August Fun!

With the first week of the month of August 2017 behind us and this next week bringing us already into the middle of the month, young and old alike are taking advantage of summer fun here in our great Maine Lakes Region, grabbing vacation days and full-weeks to enjoy the remaining days and evenings of summer before grade schools and sooner-for-many college orientations and classes begin.
In July, the Maine Fair Season kicked-off as it does each year in northern Maine with the agricultural-based fun making it’s way southward with both the Topsham Fair August 8th through the 13th and the Skowhegan Fair the 10th through the 19th taking place this weekend – and next weekend as well for the always well attended Skowhegan Fair.  The Fair Season culminates on the west side of our area again in full fall with the Fryeburg Fair taking place the exact first week of October, the 1st through the 8th this year, at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. If you are “from away” visiting our great region, it is certainly worth a day-trip to enjoy the sights, smells, and wonderful tastes you’ll enjoy at one of these traditional agricultural-based fairs. Here is the link to take a look at how your schedule may allow for a great time at one of these annual area events:

http://www.mainefairs.org/fairs.html

In our world here at Maine Real Estate Choice, the key word is the same here as with the entire region, and that word is inventory. We cannot stress enough the value of simply investigating and taking a look at what your home, land, Real Estate, waterfront, water view, water access, or mountain view Real Estate may be worth in today’s marketplace. Close your eyes and ask yourself this question: Is my primary residence and seasonal living exactly as I would have it for myself, family and friends, if it were designed from scratch? Is the location now ideal? If you have lakefront property at this time and it has been in your family for years, we completely understand and respect both the history and the sentiment that comes with the agonizing decision to investigate what the value really is worth in today’s marketplace. And our team has tremendous experience in helping stage and present property as the little things really do count, for maximum value.  We want your experience to be easy and stress-free. If the spot where you choose to hang your hat today, may no longer be the ideal spot that you would prefer for your family to enjoy for years to come: Our team here at Maine Real Estate Choice has individuals with many valuable years of experience right here in this region, helping people just like you buy and sell property with great satisfaction. Our team knows the lakes, rivers, streams, summer camps, back roads, and most importantly the history of this area with an experience factor, that is unmatched in the area. Whatever your situation may be, we hope that you will call us today if there is anything that you are thinking about investigating with either a current property, or like many who call us, you are seeking that ideal spot to call your full-time or summer home here in this delightful area. We are dedicated to your satisfaction and enjoy the challenge of listening to your vision – the one that you have with your eyes closed – and working closely with you to have that vision become reality.

That is our goal.

Dialing (207) 693-5200 is a phone call that you will be glad that you made today. Thank you.

Where Did July 2017 Go?!?!

This blog somehow ends July with this next week bringing us into August already here in the great Maine Lakes Region. Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants to remind you that we have rarely in our careers seen a better time to explore the possibilities of checking on the real value, that your Real Estate may hold.  You will be glad that you gave us a call if you are considering the possibilities of seeking a more ideal location for your primary residence or vacation property.
The next blog it will be August, and early August brings us here in Naples, Maine an annual event marking it’s 24th year this summer:

https://www.acbs.org/event/mountainview-woodies-2017-naples-maine-boat-show/

A display of beautiful craft with interesting things to see and do, the event runs August 8-12 at the Naples Town Docks.

Berry picking has been great this season and will not last much longer. Here are some area spots for self-picking:

http://www.chipmanfarm.net/strawberry.html

Gillespie Farms, Inc. – strawberries, peas, raspberries
752 Mayall Road, New Gloucester, Maine. Phone: 207-657-2877. Fax 207-657-2870. Open: You pick strawberries 7 days a week when in season typically, Mid June through early August, call for times.

Crabtree’s Blueberries – highbush blueberries
703 Bridgton Road, Sebago, ME 04029-3344. Phone: 207-787-2730. Call for directions and information. Route 107, 1.5 mile north of Sebago Town hall, Sebago, Maine.

Maple Springs Farm – Pick your own flowers and raspberries.
808 Maple Ridge Road, Harrison, ME 04040. Phone: 207-583-4698.

