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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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).

Click here to learn more.

 

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.

Click here to learn more.

 

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.

Click here to learn more.

 

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.

Click here to learn more.

 

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!

Click here for more information.

 

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.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

 

Hoops For The Homeless This Sunday!

Hoops For The HomelessThe Maine Real Estate Network is both excited and honored to sponsor the Hoops For The Homeless event taking place this Sunday, June 8th at XLSportsworld in Saco.

When:   Sunday, June 8th at 2:00pm,  1:00pm for teams and participants

Where:  400 North Street, Saco ME  XLSportsworld

“Hoops For the Homeless” is a combined endeavor between Project Blessing and the Maine Hoops Basketball Club.  The event is being held to raise awareness of the issues the Homeless face as they move into housing and raise funds and gather items to assist those individuals as they make this transition.   This is the mission of Project Blessing.

See the great video from WGME Channel 13

This great organization fills an important need in the community.  It is a true “hand up” and not hand out program that supports the successful transition out of homelessness and dependence.  There is a great need for regular household items when previously homeless community members move into housing.  Project Blessing fills this gap and provides needed items that facilitate the transition enabling people to work, provide for their families, and become self-reliant.

There will be a 3 vs. 3 tournament, and you are invited to come help set a new Guiness Book World Record for the largest game of Knockout ever.

You do not need to be on a team to participate, you do not need to be a basketball player to participate, you don’t even need to know the rules of Knockout.  You only need to want to help raise  awareness of the plight of the Homeless as they find places to live.   

They are looking for as many commitments as possible.  If you or a group are willing to commit please email Name/Group and number of participants tohoops4homelessmaine@gmail.com.  Participants are encouraged to bring a donated household item from the list below, however, it is not required.  

COMMON ITEMS NEEDED – ITEMS TO DONATE

Kitchen Basics:  Can Openers, Dish Cloth and Towels, Dish Soap and Scrubbers, Glasses and Mugs, Plates, Cearal/Soup Bowls, Pots and Pans, Spatulas and Large Cooking Spoons.

Bath Basics:  Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Face Cloths, Deodorant, Shaving Razor, Shampoo, Shower Curtain and Rings, Bars of Soap, Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Toilet Paper.

Sleep Basics: Blankets, Pillows, Bed Sheet Sets,

Other Items: Small Appliances such as coffee makers, clocks, clock radios, (alarm clocks!) bath mats, laundry baskets, and other small items casserole dishes and other cookware.

Our Newest Maine Real Estate Listings – May 2014

View our most recently listed homes in Maine below including condos and single family homes in Old Orchard Beach, Sebago, Hollis, New Gloucester, and Scarborough.  Contact us if you have questions about any of these properties.

 

189 East Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach, Maine

189 East Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach Maine   189 East Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach Maine - interior

This affordable condo for sale in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is listed at $115,000.  It features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and beautiful ocean views.  This unit can be rented weekly or used as a year-round residence.

Click here to learn more.

 

29 Moose Cove Lodge Road Sebago, Maine

29 Moose Cove Lodge Rd Sebago Maine   29 Moose Cove Lodge Rd Sebago Maine - interior

Listed at $139,000, this new construction cabin for sale in Sebago, Maine is tucked away in the heart of the lakes region.  It features 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1,000 square feet of living space.

Click here to learn more.

 

Hollis Road Hollis, Maine

Hollis Rd Hollis Maine    Hollis Rd Hollis Maine - back

This ranch home for sale in Hollis, Maine is listed at $231,500.  It features 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, hardwood floors, and cathedral ceilings.  The street address is to be determined.

Click here to learn more.

 

6 Church Street Scarborough, Maine

6 Church St Scarborough Maine   6 Church St Scarborough Maine - yard

This 4 bedroom cape style home for sale in Scarborough, Maine is listed at $229,300.  Recent updates include a new roof, windows, and siding.  There is also an over-sized, detached garage and fenced-in yard at the back of the house.

