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Large Homes For Sale In Maine.

Large Homes For Sale In Maine.
Large homes for sale in Maine.
 
Sometimes bigger is better. Are you needing more space, are you not a candidate for a tiny home? The families were larger years ago when many of the large homes for sale in Maine got hammer and nailed into place. houltonmainehouses
 
More places with the plate and silverware around the table set at meal time in a large home in Maine.
 
Especially on a Maine farm home where the kitchen is so so big to provide the needed elbow room at meal time. When the family meal is always home cooked, never involved micro wave frozen bags or steamed pouches. Always grown on your own land and often eaten quickly. Because farming means get back to the fields to plant or harvest the crop. Or to repair pasture fencing working around not the best of weather. And farm families were very large, needed a home matched to hold them all.
 
So back to the large homes for sale in Maine. If family size is down to 1.6 per household for kid count, why would large homes in Maine still have an audience today? Because of many factors. Divorce causes a daughter with grandchildren to make the call. To move back in and share some of the space under the same roof line.
 
Or the property owner of the large home wants to operate a business in the finished cellar, or to convert the shed into a home office. The elderly grand parents who can not live on their own and need independence.They are going to be on board into the golden years.
 
The large homes for sale category of real estate is tapped for many types of living arrangement applications. When elderly loved ones who don't maneuver staircases so well or are getting forgetful or feeble are live and local. The house you share with them better have a first floor bedroom or two. Extra bath with handicap access on the same first floor ground level. A big dining room too if you share meals as one big multi generational family.
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Should You Buy The Property Next Door?

Should You Buy The Property Next Door?

Whatever you border, should you buy the property next door?

The house, vacant lot, whatever type of real estate butts up to your border, should you purchase it before someone else does? Lots of ways to look at the situation when your neighboring real estate comes up for sale. Is available for purchase from you or someone else. The timing could be perfect or the worst for the opportunity to add to whatever you now own. It just may not be in the cards to consider buying what is next door to what you already own.lakedusk

So if you can not purchase today, if the option to buy is presented, take the neighboring property owner up on the chance to make it your own down the road.

A first option to purchase is not the seller next door asks you if you want to buy or not and moves on with you now out of the picture if you pass up the chance to purchase. The first option means other buyers can wheel and deal and make offers all they want. But before the seller lets the property go to a new buyer, he or she will come back to you to give you one more chance to say yes or no. You could end up getting the property cheaper, with better terms than the figure first quoted.

Get that first option to buy real estate agreement in writing and expect anything verbally promised is gone with the wind when the neighboring property owner dies before selling. The heirs of the estate often care little about previous conversations and promises made between you and your neighbor. It's show me the money and settle the estate, pay the bills and split up any profit time for those left behind that you have no connection with personally.

If the property next door is priced so high that it is too rich for your blood, others may feel the same way too and pass up the option to buy. If the property is appraised by a bank lending money on the collateral, there is no way anyone is going to pay a King's ransom to make it their own. The appraiser keeps a lid on the fair market value. And makes sure value is there before the real estate closing ever happens when a bloated price property is being exchanged. 

If you had a small lot, below the square footage of what is typical for the neighborhood, buying more land can increase the value of what you do own. If raw land is what is up for sale, if the purchase does not involve renting out a home or the added expense of tearing down a structure.

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Maine Real Estate Buyers And Sellers Don't Have Time To Waste.

Maine Real Estate Buyers And Sellers Don't Have Time To Waste.

Save them time, the Maine real estate buyers and sellers.

Time is money and in short supply for over-booked property owners and purchasers. The by far best way to save anyone thinking of buying or selling is by use of video. The connection is instant. The delivery of information using the eyes and ears is hooked up like a vital IV. Video channels to be effective needed to be treated like a garden though. Tilled, smoothed, planted, fed, cultivated, harvest (repeat).mainechevy maine photo

Society as a whole is not so crank on trusting strangers.

The best way to stop being a stranger is to start helping others.

To be a helper it starts with a quick story of who you are as a Maine real estate professional excited about living in Vacationland. To establish a relationship as the local expert, your neighborhood partner who plans to stay your real estate broker for life. Beyond one property listing transaction.

