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Bean Group

6 City Center, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101
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Bean Group is a full-service brokerage in Portland that represents both home buyers and sellers. Its agents are knowledgeable in several counties, including Cumberland, Franklin, Somerset, Waldo, and York. This enables them to assist clients in navigating the local real estate market, whether they are looking to buy or sell a home. Bean Group generates more than $2 billion in revenue each year. Michael Bean, who began working in the industry in 2001, founded it in 2003.

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4.4 / 5 (7)
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Chris Lavoie

257 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
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Associated with Domaine, Chris Lavoie has been in the real estate industry for over 18 years. With first-hand experience in buying and selling properties, Chris can offer the same services to his clients by guiding them throughout the real estate process. He also assists his customers with home valuation and rental services. Serving Portland and the nearby cities, Chris has experience in purchasing real estate and converting it to multi-unit condos, as well as renovating properties himself.

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4.8
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5.0 / 5 (12)
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David Banks

281 Veranda Street, Portland, ME 04103
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David Banks is a Portland-based real estate agent specializing in luxury residential homes. Banks uses his over 30 years of experience in the industry in serving the buying and selling needs of his clients. In 1994, he was able to form RE/MAX By The Bay. He and his team of agents were able to sell close to $1.7 billion worth of properties under the company. Banks also has experience in commercial real estate.

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4.9
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4.1 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (2)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Heather Shields

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101
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Heather Shields is a Portland-based real estate agent affiliated with Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty. She specializes in family residences, vacant land, and island homes. She also assists sellers in listing their properties in the market. Her 15 years of experience in the real estate industry have provided her with a wide network of connections—all of which allow her to help both sellers and buyers. She uses her in-depth knowledge of Maine's coastline to the advantage of her clients.

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2.0 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Jennifer Sweeney

One Union Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
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Jennifer Sweeney is a Town & Shore Real Estate agent based in Portland. She has been providing her services to the community since 2010. Sweeney offers assistance to buyers and sellers of real estate properties. According to Sweeney, she finds the process of her job really exciting and rewarding, especially as she tailors her services based on the needs of her clients. Sweeney loves swimming, biking, and enjoying nature in general. She also worked in marketing and advertising before starting in real estate.

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Jeremy Lock

330 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101
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Jeremy Lock of Portside Real Estate Group has been engaged in the property industry for 18 years. He can work with clients remotely, and may it be online home tours or electronic signing of documents, and he has the advantage of always being ready for his clients. He has been able to secure the best homes at the most affordable rates and with the least stress for his clients. Jeremy donates $100 from every transaction that he closes to the Maine Cancer Foundation.

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5.0 / 5 (15)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Karen Thompson

386 Bridgton Road, Westbrook, ME 04092
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Karen Thompson is a real estate agent at The Flaherty Group, a firm that has been serving clients in Portland since the early 1980s. She uses her experience in handling personal residences and investments to advise clients on matters related to the areas of real estate and development. She provides information on the local market to help them in selling properties as well as buying homes for the first time. Thompson also assists clients in buying newly constructed properties.

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4.2 / 5 (5)

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Kathy Gallant

8 Cumberland Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
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Since 2000, real estate agent Kathy Gallant has been helping clients throughout the Portland metro and nearby communities. She conducts consultation sessions to guide individuals through the process of property buying. Kathy also advises property sellers on issues involving listings. She maintains a website that contains information on available local property listings. She owns Kathy Gallant Realty, a Brunswick-based real estate firm. Her team has managed over $130 million in sales for clients.

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Landing Real Estate

780 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106
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Landing Real Estate assists clients in Portland with the buying and selling process. It helps first-time homebuyers, sellers, and investors achieve their real estate goals by advising them on contracts, negotiations, and market conditions. The agency also provides a mortgage calculator to help clients project their potential expenses. Owners Matt and Lisa DiBiase are brokers with more than 39 years of industry experience. Matt has completed over 500 real estate transactions valued at more than $120 million. He also handles expired listings and distressed properties.

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4.8 / 5 (28)
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4.8 / 5 (17)

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Lisa Andrade

8 Rivers Edge Drive, Gorham, ME, US, 655 Main Street suite 3, Westbrook, ME 04092, Gorham, ME 04038
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Lisa Andrade is a real estate agent serving clients in Portland and the surrounding areas. She works for North Point Realty, helping individuals sell or purchase properties. Andrade assists clients through the purchasing process, such as finance preparations, appraisal, and negotiations. Additionally, she provides home evaluation services to determine a property's value in the current market. For clients' benefit and convenience, Andrade partners with various companies, including Focused Property, Residential Mortgage Services, and Coastline Property Inspections.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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Lois Flaherty

190 U.S. 1, Falmouth, ME 04105
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Lois Flaherty is a real estate agent who has vast experience in real estate sales and marketing. Together with the team of real estate professionals and brokers at Locations Real Estate Group, Lois assists clients in purchasing and selling real estate properties throughout Portland and nearby communities. With her expertise in the Greater Portland real estate market and community, she is able to guide clients in making important decisions and offer them tailor-made solutions.

