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Newest Team Members

by Fontaine Family

The Fontaine Team Welcomes New Team Members 
We would like to introduce you
to our 4 newest Fontaine Team members....

Sarah Higgins 
Associate Broker
Scarborough office: (207)289-3830
Cell: (207)590-3344 

Sarah grew up in Weston, CT.  She has been married and living in Kennebunkport for 20 years, and has 2 children.  Her daughter, Elizabeth, who runs her own business and her son, Austin, who is in college studying sustainable agriculture.   

At Fontaine-The Real Estate Leader, Sarah will work with both buyers and sellers helping them to buy or sell residential properties in the Southern Maine area.  Her 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising will greatly benefit her real estate clients. 

Sarah is a board member with Volunteers of America, and in her spare time enjoys snorkeling, tennis, cooking, reading, and traveling.


Sally Christner 
Sales Agent
Auburn office:  (207)784-3800 
Cell:  (207)240-2474 

Sally is working to help both buyers and sellers realize their real estate goals.  She brings the skills she has acquired in background in Human Resources, as a school teacher, and as a small business owner to the table to help her clients in her real estate deals. 

Sally lives in Turner with her husband Dr. Steve Christner.  She is mother to 4 children and grandmother to 8 grandchildren, and is also active in the community - working with the American Red Cross and Calvary Baptist Church.  She also enjoys traveling and reading. 

Melissa Greenwood 
Sales Agent
Auburn office:  (207)784-3800 
Cell:  (207)577-9055 

Melissa grew up in Sabattus and went to Oak Hill High School.  She studied at Wheaton College and graduated with a BA in Russian Studies.  Melissa spent 13 years working in sales, finance, and sales management – mostly in the auto industry.  Her strong sales background is a huge asset in negotiating for her clients. 

Melissa now lives in Lewiston and is the proud single mother of 2 boys.  She loves camping, kayaking and spending time at her favorite beach, Popham, with her boys.  In the winter she enjoys skiing and snowshoeing. 

Denise Gasbarrone 
Sales Agent
Scarborough office:  (207)289-3830 
Cell:  (207)749-1914 

Denise grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Maine in her young adult years.  She lived in Scarborough and brought up her two wonderful children Rachael & Drew in the community.

Past work experiences include administrative support, sales & marketing and running her own business "Can I Help You".  Her decision to work in the senior communities helping residents transition into a new life style opened her eyes to wanting to help others with their life changes.  She enjoys helping people, has an eye for design and prides herself with the personal attention she gives to her clients.  She continues to find time to volunteer as a master gardener & floral designer at Maine Medical along with helping as a companion to the elderly.

Denise and her husband Joe enjoy their home in OOB and like to golf, bike, boat and ski.  They have a nice life and appreciate their family, friends and their good health.

Scarborough Summerfest 2016

by Fontaine Family

Scarborough Summerfest is a Great Event...
and we had so much fun!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say "Hi"! 
We love being part of the Scarborough community and
helping buyers and seller achieve their real estate dreams! 

If we can help you buy or sell real estate, call or stop by either of our offices!

Scarborough Office: 
432 US Route 1 

Auburn Office: 
336 Center Street  

One of America's Top Real Estate Teams

by Fontaine Family


Fontaine Team Named One of America’s Top 1,000 Real Estate Professional Teams
By Real Trends, As advertised In THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader, Had an Impressive 346 Transaction Sides on Their Way to Becoming One of Maine’s Top Professionals 

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal.  Fontaine Team is once again a member of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications.  The Fontaine Team is ranked in the top ½ of 1% of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS® nationwide for the 2015 calendar year.

The Thousand real estate professionals was announced on June 24, 2016, with four separate categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence in:

  • Individual Sales Professionals—Sales volume
  • Individual Sales Professionals—Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction, there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: a buyer’s and a seller’s.)
  • Team Professionals—Sales volume
  • Team Professionals—Transaction sides                                             

According to The Thousand, The Fontaine Team had 346 transaction sides, ranking them 130th in the nation.

“The best individual agents and teams—including The Fontaine Team’s award-winning efforts—were nothing short of phenomenal” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list.

“Becoming a member of such an elite group as The Thousand is an incredible accomplishment.  What The Fontaine Team did is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal.  “Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS nationwide.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be named to The Thousand,” said Brenda Fontaine, the owner/broker of Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader who serves clients in 6 Counties and has offices in Auburn and Scarborough.  “It is incredibly gratifying to help clients find their dream homes as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible.”

The ranking of The Thousand can be found at

2016 Real Estate Values

by Fontaine Family

Real Estate Values Today Compared to Pre-2008 Peak

This real estate market has many people talking about home values; where they are and where they are headed.
It’s also interesting to look back and see how home prices compare to values prior to the housing crisis.


Every quarter, Freddie Mac releases their House Price Index. The index usually provides monthly home values for:

  • the nation as a whole
  • each of the 50 states
  • 367 metropolitan statistical areas

This quarter, the report also included a look at today’s home values as compared to Pre-2008 values. Here is a graphic that breaks down the numbers on a state-by-state basis:

Real Estate Values Today Compared to Pre-2008 Peak | Simplifying The Market

Knock Years Off Your Mortgage

by Fontaine Family
Easily Knock Years Off Your Mortgage...
 and save thousands in interest?

You can reduced the principal of your loan
which will knock payments off the end of your mortgage
by making one extra payment each year. 

You don't even have to pay it all at once. 
You can divide your monthly mortgage payment by 12
and apply that amount to your regular payment each month. 


photo by Images_of_Money
If your monthly mortgage payment is $700...

  700 ÷ 12 = 58.33

Add an extra $58.33 to your regular $700 payment.  Pay $758.33 each month instead of $700 to add up to one extra payment for the year! Once you get used to it, you won't even notice, but the amount if interest saved over the life of the loan is substantial! 

You can also opt to make one extra payment as a lump sum...
maybe when you get your tax refund.  Any extra money you can send will make a difference, so if you can't make a whole extra payment, figure out what you can afford...anything helps!

Make sure you specify the extra money you send is applied toward your principal and be sure to check with your mortgage holder
to make sure you don't have any pre-payment penalty. 

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336 Center St. Auburn, ME 04210
432 US Route 1 Scarborough ME 04074
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(207)289-3830 Scarborough
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