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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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