October Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home

Realtor KJ

From the first crisp mornings spent raking leaves, to the last exciting days preparing for trick-or-treaters, October is usually a busy month around the house. Mix in necessary home maintenance (clean rain gutters, roll hoses) with items you’ve been wanting to get to (finish a decorating project, pick up gourds for the front porch) and you’ll find your to-do list vanishing before your eyes. Work your way through the 11 tasks on our checklist, and by the end of the month you’ll have your home winter-ready — and a bit more beautiful, to boot.

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Give Your Front Porch A Style Makeover

Paul Simpson - Real Estate

FrontporchWhether you are looking to sell your home or just think it’s time for a new look to improve your curb appeal, giving your front porch a makeover is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home’s exterior a fresh look.  Here are a few simple ways to spruce up your front porch without taking a bite out of your wallet!

Dress Up That Concrete Porch

If your home has a simple concrete porch, there are a number of great ways to give it a more refined appearance that won’t involve replacing it.  One option is using concrete paint.  Available in many colors and textures, you can create the look of a more expensive stone porch at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

Plants And Flowers

Adding plants and flowers to your front porch is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add curb appeal…

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Happy 100th Birthday…REALTOR® Code of Ethics

All Things Midcoast Maine

Ok, so there won’t be any cake, but for us REALTORS®, and for you home buyers and sellers, it’s still good news!  In 1913 the National Association of REALTORS® adopted a Code of Ethics to establish standards and encourage professionalism in the real estate industry as a way of setting REALTORS® apart from other real estate licenses.
Written before license law or other governing regulations, the Code was written as a declaration of the industries principles.  Adopted by National, State and Local Boards of REALTORS®, over time, the Code has been revised to stay relevant.
What does this mean to the consumer?  As a REALTOR®, I’m held to a very high standard of behavior to best serve my clients interest.  A Code of Ethics goes beyond the laws of the state (which I must say really do protect the consumer!).And so we REALTORS® don’t forget it, every 4 years we must take…

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Social Media Users Outsell Other Salespeople

Technology Turtles

Social media may be the key to ramping up sales, according to a new survey. In 2012, 72.6 percent of salespeople who used social media for selling out-performed those who weren’t using social media, according to new research conducted by Jim Keenan, a social sales specialist. What’s more, Keenan’s firm found that social media users were 23 percent more likely to exceed sales quotas than their non-social peers.


More than 40 percent of those surveyed say they’ve closed between two and five deals as a result of social media. Another 10 percent of respondents attributed their social media efforts directly to closing transactions.


So how much time are successful salespeople devoting to social media? Keenan’s firm found that 50 percent of salespeople say they spend less than 10 percent of their selling time using social media. The top sites they identified were (in order) LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs…

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How to Stage Your Home For Sale- Top 3 strategies to get top dollar for your home!

Organized by Helen

If you could get a 586% return on an investment (ROI) would you choose to do it?  586% is the ROI for having your home staged for sale.  That’s a return I can stand behind!  So if you are selling your home or considering selling your home, you need to properly stage it for sale.  Staged homes sell FASTER and for MORE MONEY.  It’s pretty incredible if you ask me!

What does it mean to “stage a house for sale”?

Home staging is the art of making a home look visually appealing to buyers. It can make your home look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, and most importantly, makes buyers want to buy it.


Last week I had the chance to share about home staging on a radio show called “Dollars & Homes with Bruce Brown”Radio Show

This was my first radio experience and it was so much fun that…

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