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The Process Of Finding, Trying On A New Maine Home, House.

A buyer that needs a new Maine home, house for sale is a special situation to tackle, help.

maine little league players photoFor over 33 years I have been lucky enough to be involved in over a thousand Maine real estate transactions. The list and sell has never lost its appeal.

Because the first time buyer of a Maine home is excited, nervous, scared and anxious all roll up together. Real estate buying or selling is emotional.

Involves a major change in a person's life. A transition happens. Some fun, enjoyable, others not so much because an estate needs to be settle, or a divorce, lay off happened forcing the sale.

Regardless of the circumstances, it is an honor, a priviledge to list, market, sell and help buyers and sellers of Maine home property listings.

And we don't just peddle home, house properties in Maine. So with land, waterfront, farm properties and mom and pop small business listings, it is never a dull moment. Never gets stale or boring.

The way we market properties has changed dramatically over the last three plus decades. The market is no longer local and the outside, far away buyer needs local information first. Before they rip cord, jump out of the plane searching for a new area to call home. Before shifting focus to the actual property listings in Maine that could work just fine. That match their long unique shopping list. The wallet they sit on, the purse they carry.

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Maine Land, The Need For Different Property Acreage Sizes.

Land in Maine, there is a strong desire of many to own some property, acreage.

maine moose photo at baxterBecause space has been the burning desire through out history. Many wars were fought over real estate. Who owned the land being suddenly challenged.

Conveniently moving the boundaries to suit the more aggressive, bolder of the bordering countries happened a lot. Changing the line in the sand between the "this is my land, this is your land" defining.

Not enough space for the masses continues to be a problem when eight out of ten people live in a city, urban area.

Not all in the city because they want to, but because the bulk of the jobs, employment are in population clusters around the country or world. Telecommuting to a Maine small town has helped solve the what can I do for work, for a job in Vacationland mystery. Bring the old job with you but get to enjoy more space, lower cost Maine land as one big perk, bonus, cherry on top.

So land in Maine. What are the types of buyers for property with some acrerage do we deal with daily? Many who want "meat on the bones". To get as big a chunk of Maine land as possible. Quantity almost more important than quality for many land buyers in Maine. Because of the lack of elbow room where they live now.

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What About Houlton Maine Neighborhoods, The Good, Bad, The Ugly.

The phone call or email from time to time poses the same Houlton Maine neighborhood question, are there any towns, areas to avoid buying real estate in?

Maine, Friendly, Small Town Simple Living.Often the question is caused because where the out of state or country real estate buyer hails from, there are a slew of neighborhoods to avoid like the plague. Gangs, heavy duty crime, blighted properties for neighbors. And they have experienced often what are called "transitional areas".

Where no real flavor of good residential taste is left in the mouth after a real estate tour.

Because it is a hodge podge of house here, business there or just too many rentals. People coming and going. No single family houses or pride of ownership happening in these regions.

So the inquiry about where to avoid, where to pin the tail on the property location donkey pick for a property purchase make me smile. We don't have bad areas, dangerous neighborhoods. There are no Maine towns to avoid that are bad to the bone, evil, twisted or spooky scary.

In the 4th lowest crime state, in Aroostook County where the statistic is half that again, the concern of neighborhood safety shifts.

From instead of worry about picking a Houlton Maine home in an area where the location is dangerous, where crime happens...to a shift to how far do you want to drive to work, the hospital, schools, recreational pursuits? The location is more about your time and gas. Not red lining in laundry marker on a map an area, community or neighborhood considered a pirate place. A "skull and cross bones" dangerous neighborhoods. Full of red flags and mine fields to run away from, to avoid using the brakes when passing through. With the advice to just roll through that next stop sign before someone jumps your car. Wants to hitch a ride, with very bad intentions.

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Title Problems, In Maine Real Estate Property Listing Sales.

The two words no Maine real estate agent, broker wants to hear uttered from a lawyers lips, "title problems".

Title To The Property In Maine, Land Is Junk?But that pair of words can just mean garden variety issues. Not always major flaws on the title to the Maine real estate property listing. Does not mean automatically the Maine land title is junk, worthless, unfixable.

