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Study shows what

homeowners want

from their roofs

STATEPOINT

Replacing your roof? Insights from a new

nationwide survey may help you better understand

the many facets involved in this important

decision.

The “2021 Roof Purchasing Study” conducted

by Signet Research Inc. for DaVinci Roofscapes,

shows that consumers want durable

roofs. Nearly 85 percent of those surveyed indicate

that durability has a lot of influence in the

type of roof they would purchase. Longevity of

a roofing product was the second highest influencer,

followed by resistance to severe weather.

MOTHER NATURE MATCH-UP

Study results indicate that severe weather

damage is the most likely event to prompt

homeowners to replace their current roofs, followed

by age of their existing roof. When it does

become necessary to replace the roof, 32 percent

of respondents indicate they are “very likely” or

“likely” to consider a faux roofing product, such

as composite slate or shake materials, which

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MASSACHUSETTS

Hate bugs? Here’s how to remove

the ick-factor from your home

Hate bugs? You’re not alone. Nearly

seven in 10 Americans can’t sleep

if they know there’s an insect in the

room, according to a recent survey

conducted by OnePoll for Zevo. The

same poll also found that two in

three Americans would give up a

month’s pay to not deal with bugs!

Science says your visceral reaction

is actually quite rational. According

to researchers at the University of

California, Davis, those creepy-crawly

feelings you may experience upon

seeing a bug is simply nature’s way

of helping you avoid pathogens and

parasites.

The good news? Insect experts say

that there are steps you can take to

protect your home turf from disgusting

bugs and other pests.

“While you should not lose your

healthy distaste for bugs, you can

take steps to keep them out of your

home,” says Daniel Perry, entomologist

at Procter & Gamble.

Here are a few ways to help keep

America’s top three hated bugs:

cockroaches, spiders and ants, along

with a host of other common insects,

out of your home.

1. Guard doors and windows: Keep

doors and windows sealed when

they’re not in use. If you love a fresh

breeze, be sure that your screen

doors and windows are in tip top

shape and contain no holes. Don’t

have a screen door? Consider quickly

installing a mesh door screen over

your front door or patio door that

seals up the middle with a magnet.

This is a good choice for renters and

others unable to make more intensive

home updates.

2. Seal holes: Use an afternoon to

caulk small cracks in your home’s

foundation and siding. This is a

quick, easy and affordable way to

seal these common entry points for

bugs.

3. Remove their food source: Bugs

need a food source to survive, so keep

your home clean. In the kitchen, seal

your trash bin and remove its contents

regularly, wipe down surfaces

— especially after spills, and sweep

up those crumbs. A cockroach can

survive months on a single crumb

of food! Be sure to regularly vacuum

furniture, rugs and carpets in any

room where you eat.

4. Blast bugs: Bugs will find their

way into your home no matter how

hard you try to keep them out. Because

a small bug problem can spread

quickly, it’s important to be ready

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to meet them head-on. Zevo sprays,

including the brand’s Multi-Insect

Killer Spray, are powered by essential

oils. Zevo’s BioSelective Technology

was developed by experts to

be targeted to bugs’ unique biology,

plus Zevo is safe for use around people

and pets when used as directed.

To learn more, visit zevoinsect.com.

If you’re tired of being grossed

out in your own home, it’s time to

take charge. Not only can you help

prevent insects from invading your

home, you can swing into action at

the first sign of bugs to make sure it

doesn’t become a bigger problem for

you and your family later.


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HIGGINS BEACH - OCEANVIEW

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE - $1,650,000

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Office: 978-667-2301

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Protect your feet when tackling

home improvement projects

STATEPOINT

Did you know many home and yard

projects contain hidden dangers for

your feet? The good news though, according

to foot and ankle surgeons,

is most injuries are avoidable if you

take appropriate precautions.

Amber Shane, DPM, FACFAS, an

Orlando-area foot and ankle surgeon

and Fellow Member of the American

College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons,

sees many patients coming in with

foot and ankle injuries from home

improvement projects gone wrong.

“Feet may be the last thing people

think about while working on home

improvement projects, but we see so

many different types of foot and ankle

injuries in our office — many of which

can be avoided with proper shoe wear

and extra caution,” Dr. Shane says.

Dr. Shane advises to avoid working

in bare feet or in sandals when

engaging in any projects around the

house, even the projects that seem

harmless such as power washing

decks or using a ladder.

According to Dr. Shane, if you’re not

paying close attention while power

washing, and not keeping a firm grip

on the machine, the stream from the

washer can hit your feet instead of

your intended object. “The pressure

from a heavy-duty power washer is

strong enough to take off the superficial

layer of skin, especially on the

toes. So, it’s best to wear fully closedtoed

shoes to help avoid injury or

damage to the skin,” she says.

Dr. Shane recommends wearing

a sturdy, supportive shoe with good

treads when doing roofing work or

projects that require climbing up

and down a ladder. “Sturdy shoes

will provide proper traction to keep

a good grip and prevent any slipping.

Repeated climbing on ladders without

good support can lead to injuries,

including stress fractures and neuromas

or nerve compressions,” she says.

When working on wood surfaces

such as decks or flooring, it’s best to

wear closed-toe shoes to save your

feet from slivers or puncture wounds

from nails or wood splinters. Dr.

Shane suggests, “To help protect your

feet from injury, avoid wearing flip

flops or soft-soled shoes, such as popular

foam-type clogs, while in a construction

zone with exposed wood.”

If an injury does occur, Dr. Shane

recommends contacting a foot and

ankle surgeon near you to have the

injury properly examined and treated,

or for serious injuries, visiting

the closest emergency room. To find

a foot and ankle surgeon in your

area and for more healthy feet tips,

visit the American College of Foot

and Ankle Surgeons’ patient education

website at FootHealthFacts.org.

DIY projects can bring tremendous

joy and satisfaction to homeowners.

At the same time, they are associated

with certain risks. Use proper

care and precaution to keep your feet

safe and injury-free.


