DOUBLE-DIGIT REAL ESTATE GAINS STATEWIDE – SALES UP 12.63 PERCENT IN MARCH

Buyers of Maine real estate have entered the spring market in force, leading to double-digit sales gains during the month of March. Maine Listings today reported a 12.63 percent increase in single-family existing home sales compared to one year ago. The statewide median sales price (MSP) dipped 4.71 percent to $162,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors, single-family existing home sales are down 7.3 percent across the country. The national MSP rose 7.4 percent to $198,200 last month. Regionally, sales in the Northeast dipped 4.8 percent. The regional MSP increased 3.2 percent to $244,700.

Angelia Levesque, President of the Maine Association of Realtors, said the spring weather has ushered in “an increase in sales for many markets throughout the state. New homes are listed daily, and this is one of the best times of the year to sell a home.”

Levesque, a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group in Bangor, mentioned that sellers should take note of the Maine Open House Weekend, coming up May 3rd – 4th. “It’s a great time to spruce up your home, paint the front door, rake the yard and plant a few flowers—buyers are out looking, and you’ll want your home to shine.” Visit www.MaineListings.com to view open house listings and more.

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of March only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the “rolling quarter” months of January through March of 2013 and 2014.

Maine Real Estate

 

Source: Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc. (d/b/a Maine Listings). Note: Maine Listings, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of REALTORS, is a statewide Multiple Listing Service with over 4,100 licensees inputting active and sold property listing data. Statistics reflect properties reported as sold in the system within the time periods indicated.

Top 10 High Schools in Maine

US News & World Report recently reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools; 26 Maine schools made their rankings.

Maine high schools must instruct students in eight subject areas, including career and education development and world languages. Students take the Maine High School Assessment exams and may apply for the Regional Student Program Tuition Break at out-of-state colleges within New England. 

Of the 113 high schools in Maine below are the top 10:

Top Ranked ME Schools

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1 - Maine School of Science & Mathematics

95 HIGH ST, LIMESTONE, ME 04750

#2 - Falmouth High School

74 WOODVILLE RD, FALMOUTH, ME 04105

#3 - Yarmouth High School

286 WEST ELM ST, YARMOUTH, ME 04096

#4 - Cape Elizabeth High School

345 OCEAN HOUSE RD, CAPE ELIZABETH, ME 04107

#5 - Kennebunk High School

89 FLETCHER ST, KENNEBUNK, ME 04043

#6 - Wells High School

200 SANFORD RD, WELLS, ME 04090

#7 - York High School

1 ROBERT STEVENS DR, YORK, ME 03909

#8 - Camden Hills Regional High School

25 KEELSON DR, ROCKPORT, ME 04856

#9 - Orono High School

14 GOODRIDGE DR, ORONO, ME 04473

#10 - Scarborough High School

11 MUNICIPAL DR, SCARBOROUGH, ME 04074

Source: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maine 

January 2014 Significant Sales

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Massachusetts Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

MADISON, N.J. (April 10, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Harborside Realty in Marblehead, Mass., is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty.

Michael Cannuscio, Dick McKinley and Matt Dolan are broker/owners of the firm, which is located at 72 Front Street in Marblehead, and serves Marblehead and the adjacent markets. With the addition of this
firm, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand now has 31 offices throughout Massachusetts.

“Michael and his team of 30 associates have a true understanding and appreciation for their market’s unique attributes,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty
Affiliates LLC. “They are known for their focus on service, and we proudly welcome them to our worldwide network and the outstanding group of offices that serve Massachusetts.”

According to Cannuscio, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand offers his firm a global reach that complements their local market experience. “With the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we will receive worldwide exposure for our market and the outstanding properties we represent,” he said. “Our market area has distinct characteristics filled with historic districts and wonderful seaside neighborhoods that necessitate an in-depth local knowledge, which our agents are known for. We are focused on achieving our clients’ objectives and their satisfaction with a high level of professionalism, market knowledge and service.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 14,500 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide. Harborside Sotheby’s
International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients
will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Virginia Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

MADISON, N.J. (April 9, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Virginia Realty & Relocation in Richmond, Va., is the newest member of its real estate network and will operate as The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Bill Steele is broker/owner of the firm, which is located at 6726 Patterson Avenue in Richmond, and will serve the greater Richmond metro area.

“Richmond is known for its central location on the East Coast between the mountains and the ocean, as well as for a wide range of housing options from historic to contemporary,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “With the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s focus on lifestyle, entrance into this market was important for us. Bill Steele and his team are a trusted resource in Richmond. Established in 1949 as Procter Realty, Bill purchased
controlling interest of the firm in 1999 and renamed it. Their outstanding history of excellent service makes them an ideal fit for our network.”

“With the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we look forward to introducing our properties to a global audience of potential clients,” said Steele, who cites his firm’s focus on honesty,
integrity and superior service as a key to its success. “With Richmond’s proximity to historic sites and the nationally acclaimed James River, the market is defined by its breadth of housing opportunities located in settings ranging from revitalized downtown neighborhoods to country pastureland and everything in between.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 14,500 sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide. The Steele Group Sotheby’s
International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients
will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Lynn Hallett Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

Portland, Maine (April 7, 2014)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Lynn Hallett has joined its team of  Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President.

