Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate and Community News

June 14, 2017

Waterstone Mortgage Opens Office at Shoreline Portsmouth Headquarters

Please welcome Waterstone Mortgage to our Portsmouth Office! Scott Reid now represents Waterstone Mortgage from his office in our new space.

Scott grew up in Dover and currently lives in Madbury with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters, Lauren (15) and Holly (13). In his spare time, he can usually be found in Rangeley, ME, where he enjoys most any outdoor activity, including skiing, hiking, boating, and fly fishing. He is also an alpine ski racing coach and a member of the Saddleback Mountain ski patrol.

Going forward, he'll be splitting time between his Newington office, the Market Street office, and his car! 2017 marks his 17th year in the mortgage business.

Scott earned his MBA from Babson College and his BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Be sure to visit Scott and find out more!

Posted in Community News
June 7, 2017

Red Door Title Opens Office at Shoreline Portsmouth Headquarters

Please welcome Red Door Title to our Portsmouth office! Lora Piatti and Jennifer Copp now represent Red Door Title from their office in our new space.

Lora Piatti (Marketing and Business Development) has worked in the banking, mortgage, and title industry for over 20 years, spending the last 10 years as a regional manager / closing officer for the largest real estate company in northern New England. Lora lives in Alton Bay, NH and, when not aboard her boat "The Pirate Princess" on Lake Winni, she enjoys traveling to find new adventures.

Jennifer Copp (Marketing and Business Development) has been with Red Door Title for five years. She is responsible for business development within the real estate and mortgage community in coastal NH and Strafford County. She brings several years of experience as a Realtor in the Portsmouth area to this position. Jennifer is an affiliate member of the Seacoast and Strafford boards of realtors.

Be sure to visit Lora and Jennifer to find out more!

Posted in Community News
May 18, 2017

Ruby Simonds Joins RE/MAX Shoreline

Portland, Maine - RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes Ruby Simonds to its Maine office and Mentorship Program


Ruby is a true Mainer, born and raised through four generations.   This beautiful state has been an integral part of her family life, and she enjoys it from the lakes region to the fabulous coast. That said, Ruby has ventured far and wide, traveling internationally and throughout the US. At home in Maine, Ruby is an avid volunteer for the Red Cross and the Falmouth Youth Basketball League.  In any location, Ruby’s passion is homes, and she has remodeled and sold several homes in New England.


Ruby remarked, “I am excited to participate in RE/MAX Shoreline's proprietary Mentorship Program for my transition into the real estate industry. The resources, consultation, and technology provided through this program will ensure my success in this career.”


Derrick Buckspan, Broker Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Our new Mentorship Program has been designed to support an agent’s transition to a lucrative real estate brokerage career. Ruby’s aesthetic abilities and strong organizational skills provide an excellent foundation for success.”

 

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience, with the local expertise of over 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.


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Posted in Community News
May 15, 2017

RE/MAX Shoreline - 2017 REAL Trends Up and Coming Brokerage

 

Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH – RE/MAX Shoreline is proud to announce that they have been named one of the 2017 REAL Trends Up and Coming real estate brokerages in the country.

 

RE/MAX, LLC, the #1 name in real estate, announced its agents outperformed agents with other real estate brands in the 2017 REAL Trends 500 survey. Associates affiliated with the RE/MAX network regularly average double the number of transaction sides per agent when compared with competitors in the annual survey of large brokerages.

“RE/MAX and members of the RE/MAX network continue to surpass competitors in annual industry surveys and studies,” said Dave Liniger, CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC. “The 2017 REAL Trends 500 survey confirms that our agents, on average, assist more buyers and sellers with some of the most important transactions of their lifetimes. On behalf of everyone at RE/MAX, I congratulate all of our brokerages that were included in this prestigious survey.”

The REAL Trends 500, now in its 30th year, ranks the performance of the top residential real estate brokerage firms in the country. Firms are ranked by both transaction sides and sales volume for the previous year. For the 2017 REAL Trends Survey, firms needed to close a minimum of 500 transaction sides in 2016 to qualify. Highlights from the 2017 REAL Trends 500 survey include:

  • RE/MAX associates included in the survey on average outsold competing agents with a ratio of more than two to one. Agents affiliated with RE/MAX averaged 17.2 transaction sides while agents with competitors averaged 7.8.
  • The RE/MAX agent average of 17.2 transaction sides led all national franchises in the ranking including Realty Executives with 11.0, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices with 9.2, Coldwell Banker with 8.4, Century 21 with 8.2, ERA with 8.2, Better Homes & Gardens with 6.9, Keller Williams with 6.8 and Sotheby’s International Realty with 6.5
  • RE/MAX qualified more brokerages than any other real estate brand with 550 (32%). Keller Williams, the next closest competitor, qualified 395 brokerages (23 percent).
  • Qualifying brokerages affiliated with the RE/MAX network claimed 88 of the top 100 brokerages when ranked by transaction sides per associate. When ranking all 1,705 qualifying brokerages by transaction sides per agent, the 88 RE/MAX brokerages in the top 100 averaged 30 sides per agent.
  • RE/MAX agents included in the survey averaged $4.4 million in sales volume, 76 percent higher than the $2.5 million average of all other agents in the survey.

