Patriots’ Day And Taxes Facts 2018

Well, if this weekend finds you scrambling to finish your Taxes and working to get them submitted on time, here are some Taxes Facts that might be of interest to you! If you are doing your taxes this weekend, you certainly are not alone. Last year proved to be the longest wait for people to submit their taxes in history. Per the IRS, 20% of all Americans did not file their taxes until after April 8th last year, which equals almost 30 Million Americans who were indeed, burning the midnight oil in this timeframe to file their Federal and State returns. The IRS feels that due to the vast increase in Online Filing – eliminating the rush to the Post Office to mail in tax returns “Snail Mail” at the final hour, which is normally anything postmarked by midnight on April 15th. However this year, with the normal deadline falling on a Sunday this year – which is this Weekend should this blog post find you unaware, and if so then this blog is likely a very helpful, important reminder for you – most people in the country have until midnight on Monday April 16th to be on time due to April 15th falling on a Sunday, however here in Maine and in Massachusetts, Monday happens to be an observed Federal Holiday, Patriots Day, so if you live in either Maine or the Bay State, be aware that Federal and State Taxes are not late if postmarked by Midnight, Tuesday April 17th this year. It seems that between 10 to 20% of Americans do not get their taxes submitted until the final couple of days possible, each year. That amounts to Tens of Millions of Tax Returns being submitted in the final hours before they are due.

For those note sure what Patriots Day is all about, most are aware that the running of the Boston Marathon happens on Patriots day each year, and the Red Sox traditional host an early start home game at 11:05AM, this year hosting the Baltimore Orioles into town. Patriots Day is celebrated to signify and honor the Battles of Lexington and Concord fought on April 19th in 1775. The state of Wisconsin has been celebrating Patriots day on the third Monday in April for some time now as well, and the state of Connecticut is also observing Patriots Day starting in 2018. Florida Law now encourages residents to observe the Holiday, though it is not yet an official Holiday there. It is an observed Holiday for many New England colleges and Universities, along with public schools often starting their spring break week starting on Patriots Day. If you are heading to Boston this year for the Patriots Day festivities and to see the Boston Marathon in person or to take in the Red Sox early start game, there are showers expected with a high of 50 degrees and a low of 44 predicted. Think Spring everyone! And good luck to those of you in the 20% of Americans reading this, who are working to get their taxes in on time this year! Make it a great week!

Happy Easter Facts

With one of the earliest Easter dates happening as is possible this year, many of us are looking forward to weather that does not include snow and frozen precipitation. The temperatures are predicted to be fairly chilly over the next ten days with evening temperatures at or below freezing consistently here in the great Sebago Maine Lakes Region, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 30’s to into the 50’s a day or two.

The reason Easter came literally as early as Easter can happen, has everything to do with the Full Moon. This weekend there was a Blue moon, which happens only once on average every two to three years. A Blue moon happens when two consecutive full moons, take place within the same calendar month. March 31st marks such an event.

How many of you know how it is determined, exactly when Easter will fall each spring? Here is the official definition of when Easter Sunday will come up on the calendar. You will need to know the phases of the moon and when they will occur each Spring.

Easter Sunday will take place:
“On the First Sunday After the First full moon After the Spring Equinox.”

This is why Easter Sunday can vary so much on the calendar from year to year. So let’s break this down. The one constant is March 20th or 21st always being the first day of Spring, annually. The next thing that has to take place is to find out when will be the first full moon, After March 21st that year. And then, you look at the calendar for the Sunday that follows that first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox, and that will be the Sunday for Easter that year.

Why is this? This link will help!

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html

Make it a great week!

Looking Forward to 2018 Annual Events

Here in the great Maine Lakes Region near Sebago Lake, all of us at Maine Real Estate Choice take great pride in demonstrating to you the value that exists right here, and in our surrounding areas. There are few places on earth, in less than a one hour drive, you can be enjoying the ocean and world-class beaches, and also Mountain experiences that rival any on the planet. For those of us blessed to live and work everyday here in the area, sometimes it is easy to forget how important a destination we are for those “from away” who choose a day-to-day that is very urban, and yet we are only a couple of hours from Boston 118 miles to be exact – to reach the lake – and 320 Miles to the heart of Manhattan. In this day and age of easy planes, trains, and automobiles having a second true home ‘away’ is an important part of many people’s lives.

Due to the delightfully improving weather now this spring, we want to remind you of a few of the many annual events available to enjoy each year, just a few of the reasons why our Maine Lakes Region is such a desirable place to hang your hat!

