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VOL. 48, No. 8

MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE & NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW INSIDE: WHAT IS A MODULAR HOME?

HIGGINS BEACH, OCEANVIEW

SCARBOROUGH, ME - $1,650,000

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Tips to complete

outdoor chores with

vigor as you age

STATEPOINT

When it comes to healthy, active aging, it’s

all about making simple adaptations. This is

especially true of outdoor chores, which can

put a strain on wrists and hands.

Here are three simple tips to help you tackle

your tasks — and maintain your favorite

hobbies — with vigor as you age:

Go Low-Maintenance

A few smart landscaping choices can make

maintaining your home’s curb appeal much

easier to manage. For example, by selecting

native plant species, your lawn and garden

will more easily thrive with less intervention

from you. You can also eliminate some upkeep

by using groundcover plants in certain

places instead of grass, or by landscaping

with succulents that require minimal watering

or even with decorative stones.

Seek Out Ergonomic Tools

Stock your toolshed with items created to

make your life easier. Fortunately, some product

manufacturers understand the needs of

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2 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

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PHOTO | STATEPOINT

Entertain for less this holiday season

STATEPOINT

The holiday season brings an

abundance of feelings that may include

joy, comfort, gratitude, and unfortunately,

stress. Don’t let the task

of entertaining friends and family

break the bank or your back.

Instead, create memorable gatherings

with loved ones while saving

time and money in the process using

these hosting tips from the experts

at Dollar General:

Delicate Décor

Creating the right ambiance in

your space is key to holiday decorating

success. Begin by decluttering

the areas of your home where

you plan to entertain. Fill the extra

spaces with seasonal decorations.

Remember, elaborate, expensive

items aren’t always needed to make

a home look amazing. Decorations

like small figurines, bowls filled with

holiday candy or simple wreaths and

garlands can do the trick of transforming

your home into a winter

wonderland!

Fruitful Food

With more guests comes more food,

but it doesn’t have to mean spending

more money. Shopping at discount

retailers for essentials such as milk,

eggs, bread and cheese can help

stretch your budget. You can also

make the switch to private brand

items and save even more when buying

foods for overnight guests, such

as granola bars, cereal and snacks.

Consider purchasing these household

basics from a local Dollar General

store, which also provides digital

coupons to help you save even

more.

Supplies Stock-Up

Of course, to entertain, you will

need supplies. Stocking up on cleaning

essentials, everyday cooking ingredients

and entertaining basics

early in the season is a great way to

have everything needed before the

party begins. Consider adding items

such as trash bags, cutlery, paper

products, other decorations and even

small gifts.

By using smart shopping strategies,

you can entertain during the

holidays with ease instead of stress.


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REAL ESTATE, INC.

Licensed in MA, New Hampshire & Maine

295 Boston Road, Billerica, MA 01862

Office: 978-667-2301

Fax: 978-667-7779

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4 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

MASSACHUSETTS

COURTESY PHOTO

What is a modular home?

Modular homes are the ultimate

prefabricated building system. These

highly customizable, environmentally-friendly

homes are built almost

entirely in a factory setting, saving

both home owners and builders time,

effort and money.

Once the main modules of a new

home are constructed — complete

with attached walls, floor, ceiling,

wiring, plumbing and interior fixtures

— they are transported to the

home owner’s chosen lot and placed

on a permanent foundation by a

crane. Each home is designed and

constructed to meet all state and

national building and fire codes, and

a local builder does the final finish

work.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Modular homes are green by their

very nature. Assembly in an enclosed

indoor environment allows them

to fulfill key components of green

building certifications, including

the ICC 700 National Green Building

Standard. Going modular means

that material waste is reduced at

both the factory and the job site. As a

result, the environmental impact on

the land and the community where

the house is being delivered is lessened.

Modular homes are often more

tightly built and thus more energy

efficient, which can result in lower

heating and cooling costs for the

home owner.

FLEXIBLE HOME DESIGN

While most manufacturers have

a portfolio of home plans to choose

from, computer-assisted design

(CAD) allows limitless design and

customization possibilities when

planning a new modular home. Modular

construction allows for a quick

turnaround between groundbreaking

and occupancy. A typical modular

house can be move-in ready in about

three months. And more often than

not, the finished product is indistinguishable

from a site-built home.

