Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate and Community News

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.

 

# # #

Posted in Real Estate News
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.

 

# # #

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.


# # #

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.


# # #

Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 11, 2017

Steve Gray joins RE/MAX Shoreline

 

RE/MAX Shoreline Welcomes Steve Gray

 

Portsmouth, NH – RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes luxury property specialist and long-time South End resident Steve Gray to its Portsmouth office as a broker.

Steve comes to RE/MAX Shoreline with 30 years of experience as the President of Curry Realtors as well as a background in the financial, computer and telecommunications industries for corporations such as Dunn + Bradstreet, Shearson American Express, and PHH. A recipient of many professional awards and designations, he holds graduate degrees in both Business Administration and Corporate Communications along with possessing real estate licenses in New Hampshire, Maine & Massachusetts.

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Steve’s tremendous knowledge of the luxury market and strong business background will be an asset to RE/MAX Shoreline’s clients, while Steve’s collaborative nature will fit nicely with our agency’s culture.”

Steve Gray stated, “RE//MAX Shoreline’s agent amenities and technological support will enhance the quality of service that I can provide to clients, and their central Portsmouth location will allow me to continue to serve the tri-state area.Over the span of my real estate career, the Real Estate business has undergone so many changes, however the client/customer still most values an agent who prioritizes personal service and demonstrates the ability to place the interest of their client/customer above their own.”

Not only has Steve successfully overseen thousands of transactions for his former firm, he has personally had sales far exceeding the $100 Million mark. He is also proud to be a well seasoned rental manager currently overseeing 25 properties for absentee owners.

Having moved to Portsmouth from Wilton, CT back in 1985, Steve has become highly familiar with all that the city and surrounding communities have to offer. Over the years he has been an active volunteer serving on local school committees, mentoring adolescents in crises and currently is the Seacoast Coordinator for the In-Control Family Foundation promoting teen driver safety via its hands-on advanced driving crash prevention course offered out of North Andover, MA and at the Portsmouth Tradeport. Steve’s daughter, Amanda, is a recent Graduate of Portsmouth High School & is currently attending Endicott College. Steve can be reached at 603-387-2488.

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the area’s most dynamic real estate agency, 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.

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 30, 2016

2016 Fall Market Trends Report

Broker Owner, Derrick Buckspan reports to Maine Biz regarding the RE/MAX Integra New England Fall Market Trends report.  Highlights include details on the Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire Real Estate markets. 

Click Here to download 2016 Fall Market Trends Report

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 30, 2016

Christina Young joins RE/MAX Shoreline

RE/MAX Shoreline Welcomes Christina Young

Portland, Maine – RE/MAX Shoreline welcomes Christina Young to its Portland office as an agent.

Christina comes to RE/MAX Shoreline with experience in home construction, renovations, and maintenance, and a special focus on first-time homebuyers.

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, stated, “Christina truly ensures that her clients are well-informed and aware of the financial advantages and implications of owning a home. We are pleased to have Christina’s tremendous attention to this segment of the real estate market on our team.”

Christina Young stated, “RE//MAX Shoreline’s supportive and collaborative environment will enhance the quality of service that I can provide to clients as I help them learn the value of a home.  My career has been rooted in high-quality customer service, assisting buyers to make informed decisions regarding their largest financial investment, and helping them make houses into homes.”

RE/MAX Shoreline, with office headquarters in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the area’s most dynamic office, with the local expertise of 48 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.

# # #

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 7, 2016

Fernwood Acres Development, Buxton, Maine

New construction by Normand Berube Builders in Fernwood Acres subdivision located in Buxton.  This 10-lot, 30 acre subdivison offers 1.5 to 2 acres lots with additional common land on a cul de sac.  For additional information on available lots and floor plans go to fernwoodacresbuxton.com

 

New construction by Normand Berube Builders in Fernwood Acres subdivision located in Buxton.  This 10-lot, 30 acre subdivison offers 1.5 to 2 acres lots with additional common land on a cul-de-sac.  For additional information on available lots and floor plans go to fernwoodacresbuxton.com

 

Posted in Community News
Oct. 24, 2016

RE/MAX Shoreline celebrates new location

Originally posted to Seacoastonline.com -

PORTSMOUTH – RE/MAX Shoreline celebrated its new location at 100 Market St. Thursday night during an open house that highlighted Seacoast Pathways, a nonprofit program for adults living with mental illness.

