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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.