Those serious issues that rack up lots of billable hours.The trotting up and down courthouse steps to clear the title flaw. To remove the tail burdocks. To meet with a judge to straighten out land title issues. Round up heirs, work through wrinkles on the lines with neighborhoodd feuds raging fully. Hopefully.

Often what happened was a property tax lien was placed on record at the local registry of deeds in the county where the property is located.

For lack of tax payment during a lean year. And those back taxes were brought back up to speed, made current the following year. But no one went back into the registry of deeds to record a tax lien release from the muncipality that put the hex on the title. Had placed the lien after eighteen months of being behind on the tax bill for the property.

So the tax lien removal process is the easiest of title problems unless three years has gone by and the town has taken the real estate back. Acquired it for back taxes that were not paid on time and kept current. But there are other title issues that creep up in the sale of a property listing in Maine.

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Getting Your Maine Home Ready To Sell.

Like preparing for a school room test, getting your Maine home ready to sell means roll up the sleeves.

dogsorryTraining for the big transition. Because living in a home day to day and getting pretty comfortable is not the way to ease into selling a house in Maine. It's highly competitive.

Effort, running a tighter ship with no slack, for the best first impression is a big part of the ten hut. Attention to details.

All the little things that add up, make a big difference. That shout out "pick my Maine house for sale over others" competing for the same buyers for homes in the area.

So the list of what to do in your Maine home sale.

Number one price the Maine home, real estate realistically. Then move on to the actual house itself before marketing kicks in. Often property owners are told to heave ho all the knick knacks. To remove all the personal images on the wall. To pretty much make the Maine home the four walls in and out depersonalized.

Without clutter, anything that makes the walk through difficult or distracting. I agree with the three couches in the small living room situation making it feel smaller, more crowded then it really is. And let's escort two of them to the storage shed.

Or the lake camp, to your kid's apartments or Catholic Charities, Goodwill, Sally's (The Salvation Army Thrift Store).

But the painting done of Mount Katahdin, Maine moose photo. the lake sunset, what the heck. Leave it hanging on the wall so the place has some personality. Make sure the interior is clean as a whistle with extra effort to remove any smells that would make a buyer tense up. Cause a face wearing the frown. Brownie's baking, now that smell is fine and dandy. Would I like one? Yes please. (Munch munch) Thank you.

So besides declutter, spiffy clean inside and out the Maine home, garage and storage sheds. Landscaping for curb appeal goes a long ways. No grass growing in the paved driveway cracks. Would you get excited buying a home with overgrown shrubs, untrimmed grass around the trees and broken kid's toys scattered all over the property yard? Exactly. Me neither. Think buyer, tighten up on the patrol. Looking for slack in the household, around the property you listed for sale. Need to sell and replace with another four walls, a roof somewhere else. To hang your hat, call home.

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Commercial Property In Houlton Maine, Buy A Job.

Sometimes the move to Maine means need a job, not going to retire in the relocation so have any commercial property listings question gets asked.

Meet The People Of Northern MaineOther times it's bring the job you had out of state to Maine. Your employer does not want to lose a well trained worked. And high speed Internet, a fax machine and phone connection means do what you do out of state in in the office of the Maine home you buy in the move to Vacationland.

If you are looking for a commercial, Maine business property, lots of options exisit in all price ranges, types.

A new endeavor you always wanted to try.

Or right along the lines of what you are doing now, or have somewhere back in your life for making a living. Developing the skills and mastering the learning curve.

More and more folks are wanting small Maine town values, a simpler family oriented lifestyle to do more than work, chase the dollar.

To live, experience and explore life options to enrich their days here on Earth. And your customers online if you bring your job with you, have no idea you have moved to a new Maine small town location. Unless you tell them. Spill the beans. But your kids will love the crime free small town atmosphere. That is night and day different. So unlike the urban, impersonal concrete jungle you left in the rear view mirror high tailing it out of the city surroundings.

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The Sale Happens Long Before The Real Estate Closing Takes Place.