Click here to learn more.

 

28 Maple Street New Gloucester, Maine

28 Maple St New Gloucester Maine   28 Maple St New Gloucester Maine - interior

This 2 bedroom home for sale in Gloucester, Maine is listed at $160,000.  It has many high end finishes including pine ceilings, wainscoting, and stainless steel appliances.  The large unfinished basement also has new windows.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

If you have are interested in learning more about any of the homes above, reach out to us.

You can also start our own Maine real estate search by vising our advanced search page.

 

Upcoming Open Houses – May 18th 2014

View a list of open houses for this Sunday, May 18th.  To view a complete list of our upcoming open houses, click here.  If you have questions about any of these homes, contact our team.

 

10 Oakmont Drive Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Sunday, May 18th – 1:00PM to 3:00PM

11 Oakmont Dr Old Orchard Beach Maine  11 Oakmont Dr Old Orchard Beach Maine - interior

This Wild Dunes colonial home for sale in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is listed at $420,000.  It features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and hardwood flooring throughout.  There is also an expansive master suite with whirlpool bath.

Click here for more information.

 

416 Danforth Street Portland, Maine

Sunday, May 18th – 12:00PM to 2:00PM

416 Danforth St Portland Maine   416 Danforth St Portland Maine - interior

This West End 2 bedroom condo for sale in Portland, Maine was just reduced to $385,000.  It features crown molding, hardwood floors throughout, and cherry cabinets in the kitchen.

Click here for more information.

 

2 Kennebago Drive Scarborough, Maine

Sunday, May 18th – 11:00AM to 1:00PM

2 Kennebago Dr Scarborough Maine   2 Kennebago Dr Scarborough Maine - interior

This brand new 3 bedroom home for sale in Scarborough Maine is ready to move in.  Listed at $324,900, this home features granite counter tops in the kitchen plus hardwood and tile floors throughout the first floor.

Click here for more information.

 

251 West Pownal Road North Yarmouth, Maine

Sunday, May 18th - 11:00AM to 1:00PM

251 West Pownal Rd North Yarmouth Maine - exterior   251 West Pownal Rd North Yarmouth Maine

This 3 bedroom, open concept home for sale in North Yarmouth, Maine is listed at $299,000.  It features a spacious cook’s kitchen with corian counter tops and double wall ovens.

Click here for more information.

 

If you would like to learn more about any of these homes, contact The Maine Real Estate Network.

You can also view other open houses here or start your Maine real estate search here.

 

Report Ranks Nation’s Largest Real Estate Firms

REAL Trends Ranks The Maine Real Estate Network In The Top 500.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(REAL Trends, Inc.-Denver)  According to a recent research report produced by REAL Trends, the 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the nation controlled just over 2 million residential sales transactions in 2013.  The transactions represent close to 32.6 percent of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year, yet the REAL Trends 500 represented less than three-fifths of one percent of all brokerage firms.  The 500 ranked brokers closed 2,577,483 home transactions with a value of over $767 billion during 2013 up from $624 billion in calendar year 2012.

Included in the REAL Trends 500 is The Maine Real Estate Network headquartered in South Portland Maine and ranked number 335 in the REAL Trends 500 with $406 million in residential closed Sales Volume last year.

The 2014 REAL Trends 500 is a compilation of a nationwide study of leading residential real estate companies conducted by REAL Trends, the trusted source for useful and timely information.  This year’s survey represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry.  Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms.

“The recovery in housing sales was reflected in the results from the REAL Trends 500,” says REAL Trends editor Steve Murray.  “There were a record number of firms that closed more than $1 billion in sales and over 1,000 units.  Unit sales were up 13.0 percent overall and total sales volume was up 23.0 percent.  There were over 1,450 firms that qualified for either the REAL Trends 500 or the Up and Comer list.  Many of the firms that had increased unit sales accomplished this through organic growth while merger activity remained slower than in years past. We expect acquisition activity to pick up, however, in the years to come as the market consolidates.”