Earlier this year, RE/MAX once again held the top position among real estate brands in the annual Franchise 500® survey by Entrepreneur magazine. The growth rate, financial stability, and size of the RE/MAX system also propelled the franchisor into the top 10 of all franchises included in the listing. This year’s ranking marked the 14th time in 18 years that RE/MAX has been listed as the top franchisor in the survey’s real estate category. RE/MAX was ranked the leading real estate franchise for the eighth consecutive year in the most recent Franchise Times Top 200+® list. Continued growth and a steady increase in the number of locations also pushed the global franchisor of real estate brokerages into the top 10 franchises included in the survey. RE/MAX ranked #8 overall, up from #11 in 2015, #12 in 2014 and #14 in 2013. The growth of RE/MAX sales countered the trend of the 10 largest franchised brands collectively losing system-wide sales for the first time in the history of the listing.

With a presence in over 100 countries and territories, the RE/MAX network’s global footprint is unmatched by any other real estate brand. The franchisor’s total agent count grew 6.8 percent year-over-year in 2016. Over 110,000 agents worldwide now call RE/MAX home.

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience with the local expertise of 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.

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Posted in Real Estate News
April 18, 2017

Dino Spugnardi Joins RE/MAX Shoreline

Portland, ME – RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes Dino Spugnardi, founder of Cottage Home Construction, to its Portland office.

 

A Maine native, and a graduate of University of Maine – Orono, Dino began his professional life in CAD software sales and rose to the position of ownership at Infrasoft  Corp. Dino began developing property in 1991 and, after the sale of his software company, he became a full-time real estate developer.

 

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Dino’s remarkable creativity and care for the individual client have been at the root of his growth wherever he has planted his talent. We are confident that RE/MAX Shoreline’s innovative, collaborative environment and supportive agent amenities will make it possible for Dino to welcome more new homebuyers than ever before.”

 

Dino Spugnardi stated, “RE/MAX Shoreline’s educational programs and technological support will enhance the quality of service that I can provide to clients, and I am very pleased to be joining such a vibrant and professional team.”

 

Dino is dedicated to building homes that are grounded in the four principles of design, quality, transparency and value to ensure the client’s satisfaction since 1993.

 

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience with the local expertise of more than 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.


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April 5, 2017

Whitney Blatsos Joins RE/MAX Shoreline

Portsmouth, NH – RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes one of Portsmouth’s most successful new agents, Whitney Blatsos, to Liz Levey-Pruyn’s Seacoast Dwellings Team.

 

Whitney is passionate about community, history, and the New Hampshire seacoast. A transition into real estate was a natural progression to complement her marketing, sales and financial services background. Whitney’s goal as an agent is to create an outstanding experience that her clients will remember and relay to others.

 

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Whitney’s attention to detail, exceptional negotiating skills, marketing expertise and area insight create a great client experience.”

 

Liz Levey-Pruyn, Associate Broker and Founder of the Seacoast Dwellings Team explained, “Our top priorities are Integrity, Commitment, Communication, Passion and Fun. Whether it is to find a seaside home, purchase a first home, or sell a treasured investment in a timely fashion, Whitney’s presence on our Team will enhance the delivery of these values to our clients.”

 

Whitney Blatsos remarked, “I am confident that RE/MAX Shoreline’s educational programs and technological support will further improve the quality of service that I can provide to clients, and I am very pleased to be joining such a vibrant and professional team.”

 

Whitney enjoys cooking, gardening, paddle boarding, walks on the beach with her fiance Drew and dog Otis, and a great local beer (preferably by a fire). Grateful for the beautiful place she calls home, Whitney is excited to share her love of this beautiful community with buyers and sellers.

 

The Seacoast Dwellings Team areas of specialty include single family home sales, condo sales, residential buyers, luxury homes, and multi-unit property transactions for buyers, sellers, and investors.

 

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience with the local expertise of 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.

 

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March 23, 2017

Carolyn Willard Joins RE/MAX Shoreline

Portland, Maine - RE/MAX Shoreline welcomed Carolyn Willard to its Maine office and Mentorship Program.

