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Managing Real Estate Broker with The Maine Real Estate Network

I couldn't believe Maine didn't have its own Blog on ActiveRain yet and you'll probably all regret me having started it since I hardly knew what blogging was only a short time ago.  Well okay, I knew what it was, but I had never done it.  I may be good at though, we'll see.  My mother always did say I liked to hear myself talk so this is sort of like the same thing ha, ha.

What is on the collective minds of real estate agents in Maine?  What questions, concerns, issues do you have going into 2007?  Lets talk about it.

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Liz

Well, Bill, I guess great minds do think alike - I was going to start one tonight myself for Maine!  Silly me - I should've figured you'd beat me to the punch!  So....what do you think will be happening in our area this year?  Have you felt the punch at all from the slowdown?  I have, but I won't let it bother me.  I don't think we are going to have a bad year once all is said and done. I have to say, the pace is still here, just keeping contracts together is a little more difficult, though can't say why for sure.

OK - who else do we have coming on here?  Would love to hear from our local area - you being more inland, me more towards the coast - love to see representation everywhere inbetween! Take care - Liz

Feb 04, 2007 12:25 PM #1
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Bill Trask
The Maine Real Estate Network - Standish, ME

Liz,

I knew you'd be the first one to visit the Blog, ha, ha.  I had a preety good weekend on ActiveRain.  I was trying to get to position #1 but was only able to move up to #6.  Shucks!  Who says real estate agents are competitive, he, he.

I am hoping we'll fill this thing up and gets lots of folks from around the State.  We'll see. 

Personally, I think we're in for a tough year.  I can't believe how far prices have come down, how many foreclosures there are, and how many folks we can't get out from under their homes because they owe too much.  That's the bad news.  On the flip side, I forgot how much fun it was to work for buyers who have really taken a beating over the past few years.  Now they actually afford something nice and interest rates are still low.  I did miss some of the challenges too which I think will remove the wheat from the chafe (is there spell check in ActiveRain?  I hope so).  This is when experienced agents and really good companies can bring the full spectrum of thier services to the table to serve all consumers. 

I am looking forward to a very tough, but very fun and rewarding 2007. 

Feb 04, 2007 12:43 PM #2
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Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
Cheerfully serving your real estate needs!

Hmmmm.....I just noted that for York County I was #1 - I don't know yet what that means!  This is great for me - as a frustrated non-writing writer, I have needed some kind of "forum".  Give me a week or two - I'll manage to pull together blogs - it's a new concept for me.  I have training wheels on right now.

Regarding what you were mentioning with the "upside down" people - I just was dealing with that very situation, and am seeing so many more on the horizon.  I couldn't save my listing - I tried, but it will go to auction on Friday.  One lien was buried that the title company came up with at the nth hour before the closing.  No one wins in this scenario, except possibly the person who was buying it - he MAY be able to pull off the auction.  Me, I lose, the lien holder loses, the sellers lose, the buyer's agent loses - ugh.

Take care - see you around, I am sure!

Feb 07, 2007 10:28 AM #3
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Bill Trask

Good job Doug.  My goal was to get to #1 within 3o days but I've been very bad about posting to my blogs lately.  Despite the slow market, I've been out straight lately.  Mostly bank owned listings due to foreclosure so not a good thing really but I've put two of them u/c in the past week and have 2 others.

Happy Selling!

Mar 17, 2007 06:26 AM #4
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Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
Cheerfully serving your real estate needs!

Hi Doug - I just posted on your blog - thanks for the heads up - I just contracted for a site, so this should be interesting...

And now I know how I dropped from 10 to 11 - hmmmm.....guess I have to work harder! Good job,congratulations - see ya on the site! Liz

Mar 17, 2007 07:03 AM #5
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Kevin Raymund Lao Jacinto
Coldwell Banker Pioneer Real Estate - Moreno Valley, CA
Let's get it started!
May 28, 2007 07:48 AM #6
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Jeff Mateja
Keller Williams Realty - Universal Properties - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Real Estate
The key is to stay positive with the consumers out there. While there are distressed properties, the housing market has always had it's peaks and valleys, much like the stock market. If you're in it long term you've ended up ahead. Those who step up to the plate when others are fearful are those who prosper in the end. It is sad though that consumers overextended themselves and thought appreciation would carry them and their expenditures well into the future. However, I do not feel sorry for those who used a home equity line of credit to go on vacation or buy that new car.
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