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What's Happening in the Real Estate Market in Androscoggin County?

by Fontaine Family

Androscoggin County Real Estate Market   2017 vs 2016 Statistics

We hear all kinds of statistics on the news about the real estate market, but real estate varies greatly from region to region.  Check out our infographic comparing the real estate market in Androscoggin County in 2017 vs. 2016.  Check back next week to see the statistics for Cumberland County!

Are you ready to buy or sell a home in Androscoggin County? 
Give us a call today at (207)784-3800!

Should I Sell My Maine Home This Winter?

by Fontaine Family

Should I Sell my Maine Home this Winter...
or should I wait until spring? 

This might be the most common question we hear this time of year.  Winter may not be the most convenient time to move, but there are advantages to selling in the winter.


1.  Less Competition 
In the spring, For Sale signs pop up like daffodils!  In the winter, there are less homes for sale, so there is less competition on the market increasing the chances that buyers will look at your home. If there are less homes for a potential buyer to choose from, the probability that your home will have showings...and offers...increases! 

2.  Serious Buyers Are Shopping 
Many sellers believe that there are not buyers looking in the winter.  The truth is, there are always buyers looking to buy.  Serious buyers usually don't stop their home search just because winter rolls around.  Serious buyers want to buy no matter what time of year it is! 

3.  Quicker Timeframes 
In the winter months, professionals typically involved in a real estate transaction such as appraisers, lenders, and inspectors, are often more available so your transaction may be able to happen more quickly. 

4.  Seasonal Staging 
Maine can be absolutely beautiful in the wintertime and decorating for the holidays can be easily turned into seasonal staging.  That festive, homey touch may be exactly what a buyer needs to see themselves living in your home...and that leads to offers! 

If you would like to discuss whether selling your home this winter is right for you...just fill out the form below, and one of our talented agents will contact you shortly!

Should Boomers Buy or Rent After Selling?

by Fontaine Family

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling?

 

In a recent CNBC article, it was reported that many baby boomers are selling their current homes and moving into rentals, rather than purchasing another home.

“Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters aged 55 or above rose 28 percent, while those aged 34 or younger only increased 3 percent…Meanwhile, more than 5 million baby boomers across the nation are expected to rent their next home by 2020, according to a 2016 analysis from Freddie Mac.”  This makes sense in the short term for many reasons. If you are moving to a different part of town or a new region of the country, you may decide to rent until you pick the perfect home in an area you love. However, is renting a good long-term strategy?

A mortgage payment remains fixed. Rents, however…

The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling? | Simplifying The Market

As you can see, rents have steadily increased and are showing no signs of slowing down. If you are faced with making the decision of whether you should rent or buy your next home, you should take this into consideration.

Bottom Line

One way to protect yourself from rising rents is to lock in your housing expense by buying a home instead of renting. Let’s get together so we can help you decide what the best step is for you and your family!

Call us at (207)784-3800 or (207)289-3830!

Thank you Lewiston/Auburn!

by Fontaine Family

Thank You Lewiston/Auburn!

Fontaine Family - The Real Estate Leader has been voted
Lewiston/Auburn's Best Real Estate Company
for the 4th Year by Market Surveys of America!


We are very excited and appreciative of all our clients, friends, families,
and all the other professionals we work with every day. 
Without every one of you, this would not be possible! 

Thanks for at great 2017...and we are looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

10 Reasons To Sell During The Holidays!

by Fontaine Family

10 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

1.  People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers.

2.  Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays so you have less competition.

3.  Houses show better when decorated for the holidays.

4.  Buyers are more emotional during the holidays.

5.  Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays.

6.  Many people want to buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.

7.  January is traditionally the month for transfers.  Transferees can't wait until spring to buy.  You must be on the market to capture the market.

8.  You may still restrict showings during your personal family events.

9.  You can sell now, but specify a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year if you so desire.

10.  By selling now, you have an opportunity to buy during the spring, when many houses are on the market.

Bottom Line 
By listing now, you may have fewer actual showings, but more qualified and motivated buyers.

The Reason 
You have less competition, resulting in a quicker sale and better price for you.

Are you ready to get started today?  Call us at (207)784-3800 or (207)289-3830!

Happy Thanksgiving

by Fontaine Family

The Fontaine Team wishes everyone a very happiest of Thanksgiving! 


Leaf Peeping in Maine

by Fontaine Family

Here Comes the Fall Colors!

It is hard to beat the beauty of Maine in the fall!  People come from all over to see the vibrant colors. 


Are you planning on taking a Maine leaf peeping trip this fall?
Here are some suggestions from MaineFoliage.com of when and where to plan your leaf peeping trip...

September 15 - 20:
This is the very early stage of our fall foliage season. To find color, we suggest you travel to northern Maine - Aroostook County, Aroostook State Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, Ashland, Mars Hill. Peak color typically occurs in these locations the last week in September.

