October 24, 2012 Events
Last Call Acoustics Open Mic Night
7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sign-up at 7:00 p.m.) Live Music. FREE
- When: October 24th, 2012
- Where: Fire House Grille – 47 Broad Street – Auburn Maine – (207) 376-4959 Price Range: Under $10 Cuisine: American,Family Fare,Pub Fare. We are a neighborhood pub-style restaurant located in the heart of New Auburn. Formally known as Andy\’s Baked Beans, the new owners chose the site because of it\’s resemblance to an old brick fire station.
October 25, 2012 Events
1000 Airplanes on the Roof
Thursday through Saturday – 7:30 p.m. By David Henry Hwang. Thomas Holmberg ’13 takes on this challenging solo performance of alien encounter. Directed by Kati Vecsey of the theater faculty, featuring new music by professor Bill Matthews, and incorporating images from the Museum of Art astrophotography exhibition Starstruck.
- When: October 25th, 2012 – October 27th, 2012
- Where: Bates College Lewiston Maine – Schaeffer Theatre
- Contact: 207-786-6135
The Book Club Play
Thursday, Friday: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (27th Added Matinee) 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 2:00 p.m. A book club becomes the subject of a documentary film and is hilariously captured in all its dysfunctional glory (imagine Lord of the Flies with wine and dip). Devouring books from Moby Dick to The Da Vinci Code, this entertaining comedy celebrates the joys of reading and friendship. Tickets: $18 Adults; $5 Youth (18 and under) Call for group rates.
- When: October 25th, 2012 – October 28th, 2012
- Where: The Public Theatre 31 Maple Street Lewiston Maine
- Contact: 207-782-3200
October 26, 2012 Events
Piano Series: Gregg Pauley in Concert
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Admission: $16 Adult / $14 Senior (Advance), $18 Adult / $16 Senior (Day of Show), Students Under 21 Free Tickets by Phone: (207) 689-2000 While new to our stage, Gregg Pauley has performed in Europe and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. Praised by critics as having “perfect dynamic nuances,” he is also known for his technical brilliance. Recently returned from Music Fest Perugia in Italy where he serves on the faculty, he looks forward to his Franco Center debut. Mr. Pauley’s program, the second in the 2012-2013 Piano Series, will feature two major works by Beethoven and Mussorgsky: Sonata No. 32, the last of Beethoven’s sonatas, and “Pictures at An Exhibition,” Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and a showpiece for virtuoso pianists.
- When: October 26th, 2012
- Where: Franco Center Performance Hall
- Contact: 207-689-2000
Olin 104 October 26th at 7:30 p.m. – October 27th at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – October 28th at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 131 min. Presented by the Filmboard. $1.
- When: October 26th, 2012 – October 28th, 2012
- Where: Bates College – Olin Arts Center
- Contact: 207-786-6135
Halloween Masquerade Ball
6:00 P.M. TO 11:45 P.M. Don’t miss this event!!!! A night of fun in costume with food, drink and dancing!!!!! prizes for the best costumes, best couples costumes, AND you might want to practice up your moves for our Team dance off.. more details on that to come!
- When: October 26th, 2012
- Where: Ramada Inn Conference Center
- Contact: 207-784-2331
Dempsey Challenge Community Celebration
On Friday, October 12th Art Walk Lewiston Auburn, Captive Elements Art House and L/A Arts are excited to announce a special addition to our 2012 season of art walk events. In collaboration with the Dempsey Challenge, Lewiston Auburn will be once more transformed into an interactive public gallery. Translation? An additional art walk event! Learn about participating…
MAINE HOME SALES UP 32.02 PERCENT IN MAY;
PRICES RISE 7.42 PERCENT
SOUTH PORTLAND (June 21, 2012) — Sales of single-family existing homes in Maine continue in solidly positive territory, according to the Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc. Realtors sold 1,035 homes statewide during the month of May, a jump of 32.02 percent from last year. The median sales price (MSP) rose 7.42 percent to $178,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a sales increase of 10.4 percent for national existing single-family homes. Prices were up 7.7 percent nationwide to a national MSP of $182,900. Regionally, sales in the Northeast increased 7.3 percent and the regional MSP rose 3.8 percent to $250,700.
Sheryl Gregory of Homestead Realty in Winthrop said, “Buyers in our market area are finding interest rates irresistible; they can purchase more home with lower rates. Their optimism is higher than in recent past.”
