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Maine Soap Box Derby State Race June 14th, 2014.

The state race for the Maine Soap Box Derby is in Houlton Maine.

This down hill gravity racing car program marks our nineteenth year anniversary. The Houlton Maine local was the largest soap box derby race fives years in a row for the country, is June 14th, 2014. soap box derby racer photo

If you are a Maine business consider, consider sponsoring a race car.

For boys and girls 8 to 17 to learn the "Thrill Of The Hill".

To build a stock, super stock or masters race car. Reading easy instructions will all the kit ingredients for down hill fun.

To put it together, handle the tools, what they are named and do. For the hands on building a car.

To race down the engineer course in Houlton Maine's Community Park. To take part in the racing fun of the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby racing program. Tech, trial runs this year are May 17th.

Having a a paved hill built from scratch, specifically for racing kit cars means Maine derby racers are safer.

No neighborhood traffic to interfere when a public street is taken over. Shut, closed off. And wearing out the local soap box derby crew that has to set it up, tear it town.

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The Many Roles Of A ME Real Estate Agent Or Broker.

When you have a job to do the longer you do it, the harder you work, the better you get in Maine real estate sales.

And along the way of helping customers, providing service it is more than just do a good job. Educating about the what is going to maine land photohappen, take place. It's critical to avoid Maine real estate buyers and sellers jumping ship. Not getting to the closing on time. Or at all.

When you understand what a medical procedure, operation involves, there can still be some fear.

But less worry happens when you are involved in the process. And it is explained what the problem is, the various ways to fix it.

And why we all in the room, you the patient included picked this remedy. As the course of action to fix the ailment. Make it all better. Arrive all together at the same place, solution. Hopefully.

When your Maine real estate buyer or seller is kept in the dark, it only causes confusion.

What's happening? Jumping to the wrong conclusions from lack of information, not enough communication is a scary, needless place to go by themselves. Pick up the phone, email,  text, visit them.

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You Found A Maine Home, But You Have One To Sell First?

You found a Maine home you are some kind of excited about, want to move, relocate to as quick as possible.

But the one you already live in, are paying for has to be sold first. How do you get the new Maine home of your dreams available now but not have to struggle with the juggle of two houlton maine home photohouse payments?

If a property bridge loan and carrying two places while waiting for one to sell is even a financial option for your pocketbook.

Timing in life is everything.

To expect the seller of the new Maine home listing to just park it, wait for your place to get staged for the market and sold is not realistic.

Now that porperty owner is waiting on two places to sell. Yours, then his. It all takes time. That mortage loan underwriting process if a Maine bank is involved usually eats up to eight weeks alone on the first home sale. Before the "next" is hollered.

The Maine real estate seller rightfully reasons what if a buyer comes along waving cash, I should not ignore, put him off right?

 If  a home purchaser who already saw the place before his "gotta sell my place first buyer" comes along.  Any buyer that is ready, willing and able at the price and terms, conditions a seller agrees to is the goal.

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Puttering, Vacationing Up At Your Maine Camp.

The daily grind where you hang your hat, raise your family, chasing the dollar to make a living to advance your career.

Folks in those circles would be surprised to see the other you up at the Maine camp. Where you may not shave for a week. Dress spring flowers photowithout the Windsor knot, the hustle wearing the pin stripe suit.Your have a hammer in your hands. Swing an axe for splitting fire wood. You are quite the cook.

When you are at the Maine camp in the woods, on a lake, the ocean or on some acreage, you use skills not usually tapped.

Called for up at the place you spend most of your down time.

Retirement at the Maine camp property could be a real possibility. But the real use of the place is for a change of the backdrop.

A safety valve release.

An insurance policy. For when stuff gets pretty intense, overwhelming. Or you just look forward to heading to Maine with the family. Maybe sporting buddies, work partners in the use rotation. Who all just want, need a break from the daily grind, routine.For a little group therapy around an open fire. Sitting and nursing something hot, ice cold on the front porch.

The memories, talks had at the Maine camp with your family and friends, sporting comrades. Are one important method you find direction in your life journey. The processing of the day to day to gain understanding. So you can add in the essentials that need to be there that may be painfully missing.

Maine is four seasons, has your camp in the woods, on the water, by the river. Ready, willing, waiting. That can be bought easily with owner financing terms and next thing you know it is paid off. Free and clear happens.

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Retirement, Relocation To Maine, You Should Be At A Lake Property.

Retirement, you've earned it, done your time and now relocation to Maine in the cards you are about to lay down, play.

