By Laurie Danforth

Keller Williams Realty Mid Maine

The following is a submission from Keller Williams Realty Mid Maine on how their company is dealing with the recession.

“At Keller Williams Realty Mid Maine … we have gone a step above by stressing the importance of education to our associates – we provide them with daily, relevant and timely information regarding current market trends and the overall economic environment in which we sell real estate.  Classes are offered on-site on a daily basis, and are open to ANY agent or broker – not just Keller Williams.  We do this in an effort to help all brokers in our market area become more educated and informed real estate professionals, which ultimately serves to benefit the economic climate of our entire community.

“In terms of tapping into stimulus programs, our agents have been trained and are well versed in the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act First Time Home Buyer Tax credit, whereby eligible first-time home buyers can receive up to an $8,000 credit in the form of an income tax refund for purchasing a home before November 30, 2009.  Our agents’ knowledge of this program has definitely helped to increase home sales in our community, which is instrumental as we work together as a business community to maintain economic stability in Androscoggin County. 

“Our agents have also been working closely with homeowners who are in default on their mortgages, and assisting them with navigating through the process of restructuring their mortgages so they can keep their homes, as well as negotiating short sales for those who prefer selling their home to avoid foreclosure.  Our agents are always willing to give a complimentary market analysis or real estate consultation to any home or business owner in our community.

“Keller Williams Mid Maine remains incredibly optimistic about Androscoggin County’s economic future.  As business owners, we have all weathered storms in the past.  As a business community, we will continue to come together and thrive with the work ethic, imagination, strength, ingenuity, integrity and collaboration that have made Androscoggin County such a phenomenal place to live and work!”

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