Once the buyer or seller of Maine real estate is convinced "okay, you can be my agent or broker" the treatment changes from who I am to here is what you need to know. The same questions come up from anyone new to the area. So a local information 101 session has to start quickly. Because this buyer and seller are very busy, it is often late at night and they want to start the process before lights out. For the short wait for Mr. Sandman once the head is in the bed. And hopefully good dreams, not real estate nightmares. Buying or selling real estate in Maine should be a positive experience. It can be fun if the red flags are seen. And the potholes ahead are avoided based on real estate experience.

This video for FAQ on Maine is always showing up on Internet searches.

Idling, waiting like a tax cab driver to hit the accelerator. To push the pedal to the metal to speed to deliver the information the buyer or seller needs right now. Not tomorrow morning on a 9-5 schedule or days from now as everything is put on hold waiting for information.

It helps if upfront the website portal for real estate in Maine is set up for easy navigation, nothing to make the user feel dumb. You don't have to have a black belt in website maneuvering to use our Maine real estate website. Our local Northern Maine agency also maintains more than one real estate website for properties. Why? Because everyone drives a different kind of car for a reason. The approach is a little different, how we stock the real estate listing and local information shelves is a tad varied.

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What Keeps Maine Homes From Selling, The Reasons Why Houses Linger On The Real Estate Market.

What Keeps Maine Homes From Selling, The Reasons Why Houses Linger On The Real Estate Market.

The feeling your life is put on hold and you are left wondering why my Maine home is not selling.

The decision to list your home for sale in Maine is because of a handful of reasons. The property is too big, undersized or a transfer means you can not take it with you. Until it is a mobile home that could be trucked down Interstate 95 to you new location in state or beyond. 

In a small rural state like Maine, it is often cheaper to buy a better home than try to fix the weak points in your current one. The prices don't spike up and down and the marketing time can extend while a new buyer for the Maine home is located through effective far reaching marketing. Supply and demand in the housing stock can impact how long is this home selling process going to take. mainefallscolors3

So why is the Maine home not selling.

Folks wanting, needing to buy have to know about the new house on the market. Anything wil sell if fairly priced too. It begins and ends with pricing and does the figure used in the marketing match the real value in the current market. Over priced properties are not just the seller's job to keep them realistic. It is the real estate agent or broker who can through the CMA market analysis to determine if the listing price is too high to ever bank appraise for the figure the seller would like to see written on the real estate closing check.

It is best not to take over priced listings because they clogged the market, give the seller the expection the place could actually sell for this inflated figure.

And the steady flow of real estate agent planting and removing their sign out front happens. Which causes the neighbors, those following the local listings to suspect the property. The agent is blamed by the seller for why the home in Maine did not get to a real estate closing.

If the seller does not want to sell but is enticed to list for a pie in in the sky figure, a responsible agent or real estate broker will politely put the brakes on. Respectfully decline the listing after showing the sale of properties sold in the current market and listed for sale that will be competing with his real estate to locate a buyer. Too many just like this home for sale means better pricing and higher powered marketing is a must. To make it stand out from the rest of the crop for a quicker, hassle free sale. Because we all know time is money in life.

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Now Big A Real Estate Deposit Needed To Hold The Property?

Now Big A Real Estate Deposit Needed To Hold The Property?

The question comes up a lot, how big a real estate deposit is needed to hold the property?

The one the out of state buyer really is interested in but can not just drop everything to trot up the pike to see it in person. That is one reason we shoot, edit, upload real estate videos so there is not lacking the show and tell property information that makes it necessary to do the expensive travel. Each time something good comes up for the property buyer to consider one by one spaced out over time. defibrillator for real estate sale photo

Holding the property is not in the best interest of the seller of real estate.

Because someone else that is ready to buy is held off until the out of town, gotta come see it buyer gets here and decides to buy or not. With a deposit, a signed contract contingent upon personal inspection it creates a log jam stop on the marketing availability of the listing. Until he decides to buy or not. And you the agent can scream "Next".

He may never get here. Or come up and decide this is not something he will buy. Or he likes the property but not what is around it or the community where it is located that takes time when the property is put on hold while he clears his schedule to check it all out.