With thoughts of park me next to a Maine lake. Waterfront in Maine property listings are low cost, plentiful. Create the perfect setting, back drop for the Golden Years to relax, not work.

For grandchildren to go fishing with Grampy and hear stories about their parent when he or she was a little kid like them.

For the cousins, neices and nephews to all get together around camp fires for more stories, family history.

And to share big maine lake home photospreads of home made food around the outdoor picnic tables.

Made with secret, handed down family recipes by Grammy.

Full time Maine lake living is one option or if you just don't want to grab the handle of a show shovel ever again, don't reach for it.

Go ahead.

Be a snow bird.

Head to the sunny South or Southwest winters and spend 75% of  your time on a Maine lake fron home deck.

Looking out over the swimming area sandy beach at lots of picture perfect sunrises, sunsets.

Walking down to neighbors to visit for coffee, other refreshments. To sample that coffee cake, have a burger, some BBQ chicken.

To kayak, canoe, enjoy wildlife, the outdoors that Maine waterfront property listings aford oh so so well.

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Watching The Television Real Estate Show | A Victorian Out Of Maine Home Tour.

The Victorian, outside of Maine home real estate show property is termed a steal at $860,000. 

The buyers of the west coast home listing keep the camera rolling. Let us be voyeurs. To shadow them through the post purchase renovations. That cost, peel off an extra $75,000 of currency to remove the sharp edges, rough spots.

With many Victorian home improvements made but lots of surprises along the way. maine farm scene photo

Oh oh's that damper, replace the original oohs and ahhs. The rip out renovations of the home, property lising uncover surprises that can not be ignored.

Needs addressing and strain, tap into the above and beyond to do list.Whittled down, that gets shortened. The scope of the updates reworked, cheapen, put on hold. To divert funds to the unknowns that creep into the rebuilt, make over.

To feather the nest and make it uniquely home sweet home.

Watching the show on cable, the big flat television screen makes me glad I list, sell Maine homes with lots less zero places. Just as much house, way way more ground, lawn, space around it too.

In the real estate show, the home in California buyers exclaim how hop up and down happy, escatic they are about the back yard.

We are spoiled in Maine with acreage, open and wood space with no people. Like some places where it it busy, like ants hurry scurry. And packed tightly making it hard to even turn around without being at the end of very small property space.

 

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Financing Your Maine Home, Lots Of Bank Mortgage Options.

We don't just list and sell Maine homes, but when folks think about an agent, a real estate broker, thoughts of just peddling houses come to mind.

With Maine land, owner financing or cash seems to happen more because banks are not so cranked to make dirt loans. 

They can not sell those mortgages. Package them for maine home photoinvestors on the secondary market. For folks to buy into a piece of the paper on the Maine home mortgage loan.

But homes loans in Maine, financing a house, lots of flavors to consider.

The VA, Maine State Housing First Time Home Loan Programs are all worth scoping out.

To see how well they fit your income level, financial situation.

Making sure the Maine home and house loan are a match.

Can work together. Fit the home in Maine you plan to buy.

Because the pickier the bank lending program for a Maine home loan, the harsher the eagle eye scrutiny of the sticks and bricks, regulations, underwriting that needs a mortgage clear to close approval report card grade.

Lots of layers of thick paperwork documentation associated with getting the lowest Maine bank home loan interest rates.

Your hand will be tired from application scribbling and formal signing at the Maine real estate home mortgage closing. But it is all worth it to stop renting, start owning what's over your head, surrounding you for four walls.

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You Travel To Maine To Look At Real Estate.

Traveling to Maine to look at real estate property listings.

You do as much online as possible and have studied blogs, videos, websites. But unless buying Maine real estate sight unseen in person, the trip north comes into play.

Calculating the driving mileage distance to Maine property listings. Because there is something about standing foot inside the Maine home. Walking the lot or acreage surrounding it. maine kids splashing photo

And right along with the drive time to view the property for real even though videos are the next best thing, what about Maine weather?

Mixing in a little pleasure for a Maine family vacation.

So getting up to speed on current events, what's happening depending on the season.

Or for that matter, tell me all about the Maine climate while we are at it. Because tramping in the wrong weather could mean a day or two the other way than planned might be more productive. More enjoyable to cover more ground.

And once we come this far to get to Maine, it is not a day trip. Where do we stay, get a motel room, etc for the couple days we spend looking at listings? Spill the beans, give me the options to figure out where me, the rest of the family sleeps when someone yells lights out. Until another day touring properties on the market, for sale in Maine.

