Maine Home Living and Decorating Trends for 2018

1. Smarter, Less Costly Automated Controls: With lives continuing to be busy and automation costs coming down, it’s become more affordable to control a home’s systems—temperature, security, electronics, lighting, and more—through a single device, even from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Doing so can eliminate multiple controls and make it easy for home owners to manage things around their home, even when they are not there. One example is the Nest Intelligent Thermostat, which can be controlled remotely, react intuitively to home owners’ habits, and adjust to conserve energy costs. 2. Outdoor Living Rooms and Screened Porches: A trend that began a few… Read More

The Maine “Accent” and Maine Humor

I had some trepidation about commenting on this sensitive subject because Mainers (themselves) don’t find their accent “funny” or their “ways” peculiar.  They are proud of their “Yankee savvy and practicality.” They talk the way their parents  and neighbors talked… when they were growing up. I suppose the same is true of Southerners who speak with a languishing drawl. It’s really not hard to talk like a Mainer after you master the ubiquitous “Ay-yup.” This often-mimicked expression of old-time Mainers is a conversational response word to declare “I understand what you’re saying” or as a suffix sound at the end of… Read More

Deciding on a Search Critera

What Do You Want in a Home? Just because you may feel restricted by price ranges — especially if this is your first or second home purchase — don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t afford to be choosy when looking for a home to buy! You’re unique. You have desires and needs, hopes and dreams for your new home that are different from your parent’s, friend’s or coworker’s. OK? So let’s get busy defining these homebuying parameters! Then contact me so we can work on finding homes that fit you perfectly!   Location & Neighborhood Suburbs and Rural Areas. Pros: Generally less… Read More

Welcome to my website…

Greetings, all I’m very excited about having created this website for anyone to see my Maine scrapbook of photos, videos, blogs and provide links for my viewers to better understand why anyone would choose to live in Maine. Of course, the primary purpose of this website is to provide a resource tool for those thinking about buying or selling property in Midcoast Maine, but it’s also a valuable primer for those desiring to better enjoy our state. “Midcoast Maine” has long been my “frog pond” – I know it so very well! I wanted to create an online resource for… Read More

Maine Beach Walking 101

  One of my favorites is at Reid State Park in Georgetown – a 30 minute drive off Route 1 after you cross the new Bath Bridge, if you are driving northbound. Not only is this a popular summertime sunbathing and swimming beach (although a little too cold for me who is now into the senior years), it’s open year-round and it’s a great exhilarating walk on any day of the year – especially, if you need to “sort things out” or just refresh your soul. Walking the beach with someone special is always quality time, but a solo journey… Read More

The Best of Maine Wilderness Experiences!

    < Why am I writing this blog? Well, I have personally experienced Kevin and Polly’s “wilderness excursions” and it was perhaps one of the most memorable, most introspectively-satisfying and mind-relaxing interludes… I have done in a long time! We all have “roots” and we all long for “wings”… wings to carry us to the essence of who we truly are – or want to be. I guarantee you that doing a wilderness trip with Kevin or Polly will adjust your lifestyle focus to be more “meaningful.” It’s worth far more than an expensive visit to a psychiatrist! Mahoosuc… Read More

Suggestions on Visiting Rockland

In the 70’s, several Maine towns and cities revitalized their “sense of place” with a new look and commitment to preserving (and celebrating) their downtowns. Portland’s “Old Port District,” Bath’s Riverside Downtown, Kennebunkport, and Ogunquit are well-known tourist locations – but, Rockland is a very special downtown restoration. Before I give you some Rockland visitation suggestions (if you are traveling north on Route 1 in Midcoast Maine), you might want to stop off in Thomaston to visit the General Henry Knox Museum at the intersection Route 1 and Route 131, at the traffic light (www.knoxmuseum.org) and possibly, the Owl’s Head… Read More

Why we “do” what we “need” to do.

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement. The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine… Read More

Home Purchase & Education Go Hand in Hand

For many families, schools are an essential consideration when searching for a new home. However, most property searches only offer property related criteria such as price, beds, baths, and square feet. As such, locating properties that meet the criteria for your family and your child’s education can be challenging, especially when you are less familiar with an area. For this very reason, this website provides you with the ability to incorporate school ratings directly into your property search as a primary criteria.  Additionally, you’ll have access to detailed information and statistics on local schools and neighborhoods on every listing detail… Read More

How to Track Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner. This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home… Read More