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3 Reasons to Sell Before Winter

by Fontaine Family

Why Should You Sell Before Winter?

We have 3 good reasons for you to consider it...


1.  Lots of Buyers

Right now we are still having beautiful weather so the buyers are still out and looking!  Once the snow starts to fall...a lot of buyers go into "hibernation" for the winter.  

2.  Quicker Closing

Fall is that time in-between the crazy summer buying season and the winter holiday season when lenders aren't quite as busy.  This means they can often move through the process quicker so you can close and start enjoying your new home quicker!

3.  Prices are Rising

If you are selling and hoping to purchase a new home...now is the time before price rise.  You may be able to get a little more for your current home by waiting, but you will also pay more for whatever you purchase.  This can cost you more, not only in purchase price, but also in closing costs and interest payments over the life of the loan. 

Fall is a great time to sell in Maine. 
Are you ready to get started?  
Call us today at 784-3800!

WELCOME TO DIANE

by Fontaine Family

We Have A New Team Member...
Meet Diane Brule!

Diane was raised in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1987.  She attended Thomas College in Waterville as well as University of Southern Maine studying accounting and business management. 

Diane currently lives in Sabattus with her husband Rick of 20 years and is the proud mother of Luke and Sierra.  Her "family first" attitude is the driving force behind her passion to help others. 

Diane has been active in the Real Estate market since 2005 and works with both buyers and sellers. 

We are excited to welcome Diane to the Fontaine Family Team! 

Diane can be reached at (207)784-3800 or by e-mail at diane@fontaineteam.com.

Tips to Sell Your Home In Fall

by Fontaine Family

Fall Selling Tips

 

Fall can be a great time of year to sell your home in Maine. 
Competition slows down a little bit and
buyers are ready to move in before the snow falls. 
Check out these tips to get your home ready to sell this fall.


 

1.  Curb Appeal

 

Fall in Maine is beautiful, so it is important to make sure the curb appeal of your home reflects that.  Clean up the fallen leaves and remove dead plants.  Adding some color with some fall flowers such as a few potted mums on the front porch can also make your home more attractive. Remember, buyers often drive by before deciding if they want to schedule an appointment to view a home.  If they are not impressed when they drive by, they may move on.

 

2. Welcome Buyers

 

The days have started getting shorter and it is sometimes getting dark when buyers arrive.  Make sure the entrance is well lit, clear and welcoming.  Standing in the dark fumbling with the lock is not the first impression you want to give.

 

3.  Keep it Bright

 

Lighting is also important inside your home.  Leaving on lights makes the home more comfortable that wandering through a dark house.  Open the curtains and turn on the lights...don't forget the basement and closet lights!

 

4.  Stage for the Season

 

Fall is a favorite season for a lot of people.  Take advantage of the decorations of the season.  Stage your home to be warm and comfortable.  Stack firewood in the fireplace, place a comfy throw across the couch or foot of the bed, or place a fall centerpiece on the table.  Don't overdo it, but you want your house to feel like home to the potential buyers who visit.

 

5.  Price it Right

 

While fall usually brings less competition on the market, it is still important to price your home right.  Buyers are comparing your home to others and if your house is priced higher than comparable properties, buyers will most often choose to make an offer on the more competitively priced home.

 

 

Now that you are ready for fall buyers to view your home,
head out and pick some apples or take a stroll
and enjoy the beautiful fall season in Maine!


Maine Things To Do In Fall 2014 From A - Z

by Fontaine Family
Are you looking for something to do this fall in Maine?
Just because summer is coming to and end doesn't mean there is nothing to do...

Check out our A-Z list and get out and enjoy fall in Maine!!
A is for Apple Picking

There are many pick-your-own orchards in Maine...check out Wallingfords Fruit House in Auburn and don't forget to get your fresh apple dumpling or warm donuts before you go!

B is for Bed and Breakfast

Fall is a great time to visit one of Maine's quaint Bed and Breakfast Inns...rates often start to drop in the fall. If you visit Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, make sure you try the pies...YUM!

C is for Cumberland Fair

The Cumberland County Fair runs from September 21st - 27th and promises to entertain with the Rawhide Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Pig Races, Don Campbell, Trickey Britches, and more!

D is for Damariscotta

The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta takes place October 10th - 13th.
Pumpkin Drop, Pumpkinboat Regatta, Pumpkin catapult...how can this not be fun?

