While selling during the holiday season is not on the top of most homeowners’ lists, there are still many reasons you might choose to, or need to, list your home for sale this time of year. As a holiday gift, we’re sharing 12 tips from Marie Flaherty to make your… Read more
Only one Pride unit remains available at Winslow Green, and we just had to share how gorgeous these are looking. With space on two levels, an open living area, and many customizable details (this kitchen designed by M.R. Brewer), the light-filled Pride is at once spacious, manageable, and serene. A treat… Read more
For most new home buyers, the journey to finding that perfect property begins with a list of must-haves and deal-breakers. For some, it’s a mental list; for others, it’s a dashed-off email; and for a few overachievers it’s a multi-tabbed spreadsheet (which may or may not involve a points system).… Read more
In Southern Maine, late spring to mid-summer (April to July) is the busiest season for home sales, making March the month when many buyers begin to search for homes. Sellers who list in March tend to fare well, thanks to low competition and a full buyer pool – but many… Read more
It’s one of the first questions I ask of new house hunters. Immediate lifestyle and long-term plans play a role in how they answer, with resale value often top of mind as well.
For people on the fence, this Wall Street Journal article from last month makes the point that while raw census data shows … Read more
We love Khan Academy (if you haven’t heard of it, read this article in Forbes) and we were so excited to see that they’ve begun posting real estate tutorials (the great majority of their classes are math & science). Check out their 8-minute Making an offer on a Home video below.… Read more
In her book Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, author Susan Cain spends a lot of time discussing one of my favorite topics: real estate. Read more
I like to think Portland, Maine was destined to hit this trend out of the park.
We’ve been rewarding recycling for decades (does anyone else feel proud to see “ME Refund” on a bottle while traveling?) Read more
In this month’s version of Marie’s Residential Report, we learn why two savvy Falmouth homeowners insisted on brick. Read more
Things are heating up in the market! Check out these tips from Forbes Magazine on how to come out on top in a bidding war. All great tips – we can say from experience that they work. Here’s the link: Bidding Wars are Back! Read more
When considering a home purchase, the most sobering question is usually “how much will I need to put down?” There are some other upfront costs involved in a home purchase, but those can usually be minimized, financed, and/or … Read more
When the Wall Street Journal highlighted the best scenic routes that pilots take to give their passengers a treat, the approach to Portland International Airport (PWM) over Portland Head Light made both the cover page of the Personal Journal section and the teaser on page A1 of the paper Read more
The Wall Street Journal ran this article Saturday on the front page of their Weekend Investor section. It’s good and timely reading – not just about sales numbers and prices, but also about becoming a landlord, the renewed appeal of REITs, and whether it might be time to take another… Read more
As the positive news about gains in Greater Portland’s housing market begins to spread, more homeowners are thinking for the first time in years about putting their home on the market. When considering whether a sale is worthwhile right now, it is important to consider four factors: The three most… Read more