20 Plymouth Drive, Saco, Maine

Posted on: April 23, 2015

Check out our gorgeous listing in Saco, Maine! This 3500+ square foot home is located within walking distance of Saco’s Ferry beach. Features include Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 1,000 square feet of finished basement space, fenced in back yard, lovely neighborhood, granite countertops, hardwood and tile floors throughout, and fresh interior paint. List price is $458,888. Call Maia Additon to schedule a showing at 207-807-5243.

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New Listing and Open House this weekend

Posted on: April 13, 2015

We have a new listing in Saco coming to the market this week.

20 Plymouth Drive in Saco is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with 3500 square feet of living space plus 1000 square feet of finished space in the basement. Hardwood and tile floors, granite countertops, and freshly painted. Large fenced in yard with an in ground pool. Lovely neighborhood just minutes to Saco’s Ferry Beach. List price $458,888. Photos will be available on Thursday.

An Open House is Scheduled on Sunday, April 19 from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Food and beverages will be served.


Big Announcement!

Posted on: March 25, 2015

We are excited to announce that Jeff Reali and Maia Additon have joined forces and have started a real estate team! Jeff and Maia will now be working under the name “Newbury Group- Jeff & Maia”.

Jeff has over fifteen years of experience in the real estate business. Jeff’s real estate experience ranges from residential to commercial to investment, for both new and existing properties. He takes just as much pride selling a fixer-upper as he does a million-dollar dream home. Jeff’s many production awards are testament to the large number of buyers and sellers he’s helped since he’s been in the business.

Maia has been a real estate broker for four years and has ten years of experience in the real estate investing business. Maia’s aggressive and unique marketing methods have allowed her to grow her business quickly in a short period of time. She has a reputation for good communication, responsiveness, and creatively making sure properties close.

Combining Jeff and Maia’s experience and talent within Newbury Group – Jeff & Maia will open doors for all of your local, state, and international real estate needs!


New Listing – 240 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough, Maine

Posted on: February 12, 2015

New listing coming to the market tomorrow. 240 Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough, Maine. List Price $259,900. Open House this Sunday (2/15/15) from 11-1.

Located just minutes from Scarborough’s famous beaches, this rejuvenated split level home has everything you could want in a home!

Three bedrooms, two new bathrooms, attached garage, tile and wood flooring, brand new kitchen, fresh paint through out, and attached garage! 240_pleasanthill4-Edit

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Three road blocks that we came across on a building lot.

Posted on: February 4, 2015

We recently closed on the sale of a building lot (Lot A) in Falmouth, Maine. The transaction on paper should have been easy. It was a CASH buyer on a recently surveyed property. However, there were a few issues that came up that we had not run into before.

Road Block Number 1:

The first issue that came up was that when we were researching the lot (Lot A) with the town, we found out that in order for the lot (Lot A) to be buildable, a garage that was on the existing lot (Lot B) that Lot A was being divided from needed to be removed. This was not a huge issue, just something that we made sure we included on the Purchase and Sales Agreement that the garage was to be removed prior to closing.

Road Block Number 2:

The second issue that we came across was the lot was located on the corner of two roads. One road had no water or sewer line, the other did. When we were conducting our due diligence to ensure that the lot could in fact be connected to public water and sewer we learned that, YES, Lot A could be connected to water and sewer based on the requirements of the Water and Sewer Departments. However, the Town of Falmouth had a moratorium stating that if a road had been repaved in the past five years, that the road could not be disturbed for any reason. The particular road wad been repaved in 2012, so it technically could not be disturbed until 2017! Our first thought on this was to ask the town if a septic system could be installed instead. However, the lot was too small AND if a lot has access to public water and sewer, then a septic system cannot be used. We ended up requesting a waiver from the town to disturb the road in order to gain access to the public water and sewer lines. The requirements of this waiver were that the buyer would have to put the road back together up to Maine DOT standards.