E is for EEK

What October would be complete without a Halloween fright? The Gauntlet Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls is sure to cause you to shriek "eek" more than once.

F is for Fryburg Fair

Running September 28th - October 5th the Fryburg Fair is one of Maine's most popular fairs
and it is no wonder...it has been around for over 100 years and offers everything
from flower shows to tractor pulls!

G is for Greek Festival

Lewiston/Auburn's Greek Festival runs September 4th - 6th and offers Greek dancing and food!  

H is for Harvest on the Harbor

Harvest on the Harbor takes place in Portland on October 22nd - 25th, this event caters to the "foodies" in Maine and offers events such as the "Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition", "Beer Experience" and "Grand Tasting on the Harbor".

I is for Indoor Karting

Maine Indoor Carting is perfect for the adrenaline junkie on a rainy day...a true indoor racing experience on a track designed for speed!

J is for Jump and Raft

If jumping out of a plane isn't enough, why Jump and Raft? Skydive from 11,000 feet and then brave

Class V rapids!

K is for Kittery Outlets

For all those shoppers out there...a day at Kittery Outlets is in order! Stores from Adidas to Yankee Candle and everything in between!

L is for L.L. Bean

You can't visit Maine without a trip to the LL Bean stores in Freeport...with the hunting and fishing store, the ski and bike store, flagship store and outlet store...there is something for everyone!

M is for Mount Blue State Park

Maine has some great state parks and Mt. Blue State Park in Weld is Maine's largest state park and is approximately 8,000 acres! It includes a sandy beach, trails, camping and great picnicking spots!
N is for Nature Walk

Maine has lots of great nature walks...try out Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary in Lewiston,
a 372 acre nature preserve with great trails!

O is for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest weekend in Acadia is October 10th and 11th kicking off with a Wine and Cheese Festival and continuing with music and food and a keg toss!

P is for Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.
Sitting in Fort Williams Park, a visit here offers amazing ocean views, hiking trails,
beach area, old fort to explore and lighthouse museum to visit!

Q is for Quiz

How much do you know about Maine? Take a quiz online and test your knowledge.

R is for Rock Climbing

Spend an afternoon rock climbing indoors and Maine Rock Gym in Portland with
over 5,000 square feet of climbing walls!

S is for Scarborough Downs

Spend the day at the harness racing track at Scarborough Downs,
New England's fastest half mile track!

T is for Trolley Tour

Take a trolley tour of Acadia National Park or Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Isle
on Oli's Trolley, both with amazing scenery and views!

U is for University

Check out one of the University of Maine's great sporting events
and cheer on the Maine Black Bears!

V is for Vacation

Fall is a great time to vacation in Maine.  Check out the cooler weather and beautiful foliage.

W is for Wife Carrying

Compete in the 2012 North American Wife Carrying Championship on the slopes of
Sunday River on October 11th...yep, you carry your wife through a course of obstacles -
without dropping her - over the finish line...how could this not be entertaining?

X ix for X marks the spot

Check out Geocaching in Maine.  It's like a modern day "hida and seek" 

Y is for York Harbor Inn

The York Harbor Inn offers 6 lodges including luxury rooms with ocean views.
Check out one of the shopping weekend packages in November!

Z is for Zipline

Fly through the Maine woods at Sugarloaf on a zipline 20-30 feet above the ground!

Enjoy the Maine fall!

Labor Day Fun Facts

by Fontaine Family

This weekend is Labor Day...

Here are some Labor Day Facts for you...

The 1st Labor Day was on September 5th, 1882
in New York city.

Mujnicipal governments firs recognized Labor Day
during 1885 and 1886.

Oregon was the first state to pass legislation
making Labor Day a state holiday in 1887.

In 1897 Congress passed an act
making the 1st Monday of September a legal holiday - Labor Day!

We hope you and your family enjoy your break from working
and have a safe and happy long weekend!

To Disclose or Not Disclose

by Fontaine Family

SELLER'S PROPERTY DISCLOSURE
IN MAINE

If you have decided to sell a home in Maine,
what are you required to disclose to the buyer?
As a buyer, what disclosures should you expect from a seller?



First and foremost, you want to be honest
about any information you are giving a potential buyer. 
  If you did not disclose something you were aware of,
or were not honest about something...
you are opening yourself up for potential liability. 
Your buyer will most likely discover these things once thay move in. 
Making disclosures up front actually can protect you!


