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Chowder in Augusta

There is nothing better than a hot cup of chowder to take the chill off a cool New England night. Moreover, you will have plenty of things to do when you move into any of the Augusta homes for sale this season. Between the crisp air and the tired muscles, the last thing you will want to do is fire up the stove and make dinner. When you are ready to take a break from the boxes and settle into the area, the following are some of the best places in town to enjoy a piping hot bowl of New England chowder.

Sandy Point Seafood - 146 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330

Open Wednesday through Sunday, Sandy Point Seafood is one of the best chowder restaurants in Maine. From lobster stew to haddock chowder, they have something for everyone to discover. When you do get settled into the area, you can come back and pick up some of the freshest halibut, haddock, shrimp, and lobster in Augusta to bring home. This local favorite is a great place to rub elbows with your neighbors and find out what's happening in the community.

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Multiple Offers on Home - Sprague & Curtis

Congratulations! You've found yourself in a position most sellers dream of — having multiple offers on your home. While this is a positive development, some sellers may be unsure of how to proceed. Should you choose the buyer with the highest offer or consider other options? There is no black and white answer — the best solution will be the one that fits your needs appropriately.

Our real estate agents have spent years negotiating Augusta homes for sale and have plenty of experience helping a seller manage multiple bids. We know this may seem overwhelming! However, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to ensure your needs are met and that you conduct a mutually beneficial real estate transaction with a deserving buyer.

Before you make a decision, we encourage you to consider these helpful tips:

  1. Look for Offers that Stand Out
    Before you sort your offers into categories based on price, funding, contingencies, and preapprovals, we suggest taking a moment to acknowledge the offers that stand out. You can separate them into two piles: ordinary offers and extraordinary offers. Examples of exceptional offers are those with a personalized letter, those offering to cover closing costs and those having added an escalation clause. These small details can make a significant difference later on in the process.

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Ways to Declutter - Sprague & Curtis

Many of the best Augusta homes for sale offer plenty of storage space. However, one of the biggest challenges in moving is getting "stuff" from Point A to Point B. Our real estate agents advise taking a structured and systematic approach to your move. The keys are starting early and making decluttering a priority.

Most of us have more stuff than we know what to do with. Over time, it's easy to forget the things we bought and put away. Everything purchased by a person, a couple, or a family is a snapshot of needs they had at a particular time. But those needs change. 

So, how can you tackle the intimidating task of decluttering before your big move?

Take a deep breath and follow these tips:

  1. Start Decluttering as Soon as You Can
    The earlier you start, the less stressful the process will be, since you can tackle it at your own pace. Plus, it can offer you a fresh perspective. You might be surprised just how many things you don't use often.
  2. Incentivize Donating
    To keep yourself from carting things you don't want, figure out a nearby location for donations. Many charities accept used clothes, and some will take food, toiletries, or electronic goods. Start with a "donate" pile from the beginning.

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Local Augusta Charities - Sprague & Curtis

Every year on September 5, people around the world come together to support those in need for International Day of Charity. This annual holiday is the perfect opportunity to learn more about local causes and offer support. Whether you're currently shopping for Augusta homes for sale or you're a long-time resident, you'll find plenty of worthy, local non-profit organizations to support on International Day of Charity. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 local Augusta charities you can support this year.

  1. Maine Greyhound Placement Service – 231 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta 04330
    The Maine Greyhound Placement Service (MGPS) is a local charity working to find new homes for retired racing greyhounds, typically between two and five years old. These well-trained dogs often make great family pets. Besides finding the dogs homes, the organization also operates a spay/neuter clinic, and a greyhound pet supply store to help raise funds. Volunteer to help greyhounds find homes, or make a financial donation to support the cause.

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