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Retirement Places To Live, Why Not Consider Maine?

Retirement Places To Live, Why Not Consider Maine?
Retirement in Maine, to know why people do it, ask them.
 
Or break it down to what anyone retiring would seek out, want more of if where they are now is like last call. When the bright house lights come on and glare the reminder. It is time to find your coat, collect your things and go. And if you linger too long, the reminder to leave gets stronger. With the suggestion reminder, we just don't care where you go but all we know is you can't stay here. gardenmaine1
Go home. Come to Maine.
 
What is home as defined from someone heading into retirement mode that fits like a glove best?
 
Well, lots of folks shudder at the thought of even entertaining retirement because it admits to the self you are getting older. And the Golden Years go better for some than others. So that's why the discussion on retirement in Maine. Before health peter's out and body parts start to fail from the previous years of wear and tear chasing the dollar.
But before diving into the topic of retirement in Maine, let's pull back the blogging post reins a tad. Examine retirement needs alone very closely. What do people retiring need to consider most as retirees? And then go out on the hunt for the best place for the missing puzzle piece for retirement? And what exactly are the ingredients that makes for a happy retirement ?
 
The biggest requirement of any housing through out your life is to find the most affordable options.
 
To stretch those hard earned retirement dollars. It helps if you are leaving a location with higher costs of living that rewards the home owner selling in those real estate markets. Take the money and run I think were the words of one Steve Miller song from back in the 1970's. But no one is robbing a castle and meeting up later to split up the stolen loot south of the border.
Worrying about finances to pay for housing and living within your means is not the only thing on the minds of the retiring individual or couple. There better be a lack of crime, less of the things on the list of what to avoid in the next and maybe final move in life. Getting rid of traffic, saying good by to gangs. And trading the setting of a city in for clear blue skies, country fresh air. An all around healthier way of life with a slower pace and more friendly happy population is what retirement folks seek out and there is more.
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Putting On A New House Addition On A Maine Home. Hold Your Horses.

Putting On A New House Addition On A Maine Home. Hold Your Horses.

You bought a home that needs a house addition, but before you bring out the staging and nail gun, hold it a minute.

The addition to the house in Maine better have lots of thought put into the construction plans. Because the original home may not be designed for the addition you had in mind. The cost of the construction you dream about needs a solid quote before you go after the local building permits too.hero the real estate cat

As a Maine real estate broker, I have been in quite a few houses over the last 38 years.

And improving a home starts with careful thought if you ever hope to recover the costs of the expenditures in a small rural state. Where what works in an urban market that is more forgiving and with more zero places in the property prices does not play so well in the lower cost small rural real estate arena.

So first things first when the time comes to consider adding on the existing house in Maine to create something different.

The building addition on the house you own in Maine. Which direction for the expansion... and is developing unused space that is already here the smartest way to go?

Fill in and rearrange what you already have could be wise for the limited funds hiding in your wallet or purse. Or thinking of financing the construction when pretty close to being free and clear of a house mortgage could mean let's study this need for more, better use of space DIY project.

Maine is famous for bartering, folks pitching in to exchange skills and sheer labor to avoid the high cost of living facing a home owner planning construction projects.

Lots of homes out there on the five year construction plan that have table saws in the living room. Two by fours, plywood tables where the eventual kitchen cabinets will slide in. Unfinished but paid for and as you go for the extra materials. Slowly and carefully added into the housing creation to be a work in progress.

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Marketing Maine Homes For Sale, History Helps The Story Telling Process.

Marketing Maine Homes For Sale, History Helps The Story Telling Process.
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.police car in maine
 
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.
 
Life circumstances affect the property when the home owner say gets cancer, has a heart attack or other suddent medical condtion. Money gets tight fast in rural Maine real estate markets and the house repairs are neglected.
 
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.
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Time, How It Can Be Wasted And Kill A Real Estate Listing Sale.

Time, How It Can Be Wasted And Kill A Real Estate Listing Sale.
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.doylemaineland ext15
 
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.
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Getting A Building Permit For Your Maine Land Or Lot.

Getting A Building Permit For Your Maine Land Or Lot.
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.hansen ext19
 
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.
 
Shoreland zoning in Maine adds another wrinkle to the construction project and where you build on the vacant land. Or after tearing down an existing structure on the water front to use the grandfathered in location closer than 100 feet back from the high water mark of the Maine lake, pond. Yes there are regulations around the waterways, when you buy a river lot, something on a stream, brook, the ocean.
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