SAVES MONEY, SAVES TIME

Designed and constructed to meet

or exceed local building codes and allowing

nearly 90 percent of a home

to be constructed offsite, a highly

customizable home can be built in

a controlled factory environment

while the building site is simultaneously

being prepped.

Most work is done in the factory,

so weather delays, missing materials

and subcontractor no-shows are

all but eliminated, saving time and

money. Building modular homes

save time and money, allowing the

builder to focus on generating sales

and other revenue sources.

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

homes in a factory setting allows

for more consistent quality due to

uniform construction processes,

training techniques and inspections.

All homes are inspected by

an independent, third-party home

inspection agency before leaving the

factory. Once on site, they are again

inspected, this time by a local building

inspector. These homes meet and

often exceed all requirements of locally

adopted building and fire codes.


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6 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

Jeff Ostrowski

BANKRATE.COM

MASSACHUSETTS

Millennials go their own way when it comes

to tapping home equity, survey finds

Maybe the millennial generation

values having a good time more

than their baby boomer parents and

Generation X siblings. Perhaps this

cohort’s financial tastes have been

shaped by historically low mortgage

rates and soaring home prices.

Whatever the reason, Americans

ages 25 to 40 display noticeably different

attitudes about tapping their

home equity than do older homeowners.

According to a recent Bankrate

survey, fully 14 percent of millennial

mortgage holders say they’d tap

home equity to bankroll a vacation,

compared with just 4 percent of Generation

X (ages 41 to 56) and 3 percent

of baby boomers (ages 57 to 75).

And 10 percent of millennials say

they’d pull cash from their homes

for non-essential purchases, such as

electronics or a boat. Just 3 percent

of Gen Xers and boomers say that

sounds like a good idea.

On the other hand, only 49 percent

of millennials say they’d tap equity

for home improvements, compared

with 64 percent of Generation X and

66 percent of boomers.

Michael Golden, co-founder and co-

CEO of @properties, a 4,000-agent

real estate brokerage in Chicago,

says the differing attitudes aren’t a

surprise. Millennials long have been

said to value work-life balance more

than their parents and older siblings.

“They’re a little bit more balanced,”

Golden says. “Life experiences are

a little more important to them.

They’re willing to spend money in a

different way, and they’re willing to

tap equity in their home in a different

way.”

Traditionalists urge caution when

it comes to tapping home equity. Melinda

Opperman, president of Credit.org,

recalls that many homeowners

regretted pulling cash from their

homes during the boom that preceded

the Great Recession.

“Building up wealth in a home is

a long, deliberate process, and that

wealth creation increases the longer

one stays in a home,” Opperman says.

“In general, we wouldn’t advise anyone

cash out that equity unless they’re

using it to improve the property, thereby

increasing the value of the home

and rebuilding equity faster.”

A much different rate picture

Part of the generation gap is simple:

Millennials have entered their

home-buying years with mortgage

rates at microscopic levels.

By contrast, baby boomers lived

through 30-year mortgage rates topping

18 percent in the early 1980s.

Gen Xers experienced rates hovering

at 9 percent in the 1990s. Millennials

barely recollect 5 percent rates —

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

Americans ages 25 to 40 display noticeably different attitudes

about tapping their home equity than do older homeowners.

from Jan. 1, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2020, the

average rate on a 30-year loan was

just above 4 percent.

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic,

and 30-year mortgage rates

fell below 3 percent, the lowest levels

ever. With borrowing so cheap,

old rules about avoiding debt might

strike some as less relevant.

“Now you’re borrowing in the 2s

or the low 3s,” Golden says. “When

interest rates are so low, the psychology

of debt is much different. It

makes sense to have debt.”

Another reality: Americans ages

25 to 40 are focused on living their

lives rather than saving for a distant

future.

“Millennials have a longer runway,”

Golden says. “They’re not

thinking about retirement; they’re

in the building mode now.”


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8 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

STATEPOINT

MASSACHUSETTS

Most americans ill-prepared for natural

disasters. Are you among them?