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Reduce your energy bills

this fall with these tips

STATEPOINT

The updates you make in fall can

prepare your home for the long winter

months ahead, helping you stay

more comfortable all season while

reducing your energy bills and other

expenditures. Here are some home

improvements to consider, as well

as tips and insights for making the

most of these upgrades:

• Select insulated siding: Did you

know that most wall insulation is

placed only between the studs? Since

wall studs represent up to 25 percent

of the wall surface of an average home,

that’s like having one side of your home

with no insulation at all! Check out siding

that provides continuous insulation,

such as CedarMAX insulated vinyl siding

from ProVia, which is not only one

of the most energy-efficient exterior

claddings on the market, but offers enhanced

curb appeal and durability.

• Improve windows and sliding

glass doors: New windows can make

a substantial impact on your overall

energy efficiency, if you select wisely.

To identify the most energy-efficient

windows for your home, refer

to the Environmental Protection

Agency’s (EPA) climate zone map,

which divides the country into four

regions. For each region, the agency

provides recommended values for

the two major characteristics that

affect the energy efficiency of vinyl

windows: the U-Factor (which measures

the window’s insulating value)

and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

(which represents the amount

of heat from the sun that passes

through the glass). Learn the specs

of any windows you’re interested in

before making a purchase to ensure

they’re a good fit for your region.

Wherever you live, make sure the

windows and sliding patio doors

have been independently tested to

meet strict EPA energy efficiency

standards, and check to see that the

windows are ENERGY STAR Certified.

The ecoLite, Aspect, Endure

and Aeris lines from ProVia all offer

comfort and energy efficiency,

as well as optional upgrades that

can help make an additional dent

in your energy bill or add aesthetic

appeal. Some lines come standard

with ComforTech Warm Edge Glazing,

a high-tech glass package that

measurably improves thermal performance

for less heat loss, warmer

glass temperatures and reduced interior

condensation. Finally, be sure

any new products are delivering

their full value with a proper installation

that eliminates drafts.

• Seek further savings: Did you

know that by installing energy efficient

products, you may be eligible to

receive an energy tax credit? When

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

purchasing products for your home,

consider shopping with companies

that are clear about the status of

their products, as well as provide

needed documentation certifying

your eligibility.

• Pass it on: Environmental stewardship

is a valuable lesson to impart

to the next generation. While

you make energy-saving updates to

your home, consider checking out

free resources that can help your

children understand why this matters.

For example, the “Sammy the

Star” ENERGY STAR Educational

Program, found at provia.com/energy-star,

teaches children about the

importance of saving energy.

Energy savings and environmental

protection go hand-in-hand. This

fall, consider home upgrades that

prioritize both.


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MASSACHUSETTS

Is your HVAC system ready

for cool weather?

As you enjoy mild autumn weather,

take time to ensure your home

is equipped to handle the chilly

months ahead. Following these steps

will mean a more comfortable, energy-efficient

winter:

• Clean your air filters monthly.

Dirty filters make HVAC equipment

work harder and cause more wear

and tear on your system. They also

increase your energy bill and reduce

indoor air quality.

• Compare the Annual Fuel Utilization

Efficiency of your heating system

with newer models. If it’s below

13, you may want to consider a new,

more efficient system. Remember,

the higher the rating, the less wasted

energy for a reduced carbon footprint.

Be sure to choose equipment

bearing the ENERGY STAR logo.

High-efficiency systems reduce your

impact on the environment and can

also save you money. You may also

be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit if

you select a qualifying model.

• Use a humidifier during colder

months. It not only adds moisture to

your home, it can actually make it

feel warmer. In turn, you’ll be more

apt to lower your thermostat, saving

money and consuming less energy.

• Check and maintain your insulation.

Improperly insulated walls,

floors, attics, basements and crawlspaces

drain away heat and can also

lead to moisture imbalance. Adding

weather stripping and caulk around

windows and doors can also go a long

way to improving your home’s insulation.

• Turn down your thermostat.

Keeping your thermostat five degrees

cooler can lower your heating

bills without affecting your home’s

comfort. Install a programmable

thermostat to regulate temperatures.

• Clean the furnace area. Don’t

keep chemicals or cleaning products

near your heater, and don’t

store anything next to it that could

impede ventilation. Keep vents and

returns free of obstructions. Don’t

lay carpet over vents, place furniture

over or in front of them, or obstruct

the flow of air.

• Have a technician give your

HVAC system a pre-season tune-up

so that everything is running efficiently

before temperatures plummet.

Even the most efficient system

can suffer if it’s not properly maintained.

Just be sure your HVAC

equipment is installed and serviced

by a North American Technician

Excellence (NATE)-certified HVAC

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technician, as they have demonstrated

their knowledge of today’s

increasingly sophisticated heating

and cooling systems by passing a

nationally recognized test developed

and supported by all segments of the

industry. Working with a NATE-certified

technician translates to a longer

life for your HVAC equipment,

increased energy efficiency and fewer

callbacks and warranty returns.

To find a NATE-certified contractor

in your area and for more HVAC tips

and insights, visit https://www.natex.org.

With a few simple considerations

in fall, you can reduce your home

energy bill and improve your home’s

comfort all winter.


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Study shows what homeowners want from their roofs

ROOFS

From 1

typically stands up to severe weather

and is known for its longevity.

“Mother Nature pounds roofs on a

regular basis,” says Mark Pagel, general

manager of DaVinci Roofscapes.

“Homeowners recognize that hail,

high winds and severe weather can

take their toll on roofs. They’re reacting

by seeking out roofing materials

that will stand up to strong weather

conditions. While price is an important

consideration, respondents of the survey

are focused more on value. They’re

interested in investing in durable roofing

materials, like synthetic slate and

shake tiles, which are guaranteed to

hold up to severe weather conditions.”

CONTRACTORS ARE

INFLUENTIAL

When it comes time to select a

specific roofing brand, 61 percent of

homeowners are looking for a quality

product. To find that roofing brand, 57

percent are relying on their contractor

for recommendations, which is more

than they do on family and friends (35

percent), or even their own personal

experiences with a brand (37 percent).

“Homeowners understand they

may choose a new roof only once

or twice in their lives,” says Pagel.

