Sports Celebrity Guest Announced for MEREDA Bowl-a-Thon Fundraiser

Two-time NBA Champion, and NBA MVP, former Boston Celtic, David Cowens, will appear at Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA’s) “Strikes for Scholars” Bowl-a-Thon Fundraising Event on May 1, 2014!

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Many thanks to AAA Energy Service Co. for securing such a heralded past NBA player.  (In 1996, David was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History!) David will be going team to team for handshakes, hellos and photos.  David will also be at the Silent Auction table helping inspire bids to raise more money for this fundraising event!

Make sure you stop by the silent auction to meet David and bid on lots of great items!  All proceeds will benefit the MEREDA Scholarship Fund supporting Maine students enrolled in the Maine Community College System. 

MEREDA members are encouraged to attend and bid on our silent auction items, even if not playing on a team!  Join us on May 1 to cheer on our bowling teams, bid on some exciting silent auction items, meet a Boston Celtic great, support a worthy cause, AND have some fun at the same time!

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Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) to Award $7000 to Maine Students Enrolled in the Maine Community College System

On May 1, MEREDA is proud to host its Second Annual Bowl-a-Thon Fundraising Event at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Strikes for Scholars will support scholarships for Maine students enrolling in the building trades, architecture, engineering, construction, or business programs at Maine’s community colleges.  Partnering with the Maine Community College System, our goal this year is to raise enough to fund at least one scholarship at each of the state’s seven community colleges and to support Maine students as they prepare for careers that promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State.

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The event includes a silent auction of assorted sports, entertainment, and dining items including a special surprise sports celebrity guest presented by AAA Energy. All proceeds will benefit the MEREDA scholarship fund.

We have secured our 20 teams and we’re ready to bowl!  Join us on May 1 to cheer on our bowling teams, bid on some exciting silent auction items, support a worthy cause and have some fun at the same time!

Donations to our silent auction are welcome.  For more information, please contact the MEREDA office at (207) 874-0801.

Additional Sponsors Include:

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Dead River PropBath Savings 2013 Bowl-a-Thon

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event -Tax Dodgeball for Real Estate Professionals 04.30.14

BreakfastLogoJoin the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for breakfast on April 30, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland for a presentation that will address planning opportunities available to real estate professionals to design and build income tax efficient structures for their projects. The presentation will focus on a few hot topics including capital gains planning, the passive activity rules (including the new 3.8% Medicare surtax), and tax credit partnership structures.

“Tax Dodgeball for Real Estate Professionals” includes a detailed discussion on capital gains planning with attention to carried interest structures and why these structures are frequently targets of new tax legislation. This presentation will outline opportunities to plan around the passive activity rules and avoid the new 3.8% Medicare surtax. In addition, the presenters will offer a fresh look at structuring real estate projects to monetize tax credits in light of the Historic Boardwalk decision and recent Safe Harbor guidance issued by the IRS.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mereda.org

This MEREDA Morning Menu event is sponsored by BerryDunn & Preti Flaherty.

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu (Auburn) Breakfast Event – “Real Estate Development 101”: What You Need to Know

BreakfastLogoThe development process brings together a number of diverse professionals:  bankers, brokers, architects, engineers, etc.  Developers themselves come from a number of different disciplines, and also work with a number of these same professionals along the way.   But, how does one actually get started?

Make plans to join the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) on April 15 at the Martindale Country Club in Auburn for breakfast as we revisit this topic by hosting a second “Real Estate Development 101” seminar where a developer, a banker, and an architect walk through the typical process of a development timetable.

About the Event:
Program: 8:00- 9:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00 AM

Martindale Country Club
527 Beech Hill Road
Auburn, ME

Registering for this Event:
Your RSVP is requested by April 10, 2014. Payment is expected at the time of registration.  No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after April 10.

Registration Fees:
Members: $25pp |  Non-Members: $35pp
-After April 10, prices increase by $10 pp

For more information and to register, visit www.mereda.org.

This MEREDA “Morning Menu” Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Camden National Bank.