A time when natural disasters are

growing in frequency, most Americans

are not physically or financially

prepared to handle them.

According to a new Wells Fargo

& Company survey, 84 percent of

Americans live in areas that have

experienced some form of natural

disaster in the past three years, and

54 percent live in areas that have experienced

severe natural disasters,

specifically hurricanes, tornadoes,

floods, wildfires or earthquakes.

Despite these sobering statistics,

71 percent admit they don’t have a

detailed emergency plan and 16 percent

haven’t thought about emergency

planning at all. Even those with

some kind of plan seem anxious that

it’s inadequate. Indeed, 40 percent of

those surveyed described their planning

style as “Barely Covered.”

According to Rullah Price, head of

Public Affairs Resiliency & Enterprise

Incident Communications at

Wells Fargo, these survey insights

can help you tighten your emergency

plan:

Plans Often Incomplete

The 29 percent of Americans who

do have an emergency plan prioritize

having food and water supplies (78

percent), emergency cash (63 percent),

access to important documents

(61 percent) and a planned transportation/evacuation

route (59 percent).

Items of slightly lower priority include

a plan for medical needs (54

percent), a family communication

plan (52 percent), a shelter plan (49

percent) or plan for pets (44 percent).

“Most people’s plans are lacking

detail. For example, only a quarter

of respondents have outlined specific

plans for members in the household

of different ages. This is incredibly

important for vulnerable ones like

children and seniors,” says Price.

Price points out that less than a

third of respondents have a go-bag

packed in case of natural disaster

and many of those with cars don’t

keep their gas tanks filled halfway

for emergency evacuation. Ensure

your plan includes these details. You

should also have an emergency kit

containing supplies for several days.

Most Not Financially Prepared

In addition to lacking a physical

plan, most Americans are not financially

prepared for disaster. Only 44

percent have started an emergency

savings account and 39 percent say

they have no emergency cash in the

house.

“We’re evolving into a cashless society—

but during an emergency, you

may not have access to an ATM, and

credit cards may not work if electricity

is out. Be prepared for all possible

events,” says Price.”

The study also found that only 43

percent of Americans have a consolidated

file of important records and

receipts safely stored digitally and

in a waterproof, fireproof container.

And only 55 percent have recently

reviewed their insurance policies to

ensure they have the right types and

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

amounts of coverage.

“Contact a qualified financial counselor

who can help organize your finances

for an emergency,” says Price.

“Less than a quarter of respondents

have done this.”

Communication is Key

Although most Americans are likely

to be directly affected by natural

disasters at some point in their

lifetime, only 32 percent have had a

conversation with family members

about how they would locate each

other if they were separated during

such an event.

The survey revealed that only 37

percent of parents have discussed

the possibility of disasters with their

school-age children, only 36 percent

of parents have made plans for

school-age children in case they can’t

get home, and just 13 percent have

discussed disaster plans with their

neighbors or community.

“Because a natural disaster can occur

anywhere, any time, it’s crucial

to have a detailed emergency plan

and communicate with your family

how you will protect one another,”

says Price.


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PHOTO | STATEPOINT

Tips to complete outdoor

chores with vigor as you age

CHORES

From A1

older adults and are designing products

accordingly. For example, Scepter

SmartControl fuel containers are

operated with a squeezing action,

making them much easier to use

than other types of fuel containers,

which require twisting a spout or

holding down a button.

“We should never count seniors

as ‘down and out’ from life’s activities.

Instead, they’re continuing to

thrive at home, as well as fueling

their passions of boating, motorcycling,

jet skiing and other activities,”

says Daniel Marshall, vice president

of marketing and business development

with Scepter. “That’s why we

designed SmartControl containers

to be ergonomically comfortable for

everyone.”

Available in 1-, 2- and 5-gallon

sizes, SmartControl containers are

a smart and safe option for easy fuel-ups.

The 5-gallon gas container

also comes with a molded-in rear

handle for easy balancing and operation.

