Houlton, ME Real Estate News

By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The home for sale is in tip top shape and the personal property arranged just so in all the rooms.The home buyer likes what he sees and we're not talking just the room sizes, the house features and location. The furnishings, the outdoor patio items, the toys in the garage all add to the sizzle of the real estate sale. But personal property, what stays, what goes, what do each party expect in the real estate sale?Are there laws in your state that say a cook stove has to be left in the sale of a house?Do the buyer and seller you are working with on a real estate sale know the difference between what's a fixture, what's personal property?How to handle the personal property scattered around the listing for sale?The stuff from Wally World, the family heirlooms, the trash or treasure appointm...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Ten pm, not the same time slot in the morning but the one late at night, the you tube real estate channel is open for business.And the show and tell is at a peak we find from study of the analytics. How come? People are busy, have little extra time in overbooked living. The kids are finally in bed, the real estate buyers before shutting off the nightstand lamp open up the lap top and tap tap, lean back into the pillow to watch, listen.The transfer of information from the open house on demand feature that real estate video can supply.No plane tickets, motels, tolls, rent a cars for the out of state buyer traveling up long highways to look at just a few new listings as they trickle into the real estate property feed one at a time. Easy peasy for the local buyer to see and hear about anyth...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The dinosaur stone age dog and pony delayed way to market real estate.It used to be plant a sign in the lawn of a new home listing for sale. Whip together something about be happy here, hurry, nice yard, nice house, location location location. There... that's enough to tease and draw them in like flies. Okay, maybe a newspaper ad or two. Then wait for it, the real estate sale. That's all there was. Everyone does it this way. It used to be read read all about the new listing sprinkled with a few images, no video and with a pretty skimpy description tacked on for good measure. For the biggest investment or sale most of us ever find ourselves involved in in life. Many of the write ups and image arrays looking pretty much like the last listing, the next one too that the property buyer studi...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Real estate videos, the most powerful weapon in the entire property listing marketing tool box.In low cost but far away from population center rural markets especially, videos avoid costly delay. Getting folks inside, all around the outside of the property listing. And videos of the community do the fastest, most efficient way of rolling out the red carpet treatment. Providing a quick and easy local area transfer of the local community flavor, for all the events, to create a picture of just what it would be like living in this location on planet Earth. But sadly here are the excuses for not using real estate video. Sometimes the missing video component to the marketing is because aging real estate agents and brokers just don't want to change or add new better ways to save buyers preciou...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Exchanging your current house for a new property, buying and selling your home at the same time.It's no secret that to buy a home is much easier when you don't already own one. Some people collect homes and could argue can you ever really have too many? But for those without three or more second homes kicking around, most folks seem to handle best one home at a time. Letting go of one home, needing to find another house.Relocation, retirement, divorce and health concerns go along with financial success or an estate inheritance that causes the reach for a new set house keys please.Your needs change in housing and adjustments are needed through your life to make sure the home fit is not too snug and not too tight but just right.Should you do it? Or is your first home your last house to sp...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
They say a home is not just an investment to avoid paying rent, that you buy a lifestyle. And often in life to get more than you can afford for a property, it means buying one that needs work. Sometimes lots of labor, plenty of blood sweat and tears. Take the example of fixing up an old farmhouse. Not to flip it, but to restore the spread back to it's original glory. From the ground up and side to side rehabilitation.Beyond the center stone home for the farmer's family repairs and restoration, every one of the auxillary buildings surrounding it along with the big barn with tremendous hay loft storage capacity needs attention. To replace and repair what has gone bad. To retrace missteps taken by previous owners who meant well and had the best of intentions. But at the end of the day, you...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
