House Hunters Survival Kit

You have decided that it is time to move.  You’ve made your list and checked it twice…(your list of things your new home must have and things you would like it to have.)  You have your loan pre-qualification letter in hand and your favorite Realtor by your side.  Let the house hunting begin!  We have put together a handy list of items needed for you to create your very own House Hunters Survival Kit.  After all, you are not picking out a microwave, you are making one of the largest purchases of your life.  Making sure you have these items will keep the process enjoyable and make it all flow more smoothly.

House Hunters Survival KitComfortable Shoes

Here in Maine in the winter, that means boots.  We hope the sellers have cleared the snow and ice, but you never know.  They may have cleared the driveway and walkways, but if you want to poke around the back yard, you’ll want to have your boots on.

Clip board, paper, and pencil

Making a list of the homes you will see with space left for adding your comments is a great idea.  After each home tour, jot down a few notes about what you liked best and any challenges for each home.  These notes will become invaluable when it comes time for you to decide which home suits your needs the best.

A Camera (or smart phone)

Trust us, after you have viewed a half dozen homes, they will start to blur together and you may forget which is which.  Snapping a few photos of the homes you like will go a long way towards helping you keep them straight.


After all, you need to keep up your strength and energy.


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Sense of Humor

This one is a must have.  There are bound to be a few stressful moments caused by something you and your Realtor® cannot control.  It is always best to find the humor in the moment and move on.


Don’t let yourself get dragged down.  Remember, you are choosing the place you and your family will call home for years to come.  You might find it right away, or it may take a little time.  Never forget that this is an exciting time in your life.

An Ounce of Patience…OK, maybe a gallon would be better

Buying a home is a process.  There may be others who are also interested in the home that you want.  There may be some issues that arise during inspections, the appraisal, or final loan approval.  However, there is a great home for everyone.  Keep your eyes on the prize.  Once you find THE one, you may feel like you want to skip over the whole process and just move in.  Take a deep breath and let your trusted Realtor® guide you through the process and the remaining hurdles.  Your patience will pay off.  Once your offer is accepted, inspections are complete, the appraisal is done, and final loan approval received, you will sign on the dotted line and get the prize at the end…a new home for you and your family.


Can You Afford NOT To Sell Your Home Now?

You have decided that you want to move.  Maybe you need more space, or less space, would like a different location, need a new project, would like to leave your current project, want to move into the city, or out to the country.  No matter what your motivation for moving, many people end this train of thought with “Can I afford to sell right now?”

Rather than ending your dream of moving, I would encourage you to spring forward into action by asking yourself:  “Can I afford NOT to sell right now?”  Now may be one of the best times to sell your home and move into the home you have always wanted.

Why Sell Your Home Now?

Buyers are waking up

The fall and winter real estate market brings out the serious buyers.  Buyers who are “just looking” and think “it might be nice to move” stick to the summer months.  Well priced and prepared homes are selling quickly and sometimes even with multiple offers.

Interest rates are still incredibly low

Do you have a 6 or 7% mortgage right now?  You can sell your home and buy one with today’s lower rates (often 3.25%-4%.)  That means you can buy more house for the money, enabling you to get what you truly want.  A $200,000 home with a mortgage payment of $1600/month at a 7% rate, may only have a $1250 monthly payment at a 3.5% rate*.

Competition is low

Home owners who just wanted to put their home on the market to see what would happen, have since left the market.  Others are still “waiting until prices go up” even more before putting their homes on the market.  Sadly, that means that prices will go up on the homes they want to buy as well.  However, this leaves the door wide open for you to sell your home.

Let the others wait and miss out.  You know what you want.  You are the one with vision and an eye for opportunity.  Can you really afford NOT to sell now?  CLICK HERE to let us connect you with one of our premier REALTORS® who can help you assess your specific situation and get you on your way to the home you have always wanted.

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*rates listed are PITI taken from a handy online mortgage calculator.  Be sure to check in with your local mortgage broker for the latest and most detailed rate information.

Top 5 Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Maine Lakefront Real EstateSelling 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.

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

Best Maine RealtorsOut 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

Meservier & Associates
Auburn Office

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Top Maine Realtor John Harmon IIJohn Harmon II

Team Harmon
South Portland Office

Read more about John


Top Maine Realtor Bridget KingBridget King

The Bridget King Team
South Portland Office

Read more about Bridget


Top Maine Realtor Jeff WalkerJeff Walker

Walker Team Real Estate
South Portland Office

Read more about Jeff


Top Maine Realtor Anne-Marie McKenzieAnne-Marie McKenzie

Anne-Marie McKenzie & Associates
Falmouth Office

Read more about Anne-Marie


Top Maine Realtors Carrie Scoville Amy FoleyCarrie Scoville – Amy Foley

The Scoville Foley Team
South Portland Office

Read more about Carrie and Amy


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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
April Tracy The Maine Real Estate Network

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.
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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:

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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
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.

maine's biggest ice bucket challenge | TMREN

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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.

Maine Real Estate for Sale

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.

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Please do stop by the office to say hello!

32 Parkway Road Unit 1 , Bethel ME, 04217


Gary Williamson

Gary Williamson

Julia Williamson

Julia Williamson


Holly Brown

Sally Harkins

Sally Harkins

Cassie Mason

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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


Livermore Falls ME Real Estate  Livermore Falls ME Homes for Sale


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


Cape Elizabeth ME Real Estate  Cape Elizabeth ME Homes for Sale

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


Saco ME Real Estate  Saco ME Homes for Sale


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


Sabattus ME Real Estate  Sabattus ME Homes for Sale

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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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.

Maine real estate market


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