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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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