realty: Preparing Your Finances for Homeownership - 06/07/12 12:57 PM
Preparing to own a home requires you to take a close look at your personal finances. Here is a list to help you get ready. For more info, visit realtytimes.com.
Get your credit in line - Do you have a lot of credit cards or outstanding loans? Do you pay your bills on time? These are things a lender will look at, so it's important to check out what your credit score is, especially if changes need to be made. Track your spending - If you're going out to dinner 4 nights a week and buying expensive outfits all the time, … (0 comments)

realty: To Invest In a Pool...Or Not? - 05/07/12 10:52 AM
With summer approaching, many homeowners are beginning to think about investing in swimming pools - is this the right decision for you?It's important to consider pros and cons, especially if you plan to sell your home in the future. Not every buyer will love the idea of a pool, but some will.Ask yourself how much space you'll lose in your yard by adding a pool. If you're on a small lot already, consider how much ground you can afford to use.What are other homes in the area selling for if they have swimming pools? Will your home compare to those?How much … (0 comments)

realty: Increase Your Home's Value Through Do-It-Yourself Tricks - 05/02/12 01:22 PM
According to a recent study by HomeGain, do-it-yourself home upgrades can come in very handy when it's time to sell. The survey said the #1 way to boost your home's worth while not spending a fortune is to declutter and clean the home as best you can. The second most important thing you should do to help your home's appeal is to lighten it up. Freshen the walls with a light color, open your shades, and let sunlight in. No one is going to see all the beautiful details your home has to offer if the interior is full of shadows. … (2 comments)

realty: Costco to Offer Mortgage Lending Service - 04/26/12 12:32 PM
What do you need at the grocery store? Bread, eggs, crackers...a mortgage?Costco has announced it will offer a mortgage lending service on its website, partnering with eleven lenders to help customers explore their options.The next step for Costo - student and auto loans!
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realty: Newly Listed: 265 State Street, Portland - 04/16/12 07:15 AM
Stunning recently renovated historic townhouse with tons of character and charm - this house is a must-see. Featuring a modern kitchen, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and much more!Click here for a full virtual tour of the property.  
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realty: New Listing: 23 Crescent Street, Biddeford - 03/29/12 01:46 PM
Adorable town home with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an attached 1-car garage. This spacious house features hardwood floors throughout, and a deck overlooking the city skyline. Lounge on our fenced-in front lawn and take in the beauty around you!
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realty: Add Color to Your Home to Make It Stand Out - 03/29/12 07:48 AM
When you're looking for ways to spruce up your new home, or perhaps before listing a home you plan to sell? Add some cheerful color to the walls, and you'll see a vast improvement at minimal cost. Yellow is a great way to create a cheerful, bright atmosphere, and it can also make rooms feel larger. Shades of pink have similar effects. It will make a room stand out. For those who like to be daring, shades of orange will really make your home memorable. A tasteful apricot shade may be the perfect way to give a room some personality. Adding … (2 comments)

realty: Smaller Homes, Bigger Savings - 03/27/12 09:23 AM
Many home buyers are realizing that in real estate, less can be more. Those who are looking for their dream homes are often deciding to go with a smaller square footage to reduce the maintenance, energy costs, and annual taxes. A smaller home offers owners a chance to save, and to use that money toward vacations and other purchases. While choosing a smaller home may not be for everyone, it is a trend that is catching on as people look for ways to reduce spending.
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realty: Print Media - Don't Count It Out - 03/16/12 09:11 AM
Online marketing is taking over, no doubt about it. But the more traditional ways - printing flyers, cards, handouts, etc. - are still valuable. People often overlook this, believing that since everyone is online, that is the only way to go. Since everyone knows to use online marketing, it makes sense to go the extra mile and do what everyone else isn't - send out physical letters, flyers, etc. People will remember you - email is easy to ignore, but a letter physically signed by you? Not as easy to overlook. Here is an interesting article about print media. Finding a … (1 comments)