For those especially active seniors

tackling large fuel fill-ups,

Scepter makes a rugged 14-gallon

wheeled unit ideal for safely

fueling gas-powered tools, boats,

snowmobiles, tractors, jet skis and

ATVs. Visit www.scepter.com for

more information.

Stretch, Strengthen and Rest

As with any exercise that puts

strain on a particular area of the

body, while doing outdoor chores it’s

important to both know your limitations

and to take steps to keep

yourself healthy. Yoga and stretching

exercises that target your hands

and wrists can improve mobility

and boost strength, aiding in injury

prevention. And remember, it’s okay

to stop for breaks or to divide your

chores up over multiple days.

By making a few tweaks to your

outdoor chore routine — including

seeking out products designed to be

easy on hands and wrists — healthy

aging and an active lifestyle can go

hand-in-hand.


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Can’t afford to buy? Homes built for

renters might be what you’re looking for

By David Lyons

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

It’s tough out there for would-be

home buyers. Too many people chasing

too few properties, and down

payments that keep getting further

out of reach.

But here’s an idea whose time

might have come: New homes built

to be rented, not sold.

And it’s catching on across the

U.S., with “build for rent” programs

gradually taking hold in overheated

housing markets.

One such development — a 39-unit

townhome project in the lush Palm

Aire section of Pompano Beach, Florida

— is nearing completion.

Its two-story homes are nicely appointed

with a pool and clubhouse,

small backyards, golf course views

and smart technology that controls

security, thermostats and other key

functions.

The project is being built by Stellar

Communities of Dania Beach, and

homes will rent from possibly $3,200

a month. Stellar has a number of

other rental projects on deck, with

plans to build thousands of units in

housing-crunched Florida and elsewhere

around the Southeast.

“I think this is type of product is

good for the baby boomers and the

millennials,” said Stellar managing

partner Larry Baum. “They are

the two largest demographics in the

country. The baby boomers — some

of them would rather rent. The millennials

don’t have the down payment

to buy, so they rent.”

A surge in demand

Brad Hunter, president of Hunter

Housing Economics in West Palm

PHOTO | STATEPOINT

A new single-family townhome community is being built in the

Palm Air section of Pompano Beach by south Florida developer

Stellar Communities. The company is focusing on “build-for-rent”

projects that can help people unable to buy a house in South Florida’s

overheated market find a more affordable alternative.

Beach, Florida, has been following

the emergence of single-family home

rental projects since their inception

several years ago. He said the idea

took hold in Phoenix, which was the

scene of massive numbers of foreclosures

during the housing collapse in

2008, and moved across country to

Texas, the Carolinas and other points

in the South including Florida.

“There is a huge need for it,” Hunter

said. “It’s a project alternative that really

didn’t exist — being able to rent a

detached single-family home or a townhome

with a yard in a community.”

Previously, he said, people could

rent a house in any local suburb.

“But you couldn’t rent a new one and

you couldn’t rent a new one in a professionally

managed community.”

Now the demand exists among millennials

who want to live in the suburbs

in homes with private outdoor

spaces for children.

“The millennials are aging out of

apartments,” Hunter said. “They no

longer fit their lifestyle — especially

if they have children or a baby on the

way.”

The single-family home projects are

coming at a time when landlords are

jacking up prices for properties that

many tenants no longer want. Many

of the rents for proposed single-family

home projects appear to be in

line with downtown high-rise apartments,

which range in many cases

from $,2000 for a studio to $3,000 to

$4,000 for multiple bedroom units.

“I think the build-to-rent program

is a great asset class and it’s becoming

more popular with developers,”

said Brett Forman, executive managing

director, eastern U.S. for Trez

Capital, a private real estate lender

in Boynton Beach, Florida. “We at

Trez have financed many, many of

the single-family-for-rent projects.

We can tell as a lender that it’s being

well received by the renters. It’s easier

to build for rent.”


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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


14 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

By Erik J. Martin

BANKRATE.COM

As you prepare to finalize a home

purchase, there’s an important step to

take before the closing: the final walkthrough.

This personal inspection helps

ensure that the home you committed to

on paper is in relatively identical condition

to when you first visited, and that

the seller is compliant with the terms

of your real estate contract.

What is the final walkthrough before

closing?

