Houlton, ME Real Estate News

By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Title issues, they come in all sizes when a real estate listing is put up for sale.And the best title issues are the ones known about early on. To provide for the time needed to fix whatever lien, easement, encroachment, survey issue or whatever title issue keeps the property from getting to the sit down real estate closing. The words "title problem" can make buyers and sellers gulp hard.Hands to sweat and the fight or flight instinct to kick in.No one wants to learn about title issues as they carefully enter into a property sale listing sale.But as a real estate agent or broker, they crop up in listings needing to be sold.Rolling up the sleeves, knowing from experience like a surgery how bad is it and what are the risks ahead in the OR.But how to deal with them starts with knowing what...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The land sales in Maine are brisk and many want to just own and enjoy playing in the dirt.The ground around them. To build in time what they had in mind to create for a construction project to complete on the land in Maine. But sometimes there is a clock ticking. Pressure to get those kids in and not stacked up like cord wood. Space for the family, no time to run a nail gun if you are wearing the carpenter's belt and a pencil rides on your head. Tucked behind your ear for quick calculations in the measure twice, cut once. Existing properties in Maine for sale that are not just bare undeveloped land.A home, building that someone else long ago or recently put up to be just what the purpose called for are out there.Some had "too many cooks in the kitchen".Are a royal mess to untangle. Beca...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The all important appraisal on the home for sale when the place on the market status changes from "for sale" to "contract pending".The sale pending status of the home for sale is a beautiful site to behold. Not as rewarding as the "SOLD" sign panel rider whipped out and butterfly screwed to top it all off after the real estate closing. A very loud ticking clock is always grinding away in the back ground during the marketing, especially when the home for sale changes status from "active" to "pending". But how to stretch the value of a home, how to push the real estate market to get the top of it. Just being under contract does not mean the absolute guarantee for the sit down real estate closing at the long table in the conference room of a lender or lawyer. Like the real estate agent gro...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The home sale in Southern Aroostook County, the cat was not making the trip south to Florida.The couple were relocating, I listed the home for sale. And learned the gray and white cat that followed me around during the shooting of stills and video loops to edit. That he was not making the trip to the pack it  up and point the buck board to beeline to the Sunshine State.Hero was a perfect blend to add to the one tiger cat my youngest had picked out at the local Hollywood Pet Salon. The little gray tiger and Hero got along famously from the get go like soul mates. Meow. Don't worry, like Bob Barker all reminded us on the spin the big wheel and try to figure out the right price, both cats won't be furthering their feline line. My neighbor kept exclaiming about how I had to meet the new coo...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Do you need to roll up your sleeve and give a pint of blood, or donate a duplicate organ to get a bank pre-approval letter?Does it take a long time to get pre-approved to buy a home? They make it look easy like even a caveman could skip through the steps with a breeze. What to hunt down, photo-copy or scan to bring for paperwork to get a pre-approval letter from a bank to buy a home. That is one FAQ real estate question we field a lot in our list, twist, sell (repeat) routine. Like most things in life, everyone has an opinion on every subject under the sun.There are many out there thinking why go to the bank until you found something worth the trip.Through the lobby double glass doors, hang a right down the hall for the sit down, close the door. And start the process of getting ready to...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Hot under the collar, isn't it nice you never see anger in real estate buying or selling.A frustrated buyer who is not the highest bidder on a waterfront property. Even though multiple offer guidelines were followed to the "T" for an equal playing field. Not everyone is purring in a real estate sale or rental situation.Yelling, screaming can happen with property tenants are being evicted and the landlord is not going to be getting a Christmas card from them this year.Even though one bay of the garage they share with the other tenants is being used as one giant dumpster. Because they say their kids love playing with the rats it attracts.Anger builds, usually happens because two people are not in agreement or able to meet in the middle of whatever is keeping them apart in a creating toget...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The retirement relocation to Maine, lots of people are doing it. For no shortage of personal and practical reasons. To fulfill lots of deep down desires. But the science of retirement planning, picking a place to match what people see themselves needing down the road. What works best for a person's retirement is tied to so many factors. As as a real estate broker in Maine, the job of matchmaking the property to the retirement lifestyle the buyer wants is part of our rewarding job. Your outside surroundings help create the atmosphere that percolates and radiates inside a person.Achieving contentment in retirement means first spreading out all the puzzle pieces on the card table. It is a serious process for seniors to consider all the elements. And retirement age does not always arrive wh...