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Investor Questions –specific neighborhoods in Portland Maine to recommend for potential future value thanks to planned improvements in infrastructure or other?

Portland, located on the Atlantic coast in southern Maine, is home to around 67,000 residents. The city is best known for its thriving economy, its colorful waterfront and port, its eponymous lobsters and its burgeoning food scene.

Portland is neatly divided into more than two dozens distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and personality. READ MORE

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Top 5 DIY Home Skills You Should Know

A plumber uses a plunger to unclog a toilet.

When you live in a house, you don’t have the comfort of knowing that the property manager will help take care of any repairs you need. But sometimes it’s nice to not have to call someone for help and then wait for the handyman to arrive. If you want to feel fairly self-sufficient as a homeowner in Maine, it’s time to make sure you know these basic home skills. READ MORE

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The Top Renovations to Make Before You Sell Your House in Maine

If you’re about to put your home on the market, or even if you just want to keep the future resale value of your home in mind as you renovate, it’s important to know which renovations are recommended. More specifically, what renovations will add value to your Maine house? Here are some of the best changes you can make to your home if you want to increase its value. READ MORE

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When is the best time to list your home in Maine?

If you’re thinking about putting your Southern Maine house on the market, you might be wondering if it’s the right time to do so. If you’re not confident that you have made the right choice regarding when to list it, you could end up second guessing your decision when it doesn’t sell right away. Save yourself the stress by getting to know the best time to try to sell your house in Maine. Then hire a listing agent who is experienced at selling beautiful Southern Maine homes like yours. READ MORE

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Selling Your Maine Home, What Stays and What Goes

The only negative about moving in the great state of Maine is the cringe-worthy packing process. If you are transitioning from one Maine home to another, it is best to bring along only the things that you are sure you need to start your life in your new space. If you need more definitive advice for selecting the things that you toss and the things that you pack on the truck, read below for some tips. READ MORE

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Should You Buy Before You Sell?

Whether you are a natural risk taker or someone who prefers to err on the side of caution, home buying and selling will always be a little bit of a risk. The real estate market has its ups and downs and as a seller and buyer, you want to capture the market when the pendulum swings in your direction. Maine’s home sales have gained strength and buyers are now more capable of securing mortgages for the homes that they desire. If you are thinking of selling your own home and buying another you may be in the precarious situation of deciding whether to sell your home first or jump on a good, new deal. READ MORE

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What’s the difference between Owner’s Title Insurance and Lender’s Title Insurance?

Getting title insurance for your Maine home is important, but if you’ve talked much with your real estate agent about what’s required, you may have heard both owner’s title insurance and lender’s title insurance mentioned. It’s true that there are two different policies, but many buyers wonder why it’s necessary to have both. The reason is because of the way the policies are structured, how long they last, what they cover, and who they protect. As their names indicate, the owner’s title insurance protects the buyer, and the lender’s title insurance protects the bank or mortgage company. READ MORE

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What’s the difference between a regular title insurance policy vs. enhanced?

A Title insurance policy is very important when buying a home. If you’re looking at all the beautiful Maine real estate and considering making the state your home – or the location of your vacation home – you’ll want to make sure your interests are protected. Additionally, the lender that gives you the mortgage on your home will also want protection, in the form of a title insurance policy. All polices are not created equally, though, and you will need to decide between a regular title insurance policy and an enhanced policy, depending on your specific needs. READ MORE

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What is a home warranty? Do I really need one?

If you are considering buying a home in Maine, you should look into buying a home warranty along with it. The point of a warranty is to ensure that if important parts of your home need repairs, you won’t have to pay full price for them. Before you buy a home warranty, you should get to know how it works and whether you would benefit from it. READ MORE

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How to save your home from foreclosure

Foreclosure may be the hardest thing to deal with when it comes to a home. When a bank forecloses on a home there are legal and financial consequences that must be dealt with by the homeowner. One of the biggest consequences may be the emotional ramifications of the foreclosure event. For this reason, emphasis should be placed on saving a home from foreclosure. Here are some methods and tips for coming out of a possible foreclosure victoriously. READ MORE