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Growing Up, Did You Relocate, Move, Pick Up Stakes And Tramp Around The Country, Globe?

Back when you were way way shorter than you are now, as a kid growing up were your parents gypsies, transferred plenty and you sampled many school systems in the relocations, family moves ?

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Were you what we call affectionately an "Army or Air Force or Navy brat"?

Did mom and dad that drove the Ford Country Squire station wagon with genuine imitation wood grain siding employees of IBM ?

Where "Big Blue's" initials stood for "I've Been Moved"?

Or were the head of your household, the guy and gal that decorated the Christmas tree in the living room, scooped out vanilla ice cream for birthday cake celebrations wearing a pointed hat that matched yours and all your neighborhood friends actually in the witness protection program?

Moving from your home town to a new home town. Changing gps coordinates, again. Did you do it and if maine coast harbor boatsthere were frequent moving miles awarded, you could pick from any of the most expensive items in the catalog?

Well as a Maine real estate broker, we hear questions caused from all those moves and from people living in areas far far different than Vacationland.

There are the generic what is your Maine weather like questions. Others on why is Maine real estate so cheap, low cost?

Am I missing something the guy or gal scratching their head on the other end of the wire, signal ask, probe, query.

"We are a couple black coffees up the Interstate 95 highway and at the gateway to Atlantic Canada" I explain. You have to go this far north, to almost be in Canada to get property, Maine real estate this nice, maine pet dog boredthis cheap is the long and short of it.

And with less people in Maine, think "Disney with no lines at Space Mountain."

That's logic starts to make them settle down, less confused.

More kid in a candy store excitement building with the dream of owning a 100 Maine that big this cheap.

If all our Maine real estate listings were sold to local buyers, all this explaining about being the 4th lowest crime state, not needing to lock doors, how low cost property is would not be part of our daily chores toting our dinner bucket to the home, farm, land, waterfront, businesses for sale factory. Not part of the repertoire while standing at the Maine real estate conveyor belt as we broadcast information on that property, but just as much time, effort devoted to maine sunset land view"show and tell me about your area of Maine" that I engage in.

From the moment I walk in to the ME real estate office 32 feet from the home where I live in Houlton Maine. Sliding in to the property and area promotion saddle.

Til leaving and shifting gears to wonder what to feed the two of four kids home from college for supper? The pair who's stomachs I can hear rumbling louder and louder from my Houlton Maine home less than 50 feet from the agency listing files.

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Comment balloon 35 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • July 29 2010 08:44AM


love the pictures Andrew...thanks for the blog

Posted by Debbie Cullen, Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist (REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL) about 10 years ago

One thing is for sure, military families cope with relocations better than any groups I know.  Families who move with corporate relocations can often be difficult unless the employee is doing a voluntary relocation. 

Working with relocating families takes experience.  We love them.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

My parents moved once, when I was five... and bought their first house.  Then again when I was thirteen and bought their second home.  That was in 1957.  They stayed in it for the rest of their lives, which was 31 years.  Today's society is less statis than before, although now it has been slowing down a bit.  Things change.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

Love those relocation companies that want 35% piece of the commission pie, updates every 20 minutes with three trees killed to supply the paperwork that you generate and they just forward to look like Little Jack Horner smuggly too. All part of the real estate dog and pony and take it as part of the terrain, landscape.

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

Andrew:  At the risk of making this post political, in my mind I would add to your caption in picture one... "Maine... less people, more clean fresh air, crystal clear water, and two Republican Senators who can actually THINK for themselves."  Hooray for Olympia and Susan.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago


I was definitely one of the moving around kids.  My dad was in the Army for nine years, then an office manager for a construction company.  10 different schools in the first six grades!

Then I was in the Navy, five more homes in six years.  Now, same home for 19 years and plan to be there at least another 8!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 10 years ago

Parents still live in the same village that I was born in- literally. Somehow I got the travel bug and have lived in four different Countries.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Andy, I'm sitting in my office less than a mile from where I grew up...But, my brother lived in Lewiston, ME for over 20 years and we visited often...My significant other was an 'Army brat' who lived in 4 different countries and numerous states...She envies my roots...Enjoy the day.

Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

The Chocolate Lab looks just like my old one... bet he loves it up there more then mine liked Las Vegas... ;)

Posted by Paul Francis, Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes (Francis Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago


What a lovely post.  As a child I lived in many places in the Middle East, because my father, as a civil engineer, and at that time an expert in all things "oil", negotiated oil deals for the US, France, England, etc, because he spoke every Arabic dialect besides his native Russian, French, English, Italian, and Greek.  Moving was fun, it was always an adventure.  We have visited Maine and loved it, you sell it beautifully.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 10 years ago

I moved 9 times as a child, and then my parents wondered why I grew up to be a gypsy.  After working in the corporate world for a few years after college, I cashed in my 401K and went to work in horse racing.  I worked at 17 tracks in 14 states, and that required moving every 3-4 months as meets ended.  I don't even want to count how many times I moved in those years!  Now I've been in Austin for 5 years and love it. I'm firmly planted this time.  Oh, and my dad was with Exxon, not the military!

