Want to Learn About Bedbugs or Renters Insurance or Sprinkler Systems – Without Having to Sit Through a Formal Class?

Come talk to our exhibitors for FREE!

The Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Conference is tomorrow – Friday, November 8 – at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston.

Along with the conference, which offers CEUs for real estate agents and land use engineers, as well as workshops for landlords, will be a small vendor fair with some very cool exhibitors.

To get into the conference  – which includes a hot buffet lunch with keynote speaker speaker Jim Bennett, sponsored by Bathfitter, and a presentation by our Designated Non-Profit, John F Murphy Homes, Inc – there’s an $89 fee.

However, we’ve just decided to open the mini vendor fair up to the public – for free – because we want to give our exhibitors the opportunity to talk to as many interested people as we can bring in for them.

So come on over to the Ramada between 9:30-12:00, or 1:15-3:30, and pick the brains of these great businesses. We’ll also give you a copy of the Conference Program to take home with you.  (And of course, if you decide you want to take the workshops, we’ll gladly accommodate you, for that $89 fee – or even a pro-rated portion.)

Bathfitters Logo Our Keynote Speaker Sponsor.  Jeff will be glad to talk to you about your bathroom renovations.

JFM Homes  John F Murphy Homes, Inc is our Designated Non Profit.  They offer comprehensive supports for people with intellectual disabilities.  Leslie would love to tell you about them.

A_H_Logo_Resized A & H Properties’ owner Teague is prepared to tell you about the kinds of things you should inspect for when buying a foreclosed home.

AHI Logo Dan, the owner of Accurate Home Inspections, is also teaching a class for real estate agents (and other interested people) on the HUD 203k loan program… which allows for construction costs to be wrapped in as part of your mortgage.  There are rules, but it’s very do-able.

Advance Fire Protection Services Want to learn more about sprinkler systems, wet or dry?  Dean is ready to tell you what you need to know!

BuggyLogo12  Bedbugs… gaack!!   Dale deals with bedbugs in every manner possible; and there are several ways to do it.  Come pick his brain!

healthy androLead paint is a major issue in Maine buildings and remediation can be very expensive.  However, Dana is ready to offer some less expensive solutions to the problem.

liberty-mutual-insurance-logo-287x73  George can come up with a great price for your insurance needs if you bundle them all together… I know, he gave me a very competitive bid.  Ask him for information!

Maine Housing Search Want another resource for advertising your rentals or finding a quality apartment?  Ask Scott from Maine Housing Search dot org.

Mardens Years ago I bought carpeting from Marden’s for a conference room that was going to see a lot of traffic… man did that rug last!  Talk to Ken; he’ll give you good advice on inexpensive but quality flooring.

MastrogiacomoHow often do you get to pick a lawyer’s brain for free?  Well, you won’t be able to here, either, but Attorney Matthew will be offering a workshop for anyone who signs up for the conference… at $89 for the entire day, including picking his brain, you’ll spend less money than you ordinarily would for half an hour of most attorney’s time.

Michals Insurance LogoMedical marijuana…. marijuana for personal use (in Portland, anyway).  Dangerous dog breeds.  Insurance companies are struggling with these issues and the answers aren’t easy.  Matt will fill you in.

OTS Logo - Rentals & Inspections - Square In the morning, John will be busy teaching his “So You Want to Be a Landlord” class, but after that, he’ll be available to talk about property management, engineering issues, or even two of his passions: fostering dogs through local rescues, and playing keyboards.

Perfect BasketCeleste makes the most beautiful housewarming and other gift baskets in town.  No time to shop? She’ll take care of it for you.

SafeAirBruce teaches our 8 CEU courses for real estate agents and engineers – and keeps people entertained while he’s doing them.  If you’re just stopping by, you may not be able to meet him as he’ll be off in class, but one of his guys will be on hand to answer questions about radon, weatherization, lead paint and asbestos.

US Mortgage  Bob wants to get the word out about Reverse Mortgages as a vehicle for buying 2-4 unit properties as well as single family homes.  Let him tell you about it!

