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Homes For Rent In Houlton Maine, Aroostook County.

So you are looking for, tracking anything that moves that resembles a home to rent in Houlton Maine.

They don't grow on trees and there is a reason. Homes for rent don't make money for the owner. So when that happens, long term rentals that don't pay the bills make a sale the most important goal. boy and the boot houlton maine photo

But renting the home in Houlton Maine can be a viable option when the seller is out of the area, needs anything to help the wallet or purse to carry the overhead of the property for sale.

It can be a mutal situation where a renter does not want long term and the seller can still have the home marketed for sale.

To not miss out on a real estate sale of the house he or she needs to replace somewhere else. Or to just have it sold because no longer used because the property owner has gone into an apartment, assisted living or off to the great beyond.

The reason for the shortage of homes to rent in Houlton Maine is the low to the ground price tags of houses for sale in the Shiretown of Aroostook County.

More on renting vs owning a Maine home in a small rural market. Everything you know about real estate property prices in larger markets which eight our of ten are, divide by three and four. Same with cost of property insurance due to being the 4th lower crime state for misdeeds. The income is less too but you won't need to make so much to live in Northern Maine where everything is cheaper.

FACT: In Houlton Maine, the surrounding small towns and platantions, you can buy a quality home and the monthly payment is less than market rent.

Sure the new property owner has maintenance to provide, the cost of insurance, property taxes but it still is worth it. If the credit allows the renter to be a buyer of a home sweet home.

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The Feel And Flavor Of The Real Estate Listing In Maine.

There is an expression among Maine farmers, the one about "like people, soils are different".

Well, like people, their property listings, the real estate where they call home is never the same either. Because of lots of factors.crystalballsold

We are not talking staging, where a place is painted in certain trendy shades of colors or furniture is aranged just so.

We see places, homes in Maine where everything seems to be picked up and orderly.

But something is still missing.

The heart and soul of a property, a home that is enjoyed and lived in.

You can tell as you drive in the yard or walk under the front or side or rear doorway about the vibes a place radiates. Partially because of the potential home buyer's preferences and sometimes harder to explain. To put your finger on.

The criteria that a Maine home buyer has to select the "one" is varied and depends on the size of the housing budget, the needs of the folks under the roof and inside those four walls too.

If a mother in law needing a first floor bedroom is on board, then houses without the place to lay your head without going up and down a set of difficult stairs is the order of the day.

If no mother in law, that all goes away. Something else moves up the real estate buyer's priority list of what they need in the present day to satisfy the housing need.

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District, Superior Court In Houlton Maine

You are traveling, need to find your way to one of the two court houses in Houlton Maine.clockhoultonmaine

Maine District Court at 26 School Street Houlton Maine is open from 8 to 4 pm.

Here are traveling directions to help make sure you get to scheduled court appearance on time.

Driving Directions to Maine District Court - Houlton

From the South: On Interstate 95 take the exit 305 for Houlton Maine. Turn right onto the North Road (US Rt 1). Go through 3 sets of lights, then proceed to a stop sign. Turn left on to Military Street and you will come to another set of lights.

As you are sitting at the trafic lights on your left you will see the courthouse (you will notice the burgundy with hidden blue sky, stars, moon clock dome at the top of the courthouse) The Clerk's office is located on the second floor of the Houlton Maine court house.

Parking: Parking on side of School Street, Broadway Street, or dooryard of courthouse in the unmarked spaces. Behind the Pioneer Times newspaper building and around Market Square is another option for parking.

Rarely is the Houlton Post Office parking lot full or used to it's maximum capacity so consider that as one more easy walk to court if you in Houlton Maine in need of a place to put your vehicle.

Here is the history of the Aroostook County Court in Houlton Maine. Houlton Maine is like sixteen other towns, the county seat of it's county, Aroostook's Shiretown. District and Superior Court in Houlton Maine. 

Aroostook County was formed in 1859 from parts of Washington and Penobscot Counties. Aroostook County is the largest in land mass east of the Rockies and is Maine's largest, nicknamed the crown of Maine. Or dubbed Aroostook, The Garden of Maine.

