Top 5 Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Fall in MaineSelling your Maine home in the Fall can be one of the best decisions you make.  Home buyers are super motivated to get in before the holidays and some folks have taken their home off the market, creating less competition.  Autumn in Maine is also beautiful and evokes feelings of home and hearth in buyers.  Research shows that home buyers make their choice based more on emotion rather than logic.

Focussing your efforts on how buyers feel when they walk into your home and tapping into that emotion can set your home apart from the competition.  The season also creates challenges for home sellers, but these can be easily overcome by following these top 5 tips for selling your home in the Fall.

Top 5 Tips For Selling Your Home In The FallTop 5 Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

  1. Create an inviting experience through curb appeal.
    • Keep the leaves raked and cleared to create a tidy appearance when home buyers first pull up to your home.
    • Cut back and clear away dead plants.
    • Remove those summer toys and items from your yard and neatly store them away.
  2. Let your front door tell a welcoming story.
    • Make sure the front steps and door are crisp, clean, and free of debris and cobwebs.
    • Add seasonal color with a couple of pots of fall mums (these can easily be taken in at night to keep them alive and healthy.)
    • Add a tasteful seasonal wreath to your door.
    • Add a new, clean welcome mat.
  3. Wow them from the moment they walk in the front door.
    • Keep the entryway tidy and free of leaves, coats, and boots.
    • Pay attention to smells.  Does your home smell fresh and clean?
  4. Light it up!
    • Turn all of the lights on before you leave on the day of a showing and open up the curtains to let the light in.  Make sure your windows sparkle.  When it is dark and dreary outside, buyers will instantly feel better once they walk into your well lit home.
    • If you have a fireplace or wood stove (and are safely able to – meaning you will return right after the showing,) make sure you have a nice fire going.  There is nothing like the ambiance of a warm fire to make buyers feel at home.
  5. Keep it warm and toasty.
    • Make sure your thermostat is set at a comfortable level.  A warm and welcoming home will encourage buyers to spend more time in your home.  You want buyers to feel welcome and to start imagining what it would be like to live in your home.

Take care of these top 5 items and you will soon be on your way to your new home!  Be sure to visit and like our facebook page to keep up on the latest and greatest Maine real estate information.

The Maine Real Estate Network Agents Named In Top 100 Maine REALTORS®

Best Maine RealtosOut of the over 4,200 real estate agents licensed in the state of Maine, The Maine Real Estate Network is thrilled to announce that our agents took 6 slots in the recently released list of the Top 100 Maine REALTORS® .  With well over $66,000,000.00 in sales between them so far this year, these top selling Maine REALTORS® show no signs of slowing down as we head into the busy Fall real estate season.

We are proud of all of our agents and truly enjoy celebrating their successes.  In keeping with the vision and beliefs of The Maine Real Estate Network, these top agents continue to demonstrate their leadership and expertise in the real estate industry, enjoy sharing their knowledge with their colleagues, delighting their clients, and consistently show their commitment to their local communities.

Top Selling Maine REALTORS®

Top Maine Realtor Sue MeservierSue Meservier

#23
Meservier & Associates
Auburn Office

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Top Maine Realtor John Harmon IIJohn Harmon II

#31
Team Harmon
South Portland Office

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Top Maine Realtor Bridget KingBridget King

#36
The Bridget King Team
South Portland Office

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Top Maine Realtor Jeff WalkerJeff Walker

#41
Walker Team Real Estate
South Portland Office

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Top Maine Realtor Anne-Marie McKenzieAnne-Marie McKenzie

#78
Anne-Marie McKenzie & Associates
Falmouth Office

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Top Maine Realtors Carrie Scoville Amy FoleyCarrie Scoville – Amy Foley

#79
The Scoville Foley Team
South Portland Office

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Maine Realtor To Run The TCS New York City Marathon

The Maine Real Estate Network’s very own April Tracy, will run in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon to raise money for Camp Sunshine.

April Tracy Maine RealtorThe TCS New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon. Last year marked the triumphant return after being postponed by hurricane Sandy. Join the Camp Sunshine Team at this years running of the 44th Annual New York City Marathon.

You can help Camp Sunshine reach their goal of raising $40,000 to sponsor 20 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine also provides bereavement sessions for families who have lost a child to supported illnesses.

For her part, April has set a goal of raising $6000 and is raffling off a package of gift cards to her favorite local restaurants.