Plane tickets, paying for motels, the tolls traveling and eats on the road. They all cost money and take time out of a person's life. We get that but put anything on layaway, telling future buyers the place has a hold on it. Hurts the seller. That is not what other buyers in line want to hear and they don't hang around wasting precious time on property that may or may not be sold.

Lost opportunities to selling happen when a previous buyer who was not ready to becomes in a position to proceed with a purchase.

But is held off because someone has a first right of refusal to buy. So taking a deposit contingent on a long time getting here or a slew of contingencies is not the wise course of action. Because this buyer has loose ends, is not ready, willing and able to buy today.

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Maine Land, Starts With The Health Of The Soil.

Maine Land, Starts With The Health Of The Soil.

Maine land, the soil quality of the dirt from the surface down is not all the same.

To someone not around the Maine land, it is easy to call it pretty much all the same. The soil profile on Maine land, important stuff to study before you buy acreage. Because the health of the dirt, the soil character better be a match to however you intend to use the Maine land. farmmorning3

Maine is 91% forested with a vast wood resource.
 
Clearing land for farming in Maine had to happen to open up the acreage.
 
To create farms for self sustaining agriculture to support the local families and their communities.
Our greatest natural resource to protect along with the waterfront land that surrounds it. Or that is in the watershed of the woodlots that drain from it. To protect the aquatic life in it and wildlife surrounding the Maine land. The natural balance is delicate and challenged when man for profit timbers Maine forested land without concern of erosion, drainage into the streams, brooks, rivers that dump into our lakes, ponds, the oceanfront of Maine.
 
More on shoreland zoning, being a good steward of the Maine waterfront land.
The farm land soil in Maine comes in many varieties. Whether it is the Caribou loam of Aroostook County for potato, grain, broccoli, hops production or pasture land with rock outcroppings for beef and dairy animal grazing.
 
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Small Maine Town Real Estate Markets Rattle And Hum Simpler.

Small Maine Town Real Estate Markets Rattle And Hum Simpler.

Small rural Maine real estate markets, they rock and roll differently than urban ones.

Eight out of ten people live in a city, not all by choice. But given their druthers, many would rather be in a Mayberry small town setting. To own a spread like the Waltons and be tucked away on a mountain farm with the woodlot for income and heat source. The dirt to scratch to raise what they place farm to table to feed their families.eagle in maine photo

So when you and I watch the news, scan the headlines and the topic is the real estate market.

What we are told online and in the newspapers, magazines and trade journals concerning real estate does not translate so well to how things groove locally. The price tags on the local real estate in Maine is not loaded up with zero places. The property prices are lower to the ground in small rural Maine community real estate markets.

Part of the difference with the real estate market city and country mouse enjoy is simply financial based.

High priced markets support layers of players to keep them lubricated and the real estate listing inventory moving to successful property closings. Home owner associations (HOA) are not going to be a thorn in a local rural real estate market. In some swanky luxury locations near population centers, HOA's carry a big club.

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Empty Maine Lake Lots, What Can I Do, Where Do I Start?

Empty Maine Lake Lots, What Can I Do, Where Do I Start?

The land on a Maine lake, a lot of property acreage.

Just land and nothing built on it or whatever was there is long gone. Has no pulse but does have a location on the parcel that can get you up close to the waterfront. Don't tear it down yet or you lose your place in the shore land zoning regulations for land on the water in Maine. lakemirror

What can you do, what you see done around the Maine lakes means time for the shore land zoning homework.

Because changes are made on the state level and local municipalities tweak the regulations concerning shore land zoning. Going above and beyond the Maine state law on lake development happens most in towns where the price tags are highest. Where there are enough people to serve on the local boards that police and protect the local Maine lakes.

So back to the blog post headline, the question about what can you do, where do you start with lake land? Or whatever lot is on the water whether a river, pond, ocean front or simple stream location. The size of the land, can it support a septic system and will it be pressure-rized water or not?

Simple is best and hurts the natural habitat less when talking building on a Maine lake lot.

Treading lightly and protecting the wildlife, the fish and the waterfront is respect. That if ignored will mean no more waterfront worth passing down to the next generation. Here is the link to the latest Maine shore land zoning regulations for development.

