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The Old House Trade Show in Portland, Maine March 28-29, 2015

Old House Trade Show Portland MaineGreater Portland Landmarks is proud to present The Old House Trade Show at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on March 28 – 29, 2015, which will be great for anyone with an old or almost old home to meet with experts in old homes who can help with projects in and around the house. According to Greater Portland Landmarks, the focus of the trade show will be on preservation, high quality craftsmen, traditional construction and sustainable practices. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, plans, and any drawings available to assist in their consultations and conversations with the old home experts.

You can order your tickets online at http://portlandlandmarks.org/shop/old-house-trade-show-2015-2/

The event will run from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, March 28, and from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay located at 88 Spring Street in Portland, Maine.

 

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Keep The Soul of Portland in The Portland Company: Support Thoughtful Development – Thursday, January 8

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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 7pm, a group “Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company” is arranging a meeting with City of Portland Planners to discuss and review the proposed Portland Company Development, on the Portland Company Complex 10 acre waterfront site. The meeting will be held at the East End Community School in the cafeteria on 195 North Street in Portland.

City Planners Alex Jaegerman and Christine Grimando will present the proposal and be available for questions, answers, and discussion. Later in January, the developer will go before the Planning Board for a third workshop regarding their interest in a proposed zoning change.

Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company is encouraging the developer to incorporate into the process and into the product the best of the authentic Portland, Maine that we know and love. They’re asking for and believe it’s most appropriate for the proposed development to go through review process as a contract zone under the existing Waterfront Special Use Zone, rather than the developers request to rezone the property to B-6 with a small component of Eastern Waterfront Port Zone.

Keep the Soul has spread literature throughout the community delivering their message for thoughtful development and encourage the following;

  • Disclosure of the intended development to the public before action is taken on any zone change request.
  • Regulation of heights and massing of new construction in a manner designed to allow reasonable development, but also preserve the neighborhood’s harbor views.
  • Preservation of significant public vistas to and from the water, and continue well-designed physical access to the water through a welcoming public trail system.
  • Celebration of the sites important past and preservation of significant historic structures through their adaptive reuse.
  • If residential use is to be allowed, promotion of lively, year-round occupancy reflective of the diversity of the citizens of Portland, Maine.
  • Preservation of the waterfront for water-dependent uses, provision of meaningful access and upland uses structured so they support waterfront infrastructure.

For more information, or if you wish to learn more and are unable to attend this informative meeting, feel free to connect via email with the group at info@soulofportland.org

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29 Woldbrook Drive, Windam MLS# 1148985 – Wonderful Sebago Lake Home

29 Woldbrook Drive, Windham MLS# 1148985

29 Woldbrook Drive, Windham MLS# 1148985

Exclusively listed by Jeff Mateja of the Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty – 29 Woldbrook Dr, Windham, Maine is a charming sunny Custom Colonial on a private one acre corner lot in the wonderful Windemere neighborhood, a premier lakeside association on Sebago Lake. You’ll love the fabulous great room with a fireplace overlooking the wooded backyard with a spacious deck great for entertaining.

The well-maintained property offers a wonderful layout and great use of space with lots of storage, gleaming hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, a 3 car garage, and irrigation system.

Windemere is Sebago Lake’s premiere lakeside community association offering is a unique association of single family homes on the shores of Sebago Lake. Only 20 minutes in either direction from Portland, Maine, and hiking or walking the beaches of the Atlantic. Windemere offers the best of all Maine lifestyles that one could imagine. There is a pride of ownership in this pristine neighborhood. With multiple beaches, a marina, and well kept common areas. Windemere is a very friendly and welcoming neighborhood that has much to offer its residents.

Sebago Lake access / beach at Windmere

Sebago Lake access / beach at Windmere

 

For more information or to schedule a showing of this beautiful home, please call Universal Properties today at 207.553.2605 and visit 29 Woldbrook Dr, Windam, Maine on FindMaineHomesNow.com

 

 

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Portland Kitchen Tour- May 9-10, 2014

Courtesy of Mainekitchentours.com

Courtesy of Mainekitchentours.com

 

This is a unique opportunity to tour some of the best kitchens that you have ever seen or even dreamed of seeing right in the heart of Portland.  Attendees of the 2nd annual Portland Kitchen Tour gain access to some of the most amazing and intriguing kitchens in all of Portland.  Each kitchen will feature a chef, cookbook author, cooking demo, and a tasting from some of Maine’s most celebrated culinary figures.  Attendees can spend one morning or full two days traveling from location to location.  A perfect event for the upcoming Mother’s day weekend!

 

The tour is open from 10AM to 4PM each day. This self-guided tour takes 2.5-3 hours to view all the homes, chat with chefs and designers and anything else you may want!

