Category Archives: Member Articles

Highlighting the Commercial Component of the 2022 MEREDA Index

On May 24, Katie Allen, a Broker at The Dunham Group, was a commentator for the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA’s) 2022 MEREDA Index. Katie’s comments on the Commercial Sector follow Economist Charles Colgan’s analysis for 2021.  The … Continue reading

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Innovating with Materials

By Matthew Bronski, P.E., Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Mankind has innovated with design and construction methods and materials since Homo Habilis laid one flat stone horizontally across two upright stones to build the first dolmen around 2,000,000 BCE. Since … Continue reading

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The Right Equation for Responsible Development: Spotlight on Harold Alfond Hall (Bangor)

Each year, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) recognizes some of the state’s most “noteworthy and significant” real estate projects, completed in the previous year. The exemplary projects from across the state, completed in 2021, not only embody … Continue reading

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New Horizons in Housing

What Public Law 2021, Chapter 672 (LD 2003), the “Housing Act” Means for Maine Overview LD 2003, signed into law by the Governor on April 27, 2022 as Public Law 2021, Chapter 672, also known as the “Housing Act,” marks … Continue reading

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Bridges, Broadband, & Roads:  MEREDA to Host Spring Conference on What the Infrastructure Bills Means for Maine

On May 24, 2022, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) will host a dynamic and forward-looking conference on how the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will affect Maine’s economy. Facilitating a multifaceted discussion, MEREDA’s Spring Conference … Continue reading

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It’s a good time to review your IT security plan

by Joshua Fifield, CPCU, AAI, Vice President, Senior Account Executive, Business Insurance Agent, Clark Insurance We have been experiencing unpredicted cyber liability claims since the start of the pandemic, from ransomware to social engineering fraud to cloud jacking, etc. It’s … Continue reading

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Maine Contractor Licensing and Regulation Fails Again in the Maine Legislature

By Michael R. Bosse, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. LD 1977, a proposed bill titled “Registration for General Contractors for Home Improvement and Construction” was reported out as “Ought Not To Pass” … Continue reading

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Has COVID made a permanent shift to Maine’s real estate market?

By Dava Davin, Founder + CEO, Portside Real Estate Group         Maine’s residential real estate market (condos + single family homes) was a $8.7 billion market in 2021, a 22% increase over 2020. Units traded remained mostly the same, but the … Continue reading

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With PFAS, shocking headlines are just the beginning 

By Keith Taylor, L.G., P.G.,  Technical Lead and Senior Environmental Geologist at St.Germain Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), widely known as “forever chemicals,” are threatening communities here in Maine and across the United States. We are going to bring you … Continue reading

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Midcoast Maine is having a moment.

By Dave Holman, MBA, Associate Broker – ReMax Riverside On January 20th Dave presented the “Midcoast Maine Market Forecast” at the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA’s) 2022 Annual Forecast Conference. Below is a recap from his presentation. Midcoast … Continue reading

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