A real estate closing in Maine, getting to one is an experience.

 Maine, Less People, Natural And Unfiltered.Because it involves people, their lives, the ups, downs, twists and turns. And every Maine real estate sale is different, unique, special.

And for me it is not just a job of taking images, shooting video, writing copy and arm wrestling with bank appraisers, the back and forth with attorneys.

It is sitting at the kitchen table of a Maine home for sale where the owners are sad to sell the place they grew up in.

But all the kids live far away and Mom and Dad are both gone now. No reason to hang on to the place. Working through the what do we do to get the place ready to sell process.

Setting up the expectations and helping arrive at realistic pricing from comparing this home in Maine to others that have sold like it.

To also consider how many pretty much like it homes are in property selling line waiting to for a clear to close. For a day and time for the Maine real estate closing sit down paperwork shuffle.

Sometimes there are squabbling siblings with the Maine house sale.

A few don't think the place should be sold but often are not contributing to the expenses to keep taxes and property insurance current. The maintenance items like mowing lawns, doing repairs are not their responsibility.

So the other family members paying the way out of their own pocket because the estate has little if any money start to get a little  huffy. Up in arms. And figure what are we waiting for, let's sell and have closure. Put it to rest. Sometimes it is grief from other family members and not accepting Gram and Gramp are gone which means each of the famly members left are getting a year older. Heading to the same ending eventually.

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How Maine Real Estate Sellers Help The Property Sale Process.

When you select, settle in on the Maine real estate agent, broker, REALTOR that fits the task at hand comfortably, a partnership is born, cemented.

Clean Maine Homes, Properly Priced Sell Quicker. Expectations laid out by the Maine real estate professional who has been through the list, market, sell (repeat) process a few times.

With experiences to draw from, who has kept pace with new ways to market creatively, efficiently. To reach a larger audience with greater frequency.

To cause online quality experiences for educating the new to the area buyer about the local Maine community.

To one by one trot out the Maine real estate listings in the area that are a match, good fit after that.

To understand the mechanics of financing, state laws on everything from Maine shore land zoning. To subdividing Maine land.

And the increasingly more technical "in between" topics, situations affecting a property sale. And avoiding legal hot water, laws suit exposure twists and turns.

So how can a seller help in the Maine real estate property listing sale process? 

Number one, above the rest is pricing. By listening, reading and thinking hard about the current market the sale is going to happen in. Or not. As the comparable Maine property sales, competing listings are talked about, considered. Factored in at the kitchen table during the listing, pricing process.

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Small Maine Town Events, Like The Soap Box Derby Race.

Racing downhill in a soap box derby car made from a kit, built from scratch with the help of a Dad, Mom, family fiend or big brother, sister type.

Maine Soap Box Derby PhotoTo experience the "thrill of the hill" and for a kid to not have to wait until they are sixteen to drive a car. The 18th running of the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby race was this past Saturday, June 22, 2013.

The weather cooperated, the field of thirty eight racers from around the state of Maine ran smoothly. Went off without a hitch.

Here is the 2013 race video link of the Maine state soap box derby downhill event. Competitors from around the state of Maine traveled to try their driving skills on a specially engineered hill. Derby Hill in Houlton Maine represents over $250,000 of donated goods, services.

From free gravel, donated D-8 and dump truck usage, aviation runway grade paving, stripping and guard rails.

 To sound,lighting, electronic timers and a garage built topside with a generous donation from the Houlton Maine Rotary Club. The big race in Houlton Maine represents the efforts year after year of sixty volunteers. Many without kids of their own still or ever in the spirited youth car racing program.

Learn more about what it takes, how to start a soap box derby local race. A lot of behind the scenes coordination leads up to the actual soap box derby race day in Maine. Donations for funding the family trip to the world series of racing, the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron Ohio. Here is more on the All American soap box derby schedule of events July 27th in the Midwest historic youth car race.

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Rent To Own Homes, Rental Options To Buy A Maine House.

The owner of the Maine home is out of state, wants to rent his property, the place until it sells.

