Author Archives: Shelly R. Clark

Maine Real Estate & Development Association Elects Josh Fifield to its Board of Directors

Josh Fifield, a Senior Account Executive in the Business Insurance Department of Clark Insurance has been elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers … Continue reading

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Maine’s second biggest industry as healthy as it’s been in 11 years

Maine’s real estate sector reached its highest point in 11 years, with the industry metric that measures the health of the market, The MEREDA Index, coming in at 96. The MEREDA Index grew by more than 7% over 2016, the … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s 5th Anniversary “Strikes for Scholars” Bowl-a-Thon Fundraiser on May 4th Raises Funds for Scholarships for 16 Maine Students!

MEREDA is excited to announce that once again, MEREDA will be providing $20,000 in scholarships to students attending the Maine Community College System and the University of Southern Maine that are enrolled in the building trades and business programs. MEREDA … Continue reading

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The Trend Toward Car-Free Cities Is Picking Up Speed

By Blueprint, presented by CBRE When you think about it, car-free cities shouldn’t seem like such a radical idea. Cities, after all, have been around for thousands of years, while cars date back just a century or so. And yet, … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event – Financing the Deal: Forming the Capital Stack

Following up on the success of MEREDA’s Real Estate 101 and 202 breakfast events, join MEREDA June 22 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland as our panel presents Financing the Deal and Forming the Capital Stack, an inside look … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event – Darkness into Light: Cannabis and its impact on Commercial Real Estate in the Post-Prohibition Era – Bangor Edition

Industry experts suggest that no new-to-market use has had as large an impact on Maine’s commercial real estate landscape in recent years as has cannabis cultivation. Starting as a niche industry five years ago, the marijuana growth business has morphed into a … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s DevelopME’s Lunch & Learn Series – “Analyzing the Deal”

MEREDA is excited to announce the formation of a new committee, DevelopME, for our enthusiastic emerging leaders. The committee is formed with a simple mission: “To engage membership and create professional development opportunities within MEREDA for the next generation of industry professionals”.  Join DevelopME in … Continue reading

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Need Continuing Education Credits? MEREDA’s 2017 Annual Spring Conference has them!

MEREDA’s Annual Spring Conference – ‘YIMBY’ism: YES in my Backyard – Why Development is Good In recent years, many American cities and towns have witnessed a renaissance, with destination cities in particular seeing dramatically increased interest.  Typically, the impacts of … Continue reading

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Challenges for Marijuana Businesses and their Vendors

by Gretchen L. Jones, Shareholder and Chair, Business Law Practice Group at Eaton Peabody While Maine has legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use, the conflict between state legalization and federal criminal prohibition creates challenges for marijuana businesses and … Continue reading

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How to speed up the Commercial Real Estate Appraisal process

by Mark L. Plourde, MAI, Maine Valuation Company When the parties of interest in a commercial real estate transaction finally reach agreement, and financing is a component of the deal, why does it then take so long to get a … Continue reading

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