Houlton, ME Real Estate News

By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     This past year, a super dvd movie with tons of old photos, vintage movie footage, early maps and local talent re-enacment of  Maine history was crafted into "The Story Of Houlton, Maine". The local two screen Temple Theatre with balconies on each side is an historic dream too...carefully restored to reflect the period of early silver screen grandeur! Since 1913, this theatre is the setting for the local showing of  Houlton from its first establishment by Joseph Houlton who rode by horse up from Salem Massachusetts.  See the movers and shakers and early settlers who shaped the great place Houlton is today. History helps give perspective and the vision of the early town fathers.  It explains the process that lead to where we are today and how we got there. Showings January 21st at 6:...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Following your favorite local team, basketball or hockey in the winter in Aroostook County, Maine. No matter the weather, no matter the distance, hoot, holler and follow your team.  My job to capture it on youth hockey videos...like this latest varsity Maine hockey game with Houlton Hodgdon Blackhawks in Augusta's Kennebec Ice Arena with Win Dale losing 9-1! How local folks in Maine keep track of their teams place in the standings? By visiting the Maine Principal Associations Heal Points website.  This site is usually updated on Tuesdays so youth basketball and hockey players from around Maine study the statistics for bragging rights. Boys and girls, no matter the class that is determined by the Maine school enrollment numbers.  These games are in between plowing snow in Aroostook ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     In some real estate markets, you start out with a home with apartment income from an extra unit or two to leap into the home ownership arena.  Or you forget it, content to rent yourself for a time to save money in your entry level job unless you have the means to buy your first  single family home. In Houlton Maine, less than two percent vacancy and just over 560 units means being a landlord does not require you have to give away free microwaves and offer bend over backwards incentives to please rent from me and fill this one of many empty units.       There is more demand than supply and often when I suggest to a couple a little low on income producing power to consider an apartment house, heels dig in.  Bad tenants, horror stories about the guy who trashed every unit he went into...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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    When considering moving to a new area, its nice to know the hospital there has all the specialties.  Houlton Regional Hospital on Hartford Street has everything from OB/GYN's to cardiac specialists to out patient clinics of all kinds. Physcial therapy is handled expertly at Positive Steps and routine industrial medicine is processed efficiently at Company Doc.  Visit the Houlton Regional Hospital website here. Learn about a variety of HRH events here.  The CEO of HRH is Thomas Moakler who does a fine job of keeping spirits high and running the facilty professionally.  He knows the workers, their families on a first name basis and is not stuck in an executive office like some hosptial heads. Tom is very involved in the community and has a daughter that was the best Maine tennis playe...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     When a buyer is considering a move to Houlton Maine, there are usually five questions that get asked if they know they want to live in Maine...just not sure which town.  First, tell me about your schools.  Second, what is your hospital like? Third, how much snow, what kind of Maine weather do you get? Fourth, is there a well run parks and rec program?(Yesss!) And fifth, do you have a library and how extensive is it? We've covered the other areas in earlier blogs so Cary Library's turn on Main Street in Houlton, Maine.  As a child I remember going into the old original Houlton Maine stone library and the second floor being glass!  You could walk on it, see somewhat thru it and as a little guy I thought that was pretty neat.  The older section once the new large addition was added is...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     If you are hungry, the Houlton Rotary Club is spoiled by super food served each Monday noon at the Church of the Good Sheperd on Main Street.  The Episcopal Church in Houlton Maine has lunch crews that spoil Houlton Rotarians with a variety, quantity and friendly service that makes a stop imperative for you passing thru the town. The experience of a noon meeting with the food, singing and informative talk is worth the effort  to partake of the meal and fellowship.  The Houlton Maine club is one of the more active in Rotary District 7810 and proud of the fund raisers for many local projects that I blogged on earlier here in Active Rain.  For District 7810 news and links, visit here.  This year's District Governor is Terrence P (Terry) Lenihan of Bathhurst, New Brunwick, Canada.  The...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Have you gotten a chuckle out of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour?  Houlton Maine's 4th Of July Fair Committee has brought some major headliners in over the years from Larry The Cable Guy to this April's Jeff Dunham one and only Maine appearance.  Tickets on sale now..hurry they sell out quick and this comedy performance pulls in folks from the Atlantic Canadian provinces, southern Maine and even Northern New Hampshire. The Fair site for details can bring you up to speed. And for more on who Jeff Dunham if you don't know the name, is here.
