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New Year...New Home

by Fontaine Family

Is 2015 your year to buy your dream home?

Here are  3 resolutions for you to consider for a successful home buying experience!

New Year New Home

1. Check your Credit Report

You can get a credit report for free once a year from each of the 3 credit reporting agencies at annualcreditreport.com.  It's a great idea to look it over and make sure there are not surprises or mistakes.  If there are, take care of them now.

2.  Get a Pre-Approval

Shopping for a house without a pre-approval is like shopping for groceries without your wallet.  How are you going to choose a house without knowing how much you can spend, how much you need upfront, or what your payments will be? 

3.  Find a Great Real Estate Agent

Buying a house is a huge purchase. You want someone looking out for you - the buyer.  The seller has an agent so why wouldn't you get an agent?  Did you know that most of the time, you don't even pay your buyer's agent...the seller does!  Check out our agents who are ready and willing to help you find your dream home buy clicking here!

Happy New Year & Happy House Shopping!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

by Fontaine Family

Great Neighbor Holiday Gifts

by Fontaine Family

Great Neighbor Holiday Gifts

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with your neighbors,
or meet new neighbors. 
What better way to drop by with
a small, thoughtful gift? 

The size of the gift isn't important...it's about building relationships! 

Here are a few gift ideas you may like to try...

  HOT DRINK MIXES - will keep your neighbors toasty on a cold winter day.  Pick up a few mugs, add a homemade cider or hot cocoa mix and a bow!  

MIXES IN JARS - are sure to be a hit!  Just fill a jar with a mix for cookies, brownies, soups, or breads...there are so many options!

BAKED GOODS - are the timeless classic.  If you enjoy baking, make a few extras for the neighbors!

POINESTTAS - This symbol of the holiday season is a great options...or try Amaryllis or Paperwhites!

BOTTLE OF WINE - or sparkling cider is a great way to celebrate the holiday season.  Try slipping it into a cute wine bag.

 

Check out more ideas on our "Neighbor Holiday Gifts" board on Pinterest!

Selling During The Holidays

by Fontaine Family
SHOULD YOU SELL DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
  
I posted this video last year, but it is a great reminder. 
 
Selling during the holidays can work to your advantage...
watch this short video to find out how!

 

If you are interested in selling or buying this holiday season, we can help! 
Call or e-mail us today and we can get started!
 
(207)784-3800

Selling in Winter

by Fontaine Family

Selling in the Winter

In Maine, selling in winter has its challenges.
  Short daylight hours, cold, snow & ice to name a few. 
But it can be a great time to sell. 
You usually have less competition and
the buyers who are looking are most often very serious
about getting into something as soon as possible! 


To help you have the best chance to sell this winter,
we put together a checklist of 5 things to do
when you are selling in the winter...

[  ]  Clear Your Driveway and Walkways Clear - Buyers are excited to get inside and see your home...don't dampen their enthusiasm by making it difficult to get into the property.  You want them to be anticipating what they are going to see, not thinking about all the shoveling they will need to do.

[  ]  Don't Forget Curb Appeal - We tend to think more of curb appeal in the warmer months, but buyers do drive-bys even in the winter.  You want your house to be attractive and inviting when they drive by.

[  ]  Boots, Boots, Boots - Boots are a fact of life during a Maine winter, so don't forget to provide a place for buyers to easily remove or clean their boots or shoes when they come to view your home. 

[  ]  Light it up - Daylight hours are short in the wintertime, so make sure you leave on lights both inside and outside of your home.  Outside so the buyers can enter easily, and inside to make the home tour easier and more inviting.

[  ]  Warm and Cozy - Don't forget to keep the heat at a comfortable temperature for your showings.  Being cold during a showing is distracting to the buyers and may make them wonder about heating costs.  A warm and cozy home is much more appealing.

 

Check out our "Selling In Winter" board on Pinterest for more ideas!

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