Real Estate

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order.

Welcome To Real Estate Thursday

Welcome To Real Estate Thursday


Each Thursday I will focus on the market and the home buyer or seller.  We are in difficult times and folks are not sure what to do when it comes to real estate. Should I buy? Should I sell?  Are pricing going down?  Going up?

10 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Winter

10 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Winter

Thinking of selling your home in the next few weeks? Or did you think it would be better to wait for Spring? This time of year may not be as bad as you think. Take a look at the list below for a few REALLY great reasons why you may want to sell your house now, as oppose to the Spring.

1. November and December buyers are usually serious.

2. Job transferees use the holidays to house hunt because January is the biggest transfer month.

3. Investors usually want to close contracts by year-end for tax purposes.

4. Nearly half of homebuyers don’t have children living at home; there’s no need to wait for school to let out.

5. Remodeling, decorating, appliance installation and other services are more available and at less of a premium.

6. There is still plenty of mortgage money available for (Qualified) buyers.

7. Lenders aren’t quite as busy typically at this time of the year and can process loans faster.


Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
SYLVANIA 300 Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:00pm Oval - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


The cars and stars of NASCAR race their way back to New England for the SYLVANIA 300 and the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, September 25. As part of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs, this 300-lap event is sure to be pivotal in deciding the series champion.

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

• One of the oldest Agricultural Fairs in Maine, established in 1854.
• New dates this year (used to run Sunday through Saturday) this year moving to
Tuesday August 9th through Sunday 14th.
• Free admission harness racing only days Sunday August 7th and Monday August
• New rates this year $10 admission for everyone includes limitless rides.
• Rides by Rockwell Amusements
• Senior Day is Tuesday August 9th, 63 and over admission is $3.00
• Agricultural events: Draft horse pulling, Ox and steer pulling, harness racing, pig
scrambles for 5, 6, 7, and 8 yr olds- everyone gets a chance to chase a pig.
• Big Entertainment: AWA Wrestling Tues. night. Demolition Derby Weds. night,
Twyce Shy Thurs. night, Redneck Truck Pull Friday night, Demolition Derby Sat.
night followed by fireworks, Imperial Stunt Drivers Sun.

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Elects New Board Members

Brian Curley, Peter Dufour, and Christian Chandler, all of Portland, have been elected as board members of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.  Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities. 

Brian M. Curley, AIA, LEED AP, Maine Licensed Architect, received his architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College before moving to Maine.

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Hosts First-Ever Bangor-Area Networking Social

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Hosts First-Ever Bangor-Area Networking Social

Sponsored by:  WBRC Architects/Engineers, Rudman Winchell, Bangor Savings Bank, Maine Ahead Magazine, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Webber Energy, and CES, Inc.

Where:  WBRC Architects/Engineers, 44 Central Street, Bangor, ME

When:  June 22, 2011

Time:  5:00 - 7:00 PM

MEREDA's networking events attract key players in Maine's real estate industry making this an excellent opportunity to interact with the experts.

Surely the sun will have joined us by then, so why not make plans to join us on June 22nd in Bangor for hors d'oeuvres, spirits, and great conversation with colleagues, friends and other industry professionals.
Limited tickets are available first-come, first served.
An RSVP is Requested on or before June 16, 2011.

Ticket Prices:
MEREDA Member: $25 pp | Non-Member: $35 pp

Register after June 16th:
MEREDA Member $35 pp | Non-Member: $45 pp

Includes (2) complimentary beer