Lynn, a 30-year resident of the Greater Portland area, now lives in Portland’s West End with her husband.  Prior to moving to Maine, Lynn lived in New York City, Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans and San Juan. Before embarking on a career in real estate, Lynn taught Spanish, most recently at the Waynflete School. She also works as a Spanish/English translator and interpreter in the local business and legal communities. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from Boston University, and a Master of Spanish Language and Literature from the University of New Hampshire.

“Lynn has a terrific skill set and excellent insights into living, working and raising a family in Maine” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are very pleased to have her on our team.”

“Lynn has hit the ground running.” adds Lynch. “Her life experiences, professionalism and attention to detail will certainly be welcomed by our clients.”

“Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is a perfect fit for me and my client base” says Lynn. “Our marketing programs are second to none, and will be a value-added benefit for my listings. The quality of our property presentation and professional photography is very impressive.”

Lynn can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at 207-671-8187 and by e-mail at LHallett@legacysir.com.

Lynn Hallett Maine Real Estate Agent

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine

Portland Maine Real Estate

 

Are you in a happy place? Healthways and Gallup wanted to find out the well-being of cities across the country.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures Americans’ perceptions of physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Gallup conducted 500 telephone interviews daily in 2013 with Americans nationwide to gather their perceptions of well-being.

In the “State of American Well-Being” report, Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine ranked in the top 15!

Source: Realtor.org

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Upstate South Carolina Firm

MADISON, N.J. (March 25, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Justin Winter and Associates, LLC in Sunset, S.C., is the newest member of its real estate network and will operate as Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty.

Justin Winter is broker/owner of the firm, which is located at 119 Buck Ridge Road in Sunset, S.C., on Lake Keowee. With the addition of this firm, the Sotheby’s International Realty® network now has five independently owned and operated member companies throughout the state including: Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Bluffton; Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston; Laissez Faire Sotheby’s International Realty in Aiken; and Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty in Pawleys Island.

“For nature lovers, Lake Keowee offers clear crystal waters, a backdrop of majestic mountains and world-class amenity communities including The Cliffs® and The Reserve at Lake Keowee®,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “For the last 10 years, Justin and his team have been a trusted resource in these communities. We proudly welcome Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty to our network and look forward to bringing our brand’s global reach to this market.”

Winter’s firm has a reputation for providing knowledgeable and professional real estate counsel. “We focus on earning the trust and respect of our clients,” Winter said. “As property owners and club members in the communities in which we serve, we have an in-depth knowledge of our market and the unique lifestyle this area offers. We look forward to introducing this very special region to both domestic and international audiences. With the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, that’s now possible.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 14,500 sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide. Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Lucy Foster Flight Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

Lucy Flight Maine Real Estate AgentLegacy Properties Sotheby’sInternational Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Lucy Foster Flight has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. 

Lucy resides in Portland’s beautiful West End and she is fortunate to spend her free time at her summer cottage in Prout’s Neck and winters skiing at Sugarloaf USA. Raised in Baltimore and Cumberland Island, GA, Lucy enjoyed her childhood summers on Ram Island Farm in Cape Elizabeth. 

“We are very pleased to have Lucy join our team. She has already made an impact in a very short time” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “She has a great eye for home style, values, and interior design.”

Lucy is passionate about houses having bought, sold, and renovated 10 of her own. She is closely connected with the Waynflete School in Portland and a member of the Board of Directors of Maine Preservation. Community involvement and service are very important aspects of her life.

“Lucy has a unique expertise with high value and hard-to-value properties.” adds Lynch. “Prout’s Neck real estate is a great example of a perfect fit for Lucy and Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.”

“I have been very impressed with the many advertising venues available to help me better service my clients” says Lucy. “I know that Maine is a global lifestyle destination and Sotheby’s International Realty is a leader in its field.”

Lucy loves to spend her personal time with her children and pursuing interests in old houses, tennis, skiing and now Pickle Ball.

Lucy Flight can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at 912-223-1500 and by e-mail at LFlight@legacysir.com.

Whitney Harvey Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

View More: http://melissamullen.pass.us/whitneyLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Whitney Harvey has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. 

Whitney lives in Portland’s beautiful Old Port enjoying its culture and amenities, all within walking distance. She brings extensive knowledge and connections to many of the finest real estate locations in the Greater Portland Region and beyond.

“Whitney brings great energy and sophistication to the real estate brokerage world” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “She has a terrific network of people and properties and a keen eye to put them together.”

Whitney, a graduate of Boston University, was raised in New Canaan, CT. In addition to real estate, Whitney has a strong legal background having worked for a number of years as a litigation paralegal with a Portland law firm.

“Whitney loves working with buyers.” adds Lynch. “She has a gift for recognizing value and truly understanding the importance of special properties and locations.”

“I am so pleased to join Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty” says Whitney. “I have been very impressed with the agents, the staff and the incredible marketing opportunities available to my clients. The Sotheby’s International Realty network has opened doors for me and my clients in all of the best real estate markets in the world.”

Whitney Harvey can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at 207-671-2360 and by e-mail at WHarvey@legacysir.com.