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Houlton Maine Area Schools

Schools in Maine, a state with vast space, more wildlife than people.

The wide open expanses make holding down expenses for providing a quality education a challenge in all parts of rural, lightly populated Maine. southside school houlton maine photo

And when a family is raised, educated in one of our many small Maine rural towns, the schooling is not just the buzz out in the halls, on the sporting field. Or up on the musical or theatre stage, in the arena or played out until the buzzer sounds in the gym.

The educational stream is not just received sitting, absorbing at the classroom desks of higher learning for Maine students either.

The Maine village helps raise the kids. The support comes out in the community, from the parents partnering at home. Mentors are your relatives, your parent's classmate, neighbors, town leaders, little league coach, Sunday school teacher.

Setting examples out in the local communities to guide and shape the young minds. To teach work ethic, postive attitudes, to create a skill set and build fierce pride in where they come from in Maine.

That is so important to a student's self esteem. To learn gratitude, to volunteer and consider we have to work together to achieve amazing results.

Getting an education, preparing the students with skills needed to survive, prosper and the encouragement to give back to the community where they live, work and play is what Maine healthy living is all about.

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Making Your Home Easy To Heat, Nice And Warm.

Keeping it cool or making it warm, the two extremes for the Maine home owner who wants to save money no matter which direction the thermostat points.

Maine has four seasons and air conditioning is not a big need like it would be in the hot hot sunny south with humidity or even with dry hot of the southwest.

But here comes winter in Maine ready or not.maine snow sled groomer winter weather photo

And so many myths about our winter weather in Maine.

More on the true picture of the climate, weather, temperatures in Maine.

We don't live in areas near one of the cold poles on the top or bottom of the globe.

We are 19 degrees average winter temperature and not 80 below zero as some outside of Maine who never set foot here would lead you to believe.

And our frugal natures means we all just strive to find ways to make it easier to heat our homes in Maine to save money.

So the house in Maine that needs tightening up to keep everyone inside nice and warm. Toasty, happy, and no one sees their breath when they rise and shine. Or through the day and house plants thrive like the family animals.

If you are the owner of say an old Maine farm house, and happen to own a wood lot, the amount of fuel you chew up over the course of winter is not so critical.

You saw up 10 cords, have another of the same amount all cut, stacked and under cover in the machine shed or barn, under a tarp or in the wood shed. Ready to begin the ritual of feeding the central heating source from the wood furnace in the cellar.

Maine winter not so big a deal.

And to help the furnace with a stick or two put into the antique kitchen wood stove, it's all good. Or the one I use, a 404 Jotul kitchen wood stove that is small but mighty.

How drafty, how air tight the Maine farm house is suddenly is not so important. When your renewable heat source is an unlimited supply of wood for heating the floorplan adequately.

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Land In Maine For Sale.

Land in Maine for sale.

The small rural real estate markets list and sell more than houses, just homes. Lots of land in all sizes are listed for sale in the Maine real estate buffet of current properties available. For folks that the timing is right to make the purchase of land in Maine.eagle in land in maine nest photo

But unlike buying a house, land is a more difficult animal to tame.

To get financing for a piece of land requires larger down payments, higher interest rates from the lenders used to packaging up a house loan and selling it on the secondary mortgage market.

That's why owner financing is a great vehicle to use to buy land in Maine for sale and providing terms that custom fit the buyer and seller.

More on why owner financing land in Maine works so well and fills the void that banks create with the higher cost obstacles. Banks don't get to sell the land mortgages on the secondary market and have to hang onto the paper. As interest rates rise, they are stuck with lower return mortgage notes.

The owner financed Maine land provides a nice annuity for the seller of the land and often times the seller does not need to replace the property. So they can wait for the sale's price divided into the monthly installments.

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Maine REALTOR State Convention At Sunday River In Newry ME

The Maine REALTOR State Convention for real estate professionals wrapping up. Held this year, 2016, at Sunday River in Newry, near Bethel.

This ski resort in Maine high in the hills and not quickly accessed off an Inetrstate 95 corridor exit creates a different atmosphere for learning and networking about listing, marketing, selling property listings. Than the other venues used in rotation for state REALTOR conventions like the Samoset in Rockport or Bar Harbor or Portland Maine. maine fall colors photo

Here is the MAR "Take It To The Peak" schedule of events for the 2016 REALTOR Sunday River multi day razzle dazzle.

There are 5201 REALTORS in Maine this year but only about ten percent of those wearing the blue and gold "R" pin and paying the dues for their local regions attend these yearly gatherings. Obtaining continuing educational credits for the two year Maine real estate license renewal is easy by attending these yearly conventions.

Learning about what buyers and sellers today need and want is critical for survival. Because like every other industry, reinventing how we do what we do is necessary to avoid extinction. And to make sure every Maine REALTOR is tuned up and dialed in to being at the top of their game. In this sport some call an addiction, a jealous master.

As I slurp on a black, fresh coffee this morning, I reflect on past Maine REALTOR conventions.

And think about over 5200 state members, what those community real estate agents, brokers and card carrying REALTORS can do to improve Maine from the local level. Because Maine is a vast, rural, sparsely populated state and face with huge challenges to keep our children from being exported to meet "financial objectives" and career goals.

Streamlining and consolidation to avoid duplication of resources and forward thinking, leadership to re-tool the small Maine towns that are full of pride, rich history but struggling with today's homework assignment. Worried about tomorrow and what needs to be implemented today, maybe a few years back that is causing us to veer off the correct path.

Internet connectivity to me is the most important to lure out of state, country new citizens to come into the 450 plus small Maine towns, the handful of cities in Vacationland.

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What Went Wrong |The Post Mortem Of A Real Estate Sale.

Real estate listings that don't make it to the property closing happen for lots of reasons.

Failed attempts to actually close on a sale despite the best efforts. Why causes a real estate sale to fail? Sometimes caused by man, other times by circumstances that become just too great to keep the sale going. maine rafting like real estate ups downs photo

There comes a time when pulling up the white sheet and toe tagging a real estate sale has to happen.

So the efforts to sell are not just bogged down with a sale kept alive only by artificial means. The quicker the red flags are seen, counted up and decisions made to change directions, the better for the buyer and seller in the long run.

We like to be positive and showcase the right steps to take along the way. But sometimes what to avoid seems to be taken more serious. So nothing gets glossed over.

Nothing is made to look so easy that the blog post reader figures ninety nine percent of real estate listings become property sales with big bold SOLD's riders topping the lawn signs out front. 

So who has a part in the success or failure of the real estate sale? Starting with the seller. What mistakes do real estate sellers make? It starts at the listing and how the property is priced.

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