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Heating ideas for your Lakeside Home Outdoor Living Space

When you have a lakeside home, you want to spend time outdoors, appreciating your surroundings and all that nature has to offer. That’s easy to do when the weather is warm, but when it’s cold things can be more challenging. Fortunately, there are great ways to spend time outside even when the temperature drops, so you won’t need to spend all winter staying indoors. One of the best ways to enjoy your outdoor space when it’s cold is to have a source of heat. Then you can gather around it with family and friends, and enjoy all the beauty that comes with being outside. READ MORE

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How to Winterize Your Boat

One of the perks that comes more easily with having a Maine lakefront home is having a place to use your boat. When the weather gets cold, though, you’ll want to winterize your boat to protect it from the elements. There are several different areas to consider, to give it the maximum protection possible. The most important area to consider is the liquids. Things like gas and oil can be affected by the external temperature. While they won’t easily freeze solid, they can become thick and sluggish. They can also get condensation in them from temperature changes. READ MORE

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The Real Estate Upswing That Just Keeps Going / Maine Home Sales Up

Even with problems throughout the nation when it comes to selling homes, there are places where home sales are continuing to grow. Maine is one of those places, with sales rising more than three percent while sales throughout the rest of the nation went down by nearly five percent. If you’re in the market for a Maine home, the time to get one is now. As sales continue to go up, the prices for homes are also going to rise. The same is true about the interest rates. Before rates and prices go up any further, you’ll want to get into your great new Maine home. READ MORE

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Understanding Internet Home Buying

With so many people using the Internet today, it’s not surprising that more and more of them are looking for their next home through online channels. There are a number of sites that provide home listings, including the sites operated by individual real estate companies. Finding your next home can feel like a chore, but when you can search online and take a look at everything that’s offered in your area, it suddenly seems much easier. Don’t underestimate the power of the Internet to help you locate your next home. With so much to choose from, you can narrow your search and locate just the right thing. READ MORE

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What you need to know about buying foreclosures

Buying a bank owned property can seem like a great idea. You can often buy them for significantly less than the market would otherwise require, because the bank wants to get them sold and recoup some of its losses. They may send the property to auction, or they may list it with a Realtor. Either way, you can get some great deals when buying a home that has gone to foreclosure. There can also be risks, though, so you need to make sure you know what you’re looking for and what parts of the house to have checked out before you make your purchase. READ MORE

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What to look for when shopping for Energy Saving Appliances

Energy saving appliances can definitely be a good choice. They can cost a little bit more to purchase, but they’ll save you a lot of money in the long run. Energy Star requirements are mandated, so you know the appliances with the EnergyGuide label are going to save you money. They are also well made in most cases, so they last longer than less expensive appliances that aren’t energy efficient. An energy efficiency label is something to look for when you’re purchasing appliances for that great Maine house you just bought. The appliances that came with it may not be new, so upgrading can be a good choice. READ MORE

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What to do about mold – is it really a problem?

When you’re getting your house ready to sell or looking at other houses to buy, one of the things you really don’t want to see are mold problems. With the cold Maine winters you might think mold can’t survive, but that’s not entirely true. There’s still plenty of moisture in the air throughout most of the year, and the interior of a house can stay warm and damp, even if it’s cold and dry outdoors. Mold cleanup can also be expensive, so it’s something most people want to avoid. If you find mold and you’re not sure how serious the problem is, consider these mold and health myths facts. READ MORE

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Historic buildings in Portland, ME

If you’re relocating to Maine and you enjoy learning about history, you’ll want to consider some Portland Maine sightseeing so you can get a close-up look at the historic buildings throughout the city. The National Register of Historic Places is a good place to start your search, as it provides numerous listings you can use to explore the richness of Maine history. There’s always something great to see in and around Portland, and it’s a popular place for locals and visitors to spend time when they want to see the beauty of yesteryear. READ MORE

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The Crisp Smell of Fall is in the Air

When you live in Maine, there’s nothing like the smell and feel of fall in the area. If you’re relocating to Maine, fall can be a great time to do things outdoors and get to know your neighbors and your community before winter arrives. This short Maine activities guide can help you choose some Maine events that you’ll really enjoy, so you can feel more at home. READ MORE