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Listen In, Eavesdrop On Maine Real Estate Broker Conversations?

What the grapevine says about Mooers Realty, a Maine real estate broker.

We make it pretty plain up front we don't like blowing our own horn . Prefer to let others do that talking.

But as much we like to just work hard providing the best level of Maine real estate service possible, part of the marketing of your brand involves Maine real estate office testimonials.

Recent comments grading our Maine real estate performance.maine lighthouse nubble photo

"Andy Mooers is an excellent Maine REALTOR.

He knows his stuff when it comes to Maine real estate and Aroostook County."

"Andy went well above and beyond to help us get into our dream Houlton Maine home.

I highly recommend Andy as he and his secretary Robin go the extra mile to make sure you are a satisfied real estate client." - Amy Hayes Carmichael

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High Property Taxes, Too Much Regulation Makes Buyers Pick Vacationland.

Daily the emails, phone calls and office visits to our Maine real estate agency have revolving common themes.

The out of state property buyer had had it up to here, there over a couple issues. Too high property taxes and feeling down country they are out of control. No ceiling or end in sight. brochure-ad mooers photo

And two, right along with those increasing taxes on their properties layers and layers of regulations.

 Permits for this, that and much you can not do with your highly taxed out of state real estate.

Code enforcement officials all over the place where they want to leave.

Selling their home and looking for a new one in Maine. Whether existing or building from scratch.

 And a third pleasant surprise happens on the spending side of their decision making to list there, buy a property listing in Maine.

 Car insurance in the 4th lowest crime area, where Northern Maine is half that pretty amazing statistic is often two third's less here.

Why? Less people, fewer accidents, easier times on the roadways in Maine that are in great shape. Any time of season.

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Whats Hot, Trends In Northern Maine Real Estate Buying.

What the Northern Maine real estate buyer asks for, scribbles on their must have, don't want list for properties.

 Making a living as a luxury broker in Northern Maine would mean the Maytag repair man experience. You don't have the jet set for buyers of properties in Aroostook County. Or northern Washington, Penobscot or Piscataquis Counties either. 

The property features that get asked for, move listings in maine lake log home photoNorthern Maine revolve around lots of land.

The more the better. Bigger lots, acreages or hectares.

Fields, woods, waterfront with major views.

Maine log camps, homes in cedar and pine next to the waterfront.

Native woodwork interiors. Are tied to privacy, peace and quiet. Ease of care, low maintenance. Offering plenty of good opportunities for four season outdoor recreation no matter where you are in Maine, a rural state.

Right from your door step. Whether waxing for the correct temperature, strapping on winter cross country skis slide, glide.

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Picture You, By A Maine Lake, On Waterfront Property.

Who in the audience would want to be parked by a Maine lake, owning and enjoying waterfront property?

Some folks have to settle for just a week's yearly vacation with a rented beach. Launching kayaks, the kids, cousins out front of the Maine lake cottage. Or maybe riverfront, pond or oceanfront property listing. maine lake dusk photo

Making a circle of chairs for the nightly fires.

With family, friends and neighborhood waterfront camp, cottage or home owners who stop by.

Someday owning your own Maine waterfront property, a real estate listing to pass on to the next generation.

To continue the traditions of being on the water in Maine. Listening to Maine lake loons at night to put your to sleep.

And the rain pitter patter on the roof. That held off until a picture perfect day with the sunset for dessert played out. It was time for shut eye. Cause you are all played out in a good way.

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Red Flags, Danger Signs In Maine Real Estate Deals.

The situations that come up in a Maine real estate deal that are visible red flags, danger signs, cause thin cracking ice sounds.

It is more than just the property listing all by its lonesome that can cause purchase and sale agreements to blow apart. To never get to the long closing table surrounded by all those chairs. Where instructions to sign here, here and here are given. Until your arm, hand hurts from all the paperwork and the real estate closing is finally over. The transfer of property is complete, put on record at the local registry of deeds for all the World to see. lake ice hammock photo

Real estate buying, selling is an emotional experience.

The buyer and seller's lifes are involved in the decision making, the outcome.

The sale of the property has an impact on the other issues in their life.

So as the monkey in the middle, the Dr Phil to keep emotions calm, to guide and navigate, set expectations, our job is to sometimes referee.

To put on the black and white zebra stripes. Blow the whistle. Keep it civil. Run the clock, record the fouls.

To keep it clean, professional. The game advancing. On track to the final buzzer.

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Five Reasons Why People Buy Maine Land.

