The Holiday spirit is in full force here at Main Real Estate Choice, Naples in the heart of the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region. With this weekend bringing us our first lasting snowfall of the season, in the prediction for the weather this upcoming week includes temperatures cold enough to keep the fallen snow, with additions to the fallen snowpack midweek. Since this is the traditional season for giving, there is a core sentiment and attitude of gratitude that allows for each of us to be more effective in our personal and professional lives each day: And that is practicing kindness.
“Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions”
We have all heard and hopefully experienced random acts of kindness.
Arriving at the drive-thru window to find your order paid by the person who passed through before you. Getting to the final total at the grocery store and learning the person checked out before you contributed $20, $40, some gift amount anonymously to the next person. These appreciated gestures have great power towards the positive for both the giver and the recipient, and even more powerful is the effect an individual can have, in the most simple day to day actions with those we are closest to. Kindness also equals practicing clearly communicated consideration for those we live with, work with, work for, and those who work for us. Setting clear expectations with as much less time as possible is kind. Making those around us aware of unexpected and unanticipated changes in schedules as soon as we are aware is both helpful, kind, considerate, and appreciated. Think kindness and clear communications this Holiday – and every – Season!
Make it a great week!
Welcome to the first full week of December 2017 as we await the first significant snowfall of the upcoming ‘17-‘18 winter season here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region. Be aware: several of us have heard about trusted local residential plowing contractors, who for varying reasons this year have chosen to focus their efforts on commercial plowing, sending out notices explaining that they will not be plowing individual residences starting this season. Personally having reached out to one still servicing residential customers, he explained that he cannot take on new customers based on having lost two of his trusted drivers in recent weeks, also explaining that he understands the trend. We mention this to point out the current lack of depth for residential plowing, and our recommendation is: Do not wait another day, and certainly not until the first storm if you need a residential plowing relationship this season, which is looming to begin possibly late this week with a potential for predicted snowfall.
There is one other very important item to prepare for diligent attention, that we want to mention again this year. It is very important for the safety of your loved ones, your home, and if applicable your tenants. Many homes these days have heating systems that are not vented to a chimney or to the top of the structures roof. If your home or building has a direct-vent exhaust, which often looks like a round stainless steel or aluminum cage about the size of a small pizza or smaller, these often vent only a very few feet above the ground. A sudden heavy snow, especially when accompanied by blowing and drifting snow, can cover the furnace vent outside, causing dangerous and lethal gasses to build up inside the structure. This carbon monoxide is odorless, and it can and has led to tragedy. Make sure that there is nothing stacked or leaning near any direct-vent exhaust, and regularly thoughout the winter, make absolutely sure your direct vent area is shoveled clear allowing for a heavy snow or drifting snow to not turn swiftly into a tragedy. Please also share this information with anyone you may know, and let’s help keep everyone safe here in our great Maine Sebago Lakes Region!
With any outside chores requiring daylight needing to be done by 4:30pm these days, and with Thanksgiving now somehow behind us, we have only three more full weeks ahead of us before the days start getting longer after December 21st. We also have been blessed so far this fall here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region to only have experienced a few flakes here and there with nothing sticking and lasting as of yet. Mornings here in the region have been consistently colder with frequent frost, however, daytime temperatures have been seasonably warm. Those same relatively mild temperatures should continue through the first of the December later this week and into next weekend, predicted to be in the 40s and approaching 50° a couple of days. We do recommend that now is the best time, if you have not done so already, to make sure that your snowblowers are tuned up and at the ready, and that now is the time to also prepare any winter toys for use this coming winter season. Avoiding the first-snow-that-sticks rush, will save both time and aggravation in getting things prepared for the winter season ahead. It is not too early for snow tires now, and a small amount of preventative automotive maintenance now is likely to help you a lot when you might need it most.
Our team here at Maine Real Estate Choice hopes you had a great Thanksgiving holiday, and please be and remain safe as we continue the Holiday celebrations including welcoming the New Year.
Make it a great week!
Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wishes you and yours the Happiest Thanksgiving Day ever!
Wherever this post happens to find you, make it a great day from all of us here who are enjoying Thanksgiving today with family in our lovely Maine Sebago Lakes Region!
This weekend before Thanksgiving many are either planning for traveling to family, or preparing for family to arrive in the coming days. A common theme this year seems to be how quickly this Holiday season has approached for so many, this author included. Here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region where we are blessed to live, work, and enjoy our lives, I suggest this may have a lot to do with the unusually warm weather in general we have enjoyed this fall, with a few cold days and our first few frosty mornings just recently behind us.
This year a very common theme I am seeing that makes a lot of sense, is to look closely at how a vast majority of us are tied to personal communication devices, whether it be a work laptop, an iPhone or an Android Smartphone, and how much this “constant touch” with social media, the news, weather, Email, can take us away from “the moment” and the people we are with. Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants each of you to have the best Holiday Season ever. Time spent with family isn’t always easy and as relaxing and fun as most would prefer, and unnecessary difficult feelings can result between people that really should only be focused on enjoying time together with family. To avoid difficulties, communicate and share clarity around what is reasonable as to responding to our devices we carry. We all know that too many people are going to be sharing and posting pictures of the best pie and turkey, when in reality nothing is more important than whatever is happening in the moment you are in, with the people that we are blessed to be with. From all of us at Maine Real Estate Choice, have the happiest Thanksgiving ever. See you next week.
