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Moving, Relocating, Buying Maine Real Estate For Retirement.

The time to be moving, relocating, buying Maine real estate for retirement.

An affordable property that helps stretch that fixed income received monthly from whatever source(s).maine river barn photo

Getting by on less, but really clearing time for the Golden Years with property in Maine.

Bought for leisure, comfort, quality of simple living.

Free of drama, pulling your hair out turmoil. Crime, tasers, no personal space.

To relax, enjoy the days, nights more in the shift of scenery.

Maybe at a Maine waterfront real estate location.

On a small Maine hobby farm with plenty of land. So everyday is Vacation.

And often it's the same conclusion you and your relocated neighbor down the country road in Maine arrived at.

That it is often a tad past the optimum time. To hang up the roller states, concealed weapon. Ease back from the hurry scurry of an overbooked schedule in the concrete jungle.

For too long in a life spent on the road, keeping up with appointments, eating the wrong stuff on the run.The pedal to the medal and neglecting your health. Chasing the dollar to meet financial obligations. Under the hammer of debt hanging overhead.

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How To Waste Lots Of Time Listing, Selling Real Estate.

How to waste a lot more time in listing, selling Maine real estate properties.

The opposite of what you strive to do but it can happen anyway. Unless lots of thought, careful planning is part of your every day moving, grooving in peddling real estate listings.maine coast photo

For starters, real estate is a business.

Built on the same set of principles as the other commercial enterprises all around you.

Just what you sell is a service, not a product. And customer service, the "can I help you" with a smile applies.

And you better really mean it if you say it. All the time. Make a profit, keep your doors open. The boat afloat. Don't you won't. Simple. Cut and dry reality in the realty world. Sink or swim.

The number one way to waste more time in the real estate day starts and ends by just not asking questions.

The right ones. Taking, spending a little time upfront. To avoid frittering away boatloads of hour glass sand later. Making everyone upside down as the one who guides this listing from rough, raging open seas safely into calm harbor closings. Suppose to know how to hokey pokey to keep everyone in the boat.

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Existing Homes In Maine For Sale, Check Those First.

If you are looking for a Maine home for sale, before calling the earth movers, the land contractors to clear and lot and build from scratch.

Look over, browse and search existing housing stock for sale in Maine in the area you want to be. home building land in maine photo

And armed with your gotta have / don't want list of features with the Maine home, one by one sort and filter.

To come up with an inventory of existing, on the market Maine real estate listings.

To use in the lub dub  property matchmaking.

With thought to the dollars and cents. What the total cost will be for any modification after the sale. To the property in Maine that is picked as "the one". But a few wrinkles to iron out.

The process of searching Maine property listings, not just homes for sale is easier with the Internet.

If the real estate agent, broker takes the time to showcase each listing one by one. So the distinctions are obvious on line to quickly sort them out.

If the attitude is "wait until the Maine real estate buyer darkens my office doorway", then the presentation is lacking. There is a sea of sameness to the property listings. Because lots of information is missing, just plain left out.

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Maine Shoreland Zoning, Expansion Of Waterfront Properties.

Adding on, how much bigger can I make, say, a Maine lake camp when converting to year round home?

Before Maine Shoreland Zoning regulations, requirements were hammered out, it was go for it. Do whatever fits your fancy on the Maine waterfront. Have fun. No rules, restrictions.

No thirty percent expansion rule, for adding on, building over like enforced today.

No lingo, gargon about conforming, non conforming waterfront property uses around the maine loons photoshoreland.  It was also mostly camps, cabins by the waterfront.

Used sparingly and with less impact, fewer people in general around the Northern Maine lake locations especially.

Septic systems on Maine lake camps were primitive, home made, very simple.

Maybe a 300 gallon metal tank that went that away, somewhere, I think. Uncle Bob put in a trench with inverted "V" of hemlock planking over the trench drain of rocks. Of a 55 gallon drum for the toilet was where things disappeared into the ground.

The bathtub was grab a bar of Ivory soap (because it floats). And head to the big bathtub out front. Into the lake for your Saturday night ritual of scrubby dub dub. There was a hole dug, filled with rock, stone for the gray water drain of the kitchen sink.

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The Maine Real Estate Buyer, Seller. Where'd They Go?

Patience is not the strong suit of many Maine real estate buyers and sellers.

And everyone has action packed, busy lives which does not help. So when a Maine real estate buyer makes an offer, has a series of contingencies to run by the owner, there can be a delay. Because the seller needs to digest, understand and accept, modify or reject altogether the property listing offer. church colorful in maine photo

But often it is beyond the have to sleep on it, think up more real estate related deal questions the offer raises.

It is finding the property seller who is not parked next to the phone waiting. Does not have email or checks it about once a year if they do.

