Wednesday, September 30, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Keller Williams Realty Continues to Grow in Luxury Homes Market
Luxury Homes Division Stakes a Claim in Greater Portland
Portland, Maine September 29th 2009 — Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland has announced that it has added John Hatcher as the President of the Luxury Homes arm of its business in Portland. Dedicated to serving the high-end home market, the members-only Luxury Homes division of Keller Williams Realty offers eligible associates extensive training and a luxury home designation.
“John is truly one of the finest real estate professionals in our industry. He exemplifies a true commitment to homeownership with a special expertise in successfully marketing, positioning and selling some of our most upscale local luxury homes. This appointment hallmarks a distinguished career and is an honor to be able to make, we thank John for his leadership and commitment”, Leanne Nichols, Team Leader, Keller Williams Greater Portland.
The Keller Williams Realty division is spearheaded by Dee Shultz, a long time leader in the luxury homes market in Austin, Texas. She says that this program allows more KW associates to capitalize on the luxury homes market across North America. “When you look at the luxury homes market – it’s been more stable than the real estate market as a whole, so we want to arm our agents to capitalize on that opportunity,” says Shultz.
The educational requirement is provided by industry heavyweight, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (www.luxuryhomemarketing.com), as part of a continuing partnership between The Institute and Keller Williams Realty.
“We know that when we listen to what our agents need, we develop the right product for them,” says Mary Tennant, president and COO of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “This program was built by our agents, for our agents. As an agent-centric company, we wouldn’t do it any other way.”
Since the program made its official debut in late 2007, KW Luxury Home Consultants and their clients have been introduced to new branding and marketing materials, an international Web presence (www.kwluxuryhomes.com) and a highly-successful agent-to-agent referral system, as well as discounted pricing for advertising in targeted print publications.
Adds Shultz: “We know that this program provides greater visibility for our luxury listings, a strong support system for our agents currently servicing affluent clients, and a firm foundation for growth to our associates who are looking to key into the market. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
About Keller Williams Realty Inc.:
Founded in 1983, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the third-largest real estate franchise operation in the United States, with 679 offices and over 74,000 associates in the United States and Canada. The company, which began franchising in 1990, has an agent-centric culture that emphasizes access to leading-edge education and promotes an economic model that rewards associates as stakeholders and partners. For more information, visit Keller Williams Realty online at (www.kw.com).
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
DEPA's Business After Hours Networking Event
TONIGHT! Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Between 5:30pm - 7:30pm
At The Pearl · 444 Fore Street,
Portland MAP 207-210-6555 · pearloldport.com
Join other local, like-minded LGBT & gay-friendly business professionals for cocktails & conversation tonight at The Pearl. Bring business cardsto share & for our Media Table. Lite fare & cash bar will be provided.
The PEARL will be the place to be tonight, as our friend Josh Miranda will be rolling out
the red carpet for our cocktails & conversation happy hour. Don't miss out on this special opportunity to experience the VIP treatment that The Pearl has become famous for!
FUNDRAISING FOR VOTE NO ON 1 / Protect Maine Equality: This evening, DEPA will
help fundraise for Vote No on 1/Protect Maine Equality (www.mainefreedomtomarry.com).Please see the donation jar on the Media Table. Checks should be made payable to:No On 1/Protect Maine Equality
MAINE GAY MEN'S CHORUS OFFERING DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Members of the Maine
Gay Men's Chorus (www.mainegaymenschorus.org) will also be attending tonight's DEPAevent! MGMC will be promoting their upcoming joint concert on October 11 at 3pm at the MaineIrish Heritage Center on 34 Gray Street in Portland.
Tonight only, and just for DEPA attendees,they are offering 25% off on tickets: $15 instead of $20!See you tonight for Cocktails & Conversation!
FMI contact: Sid Tripp & Leah Bartley, Co-Sponsors
Law Enforcement and Today’s Economy
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will discuss the challenges in law enforcement
and public advocacy in tough economic times.
Thursday, October 8th from 7:00 am-9:00 am
Networking: 7:00am. Breakfast 7:30am Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland
New: Free Parking available at the Holiday Inn By the Bay lot next to the hotel.
$16 members / $26 non-members / Register online: Eggs & Issues, Attorney General Janet Mills
For planning purposes, please register by October 2nd
(Learn more about money saving ticket options)
If you prefer to fax or mail your registration (Download flyer)
Mail to: Portland Community Chamber, 60 Pearl St. Portland, ME 04101 /Fax: 772-1179
Payment is expected at the time of registration. Cancellations must be received in writing 48 hrs prior to the event in order to receive a refund.