“They also understand that contractors

make these decisions many

times a year for their projects. The

research indicates homeowners respect

and value the recommendation

of contractors who work regularly

with different building products.”

10-YEAR COMPARISON

A national survey sponsored by Da-

Vinci Roofscapes in 2011 provides insights

into changes in consumer attitudes

toward their homes in the span

of the last decade. In a comparison of

the 2011 Color Study (conducted by

Harris Research) and the 2021 Roof

Purchasing Study, results show:

• A strong growth in homeowners

valuing the curb appeal of their personal

properties in the past decade (78 percent

viewing it as “extremely” or “very

important” in 2011 as compared to 88

percent with similar feelings in 2021).

• An increase in homeowners seeing

their home exterior as a reflection

of their personality (71 percent

in 2011; 85 percent in 2021).

• While durability remains the biggest

influencer of a roofing purchase,

the second-most popular influencer has

changed dramatically. In 2011, longevity

was the second response. In 2021,

that has changed to pricing, up from

the number eight position 10 years ago.

• Severe weather damage remains

the number one reason for replacing

a roof. However, is 2011, 65 percent

said severe weather would prompt

a new roof purchase (with 9 percent

reporting current roof damage from

a weather-related event), compared

to 57 percent in 2021 (with 32 percent

reporting a currently damaged

roof from severe weather).

• While 23 percent of homeowners

reported replacing their roof due to

old age in 2011, 44 percent (almost

double) said old age was the reason

to replace a roof in the 2021 study.

• Color preference has remained

consistent. Black is still the most

popular roof color, followed by gray,

brown and beige/tan.

For more roofing insights, visit davinciroofscapes.com.

Bottom line? A new roof can be a

good, solid investment, especially

when your roof is able to withstand

the elements over the years and look

great while doing it.


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With climate change spurring an

uptick in extreme weather events

in recent years, homeowners today

know that to keep their property —

and the people in it — best protected,

the siding they select matters.

“Not only will the right materials

better insulate against extreme

temperatures, but durable materials

will also help guard against wicked

weather and storms,” says Jon Lapp,

siding project manager, ProVia. “And

of course, siding has a major impact

on the look of your home exterior.”

The good news is that you don’t

need to sacrifice curb appeal in the

pursuit of high-quality siding. Here’s

what to know when making this important

upgrade:

• Materials: Your choice of materials

can impact how you feel about your

house for years to come. To that end,

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What to know when

updating your home’s siding

consider the most popular home siding

material, which, according to the

U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction,

is vinyl siding. First introduced

in the 1960s, its popularity is no

accident. Thanks to its low cost, ease

of installation, minimal maintenance

and long-term beauty and durability,

it’s a favorite choice among installers

and homeowners. Just be sure that

the siding you select is formulated

with weather- and heat-resistant materials,

as well as UV blockers to protect

against color fade.

• Insulation: Did you know that

most wall insulation is placed only

between the studs? Since wall studs

represent up to 25 percent of the

wall surface of an average home,

that’s like having one entire wall

with no insulation at all. Insulated

siding blankets your home, providing

continuous insulation between

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the studs and exterior wall of your

home. Look for insulated siding options

that are tested and proven to

increase the R-value (a measure of

a material’s resistance to heat flow)

of an exterior wall. One such option

is CedarMAX insulated vinyl siding

from ProVia. One of the most energy-efficient

exterior claddings on the

market, it can help reduce your energy

bills. It’s also built with a strong,

rigid foam backing that can bridge

the subtle bows and dips present on

almost every wall. This will make

for longer, straighter panels for increased

curb appeal, as well as greater

impact resistance against rain,

hail and contact with your child’s

fastball. And because it resists fading,

chalking, cracking, peeling and

thermal expansion and contraction,

it will have a longer, more environmentally-sustainable

life.

• Color: Color and beauty are huge

factors in your home improvement

decision. To get it right, start by using

the color selection tools on your manufacturer’s

website. It’s important to

know that the monitor settings on

your device can impact the way the

color displays, so contact the dealer

to see real color samples made from

its actual products before making

a final decision. Choose from classic

whites, earth tones, bright and colorful

shades, or bold, darker hues. Just

be sure your beautiful new siding

contains anti-weathering ingredients

that prevent weather and sun exposure

from causing it to fade.

Additional siding information and

resources can be found by visiting

provia.com/siding.

“Approach this home improvement

project carefully. With the power to

boost your home’s beauty and energy

efficiency, new siding can offer a great

return on investment and protect your

home for years to come,” says Lapp.


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P. O. Box 103 Milo, Maine 04463

ACERAGE

Dover Foxcroft: Sebec lake is at the end of the

road about a half a mile away, ATV and snowmobile

trails are at the other end of the Road. One

room camp with built on shed along with additional

shed for storage/workshop, The whole set

up also comes with a 28 foot camper with two

slide outs that is hooked in to a new two year old

well and septic system along with a new electric

service into the property.

MLS 1509638 $64,900

Brownville: Very private off grid cabin at the end

of dead end road. Close to Schoodic Lake and

ATV trails. Great seasonal or year round camp.

MLS 1497831 $59,900

Medford: Off grid camp in progress on 11.25

acres all ready for you to finish to you liking.

Home has been started heats with solar and

propane, hand dug well to carry in your water.

Workshop with working air conditioner. Property

sits on the Piscataqus River with 500’ of frontage

and has Fruit trees, nut bushes and shrubs,

bring your goats, pigs and of course your tractor

everything has been started for you.

MLS 1499220 $94,500

ACERAGE

ACERAGE

Medford: 10.6+/- wood acres with 560’+/- river

frontage on the Pleasant River. Tiny ‘’Cabin’’

at it’s best. Insulated and heated with a wood

stove. Great area for that outdoor enthusiast.

Fishing, hunting, kayaking, snowmobiling, four

wheeling or just come sit back relax and enjoy

the peace and quiet. It is on a seasonal road.

MLS 1507207 $80,000

Brownville: 120+/-acres with small unnamed

pond and Alder Stream going through the back

corner. Great location with lots of privacy and

possible distance views. Located on seasonal

road with easy access to the recreational trails

right from the property. Schoodic Lake just a

short distance.

