Category Archives: Member Articles

Energy Islanding: Creating Microgrids for Grid Resiliency and On Site Generation

Geoff Sparrow, ReVision Energy and Dan Kelley, Woodard & Curran Microgrids are a localized grouping of electricity sources that operate and connect to the centralized grid but can also disconnect and function autonomously. These systems can serve a number of … Continue reading

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The Right Equation for Responsible Development: Spotlight on the Circular Block Building

In the second of a 6-part series exclusive to the Maine Real Estate Insider, we’ll provide an up-close look at the most notable commercial development projects of the past year that are helping to fuel Maine’s economy in terms of … Continue reading

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Lead Paint and Drinking Water in Maine – Now Under Even More Scrutiny, with More Enforcement and Liability Issues Coming

Ken Gray and Dixon Pike, Pierce Atwood LLP Lead paint is a well-known problem for older homes, and lead in residential drinking water from historic plumbing is also a recognized issue in Maine.  Lead can be a serious problem if … Continue reading

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3 Ways to a Faster Commercial Mortgage Loan Decision

By Aaron Cannan | Senior VP, Commercial Services Officer, Katahdin Trust When you want to make a real estate investment or re-visit your existing financing, the last thing you want to do is spend your time waiting for a lenders … Continue reading

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MEREDA Index comes in at a healthy 91

The latest numbers indicate high water marks achieved for sales prices and square footage sold Last week, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, announced that the latest MEREDA Index had achieved a healthy 91, indicating that as Maine sales … Continue reading

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Historic Masonry Reborn – “The care of historic brick and stone buildings in Maine”

By Stephen D. Jones, Building Envelope Specialists Inc. The restoration and repair of historic masonry buildings can be challenging.   Owners who are using Historic Tax Credits to help finance their project are required to meet the standards of the Department … Continue reading

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Lurking just below the surface of the Real Estate Recovery

by Josh Fifield, Account Executive at Clark Insurance   With all the positive energy and robust investment in Maine’s real estate markets, there is reason to be optimistic if not jubilant about your prospects for success as a developer, vendor … Continue reading

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New England Market Overview

Courtesy of CBRE | New England After a slow and steady recovery it is time to officially say goodbye to the effects of The Great Recession. At this time two years ago the national economy experienced stabilizing capital markets, increasing consumer … Continue reading

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Multi-Family Market Update

By Brit Vitalius, Principal, Designated Broker, Vitalius Real Estate Group The multi-family market is at or near the top of hot real estate sectors in Southern Maine. The dramatic price increases are driven by strong buyer demand, low inventory and … Continue reading

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Southern Midcoast Commercial Happenings

By Don Spann, CIAS, Owner/Broker, RE/MAX Riverside The Southern MidCoast (Bath-Brunswick-Topsham) region experienced several long years of anxiety in the general real estate direction, both residential and commercial, beginning with the announcement of the base closure for Naval Air Station … Continue reading

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