A final walkthrough is an opportunity

for you, as the homebuyer, to

visit and assess the property you’re

purchasing before the closing. The

goal of the visit is to ensure the home

is in the same condition it was when

you agreed to buy it.

“It’s also an opportunity for you to ensure

that the seller has moved out or

substantially moved out, and that the

seller did not cause any damage during

the move-out,” adds Lisa Okasinski, a

real estate attorney and owner of Okasinski

Law PLC, based in Detroit.

This visit is important, as it allows

you to assess whether the seller has

met your interpretation of the purchase

agreement and removed all

their personal property, explains David

North, broker/owner of Realtrua

in Redmond, Washington.

“This is also the time to confirm

that non-subjective contractual obligations

of the seller, such as specific

repairs, have been met,” North says.

Final walkthrough checklist: What

to look for

There are several items you should

confirm during the final walkthrough

of the property. Okasinski and Elizabeth

Grimes, an attorney with Ligris

- Associates PC in Wellesley, Massachusetts,

recommend the following

checklist:

• The seller’s belongings have been

fully moved out.

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The final walkthrough before

closing: Checklist and tips

• Any repairs that the seller promised

would be done have been completed.

• All appliances that the purchase

agreement specified would remain

are in proper working order.

• The seller left copies of all manuals

and instructions for appliances

and fixtures.

• Door and window locks are fully

functioning.

• The HVAC systems (furnace, air

conditioning, etc.) are working properly.

• All faucets are working, toilets

flush properly and there are no

plumbing leaks.

• All walls, ceilings and doorways

are structurally intact and not damaged

from moving.

• The yard is free of any debris or

damage.

• The seller left the garage door

openers and keys in the home or

with their agent.

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Josh Green, 32, left, tours a remodeled junior one-bedroom condominium

in Chicago.

“Cleanliness, completion of repairs,

any changes to the condition of the

property from the time of the sales

contract, presence of all items that are

contractually included in the sale and

removal of items not included in the

sale should all be checked during your

final walkthrough,” North advises.

When is the final walkthrough?

The final walkthrough commonly

take places 24 to 48 hours before

closing. The home purchase agreement

typically contains a provision

allowing for the walkthrough, and it

might specify the window of time in

which it can occur.

“I always suggest to my clients to

schedule the final walkthrough on

the morning of the closing so that

they are getting a last look to make

sure the property is in good condition

prior to signing closing paperwork,”

Grimes says.


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businesses OR a residence with an in-home business. Currently

used as a Beauty Salon & 2nd floor has 3 BR, some cathedral

ceilings, large living rm, kitchen w/dining area & laundry. Lots of

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for more parking & a drive-thru window. Ossipee Lake Beach

is just down the road! Come and check this out. Call/Text Jane

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MLS #1490443

$495,000

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35 Wooded Acres in the Village Commercial Zone. That gives you

so many different options. Over 2,500 feet of road frontage on

two paved, public roads. Permitted Uses are in the Disclosures

and a single family home requires 2 acres with 200' of road

frontage. This is a couple of minutes to the public beach & boat

launch on Sand Pond. 40 minutes to Maine Mall & 50 minutes

to North Conway, NH! Check this out right away! Call/Text Jane

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MLS #1495547

$269,000

BALDWIN - Lot 4 Sand Pond Road

Nice, mostly level, lightly wooded 2.14 acre building lot on

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Launch on Sand Pond. Really a great place for your new home!

40 minutes to Maine Mall and 50 minutes to North Conway,

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$49,900

WATERBORO - 0 West Shore Rd

Nicely wooded 2 acre building lot which might have seasonal

water views of Little Ossipee Lake. Just a minute from the public

beach & boat launch. Mostly level near the road but rises as you

go back, so there might be some nice views from there. This lot

is on the ROW part of West Shore Road and the owners each

pay $35 per snow storm. Come and take a look! Call/Text Jane

Frankland 207-229-6261

MLS #1511468

$70,000


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Black neighborhood home appraisal gap is

real and persistent, Freddie Mac reports

By Jeff Ostrowski

BANKRATE.COM

PHOTO | TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Homes on Chicago’s South Side. Black homeowners often struggle

to build long-term wealth because their properties are undervalued

— and there’s no straightforward easy way to dispute

an appraisal or have it changed.