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One More Reason The Real Estate Sales Failed.

As a Maine real estate professional, our office does everything humanly possible to get the listing to the very long closing table.

The reason for all our dog and pony is to get to the real estate closing for the property listing transfer. That needs to happen as quickly, easily and the least costly way possible for both buyers and sellers of real estate. clockhoultonmaine

Time is money in a property sale and it is not a pretend play game for kids.

The costs associated with real estate sales hit the wallet or purse hard too.

Have to be paid whether a sale happens or not. Ouch!

So blog posts, videos on pricing, marketing the real estate is so important have been hunt and pecked on this channel.

Lots of blog posts on what can go wrong in real estate listing, selling and how to see the red flags, avoid the quicksand too.

But one topic is often overlooked in another leading cause of a real estate sale derailment. Making the transfer like a house of cards.

Possession of the premises, the property by a tenant, an owner that just won't go. Says they will, knows they won't.

Sometimes because of seller's remorse. Not just buyer's have remorse and develop cold feet don't ya know. Tenants can be a family member which is even worse.

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The Day Of The Real Estate Closing, Tips To Make It A Success.

The all important day of days, the one where a real estate closing takes place.

Or will hopefully because they can be planned, pushed ahead, derailed indefinitely. But like any procedure, there are tried and tested methods to increase the odds of a real estate closing day staying alive. Not dying on the conference room table. crystalballsold

First and foremost, people care about themselves.

Have manners and for a spell of time care about you too as long as nothing interferes with number one who comes first.

They make plans, don't want their life on hold too long.

So the longer a real estate sale drags on, the chances of it failing rise rapidly.

Warm and friendly turns to cold and snarky.

The meters and dials need monitoring and what to expect is discussed before it happens and anyone was left in the dark.

There is a Maine expression, probably from some crusty guy or gal living on the coast that goes something like this. "It is hard telling without knowing".

Translation, "you don't see quick sand, red flags waving without the lights on." Communication is critical and to be as assurate as possible it must be current, pertinent, is time sensitive big time.

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Selling Your Home, What To Remember For Property Owners?

Getting into the mind of the seller of a real estate property listing in Maine.
 
The focus inside the head, behind the eyes, between the ears is centered on lots of areas. First and foremost is the pricing of the real estate about to hop onto the MLS conveyor belt. I can hear a seller hollering "I'm not going to give it away" now.houltonmainetownphoto
 
But if the price tag figure is way out of whack, from the rest inthe pack.
 
Forget getting front row seats to a property closing anytime soon.
 
Overpriced property does not sell.
 
Property not marketed and priced too high does not sell. Like two nails in the coffin that work together to undermine a listing sale.
The higher the price the thinner the real estate buyers. That is one problem with over pricing a property listing in Maine.
 
And when a buyer does an online search, they slice and dice with perimeters to filter the responses.
 
To whittle it down to what they can afford from what is available for current real estate listings in the inventory.
 
And leave the rest for others if the price is too rich for their blood.
When you are the seller of a piece of real estate in Maine you also have to study your reason for selling.
 
The motivation to sell and what kind of time table you have for achieving the results you need. If a real estate closing is very important that it happen pronto and yearly property taxes are piling up, a tax lien about to mature.
 
Then "poof", there goes the property ownership title to it, then the correct pricing becomes even more essential on a piece of real estate on the market to sell.
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Innocent Real Estate Scenarios That Turn Ugly.

There is a Maine saying that can apply to real estate property sales.

"It is hard telling without knowing". Information that is missing causes confusion, jumping to the wrong conclusion. Which leads to missteps that put things more out of kilter, out of whack. andymooers1

Or real estate market information that is outdated is just as bad.

Because not having current, accurate data means garbage in, garbage out.

So misunderstandings in real estate property sales, in life often are caused by missing, wrong or just plain outdated information.

The vital stuff needed to help shape the direction from listing, through marketing to the clear to close memo for the sit down and let's dig in.

To have a real estate closing that concludes the transactions and make a successful transfer of ownership. 