So you need to dig in and find work, all you can about current jobs in Houlton Maine. What's available today. You have lived here all your life or never set foot in the town of Houlton. Or somewhere in between. You may have a job but keeping your options ope and scanning to see what else is our there for work in Houlton Maine. Here's a link for jobs in Houlton Maine. Employment is part of the putting meat on the table and the setting up with anyone that sends you bills monthly. There are many who move to Houlton Maine that have incomes that follow them here. Or they telecommute to their old employment local just online.This area of Northern Maine has excellent Internet connectivity, lots of free wifi options if you are traveling this border town with Canada.This is the transportation hi...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The home in Maine, you are going away in the winter and wondering about saving a few fuel bucks in heating cost.Should you drain your house pipes, blow out the plumbing and not heat your home winters in Maine?When a pipe bursts in a baseboard heating element or in a bathroom, the kitchen. It is not just a short section of pipe you have to replace. It is the water damage caused from the running H2O that ruins ceilings, from the second floor cascading down to soak the first floor. Then onward to the basement to fill it up higher and higher. Filling starting from the top, heading to the bottom. Like a geyser. Until someone stops the flow. Or old man winter freezes up the place solid so the running water stops. No one's home. They don't know yet. Who's your insurance agent again?You're off ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Farms for sale in Maine, homes with agricultural land surrounding them.Raising animals, growing food on your own farm is a strong desire with a lot of real estate buyers. Knowing where you food came from is piece of mind. Feeding others is a pretty neat profession too. Because if you run out of food, nothing else matters so much. No farmer, no food can be a sobering thought that stops conversation while you let the notion sink in. Putting the pasture or fertile field to work is hard work. No one will argue that point. Pass the corn on the cob please and here is a nice big baked potato coming at you in the heaping bowl extended with a barnyard farm table reach. Let's eat.Growing, raising your own food on a farm in Maine property listing gets you outdoors.Puts you in the best physical and...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Living in a small Maine town, there is nothing like the personal connection.Because the population is small, the connection is strong. Folks in small Maine communities don't live in fear. Have never experienced gangs, turf wars or heavy crime. The doors are unlocked, keys are in the vehicles parked in the driveways. Left in town outside stores while the driver zips inside without the "bleep bleep" or worry will it still be there when they come out with groceries. Could you live comfortably in a small Maine town?What makes a small Maine town great? Here is the history on Houlton ME where I live, work and play.In small rural areas of Maine, which all communities pretty much are except for the handful of cities, the folks are friendly.You find helpful, down to Earth, hard working, family f...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Videos for real estate, you have a play list on your show and tell channel all seasoned with community flavor right?Let's face it, in a small rural real estate market there are only so many local buyers. The inventory turns over slower and the price tags are low to the ground. Your real estate buyer has a price advantage for sure. But when the marketing ray gun power is cranked up to broadcast far from your small town location, the what you need to provide your property buyer changes a tad.What is is like in your small Maine town? What are the people like? What do the people like to do? Will I fit into this group and will they like me? Is this a good move? It's a big decision that affects their life big time.The out of town real estate buyer knows little about your location unless they ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Two primary topics every real estate blogger should tackle on a regular basis.Finding a home is a pretty important task for a real estate buyer. And the other side of the real estate coin. What's my home really worth today? Selling a home is all a home owners thinks about day and night when there is a real estate sign spiked in the yard.Resources for buyers and sellers on your real estate website better be in there. Because besides just property listings on what's for sale, what just sold, your buyers and sellers need more things for their empty information wire cart. That they push through the aisles of your real estate website looking for more than the sticks and bricks. Your real estate buyers want to now about mistakes to avoid, help with financing a home.Real estate buyers don't ha...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Heart of gold, solid sticks and bricks but the home for sale in Maine is not a stunner.Dirty but nice, has a bodacious yard, boatloads of storage space and closets everywhere you turn. But no 24 karat sparkle and ooh ooh there is a bit of the sweet and sour smell. When your buyers mutter "woof" during showings, how do you defend the place without arguing with the public that is always right? Price it to sell. Property for sale that is blue light special priced, the homes that are so cheap to cash and carry.Those low cost homes in Maine are popular. Because they are the second home for vacations in Maine scooped up by a group of buyers. Who are sports that hunt, fish, snow sled, four wheel ATV and just want an affordable location to avoid the motel and eating out costs.And around any pro...