Posted by Shelley Rowton, ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin (Move To Realty) about 10 years ago

I went from Las Vegas, to Alabama to South Africa to Arkansas before the age of 10.  Not military.  After I grew up, I went from Michigan to California to Virginia.  And I believe I am here to stay.   Moving as a child builds character, but staying put builds security.  Both are valuable traits that will make kids turn into solid adults.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) about 10 years ago

My dad wasn't military -- but we moved so he could be where the work was (he designed subway systems).  When I was twelve, we moved to Greece.  Fascinating times!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 10 years ago

Karen.. Hear praise, accolades for Snowe, Collins. Susan Collins picked potatoes, knows the value of a dollar and is from Aroostook County where most of us have our heads threaded on, screwed on in a practical, common sense sort of way.

L&B... Like a Bud, this post's for you. (burp) Excuse me.

Ellie... like a rolling stone, my new nickname for you will be "Tumble Weed" or "Sage Brush". where I live and did not need exposure to lousy places to make me grateful. Traveling with kids is key to not hold them in their home town and to venture out. But thank goodness folks do relocate..we like, need to plant front yard lawn signs, add SOLD panels to them to keep the lights on. Glad they get wanderlust, relocated. Not the ones due to divorce, lay offs though.  the good kind of moves with mom/dad heading closer to grand children, etc.

Paul..that is your chocolate lab. He wanted to be in Maine and he is lovin' it like the McDonald's jingle. The line, leash is not hooked..just for show in the picture because some Maine game wardens frown on dogs chasing deer, wildlife out of the door yard, off the back 40 acres. He says to say hi, appreciates the formative years in Law Vegas but the bright lights hurt his eyes. He'll be back to visit. He said send dog bones..the west coast guide for special occassion when he has friends over to play cards, BBQ and chase balls, neighborhood cats up a tree. know the drill. Seem better for it, well adjusted and have quite a mental slide show collection of different places around the globe.

Thanks Ron and Alexandra..anyone can periodically say should I move, when, what am I missing. But that is why God create vacations, holidays where the "okay to move around the country light" comes on, and you can unbuckle, put the tray back in to an upright position and stretch your legs a bit beyond the town lines of your home town.

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

Neat to see the lives beyond the mls sheets, cameras, real estate careers with this comment thread. Not many whiners about being moved during high school and losing a romance mom and dad were not so cranked about either!

Had one Maine real estate seller who was an only son, his parents both drown with another couple in a boat on Grand Lake when a major storm came up, upset the boat. He went to live with Grandparents at 7 years old.

Now what were you complaining about, not happy about this morning and remember it could have been played out a lot worse early on for many of us. I consider myself lucky, spoiled if the four kids are healthy, happy, and beyond that not being hungry, or ever going days with out food because I lived on a farm with plenty of food. Never worried about my next meal and living in a state with 4th lowest crime, not locking doors is plenty to raise the flag, blow the horn and crow about.

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

Hi Andrew - good post. My parents did not move around, I was pretty much raised in the same town.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 10 years ago

I changed schools a couple of times, but it was all within the same state just different counties.  Your photos and way of life is something to really be happy about, here in Manhattan Im worried about somebody stealing my wallet everytime I get on a packed subway car on my way to work.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Nope Andrew, that was my husband's life... Virginia, Japan, California, Alaska, Germany (and I'm sure I've missed a few)

You sure make Maine look beautiful.  And I thought I had it good with a quiet two mile drive to work, but you've got me beat. :)

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

Sharon...Me too. But at one time thought of moving up the broadcast ladder. Every broker should have a video story.

Morgan...Luke warm gypsy....gypsy lite.

Tammy... Had a family beagle like your husband before you re-trained him, or he got the hobo hitching trains or eating beans under the stars, sleeping outside during cattle runs out of his system, so to speak. Our walk to work is a short one. Have had a real estate office IN the home, but that 32 feet is a neat way to shut the door, walk away for an evening and come back charged up, ready to rock and roll. It came in very very handy with kids growing up as full time single dad and I saw the kids, had to, wanted a lot each day. Son number one has hockey in ten minutes...or after they get off bus, home for school they drop in, get a hug, a shoe tied and a how did your day go. I grew up on a farm and that means I saw my parents a lot each day and worked with them. I learned a lot more about my family that way, closer. Feel bad for kids who grow up latch key, dad and mom live in a castle but the three jobs each, two hour commute to work and getting home at 9:30 to eat at ten pm with microwave freezer queen vittles...not for me. Family more important than "stuff", material items.