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Northern ME, Aroostook County is one big land mass, the largest of the sixteen in Maine.Nicknamed 'The Crown Of Maine" it is a popular destination for sporting enthusiasts of all types. That make it a yearly habit to come north often to Maine for the wildlife, the fresh air, the clean water. Less people, no traffic is one big perk and all this eye candy of unspoiled natural surroundings is part of the tug on the heart strings.Being on the Canadian border with the Altanic Maritime provinces does not hurt the attraction to Maine.Where I live in Houlton Maine, it is like a two nation vacation being parked smack dab on the Canadian border with our cousins "over home" eh?A lot like the blue green split down the middle island stop at St Maarten where it is the best of two cultures rolled up i...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The place you bought that used to fit like a glove no longer does and someone starts dreaming about a "house addition".Lots to consider before putting up the staging, lining up the workers and getting the permits. For the  hammer and nailing to piece it together correctly from whatever is delivered for housing materials from the local lumber yard. Will what you want to add on to the home you currently own achieve your housing needs for now and beyond?Or will you be swimming in too much house in just a few short years ?When the kids fly the coop and leave the nest that now has larger payments when that extra money should be going reallocated and flowing into the college accounts? Eventually you the home owner with all the extra, empty new space finds yourself swimming in the shoes of a h...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The history of the home listing for sale is not always known or shared. We are not talking the days on market history for (DOM) but the past bits and pieces of the property information shared. Understanding how the home was built, who lived there and why this addition was put on, for what purpose.The builder at the time of construction if alive could share much.Who did built the house and what was his reputation? Where did he shine or come up short?What was added to help or hurt the place over the years?What used to be on that empty lot to the east?Where are the barns, horse and machinery sheds, chicken house that are long gone on the farmstead house property listing for sale? It all adds to the attraction and explains much of the why this is the way it is evolution in the home ownershi...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Homes with land in Maine, that is one property listing category that gets asked for a lot.Because Maine is wide open spaces, fresh air, clean water. Country living but not being out in the boonies. This 10 acres plus property has a one owner home. She's a raised ranch with daylight basement. A knotty pine rec room in that cellar with outside entrance could be a home offer to telecommute to work in Maine. The land in Maine for sale surrounding this home on a dead end road with all kinds of scenery is fertile farm soil.A field that became a house location with trees and open space was ideal for this owner who has steadily improved the property listing since it was built slowly, carefully.Tile floors in the kitchen and dining room, birch down the hall, in the master bedroom and oak in the ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
"When is my house going to sell?"... the home owner asks the question at the kitchen table listing.Or even before the house hits the market when you bump into each other pushing the wire cart with the squeaky wheel at the local Piggly Wiggly. How's the market, what's my place worth off the top of your head. He says he won't hold you to the figure formulated by the stewed tomatoes or waiting inline at the deli counter. The home seller wants the real estate agent or broker to sneak a peek into the crystal ball. So they can mark the closing date well in advance and to plan for the big day.But hold it partner.First things first. Before cashing the bank check from a home sale proceeds.First things first. Time is ticking by ... hear it? And the seller can snap the whip and expect the quickest...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
The Rolling Stones rock band made lots of money singing about time being on your side.Yes it is. Or no it is not.One thing for certain most folks are in one major hurry and for the garden variety of list of reasons all agents, broker run into on a daily basis.Lots of new ones we learn about in the real estate trenches as markets change for better or worse.Like most things in life, more complicated spills into many experiences in the business World today. With layers of players added to the  take a number, hurry up and wait. But what about the big time factors that can be wrestled with and kept under control to avoid the time suck that kills real estate deals.And thinking on your feet to dodge the bullet that deep sixes a real estate deal. Causes white sheets and toe tags to be applied w...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Houlton Maine area homes for sale, anything new for property listings?Sure is... spring has sprung and new real estate offerings are available to seriously consider. If you are in the market for a new home for sale in the Southern Aroostook area. Searching for a puzzle piece to fit your housing real estate need?First home, 20 Lincoln Street Houlton Maine.Watch the video for 20 Lincoln Street Houlton Maine home that could be a two family. Ideal if you have a loved one you want close, to live under the same roof line. But to have independence. A quiet side street location, just a couple blocks from the Houlton Regional Hospital, from shopping center, the down town too. Double garage! $64,500 is what the stick price says for a listing figure if the bank pre-approval letter say keep it affo...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