What was my password again? Aw.... Dagnabbit.

Which is foreign to the buyer and Maine real estate agent who live online. Wondering what is taking so long for a call back.

Or email response to the real estate listing offer with lots of questions attached.

We all know today finding a person on their Facebook page can be way way quicker than a call, email.

The connection is strong and response is quick, simple, easy there. Or it can be a take a number, have a seat delayed waiting around that happens. The property listing seller could be in Texas as I found from one owner this morning.

When making an offer on real estate in Maine that was for full price. But involved 30% down payment to talk over. And an owner financed installment sale scenario to consider. We list, market, sell a lot of Maine land with owner financing.

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Many Facets To A Maine Real Estate Sale, But What Shines Brightest?

The property listing in Maine has been put on the market for sale.

But what happens after the real estate sign goes up, the marketing band wagon starts the razzle dazzle? To attract lots of attention out in the market place. Locally, far away too online. 

Plenty. small maine town clock photo

Who is out there to buy the property. Is ready, willing and able to step up to the plate today?

Searching the stands in the audience for the right combination of player and place. For right now. 

To take a swing and hopefully connect, run all the bases.

To get to the "home" or whatever type of property listing is being peddled.

The Maine real estate sale has lots of facets to polish and promote. To help sparkle brightly. And way beyond the property itself, the pricing, other elements of the sale kick in on both sides of the real estate teeter totter up and down.

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The Owner Of The Maine Real Estate Listing, Calling The Shots.

The owner of a property, a Maine real estate listing.

Who is the go to for instructions, updates, offers, decision making. Can get a little murky. Creating gray areas when the seller is elderly. houlton maine downtown

Or the sale is an estate transaction where the owner is not here.

Left the Earth.

But an appointed personal representative takes the reins.

Someone is selected, Is duly charged to handle estate affairs.

The legal loose ends that crop up when someone living in a place for years dies. The collection of assets both personal, real, monetary are all added up for disposition.

Setling an estate has to happen for the closure, the loss of a person in their life. Usually a family member.

And their passing makes those left behind related to them see their own mortality. In the pulling out, sorting and settling affairs straight.

To wrap up any more personal day to days in the home sweet home once and for all.

Close the book. Dismantle what remains of a person's life. What they have accumulated, what's piled up and needs to be sold in a sale. Or placed in a dumpster for the heave ho disposal.

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Give It To Me Straight, Tell Me It All Going In.

The full details of a Maine property listing.

Everything about the real estate for sale going in, up front is key. Because if that is not the approach, if all that effort with images, narrative, videos and maps, plats, aerials is missing, jumping to conclusions happens. Making the wrong assumptions because nothing to go on takes place.Maine Properties For Sale Photo

Buyers of real estate listings have imaginations.

Vivid ones. Leave most of the details out, keep them guessing. And whoa.

They tend to replace what they don't know with what they hope and desire.

Wouldn't it be nice if this, that starts to happen. I wonder or bet that it has this too.

Wanting, longing is a strong persuasive, suggestive drug.

Even though nothing suggests that stretch. In the lackluster, very abbreviated vague write up. Property listing for sale presentation. Hope builds based on not much to support it. Beyond their price range expectations take root, germinate, build inside their head and hearts.

Give the buyer of the property what he deserves.

Details, rich in information to help the image in his or her head form loud and clear. To know the good, bad and the ugly. They are all adults, can take it. Don't want it glossed over or candy coated. Or high school skinny skimpy.

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Living Off Grid In Maine, Simple Day To Day Life.

Living off grid in Maine.

The motivation for a lot of reasons. The biggest one is to enjoy space that has always been at a premimum. Pretty much non-existent. In areas where it is down to the inches not property acreage in measure the elbow room around a person day and night. ice fishing in maine photo

Not being able to get space is like always being out of breath, low or out of food, water.

Anxious, suffocating feeling. Takes it toll on a body.

Worry about bothering someone, being in their face.

Getting sued or worse is a strong concern. Bodily harm coming your way is a fear to carry anytime you open the dead bolt, slide the security chain.

In city settings where you don't know a soul in the sea of faces in the crowd. On the no room to wiggle out of the way sidewalk. On your mind daily. No fun but you can begin to think this is the norm everyone. No it is not. Not in Maine.

Maine has the wide open, clean, natural space. The people are resourceful and bartering is done a lot. We are cross trained. For survival and to get things that just not enough in the bank account to swing if hired out.

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No Down Payment, 100 Percent Maine Home Loans, They Happen.

No money down, 100 percent Maine home loans.

Where do you sign up right? Sounds too good to be true? Well believe it or not, you can get no money down Maine home loans.

A big down payment to buy the house does not need to be squirreled away first. That 4th parade houlton maine photodelays the process.

