Maine Land For Sale

To Post or Not to Post Your Maine Land

Maine has a long tradition of landowners allowing reasonable public access to private lands. As a Mainer I want to thank all of those land owners who allow this. I do not post my land as we also enjoy using lands of other landowners who also allow access for recreation on their lands.

If you wish to keep your land for your own use, Maine does protect the landowners rights to privacy. Title 17A Section 402 explains how the landowner must post their land with signs or paint to legally restrict access over their property. Signs or paint must be within 100 feet apart and be visible so that a potential intruder can see the restricted access. Signs must be specific as to the restriction ie. no trespassing, access by permission only, no hunting etc.

Painting is the easiest way to post your land, a vertical purple painted stripe 1 plus inch wide on trees 3-5 feet above the ground means access by permission only. These stripes need to be no more than 100 feet apart and need to be maintained so that they are conspicuous to any person who may approach your boundary lines.

A verbal warning to a trespasser is also a legal means of enforcing your property rights. If you confront a hunter on your land you have the right to inspect their hunting license to determine who they are, if they refuse they have violated Maine law. If convicted they can loose their hunting rights for a year and possibly forfeit their firearms to public auction.

If a hunter wounds a game animal which then enters your property the hunter does not have the right to enter your property to retrieve the animal. If you are concerned about the access please contact the local game warden and allow the hunter to retrieve the animal to prevent the waste of the game.

We are often asked by landowners that if they post their property to restrict access if they can still legally hunt their property. The answer is yes. The landowner does still need to purchase a Maine hunting license and abide by all applicable hunting rules and regulations. We are also asked about landowner legal responsibility for keeping their property safe for recreational users. The answer is no as long as you do not willfully or maliciously fail to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity.

We hope this helps Maine land owners manage the land they way in which they want to. To understand that if they wish to keep it for just themselves that is a right that they are entitled and protected. For those who leave their land open for public use this Mainer and many others say thank you and respect your property rights.

 

Permaculture - What Is It?

More and more people are awakening to the realization that the current system of living and providing food for our population is a tenuous and fragile system.  The demise of honey bee populations may be a visible sign of how our current monoculture mega farming techniques are not the best methods for a healthy eco system.  They are inherently dependent on large applications of petro-chemicals to produce yields of crops that are shipped vast distances on trucks to consumers that are thousands of miles away from their food source.  Bees are trucked thousands of miles and then placed in a virtual food desert where all they see for miles and miles is 1 type of plant on which to gather nectar and pollen.  Imagine how healthy you would be eating only oatmeal 3 times a day, for a month or more.  Regular yes, healthy no!

Permaculture is a growing trend not only herein the U.S., but worldwide.  Pioneers in this field like Geoff Lawton of Australia have been instrumental in teaching and developing and applying the developing principles of Permaculture throughout the world.  Through applications of reshaping and forming the land to enhance and utilize its contours, you can develop a method of conserving and utilizing water that eliminated the needs to use pumps for irrigation.  Permaculture strives to mimic the diversity found in a forest, where man is not required to annually apply fertilizer and spray trees with pesticides in order for a forest to grow.  Left to its own designs a forest will grow without man doing anything.

Permaculture farming strives to develop a sustainable and robust food forest system that once established will grow and improve without man continually applying petroleum based fertilizers or pesticides.  The living food forest will, over time, improve the water table, improve the soil fertility and allow a diverse array of food crops to grow together better and healthier than they do individually.  One of the tenants of Permaculture that really appeals to me is the fact that during feudal times, the only people that had lawns were the monarchs.  Peasants farmed what land they had to feed themselves.  Monarchs as an outward display of opulence could afford to use farmland for nothing more than growing grass.  On a small scale worldwide people are turning back and front yards from barren lawns to nutrient rich food forests where they can pick fresh fruits, nuts, berries and more and eat it right off the vine in their own yards, and never have to cut the grass again.

There are many good books on the subject of Permaculture.  I've read Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein as well as The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk.  Ben's book details his homestead from the land purchase to building the home on a plot of undesirable land in Vermont.   He through the application of Permaculture techniques is even able to grow rice on his property in Vermont for his families use.  There are numerous websites and YouTube videos on the topic; in short Permaculture creates a more sustainable food source and lifestyle on our planet.  What's not to like about that?

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  1. Rick Theriault on

    Colleen thank-you for your words regarding my recent post on the subject of permaculture. If you take a look at my bio on the United Country Lifestyle Properties of Maine site, http://www.mcphailrealty.com/meetourteam.htm you will see that my interest pretty closely mirror yours. Maine has what you are looking for. Our agency usually has several properties that would appeal to a person looking for sustainable living. Leaving the world a little better off by what we do as stewards of the land is something we all should strive to do. Feel free to contact me any time at the email address listed.

    Bargain Priced Owner Financed Lakefront Land

    If you have been looking for some quality owner financed lakefront land in Maine take a look at these lots on beautiful Wytopitlock Lake in Aroostook County. The lake has little development and still offers a great wilderness experience yet is less than one hour from civilization. All remaining lots are priced under $40,000 We have four lots available on the lake with eastern exposure on a large peninsula providing shelter from bad weather.