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

I like the post today, it was interesting and enjoyable.  Thanks for getting it out to us today.


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

We moved into the house that my Dad still lives in when I was 5 years old.  The funny thing is I can remember a lot of my friends moving and getting to go to different houses.  I often begged my parents to move so I could be like the rest of my friends.  I figure I was probably getting ready to be a real estate agent as a kid!!!

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) about 10 years ago

I moved four times in elementary school.  It's no wonder I don't have any friend from growing up, they're all on different coasts.

I've been to Maine in late summer, really nice place.  However, I can't see ever trading in the weather I have here in Silicon Valley.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 10 years ago

Pat... We deliver. Just like the pizza guy in the Dodge Omni.

Lesley.. I bought a 300 acre family farm from my three brothers and know the familiar feeling. Bet you were a whiz at Monopoly too as an ankle grabber.

Bryan...We're call you the Top Gun movie. Roger Xray Tango Charlie...You have tone Lone Wolf.


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

Growing up we never moved. Then I became an AF wife and was on the move around the world and back again.  My parents were flabergasted.  Now I feel as if I live in one house for more than 5 years there must be a reason to pack up and go.  You realize how little "stuff" means and how far more valuable family & friends are when you are relocating.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy..all that moving made you a fugitive or groomed you for real estate. Pros and cons to moving, staying put. But as long as the move is self inflicted, voluntary not forced like a fire, divorce, loss of job. Whole different feeling, knee jerk reaction to a person's happiness.

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

Andrew - Nope we never moved. {Bob here} Stayed in my hometown all along. But I did venture out just after High School and visited your wonderful town of Houlton hitch hiking.... {Remember those days?} .....around Maine and into Canada.. Ahhh fond memories of those times. I still remember trudging up the hill to the Canadian border and crossing over when a horrendous thunderstorm approached.. Ahh good times... Love your posts and state... Always will... I'll bet this has changed a bit since then right?

walking to Canada

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Andrew, we moved four times in my life while I was at home but it was always in the same town.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 10 years ago

L&R.. Neat image, know the spot well as had two boys of the four kids who were major hockey players, went border crossing four and five times a weekend for games. New border crossing since you were here...911 enhanced. Xray in that tan shed to scan the cargo.

Ted .. You were a local traveler in your own home town. Think many started out and worked their way up to something bigger. Usually in Maine cheaper to buy a bigger home than put the addition on, do expansion from stratch unless you are a Bob Vila type

houlton maine us canadian border crossing

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

Andrew, we had that very same station wagon when they packed us up to move from a great suburb of Chicago to a mountain top farm in north Alabama. Talking about culture shock! Yikes. LOL

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 10 years ago

Andrew, funny how the grass is always greener.  As an Air Force brat, we moved a LOT!  I went from Chicago,IL to Dayton, Ohio to Fort Worth Texas - all in my sophomore year of high school.  Talk about a culture shock - a "you guys" to a "y'all".  For a long time I envied those who had one home their whole lives... but now that I am older, I really value the places I have been and the people I have met over the years due to my father's occupation.  Definitely worth it!  ~ Susan

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) about 10 years ago adventure in moving it says across every truck.

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

Oddly, we used to vacation in Maine.  My dad got a few of his advanced degrees from Colby College in Waterville...  And we move more than a couple of times.  People don't know how long of an answer they are in for when they ask where I grew up...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Lane... Seems many when asked where you hail from, where are your roots generates more than a one word answer. The Stones song about being born on a west bound bus show not everyone came out of a hospital, set up shop for the first eighteen years of their life in one spot, with one foot nailed to a town they stay in, die in.

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

Andrew, my dad was transferred a kazillion times which meant that my brother and I expected, but never really got used to, the relocations.  For me, all of those moves along with a keen work ethic learned from my parents, contributed to my being a good REALTOR.

Like Coral (#13), I've enjoyed the security of my chosen location although I'm contemplating a 2nd home for the summers!  Can't give up my home/office situation! It is similar to yours except I have to walk about 100'!  After watching your "video story" (#20), I've subscribed to your YouTube Videos.  (Don't know why I had not done that before!)


Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) about 10 years ago

Hear you Mary Kay. Lucky to have a lake home 9 miles away to zip to, hop on a sea doo, pull a tube with older college kids (2 boys home for summer) around a big lake. And this farm is taken care of those same kids, 2 of the 4 home and this weekend will be climbing on a Super M tractor after morning real estate showings Sat to bush hog.

maine farm picture photo

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

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