So he can replace the home in Maine with another in an area outside Vacationland. Like a real life game of dominoes. Involving houses. Swapping one in Maine for another in some other state.

maine real estate office photoSo the idea of why not rent with option to buy comes up. Sound good, some of the monthly money going toward a purchase price. Rent to own a Maine home.

And the renter can fix up the deficiencies while waiting to get up to speed to obtain a house bank loan in time. Because there are some credit issues to home house keep. To pick up, address and straighten out.

Because the owner has a Maine house mortgage that needs to be kept current.

The lender frowns on anyone doing a wrap around of the terms and conditions spelled out as the rules to abide by, a new Maine home loan is needed.

And the old house mortgage on the Maine home is not assumable these days. In fact if a transfer of title is attempted without paying off the house mortgage, all the money becomes due, escalates. There is an on demand trigger clause the seller agreed to, signed on to honor.

Those pesky lawyers at the bank think of everything. In fine print. For a pay you stay, you don't you won't approach to lending.

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How Much To Offer Seller On Maine Real Estate Property?

The listing price for property on the market, for sale in Maine, how much lower will the seller go, drop?

Bridge To Get A Maine Real Estate Buyer, Seller To The Closing.Can I buy the Maine real estate for less and how much of a reduction? What's the bottom line, rock bottom figure?

Asked that question a lot. Have to remind the potential buyer of a property listing a couple things though.

First, you are in Maine where property prices are pretty attractive all the time.

Low cost nothing new and one of the major advantages of a purchase along with Maine unspoiled natural surroundings.

All this space, less people and more wildlife.

Nothing new or a temporary condition to see low priced Maine real estate prices. It is the way we roll. So did you consider the property price is a deal, fair trade going in? Do you recognize the value already?

Because we are parked a little further up the pike.

So if you want to sell something, the owner has to be realistic, in line with the market going in as a given anyway. The price is often what the property listing price tag says on all the marketing propaganda.To get buyer and seller across the bridge to the Maine real estate closing.

So have to prepare the buyer hot to trot and let's make a deal, out to try to buy the property for fifty cents or less on the dollar that hold up. Whoa Tiger. Watching too many Sunday morning real estate informational shows. Don't expect all sellers to roll over, play dead. To pretty please pass the property for way less than the listed price.

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Search The Maine MLS Listings Statewide.

Maine is the state you want to buy a home, invest in some property.

 bigmainemooseBut have you scoped out the sheer size of this place up in the right hand corner of the country?

Big, beautiful, wide open country this state of Maine is. But telling your friends you are searching for a home to move, relocate to in Maine leaves things still a little vague.

Loose as a goose, big as a Maine moose. Not nailed down to a specific area and pretty wide open as to what does that mean for a location  for the property?

Where in Maine, which of the sixteen counties do you want to invest in a real estate listing?

What type of property listing in Maine are we talking about kicking tires on? Targeting what specfic use or purpose for the real estate in Maine is helpful to know up front.

For an easy statewide Maine MLS search, click this link.

All prices, every property from border to border, contained in the state of Maine is available to look over, check out.

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Does The Maine House Color Help, Hurt The Real Estate Sale?

The color of the Maine home, house that a seller wants to move out of, relocate and replace it with another one smaller, bigger.

Vacation Housing Colors Bright In IslandsWith more or less Maine land. Or in another area of the country, out of state. Does the color of the Maine property listing matter all that much?

In parts of the World the more colorful, vibrant the shades, hues, colors the better.It means festive, fun, let go and be foot loose, fancy free right?

You see that vacation cruising into port on a Caribbean island. More variety of colors than you and I might be used to in our neighborhoods that we call our real home.

Have always thought if you are the proud owner of a house in a subdivision of three hundred pretty much just like it units, how do you find your way home without GPS?

 A trail of breadcrumbs? Or studying the house numbers alone? Possibly searching for some other memorable landmark. Like the next door neighbor has a basketball hoop, a front yard trampoline. Maybe an old Land Rover, Jaguar, something exotic parked in the yard as your beacon, reference point.

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Maine Real Estate Listings, What Features Add Greater Value?