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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Maine Home Connection

19 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
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Maine Home Connection is a Portland-based agency that serves real estate buyers and sellers. Its team assists clients looking to relocate to the state, helping them find properties in communities such as Old Orchard, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and Cumberland. Its listings include lake-view and ocean-waterfront homes. An extensive portfolio of services for home sellers is also fulfilled in-house. These include video production, photography, and internet marketing. Maine Home Connection is owned by husband-and-wife Michael and Laura Sosnowski.

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4.5 / 5 (182)
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4.5 / 5 (57)
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1.0 / 5 (1)

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Maine Realty

415 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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Founded in 2004, Maine Realty is an independent, full-service, and integrated real estate company in Portland which offers property buying and selling and relocation services. In addition, the company is now offering a special program for military veterans to help them find a suitable home financing institution and assist the retired soldiers with the rest of the process. The company takes pride in the fact that all its agents are Realtors and members of the Realtor Association.

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5.0 / 5 (15)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Meservier & Associates - Auburn

220 Main Street, Auburn, ME 04210
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Meservier & Associates is a locally owned and family-operated agency serving home buyers and sellers in Portland and nearby towns. It provides a collection of resources, agents, and market data in order to assist clients in finding the right property. The agency specializes in residential homes, lakefront real estate, commercial, equestrian, and multi-family properties. Sue Meservier, Tony Poulin, and Nicole Elie are the owners, managers, and brokers who have over 60 years of industry experience between them and their staff. They seek to provide personalized assistance that caters to clients' needs.

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5.0 / 5 (92)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Portside Real Estate Group

59 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME 04101
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Portside Real Estate Group is a local woman-owned agency serving clients in Portland and its neighboring communities. Its agents provide clients with a personalized approach to the home selling and buying process. They direct customers to the company's website featuring home listings based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, neighborhood, and nearby schools. The company received certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. To give back to the community, it donates a portion of its profits to Maine-based organizations.

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4.8 / 5 (45)
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4.9 / 5 (18)

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Regency Realty Group

762 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106
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Regency Realty Group is a team of real estate professionals serving clients in Portland. It helps those moving in and out of states or across towns by performing a market analysis on their properties, and listing them for sale. The company works with single-family, condominium, multi-unit, luxury, and commercial properties. It also handles rentals and leasing on behalf of its clients. Regency comprises realtors who live in the communities they serve and volunteer with non-profit causes.

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1.0 / 5 (1)
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Scott & Sunny Townsend Team

50 Sewall Street, Portland, ME 04102
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Scott & Sunny Townsend Team provides real estate services for clients across Portland and the neighboring cities. It helps homeowners throughout the process of selling their properties and guides them in pricing, marketing, and staging their homes. Its team also helps buyers in finding the property that meets their preferred location and price. The company's specialties lie in handling residential and vacation real estate purchases and sales. It has been serving the area for over two decades.

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4.9 / 5 (115)
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5.0 / 5 (32)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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The Steven Chicoine Real Estate Team

50 Sewall St. 2nd Floor, Portland, ME 04102
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Affiliated with Keller Williams Realty, The Steven Chicoine Real Estate Team connects buyers and sellers in the Portland area and surrounding areas. The team helps clients in each step of the real estate process, from property search and deal negotiation to closing. It creates marketing plans, guides clients in the loan pre-qualification process, and provides market insights. Chicoine has been a licensed agent since 2007 and was awarded 30 Under 30 by Realtor Magazine in 2012.

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Tomazin Goff Realty

75 John Roberts Rd. Suite 102A, Portland, ME 04106
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Tomazin Goff Realty caters to customers in the Portland metro and the surrounding areas. It serves home sellers, helping them showcase available properties through the use of marketing technology. Its listing process involves providing staging consultations and raising awareness of real estate assets using digital solutions like photography, virtual tours, and website development. The agency also represents individuals looking to purchase new homes. Dave Demeo, one of the Realtors, holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Civil Engineering.

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Urban and Rural Real Estate

386 Fore St, #303, Portland, ME 04101
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Urban and Rural Real Estate is a women-owned boutique agency serving buyers and sellers in Portland and nearby areas. It lists different types of residential and commercial properties, including single-family homes, multi-units, and land. The company utilizes digital marketing strategies using Facebook and Instagram. Its owner and designated broker, Mandy Wheeler, has been in the industry since 2013. She was named Portland’s Realtor of the Year in 2021 by the Portland Old Port magazine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Real estate agents help property owners and clients who want to buy real property realize their goals. They offer services, guidance, oversight, and expertise regarding the legalities of real estate transactions.

Some common real estate agent tasks and services include listing homes, showing properties to prospective buyers, holding open houses, and negotiating property sales prices. Agents also find homes available for sale that meet their clients’ needs and desires. They explain the sales conditions and draw up transactional contracts.