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MEREDA is Proud to Host its Second Annual Bowl-a-Thon Fundraising Event

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) is proud to host its Second Annual Bowl-a-Thon Fundraising Event at Bayside Bowl in Portland on May 1, 2014. “Strikes for Scholars will support scholarships for Maine students enrolling in the building trades, architecture, engineering, construction, or business programs at Maine’s community colleges.  Partnering with the Maine Community College System, our goal this year is to raise enough to fund at least one scholarship at each of the state’s seven community colleges and to support Maine students as they prepare for careers that promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State.

We encourage you to organize a team of bowlers, and/or participate as a sponsor.  This is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and have some fun at the same time! Your registration and sponsorship dollars are used to help defray the costs of organizing the event and will fund scholarships for students pursuing studies through the Maine Community College System.

We are looking for 20 teams and will be filling lanes on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope you will consider participating in MEREDA’s Second Annual “Strikes for Scholars” Bowl-a-Thon on May 1.

AAA Logo with tagline 2014The event includes a silent auction of assorted signed and unsigned sports collectibles or souvenirs presented by AAA Energy including a special surprise sports celebrity guest, with all proceeds to benefit the MEREDA scholarship fund.

For more information on bowling and/or sponsoring this event, please download our Strikes for Scholars Flyer.  The deadline for registering is April 4.

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FIVE THINGS TO UNDERSTAND WHEN LOOKING FOR A NEW BUSINESS ADDRESS

Caitlin McGuinness, Associate, CBRE | The Boulos Company
& Member of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA)
February 2014

Embarking on a search for commercial space can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. Where should you start?

Companies looking for commercial space for the first time usually belong to one of the following groups: a startup, a small non-profit, a company that’s rapidly expanding and is in need of a permanent space or a company that had a unique space arrangement in the past and now needs its own space. For a lot of business owners and managers, leasing commercial space is a giant step and a largely unknown process.

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Maine Real Estate & Development Association will Host Annual Spring Networking Social

SocialGraphicAre you already thinking about Spring?  All of us at MEREDA sure are!  Why not make plans now to join us on the first day of Spring 2014 at Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant for MEREDA’s Spring Social!

MEREDA’s networking events attract key players in Maine’s real estate industry making this an excellent opportunity to interact with the experts.  Join us for Hors d’ oeuvres, Spirits, and Great Conversation as we welcome Spring to Maine on March 20!

To register and to learn more, visit www.mereda.org

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MEREDA: Maine real estate markets on the upswing

Mainebiz – February 10, 2014

More than 700 people crowded the conference space and exhibition hall of the annual Maine Real Estate and Development Association’s forecasting conference, held Jan. 23. Most presenters saw encouraging trends within the residential, industrial and commercial markets. Here are a few of the highlights:

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event – The ABC’s of Navigating Historic Masonry Building Restoration Using Historic Tax Credits

BreakfastLogo“The ABC’s of Navigating Historic Masonry Building Restoration using Historic Tax Credits” outlines the most cost effective method of restoring historic masonry buildings using State and Federal “Historic Tax Credits” to defray the cost of rehabilitation.  Presented by Building Envelope Specialists Inc. and Sutherland Conservation Consultants, this presentation will discuss how to control construction costs and provide the framework on how to define the scope of restoration while ensuring that the results meet the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Join the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for breakfast on March 4, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at  the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland for a  presentation that will address one of the most important tax incentives available to real estate developers, while providing a specific strategy on how to address the task of rehabilitating historic masonry.

For more information and to register, click here.

This MEREDA “Morning Menu” Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank, Sutherland Conservation & Consulting, and Building Envelope Specialists.

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IRS Issues Further Guidance on Tangible Property Regulations

The Rev. Proc. now provides the clarification needed to properly address changes under the new permanent Tangible Property Regulations.  It also underscores the importance of utilizing UoP designations on properties in your portfolio, as a properly prepared UoP reference document will enable you to make informed decisions regarding past and future activities.  

Read article:  http://ow.ly/tabUP

Learn more at the MEREDA breakfast in Bangor on February 12.  For more information and to register, click here.

 

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