Thursday, December 12, 2013

7 Holiday Events that Better Your Community

Make friends and influence your property values by creating neighborhood holiday traditions that build community spirit.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Normal Healthy Level in the Real Estate Market


I found this graphic interesting.  The real estate market is heading for a "healthy level" of pending home sales.  This year has been good for real estate but far from normal.  Still very positive data and lets hope 2014 gets closer to normal and healthy.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Do Halloween Dangers Lurk at Your Entryway?


Is your front entryway ready for Halloween visitors? Keep everything fun and accident-free with these seven safety tips.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

It is still a great time to buy but it was better last year and may be worse next year.  The market is moving in the right direction but if you are considering a purchase there is definitely a cost to waiting.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com 




Thursday, September 5, 2013

10 Great Ways to Avoid Back-to-School Clutter

The new school year is always stressful, so don’t let back-to-school clutter make matters worse. Here are ways to cut down on clutter chaos.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Where Are Interest Rates Going?


I get asked all the time about interest rates.  It is hard to tell what they will be next year or even a month from now but here is what some of the experts say.  We have to remember these rates are still very low but this information confirms that you don't want to wait.

Thanks,

Doug





Friday, August 2, 2013

Year-Over-Year Homes Sales by Price


I thought this was an interesting graphic.  The lack of inventory is starting to move prices upward.  The lower price points are still being hit by foreclosures and short sales.  Like I have said before, it is now a sellers market!

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Clever Security Tricks That Will Fool Any Burglar

A little ingenuity can make your house more secure when you’re home alone or away on vacation.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Home Buyers Are Stepping Up

Once again low inventory is forcing buyers to pay more.  Inventory has been an issue all year and is the main cause for this.  Another issue is that interest rates are starting to rise and buyers are scrambling to find a home before they go up too much.  It is a sellers market for sure.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Friday, June 7, 2013

May 2013 - Real Estate Market Update


This market report gives you the real estate activity for the Greater Portland, Maine area.  Everything went up last month except expired listings. Sold and pending went way up.  In my eyes the market is now officially a sellers market.  Houses are selling very quickly and often getting more than asking.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Easy, Fun Way to Spring Clean Your Deck or Patio


The spring cleaning chore with the most fun potential is prepping your deck or patio for spring. Here’s how to do it with a touch of fun.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Green Kitchen Countertops: 3 Eco-Friendly Choices



Save money over granite and be kind to your home planet. How? Pick a green kitchen countertop material when you remodel your kitchen.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Home Prices Are On The Rise!


With all the buyer activity and the fact that we are making a dent in the distressed properties prices are staring to go up and normal levels.  Depending on the neighborhood you live in you may have already seen some big increases.  Good news in the real estate market just keeps coming!

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Sunday, April 7, 2013

March 2013 - Real Estate Market Update


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This market report gives you the real estate activity for the Greater Portland, Maine area. Every number went up from last month.  The market still seems to be turning toward a sellers market.  If you are thinking of buying a home this is the year to do it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Turning to a Sellers Market

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Over the last few months I have talked a lot about inventory.  I will continue until it changes.  Inventory keeps going down as buyers get into the market place.  Very recently, I have seen homes sell very fast with multiple offers and often the seller gets more than they are asking for.  Quite frankly, we need homes to sell so we can fill the needs of all the buyers.  It is turning into a sellers market and prices should start to jump considerably because of that.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

February 2013 - Real Estate Market Update


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This market report gives you the real estate activity for the Greater Portland, Maine area. Inventory is still a big problem and prices are starting to jump because of that.  The market seems to be turning toward a sellers market.  If you are thinking of buying a home this is the year to do it.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top 5 Luxury Home Amenities

Luxury real estate is known for providing owners with peace and tranquility no matter what the setting around their home is. When searching for luxury homes, many people include the amount and type of amenities that are featured in the properties. So what are the top five amenities people look for in luxury living?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Real Estate - Return on Investment

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I have shown a similar graphic in the past but here is an updated version.  Since 2000, real estate has proven to be a solid investment. 

 

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com 

 

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What You Can and Can't Deduct When You Work From Home

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Working from home can offer many advantages including tax deductions. Just take care what you try to write off for your home office on your return.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Single Family Home Sales Up Year over Year

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The good news just keeps coming!  It is already very busy this year and spring hasn't even sprung yet.  Good things to come for 2013!

Happy Valentines Day!

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com

 

 

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

January 2013 - Real Estate Market Update


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This market report gives you the real estate activity for the Greater Portland, Maine area. Inventory is still down but we are seeing more properties hit the market.  We are also seeing a big jump in homes under contract which is a good sign the spring season is coming!
The following Multiple Listing Service (MLS) information is for the month of January 2013. Towns included in this report are Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Falmouth, Windham and Cumberland.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Remodeling - Cost vs Value Report 2013

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Every year this report is put out and can be very useful.  View the New England report by clicking the link below.

Click here to view the report.

 

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

5 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

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You’re ready to remodel but you want to make sure you get the best contractor for the job. Here’s what to ask the candidates before you decide.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Financial Plan for Your Home

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Your home is probably your biggest investment. To manage it, create a financial plan that takes into account repairs, upgrades, mortgages, insurance, and taxes.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Activity vs Inventory in the current Real Estate Market

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I have been talking a lot about how activity is really picking up. The above graphic shows how pending (under contract) home sales is much higher and continuing to go up.  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

December 2012 - Real Estate Market Update


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This market report gives you the real estate activity for the Greater Portland, Maine area. As expected for December, numbers are down but not as much as I thought.  There is a lot of activity even through the holiday season.
The following Multiple Listing Service (MLS) information is for the month of December 2012. Towns included in this report are Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Falmouth, Windham and Cumberland.