Tina Lucas of Lucas Real Estate in Portland said, “The positive news is resonating with sellers and buyers, as we see both sides taking action and making decisions with greater confidence. Homes in well-maintained condition that are properly priced for the current market will bring offers. The market statistics demonstrate a transi
Picking The Right Neighborhood
You’re in the market to buy. You’ve probably given a lot of thought to the type of home you want as well as your budget and buying price range. There’s an additional topic, though, that requires your careful consideration. Which neighborhood is right for you?
Neighborhoods vary as widely as the people that live within them. Some have diligent HOA’s with strict rules of appearance and conduct, while others are more lax … sometimes to the detriment of home values.
It’s important to research the neighborhood where you’re considering purchasing a home. You want an area that fits your needs, personality, and social habits. These factors can influence your overall happiness just as much as that updated master bath or outdoor kitchen.
First, consider the safety of a neighborhood. In many big cities you’ll find more affluent neighborhoods adjacent to large strips of rental apartments or low-income housing. Now, this doesn’t always present a problem, but …Continued>>>
Hot Home Trends
Even in difficult economic markets, homebuilders are still striving to deliver amenities that offer comfort, style, and functionality. But which amenities are popular these days has changed. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, (NAHB), you’ll find that builders are figuring out the best ways to rework spaces. Out go formal dens and in come smaller home management areas (think office but not quite as spacious or traditional, more like a “pocket office”. A “pocket office”, according to NAHB, can be located in a large pantry area or nearby the kitchen or family great room.) It’s all about conserving and creating efficient workable spaces that also offer other functions. Along the lines of making things more efficient, laundry facilities are now being placed near the “master bedroom’s walk-in closet”, writes the NAHB in a press statement. Watch for shadow units–separate units that are built alongside the main home that conveniently accommodate CONTINUED >>>
Obama’s finance relief program for troubled home owners continues to get mixed reviews from lenders fearing they may have to take back too many loans. Nearly 60 percent said the risk that GSE’s (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) might force them to take the mortgage back and more than 57 percent said there could be difficulty issues in transferring private mortgage insurance coverage.
What is HARP?
If you’re not behind on your mortgage payments but have been unable to get traditional refinancing because the value of your home has declined, you may be eligible to refinance through MHA’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). HARP is designed to help you get a new, more affordable, more stable mortgage. HARP refinance loans require a loan application and underwriting process, and refinance fees will apply
You may be eligible for HARP if you meet all of the following criteria:
- The mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.
- The mortgage must have been sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009.
- The mortgage cannot have been refinanced under HARP previously unless it is a Fannie Mae loan that was refinanced under HARP from March-May, 2009.
- The current loan-to-value (LTV) ratio must be greater than 80%.
- The borrower must be current on the mortgage at the time of the refinance, with a good payment history in the past 12 months.
*Eligibility criteria are for guidance only. Contact your mortgage servicer to see if you are eligible for HARP.
Economy Sparks Remodeling: How To Ensure A Successful Project
Springtime generates a lot of home improvement activity. Many buyers are out shopping for their new home. With the purchase of their home, the desire to remodel often comes next. For others, the drastically fluctuating housing prices are causing homeowners to stay put and that’s causing them to want to remodel their existing footprint.
Whether it’s a room addition or the renovation of a kitchen to upgrade amenities and make the space feel more comfortable to suit your needs, precautionary steps to get the most out of your remodeling project will create the best outcome….
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Pets and selling your home
When preparing your home to sell, it might be a good idea to examine it from a pet’s perspective. My advice is to remove as many excess pet items as possible, in particular toys and food. Make sure you have cleaned up well after your pet, in particular where they are fed, outside dog runs and the location in which you store the litter box. Look for stray fur-balls floating around the floors, and use a lint brush if necessary on your upholstered furnishings and draperies. It might also be wise to repair any damage done by your loveable but perhaps destructive puppies or kittens: Touch up scratched paint or polyurethane, fill in any holes dug by dogs outside in your yard, remove any torn furnishings or carpets, and remove all pet stains. Also, disinfect or deodorize if there are pet smells in the home — a sure turn-off for a prospective buyer, especially one that does not like pets. Hire a professional carpet cleaning company to sanitize and thoroughly clean your carpets before your first showing. Once this is done, you may want to limit the areas in which you allow your pets.