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Portland Developer Begins Constructing Apartments at Bates Mill

The Szanton Company, a Portland-based real estate development company, has completed acquisition of 65,000 square feet—about one and a half acres—of Bates Mill #2.  The company plans to begin construction immediately on 48 apartments overlooking Fountain Park and Riverfront Island. 

“We are thrilled to have reached this point,” said Nathan Szanton, President of the company.  “It was a very complicated transaction—both the real estate and the financing.  We had a huge amount of help from Tom Platz, our seller, from the City of Lewiston, from MaineHousing, and from many others involved in the deal.  Now we begin to build.” 

The project, called The Lofts at Bates Mill, will be the first of its kind in Lewiston.  “There is no rental housing like this in Lewiston,” said Szanton.  “The apartments will have 13 foot ceilings, exposed wooden carrying beams, and oversized windows, but it will also have modern amenities like an elevator,

Real Estate Thursday - Great Offer for 2012 Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Thursday - Great Offer for 2012 Buyers and Sellers

 

In today’s difficult economy, Home Owners and Potential Buyers are more confused than ever.  At Century 21 Samia Realty we strongly believe in Home Ownership – it is good for our local and national economy.

22nd Annual Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show Announces 2012 Schedule

22nd Annual Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show Announces 2012 Schedule

The Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show, Maine's leading annual home improvement show, returns to the Cumberland County Civic Center on February 18-19. This year marks the 22nd edition of the show, which is the foremost occasion for Maine homeowners and renters to learn about products and services for home updates, improvements and remodeling.

In 2012, the show features over 180 exhibitors showcasing the latest home improvement products and services for budgets large and small.

Real Estate Thursday - Buying or Selling a Home is a Family Affair

Real Estate Thursday - Buying or Selling a Home is a Family Affair

Team Hampton and Robbins understands that selling a home or moving can add additional stresses on the family.  Here are some tips for helping the family and children cope with the selling and buying process.

1 - Different ages bring on different challenges when it comes to how a child may handle the move.  Very young children and infants may be confused.  Explain to them what is going on in an age appropriate conversation.  School age children will be worried about making new friends and teenagers will find it the most difficult as they have developed friendships that are extremely critical to their identity.  The idea of leaving their friends and having to make new can be very stressful.  Be understanding, reassuring and share all the positives of the move.

2 - Make it fun.  When a real estate agent calls to schedule a showing everyone needs to help out to get the home in showing condition.

The Little Gravely that COULD!

The Little Gravely that COULD!

My main Gravely Tractor is undergoing transmission work at the moment.  So last night I pulled out my back up tractor to do some snow blowing.  This tractor is the antique Model Li that I featured in THIS blog post.  And so because of the genius of the Gravely design all the attachments are interchangeable across several years of two wheel tractor models.  That means I can put the snow blower on this little guy!  And let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised with just how hard this little Gravely can work!  Even at less horsepower, 6.6 horse as opposed to 8 horse on my main tractor, this tractor was really doing a good job and holding it's own!  Of course my neighbor showed up with his Commercial 12, a giant of a tractor, using the same blower attachment.  It is a sort of  "Gravely Club" after all!

Homemade Lard!

Homemade Lard!

OK!  I know!  Why would anyone want to do this, RIGHT?  Well the point is I've actually done some research and I personally feel like the risks for heart disease are actually higher when you consume partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in the form of shortening and margarine.  Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  For me when I need a solidified fat, or shortening that is stable at room temperature, like for a pie crust or pastry, I reach for the real deal, LARD!  Just like anything you must use lard in moderation so don't go "hog" wild, pun intended!  Also lard is the key ingredient in homemade soap so there are other uses for this old fashioned product than just enhancing your middle!

With THAT out of the way I'll step down from my "soap-box", haha, and show you how I make lard at home.  A word on ingredients here.  In this video I'm using suet which is beef fat.  I saw it in my grocery store and snagged

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Benefits of buying a home in the winter

Typically, home sales are strongest in the spring and summer months; however, there are several advantages to shopping for homes in the fall and winter. Sellers are often more motivated in the winter and may be willing to negotiate terms such as price, repairs, and even a closing date.