Sebago Lakes Region ME Mid-October 2017

This weekend brings us exactly to the middle of October, with Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year. With our sunset already happening before 6:00 PM, if things seem to be changing rapidly in that department, they really are. We lose, on average, 3 minutes of daylight every single day these days. So next weekend, when our next Sebago Lakes Region Maine Real Estate Choice blog comes around, there will be 21-24 less minutes of daylight than there are today. Which adds up to between now and December 21st, we’ll enjoy one hour less of daylight, every 3 weeks. And the reverse is also thankfully true. Once we get into January and February, we will once again gain the daylight back until the entire process slows down and flips again on June 21st.  And while we are discussing interesting facts:  From a line drawn through our great state of Maine starting in Perry to the east through Dexter to Rangeley in the west, is the 45th parallel. This is the halfway point between the North Pole and the equator. Drive due north, or due south from that line, and 3107 miles later you will reach your desired destination.  When entering the state crossing the Portsmouth bridge driving northward, it is 170 miles and about a 3 hour drive to reach the 45th in Dexter.. and what many don’t realize is that during that drive to your left and right you’ve passed almost 70% of the State of Maine’s population.. however you have covered only about 1/3rd of our state’s land mass, with almost 65% of the State of Maine’s land area being located north of the 45th Parallel. Hope you’ve enjoyed these facts, and maybe given you some ideas for fun day trips especially now with the leaves turning their various colors and hues, is now very close to peak status!

Make it a great week!

The Time For Color Is Now

Here in the great Sebago Lakes Region of Maine it is now time to really enjoy the leaves turning their various interesting colors, and there are a lot of things that you can get out and do here in the region to add to your leaf-peeping drives. Here’s an example.  Located just east of Gray, Maine at the Pineland complex in New Gloucester, Maine, Pineland Farms has a world-class Corn Maze. They call theirs a “Corn Maize” – and from personal recent experience some might call it a Corn Trap! It is great family fun, and there are maps available to assist you in your search for the Maze Exit.  Plan on a couple of hours for the Maze and delightful other things to see and do. There is the Dairy Barn, the Poultry Barn and Family Fun area – where there are goats, more chickens than you may have seen in a long time, and a great play area and critter petting opportunities.  It’s a great place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and admirable work that the Libra Foundation has done with Pineland Farms. The successful integration of campus businesses and the working Farm is a success story in progress. If you have not been to the Pineland facility in recent years, you will find the working Farm impressive.

Pineland began as the Maine School for the Feeble Minded in 1908 which was then envisioned as a coed residential facility for the mentally disabled and for those with epilepsy, to have a place to reside and the ability to help work the farm giving the facility both structured and productive activities for the residents, also making the facility more self-sufficient. The State of Maine changed the name to be “Pownal State School” in 1925, which in 1957 became the Pineland Hospital and Training Center, with the name shortened in the early 1970’s to simply the Pineland Center. There is much history in our region to learn about, enjoy, and visit within very short drive times. All of us here at Maine Real Estate Choice encourage you to get out and enjoy them if you are blessed to live here, and, to come and visit if you are “from away”. Who knows.. you might want to stay! Or, enjoy a 2nd home, in an area we are very blessed to call home. Make it a great week!

Welcoming October 2017

This Weekend will mark the real beginning of the Fall Season here in the great Sebago Lakes Region of Maine, with many homeowners looking at the upcoming week’s weather and finally being able to be comfortable removing the Air Conditioner from the window of their primary residence, and looking towards whatever may be needed for cleaning things up and getting a secondary Lakefront, Waterfront, or Water Access property ready for the upcoming winter season.  We are very fortunate this year to still be experiencing lovely day time temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, however our overnight lows are now reaching down in the lower 40’s and upper 30’s with some frost on the Pumpkin in the more northern and western Mountain regions of the state, which means something very important here in our area:  Leaf Season is now in full force for the next few weeks.  There is already significant color in our more northern and mountainous regions of the State, and here is a great site to keep you informed as to Peak Foliage updates:

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects/fall_foliage/index.shtml

This is a Maine.Gov website that is updated very regularly, and there is a lot of helpful information. The When and Where To Visit tab gives you Places to Go and Plan Your Trip advice and though you will find other options for tracking foliage and the changing of the leaves here in the region, I have found no better site than this one.

As we welcome October this weekend, you can still visit the end of the Cumberland Fair, and this weekend marks the beginning of most popular Sebago Lakes Region annual event, the Fryeburg Fair starting Sunday October 1st and running through Sunday October 8th. Here is the link to check this year’s schedule of events:

http://www.fryeburgfair.org

Make it a great week as we all say hello to October!

