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Selling, Marketing Real Estate In Another Country Where You Are Not Licensed.


When you live in Maine, practicing real estate sales, and are parked up against Canada to the east, the question is asked a lot.canadian maple leaf flag Can you sell property in Canada if you live in Maine? I am not licensed to list property in Canada.

The province I happen to be parked up against is New Brunswick. But on the west side of Aroostook County and to the north, Quebec is the province close to Northern Maine real estate brokers. Canadian real estate brokers in border towns with the US get asked the same question.

     I have been over the Houlton Maine, Canadian border four and five times a week when two of my boys played hockey. Nearly 99% of our games were with Canadian teams. With cross border traffic trips loaded with players, hockey equipment sometimes four games or more with tournaments, etc over winter weekends. For a year Hartland New Brunswick's arena was our home ice for practices when our local arena caved in due to heavy snow loads.

During trips to games even the border immigration/customs agents would ask how did Houlton ME make out in the game in Perth Andover, Grand Falls, Nackawic, Plaster Rock or Woodstock?

But any time you go in to Canada, the questions posed is what is the purpose of your trip? Pleasure, hockey, family the answer and on your way. Spend lots of money and hope you have loonies and toonies. houlton me border crossing, us canada borderFor that pontine, arena food. Or something from the pro shop related to hockey equipment malfunction like need a mouth guard, skate lace, some stick tape, etc.

     My question to other ActiveRain members on the border with Canadian brokers, agents here at AR University is how each side handles the co-operating marketing? Ways they work hand in hand to tap in to the marketing on one side of the border to send a buyer across to meet the co-broke agent on the other side? When you live in Maine, on the border, your real estate marketing ray gun broadcasts in our case in a North, West, South direction. Not east..and not because of a iron curtain or cold war situation. 

     My grandmother on my Dad's side was 100% Canadian. My four kids great grandmother and great grand father were 100% Canadian too. So it is pretty hard to find folks on the Maine side of the border that are not at least quarter Canadian! Being on a border has lots of advantages, especially when the currency exchange is in our favor. Also since 911, the number of US Border Patrol, Immigration, Customs Agents that have relocated to Houlton Maine has increased tremendously to tighten that border. There are also close to 100 new kids in our schools due to this border security beefing up.

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 9 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • February 07 2010 09:59AM


I'm enjoying your blogs Andrew I was born in Grandfalls NB as were my parents and we are all transplants but still love to hear about happenings in Northern Maine and NB. I can totally understand your dilema since we deal with a similiar in this area bordering New Hampshire. I know some agents are Maine/NewHampshire brokers but I'm not sure how they do it.

On a side note my Mom just sent me an article about 4 homes and businesses on the main boulevard in Grandfalls burning she remembers hanging out in the buildings with friends and families when she was young.

Posted by Carol Kilburn, Sebago Lake Area Expert (RE/MAX Allied) over 10 years ago


I have a deal coming up with a property 2 Provinces away. I'll probabaly co-list as I'm not licensed there.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 10 years ago

Grand Falls...been there many times. Think they have more than one Tim Hortens don't they? I am glad I live on the border and can cross that border in to another country with a two mile trip. Heading to Prince Edward Island, Halifax Nova Scotia..the country is beautiful and part of my heritage. Maybe we are related some how Paul! If the listed agent, broker is the nationality of the the country where the property is, and if a barrister, lawyer and everything done where someone is licensed, have you seen across border, not province sales?

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

We get asked similar questions because Tijuana and many Mexican resorts are just minutes away from us.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago



You raise some very interesting points. I suppose you need to sit down with a strategic partner in Canada and work out a deal.

In Toronto, it's too far, so simple referrals are they way it works.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 10 years ago

Interesting point you bring up.. I never thought about the possibilities and challenges if you lived close to a border town. I'm 3.5 hours to mexico, and the real estate down there isn't exactly selling very well on the border towns, so It's probably nothing i'll have to worry about. That's pretty cool how close you are to Canada, EHH?

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) over 10 years ago

Chris...when you are in the interior of the country, not near a state line, country border, it is not something you think about. When you are a real estate broker in a city that sells only homes, condos, apartment and commercial complexes, the thought of listing, marketing 400 acres or a home in a town of 45 people in a 6 by 6 mile area can seem very foreign. That is why every market is different. And the difference is the product we sell, the traditions, the location and about 200 other factors influencing value keeping our job from automation...for now!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Andrew - I didn't realize have Canadian blood in you.  No wonder you need your Timmy's fix in Hartland.  We'll need to visit next time we are driving down the TransCanada and enjoying the fantastic view of the long modern bridge and the longest covered bridge from Timmy's parking lot.

Posted by FN LN over 10 years ago

now that is something I would have never thought of! selling in another country - it might 'only' be Canada, but it IS still another country -

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

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