Road Block Number 3:

The third big snag that we ran into was after coming to a verbal agreement and minutes prior to sending out the purchase and sales agreement for signature, we were informed that the seller had changed the survey so that the lot (Lot A) no longer had road frontage on the road with public water and sewer access. We attempted to get a waiver from the town and the water and sewer department to allow access to public water and sewer without having road frontage. However, thankfully, the seller finally agreed to use the original survey so that Lot A would have road frontage as required by the Water and sewer departments.

Despite a few road blocks, the property closed last week and all parties are satisfied with the transaction!


Tips for Helping You Home Show Better

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Doing whatever you can to put your house’s best face forward is very important if you want to get close to your asking price or sell as quickly as possible. Short of spending a lot of money, here are several ideas for making your home show better:

1. Sweep/shovel the sidewalk, mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and clean debris from the yard.
2. Clean the windows (both inside and out) and make sure the paint is not chipped or flaking. And speaking of paint, if your home was built before 1978, new federal law gives a buyer the right to request a lead inspection. If you think you might have some problems, do the inspection yourself beforehand and make any fixes you can.
3. Be sure that the doorbell works.
4. Clean and spruce up all rooms, furnishings, floors, walls and ceilings. It’s especially important that the bathroom and kitchen are spotless.
5. Organize closets.
6. Make sure the basic appliances and fixtures work. Get rid of leaky faucets and frayed cords.
7. Make sure the house smells good: from an apple pie, cookies baking or spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. Hide the kitty litter.
8. Put vases of fresh flowers throughout the house.
9. Having pleasant background music playing in the background also will help set your stage.


Helpful hints when you are beginning your home buying search

Posted on: January 12, 2015

1.Begin your home search by scheduling a meeting with you friendly Reali Realty real estate agent 🙂

2.Next, you contact a loan officer to get prequalified for a mortgage loan. You state your desired price and how much you can put down. You provide your income and may even supply pay stubs and W2 forms. The loan officer methodically crunches the numbers (by telephone, in person, or even over the internet).

3.A lender or bank will look at what is called your “debt-to-income” ratio. A debt-to-income ratio is the percentage of your gross monthly income (before taxes) that you spend on debt. This will include your monthly housing costs, including principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and homeowner’s association fees, if any. It will also include your monthly consumer debt, including credit cards, student loans, installment debt, and car payments.

4.If you are a salaried employee who does not earn additional income from commissions, bonuses, or over-time, switching employers should not create a problem. Just make sure to remain in the same line of work. Hopefully, you will be earning a higher salary, which will help you better qualify for a mortgage.

5.Because of income tax deductions, the government is subsidizing your purchase of a home. All of the interest and property taxes you pay in a given year can be deducted from your gross income to reduce your taxable income.

6.Property taxes are deductible, too. Whatever property taxes you pay in a given year may also be deducted from your gross income, lowering your tax obligation.

7.Before you can actually pick out a house, you need to choose what cities or communities you would like to live in. There are many factors you should pay attention to, not only for yourself, but because you intend to eventually sell the home to someone else. Carefully choosing your community is the first step in “location, location, location” and can help maximize your future potential resale value. Feel free to take advantage of our property search tool to aid you in searching for that perfect property.

8.You will want to know if the local schools are overcrowded. Take a drive around and see if there are auxiliary trailers outside the local schools. Call up the local school district and see if elementary aged children always attend the school closest to their home. If not, ask why. Are there enough schools to support the local population? If not, are there plans to build new schools? How will building new schools affect local property taxes?

9.Property taxes may be higher in one town than another nearby city. This can sometimes affect whether potential homebuyers view a community as a desirable place to live. Often, they will choose not to purchase in a community with higher taxes, though this decision is not always justified. Higher property taxes often mean newer and more modern schools, well-maintained roads, and bountiful community services.

10.Homes with a pleasant view of the horizon often sell at a premium above similar homes without the view. However, if a view is important to you, buy it mostly for your own pleasure and not as an investment. Though you may place a considerable dollar value on the view, future buyers may not be so like-minded. It may take you longer to find a buyer when it comes time to resell the house. Or you may end up dropping your price to more nearly match other sales prices in the neighborhood. If you are looking for a waterfront property, the Reali Realty Property Advanced Search has an option to specify waterfront property.

