A Timely Reminder to Spring Forward

March 11th, 2017

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Remember To Spring Forward This Weekend: Daylight Saving Time Begins 2am Sunday, March 12, 2017. Clocks should be moved forward one hour. One less hour in bed but the lighter nights are on the way!

Home sales strike a pace heading into the new year

February 27th, 2017

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Portland, ME – Sales of existing homes remained stable and healthy according to the week’s monthly report from Maine Listings

The number of units sold last month was up 7.87% over January of 2016 with Realtors across the state selling 959 homes, with a median sales price (MSP) of $190,000, up 8.26% on last year. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

Latest county by county Maine Home Sales Data

National sales of single family homes rose 3.7% over 2016. According to the National Association of Realtors, the national MSP for those homes reached $230,400 in January – an increase of 7.3%.

The national MSP increase marks the 59th consecutive monthly year-on-year gains. Housing inventory numbers, meanwhile, moved in the other direction recording a decline in supply for the 20th month in a row when comparing figures for the same month the previous year.

Regionally, sales in the Northeast were up 6.7% last month compared to January 2016 and the regional MSP increased 2.5% to $253,800.

Home prices go up while supply is down:  Find out why right now might be this year’s sweet spot if you’re a home seller – call us today on 207-553-2662, don’t wait as time is quite literally money!

So, Just What Do You Get Your Loved One For Valentine’s Day?

February 12th, 2017

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Scratching your head as to what to get your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day? Something that truly demonstrates the depth of feeling you have for that special person in your life?

Heart shaped cards, super-sized candy, teddy bears and flowers are all presented by the retailers as the obvious options as an answer but, hmmm, are these the best representation of what we are trying to say? Perhaps not.

It’s maybe a ‘world-worn’ phrase but it appears to be nonetheless true: “It’s the thought that counts.” And that’s the advice to bear in mind from those in the know when it comes to matters of the heart on the most romantic date in the calendar.

More specifically make it not just thoughtful but make it memorable and, again, according to the ‘experts’, how much you spend has very little to do with it.

For those still stumped as to what actually to do for their loved one on Tuesday (February 14th) this probably isn’t helping much yet. “Give us more of a clue”, we hear you cry.

Ok, it maybe a major assumption but it appears that perhaps guys struggle the most when it comes to doing something special for their ladies at this time of the year.  So here it is, What women really want on Valentine’s Day  is family and finance columnist Terri Cettina’s insightful and practical advice on solving the dilemma.

Don’t tune out, however, if this isn’t your issue. There’s some great perspective here for anyone looking for some practical inspiration for Valentine’s Day whatever your relationship.

Click through, read on and we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

2016 Sets “Highest On Record” Sales Bar

January 25th, 2017

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PORTLAND, ME – The number of real estate transactions in Maine last year was the highest on record according the Maine Association of Realtors. 17,507 reported sales in 2016 is the largest number in the 18 years since the compilation of sales data began.

Latest statistics from Maine Listings also reveal an 11.71% increase in the number of homes sold over 2015 with a rise in the median sales price (MSP) of 4.93% to stand at $189,400. The MSP indicates that half of homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

Statewide sales last month were up 11.06% over December 2015 with an increase in the MSP up by 4.08% year on year to $185,000.

The National Association of Realtors announced a 1.5% sales increase during December nationwide. The national MSP rose 3.8% to $235,000. Regionally, in the Northeast sales were up 2.7% but the MSP dipped by 3.8%, down to $245,900.

Check out the Maine home sales trends county by county

Who Wants to Win $100 of Home Heating Fuel?

January 25th, 2017

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Here’s the Trivia Question in the New Year’s issue of our Service For Life! newsletter. You can call us on 207-553-2662 or email your answer to trubritrealty@gmail.com for a chance to win $100 of home heating fuel.

Who was the highest paid celebrity of 2016?
a) Beyonce Knowles
b) Adele
c) LeBron James
d) Taylor Swift

Congrats to the winners of our last Trivia contest, Matt Shinberg and Kaitlyn Shinberg. They answered correctly that Se7en was the movie Kevin Spacey was cast in just two days before filming began.

Find out what else is in this issue here and subscribe to our mailing list to receive your regular copy.

Tru Brit Realty Group Celebrate Platinum Year

January 22nd, 2017

PORTLAND, ME – The Tru Brit Realty Group of Saxby, Meek & Coward at Keller Williams Realty celebrated a successful year of real estate with sales over $25m in 2016.

Keller Williams, Portland Market Center, Designated Broker, Leanne Nichols said: “The Tru Brit Realty Group continues to be a leading force in the local real estate market with a reputation for delivering exacting standards of service.

“We are proud to be in business with such a well-renowned team of professionals.”

The Tru Brit Realty Group was involved in helping almost 90 clients purchase and sell property last year with a sales volume ranked in the agency’s prestigious Platinum Award winning bracket.

The Tru Brits assist buyers, sellers and investor clients throughout the Greater Portland area and can be contacted on 207-553-1377 or via www.TruBritRealty.com

Who Wants to Win $100 of Home Heating Fuel?

November 28th, 2016

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Here’s the Trivia Question in the Thanksgiving/Fall issue of our Service For Life! newsletter. You can call us on 207-553-2662 or email your answer to trubritrealty@gmail.com for a chance to win $100 of home heating fuel.

What movie cast Kevin Spacey just two days before filming began?

a) Se7en
b) American Beauty
c) The Usual Suspects…
d) 21

Find out what else is in this issue here and subscribe to our mailing list to receive your regular copy.

Home Sales Maintain Healthy Pace Despite Rates Rise

November 23rd, 2016

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PORTLAND, ME – Rising interest rates failed to curb the healthy pace of home sales across Maine last month according to Maine Listings. Last month, Realtors reported 1,639 sales of single-family existing homes—an increase of 5.0% compared to October 2015.

Prices also continued to rise; the median home sale price (MSP) last month reached $192,500, a rise of 2.67%. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

The National Association of Realtors announced a 6.6% increase in the sale of single-family existing homes nationwide in October compared to the same month last year.

A national MSP of $233,700 reflects a 5.9% uptick in prices. Regionally, sales in the Northeast are up 1.4% from last year, and the regional MSP rose 2.9% to $255,500.

Check out the Maine home sales trends county by county

Early Fall Sees Rise in Home Sales

October 21st, 2016

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PORTLAND, ME Sales of existing homes rose by 6.13% last month compared with numbers from the same month a year ago according to latest statistics from Maine Listings.

September also saw a rise in the median sales price (MSP) to $188,038 which is up 1.4% over last year. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less than the median.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a 0.6% rise in sales nationwide with an MSP of $235,700, up 5.6% compared to last September 2015. Home sales in the regional Northeast jumped 5.7%, and the MSP rose 2.1%  to $261,600.

View Maine home sales number county by county by clicking here

Maine home sales rebound after mid-summer dip

September 25th, 2016

tru-brit-realty-group_keller-williams-realty_real-estate-sales_maineHome sales in Maine rebounded in August after a dip in year-on-year figures in July. Sales increased by 10.78% last month compared to August 2015.

The median sales price was also up to $197,000 a 5.35% increase in the same time period according to latest statistics published by Maine Listings.

Prior figures comparing July 2016 to the same month the previous year showed a drop of 2.23% in the sale in the number of existing single family homes.

Click here for county by county figures.