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MEREDA Makes News.

Maine newspapers and radio and television stations, as well as national publications like The Wall Street Journal, seek out MEREDA leaders for comments on issues of concern to the commercial real estate industry. Check out some recent recent articles and news releases below

How to navigate the coming ups and downs in the economy

Investors and retirees worried about the volatility in the stock market might take heart that economic indicators show a generally positive economy nationwide in 2019, with some notable exceptions.

Booming real estate market makes housing for visa workers too expensive

One in two jobs in Maine is in hospitality, but hotels are finding it increasingly difficult to find staff because visa workers, which make up 10 percent of the workforce in high tourist season, cannot find lodging in the expensive apartment markets statewide.

Real estate development was strong, but not crazy, in 2018

Development in southern Maine continues to be strong, although somewhat tempered compared with the last two years. That was the takeaway from a daylong conference for real estate and development professionals Thursday at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Presenters talked about trends they saw last year in residential, office, industrial, hospitality and retail realRead More

Want to Know What’s Really Happening in Maine Real Estate? The MEREDA Index Has More Than Just The Numbers.

The MEREDA Index, a key economic indicator for the state of Maine, was presented yesterday at the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA) 2019 Annual Forecast Conference.  While the Index was little changed in the last six months, declining by 0.2% since the first quarter of 2018, the individual components of the Index—commercial, residential,Read More

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Opportunity Zones: Bangor Edition – What you Need to Know to Take Advantage of this Opportunity in Real Estate and Beyond”

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a bi-partisan tax incentive program based on economically distressed Opportunity Zones.  Investors in Qualified Opportunity Zone businesses now have the ability to defer, and to some extent eliminate, recent capital gain income, by properly investing their gain proceeds.  Gov. LePage has designated 32 Opportunity Zones in MaineRead More

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work”

Safe, affordable housing is a basic human need. It can lower stress, bolster health and reduce transiency, enabling children to perform better in school, adults to retain jobs, and neighbors to feel connected and safe. Unfortunately, Maine is experiencing a fundamental mismatch between its housing stock and its housing needs, and that mismatch is creatingRead More

The Right Equation for Responsible Development: Spotlight on Huston Commons

In multi-part series, exclusive to the Maine Real Estate Insider, we’ll provide an up-close look at the most notable commercial development projects of the past year that are helping to fuel Maine’s economy in terms of investment and job creation.  MEREDA is proud to recognize responsible development based upon criteria including environmental sustainability, economic impact,Read More

Maine’s Leading Real Estate Experts to Gather for Economic Analysis of Industry on January 17th in Portland

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, nearly 900 of the state’s leading real estate experts will gather in Portland at MEREDA’s Annual Forecast Conference and Member Showcase sponsored by TD Bank.  Real Estate continues to be a significant driver of the Maine economy and the MEREDA Forecast Conference provides an opportunity for industry luminaries to share theirRead More