Sally Harkins & Co New office location at 11 Skiway Road, Newry

Our Open House Invitation

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Let me start by saying thank you!

As most of you know, I recently opened my own real estate office at 111 Skiway Rd, Newry, ME. After sixteen years in the business, I thought it was about time! 😊 I was fortunate to have Stacie Melanson come with me, as well as, almost all of my listings! I am grateful beyond words!
My journey in real estate has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing people. It’s these relationships that helped give me the confidence and resources to establish my new business. As a small token of my appreciation for years of support, I would like to invite you to join me, Saturday, March 31, 2018 to celebrate our new location and meet our new partners in crime: Embrace Home Loans and The Primitive Craft Smith.
Where: 111 Skiway Rd, Newry, ME
When: March 31, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Attire: Après Ski 😊
Cocktails and appetizers will be served.
I hope you will stop by and say hello!

Sunday River slopes viewed form the Peaks

Where do you fit in?

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Real Estate by Generations

Real estate in thriving resort towns has continued to be a good financial investment. Return on your real estate investment in resort markets has added bonuses of personal pleasure, shared experience and legacy…

In the Sunday River area, we see multi-generation families sharing real estate investments around the joy of outdoor adventures. Second homes of grandparents used with their children and children’s children. Ski in ski out condos owned by first time buyers, often including their parents or siblings. Fractional ownership units co-owned by extended family members or even friends-

The GI Generation; born between 1901 and 1925, these pioneers of skiing and all things outdoors, were some of the first ‘vacationers’ to come to this area to purchase land for the sole purpose of enjoying being outside. What they have built are now homes for re-sale often needing remodeling- We list a lot of these older homes at some terrific prices.

The Silent Generation; born between 1926 and 1945, these were the first people to truly embrace the idea of a ski resort and vacationing just to ski or hike or fish. Many of this generation are living on fixed incomes, but still find purchasing smaller camps or homes, just off the ski hill, is affordable and offer their children and grand children a place and a reason to gather. Homes on small ponds are popular as they boast multi-seasons for their multi-generational use.

Baby Boomers; born between 1946 and 1964, this is the generation to first embrace the ski condo phenomenon. They bought quick and easy access to their favorite past time, skiing. This crowd now has grown children, many starting families of their own. The ski condo theme is still very popular with this group as they are often quite physically active and able to afford this additional vacation lifestyle home. Enjoying a retirement home for longer than their parents did, they are upgrading their original condos or buying bigger ones with more amenities in nearby complexes or going even bigger and buying some of the beautiful properties adjacent to the ski resort with spectacular views and built in luxury features.

Generation X; born between 1965 and 1979, in their prime earning years, this group tends to buy stability. Perhaps burned by their first real estate transaction on a primary home from the housing market crash almost a decade ago, they now value stability in real estate acquisition. They understand the markets they are looking into and see real estate in thriving resort communities as good value, with and eye on resale down the road. This group may also be interested in new developments, of quality construction- just minutes from the ski resort with the dream of retirement in the mountains of western Maine.

Millennials; born between 1980 and 1995, this group is just joining the real estate world. Often buying real estate to re-hab and flip, they are independent but enjoy shared experiences. Fractional ownership is also appealing to them- not tied into one vacation spot but having the option to come and go without the full time burden of whole ownership. Also, the homes now for sale and needing remodeling from the GI Generation are often interesting to this group.

For all these generations there remain constants- their love of the outdoors, most often skiing and real estate in Western Maine is still a great investment.

Contact me and let me help you find a way to fit into our amazing lifestyle. It’s a great investment!

Experience Matters in Real Estate

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Entering the real estate world is a fairly daunting task. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a house, selling a house or trying to expand your real estate portfolio, there is a lot to manage. Things can change very quickly and there are many parties involved. Being able to track each process, stay in touch with the right people and have a clear idea of what you’re doing is much easier said than done. This is where having an experienced professional working for you can make all the difference.