Event & Program Manager
Portland Regional Chamber
60 Pearl St
Portland, ME 04101
207-772-2811 ext. 233
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Gallery at
HARMON’S & BARTON’S
Bath Artist, Linda Murray
Artist’s Reception, First Friday Art Walk, Oct 2nd, 5-8 pm
584 Congress Street ~ Portland ~ 207 774 5948
Fine Art ~ Very Special Flowers ~ Maine Talent
Linda finds trees a perfect metaphor for people in that the older they get the more interesting they become! If you are quiet in the presence of these old trees you can feel their wisdom and strength. You can also see evidence of their struggle to survive, where roots have lost their bark, branches have been severed and crevices where other beings have burrowed to make their home. Join Linda, her stunning trees, and the unique floral renderings of our designers as we pay homage to these splendiferous arbors through October!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Bayou, Blues and Barbecue - It's going to be fabulous!
The Cajun Aces will be playing, the chef is cooking good cajun cuisine outside and I hear there's even going to be a King Cake!
Hope to see you there... the fun starts at 5:30 or so, but roll in whenever you can... Lassez le bon temps rouller!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Two Performances: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.
What could be a more ideal setting than a big, Victorian mansion for experiencing two wickedly creepy, turn-of-the-century tales by two of America's literary giants?
Tales of Terror presents stories by Edith Wharton and Ambrose Bierce
Join storyteller Lynne Cullen (www.lynnecullen.com) at Victoria Mansion for a chilling performance of "A Bottle of Perrier" by Edith Wharton and "Moxon's Master" by Ambrose Bierce. And if your heart is still beating, Lynne will recite "The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece of dread, in honor of his 200th birthday!
The evening begins with tours of the house dimly lit at gas light levels, complemented by eerie, nineteenth-century music. Ghoulish guides grant you passage through the dark halls of the Mansion.
To participate in this terrifying evening, you must reserve your space in advance...if you dare!
Two Performances: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Balcony Seating available, please inquire.
Tickets are $20, $15 for Mansion members, $10 for kids under 18 (suggested age: 12 and older). Please call 207.772.4841 ext. 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
11 Old Thorn Rd ~ Baldwin ~ 117900 ~ 940819
16 Weymouth St ~ Brunswick ~ 89900 ~ Res.net
152 McKeen St ~ Brunswick ~ 129000 ~ Fannie Mae
49 Macmillian Dr ~ Brunswick ~ 214900 ~ ReoTrans
1002 River Rd. ~ Brunswick ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
18 Hennessey Ave. ~ Brunswick ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
62 Ocean House Rd ~ Cape Elizabeth ~ 175000 ~ 941655
12 Tides Edge Rd. ~ Cape Elizabeth ~ Auction ~ Keenan
126 Scott Dyer Rd ~ Cape Elizabeth ~ Auction ~ Lambert/Coffin/Haan
126 Scott Dyer Rd ~ Cape Elizabeth ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
10 Bear Pine Dr ~ Casco ~ 75000 ~ Fannie Mae
28 Ridge Terrace Dr ~ Casco ~ 88900 ~ 949259
8 Loridan Lane ~ Casco ~ 249000 ~ 933043
195 State Park Rd. ~ Casco ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
358 Greely Rd. ~ Cumberland ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
8 Winn Road ~ Cumberland ~ Auction ~ Tranzon
151 Middle Rd ~ Falmouth ~ 275000 ~ Fannie Mae
11 Parker Way ~ Falmouth ~ Auction ~ Tranzon
48 Morrill Ave ~ Gorham ~ 144500 ~ 936915
14 White Rock Dr ~ Gorham ~ 219900 ~ Fannie Mae
14 White Rock Dr ~ Gorham ~ 219900 ~ Res.net
45 Gordon Farms Rd. ~ Gorham ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
109 Barstow Rd. ~ Gorham ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
697 Gray Rd ~ Gorham ~ TBD ~ Fannie Mae
50 Larrabee Ln ~ Gray ~ 50000 ~ Fannie Mae
25 Main St ~ Gray ~ 155000 ~ 946837
88 Mayall Road ~ Gray ~ 192850 ~ Ocwen
5 Hemlock Ln ~ Gray ~ 210000 ~ Fannie Mae
252 Yarmouth Rd ~ Gray ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
49 N Raymond Rd ~ Gray ~ TBD ~ Fannie Mae
98 Lake Ave ~ Gray ~ TBD ~ Fannie Mae
