Category Archives: Member Articles

Vital Ideas – The 1031 Dominoes

by Brit Vitalius, Principal, Designated Broker, Vitalius Real Estate Group In 2019, we saw 1031 exchanges used even more frequently than in past years. Interestingly, the variations in the transactions illustrate a number of different ways the 1031 exchange can … Continue reading

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What’s Up in the Hotel Business?

by Sean Riley, President & CEO, Maine Course Hospitality Group Great Ride for Hotels I recall speaking at the MEREDA conference back in 2009. It was a tough year to begin my motivational speaking career.  But what a remarkable recovery … Continue reading

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Construction Trends in 2020

by Asha Echeverria, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur Welcome to the new decade! Though we can expect trends from 2019 to continue, the focus on the new decade and the bull construction environment will force many trends to advance by leaps and … Continue reading

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The Risks and Regulations Associated with Waterfront Development in Maine

By  Gordon Smith, Verrill Waterfront development in Maine is on the rise. While waterfront development has a big investment upside, it can pose additional regulatory challenges and risks. Whether you are building on coastal or inland waters, shorefront property is … Continue reading

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before

by Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, SIOR, Partner, Designated Broker at NAI The Dunham Group Is it plagiarism if you copy yourself? I hope not, because here goes… “Vacancy rates are getting critically low. As the economy improves, Maine’s small and medium … Continue reading

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Safe Harbor Options for Taxpayers as the Solar ITC Begins to Sunset

By Mark Vitello, BerryDunn Read this if you are a solar investor, developer, or installer. The solar carve out of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been a great incentive for taxpayers to invest in solar assets over the last … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Housing in Maine

By:  MaineHousing Staff Housing is a hot topic these days – from affordable housing challenges across Maine, to having enough housing for our communities and businesses to thrive, for aging Mainers, and everything in between. And no wonder – housing … Continue reading

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2019 Greater Portland Mid-Year Office Market Survey

Prepared by Nick Malone, Malone Commercial Brokers The Portland economy has been expanding year after year putting this little big city on the radar for many businesses. The first half of 2019 was no exception, setting the scene for what … Continue reading

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Resolution of Disputes: The Pros and Cons of Arbitration and Litigation

By:  Richard Gagliuso, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur  Disputes are a common, if not inevitable, byproduct of construction projects. Most commercial construction contracts anticipate that disputes may arise by providing a mechanism for resolving them. There is great variety in these “dispute … Continue reading

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Understanding Commercial Fire Damage and the Restoration Process

By:  Holly Merrill & Barbara Rapoza, SERVPRO of Maine Most property owners know that the worst thing which can happen to them is fire damage. What many do not know is the fact that the toughest part of dealing with … Continue reading

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