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Like To Read Other People's Mail...Is There a Little Voyeur In You?

We get tons of calls, plenty of emails and answering alot of the same questions makes links to blogs about those area posts one big reason to blog.

It could be the only reason you blog. You do a detailed piece on the weather, on schools, on the areas folks want to know about, are concerned about. So I always encourage the buyer to email me a slew of questions, and one by one can address them. They have a copy that way of the answers, can forward them to their friends, kids, etc. They refer to them. It is so much quicker than a half hour on the phone. And the emails can be addressed quickly, efficiently after your first phone "interview" and introduction. This is a typical open letter. I know I know all caps can be consider shouting but we are all friends here and either making the response in red or blue font, we sometimes hammer out the answers and quickly within a few minutes respond. They are happy and got addressed pronto on the other end. Done. This is a Louisana buyer eyeing our area of the planet.

Let's open up that communication and see the many of the same questions others ask.

This "forum" of inquiries can help others wondering the same things. Pretty much everyone has these same set of questions in one form or another... They can get long.....You open them, hit reply and get the questions answered one by one.

See below....

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----- Original Message ----- From: MISTER CHANGE HIS NAME TO PROTECT IDENTITY To: info@mooersrealty.com Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 11:03 PM Subject: Aroostock County / Maine
Hey Andy! ...was good speaking w/ you today - I enjoyed our conversation, however I have a few other  questions....   Among those are as follows:   1. How are the taxes for the properties calculated / assessed? On Square footage? or urban vs. rural?  or amenities?.... TWO TO THREE DOLLARS AN ACRE FOR OVER 40 ACRES AND DEPENDS ON SQUARE FOOTAGE, HOW SWANKY A PLACE WHEN COMPARED TO ALL THE OTHERS IN THE AREA. MARKET APPROACH.     ----> we're homestead exempt here in La. up to $75K.....but anyway....    I've been persuing the Maine MLS and noticed a myriad of dollar amounts to properties. It varies so dramatically and would certainly hope that it would NOT be an issue    in my decision to  purchase. COASTAL MAINE OCEANFRONT, WATERFRONT LAKE LAND IS EXPENSIVE..RURAL NORTHERN MAINE ACREAGE IS A DEAL.   2. We briefly spoke a/b this... but ...Would you consider the "Pellet Stove/Heater" over other types heating systems? SURE. THEY WORK GOOD IN CATHEDRAL LOCATIONS...WHERE NOT ALOT OF WALLS...BUT WITH 8 ROOM FARM HOUSE..PARTS OF PLACE DON'T GET WARM THAT WAY AND NEED CENTRAL HEATING WITH REGISTERS, RADIATORS.    I did some research on this type of unit...and it appears to be of a 'green' type ....ya know.... enviro friendly....    What a/b 'backup' type heating systems?  Should I consider that upon searching for properties? ELECTRIC IS EASY BUT EXPENSIVE BACK UP..DEPENDS HOW LONG YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWAY.    What a/b the ventilation / exhaust for such systems?  I'd hate to be (CO) poisoned while I sleep at nite !!! :) EXHAUST THRU CHIMNEY OR DIRECT OUT SIDE WALL. THERE ARE VENTLESS GAS BUT CREATE MOISTURE...MOLD PROBLEM. WOOD IS NOT A DIRTY WORD EITHER.    It seems this type of unit is the 'latest technology'...n'est-ce pas? :)   3.  Are baseboard heating systems adequate? I've seen many pics of properties (inside, of course) showing these type of units. THEY WORK BEST..HOT WATER HEAT AND RADIANT HEAT IN SLABS.   4. I would assume the 'well water' that is so prevalent on properties, to be clean and pure!  We call that 'soft water' down here in La. and it only occurs north of N.O.    where certain aquifers exist.    Have you experienced property owners having problems w/ their pumps?  NO. Is is fair to say, the 'wells' are operated by an electric pump? YES UNLESS HAND PUMP FOR RECREATIONAL "RUNNING WATER"...YOU RUN FOR IT SO TO SPEAK.    What happens to  these units during frigid temps?  Should I prepare to buy 'bottled water, just in case" ? YOUR WELL WILL WORK FINE, NO NEED TO BUY WATER. LOTS OF IT HERE, WELLS DON'T GO TO CHINA..PLENTY OF VOLUME.  NOT ALOT OF STRAWS IN THE GROUND COMPETING FOR WATER WITH 11 PEOPLE PER SQUARE MILE IN AROOSTOOK COUNTY.  5.  Whats up w/ the "neighborhood association fees" ?  I've only noticed that upon looking at properties twice...Is it like a 'condo fee"  ??? PRETTY RARE. DON'T HAVE THOSE KIND OF FEES ON THIS END.  VOLUNTARY ROAD DUES FOR LAKE ASSOCATIONS OF $35 TO $75 THE NORM BUT NO GUN TO YOUR HEAD TO HAVE TO PAY AND YOU WILLINGLY DO AS MONEY SPENT WISELY.    From what I've seen thus far, these fees are applied to properties that are NOT on the proverbial map! COASTAL MAINE, SKI AREA CONDOS ARE ABOUT THE ONLY PLACE YOU SEE THE EXTRA TACK ONS...NORTHERN MAINE IS MEAT AND POTATO SIMPLE, NOT ALOT OF JAZZ TO DRIVE THE COSTS UP.      