The wonderful people at Camp Sunshine will benefit from you visiting the L.L.Bean campus on Saturday August 12th for the Watermelon Festival, and if you are not familiar with the most awesome work that Camp Sunshine provides to individual children and their families, here is a link for you:

https://www.campsunshine.org

Get out and enjoy the excellent weather, as somehow this blog marks our transitions from July into August, 2017!

CASCO DAYS


This coming Thursday, July 27, after work starting at 6:00PM will begin this year’s three day festival in Casco known as Casco Days. Always an area favorite and a family-friendly event, there are many things to do and enjoy for us year-round residents, and for visitors alike.
On both Thursday and Friday evening, July 27th and 28th, the midway opens at 6:00PM. On Saturday morning in midway Will be opening at 10 AM, and will stay open up until 4:00PM when it will close for a two hour supper break, re-opening again at 6 PM in the evening on Saturday.
To clear up any confusion, the fireworks are scheduled for opening night, Thursday, July 27, and not over the weeekend. Saturday night, the scheduled band is one of the highest rated family acts to ever perform regularly here in our great Maine Lakes Region: Rick Charente and The BubbleGum Band. Backed by seasoned and talented musicians, Rick always puts on a great show for kids of all ages, whether a toddler, parent or grandparent, you will find it difficult not to sing along with Rick’s catchy family oriented tunes.
Set some time aside for this weekend to enjoy Casco Days, and please remind your friends and family that the fireworks display will be taking place around 9:30 PM Thursday evening, July 27th.
Make it a good week!

Summer Fun 2017


Here in our great Maine Lakes Region, everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice and our neighbors and friends know how blessed we are to have the opportunity to live in this wonderful place year-round, and there are many facilities here in the region that flourish this time of year – we mentioned the many day and overnight camps in the area – and there is one special camp that we want to make everyone aware of, that does fantastic work for children and their families in need: Camp Sunshine. Located right here on Sebago Lake, there are two upcoming events we would like to mention at this time because they both take place in a few weeks on August 12th, to help the camp with its mission to assist those families with children who are affected with a Cancer diagnosis. There is the 24th annual ride that starts just north of here for those of you who enjoy vehicles will less than 4 wheels! Here is the link and information for you:

http://www.l-aharley.com/default.asp?page=campsunshine

And getting your tickets early to the ride gives you the opportunity to secure a destination room if you wish as this event almost always sells-out room capacity, and everything goes to a great cause. The very same day for those who prefer 4 wheel travel, you and your family can take a very short drive to Freeport to the L.L.Bean Campus for this event:

https://www.campsunshine.org/subdomains/watermelonfest/festival.html

where the streets of Freeport and the L.L.Bean Campus will be transformed into Watermelon Central! Starting late in the morning about 11:00am through to 4:00pm there are many events schedule with live music to enjoy, providing another opportunity to support a great asset in our region, and the many families that Camp Sunshine serves with their programs and great cause towards the positive, when families are confronted with the unthinkable.  Thank you for your support in advance.

If you know of anyone who has any thoughts as to questioning what their land, home, and property might value in today’s marketplace, even if they or you are not necessarily “ready to sell” at this time, we would appreciate the opportunity with no cost, no obligation, and zero pressure from us, help you fully understand the value you may have in your current situation. It is surprising how often just asking the question Am I in the ideal situation for me at this moment, can prompt great things for you and your family. Give us a call today, and it is our pleasure to discuss anything that you would like to, regarding any of you real estate needs.

We appreciate any and all of your support for the many worthwhile local events in our region.  Get out and enjoy summer!

The 2nd Week Of July 2017

This Second week of July is upon us, and has new things to report here in the area along with the traditional Maine Lakes Region summer fun and events that we expect.

One unexpected event last Saturday had 5 confirmed tornados in our region including what takes place when a tornado hits one of our lakes as this Sebago Lake picture shows the distinct and dangerous waterspout:

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This is a very rare occurrence with Maine rarely having tornadoes actually touch down.  Many blessing that other than some localized property damage, no lives were lost and the impacts were much more minor than they could have been.