Maine Blues Fest – Naples – Father’s Day Weekend Always!
June 15th, 16th, 17th
mainebluesfestival.com
12th annual blues festival featuring over 40 Maine blues performers!
Father’s Day is Sunday the 17th, 2018

Fourth of July Celebrations – Fireworks, Road races, Strawberry Festivals
July 1st-4th
Naples, Bridgton, Windham, Raymond, Casco with Casco Days and other area towns offer parades, races, fireworks, and community meals throughout the holiday weekend. July 4th is a Wednesday this year.

Yarmouth Clam Festival – The Third Friday in July
July 20, 21, 22
clamfestival.com
Awesome food, parade, arts & crafts, music, and carnival.

Naples Arts On The Causeway
August 4th
naplesforthearts.com
Area artisans display many different and unique offerings along the Naples causeway

Naples Wooden Boat Show – Mountainview Woodies Classic Boat Show
Saturday August 11th
mountainviewwoodies.org
This year will make the 25th annual wooden boat show located on the causeway in Naples, Maine

Lakes Region Brewfest – South Casco
September 29th
mainelakesbrewfest.com
Over 30 brewers with food, live music, an Artisans Craft Fair and a beach environment on Sebago Lake. And Please.. Do not drink and drive!

Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s Annual Classic Country Fair
September 30th – October 7th 2018
http://www.fryeburgfair.org/
Maine’s largest agricultural fair – over 3,000 animals, great food, great fun

We hope you too are looking forward to enjoying everything 2018 has to offer.

Make it a great week!

Looking Forward To Spring 2018

The numbers are in, and very thankfully for those who participated in this year’s Shaw’s Polar Dip which is part of the annual Maine Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby and festivities. Fundraising efforts are appreciated from those who plunged into the open hole cut in the ice into the icy waters this year reaching the $15,000+ mark raised for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Shaw’s grocery stores raised $31,000 additional in their stores for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, all funds staying local, bringing this year’s total donation to more than $45,000 thanks to the Shaw’s efforts, and the Polar Dip fundraising. Many thanks to those who donated both in the stores and via raising funds for the icy plunge, this late winter season 2018.

Coming right up in a couple of weekends, it is that time of Year again, and a true sign of Spring despite the snow predicted in our regional forecasts. We can look forward to a great couple of events always fun to take the family to: both Maine Maple Sunday and the annual Portland Flower show are fast approaching.

Here’s a link to the all of the listed Maine Maple producers in the association, and I expect you too may be amazed as to the depth of this list!

Member Directory

There was a lot of excellent information available on different links of this website. Get out and enjoy a unique regional tradition! And here are the details to the upcoming annual regional Flower Show, which means that opening up camps and seasonal Waterfront properties can not be far behind:

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All of us here at the Maine Real Estate Choice Team located in the heart of the Sebago Lakes Region here in Naples, Maine, could not be more excited about the marketplace today and about the opportunities for mutual success and satisfaction for all of your Real Estate Needs. We hope that you will call us today to discuss your search criteria, or for a real-world evaluation of your property. And we always welcome and appreciate all who walk-in to our office to meet us here on Route 302 across from the intersection of Route 11, Naples, Maine.

Get Out And Enjoy Safely !!

As a reminder this weekend marks the annual Sebago Lakes Ice Fishing derby, all Info here:

Sebago Derby

And with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve enjoyed this last week, everyone’s mind should be on safety first! The annual Ice Fishing Derby not too far away, in Meredith, N.H. had to be postponed further into late February early March in hopes for colder night temperatures to allow for a safe event, and there is a lot of ice fishing here in Maine that is already very challenged if it takes place on active, moving waters. Here is an article from one of the three major local networks that highlights the challenges the sport of ice fishing and the many who love to get out on safe ice, are facing this year:

http://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/24017-warm-weather-means-an-abrupt-end-to-ice-fishing-for-some

Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants you to enjoy the season and everything our great Sebago Lakes Region here in Maine has to offer. Please be extra-careful when it comes to getting out on the ice, especially on any waterway that experiences any type of flow, which need not be a “river or stream”. Here is an example that many will understand. As you drive west past our office in Naples going by the intersection of Rte 11 on Route 302, after you go by Brays – many of us locals will reger to Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern as “Brays” out of habit, for a long time to come – and you approach the water just past Merced’s on your left and the giant flagpole on your right, take a moment sometime to stop near the causeway and take notice of this natural consistent condition. The water that flows near the Causeway Bridge, especially looking south the opposite direction from the magnificent view of Mt. Washington off to your right traveling westward, and notice the open water. The consistent very slow current keeps the northernmost end of Brandy Pond open water year-round, and notice how far the open water extends from the causeway. Heed the Maine Warden Service warnings please!

