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ST GEORGE, MAINE: Extraordinary Waterfront 5BR 3.5BA Farmhouse teeming with meticulously handcrafted details & surrounded by gorgeous gardens & grounds. Period architectural elements blend harmoniously with 21st century enhancements. Open concept new addition features large custom windows that showcase beautiful waterviews. Home boasts a large master suite, library, granite Rumford fireplace, enclosed porch, laundry rm, 3rd floor w/built-ins & 26’x36′ 2 car garage w/workshop & expandable living space or storage above. #1242859 $745,000.  For more information click here or contact Meriwether Gill 207-706-6242.

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SAINT GEORGE: BOLD OCEAN on Penobscot Bay in Port Clyde. Taste and quality abound in this exceptional oceanfront home. Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, Brazilian Cherry floors, solarium, library, 3 BR suites and gorgeous views. This fine, well maintained home was designed with attention to detail and is in move-in condition.

#1221739 $1,425,000 CLICK HERE for more information or contact Peggy Crockett at 207-542-3105 or peggycrockett@gmail.com

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SAINT GEORGE, MAINE: COVE SIDE, a lovely home built custom for this gorgeous 180° view. Guests always comment about the tranquility and luxury of their visit. In 2007 Watts Cove was designated a shorebird Significant Wildlife Habitat (SWH) for feeding shorebirds under the National Resources Act. This sheltered 100+ acre cove is a pristine spot for sailing, kayaking, swimming & fishing and a spectacular wild life experience. Nearly every variety of Maine Coast shorebird finds its way here. Breathtaking sunsets. #1221412 $989,000

For more information visit: http://www.masiello.com/real-estate/Saint-George/720-Wallston-RD/1221412.cfm or call Peggy Crockett at 207-542-3105 or email peggycrockett@gmail.com

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SOLD!!!
FRIENDSHIP: Secluded waterfront well-maintained home w/ waterside artist studio/cabin in Friendship. Tucked down a long private driveway, this contemporary home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, family room, propane fireplace, large entertainment deck, stairs leading down to the water’s edge, waterside artist studio/writer’s cabin (10X14) and large storage shed (16X24). Enjoy all 15 acres of privacy, tranquility and wildlife or subdivide part of the parcel (cleared building site near road). Numerous possibilities to explore! #1212790 $389,000.
Click here for more information or contact Meriwether Gill at 207-706-6242 or meriwethergill@masiello.com

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Climate ChangeFamous for its quaint historic towns, mountainous and pastoral landscapes, rocky shores and sand beaches, Maine is also defined by its distinct climate.  Weather changes rapidly from one day (or even hour) to the next, and from year to year, average conditions can vary widely. However, the general climate patterns that have remained fairly consistent since Europeans first landed on our shores are rapidly changing. No one needs to tell you that though, signs become clearer each year. Records show that spring is arriving sooner, summers are growing hotter, and winters are becoming warmer and less snowy.

In recent decades the characteristic climate of the Northeast has begun to change beyond what we have experienced in previous centuries. Patterns familiar to residents since recordkeeping began, including the arrival of the seasons, duration of snow cover, and timing of lake and river ice breakup, have been broken and new trends have begun to emerge. If global warming emissions continue to grow unabated, the Northeast can expect dramatic temperature increases over the course of this century.               

These regional changes are part of the broader global warming trend. Today, virtually all scientists agree that the planet is warming and that this warming is driven by increasing levels of heat-trapping emissions (primarily carbon dioxide) from human activities such as the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas to generate electricity and fuel our cars.  New projections show that climate changes already under way will continue to accelerate, although less drastically if we shift away from fossil fuels in favor of clean energy technologies. If we don’t, it could result in dramatic regional warming of 7 to 12°F on average by the end of the century. To put these projections into perspective, if we follow our current higher-emissions practices, the typical summer in upstate New York may feel like the present-day summer in South Carolina by the end of the century.

The choices we make today and in the coming years matter greatly. If the rate of emissions is lowered, projections show the changes will be significantly smaller.  Emissions choices we make today—in the Northeast and worldwide—will help determine the climate our children and grandchildren inherit, and shape the consequences for their economy, environment, and quality of life. To read more about Climate Change in the US Northeast visit the Union of Concerned Scientists website.

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Neither the day of the week nor hour of the day dictates when you can get up-to-the-minute news, catch up with friends, or shop ’til you drop. The era of the consumer controlled transaction has arrived.  This evolution has challenged Realtors to shift to the role of a trusted advisor able to accommodate clients’ busy schedules and reliance on technology. 

Kelly Zeiner & Meriwether Gill

Kelly Zeiner & Meriwether Gill

Camden-based Realtors Kelly Zeiner and Meriwether Gill have joined forces to bring you the 24/7 energetic commitment required in today’s challenging real estate market.  Success².

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Housing Prices Are Hitting Bottom

More than half of economists, real estate experts and investment strategists polled by MacroMarkets LLC in June said they now expect national home prices to hit a bottom sometime in 2011.   Multi-millionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson says that current record-low interest rates make this the best time to buy homes in 50 years.  Paulson was one of only a handful of people who predicted the sub-prime collapse.  His advice is: “If you don’t own a home, buy one.  If you own one home, buy another one, and if you own two homes, buy a third and lend your relatives the money to buy a home.”

The tax benefits of home ownership are well known of course.  Lower home prices coupled with historically low interest rates really do make this the ideal time to buy a home.   Even if home prices go down some more, the overall difference would be negligible.

Let’s say there is a house for sale for $250,000. If interest rates are say 4.3%, your monthly principal and interest payment is $981. Over the course of this loan, you will pay $191,693 in interest. Now let’s drop the home price to $225,000 — a 10% price deduction. If interest rates are a point higher — 5.23% — your monthly principal and interest are now $991 ($10 a month more) but your total interest paid over the course of the loan is now $221,282 — about $30,000 more over the course of your loan. A 1% increase in mortgage rates more than offsets a 10% drop in the home’s price.

Quality of life plays a huge role in deciding whether to purchase a home or continue to rent.  The benefits of home ownership versus renting are significant.  Home owners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.  Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth.  Historically, a home owner’s net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.  Home owners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.  They don’t move as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. This stability in turn helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep.  Children of home owners do better in school, stay in school longer, are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.  And the list goes on.

Quality of life is also a consideration if you find yourself living in an area that doesn’t suit your needs.  According to a recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in collaboration with leading media and marketing company Meredith Corporation, one in five U.S. homeowners have either moved from their home or would like to move because their neighborhood or community wasn’t ideal for their lifestyle.

There’s never been a better time to start living the life you’ve always wanted.  So what are you waiting for?

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