So far the package includes:

  • $50 to Seadog Brewing
  • $50 to Snow Squall
  • $25 to Easy Day
  • $25 to Old Port Candy Co.
  • $25 to Otto Pizza
  • $10 to Reds Dairy Freeze
  • $25 to Maine Squeeze
  • Two Dozen Donuts to Tony’s Donuts
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April Tracy, Maine Realtor

Message from April:

Raffle tickets can be purchased in my SoPo Office or online here:
1 for $10
6 for $50 
15 for $100
If you purchase online just make a note in the notes/comments section when you donate of how many tickets you would like. If you write a check, please make it payable to Camp sunshine. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I really appreciate it. I have hit the half way mark and just have over a month to fundraise the rest.
THANKS AGAIN~APRIL

New Affordable Wells Condo – Only One Left

Anyone house hunting in Southern Maine knows how challenging it can be to find affordable homes for sale in Wells Maine.  The search can be even more difficult if you are looking for new construction.  There has been one location providing both affordable homes and quality new construction to Wells Maine home buyers:  Stephen Eaton Woods.

We are down to the last unit available at Stephen Eaton Woods in Wells.  This a year-round two-bedroom condo just a couple miles from the beach.  All the features you’ve come to expect, like hardwood, granite and stainless are included.   See more photos, maps, and details here: http://www.themainerealestatenetwork.com/listing/1137779/163-stephen-eaton-lane-7-wells-me-04090/

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Maine’s Biggest Ice Bucket Challenge

The Maine Real Estate Network is excited to attempt Maine’s biggest ice bucket challenge on Friday, September 12th at 1:00pm and you are invited to join us!  There will be food and fun for all.

Maine’s Biggest Ice Bucket ChallengeALS ice bucket challenge | The Maine Real Estate Network
Friday, Sept. 12th
1:00pm
The Maine Real Estate Network Main Office
75 John Roberts Road, South Portland

 

We are assembling as many of our agents as possible and welcome clients, friends, family, and community members to join us.  Be sure to wear orange and bring a towel!.  This will be a fun free event with the goal of raising awareness and funds for the ALS Association.  Donations for the ALSA will be collected at the event and The Maine Real Estate Network will match all donations collected.

If you don’t think you can quite handle icy water on your head but would like to participate, come on by anyway.  We will need plenty of folks to do the honors and dump the buckets on us.

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Western Maine Expansion!

Our fearless leader and company owner, Loni Graiver grew up in Western Maine, so it holds a special place in his heart.  The Maine Real Estate Network already has offices in Norway and Fryeburg, servicing many Western Maine communities.  However, we are thrilled to announce that Four Seasons Realty of Bethel Maine, an established leading real estate firm, has now joined The Maine Real Estate Network.

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Four Seasons Realty is truly a family business. In 1994, Gordon Brown founded Four Seasons Realty and in 2002 Julia and Gary Williamson joined the team as sales agents. Since 2005, Four Seasons Realty has been owned and operated by Gary and Julia Williamson (Gordon’s Grand-Daughter and her husband).

Over the past 5 years, Gary Williamson, Owner/Broker, has been #1 for the most transactions in the Bethel area. As well as in 2004, he was the leader in most transactions for the State of Maine. They believe in the team approach to selling real estate so their clients, whether buying or selling, get the best service possible.

Gary and Julia Williamson, along with Sally Harkins, Holly Brown, and Cassie Mason will continue to offer their extensive experience and expertise to Western Maine buyers, sellers, and investors and now have the tools and resources of Maine’s largest (and all Maine owned and operated) real estate agency at their disposal.

Please do stop by the office to say hello!

32 Parkway Road Unit 1 , Bethel ME, 04217

207-418-1560

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Gary Williamson

Julia Williamson

Julia Williamson

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Sally Harkins

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Our Newest Maine Real Estate Listings – June 2014

Take a peek at a few of our newest properties for sale throughout Maine! From affordable, single-story houses on beautiful lots to spacious and luxurious homes with modern amenities, these Maine homes for sale offer something for everyone.

 

1. 9 Souther Road Livermore Falls, Maine

 

MLS# 1143033  MLS# 1143033

 

This lovely home offers one-floor living with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1358 square feet in beautiful Livermore Falls, ME. Priced at $95,000, the home features an open floor plan, one-car attached garage, and multiple heating options (new propane boiler, wood boiler, and wood stove).

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2. 25 Olde Colony Lane Cape Elizabeth, Maine

 

MLS #1143030  MLS# 1143030

6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,743 square feet. Priced at $750,000. Located in the beautiful town of Cape Elizabeth, this home features an open concept living space full of luxury amenities.  The interior is complete with a gourmet kitchen, master suite with a spa bath, and skylights in the master bedroom. Outside, there’s a deck and large yard suited for entertaining and summer lounging.

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3. 8 Scrimshaw Lane Saco, Maine

 

MLS# 1143001  MLS# 1143001

 

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,096 square feet. This traditional home in Saco offers cathedral ceilings, a beautiful master suite, and Brazilian Cherry floors. Priced at $569,900, it also features a two-car garage, front porch, and a large deck and pool in the back of the house.

