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Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday gives shoppers an opportunity to support their local businesses. It's a great chance to get your holiday shopping done and show your favorite mom-and-pop stores some love. 

In honor of the occasion, our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite small businesses in the Augusta, ME area. Be sure to check out these amazing local shops this season!

  1. Kennebec Chocolates - 10 Western Ave, Augusta, ME 04330
    If you're in the area looking at Augusta homes for sale, there's one place you're guaranteed to find the best chocolate. That would be Kennebec Chocolates, a favorite local shop that offers incredible treats for anyone with a sweet tooth. From gourmet truffle assortments to chocolate-covered espresso beans, Kennebec Chocolates has something for everyone. They even offer some fantastic sugar-free options. 

  2. Kennebec Cheesery - 795 Pond Rd, Sidney, ME 04330
    Focusing on handcrafted small-batch artisan cheese and yogurt, Kennebec Cheesery is a hyper-local shop where you won't find anything that isn't from Maine. Located minutes from Sydney homes for sale, Kennebec Cheesery is the passion project of Jean and Peter Koons. They make everything using milk from their own Alpine and Saanen goats and organic Jersey cows' milk from nearby Woodside farm. Everything is solar-powered, non-GMO, and delicious. 

  3. Mystic Maine Quilts - 5 River Rd, Chelsea, ME 04330
    Mystic Maine Quilts is an incredible resource if you have a crafty person on your Christmas list. Offering a tremendous selection of high quality 100% cotton fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, books, and professional longarm quilting services, Mystic Maine Quilts is located in the quiet community of Chelsea, just a few miles from Augusta and a stone's throw from these Chelsea homes for sale. If you'd like to have a custom quilt made – or are looking for the resources to make your own – this is your place.
  4. Uncorked Wine & Cheese - 145 Civic Center Dr, Augusta, ME 04330
    Few things go hand-in-hand quite like wine and cheese, and this tiny boutique shop in Augusta is your go-to destination for both. Uncorked Wine & Cheese offers a broad and ever-changing selection of wines and cheeses from here, and all around the world. You're sure to find something special. Be sure to check their calendar for upcoming wine tastings and other events!

  5. Jellison Traders - 359 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330
    Augusta offers no shortage of quaint antique stores, but Jellison Traders leads the pack. For more than a decade, this local shop has offered a simply stunning variety of antique, vintage, retro, modern, collectible and second-hand items. For antique hounds, it's essentially a 4,000 square-foot wonderland, where you're sure to find a perfect gift for anybody with a taste for the old-fashioned.

  6. Wolf Creek Farm - 13 Blake Rd, Sidney, ME 04330
    A fantastic resource for finding local Maine products, Sidney's Wolf Creek Farm Store is the ideal place to stock up on delicious Maine-centric gifts for anyone on your list. In addition to all-natural meats and produce, they also offer a wide selection of jams, jellies, pickles, candies and locally hand-made goods of all kinds, including eye-catching arts, crafts, and jewelry. 

There's always something new and exciting to discover in Augusta, ME. Contact us today to learn more about life in Maine, and talk to our team about finding your dream home.


Real Estate Terms to Know

Whether you're listing your first home, or if you're a seasoned pro at flipping houses, there are many real estate terms you'll hear. If you're considering listing your property among other Augusta homes for sale, you will need to become familiar with this terminology to make the process easier for you. Acquainting yourself with some of the verbiage discussed below will make your home-listing experience more enjoyable.

Terms You Should Know When Listing Your Home

Once you familiarize yourself with even some of the basic definitions, the process will become easier for you. If you need help clarifying some of the more complex terms, our REALTORS® can help you better understand what they mean for you as a buyer or seller.

One of the first terms to acquaint yourself with is the combination of a buyer's agent and listing agent. A buyer's agent will represent you in the sale of your home while finding potential buyers. While a listing agent will handle the marketing and prepping of your home throughout the process. Principal refers to the amount owed to the lender, which the buyer pays with interest, and using a certified REALTOR® will ensure ethical standards are upheld during the listing.

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Selling During a Divorce

Navigating the stress and emotional pain of a divorce is a lot. Throw in the added stress of trying to sell your home, and you're bound to be in a bit over your head! Our REALTORS® have helped many families navigate this process and have compiled a list of helpful tips to streamline the process of selling a home during a divorce.  

  1. Determine Timing of the Sale
    A home can be sold before, during, or after a divorce. Each point has its pros and cons relating to property division, taxes, and other financial considerations. Consult your attorney to decide which is the optimum choice for your situation.

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Dog Friendly Places Augusta

Augusta, Maine is a pet-friendly community. From Pugs and Pomeranians to Schnauzers and Shih Tzu's, your pet will find plenty of new friends to run and play with. When you move into Augusta homes for sale, you can bet at least a few of your neighbors will have at least one furry friend running around the back yard. Large and small, you can bet that from time to time, your new neighbors treat their furry buddy with a trip to these dog-friendly establishments. 

  1. Pizza Degree - 10 Waterville Commons Dr, Waterville, ME 04901
    Pooches love pizza, and they will always get a great pie at Pizza Degree. They have pizzas with all of your favorite toppings. From meatballs and mozzarella to peppers and pineapple, you can enjoy their signature creations or create your own to suit your tastes. 

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