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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

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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