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The Most Important Tips for Welcoming Home Your Newly Adopted Dog

Adopting a dog can be a wonderful experience. You get a new family member to love and care for, and a previously unwanted dog gets a new, forever home where he or she can feel safe and protected. Nothing gives you unconditional love like a dog. Whether you’ve had dogs in your home before or this is your first one, you want to make sure you welcome your newly adopted dog home the right way, so everyone can get started on the right foot (or paw). Here are some great ways to make sure your dog feels comfortable. READ MORE

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Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving with a pet can be stressful for you, and for your four-legged friend. There are plenty of things you can do, though, that will make things a little bit easier for your pet. That’s true whether you’re moving down the street or across the country. If you choose a place like Maine and you’re coming from a warm climate, you’ll also have to get your pet used to the different weather. It’s often best to plan your move when the weather is mild, but you may not always have that choice. READ MORE

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FEMA Map Changes and How They Affect Maine Homeowners

Preliminary flood hazard data (preliminary data) provide the public an early look at their home or community‘s projected risk to flood hazards.

Recent changes to FEMA maps that determine federal flood insurance rates are going to have drastic effects on Maine homeowners living in flood-prone areas. In addition, Maine is home to one of the oldest housing stocks in the U.S., making the increase in insurance rates nearly “astronomical”, according to Maine’s Floodplain Management Program coordinator Sue Baker. READ MORE

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How to prepare for an appraisal

If you’re about to put your Maine home on the market, you’ll want to take some time to prepare for listing it. Through the process of selling the home, you’ll generally need to have an inspection and an appraisal. While that’s not the case in all sales, it’s the “norm,” and very common. Many people get ready for the inspection as much as they can, but few people give any thought to the appraisal. Rather than ignore it and just hope it works out okay, though, there are some things you should consider and you will also want to make sure it is “show” ready for the day that the appraiser comes by. READ MORE

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Tips for Rehabbing an Old Home

If you’ve purchased a lovely Maine home that’s older, one of the things you may want to do is consider rehabbing it. There’s a lot that can be done to make an older home more efficient, and to help keep the costs of operating and maintaining it down to a reasonable level. Some people are focused only on the cosmetics of their home when they rehab it, but others want to make sure they have a home that’s up to code and designed to be more modern, while still retaining the beauty of the older style and all of its charm. READ MORE

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Recent FHA Changes and How They Affect Buyers

Buying a house in Maine is often a combination of a lot of fun and a lot of stress. With that in mind, how you’re planning to pay for the home can affect how stressful it is to make your purchase. If you intend to finance your purchase and use FHA as your lender, there have been some recent changes you’ll want to consider. They can affect you as a buyer, so you need to make sure you understand what they are. One of the changes has to do with mortgage premiums, which have been recently lowered. That’s good news for buyers everywhere, as it will save them some money. READ MORE

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Fair Housing and Real Estate

In real estate dealings, it’s very important that everyone is fair to everyone else. Sellers want to get the most they can for their home, and buyers want to pay as little as possible. That’s completely understandable, and something worth carefully considering, but there are also laws that have to be followed with real estate transactions. Many of these regulations are based on fair housing laws, which are designed to ensure that people who work in real estate don’t allow discrimination in the purchase and sale of housing. This is also true with landlords, as they must rent fairly and without discriminating. READ MORE

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Sebago Lake Ice Safety Tips

There are so many things to do and enjoy when Sebago Lake is covered with ice. The most important thing to do, though, is to stay safe. People can be injured or killed if they don’t follow any precautions, and it’s much better to be safe instead of sorry. If you’re planning on heading out to the lake to fish, skate, use a snow mobile, or do something else, you’ll first want to find out about the conditions. Local weather reports and news outlets can often provide you with information on the lake. Asking the locals (especially if you’re new to the area) is also a good choice. READ MORE

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Portland, Maine: Ringing in 2015

If you’re going to be in the Portland, Maine area for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there are plenty of fun events you can get involved with. Families have options, as do couples and singles. With so many great things happening, the only problem you might have is deciding which event you want to go to. Fortunately, a lot of them are happening at different times, so you can go to more than one if you start early and prepare ahead of time. Here are a few options you’ll definitely want to check out: READ MORE

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Winters On the Lake

Winter on a lake in Maine can be a magical time. There’s always something fun to do, as long as you’re prepared for the weather and dressed appropriately. If you’re looking to have fun this winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing can be two great ways to get out and do something. You can go on your own or with friends or family members, and have a great time exploring all that the area has to offer. If you’re considering ice fishing, you might want to check out the Sebago Lake Derbies. They’re fun for people of all ages, and offer a number of different fishing options. READ MORE