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!

No Money Down

We hope you notice our electronic sign on route 302 across from the intersection of Route 11 in Naples Maine because we love to share with you important points, beyond our new name and proud Logo here at the new Maine Real Estate Choice.

For instance, there has never been a better time to get into a new home with no money down. There are many programs available today that have not been available before. If you are not currently living in your ideal home or your ideal location, we would very much like to help you accomplish two things: Number one discover exactly what the property that you own today is worth in today’s extraordinary market. Our website includes extensive statistics of home and land values in our great Maine Lakes region broken down by categories like waterfront, water access, residential, and land sold within the past five years. In today’s market, multiple offers day one being more the norm today, it is incredibly important that together we decide exactly what your home is worth based upon your personal CMA, which stands for your cost market analysis. It is also important to understand if anything could come up at time of inspection, and discuss options for those scenarios, so that there are no surprises at closing time. For your CMA we research several properties close in proximity recently sold, and we evaluate exactly are what those homes and properties look like compared to yours. There is a lot that goes into selecting the best asking price that hopefully may result in a bit more than expected on closing day. It is a unique time where the odds are that your current home, in your current location, even if it is not ideal for you at this time, is very likely someone else’s potential dream home and location.
Give us a call at 207-693-5200 today.
You will be very glad that you did!

Thinking Safety

So you have your home on the market or you are thinking about calling us or someone, to do so. First, we here at Maine Real Estate Choice have the most experienced team in the great Maine Lakes Region and we hope you will give us a call, come meet with us here in Naples, Maine. We are right across from the intersection of route 11 and 302 and stop by before you make your final decision on who you prefer to work with, to help you with your Real Estate needs. And whomever you choose to work with, here are a few things we want to share with you about basic safety that can be overlooked.
Remember that your trash is another man’s treasure and you just purchased that expensive dream flatscreen and a new sound system to dress up your property for sale. The bunch of empty boxes sitting outside until trash and recycle day triggers an alarm to would-be thieves. Instead of putting the boxes out in plain sight, cut them down, and do not make your new expensive electronics inside so obvious.
Once you start having showings, always hide your personal information,
and do not leave mail or bills out in the open where someone could pocket it for identity theft. Be sure to lock down your computer, lock up your laptop and any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics like iPods and phones, before all your showings.
Know that when we are showing your property, it isn’t over till it’s over. We never assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. We’ll diligently check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors. Safety first, and last. Sturdy doors are key to home safety. Make sure that all your home’s doors to the outside are metal or solid, 1 ¾” hardwood, and have good, sturdy locks. Do not use hide-a-keys or leave a key under the mat or the plant pot. Strangers will be walking through the home during an open house. Again, hide any valuables in a safe place. For security’s sake remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs and other valuables from the home, or lock them away out of sight during showings. Also remove prescription drugs. Some seemingly honest people wouldn’t mind getting their hands on a bottle of that may be in your home.

We hope this awareness may be helpful to you. Make it a great week!

Seeking Inventory

The single current challenge in today’s Real Estate marketplace is no different here in the great Maine Lakes Region than it is almost everywhere in the country right now. It matters not if you have land, waterfront, water-view, mountain-view, Lakefront, seasonal or year-round property: It is all at a current peak value due to the demand in the marketplace exceeding available inventory. If you have been debating whether or not to investigate the potential value of your current property, we strongly suggest that you allow us to put together at no charge to you, a fair-market evaluation. This is a comprehensive study of what your home and property is worth in today’s marketplace. The evaluation is based on many factors including location, ongoing costs of ownership – taxes, any association fees – and the most important factor includes the recent sales price that the homes and properties in your area actually brought for a final selling price. Since waterfront and year-round lakefront property is in such high demand here in our Maine Lakes Region, we suggest that if you have any curiosity to see if now is the time for you to capitalize on your investment, you should call us today because our team has more experience here in the region than any other. The need, importance, and value to have an experienced Real Estate Agent and strong Agency working for you has never been more important than today. Especially when it comes to the day that you list your property at the right price: You should immediately be faced with multiple offers – literally often overnight – and at that moment you need the experience we bring to you, to understand the value of each offer based on the purchasers involved. There are many in the marketplace today who suggest that if you are not getting your asking price or even above that figure, either the property is overpriced, or certainly something important has been overlooked. Details matter. Having an experienced Real Estate Agent and team working for you has never mattered more than it does right now. Give us a call today at 207-693-5200. You will be glad that you did!