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Bangor Oct 2013 Logos        Andro Nov 2013 Logos

Despite the technology glitches of the past few weeks that prevented thousands of emails from being delivered, both the Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference and the Greater Andro conference are still ON!  And
you can still get 8 CEUs on either Thursday, Oct 31 in Bangor or Friday, Nov 8 in Lewiston.  (Your registration fee also includes coffee breaks and lunch.)

However, you shouldn’t wait much longer to sign up.  Our space at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor is limited in size, and we won’t be able to handle a lot of unexpected last minute registrations… so hurry and sign up now – by Tuesday, Oct 29 at midnight at the latest! http://bangorhousingshowattendees.eventbrite.com, or call John at 207 713 0674, or me at 207 740 2247.

There’s a little more time to sign up for the Andro conference, but time is running out for that one as well… it’s less than two weeks away!  You can register online at http://androhousingconferenceattendees.eventbrite.com – or of course, you can call John at 207 713 0674 or me at 207 740 2247.

Excitement! On Thursday morning, I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Bangor when I got a call from Clay Gordon, of the Bangor area Channel 7 ABC/Fox network, who wants to interview me sometime next week for his morning show. Cool!  Let’s hope he still has a spot open, since it took me nearly a day and a half to wade through my emails to respond to his written follow up – I’ve offered to be available on Tuesday morning.  (If you’re up thataway, tune in to see how smaht I sound – cross my fingers!)

We have a number of exhibitors who are ready to tell you about their products and services. Check them out, drop your business card in the bucket and maybe you’ll win a door prize!

A & H Properties:ahpropertyservices.com (Teague Adams) – Andro conference only

Accurate Home Inspections: www.maineahi.com (Dan Link)
Advanced Fire Protection: www.afpsme.com (Dean Campbell)
Allen Freeman McDonnell Insurance: www.insurancemadeeasy.com (Dale Bartlett) – Bangor conference only
Bathfitter: www.bathfitter.com (Michelle Moore) – Bangor conference only
Greater Bangor Apartment Owners and Managers Association: www.gbaoma.com (Sandra Blackmer) – Bangor conference only
Healthy Androscoggin: www.healthyandroscoggin.org  (Dana Leeper) – Andro conference only
Keith Trembley Home Solutions: www.keithtrembley.com (Keith Trembley) – Bangor conference only
Lewiston Auburn Landlords Association (Donald Poisson) – Andro Conference only
Maine State Housing Authority: www.mainehousingsearch.org (Joe Locke in Bangor, and Paula Paladino in Andro) and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, www.mainehousing.org (staff TBA) 
Mardens: www.mardens.com (Ken Clark, with representatives from Shaw Carpentry & MetroFlor Engage )
Michals Insurancewww.michalsinsurance.com (Nick Lotfey) – Andro conference only
The Perfect Basket: www.perfectbasketofmaine.com (Celeste Yakawonis) – Andro conference only
Safe Air, New England: www.safeair-ne.com [under construction] (Bruce Hackett)
TP Environmental Consulting & Contracting: www.gotbadair.com (Terry Pierson Curtis) – Bangor conference only
US Mortgage: www.info.usmortgage.com/auburn (Bob Klar)
BANGOR:
OHI is the Designated Non-Profit for the Bangor conference – it would be wonderful if you could bring a donation of dry and/or canned goods for their food pantry.  As you know, they are a great organization providing critical services for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Please visit their exhibit and learn more about them!  www.ohimaine.org
At lunch time there will be a self-defense demonstration by Maine Traditional Karate (www.mainetraditionalkarate.com) since having the knowledge to stay safe is important in today’s world.  And we’re hoping to have chair massages available for you, as well!

ANDROSCOGGIN:

In Lewiston, John F Murphy Homes, Inc is the Designated Non-Profit… a great organization that has provided excellent services to people with intellectual disabilities for more than 3 decades.   www.jfmhomes.org 
The lunchtime Keynoter is Jim Bennett, the City Manager for Presque Isle, and former City Administrator for Lewiston… it should be a great discussion!  We’re also hoping for free chair massages for all at this conference, too!

Do you like to write about real estate, housing or land use issues?  Check Out Our Bloghttps://realestatehousingandlanduse.wordpress.com, and if you’d like to be a guest writer, please do give us a yell!  We also have an eletter, a group page on LinkedIn (the Maine Real Estate Investors Group), and pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media.
So, there’s lots going on – we hope you’ll join us!
Linda
P.S.  Next spring we’ve scheduled a two day conference at Seasons Conference Center in Portland on May 01-02… we have a great keynote speaker (attorney Paul Mills), and some fun events on the horizon!