Being 100 feet back from the high water mark, if no structure for camp or boathouse is on the Maine lake lot makes the depth of the parcel critical. You don't want to have to try to buy more land that may not be available. Or the price too steep because the owner knows you have to have more land to complete the waterfront lake lot development.

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Title Problems In Real Estate Sales.

Title Problems In Real Estate Sales.
 Legal issues in real estate sales, it's no fun when they delay or threaten a property closing.

What's lurking out there for title problems that affects the enjoyment, value of the land under all the improvements? Legal issues with real estate start when the property is listed for sale. If the seller is aware of them. Often they are there hidden and not always known about in the discussion around the kitchen table during the listing of what's for sale. mainephotoslider38

If the agent or broker takes the time to look into the deed with the seller's copy or from the registry of deeds.

That talk with the owner about right of ways or easement right up front, whatever the title issue is best handled early on. 

We talked earlier about the importance to secure the letter, to get pre-approved for a bank home mortgage loan.

And moved on to what happens when you find the house of your dreams and start down the home ownership pathway. The appraisal process buying a Maine home was discussed in an earlier blog post on this channel too. But this time up is the legal hurdle, the last leg of the home buying routine. Approached once the buyer is approved to buy, the property is appraised and good to go. If the title to the real estate is squeaky clean or can be made that way with checks written and passed out at the property closing.

Legal issues are lots harder to wrestle with then a few credit issues that can often be fixed with an explanation letter, few  phone calls and a little check in the mail to make them go away. 

Bad FICA scores, high debt ratios, a new job or no credit can impact the getting ready to buy a home in Maine. The house appraisal can come in low and a new valuation can be sought out if the mortgage bank allows for flawed ones.

But the legal issues in a real estate sale don't go away so easily. Unless it is a garden variety property tax lien stuck on the title like a burdock. From years before when someone was slow to pay the taxes on time and a lien was placed against the property after eighteen months passed. And the yearly taxes went in arrears and someones name ended up in the town report. 

A discharge of a property tax lien on the real estate for sale is an easy title issue. Getting a release deed for taxes owed that needed payment or that were paid but never released. With the tax lien removed with a simple release deed from the municipality where the property is located. 

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Appraising A Home For Sale In Maine, How It Works For Bank Lending.

Appraising A Home For Sale In Maine, How It Works For Bank Lending.
The appraisal process when buying a home that needs bank mortgage lending house valuation.
 
The lender that knows the combination to the big stainless hardened steel safe tumblers wants to know what you are eyeballing for a home sweet home measures up in the condition standards department. For the A-Z mortgage underwriting conditions and the quick sale of the paper on the secondary market to investors.
 
And the money people fronting the money want to know this collateral is going to be worth something to pay off the loan if you go belly up and it ends up back in their lap.
 
Buying a property for more than it is worth when it is a real estate sale going through the bank mortgage lending pipeline means it has to be realistically priced. The purchase and sale agreement house price has to be in line with the market values in the current inventory of home listings and sold recent comparable sales.mainelighthouse100
 
What happens when the appraiser with the clip board shows up at the property listing, starts his or her process of measuring, study of the town property card?
 
And sizes up what is found with boots on the ground at the actual real estate listing under contract for sale?
 
Lots!
 
Because besides examination of the property for sale inside and out, the further study of the real estate around it affect the value.
 
High tension power wires that glow blue and hum when it is pitch black at night over head are not a real estate property feature that buyers ask for in their home search.
 
Neither is being in proximity of a pig farm or industrial setting or next to a busy highway with strip malls and fast food outlets. Right of way easements, clickity clack railroad tracks and wump wump wump windmill turbines don't help a real estate house sale either.
 
If the home for sale needs a new roof, there is already leaking, mold and ceilings are drooping inside the house you want to buy, corrections are needed. Just like adding GFI electrical outlets in the bathroom and kitchen. Replacing broken windows, scraping and re-painting clapboards and trim.
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Getting A Pre-Approval Letter To Buy A Home, What To Bring.

Getting A Pre-Approval Letter To Buy A Home, What To Bring.

