Category Archives: MEREDA Resources

Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure = Sustainable Growth: Perspectives on Stormwater Service Fee Programs and Credits

By Maura Ryan, Marketing Director at St.Germain Collins | Sentry EHS® At MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event in November, a panel discussed stormwater service fees—why they are needed, and what measures property owners can take to reduce their fees. Stormwater … Continue reading

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The New-Old Humpty Dumpty

by George Casey, CEO of Stockbridge Associates, LLC Here are 10 trends likely to come amidst a full-circle return to housing finance and economics like it was before homeownership became a policy priority. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty … Continue reading

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When Generations Collide

DESIGNING THE NEW MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE By Dean Strombom, Principal, Gensler, Houston, TX This is the first time in history when five generations of employees may co-exist in the workplace: the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials or Gen Y, and Gen Z. … Continue reading

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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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The First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature was exciting and eventful. Read on for a review of the highlights.

By Andrea Cianchette Maker, Government Relations Attorney, Pierce Atwood LLP, and Public Policy Counsel to MEREDA Governor Elected with a Strong Vote Last November Governor LePage was re-elected by a larger margin than expected, securing his second term which started … Continue reading

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The Role of the Real Estate Appraiser

By Mark L. Plourde, MAI, Maine Valuation Company What is the role of the real estate Appraiser in a purchase and sale transaction? Why isn’t the contract price used as the measure of market value? Well, for starters, one proposed … Continue reading

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The Lead Poisoning Control Act: What it Means for Maine Landlords

Jonathan P. Hunter, Attorney, Rudman Winchell Over eighty percent of all homes built prior to 1978 contain lead-based paint.  The Lead Poisoning Control Act, 22 M.R.S. §§ 1314-1329, originally enacted in 1973, attempts to address the health hazards posed by … Continue reading

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