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Avoid the Ant Invasion

by Fontaine Family

Ants are not Welcome

Summer has arrived in Maine,
bringing with it warmer weather, festivals, vacations, and visitors. 

Sometimes those visitors include some unwelcome the ants who invite themselves to invade our homes for their summer vacation. 
Not only are ants dirty, but some ants can cause some serious damage to your home. 

Don't worry, there are some ways to avoid having these unwanted guests make themselves at home.

1.  Keep your home dry
      Ants like moist and damaged wood so keeping things dry will make your home less desirable to the little visitors. 

2.  Replace any damaged wood
      This is the stuff they love to chew on.

3.  Keep the crumbs cleaned up
     Ants love crumbs, especially sweet stuff.

4.  Don't store firewood inside
     You could be bring the ants in with the wood. 

5. Use preventative measures
      Borax, cinnamon, & cornmeal are just a few things you can use to deter the little pests.

Ant Killer Recipe

Items Needed: 

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar 
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Borax 
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water 
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Shallow Containers


Mix together the Sugar and Borax.  Add the sugar mixture to the warm water and stir until dissolved.  Soak cotton balls in mixture.  Place soaked cotton balls in shallow containers where you have seen ants. 

Borax can be dangerous to people and pets, so please don't use around children or pets. 

Check out our "Ants Are Not Welcome" board on Pinterest for more ways to deter ants including pet friendly options and send the unwanted visitors packing! 

Annual Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show

by Fontaine Family

Visit Us at the Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show!

Thursday, June 18th is the Androscoggin B2B Trade Show.  Come by our booth and meet one of our team members, get your real estate questions answered, and spin our prize wheel! 


Thursday, June 18th from 9:30am - 5pm

Androscoggin Bank Colisee at 190 Birch Street, Lewiston - Booth 319

We love to talk real estate. 
We are ready to answer your questions and help start you on the path to fulfilling your real estate dreams!

Old Port Festival Weekend

by Fontaine Family

It is Old Port Festival Weekend!

Kick off the summer with music, crafts, food, shopping and so much more in the Old Port at the 42nd Annual Old Port Festival! 

Every Mainer looks forward to the Old Port Festival to kick off summer and to get the festival season rolling.  The streets of the Old Port are packed with stages with music performances, vendors of all types, the quaint shops, boutiques & restaurants throw open their doors, and there is every street food you can think of!  Wander through the cobblestone streets and explore everything there is to offer. You can visit the working waterfront of Portland, climb a rock wall, and see some amazing bands! 

Check out the full schedule of events here! 

What is "Earnest Money"?

by Fontaine Family

Real Estate Terms - Earnest Money

If you are in the market to buy a house, you will be expected to make an earnest money deposit when you make an offer.  The thought of someone asking for more money when you are making one of the largest purchase of your life, can be frightening. 
Most buyers have some questions about earnest let's talk about it!

What is earnest money? 
Earnest money is a good faith deposit meant to show the seller that the buyer is serious about buying.  It is not the same thing as your down payment.  The amount of the deposit varies and can be negotiated depending on the situation.

Does the buyer get the money back?  
In most cases the earnest money deposit is applied towards the buyer's costs at closing.  If, however, the deal falls through for some reason, the buyer may not get that money back.  One reason to work with a buyer's agent is that agent will work with a buyer client to protect their earnest money deposit.

What if the buyer decides not to buy? 
Each situation is different when a deal falls apart.  If the buyer decides not to buy for a reason that is a contingency within in the timeframe specified, the buyer will probably get that money returned. Just because the buyer doesn't buy, does not mean the seller automatically gets the earnest money.  Your agent will be able to advice you in your unique situation. 

Our best advice to protect your earnest money is to stay in close communication with your agent and to pay attention to the timeframes spelled out in your Purchase and Sale contract. 

Are you interested in purchasing a home? 
E-mail us today to have one of our great buyer's agents contact you today!

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