Linda M. Snyder, M.S.
207 740 2247
Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference
Oct 31-Nov 01, 2013 | Cross Insurance Center
Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference
Nov 08, 2013 | Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Greater Portland Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference
May 01-02, 2014 |  Seasons Conference Center
Greater Portland Pet Expo – The Business of Animals
June 05-06, 2014 | Seasons Conference Center
Hitch your wagon to a star.  R W Emerson

 

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For info on sponsorships, exhibiting or advertising at any of our conferences, call Linda at 207 740 2247 or email LSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

To present a seminar, workshop or activity at any of our conferences, call John at 207 713 0674 or email JSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

For your social media marketing and information in the Conference Program, email Jessamyn at JHopkins@regroupbiz.com.

For the Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference, October 31-November 01:

To Register to Attend:    http://bangorhousingshowattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://bangorhousingshowexhibitors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://bangorhousingshowprogram.eventbrite.com

For the Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference:

To Register to Attend:    http://androhousingconferenceattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://androhousingconferencesponsors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://androhousingconferenceprogram.eventbrite.com

Other Sources of Information:

To Follow Our Blog:  Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Blog

To Join Our Group on LinkedIn:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Join our Group on Facebook:   Topics in Real Estate, Housing & Land Use.

To Follow Our Fan Page on Facebook:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Follow On the Spot Property Management & Building Inspections on Facebook:  On the Spot Property Management

To Follow What a Great Event! on Facebook: What a Great Event!

To Find Linda on LinkedIn:  Linda Snyder

To Find John on LinkedIn:  John Snyder

To Visit Our Website:  ReGroup! Business Solutions and What a Great Event!

Good Things Come from Being Chosen as the Designated Non-Profit at a Maine Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference

Designated Non Profit Status Logo

As someone who’s always worked at least two jobs, or has worked for someone else while also running my own business, I figure that all told, my 40 year work career actually adds up to about 80 years of experience.  And since at least 30 percent of my career has been in the non-profit world (not to mention all of the years serving on non-profit boards), that means I have a good few decades or more in furthering the goals of not-for-profit organizations.

(Plus, for 10 years I ran a for-profit social services agency – we had essentially the same funding mechanisms as the non-profits, but with the disadvantages of being unable to get grants and donations, while also having to pay income, sales and property taxes.)

This means that supporting non-profits is second nature to me, even though my primary business is “for profit”.

And that means that we try to actively help non-profits with similar goals as our conferences.

A few months before each Real Estate, Housing & Land Use conference we publish Requests for Proposals from agencies providing food, clothing and shelter.  It’s a simple, one-page RFP; having worked as a grant proposal writer, I know how much work it can be, and sometimes for no results at all.

Agencies applying for Designated Non-Profit status are then rated on items that help our committee determine whether the organization meets our criteria.  The scoring grid looks like this – you’ll have to click on the diagram to view it more easily:

Non Profit Scoring Grid

The agency with the highest number of points earns our Designated Non Profit Status.

What that gives them is

  1. a free exhibit booth
  2. the option of having conference attendees donate above the cost of their registration fee to the agency
  3. the ability to ask for donations during the event, and
  4. a 3-minute self-introduction prior to the keynote presentation.

Also, we often need volunteers to help with our conferences, and will donate $10 per hour of approved volunteer time to the exhibiting non-profit of that volunteer’s choice… so there’s another possible donation.  And, we’ll help that non-profit develop a fund-raising project specific to their participation in our conference.

From our perspective, it’s all about being a good neighbor.  Don’t you agree?

Note: The Designated Non-Profit Status RFP for the May 01-02, 2014 conference in Portland at Seasons Conference Center will be published shortly.  We encourage any and all non-profits providing food, clothing and/or shelter to apply.

