Growing Up, Did You Relocate, Move, Pick Up Stakes And Tramp Around The Country, Globe?

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

Back when you were way way shorter than you are now, as a kid growing up were your parents gypsies, transferred plenty and you sampled many school systems in the relocations, family moves ?

maine country church

Were you what we call affectionately an "Army or Air Force or Navy brat"?

Did mom and dad that drove the Ford Country Squire station wagon with genuine imitation wood grain siding employees of IBM ?

Where "Big Blue's" initials stood for "I've Been Moved"?

Or were the head of your household, the guy and gal that decorated the Christmas tree in the living room, scooped out vanilla ice cream for birthday cake celebrations wearing a pointed hat that matched yours and all your neighborhood friends actually in the witness protection program?

Moving from your home town to a new home town. Changing gps coordinates, again. Did you do it and if maine coast harbor boatsthere were frequent moving miles awarded, you could pick from any of the most expensive items in the catalog?

Well as a Maine real estate broker, we hear questions caused from all those moves and from people living in areas far far different than Vacationland.

There are the generic what is your Maine weather like questions. Others on why is Maine real estate so cheap, low cost?

Am I missing something the guy or gal scratching their head on the other end of the wire, signal ask, probe, query.

"We are a couple black coffees up the Interstate 95 highway and at the gateway to Atlantic Canada" I explain. You have to go this far north, to almost be in Canada to get property, Maine real estate this nice, maine pet dog boredthis cheap is the long and short of it.

And with less people in Maine, think "Disney with no lines at Space Mountain."

That's logic starts to make them settle down, less confused.

More kid in a candy store excitement building with the dream of owning a 100 Maine that big this cheap.

If all our Maine real estate listings were sold to local buyers, all this explaining about being the 4th lowest crime state, not needing to lock doors, how low cost property is would not be part of our daily chores toting our dinner bucket to the home, farm, land, waterfront, businesses for sale factory. Not part of the repertoire while standing at the Maine real estate conveyor belt as we broadcast information on that property, but just as much time, effort devoted to maine sunset land view"show and tell me about your area of Maine" that I engage in.

From the moment I walk in to the ME real estate office 32 feet from the home where I live in Houlton Maine. Sliding in to the property and area promotion saddle.

Til leaving and shifting gears to wonder what to feed the two of four kids home from college for supper? The pair who's stomachs I can hear rumbling louder and louder from my Houlton Maine home less than 50 feet from the agency listing files.

I'm Maine Real Broker, Andrew Mooers, ME REALTOR

Comments (36)

Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Andrew - good post. My parents did not move around, I was pretty much raised in the same town.

Jul 29, 2010 05:11 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

I changed schools a couple of times, but it was all within the same state just different counties.  Your photos and way of life is something to really be happy about, here in Manhattan Im worried about somebody stealing my wallet everytime I get on a packed subway car on my way to work.

Jul 29, 2010 05:19 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nope Andrew, that was my husband's life... Virginia, Japan, California, Alaska, Germany (and I'm sure I've missed a few)

You sure make Maine look beautiful.  And I thought I had it good with a quiet two mile drive to work, but you've got me beat. :)

Jul 29, 2010 05:38 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Sharon...Me too. But at one time thought of moving up the broadcast ladder. Every broker should have a video story.

Morgan...Luke warm gypsy....gypsy lite.

Tammy... Had a family beagle like your husband before you re-trained him, or he got the hobo hitching trains or eating beans under the stars, sleeping outside during cattle runs out of his system, so to speak. Our walk to work is a short one. Have had a real estate office IN the home, but that 32 feet is a neat way to shut the door, walk away for an evening and come back charged up, ready to rock and roll. It came in very very handy with kids growing up as full time single dad and I saw the kids, had to, wanted a lot each day. Son number one has hockey in ten minutes...or after they get off bus, home for school they drop in, get a hug, a shoe tied and a how did your day go. I grew up on a farm and that means I saw my parents a lot each day and worked with them. I learned a lot more about my family that way, closer. Feel bad for kids who grow up latch key, dad and mom live in a castle but the three jobs each, two hour commute to work and getting home at 9:30 to eat at ten pm with microwave freezer queen vittles...not for me. Family more important than "stuff", material items.



Jul 29, 2010 06:15 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I like the post today, it was interesting and enjoyable.  Thanks for getting it out to us today.


Jul 29, 2010 06:25 AM
Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

We moved into the house that my Dad still lives in when I was 5 years old.  The funny thing is I can remember a lot of my friends moving and getting to go to different houses.  I often begged my parents to move so I could be like the rest of my friends.  I figure I was probably getting ready to be a real estate agent as a kid!!!

