Out With The Old, In With The New....Or Not?

Out With The Old, In With The New....Or Not?

In Maine, the operational costs and energy consumption of homes are higher because of the cold weather. Buyers interested in “green” initiatives should pay attention to reducing carbon emissions in real estate. Even in brand new "green" or energy-efficient homes, the embodied carbon is higher than an existing home. At Gray Fox Real Estate we think it is important to raise awareness to help our communities contribute less to the production of new embodied carbon.

Featured Area Professional: Brian Watson, Rook Energy Solutions

Name: Brian Watson

Company: Rook Energy Solutions, Yarmouth, ME

Brian Watson is the General Manager of Rook Energy Solutions. He is a native of Portland, ME and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern Maine. Since graduating, he has worked for Rook learning the ins and outs of home energy sustainability, as well as obtaining his certification as a Building Analyst Professional from the Building Performance Institute.

“We will put forth the time and effort required to ensure each customer receives the highest quality service and product.”
— Brian Watson, Rook Energy Solutions

We asked Brian….

What makes you different from other professionals in your area?
With over 30 years of experience and two Building Analyst Professionals certified by the Building Performance Institute on-staff, we have the knowledge, experience, and passion necessary to get the job done right the first time. Whether you hire us to assess your home’s energy efficiency, provide personalized, cost-effective solutions to reducing your heating/cooling bills and improving home comfort, or both, we will put forth the time and effort required to ensure each customer receives the highest quality service and product.

Do you have any tips for home buyers?
Prospective homeowners should be wary of certain signs which indicate a leaky, poorly insulated home, including: high annual fuel consumption, ice dams/icicle formation in the winter, fluctuating room temperatures across the home, cold interior surfaces (floors/walls/ceilings), and evidence of the presence of rodents/insects.

What are some common mistakes or mishaps that homeowners could avoid by utilizing Rook?
Energy audits/assessments provide homeowners with the information necessary to make (and prioritize) cost-effective investments toward reducing energy bills and improving home comfort. Too often we see customers who have thrown money at a new heating system or new windows before addressing the root causes of significant heat loss and air leakage throughout their home, thus rendering their investments more or less useless.


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Contact Brian
Rook Energy Solutions
(207)-829-3900
brian@rookenergy.com



At Gray Fox Real Estate, we know that providing high-quality real estate services is only possible with the help and expertise of industry professionals that we trust.


Just Sold in Falmouth, Maine!

96 Ledgewood Drive, Falmouth, $315,000

This move-in ready ranch will show you what it means to live “green”. Fully renovated with energy efficiency in mind, it has an electric/solar heat pump, added insulation, and purposeful ventilation throughout the one story house.
Relax on the front or back porch, around the stone fire pit, or in the fenced-in back yard with the apples trees and raspberry bushes.
Close to I95 and I295 for your commute and near walking trails that connect to dog park make this home perfect for both work and play.

Celebrate A Clean Earth

Happy Earth Day From Gray Fox Real Estate

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At Gray Fox Real Estate, we pride ourselves on being a conscious company that works hard to keep, and add, value to our beautiful state of Maine. One way that we do this is by supporting and donating 1% of our annual net profit to not-for-profits that focus on conservation and land trusts in Maine.

One of the organizations we support is the Maine Audubon. They work to “connect people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy”. They have a calendar full of events for children, families, and adults to engage with natural beauty that their eight sanctuaries have to hold.

If you are looking for a way to give back and help protect Maine’s beauty this Earth Day, join the Maine Audubon in their Earth Day Clean-Up on April 28th, from 9 am to 12 pm. Register here!

Can’t make it? Check out their full calendar to find another way to get involved!

What You Should Know About Maine’s Current Real Estate Market

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With lots of buyers and fewer sellers, the Maine real estate market has been what Realtors would call a “Seller’s Market” for a few years now. This means that it was common for houses to go on the market, get multiple offers, and sell very quickly.