Carolyn comes to RE/MAX Shoreline with over twenty years of sales experience in hotel sales, hospitality, and event planning. Throughout her career, Carolyn's goal has been to exceed client expectations. She believes that dedicated attention to the details makes all the difference and produces exceptional results.

Carolyn remarked, “I am excited to participate in RE/MAX Shoreline's proprietary Mentorship Program for business professionals transitioning to the real estate industry. The resources, consultation, and technology provided through this program will ensure the success of this new direction in my career.”

Derrick Buckspan, Broker Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Our new Mentorship Program has been designed to support the transition of seasoned executives to a lucrative real estate brokerage career. Carolyn’s strong background in sales and event management, as well as her genuine enjoyment of people and community, provide an excellent foundation for a successful transition.”

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience, with the local expertise of over 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.

 

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Posted in Community News
Feb. 24, 2017

Seacoast condo sales set new records despite declining inventory

PORTSMOUTH—Sales of single-family condominium units set a new January volume and median monthly sale price record in the 13 Sample Seacoast Towns, according to statistics recently released by the Seacoast Board of REALTORS.

          The 13 Sample Seacoast Towns are Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, North Hampton, Newmarket, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, and Stratham.

          In a statistical quirk, condominium inventory reached a five-year low last month some 21.6% behind last year at this time. Further, condo sales have declined or failed to improve each month since September’s annual high of 84 sales. Still, January’s 47 transactions were the most ever for the first month of the year. Further, the median sale price of $357,000 easily sets an all-time record for any month. The old mark was $334,500 set in November.

          Single family sales declined for the fifth straight month, unable to shake-off a 27.3% drop in inventory. That was also the lowest inventory level in at least five years. The 60 transactions for the month were off 16.7% from last year.  January’s median sale price of $427,500 was slightly up from last year’s $420,000.

          “There’s no question that a seller’s market seems to be setting up,” said Todd Hudson, Seacoast Board of REALTORS president. “Demand remains high, especially on the condominium side. We certainly have absolutely no problem selling inventory that is priced to the market.”

 
Original Article by Seacoast Board of Realtors 
Posted in Community News
Feb. 13, 2017

Carol Ann Doucette Joins RE/MAX Shoreline


Portland, Maine – RE/MAX Shoreline
is experiencing continued growth with the proud announcement that Carol Ann Doucette has joined its Portland office. Carol Ann is dedicated to serving clients in Greater Portland and the Lakes Region, and is closely involved with environmental and conservation efforts in the Sebago Lake area.

 

Carol Ann explained, “My move to RE/MAX Shoreline is a transition to leading edge technology and a high energy, positive community. I have always pursued the educational opportunities available in the real estate industry, and I look forward to participating in RE/MAX Shoreline’s Momentum program.”

 

Since the inception of her career two decades ago, Carol Ann has consistently been a multimillion-dollar producer and one of the top agents in the Lakes Region. In January  2014, Carol Ann was presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.

 

Derrick Buckspan, Designated Broker and Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Carol Ann consistently achieves the level of professionalism that is expected from RE/MAX associates. Assisting in the process of buying and selling homes is her job, but helping people is her passion. We are excited by our rapid growth. Agents are attracted to our new model which provides a higher level of support, education, and compensation.”

 

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience, with the local expertise of over 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.


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Posted in Community News
Jan. 13, 2017

Marjorie Rogers joins RE/MAX Shoreline

RE/MAX Shoreline Welcomes Marjorie Rogers

 Portsmouth, NH – RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes one of the York area’s fastest growing brokers, Marjorie Rogers, to its Portsmouth office.

 

 

A longtime resident of Maine, Marjorie knows her market well.  Her strong background in customer service is also an asset to her clients.

 

 

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Marjorie’s marketing creativity and incredible attention to detail have led to her successfully assisting dozens of buyers and sellers in recent years. We are confident that RE/MAX Shoreline’s innovative, collaborative environment and supportive agent amenities will make it possible for Marjorie to reach more consumers than ever before.”

 

 

Marjorie Rogers stated, “RE//MAX Shoreline’s educational programs and technological support will enhance the quality of service that I can provide to clients, and I am very pleased to be joining such a vibrant and professional team.”

 

 

Marjorie originally trained and worked in the culinary arts, and she continues to explore the culinary world as an avocation. She has a passion for cuisine at home, and in her free time, you can find her baking pizzas and bread in her custom outdoor brick oven.

 

 

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is transforming the real estate experience with the local expertise of 50 agents, the global reach of the RE/MAX brand, and proven results.  Offering residential, commercial, and vacation property services throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire, RE/MAX Shoreline is poised for continued growth.


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