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:

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!:

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

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!

Taking Deep Breaths

In thinking about this weeks blog, there is another winter storm bearing down on us that seems like it is going to have significant teeth for the first half of this weekend in our region, Friday night through the first day of April into Saturday night per prediction. As the chosen title of this blog suggests, instead of expressing personal feelings about the delightful weather this season, and how this month maybe one of the coldest months of March ever on record.. let’s take a collective “deep breath”.
The value in doing so, has more than one real benefit. It forces the individual about to speak – or in my case, the one about to write – to momentarily gather ones thoughts, and not just ‘blurt out’ the first thing that come to mind. This has value in both not speaking hastily, and, it allows you to choose your words in such a way that with any grace you can get your point across respectfully and thoughtfully.
Let’s face it. What looks like another significant snowstorm is definitely late at best this season – most everyone that I have talked to has “had enough” – and I will mention the positive reality that whatever happens, due to the strength of the sun this time of year, it should not last long whatever happens despite the more than 12″ accumulation prediction.
And no matter how many people that you know – or maybe even you – are taking a deep breath on the reality that is the weather here in our great Maine Lakes Region right now, as March turns to April, the very good thing to remember is, that this weather too shall pass.
Also remember that this is a great time to call us to look at properties, prior to foliage coming out!
Make it a great week!!