Houlton, ME Real Estate News

By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
     In the 1960's there was a major movement for "back to the landers", or affectionately nicknamed "granolas" to the Northeast.  Carrying new issues of Mother Earth News, brochures on Yurts (canvass covered goat hair wrapping for exterior of their new house) a couple with often a row of little ones in similiar coveralls and Mr Green Jeans clothing would seek a piece of land to farmstead or homestead on.  Many locals would stratch their heads but had to admit these folks were friendly, a little naive but on the right track to eat right, live right and who were not afraid of working the land to create a living, shelter and food for their families.       Heating with wood, and not wanting to be on the grid to protect the neighborhood from too many new neighbors, these folks started food ...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
     Do you give others a wide berth...or are you in a bumper car that is constantly getting hit and you did not see it coming?  Do you carry a carrot in your pocket or are you armed and ready with a big stick with the safety off?  Do you bask in the sun and enjoy the moment...or are you loaded down with american tourister issue baggage that keeps opening and robbing you of peace, contentment, joy?  Well with all the talk of depression with agents around the countryside...maybe inventory of how you operate each day is in order.  Where do you live?  At the office? In the city?  In rural america?  Are you where you should be on the planet?  In a comfortable rut..with beautiful surroundings, quality housing, above average kids and still a hole of something missing in your gut when you stop...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
    Eat my lunch and call me hungry...but I get way way more excited with a good listing I know will sell then just attending a closing.  I know I know backwards to some.  But when you have inventory, something you know will sell that there is a shortage at, priced right...you're home.  Anyone else feel this way? As for depression dialogue going on now with seasonal light shortage and slower market this time of year...get busy gather inventory and working the phones, circulating.  Scale back and do a budget so you don't get at the end of your limb financially.  You are on commissions and need to keep savings for rainy day so you don't sweat when the income drops off.  The best time to get into real estate is during a depression or down market.  People still gotta buy and gotta sell. Pri...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
     Have a couple from Texas who the wife's boss did not want to see move to Maine.  She brought her job with her.  She has high speed internet, fax machine and home office.  She reports to work a few hours later than she used to..with time zone difference. Her calls to Texas got forwarded to Maine.  No one knew she moved from the business side of things. Boss did not lose this trained hard working professional and employee can live in a friendly small town better suited for raising her son.       Small town means fewer people. Friendlier. Slower paced. Low cost living, less stress of trying to make ends meet.  Twenty years ago this was not an option.  You decided to give up the big job and start all over.  Some folks are ready for a whole new livelihood.  But what if you don't want to...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
    When you live in a little rural Mayberry type town, that is what you are selling...small town values.  Friendly people and a community that cares.   Trusting, no locked doors, willing to help.  Northern Maine prices are so much lower than the rest of the world as the jobs are rewarding but giant pay to sport a couple Hummers in the yard is not the reason to move here.   You won't make as much money...but you won't need to.   Homes for $39,900...what's the catch?  Ahhh..let's get out the map (unfolding sound of paper map).  You are here (pointing) and way way up here on the Canadian border..Yes..that's Houlton Maine.  Aroostook County is the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island...and only 11 people per square mile.  No road rage...no long delay getting across town.  When you are a ru...
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