The Car Is Rusted, Paint Faded, Rolling In To The Maine Real Estate Office Parking Lot Listing, Creaking.

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759
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Inside the ME real estate office, you hear the car door open with the same sound the jaws of life make in the movies with ten car interstate pile up auto accidents.

old car photo

Like in the movie Uncle Buck, the oil burning engine that is tired, back fires. More than once.

Needing a piston ring job ninety thousand miles ago. Leaving a blue smokey petroleum haze over the agency parking lot.

The man behind the wheel looks like he might have been an extra, had a minor non speaking part in the movie Thunderdome. His wife, partner is a cross between Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies and Minnie Pearl from the Grand Ole Opry.

Coming in to the office, she smiles with a mouth like a dingy fence missing many of the pickets.

Looks up at the driver with a "Well, ain't we a pair, Raggedy Man" glare.

As the real estate broker here to serve, match - make the owner of a property with a buyer that needs, wants, can afford and is ready to purchase property, we go in to maneuvers. Mentally referring, remembering my primer, the ME real estate boot camp training lessons. Just because the real estate buyer is not shaved, sporting a full mouth of pearly whites, and carries an odor not created with toilet water designer fragrances does not mean he and she is not a serious property buyer. They may have the cash squirreled away because they DON'T drive a new expensive car, big tired SUV with a large payment booklet. They live without spending like drunken sailors in every port of life. So hear them out. Find the need. Provide the real estate solution. You have a humble property listing that an owner is trusting you to guide the process. To find a buyer to take it off their hands so they can move on. Or an estate to settle with a little ME home for $34,900 that might work its charms. Fit like a glass slipper so to speak.

Or maybe they have some river land, some acreage with an old Maine farm to sell. Hear then out, listen to what they have to say whether buying, selling, trading property. But do not judge the car, their appearance and look inside. What is needed, can you help them out with their real estate situation? Have heard Maine brokers say "Ooooohhh, I only deal with luxury, high end homes, ME real estate". When you live in a rural state so far north it should be in Canada, where prices are meat and potato simple, value loaded, going after the nose bleed high end in this state is a pipe dream. You need to do the bread and butter, middle of the road representation of buyers, sellers.

And the higher the ME real estate price, the thinner the buyers I always say.

Have real estate inventory in all price ranges, types, locations. But never judge the car that slides into your ME real estate parking lot that should be put to sleep, placed in a junk yard. Be objective, keep an open mind. These folks are the salt of the earth. The ones that often need your help the most. Appreciate it from the bottom of their hearts and there's your reward in Maine.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers

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Ann-Marie Clements
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Hi Andrew,  I was in Maine yesterday all the way to Waterville, ME and I didn't see that car.. LOL  ;>)))

Jul 23, 2010 12:50 AM #1
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Joshua Zargari
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Good morning Andrew!

Great post!

Jul 23, 2010 12:51 AM #2
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Very well put.  I do my best not to judge.  I am not perfect.  But, I am a good listener.  It helps.  Everyone deserves a chance.  Thanks for the day brightener. 

Jul 23, 2010 12:53 AM #3
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Ann - Marie...you must have been on Interstate 95. This car that won't pass inspection, won't go over 40 with the timing off, the tires out of balance (especially the front studded snow tire on one side) meanders on the back roads. The ones loaded with moose to salom around, to avoid collecting for a new hood ornament. Waterville...that's part of Maine but you have another five plus hours to get to the St John River Valley in Aroostook County!

Joshua...did you used to own this 1968 Chevy? Back when it had that new car smell, the factory fresh detail.

Suzanne...We have to think of others. It is all about others, no me, me, me.

Jul 23, 2010 01:02 AM #4
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Harry F. D'Elia
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Never judge a book by its cover because of this exact same reason. I had a older guy call me who was worth millions to purchase real estate.

Jul 23, 2010 01:06 AM #5
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Bill Travis
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Andrew that looks like one of my cars I had when we lived in Detroit

Jul 23, 2010 01:18 AM #6
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Harry..Have seen many buyers who look weathered, smell crusty but carry a bank roll of 100's. Closings with these buyers take an extra hour of counting cash, with lawyers and buyer/seller all helping make piles, count the currency.

Bill.. that was as one time according to the VIN owned by you, sitting in your driveway and the one used up on Lovers Peak after those high school dances to socialize.

Jul 23, 2010 01:20 AM #7
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Andrew, I would't have said as high as a 68, maybe closer to a 63-65 Impala with the 4 doors. When I take a listing, and it comes to discuss the "Statements required by Law' of the listing agreement, I let the sellers know that we do not care what color hair the buyer's have, if they have any, so long as the money is green. They could have been like the people that dress up as poorly as they can when they go out to by a car just so they won't be hard sold into something they don't want.

Jul 23, 2010 05:08 AM #8
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Ernie Steele
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I learned the lesson years ago in the car biz...NEVER judge in advance...Nice post Andrew...Enjoy the day.

Jul 23, 2010 06:36 AM #9
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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I love this post Andy. RE-BLOG! I truly appreciate the totality of knowledge you must possess in order to sell so many varied types of businesses, farms, land and residential. You must never sleep.

Jul 23, 2010 06:47 AM #10
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ED...It has the side reflectors they started using in 1968 along with safety belts. They don't work on this car but did back in 1968 for this Nova. Distinctive Chevy missing some parts huh?

Ernie...Had a lady who worked for my dad during potato harvest who ran in to a local car dealer while on lunch break. She was dressed in work clothes, pretty dirty and asked how much for this car out front. The owner of the auto dealership laughed and said Oh Viola, you can't afford that car. She was upset and should have left but whipped out the cash, rolled up in a wad and counted off what he needed. His jaw dropped and he got a sale he should have lost for wrong assumption.

Steven/Jan...Have had folks say eight hours a night sleep..what a waste. I'll sleep when I am dead attitude. I factor in the sleep but make my steps count like the UPS delivery guy in the brown truck. It's not the hours in the day, its the use of them. I write my blogs under water each morning in the shower and they just pour out.

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