I screen all my tenants. First, I call all their personal references and places(s) of employment. It has been a work of evolution over the years to learn what questions to ask since sometimes people can be deceitful. There are also questions you cannot legally ask so make sure you are aware of these.
I also pay an outside firm to run complete state and federal background checks. These are mostly involving criminal, court, financial and out of state items. A separate form for the potential tenant is needed for them to sign that allows the checks to be made.... more
You will need to adjust your search criteria. you should note all listing in MLS may not be in Trulia, having a good buyer broker who can asisst you in yoru search is sometimes best for unique proprties.... more
Sherri Dyer of MDI Mortgage can handle the loan for you. She does various types of loans and shops nationwide. I especially like the fact that she is always thinking out of the box and is driven to assist her clients get the best deal. I am a broker in the Bar Harbor and Ellsworth area and she has put together several deals for me. You will not be disappointed with her.
Her contact information
Let me know if I can assist with anything else and welcome to Maine :-)
Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate
Normally I would suggest to interview the local agents that responded to this post. Surprisingly there are none! Strong internet presence is what matters most these days. Do a search and see what agent comes up first. The agent is more important than the firm so look for the most prolific agents and interview them. As stated below, make sure they go beyond the standard and are familiar with your type of property.... more
This is a great time to buy investment property in Eastern Maine. I work mostly in the Acadia region and we are seeing people "buy themselves a job" meaning they are buying investment properties like B&B's and multi-family rentals. With prices coming down (even commercial property) and rates the way they are it is a great time to invest in real estate.... more