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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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A Stream or a Ditch? What You Need to Know

By: Joe Roy, Project Technician & Rodney Kelshaw, Project Manager/Project Scientist, Stantec When evaluating a site for purchase or development it is important to understand environmental resources that could affect allowable uses and property value. One factor that should be … Continue reading

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Introduction to Opportunity Zone Investments

By Nelson A. Toner, Bernstein Shur and S. Andrew (Andy) Smith, Baker Newman Noyes On December 22, 2017, Congress enacted and the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that introduced into the Code a tax benefit for certain … Continue reading

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Short gains can be part of your long game: George Casey looks ahead.

One of home building operations’ true gurus focuses on an ROI-based approach to changing ‘the way we’ve always done it.’  By George Casey, Stockbridge Associates  I spent a lot of last year working on ideas, knowledge, business models, and all … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Retail Ownership

By John Meador, Associate Broker, The Boulos Company The consumer retail sector continues to strategize around how to reposition physical stores to offset the growing demand of online shoppers. Many experts suggest that retailers have figured it out—companies understand the … Continue reading

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Environmental Liability of Former Dry Cleaner Properties

By Keith Taylor, C.G., P.G. – Technical Lead & Senior Environmental Geologist at St.Germain Collins Modern dry cleaning operations today follow strict rules to ensure that the common dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethene (PCE) is properly managed and disposed of.  However, … Continue reading

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Retail Trends Moving Forward in 2019

Karen Rich, Broker, Malone Commercial Brokers I was happy to present the Greater Portland Retail portion of the MEREDA 2019 Forecast conference last month in Portland, where we took a look back at 2018 and where retail trends are moving … Continue reading

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Maine’s Affordable Housing Needs Go Through the Roof, Leading to Call for New State Tax Credit

Greg Payne, Director, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition Maine is experiencing a fundamental mismatch between its housing stock and its housing needs, and that mismatch is creating enormous problems for our families and our state’s economic well-being. For tens of thousands of Mainers, … Continue reading

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Build-to-Recruit

How the Right Workspace Can Help Your Recruiting Efforts by Jessica Estes, Partner, Broker, The Boulos Company As of August, the unemployment rate was 2.4% in Cumberland County, Maine. At this level, economists will tell you that everyone who wants a … Continue reading

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