The motivation to buy Maine land, boils down to five reasons buyers do it from the property pools of real estate purchasers.

 Listings on Maine land, acreages are attractive in rural areas to folks living in too tight quarters. It is the way it has always been in the sprawling city. Easy houlton farms dairy bar phototo assume it is like this everywhere else across the nation.

In urban places where elbow room if there is any available, land comes with a very high price tag.

Gonna cost you. in short supply. Pretty rare and totally unlike the wide open aspect of an underpopulated state like Maine.

So the need for space, to breath and not be on top of other people, in their face and vice versa is one big motivation to buy Maine land.

As much as the budget will handle buying land in Maine.

The second reason for buying Maine land is the low price.

You always get third, fourth helpings, generous sized portions of Maine property. The listings are attractively priced.

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Before Signing On The Dotted Real Estate Line....

The buyer of a property listing, some Maine real estate is often some kind of excited, anxious to get into their own place.

Can you blame them after being parked in the rent rut too long? Throwing all that cash in the trash. With nothing to soap box derby racer photoshow for it but the rent receipts on the Maine home or apartment.

That is never going to be theirs to call home sweet home to raise a family in and live for the mortgage burning party. Because it is someone else's dream. Leased, rented, not owned.

So when the Maine property buyer believes it is time to step out and buy, is it?

The focus on the real estate closing in Maine and getting a set of keys to the place often blinds, washes out the rest of the steps to get to that long table surrounded by all the cushy, leather back chairs.

The Maine home buyer can often forget the other steps along the way to roll into the closing, get to the finish line. The necessary procedure to get ready to buy a Maine home that has to happen in ABC steps. With careful guidance and a set of expectations of what is coming up and why education.

Because instead of find a home in Maine and then waltz into a bank, it is more and more the other way around.

The approach to buying a Maine home is finding a program, a loan product that fits your needs. To get the all important bank financing approval first. For that house paperwork needing all the blank application spaces filled out with the dotted "I"'s and crossed "T's".

 

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Getting A Maine Home Loan, Help!

Getting a Maine home loan, it can all seem like Greek to you.

 If you only deal with all those buzz words, banking terms and mortgage program conditions once or twice in your lifetime. VA and Maine State housing home loans are two sweet mortgage vehicles to get you the property financing you need. A lot of ATV Maine Trail Arrow Photofolks seem in the dark about VA bank home loans. Are lost, don't know the direction to take. To get on the right path.

And it is fun to show how to use a just gathering dust, often forgotten  VA eligibility certificate. For a straight VA loan blended with the MSHA first time home buyer's program. To end up with sweeter, lower cost home loan monthly payment, closing cost result for the veteran. 

To get you off the going nowhere fast, rid of painful splinters from sitting too long on renting fence.

Where we all know in Maine owning vs renting just makes sense with the low cost property listings available around Vacationland. If you have the credit score, not crazy high debt ratios from over spending. Or baggage wreckage strewn  around your financial past history behind you.

Banks in Maine, anywhere want, need to make loans. And to create loyalty, have all the products to get you into their lobby for all your lifetime financing needs. Not just to make one Maine home loans but to cover all the bases for one stop shopping when you need moneyof any type. It is a partnership. The bank has requirements to underwrite the loan, set up the installments. For your own good, not just to protect the Maine bank's assets. Tried and tested rules, requirements, ratios, based on hard and fast history, practices of what works or does not from experience in banking circles.

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Small Maine Cabins, Homes On Big Pieces Of Land, Yeah, That's It.

Small Maine cabins on lots of land, pieces of property with some size.

Something hefty and big big land acreage wise. So no one can get too close and mess up the privacy. Is that what you are looking for in your real estate search in Maine?

You are not alone, hear that an order placed a lot for serving up from the property kitchen. It is a common request for the  property combination plate. To fillmaine welcome sign photo the need for lots of space to branch out, stretch and relax outside on the land. But don't need much for a shack, shelter, small Maine home inside the boundaries of the land.

To come home, be snug as a bug in the rug.

Sometimes the Maine real estate buyer has had the big rambling multi story home out of state.

Heated it, maintained it, glad to be free of insuring and paying for the huge house.

Lower taxes, less of the structure suits them just fine at this season of their life. And the emphasis is the Maine land. Get me something with neighbors. And don't super size the camp, cabin, home.

Maybe power, juice delivered to your door is not so important and even not wanted. Living off grid is not primitive, backward or reverting to the stone age.