REAL Trends, Inc. is a research, publishing and communication company located in Denver serving the information needs of the residential real estate industry.  For more information and the full reports visit www.realtrends.com.

The Maine Real Estate Network has 19 offices throughout the state and over 400 Realtors® providing 5 star service to Maine home buyers, sellers, and investors.

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3 Sure Fire Steps To Get Your Home Sold

get your home soldDo you want to get top dollar when you sell your home?

Of course you do!  Silly question.  We have yet to meet a homeowner who says, “I want you to sell my home, but I really don’t care what I get for it, just get rid of it.”

Here at The Maine Real Estate Network, we are hardwired to get our sellers the highest possible price for their home.  Everyone wants it, but too often we meet sellers who get sidetracked on their way to getting their home ready for sale.

When you get ready to sell your home, it is only natural to start
thinking of all of the “someday projects” you had planned.  
 

You know the ones, all of those little (and sometimes not so little) renovation plans that you knew would increase the value of your home, but you just never got around to them.  Now is not the time to start on that list.  Let it go.  Save your energy and plans for your next home so that you will be the one to enjoy the final results.

As people in the business of helping people move out of homes they don’t want and into homes they do want, we have been able to see what works and what does not.  Through observation, experience, and research we can honestly say that there are 3 sure fire steps to take in order to get the most money from the sale of your home. …and they are simpler than you may think.

So forget, your long awaited renovation plans, keep it simple, and put your time and energy into these three areas.

 

3 Sure Fire Steps To Get More Money For Your Home

boxPURGE:  Your time in your home is coming to an end.  You have chosen to move on.  Jump start this process by packing up or getting rid of clutter and extra furniture.  Your home does not need to be a mansion to be a showcase.  Nothing says “this home has no storage space” like overflowing closets, cabinets, and cluttered countertops.  Even if you have 25 closets in your home, if they are all full, buyers will feel cramped and assume your home does not have enough storage.

Pack away your treasured nick nacks, and that wall of family photos.  Leave no more than 3 items on any surface.  This includes walls, counters, tables, etc.  This tip comes from a professional stager and we have seen the results ourselves.  Buyers need the space to feel open so they can start to picture themselves living in the home.  Remove any extra furniture that crowds the space or impedes traffic flow.  This makes even the smallest of rooms feel more spacious.

 

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PAINT:  A fresh coat of neutral color paint is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to give a home a face lift.  Your daughter may have loved her purple walls, but for every buyer that likes purple, there are 5 who will look at those walls and just think of the work it will take to cover them.  Don’t give them a reason to cross your home off their list or to discount their offer.  If you are unsure about how the color choices in your home may impact your home’s sale, check with your trusted Maine Real Estate Network Realtor®.

 

clean   CLEAN:   Interestingly, cleaning is the single-most effective step you can take to get your home sold fast and for top dollar.  A sparkling clean home gives the buyers the feeling that the home has been well-maintained (even if it hasn’t.) We’re not talking about a casual Saturday morning cleaning.  We mean clean “like your mother-in-law is coming!”

These little extra touches will make your home stand out in the buyer’s mind.  Everyone wants to live in an immaculately clean home.  This is a pipe dream for many as busy lives interfere.  Tap into the psychology of that dream by making your home stand out. Move the furniture and get all the corners, wash the light switch plates, get the dead bugs out of the light fixtures, the cobwebs in the corners, and make the appliances and windows sparkle!

 

To sum it up, forget about those big “someday projects.”  Don’t make it harder.  Focus on the things you can control.  Keep to these 3 sure fire steps and you will find that you can keep your sanity, sell your home faster, and get more money.

To get the most bang for your buck, you will need a Realtor® who can maximize your efforts with an effective and far reaching marketing strategy.  Give us a call or use the “Ask A Question” box to the right and we will happily show you the impact of proper and thorough marketing on the sale of your home.