The racial gap in home appraisals

is a real phenomenon, one that sabotages

the wealth-building power of

homeownership in Black and Latino

neighborhoods, mortgage giant

Freddie Mac said Monday.

The company released an analysis

showing that appraised values

are more likely to fall short of the

contract price for homes in census

tracts with a higher share of Black

and Latino households. The conclusion

was based on Freddie Mac’s examination

of 12 million appraisals

ordered for purchase transactions

from 2015 to 2020.

The appraisal gap matters because

it creates a barrier for Black and Latino

consumers hoping to buy homes.

“This is a persistent problem that

disproportionately impacts hundreds

of thousands of Black and

Latino applicants,” said Michael

Bradley, Freddie Mac’s senior vice

president of modeling, econometrics,

data science and analytics.

A measurable racial gap

Freddie Mac’s study added data

points to claims that appraisers

might subconsciously undervalue

homes in non-White neighborhoods.

Valuing a home is an imprecise art,

of course, so Freddie compared appraised

values to the purchase prices

that buyers had agreed to pay.

Its study found that homes in

mostly Black and Latino census

tracts were assigned appraised values

lower than the contract price

more frequently than homes in

White tracts. While 12.5 percent of

homes in mostly Black areas were

appraised for less than the contract

price, just 7.4 percent of homes in

mostly White tracts experienced appraisal

shortfalls.

What’s more, as the concentration

of Black or Latino residents in census

tracts increases, the appraisal

gap increases, Freddie Mac found.

And the culprit doesn’t seem to be

a small number of unenlightened

appraisers — a large portion of appraisers

who completed appraisals

in both minority and non-minority

areas generated statistically significant

gaps, Freddie Mac said.

Its study said the lender will continue

to examine “the full root cause

of the gap.”

Housing industry takes aim at appraisal

gap

Freddie’s study reflects new attention

to the racial gap by big players

in the housing sector. In an earlier

finding on the same topic, a 2018

study by the Brookings Institute

found that Black-owned homes are

undervalued by $48,000 on average.

And this year Chase committed

$3 million to the Appraiser Diversity

Institute. The megabank said its

goal is “to root out bias in the residential

appraisal process.”

In a separate statement Monday,

the Appraisal Institute lauded Freddie

Mac for exploring the issue.

“Unconscious bias is real and exists

in all industries,” the trade group

said. “Appraisal is one piece of a larger

ecosystem, and appraisal groups

are working alongside consumer

groups, real estate brokers and

agents, banks, government agencies,

think tanks and others to explore

where housing inequities may stem

from and what combination of solutions

should be considered.”

Appraisals are just one piece of a

stubborn racial divide in the U.S.

housing market. Black Americans

have less wealth overall, and therefore

are less likely to own homes —

and when they do own homes, find

themselves more likely to pay higher

mortgage rates.


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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

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

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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

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Oxford, ME $490,000

MLS#1508625

Prime commercial location for investors. Great

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MAINE

Why did China even allow

Evergrande to last this long?

By Shuli Ren

BLOOMBERG OPINION

Many comparisons have been made

lately between the collapse of Lehman

Brothers Holdings Inc. and the

apocalypse at China Evergrande

Group, the world’s most indebted real

estate developer. But they are nowhere

close. Lehman was a top-tier

investment bank that went from good

to bad during the 2007 subprime

mortgage crisis. On the other hand,

Evergrande — a well-known presence

in Hong Kong’s capital markets

for years — has always been bad.

For almost a decade, critics have

been calling Evergrande out, questioning

the asset quality of its unsold

properties and asking if its auditors

were asleep. All those warnings fell

on deaf ears — and the developer-turned-conglomerate

went on living

out its nine lives. On Thursday,

however, Beijing finally told local governments

to prepare for Evergrande’s

potential demise, the Wall Street

Journal reported. The unanswered

question is why the People’s Republic

of China and its often merciless regulators

allowed it to go on for so long.