Make sure the property disclosure you get is filled out completely.
If something is not answered or if you have questions
about something you see,
ask your agent to find out more information.
Keep in mind, the seller may not know the answers
to some of your questions...
that's where a good inspector comes into play!

In the State of Maine the following items are required to be disclosed on the Seller's Property Disclosure Form:

Information on Private Water Supply
Information on Heating System(s)
Information on Waste Water Disposal System
Information on any Known Hazardous Materials
Information on any Known Material Defects
Information should also be provided about Lead-Based Paint, Arsenic in Water and Arsenic in Wood.

Why navigate this process by yourself?
One of our experienced agents can guide you through the process
and protect you and your interests. 
Give us a call today! 
(207)784-3800

It's Balloon Festival Weekend!

by Fontaine Family

The Great Falls Balloon Festival is this weekend! 


From Friday, August 15th - Sunday, August 17th hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes will be floating over Lewiston/Auburn. 

This year's theme is "Swashbucklin" in the Sky"

 

Look for "Pegleg Pete"...an 85 foot peglegged bird balloon and "Sunny Boy" a giant sunshine shaped balloon!  

Balloon launches are planned for 6am and 6pm with "Moon Glows" after the evening launches. 

There will food (including pancake breakfasts), crafts, music, a carnival, demonstrations, and even a photo contest...something for everyone.  Check out the full schedule here.


  The balloon festival is a great tradition in Lewiston/Auburn.  Get out, enjoy what's left of the summer, visit with some friends, hear some great music (including our own Debbie Morin and Cheyenne), and check out all the balloons!  

Don't miss it! 

July Real Estate Recap

by Fontaine Family

 

What happened in the Maine Real Estate Market in July? 

 Androscoggin County 

196 new residential listings entered the market in July with an average list price of $173,939.  In that same timeframe 103 residential listings sold with an average sale price of $140,064.  Those listings took an average of 99 days to sell.  Just for comparison, the average residential sale price in July of 2013 in Androscoggin County was $134,738. 

Boy are markets different from area to area in Maine….

Cumberland County

715 new residential listings entered the market with an average list price of $369,762.  During July 480 residential listings sold with and average sale price of $317,469.  They took an average of 70 days to sell.  The average sale price of residential properties sold in July of 2013 was $288,671.

Quite a bit different from Androscoggin County, huh?
  Even within the same county there are differences…sometimes huge differences.  That’s where an experienced agent is so important.  They will help you compare the home you are selling or the home you are interested in buying to other comparable properties in comparable areas.  As a seller, this will help you price your home competitively to give you the best chance to sell quickly for best possible price.  As a buyer, it will help you make an informed decision about what a home is worth so you can have the best chance to purchase your next home without spending more than you should. 

Do you have questions about the market in your area?  Click here to e-mail us and one of our licensed agents will get back to you to answer your questions!  

 

All statistics are from the MREIS as of 8/6/2014

Maine Festival Season

by Fontaine Family

Can you believe it is going to be August in just a couple of days?

 August means camping, hiking, kayaking, back to school shopping, nice weather (hopefully), and the start of Festival season in Maine! 

Starting with the Bangor State Fair that is currently going on until August 3rd...all the way to the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival at the end of the month…there is no shortage of Maine Festivals in August.

There is something for everyone…Topsham Fair, Great Falls Balloon Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Wilton Blueberry Festival and so many more. 

Check them all out here and plan out the festivals you want to check out this month!

 

Homes Wanted

by Fontaine Family

We Have Buyers Looking For Properties That Meet Theses Criteria:

Buyer looking for a condo with 1st floor bedroom in Brunswick up to $300,000

1st Time Buyer looking for a 3 bedroom ranch in Lewiston/Auburn up to $140,000

Buyer looking for a waterfront property North of Lewiston/Auburn up to $275,000

Buyer looking for move-in ready home in Rural Development qualified area in the outskirts of Lewiston/Auburn up to $125,000

Investor/User looking for garage space for trucks in Lewiston/Auburn at any price

Investor/User looking for a gas station close to the turnpike between Brunswick and Fairfield up to $500,000

If you have a property to sell that matches any of these descriptions, call 784-3800 today...we could have your property under contract in 24 hours!

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