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The audio track in your real estate video is pretty darn important.Don't think sound in your video for a real estate listing or local community presentation matters that much? Whoa. Are you still thinking "talkies" are a passing fad? That only a piano player down front is all you need when you settle into the chair? Looking up to take in a moving picture show on the silver screen down at the BIJOU and munching on popcorn, slurping a Moxie.Ever had someone turn the sound volume off the best part of a show or movie?How's it feel missing out on some of the important conversation? No big deal or the longer the dead air goes on, do you want to reach for something to throw to get that sound restored? A person standing in front of the living room TV screen is the same interruption that leaves ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Tips, tricks to help real estate buyers and sellers. It's pretty simple right?Doesn't it all boil down to real estate buyers just want to find the best house for the least amount of money? An updated home with the smallest job jar repair list and parked in the nicest neighborhood? And real estate buyers need to be able to see all the newest real estate listings inside/outside to completely slice, dice, filter. To figure out and easily spot which is the best of the bunch to make it their own home sweet home.Real estate sellers just want to know what is my home worth?Let's not mince with words or beat around the bush shall we?What improvements or house repair updates will help the sale happen fast?What is the quickest route to to take to get from the real estate listing to the property cl...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Horsing around, wanting to locate and searching  for horse farms for sale in Maine?You've come to the right place because lots of land for little money is the way every real estate sale rock and rolls where I live in Aroostook County Maine. The first thing I notice when traveling in a city setting is how jammed in all the homes are.That's no way to live worrying about invading someone's space or the other way around.Rural Maine small town living is spread out and without the people, all the traffic, noise, and crime.Your neighbor right on top of you and why have windows on the sides of your home in the city landscape?Board 'em over, save your money on the high performance tinted insulated glass.Because all they do is remind you how close the reach out and touch your neighbor's house is ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Cheap Maine homes for sale under $30,000. Welcome to Maine where everything is low cost, nothing is stuffy. In small town Maine living, you don't see real estate listings with 3 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms either. The practical not showy properties have the greatest appeal. A garage to get your car in under cover, so you don't have to scrape ice off the windshield the next morning is a popular listing feature. A solid roof, good foundation, big lot or plenty of land acreage is what real estate buyers looking for a small town way of living ask for in their emails, phone calls, office visits.Learn more about simple living in Maine.The lifestyle that comes with all these low cost Maine homes for sale, the other property listings. We spend all four seasons outdoors. We know we are lucky to live i...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
How to buy a home with a small down payment home loan.Getting on the trail that leads you from renting to owning a Maine home. It used to be no twenty five percent of the home priced saved up, then keep renting until you do hit that savings point. Heck even twenty percent down is a hard task for most home buyers today. Even though way less secondary mortgage market lending hassles if you can plop that much down to buy a home. So living the dream of home ownership and to quit renting.Here's the quandry. Buying a home when there is not a mountain of money saved up and in the bank, tucked away in the mattress.For a down payment like back in the days of the twenty five percent squirreled away first routine before you were ready to consider buying a home. Today, it helps to be a veteran with...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The location of your real estate buyer, the device they are using, their unique emotional needs dictate how to create the media feed.That you slice, dice, cook up deliver with a hot and ready information sizzle. Real estate is not just one house after another blur of sameness meal if the broker listing them creates a stand out combination of helpful, detailed print, imagery and video. Use your writing skill, image/video presentation marketing tools wisely. When building something solid and worthwhile for the real estate audience.Make it something that sparks emotion. Somewhere deep down inside the real estate buyer that grabs their attention. Holds their interest.Stirs and builds desire that leads to the jump start their heart call to action.You gotta get this new real estate listing to...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
If you and I were gypsies, nomads, pretty much slept under the stars with all we own carried around in our back packs. Born under a wandering star. In the back of a Greyhound bus. Housing would not be such a big deal. Our next meal, staying warm or dry, avoiding being eaten, taking a bath once in a while in a lake or river. Pretty much sums it up as we hit the trail. Just can't wait. Are on the road again as Willy and the boys sang.The home needs would not change and the debate McMansion or McCotttage would not be aired out in the open. But the reality of life is you and I DO need housing. And what works best for the sticks and bricks changes dramatically.Our home, it's features and location, condition impacts the quality of our life.Boy, how just an extra half bath could save fist figh...
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