So innocent real estate situations that are spun, come off as someone was black heart sinister.

Folks stop getting along. Working toward the same common goal. The problems start with a fertile imagination, a lack of all the accurate fine points as the real estate deal trudges on through the hoops, chutes and ladders that shape the deal. To a satisfactory conclusion or derailment. 

Good broker, bad broker is another layer of the reaction to what seems to be happening. When nothing could be futher from the truth. Sides are drawn like a court room and "my buyer" "my seller" and fighting for the upper hand is a hostile approach.

Where mediation not litigation keeps the wheels of the real estate deal greased for the easiest momentum. Like a flywheel, energy is needed to keep the gears of a property listing sale moving as effortlessly as possible.

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How The Real Estate Buyer Feels When The Property Owner Starts Giving Away Personal Items.

The buyer for a Maine real estate listing has been located through marketing, realistic pricing and the satisfaction because it works.real estate brochure ad1

It fits the needs of the buyer of the property.

But here is a little devil in the details that can creep up and put out the fire of desire that burns within to get to the real estate closing and make the successful property transfer happen.

The personal property, what is inside the real estate listing in Maine.

What about the case of a camp, cottage or second home, an estate that is not empty of personal property?

What can happen to make the real estate sale go sideways?

Giving away what was stated would stay in the property listing.

That letting go of items to the next door neighbor, your brother in law Bob.

The buyer of the property who revists the pending listing for measuring the windows for curtains starts to sense the evaporation.

Of stuff, the extras he or she may not need but that suddenly feels like someone is stealing them. Even if they don't quite own the property yet, the buyer starts to act like they do.

Is getting used to the idea of being the new property owner as the process to buy through the banks, appraisal, legal channels is put through it paces.

Communication, spelling out what stays or goes is critical. The antique light in the dining room that is going to be kept should be removed before the buyer tours the sticks and bricks.

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When Is The Best Time To List Maine Real Estate?

The time to list a Maine real estate property for sale, when is it best to do that?

To get the place on the market for the World to see and consider seriously you hope. mtkatahdinphoto

When you have decided you need to make a change, no longer need a property or can not buy another until the last one you own is sold.

That's the best time to list a property for sale in Maine.

Real estate sells year round in Maine. But not if no one knows about the property listing.

So no matter what calendar month we are in hanging on the wall, it is a good time to list. And when you think property buyer, remember that just because you a seller might not want to move in the winter, does not mean buyers are on the same wavelength.

And it takes time to sell, even after you list. Less delay if the property listing is priced realistically and market full throttle.

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Houlton Maine | Aroostook County Shiretown

Houlton Maine is the Shiretown or County seat for Aroostook.

Maine's largest of the sixteen counties is Aroostook. And from the days of the first settlers arriving in 1807, lumbering, farming have been two big reasons to live here. houltonmaine2

Outdoor beauty of four seasons living with clean water, fresh air and not over population  continue the tradition of providing very good reasons to live in or at least visit and vacation in Houlton Maine.

In this border town with Woodstock New Brunswick to the east in the province of New Brunswick Canada, Houlton has connections that stretch deep beyond the International boundary line.

The Maliseet Indians helped the new settlers on both sides of the Maine, Canadian border too. Without them, a lot of lost settlers might never have dug in and prospered. And put Houlton Maine on the map. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820 when the independent state was formed.

Tall timber stands, rich fertile soil, rivers to fuel a town's needs in early Maine town creation. When the wood lots were cut and cleared to create fields all helped the town of Houlton Maine grow.

So did the railroad that extended from Canada over twenty years before the Bangor and Aroostook train tracks were put into place. The B and A railroad helped open up the Houlton Maine exports to the America markets.

So did the Interstate 95 highway system designed to be the Eisenhower route to move military armaments quickly to and fro. With Lend Lease in World War War II when local Houlton Maine farmers hooked on with tractors.

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USDA Loans, Buying Maine Homes.

Like most things in the World today, the list of options for buying a Maine home is pretty much endless too.

