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  • Published
    August 11, 2013

    Plan to renovate former Augusta high school wins $580K grant

    A plan to turn the old Cony High School into senior housing took a big step forward recently when the developer got a $580,000 grant that will likely help secure financing from the Maine State Housing Authority.

  • Published
    August 4, 2013

    Builder of tiny homes predicts pint-sized housing trend

    Home builder Andy Vear's microhome on Waterville's Cool Street is 624 square feet of efficient, environmentally friendly space.

  • Published
    June 23, 2013

    Hallowell wants state to ensure Stevens School doesn’t go derelict

    Hallowell officials are worried the state-owned Stevens School complex could become another Kennebec Arsenal, deteriorating and vulnerable to vandalism, and they're seeking assurance that there will be some maintenance as the state continues to try to sell it.

  • Published
    June 26, 2012

    Three design dilemmas solved

    Home design can be intimidating. From finding furniture for an oddly-shaped room to keeping a space somewhat kid-friendly, there are always design challenges. Today, with some help from our friends at west elm, we’re tackling three of the most common design dilemmas in the home: Small SpacesHow do you make the most of limited square […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2012

    Vacation rentals – huge rents … any profits?

    Borrowing from the boat owners’ passel of proclamations, may I suggest: “The best two days of a vacation rental owner’s life are the day he buys it and the day he sells it…”  Those who live near the shore often hear rumors about the piles of money that vacation rentals bring in. “The summer months’ […]

  • Published
    June 21, 2012

    Five things not necessarily included in your home purchase

    The buyer of a historic Victorian home in upstate New York fell in love with the gigantic antique mirror in the foyer. The mirror looked as if it were made for the space; it fit perfectly on the wall, and the frame matched the surrounding woodwork. In fact, the mirror was so large, the buyer […]

  • Published
    June 5, 2012

    The ins and outs of showing property

    It’s 2 pm on a Wednesday. A listing agent receives a call from a buyer’s agent. The buyer’s agent wants to show one of the listing agent’s properties to a “very motivated” client – four hours from now. However, the home’s listing states that the sellers have a newborn baby at home and need 24 […]

  • Published
    June 5, 2012

    Best places to buy in 2012

    The 2012 buying and selling season is well under way, and the housing market is finally showing signs of life. Agents are sharing stories of bidding wars in many markets as buyers are getting off the fence, ready to capitalize on still-record low levels of affordability.  So is now really a good time to buy? […]

  • Published
    May 31, 2012
    House of the Week - 3 Roberts Lane, Cape Elizabeth

    House of the Week – 3 Roberts Lane, Cape Elizabeth

    A home in this charming enclave off Shore Road, on the edge of Pond Cove, last sold in 2008 — not because the housing market slowed, but because people so rarely move from this neighborhood. Here there are not only stunning ocean views, but also deeded waterfront access — along one path, to rocky shoreline […]

  • Published
    May 29, 2012

    Latest bathroom design trends focus on form and function

    Forget the jetted tubs of the 1980s along with sliding glass shower doors, shower curtains and inefficient 5-gallon toilet tanks. Say hello to the newest, slickest kids on the block: dual-flush toilets, LED lighting and walk-in showers. These are just some of the latest bathroom trends that are emerging, as homeowners today are focusing more […]

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