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Yes, the calandar says January 2nd, 2008  and the Christmas / New Years Holiday is behind us for another year.  But over the holiday lull when maybe the office phone rang a little less, and the market was a little less hectic, something else was happening.  Behind the scenes, at the homes of folks around Maine and the country, loved ones were together, or had long phone conversations and emails.  The subject varies but the common denominator was the same...real estate to buy or to sell.  Grandmother's lake cottage in Maine that is not used at all, suddenly is something the entire families realizes is a good idea to finally sell.  The family is going to need a broker to help price it, market it, guide the process thru a bank and keep the family in compliance with all federal and sta...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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    You hear alot of complaints by folks that just don't want to wait any time when they go thru customs, airport security, or the pick up of their burger. But from my experience on the Houlton Maine border, traffic moves right along and both the US and Canadian side are doing a good job processing travelers / cargo! One complainer locally did admit that the wait was short but this person was late to get to a kid's hockey game.  That is not the fault of the border personnel.  It is poor planning on the parent's behalf.  He cut it too close and hoped there would not be anyone ahead of him and expected to sail thru the Canadian port of entry on the way to Woodstock New Brunswick.  It is easy to criticize but the strong canadian dollar has added traffic at the border. And  homeland securit...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Where to lay your head after a long day of driving to and tramping for northern Maine real estate in the Houlton area of Aroostook County?Where do you stay?  Well, you are not in an area of a zillion Motel 6's, Holiday Inns, Best Westerns and Day's Inns.  In Houlton you have four choices for motels...Iveys Motor Lodge, Shiretown Motor Inn, Stardust Motel and Scottish Inn.  In Smryna Maine, there is the Brookside Inn to consider.  Vacationland Estates is another option timeshare to consider. Tall Timber Lodge is a collection of log sided cabins on Drews Lake that can be rented for extend stay periods! Poor Shots Sportsman's Lodge is another option for lodging in Houlton Maine area too! Seasonally there are camps on the lake to rent by the week and traveling across the border into Ca...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The Houlton Maine office is FSA is having an open house January 3rd from 10 am to 3 pm. Three special people are retiring. They are head honcho Dana Wright, Patricia Flewelling and Mary Blanchette.  This office is critical to Northern Maine living, funding and education.  Years ago, its predecessor Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) used to make a slug of dollar down direct loans. In early 1980's, many repossession large older homes that were over 1400 square feet came back to the auction block and were pushed out of program.  The idea of ranch style, smaller living homes for smaller families became policy. They offered lower heating / up keep expenses for the property. So less turn back to FmHA became the USDA policy. For Southern Aroostook information on the Farm Service Agency branch...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     You might think that either you live in the country or rural setting. Or you are in the hustle bustle urban setting.  But now in those two broad categorites there are a slug of other variables making them vastly different.  For example, Houlton Maine shapes up like this for housing costs and crime. HOUSING COSTS -- Aroostook vs. Other Regions   Median Value of Housing (owner occupied) Median Gross Rent (renter occupied) United States $79,100 $447 Northeast$124,400$499New England$153,100$553Maine$87,400$419Aroostook $45,900 $332       Like the cost of living, the crime rate is significantly below the average for New England, as well as for the United States.   Aroostook Maine United States Crime Rate Per 1,000 People 20(2%)36(3.6%)50(5%)      Then you add in the likelihood of that c...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     There is a local lady in Houlton Maine who works day in and day out at the Catholic Church's Food Pantry.  She is the leading force looking for loads of dented cans from large grocery chains and donations from this boy scout troop, civic organization or folks from every denomination.  She is amazing and had eight kids of her own.  There is a long list of helpers she created for  unloading and emergency donations when the need is urgent. This lady is like the CEO for world hunger in the local Southern Aroostook area. I asked her how come this cause...what drives her to be so creative and diligent year after year.  She said as a child in the Boston area, she was hungry...alot.  She was raised with little money or food to go round and it became a way of life, survival.  She did not co...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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    Over 1000 auction items, over $50,000 retail value for local projects in Houlton Maine / Southern Aroostook County! Three nights to peddle products with the Houlton Rotary Club accepting the bids using WHOU radio, Polaris cable TV network and streaming on-line. This year's auction funded $15,000 toward two local school play grounds, student exchange trips over seas and many,many local programs.  Scope out the images from the successful 52nd Houlton Rotary Radio/TV/Internet Auction below. You Tube Video on auction here.