MLS 1485874 $199,000

Dover Foxcroft: Location is the key sometimes

and this 7.63+/-acre lot is one of those places.

It is just a short drive to the public landing on

Sebec Lake and Peaks Kenny State Park. Power

is at roadside. Great location for that vacation

getaway or year round home. Located on a

maintained road.

MLS 1509346 $29,900

ACERAGE

Dexter: 14.4 acres close to town and Lake

Wassookeag. Level and perfect for house lots.

Well and septic needed.

MLS 1488864 $39,900

Sebec: Beautiful Cape Style house with a two car

attached garage with storage above that sits on

5.8 +/- acres that has been well maintained with

3+ bedrooms, country kitchen with a slate sink, a

propane fireplace and a pantry. Hardwood floors

that flow through the dining room, living room,

hallway and office space. The living room has a

wood fireplace to keep you warm during those

cold winter days.

MLS 1488099 $249,900

Check out our website for land listings.

Monson: This is a unique property at one time

the house had three apartments along with two

rental cabins and a garage. Currently is a single

resident home but could be converted back

to three units along with the rental cabins. The

building has good bones does need updating.

Would make a great Air B&B. Great location right

on Main Street in Monson with access to the

many lakes, ponds, rivers, ATV and snowmobile

trails and is part of the historic Appalachian Trail.

MLS 1499638 $144,900


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MAINE

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

Tips to attract hummingbirds to your yard

STATEPOINT

Do hummingbirds frequently visit

your yard? Would you like them to?

There are some important things to

know in order to protect the safety

and promote the health of these

beautiful, vibrant visitors.

MIGRATION

After their breeding season, hummingbirds

migrate south for the

winter. This autumn journey is long

and potentially perilous, requiring

considerable amounts of energy to

complete. Taking steps to make your

property a safe haven will give hummingbirds

an important opportunity

to rest and refuel.

Birdfeeders

One way you can help hummingbirds

thrive is by stocking your

garden with small native species of

flowers to give wildlife needed nourishment,

as well as cover from predators.

You may want to supplement

this nourishment source with a birdfeeder

too, as hummingbirds need to

eat often and in large amounts relative

to their size. You can make a

homemade nectar with just a few ingredients,

according to the Audubon

Society, or purchase a ready-made

version from the store. When making

a selection, keep in mind that

experts warn that you should stay

away from hummingbird food that

contains red food coloring or dye,

as it could be potentially hazardous

to their health. Another important

thing to know is that nectar does go

bad, so be sure to regularly empty

your feeder of unconsumed nectar

and clean it completely before refilling

it.

SAFER WINDOWS

When birds are feeding, they are

easily frightened and are apt to take

wild, evasive flight. To avoid this

from happening, position birdfeeders

closer than three feet or farther than

30 feet from windows. Surprisingly,

the safest placement is attached to

the window itself.

Whether you have birdfeeders or

not however, you should also be sure

to apply special decals that reflect

ultraviolent sunlight in order to

make your windows visible to birds

of all kinds. This is because millions

of birds are killed annually in the

United States when colliding with

windows. Those from WindowAlert

have the appearance of frosted glass,

but glow like a stoplight for birds,

so you don’t have to compromise

your own view out your window. The

brand also makes a high-tech liquid

called WindowAlert UV Liquid,

which should be applied between

decals for even greater visibility. To

learn more about window decals for

birds, visit windowalert.com.

“Hummingbirds are not only beautiful,

they are important pollinators

vital to the ecosystem,” says Spencer

Schock, founder of WindowAlert.

“With a few simple steps, you

can make your yard a safe haven

for these wonderful migratory creatures.”


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beangroup

Bringing People Home.

323 North Street, Saco, ME 04072

207-282-5000

www.beangroup.com

YORK - 9 Candlewood Ln

Beautiful subdivision with mature trees, stone walls and

wonderfully maintained homes. Here sits our 4 bedroom,

2.5 bath and two front to back living rooms. The large brick

fireplace and barn board beam mantle with bookshelves is a

charming room. 4 good sized bedrooms & primary BR w/bath.

Eat-in kitchen & dining room. Large 3-season screened in porch.

Turnpike is about 2 miles. This one owner home is a great find.

Call/Text Janice Darling 207-229-7805

MLS #1508967

$620,000

YORK - 15 Candlewood Ln

Very desirable lot in an established subdivision on a town road.

Lot has been surveyed and soils tested. The lot is private with no

house across the street and has the conservation area behind.

A river view may be possible with tree removal. Lot is about 2

miles to turnpike and convenient to NH This lot is part of the

approved subdivision. Call/Text Janice Darling 207-229-7805

MLS #1508952

$375,000

YORK - 5 Candlewood Ln

This is a rare find! A lot in the approved Fieldstone Estates

subdivision. This is a beautiful lot abutting a conservation

area. On a paved town road and has public water available.

This is a subdivision of beautiful homes, stone walls and

mature trees. The original survey is available, This is the first

time this lot has gone on the market since 1980, about 2

miles to turnpike and NH & commutable to Massachusetts.

Call/Text Janice Darling 207-229-780

MLS #1508961

$350,000

WELLS - 30acres Davidson Way

Looking for privacy right here in Southern Maine; here it is!

Property will be accessed via extending Davidson Way to the

buildable area which has 7 acres in Kennebunk and 22 acres in

Wells. Have your own private estate or build 4 or 5 exclusive

homes. Some businesses are also allowed. Close to Sanford

Airport, shopping, restaurants, turnpike and more. Come and

check this out! Call/Text Jane Frankland 207-229-6261

MLS #1503959

$175,000


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STATEPOINT

MAINE

Illuminating ideas for hanging

string lights in your backyard

So, you’ve created the backyard

of your dreams and love everything

about it — except that seeing your

surroundings can sometimes be a

challenge once the sun’s gone down.

As the days grow shorter and we

head into fall, it’s one of the best

times of year to enhance your backyard

life at night.

While hiring someone to install

outdoor lighting can be really expensive

and involved, patio string lights

are a simple, cost-effective solution.

Best of all, you can create a look that

reflects your style using any number

of patterns.

