Category Archives: MEREDA Resources

Will homebuilding finally evolve? Lessons from the American experience with factory-built housing

MEREDA’s Spring Conference in May included a keynote presentation by Dr. Lynn Fisher of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fisher provided both national and state economic data, painting a bigger picture of the housing situation.  We thought … 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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MEREDA Board of Directors votes to join the No on 1 campaign organized to defeat the referendum

This fall, Maine voters will face yet another ill-conceived citizen-initiated referendum that would establish a new tax to fund a home health care initiative.   The proposed referendum would:  * Impose a massive tax increase in the form of a payroll … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Storm

By Barb Rapoza and Holly Merrill, Marketing Managers, SERVPRO Here in Maine within the last few years we have had to contend with some severe flooding/storms that have interrupted businesses from operating normally. Some of the businesses ended up having … Continue reading

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Maine’s real estate sector hits record high

Second most important driver of GDP at its best in a decade Earlier this month, with a best-ever 900 on hand for MEREDA’s premiere annual forecasting event, luminaries from Maine’s real estate industry unveiled the highest levels of The MEREDA … Continue reading

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2017 Changes to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Documents

By Mike Bosse, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur Earlier this year, the American Institute of Architects released its new set of 2017 documents into the market. The AIA has long published standard form agreements for the construction industry, for well over a … Continue reading

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How to speed up the Commercial Real Estate Appraisal process

by Mark L. Plourde, MAI, Maine Valuation Company When the parties of interest in a commercial real estate transaction finally reach agreement, and financing is a component of the deal, why does it then take so long to get a … Continue reading

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2017 Greater Portland, Maine Industrial Market Snapshot

by Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, Partner | Broker, NAI The Dunham Group A “healthy” market is a catchy and common term to describe the current state of the Greater Portland industrial sector. But our experience suggests that the market is only … Continue reading

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Maine experts still proclaim Portland “hot,” see growth expanding north

The residential real estate market remains hot statewide, with single family sales very solid, according to experts who reviewed trends in the last year of Maine real estate as part of MEREDA’s annual conference, featuring a sold-out crowd of more … Continue reading

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MEREDA Index shows Maine’s real estate industry reach its highest level in ten years, signifies “worker gap”

“The second quarter of 2016 saw the Maine real estate industry reach the highest level in ten years, led by a 10% growth in the residential component” said Rick McCarthy, consultant with Eaton Peabody and board member with the Maine … Continue reading

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