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Unread 10-26-2011, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Ponca City, OK
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Post For relocation help :-)

I'm not 100% sure how completely accurate this site is, so maybe the mainers could let everyone know if it's bs or not. On the Better Homes and Gardens real estate site you can choose: Find a community then pick what state. From that point you answer various questions ie: what type of neighborhood whether suburban, metro, rural; median home price; family friendly, health services, basic needs services (how important are big box stores) things like that. You select your level of importance and it matches you with the communities they think might be best suited for you based on your answers. I think that it's a neat little tool, especially since you can choose to search the whole state of Maine. If you're like me and aren't sure which area or county you should look at this seems to give you insight to at least towns that may be more specific to your liking. Like I said, I'm not sure on the accuracy, but when you click on a town that has been recommended you can choose to look at homes they're selling, or at community facts. I hope this helps people wanting to move to Maine (like me)


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Unread 10-26-2011, 11:48 PM
 
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I'm not 100% sure how completely accurate this site is, so maybe the mainers could let everyone know if it's bs or not. On the Better Homes and Gardens real estate site you can choose: Find a community then pick what state. From that point you answer various questions ie: what type of neighborhood whether suburban, metro, rural; median home price; family friendly, health services, basic needs services (how important are big box stores) things like that. You select your level of importance and it matches you with the communities they think might be best suited for you based on your answers. I think that it's a neat little tool, especially since you can choose to search the whole state of Maine. If you're like me and aren't sure which area or county you should look at this seems to give you insight to at least towns that may be more specific to your liking. Like I said, I'm not sure on the accuracy, but when you click on a town that has been recommended you can choose to look at homes they're selling, or at community facts. I hope this helps people wanting to move to Maine (like me)


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The site looks legit, it has some good search tools

Better Homes has a Masiello group/name up this way (on the signs)
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Unread 10-27-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I tried: all of Maine; rural; median prices between 20k and 100K.

The number one search result was Augusta with 19k population.

I did it again and the second time the number one result was Howland.



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Unread 10-27-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The Howland area has a financial problem. Their school disrtrict was mismanaged for at least three years and they overspent by around two million dollars. They just fired all the teacher's aides who were not one on one and there are more cuts coming along with tax increases for the towns in that district.

The new superintendent inherited this mess. It is not his doing. However, he is the one who must draft the response. I expect that area townspeople will elect some new school board members at their next elections.
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Unread 10-27-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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Perhaps if you have a rough idea of the population of the town/city you are looking for and make a list of the towns in Maine that fit the general population size (could be a long list if you're looking at small towns, lol!).

And maybe you could then weed out some of them by geographic region (Ex, if you want to be on the coast, weed out the inland mountain areas), or available activities (Ex skiing vs sledding vs sea kayaking, etc) or children's activities (dance schools, museums, etc).

From there start plugging in prospective town names into the search box here on CD and read through the threads that come up. There is a ton of information in old threads that will help you cross towns off your list, as well as add other towns to your list. Online forums aren't representative of an entire area, but maybe using that process will at least help you develop a 'hit list' of places to visit.

Once you get up to Maine for a visit, you'll get a feel for the areas and know exactly where you will fit best. Maine is the biggest state in New England and IMO most places that I have seen are wonderful, so it can be hard to narrow down!
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Unread 10-28-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When it comes to rural Maine, I find that most internet websites simply do not list rural areas.

I do google searches for my township, and there simply is not a lot of information on the internet.

I see properties for sale, but there is no presence online for them.

The clear majority of Maine is rural, and for rural there is very little in terms of online presence. Even our local newspaper has no website.

Which is why I found it humorous when the search for 'rural' came up with the state capital as #1 rural location.

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Unread 10-28-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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Forest Beekeeper, it has to be a nice feeling knowing your town is off the radar, so to speak!
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Unread 10-28-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Forest Beekeeper, it has to be a nice feeling knowing your town is off the radar, so to speak!


Pretty nice
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Unread 10-29-2011, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Salem County, NJ
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I LOVE this "old" (from the '80s) Maine Atlas book that i have.

It has helped me find sooo many rural areas/town to look up and research, and when i search for houses for sale i can see the area on these maps - what it would be reasonably close to etc., and then find out more online. It helps me find out names of small towns to add to 'searches' too when i want to go on realtors' sites.

I have looked on the site before that the OP shared also, tho.

I think i have looked everywhere possible
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Unread 10-29-2011, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I LOVE this "old" (from the '80s) Maine Atlas book that i have.

It has helped me find sooo many rural areas/town to look up and research, and when i search for houses for sale i can see the area on these maps - what it would be reasonably close to etc., and then find out more online. It helps me find out names of small towns to add to 'searches' too when i want to go on realtors' sites.

I have looked on the site before that the OP shared also, tho.

I think i have looked everywhere possible
A lot can be gained by simply driving up/down these county roads.

I made five trips to Maine, meeting with realtors, going out to look at and walk the property-lines of properties for sale. I spent a week on each trip and I looked at a lot of properties.

In the end, I did not buy property from a realtor. But it exposed me to a lot of Maine. Small towns with a realtor office and property listings in their windows. Talking to folks in diners, when asked about 'land for sale' they all seemed to know someone who was selling something.

For many sellers the only thing they have going is a hand written sign on a tree. If you do not drive down that road, you will never see that sign.

Much of Maine is not online.

Many Maine business' have no website, no online presence. Our newspaper has no online presence. Search the internet all you want, it is not there.

The way to find things in Maine, starts by being in Maine.
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