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May
23

New England Summer

Northern New England is charming in every season! But, there's something special about summers out on the lakes, enjoying the sea breeze and summertime activities.

Our real estate agents will be creating their own delightful summer memories with activities at these amazing locations around Northern New England. Which ones will be on your list?

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January
17

New England Winter

Every season offers a unique experience in New England. Our real estate agents love the brilliant colors of fall, the warm hazy nights of summer, and the blooming wildflowers of spring. But winter is a particularly special time. 

There's so much to see and do when the snow flies in New England! With all these fun activities awaiting in winter, there's no place we'd rather be. 

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January
3

Ski Resorts

While the summer months are glorious, Northern New England is just as scenic and exciting during winter. When our real estate agents are ready for some outdoor fun, they spend time at these incredible ski resorts in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Plan Your Northern New England Ski Trip

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November
8

New England Small Businesses

With the start of the holiday season so close at hand, you're probably already thinking about how you're going to get all your holiday shopping done. This year, our real estate agents have challenged themselves to do what they can to help the small businesses that make every community a better place to live. Want to join them in their support of local entrepreneurs? Here are seven ideas to get you started.

Tips for Supporting Local Businesses During the 2021 Holiday Season 

  • Chat with the Owners 
    When big businesses get so much of the local economy's market share, it's easy for local shop owners to begin to feel underappreciated. Take a few minutes to stop and talk with the owner of the store you are visiting. That person will undoubtedly appreciate the gesture, and you'll get a chance to learn more about their wares and what makes them special. You may not be aware of some of the small details that make their products special – for instance, maybe their café makes all of its food items with locally sourced ingredients.  

    Talking with the owner may also open doors for you if you discover they do not currently stock the product you were looking for. Many shop owners are happy to do the legwork of finding and ordering specific products for patrons if they know someone is interested in those items.  

  • Look for Local Alternatives 
    Many of the items on your friends' wishlists are probably available from local retailers. They may not carry the exact item that was requested, but if you know the recipient isn't typically concerned with brands, you might be able to find a great substitute from a quality local producer instead. Stick to the spirit of everyone's gift requests instead of trying to follow them to the letter, and you'll end up with nicer gifts while also injecting money into your local economy. 

  • Speak Up for Small Business 
    Instead of buying from a small retailer yourself, spread the word about these businesses to people who do have a holiday budget they want to spend. Recommend small local shops to your friends and family, and consider leaving the business a good review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp. Every bit of good publicity helps these small businesses grow their customer base and stay profitable.  

  • Don't Forget About Food 
    Even if you aren't buying many presents this year, chances are good that you're still planning to have something special to eat during the holiday season. If so, remember that local retailers carry food too! Whether you're cooking a full festive dinner or just want a few small treats to indulge in, there is probably a butcher, cheesemaker, vineyard, confectioner, or other local business that sells what you need. As a bonus, their wares are probably much higher quality than what you would get at your neighborhood grocery store. The premium flavors and textures will add a little extra magic to your holiday table.  

  • Shop Based on Your Values 
    Shopping local is an excellent opportunity to use your money to support the outcomes you want to see in the world. Many small businesses partner with local charities to raise money or organize important local events, so you can buy from a shop that is affiliated with a cause that is near and dear to your heart.  

  • Look for Extended Deals 
    Small businesses know they are competing with many other retailers to win your dollars. To make shopping at their locations more attractive, many extend their Black Friday deals for longer than bigger stores do. You can often get excellent prices on all kinds of items well into December, making it easier to fit the cost of shopping local into your budget.

    It is still a good idea to shop as early as possible, though – unlike their competition, small retailers may not have a regularly updated Facebook page or website that you could use to find out when these promotions end. If you don't want to miss out, don't wait.

  • Look for One-of-a-Kind Artisan Gifts 
    Local retailers rarely stick to selling the same old merchandise you could get from the big box store down the street. Instead, many of them pair up with local creatives to sell hand-crafted items you won't find anywhere else. Buying a handmade necklace, scented candle, or piece of furniture not only supports two local independent businesses at the same time – but it also gets you an incredibly unique gift that your loved ones are sure to treasure.  

