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Pricing your home: What should you ask?


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 'Tis the season to Sell! Around this time of year a lot of people may decide it's time to sell their home. But when it comes to setting a price, what things should you consider? Chris Saladino, Licensed Broker with Ocean Gate Realty is here with a few tips.

Watch the video above for the full interview.

What is Value (good starting point)

The value of real estate is what a buyer is willing to pay

The value of real estate is the price at which a lender's appraiser sets it at, In Correlation to Previously Sold Properties - also know as-- Comps

What's the Process for Determining a List Price

Parameters for pricing

Recently sold - Usually within 6 Months

Similar Location - Same town, within a mile, same neighborhood

Debate held over legalization & regulation of marijuana


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In honor of National Weed Day, April 20, the Maine Law Federalist Society hosted a debate over the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

The debate pitted Scott Gagnon of Smart Approaches to Marijuana against David Boyer, who's been campaigning for two years on behalf of legalizing marijuana and getting regulations in place.

David Boyer is part of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol; his push is that marijuana is safer than alcohol and currently easier for teenagers to access because there aren't regulations in place.

Boyer argued that if marijuana were legalized statewide, it could be sold safely over a counter to only those who prove they are 21 or older. He also said that taxes would help education in Maine, as opposed to that sale money going to drug dealers.

NOAA urges boaters to watch for whales


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration is reminding recreational boaters to slow down for right whales or face substantial penalties.

The agency says it charged four large yachts with violations for traveling at speeds greater than 10 knots in Right Whale Seasonal Management Areas last year. Penalties for the violations ranged from $9,000 to $11,500.

The whales migrate this month from calving grounds off the coasts of Florida and Georgia to feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine and north Atlantic. The North Atlantic right whale's population is fewer than 500.

Regulations require boats 65 feet or larger to travel at 10 knots or less through the management areas.

Miss Maine contestants clean up McAuley High School


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As part of the national initiative, "Miss America Serves Day," some of this year's Miss Maine contestants spent the day cleaning up outside of Catherine McAuley High School.

On Saturday contestants raked and hauled brush to get the school ready for next week's pageant.

The contestants say the event is a good way for them to give back, while helping a school that shares many of the same values as the pageant.

The Miss Maine America Pageant will be held at Catherine McAuley High School on Sunday, April 26th at 2 p.m. To learn more about the scholarship pageant visit the pageant's website.


One person injured in Portland shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police have charged an 18-year-old with reckless conduct with a firearm, after a shooting that injured a man Friday in Portland.

Police say Christopher McMann shot 20-year-old Daniel Trimble-Smith of Standish. They say the two had a confrontation outside McMann's home at 111 Elizabeth Road. Trimble-Smith is being treated at Maine Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say another bullet went through the wall of a nearby house, damaging some of the furniture inside. The homeowner was there, but was in another room.

Neighbors reported hearing a number of shots around 3:45 Friday afternoon.

"I was on my back deck and I heard four bangs. I thought it was a workman next door," said neighbor Robert Carignan.

Maine man sentenced for under-the-table dealing of lobsters


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Maine man to eight months and ordered him to pay more than $65,000 in restitution for evading income tax and for illegal sales of lobsters.

Robert Thompson, who was sentenced Thursday, pleaded guilty in December to one count of evading income tax on under-the-table cash transactions he made while dock manager for the Spruce Head Fishermen's Cooperative. Prosecutors said he paid cash for lobsters and then sold them for cash to a company in Eliot, Maine.

The 53-year-old Thompson from Rockwood also pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act, which makes it a crime to purchase or sell fish or other wildlife in violation of state law.

IRS Special Agent in Charge William Offord said everyone pays "when others swindle the government."


Weekend concerts with Holly Nunan


(NEWS CENTER) -- It's Friday, which means Holly Nunan is here, and she's going to tell us about some cool concerts taking place this weekend.

Watch the video above for the interview with Holly. A full list is also printed below.

Friday, April 17th

Skosh at Irish Twins Pub in Lewiston, Maine

8pm, 21+, Free

Country Roads at Jimmy The Greek's in Old Orchard Beach, Maine

8:30pm, 21+, Free

Jimkata with KGFREEZE at Empire in Portland, Maine

9pm, 21+, $10

Dean Ford & The Keepsakes at Seasons in Bangor, Maine

9pm, 21+, Free

A Mighty Lion at The Rack in Carrabassett Valley, Maine

9pm, 21+, $5

Gunther Brown at Blue in Portland, Maine

10pm, All Ages, Free

Saturday, April 18th