11.Do not purchase an over-landscaped property, either. You would normally pay a premium for that, which you may not be able to recover when you sell. You will get your best value if the house is moderately landscaped or under-landscaped for the area. You can always improve the landscaping during your ownership by improving the grass and adding bushes and trees. Just do not spend too much.

12.In each residential neighborhood, houses will vary in size and rooms, but they should not be too different. If resale value is an important consideration, you should not buy the largest model in the neighborhood. When determining market value, the homes nearest to yours are most important. If most of the nearby houses are smaller than your house, they can act as a drag on appreciation.

13.Family activity centers around the kitchen, so this is the most important room of the house. Larger kitchens are better, and they should be provided with modern appliances. Obviously, the dining room and breakfast nook should be located adjacent to the kitchen. In newer houses, the family room should also be extremely close to the kitchen.

14.Swimming pools do not provide as much added value as they once did. Safety issues about families with younger children have become more publicized than in the past, so families with small children tend to avoid homes with pools. As a result, having a pool may actually reduce the number of potential homebuyers when you try to resell the home.

15.The last thing you want when you assume possession of your new home is to find it in a total mess. Therefore, you should make it clear in your offer that certain minimum standards are required. If you do not, you might find out the seller or neighbors have begun using the back yard as a trash dump, or something worse – and you would not be able to do anything about it. Some of the requirements you might want to include in your offer are that the roof does not leak, the appliances work, the plumbing does not leak, that there are no broken or cracked windows, the yard has been kept up, and any debris has been cleared away.

16.Besides appraisal and the termite inspection, you should also have a professional go through the house and seek out potential problems. Of course, you will have inspected the home, but you are not used to looking at some things that a professional will find. Even if they are not things the seller is expected to repair, at least you will have foreknowledge of any potential problems. You can use our helpful buyers links on the right of this page to help you find a home inspector in your area.

17.Before closing, you will want to revisit the property to ensure it is in the condition you have required in your offer, and to inspect that any required repairs have been performed. You should do this no sooner than five days before you intend to close. Make sure this right to do a final inspection is included in your offer to purchase the home.

18.Buying a home does not occur in a vacuum, involving only you and the seller. There are all kinds of people and services involved behind the scenes to make it happen. Since some of these services affect both you and the seller, there will have to be be agreement on which companies you will use for them. When you make your offer, you should request your favorites for these services. If you are unfamiliar with these service providers, you can get recommendations from your agent.


How to make your home FEEL larger…

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive way to make your home, or a room, FEEL larger?

To make a room feel larger, light to mid-tone shades are the way to go. Whites and neutrals such as gray, beige, tan or cream, create a clean, airy backdrop for any design or color scheme. White is often associated with cleanliness, innocence and goodness. Because they are neutral, these colors can be calming, and they make a room feel larger and more airy. To add drama, while keeping things calm and spacious, add pops of color with furnishings and fabrics.

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In addition to color, consider the finish. Glossy surfaces reflect light, and this helps to expand the space. Blend the colors of the floor and walls by choosing colors that are within the same color group to eliminate the contrast where they meet, making the edges of the room less defined. Choose small patterns for furniture and fabrics that blend with each other and the paint color.


Welcome Year 2015!

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to Year 2015, the year of the Sheep! 2015 is a superb year to redecorate your environment. Sheep loves art and beauty in their environment, and are bothered by things that are dirty or tasteless. So keep your home tidy and nice all year long. Where to start? Start at the front door. Clean out your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in 2015. Clean out the front porch, entry hall, lobby, or whatever the entry is where you live. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, add a fresh coat of paint, and a new rug to welcome the New Year of the Sheep.

Here are Reali Realty we are redecorating 2015 with the addition of our new blog. Here we will share:
-Educational information about real estate transactions;
-Interesting facts about real estate, Maine, and our favorite neighborhoods;
-Real Estate sales and property listings;
-Information about home maintenance, health & lifestyle tips, and local events in our area;
-and much, much more.

We look forward to sharing our blog with you this year and many more to come.