 

Tickets and details at www.thedivineseries.com. Day-of box office and first tour stop:  Mercy Hospital’s Fore River Campus, 175 Fore River Pkwy, Portland, Maine.

 

 

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Portland Maine Real Estate – Name Your Selling Price Tool released by Universal Properties

108 Lookout Point Rd, Harpswell

The Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Maine, recently announced a “Name Your Selling Price” tool where consumers can sign up to receive an alert should a buyer be interested in their home.

More specifically, a consumer potentially interested in selling their home would name their price via the website http://SouthPortland.NameYourSellingPrice.com and be alerted when a buyer in the market expresses interest. The home seller tool is great for folks who are curious about the home sales market, especially in a Sellers Market when home inventory levels are currently low. Give the “Name Your Selling Price” tool a shot today and see what prospective buyers may be interested in your home.

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26 Church Street, South Portland – MLS# 1121615 – Charming Home with Many Updates

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine - MLS# 1121615

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine MLS# 1121615

 

Newly listed by Jeff Mateja of the Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty – 26 Church Street in South Portland is just the right space for you to call your new home. This charming saltbox / cape style home built in 1944 has many recent updates including the custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, bathroom fixtures and vanities, windows, newer forced hot air heating system with new chimney liner, roof shingles, cedar deck, and a one car garage.

You will absolutely love the bright and spacious second floor master bedroom and bathroom suite with double closets, the excellent use of space for lots of storage throughout the home, and the gleaming hardwood and tiled floors. This move-in ready home is very efficient to heat and sits on a wonderfully landscaped corner lot in a great neighborhood.

For more information or to schedule a showing of this beautiful home, please call Universal Properties at 207.553.2605 and visit 26 Church Street, South Portland on FindMaineHomesNow.com

Take a closer look now via the Virtual Tour of 26 Church Street, South Portland

 

 

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Homes for Heroes Partners with Jeff Mateja of Universal Properties at Keller Williams Realty

HomesForHeroes_logo no tag dark dropHomes for Heroes, a program offering rebates and discounts to Heroes who serve our nation and communities every day, is delighted to announce their affiliation with Jeff Mateja, a local real estate agent with Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Maine.

The program, created in Minnesota after Sept. 11, 2001, is available to military personnel, firefighters, public safety officers, teachers and health care workers, and offers rebates and discounts on real estate related services. Homes for Heroes was created as a “Thank you” to the men and women who have given so much to their country and communities.

“I’m very excited and grateful to be apart of such a great opportunity“, exclaimed Mateja about the partnership, “And for the chance to give back to those who support our communities, all while doing something I love to do, assisting people with buying and selling homes.”

WebSizeJeffHeadshot_0078The program with currently over 1,000 realtors across 47 states has returned over $3.9 million dollars to Heroes since its inception, and continues to grow through its Friends of Heroes program as well.

Additionally, the company has created a separate organization, The Homes for Heroes Foundation, whose mission is to provide or coordinate financial assistance and housing resources to our Nation’s Heroes such as Military personnel, Police/Peace Officers, Firefighters and First Responders who demonstrate neediness. If you know a hero who is in need of assistance please have them contact the Homes for Heroes Foundation at 866-974-4376 or email to support@homesforheroesfoundation.org. The foundation is recognized by the IRS as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

To learn more about the Homes for Heroes program and to work directly with Jeff and Universal Properties visit Jeff Mateja’s Homes for Heroes Affiliate Page or MaineHomesforHeroes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Universal Properties announces release of newly designed website – FindMaineHomesNow.com

The Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland is proud to announce the release of our newly designed website. When we decided to update our main site, FindMaineHomesNow.com, we realized the design and search tools deserved a new upgrade. So that’s what we did! With our new site, we’re introducing a more streamlined search process, easier navigation, and tons of more information. But we’re aware all these changes might be a little confusing to our returning visitors, so we’ve created a simple “How To” document to show you what changes we’ve made and how you can still access all the things you loved from the old site. Here are some highlights:

For Returning Users

Don’t Panic! All your account information has been transferred over, so you can still access your favorite listings and saved searches from before. To log in to your account, click the “Sign In” tab, conveniently located in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. A prompt will then ask you to fill in your login information (See Figure 1 below).

Figure 1 - Sign In Prompt

While logged in, you can review your saved searches, edit the results, and reorganize your listing e-Alerts. Search tags can be added or removed to your liking, which will narrow your results to more keyword specific terms. For example: neighborhoods, cities, and types of homes. When you’re finished, make sure to save the search again if you made any changes.

