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High Security Bread And Butter Knives Keep Our Maine Front Doors Closed, Mostly From The Weather.

    

Here in Active Rain you read about other state real estate brokers wondering what others do to protect their personal safety.

maine snow skiiers To hang on to their personal property. Always have to chuckle but be reminded that Maine's crime rate is the country's fourth lowest. And where I list, market sell and peddle property, Aroostook County's crime is half that pretty remarkable state average again.

     I don't have, need or carry a taser. My keys are in the Jeep, the front door is unlocked, and I don't lose any sleep at night worrying about intruders. Most of the rural properties, lakeshore cottages have front doors secured by high security bread and butter knives wedged in sideways. More to "protect" from the wind blowing the door open, to keep out the elements, weather.

     If you work where you worry about getting to your car after the shift, that energy or anxiety or attention to personal safety details is just part of where you chose to live and the "price", or "cost". In Maine, forget that wasted fearful emotion. A move here may take a few months or even years to relax, ease up and go against your training in a populated state where crime statistics are in the top ten. But eventually you will let your guard down. It is a nuisance to come out, try to jump in a maine youth kids potato housevehicle that is locked. What's with that? Who took the keys and why? Who is going to come all the way north to Houlton Maine to hot wire a vehicle? We are insulated, not isolated north far enough to be in Canada.

    

Car heisters, jackers are lazy too. And if they are looking for the high end Porsche, Rolls, BMW or Corvette, the fishing is way way better closer to Boston MA.

Pick ups with not all the quarter panels painted the color they rolled of the Detroit assembly line are not uncommon.

     But those are not the vehicles car choppers are after to part out and ebay, or black market the pieces. The National Association of REALTORS statement "every market is different". They sure are. In Northern Maine you can buy a quality home for in the $50,000, $60,000 price range or less.

     The home mortgages are so much more manageable and the pursuit to get them paid off is easier.  Owned outright homes with money freed up for other luxuries like gas, food, clothing is the goal. So parking something with a ten year payment booklet in your driveway or garage is not the carrot many local houlton me soap box derby racersMainer's chase. Motivation to live within your means or even a tad below the income flow is the rule. Saving money for a roller coaster life dip is how you are raised. Never knowing anything different. To go out on an economic limb and self saw it or have it natural snap off become of over spending to impress or because you just have poor buyer impulse control is not how we roll.

     Carrying lots of plastic and having everything under the sun as if it was a material race is not a hobby engaged in here. Our kids are watching and the "stuff" we need are family, outdoor recreation, working hard on what we do own to preserve it, pass it on in better shape then we received it. Is that how you live where you are on the planet?

     Our kids learn tomaine moose calves respect other people's property. To work hard and take care of what they have. They are not handed twenty dollar bills, or allowed to develop a sense of entitlement, or that the world revolves around them. The worse feeling a Northern Maine child can have is when their mom says "you wait until your Dad gets home". Oh oh. I've let my parent down, and one look from a parent gets your attention. The look that means "my parent has a nuclear weapon, loves me no matter what but will not allow me to do this, this or this". Growing up we had woodsheds used for discipline early on so they establish the course the family was on and rules, discipline were not casually introduced in high school after it is way way too late.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • February 26 2010 12:59PM

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Another beautifully written and thought out post...no realtors are going to come to Houlton unless they plan to hang up their trade...no one would be able to compete with you!

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 9 years ago

Andrew - I really must spend more time on the Maine side next time I'm in the Maritimes.  Last time I only spent a few hours in Maine.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Thanks Steve...ah gee. When you are raised on a farm, working hard, doing a good job is how we are wired, built. The two words "good enough" were not taught to us on the farm. Do it right, or do it again until it is done right.

Marc, you need to spend some time on this side of the border! New Brunswick Canada and the Atlantic provinces are pretty neat, keen too.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Andrew.....once again, you promote your inventory and your state like no other in this industry......Maine is a beautiful place.....there are still soooo many areas in Maine that have been left in their virgin state.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 9 years ago

The place is neat, the properties low cost, but it's the people that make the area. Hardworking, help you out, family based and feet on the ground. Pratical, common sense approach to keep it simple. Money is not what fuels everything...needing it to impress is not Maine. We know who we are, what is important. Maine, a state of mind.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

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