The days of only, always saving up 25% of the Maine house price to make a local home loan are long gone.

In a small rural state like Maine.

Where it is not all about a giant paycheck. But the lots more areas of value that attract, keep us here that have to be considered.

Buying a Maine home.

Not as simple as buying a car process. And just sign here for the keys. The stack of paperwork is thicker. More hurdles set up to clear. The need for six to eight weeks for the Maine home loan process comes into play for a reason.

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Deed Recording In Maine, Lost Paperwork Happens.

You bought a Maine property listing, what about the real estate deed to it?

Where did it go? Or you have gotten your deed to some Maine real estate. But for the life of you, it just up and disappeared. Or the house with the safe hiding place for it burned to the maine antique chevy car photoground.

Total loss, flat as a pancake happened. Rut rho.

How do we fix that sinking pit in your stomach feeling situation?

No dice, no more real estate deed wrapped in blue official looking legal sized wrapper.

For starters, when you got the deed to the Maine real estate.

If a bank was involved with a mortgage placed on it for a lien, you can bet the title deed was recorded. Put on record at the registry of deeds.

Recorded in the county where the property listing in Maine is located.

A title search at that registry will show Ta Da, Voila. You are the grantee, buyer from the former grantor, owner. No secret if recorded.

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Lots Of Questions About Maine Before Any On Real Estate Listings.

The office phone rings, email server warms up with questions about Maine, the local area long before any on real estate listings.

The brand new to the area of Maine where the properties are for sale has lots of questions. Needing to be talked about, discussed right up front. maine ducks lake photo

So we produce blog posts to one by one, collectively to thoroughly address those questions.

Videos for the FAQ work well too.

But hundreds of blog post topics on a slew of Maine subjects. Those work best.

For bringing the new to the area buyer of Maine real estate listings up to speed. Sweet, neat, completely.

In small areas of Maine especially, local information is so so important. Because there is not much on line in many areas and the guy or gal googling a topic needs to hit paydirt quickly. Time is money. Both usually in short supply.

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Real Estate Video | Best Way To Promote Property Listings.

Real estate video, to do the show and tell of a new property listing.

To showcase the local area, community events with video. Because local buyers don't like to wait to get into a new home, around any type of new listing. And outside real video mooersrealty photoestate buyers need to avoid that long expensive trip.

Any delay is removed with real estate video.

When your buyer is not just from the local area, the market size of potential purchasers explodes too.

Like someone just took off the blinders, handcuffs, leg irons. Removed the governor, restrictor plate.

Because now there is no limitation, anywhere in the World. With Internet connectivity the new property listing in Maine can be watched, listened to, rewound, replayed.

Through the wire, out of thin air the signal is received loud and clear.

Wall to wall. To start the information transfer. Like mid air refueling. Easily accessed when the busy buyer has a space in the schedule. Or is in a waiting room, stuck somewhere and just whips out his smart phone, droid.

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Two Boxes Of Cigars, A T-Shirt And Many Miles, Several ME Properties.

The real estate listings we put out there to hang out online. To promote the properties in Maine for sale.

The reach is pretty incredible. Not just fishing locally for small fry, minnows or sun fish. Instead of a small local circle of exposure, the Internet changed all that. Blew wide maine land photoopen the limiting fences, barriers, boundaries.

That used to contain the exposure of a small local Maine real estate office.

We blog daily, on several platforms.

Because just like you stumbled onto this blog post on real estate information for Maine, others do too.

A lot according to the back end logs of the post files.

It is not longer one buyer at a time. Keep in line, single file please. No pushing. No no, hundreds and thousands at a time get "fed".

Plugging in through thin air, over the wire to watch, listen and learn about Maine real estate listings.

With no waiting in line. Tapping in like KC 135 sky refuelers for the hit and run. Touch, go, disconnect.

To connect when the need is to buy, sell, trade some real estate in Maine.

But because we have a statewide portal of property listings in Maine that every member of the REALTOR's association can tap into, we get lots of agents making the long haul. From Southern Maine to the Northern district. The place called Aroostook County.

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(Creaking Sound) Opening Up The You Tube Real Estate Video Analytics Log Files.

(Creaking Sound) Opening Up The You Tube Real Estate Video Analytics Log Files.

Under the hood, behind the shiny platform interface covering, what the numbers say in your You Tube real estate channel.

Do you study the stats? No, how do you adjust the dials, tweak the approach to fine tune the results? Just operate by gut feeling? Playing a hunch. Seat of your pants approach huh? For what you think works best by sheer instinct? Ah, ... okay.hamilton-ext1

The whole point to marketing, creating and managing your media streams is to achieve top performance.maine farm set photo

To reach the intended target.

To make it easy in the "Can I help you?". In this service industry of real estate list, market, sell (repeat).