Once you've experienced the magic of shopping local around the holidays, this practice is sure to become a household tradition for your family. Do your part to support your local economy today, and if you have an imminent move on the horizon, don't fret. Contact us for help finding a home and getting settled into your new community.  

October
4

Northern New England Autumn

It's hard to believe that fall is already at our doorstep. But as sad as we are to see summer go, we must admit that autumn is our real estate agents' favorite season in New England. The scenery this time of year is nothing short of spectacular. 

Peak foliage usually arrives in early to mid-October, so you still have plenty of time to plan an amazing fall foliage road trip in New England. These are some of our favorite spots for leaf peeping. 

Leaf Peeping Around Northern New England

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April
22

  • Skip the bottled water.
  • Bring your own coffee mug to work instead of using disposable cups.
  • Turn off lights when you're not in the room will help save energy costs.
  • Bring your own grocery bags to the market.
  • Try carpooling or walking to work if possible.
  • Go Paperless! Pay your bills online.
  • Donate clothes or used items you no longer need rather than throwing them away.
  • Try cutting down on shower time by a few minutes.
  • Switch to glass containers and reusable sandwich bags for lunch and leftovers.
  • Switch to LED lightbulbs

If we all pitch in, we can make this earth a better place for all! Happy Earth Day!

January
4

happy new year

Happy New Years from all of us at Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group!

The Masiello Group ended 2018 with some holiday spirit! Our offices participated in various community holiday events, gift collections, and special office decor. 

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Atkinson office participated in the 
annual Hampstead Holiday Parade
The Auburn office participated once again in the annual Androscoggin Valley Council of The Mountain to Shore Board of Realtors Children's Snowsuit Drive for the Promise Early Education Center (Headstart).
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Augusta Office

Each year the Bangor Office participate in the Greater Bangor Board
of Realtors Spirit of Giving event. This year their theme was game night!

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Bedford Office Belfast Office Cheer
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Bedford office

The Belfast Office collected socks and distributed them
to three local elementary schools in the area.

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Durham Office Cheer
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In Brattleboro, they collected donations for the Women's Freedom Center. The Durham Office won first place during the annual Durham
Light Up Contest for the business category! Congratulations!
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Ellsworth office cheer
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Ellsworth Office Hanover Office
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Keene Office cheer Naples Office cheer
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Keene Office collected gifts for 6 families in the community.  The Naples Office donated gifts to a family with 2 teenage girls.
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The Portsmouth Office gathered donated for the Toys for Tots Drive.

The Quechee Office collected lots of toys for the Toys for Tots cause
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Rockland Office Sanford Office
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Rockland Office Every year The Sanford Office joins Santa's Cause and chooses
children to buy for. This year we bought for 27 children.
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Wells Office York Office
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The Wells Office assembled the bags for the York County Shelter Program. The York Office collected items and gift cards for the
Struggling & Homeless Veteran's.
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December
31

Augusta Maine Children's Museums
If you've been checking out our local homes for sale, you're probably wondering whether it's a good place to raise a family. Thanks to the low crime rates, great schools, and plenty of kid-friendly activities, we're sure you'll find that the area is ideal for children of all ages. 

Whether you're visiting the state of Maine or you're already a local, you'll definitely want your little ones to experience the fun, interactive learning opportunities offered by the state's four children's museums. Here's everything you need to know to plan your next family adventure.

  1. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine: 142 Free Street Portland, ME 04101
    Located in Portland's downtown art district, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine gives kids a chance to play, act, and use their imaginations as they learn about science, history, and more. Be sure to check out the museum's exhibits, shows, and the theater performances created for children, by children. If one of the Portland homes for sale catches your eye and you become a resident, your children will love the ongoing classes, workshops, and camps. As a parent, you'll be happy to know that your children can have fun learning all year round.

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