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Our View: Maine shelters’ success changes rules of dog adoption

04/18/2018 more than half of the dogs taken in by Maine shelters came from out of state – 7,714, according to the state’s animal welfare program. That’s more than six times the number taken in just six years ago. And most of those dogs are finding homes.

NH real estate industry urges creation of housing appeals board

04/17/2018 A broad coalition of real estate brokers, builders and housing advocates all testified ... “There are 100,000 more units in Maine than New Hampshire,” said Andrew Kline, the center’s president. As a result of this shortage, he said, rents are higher ...

Maine adoption fight pits 2 families who love a little girl. Only one could take her home.

04/08/2018 Maine DHHS spokeswoman Emily Spencer declined to answer questions ... She said DHHS takes seriously its responsibility to place children in homes that best serve their needs. “Sometimes, these decisions can be incredibly difficult, especially when ...

Niles auction to raise money for Maine South school fundraiser

04/13/2018 “A lot of my sellers are also people trying to downsize their homes or sell property that was left to them.” Anyone interested in donating items for Maine South’s April 21 auction or provide items on consignment should contact Lot 14 at 847-625-055

Maine home prices continue to rise

04/13/2018 Maine Listings reported that 822 homes changed hands in February, an increase of 5.9 percent compared to February 2017. The median sales price for homes sold reached $194,450, up 8 percent, comparing February 2018 to February 2017. The MSP indicates half ...

27 Water's Edge DR Lincolnville, ME 04849

04/11/2018 One of our core values at Camden Real Estate is enjoyment, not just having a good time, but about enjoying what you do, where you work, and the people you interact with on a daily basis. When I came to Maine I was awed by its natural beauty first ...

Scarborough, Maine Approves First Phase of Crossroads Master-Plan

04/09/2018 The Scarborough, Maine Planning Board has unanimously approved the master ... and a 12-unit memory care facility. The single-family homes will be geared toward workforce housing, according to Rocco Risbara III, one of the developers.

Down East launches Maine Homes Design Awards

04/10/2018 Down East, the Magazine of Maine, has launched its first annual Maine Homes Design Awards competition, a showcase of professional and amateur talent that creates world-class homes all over the state. Winners in both the pro and amateur segments will be ...

Maine solar advocates powerless again as House upholds LePage’s veto by 3 votes

04/05/2018 AUGUSTA – The Maine House upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill on ... forcing all ratepayers to bear the costs of solar energy systems installed on the homes of more affluent Mainers. Thursday’s House debate fell along similar lines.

A dozen Maine small businesses earn honors for excellence

04/05/2018 the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor’s Guide and the Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine. She was recognized for her business growth over the past 11 years, and her commitment to local and sustainable economies. • Small business person of the year ...

Maine Goes Prefab

04/03/2018 Prefab homes are not new, as Sears Roebuck taught us many years ago. They also are not new in Maine, which is and has been home to several modular home manufacturers for decades. But while these homes may prove highly durable and energy efficient ...

Bill helps housing stay affordable

03/18/2018 Maine has more than 600 manufactured housing parks that are ... residents are forced to move or relocate their homes so the buyer can redevelop the property. In many communities, apartment buildings provide the primary source of affordable housing.

Growth trend continuing for Maine credit unions, trade group says

03/28/2018 Lending at Maine credit unions grew by $355 million, nearly 7 percent, to $5.5 billion. The penetration of Maine credit unions in real estate lending grew to 18.3 percent, the highest in the nation by two times the next-closest state, according to the league.

Reade Brower to own all Maine dailies except BDN

03/26/2018 TREB (The Real Estate Books) of Mid-Coast Maine, Portland and Portsmouth, N.H. In a deal that's expected to close on April 1, Reade Brower will become owner of all but one of Maine's seven daily newspapers. The acquisition price was not disclosed.

Suspects identified in gunshots fired at homes in midcoast, police say

03/26/2018 According to Carroll, shots were fired at homes in Friendship, Cushing and Waldoboro during the early hours of March 15. Investigators from Waldoboro police, the Maine Warden Service, and the sheriff’s office have spent the past several days collecting ...

See this, Skip that: Maine

03/26/2018 Maine is a jewel in the heart of New England ... Great Diamond Island is car-free and features former military buildings that have become elegant homes and hotels; spend the night at the Inn at Diamond Cove, open seasonally May through October, which ...

Law enforcement, advocates to discuss child abuse in Maine

03/26/2018 AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine child abuse advocates and law enforcement officials are speaking out after two girls recently died following abuse in their homes. Kate Perkins of the Maine Children's Trust said child abuse and prevention councils are working with ...

Here’s how each Maine county fares as home sales, prices rise in tight market

03/22/2018 Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine increased by about 6 percent in February compared with a year earlier, and the median sale price was up 8 percent, the Maine Association of Realtors said. Its listing service, Maine Listings, reported ...

Pace of Business Conversions to Employee Ownership Accelerates

03/19/2018 Quick: what do a grocer in Sonoma County, California; a bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts; a real estate company in Columbus, Ohio; and a coffee house in Rock City, Maine have in common? Answer: all four companies are converting to worker ownership.

Maine home sales and values remain healthy

03/22/2018 “In a tight, competitive real estate market, working with a REALTOR ® is a smart move,” says Kim Gleason, 2018 president of the Maine Association of REALTORS ® and Broker/Owner of McAllister Real Estate in Hallowell. “Available for-sale inventory ...