Looking to buy a home? What do you need to bring to the bank, what paperwork do you round up to prepare for the bank mortgage home loan approval letter?

Well, take the hike. To speed up the bank home loan pre-approval process done before you set your sights on the house of your dreams, here is what is needed by the mortgage lender. Anything that verifies your income, spells out the short and long term debts, and a list of your assets to determine your net worth.maine hiking trails looking for a home loan pre-approval photo

The lender with the money you need to buy the home can send or hand you the application form and you hit and run on your way.

But it is nice when you bring all you need to complete it to the bank. When you the buyer seeking pre-approval home loan status ready have what the numbers are on hand. The ones used to fill in the question spaces to get pre-approved for a home loan.

Local banks are great because they have a presence in the community and you are doing business with someone with a stake in the home town area economy where you live, work and play.

The service inside the bank and from all the venders provided is quicker on the turn arounds too. Because the mortgage approval center that creates the paperwork is in town, your state not in some other solar system where decisions are slow in the shuffle of documents needed for a home loan approval.

Sellers take home buyers who make offers way way more serious when that purchaser is carrying a pre-approval mortgage loan credentials in hand.

When the home buyer already knows the program the loan will be underwritten in and no credit history issues are holding him back from moving forward to buy the seller's home if the negotiations go well.

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Retirement Places To Live, Why Not Consider Maine?

Retirement Places To Live, Why Not Consider Maine?
Retirement in Maine, to know why people do it, ask them.
 
Or break it down to what anyone retiring would seek out, want more of if where they are now is like last call. When the bright house lights come on and glare the reminder. It is time to find your coat, collect your things and go. And if you linger too long, the reminder to leave gets stronger. With the suggestion reminder, we just don't care where you go but all we know is you can't stay here. gardenmaine1
Go home. Come to Maine.
 
What is home as defined from someone heading into retirement mode that fits like a glove best?
 
Well, lots of folks shudder at the thought of even entertaining retirement because it admits to the self you are getting older. And the Golden Years go better for some than others. So that's why the discussion on retirement in Maine. Before health peter's out and body parts start to fail from the previous years of wear and tear chasing the dollar.
But before diving into the topic of retirement in Maine, let's pull back the blogging post reins a tad. Examine retirement needs alone very closely. What do people retiring need to consider most as retirees? And then go out on the hunt for the best place for the missing puzzle piece for retirement? And what exactly are the ingredients that makes for a happy retirement ?
 
The biggest requirement of any housing through out your life is to find the most affordable options.
 
To stretch those hard earned retirement dollars. It helps if you are leaving a location with higher costs of living that rewards the home owner selling in those real estate markets. Take the money and run I think were the words of one Steve Miller song from back in the 1970's. But no one is robbing a castle and meeting up later to split up the stolen loot south of the border.
Worrying about finances to pay for housing and living within your means is not the only thing on the minds of the retiring individual or couple. There better be a lack of crime, less of the things on the list of what to avoid in the next and maybe final move in life. Getting rid of traffic, saying good by to gangs. And trading the setting of a city in for clear blue skies, country fresh air. An all around healthier way of life with a slower pace and more friendly happy population is what retirement folks seek out and there is more.
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Putting On A New House Addition On A Maine Home. Hold Your Horses.

Putting On A New House Addition On A Maine Home. Hold Your Horses.

You bought a home that needs a house addition, but before you bring out the staging and nail gun, hold it a minute.

The addition to the house in Maine better have lots of thought put into the construction plans. Because the original home may not be designed for the addition you had in mind. The cost of the construction you dream about needs a solid quote before you go after the local building permits too.hero the real estate cat

As a Maine real estate broker, I have been in quite a few houses over the last 38 years.

And improving a home starts with careful thought if you ever hope to recover the costs of the expenditures in a small rural state. Where what works in an urban market that is more forgiving and with more zero places in the property prices does not play so well in the lower cost small rural real estate arena.

So first things first when the time comes to consider adding on the existing house in Maine to create something different.

The building addition on the house you own in Maine. Which direction for the expansion... and is developing unused space that is already here the smartest way to go?