8 Brittany Ln ~ Harpswell ~ 168900 ~ 936418
89 Tryon Rd. ~ Harpswell ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
89 Tryon Road ~ Harpswell ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
611 Plains Rd ~ Harrison ~ 145900 ~ 928775
1025 Naples Road ~ Harrison ~ 185000 ~ 948509
370 Naples Rd. ~ Harrison ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
146 Casco Rd ~ Naples ~ 74900 ~ 946486
146 Casco Rd ~ Naples ~ 84900 ~ Res.net
14 Right Way ~ Naples ~ 95400 ~ Res.net
37 Teddy Bear Ln ~ Naples ~ 118000 ~ PAS
151 Wiley Rd ~ Naples ~ 164900 ~ ReoTrans
47 Colebrooke Road ~ New Gloucester ~ 168900 ~ Homesteps
14 Wall St ~ New Gloucester ~ 184900 ~ 929442
14 Wall St ~ New Gloucester ~ 214900 ~ Res.net
317 Bennett Rd. ~ New Gloucester ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
24 Hemlock Ridge ~ North Yarmouth ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
341 Island Ave ~ Peaks Island ~ 549900 ~ ReoTrans
341 Island Ave ~ Peaks Island ~ 549900 ~ Res.net
167 Danforth Street, unit 1 ~ Portland ~ 124900 ~ Homesteps
16 Arundel St ~ Portland ~ 144000 ~ 940928
85 Berkshire Rd #B ~ Portland ~ 154900 ~ ReoTrans
31 Wellstone Dr ~ Portland ~ 173900 ~ Fannie Mae
(#G2), 290 Baxter Boulevard ~ Portland ~ 189000 ~ 948796
34 Dow St ~ Portland ~ 229900 ~ Fannie Mae
425 Deering Ave ~ Portland ~ 239900 ~ PAS
605 Washington Ave ~ Portland ~ 239900 ~ Res.net
85 87 Glenwoood Ave ~ Portland ~ 269900 ~ Fannie Mae
85-87 Glenwood Av ~ Portland ~ 269900 ~ Res.net
6 Sara Lane ~ Portland ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
27-29 Boynton St ~ Portland ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
43 W.Street, #2 ~ Portland ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
134 Royal Road ~ Portland ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
80 Grant Street ~ Portland ~ Auction ~ Tranzon
26 Oakledge Rd ~ Raymond ~ 179900 ~ 946995
14 Ball St ~ Raymond ~ 380000 ~ ReoTrans
45 Main Street ~ Raymond ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
4 Dodge St ~ Scarborough ~ 184900 ~ Fannie Mae
27 Peabody Pond Rd ~ Sebago ~ 59900 ~ 940050
81 Linton St ~ South Portland ~ 155000 ~ ReoTrans
1286 Broadway ~ South Portland ~ 180000 ~ Fannie Mae
81 Manchester Rd ~ Standish ~ 153900 ~ 931525
606 Saco Rd ~ Standish ~ 200000 ~ Fannie Mae
145 Manchester Rd ~ Steep Falls ~ 139900 ~ PAS
450 Manchester Rd. ~ Steep Falls ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
112 Douglas Hill Rd ~ West Baldwin ~ 144900 ~ Fannie Mae
25 Lawrence Street 42 ~ Westbrook ~ 110000 ~ HUD
258 Forest St ~ Westbrook ~ 120000 ~ 947700
72 High St ~ Westbrook ~ 167000 ~ Fannie Mae
52 Brackett St ~ Westbrook ~ 180000 ~ Fannie Mae
49 High St ~ Westbrook ~ 190000 ~ ReoTrans
343 Falmouth Rd ~ Windham ~ 84900 ~ ReoTrans
99 Swett Rd ~ Windham ~ 179900 ~ Fannie Mae
32 Woldbrook Dr ~ Windham ~ 375000 ~ Fannie Mae
88 Main St. ~ Windham ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
412 Pope Rd. ~ Windham ~ Auction ~ FinaAtty
9 Bowdens Way ~ Windham ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
28 Timberhill Road ~ Windham ~ Auction ~ MPN - Portland Press Herald
Disclaimer:The data contained herein is a compilation of Foreclosure Property data available from sources found in the World Wide Web. The editors of this report and Market Street Settlement Group, LLC, its affiliated businesses and parent companies, make no representation as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information thus obtained. This report is compiled by the editors for the purpose of gathering a representative list of properties under foreclosure for education or discussion but no claim or guarantee is given, intended or implied that this data lists all or substantially all of the properties in foreclosure at any time or the current status of any property identified herein. Reliance upon this information for any action, purpose, or plan is solely at the risk and discretion of the user and the editors disclaim any liability for damage, risk or misfortune incurred as a result of such reliance. Receipt of this compilation report and disclaimer constitute acceptance of these terms.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We already knew that!
