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Old 09-09-2006, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I have read some of the threads already, but I wondering if i could get the same information just more directed for two college students. My friend and I want to move to Portland Maine or any neighboring area. I was just wondering if anyone could give me information about the cost of living, good colleges (community or university), any places to avoid, empolyment, chruch, and anything else you care to share would be great. We are moving from Colorado Springs. Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Divide, CO
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Lilu,

I snickered when I read your post...my wife and I are tentavely planning our first Maine visit for next spring. We currently live in Divide (up the mountain pass from the Springs). From my own research here is what I have found:

Maine is very diverse - parts of the state are very different from others.
Expect smaller towns with a sense of community.
Don't expect to move to Maine and have life be the same as anywhere else.
Visit before you move (prefereably more than once)
Taxes are high, property is moderate, insurance may be high, jobs are harder to find.
It's best to have a job lined up prior to a move.
Did I mention to visit first? This is apparently important.

Again, I don't live in Maine and am just recapping what others have told me. Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:14 PM
 
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Good advice from J.G. I grew up there, and, while I'd be considered a native in many, many places, I can think of a few (north and east of Augusta) where I KNOW I'd run into problems. Lived in Dixmont years ago ('78-'86). One local family, constable included, made it clear they "ran" the town and we were "outsiders", even though I grew up 20 miles away in Bangor. I can still muster the accent pretty well, though, if necessary, and can hold my own with "native maineuhs."
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:39 PM
 
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How is Pittsfield? I know the high school there is excellent with a great ballet program but I had problems with real estate agents being "weird" with me. I'm from out of state and not native.
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:42 PM
 
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i advise not moving to Maine unless you like living in poverty and reading about sex offenders, car crashes,freak accidents everyday in the local newspapers
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Maine
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If you are interested in Pittsfield and have talked to a Realtor and were not satisfied, I would suggest calling a Realtor from a big company. Was the company you contacted a smaller company? We just listed and sold a property and used a big company from Bangor and had awesome results. I used to work in Real Estate though not in this area. If I can help or suggest a company to you let me know. Send me a private message if you would like.
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Bangor, ME
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That is highly unusual. What do you mean by "weird"? I am in the business and I am curious about your experience. Properties are not moving so fast that any agent can afford to put someone off... especially someone who is serious about buying.

Steve
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:56 AM
 
Location: oklahoma
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Colleges around the Portland area include: Univeristy of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College, University of New England, St. Josephs College and Andover College. If I were you, I would try to get into USM (university of southern maine), they have campuses in Portland and Gorham which is about 15 minutes from downtown Portland. Actually, USM has a really good site for finding housing in the area. Look for it or I can try to find it if you cant.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:16 AM
 
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uhh yeah maine is a wonderful place if you like the quiet life. I don't understand why so many people had a bad opinion of maine. I don't think people should say things about Miane unless you've actually lived here. I have grown up here and I love it. I have traveled all across the country and out of it and let me tell you there is no place like home.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:37 AM
 
Location: oklahoma
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i advise not moving to Maine unless you like living in poverty and reading about sex offenders, car crashes,freak accidents everyday in the local newspapers
what are you talking about?
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