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Important Things To Consider In Your Search For A Retirement Condo

by Deborah Barouch

Vehicle / Storage and Garage Space...
In my initial meeting with clients I ask how important use of a vehicle is to them?  Do they  need the comfort of having a garage attached to their condo/loft or at least nearby?  If they say it is very important, I suggest that they check out condos with in 10 - 15 minutes  away from the downtown peninsula area, or choose a high rise that has underground parking or at least adjacent parking to the building.  A number of city lofts have no parking except on street parking.

Stairs / Elevator Access...

Many retirees are retiring early in their 50's,  some are in their 60's and 70's.  All of them wish to remain healthy , so walking to nearby stores and restaurants fulfills a need, incorporating fitness in their lifestyle. But the question remains, how many stairs can you handle? Or do you need single level living with elevator access.

Portland Maine has some of the oldest housing stock in the nation.  Many of the older more charming renovated buildings have multiple stairs in many cases. This can be very challenging in making the correct condo/loft choice.

As always:

Check out my YouTube video on the Chestnut Street Lofts!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSwnqW0kCn4

Or visit one of my custom pages:

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chandlers-Wharf-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chestnut-Street-Lofts

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Hobstone-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Promenade-East-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/The-Carroll-Mansion-Condos

To search for homes in Maine, visit www.SearchMaineHomes.net

Take care and stay warm!

Retiring To A City Loft Or Condo In Portland, Maine?

by Deborah Barouch

This year I have had the pleasure of helping a number of folks choose condos/lofts as their real estate choice in Portland.  They typically are choosing it as a pied-a-terre, because they have another home elsewhere.

Most, not all, are choosing the city condo or loft as their winter home of choice.

They seek out the city because of its high walkability score (walkscore.com) that allows for enjoyment of the arts, symphony and trendy restaurants close by.  Portland, Maine has a vibrant year round community and these retirees want that sustainable lifestyle that they can count on.  Another factor is the high quality of the medical system here in Portland Maine.

Check out my YouTube video on the Chestnut Street Lofts!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSwnqW0kCn4

Or visit one of my custom pages:

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chandlers-Wharf-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chestnut-Street-Lofts

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Hobstone-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Promenade-East-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/The-Carroll-Mansion-Condos

To search for homes in Maine, visit www.SearchMaineHomes.net

In my next blog I will highlight the questions that retirees need to ask themselves to make a successful purchase.

Portland Maine Airport opens New Digs on Oct.2!

by Deborah Barouch

This is great news for our city.  a 75 Million expansion almost complete! Due to open on Oct.2.

At last we will have some relief from the long security lines that sometimes plague us.

Also with 3 new gates, airline competition will help keep prices down perhaps?

As a realtor, I am thrilled to be able to brag about our city's "connectivity" to the rest of the world.

So many of our clients are moving for lifestyle choice reasons,   and easy access to the rest of the world is a definite motivator for choosing to move to and live in our state.http://www.pressherald.com/news/whos-soaring-now__2011-08-11.html

 

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