuck in Fryeburg who both echoed each other. Almost word for word. Saying lots of Maine travelers to each of their respective centers ask for "do you have anything that shows real estate listings" to sample the local property inventory? That they can hold in their hand and take back to their home town out of state. The pair agree the rural location property listing prices are no longer a secret. The word is out.
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Houlton Maine, Your Next Life Destination?

Houlton Maine, Your Next Life Destination?

 

 

Who would do well living in Houlton Maine?

 
As a Maine REALTOR, we get lots of calls, emails, even text messages asking about the local area around Houlton Maine. The new to the area buyer of real estate wants to know about the location they are about to invest in if everything checks out to their satisfaction. canoe maine
 
So who would be a good candidate for living in Houlton Maine?
 
Lots of segments in the audience could carve out a happy, enriching life in Houlton Maine.
 
For starters, here is a link on Historic Houlton Maine. Click here.
 
The cross border traffic with New Brunswick Canada and being close to everything Maine is famous for is a big perk. That attracts tourists year round and creates an affordable place to use as a base to explore the rest of Maine. That is one of the biggest reasons to buy here. Check out Downeast Maine for example. Or one of so many places that just don't exist out of state near the population centers across the USA.
 
So back to the blog post headline, who would be a good match for Houlton Maine?
 
If you are raising a family, nothing is better than instilling small town values into your kids. Who learn work ethic, how to make money and hang onto it with better spending impulse control. Taking better care of whatever they do purchase.
 
Appreciation for the great outdoors is part of the education too in simpler way of living life when you are lucky to live in a small Maine town. More about what's so great about living in a small Maine town.
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Home Heating Oil Fuel Tank Leaks | The Clean Up Steps, Health Hazards.

Home Heating Oil Fuel Tank Leaks | The Clean Up Steps, Health Hazards.
There is a real estate expression "If I can smell it, I can't sell it".
 
The smell of fresh cut hay on a Maine farm, the baking bread filling your lungs as you tour a Victorian home for sale in Vacationland don't count. Those are the good odors that help bring another sense into the real estate buying experience. Clean fresh air and water are people expect when they enter the state of Maine. We are proud of the clean surroundings and work hard to protect it to pass it on to the next grasshopper.
 
But on the low prices handy man special the odors that are sour are part of the bargain price. And when you are ripping out the plaster. planting the crow bar to the heave ho, there she goes commence the renovations, those odors are short lived. You hope. Garage bag odors can linger, especially if the plastic rips open and fuels are leaking out to scent the property. In Maine we like to protect the air and water so a leak of any kind that could impact the wildlife or our quality of life is serious stuffl small maine real estate 1
 
Had a home listed where a previous renter, the last one in the place had several farm pigs.
 
The athletic went up stairs in this two story kind.
 
The folks we sold the "dirty but nice" two story farm house with a killer view to knew there was a smell of animal urine. On hot summer days, whatever happen earlier in a propery's life shines through brightly. The new farm house buyer hoped new floor boards replacing the rugs and vinyl would eliminate the house smell. It did not. Because the smells were planted further up the walls than just hiding in the floors.
 
And like a house with the odor of fire, smoke damage, the smells linger.
 
They get trapped into all the materials from porous ceiling tiles to soaking right into the super structure if strong and long enough exposure. Odors, they can mess up a sale when the buyer clutches their stomach, their eye's wince and water. As they try to suppress the gag reflex.
 
In Maine, lots of homes have signs of smoke from wood fires. And when a heating oil tank has a loose fitting on a filter line or a delivery just happened, you catch a whiff of petroleum. They say just a soda bottle cap full of heating oil will taint the air inside a house. They say a gallon of heating oil can pollute a million gallons of water too.
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