Every real estate market is different and in Maine, what's important in a property sale is usually the practical features first.

jeepwayfunmaineA good construction, solid building with a garage for out of winter snow.

An efficient, dependable heating system trumps fancy smancy at day long. Maine is not a state where folks are out to impress others.

Not living beyond your means. Being showy, snobby is not how a typical Mainer rolls.

They don't need attention, they need money in the bank to sleep nights. Pay bills during the day. To stay current and not lose their home.

So when listing a Maine property, what features in order are important in Northern sections of the state?

Affordable, being able to heat the place and neat, clean are a good place to start for most home buyers. The house if the roof is fairly new, the windows the kind that go up and down easily. Fit tightly. Seal out breezes.

The number of bedrooms fit the typical family size. Which I read is 1.6 kids. Those are a good starting place for the Maine house buyer. More Maine land always a hit. Greater space, acreage around the Maine home in the location close to work, schools and that will save gas for the essentials never go out of style.

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The Long List Of What The Maine Real Estate Buyer Does Not Want.

Maine real estate buyers have a top ten list of what they will not, can not live without, must have to purchase.

Lakes In Maine That You Use For FreeBut if quizzed, the same buyers can quickly rattle off from memory what they don't want in a Maine property listing. In the Maine real estate they are targeting to purchase. Especially if from out of state from the location of the Maine sticks and bricks now.

Maine is famous for outdoors, four season natural beauty.

It's no longer a secret. Someone spilled the beans. Had loose lips. And the local folks living in Maine are friendly, hard working. Pretty family first oriented. Not hard to get along with as long as you take care of the outdoors, environment. With as much respect, good stewardship as they were brought up to practice.

So after all the hoopla about low cost Maine real estate listings, and the vast array of affordable properties, the best part gets rolled out on stage. What we don't have in Maine. That is just as special, important as what we do.

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The New Listing Has A Maine Home Renter On Board.

When we get a call to list a Maine home that already has a renter in it, it is always interesting to hear the comments we receive.

Maine Horse Farm PhotoFrom both sides. The renter who may want to buy the place goes on and on about everything wrong with the Maine house. To the point where we with as straight a face as possible ask "so how come you want to buy this Maine home?"

Because not much good has been listed by the husband and wife as they tag team me during the walk through to arrive at a home listing price.

The seller tells me about missed rent and then money just automatically deducted for repairs, renovations that are not all needed.

Or that don't improve the place and often are just the renter's preference. Without clearance, approval from the owner of the home. As the Maine home renter gets braver and starts thinking the place is their very own already.

And if they did buy it, they would love credit for all the months of rental deducted off  the top of a reduced special price just for them.

I have to explain that it costs money to live anywhere.

Renting, owning, both come with a price tag. That the owner of a Maine home does not get rich renting out the house. That you need two rental untils, a duplex to break even. Three or more units to turn a profit. Because you can only charge so much for the single residence home rental.

Rates are so low at banks that a home sale in Maine could be a cheaper option if the rent for the house is hoisted too high.

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Selling Your Maine Home, Is The Real Estate Property Assessment The Value?

The assessed value of your Maine home, the one you want to sell.

I Met a Moose In Maine One Day PhotoIs the property tax value that you receive a yearly or semi annual bill on the real worth of the place? For the sticks and bricks, land under it that you shell out money to avoid a property tax lien for lack of payment.

The money in property taxes used to keep the local schools open. To provide the patch for the road pot holes to keep them filled, smooth, flat. And for local Maine public safety folks chopping at the bit and ever ready. To spring into action in the 4th lowest crime state.

Memo to property owner: Don't rely on the property assessed value.

Or expect that figure, number to be up to the minute accurate, correct. It is not a current appraisal that reflects today's market sales and the listings available in it like your place. How come? Why is that?

And wouldn't it be nice if the assessment number, figure on the tax bill that the local town or city mill rate is paired with to come up with the property tax bill amount was always right on the money. For used if suddenly you need to borrow money. Or sell or buy a property and just wondering what is the actual value for the place.

