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Happy Thanksgiving

by Fontaine Family

Who Decides The Listing Price?

by Fontaine Family
When you are ready to sell...who decides the listing price? 

So how do you decide the right price to get your property sold
for top dollar and in a timely manner in today's market?
This is where a skilled, experienced real estate agent is a must...
an expert real estate agent will help you gather the information you need
to make an informed decision about how to price your property. 

Are you in a hurry to sell or do you have a year to move?
Are you behind on your mortgage payments?
Is your mortgage paid off?
Do you need to find another home to purchase?


Each situation is unique and so pricing your property
 is a personal decision that is specific to your situation. 
Before you price your home, there are a few things you must do...

1.  Know your options  - in today's market you may think selling is not an option because of the amout you owe.  Are you a candidate for a short-sale?  Do you even know what your home is worth?  You may be in better shape than you expected.

2.  Know how to prepare your home for showings.  Believe it or not, the way your home shows makes a difference in the price buyers are willing to pay.

3.  Know how to beat out your competition.  In order to beat the competition, you have to know who you are competing against, what is the condition of their property, what is their price, how long have they been on the market...

4.  Discover market trends.  The real estate market is different from area to area.  What is happening in Lewiston/Auburn is different from what is happening in Portland or in Scarborough.  

5.  Know what an absorbtion rate is and why it is important to you.  An absorbtion rate will tell you how saturated the market is in your area at the current time.  If the market is more saturated, you have more competition.

6.  Know how many properties in your area that are similar to yours have sold recently.   What price did they sell for?  How long were they on the market? 

Once you and your chosen real estate agent
have explored all these areas,
you are ready to make an informed decision
about what is the best price for your property
to sell it for top dollar
in the timeframe that is right for you.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy This Winter

by Fontaine Family
Cold and Flu season is here...
 

  
 
Did you know that adults catches an average
 2-4 colds each year?
 
If you think that is surprising, consider this...
 
Children catch and average of 6-12 colds each year!  Yikes!
 
With that in mind here are our
Top 5 Tips for staying healthy this winter
 
1.  Wash Your Hands
Seems obvious, but most people don't wash often enough
or well enough.  Make sure you use soap and
scrub your entire hands including around your fingernails. 

2.  Change Your Toothbrush
If you have been sick, toss your toothbrush and get a new one
to avoid any lingering germs on the bristles or handle.
 
3.  Drink Water
Make sure you drink plenty of water daily. 
Staying hydrated can reduce symptoms like a sore throat or stuffy nose.
 
4.  Keep Your Nose Clean
Consider using a saline nasal spray, Neti pot or taking a hot shower. 
The warm moisture can help clear your nasal passages.
 
5.  Get Moving
Getting a little exercise and sunlight for even 10-15 minutes a day
can boost your immune system and your mood.
 

 
By the way....if you are interested in buying or selling real estate in Maine,
call (207)784-3800 or e-mail brenda@fontaineteam.com.  

5 Tips To Prepare For Winter

by Fontaine Family

November in Maine means it's time for snowy weather...
and time to prepare your home for the long winter. 

Are you ready?


Here are 5 tips to prepare your home for the Maine winter:

  1. Check for Drafts 
    Check around windows, doors and electrical switches and outlets for drafts.  Adding some weather stripping, caulk, or foam gaskets can reduce drafts in your home. 

  2. Add Insulation 
    Adding some insulation in the attic or walls is a great way to reduce your winter heating costs. 

  3. Service your Heating Systems 
    having a professional service your heating system can help not only insure it is working properly, but can help protect you from dangers such as fire or carbon monoxide.  Don't forget to check the chimney to see if it needs to be cleaned!

  4. Prevent Frozen Pipes 
    Draining you outdoor faucets and putting away thes hoses can help prevent suprise breaks in the spring. 

  5. Prepare for Snow 
    Now is the time to service snow removal equipment, find the shovels that got burried over the summer, and stock up on sand & ice melt.

Check out our "Winter Ready" board on Pinterest for more ideas on how get ready and save money this winter. 

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