Jul 29, 2010 06:47 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I moved four times in elementary school.  It's no wonder I don't have any friend from growing up, they're all on different coasts.

I've been to Maine in late summer, really nice place.  However, I can't see ever trading in the weather I have here in Silicon Valley.

Jul 29, 2010 07:28 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Pat... We deliver. Just like the pizza guy in the Dodge Omni.

Lesley.. I bought a 300 acre family farm from my three brothers and know the familiar feeling. Bet you were a whiz at Monopoly too as an ankle grabber.

Bryan...We're call you the Top Gun movie. Roger Xray Tango Charlie...You have tone Lone Wolf.


Jul 29, 2010 07:33 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Growing up we never moved. Then I became an AF wife and was on the move around the world and back again.  My parents were flabergasted.  Now I feel as if I live in one house for more than 5 years there must be a reason to pack up and go.  You realize how little "stuff" means and how far more valuable family & friends are when you are relocating.

Jul 29, 2010 08:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Cindy..all that moving made you a fugitive or groomed you for real estate. Pros and cons to moving, staying put. But as long as the move is self inflicted, voluntary not forced like a fire, divorce, loss of job. Whole different feeling, knee jerk reaction to a person's happiness.

Jul 29, 2010 09:42 AM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Andrew - Nope we never moved. {Bob here} Stayed in my hometown all along. But I did venture out just after High School and visited your wonderful town of Houlton hitch hiking.... {Remember those days?} .....around Maine and into Canada.. Ahhh fond memories of those times. I still remember trudging up the hill to the Canadian border and crossing over when a horrendous thunderstorm approached.. Ahh good times... Love your posts and state... Always will... I'll bet this has changed a bit since then right?

walking to Canada

Jul 29, 2010 09:47 AM
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy

Andrew, we moved four times in my life while I was at home but it was always in the same town.

Jul 29, 2010 09:49 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

L&R.. Neat image, know the spot well as had two boys of the four kids who were major hockey players, went border crossing four and five times a weekend for games. New border crossing since you were here...911 enhanced. Xray in that tan shed to scan the cargo.

Ted .. You were a local traveler in your own home town. Think many started out and worked their way up to something bigger. Usually in Maine cheaper to buy a bigger home than put the addition on, do expansion from stratch unless you are a Bob Vila type

houlton maine us canadian border crossing

Jul 29, 2010 10:49 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Andrew, we had that very same station wagon when they packed us up to move from a great suburb of Chicago to a mountain top farm in north Alabama. Talking about culture shock! Yikes. LOL

Jul 29, 2010 10:50 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Andrew, funny how the grass is always greener.  As an Air Force brat, we moved a LOT!  I went from Chicago,IL to Dayton, Ohio to Fort Worth Texas - all in my sophomore year of high school.  Talk about a culture shock - a "you guys" to a "y'all".  For a long time I envied those who had one home their whole lives... but now that I am older, I really value the places I have been and the people I have met over the years due to my father's occupation.  Definitely worth it!  ~ Susan

Jul 29, 2010 11:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker adventure in moving it says across every truck.

Jul 29, 2010 03:01 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Oddly, we used to vacation in Maine.  My dad got a few of his advanced degrees from Colby College in Waterville...  And we move more than a couple of times.  People don't know how long of an answer they are in for when they ask where I grew up...

Jul 29, 2010 04:38 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Lane... Seems many when asked where you hail from, where are your roots generates more than a one word answer. The Stones song about being born on a west bound bus show not everyone came out of a hospital, set up shop for the first eighteen years of their life in one spot, with one foot nailed to a town they stay in, die in.

Jul 30, 2010 12:32 AM
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Andrew, my dad was transferred a kazillion times which meant that my brother and I expected, but never really got used to, the relocations.  For me, all of those moves along with a keen work ethic learned from my parents, contributed to my being a good REALTOR.

Like Coral (#13), I've enjoyed the security of my chosen location although I'm contemplating a 2nd home for the summers!  Can't give up my home/office situation! It is similar to yours except I have to walk about 100'!  After watching your "video story" (#20), I've subscribed to your YouTube Videos.  (Don't know why I had not done that before!)


Jul 30, 2010 08:28 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Hear you Mary Kay. Lucky to have a lake home 9 miles away to zip to, hop on a sea doo, pull a tube with older college kids (2 boys home for summer) around a big lake. And this farm is taken care of those same kids, 2 of the 4 home and this weekend will be climbing on a Super M tractor after morning real estate showings Sat to bush hog.

maine farm picture photo

Jul 30, 2010 09:02 AM