And it is not always the real estate property buyer picking the best mortgage loan for the home but the other way around. hero the maine cat a home photo

Because life circumstances like divorce, lay offs, medical down time spent in the break down lane all take their toll. Knock you down and keep you there.

On home loan eligibility success, the ability today to buy or not when you have your heart set on getting under a roof, inside four walls.

The options to buy a Maine home can tighten up and a VA, Maine State Housing loan is one option.

The USDA rural home loan to buy a Maine home is another neat mortgage lending product.

How does the single family USDA RD home loan in Maine work?

Basic Qualifying Information for USDA Loans:

Credit score at or above 620. There can be some exceptions but it might take a little wrenching, looking under the credit hood to repair your credit. To get you bankable and polished up to remove the hard edges that keep you renting, not buying a Maine home.

It all starts with pulling a credit report which once a year in Maine is free. Give them your social security number and watch the machine whirl, purr, spit out the results.

Then peeking at what shows up on that snap shot of you today on paper and chasing down mistakes. That haunt you, follow you and keep you from getting the house keys to a new Maine home.

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Help Finding A Maine Home For Sale You Can Afford.

Everyone needs a helping hand, some assistance and our job is to find a Maine home for sale or other property listing you can afford.

That meets the needs of what you want to do with the real estate in Maine you invest in and use to enhance your life someone. barharbor5

The goal is not to just list and sell the most expensive Maine homes or to push the label "high end".

No no, it is about having a good selection of all the property listing types, the A to Z of the real estate in Maine for sale.

So any type, location, price range you happen to be needing, we don't have to say go fish. Fresh out. Or to make you wait for us to find something that could meet the need.

All low key, a down to Earth approach with no script. That works best. To learn by listening, taking very good real estate notes. On what you need, and then being a matchmaker, not a high pressure real estate salesperson.

To get you what you are after quickly, making it as pleasurable an experience for everyone.

Time waits for no one. You also can not "sell meat from an empty wagon". Inventory is king, queen, jack and all the other cards combined important. So start by letting us know here at MOOERS REALTY what you are after.

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Real Estate In Maine | A Friend Of A Friend Of A Friend Situation.

The calls, emails, postal snail mail, texts and office visit lobby questions that come up on the topic of real estate in Maine.

We get some real eye opening doozies. And often the person asking them is in one major hurry and does not want anything but a quick here and now perfect answer to hit and run with thank you very much. birds nest home in maine photo

Jack or Jill does not want to be pressed for more information about the real estate involved situation that the question asks warrants for follow up ones right back at them.

And the person with the friend of a friend of a friend often got some of the details or their take for advice in the situation a little mixed up or out of order.

Besides just not having all the facts of the real estate in Maine situation. That prompted the shout out to this Maine broker on this receiving end of the signal.

Patience is a virtue but also a luxury in today's hurry scurry world.

Figuring out the who, what and where in a real estate situation when it is a friend of a friend of a friend can cause hot under the collar to happen. Knowing just enough to be dangerous.

But missing the part of about not always, it depends on this when that happens or is the current problem that affects the rest of the property listing or sale.

The person asking what would I do in a situation like this one is not so cranked when I need to have a little more of the details to give the best answer.

Being kind, helpful are the two qualities anyone needing help wants. But thinking you are making it more complicated than they want but that it is is sometimes hard to swallow.

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Texting Real Estate For Sale In Maine Information

Texting real estate for sale in Maine information, it is one of many ways MOOERS REALTY gets the word out instantly.

Having kids, staying in touch with them with texting got me in shape for fast paced micro typing.   motorola droid 3

Working as a news director in a broadcast media outlet with on air deadlines also helped push the typing proficiency.

With no time to waste diddling around when it was show time to report the news as it happened in the broadcast market place.

Texting real estate information and answers to questions makes it instant, up to date and no delays with text messaging.

No more 9-5 limited waiting around. Real estate buyers looking for local area or property listing information don't want delays. They should not have to kill time or chase down the information on a property listing.

Texting is one more powerful communication tool of many in the real estate marketing arsenal.