New Features

Enhanced Search Power

One of the newest features we’re revealing with our new site is the Suggestive Search Bar. Whenever you type in a search query, the search toolbar will “suggest” a list of possible terms you’re looking for. It’s extremely helpful in case you’ve forgotten how to spell a keyword or simply want to find related terms. Search results are also further divided into subcategories, which include: areas, neighborhoods, keywords, and schools (See Figure 2 below). This way, you can identify what you’re looking for in more detail and not be directed to results that don’t pertain to your search.

 

Figure 2 - Suggestive Search Bar

Upgraded Visual Experience

To further enhance our user’s search ability, we’ve completely upgraded the visual experience. Essentially, we decided to put more of an emphasis on the property rather than the number of listings. When you search for a home or area, you’ll notice the dramatic high-quality photos of our listings in the center of the webpage. With this, we wanted to provide you with as much information as possible before looking at another home listing. In return, it saves you time from browsing around and you can collect more in-depth details about our properties (See Figure 3 below).

 

Figure 3 - Home Listing

 

By clicking on the side arrows of the photos, you’ll easily be able to thumb through additional pictures of our listings. Bedrooms and living areas will be captured in high detail, so you won’t be confused as to what the property offers. Additionally, we’ve added 2 more tabs to our visual tools labeled “Quick Map” and “Local Pics.” In Quick Maps, you can see where the property is located in relation to the area and even get driving directions. The Local Pics tab was designed to show you around the neighborhood. It’s one thing to see what the house looks like, but it’s equally important to know what the surrounding neighborhood looks like as well, so we presented you with additional photos to help you make a more informed decision.

Our Blog

In today’s real estate market, we’ve realized that our users are looking for more than just houses. They’re also looking for detailed information about buying their first home or what activities are available in the area. Maybe they’re looking for different ways to decorate their homes for the winter. Everyone is in need of different information, and to handle this problem, we’re introducing our own blog.

Our blog can be accessed at the bottom of our homepage by clicking “Our Blog” in the footer. Here, you’ll find new articles about local real estate and learn detailed information only locals can provide. Go ahead and start browsing! Who knows what unexpected things you’ll learn.

For Further Information

Still want to learn more about our new website? Click on the link below to read our free article about using our new tools and how to create a home search specifically designed for you.

Download: How to Navigate The Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland’s New Website

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Maine Real Estate Sales Jump 31% in July, Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland Recognized by Real Trends 500

According to the Maine Association of Realtors (MAR) home sales in the July 2013 increased 31.3% compared to July of 2012, which is nearly twice the national statistic of an increase of 16.4%. Further the statewide median sales price (MSP) increased 4.7% over the same time period to $179,000. More specifically, Cumberland County saw an increase of 17.8% in volume of units sold for the rolling quarter of May – July 2013 over the previous years figure with 1094 homes selling to 929 homes in May – July 2012. During the same time frame, Cumberland County saw an increase in the MSP of 7.8% to $249,000 from $231,000.  For additional details on other areas of Maine, please visit the press release – Maine Housing Report July 2013.

kwlogoIn additional real estate news, Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland, an independently owned and operated KW franchise located in Portland, was recognized by Real Trends in their annual 2013 Real Trends 500 by Volume, that ranks the largest brokerages in the United States – placing Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland Maine at #276 on the list – ranking by closed volume in 2012. One of the offices top teams, Universal Properties was recognized at this months All Partners sales meeting for closing the most transactions in July 2013. Congratulations everyone!

 

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Maine Suitcase Party – Portland, Maine September 27, 2013

SuitcasePack your bags…bring your dancing shoes, and come join Keller Williams Realty at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) on Friday evening, September 27, 2013 for the pinnacle of all parties, The Maine Suitcase Party. a spectacular fundraising event to support a wonderful cause, Camp Sunshine, a Maine camp that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families – the only one of its kind in the country.

The 2nd Annual event begins at 7pm with all guests arriving at the Maine Aviation Hangar and down the red carpet to enjoy an evening of cocktails, food, dancing, live music from Tickle, and a silent auction. At approximately 9pm a Grand Prize winner and their guest will board a private jet thanks to Maine Aviation and depart for New York City for an awesome weekend in the Big Apple before returning home to Portland b0y private jet again on Sunday.

Maine Suitcase Party guests who are not fortunate to win the NYC trip will have the chance to win getaways to luxurious regional resorts and hotels and will be driven by limousine from the Jetport to those destinations immediately following the event which ends at 11pm. We understand there will be some celebrity guests in attendance…stay tuned for details.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Maine Suitcase Party please visit – Maine Suitcase Party Tickets

Keller Williams Realty is very honored to have such wonderful sponsors – Maine Aviation Corporation, Migis Hotels, Residential Mortgage Services, Portland International Jetport, MaineBiz, and BonTon.

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