Evergrande’s liquidity crisis came

about because all of its working capital

is tied to its inventory, which is

largely composed of $202 billion in

unfinished housing projects. When

unpaid suppliers and employees —

who had also been asked to purchase

wealth management products sold

by the company — came knocking on

its door, all Evergrande could offer

in terms of repayment was unsold

apartments, store fronts and empty

parking lots. Some properties were

offered to creditors at a discount

of as much as 52 percent, giving a

sense of their true market value. It

should not be a surprise: There were

warnings of “dead assets” from GMT

Research five years ago.

Perhaps investors chose to look on

the bright side because the authorities

were on Evergrande’s side. In

2016, Hong Kong’s Securities and

Futures Commission — which regulates

the city’s financial markets —

declared that U.S.-based short-seller

Citron Research and its founder

Andrew Left were culpable of market

misconduct because of their

negative assessment of Evergrande.

“Left used sensationalist language

in his report that Evergrande was

insolvent and engaged in accounting

fraud,” the commission said. Left responded,

saying, “This court’s opinion

simply stifles negative commentary.”

Evergrande is among the most

often shorted stocks on the Hong

Kong bourse.

Short sellers now may be feeling

vindicated. But if anything, the Hong

Kong SFC’s 2016 decision could have

simply emboldened Evergrande.

Founder Hui Ka Yan has relied on

PHOTO | TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

A housing complex by Chinese property developer Evergrande

in Huaian in China’s eastern Jiangsu province.

powerful tycoon friends in the financial

center and, over the years,

they have short squeezed naysayers,

helped Hui raise billions of dollars

in equity financing, and even solidified

his control of a regional Chinese

bank, which happens to be listed in

Hong Kong. Owning a bank can be

very useful for a developer whose balance

sheet is stretched to the limit.

All the SFC did was issue “high

shareholding concentration” statements,

twice, in 2015 and 2020, both

for what was then Evergrande’s

health division, warning that the

stock was closely held by a small

group of investors. That unit was

renamed China Evergrande New

Energy Vehicle Group Ltd. and, as of

early August 2020, 94.8 percent of it

was owned by Hui and 18 shareholders

— including his tycoon friends.

Its shares have been more volatile

than Bitcoin.


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20 SAY YOU SAW IT IN SUBURBAN October 19, 2021 - November 22, 2021

By Mark A. Stein

RATE.COM

Wish you could generate extra income

by owning a rental property?

Looking for a close and affordable

home for your aging parents? Need

a place for your recent college graduate

to stay until they find a job? You

may be in luck.

More lawmakers across the country

are adopting legislation to enable

property owners to add a separate

living space to their single-family

homes, whether a standalone structure

in the backyard, an apartment

in the basement or a flat over the

garage. Known formally as accessory

dwelling units, or ADUs, they are often

called coach houses, garden cottages,

granny flats or in-law suites.

What ADUs have in common is

that they are a secondary structure

built on the property of an existing

home, they are smaller than the existing

home, and they have their own

entrance, kitchen and bathroom.

In the last year, statewide laws encouraging

ADU construction have been

passed or taken effect in California,

New York, Oregon and Connecticut.

Lawmakers have adopted ADU-friendly

rules and regulations in municipalities

as diverse as Alexandria, Va.;

Chicago; Edmonds, Wash.; Evanston,

Ill.; Maplewood and Princeton, N.J.;

and Missoula, Mont. The city council

in Portland, Ore., long a leader in this

area, unanimously passed regulations

in April that accept recreational vehicles

and tiny houses on wheels as legal

housing on residential properties.

“People are finally realizing there

is a housing crisis, and professional

planners and politicians are paying

attention to it and reacting,” says

Kol Peterson, a consultant in Portland

and author of “Backdoor Revolution:

The Definitive Guide to ADU

Development.”

Connecticut’s reforms, signed into

law in June, illustrate the changes

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Mark A. Stein: Partial solution to housing

crisis: legalizing in-law suites, or ADUs

legislators are adopting. “It provides

long-overdue statewide zoning reforms,

including legalizing accessory

dwelling units, addressing outdated

parking mandates, and requiring

training for planning and zoning

commissioners who are the frontline

decision makers on zoning,” says

Gloria Chin of the Regional Plan Association,

an independent regional

planning nonprofit focused on Connecticut,

New Jersey and New York.

