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The Outstanding Seven: MEREDA’s 2019 Notable Project Recipients

PORTLAND, ME – July 13, 2020 –  Every spring, MEREDA recognizes the most noteworthy and significant Maine commercial development projects from the previous year, all of which embody the Association’s mission to support responsible development. In keeping with tradition, MEREDA’s Board intended to honor the award recipients at the 35th Anniversary Gala. Originally scheduled for theRead More

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Maine Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Town Meetings

Throughout the pandemic, MEREDA members have navigated participating in various town public proceedings conducted virtually. Now, with the opening of municipal buildings and the need to accommodate municipal matters requiring a public vote by town residents, Governor Mills and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) have released guidelines for holding town andRead More

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The 2020 MEREDA Index: A Look at the 2019 Data and a Review of Current Conditions

On Thursday, June 4th, MEREDA unveiled its 2020 MEREDA Index, at a free-to-attend virtual event to discuss the 2019 data, and apply that knowledge to today’s constantly-shifting landscape and unpredictable future.  The event had nearly 150 registrants. In case you missed it, you can watch, or watch it again, here!  This most recent release provides a reviewRead More

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Construction Businesses: Navigating State and Federal COVID-19 Workplace Safety Requirements

On April 28, Governor Mills released Restarting Maine’s Economy, which lays out a plan for re-opening non-essential businesses. Businesses that were previously deemed essential, including construction businesses, may continue operations – the Governor’s new plan does not impact them. However, as the pandemic evolves, the State is shifting its attention to COVID-19 prevention and workplaceRead More

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Pandemic Leaves Landlords in a Difficult Position

by: Gary D. Vogel, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum, MEREDA President The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone.  Many businesses are shut down, or are minimally operating.  The CARES Act recently adopted by Congress with over two trillion dollars of emergency funding will provide a lifeline for many businesses.   Especially important is the SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP)Read More

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Governor Mills issues Executive Order lifting in–person requirements for certain notarial acts and acknowledgements

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Governor Mills issued Executive Order 37 (EO 37), An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarizations and Acknowledgement Requirements. This order relaxes certain legal requirements that may make it easier for MEREDA members to execute and close deals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, EO 37 suspends the requirement that a personRead More

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Maine Home Prices – Where do we go from here?

by: Dava Davin, Principal, Portside Real Estate Group When I presented at the 2020 MEREDA Real Estate Forecast Conference in January, I was full of good news and positivity in the residential market. I shared that 2019 represented the eighth straight year of rising home prices in Maine resulting in a record-breaking year with the medianRead More

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Message from MEREDA’s President

To our Members: What a challenging time we find ourselves in!  First and foremost, I hope this email finds you, your family, loved ones and coworkers safe and healthy.   We hope that you are coping with all of the changes that have been thrust upon all of us.   We are all in this together!  Read More

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Successful CEO’s Look Back to Prepare Forward

by George E Casey Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Stockbridge Associates, LLC General Patton said he hated paying for the same real estate twice.   You should feel the same about paying for the same business lessons again in the future. Right now, things seem pretty ugly from a business and economy standpoint.   That’s what bothers me. Read More

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Vital Ideas – The 1031 Dominoes

by Brit Vitalius, Principal, Designated Broker, Vitalius Real Estate Group In 2019, we saw 1031 exchanges used even more frequently than in past years. Interestingly, the variations in the transactions illustrate a number of different ways the 1031 exchange can be used to accommodate different investment transitions. The following is an example of a dominoRead More

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