Agents work with mortgage lenders, property appraisers, home inspectors, and other professionals in the field. Real estate agents can act as a liaison for their clients, explaining complicated legal processes while acting in their best interests; it may be getting the best price for a homeowner who’s selling or negotiating a lower sales price for a buyer. 

Are all real estate agents Realtors?

No. All real estate agents are not Realtors. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors. This membership allows these professionals to use this trademarked designation. But membership is not required to provide real estate services. Therefore, real estate agents who haven’t joined a NAR trade association are not Realtors.

How do real estate agents get paid?

Real estate agents are paid when they make a sale. Sales pay on a commission basis. Brokers and the agents who buy and sell properties receive a percentage of the total sales price. The brokers collect the commissions from the sales funds, then pay their agents a set percentage established by contract agreements.

What is a fair commission for a real estate agent?

The typical rate for residential sales is 5% to 6%. For example, a 6% commission on a house that sells for $400,000 is $24,000. Commercial property sales may pay up to 10% on commission. However, the agents split the total commission with the listing broker and the purchasing broker.

How do you pick a real estate agent?

Homeowners who want to sell their homes with the help of a real estate professional choose selling agents, also called listing agents. Aspiring home purchasers use the services of a buyer’s real estate agent. Some real estate agents work for both buyers and sellers, but they usually only represent one or the other at a time. The exception occurs in states that allow dual agency. This arrangement is not recommended.

Get referrals for a buyer’s or listing agent from friends, family, and coworkers, and do some online research. Then, interview agents at different real estate agencies before deciding. Ask about their experience, workload, specialties, commission rate, and marketing approach.

Do buyers pay commission to the real estate agent?

The commission that compensates real estate agents for their services is paid out of the final sales price. It’s the seller who delivers the funds in the end. Since those funds come from the money that the purchaser provides to acquire the home, it could be argued that ultimately, it’s the buyer that pays.

Can a felon become a real estate agent?

The laws and regulations that govern the real estate profession vary from state to state. So, while a felony may prevent someone from obtaining a real estate license in Arizona, an aspiring agent in Florida with a felony on their record is far more likely to get one. Many states allow real estate licensing for people with felonies on a case-by-case basis if the circumstances meet specific guidelines.

Can a real estate agent work without a broker?

Real estate agents may not work independently with homeowners and buyers to list, sell, or purchase homes. A real estate broker must provide oversight. But agents may become brokers after completing special training and/or academic courses and meeting state-specific broker licensing requirements. Though agents may need to work under a broker’s firm for a set period first.

Is it required to hire a real estate agent to sell a property?

In all 50 states and the District of Colombia, property owners may sell their real property without contracting with a real estate agent. These are “For Sale by Owner” arrangements. But many FSBOs eventually turn to an agent to sell their home or commercial property due to the legal complexities of real estate transactions.

How much do real estate agents make?

In May 2021, the average annual income for a U.S. real estate agent had reached $90,687. Agents working in markets with houses that sell for prices far higher than the national average may earn more. On the other hand, lower markets may generate smaller incomes. Sales frequency and commission rates and splits also impact earnings.

How do you become a real estate agent?

Real estate licensing requirements are state specific. But aspiring agents must attend classes to meet their state’s educational requirements. After completing their courses, they must pass an exam that tests both state and federal knowledge of real estate laws and regulations. They also need to find a broker to work under and pay various fees to gain a state license to practice real estate. 

How long does it take to become a real estate agent?

It’s possible to complete self-paced online real estate courses, take the exam, and receive a real estate license in as little as two to three months. But four to six months is a more realistic time frame. At a slower pace, the process typically takes no longer than a year.

How much do real estate agents make per sale?

That depends on many factors, including the commission rate, the agent's split with their broker, and the home's sales price. For example, the average sales price of a new house in the U.S. hit $408,800 in 2021. With a 6% sales commission, that equals $24,528. After splitting that with the listing agency and the sales agent’s broker, the agent may earn about $6,000 to $7,000 on that single sale. Pricier homes earn greater commissions.

How much money do the top earning real estate agents in the world make?

In the U.S., top earners make an average of about $80,000 to $112,000 annually in real estate markets in Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. For international agents in the U.S., the average annual real estate agent income is $77,264. Higher earners make nearly $140,000 each year. Some rare “star” agents earn half a million or more annually.

How many hours does the average real estate agent work per week?

Successful real estate agents put in full work weeks. A 40-hour commitment is typically necessary. Those hours are likely to include evenings and weekends. Most agents continue working those hours throughout their careers. They split their work hours between office hours, travel time, and time spent advertising and marketing, generating leads, and showing properties.

What are the best tools and technology for real estate agents to use?

Technology and tech tools are a huge part of a real estate agent’s profession. Customer relationship management tools are essential for quality customer service that attracts repeat and referral businesses. Other helpful tech tools include marketing apps, virtual 3D tours, and technology that assists with lead generation, transaction management, bookkeeping, and accounting. Even graphic design technology can be helpful, allowing clients to visualize their new homes.

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