Peterson, Chin and others said

new laws won’t instantly increase

the construction of ADUs. Mortgage

lenders, architects and builders also

need to learn about accessory units

and become comfortable with them.

So do homeowners. My colleague

Dee Gill has written a three-part

primer on how to finance and build

accessory dwelling units to give

homeowners a solid understanding

about different kinds of ADUs and

how to estimate whether the potential

income from rent will cover costs.

The first part focuses on ADU basement

conversions, a common type of

PHOTO | TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Maren McMillan hugs her mother, Patsy Spitta, in the backyard

of Patsy’s home in Altadena, Calif. Several California laws have

been passed allowing homes to be built in backyards.

internal ADU (others being a garage

conversion or attached townhome).

The second part describes the process

of building a separate, backyard

ADU. The final installment does the

math of financing and renting an

ADU, providing examples of costs

and rents in several localities.

It seems no one collects comprehensive

nationwide statistics on new ADU

construction. Freddie Mac, the mortgage

financing agency, sifted through

600 million real estate listings going

back to the late 1990s, looking for keywords

associated with ADUs, and identified

1.4 million distinct single-family

properties with accessory dwellings.

Local statistics give some idea of

the popularity of ADUs in individual

markets. Los Angeles, for example, issued

building permits for 4,171 ADUs

in 2018, compared with 117 two years

earlier. Accessory dwellings accounted

for 20 percent of all permits in

2018, though the city does not know

how many were for new construction

or merely to legalize units built illegally

in the past.


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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.

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of 16 feet +- property sits on 3 lots totaling .33

acres with 245’ of road frontage right on busy

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traffic count. This is an exceptional great solid

building to start your business!

#2131 MLS#1476961 $168,240

Rumford - Commercial (Seller invites an offer!)

Exceptional 2nd floor office complex with 8-9

rooms and 3-4 bathrooms totaling 3312 sf of

office space. The unit has handicap accessibility

with a chair escalator. High Traffic count being

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Great investment opportunity

located in the center of town. This

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There is a large storage area for

each unit! One unit has a half bath

and the other unit has 2 half baths.

#2151 MLS#1494117 $110,000

Dixfield - Residential

1981 14 X 74 with a 12 X14 ad

on as a bedroom or could be a

family room, 3-4 bedrooms and

1.5 baths . No garage but there is a

12 X 14 storage shed. All situated

on 3 acres with 345 feet of road

frontage. Neat and clean. The roof

does not leak but is at the end of

youthful life.

#2170 MLS#1509797 $82,990

Rumford - Residential

1977 2 bedroom, a bath mobile

home with wood pellet stove and

a small front deck sits on 1.2 acres

in a popular rural location. This notice

open lot would make a great

setting to build your new home.

Call today for more information!

#2171 MLS#1509873 $47,500

Mexico - M/U

Mulit unit located in town close to

amenities offers 3 large units, an

attached 1 car garage and a small

back yard. Property is in need

of repairs, but has great income

potential.

#2172 MLS#1509882 $97,900

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#2030 MLS#1417857 $55,000

2.45 Acres

Rumford

#2106 MLS#1458487 $29,550

.3 acres

Rumford - Residential

1880 single family home was totally

renovated in 2013 & 2014 into a

7 room, 4 bedroom home with 1

bath. No Garage and situated on

an in town .14 acre lot. Close the

hospital and schools. Currently used

as an income producing rental.

#2173 MLS#1510378 $111,125

Roxbury

#2030 MLS#1417857 $250,000

266 Acres

Byron

#2070MLS#1434425 $49,979

1.3 Acres

Dixfield

#2081MLS #1439711 $19,900

1 Acre

Dixfield

#2122 MLS#1472338 $34,000

4.15 Acres

Dixfield

#2123 MLS#1472345 $25,000

2.45 Acres

Mexico

#2137 MLS#1479510 $40,000 Comm

.34 Acres

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

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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 $168,500


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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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