realty: The Mobile World of Real Estate - 03/13/12 05:49 AM
In today's real estate world, technology is everything. 95% of home buyers begin their search online, so it's imperitive that realtors stay up to date and current on all the latest advances. Speed, photo-capturing ability, and security are crucial aspects to consider when purchasing a mobile device for real estate use, according to realtytimes.com. As busy realtors, you need to be able to access all the information and tools you need quickly and on the go. Understanding trends in today's technology world will help you do just that, and manage your time more efficiently.
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realty: Secrets to Success: Service, Commitment, & Time - 03/05/12 09:46 AM
Service, commitment, and time are the three secrets to success, according to Floyd Wickman, a great real estate coach who is in the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame. To be a great realtor, it's not enough to just be good at your job. You need to excel, and provide excellent service to your clients. Because networking is huge in the industry, providing great care to your clients will help long-term, when they recommend you to their friends, family, and co-workers who may also be looking to buy or sell.Being reliable and fully committed is also vastly important. Do the things … (1 comments)

realty: Selling Your Home - Guaranteed - 03/05/12 07:49 AM

Selling your home can be a stressful process. Choosing the right realtor who will meet your needs and wants is a must – which is where Universal Properties at Keller Williams Realty comes in.
With Universal Properties’ Guaranteed Sold Program, you don’t need to worry about what happens if your property doesn’t sell. The program, which is designed to meet your individual needs, says that if you list your home with Universal Properties and it doesn’t sell in the time frame you agree upon with the listing agent, the company will buy the property from you.
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realty: Pending Home Sales Are On the Rise - Up 8.0% From Last Year - 02/27/12 10:04 AM
The National Association of Realtors has reported that January 2012 pending home sales are up 2% from December, and a full 8.0% from January 2011.The report states “the January index is the highest since April 2010 when it reached 111.3 as buyers were rushing to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit.”This is good news for those looking to sell their homes - the market is improving. For more details, check out agbeat.com.
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realty: Improve Your Love Life: Own a Home - 02/20/12 11:30 AM
If you're looking to spice up your love life, buying a home might be the way to do it.
In a recent survey by Trulia, more than 1/3 of women said they would rather date someone who owns a home rather than rent. Nearly 20% of men agreed.
Roommates can also be a deal-breaker in the dating world: 62% of people questioned said they prefer dating people who live at home.
The takeaway from the survey is this: In addition to building wealth and stability, home ownership can also help your love life significantly.
 
 
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realty: Get Out of Debt and Move Toward Home Ownership - 02/13/12 09:13 AM

According to CNNMoney, the average American has $10,700 in credit card debt, and a total of $59,000 in household debt.
Home ownership is a great way to provide stability for your family and long-term wealth as well, but getting your credit under control first is a must.
To work on improving your credit and diminishing your debt, you need to take a serious look at your finances. Are you spending more money than you're earning? If so, you need to establish a budget with the necessities first, and paying off debt with what's left over.
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realty: Newly Listed: 2 Dale Court, Portland - 02/06/12 12:10 PM

Lovely, spacious 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom cape with an open floor plan and recently updated eat-in kitchen. Featuring an oversized 1-car garage with plenty of extra storage space, this fantastic home is move-in ready. The home is part of a strong FHA-approved association. Click here to see more about this property and others.Click here for a full virtual tour of this property.
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realty: Fix Up Your Kitchen to Attract Buyers to Your Home - 01/30/12 04:00 PM

When selling your home, making improvements can drastically increase its appeal to potential buyers, and the kitchen is a focal point.To keep your kitchen renovations from getting out of hand, look at the surrounding areas - what are other sellers in your neighborhood doing to their kitchens? By doing research on other homes for sale, you'll be able to compare your kitchen to theirs and determine if they are of equal quality.Of course, it's possible to spruce things up without spending a fortune - sometimes just adding a fresh coat of paint in a cheerful color will help add eye … (2 comments)

realty: Newly listed: 37 Westfield Street, Biddeford, ME - 01/12/12 12:41 PM
This gorgeous cape includes 4 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms, as well as hardwood floors, a finished basement, and a large fenced-in backyard with a deck. The home is wheelchair accessible and also includes a 2 car garage.

For more information about this property, or to schedule a viewing, call 207-553-2605!
Click here for a virtual tour of the home!
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realty: New Listing - 126 Hennessy Drive, Portland - 01/12/12 11:02 AM

This stunning 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cape is ideally located in a quiet neighborhood just minutes from downtown Portland. This must-see home includes hardwood floors, a spacious dining and living area, a cozy pellet stove, and a newly-updated kitchen. It also boasts an above-ground swimming pool, a partially-finished walk out basement for all your storage needs, and a well-maintained yard perfect for hosting get-togethers at your new home!
 
To schedule an appointment to tour the property, call 207-553-2605
Click here for a visual tour of the property!
 
 
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