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Old 09-29-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Thanks Coaster.

Being in federal law enforcement and working cases involving drugs, guns, gangs, and such, I can honestly say that, though I am not "done" with city-life as of yet, by the time I'm ready to retire I'm going to be "done" with the crime, violence and drugs (not that you can escape that entirely) that plague the cities and the suburbs. I just want to own a quiet corner of the world on a lake, build my house, hang up my "don't tread on me" flag and enjoy the stars and the water - that's my dream.

I've checked out property so far in Otisfield, Casco and Hartford - after visiting the properties (the one in Hartford on Lake Canton was breathtaking), I didn't get knocked over with the "wow" factor. I made some inquiries into properties up in Monson (Piscataquis County) but that was more a camp (no electricity available), not exactly what I was looking for, but the property was drop dead gorgeous. I was interested in a large tract in Greenwood, ME but that was already under contract. Island Falls so far has been the big winner.

Do you guys recommend against using a realtor, or is it better for me to keep my ear to the ground and check out sites being sold by the owner, on say, a craigslist type of venue?
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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This site has most of the realtors up this way, plus For Sale by Owner (I am not affiliated in any way).
You can always just go ask the neighbors if you find a place that catches your eye; even if there's no "For Sale" sign on it. Some places just don't make it onto the market, but the owner will sell. Especially if he or she likes you....

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Old 04-23-2018, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Pensacola Florida
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I just bought a house in Island Falls. Since I'm a country girl. . . ok old lady. . . I can't see myself having much of a problems with living in a very rural area. Island Falls fits me just right.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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I just bought a house in Island Falls. Since I'm a country girl. . . ok old lady. . . I can't see myself having much of a problems with living in a very rural area. Island Falls fits me just right.
Welcome!!
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Pensacola Florida
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Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"Do you guys recommend against using a realtor, or is it better for me to keep my ear to the ground and check out sites being sold by the owner, on say, a craigslist type of venue?"

You can get a Realtor to represent you. That way you can learn all about the community, the good, the bad and the ugly. Island Falls is small enough to have no zoning and no building codes, but is that the case? A Realtor can tell you. The listing Realtor represents the sellers and their best interests. Your buyer's Realtor will represent your best interests. Most clients don't know the difference when they start down this road.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (lovely hills but no ocean...)
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"Do you guys recommend against using a realtor, or is it better for me to keep my ear to the ground and check out sites being sold by the owner, on say, a craigslist type of venue?"

You can get a Realtor to represent you. That way you can learn all about the community, the good, the bad and the ugly. Island Falls is small enough to have no zoning and no building codes, but is that the case? A Realtor can tell you. The listing Realtor represents the sellers and their best interests. Your buyer's Realtor will represent your best interests. Most clients don't know the difference when they start down this road.
I agree. Some cities and states you can get by well on you own but Maine is a different challenge and an agent is essential and can save you loads of time and money.
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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i like the small iga store in island falls
- the owners name is jerry violet

years ago there was a restaurant called the horn of plenty right beside the store......not sure if its still open but had one heck of a menu
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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i like the small iga store in island falls
- the owners name is jerry violet

years ago there was a restaurant called the horn of plenty right beside the store......not sure if its still open but had one heck of a menu
The Horn is closed. But right in the heart of downtown there is now a place called The River Cafe, awesome place.
** Never mind....I just found out they recently closed too.

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Old 04-24-2018, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Boston
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The Horn is closed. But right in the heart of downtown there is now a place called The River Cafe, awesome place.
** Never mind....I just found out they recently closed too.
No...the river cafe is still going.
The store opposite closed after Xmas.
There was another bar cafe,
they closed 2 yrs ago.
Any restaurant near jerry's is gone.

I just spent my first winter here in island falls, came up from Boston, weathers very similar except all the snow that fell remained until spring, there was no midwinter melting.
It was 71F today. Everyone is out and about, people clearing tree branch's from their gardens and sweeping away sand from drives.

I like it.
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