September 22 - 27:
Maine is traditionally experiencing less than 30% color change at this time of the year. Higher elevations in northern areas display the most color. We suggest you visit Sherman Mills, Baxter State Park, Shin Pond, Ashland and Portage.

September 29 - October 4:
Maine's hillsides are beginning to blush with more than half of the trees displaying fall colors. The best locations to leaf peep are anywhere in northern Maine, like Aroostook State Park, Route 11, Eagle Lake Public Reserved Land unit, Pittston Farm, Kineo and Rockwood.

October 6 - 11:
This is the best week for Peak Color in central Maine. Fall foliage color is in full swing in western and central Maine: Visit Grafton Notch State Park, Route 17 near Richardson Lake, Bigelow Preserve, Route 27/16 in Carrabassett Valley, Cathedral Pines Rest Area in Eustis, the lookout from Eustis Ridge, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Tumbledown Mountain Range, Greenville, Moosehead, Jackman, Lily Bay State Park, Rockwood, Sebec Lake and Dover-Foxcroft.

October 13 - 18:
Best week for Peak Color in western and southern Maine This is one of the peak weeks for leaf peeping as peak conditions are coloring Maine hillsides. Visit Fryeburg, Bethel, Rangeley, Mt. Blue, Skowhegan, Farmington, Rumford, north of Portland and the greater Augusta area.

October 20 - 25:
Best week for Peak Color in southern and coastal Maine. Find peak color south of Portland, Sebago Lake region, Bridgton Limerick, Waterboro, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells and York.

Please note that these dates are typical projections dates and can fluctuate by 2-3 days.

Where Did the Summer Go?

by Fontaine Family

Where Did The Summer Go?

August is here...summer is coming to an end...and back-to-school
is right around the corner. 

In Maine, the weather is usually beautiful this time of year
and there is so much to do...let's take advantage of those
last few weekends of gorgeous weather before school starts and we get back into our fall routine.

Here are a few suggestions of things to check out in August!

The Topsham Fair 
August 8th - 13th
Harness Racing, Blueberry Pie Judging, Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, Pig Scramble, Steer and Oxen Pull, Sheep Riding, Music, Backhoe Contest, Monster Truck Show...the list goes on and on! 
See the full schedule here.

 

Skowhegan State Fair 
August 13th - 22nd 
Demolition Derby, Aerial Escape Show, Tractor Pulls, Laser Tag, Pony Rides,  Log Loading & Chainsaw Contests, Live Bands, Vincenta's White Tigers, Alpaca Exhibit, and more. 
See the full schedule here.

 

Great Falls Balloon Festival 
August 18th - 20th
Food, Crafts, Basilica Tours, Live Dancers, Live Music, and lots of Hot Air Balloons floating over Lewiston/Auburn! 
See the full schedule here.

Great State of Maine Air Show
August 26th - 27th 
See the Blue Angels, US Special Operations Command Parachute Jump Team, the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car and so much more!
See the schedule here.

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 
August 23rd - 27th 
Head to the Litchfield Fairgrounds to hear live Bluegrass from The Gibson Brothers, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Nothin' Fancy, The Zolla Boys, and more! 
See the full lineup here.

August is a great time to be in Maine! 
Still need more ideas?  Check out our "Things To Do" page and find great ideas for things to do all year in Maine! 

Get Ready to Bid!

by Fontaine Family

Our 4th Annual Bid For Wishes
Silent Auction starts on Monday, July 17th! 


Here is your chance to bid on some great items and contribute to a great cause. We have items to be auctioned in memory of Nolan Thomas Williams with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Maine!

Nolan Thomas Williams was a beautiful son, brother, grandson and friend. Nolan died of Melanoma cancer just a few weeks before his 4th birthday. He battled the cancer for 7 months. He had three brothers Nick, Nate and Nigel. He loved to go fishing, camping and boating with his mom and dad and brothers. He loved Sunday mornings because it meant he got to go to church. His favorite toys were his match box cars and his CD player. He played the songs over and over again "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong and "Put your Happy Face on". This sweet, sensitive little boy left his family and friends with precious memories. All who knew him were blessed.

Each year, in Nolan's memory, we host a Silent Auction on Facebook with the help of generous donations from our friends and local businesses.  The money we raise goes directly to Make-A-Wish Maine to grant the wish or a child with a potentially life-threatening illness.  A wish give the child and their family something to look forward to...a bright spot of hope during a hard time. 

Visit our Bid For Wishes event page and place your bids!  Win some great items and put a smile on a Maine child's face! 


Are You Ready To Sell?

by Fontaine Family

If you are considering selling,
now could be the time! 

Homes are selling fast! 

SOLD in 2 days for OVER asking price!

SOLD in 5 days for FULL PRICE!

UNDER CONTRACT in 9 days!

UNDER CONTRACT in 3 days!

UNDER CONTRACT in 4 days!

UNDER CONTRACT in 3 days!

If you are considering selling this summer, give us a call to get started today! 
We may be able to sell your house in just days!

Auburn: (207)784-3800
Scarborough: (207)289-3830

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