In a recent episode of “Done-In-A-

Weekend Projects” called “Light Up

Your Life,” expert landscape designer

Doug Scott demonstrated how to

hang string lights, as well as discussed

what to consider before, and

while, doing so. Here are his steps

for adding fun, personality and light

to your outdoor living and dining

spaces:

1. First determine how long your

string lights need to be and how

many strands you’ll need. The only

other materials you’ll need for

this project are appropriate, outdoor-grade

hardware (such as cup

hooks or a similar fastener) and possibly

an extension cord.

2. Next you’ll want to sketch your

design to make sure you capture

what you’re going for and second, to

ensure you’re purchasing the correct

number and lengths of lights and

hooks. For a more relaxed look, you

may want a crisscross or free-form

pattern. For a more uniform look,

you can simply hang lights across

the center or around the perimeter

of the space.

“Regardless, just make sure your

design represents you and how you

want to live outside,” says Scott.

3. When measuring your lights, be

sure to add a few feet on each pass to

allow for slack. One other thing you’ll

want to consider is whether you’ll be

able to make light connections in

discreet places, ideally where they

connect to the wall, post or tree.

“Having a connection in the middle

of a swag won’t be the end of the

world, but you’ll want to minimize

this as much as possible,” says Scott.

4. Install your hooks according to

your plan. Then, hang your lights

with the bulbs removed to decrease

your chances of breaking them.

You’ll also want to make sure that

your first strand reaches an outlet,

or you have an extension cord that

will. Once you’re satisfied with your

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general look, install one bulb in

each strand to test that everything

is working properly. If all is good, install

the rest of the bulbs, light them

up, then kick back and enjoy.

Need some inspiration to get started?

A free downloadable guide from

Exmark, which provides helpful illustrations

and brief descriptions

of five commonly used string light

patterns, can be found by visiting

Exmark’s Backyard Life at Exmark.

com/backyard. There you can also

access other original video series,

including “Prime Cuts” and “Dream

Yards,” to help you make the most of

your backyard.

With a few supplies and a little creativity,

brightening your backyard

and enhancing your backyard life at

night can be a simple DIY project.


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Real Estate

Is Our Life!

158 Main Street, Route 26

South Paris, Maine 04281

“Busy as

Bees to

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Paris, ME $279,000

MLS#1508449

Spacious Cape style home with much to offer.

Three bedrooms with potential for more. Large

family room, livingroom with fireplace, Double

lot on dead end street. Well landscaped. Newer

heating system Well cared for home.

Auburn, ME $239,000

MLS#1507337

This four bedroom cape with a private, fenced

in backyard in a quiet neighborhood is sure to

charm. Within walking distance to Center St.,

parking is not an issue with a remote one car

garage and paved driveway.

Buckfield ME $88,500

MLS#1494711

Single wide 4-room, 2-bedroom, 1-bath Ranchstyle

mobile. Pitched roof, vinyl siding, 1.15

acres.

Waterford, ME $247,000

MLS#1505633

Nicely updated 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. Open

floorplan, new flooring, first floor bedroom, new

kitchen, vinyl siding, corner lot with room for outdoor

activities. Two car garage. Spacious home.

Paris ME $550,000

MLS#1460960

Location. Busy RT. 26, great visibility. 1.25 acres. Two buildings, many options. Live in one, run your

business out of the other, rent the house for extra income. Currently used as a florist. Open concept

offers many different uses for the building. medical, offices, daycare, classrooms, retail. Plenty of

parking. Great investment property.

West Paris, ME $229,000

MLS#1504407

Spacious 2,000 square foot Farmhouse style home on .93 acres. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Built in

1890. 10 rooms with plenty of space to grow or use as an income property.

Oxford, ME $490,000

MLS#1508625

Prime commercial location for investors. Great

exposure on RT.26 & RT. 121. Six commercial

first floor units and four residential one bedroom

units on second floor. Locate your business in the

recently remodeled commercial unit and continue

to receive rent from nine occupied units.

SEE ALL OUR LISTINGS

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MAINE

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

3 Ways to fuse art and nature in your home

STATEPOINT

Beyond sprucing up your work

and living environs, there’s certainly

much to love about houseplants,

whether it’s the simple act of taking

care of something or the fact that

some varietals can even improve the

air quality in your home (peace lilies,

we’re looking at you).

However, if you’re like many people

who have done virtually everything

from home this past year, your living

room has turned into a veritable

plant nursery. Rather than add more

plants to your living spaces haphazardly,

consider these easy tips from

LiveTrends, a company that creates

and designs over 500 original living

art product collections each year:

• Befriend color. When it comes

to pots for your greenery, succulent

and shrubs, you may think neutral

is the way to go. Think again. Right

now, it’s all about attention-grabbing

colors, such as the mustard, navy

and wine, which are featured in the

Harvest Votive and Agatha styles

from LiveTrends’ fall 2021 collection.

When you fuse nature with bold

hues, you can easily elevate a houseplant

into art status. Bonus: You

don’t have to shell out serious dough

like you would for framed wall art or

a sculpture.

• Add joy. The pandemic accelerated

the plant parent trend and many

found themselves deeply embracing

“biophilia,” or the innate desire

to connect with nature — from the

great indoors that is. To give you a

moment of joy during your day or

even perk up your Zoom background,

look for whimsical and fun plant designs.

• Make holiday swaps. Add vitality

to your holiday home decorating

game by swapping in festive plants

for elements in your regular lineup.

During Halloween for example,

LiveTrends offers designs like the

delightfully ghoulish yogi skeleton

mini plants, a collection of skeleton

figures seated in Sukhasana pose.

During the winter holiday season,

their “Snomann” plants make a cute

and festive addition to your mantel

or tablescape.

For more design inspiration and

tips or to view the latest collections,

visit instagram.com/livetrendsdesign.

By fusing nature with art, you can

elevate your houseplant collection

and create truly beautiful living

spaces in your home.


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MAINE

Cell: (207)-332-7544

KingRealEstate.com

SANFORD MAINE

Newly renovated three bedroom, 2 bath New Englander close to schools, major routes, downtown, shopping and more.