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Here is the info on the upcoming fundraiser for the Houlton Rotary Club.  The club supports many area projects but really got behind some major league playgrounds this year.  Vist the site and see how industrious and hardworking this Northern Maine group is. Aroostook County is the top of Maine..largest of the 16 counties.  Close to 70 members meet mondays at noon at the Episcopal Church's Watson Hall if you are in town for a make up meeting.  Rotary..service above self!
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     No Repairs! Over 60'Long Barn With Box Stalls Too! Cathedral Ranch With 2 Full Baths Is Spotless.  Bring Your White Gloves..We Dare You! Mid $90's! Log On to www.mooersrealty.com or ping us for more at info@mooersrealty.com 207.532.6573
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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    Every Thanksgiving week, the Houlton Rotary Club collects over $50,000 worth of items to auction off..it is part of Thanksgiving in Houlton Maine.  College kids home for the holiday drop into Watson Hall at the Episcopal Church on Main Street to visit, to bid, to meet old friends. Bidding on happy meals from McDonalds...tshirts, basketball tickets, yards of concrete, homemade items galore. The proceeds from the four decade rotary auction going to youth projects like exchange trips overseas, funding new lighting and sound equipment in local school systems.  Or helping the local Houlton Regional Hospital purchase blood gas analyzers and other equipment that might not be purchased otherwise.Sponsoring little league teams, soap box derby race cars, helping build an outdoor ampitheatre f...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     It's sunday morning a day of worship, rest and time with your children.  In Houlton Maine where do you attend your house of worship? Here is the list along with service groups for Southern Aroostook County.Service Organizations and ChurchesChurch Of Christ Of Houlton 207-532-3730County Road Baptist Church - Houlton207-532-3381First Baptist Church - Houlton207-532-3196Good Sheperd Episcopal Church - Houlton207-532-2927Gospel Light Baptist Church - Houlton207-532-2200Houlton Elks Lodge #835Houlton Full Gospel Assembly207-532-2414Houlton Rotary ClubHoulton United Methodist Church                                      207-532-3332Houlton Wesleyan Church207-532-9480Literacy Volunteers of Aroostook CountyP.O Box 522Limestone, ME 04570207.325.3490Maine Council of ChurchesSaint Mary Church ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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     Low cost power, water and sewer means local community of Houlton Maine gets low utility bills.  Plus industries locate here for a smaller share of their operating dollar being drained by power consumption.  Rates compared with rest of New England look like this.  ResidentialIndustrialConnecticut$0.1819$0.1388Massachusetts$0.1794$0.1455New Hampshire$0.1493$0.1490Rhode Island$0.1387$0.1223Vermont$0.1371$0.0873Maine$0.1408$0.1316Houlton Water Company$0.0868$0.0790New England$0.1688$0.0790Note: HWC  Tranmission and distribution cost .0250        Houlton Water Company is community owned, and the town gets paid dividends plus locals get rates lowered when the utility makes money....unheard of in most utilities that have a monopoly and are not so kind hearted and more profit driven. Click...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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       Go ahead..Get up from that desk with three stacks of papers and wander around to one of the comfy chairs you use to greet and quiz buyers and sellers in.  Feel uncomfortable? It shouldn't .  It's part of your office. Sit like it was the first time you had been in the office, look around at this guy's awards, family and hobby pictures, community involvement evidence..and look thru new eyes.  Don't use your own eyes...make them the next buyer from New Jersey or the elderly lady who is going to trust you with the listing on her home of 40 years and five kids.  See some need for changes from this perspective? Was the place remodeled eights years ago and ready for an update plus removal of boxes, piles or just desk clutter.  While you update, think what the folks that sit in these cha...
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