Previous & current winners include:

  • May 2012 Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo – The Pixel Fund
  • May 2013 Greater Androscoggin Landlords & Real Estate Investors Conference – Trinity Jubilee Center
  • September 2013 Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo – Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends (this expo was cancelled; Tommy’s has been designated for next  year, 2014)
  • October 2013 Greater Bangor Pet Expo – Bangor Bark for Life (this expo was cancelled; Bark for Life has been designated for next year, 2014)
  • October 2013 Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference – OHI Maine
  • November 2013 Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference – John F Murphy Homes, Inc.

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For info on sponsorships, exhibiting or advertising at any of our conferences, call Linda at 207 740 2247 or email LSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

To present a seminar, workshop or activity at any of our conferences, call John at 207 713 0674 or email JSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

For your social media marketing and information in the Conference Program, email Jessamyn at JHopkins@regroupbiz.com.

For the Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference, October 31-November 01:

To Register to Attend:    http://bangorhousingshowattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://bangorhousingshowexhibitors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://bangorhousingshowprogram.eventbrite.com

For the Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference:

To Register to Attend:    http://androhousingconferenceattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://androhousingconferencesponsors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://androhousingconferenceprogram.eventbrite.com

Other Sources of Information:

To Follow Our Blog:  Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Blog

To Join Our Group on LinkedIn:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Join our Group on Facebook:   Topics in Real Estate, Housing & Land Use.

To Follow Our Fan Page on Facebook:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Follow On the Spot Property Management & Building Inspections on Facebook:  On the Spot Property Management

To Follow What a Great Event! on Facebook: What a Great Event!

To Find Linda on LinkedIn:  Linda Snyder

To Find John on LinkedIn:  John Snyder

To Visit Our Website:  ReGroup! Business Solutions and What a Great Event!

A Home. A Job. A Friend. And A Look at Homelessness from the BDN.

A home.   A job.   A friend.

Around the mid 1980s, a research study of people with serious mental illness found that the three primary goals of their lives were the same three primary goals of everyone else’s lives… A home. A job. A friend.

What those looked like… how they were defined… were a bit different, but the essence was the same.

A home.  We all need a space to call our own, where we can keep our personal possessions, and feel safe – whether it’s a 5,000 square foot waterfront property or just a single room in a boarding home.

A job.  “Job” is defined as purpose.   We all need to feel useful and as though our lives are meaningful.  Purpose varies widely; for some, it’s being a neurosurgeon or a school teacher.  For others… a stay at home parent or a church volunteer.  Purpose is not necessarily based on money, but rather, on being needed.

A friend.  We all need to belong… we need family, friends, a social group, or even a social worker who we can trust.  Or sometimes, for some people, that friend is a companion animal – a cat or dog that loves us no matter what.

It’s really that simple.  A home.  A job. A friend.

Almost 20 years ago I worked as the Housing Developer/Rental Subsidy Administrator for a mental health agency; prior to that I was the Community Support Supervisor for that same mental agency.  Addressing homelessness was a big part of both jobs.

The Bangor Daily News has just published a stark and overwhelmingly touching report that offers a glimpse of what it’s like to be without a space to call one’s own, and how it eats at one’s being.  You can review it here.

http://external.bangordailynews.com/projects/2013/10/homeless/index.html?utm_source=bangordailynews

You Can Help: 

Each of our Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Conferences has a Designated Non-Profit, which works to address issues of food, clothing and/or shelter among Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.

OHI

The Designated Non-Profit for the Greater Bangor conference being held on Oct 31-Nov 01, 2013 is OHI, a social services agency that helps provide those with disabilities with the resources they need to achieve their goals.  Housing is a major focus.  You can learn more about OHI at www.ohimaine.org.

JFM Homes

The Designated Non-Profit for the Greater Androscoggin conference being held on Nov 08, 2013 is John F Murphy Homes, Inc, which for 35 years has helped people with developmental disabilities find a place to call home.   Visit the JFM website at https://www.jfmhomes.org.

We hope you will learn more about these two great organizations, and help support their goals, their missions and their values.

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For info on sponsorships, exhibiting or advertising at any of our conferences, call Linda at 207 740 2247 or email LSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

To present a seminar, workshop or activity at any of our conferences, call John at 207 713 0674 or email JSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

For your social media marketing and information in the Conference Program, email Jessamyn at JHopkins@regroupbiz.com.

