Category Archives: Member Articles

Legal Implications of Using Drones

By Michael Bosse, Shareholder at Bernstein Shur Drones are used on an increasing basis in many industries, including real estate, farming, law enforcement and certainly in the construction industry. The evolution of the law surrounding drones is increasing on a … Continue reading

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Greater Portland, Maine Industrial Market Snapshot

By Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, Broker, NAI | The Dunham Group For those of us in the business, the continued drop in vacancy rates is astounding. But the data doesn’t lie, and confirms what we’re feeling on a day-to-day basis. For … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Market Value of Lakefront Property

Maggie Shannon, Program Manager for LakeSmart and Lake Advocacy, Maine Lakes Society Lake Value and Vulnerability Maine lakes are a national treasure. Like magnets, their allure irresistibly draws us to them and makes lakefront property a high value commodity. Most … Continue reading

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Greenleaf and the Legislative Response To It.

By Christopher Devlin, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur This article will discuss the Law Court’s 2014 decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Greenleaf, 2014 ME 89, and the legislative response to it in 2015.  The discussion should interest anyone who is involved … Continue reading

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START MAKING DENSE: When it comes down to it, housing affordability’s ‘guy behind the tree’ is you and me

by George Casey, CEO of Stockbridge Associates, LLC When talking about taxes and tax policy, the venerable Louisiana Senator, Russell B. Long, is quoted saying: “Don’t tax you; don’t tax me; tax the guy behind the tree.” The ubiquitous “other guy” would … Continue reading

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Are you Planning for a Highly Collaborative Office Workforce?

By Ted Kern, President /Owner of TKTeleservices, LLC Most business professionals have witnessed business telecommunication services shifting rapidly in recent years from traditional fixed (landline) services to mobile-centric services.  Professional office planners, architects and commercial building contractors need to ensure … Continue reading

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Year End Planning for Businesses

By Michael C. Royer, MST, CPA, President and Managing Partner, Berry Talbot Royer Is your business ready? Businesses seeking to maximize tax benefits through 2015 year-end tax planning may want to consider several general strategies, such as use of traditional … Continue reading

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Exaggerations on the Death of the Private Office

By Paul Lewandowski IIDA AIA LEED, Principal – Workplace Studio Leader, Lavallee Brensinger Architects Trends in the workplace are changing at an increasing rate – open plan, private, hoteling, third space.  Office space can really be reduced to three basic … Continue reading

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Finding Equitable Stormwater Funding

By Toby Fedder, PE, Woodard & Curran Operational and capital costs associated with stormwater management seem to grow every year, driven higher by increasingly stringent permits, which mandate pollutant load reductions and require increased system resiliency. The costs of municipal … Continue reading

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The Right Equation for Responsible Development: Spotlight on The Hyatt Place Portland, Old Port

In the fifth of a 7-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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