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Scarborough 2016 Sold Statistics

Scarborough average homes sold in 2016 grouped by bedroom count (Limited to homes under $700,000)

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7 Tips on How to Enter 2017 More Organized

1. Get A Fresh Start

It’s easy to say you’re going to re-organize your house, but actually doing it is another story. One way to really ensure that you follow through with the somewhat large, and maybe challenging task is to get everything out of the space you are trying to reclaim. This allows you to see everything that was taking up space and forces you to decide whether you want to keep those things.

2. Box System

Bring 4 boxes into each room with you. One box for things you want to keep, one to donate, one for trash, and one for relocation. That way, it’s easy to see where all of your belongings are going to end up. This is a very visual way to see where you are allocating all of the things you thought you once needed. You are in control of where they end up. You decide their fate. Choose carefully.

3. Out With The Old

We all have those things that you just can’t get rid of. Whether it’s your son’s 3rd grade art project, or your favorite ratty t-shirt, we’ve all been there. However, it’s easy to see once you’ve unloaded said space that you need to make some trips to Goodwill. Getting rid of things you know you don’t need allows for a new found storage space. Maybe instead of the plant whose life has clearly come to an end, choose a small bookshelf, or a comfy chair. RIP houseplant.

4. When There Isn’t An Out, There’s Always An Up.

When you bought your house, you didn’t JUST buy the floor space, yet a lot of people forget that they can go vertical with storage spaces as well as horizontal. This allows for a more open and welcoming area. Horizontal book shelves are great, but sometimes that’s all the eye sees when looking into a room. With a vertical box shelf, or vintage ladder, or even baskets mounted to the wall, it appeases the eye. Not only does it allow for more items to be stored, it looks like there isn’t as much clutter.

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5. IKEA: AKA IKEY(To Happiness)A

This is a organizer’s dream store. There are so many options! Shelves, under-the-bed drawers, pull out beds, and basically anything you can think of.  This is a great resource because it allows for creativity as well as success in being organized. Visiting the store in person is great, but even visiting their website (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/) will fill anyone with great ideas. Or should I say, IKEAs.

6. Release Some Tension – Rods

Tension rods show the sneaky side of organization. One great use is to put one under your sink to hang cleaning products from. Or, it can be used to hang coffee mugs with the assistance of S hooks. Another great use is to cover a space that may need a door, such as a cabinet, or the under-the-sink space. Not to mention the obvious use of hanging curtains. Wherever people choose to use tension rods, they are usually unseen, hence making them sneaky. This is a great way to declutter!

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7. Have Fun With It!

Make it into a competition – who can get rid of the most items the fastest, or who can create the most unused space. The competitive edge provides motivation for all family members to be a part of it, not just leaving it all to fall on you. Or, offer pizza.

 

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2016 Tax Rates

Comparison chart of Scarborough and surrounding areas. An important consideration is the different towns services like fire & police, schools, trash collection, public works.

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Gingerbread House

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Scarborough Statistics

  • The median sale price of a home in Scarborough for 2014 was $334,000. With the exception of 2006 at the height of the market peak, 2014 is the highest median sale price to date. 2006 MSP was 357,000. 2003 MSP was 285,000.
  • In Scarborough 292 homes were sold 2014, compared to 228 in 2006. 178 in 2008.
  • The average home in Scarborough was on the market for 38 days in 2014. Shortest time in the last 10 years. 65 days in 2008.
  • 140 Homes sold in Scarborough in 2014 were 3BR, 100 were 4BR, 17 5BR+.
  • 131 Homes sold in Scarborough in 2014 were 1500-2499sqft. 59 were less then 1500sqft. 100 were over 2500sqft.
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2015 Property Tax Rates

Updated comparison chart of Scarborough and surrounding areas tax areas. An important consideration is the different towns’ services like fire & police, schools, trash collection, public works.

2015 Tax Rates

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2012 Homes Sold By County

Top 5 Counties, “# Units Sold” means the number of existing, single-family homes sold in 2012.

County # Units Sold Median Sold Price
Cumberland 2965 $226,000
York 1929 $215,000
Penobscot 1105 $129,000
Kennebec 991 $130,000
Androscoggin 768 $133,250

*Source: Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc. Note: MREIS, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of REALTORS, is a statewide Multiple Listing Service with over 4,100 licensees inputting active and sold property listing data. Statistics reflect properties reported as sold in the System within the time periods indicated.

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2012 Statistics For Sellers

Here are some recent interesting statistics that were published by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

• The typical national seller lived in their home for nine years. The median tenure has
increased in recent years. In 2007, the typical tenure in home was only six years. In
Maine, the median tenure is eight years.
• Eighty-eight percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their
home nationally, and 89 percent were assisted in Maine.
• Nationally, recent sellers typically sold their homes for 95 percent of the listing price, and
60 percent reported they reduced the asking price at least once. In Maine, recent
sellers sold their homes for 95 percent of the listing price and 60 percent reduced the
asking price at least once.
• Forty percent of sellers offered incentives to attract buyers nationally, most often
assistance with home warranty policies and closing costs. In Maine, 36 percent of sellers
offered incentives.

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2012 Statistics For Buyers

Here are some recent interesting statistics that were published by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

• Fifty percent of recent home buyers were first-time buyers in Maine, compared to a
national level of 39 percent, which is a slight rise from 2011.
• The typical buyer in Maine was 41 years old, while nationally the typical buyer was 42 years
old, a modest decrease from 45 in 2011.
• The 2011 median household income of buyers was $67,100 in Maine and $78,600
nationally. The median income was $54,000 among first-time buyers and $81,500 among
repeat buyers, compared to $61,800 among first-time buyers and $93,100 among repeat
buyers nationally.
• Nationally, 65 percent of recent home buyers were married couples—the highest share
since 2001. In Maine, the figure was 58 percent. Sixteen percent of recent home buyers
were single females nationally—the lowest share since 2001; 18 percent were single
females in Maine.
• For 30 percent of recent home buyers nationally, the primary reason for the recent home
purchase was a desire to own a home. In Maine, this was the primary reason for 39
percent of recent home buyers.
• The typical home buyer in Maine searched for 12 weeks and viewed eight homes,
compared to 12 weeks and 10 homes on a national level.

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