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Author: Kevin Murphy
My brother Jack and I co-own The Real Estate Store. I grew up and live in Scarborough, ME. I became a real estate broker in 2005, but Real Estate is a family business for us. We are second generation Real Estate Brokers. My experience working with apartments and with residential construction has given me insight into cost-aware construction and green construction and design.

Ideas for an Empty Short-Term Rental

With the fears of COVID-19 and the restrictions on travel, many owners of short-term rental properties are finding their short-term rentals empty for the peak tourism season. This can be struggle for those that use short-term rentals as their sole

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2020 Memorial Day Weekend: Ideas and Activities

Memorial Day is traditionally a holiday of remembrance and coming together. The weekend also marks an opening to warmer temperatures and summer time for students and families. While COVID-19 has affected the typical social events that would happen this weekend,

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How to Support Local Businesses During These Times

In the face of an enormous crisis, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the hardship going on around us. The multi-phase reopening of Maine is designed to help keep people as safe as possible during these unpredictable times,

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Adapting to Maine’s Multi-Phase Reopening

Restarting Main’s Economy: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/sites/maine.gov.covid19/files/inline-files/Restarting_Maines_Economy_Book.pdf Governor Mills recently released the multi-phase reopening for Maine as they continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our state (link above to find out more). While Real Estate is still considered an essential business,

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Video/Virtual Tour Questions to Ask Your Agent

During these times as we utilize more remote features while physical distancing for home buying, video and virtual tours/open houses are becoming more popular. As we rely more on pictures and videos, there can be a few pieces of important

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Safe Moving Tips While Physical Distancing

During these times, we highly recommend people wait on moving until government mandates have been lifted if possible. However, perhaps you went under contract in late February or early March, and you are already in the middle of a closing

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Navigating the Negotiation: Counteroffers

One of the more intimidating aspects of home buying and selling is price negotiation. Counteroffers can occur before the home goes under contract and after inspections and appraisals. Being prepared to make or deal with counteroffers can give you a

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Home Selling while Distancing

We’ve talked about some of the great remote features that home buyers can use during these times. We want to reassure you that there are also steps that people in the real estate world are taking to help people selling

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Filing Taxes? Deductions for Homeowners

While the due date for taxes has been pushed back to July 15th, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are working on filing their taxes ahead of the stimulus checks that should be released during April. If you are

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Spring-Time Home Projects

With the weather finally starting to warm up, we can begin to put winter behind us. As the snow melts away and grass starts to grow back, we are drawn to spending more time outside in the fresh weather. But

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