All real estate agents, brokers who have been around a few market cycles have seen them.The real estate listing that has had no shortage of green stuff poured into the sticks and bricks. But the end result was out of whack, just created a harder to sell property listing.More than a simple case of loud colors or too much chic shabby or poor housekeeping. A listing that lingers on the market not because of over pricing or a poor location. Because anything will sell if priced right and the price nibbled, reduced by the owner to reflect the market rejection right?We're talking the place we drive into the dooryard to inspect, to dissect and list for sale.Where maybe three owners pecked away pretty hard. In a short period have all dipped pretty deep into their pockets to add their creative sp...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Will Vegas Bob be purchasing Land in Alaska - California or Maine       Alaska by Robert Swetz  Will Vegas Bob be purchasing Land in Alaska - California or Maine   Robert Swetz aka Vegas Bob aka Alaska Bob has been searching for land in the states of Alaska, California and Maine for several years now. Alaska Bob purchased several vacant land lots in Alaska some time ago and is interested in purchasing more in AK.      Mammoth Lakes California   There are several areas in northern California with vacant land that Robert Swetz is interested in but California is so over priced being at the peak of a bubble. Robert Swetz would rather purchase after the bubble pops and purchase low than to pay top dollar.      Maine    And then there is the beautiful state of Maine ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Throw it up high on the real estate market and quickly get the property clear to close instructions.If every listing became a property sale pretty much by itself. No training wheels, no creating dotted lines or leaving a trail of bread crumbs for everyone behind you to follow.We all know at Active Rain that it takes many carefully watched steps through the listing process into the marketing arena and then to rise above to become a bonafide real estate closing statistic.For the appraisers to use as a comp to keep the process of list and sell going. The process steps are large in number in every real estate property transfer.And they suddenly spin, change up as new cracks and wrinkles appear to add to the intrigue.As the real estate professional does his or her best to reduce the drama. T...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
(Buzzer BBBZZZzzzzzzzzzz sound) All real estate markets are not the same and there is a major difference on how the big city and small rural ones behave. What is important to the city mouse is vastly different like the size of the price tags for his country cousin.  In urban markets the list of gotta have before you slide the house, condo, co-operative on the market is not a carbon copy match for the rural real estate market. The cost for the properties swing wildly nose bleed high in one city market, to the extreme the other way close to the ground in small rural real estate markets.  Security is big and always a concern in the city. Not even a concern in the smaller rural real estate market. Where doors are not locked, the keys left in the vehicles in the huge yard. Space is at a prem...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
How much house can I afford to buy?A big question, a real estate unknown right up there with what's the value of my home? Buyers and sellers need help from real estate professionals because the two questions earlier change as life happens. Personal spending can eat into the available resources to buy a house. The market value of your home goes up and down like boats in the harbor when the tide approaches. But no matter which camp you are in, the sellers, the buyers or both, using helpful real estate calculators can make it a simple math exercise in the decision making. Debt to income ratios, what the mortgage loan program demands for caps and ceilings. Read more on article How Much Home Can I Afford To Buy?  that expands on the all important topic.Different home loan programs work best ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Bigger than life and death important in the purchase and sale. Pretty big stakes involved, large steps need to be taken when the buyer or seller wants to play the real estate game. What moves to make, when to hold your hand on the game piece and just be patient. There are rules for both sides of the real estate buying and selling exercise playing field. To make it pleasant, productive, pretty much quick and painless. To avoid the thin ice, the mud holes of quick sand and to keep everyone in the real estate row row row your boat on the way through the mist to land at the property closing. For the touch down and tail gate party out back the home sweet home of your own. To free up the seller so he can do it again and replace his housing as he moves on and never looks back making tracks. It...
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