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Preparing Your Home or Condo for Rental

Cheri Thurston Decor , Real Estate , Resort Events , Seasonal Rental Leave a Comment

Preparing your home or condominium for rental is much like preparing it to be listed for sale. Photos have become as important in the rental market as they are in real estate sale, as most people looking to rent will begin their search online. Freshen and Clean—We recommend thoroughly cleaning your property from top to bottom; if you do not …

Styling Your Ski Home with Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has announced the Pantone Color of the Year, which influences many industries including ones near and dear to us like home furnishings and ski fashion. Selecting a color requires analyzing trends in art, film, society, popular travel destinations, interior decoration and design, materials, textures, and so much more. In December, the Pantone Color Institute …

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The Dirty Details of Real Estate Wire Fraud

Margie Finley Camden Buying , Real Estate , Selling Leave a Comment

Maybe you have read some of the scary headlines about wire fraud: “Kansas City couple loses their entire $130,000 deposit in a real estate scam.” “Homebuyers lose life savings during wire fraud transaction.” Unfortunately, these are real stories, with real people involved. Not only is wire fraud real, but it is also on the rise. In 2016, the FBI reported …

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Make Your Vacation Home Work for You

Cheri Thurston Buying , Real Estate , Real Estate Market , Seasonal Rental Leave a Comment

A vacation home may be more affordable than you think. It can be daunting to dive headfirst into the world of real estate investing, but buying a vacation home has changed rapidly in the last few years. It is probably the easiest way to enter the real estate investor business. Below is a list of some of the benefits you …

Vacationland: Maine has the Most Vacation Homes in the Country

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There are some places where we set down roots for the practical reasons—maybe it’s for a job, good schools, or your proximity to the closest shopping district. And then there are those places we choose purely for the beauty, the lifestyle, and the joy a destination brings us. If this is your forever home, kudos to you. For the rest …

Your Quick Guide to Closing Costs

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Your dream home is within reach. You are now officially under contract. You have a great rate with a qualified lender. So, how much should you set aside for closing costs? Closing costs are a collection of various required fees you must pay when buying or refinancing a home. This is a one-time fee paid at closing, which is typically …

Summer Decorating Tips for Ski Homes

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Whether you are renting out your ski home during the summer or spending some time there over the warm months for yourself, it’s nice to make it feel more in season. We’ve put together a short guide with some quick and easy summer decorating tips for you to transform your home. Is your ski home decked out with the winter …

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Navigating a Hot Housing Market

Margie Finley Camden Buying , Real Estate , Real Estate Market , Selling Leave a Comment

The weather is heating up and so is our real estate market. Being a buyer in a seller’s market can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. If you follow these tips, you will be in a better position to edge out the competition in a hot housing market. 1. Get yourself a good agent It is particularly important …

What You Need to Know About Buying a Condo

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Have you been considering buying a condo but weren’t sure about the details specific to purchasing in Maine? Condominiums associations have varying rules, regulations, and fee structures that differ from buying a single-family home, but your broker can help you navigate the buying process with ease. The Maine Condominium Act does a great job protecting buyers of condominiums in Maine. …

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4 Myths of Owning a Vacation Home

Margie Finley Camden Buying , Real Estate , Real Estate Market , Resort Life Leave a Comment

Forget what you’ve heard about owning a vacation home. Sunday River Real Estate is here to debunk the myths and help you find your Happy Place. 1. I will need a minimum of 20 percent down to purchase a second home. According to one of our lending partners, Chad Fletcher with Blue Water Mortgage, you can buy a vacation home …