A Few Advisories Regarding Research

The Multiple Listing System property search feature provided on our web site includes almost all Maine real estate for sale – both homes and raw land – as currently listed by MLS participating agencies. If you have the inclination, there is value in time spent perusing the MLS inventory to develop a general sense of the current market. (Prices stated are, of course, asking prices, which may differ significantly from actual selling prices.) You may certainly entrust all research to us if you wish; our access to the data offers more detailed search parameters than those provided for the public use.
MLS Terms: Amount of finished living space is separated into categories: above grade, below grade and total. Walkout basement space is therefore technically entered as being “below grade“, even though it may be very pleasant, sunny space with a good view. Water frontage can be either owned or shared and will be so designated along with the amount of shoreline in each category. In some cases, a parcel comes with a ROW (Right of Way) to access the waterfront.
For Maine waterfront real estate, the MLS term “deep water” is in theory reserved for areas which do not show any mud at low tide; but seller representations are not always precise or objective. 90% of Maine coastal real estate with frontage is “tidal”, meaning that some amount of mud is visible during the low tide cycle. Some tidal coves empty out completely, while other coves still afford one a good visual expanse of water beyond the mud shelf.
Many sizable salt water bays are called by the name of the river which flows into them. This occurs most commonly among the peninsulas from Harpswell up to Rockland. A cottage with a deep salt water location is thus sometimes technically referred to in the MLS as being on a river, such as the Kennebek, Sheepscot, St George, or Medomak.
The photos presented by sellers are always taken at high tide. As a Buyer Broker, I prefer to check the property at low tide to capture the whole story on the location. Sellers naturally present the positive features of a property. We like to take our own photos when making site visits to convey a more comprehensive sense of the setting and the neighborhood.
The Delorme Maine Atlas may be going out of print but is a treasure if you can get one. It includes many of the road names and is an excellent aid to figuring out just where a Maine coastal real estate parcel is. The Atlas shows public boat landings, public beaches and swimming areas, nature preserves, parks, historic sites, and distinctive natural features. Google Earth is also handy for evaluating locations.
Note that prevailing winds in the summer are from the south and will tend to significantly lessen audible noise from a road lying north of a parcel. Aside from wind direction, houses on hills above roads pick up more traffic noise than would houses the same distance from the road yet being lower on a hillside than is the road. The prevailing wind pattern also keeps south facing areas less buggy than leeward parcels.
A word on direct contact between a buyer and the seller‘s broker: current standards of practice in the real estate profession honor the role of a buyer agent. It is expected, though, that you will mention your affiliation with a Maine buyer broker if you should happen to speak with a seller’s broker (the listing broker) to solicit basic information. Whenever practical, the gathering of detailed information is the province of the buyer broker.

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