Music on the Mall….tonight!

No dinner plans? Wondering what to do this evening? My suggestion, pack a picnic (or get take out from one on the many fabulous restaurants that line our Maine Street) and head to the Mall. Not the shopping mall, but the village green kind of mall. Under the gazebo, Jimmy Junkins and the Big Fat Cadillac Band will be playing from 6:00 to 8:00! Gather your chair or blanket, make yourself comfortable, and get ready to enjoy the band, the food and the weather!

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http://www.bigfatcadillac.com/about_the_band/

Curb Appeal, Front Porch Style!

If you’re looking for a few, easy things to do to increase your curb appeal before you go on the market or to jazz up some new photos if you’ve been trying to sell for awhile, adding a few simple touches to your front porch or deck is a great place to start. You can begin to show off your home before the Buyers even open the front door. And there are some really easy things that you can do this weekend!

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You don’t need to be fancy, just a few simple touches will work. And don’t try to change your style, keep the front porch (or deck) just an exterior version of your interior style.  Light and breezy inside? Don’t try to be dark and heavy outside!

Start by just painting your front door. A fresh coat of paint will never hurt you, as long as it’s a color that will appeal to most Buyers ~ your favorite fushia may not be the right color for this project!  Add as much lighting as you can, ~ don’t forget that Buyers tend to drive by homes they are interested in at night checking out the neighborhood!

Add some comfortable furniture ~ let the Buyers stop and sit before they leave to get a feel for the home and surroundings.

You get the picture, right?  And a picture is what we are trying to create here, that this is a home not just a house, both inside and out!

More than Lighthouses and Lobsters…in Midcoast Maine!

The new Mainebiz Fact Book 2015 just arrived, and what a great resource for information for anyone already living and working here, but also for anyone who is thinking about relocating home and/or business to our wonderful state!  For a digital look at the Factbook, click on http://bit.ly/1fuxdQE.

I’ve been calling Maine home since 1987, and couldn’t be happier here.  What about you, are you a native? A new resident? A visitor?  What do you love about our Great State of Maine (and that reminds me of the air show coming up soon…more on that later!!

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Face Lifts….Real Estate Style…!

A functional and updated kitchen, an open and flowing floor plan, plenty of storage, and spacious master suite will help win your buyers’ hearts. But before they even enter your home to be wowed by these things, they need to be wowed by your landscaping, your curb appeal. Their first impressions. Some buyers will decide based on the look of the outside of your home whether they’ll even bother to come inside. Trust me, they do!

If your lawn isn’t mowed, the front yard is cluttered, or the house paint is faded or chipped, you may find that the For Sale sign in your yard won’t be enough to get those buyers out of the car and into your home.

                                                 It’s time for a Real Estate Face Lift!messy lawn

Fortunately, you don’t have to hire a landscape company to come and redo your entire yard, there are a few things that you can do that are pretty simple and will make a big difference.

If you’ve still got last falls leaves, rake rake rake.  Take out any dead or dying shrubs, plants or trees.  A few colorful pots of annuals for a splash of color is a good substitute for dead and brown plants!

Take a walk around the outside of your home and note which areas need freshening up. If you have chipping paint, get it taken care of. Too much lawn furniture? Put some away. Kid’s toys scattered about? Store them in the garage when not in use.

Important to remember….your yard and home need to look great ALL the time, not just minutes before a scheduled showing.  Most buyers are doing drive bys now….long before you and I know they may be interested in asking for a showing, they have cruised by the house and neighborhood….and what they see may turn them off from even getting

The time and money you put into cleaning up your front yard will help attract buyers and keep them from by-passing your home.

What to do in Midcoast Maine

An early summer weekend activity starts Friday with the 42nd Annual Old Port Festival. With music, food, arts and crafts and more, it’s a not to miss this weekend. http://www.oldportfestival.net/

Not enough notice?  Well, Boothbay Harbors’ 53rd Annual Windjammers Days starts on June 21st, plenty of time for planning for that week! http://www.windjammerdays.org/

Of course, the 4th of July wouldn’t be the same without the 42nd Annual Bath Heritage Days, with parades and fireworks! http://bathheritagedays.com/

That takes us into July with more festivals, fireworks, food and fun to follow all summer long!

Don’t want to wait for a weekend, check out these two sites for ongoing activities!

The top 30 things to do in Portland, including beer tours, food tours and boat tours   http://bit.ly/1TbOcWS

The top 30 Things to do in Midcoast Maine, including lighthouses, beaches and wineries    http://bit.ly/1BZhXzy

6.13.15     The 42nd Annual Old Port Festival Weekend

6.23.15     Windjammers Days Boothbay Harbor

7.2.15      The 42nd Annual Bath Heritage Days

7.17.15    The 50th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival

7.29.15    Maine Lobster Festival