As we somehow approach mid-November here already in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region, all of us here at Maine Real Estate Choice want your Holidays and seasonal changes to be as smooth delightful as possible. Many things should take place this time of year to help make the coming months go as smoothly as possible. Taking care of your heating system(s) is an important proactive step before real 24/7 heating becomes a reality for our homes and businesses in the coming days, weeks, and next few months. A proactive cleaning and air filter cleaning and change will not only save you typically a lot more in heating costs than the cost of the preventative maintenance fee, it is a great way to avoid a very expensive weekend service call to make a repair that very well might have been avoided by a system clean up and tune up. With the cost of home heating oil, and all fuels including gasoline currently on the rise, it makes sense to save as much as possible on your heating needs this upcoming season that we are now finding ourselves entering.
If you go back to our main website page on your laptop you will see how much we here at Maine Real Estate Choice focus on the great Sebago Lakes Region of our great state of Maine. We have Lake Region info, you will learn a lot about us in the ABOUT US section, and we provide a lot of valuable information about the towns and lakes that we service, along with important facts and features including important Maine Shore land Zoning information for Shore land owners, along with clear information as to the recreational rules and regulations for water and shore craft for fishing, hunting, and all season information such as ATV and Snowmobiling rules which vary by region, lake, and town. Something that we are very proud of, is our statistics page, which when you look at the facts, will show you why it is important for you to have the experience and knowledge that our team possesses when you look to either purchase or sell waterfront, lakefront, water access, water view, and any land or location here in our region of interest to you. We know our area, and we are proud of our strengths. We want you and your family to have the best experience possible, and the decisions that you make now can have importance to your family for years and possibly generations to come. It has never been more important to have great Real Estate experience and diligence working for you on your behalf, because there is more to understand and work through in a real estate transaction today than ever before in the history of our business. We take that responsibility very seriously, and we would love for you to come and meet us, and find just what you are looking for. It is our job and our pleasure to meet and exceed your needs. We hope that you will call us today, because the time of year for an excellent real estate experience has never been less important also, than it is today. Just as much important real estate business is being done during months that are traditionally not thought of as strong Real Estate timeframes, as the Spring and Summer months that are more expected to be peak season. Every day right now is just as likely to bring great real estate success for sellers and buyers alike, as is what many may feel is traditionally not a peak time to do business. Let us show you that whatever your goals and dreams may be, we want to fully understand them, and help you to accomplish your goals. Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.
As we enjoy this last weekend in October the weather is about to deal us a difficult blow as we start the week. Overnight Sunday into Monday there is a storm that is on the brink of being classified a hurricane racing up the coast, so make sure to “batten down the hatches” where you are responsible, and prepare for possible power outages and localized flooding from the volume of rain predicted.
As we close out the month of September early this next week, this will also close out this year’s National Realtors Safety Awareness Month for this year. Topics of focus that you may or may not have in your occupation, is to “always have an out” and to always be thinking ahead as to emergency planning and preparedness for personal safety. Simple things like if your vehicle happens to break down, what do you have on hand for safety gear in the car should that happen? The nature of being a Real Estate Agent is that we are often meeting with people we do not know or that we are meeting in person for the first time, possibly in rural, vacant, remote locations, and recent National statistics demonstrate at least four out of ten Real Estate Agents had been in a situation where they’d experienced something odd or difficult which made them uncomfortable or fear either for their personal safety or for the privacy of their personal information. Sadly, in any professional business environment difficult situations can arise. We each take very seriously the safety of everyone in our profession along with those here in our great Maine Sebago Lakes Region community we diligently serve. Safety matters for us all, and if you see what may or may not be suspicious or unsafe behavior, common sense is the best rule, as is doing our best to treat each other as if we are all valued neighbors as we go about our day to day.
I was made aware of a story this week where an acquaintance and her brother saw a dog that appeared confused or lost when they were leaving an event in a nearby town, and they took the time to safely approach the animal, remove it from the side of the very busy highway where they were, and they started knocking on doors and businesses in the area in both directions until they found someone who both knew the animal and pointed them in the right direction, returning the pet about a ¼ mile to the great appreciation of the animals owners. Safety matters. Make it a safe and great week!
I Each year about this time everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice, located here in the heart of the Maine Sebago Lakes Region in Naples, Maine, wants to provide you some very friendly reminders, especially with so many people, locals and tourists alike, now enjoying the peak foliage season here in the area. We are only about a week away from the end of October, and with late October and early November each year we have some changes that take place each year that seem to creep up on us all, too quickly each year. And many of these reminders involve day to day safety issues that are worth writing down on a post-it-note and sticking on your dashboard! A week from Tuesday, for all of you and your family members who drive, we all need to pay extra special attention to the roads and streets and especially our own all-too-familiar neighborhoods when we rush home or rush out for something, as the streets will be filled with many young children out for Trick or Treats for Halloween who often tend to act unexpectedly, and it is getting darker earlier and earlier daily as we approach a week from Tuesday. Please take extra special caution driving your vehicle on Tuesday the 31st and again, sadly, most accidents that happen in neighborhoods, happen with drivers who live in their own neighborhood, and not from drivers from another area visiting that neighborhood. Also, a mere 4+ days after Halloween, on Saturday night early Sunday morning November 5th, we will be changing our clocks back. Remember, in the Fall, we “Fall Back One Hour” and in the Spring we “Spring ahead, we Spring Forward One Hour”. This means that at 2:00am on early Sunday morning, late Saturday night, it becomes 1:00am again on November 5th. Not this next weekend. The weekend after Halloween. Safety matters. Do not text and drive. Have your phone in a Hands-free situation as a driver, at all times. Thank you.
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!