Does this result from a 'developer'  developing a subdivision or what?  I really don't get it...and i've seen many props that interest me with this designation. NOT BUILDING HOMES 32 AT A TIME HERE..ONE AT A TIME AND EVERYTHING IS COST CONSCIENCE. I HATE WASTE OF MONEY...YOURS, ANYONES. WAY WE WERE RAISED ON A FARM. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS, BE CAREFUL ON IMPULSE SPENDING.   6.  Being from the South  Louisiana....we're 'loaded' w/ Oil and Gas - ( don't ask me a/b the costs - we probably pay as much as anyone in the country) but surprisingly      gas (down here) is much cheaper to use than electricity. Is that a ditto in Maine? DEPENDS ON UTILITY. HOULTON WATER COMPANY IS WATER, SEWER, POWER AND IS CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. MY OFFICE WITH HEAT, LIGHTS, COMPUTERS AND THE OUTSIDE SPOTLIGHTS ON SIGN IS 600 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. IF THEY MAKE MONEY THEY LOWER THE BILL...COMMUNITY OWNED AND NOT FOR PROFIT.     Referencing, Hot Water Heaters and Cooking Stoves... namely!   Is 'gas' the fuel of choice for these appliances? I LIKE GAS, SOME PREFER ELECTRIC. DEPENDS WHAT YOU GREW UP WITH, ARE USED TO.   7.  I am a 'weekend' hunter and fisherman ...here in Louisiana. However my desire to 'hunt' has been reduced by my love of animals - especially as I age!      Even though, I'm a 53yr old kid !!!! :).....     Please tell me where I could live and continue to see 'wildlife' in my backyard?  Not in Houlton, huh?   SURE..DEER, MOOSE AND LOTS OF WILDLIFE...THIS IS WHERE YOU WOULD WANT TO GO IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL.  11 PEOPLE PER SQUARE MILE. THINK LIKE BAMBI, THEY DON'T WANT NYC. Where is the limit, regarding towns... that I could experience something like that?  I don't want to live so far out in the boonies, that it would take 2hrs to drive to the store / hospital/ post office...etc.... YOU HEAD OUT A HALF MILE IN ANY DIRECTION AND YOU ARE IN THE COUNTRY. LESS PEOPLE, LESS PROBLEMS, EASY DAY TO DAY LIVING.         And on the flip side of that... I do not want to be in downtown Manhattan either!!!!! (Oxbow, Sherman Hills, Island Falls and Crystal...come to mind )  Are these properties on the proverbial 'edge' of the wilderness? YOU BORDER T2 R3 TYPE TOWNS WITH UNORGANIZED, SEND YOUR TAXES TO THE STATE OF MAINE IN AUGUSTA KINDA FORMAT. NO PEOPLE, JUST HUNTING CAMPS, RECREATIONAL PROPERTIES AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF WILDLIFE, LAND OWNED BY WOODS/PAPER COMPANIES.      Any advice?  I would guess that would depend on how much I 'qualify' for.... WE NEED TO GET YOU PRE-APPROVED AND THIS VIDEO GIVES YOU A LIST OF NUMBERS TO CALL FOR MONEY IN HOULTON MAINE...WHERE TO TURN.  KEEP THOSE QUESTIONS COMING! ANDY   ===========================================================================================================================   As of this date, the sale of my existing property is under contract. Today was the last day of the young fella's inspection periond (15day). I haven't heard anything from our agent , but the 'word' is an 'enviromental study' is the next step in the process. I have no idea how long that will take, but I understand it is required by the buyer's lender. After which, I will surmise that the closing date should be in sight! I guessing around late October or early Novemeber 2009. Man, this can't happen soon enough!!! SUPER! FINGER'S CROSSED.   I believe I will come up to Maine and would like to get together w/ you and discuss just what I'm looking for in a property. If things work out, and I am successful in finding a place ....or rather an AREA of my liking....I think it'd be prudent to 'RENT' at first. I mean afterall, I'm coming up there w/ no job, and no work history in the immediate area... I would think a LENDER would 'frown' upon that....   So 'establishing' myself for maybe a year 'renting' and as well, have some kind of consistent work.....those are my short range goals...   Would do you think? HOUSES TO RENT ARE RARE AND ALWAYS FOR SALE. REASON? NO MONEY RENTING A HOME AND THE OWNER WANTS ANOTHER ONE AND IS RENTING LIKE DOMINOS SOMEWHERE. WE HAVE 600 APARTMENTS IN HOULTON MAINE AND LESS THAN 2 PERCENT VACANCY SO TIGHT SLEDDING. WHY? NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A LANDLORD...HOUSES ARE SO INEXPENSIVE THAT IT IS CHEAPER TO OWN FOR $30,000, $40,000 HOUSE PRICE TAGS!     ok, that's it.... thanks for your time and consideration Andy....( I like you style - in the videos!!!) à bientôt et merci! MAIS QUI...WE'LL STAY IN maine flagTOUCH.  (Name Removed To Protect The Innocent In Louisana Emailer)

Other people reading this learn from the questions and answers. Open diary emails without the email or names of the people can be helpful and let the buyers know they are not the only Kit Carson / Christopher Columbus explorers itching to move to Maine.

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