Life can be more rewarding, less distracting getting away from everything needing to be plugged in, charged up.

Heating, cooking with wood from your own Maine land. Growing food from your own efforts, digging in the dirt.

Raising what you eat and knowing where it came from is a rich, warm, healthy feeling. Way of life experience of simple living. When you use the simple Maine camp, cottage like structure as the all you need home base to do it.

A small Maine home, how little is too tiny though?

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Antique Maine Homes With Land

 Antique Maine homes with land, do you have any?

Yes we do if that is the property listing you are searching for, have in your heart to secure. What is it about older homes, with yesteryear charm? Often the lifestyle the Maine real estate buyer is after matches the older home, not a shoe box ranch with 5-3-1 room count.

The older Maine homes were castles, monsters.antique maine home photo

Served a long of purposes, all lovingly built, crafted into their design. If in town, lots of space for entertaining. 3rd floors wide open and for dancing. Formal parlors, dining rooms, extra areas for company.

You ate at home, did not go out every Friday and Saturday night. Everyone took turns opening up their Maine homes to others.

You did not run the roads. Or your job was working on the farm. And a collection of buildings came along in the set that went with the antique Maine home with land.

Because to put that land to work, you needed a place for the equipment to manage it. The planters, cultivators and hoes, harvesters, parts, supplies, storage areas all extras.

Way back the place for the tack, harnesses, linaments for the horse pair that worked the field land. The spot to keep the grain for Bessie the milk cow, a chicken house for those cock a doodle doos, hen egg layers.

The antique homes in Maine had sleeping porches for hot summer nights. To get through the heat that Mainer's don't need or do well in when the red in the thermometer climbs too high. And when everyone heads to the Maine lake after chores for relief. To take a dip. Watch another one of a kind sunset.

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How Big A Lot To Build In Maine, Minimum Site Size?

How big a lot of land to build in Maine does a fella need?

Because you are cautious, gun shy and conditioned to lots of layers of out of state regulations. Do this, don't do this, this and oh yeah that too. Plus this long as your arm list. Restrictions, home owner's association rules, local, county, state zoning ordinances to comply with and to avoid breaking the law. Being served with a cease and desist order from a deputy sheriff, state trooper or baxterr miane moose photogoverment official.

No one likes poison pens letters threatening that we're making you the defendant on a court docket. Taking legal action if you don't respond to this notice within ten days.

Daily penalties for the growing fines of being outside the letter of the law stings, smarts too. Maine is a lot simpler than out of state beaucracy that chokes, suffocates and slows everything to a snail's pace. Not so worrisome.

It's all important to protect the Maine environment, be a good steward of the land and water, wildlife.

But often when we explain the process in this small Maine town of under 200, the buyer of the land is suprised. It almost seems sloppy compared to all the hoops, jumps they have to make requiring a loss of an arm or a leg to obtain. Or both to get a building permit.

So how big a lot of land in Maine to build on?

Like most things in life, it is not an easy one word answer. And why it depends revolves around where is the lot you want to build on in Maine? The bigger population the town, or if one of the handful of cities we have in Maine,  the more rules above and beyond the state's shopping list happens. Tougher standard when you are in the 250' foot shoreland zoning around a Maine waterbody too.

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How Small A Maine Home Works For You?

Depending on the life stage you are in, how small a Maine home that works best for you varies.

 While storks are flying over and adding to your collection of kids, more bedroom count gains appeal. When a mother in law needs livingmainelake living photo space of her own for independence. But still be within earshot for assistance. That expandable walk out, daylight Maine home cellar is a suddenly a hotly sought after house feature.

But when empty nest happens, the home in Maine that used to meet the living demand needs of the folks inside suddenly changes.

More time for outdoor where your real living room is kicks in. And downsizing to something more sensible on the maintenance segment of the wallet expenditures needs to happen. To reallocate the funds from the castle sale to other hobbies. Like a boat, plane, antique car, travel.

Especially with fixed, limited retirement income to see you out in comfort but efficiency in the roof overhead of your Maine home. 

So how small, low a square footage of a Maine home could work with you?

Knowing the space inside the house is not so key when you plan to spend most of  your time outside of the sticks and bricks.

Often the once enjoyed plenty of floors, high room and bathroom count, etc buffet of living space cues itself. When there was a price of time and money to maintain it. But the ROI is no longer worth it. That takes the edge off the appetite to contiue wearing that size of housing. Because it starts to steal, nibble away, put a kink in other areas of your precious life, resources. Like seasons, people's needs for Maine housing, homes does too.

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