Entering The Last Week Of September 2017

When you hear about Indian Summer in our traditionally colder northern climates, here in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region I expect the fall of 2017 is going to be remembered very fondly for a true July and August-like summer heatwave well into the eighties and pushing the ninety degree range that we are experiencing – truly remarkable weather for the beginning of the turning of the leaves here. Further north in the Maine Woods and ski country the foliage is already approaching 50%, and we are all wondering how long this Fall heatwave can last.
Looking at the next ten days into the first full week of October, there is no day that is predicted to be below the high sixties with mostly low to mid seventy degree days, and the real surprise is no hint of cooler nights, with the nighttime lows here in our area predicted to be at amazingly high levels from the mid 50’s to mid-high 60’s. Midweek this next week is showing thunderstorms with highs in the mid 80’s and an overnight LOW of 68 degrees. That is true Indian Summer for the end of September into the beginning of October, in these parts.
When it comes to Real Estate, this is extending the ability to get a lot of outside work, especially groundwork accomplished that might otherwise be challenged, and it certainly allows us as agents to comfortably show you waterfront, lakefront, water view and mountain view properties that you might be interested in seeing without gloves and hats that many a year would be needed at least early and in the evenings traditionally. We encourage everyone reading this blog that has been curious what their Primary or Summer Home may be worth in today’s amazing market evaluations, to call us to test the waters as to the real value that your property holds in today’s real estate market. Even with the vast experience our team brings to you, we too could not be more surprised at times and excited about helping people maximize their investments to allow for the possibility of you and your family moving towards a property or a situation that is more ideal for you.
Sebago Lakes Region experience matters, and when it comes to understanding the right questions to ask per lake, per area, per town, you want and frankly in today’s Real Estate Transactions you need a professional at your side to assist with maximizing your value and negotiating offers whether you are purchasing or selling, both positions have unique needs in today’s marketplace.  You will be glad you picked up the phone and called us to learn more!

Make it a great week!

What’s Happening September 2017

As we sit today, right in the very middle of September, here are some area events to remember that are coming right up here in the Great Maine Sebago Lakes Region:

This Sunday the 17th starts the Farmington Fair, and there is a unique fair that also takes place each year in Unity Maine – The Common Ground Fair – which is also happening from the 22nd through the 24th this next weekend. This next weekend also begins – here in Cumberland County – the Cumberland Fair, starting on September 24th running through the following weekend. We urge you to get out and enjoy the excellent weather we are being blessed with here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region these days, as in years past we have had many a frost warning at night by this time, with none immediately on the horizon, yet this year. Here is the link for those interested in either of these upcoming fairs, and you will also find information on what many call the ‘Fair Of All Fairs’ in this region every year – The Fryberg Fair – which wraps up Fair season here in Maine, this year starting in early October. Here is the link for your convenience and planning:

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

Another event here in the region that is “Always the last Saturday in September” being one of their reminders, it will be very helpful if you like beer, or you want to learn more about brewing beer, or you enjoy great food, you will want to consider making plans and heading to Point Sebago in Casco, Maine. Here is the link with all of the details for this year’s 14th annual Maine Lakes Brewfest that happens this year on Saturday, September 30th:

14th Annual Maine Lakes Brew Fest

This is the time of year for many to prepare to remove their boats and watercraft for seasonal storage, and though packing up camp and getting things ready for the fall and winter seasons is a reality for many – with back to school now a couple of weeks gone by – our recent Indian Summer has many hanging on to this summer’s season as long as the delightful weather might continue. If this happens to be time when you are considering testing the waters when it comes to selling property, or maybe you are considering changing summer lakefront, waterfront, or mountain-view locations here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region, now really is prime time to do so while many are looking either for a change, or for just that right spot for them with the total available inventory still being a challenge for the Real Estate Industry in general. Whether you are selling or looking for just that ideal spot for you, not only do we really listen as an Agency and as individual agents, but we have valuable tenure, unparalleled experience, and valuable resources that we have put together working here in the region for years, that will significantly benefit you whether you are looking for powerful representation as a buyer, or as a seller. There are many new things that need to be considered in today’s Real Estate market that point to the real need and huge value that you will enjoy, with having the right Real Estate representation at your side. Do your own research on those in the industry who own the For Sale By Owner franchises that are out there. Did they perform their own personal Real Estate Transactions themselves? I expect you can tell by the question, as to what you will find for interesting answers to the question – and the reasons are many, and they are more important now, than ever before. Facts Matter. Statistics Matter. Knowing the ins and outs and the complexities of today’s Real Estate transactions, matters. And we will share our expertise with you so that you will really understand the importance of selecting the best representation for you.  Thank you for calling us here at Maine Real Estate Choice.  Our goal is to make sure that you will be very glad, that you did.

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1st Full Week Of September 2017

With the full summer behind us, and some signs of Indian summer before us, this is a good time for some safety reminders from all of us here at Maine Real Estate Choice.

Our team here in Naples Maine wants you, your family, and our communities to be as safe, and as day-to-day successful as possible! It really doesn’t take much to do something kind on a random basis as you go about your day.  Think of a random act of kindness you can do both at home for the ones you love most, and out-and-about in our community, for this coming week. Recently I was treated with the person in front of me picking up the tab for my coffee and bagel driving through a local drive-thru, and it simply and quietly made my whole day!  In returning the favor the next day, the simple joy can be infectious in the best possible way. You can offer the coupons you may choose not to use, to the person behind you at the grocery store, and ask them to pass them on if that is not their thing.  Simple things each day, like holding a door open a bit longer than you might for someone at a store – and being mindful of when the person in front of you in line is holding a $20 bill and you hear the total is $20.12 and quickly grabbing the 12 cents out of your pocket and saying “Hey, here you go, instead of breaking another bill!” goes a long way to making everyone having a simple moment that can make a difference in someone’s day.