Looking for some great eats downtown?
Some of our faves:
Grace www.restaurantgrace.com * 15 Chestnut St, Portland, ME * (207) 828-4422
Back Bay Grill www.backbaygrill.com * 65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101 * (207) 772-8833
Front Room http://www.thefrontroomrestaurant.com/ 73 Congress St # A, Portland, ME (207) 773-3366
Five Fifty-Five - www.fivefifty-five.com - 555 Congress St, Portland (207) 761-0555
Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - www.rira.com - Commercial St, Portland (207) 761-4446
Benkay Japanese Restaurant - www.sushiman.com - Commercial St (207) 773-5555 - Don't miss the rock 'n roll sushi night!
Emilitsa http://www.emilitsa.com/ 547 Congress St, Portland (207) 221-0245 - Amazing Greek Food & Greek Wines - Do Not Miss!
Nakornping Thai http://www.mainethai.com/21 Forest Ave, Portland, ME - (207) 253-5311
Tandoor Restaurant 88 Exchange St, Portland, ME - (207) 775-4259
What's Your Favorite Restaurant in Portland?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Pulse ( 865 Spring Street ~~ Westbrook Maine 04092 ~~ 207-899-1435 ~~ email@example.com) will celebrate starting with a FREE beginner class on Sept 17 followed by lots of special events and classes all week to give you more dance opportunities than ever!
Go to: http://www.pulsemaine.com for classes
Thursday, September 17, 2009
September 18: Cultural Film 6:30 pm
World of Our Own
Nigerian Film Viewing and Discussion Forum with Oscar Mokeme.
September 25: Benefit for Outreach Educational Programs 6:30 pm
Cocktails, Museum Tour, Mask Presentation15 Brown Street, Unit 402PortlandSuggested Donation $50-$100
Zones at the Edge of the Sahara Desert and Niger River
Featuring Photographers: Eugene Bolens, Marta Morse, and Fernando Natalia.
The Museum of African Culture
13 Brown Street, Portland, ME
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 4:00. Saturday 12:00 to 4:00
Phone: (207) 871-7188
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Get more info here: http://www.facebook.com/l/5f862;friendsofcascobay.org/wildandscenicfilmfestival.aspx
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 5 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 4), Abromson Auditorium, USM, 88 Bedford Street, Portland
Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door – buy online at http://www.facebook.com/l/5f862;www.cascobay.org or in person at the Whole Foods Market in Portland
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, September 17th 5-7pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
With Co-Sponsor: Massage Envy
Event Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1050 Westbrook St. Portland (near the Jetport) Get Directions
Networking… Great Food … cash bar… Special Door Prizes… and the big 50/50 drawing
Chair Massages provided by co-sponsor Massage Envy
Free for members/ $15 for Non-Members
Tel: 772-2811 / Fax: 772-1179 [Details pdf] to register or, online: September BAH at Embassy Suites
As a courtesy to our host, please register by Wednesday, September 16th.
Want to market your business or organization?
Now, more than ever, host/co-sponsor a Business After Hours. We can help you get more visibility.
The January and April 2010 BAH dates are available. Click here for more details or email for more information.
Portland Regional Chamber, 60 Pearl St, Portland, ME 04101 Tel. 207-772-2811
Event & Program Manager
Portland Regional Chamber
60 Pearl St
Portland, ME 04101
207-772-2811 ext. 233
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This Friday, the City of Portland, Deering, Portland, Gorham and Bonny Eagle High Schools will pay tribute to alumni veterans of post September 11th military operations as well as honor the victims of the attacks at two evening football games. Alumni of the four high schools that have served in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism are invited to attend either game to be recognized for his/her service since September 11th. The veterans will be escorted to field for the presentation of the US flag by the Portland Police Department and Fire Department's color guard and the singing of the national anthem. As a part of the tribute, American Flags and yellow ribbons will be painted on the two fields. The Deering Football Boosters will be collecting items for an adopted Army regiment serving overseas at the Deering-Gorham football game. Suggested donations include razors, books, and candy.