Fill in and rearrange what you already have could be wise for the limited funds hiding in your wallet or purse. Or thinking of financing the construction when pretty close to being free and clear of a house mortgage could mean let's study this need for more, better use of space DIY project.

Maine is famous for bartering, folks pitching in to exchange skills and sheer labor to avoid the high cost of living facing a home owner planning construction projects.

Lots of homes out there on the five year construction plan that have table saws in the living room. Two by fours, plywood tables where the eventual kitchen cabinets will slide in. Unfinished but paid for and as you go for the extra materials. Slowly and carefully added into the housing creation to be a work in progress.

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Marketing Maine Homes For Sale, History Helps The Story Telling Process.

Marketing Maine Homes For Sale, History Helps The Story Telling Process.
The properties all are unique, every piece of real estate in Maine listed for sale has special history.
 
A story to tell hides behind every property listing that is marketed. But does the history get weaved into the Maine real estate marketing story? Not if the stories about the place are never discussed. Or the folks in the know die. They take the stories to their graves.police car in maine
 
As a Maine real estate broker, learning the background stories and history of the property listings is interesting.
 
It helps explain the different uses that a property experiences with previous owners. Why the builder constructed it just so. And no matter how many years ago a property was listed, I remember the history and the details of a place. What needed updates, what was modernized and who helped or hurt the property as it changed hands. How the home owner treated the house makes a big difference in what we have to work with today in real estate sales. Just like horses ridden hard and put away wet don't last long. Houses need the TLC, plenty of respectful love and attention.
 
Life circumstances affect the property when the home owner say gets cancer, has a heart attack or other suddent medical condtion. Money gets tight fast in rural Maine real estate markets and the house repairs are neglected.
 
Divorce can wreak havoc with a property and the families torn apart inside the house that call is home sweet home too. Lack of know how shows in the construction projects where the DIY project ended poorly. They tried to help but end up hurting the property. Making it worse. And if neglect happens, a job jar is not dipped into often to keep it from flowing over with let go project repairs. It all helps explain why the damage occurred from lack of maintenance or shoddy workmanship on the house.
 
The local mill closing can be disasterous for the home owners in the local surroundings when the economy tanks.
 
Folks stop the maintenance and the area declines like a listing Titanic heading for the bottom if help does not arrive in time to do something miraculous. Sometimes homes are in tip top shape for all of their life. Until inherited by someone that does nothing good to the home and it coasts to a steady she goes stops while the pride in the rest of the neighborhood home owners shake their heads in disgust. It takes work, ambition, money to be a home owner. To stay that way and to climb out of the rent rut ranks.
 
Sagging floors, sloped roof lines, mold, erosion when the terrain is not level and flat but hilly and rolling. Natural things happen to a property listing over time. And man can mess it up or help improve a place that is listed for sale. And what was torn down and buried out back? You'll find out if digging for a new addition cellar hole.
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Time, How It Can Be Wasted And Kill A Real Estate Listing Sale.

Time, How It Can Be Wasted And Kill A Real Estate Listing Sale.
Time, hear the loud clock ticking in the real estate listing sale?
 
You sure can. Mickey's little and big hands turn faster too. As soon as the silent real estate salesman is speared in the front lawn of a house in hopes of finding a new home owner. It becomes a race with time.doylemaineland ext15
 
We all know all too well time is money.
 
Delays are costly. When life is put on hold because lots of people are waiting on an event to happen.
 
Real estate listing and selling is highly emotional.
 
Because people are involved and frustration builds when important life steps are stalled, left hanging in the air.
 
Being in limbo is not fun when a real estate buyer or seller or both are not able to make a move from "A" to "B".
 
When there is lots of money at stake in the largest purchase or sale most of us ever make. The fees for bank credit checks, applications, appraisals, pro-ration of taxes, for insurance coverage and legal fees add up. Who wants to throw money into the wind and pull out when financially invested in the house of their dreams. The buyer has told his family and friends that there is going to be a new address on the upper left hand corner of the Christmas card sent out this year. The seller has put money down in good faith with another home owner and is legally obligated. The plot thickens with the drama if all does not go as planned. Nothing better be left to chance.
 