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4. 153 Birchwood Drive Sabattus, Maine

 

MLS# 1142993  MLS# 1142993

This updated and move-in-ready home in Sabattus offers 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a beautiful oversized garage complete with a bonus room and deck on its upper level. Priced at $130,000, this home also includes many of the furnishings in the sale. Enjoy the 0.93 acre flat lot with mature trees, gardens and landscaping around the home.

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Impressed? So are we. Contact us to schedule a tour of any one of these homes and chat with an agent today.

 

Sales Up 9.04% Statewide

The Maine Association of Realtors® released the latest rolling quarter sales statistics today for the Maine real estate market.  Statewide, the number of homes sold has increased 9.04% from the same period last year, while the median sales price has eased down 4.29%

Looking more closely at the county statistics, you will see that many counties saw double digit increases in the number of homes sold.  Some counties, such as Kennebec, saw double digit increases in the median sales price as well.  Statistics can only tell you so much.  Contacting a trusted Maine Real Estate Network Realtor® for a more in depth analysis of your specific area is the best way to find out about current market trends and how they may impact your sale or purchase.

For example, the chart below shows a decrease in the number of homes sold in Cumberland county from this time last year, however our Cumberland county real estate experts know that the decrease is fueled primarily by a low inventory of available homes for sale in that area.  Buyers are lining up to purchase homes in Cumberland County, but well priced homes are moving quickly and some buyers are loosing out by not moving aggressively enough with their offer.

Please do contact us with any questions or if you would like a more detailed analysis.  We will be happy to match you up with a trusted local expert for your area.

You can view the full press release here.

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Upcoming Open Houses – June 14th & 15th

Scroll down to view a list of open houses in Maine for this Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th.  Contact us if you are interested in learning more about any of these properties.

To start your own Maine real estate search, visit our advanced search page.

 

 126 Pickerell Pond Road Limerick, Maine

Sunday, June 15th – 1:00PM to 3:00PM

126 Pickerel Pond Road Limerick Maine    126 Pickerel Pond Road Limerick Maine - yard

This lake house for sale in Limerick, Maine is listed at $379,900 and was rebuilt from the ground up.  It features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and over 2300 square feet of living space.  If you are looking for a level lot with a private beach, this is it!

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126 Angler’s Road Windham, Maine

Sunday, June 15th – 2:00PM to 4:00PM

126 Anglers Road Windham Maine   126 Anglers Road Windham Maine - dock

This outstanding lakefront home in Windham, Maine is listed at $295,000.  It features 100 feet of private water frontage plus a new dock and deck.  Other updates include new siding, flooring, kitchen, and a fireplace.

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19 Brookside Drive Lyman, Maine

Saturday, June 14th – 11:00AM to 2:00PM

19 Brookside Drive Lyman Maine   19 Brookside Drive Lyman Maine - interior

This 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for sale in Lyman, Maine is listed at $272,000.  Just a few of the many upgrades include cost efficient heating and a brand new roof.

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47 Dewitt Hill Road Durham, Maine

Sunday, June 15th – 11:00AM to 1:00PM

47 Dewitt Hill Road Durham Maine   47 Dewitt Hill Road Durham Maine - interior

This 3 bedroom, cape style home for sale in Durham, Maine is listed at $249,000.  It features a new kitchen with cherry cabinets, hardwood floors, a large covered deck, and a two car garage.

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21 Colley Brook Drive Windham, Maine

Sunday, June 15th – 11:00AM to 1:00PM

21 Colley Brook Drive Windham Maine   21 Colley Brook Drive Windham Maine - interior

This spacious 3 bedroom, cape style home for sale in Windham, Maine is listed at $225,000.  It offers three floors of living space including a rec room and two family rooms.  There is also a 30 foot wrap-around deck and basketball court.

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Contact us if you are interested in learning more about any of the properties above.

You can view all upcoming open houses here.

 

June Open House Extravaganza – June 7th and 8th 2014

Back by popular demand, The Maine Real Estate Network is holding another Open House Extravaganza this weekend, June 7th and 8th.  We have over 80 open houses scheduled for you this weekend.

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You can register for your chance to win a Microsoft Surface at any of our open houses this weekend.

win a Microsoft SurfaceAnd yes, you can register once at each open house you visit, so the more you go to, the more chances you have to win.  We will draw the winner on or before the 13th.  Who knows, you might win the Surface AND find your new forever home.

With over 80 homes open, there are bound to be several in your area.  Click here or on the map below to open a searchable and interactive map of all of our open houses.

Open Houses in Maine

See more details, photos, and directions for all of our open houses on our Open House page.