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!!

The Great Maine Sebago Lakes Region

The goal of every individual here on the Maine Real Estate Choice team is to make your experience in buying or selling a home, lakefront, waterfront, or mountain view property, the absolute best experience possible for you and your family. Most Real Estate offices and Realtors want the same for you, of course. Here at Maine Real Estate Choice we have an amazing opportunity over so many Real Estate offices and Realtors, because so many Real Estate offices and Realtors are not located right here in the heart of the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region as we are, nor are they experts in this amazing Sebago Lakes Region of Maine. And the experience, drive, and caring of our team members towards your positive result, is unrivaled anywhere. Our team members have tremendously valuable experience, and with today’s real estate transactions becoming increasingly complex, working with a buyers or sellers agent that you can trust provides you huge value in protecting your valuable assets. Everyone here wants to thank each of you so much for a very successful 2017 and we could not be more excited about helping you with your real estate needs in 2018. We all, thank you for that opportunity.
Make it a great week.

Welcoming 2018

Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants to wish you and yours a very happy, safe, healthy, and productive New Year as we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. Whatever your goals are for this upcoming new year, in researching some of the most motivating individuals – Stephen Covey
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Covey , Dale Carnegie https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie , Dr. Wayne Dyer https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Dyer , Zig Ziglar https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_Ziglar ,
And Tony Robbins https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Robbins
These are just some great examples of individuals with excellent, tried-and-true ideas on how to be most efficient, effective, and successful day in and day out. Setting goals matters. Long, and short term. Whatever it is you that want to accomplish: Write it down, and break it down into timeframes that are realistic. Most New Years Resolutions fail not due to the specific resolution but because of unrealistic timeframes and goals people set for themselves.  As with any change in human nature – ours in self improvement or when setting professional and workplace goals as well – the key is to set realistic timeframes and parameters around any change in behavior. In reading any and all of the aforementioned individuals, a common denominator is Belief, as believing that you can indeed do anything that you put your mind to, is a huge component to your overall level of success. The word “can’t” is a good example of a word that not only needs to disappear from an individual’s vocabulary.. what really needs to shift, is the true pivot for many people from thinking something is impossible, to believing that most anything that you put your mind to, is possible. That is why those individuals with a positive outlook on life statistically do much better when they are faced with health challenges. They self-educate, and empower themselves with facts. Make and take a few minutes to discover and learn or relearn from some of suggested individuals linked in this blog – Google is your friend on finding others – and statistically we’ll do better than most in 2018 here in the great Sebago Lakes Region Of Maine!

Local Holiday Events

This weekend brings us one week remaining prior to the Christmas Holiday weekend with the 25th falling on a Monday this year. There are excellent annual events taking place this week coming, some of them at the same venue in Portland and if you think about the statement of “there is something for everybody” then let’s first discuss the events scheduled for the Merrill Auditorium coming right up. On Tuesday the 19th is the annual Christmas with Cornils.  Ray Cornish has been the municipal organist for the City of Portland for the past 28 years, with this being the final annual Kotzschmar Christmas show.  This will be Mr. Ray Cornils final performance. This year’s program will feature a number of organ arrangements from playful to powerful favorite Christmas carols, per the website. The Kortzschmar Festival Brass comprised of many members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra will be there, along with several special guests. From everyone here in the great Maine Lakes Region, we thank Mr. Cornils for his almost 30 years of musical service and tenure here in Portland, taking care of one of the finest municipal instruments – the  Kortzschmar organ – anywhere in the world. On Saturday next weekend, December 23rd, there are two performances by the Portland Ballet of the Victorian Nutcracker. Two performances this weekend, taking place on the 16th and 17th at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, are followed by next Saturday at 7:30pm and then Sunday at 2:00pm at the Merrill Auditorium. And to round out the “something for everyone” category with a smile and more, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening New Year’s Eve, the annual end-of-the-year performances of local favorite comedian Bob Marley will take place when Bob takes the stage at the Merrill for the last 3 nights of the year.  Bob Marley’s topical and regional perspectives and insights, bring many smiles and laughs thanks to Bob’s unique delivery and demeanor. And for something a different, you can take the family to any of a number of shows next week at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland as Disney On Ice – FROZEN takes to the ice locally, with the company adding another show to the schedule due to popular demand.  You can check the Civic Center website for updated details on the several performances of this year’s Ice Show. Whatever your plans may be this week: Make it a safe Holiday week!

Practicing Kindness

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, is a common one.  Getting to the final total at the grocery store and learning the person who checked out before you contributed $20, $40, some gift amount anonymously to the next person in line – you. 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 in our lives.  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 lead 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!

The First Full Week Of December 2017

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!