Custom kitchen with new cabinets, flooring, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage, three large bedrooms (some

with hardwood) including first floor bedroom, two full baths (one per floor) with convenient first floor laundry, off street parking

in rear of property, enclosed sunporch to enjoy cool summer evenings, large living room, family room/den, large eat in/dining

room area off kitchen, mudroom entry off side of house with built in storage, full basement, and forced hot air oil heat.

$219,900

BRUNSWICK MAINE

Opportunity of a lifetime! Come make this quaint Maine cottage your own and enjoy coastal views while you renovate!

Would make an ideal rental property or keep it all for yourself! The possibilities are endless with this property!

$350,000

SEBAGO MAINE

Entertainers Dream! This charming year round cottage located just steps to one of Sebago Lake’s inlets boasts privacy while offering a

modern contemporary feel inside. Recently renovated, the kitchen was designed with entertaining in mind, with the wrap around bar and

open concept features and SS appliances this home will be the host to all of summers get-togethers. After spending the day on Maine’s

most desirable lakes take a soak in the hot tub or relax by the fire pit. 2 ROW with access to Sebago Lake and common boat launch ramp.

Plenty of room to store boats and jet skis on expansive lot with sheds and make bunk house into three season game room.

$399,900


20 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN September 28, 2021 - October 18, 2021

Arianne Cohen

RATE.COM

Our favorite housing economist —

yes, we have one of those — is Jenny

Schuetz, a senior fellow at the Brookings

Institution, who publishes a

steady stream of insightful and practical

articles on topics like why getting

a multi-year lease is a good idea

and whom you should blame for high

housing costs (spoiler alert: greedy

people). We caught up with her to ask

our burning questions, which have

been edited and condensed:

Q: Where should I live?

A: Most people still choose where to

live based on where their job is. I encourage

moving to a city where you’re

not just moving there for one job and

one employer. If you turn out to not

love your boss or to lose your job, big

cities offer some insurance because

you can change companies without

having to pick up your entire life and

break your social networks to move.

Q: What if I can work from anywhere?

A: An awful lot of employers would

still like you to be within a couple

hours of the metro area. And there’s

still strong value to having informational

interviews over coffee, and

that’s much easier to do where there

are lots of companies you’d want to

work for. Particularly early in your career,

going to a happy hour and getting

your name out there still has value.

Q: Where should my partner and I

live?

A: You need to be located where both

people can find satisfying work. In cities,

both members of a couple are able

to find jobs, and job switch if needed.

Q: You really like cities, huh?

A: Well, the less you are a sort of “typical”

person, the more appeal there is

to being in a place that’s big and diverse.

Though people aren’t moving

to really small places. The trend of

moving away from the biggest cities

MAINE

Where should I live? 9 questions

with a housing economist

like New York, L.A. and San Francisco

has been going on for almost a decade

now, and a lot of that is driven by cost.

But Denver, Nashville and Austin are

still big metro areas, with more than a

million people, and you’re still going to

find a ton of people who have similar

ages and education.

Q: So if I’m looking for a mate,

should I go to a city?

A: The evidence is pretty strong

that cities play an important role in

marriage markets, particularly for

people who have more years of formal

education. People with graduate

degrees marry people with graduate

degrees, and if you have a law degree

or MBA, the chance of finding someone

who’s in the age, gender and education

categories that you’re looking

for is going to be better in a city

where there are lots of people who

meet those general qualifications.

Q: Wouldn’t online dating make it

easier to live anywhere?

A: It’s still helpful in a relationship

to be geographically in the same

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Cities such as Austin, Texas, pictured here, provide flexibility to

change jobs and meet partners and friends.

place as the person you’re dating,

which is just easier in a large city. So

it’s still going to play a role.

Q: Does this advice apply to

LGBTQ people?

A: The research is mostly done on

opposite sex couples, but we do know

that large cities over time have been

more welcoming and friendly for

gay people and have more of a dating

scene. Cities tend to draw people

who are looking for a very specific

kind of work or social connections.

Q: Do all these trends apply to

friends?

A: The same logic applies. Early

in their lives, people are looking for

friends and companionship and people

with shared interests. There are big

populations in which to find friends

who do the same kinds of things you

do, and a wide diversity of activities —

you can’t have a major league baseball

team without enough people to fill the

stadium, right? So that helps with the

sorting process.


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Roger Whitehouse

Sally Arsenault

Diane Paterson

John Freeman

Rick Nelson

152 River Road, Mexico, ME 04257

207-369-0100

www.riversiderealty.org

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it.

It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

NEW!

Rumford -

Commercial

Turn Key Pizza Business.

Well established business

for 36 years The Rumford

House of Pizza! Sale

includes all equipment!

Perishable inventory will

be negotiable at time of

sale. Seating capacity for

32. First floor has open

floor plan with a half

bath for the public. Total

square foot is 1800 with

approximately 900 for

seating. Then there are 3

unoccupied apartments

which owner has chosen

not to rent for 25 years. A

Little TLC there will bring

in more income. #2169

MLS#1506959 $185,000

Mexico -

Commercial

MOTIVATED SELLER

(INVITES AN

OFFER!)

Commercial building with 6075

sf of retail space (3375sf of the

first floor) and (2700sf on the

second floor with original tin

ceilings)! a full basement garage

for 2 vehicles! Ceiling height

of 16 feet +- property sits on 3

lots totaling .33 acres with 245’

of road frontage right on busy

Route 2 and Main street with

exceptional high traffic count.

This is an exceptional great solid

building to start your business!

#2131 MLS#1476961 $168,240

NEW!

NEW!

Dixfield - Commercial

Great investment opportunity

located in the center of town. This

spacious building provides many

opportunities with 2 large rental

areas in the front of the building.

There is a large storage area for

each unit! One unit has a half

bath and the other unit has 2 half

baths. There is, also, a 2 bedroom,

1 full bath apartment in the back.

The apartment needs extensive

renovations.

#2151 MLS#1494117 $110,000

Rumford - Commercial

Nicely redecorated 2nd floor office

condo has been a dental office for

many years and offers 9 rooms. It

has a receptionist/waiting room,

5 offices, 2 lab areas, 2 half baths.

