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The MEREDA Index is the leading way our industry tracks changes in Maine’s real estate markets. Check out the latest edition!

For over a year, MEREDA’s Local Issues Committee has been hard at work crafting this exciting and invaluable tool for MEREDA members. Designed to help developers of all sizes and levels of experience, the Developer’s Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind modular document that covers all public-facing aspects of a development project, including: project scoping, municipal approval processes, public communications and media relations. In addition to general advice and MEREDA Pro Tips, the Developer’s Toolkit includes examples and templates to help developers jump-start the pre-development strategic planning process and guide developers through the project approval process.

MEREDA is pleased to offer its Developer’s Toolkit, available for download, to non-MEREDA members. This invaluable resource would normally be a members-only tool. However, in recognition of these challenging times, MEREDA offers this resource in the hopes that it can help any Maine developer – big or small – to successfully bring new projects to our communities and support a healthy Maine economy.

The Developer’s Toolkit is an example of the kinds of resources, guidance, and programming that MEREDA offers its members. To fully realize what MEREDA has to offer, consider becoming a member. Membership levels and an application are available here.

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Recent News

November 25, 2020

SAVE THE DATE! January 21, 2021 – MEREDA’s Forecast Conference & Member Showcase – Virtual Edition

Join us and the top minds in real estate for MEREDA’s 2021 Annual Forecast Conference and Member…

November 12, 2020

Join MEREDA at its next Virtual Event – Maine Medical Center – An Update: Managing an Expansion During COVID 19

Virtual Event Thursday, December 17, 2020 8:30 – 9:30 AM About the Event: Description:  In Spring 2018,…

November 3, 2020

MEREDA Conference Focuses on the Dynamic History and Future Potential of Maine’s Economy

On October 15th, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) hosted its virtual 2020 Fall Conference. …

Keeping Members Informed

City of Portland 2020 Ballot Questions

This fall, Portland residents will vote on six ballot questions. MEREDA supports policies to advance smart growth, affordable housing, and collaborative solutions to climate change.  We do not support Questions C, D, and E on the Portland ballot because they will not help solve any of those problems – despite what the proponents claim.

These initiatives were written in a vacuum by a special interest group seeking to advance its agenda. They were not developed with any public process, no public hearing, and no broad stakeholder input. If enacted, they cannot be changed by the City Council for five years.

These proposals ignore real implications to Portland’s housing market, including the construction of hundreds of units of affordable housing set to come online in the next one to two years that will not be built if this proposal is passed.  Our City Council has been and is capable of taking action to solve Portland’s housing crisis in a way that works for Portland.  These proposals undermine that work.

The process was bad, the policies are badly conceived, and the proposals are badly written. MEREDA and the Building a Better Portland campaign urge Portland voters to vote NO on Questions C, D, and E this fall.

To learn more about these proposals, and information on how you can help, please take a look at our Voter Action Guide.

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MEREDA’s 35th Anniversary Celebratory Gala Rescheduled Once Again

To our  Valued Members & Supporters, thank you for your continued support of MEREDA!  Now almost a year ago, we were all looking forward to 2020 as a year of celebration marking MEREDA’s 35 years as an advocate for responsible development throughout Maine. We now know that celebration must be further postponed if we expect to celebrate together in person.  Our best guess, as of today, is that we will hold the event in the Fall of 2021.

Sponsors & Event Registrants:  Please be in touch with the MEREDA office if you would prefer that we refund your sponsorship and/or registration dollars. Otherwise, we will apply these to the rescheduled date in 2021.  Erring on the side of caution, we don’t want to hold the event too prematurely, so that we can make sure it remains the premier event it was designed to be!  Thank you for bearing with us as we continue to navigate the many unknowns.

Past Virtual Events

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, last spring MEREDA presented a series of free virtual forums on relevant topics to help keep members informed. If you missed one, you can find recordings of those events below! 

June 30, 2020 – Developing Now – Updates and Insight from Developers and Professionals in a COVID 19 Environment

June 19, 2020 – Legal and Practical Implications of Safely Operating Commercial and Residential Properties in the time of COVID 19

June 4, 2020 – The 2020 MEREDA Index: A discussion of the 2019 Data and a Review of Current Conditions

May 29, 2020 – Commercial Lending Today – How Commercial Lending, Appraisals and being a Landlord has Changed Amongst the COVID 19 crisis 

May 22, 2020 — “Back to Work – A Discussion of Strategies, Safety and Best Practice to Consider as Companies Re-Open to their Workforce and Clients

April 24, 2020 — “How to Manage Commercial Leases in Light of a Worldwide Pandemic“.

Become a Supporter Today

MEREDA’s mission is the same today as it was at its founding – to promote fair and responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State of Maine. MEREDA remains firmly committed to vigorously presenting the views and concerns of its members on issues that affect them to state lawmakers and other government officials, and advocating effectively on their behalf.