This Week, the many seasonal summer camps are now running in full force as Maine Summer Camp season is upon us. Here is the impact of this industry in our region based on a recent Portland Newspaper release:

Report: Maine camps generate $332M for economy
Maine’s 330 summer camps employ 500 full-time and 10,500 seasonal workers. Summer camps generate a total economic impact of $332 million, including payroll, benefits and goods and services bought by the camps that range from bug spray to fuel to food. A ten year old study also found that the economic impact of the summer camp industry to be about 90 percent of Maine’s boatbuilding sector, about 40 percent as big as the value of the annual lobster landings, and about 34 percent as large as the state’s commercial logging sector.

Some of the elite, top camps share a website:

https://mainecampexperience.com/Find-a-Summer-Camp/Interactive-Map

If you search Maine Camps on Facebook, you have great presence there including this site featuring over 100 options:

http://mainecamps.org/maine-camps-map/

We again welcome staff and campers families alike to contact us, if you would like to own your own spot of heaven here in the region!

This weekend the band playing at Brays Brew Pub in Naples on the Brays Website are advertising this week that they are playing at Gary’s Olde Town Tavern so it looks like changes will be coming if you look here:

http://braysbrewpub.com

And there appears to be a very new Facebook Page with this logo:

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For all of your Maine Lakes Region real estate needs, our dedicated team here at Maine Real Estate Choice is dedicated to assist you with unparalleled experience and professionalism.

Please call us today, and you will be glad that you did!

Welcome To July

Here in the great Maine Lakes Region – which is located just a half-hour drive west of the Greater Portland area on route 302 – there is a much to do and experience this time of year! Schools are finishing up,  most have had graduation ceremonies, and the many seasonal summer camps are welcoming their counselor and campers either this last week or next. Kudos to the Windham Summerfest committee, volunteers and participants for a very successful and enjoyable Festival this past weekend and from a first-person account, the fireworks display this year was spectacular.
There are many fireworks displays in the next few days that are scheduled, and here is the State of Maine Link for you to investigate where you might want to go this week, and make sure to search all pages that are available via clicking below:

https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/(X(1)S(toctrjk5golg5rb21aqn5opk))/SearchResults.aspx

We hope you will get out and enjoy these wonderful Fireworks displays in the region – and we are quite certain that there is something for everyone to enjoy this Fourth of July early summer Holiday season.

We want to remind everyone that the single most common visits for medical care during the 4th of July Holiday season results from various degrees of burns from Sparkelers first and foremost, followed by too much exposure to the sun without sunscreen.  Thank you for focus on safety and driving defensively with awareness of motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians while enjoying the Maine Lakes Region is appreciated by visitors and year-round residents alike.  Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants your holiday to be both safe and fun, and for all of your real estate needs, call us if there is a property you would like to see and it is our pleasure to help you maximize your investment if you are considering selling property in the region.  Call us today, you will be glad that you did! (207) 693-5200.

 

 

Local Summer Fun Continues

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This weekend on Saturday the 24th there is a great free fun family festival in Windham – North Windham for you long timers! – aptly named simply the Windham Summer Fun Festival. The parade is at 10:00am followed by a day of many options for activities for young and old alike. Here is some information:

 

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As you can see in this schedule of events, there is a lot of music and entertainment capped off by fireworks in the evening:

And from personal experience the music and bands are top-notch!

Find all this and more, here:

http://windhamsummerfest.com

Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants to make sure that you, your family and friends have a great time this summer, and safety matters. We hope that this simple reminder helps, to not allow yourself or any family member or friend drive if there is any question of safety due to any possible impairment.

One of the biggest proven impairments is having your cell phone within reach when you are behind the wheel. This week on Tuesday, the Maine State Legislature passed a bill headed to the Govenor’s office to ban all but hands free use – you can still talk on the phone using Bluetooth / speaker / phone not in your hand only, however any texting will be a violation of a $75 fine 1st offense, 2nd offenses $150 within 3 years, with provisions for license suspension and loss of license for repeat offenders. The bill was passed in the house and senate in part due to research like this: AAA nationwide has reviewed dozens of traffic safety studies, which suggests that any use of a mobile device increases a vehicle crash risk by up to four times, while the use of a hand-held phone, especially if it is being used to text, can increase the crash risk by a factor of 23. Maine would join Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire in banning hand-held devices. The legislatures in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are contemplating similar bills.

So be aware, be safe, and get out and enjoy this wonderful summer here in our great Maine Lakes Region!