This condo unit has a great deal of

potential as a dental office, medical

office, law office, contractors office

etc...or even an air B&B possibilities.

Has 2 entrances, one of which has

a nice side porch and 1 bay garage.

#2160 MLS#1502433 $178,500.00

Rumford - Residential

This half-duplex located in the

historic Strathglass Park offers 3

bedrooms, 1 bath, side yard and off

street parking. Great investment opportunity

with long-term tenants in

place. Seller would like to package

with another half-duplex at 28 Erchles

Street, Rumford and a multi-unit

at 610 Hancock Street, Rumford.

#2166 MLS#1506743 $39,000

Rumford - Residential

This half-duplex located in the

historic Strathglass Park offers 4

bedrooms, 1 bath, a walk-up attic,

a fenced in yard and off street parking.

Great investment opportunity

with long-term tenants in place.

Seller would like to package with

another half-duplex at 40 Erchles

Street, Rumford and a multi-unit

at 610 Hancock Street, Rumford.

#2167 MLS#1506745 $39,000

NEW!

LAND, LAND, LAND, LAND, LAND,

LAND, LAND, LAND,

NEW!

Rumford

#1944 MLS#1147763 $15,500

.28 Acres

Carthage

#1990 MLS#1364046 $158,100

186 Acres

Rumford – M/U

Priced to Sell! This 3 unit is in

a great location in-town, was

renovated when purchased, has 2

porches, off-street parking, a nice

yard and each unit is individually

heated. Sellers would like to

package with a half-duplex single

family units located at 28 and 40

Erchles Street, Rumford. Call Today!

It wont last long at this price!

#2168 MLS#1506748 $110,000

Rumford

#1964 MLS#1354252 $172,000

256 Acres

Dixfield

#1984 MLS#1361820 $25,500

5 Acres

Wilton

#1989 MLS#1364027 $225,250

265 Acres

Sumner

#2006 MLS#1375609 $33,814

.52 Acres

Andover

#2012 MLS#1377719 $15,000

1 Acres

Mexico

#2018 MLS#1417228 $25,000

1.5 Acres

Livermore Falls - Residential

Beautiful 1953 4 room ranch

with 2 bedrooms and a full bath.

Handicap accessible entrance into

the house. There is a finished basement

with a walkout , laundry area

and work shop. There could be 1

to 2 more bedrooms added there!

There is an attached 1 car garage

with overhead storage space and

there is a new 8 X 12 shed, a new

paved driveway and the back yard

has been all newly grassed!

#2163 MLS#1503756 $199,500


22 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN September 28, 2021 - October 18, 2021

Zach Wichter

BANKRATE.COM

If you’re trying to break into the

housing market right now, you may

find that your down payment fund isn’t

going as far as you thought it would.

Record-breaking rises in home prices

mean the targets you set to save, say,

20 percent of your expected home purchase

price may no longer cut it.

Here’s what you need to know

about what’s going on in the housing

market and what your options are

for how to proceed.

MAINE

Home prices are rising faster than

your down payment fund: What to do

WHY HOME PRICES

ARE LIKELY RISING

FASTER THAN YOUR

DOWN PAYMENT SAVINGS

It all comes down to a few factors:

limited housing supply and a huge

number of motivated buyers are putting

pressure on housing prices. Low

mortgage rates mean most buyers

can afford to borrow more than they

otherwise would, which is turning up

the pressure even more, and inflation

is pushing buying costs up for pretty

much everything across the board.

Sellers are rejoicing, but for buyers

(low mortgage rates aside) it can be

tough terrain to navigate.

“This last year has been brutal,

particularly for the first-time homebuyer

market,” says Matt Woods,

co-founder and CEO of SOLD.com.

Most experts agree that the pandemic

has led to a tough market

for buyers, but there are signs that

things may finally be cooling off. At

any rate, this nearly straight up trajectory

for home prices seems fairly

unsustainable.

“I think about my four kids, how

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One key to saving for a down payment: Establish an online banking

account designated for the purpose.

on earth will my four kids ever be

homeowners if this is the conundrum

they’re dealing with?” Woods says.

What you can do if your down payment

savings aren’t keeping up

There are essentially three ways

you can respond if your dream home

— or even a barely adequate home

— is out of reach.

1. Wait out the home sale market,

beef up your down payment

Probably the easiest option — because

it’s essentially passive — is to

just wait for the market to cool down

more. Doing that can give you the opportunity

to boost your savings, and

you may even see home prices come

down a little in your area, which

means your funds will go farther.

Keep in mind, there are no absolute

guarantees in real estate because

market conditions are always

changing, but if you can’t afford to

buy now, it’s probably not a good

time to dive in.

“The biggest thing to start with is

just to make the decision on whether

now is the right decision in terms of

buying the home,” says Robert Heck,

vice president of mortgage at Morty. “If

you have flexibility and time, the options

there are a bit more widespread.”

Focus your affordability calculations

on your monthly expenses, not necessarily

the overall sale price, he says.

Bankrate’s “how much house can I

afford?” calculator can help you get

started.

“This home appreciation phase is

waning,” Woods added. If you choose

to wait it out you can use the time to

invest money in higher-yield — and,

admittedly, higher risk — funds to

boost your savings more quickly.

“Putting money under your mattress

isn’t going to help,” he says. “If

you’re parking it in the safest place,

you can count on it not helping and

not growing. If you’re leveraging the

investment opportunities that are

out there, the market’s been kind.”


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MAINE

EXIT KEY REAL ESTATE

WE HAVE THE CORNER ON THE LAKEFRONT!

20 Emery Mills Road Shapleigh, MAINE 04076

207-636-2222

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UNDER CONTRACT

Sanford, ME

MLS 1504037 $242,000

A peaceful Patio and beautiful landscaping

around the whole property of this three-bedroom

well maintained Gambrel offering an aboveground

pool so if you enjoy sunbathing and

barbeques or sit by the fire pit on those chilly

evenings. This private setting is close to all town

amenities for your convenience.

SOLD!