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    The lake front is good quality with small rock and slate along the shoreline. This is a good lake for swimming, boating and fishing.

    The four lots have a semi-completed driveway, have all been soil tested and the boundary lines have been completely surveyed and marked on ground.

     

    The lots are 1.25 acres and larger all with more than 200 feet of frontage. The land has had some pruning done in potential building sites to open up the views of the lake.

    DSC_0463Wytopitlock Lake is over 1100 acres in size. There is a public boat ramp not far from the land for sale. The lake maximum depth is 24 feet. It is in both Glenwood and T2 R4 WELS in southern Aroostook County.

    The lake has a good fishery for smallmouth bass and white perch. The outlet stream is a nice canoe trip to its confluence with the Mattawamkeag River just south of the village of Wytopitlock.

    Call 800-286-6164 today if you are interested in seeing these properties.

     

     

    ARE YOU PREPARED TO BUY MAINE LAND

    Are you planning on buying a parcel of Maine land this year? If so, you need to know a few things before you start, especially if you are not from here and/or have never purchased land before.

    FINANCING

    Before you fuel the car or buy the plane ticket, have you considered how you will pay for it? Obviously, if you have cash this item can be checked off your list. If you intend to get a loan to complete the purchase, you should know it is not the same process as getting a home mortgage. Most US banks do not do land loans. So if you planned on using the BIG bank you have a credit card or your home loan with, save yourself a lot of time and money by asking if they will finance raw land. Ask them questions like:

    • What down payment would be required?
    • Is there a limit on how many acres they will accept?
    • Do they do business in Maine?
    • Do they have approved appraisers and title companies in Maine?
    • Is your credit score high enough for their land loan program?

    If you find out they will not do the loan, you just saved yourself hundreds of dollars in travel expenses. There are a few solid lenders who finance raw land in Maine. So if you need financing give us a call to get the list. Also, many sellers will consider owner financing their lands.

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Maybe before calling the lenders, you should ask yourself why are you buying land? What is your intended use of the property? Did you get all the information on your target properties to be sure the ground will meet your needs and desires? For example, if you intend to use the land for raising cattle, is the land zoned for that use? If not, you are going to waste time and money coming to see it. Make a list of your concerns and get the answers before you come, a few example as follows:

    • Is the zoning in line with your intended use?
    • Is the property in a tax program that prohibits your intended use?
    • Are the soils OK for your use?
    • Does the property have utilities to it? If not and you require them, how far and how much to extend them?
    • Does the property have year round access?

    CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

    The next item of preparedness that I nearly always forget to tell my customers before they get here is the appropriate clothing to wear for a visit to Maine. If you are looking at forested land, for example, and are unfamiliar with Maine, the forest here can be very dense and the ground uneven. Here is a checklist of the minimum gear you should have with you when you come.

    • Good pair of boots - waterproof if you have them
    • Sun or safety glasses to protect your eyes from tree branches
    • Layered clothing options for changing weather conditions
    • A waterproof coat

    If you are working with one of us to show you the land, the above list will get you by. If you intend to do some exploring on your own, think about the following items:

    • A good compass
    • GPS
    • Maps of the areas of interest
    • Backpack
    • Water bottles
    • Snow shoes in winter

    CUSTOMER OR CLIENT

    The final question to ask yourself is are you confident enough to represent yourself or should you hire a broker to help you with the process. If you have the time you can do your own research and represent yourself in the process, but if you do not have time a good land broker is worth a look. Maine does require a real estate agent representing a buyer as a client to have a written buyer brokerage agreement, so if you do decide to go this route be sure to carefully review the contract to see what the agent's and your obligations are to each other.

    Off Grid in Maine and Loving It!

    Some of the most affordable and beautiful properties for sale in Maine don't include power lines! Check out this new off the grid listing in Otis, Maine in the heart of Hancock County.

     

    Off Grid Maine Cabin

    Off Grid Maine Cabin

     

    The cabin has nearly 1,200 square feet of living space with 1 bedroom on the first floor and a large loft to accommodate multiple guests. A fully functional kitchen and full bath/laundry round out a cabin with a large living rooms with cathedral ceilings.

    DSC_1220The cabin sets on the western boundary of the property with sunrise views over the hardwood forest. The 52.4 +/- acres has some beautiful hardwood timber with impressive examples of ash and maple trees. There is a lot of game sign on the property from whitetail deer to grouse and other upland birds. The lot has a babbling mountain brook running through the property with slow pools mixed with small waterfalls.

    This property is located on a ridgeline between several of Hancock Counties best cold water lakes and Ponds. Beech Hill Pond, Green Lake, Floods Pond, Mountainy Pond and Burnt Pond are all within a short distance of the land.

     

    This is a great property for a seasonal vacation spot, hunting cabin or year round home. Located between Bangor and Ellsworth it is a reasonable drive to an international airport and Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

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    Are you ready to get back to a more simple lifestyle and relax in the woods of Maine? Maybe you just need a weekend place to get away, no matter your motivation, come see this perfect coastal mountain retreat today.