Along with random acts of kindness, come this Tuesday we will all need to be very mindful during our morning commutes to work – and later in the afternoon – of not only kindness, but important driver safety. The full School Bus schedules are now underway.  Here is our review and reminder of all of our responsibilities.
Maybe you are a young driver and this is your first season driving – congratulations! – and in that case you – along with everyone – needs to be very aware of the severe penalties for passing a stopped school bus. Where this takes place the most, is on a four-lane road like the entire Route 302 through Windham / North Windham from River Rd to Whites Bridge Rd. If a school bus is stopped with it’s Red Lights Flashing, all four lanes of traffic must stop – in both directions – and if you think a moment of distractioin can not make your life incredibly difficult, please remember that Maine Prosecutors and the Maine Courts take this infraction very seriously. And, if you possibly could have endangered a child and you have angered a parent into seeing you prosecuted – be aware that the absolute minimum fine is $250, with the following link being the reality based upon Maine Law 29-A §2308.

> $250-$1000 fine
> 30 day license suspension (administrative)
> Maximum of 6 months jail

Another good heads-up this week, is to look closely at your home heating needs. How much fuel do you have? This link can be helpful:

www.MaineOil.com

http://www.maineoil.com/

in finding your type of heating fuel, and up-to-the-day investments needed to fill your tank. We have seen gasoline and home heating oil prices rise over 25% in the past week due to last week’s Hurricane Harvey, and with Hurricane Irma heading towards the US Mainland this next week as it passes through the Carribean to points-unknown, it is important to understand when you will need to fill-up, and to plan accordingly.

Finally, on a fun note, coming up at Point Sebago is the annual Folk / Bluegrass Fest! Here are details for Saturday September 16th:

Maine Folk & Bluegrass

Be safe, and get out there and enjoy our great Maine Lakes Region!

Enjoying The End Of Summer 2017

With the Labor Day weekend approaching us in just ten days – arriving quickly this year falling on Monday September 4th – we have a lot of great weather and time left here in the great Maine Lakes Region to enjoy summer, even before the Indian Summer that happens sometime in the next six to eight weeks.
The exact dictionary definition of “Indian Summer” is written as:
“..a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn”.
Here in the Maine Lakes Region, that can happen anytime between Labor Day and Halloween, always varying in duration, and occasionally we enjoy moments of Indian Summer between Halloween and Thanksgiving – which oddly occasionally can usher-in the first snowfall to the region. One thing about the weather here in Maine: If you don’t like it.. Wait A Minute!
We have a couple of Fairs starting this weekend and during this week coming to talk about, both within an hour’s drive and well worth the trip:

The Windsor Fair – just a few minutes west of Augusta – is a large agricultural fair that runs for 8 days each year, starting this weekend through Labor Day. An easy day-trip from our area, the website is very informative, including comedian Bob Marley on Friday evening 7:00pm in the grandstand, followed by Fireworks. Here’s the Website link:

http://www.windsorfair.com/

A bit further down east is the Blue Hill Fair, smaller in size however certainly worth the visit when it comes to seasonal delights:

http://www.bluehillfair.com/.

This is the best time of year, before the heating season begins, to contact your local Oil Dealer of choice to have your heating system cleaned and tuned-up for winter. The cost savings you will enjoy over time for regular maintenance – including much better “gas mileage” – in this case “oil mileage” matters, especially with the average price of oil at this time being about $1.799 which is about ten cents a gallon more than in recent years at this time.

Who either took a student to college this week or weekend, or know someone who did? In this timeframe when college starts-up each year – usually the week or two prior to Labor Day Weekend – just remember the start of regular Elementary School can not be far behind. Look for the safety reminder soon as to the rules for School Buses on the road, and also for the new rules pertaining to having a phone either in your hand while driving, or not having your device truly “hands-free” in your vehicle here in Maine due to new rules that are now in place.

Local Area Gem Alert:

Who knows where Donnabeth Lippman Park is located? The fact is that many more people drive by this local gem of a location, than actually know where – and what – it is all about! As you either enter Windham from the west on Route 302, or, as you drive West from Windham on Route 302 towards us here in Naples, most everyone knows where the Sherwin Williams Paint store is located in Windham. Another landmark location is Applebees Restaurant. Right next to Sherwin WIlliams Paint Store – just to the east – is a road with a large stone pillar that indicates the very short road to Donnabeth Lippman Park. There is a great playground for the young kids, and the best thing about this park are the trails for waking your leased pet and hiking around a pond that too many people do not know is there! How many of you reading this blog right now, have visited this great resource for a before or after work walk?

Thank you for calling us here at Maine Real Estate Choice for all of your Real Estate needs here in the great Maine Lakes Region. We are all very blessed to be able to say that we live here – and if you do not have property here in the area: Why not?!? It is a great place to either hang your hat full-time, or at least during your favorite parts of the year.

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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!