Maine Blues Festival Reminder

More people traditionally come to our Maine Lakes region town of Naples this weekend – Always Father’s Day Weekend! – for the great Maine Blues Festival than any other weekend in the summer, with the Naples Arts Festival later in the season also drawing a great crowd. Here is a link to assist you with this weekend’s festivities with the Blues Festival:

https://www.mainebluesfestival.com

From the Stage next to Merced’s to Bray to Tony’s Parking Lot to Captain Jacks to the Freedom Cafe and Rick’s and beyond, there is so much to do, see, experience, and listen to.. and the weather looks like it will cooperate this weekend and regardless there is so much to see, do, and hear under cover it is always a worthy trip and time well spent for anyone who appreciates live music and talented musicians playing primarily the blues.

This weekend typically marks the real start of the summer season, although shop owners, retail establishments, and the hospitality industry including restaurant owners are all indicating a fast start to the season both here in The Maine Lakes Region and throughout the northeast. Whatever you choose to do this weekend and the time leading up to the 4th of July festivities in a couple of weeks, get out and enjoy yourselves!
Make it a great week!
And for all of your Maine Lakes Region Real Estate needs, give us a call today. You will be glad that you did! (207) 692-5200

Maine Lakes Region Summer Fun

This is a delightful time of year now that warmer weather is more the norm, and everyone deserves to get outside and enjoy life and the local beauty we are surrounded blessed to be surrounded with. This weekend brings the annual old Port Festival to downtown Portland, with a highlight this year being a giant Ferris wheel called The Casco Bay Eye set up on the waterfront in area of Dimillos off commercial street. What once started-off as a one day Saturday event, the annual Old Port Festival now has events each year over a four day period ending this Sunday, June12th this year.
Closer to us here in the Maine Lakes Region there are two upcoming annual favorite events to enjoy during the next two weekends. Always Father’s Day Weekend each year – Father’s Day being next Sunday, June 18 – Naples Maine and the Causeway will be enjoying their biggest event of the year with the Maine Blues Festival which runs Friday evening through Sunday. If you enjoy Blues music this is a must see and hear, always fun event with the schedule, number, and caliber of events and artists involved always impressive and delightful:

https://www.mainebluesfestival.com

The very next weekend brings us the Windham Summerfest on Saturday, June 24th. As part of the festival if you enjoy cars:

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And here just below is the schedule of events, including great family and music entertainment capped off by fireworks in the evening:

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http://windhamsummerfest.com

Get outside and enjoy our Great Maine Lakes Region!

Entering June 2017

As we enter June in our great Maine Lakes Region, it feels a lot more like entering a spring month vs a summer month. The week starts out consistent with the past couple of months with grey skies, and now is a good a time to talk about what to do on a rainy day in Maine. There are many things to do that are a short car ride or easy day trip away. Maine has two Casinos to visit, one close by up Rte 11 to Rte 26 north where Oxford Casino is located on the southern border of the town of Oxford. And there is Hollywood Casino in Bangor if you are visiting or passing through that area . There are many great museums, including the Portland Museum Of Art located in downtown Portland. A bit south from there in Kennebunkport you will find White Columns – formerly the Knott House – which chronicles the times spent at the White House and nearby Walkers Point by the Bush family. Maine has a rich heritage worldwide in Shipbuilding that continues to this day evidenced by The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunkport. There is no better shipbuilding museum then the one right next to the General Dynamics huge current shipbuilding facility – Bath Iron Works – in Bath Maine, where you will find the Maine Maritime Museum just south of the sprawling Navy Yard, a real treat on the historical original shipyard site for history buffs.
Less than an hour north from there in our state capital of Augusta you will find an awesome facility worth at least a couple of hours: The Maine State Museum is a must-see, located right next to the huge Maine State Capitol dome building – designed by Charles Bulfinch – on capitol street, flanked on the other side by The Blaine House, the official home of Maine’s governors since 1919. On March 15th in 1820, the District of Maine which had been a property of Massachusetts, officially became the 23rd State.
There is much to be learned about the our history of shipbuilding, textiles, shoes, forestry, lumber, fishing, and our State’s heritage. Get out and discover should you and your family be facing a grey day not suitable for hiking, boating or the beach. You will be glad that you did, as there are many great things to see and experience.
Make it a great week!