When you read absolutes for real estate video about the length has to be this, the subject matter has to be that. Blah blah.

What works in your real estate market, from your property listing experience? What do the numbers say that don't lie? Are lurking, waiting for study. Right there in black and white. When you tap tap the analytics tab on your You Tube real estate channel.

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Need Less Money, Living, Buying Maine Property.

Maine property, buying real estate listings up here in the right hand upper corner.

You need less money to own places outright. No mortgage living debt free happens quicker. Everything is cheaper. Yes, the wages are too. There is some distance involved. But that all helps protect, maine loons photoinsulate the Maine region.

Wouldn't you rather get more for less? That's Maine.

Here you don't need so much extra income. Too many zeros. 

To pull off the lower cost for property, car insurance.

Less people, more outdoor upspoiled wildlife happens here in Maine. Natural beauty that's all natural, unfiltered.

It is simpler living in Maine. You are in Vacationland. Don't have to travel, only get one week a year's worth remember?

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What's My Property Worth, Value Of Real Estate?

The price tag that a property would sell for, what is the real estate in Maine worth today?

The answer to that question is not one you Google. Look up in a book. Pull out of the air. It takes study. Considerating what do we have for a property? The features good, bad and ugly. mainehorses photo

Then what about the properties that swim around the real estate, in the neighborhood?

Under the microscope, in the petri dish. Study of the property, the local area and listing sales figures.

What has actually sold for real estate recently like the property in Maine?

How many other properties like it are on the market competing for a buyer. If the property was put on the market, looking for a ready, willing and able buyer.

What's property worth, the value of the real estate?

And once that figure is determined, it does not stay valid forever.

Real estate markets, like the weather, relationships, habits change. For better or worse. Or sometimes steady as she goes, staying pretty much on the same course.

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Marketing Is Part Of The Maine Real Estate Sale, But ...

Marketing property listings in Maine takes lots of new creative ways to reach the larger audience of real estate buyers possible.

You deliver what they want round the clock. Your buyer is a busy cat. Wants all the information right now. Not to have to chase, wait, be put off and end up frustrated. In the dark about the listings for sale in Maine. maine land for sale photo

But just as important as lots of clear, wide and handsome imagery, helpful video productions and detailed narratives about the property for sale, the pricing is key.

Not to be left out of the getting ready for a sold sign rider to be screwed on out front. Along the road.

Because no matter how thorough, complete the show and tell is, it will sit on the shelf and mold. If the pricing for the Maine real estate is just out of whack, not in synch with what else is available around it.

Over priced property listings in Maine stay parked, stalled.

The other side of the rumble strip in the breakdown lane. With no Triple A to the rescue.

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The Expert Telling You About Maine, The Real Estate Has Never Been Here.

The move, relocation to Maine and the only thorn in your side is a few people in your inner circle of family or friends.

Or just acquaintances. Who have never been to Maine but can tell you all about it. Just lend an ear and listen. Pull up a chair. Stories about folks being in a Twilight Zone, in a maine lake phototrance locked up four or five hundred years ago.

With twenty minutes of daylight all winter long.

Folks using dog sleds, living in igloos, everything ice and white. Eating raw fish with their hands.

(Record needle scrape, jagged ripping sound, music stops)

Maine has no polar bears.

Maybe the Arctic Circle, some place lots higher up on the globe lines of latitudes.

But not in Maine that has four seasons. Like the fingers on a normal hand. With a thumbs up if you have ever spent time in Maine. All natural, we spend our year outside too. Not stuck inside, not hibernating.

Because the outdoor beauty is all natural, unspoiled. There are way less people, little crime. The air is fresh, water is crystal clean. Scope out some images of Maine. Is everything white, stark, frosty and not teaming with life,  drop dead beauty? No it is not.

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Maine Real Estate Property Seller Says "I'm Not Giving Listing Away."

The owner, seller of a Maine property says he is not going to give away his listing.

But sometimes the saber rattling and standing firm on a price that is higher than the market will bear is short sighted. Often the reason is the Maine listing seller never intended to be putting the property on the market. snow flowers in maine photo

Everything poured into the place, the Maine property was first class for materials, craftsmanship.

But not with the resale market in mind. More with what he wanted thinking with his heart, not his head.

So even though he plops the box of material and labor cost receipts on the kitchen table.

Does the math, adds it all up. During the listing, the market value is not to be ignored.

Despite over the top real estate marketing, over achieving in the reach of the advertising. If the property has a price tag so much higher than others for sale like it in the local area, it will sit. Stay parked.

Ice cold to red hot real estate property buyers.

The listing owner will become frustrated.

And revolving door, change of signs. Musical Maine real estate agents, brokers over the years will be the cause. Of no real estate sale in the eyes of the owner.

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