Whether you're a buyer or a seller, you'll experience the very best in service in Maine when you choose The Maine Real Estate Network. Our knowledgeable, experienced professionals are ready to help you find your new home or sell your property quickly. Our extensive network of professionals will support you through every step of the process. Real Estate Agents have many choices of companies to work for, but the agent you are considering hiring has chosen to affiliate with Maine’s number one
INDEPENDENT Real Estate agency. What does this mean to you?
- Since we are independent, we can be much more flexible in helping you to get your real estate
- We provide our agents with the ability to make their own decisions and have removed as much red tape as possible to allow them to facilitate your transaction in a timely manner.
- We provide our professionals with up-to-date training and technology to better serve your needs. We will work to get you the best deal possible.
- We are 100% locally owned. No part of the commissions we earn go out of the great State of
- This agency gives back! Charitable contributions in 2014 will approach $100,000.
- With 22 locations (and more coming in 2015), you can be sure we have experts in your area – after all, Real Estate is a local business. In partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the
- World we can help you buy or sell nationwide or anywhere in the World; I’m local, I’m Global™.
- Our listing inventory averages over 1500 properties; with an active buyer pool numbering in the
- We currently house almost 500 real estate professionals. Our talented agents are committed to delivering the most stress-free, hassle-free transaction service possible.
- Our website is second to none and provides current and relevant listing, community and real estate search resources. With over 40,000 visitors a month and 90% of buyers starting their search on-line our website is the exposure you need to sell or search!
- We provide our professionals with 24/7 web-based resources, so they can do what they do
- Our Agency resources include in-house Title and Closing, Mortgage Lending services, Rental and Lease/Purchase programs, Commercial property, Short Sale expertise, New Construction divisions and numerous third party vendors. Whatever your Real Estate need-We Can Help!
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To assure you that your property is marketed to its fullest potential and that you are fully informed throughout the sale process, I pledge to complete the following:
- Carefully evaluate your home, its competition and current market conditions
- Prepare a Comparative Market Analysis to establish fair market value
- Prepare a listing contract
- Prepare a seller’s property disclosure
- Assist in staging (if needed) and preparing your home for showings
- Enter your listing in the MLS (Multiple Listing System)
- Ensure your home is listed on consumer websites such as Realtor.com, Craigslist, Postlets, Zillow, Trulia etc. & update ads weekly
- Take photos of the property for marketing purposes
- Install a professional ‘For Sale’ post and sign on the property
- Place lockbox on property
- Complete marketing flyer to distribute to all agents in our company and in our real estate database
- Hold open houses with print ads in the Maine Sunday Telegram and online websites
- Arrange showings for other agents
- Pre-qualify potential buyers
- Review list price based on agent feedback and market conditions
- Provide weekly market activity and showing feedback
- Present and review all offers with you
- Negotiate the transaction on your behalf
- Finalize the closing
- Provide references for movers/ needed contractors throughout the sale process
Chris Almasi, Your Maine Real Estate Agent
Home inspections will vary depending on the type of property you are purchasing. A large historic home, for example, will require a more specialized inspection than a small condominium. However, the following are the basic elements that a home inspector will check. You can also use this list to help you evaluate properties you might purchase.
For more information, try the virtual home inspection at www.ASHI.org, the Web site of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Structure: A home’s skeleton impacts how the property stands up to weather, gravity, and the earth. Structural components, including the foundation and the framing, should be inspected.
Exterior: The inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, and doors. A home’s siding, trim, and surface drainage also are part of an exterior inspection.
- Doors and windows
- Siding (brick, stone, stucco, vinyl, wood, etc.)
- Attached porches, decks, and balconies
Roofing: A well-maintained roof protects you from rain, snow, and other forces of nature. Take note of the roof’s age, conditions of flashing, roof draining systems (pooling water), buckled shingles, loose gutters and downspouts, skylight, and chimneys.
Plumbing: Thoroughly examine the water supply and drainage systems, water heating equipment, and fuel storage systems. Drainage pumps and sump pumps also fall under this category. Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion can indicate problems.
Electrical: Safe electrical wiring is essential. Look for the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects. Also take note of the number of outlets in each room.
Heating: The home’s heating system, vent system, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. Look for age of water heater, whether the size is adequate for the house, speed of recovery, and energy rating.
Interiors: An inspection of the inside of the home can reveal plumbing leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and other issues. An inspector should take a close look at:
- Walls, ceilings and floors
- Steps, stairways, and railings
- Garage doors and garage door systems
Ventilation/insulation: To prevent energy loss, check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawlspaces. Also look for proper, secured insulation in walls. Insulation should be appropriate for the climate. Excess moisture in the home can lead to mold and water damage.
Fireplaces: They’re charming, but they could be dangerous if not properly installed. Inspectors should examine the system, including the vent and flue, and describe solid fuel burning appliances.
Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (www.AHSI.org)
- Plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical on moving day, and create an estimate of moving costs.
- Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.
- But don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, you're probably right. However, it's possible to go overboard in the heat of the moment. Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it. That will eliminate regrets after the move.
- Pack similar items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. It will make your life easier when it's time to unpack.
- If hiring movers decide what, if anything, you plan to move on your own. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you. Don't forget to keep a "necessities" bag with tissues, snacks, and other items you'll need that day.
- Remember, most movers won’t take plants. If you don't want to leave them behind, you should plan on moving them yourself.
- Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to lift. Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds, if possible.
- Don’t over-pack boxes. It increases the likelihood that items inside the box will break.
- Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes. If necessary, purchase bubble-wrap or other packing materials from moving stores.
- Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what’s there.
- Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
- Keep your moving documents together in a file. Include important phone numbers, driver’s name, and moving van number. Also keep your address book handy.
- Print out a map and directions for movers. Make several copies, and highlight the route. Include your cell phone number on the map. You don’t want movers to get lost! Also make copies for friends or family who are lending a hand on moving day.
- Back up your computer files before moving your computer. Keep the backup in a safe place, preferably at an off-site location.
- Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
- Make arrangements for small children and pets. Moving can be stressful and emotional. Kids can help organize their things and pack boxes ahead of time, but, if possible, it might be best to spare them from the moving-day madness.
Reprinting from Realtor® magazine (Realtor.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copy write 2008 All Rights reserved.
Definition: The most probable price in cash, terms equivalent to cash, or in other precisely defined terms, for which the evaluated property would sell in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller acting prudently, knowledgeably, and for self-interest and assuming that neither is under “undue duress.”
What affects the market value of a home?
- Size of house and lot
- Interest rates
- Prices of recently sold properties
- Competing properties
What does not affect the current value?
- Original price
- Needed proceeds
- Wanted proceeds
- Cost to rebuild today
- Personal opinions of family, friends or neighbors
Value is determined by what a Buyer is willing to pay and a Seller is willing to accept in today’s market. Buyers should make their pricing decisions based on comparing a property to other properties sold in the area.
Making an offer
Everyone wants to get a deal, however the strategy of making an offer involves more than just throwing a price out to the seller, hoping they will accept it. First and foremost, if you want the negotiations to be successful, you want to submit a reasonable offer that the seller will be willing to work with. Starting off with an offer that is too low could offend the seller and halt any further negotiations. It is also important to remember that sellers all have different motivations for selling, and are all in different financial positions – all of which can affect what they may be willing, or able, to accept for their property. When submitting an offer you should take into consideration the condition and location of a property, as well as the current market value for the neighborhood.
Each property and circumstance is different, but a strategic negotiation plan, along with realistic expectations, can result in a successful purchase!