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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

Suns Out - Let's Go Have Some Fun!

by Fontaine Family

The Sun is Finally Out! 


It's time to get out and enjoy all that is going on in Maine in the spring.
There is so much to do in our communities this weekend.
Check out some of these great events!

First Art Walk & Free Tasting
at The Vault in Lewiston on Friday, May 19th
Enjoy the first Lewiston Art Walk of the season and sample a great selection of wines at The Vault.

Food Truck Festival
on the Gardiner waterfront on Saturday, May 20th
Music, Beer, Food, and Fun!

Bend and Brew
at Baxter Brewing Company in Lewiston on Sunday, May 21st
A yoga class followed up with a flight of beer and four courses from Mother India.

Bob Marley - Up At The Franco
at the Franco Heritage Center in Lewiston on Friday, May 19th
You can't go wrong with laughter and drinks on a Friday night! 

Street Eats & Beats
at Thompson Point on Saturday, May 20th
Taste offerings from local and visiting food trucks, as wells as beer, wine, and cocktails! 

Hops For Hope
at Rising Tide Brewing Company in Portland on Friday, May 19th
Drink craft beer, eat good food, and buy raffle tickets for a chance at prizes - all to support local families fighting ALS.

Wine and Food Walk
in Portland on Saturday, May 20th
A guided walking tour in Portland lead by Sommelier Erica Archer, featuring white wines paired with tastes of seafood dishes.

Bags, Brews, and Bikes Cornhole Tournament
at LA Harley in Lewiston on Saturday, May 20th
2 Player teams compete in a cornhole tournament for a chance to win $300 and bragging rights.

5 Tips for Spring Home Buying

by Fontaine Family

5 Tips for Buying a Home in the Spring Market

Spring in the Real Estate Market is typically the busiest time of year.  There are more buyers out there looking and properties are selling fast!  The market is more competitive in the spring than in other times of the year.  That is why it is so important to be prepared when you plan to buy a home in the spring market. 


Here are a few tips to help you buy your new home this spring:

Get Preapproved By A Local Lender 
Shop around and find out who can offer the best program for your situation and then get a pre-approval.  Having that in hand will make your offer more attractive to sellers.  Most banks will not even consider an offer on a short sale or a foreclosure property without a pre-approval or a proof of funds letter.

Hire A Buyer Agent 
Choose an agent who knows the area and who you are comfortable with and then sign an agreement to have the represent you.  If you are just calling around to the listing agent, there is nobody looking out for you during one of the biggest purchases you will ever make.  In most cases the fee for the buyer agent is paid by the seller anyway so why wouldn't you have someone working for your best interests? 

Accept That There Is No Perfect House 
Decide what your most important "must-haves" are and what you are willing to compromise on.  No house is perfect...they might need some work, might not have a room as big as wanted, might have less land, or might not be in the perfect location.  What is most important to you?

Prepare To Move Quickly 
When you fall in love with a house, be prepared to make an offer quickly.  In the spring market, properties can sell quickly so if you don't make an offer quickly...someone might beat you to it.

Don't Be Opposed To Negotiating 
This time of year it is common to have multiple offers on the same property.  If you get stuck on getting the house for less that it is listed for, instead of what it is worth, you could miss out on a great house.  Negotiating on closing date can also be attractive to a seller. 

Buying a home is a big decision.  Being prepared and having the right agent to advise you along the way will make the process much easier and give you a better chance at finding your dream home!  Are you ready to start your search? 

Call us today to meet with one of our experienced buyer's agents.

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4 Great Reasons To Buy This Spring

by Fontaine Family

Spring is Here...
and it's a great time to buy a home!
Here are 4 great reasons to buy this spring...

 

Spring Welcome Birdhouse

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.9% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have remained around 4% over the last couple months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by at least a half a percentage point this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage 

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Winter Hacks

by Fontaine Family

Here Comes The Snow


Okay...so here comes MORE snow is more accurate.
With several storms in the past week and a half, everyone is looking for ways to make dealing with the snow, ice, and cold weather easier.
Here are a few "Winter Hacks" to try out during the storm today and tomorrow. 

1.  Melt Ice Off Your Car
If you spray your car windshield with a mixture of 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water, it should melt the ice making it easier for you to clear it off.  Anything that makes removing ice is worth a try!

2.  Make Shoveling Easier
Spraying your snow shovel with cooking spray should help the snow slide off instead of sticking to your shovel.

3.  Remove Salt Stains From Your Shoes
If you happen to be caught out without your "Bean Boots", you know all about salt stains on your shoes.  Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of water, dip a cloth in it, and wipe your shoes to remove those ugly stains. 

Click here to check out more ideas to make your winter easier on "Winter Ready" board on Pinterest.


Kick Cabin Fever

by Fontaine Family

6 Ideas to Kick Cabin Fever This Weekend!

It's that time of year when the winter starts to feel long and cabin-fever starts to set in.  What's the best cure for cabin-fever?  Get up, Get out, and do something fun!  Here are a few ideas of things you can to this weekend to get out of the house and have a great time! 

Rangeley Lakes Snowdeo 
Friday & Saturday, January 20-21 
Snowmobile races, demos, & a radar run along with fireworks, a parade, & entertainment!  Bundle up and check it out! 
Click here
for more information.


LA Harley Chili Cook-off  
Saturday, January 21st 
You can Compete or Eat...Enter your favorite chili recipe for a chance to win some cash or go and taste all types of chili.  A sure way to warm up on a Maine Saturday.
  Click here for more information.

Sleigh Rides at Pineland Farms  
Saturday, January 21st 
Enjoy a sleigh ride behind a team a draft horses through beautiful Pineland Farms!  What a way to enjoy Maine's beauty!
Click here for more information. 

Maker's Farmers Market at Urban Farms Fermentory  
Saturday, January 21st 
Swing by and shop some of Maine's best local goods and check out the tasting room!  Support the local economy and get out of the house...win, win! 
Click here for more information. 

Robert Burns 10K 
Sunday, January 22nd 
Get out and run to benefit the Westbrook High School Alternative Learning Bike Shop.  Get moving and help out some kids!
  Click here for more information.


Snowshoe Hike at Davis Rancourt Preserve 
Sunday, January 22nd 
Enjoy a snowshoe walk lead by Androscoggin Land Trust along trails with views of the Androscoggin River. Bundle up and enjoy some pretty scenery. 
Click here for more information. 

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