Patti Brown joins the Newcastle Realty Team

03/21/2018 “For years I’d been visiting family and friends in Maine with the goal that one day I would be able to live here. I became interested in becoming a real estate broker when I was looking for, and bought my current home in Jefferson; my broker was ...

The Abbey at Farrow Farm: Own an Island Retreat in Maine for Just $299,000

03/21/2018 Located on the tiny island of Islesboro, in the middle of Penobscot Bay in Maine, the Abbey at Farrow Farm is, in the words of the current owners, "a place to listen to the silence and feel the presence." Walking distance from the shore and surrounded by ...

Maine home sales, prices rise in tight market. Here’s county-by-county look.

03/22/2018 By contrast, Aroostook County saw a slight decrease in price to $90,000. Kim Gleason, president of the Maine Association of Realtors and broker/owner of McAllister Real Estate in Hallowell, described the market in February as “a tight, competitive real ...

Maine woman turns 100 years old

03/15/2018 She celebrated with folks today at the Maine Veterans’ Homes. Zach: “What's it like to be 100 years old?” Bertie: “Same as everybody else.” Zach: “What's the secret, 100 years old?” Bertie: “Live a good live. Just live together.”

U.S. Has Gap of Over 7.2 Million Affordable and Available Rental Homes

03/13/2018 The supply ranges from 15 affordable and available homes for every 100 ELI renter households in Nevada to 59 for every 100 ELI renter households in Maine. For the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the supply ranges from 10 affordable and ...

Exorbitant power bills aren’t just a Maine thing

03/11/2018 They calculated increases from roughly $6 to $40 a month. Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine, noted that homes typically use more power during the holiday season – decorative lights, holiday baking, even having device-laden college ...

When The Heat Escapes Chilly New England Homes, So Does Money

03/06/2018 And it’s widespread across New England, too. In Maine, nearly two-thirds of homes heat with oil, which is more than any other state in the nation. “New England’s building stock is older, and we’re in a climate that does require quite a bit of ...

The Latest: Storm leaving behind wet snow, outages in Maine

03/08/2018 Together, CMP and Emera Maine reported more than 20,000 homes and businesses were in the dark. Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered state offices closed, and hundreds of schools and businesses were closed. Many morning flights were canceled at the airports in ...

BGE restores power to remainder of homes, businesses hit hard by nor'easters

03/09/2018 There was widespread damage from Virginia to Maine as the powerful winds toppled trees and ripped off roofs. A Baltimore County woman was killed by a falling tree branch. Quinn, meanwhile, packed a punch with heavy rain and wet snow and even thundersnow.

Maine caregivers divided on proposals for medical pot

03/10/2018 Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine has loudly opposed both of these things ... The bill would turn what are now police-type raids of caregivers’ homes, grow operations and shops into administrative compliance checks, complete with the opportunity ...

Heavy Damage in Maine Following Back-to-Back Nor'easters

03/08/2018 Back-to-back nor'easters have damaged the Camp Ellis area of Saco, Maine, and have dropped about a foot of snow. A severe storm that hit last Friday washed out roads and shifted homes off of their foundations. A second storm Thursday kept crews from being ...

New hires across Maine

11/02/2017 Tammy Ruda joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as senior vice president. Ruda has practiced real estate in Maine for more than 16 years, specializing in residential properties and new construction and development. She lives in Gorham.

When The Heat Escapes Homes, So Does Money

03/06/2018 And it’s widespread across New England, too. In Maine, nearly two-thirds of homes heat with oil, which is more than any other state in the nation. “New England’s building stock is older, and we’re in a climate that does require quite a bit of ...

Nor'easter unearths skeleton of nearly 250-year-old shipwreck in Maine

03/05/2018 Archaeologists believe the ship was constructed in or near Maine based on the different types of wood that ... and used for anything from souvenirs to firewood to wood for building homes, Smith said. The shipwreck is well known among local residents ...

Nor’easter May Break Records, Threatens Billions in Real Estate

03/02/2018 More than 1.2 million homes worth more than $468 billion are at risk from coastal flooding in 11 states from Maine to Virginia, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York. “Nor’easters can cause higher tides than hurricanes in the ...

Millions Brace For Winter Storm Threatening To Flood Coasts From Maine To North Carolina

03/01/2018 BOSTON (Reuters) - Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and officials warned residents of waterfront homes to be ready to evacuate as the northeastern United States braced for a powerful storm on Friday that threatened to flood coasts from Maine to North ...

New home, next level for Maine’s Sebago Brewing Co.

02/27/2018 Maine is part of a national trend of beer tourism. According to the national Brewers’ Association, beer drinkers visit an average of 3.5 breweries per year near their homes and another 2.5 breweries a year within two hours of their homes. Once Sebago’s ...

Maine legislators tell Trump: No drilling off our state

02/15/2018 ... the state needs to protect its coastal resources because they’re vital to Maine’s economy, industries and tourism. Seattle not amused by green-pigs stunt by real-estate company Everett teen arrested after grandmother finds journal detailing school ...

Two connected homes in Old Orchard offer a number of possible uses

02/20/2018 The property consists of two year-round homes, connected by an elevated ... Old Orchard Beach, are listed for sale at $679,000 by Nancy Z. Moreshead of Best Maine Beach Properties. Annual taxes are $6,746 (2017). For more information or to schedule ...

Our View: ‘Health homes’ come up short in opioid fight

02/20/2018 the opioid health homes funded last February provided hope that Maine was finally taking seriously, in some small way, the state’s dearth of treatment options. Almost a year later, the Portland Press Herald reported last week, the health homes have ...