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Lately I've noticed that a huge portion of the new listings coming on my hotsheet contain a note in the internal remarks: "no showings until the open house," which is often a full week away from the list date. The idea, obviously, is to build anticipation among buyers' agents in the week leading ...
03/29/2011
Plush North Deering Townhome Overview Maps Photos $220,000 Condominium Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 1600 sqftLot: 4.20 acre(s) Location 20 Smith Farm LanePortland, ME 04103USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" b...
02/22/2011
Last month, my husband and I put our condo on the market (my first place... *tear*), and now that it is under contract we are looking for house #2.  The process has made me do a lot of thinking, particularly about the stark differences in my personal real estate decision-making process and that o...
12/22/2010
If you live or work in Westbrook, you have probably seen the building at 917 Main Street undergo a dramatic transformation over the past several months.  The distressed structure of chipping plywood painted with a rainbow mural that used to exist on the site has been leveled and replaced with thr...
11/19/2010
This weekend I received a call from a potential buyer who saw my build package listing in Cumberland's Westbranch subdivision. The person who called was wondering if they could build on the lot and bring their horses with them.  That would not work due to neighborhood covenants, but the inquiry a...
02/10/2010
  Last week I was part of a committee meeting at the Maine Association of Realtors to discuss how much Sold data should be released from our MLS to different vendors and ultimately the public.    What ensued was a multi-level discussion that ultimately came down to a philosophical question for Re...
02/08/2010
Today I was driving back from a meeting in Augusta, on the phone with another broker negotiating some building inspection issues, when a State Trooper SUV careened up behind me and threw on their blue lights. Confused, I pulled over, and the officer came up to my window.  I produced my license an...
02/05/2010
  Does anyone else feel guilty when this happens to them?  Yesterday I showed a few condos in one complex to some of my favorite entry-level buyers.  I called to set up the showings with the listing agent, and she set "ok, you're good to go - see you there!" These listings were outside of my mark...
02/01/2010
There has been a lot of chatter in Maine lately surrounding first-time homebuying, and legitimately so.  The federal government has implemented an $8,000 tax credit to all first-timers who purchase before December 1, 2009, and MaineHousing has upped the ante, offering an additional $5,500 "Gift o...
08/05/2009
When natives think of the landscape immediately surrounding Portland, Maine the images that come to mind are typically of paved streets, Cape-style rooftops, sidewalk trees and corner stores. Although Portland is perched on the coast, it's a working waterfront and most of the area's popular beach...
06/01/2009
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