I will admit that the screen touch cell phone virtual key boards are not my favorite weapon to reach for but when in a pinch, hand it over.

Heck a tin can and string or carrier pigeon, smoke signals will work if it's all you got or the other end of the signal prefers it. Pick your poison right? Whatever delivery system works best for the buyer or seller. Not moi.

A slide out cell phone with the raised numbers and letters on the keyboard is my tool of choice.

For two thumb back and forth firing off answers to rock responses to text messages on real estate that we receive in a steady stream.

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Green Homes For Sale In Maine

Energy efficient, green homes for sale in Maine.

The property listing request for homes that are healthy spaces for famlies to grow tall and strong is a common query this Maine real estate broker fields daily. green home for sale photo

The emails and phone calls, office visits too are from folks that head north from crowded city living.

That want a better way of living and affordable housing that has those triple glazed windows, heat sink interior tile and stone, the fuel miser savings of heat pumps, other solar panel array applications.

Energy independence and housing economy is the overhead of living in a Maine home. Everyone wants that in rural Vacationland.

Green homes in Maine, we lived pretty efficiently long before the frugal lifestyle got a color name applied to it.

Mainers make an art of being frugal not cheap. Growing up on a Maine farm, we were told to be careful with our resources. Shutting lights off, using the southern exposure for illumination and passive solar gain in heating.

Root cellars for canning and preserve storage use to draw from for tasty home made foot supplies over the winter months. Using large gardens to grow what you eat the rest of the three seasons too.

Not heating a space larger than you need and keenly aware of being highly efficient. Anything but wasteful or capricious. We use those open and glass porches, not just doodads for show.

But back to the green homes for sale in Maine. Here is one example of one in town with the successful blend of old style charm and new efficiency.

Check out the link to the green homes for sale in Maine. One prime example of one with over $100,000 invested into it and a sticker property price less than those improvements alone on 35 High Street Houlton Maine.

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What's A Fixture In A Real Estate Home Sale?

A fixture in a house sale in Maine. what qualifies for one?

Don't be horse-ing around when it time to talk turkey about fixtures, personal property when selling a Maine home. Does it stay, can it go and what is considered a fixture in a real estate home sale anyway?horses winter in maine photo

The intent with which it was installed, put into place is a big part of the decision on what has to stay or is allowed to go down the road with the seller.

If it is bolted down, permanently attached comes into the discussion too.

Many use these two simple tests above to prove what is or is not a fixture in a real estate home sale.

In my real estate practices class thirty six years ago, the basic definition of a fixture was considered part of the land itself and not a separate piece of property. Whatever was not attached to the property was chattel.

Personal property debates happen if the expectations are not clearly spelled out in a real estate property listing sale. Often the buyer hopes the lawnmower, free standing patio furniture and grill stay.

To be dug up flowers, shrubs, removal of a loved ones remains, we have seen it all.

Including the provision that a future burial of a still alive relative of the present owner can be interned at the family burial plot. Spell it out is the three word command.

Don't leave anything to chance. Up for debate or to become a bone of contention.

If it is Maine farm property being listed, marketed and sold, spell out who gets to harvest the planted crop this fall, the late summer hay after the listing is sold.

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The Location, Location, Location Of Real Estate.

The Maine real estate buyer always has a laundry list of "gotta have" items.

But besides the long wish list, the extra one to go with it of "don't wants" and the limitations imposed due to a price range cap for the as good as you can get in the current real estate market inventory, the three L's kick in.

The mantra everyone knows about the three most important aspects of a property listing, of real estate being the location, location, location. cows mooers maine farm photo

If you were ever on a game show and the guy with the big grin.

Asked the million dollar question about what are the three most important features of a piece of real estate, hard to think of anyone not knowing the answer.

Unless hiding under a rock, or named Rip Van Winkle. Just out of commission for a very long time.

And every real estate market is different. In small rural Maine, the lower priced properties mean don't be looking for a butler's pantry, quartz counter tops or bidets in the bathroom either.

