Wouldn't it be nice to not have a mortgage payment?
Paying off your mortgage early might be easier than you think!
Here are 3 easy ways to pay off your mortgage faster...
It is once again, that spooky time of year when it is perfectly acceptable to try to scare the stuffing out of your kids or friends. Are you ready to get out and see the sights and frights? We put together a list of some of the spooky attractions waiting for you in Maine in 2018. Time to haunt out some screams and scares...if you dare!
Mountain of Terror
at Lost Valley in Auburn, MaineRead More
Did you know that 1 out of 10 wells in Maine has water that is high in Arsenic?
We would like to welcome two agents to the Fontaine Team in our Scarborough office...Read More
Everybody knows someone affected by cancer.
so we are collecting cans!
Beware of this Scam Targeting Real Estate Deals...
It could happen to you without you noticing!
July was a busy month in the Maine Real Estate market!
According to Maine Listings, 5304 properties sold from May 1st - July 31st in the state of Maine with a median sale price of $225,000. That is a 9.76% increase in the median sold price during the same timeframe in 2017! While not all markets in Maine are experiencing an increase in the number of sales and increased sale prices, the state overall is! It is a great time to sell with plenty of gorgeous Maine weather left this year!Read More
Maine Home Prices Are Up From Last Year!
According to the Maine Association of Realtors, Maine home prices statewide are up 10.69% for the quarter from April 1st - June 30th over the same time frame in 2017. The median sale price for the quarter this year was $218,000 up from $197,400 in 2017. Not only are prices up, but the number of properties sold us also up by 2.7%.Read More
6 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home
Anytime you are buying a home, it can be stressful.
In today's market where it is shifting toward a seller's market, it is especially important to be prepared
and to avoid missteps that could cost you a home that you have fallen in love with.
Here are our top 6 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home!
Buy vs. Rent Comparison
The chart below shows a cost comparison for a renter and a homeowner over a 7 year period.
Are You Looking For A Bargain?
Have you considered a short sale property?
If you have been shopping for a house in today's real estate market, you have probably come across some "short sale" properties.
When buyers hear "short sale" the common reaction is to turn and run, but if you are prepared, purchasing a short sale can be a great way to purchase an affordable home with lots of potential for building equity.
SHORT SALE - When a property is sold for less than is owed to one or more lien holders.
Before you consider purchase a short sale,
there are some things you should know:
Despite the name, the timeframe for closing on a short sale is not short. The current mortgage holder could take months to decide if they will accept or deny your offer. Patience is key when purchasing a short sale.
Most banks will not consider a short sale offer unless the potential buyer provides a pre-approval letter. Having that ready to go could speed up the process and help your transaction move along more smoothly.
There are many types of financing out there. Some types of loans are not suitable for purchasing a short sale. If the property needs work, as short sales often do, they may not qualify for some programs. Programs such as Purchase Plus Improvement Loans (203K) or Rehab Loans are perfect for short sales. Make sure you speak with your lender about the possibility of purchasing a short sale to make sure your chosen loan program will work for a short sale property. Because short sales often take longer than other sales, you may need to update your information with your lender occasionally in order to keep your pre-approval.
If you pay cash for a short sale, you will usually need to provide a Proof of Funds letter from your bank showing that you have the cash available for the purchase before you offer will be considered. Having this ready to go can be helpful in improving your chances of having your offer accepted.
In most cases your Real Estate Agent can help you write your offer so you can wait until the short sale is approved to do your inspections. While inspections are important so that you know what you are purchasing, keep in mind that most homeowners are trying to sell as a short sale because of a financial hardship and probably don't have money to make repairs. In most cases, you will be purchasing the property "as is".
In many cases, the bank who holds the current mortgage will continue to accept other offers while they are considering your offer. An Real Estate Agent who is experience in short sales can help you try to avoid this situation.
Many properties that are being sold as a short sale are heading for foreclosure. In most cases, an offer on a short sale home does not stop the foreclosure process. Basically, purchasing a short sale property takes patience and organization.
If you are well prepared, understand what you are getting into, want to build some sweat equity and have lots of patience...a short sale could be a perfect way for you to purchase a house at a great price!