After 9 snowmobilers land in the water, Mainers are warned about dangerously thin ice

Be safe, enjoy our special Sebago Lakes Region Of Maine, and make it a great week!

Mid February Reminders!


Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice adores the opportunity to help people make their dreams come true. Where you choose to live is a proven large factor in our individual satisfaction and enjoyment. Also important, is thinking of others. This weekend is a very important time in that regard, when it comes to deciding how you are going to celebrate Valentines Day this year, fast approaching on Wednesday this coming week. This is a great time to think about what is really important to your special someone and how, can you help make that happen? Maybe there is a bucket-list concert you know she or he would really like to attend this coming summer. Have you really listened to what is of most interest to them? Maybe signing up for the gym, or a Yoga class, or planning time together for hikes or adventures in our great Sebago Lake Region here in Maine will generate smiles! Those who have studied what makes relationships work and last over time, all are in agreement that listening, and then acting on your listening skills, is a great way to keep you and your partner open to new adventures and possibilities. Speaking of adventures and things to do: The annual Sebago Lakes Ice Fishing Derby

 

Sebago Derby

 

starts on Saturday February 24th, and if a togue is pulled out of the ice that is larger than the State 31lb 8oz current record, the prize is listed on the website is $100,000.00! Yes:  One Hundred Thousand Dollars! And the same weekend on Saturday February 24th the Microtel Inn and Suites Windham – 965 Roosevelt Trail Windham, ME 04062 – will be hosting the second annual Arctic Spirits Ice Bar in their Roosevelt Room from 5:00pm – 10:00pm and Tickets include one drink ticket. Entertainment includes a DJ, a silent auction, rafflle, surprises, and all types of beverages will be served. Tickets are $30 each, or a couples tickets is $50.00, with the amazing Camp Sunshine with the kids-in-need and their families benefiting from your generous donations.  Make it a great week!

2018 Trends Continued..

As we approach Super Bowl Sunday this weekend with what many consider the turning point of the beginning of the end of winter, with many looking forward to spring thanks to the daily increases in sunlight’s duration and power, we’d like to continue our discussion of 2018 trends in Real Estate that we started in last week’s blog.
As we mentioned there are many trends in Real Estate coming into 2018 that are a bit different and growing in popularity than in years past. If you are not familiar with the tiny house trend, there is a lot to learn and understand about this choice, which most agree is as much a choice about generally minimalist lifestyles as it is being able to swiftly change where you chose to locate your tiny residence. A common theme in our great Sebago Lakes Region here in Maine is about neighboorhood development in the area which has become very commonplace and popular in recent years with contractors working directly with building development providing new construction options of several different home plans to select from, allowing for the customization of inside amenities designed to the homeowner’s taste, budget, and desires. And area building supply companies now have teams of individuals who will custom design your home of choice at little to no cost to the homebuilder, as long as you buy the materials for the new home from them. The realities of lower availability of property for sale inventory has created other options for new construction both fixed, and with the ability to take your home where you prefer to be!  Next week we will look at options, value, and savings that you can enjoy whether you currently rent, own, or are now creating your new living arrangements.
Make it a great week!

Emerging Trends In Real Estate

Now in its 39th year, Emerging Trends In Real Estate 2018 has some interesting highlights. This report which is compiled from extensive interviews with Real Estate industry experts in 78 different markets in the country, brings focus to our industry in this unique snapshot in time, which this year proves again that things are a lot more hot, than not, most everywhere. The listed top hot cities in 2018 nationwide are, in order: Seattle, Austin, Salt Lake City, Raleigh/Durham, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Jose, Nashville, Boston making top ten areas in 2018. The information is broken down into areas of interest per market:  local property / market outlook, demographics and livability, cost, readiness of technology, connectivity, and ease of doing business.
They discussed our youngest workers and new contributors to society and “The Gen Z Effect” on retail and work space. It appears what is old, is again becoming new. To be successful, brick and mortar stores will need to transform to meet the needs of the “gadgeteria” mindset of this generation, with omni-channel, social-media-worthy shopping experiences.
Since I wanted clarity:
adjective: omni-channel
1. denoting or relating to a type of retail that integrates the different methods of shopping available to consumers (e.g., online, in a physical store, or by phone).
2. “80 percent of sales for omnichannel retailers happen in the offline world”