You may find the home of your dreams only to have your offer rejected. The land you fell in love with has suddenly been sold. You’ve just listed your house and your septic system has failed… When these more difficult and frustrating situations arrive, a great real estate agent is going to keep you moving forward and also stay objective. They won’t have the same emotional investment as you do, which means they can rationalize things and help you make important decisions.

The right realtor has years of experience in home buying and selling. The best realtor has intimate knowledge of the area in which you are looking to buy. This realtor will have a long track record of successful sales in many price ranges. They will be helpful in guiding you through the entire process. A huge aspect of success in real estate is being able to utilize a vast network of connections to help get the best possible results- inspectors, lenders, contractors, surveyors, painters, etc.

Experience matters in real estate. Take the time to find the right realtor. Look online for top producers. Ask friends and neighbors. Interview prospective realtors. In the Sunday River/Bethel area, I am the realtor you should use. I have been working in real estate in this area since 2002. 15 years of successful sales and listings in the beautiful mountains and lakes of western Maine have made me a consistent top producer. As an experienced broker, I have extensive knowledge in all areas of the buying and selling process. I love this area and I love what I do. You won’t find anyone who will work harder or do a better job for you than me. Contact me and let me help you make your real estate dreams a reality.

Morning stroll in the mountains

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If you have never visited the White Mountains National Forest in the winter. You need to add it to your bucket list!  A simple morning stroll has got me thinking what a special place this really is.  Not only do we have the magnificent Mahoosuc Range in our back yard, the White Mountains National Forest is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.  Located just west of Bethel and Sunday River, the White Mountain National Forest is centered in New Hampshire but has a large portion just across the boarder in Western Maine.  The National Forest is mostly know for MT Washington and the other Presidential Peaks, as well as a beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail.  You don’t have to go to far from Bethel to find plenty of amazing hikes, drives, and other backcountry adventures all throughout.

Drive down the kancamagus Highway and stop for a swim and slide down one of the many natural rock slides.  Take the Cog Railroad to the top of MT Washington and take in the most spectacular views in the East.  Check out one the many amazing geological features such as the Flume Gorge.  Once you have gotten your nature fix, head to one of the unique amusement parks like Santas Village or Story Land, the kiddos will have blast!

Just one more reason to live and/or play in the great state of Maine!

Morning river in White Mountains National Forest in Maine

Happy Holidays

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Warmest wishes and Happy Holiday!

Whether you have life long traditions or creating your own, attending large gatherings or keeping things simple & quiet, trying to out do your neighbor’s neighbors outrageous decorations or keeping things “country classic” – we wish you the very best. Enjoy a safe, healthy and happy remainder of 2015!

Christmas tree at night in Bethel Maine wishing you a happy holiday

New Chalet Construction in Bethel, Maine

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Located just outside Bethel village on rt 26, Pointer Views is a new subdivision nestled off of quiet Chandler Hill Rd.  This soon to be completed new construction chalet is the second to be built, with views of Mt. Abrams and Farwell
Mountain. The home has hiking trails out the back door and a babbling brook running through the lot. Sound
too good to be true?  It is a reality that could be your new home, just a short drive to Sunday River or Mt. Abram for great skiing, quick access to snowmobile trails, great hiking right from your home and the best outdoor recreation activities offered in the Western Maine area!

The subdivision name is even better…Pointer Views! Named after West Point which happens to be my son’s favorite school!

For more information, visit 56 Thayer Lane, Bethel

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New Home Construction Near Sunday River

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New Home Construction at Sunday River.

Construction has begun!!! If you have been looking at real estate for sale near Sunday River…Cross Excavation is on site and has started digging! It won’t be long before this new home will be ready and you and your family could have the perfect Maine mountain getaway.  The home is located on Mountain View Rd which is just down Monkey Brook past the fork. Close to the greens at Sunday River, as well as the covered bridge, awesome swimming holes, and of course just a minute from South Ridge.  A try year round vacation spot, or a quite year round residence.  This is a prime location often overlooked!! Stay tuned for weekly updates and new photos and don’t be afraid to stop by and take a look!

For more information, visit: 55 Mountain View, Newry

New home construction at Sunday River