For the Greater Bangor Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference, October 31-November 01:

To Register to Attend:    http://bangorhousingshowattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://bangorhousingshowexhibitors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://bangorhousingshowprogram.eventbrite.com

For the Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Conference:

To Register to Attend:    http://androhousingconferenceattendees.eventbrite.com

To Sponsor or Exhibit:  http://androhousingconferencesponsors.eventbrite.com

To Place an Ad in the Conference Program:  http://androhousingconferenceprogram.eventbrite.com

Other Sources of Information:

To Follow Our Blog:  Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Blog

To Join Our Group on LinkedIn:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Join our Group on Facebook:   Topics in Real Estate, Housing & Land Use.

To Follow Our Fan Page on Facebook:  Maine Real Estate Investors Group

To Follow On the Spot Property Management & Building Inspections on Facebook:  On the Spot Property Management

To Follow What a Great Event! on Facebook: What a Great Event!

To Find Linda on LinkedIn:  Linda Snyder

To Find John on LinkedIn:  John Snyder

To Visit Our Website:  ReGroup! Business Solutions and What a Great Event!

John F Murphy Homes is Andro Conference’s Designated Non-Profit

JFM Homes
Meet Our Designated Non-Profit!
The John F Murphy Homes, Inc, which for 35 years has offered life-enriching activities to people with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, has been awarded Designated Non-Profit status at the November 8 Greater Androscoggin Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Conference, to be held at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center. 

John F Murphy Homes (JFM) will receive a free exhibit space at the conference giving staff and organization members the opportunity to meet with area real estate, housing and other professionals, and sell tickets to future events that help support the agency’s services.   JFM will also precede the keynote speaker during the lunchtime program, giving attendees an overview of the agency’s proud history of service in our community. 

JFM operates 54 local residential facilities, several day programs and the Margaret Murphy Children’s Centers. 

FMI: jfmhomes.org.

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Workshops & Events at the Conference Include:
Seminars & Workshops:

REALTORs® Track:  8:00-12:00 & 1:15-5:15 | 8 CEUs approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission . Topic: Environmental Awareness – Asbestos, Indoor Air Quality, Lead & Weatherization. (See also Professionals Track: HUD/FHA 203K Loans – 2 Real Estate CEUs.)

The Business of Landlording:   So You Want to Be a Landlord | How to Think Like a Bedbug | Building a Vibrant Membership Organization | GA & Voucher Programs | Simple Steps to Save Money & Avoid Lead Abatement | Landlord – Tenant Relations, A Legal Perspective

Professionals Track:   Entrepreneurship-Building Your Business | Reverse Mortgages |      Inspections to Make Before Buying a Foreclosed Property | Legislative Advocacy | Insurance Issues in the Housing Industry | MSHA Homeless Initiative – and – Section 8 Housing

Engineers/Land Use Track:  Conservation Subdivisions | The Mechanics of Sprinkler       Systems | Handling Home Heating Tank Spills | 203Ks as a Team Sport: HUD 203 Loans | The Basics of Electricity

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker:

We are thrilled to announce that the Keynote Speaker is James (Jim) Bennett, City Manager of Presque Isle, and former Administrator for the City of Lewiston.

Jim is well-known & respected for his extensive contributions to the governing of communities throughout Maine, and has a special talent in the area of downtown revitalization. His thoughts on real estate, housing and land use are certain to be thought-provoking.

ALSO:  

Door Prizes, Networking, Exhibitors….. Continental Breakfast, Afternoon Cookie Break…. and more!

Andro Housing Conference Poster - Updated - 13 Oct 2013

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For info on sponsorships or exhibiting, call Linda at 207 740 2247 or email LSnyder@regroupbiz.com

To present a seminar, workshop or activity, call John at 207 713 0674 or email  JSnyder@regroupbiz.com

For your social media marketing and information in the Show Program, email Jessamyn at JHopkins@regroupbiz.com

To Register to Attend:  http://androhousingconferenceattendees.eventbrite.com

To Exhibit or Sponsor: http://androhousingconferencesponsors.eventbrite.com

To Advertise in the Conference Program: http://androhousingconferenceprogram.eventbrite.com

To Follow Our Blog: https://realestatehousingandlanduse.wordpress.com

To Join Our Group on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/maine-real-estate-investors-group

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