Alumni veterans interested in attending either game can contact Ethan Owens, the city's athletic facilities manager, for more information at 756-8275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Friday, September 11, 2009
Where: Fitzpatrick Stadium - Portland High School v. Bonny Eagle; Deering Memorial Stadium - Deering High School v. Gorham High School
Friday, September 4, 2009
Folks...interest rates are still low....take a look at this rates (assuming -0- points and 30 year term)
- 30 year fixed : 5.25%
- 5/1 ARM : 4.50%
- 7/1 ARM : 4.875%
- FHA 30 year fixed : 5.375%
- MSHA : 5.40%
The 5/1 and 7/1 ARMs are ideal for people looking to get a rate under 5% and have the rate fixed for 5 and 7 years. Savings on these programs, as well as added buying power, make the ARM a very attractive option.
Note that the Maine Housing rate has increased from 5.25% to 5.40%, so if the seller is willing to pay closing costs, a RD loan (0% down) and a FHA may be a more viable way to go.
Let us know how we can assist you.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary.
- Good time to paint interior rooms or shampoo/replace carpets while it's still warm enough to leave windows open.
- In cold-climate areas, remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.
- Check heating system including filters, pilot lights, and burners, and have the system serviced by a qualified professional.
- Drain hot water heater. Flush and refill.
- Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns.
- Check that foundations are properly graded. Soil should slope four to six inches for a distance of three feet out from the foundation walls.
- If you haven't already, check basement for cracks or leaks. Seal if necessary.
- If you have a sump pump, test, clean and lubricate.
- Wash out garbage cans, disinfect, and then rinse thoroughly.
Replace an Old Shower Head
Most DIYers should be able to replace a shower head easily. To remove simply unscrew the old head from the water pipe (check for and remove any set screws). Most can actually be unscrewed by hand. If not, use masking tape on the jaws of a wrench or a pair of Vise Grips (to prevent marring) and unscrew it. Turn slowly and hold the water supply line while you are unscrewing the showerhead - you don't want to break the supply pipe. Clean off the base and threads of the stem and then apply plumbers dope or tape around it. Visually inspect to make sure the shower head is straight and then hand tighten the new shower head on the stem and turn on the water to test for leaks. Not sure which shower head? ConsumerReports.org has points to consider and ratings (members only).
How to Find Roof Leaks in Your Home
Finding that pesky, annoying roof leak can be a real pain and is best left to professionals. That said, most roof leaks happen at flashings. Flashings connect a roof to something that is not a roof such as chimneys, valleys, where a roof bumps into a wall, skylights, plumbing stacks, etc. Check the flashings before spending any time looking at the shingles. Danny Lipford says, "Roof leaks can be hard to find, since they often run down the underside of sheathing or rafters to show up far from their actual source. The best time to try and find a leak is when it's raining outside, or you can also mimic rain conditions by spraying water on the roof. Go in the attic and look for damp spots or water stains, trace them back to their highest point, then examine that part of the roof for any potential problems.
Some Useful Information About Furnace Filters
We all know that we should replace our furnace or air conditioner filters (they are the same thing) regularly, but many of us gape in confusion at the many, many options available and we don't really know how to determine what might be best for our specific purposes. Here are a couple of resources you might want to try for information to help you decide. Filter Furnace Care (a retail site) is good place to look for some important things to consider and a simple, but detailed comparison chart of the various filter types. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a good, but technical, resource for a comprehensive guide to air cleaners in the home including sections dealing specifically with types of furnace filters and how efficiency ratings are determined.
CNNMoney.com says: "Sales of newly constructed homes leaped unexpectedly in July to hit their highest level since last September. ..The news followed other positive housing market reports earlier this month, including a spike in existing home sales, home prices and affordability. Plus, the psychology of the market is changing, according to Peter Morici, an economics professor at the University of Maryland. "The notion that prices will drift down forever is gone," he said. "Now people are thinking the window of opportunity will not be open forever".
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Gallery at
584 Congress Street, Portland
(207) 774 5948