Shapleigh, ME

MLS 1499432 $549,900

Nestled just in from the wide open expanse of

Square Pond, this three bedroom ranch-style

cottage has the best of all worlds. In addition

to the cottage, there is a large storage shed for

tools and toys, and an additional smaller shed

right on the waterfront.

NEW LISTING

Newfield, ME

MLS 1510075 $210,000

Relax, unwind among tall pine trees, fresh air,

clean lake! Get away from the crowds! Balch

Lake borders NH/Southern Maine. Only 2 hours

from Boston! The perfect size for 2-4 people.

Swim, canoe, kayak, or go fishing on our clean,

refreshing lake!

NEW PRICE

Acton, ME

MLS 1503228 $625,000

The home boasts an amazing 150 ft of water

frontage! An open concept kitchen and living area

reveal a wall of glass overlooking pristine Balch

Lake. The partially finished basement allows for

additional sleeping space, and a walk out slider to

the patio provides more fantastic lake views.

SOLD!

Sanford, ME

MLS 1500217 $399,900

With much love and care from the current

owners, this 2 bedroom, 3 bath home is located

in the heart of Sanford, Maine. This home was

thoughtfully designed with no details left out on a

.27 acre lot with 2880 SF of living space.

NEW LISTING

Shapleigh, ME

MLS 1508045 $724,900

The haunting cry of the loons is calling you

to the restful waters of Mousam Lake, one of

Maine’s picture-perfect retreats, with sparkling

waters, sheltered by stately pines, and located

less than 100 miles from downtown Boston.

NEW LISTING

Greenwood, ME

MLS 1509499 $259,000

Are you a hiker, a mountain biker, a downhill

skier, a kayaker? If so, then this two-bedroom

single-level home is the place for you! The focal

point of this cozy home is a huge fieldstone

fireplace in the open concept Living-Dining-

Kitchen and pegged hardwood floors throughout.

NEW LISTING

Acton, ME

MLS 1506851 $99,000

There are two different 10’ Rights-of-Way to the

lake! This is a “work in progress” and is being

sold “AS IS”. With filtered views of the lake,

across the road, the possibilities are endless -

convert the “barn - garage” into a home or build

a home further back from the road.

DUPLEX

Sanford, ME

MLS 1488992 $229,500

Looking for an investment? Looking to live in

one unit and rent the other? This property is

located within a few steps from the center of

the City of Sanford - right off of Main Street, in

the heart of the city.

SOLD!

Acton, ME

MLS 1499382 $65,000

Looking for a great place to build your

vacation getaway or your dream home? Look

no further. Wooded with a slope, this is a

wonderful location!

SOLD!

Acton, ME

MLS 1499378 $439,900

Beautiful Chalet on 2.5 acres located on a hill with

seasonal views of Mousam Lake in Acton, Maine.

Sit on the newly constructed composite deck and

enjoy the breezes off the lake during the Summer

months and overlook the perennial gardens.

SOLD!

Shapleigh, NH

MLS 1500190 $339,000

This is NOT your typical Cape Cod-style home.

Step inside and be prepared to experience

the ‘feel’ of a real log cabin. With plenty of

knotty pine ship-lap walls throughout, this

home provides a coziness not available in

traditionally-finished ‘blank walls’ of so many of

today’s houses.

UNDER CONTRACT

Sanford, ME

MLS 1504218 $449,000

Once you have arrived at the driveway, be

prepared to enter an oasis of lush gardens and

a velvet lawn. Upon entering the home, one is

greeted by a custom-designed stained-glass

panel and the oversized living room with tile floor.

UNDER CONTRACT

Shapleigh, ME

MLS 1502329 $324,900

This cute camp is a true gem, with 2 bedrooms

with an additional front room for extra sleeping

quarters or a sitting room, all while enjoying the

views of the lake. This property has 59 feet of

waterfront sits on a beautiful Carpenter Cove

with a sandy beach and a deck.

NEW LISTING

Shapleigh, ME

MLS 1509804 $389,000

Over 220 feet of direct Square Pond water

frontage comes with this1.66 acre building

lot., This offers a great opportunity to build

your dream house on the lake, enjoying all four

seasons on one of the most popular lakes in the

southern Maine lakes region.

SOLD!

Sanford, ME

MLS 1492945 $899,900

Appearing on the American scene between

1880 and 1900, the Shingle Style is distinctly

American with its wood construction along with

asymmetrical facades, gambrel roofs, balconies,

welcoming verandas and large windows.


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$159,900

EVERETT 1st AD – 3 FAMILY offers 5/5/5

rooms, 2 bedrooms, l bath each unit, rear porches,

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located just outside of Glendale Square – Great

opportunity! $975,000

SAUGUS – 7 room, 3 bedroom Garrison

Colonial offers 2 full baths, sunroom, kit w/center

island, finished lower level offers family rm and

second kitchen updated roof, easy access to all

major Routes and shopping. $489,900

REVERE 1st AD – 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch

style home offers fireplace lvrm, eat-in kit, sunroom,

walk-up attic, hardwood, cen vac, replacement

windows, updated heat and electric, West

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by exclusive, custom homes that are

perfectly maintained Build your dream home!

$299,900

REVERE – PRIME BROADWAY location

and visibility offers this great Retail condo store

front with many possibilities. Located on bus line,

within walking distance of neighborhoods. Great

opportunity to invest and build your business.

$600,000

SAUGUS 1st AD – Ranch style home offering

6 rooms, 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths in need of

updating and TLC, oversized detached garage/

barn structure. Large lot with frontage on two

streets $579,900

EVERETT – Well established Auto Body/Auto

Repair shop, 6 bays, 3 offices, 2 half bath, ample

parking, many possibilities, close to all major

routes, public transportation and Encore Casino.

$2,000,000

SAUGUS 1st AD – UNIQUE AND RARE 11

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de-leaded, coin-op laundry (1 washer and 1 dryer)

in building with separate hot water tank, updated

roof and windows, walk-up, semi-finished attic

for storage only, irrigation system, large corner lot

with plenty of off street parking, INCREDIBLE

opportunity for a GREAT investment. $2,600,000

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