Real estate valuation is a science.

You can not look up in a book like a used car buyer or seller can to arrive at value pretty quickly. Because the car is able to be repossessed and hauled back to the lot with a tow truck late at night for lack of payment.

A home in Maine is fixed based.

It's value tied to what is happening around it with neighboring properties. Good or bad that influence it's worth, value on the open market. Beyond the property lines. For buyers ready, willing and able to step out and purchase today. Not last year, not next year's real value. Today. Here and now. That is why a property assessment done years ago and pretty down and dirty fast, with a quick overall blast of a town. Coming up with some numbers to work with has a limited use. To pay the municipal bills the purpose. But that does not provide an up to date appraisal figure to run with that is fresh, valid, current.Not what the figure was designed for, why appraisers, real estate professionals have a job.

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Getting Your Maine Home Ready To Market, Sell.

The Maine home that needs to be sold.

Houlton Maine Victorian HomeLots of reasons that lead up to the decision to stake a real estate for sale sign into the front lawn. The kids have grown up, flew the coop. The nest is too big to heat, clean, maintain.

Or on the other end of the life cycle, the shoe box 5-3-1 (5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath) ranch or cape is not big enough.

For the extended family addition of an elderly mother in law needing her space under the same roof.

And the place just does not have square footage, bathrooms, space to pull it off correctly. 

The need for a Maine home sale could be because an estate happens, someone woke up dead.

And all the kids are scattered around the globe. And not a one of them is going to return to the original home place. No one needs the sticks and bricks beyond the childhood memories growing up there that they still and always will carry around in their heads.

So home sale on the Maine real estate, the house that regardless of the reason to have to move it out, this is a time for rolling up the sleeves. Getting ready to sell. Before the images are shot, the video loops created, the print marketing and all the blogs, websites, local and outside newspapers are kicked into gear.

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Getting Your Maine Home Ready To Market, Sell.

The Maine home that needs to be sold.

Houlton Maine Victorian HomeLots of reasons that lead up to the decision to stake a real estate for sale sign into the front lawn. The kids have grown up, flew the coop. The nest is too big to heat, clean, maintain.

Or on the other end of the life cycle, the shoe box 5-3-1 (5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath) ranch or cape is not big enough.

For the extended family addition of an elderly mother in law needing her space under the same roof.

And the place just does not have square footage, bathrooms, living area to pull it off correctly. For all inside to feel warm, fuzzy, comfortable.

The need for a Maine home sale could be because an estate happens, someone woke up dead.

And all the kids are scattered around the globe. Not a one of them is going to return to the original Maine home place. No one needs the sticks and bricks. Beyond for the childhood memories growing up there that they still and always will carry around in their heads.

So home sale on the Maine real estate, the house that regardless of the reason to have to move it out, this is a time for rolling up the sleeves. Getting ready to sell. The basics. Before the images are shot, the real estate video loops created, the print marketing and all the blogs, websites, local and outside newspapers are kicked into gear.

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Getting Your Maine Home Ready To Market, Sell.

Getting Your Maine Home Ready To Market, Sell.

The Maine home that needs to be sold.

Houlton Maine Victorian HomeLots of reasons that lead up to the decision to stake a real estate for sale sign into the front lawn. The kids have grown up, flew the coop. The nest is too big to heat, clean, maintain.

Or on the other end of the life cycle, the shoe box 5-3-1 (5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath) ranch or cape is not big enough.

For the extended family addition of an elderly mother in law needing her space under the same roof.

And the place just does not have square footage, bathrooms, space to pull it off correctly. 

The need for a Maine home sale could be because an estate happens, someone woke up dead.

And all the kids are scattered around the globe. And not a one of them is going to return to the original home place. No one needs the sticks and bricks beyond the childhood memories growing up there that they still and always will carry around in their heads.

So home sale on the Maine real estate, the house that regardless of the reason to have to move it out, this is a time for rolling up the sleeves. Getting ready to sell. Before the images are shot, the video loops created, the print marketing and all the blogs, websites, local and outside newspapers are kicked into gear.

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