In The News
In The News
LA Metro Magazine
September 21, 2016
Written by Dan Marois
Brenda Fontaine’s career in real estate started with a suggestion from her husband, Claude. “He had seen that someone had received an award in real estate,” explains Fontaine. “He turned to me and said, ‘If she can do it, then so can you.’”
The idea did spark a bit of interest for the Lewiston native, but it was a newspaper that would change her direction forever.
“The ad said, ‘Are you looking for a dream job, flexible hours, and unlimited income?’” remembers Fontaine, who responded to the inquiry seeking a realtor. “That’s exactly what I was looking for.”
After taking the appropriate training courses, Fontaine began her real estate career on September 13, 1983.
Today, she has her own company, Fontaine Family-The Real Estate Leader– with offices in Auburn and in Scarborough.
Kelly Webb Joins Fontaine Team
SunJournal - February 5th, 2016
Fontaine Family - The Real Estate Leader announces the addition of Kelly Webb to their Auburn location.
Webb grew up in Monmouth and attended Monmouth Academy. After graduation, she attended Mid State Business School. She worked as a legal secretary before starting her real estate career in 1990.
During her career, she spent seven years as the office manager at ERA Webb. She joins the Fontaine team with 26 years of real estate experience. She holds an associate broker’s license. She lives in Monmouth.
Webb can be reached at (207)212-7445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gould Joins Fontaine Family
SunJournal - December 23rd, 2015
Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader announces the addition of Ryan Gould to the real estate team in the Auburn location at 336 Center St.
Gould lives in Fayette with his wife, and has two daughters and three grandsons. He enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting, traveling, singing and playing guitar. He was a Maine-certified hunting safety instructor for years and has also acted at the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell and Aqua City Actors Theatre in Waterville. He started his real estate career in 2012.
He can be reached by phone at 207-441-5749 or by email at email@example.com.
Cook Joins Fontaine Family
SunJournal - December 22nd, 2015
Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader announces the addition of Kathy Lee Cook to the team. She will be serving buyers and sellers in the Auburn location at 336 Center St.
Cook was born and raised on Bailey Island, where she worked in her family’s restaurant, Cook's Lobster House, starting at age 10. In 1993, she went to work for Maplewood Homes as the office manager and became the sales manager, selling manufactured homes full time in 1997. She has also worked for Pine Grove Homes, Haventa Ltd., ERA Webb and Better Home and Gardens Masiello Group.
She lives in Fayette with her husband.
Cook can be reached at 207-751-0902 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remington Joins Fontaine Team
SunJournal - November 23rd, 2015
Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader has added Brant Remington to its real estate team at its Auburn location.
Remington grew up in Bethel and attended Telstar High School and the University of Maine at Farmington. He lives in Greene with his wife and son.
Remington can be reached 713-6603 or at email@example.com.
Huang Joins Fontaine Family
SunJournal - November 23rd, 2015
Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader, 336 Center St., Auburn, announces the addition of Lilly Huang to the real estate team in the Auburn location.
Huang has spent 17 years in the restaurant business and is the owner of Wei-Li Restaurant in Auburn. She has also spent three years as a certified food safety instructor. She is fluent in four languages and looks forward to working with buyers and sellers, including the Asian community.
She grew up in Xiamen, China, and currently resides in Auburn. She has two daughters and enjoys reading in her free time.
She can be reached by phone at 393-0085 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a peek inside one of the most expensive homes in Androscoggin County for ideas you can use in your home
SunJournal - Fall Home Improvement Section
September 12th, 2015
By Dan Marois Special Sections Writer
After selling homes for the past decade, Charmaine Raby has seen her share of ideas for home improvement projects that just about anyone can do. “Whether you have a modest home or a high-end property, you can always find creative ways to improve the look and appearance of your home,” said Raby, who is currently a realtor with Fontaine Family--The Real Estate Leader. “While some improvement projects are low cost, there are others that cost a bit more, at first, but have greater value in the long term.”
Raby recently toured through a property listing she has for sale at 19 Baldwin Drive in Turner located off the 17th hole of the Turner Highlands golf course. The house, which was built in 1998, has 13 rooms, four baths, and four bedrooms with unobstructed mountain views and lush greens on an acre of land. And while its listing price is $450,000, making it one of the more expensive properties in Androscoggin County, Raby was able to identify some unique improvements in this home that could be modified to any home.
“The house is located in an open field exposed all the elements of Maine weather. The previous siding was replaced with cement board siding,” said Raby. She explained that the siding looks like wood but is manufactured with sand and cement making it fire resistant and storm resistant to all kinds of weather and conditions. “It is more expensive to install, but it has a 50-year warranty and it will always be maintenance free and free from damage,” said Raby.
She also pointed to the roofing shingles that were replaced in 2009. “These are rated to hurricane standards. They are going to last for a long time.”
The kitchen cabinets are original to the property but have been refinished and antiqued rather than replaced. “The cabinets are in good shape and the owners chose a less expensive option to have them professionally redone,” said Raby, who estimates that refinishing can be substantially less than replacement.
The house is primarily heated with an oil furnace but there are natural gas fireplaces that offer alternative heat as well as decorative flair to the bedrooms. The guest room and the family room also have options to burn wood.“It is nice to be able to have alternative heat sources,” said Raby.The property also has a whole-house backup generator that supplies electricity during power outages.“The owners are business people and it is important to have electricity back up,” said Raby.