Here Comes The Month Of May

Many people have mentioned this week that April seems to have passed quite quickly, despite this years delay in consistently warmer weather. However you might feel about this year’s weather so far and the non-typical transition from winter towards summer here in our great Maine Lakes Region, here comes the month of May. Remember on Monday at work it will be 05/01/2017 and we’ll say goodbye to April Showers until next year, and it’s time to welcome some flowers despite the chilly 40°’s and 50°’s temperatures predicted for the 1st full week of May. Along with the odd consistency of the weather, is the strength of how quickly homes, properties, land, waterfront, Waterview and Mountain View properties are receiving offers as soon as they are listed. Please call us today especially if you question why it is so important now for you to have the expertise of a great real estate team at your side as a savvy consumer, regardless if you are selling or purchasing in this marketplace. One of the key considerations is the complexities involved with a smooth, swift process because if you do not have everything in order, the odds of you winning-the-day as a purchaser in this age of an asking price offer often being insufficient to win the day is slim, and, as a seller if you are not handling multiple-offers in the proper manner, you may leave significant funds on the table in this sellers market.
The Maine Real Estate Choice team is dedicated to your success. We are not successful until you are successful. We want to talk to you. Give our team a try not just because we are the region’s fastest-growing Agency. Give us a try because we have the experience in the region to get you the best deal, and we are dedicated to your Real Estate experience being an excellent one!
Call us today: (207) 693-5200.

Here Comes The Last Week Of April

In reflecting on the general importance of this time of year in the Real Estate Industry – we are fast approaching the ‘traditional’ best time of year to sell a property, however many things are far from traditional due to the same situation the industry faced last year at this time: General softness as to available inventory. Homes, properties whether they be waterfront, water or mountain view – are no less challenging to find in abundance from an inventory perspective here in the Maine Lakes Region. New England as a region saw new homes sell quicker than ever this past year. Multiple offers on the same property in this market makes this the ideal time to sell a home or property. And everyone suggests that this trend will continue long past the traditional best months to sell which are traditionally in the Spring, as well as the trend for more-than-asking-price being a reality for many situations. National statistical data traditionally indicates that property sales in the month of May bring about a 1% premium to sellers, which is on average a $1700 increase above the other months of the year, however this entire last year has proven to disrupt this normal annual advantage due to both the general lack of inventory and speed to sale from listing date. And what is a normal trend, is that more people shop for homes when the weather turns nicer, increasing the pressure on inventory. We are often talking about this time of year being a good time to sell. This has been true traditionally, and what we are seeing and hearing is that no one is predicting any swift change to the Seller’s Market reality we find ourselves in.
With this said, no one knows this great Maine Lakes Region properties and nuances better than the amazing members of our team. Let us work hard for you!

Call us today at (207) 693-5200. It is our pleasure to serve you.

Feeling Like Spring Finally!

Everyone here at the new Maine Real Estate Choice in the heart of the Maine Lakes Region could not be more excited about this warm weather, predicted as we start the week with Patriots’ Day
this Monday, which is also an observed holiday for many people due to Easter falling on Sunday. It is a bank holiday and according to the Post Office website Monday is not an official USPS holiday.
It was four years ago on Patriot’s Day, just after 2:45 in the afternoon, when two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Most people, and especially us here in New England, will forever be reminded of that specific Patriot’s Day as forever Boston Strong day, due to that tragic event.
Each year the Marathon Runners are staggered to leave the starting line in different groups beginning just before 9 AM, leaving the starting line through about 11:30 AM. Here’s a good link from the Boston Globe about this annual event:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/16/what-you-need-know-for-boston-marathon/rGhfFjRIcU1VRTNc2OoC9O/amp.html

In keeping with this blogs title, it is feeling more like Spring due to the many lakes here in the Region having the Ice drop away to open water, and we can tell you that as of this weekend, directly behind our office, Brandy Pond is free from ice and yet just across the Naples Causeway, you can see a lot of very gray-and-dark-colored ice in the majority of Long Lake up to Harrison. We are starting to see the beginnings of small buds on the trees, and the amount of snow that has been lost on Mt. Washington is significant in the last week.
Remember, there is no better time of year to “see” any property, home, Lakefront, Waterfront, Water-View or Mountain View property than right now, before those tiny tree buds become tiny and growing trees leaves! Call us today, and don’t forget to click around our new Website for important information towards why we should be your Maine Real Estate Choice!:

www.MaineRealEstateChoice.com

Make it a great week!

Spring Is In The Air!

It has been a long time coming, and it is suggested that it seems this way because of the warm spell that we all enjoyed in February.. but there is finally some nice warm weather predicted for this week coming.
For those of you who have not yet filed your taxes, with April 15th falling on the weekend and as April 17 Monday is a bank holiday in observation of Easter this year, the word is that you have until midnight on April 18th Tuesday, to get your taxes postmarked. You can go here to our page

http://www.mainerealestatechoice.com

to click on any of the towns in which you may live here in our great Maine Lakes Region, to check the last hour on that day you can walk into your local postmaster to take care of last-chance on-time tax filing. Typically on the last tax filing day, the city of Portland will keep their front counter open until midnight at their main post office on Forest Avenue. Here is that address and phone number if you may need it:

US Post Office
125 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 871-8519

Enjoy the weather this week, and remember to call us today to look at vacation homes, land, waterfront, Lakeview and Mountainview properties before the trees really start to bud out with the warmer weather we are about to enjoy.
Make it a great week!