Practical, functional, durable is the order of the day on the low to the ground price tags hanging off the real estate property listings in Maine for sale.

So besides the garden variety items all buyers asks for like is the roof, foundation, the bones of the property structure good, the location of whatever it is comes into the real estate conversation.

Is the basement wet? What are the property taxes? Not many people ask for a swamp in their hunt for Maine land or a house to call home either.

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Remote Jobs, Telecommuting Online But Living In Maine.

You want to live in Maine, you love the low cost property listings for sale.

Now how to pull it off. If you are not already independently wealthy or have a big fat retirement income to follow you with the relocation to Maine. Let's face it, there is no better place to raise kids, settle down and start a family than in Maine. Or to enjoy all the great unspoiled outdoors of this place called Maine.bunny on trail in maine photo

But work to pay the bills, even if they are smaller in rural Maine where money does not drive the day to day.

Hard work and becoming more versatile in lots of areas is. Get more for less is what Maine is all about and the friendly, family first folks you pitch in with to make a neat living experience are all in the same boat.

How to stretch the dollar to be able to stay in Maine.

Not leave looking for better jobs or higher wages out of state where the quality of life goes the other way.

So working a remote job, telecommunity online but being able to living in Maine. That is the dream of many. The Internet has made that possible but the "last mile" of connectivity has been the stumbler in some areas.

Here is more on Internet providers in Maine.

You need the connection to ride the glass tube, copper wire or to sail through the Maine wireless channels online.

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Being A Border Town With Canada In Houlton Maine Has Perks.

Lots of perks when you live in a home in Houlton Maine, are at a border crossing for New Brunswick Canada.

To take advantage of the healthy US dollar exchange rate with the loonies, toonies and the other Canadian currency swap for goods or services.

At the time of the blog post, the exchange rate for a Canadian dollar in the US is .71.

I remember buying a Seadoo in Canada when the currency exchange rate was closer to .60 cents on the US dollar.

They did not sell them in my hometown so heading elsewhere I can still sleep nights wearing my Chamber of Commerce hat on straight. For sneaking out of town to reel in a bargain. boat harbor in maine photo

The steady decline of the two US and Canada "dollars" due to low fossil fuel barrel costs and how big a part energy prices play on the economic climate in the land of the red maple leaf. I am about as close as you can get to Atlantic Canada, the St John, the Atlantic Ocean whether the US or Canadian side of the international boundary line.

The downside of a lower value on what Canadian shop with on this side of the border is it hurts Maine merchants. Who rely on the cross border trade traffic big time.

No matter what color or kind of currency for the cash and carry. Thank you very much. Come again please.

Feast or famine like Maine farming.

Where a good year is one you break even, or where someone else had a disaster, crop failure far far away. With bad luck and poor weather messing up the simple farmstead way of life.

But the set back elsewhere. It creates the opportunity to send your produce, farm product to wherever the down and out farmer used to send his agriculatural wares.

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Wood Lot Tree Growth, Land Management And Harvest Plan

Tree growth in Maine, your own a timber tract of land acreage and want to reduce the property taxes.

How does that tree growth program work, how long does it last and what is a land management and harvest plan all about you wonder. What is it and why is it a good idea to maximize the health of your woodlot and at the same time get it into a tree growth property tax reduction plan program? jeep way fun maine photo

We have blog posted about land, the Maine tree growth program before.

But things change with the regulations and requirements for tree growth have too so being on your toes is needed. To avoid misteps and deep regreats that can be costly and are so so avoidable.

Lots of myths about the tree growth program too like if I enter the program can I still cut the woods I own?

The tree growth plan is just that. A strategy to maximize the growth of the "tree farming" and at the same time take into consideration the wildlife in the acreage. The soil erosion that impacts the environment if a cutting operation does not "tread lightly".

Respect for the watershed that every woodlot empties into if streams or other waterways cross them. The steep terrains and poor timber cutting practices will cause fish to choke with the silt, soil washed into the previous natural resources.

More on soil erosion caused from your acitivity that can be good or bad for your neighboring property owners. The Maine lake or pond a few miles away.

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