Raby noted that the property has a heated garage which so many home owners wish they had.“While some might consider it a luxury, it really does have a convenience factor to house your vehicle in a heated space,” said Raby.
The Turner property owners added lots of recessed lights to the home focusing additional lighting in targeted areas throughout the house. They also added chandeliers in various areas to enhance the décor of the house. “You’ll notice that most rooms have ceiling fans with lights,” said Raby. “The ones in the bedrooms, particularly the kids’ rooms, run off a motion sensor so that they only run when the room is occupied.”
Following a current trend for kitchens, all of the counter tops are made of quartz. “The owners decided on quartz counter tops because they have many high-quality features not found in granite and marble,” said Raby. Sales literature on quartz countertops boasts that it is naturally stain repellent and impervious to acidic foods. Quartz is also resistant to scratches and chips and doesn’t require any sealing. Price wise, quartz is about $80 per square foot compared to granite, at about $75 per square foot, and marble at about $85 per square foot.
Raby noted a well-chosen design idea on the flooring leading from the front door to the kitchen area when entering the house. “You’ll notice that the tiles are cut and placed on an angle rather than simply placed in blocks side by side,” said Raby. “It costs a bit more to install because there are more cuts to be done on the tile. However, the result gives a very welcoming and flowing pattern to a flooring area.”
Charmaine Raby gets home improvement ideas from the homes she sells. The cabinets behind her have been professionally refinished and antiqued. The countertop is made from quartz, a new trend in kitchen designs.
Leclerc Joins Fontaine Family
August 13th, 2015
AUBURN — Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader, 336 Center St. and 432 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, announces the addition of Amanda Leclerc to the real estate team at the Auburn location.
Leclerc grew up in Turner and lives in Greene with her husband and their three daughters. She enjoys watching her girls play field hockey throughout New England, spending time with her family, traveling, reading and cooking.
She has owned and run Stepping Stones Early Learning Center for the past 19 years. She brings her patience, organization skills and business sense to her real estate career.
Leclerc can be reached at 207-577-7742.
Fontaine Offering Fingerprint Kits
July 31, 2015
Town’s annual SummerFest is coming up fast By Nicole Hall Special to the Leader Before the kids head back to school and family schedules get hectic again, Scarborough Community Services provides one last gathering to celebrate summer at its best.
Held every year since 1997, SummerFest is the biggest town-sponsored special event, serving as the endof summer “get-together” for many Scarborough families and for those students heading back to school and off to college.
Where's the story? PointsMentioned Map2 Points Mentioned The event also functions as an annual fundraiser for many local nonprofits, including local service organizations, school sports groups, and many local churches. Event vendors offer everything from fun activities, games, and crafts to food and dessert items.
This year’s SummerFest is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, and all parties involved are hoping for the same great weather we had for the last few years.
Along with our tried-and-true vendors who come year after year, we have some new groups and offerings for 2015:
The First Congregational Church will be offering a photo booth, complete with goofy props. Make sure to stop by and snap a picture with your friends or family.
Ancient Fire Henna will be joining us this year to offer henna tattoos. Unlike tattoos, henna is a stain that doesn’t invade the skin – no needles at all! It is similar to frosting a cake and is painless and quite relaxing. With frequent moisturizing a henna tattoo can last up to three weeks.
Fontaine Family Real Estate will be offering child fingerprinting ID kits. These kits are a proven tool to promote child safety and awareness.
An ambitious young Scarborough student will be holding a Juggling for Haiti show. Please be sure to stop by and support her efforts to raise funds and awareness for Haiti.
Looking for more activities for the kids to do? Along with carnival games and activities offered by local sports groups, we are expecting a petting zoo and a kiddie train.
The Scarborough Fire Department will be conducting American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR lessons and demonstrations for the public.
Montgomery Road Band will be playing on the main stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This six-piece band plays what they like to call “boomer rock,” a mix of rock ‘n’ roll and country tunes that many grew up with and love. They are all about good friends and good music, so they are a perfect fit for SummerFest!
As always, the event will wrap up with a fantastic fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.
Williamson Joins Fontaine Team
July 20th, 2015
AUBURN — Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader announces the addition of Nadine Williamson to the team. She will serve buyers and sellers at 336 Center St., Auburn.
Williamson has 20 years of experience in health care management, where she honed her skills in empathy, client focus, organization and, most importantly, listening — skills that are crucial in a successful real estate agent.
She resides in Auburn and is active in the community. She is one of the founders of the organization JustBEcause. When she is not working or serving her community, she enjoys family outings, reading and exercising.
She can be reached at 207-754-8732.
Maria Morrissette Has Joined Fontaine Team
Portland Press Herald
July 16th, 2015
Maria Morrissette has joined Fontaine – The Real Estate Leader as a sales agent.
Morrissette, of Portland, spent 20 years as an IT professional building solid customer relationships and problem solving. She will serve buyers and sellers out of Fontaine’s Scarborough office.
Maria can be reached at (207)749-8779.
Raby Joins Fontaine Family Real Estate
July 6th, 2015
AUBURN — Charmaine Raby of Auburn has joined Fontaine – The Real Estate Leader in the company's Auburn office as an associate broker.
Raby joined the real estate profession in 2005 while still working in the health care industry. She is a member of the National Board of Realtors, Maine Association of Realtors and the Androscoggin Board of Realtors.
She can be reached at 577-1034.