maine real estate

Featured Area Professional: Dave Andrukaitis, Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders

Name: Dave Andrukaitis

Company: Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders, Gray ME

Dave Andrukaitis and Tim Mosher both had their start in the high-end residential building trades. Together, they have worked on many multi-million dollar projects all over the country. They started out their company in 2009 with a simple goal to provide their clients the best quality, even if it meant taking a loss.  

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They feel that all clients, both well-to-do and those who live more meagerly, deserve to have the best quality work performed when they hire a general contractor. Integrity is everything and in such a small geographic area such as Southern Maine, it’s critical to maintain the best reputation one can! This ideal and subsequent reputation has allowed them to not only make it through a very difficult recession, but also grow their firm exponentially over the recent years.   



All clients, both well-to-do and those who live more meagerly, deserve to have the best quality work performed when they hire a general contractor.
— Dave Andrukaitis, Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders

We asked Dave…

What makes you different from other professionals in your area?

Maine is a state where there is currently no General Contractor/Builder Licensing or official criteria to meet to demonstrate professional/essential knowledge to prospective clients. In essence, this self-governing environment allows many contractors to set their own rules, quality control, etc. as long as it fits into general code requirements and accepted building techniques. Unfortunately, this system is often taken advantage of and the result is that the consumer is often the one paying the costs of inferior work.

Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders has prided itself for striving to provide our clients a level of service and quality that is above reproach. Since our competition has the luxury of operating in a wide interpretation of what is acceptable, we feel our best marketing technique is to be the best builder and general contractor that we can be, regardless of how others operate. We have partnered alongside many of Maine's largest and top rated builders and have built a reputation of providing the same quality products at a competitive pricing. Our strategy is simple: provide the best results and experience and keep overhead low. This allows us to cast a wider net and provide top quality results to consumers who may otherwise assume that their budgets are too small for an established and reputable General Contractor/Builder. 

Do you have any tips for home buyers/builders?

ALWAYS acquire the services of an experienced and independent home inspector or builder, review and question property disclosures, and NEVER simply take for face value what is said. It’s one of the largest purchases of a lifetime. Ask questions, do your due diligence, and don’t be afraid to “offend” anyone. Also, it’s most times always more expensive to build/renovate then it is to find an existing suitable home. With less and less individuals/couples purchasing homes, my advice for the first time purchasers is to find a quality home that will work for your needs for a minimum of 5 years. 

What are some common mistakes or mishaps that homeowners could avoid by utilizing Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders?

Reputation is everything. Any builder can muster up resources to create flashy commercials, decal trucks/trailers, etc. My advice: ask for references from clients that had similar projects. Ask for bank and lumber yard references. Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders has never had the need to advertise. All of our work is by word of mouth. I can say all the right things to convince you to use our contracting firm, however, I would much rather have my clients convince you. 


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Contact Dave
Andrukaitis-Mosher Builders
207-939-9410
dave@ammaine,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.


Real Estate vs. Stocks: Where should you invest?

All investments carry some level of risk. Commonly, people are told to invest in mutual funds, bonds, stocks, and/or real estate. Financial advisors tell people to “diversify their portfolio.” But to do that, you should know how stocks compare to real estate with regard to performance and suitability.

What’s Going On In The Maine Real Estate Market?

 
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In April, we shared with you an update on the current real estate market. which was, and still is, a Seller’s Market. Houses are entering the market, receiving multiple bids, and selling quickly, often under one week. This is great for sellers but is proving to be difficult for buyers because decisions must be made quickly, and buyers are bidding against each other driving up the prices.

A strong 2019 will be dependent on the number of existing homeowners looking to sell. These existing owners are also impacted by the limited inventory and are hesitant to put their homes on the market because they’re not readily finding their next housing option.
— Peter Harrington, 2019 president of the Maine Association of Realtors, via MaineBiz.com

In a market update from MaineBiz on May 22, 2019, they shared that sales of single family homes in Maine have risen by 4.8% and the median sales price has increased by 5% to $210,000 since last year at this time.

 

Just Sold in Portland, Maine!

305 Ray Street, Portland, $338,000

This well-built Cape is located in a highly desirable neighborhood, completely renovated and updated with modern amenities. First floor bedroom and totally remodeled full bath. Two comfortable upstairs bedrooms with a brand new half bath. Elegant wood floors throughout. Kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances. Lovely enclosed back porch, beautiful mature trees on a large corner lot. 3 Blocks from Pine Grove Park, and minutes to restaurants, shopping and Downtown.

Just Listed in Cumberland, Maine!

PRICE ADJUSTED: $469,000

29 Shady Run Lane, Cumberland

This charming Colonial in the Westridge Subdivision features an open concept kitchen with Quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, a master bedroom with an en suite, and a spacious backyard and deck perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Enjoy the privacy of this home in this quiet, wooded, and convenient neighborhood within walking distance to Cumberland Center, schools and local restaurants. Yarmouth and I-295 are also only a short drive away.

Is That Waterfront Property Worth It?

The state of Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline which makes it one of the states with the most, only topped by Louisiana and Florida(VisitMaine). While this makes Maine a beautiful place to live and a popular vacation spot, it also means that as water levels rise and extreme weather events continue due to climate change, the risk of flooding and damage to infrastructure increases.

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.