Guests toured RE/MAX’s new offices on the second floor and attended a reception at the 100 Club. Managing broker Derrick Buckspan and his business partner Rachel Reed own RE/MAX Shoreline in Portsmouth and RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland, Maine. Buckspan gave a history of RE/MAX’s presence on the Seacoast that moved to its current location in June from Islington Street.

“We have 25 agents and have been on the Seacoast for more than 25 years,” Buckspan said. “Our practice is based on helping people in transition.”

He recognized the community partners who sponsored the RE/MAX event. They were Piscataqua Bank, Cornerstone Title and Fred C. Church.

Sara Treacy, an associate at RE/MAX, is also on the board of Seacoast Pathways. During the evening a 50/50 raffle was held to benefit Seacoast Pathways, as well as individual donations. Jane James an associate broker with RE/MAX Shoreline, led off the individual donations by pledging $500.

Ann Strachan, executive director of Seacoast Pathways, gave an update of the program that began two years ago. “We are actually celebrating our second anniversary today,” she said. “Imagine having a family member with a mental illness and how isolated they can feel. Imagine the boredom of their day and lowered self-esteem.”

After researching various models for a year and a half, a group of six who had a family member or friend with mental illness, formed Seacoast Pathways. It is a community-based nonprofit program that meets three times a week at the North Church Parish House. It opened in October 2014. It was based on the “clubhouse model” of Granite Pathways in Manchester. The clubhouse concept began in 1948 in New York City when recently discharged psychiatric patients banded together to be each other’s support as they tried to find housing and jobs. This has expanded to 330 clubhouses worldwide serving 100,000 people.

The clubhouse model is based on a work-ordered day that reproduces, in a safe setting, workplace expectations and schedules. An important part of recovery from mental illness is returning to everyday life, which usually involves work.

“We’ve raised $100,000 from local businesses, faith-based organizations, grants from foundations, the Portsmouth Rotary and individuals,” Strachan said. “Our next goal is to raise $7,500 to send two staff members and a Seacoast Pathways member to a formal clubhouse training at Genesis Clubhouse. It’s one of the steps we are taking to be accredited.”

Seacoast Pathways has 80 members with 12 to 20 visits during each of the three weekdays the program is open. Board members are hoping to expand it to five days a week and find a permanent home. Two members spoke at the event to tell guests how belonging to the program has changed their outlook on life.

Debbie Golt came to Seacoast Pathways in December 2014. She was homeless and without work. She talked about how the program has a business side that helps members look for housing, jobs and learn computer skills on computers donated by the community. There is also a hospitality side, where members shop for the day’s lunch and prepare it.

“It’s wonderful to see people blossom and thrive and come out of their sheltered individualities,” Golt said.

She was chosen by Strachan to attend the UNH Institute on Disability’s eight-month program that is dedicated to leadership in disability advocacy and education.

Jim O’Callaghan spoke about how Seacoast Pathways “saved his life.” “I joined 18 months ago,” he said. “Before that I was a mess, killing myself with alcohol and other drugs. While I was in the hospital, someone told me about Seacoast Pathways.” Today, O’Callaghan is active with the program and contributes to its newsletter.

John Broderick, former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court was a guest speaker at the RE/MAX event. Broderick launched a campaign called Change Direction New Hampshire on May 23 to help reduce the stigma of mental illness.

The campaign highlights a simple pledge that anyone can do. That is to learn the five signs of emotional suffering so someone can recognize them in his or her self or help a loved one who may be in emotional pain. They are a change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness.

“People are so uncomfortable talking about mental illness,” Broderick said. “This campaign is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, also spoke, and said mental illness can lead to people self-medicating and drug addiction. “I’m very proud of those who created Seacoast Pathways,” Fuller Clark said. “I’m very moved by their methodology in teaching and helping individuals to build coping skills.”

For more about Seacoast Pathways, visit www.seacoastpathways.org.

Posted in Community News