In a Mainebiz article published on March 25th, 2019, Mainebiz staff wrote that the “Maine single-family home market may be balancing out”. This means that throughout Maine, the amount of homes that are selling are less than last year, however the prices of homes are still increasing in 10 of the 16 counties in Maine. Because of this, Gray Fox Real Estate’s Designated Broker and Owner, Polly Cockrill, believes that in most of Maine, it is still a Seller’s Market.

If you are selling…

Take note of the fact that the number of units being sold is decreasing, despite it being a Seller’s Market. What can you do to make sure your house sells?

Advertise. Your agent should be using social media to market your home. Share their posts to your personal page to spread the word of listing, open houses, and price changes!

Prepare your home. Even in a Seller’s Market, a deep clean and organize will never hurt. “Wow” your potential buyers by taking the extra time to clean and de-clutter, and add decor that will make it feel like home to them.

Communicate with your agent. In a Seller’s Market, things can move fast. It’s important that you are communicating with your agent so you are prepared for last minute showings or multiple offer situations. They will be able to give you advice and lay out your options.

If you are buying…

Know what you are working with. Before you start looking at houses, get pre-approved so you know how much you can actually afford. The last thing you want to do is find that dream home and miss your chance while waiting for your pre-approval. Check out our Featured Lenders if you need a recommendation!

Find the right agent. In a Seller’s Market, your search may take a little while. Find an agent whose priority is to help you find the right home, not just make a sale. The right agent will perform due diligence to uncover potential issues in an otherwise good looking home to protect you financially.

Be realistic. When you sign with your buyer’s agent, you will discuss you wants and needs in a home. It’s important to be realistic about what you can afford and what you want in your home. Ask your agent to show you houses that have sold in your price range and desired area to see what you can expect. Consider looking in neighboring towns if your budget and desired location aren’t lining up.



Buyer's Agents: Why Do You Need One?

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Automation and technological advancements in business are changing the way we do things. Grocery stores provide online ordering and curbside pickup, doctor’s offices use online portals to communicate with patients about tests, medications, and medical questions, and in real estate, you can view homes, communicate with agents, and buy a home while relaxing in the comfort of your own home. Since technology has simplified real estate so much, why should you still hire a buyer’s agent?

 

Knowledge

When you hire a buyer’s agent, you are hiring someone who has experience, has taken time to understand the legalities, logistics, and processes that are crucial in completing a real estate transaction with minimal risk and loss. Sites like Zillow and Realtor.com use algorithms to aggregate information from across the web. However, Zillow’s “Zestimate” tool can yield an inaccurate number. This can cause missed opportunities for sellers. Buyers will simply pass by the house if it is priced too high.

Resources

When you hire a buyer’s agent, you gain access to the tools, resources, and experience that they have. Realtors in Maine use the Maine Listings System(MLS) which allows for them to search for homes based on specific criteria like price range, location, number of bedrooms, acreage, waterfront, and more. This system provides them with years of data on sold properties so that they can provide you with advice related to market value. They also have access to in depth information about the property that the seller provides so you can uncover possible issues.

Expertise

Lastly, a buyer’s agent is a fiduciary that provides you with protection and support throughout the transaction. Real estate transactions are complex processes that require attention to detail and an understanding of real estate law, building science, and financing. By hiring a buyer’s agent, you can focus on making the decision, rather than due diligence. 
As your agent, they will be there to explain the process at each step and give you advice when you need it. As licensed Realtors, they have experience with negotiating and getting you the best price possible.

At Gray Fox Real Estate, we have compiled the services we feel are absolutely critical for our clients to have as buyers. A full list of our Buyer Services can be found here on our website.

Considering selling? See our full list of Seller Services here.



Just Listed in Falmouth, Maine!

96 Ledgewood Drive, Falmouth, $300,000

This move-in ready ranch will show you what it means to live “green”. Fully renovated with energy efficiency in mind, it has an electric/solar heat pump, added insulation, and purposeful ventilation throughout the one story house.
Relax on the front or back porch, around the stone fire pit, or in the fenced-in back yard with the apples trees and raspberry bushes.
Close to I95 and I295 for your commute and near walking trails that connect to dog park make this home perfect for both work and play.