Workplace design will also be affected. Millennials were all about collaborative, open workspaces. For gen Z it appears more structure is desired, suggesting a return to offices – with doors – and more personal office space is the go-forward trend.
For our area here in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region, much of what is working in the hottest real estate markets, proves true here as well. Multifamily property remains a strong investment due to the need for more affordable rental units for the 150+ million millennials and gen Z’s, with many families wanting to also care longer for our growing aging populations, especially in secondary markets. Since baby boomers are remaining in their homes longer, the younger generations are facing a real housing shortage. Just by looking at new popular TV programming, we are seeing the opportunity for homebuilders willing to scale product to the younger generations preferences, which include smaller and more energy-efficient homes, townhouses, condos, and “affordable” starter homes where “mobile” has a new meaning in 2018. Rehab of existing spaces is very strong. As recently as twenty years ago, there was no concept of the emerging new “Tiny House” trend.
More next week.

Make it a great week!

Last Full Week of Jan., 2018

This coming week is somehow already the last full week of January 2018. There is much focus on weather conditions, odd mid-winter flooding and re-freezing, playoff games getting to the Super Bowl which will be played on Sunday February 4th this year. Kickoff is traditionally around 6:30pm EST although the exact time of kickoff has not yet been determined, with the musical Halftime extravaganza this year being headed by Justin Timberlake.

This is a time of Year often focused on rebirths and new starts, for many individuals. New Year’s resolutions are being worked hard right now still by some, while many people are regrouping and figuring out the very best way to productively make positive changes, towards making the most of 2018.
If you are at all interested in any Real Estate activity this year – looking to acquire property, or to sell land or any properties this year, now is the time to reach out to us here at Maine Real Estate Choice in Naples Maine, located in the heart of the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region. Whether you are thinking about selling, or you might want to see if that “just perfect spot for you” is available out there, this is the absolute best time of year to start your process, a fact true for many reasons this year. The market is hot. There is no doubt about that still.  Things that you might wait to do – either buying or selling – are happening year Round right now and with the Holidays just behind us, many are moving full speed ahead now when they might have waited until Springtime in other years. You can also best “see” any property fully, at this time of year, thanks to the least amount of foliage happening right now and increasing daylight hours for easier viewing.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and have you, too, learn why the experience and the expertise that our staff possesses, is such a true asset to you here, in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region! Call us today!!

You will be glad that you did.
(207) 693-5200

Sebago Lakes Region Thaw, Refreeze

As this week brings us to the middle of January and beyond, the weather this past week was record-breaking here in the great Sebago Lakes Region and throughout Maine and much of the northeastern US. A three day winter thaw brought temperatures to and in many places above 50° with heavy rainfall amounts in the 3”-4” ranges. There was significant snowpack prior to this 1/2 week weather event, with the predictions of widespread ice storms to end the event which luckily did not happen on a widespread basis and were very localized, mostly to much higher elevation areas and mostly in the mountains only. There has been unusual January heavy flooding with the Kennebec River in the Augusta Hallowell area at roughly 14’ above flood stage catching many property and car owners off guard when an ice dam upstream let go overnight this weekend causing a huge torrent and massive amounts of water to raise the river more that 14’ very suddenly in the pre-dawn hours, submerging many parked cars and filling businesses with ice-cold water in minutes rather than the hours it usually takes for a large river to rise to such a flood stage. Here in our Sebago Lakes Region we lost significant snowpack and the consensus is that only 25-30% of the snow we had is remaining, going into this next week that begins with Martin Luther King day being observed on Monday. Banks, Schools, Post Offices, and all State of Maine offices and facilities are closed in observance of the Holiday, and many businesss are also closed to start this week beginning on the 15th of January, 2018. Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice hopes that you have fared well through the recent frigid temperatures since the Holidays and that you have also had no major problems through this record-breaking winter thaw with heavy rains event, which is quickly going back to very cold overnight temperatures. But looking ahead towards the timeframe of out next Lakefront Advisor, there are predictions of again warmer temperatures bringing milder than normal conditions to the region. Due to the extreme temperatures recently the ice fishing has been excellent and is still safe due to the thick icepack that has formed, and regional officials are warning only those spots that have current flow due to the recent swift warm up and rain, may not be safe for ice events. Many lakes are now excellent spots for ice skating due to the thaw and swift refreezing, and we all expect that an old Maine saying, will continue to prove itself true: If you don’t happen to like the weather here in Maine.. Just wait a minute!

Make it a great week!!