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By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Last month, a string of fires in downtown Lewiston claimed 10 apartment buildings and left almost 200 people homeless.  Fortunately there were no fatalities and only minor injuries.  The community rallied together to help those affected by the fires, but the events also brought to light a problem...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Get Inspired Outdoors in Lewiston and Auburn Maine Yes, you can help the Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston Maine win a grant by simply taking a few moments to watch their great video.  In partnership with the Androscoggin Land Trust, they submitted their video to the "Get Inspired Outdoors" gr...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Some of us have decided that life is too short to spend any time behind a lawnmower. Others decide that the real reason we have a mate is so that we can offer him or her the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and sunshine…to mow. Children can be the recipients of that very same opportunity,...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Buying a Lewiston-Auburn Foreclosure Property?  “Fixers” Reward Prudence, Realism, and Cash   These days the words “bank owned homes” have become practically synonymous with a single word: “opportunity.”  With prices and mortgage rates this low, first time home buyers, investors and seasoned prop...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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The number of new listings increased while sales dipped just a bit in the Lewiston-Auburn Maine real estate market for the week of April 29, 2012 through May 5, 2012.  This past week's numbers were skewed a little by an extremely low priced bank owned property that sold, bringing the average sale...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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That's right.  I said are you having any fun?OK, call me crazy.  I guess I'm just one of those irritatingly cheerful people who like to have fun with whatever mundane task I am tackling.  I am guilty of playing loud funky music while I vacuum, singing while doing the dishes, and dabbling in "the ...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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3 Quick Fixes For those who are just about ready to put your Lewiston-Auburn area home on the market this May, several simple yet cost-effective projects can be sure-fire buyer-pleasers. I am often asked to help my clients identify areas in their home that will benefit from improvements to add va...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Sea 40 located at 40 East Avenue in Lewiston Maine (next to where the old Ames department store used to be) offers much more than great, fresh Japanese food: it’s a show! My colleagues and I, at The Maine Real Estate Network, had lunch here this week and was so much fun! These multi-talented che...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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By the end of February, The Wall Street Journal felt confident enough to print a headline touting, “At Last! Banks Rev Up Lending”.  FHA loans are among the most popular loan programs funding real estate purchases in Maine right now. But there is much confusion over the term “FHA Loan”. To be pe...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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The Lewiston Winter Farmers Market celebrates all there is to love about Maine, her people, and her products with a “Lovin' Maine Made” theme in honor of Valentine's Day. The market has become the community's connection to area farmers, producers, and artisans with more than 20 vendors offering i...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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The bedrock of the residential real estate industry is the American Dream of owning your own home. Current market conditions have amplified another motivator: those looking for great investment opportunities. There have always been professional “Flippers” in the market but today shrewd buyers re...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Few will argue that buying and selling real estate isn’t a specialized business transaction, or that when you want to buy or sell a property in the Lewiston-Auburn area, hiring a Lewiston-Auburn real estate agent isn’t the most common way to get the job done. It may be an excellent idea, but it ...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Enough already! Economy this! Housing market that!. It seems like we have been bombarded with mostly bad news forever. Every month Lewiston-Auburn would-be home sellers and prospective buyers hope for signs that the economy has turned around, and this month was no exception. Despite the relativel...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Tear it down, or spend a kazillion dollars renovating the space? The City of Lewiston Maine has long struggled with ideas for what to do with the Bates Mill No. 5 building.  Much of the city center has been undergoing a revival over the past ten years.  This landmark remnant of Lewiston's textile...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Part of the everyday vocabulary for everyone who deals with our Lewiston-Auburn real estate market are the words “MLS” and “MLS Listings”. First-time buyers and sellers can find the term confusing because it is used in so many different ways.  You may hear people ask if a house you are considerin...
By Tanya Busch, Maine Real Estate
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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 Any informed Lewiston-Auburn homeowner (or future Lewiston-Auburn homeowner) is keenly aware of the national and regional real estate trends. It’s hard to avoid hearing about them, because the TV and print media headline them all the time. Often the headline angle of those reports focuses on “d...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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While “Buy Local” campaigns seem to be gaining momentum around the country this year, Mainers have long valued locally made products.  The Lewiston/Auburn area has a wealth of small owner/operated businesses for holiday shoppers to choose from.   On Thursday, December 15th, the Lewiston Winter Fa...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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After the huge success of the Sunday Lewiston Farmers Market at Bates Mill 5 over the summer, the community has been waiting patiently for the Winter Farmers Market to open. Finally, our waiting days are almost over.  This Thursday, the Lewiston Winter Farmers Market will have it's grand opening ...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Lewiston and Auburn Maine are referred to locally as L/A.  Two Maine "cities" sometimes called the Twin Cities located on either side of the Androscoggin river in Central Maine.  With a combined population of just under 60,000 they form the second largest metropolitan area in the state. Lewiston ...
By Kristen Wheatley, Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent
(The Maine Real Estate Network)
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Once you have decided to sell your home, you will find family members and friends coming out of the wood work to "help" you with advice.  They may even try to burst your bubble by yammering on about the "buyer's market." Do buyers have a ton of choices in this market?  Well...yes and no. There i...

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