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Linda Beauli…, Real Estate Pro in Auburn, ME
Linda Beaulieu answered:
are taxes high in leeds?
the taxes in Leeds are $13.30 per $1000. .That's fairly low for Androscoggin County. The lowest taxes are in Bowdoin at $11.20 per $1000 , Lewiston's are the highest at $25.79 /$1000 a ... more
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Linda Beauli…, Real Estate Pro in Auburn, ME
Linda Beaulieu answered:
What's the current status on the property at 71 Maple Street in Mechanic Falls Maine?
It is off ther market. It was listed for a year and it was a short sale ( meaning the seller owed the bank more than what we were asking for it) if you have interest in this property ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 7, 2013 Home Buying in Mechanic Falls
Rachel Lorra…, Real Estate Pro in Windham, ME
Rachel Lorraine answered:
I'm interested in buying my first home but to have it as a rental. My credit rateing is not where it needs to be.
Hello Julia,

It sounds like you are looking for a rent with an option to buy. They are available. There are many different options, and factors to be considered. For example how long ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 27, 2014 Home Buying in South Portland
Murphy Team, Real Estate Pro in 04101
Murphy Team answered:
Am interested in downtown Portland properties. What neighborhoods should be avoided or are desirable?
Mary,

That is a difficult question to answer since people move to Maine (and Portland specifically) because it is a safe place to live by most measurable standards. We show property ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 6, 2013 Home Buying in Parkside
Keith Jean P…, Real Estate Pro in East Brunswick, NJ
Keith Jean Pierre answered:
Your thoughts on Broker Open Houses?
I love them! This is by far the most effective way to get more people into the home and anything else I have tried. The reason I love it; especially if it is a gorgeous home, is because ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 19, 2013 Home Buying in 04843
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
How would you rate the school systems in Baldwin? The atmosphere of the town, good sense of community or just a town where everyone resides fine?
The question is subjective; for school information see links, also consider visiting schools and areas of interest, and see all firsthand....
http://www.greatschools.org/
http://www.s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 12, 2013 Home Buying in East Baldwin
Jeffrey Camp…, Real Estate Pro in Pittston, ME
Jeffrey Campbell answered:
Is buying a home listed at way under appraisal a good idea?
There's a whole lot to look at beyond the appraisal... but concerning the appraisal itself, how old is it? Home values have dropped in the last few years and while making a rebound in s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 6, 2013 Home Buying in Maine
Kathy Beaudo…, Real Estate Pro in Wells, ME
Kathy Beaudoin answered:
can u tell me what the fees r a month. also do they allow small dogs
Well Good Afternoon to you! The monthly fees for this particular association are $230 per month and yes, they allow pets for owners but not visitors. Seaglass entrance is actually on Rt ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 4, 2013 Home Buying in Wells
Shelia Hobby, Other/Just Looking in Durham County, NC
Shelia Hobby asked:
I don't have a question, per say. However, If this is regarding 70 Phinney Farm Rd. I personally exchanged emails with the owners, back in 2008 & 2010 The owners moved back west, and the property was being rented, and would not be up for sale again until 2013. I live in NC, and for some reason this property kept popping up in my dream...
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 12, 2012 Home Buying in Lincoln
Carl, Home Buyer in
Carl answered:
Buying an old home, all I need is insurance, but it's uninsurable (old wiring).Seller won't fix. What to do?
More info: I love the house and it's affordable. I've been approved for a mortgage contingent on one last thing:insurance binder.

The house has "knob and tube wiring" which is very o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 30, 2013 Home Buying in Guilford
Jann Foster, Real Estate Pro in Kennebunkport, ME
Jann Foster answered:
wondering how much the monthly HOA fee is for the property at 272 Mills Rd., #C10, Kennebunkport, what it covers and if pets are allowed.
One small pet is allowed but has to be registered with the Board of directors.

Flats are $231 per month year round and the cottages slightly more.
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 20, 2013 Home Buying in Kennebunkport
Renee & Kort…, Real Estate Pro in Bangor, ME
Renee & Kortnie Hudgens answered:
If I were to buy a property to live in but down the road, use part of it for business, is it required to have a business loan, not conventional?
Hi, this would be a question for a mortgage lender - may I suggest Glen over at Residential Mortgage Services (local underwriting and processing). He can run some different options for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 14, 2014 Home Buying in 04401
Jerry and Gw…, Real Estate Pro in Sebago Lake, ME
Jerry and Gwen Hart answered:
what is the average selling price of homes in Knights Hill Association?
Hi Helen,
A quick snapshot of 5 homes in the last 12 months from today (12/20/12), indicates
Average listing price of $153,740 with selling price range of 94% of that figure.
Small s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 20, 2012 Home Buying in Bridgton
Doug Schauf, Real Estate Pro in 04107
Doug Schauf answered:
How much value would it add to my home if I finished my basment,and my home is in Scarbrough.?
Hello Ann,

It depends a lot on what you do and how you do it. If you know people that can do some of the work to save money that helps.

Here is a link to a cost versus value repo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 21, 2014 Home Buying in Scarborough
CJ Dubois-Co…, Real Estate Pro in Saco, ME
CJ Dubois-Cote answered:
are pets allowed at 189 E Grand View, OOB Maine?
Yes, there may be weight limits. If you'd like me to check further, feel free to contact me at:

CJ Dubois-Cote, Prudential Prime Properties, 207-615-1663 or cindy@prubay.com
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 10, 2013 Home Buying in Old Orchard Beach
Maria Gilda…, Real Estate Pro in 06040
Maria Gilda Racelis answered:
what would be good price to offer for a home in foreclosure. 3 br, 3b, still needs some finish work sits on 11 acres. current price is 129,900.
This is the time when you need to hire a realtor to give you a sound advice based on the comparables or value of similar sold homes in the neighborhood.

If you have not hired one yet ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 17, 2012 Home Buying in Jay
Ryan M.Rich, Real Estate Pro in Windham, ME
Ryan M.Rich answered:
Would appreciate talking(by phone) to a real person, about a property(Lot of land), I have recently paid to list on mlsmyhome.com, which has been dir-
Richard,

Be happy to talk-give my cell a call, I would be happy to be to answer any questions you may have.

207-210-9753
ryanrich@masiello.com
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Home Buying in Kittery
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
how does a house worth effect mortgage?
First, the city "valuation" is worthless. Forget it. That's a number the city uses to determine the property taxes. It may or may not be close to the actual value.

Second, the house' ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 30, 2012 Home Buying in Brewer
Maureen Zemr…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, ME
Maureen Zemrak answered:
houses on Harris ave 93 and 130 belfort ave have been on market for long time will they consider rent to own
Hello -

This answer all depends on the Seller's motivation to sell. Seller's alot of times cannot rent for what their mortgage cost is, so they end up taking a loss, plus are now lan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 26, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
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