Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100


Wouldn't it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mudroom Makeover: 5 Tips to Make this Space More Functional


When you live in Maine, a mudroom is almost a must-have. But how many of us ignore this secondary entryway, leaving it unattended and unorganized? Fortunately, there are simple ways to transform your mudroom into an organized, functional space. Here are five ideas to get you started:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coastal Living: How to Move Your Boats and Other Watercraft

Moving can be a daunting experience, especially when you have a boat. Whether you’re moving to Maine for the first time or simply moving from Portland to York or Camden, you’ll need to know what it takes to move your watercraft. First, decide if you want to do the heavy lifting yourself or hire professionals to move your boat for you. Most boat owners who have moved in the past will probably recommend hiring out to avoid damaging your property. Whichever way you go, it’s important to prepare your boats and other watercraft before transit by doing the following:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

15 Reasons to Own a Home - 11 thru 15


The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University did a survey and here is 11 thru 15.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

15 Reasons to Own a Home - 6 thru 10


The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University did a survey and here is 6 thru 10.  I will post 11 thru 15 next week.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

15 Reasons to Own a Home - 1 thru 5


The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University did a survey and here are the first 5 results of that study.  I will post 6 thru 10 next week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

First Things First: How to Organize Your New Home on Unloading Day

Imagine this scenario. You’ve hired movers to help you on moving day. Most of the hard work is done – the packing, the loading, the transporting. You arrive at your new home. Everyone goes inside, and the movers start to unload your belongings. They ask you where to place things – and you have no idea where you want everything. After all the work you’ve done, wouldn’t this be a nightmare? After all, using movers should make your life easier, but if they place boxes and furniture where you don’t want them, you’ll have to sort through everything later. No thanks! You can avoid this scenario by getting organized in advanced with these three tips:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Quitclaim Deeds

Quitclaim deeds are often used in divorce, as well as in other cases where the separate parties are well known to each other. A quitclaim deed does not offer the grantee (the person who is gaining interest in real property) any warranty as to the status of the property title. The grantee is entitled only to whatever interest the grantor actually has at the time of possession, which is why this deed is common in cases of divorces when someone is seeking to transfer their interest to their former spouse.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Total Home Sales Year Over Year - Maine is Strong!


I found this graphic and was happy to see Maine has one of the largest increases.  Lets hope the rest of the year continues on this path.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Home Sales by Price Range


I found this graphic interesting.  You can see the lower price ranges are dropping off because the foreclosures and short sales in many areas are getting less and less.  On the other hand luxury buyers are starting to feel comfortable investing in a new home.  Both are good signs.  This year is shaping up to be a great one.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where Are Interest Rates Heading?


One of the most common question we are asked is "what is the interest rate and what will they be if I wait?"  It is very hard to say exactly but this is a good graphic showing what some of the top analysts are saying.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can Afford


By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that home ownership will fit in your budget.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Home Values Projected To Appreciate At A Normal Pace

These are interesting graphics.  The first shows what happened to the housing market before during and after the bubble.  The second shows what is projected to happen over the next few years.  A normal market should appreciate around 3% or 4% so it is nice to see us in a normal market as far as prices go.





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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How Rising Interest Rates & Prices Affect Your Payment


As interest rates and prices rise this graphic shows you how it will affect your monthly payment.  We saw this happen last year when rates rose and should happen again this year.  Once again this should be a good year to buy or sell because of the demand this information creates.

Thanks,

Doug






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Housing Inventory Down Creates High Demand


Last year around this time we had an inventory problem and we are seeing it again this year.  This should create demand once again giving us a great spring season.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Northeast Home Sales Are Up!


It is great to see the Northeast having the largest increase.  We have definitely seen the number of sales increase in the Greater Portland area.  It is still a great time to buy making it a great time to sell.  Its exciting to continue to see great news.

Thanks,

Doug
doug@makemaineyourhome.com



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?


Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2013 Was a Great Year For Real Estate. Lets Hope 2014 Is Even Better!


Once again more positive news for the real estate market.  Our office, RE/MAX Oceanside, had its best year ever in 2013.  Lets keep it up and hope 2014 is even better.

Thanks to everyone that has helped make 2013 such a great success.

Doug