Like wearing strait jackets, the urge to come out swinging with both arms to make something happen can turn the real estate listing or sale process like a bull in a china closet.
 
Buyers and sellers have a role as partners in the buy and sell process. A real estate professional hands them the script, shows each player their role. Or better otherwise it becomes a free for all that only increases in volume and damage as individuals take matters into their own hands and deviate from the tried and tested script. And tempers flare, talk of lawyering up and suing for compensation threats are circulated in heated phone calls, testy emails, blunt real estate texts.
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Getting A Building Permit For Your Maine Land Or Lot.

Getting A Building Permit For Your Maine Land Or Lot.
Permits for building on your Maine land or vacant lot. What do you need before you start your ground work when you buy just Maine land?
 
And want is needed for Maine state regulations, for local town, city, plantation or unorganized township paperwork? To make everyone happy, it is best to know going in, right up front. And not to cry, moan, whine later when the Maine land buyer thinks local government is being too hard on them in their building projects.
 
First, if the Maine land for sale is located in the country, away from a municipal hook up for public water and sewer, you need a soil test.
 
To make sure the Maine land is buildable, get your HHE 200 soil test that is the plumbing disposal plan, the septic system leach field and where you place your well for drinking water, for the domestic use in whatever you build.hansen ext19
 
It is not hard to swallow the need for a soil test for outlining where everything goes below the ground on your new just land building project.
 
You want the systems to work, be safe with or without pressurized water systems. Whether you have a McMansion with multiple bedrooms and a slew of baths or a simple cabin with the outhouse and hand carried water from a spring, dug or drilled well that is pumped not piped into the structure you hand craft on the Maine land.
 
Shoreland zoning in Maine adds another wrinkle to the construction project and where you build on the vacant land. Or after tearing down an existing structure on the water front to use the grandfathered in location closer than 100 feet back from the high water mark of the Maine lake, pond. Yes there are regulations around the waterways, when you buy a river lot, something on a stream, brook, the ocean.
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The Best Real Estate Customer Service In Maine.

The Best Real Estate Customer Service In Maine.
The number one, best real estate broker in Maine did not get the title without providing top level customer service.
 
How to help buyers and seller's of real estate has many facets. And dealing with real estate listings and property sales involves people and their high speed lifestyles. Patience can run low when the clock ticking loudly makes for a tight entry real estate opportunity in the property shuffle for the owner, for the purchaser.houltonfarms 20
 
We have a tips and tricks section for real estate buyers and sellers.
 
We try to prepare both purchasers and property owners for what is ahead of them. Spelling out the roles each have and what both segments of the real estate audience take on to get to a property closing as easily as possible. We want everyone to get an ice cream!
 
No one enjoys wasting their time or money and the frustration that any delays take away from a positive experience property transfer process. That every real estate listing, all the property sales should end with but that starts with knowing it does not just happen without effort and constant guidance to navigate the process.
 
Everyone involved can help or hurt the real estate sale knowingly or without realizing it.
 
And often it is just a situation of timing for the buyer, bank, seller, all the layers of players in the real estate sale working to be on the same schedule. Or to hammer out one along the way to consider delays you see coming and all that can creep up in a property sale.
 
The best way to see superior customer service in action is to go on a vacation.
 
The folks who rise to the occasion to go above and beyond stand out. The best at providing the real estate customer service understand what it is like to be in the shoes of the buyer, seller, both sides of the transaction.
 
And listening up front can save much heartache later as the real estate sale unfolds, sometimes unravels. From experience, asking questions, listening to answers can increase the odds of an easy real estate property sale transfer.
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Maine Single Family Residential Housing Real Estate Market Report For 2015-2016.

Maine Single Family Residential Housing Real Estate Market Report For 2015-2016.
In a small rural state like Maine, there are fewer real estate listings and sales.
 
The property price spike blip up and down is more gradual. We are the only state in the nation that only borders one other and are pretty much on our own up here in the right hand corner of the country. Kinda sticking up like a lone corner thumb parked on the Eastern Atlantic Maritime Provinces of Canada.doylemaineland ext15
So when the Maine real estate home sales report shows a nearly 12 percent increase for 2016, that is good news.
 
