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Sat Nov 22, 2014
Diane Radulovich Berner asked:
I am the granddaughter of the Tuttle family who lived here and my great grandfather built this in the 1700's I believe that was the years. I would be interested in viewing it at least from…
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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Aaleighag asked:
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Thu Jan 23, 2014
DESPAIN102 asked:
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Mon Jun 17, 2013
Linda Beaulieu answered:
It's really off Riverside Dr which is at the other end of Vickery Rd which is what you would take off South Main St to get to this home. By the way, that home on carrier Court is under contract. No longer available to buy at this time. ... more
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Linda Beaulieu answered:
Not for sale yet. It may still be in the foreclosure process Takes a long time before the bank really owns it and can put it back on the market. meanwhile, it sits there empty. :-(
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
John Snyder answered:
I'm not sure this can be answered accurately. What the last occupants used depends on how warm or cold the winter was and how high they kept the temperature. Also, is the hot water supplied off this loop and if so, how much hot water did they use.

Was supplemental heat used? (electric or wood) Many people use small space heaters in some areas such as a bathroom.

BTW, most people do not realize but if you heat your home to 66 degrees it takes almost 25% more oil to heat the same house to 72 degrees during the winter. Those few degrees make a big difference.
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
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Sun Apr 1, 2012
Jeannette Beaulieu answered:
This property has been on the market since 2009. It started at $183,000+. Currently it is a repo at $72,900 and seems to be a "steal". I have not been inside so I can't attest to condition. The taxes are $3,614/year - which don't help. Let me know if you would like to see it. ... more
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Wed Jun 29, 2011
Margaret Mitchell answered:
Hi Eric - the lot size is .35 acre with 50 feet of road frontage. If you would like a copy of the listing sheet, send me an email and I will email it to you.
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Sat Jun 25, 2011
Jeannette Beaulieu answered:
This home is currently under contract. Original asking price: $139,900, reduced to $119,900. No way of knowing what the contract price is until it actually sells. Has been on the market for 160 days. Continue to Show has been marked "no".

Are you currently looking for property in the Auburn area? Please let me know if you need a Realtor to represent you. We also have the ability to set you up on an automated search so when properties that meet your criteria come onto the market or are reduced in price, you will automatically get an email.

Log onto my website: www.MaineWaterfrontOnline to set up your search!

Best wishes.

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Thu Nov 4, 2010
Linda M. Snyder, M.S. answered:
Good morning Lisa,

It appears that you very luckily escaped a common rental scam.

The way it works is: A Realtor lists a property for sale for her clients. It gets posted on various sites like Trulia and craigslist. Scammers see the house for sale and repost it as a rental at a very cheap price, creating a fraudulent e-mail address so that a would-be renter thinks he's corresponding with the real owner. (This also happens with For Sale By Owner Properties.)

The scammers say they're in Africa working with children and just want someone nice to look after their house for a while. Since they're away, they can't show you the house in person - however, if you send them the deposit, they'll send you the keys.

You send the deposit and ... No keys, because it's all a scam.

The property you're referring to above was one of those hit by scammers. I know, because it's listed by one of the agentsin the real estate office where I'm affiliated (Allen & Selig Realty, North Yarmouth ME). The owners were stunned to find lots of people driving up to the house and asking questions; some of those people were told to ignore the For Sale sign in front of the house - that it belonged on the property next door.

In any event, I just checked the MLS and found that the property is under contract - meaning it's about to be sold.

Several years ago my husband had a property management & leasing company but when real estate took a nose dive, he let it go. When all these scams started hitting, he re-opened his company under the name On the Spot Rental Management - You can also reach him at 207 713 0674. When you work with a company that has a website and is locally based - especially one that's a member of a local Chamber of Commerce - you're pretty much guaranteed it's legitimate.

That's not to say there aren't rental deals out there with real people renting out their homes.... there are. (Which opens up a whole other set of questions: do those people know how to be landlords, do they know the laws, are they in foreclosure and will you be left having to move suddenly if the sheriff shows up with his yellow tape...)

Because these scams are so prevalent, I've started doing workshops on real estate fraud and scams, and have offered them in Bangor, Windham, Saco and Lewiston.

Good luck,
Linda Snyder, Associate Broker
Allen & Selig Realty
One Walnut Hill Commons
North Yarmouth ME
207 829 3339 (office)
207 740 2247 (cell)
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Tue Sep 21, 2010
CJ Dubois-Cote answered:

This is a bank owned property and currently has access issues. The driveway is not a legal right of way. The listing has expired. With this information, are you still interested in pursuing this property?

Feel free to contact me and we can discuss further. CJ Dubois-Cote, Prudential Prime Properties, or 207-615-1663.
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Wed Jan 13, 2010
Charlene Hamiwka answered:
did you click on the more information tab? From that, it appears that this house is now being sold directly by the owner.

You have a couple of options
1 - you can contact the owner directly and deal with them. Unless you are an experienced buyer, I wouldn't recommend this. There are a lot of steps in the process of buying (and selling) a home that need to be completed - and in this case, with no agent on the sellers side and no agent on the buyers side, it could be tricky..
2 - you can work through an agent to represent you and your interests. The challenging part here is that if the owner is not willing to compensate the agent representing you, then you would have to pay that out of your pocket.

I do have clients in the Auburn area, and if you want someone to assist you, I would be happy to try to contact the owner to at least find out what the situation is. Or, if you have a realtor in Auburn you prefer to work with, they could do that as well.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions
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Mon Jan 19, 2009
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Sun Jan 18, 2009
Rick Beal answered:
Hi Katherine,

I'm checking on this and will get back to you.
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Sun Jan 18, 2009
Katherine Everett asked:
This question is about this property:
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Sun Jan 18, 2009
Rick Beal answered:
Hello Katherine,

Yes, both are available at the street.
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