Post Thanksgiving Real Estate Fun!

From everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice, we all hope that your travels and time this Thanksgiving holiday has been safe, and enjoyable.
On Monday November 26th the majority of us will be back to work, some of us back on a diet, and many reading this will be more focused on what is left for gift buying, now that we are post Black Friday deal shopping. It is worth reminding everyone how blessed we really are here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region of Maine. We are less than an hour to great summer beaches and also less than an hour to some of the best mountains anywhere, in our western Maine mountains and in the White Mountains in our neighboring state of New Hampshire. We have been talking a lot about the value of investigating the worth of your home and your property should you have any desires in considering selling anytime soon, as it is certainly still a sellers market. Our Maine Lakes Region has great value year round thanks to the beauty and convenience here, and there is zero need to wait until spring in a market that is still not only strong, the market is also still very low on inventory, allowing for proper valuations and asking prices to result in the real possibility of above-asking-price results. Here are a couple of important questions to ask yourself: Are you currently living in an ideal location for you? Remember that  your location is absolutely the ideal location, for someone out there! Are you in your dream home, today? Congratulations if you responded with two yes answers. We suggest that life is too short to spend it, with too much time in a non-optimal situationir location. We hope you will call us today. Our goal is to really listen, and to help you and yours make your Real Estate dreams, come true!

Approaching Thanksgiving

We are about ten days from Thanksgiving here in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region.  It is time to finish winterizing and get those final outdoor fall projects completed prior to consistent cold.  The approaching snow and frozen weather is on the horizon here and a reality just an hour or two north of here, these days. The spectacular morning and evening clear views of Mt. Washington have more of the summit and great mountain covered in white this past week. A true bell weather of where we at at, here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region. It’s beginning to more consistently drop below freezing overnight, with the daytime temperatures now struggling to reach the upper 40’s to 50 degree mark during the decreasing daylight hours. The approaching Holidays are both a joyous, yet often stressful time for many – in part due to the decreasing sunlight – and also with the gathering of extended family and each of us wishing for our offspring, only increasing opportunities.
Each of us here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants only the best possible outcomes for you and your family, and here are some important Fall tips for you. Any outdoor painting or deck staining you may want to accomplish prior to spring 2019 only has a very few possible days remaining that will be warm enough to allow for those projects. Same with yard cleanups now that there are many more leaves on the ground than are remaining in the trees surrounding our properties. It is time to tune-up our snowblowers and snow removal vehicles. Double-check your home heating oil tanks and heating systems. When was the last time yours was cleaned? Deck and outdoor furniture needs to be stored away, and if you happen to grill outside all winter as I do, it is much easier to fill up that primary and back-up propane tank now, when you don’t have to carry them in slippery and icy conditions.

If you are considering purchasing, selling, or looking at property: there truly is no better time than right now. This is because you are beginning to see exactly what views the property will see – and how it will be seen by others – with no foliage cover from November through April. And as we enter the second full week in November 2018, there is absolutely no reason to hesitate if you might be concerned that your property may be worth more “come Spring” vs. now, from a market perspective. The housing market has rarely been stronger than right now. Inventory is low. Homes are selling in hours and days, as opposed to weeks or months on the market, with multiple offers and above-asking-price being common with proper market evaluation and pricing. That, is our specialty.  It is our pleasure to assist you with all of your Real Estate needs.  We hope that you will look to us now.   There is no reason to wait, as may have been true in the past.  There has never been a better time to explore the possibilities, than right now. We hope you will call us today! (207) 693-5200
Make it a great week!


As we put away all of the Halloween lights and goulish lawn ornaments, witches, spider webs, headstones and Jack-O-Lantern decorations for this 2018 season, here are some thoughts as to some soon must-do’s and seasonal should-do’s.

Before the white stuff really starts to fly, do you want to have – or do you already have – a “plow guy” for big storms? Now is the best time to confirm things, or, to ask around for those providing residential plowing service this season.  The worst time to need assistance getting plowed-out is when that unexpected first snow happens to be a 24” to 36” event, and you then need to scramble to find someone to help you – when everyone needs help! So discuss your needs, plan expectations, and you can avoid unexpected difficulties!

If you have not yet cleaned your furnace, get it done, and you will maximize your fuel efficiency by making sure all is running in top shape. It is also the best time to fuel up.  Typically, once the first cold snap happens, we see a rush to demand and a rise in home heating fuel pricing. The average price of home heating oil right now is in the $2.80-$2.90 range here regionally this first week of November, 2018. No one expects those prices to drop any time soon.

Words of Safety:  Look carefully at the exhaust of your heating units. Should they exit via the wall of your home as many do today, is there anything located outside underneath that vent, that would allow for the snow to quickly build-up and then cover up your vent? Have any creatures like birds, mice or squirrels built any nests where you might not expect? Now is the time to look carefully for safety reasons. And along with safety, as we change the clocks and ‘Fall Back’ 1 hour, it is prudent to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at this time.  We want a very safe and enjoyable upcoming winter season for everyone here in our great Maine Sebago Lakes Region.
Make it a great week!