Knowing that not every sale involves a house or home and that land property transfers are a big part of what that number does not show. Land in Maine for building a house, for a waterfront vacation home or just acreage to farm, for the timber value. Those real estate sales with owner financing or just cash on the barrel head don't involve bank mortgage lending either.
 
So back to the concentration on just Maine home sales, how many units and in what towns or the handful of cities in Vacationland. Prices for Maine homes in 2016 were up close to 5 percent as well. Maine has sixteen counties and the more populated ones behave differently for price movement and the real estate sales prices. We have blog posted on the current Maine real estate market reports before.
Confidence in the economy given the credit for the increase in Maine single family existing home prices and sale numbers for 2016. With 17,507 homes getting the real estate closing treatment and buyers and sellers starring in the property transfer exchange.
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Small Rural Real Estate Maine Markets Percolate So Differently Than Large Urban Ones.

Small Rural Real Estate Maine Markets Percolate So Differently Than Large Urban Ones.

To the average Joe and Jane, their view of the real estate industry and local market conditions are often tied to very limited personal experience.

What the public absorbs from the Grape Vine news stream down at the Piggly Wiggly pushing the wire cart. From the buzz and the hum picked up at the hair dresser salon or barber shop, from friends, family, the neighbor's real estate listing and selling event going on around them. Or whatever is splashed and beamed into their big flat screen TV display from real estate reality shows produced on the west coast.small rural real estate pho

The national media tries to "one size fits all" reduce and dumb down coverage of complex issues.

Making them into comic book simple statements in the headline news round up of that's the way it is today people. So when real estate market stories make it into the news stream rotation highlights, the sound bite or headline often has nothing to do with the local real estate market. Information is powerful but not if it is focused on the wrong GPS coordinates or too large an expanse on the blue and green revolving marble.

Real estate markets move and groove like the weather patterns change overhead too.

They heat up, cool off and have many layers. The more expensive the price tags hanging off the property listings, the greater the stratification and numbers of the real estate segments. Niche audiences for this size square footage, that new housing development or this lifestyle interest in real estate intensify as the wallet opens wider to subsidize the property needs in the what's for sale transfer to the new owners. 

So how does a buyer and seller get the most accurate real estate information possible?

That applies for today, at this moment in time to snap shot the current real estate market conditions? From a local small town real estate professional who has weathered a few market storms. That can see where we've been in the real estate rear view experience mirror. That can look a property over and pin point where it falls in the rise and fall of the real estate market supply and demand for a particular real estate listing up for sale today. And that can see the tilt of the real estate listings and sales direction the local property market is headed. 

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Local Maine Real Estate News For Buyers, Sellers.

Local Maine Real Estate News For Buyers, Sellers.

People are busy and generic blog posts on real estate waste a lot of time.

There are millions of them in the way online taking up space. Many not even written by the agent and ghost writers that replicated them do all the hunt and pecking in the copy and paste.

When a blog post reader thinks they are getting needed help and information in the real estate process, things are good.

Right up until the point when they are wasting lots of time and spinning their wheels. Not getting what they hoped for and the blog post title promised. They thought.real estate blog photo

The real estate blog posts that don't have much in them and can seem machined.

Cranked up and spun out to go through the motions. The best Maine real estate blog posts are helpful. They save time, are fresh and current. Money is saved because the blog posts work to fill a need.

Questions about the real estate process and tips for the listing seller. For say tips on getting a mortgage as a real estate buyer. Folks that get what they are after return to the local real estate souce. Save me time and I am your friend because you provided me something I can use, that I needed.

You did not make me go hunt all over creation and you showed up online on that front page search engine listing because others were thinking pretty much the same thing. Everyone likes a little red hen in the real estate service providing, for anything you need more than you already have for knowledge or experience.

That's what the goal of this blog post channel is, to combine with the property listing information. To provide a whole lot more to keep you from running here for this, there for that. To have it all at your finger tips, to easily access because the website navigation and design are not difficult or confusing.

To continue the process from listing to the real estate sale closing and everything inbetween.

And especially to approach it all from the local level. Not the one if I was listing and selling property in Miami Florida or Spokane Washington or the island of Maui in the Hawaiian chain of tropical spots.

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