Real Estate

Social Media Monday - Do you really want your friends seeing that?

Social Media Monday  - Do you really want your friends seeing that?

As an active Facebook user I am always conscious of what I am posting and what is being posted on my behalf.

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

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ROCKLAND, Maine—Passion of place is what the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show is all about. The best of Maine from across the creative spectrum will be gathered together at the 10th annual show on the Rockland waterfront, August 10-12, 2012. Beautiful boats, unique handcrafted products, and an eclectic mix of high-quality goods for life on the water and the shore will again be on display at Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and coastal lifestyle event.

 “I’ve always thought of the show as a tremendous party where the most creative folks on the coast share what they do with customers and other exhibitors.

Real Estate Thursday - 2011 in Review

Real Estate Thursday - 2011 in Review

2011 was an interesting year in real estate.  I called it the year of transition.  Overall homes sales were up throughout the year from the year before.  It was encouraging to see signs that the real estate market was improving month over month especially in Maine.

The average sale price would remain unchanged or dip a bit over the 12 months but overall values were still competitive.

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Benefits of buying a home in the winter

Typically, home sales are strongest in the spring and summer months; however, there are several advantages to shopping for homes in the fall and winter. Sellers are often more motivated in the winter and may be willing to negotiate terms such as price, repairs, and even a closing date.

Real Estate Thursday - Determining Value when Selling

Real Estate Thursday - Determining Value when Selling

A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is essential to determine the value of residential property.  Location and characteristics of the property are the key elements in determining value.

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order.

Welcome To Real Estate Thursday

Welcome To Real Estate Thursday

 

Each Thursday I will focus on the market and the home buyer or seller.  We are in difficult times and folks are not sure what to do when it comes to real estate. Should I buy? Should I sell?  Are pricing going down?  Going up?