     

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    Aerial View of Beech Hill Pond

     

    Maine Tree Growth Tax Confusion

    If you have been planning to purchase a parcel of land in Maine you have probably heard of tree growth tax status. These are a few common misconceptions about the program that we often hear from potential land buyers and land owners.

    "I can't cut any trees if I have the property in tree growth". False

    The tree growth tax law was enacted by the Maine legislature to allow land owners to maintain their property as productive woodland to supply Maine's wood industry. Cutting trees is what this tax law was designed for.

    "It is too complicated." False

    As a new owner you will have a few obligations to get the tax benefit from tree growth but it is a relatively simple process. You need to hire a consulting forester who will help you create a management plan, file some forms and then follow your plan.

    "I don't want to give up control of my land." False

    While you do need to follow some rules, the rules allow for the owner to make their own decisions in managing the lands as long as they use sound silvicultural practices.

    "I can't build on the land if it is in tree growth." Somewhat True

    Once a property is enrolled in tree growth tax status you will need to apply for a change of use that will be acceptable to the town but a penalty will be imposed for the change of use. Also, portions of a property can be left out of tree growth at the time of enrollment to allow for penalty free building sites.

    For more information on Maine's Tree Growth Tax see:

    http://www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/property/pubs/bull19text.htm

    Buying Maine Land With A Self-Directed IRA

    If you are like many of our customers concerned with having all of their retirement investments tied to the stock market you may want to look into a self-directed IRA. With a self-directed IRA you will be ready to act when you find that Maine land for sale that you know is a good investment.

    What is a self-directed IRA?

    The Individual Retirement Account or IRA has been around for many years as an incentive for individuals to save money tax deferred for their retirement. A self-directed IRA is simply an IRA that gives you complete control over what you invest in.

    What can you invest in?

    Unlike most IRA's offered by banks or custodians the self-directed IRA can be used for nontraditional IRA investments like real estate, notes, precious metals and many others. Maine timberland, farmland, land with development potential, waterfront and more could be a great diversification to you investment portfolio.

    Pros

    The best benefit of the SDIRA is the ability to have control over what you invest in. No one cares more about your retirement than you do. You can invest in what you know instead of letting others have control of your future. You can partner with friends and others on new investment opportunities. Your investments will grow tax deferred.

    Cons

    All investments have risk and a self-directed IRA will require you to do your own due diligence to mitigate risk.

    Because this type of tax deferred account could have a lot of potential tax advantages for you the IRS has a lot of rules that need to be followed.

    Is it right for you?

    You will need to decide if the ability to control your own destiny is something you are comfortable doing. If you do not have time for researching your own investments you may want to stick with a traditional IRA. If you are one of a growing number of individuals concerned with the course of traditional banking and investing, the self-directed IRA is worth a look.

     

    SOLD Maine Land Cabins Lake and Stream For Sale

     

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    Maine cabin in the woods

     

     

    The Nowland Brook Forest provides an exceptional opportunity to purchase a family recreational retreat property. The parcel consists of 349+- acres of heavily wooded land with nearly 2 miles of interior gravel roads. There are numerous paths and trails to hardwood ridges, beaver ponds, woodland meadows, and dark spruce forests. The varied terrain and privacy of the acreage make this property exceptional as a hunting retreat. Moose, black bear, whitetail deer and plentiful grouse call this place home. You can also find marten, fisher and bobcat hunting the forest edges in search of plentiful snowshoe hares.

     

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    Lakefront for sale Maine

     

     

    The improvements to the property are numerous. There are 5 hand scribed log buildings that make up the heart of the retreat. The main camp has a bedroom, dining area and kitchen within its 500 square feet of log construction. This cabin was built around 1936 and formed the base for what now is a 5 cabin compound. The other cabins are named Wildcat, Spikehorn, Big Bear, and Pine Marten. Each of the cabins is a hand scribed log structure that was built in the 1930s from logs harvested on site. Each cabin has a woodstove for heat during the cooler seasons, as well as beds for sleeping. Wildcat, Spikehorn and Pine Marten are each approximately 150+- sq ft in size. Big Bear is 252 +- sq ft of log construction.

     

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    Maine Cabin with Fireplace

     

     

    There is a tool shed near the cabins that is 96+- sq ft as well as a wood shed and two log constructed outhouses. A few hundred feet from the cabins a 480+- sq ft barn, with a concrete floor and second story storage is there to provide a place to house your atvs, canoes and other recreational tools. The soils near the barn have been used for gardening and are still open and tillable.

     

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    Barn and Garage

     

     

    There is a drilled well located about 100 feet uphill from the cabins and it provides drinking water to the main cabin via gravity feed. There is a hand dug well that has cool spring water available to use as well. Lighting in the cabins is produced by gas lights using propane that is delivered to the site by Dead River Company located in Ashland, ME. For more details call Rick Theriault at 207-731-9902.

     

     

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    Maine Log Cabin

     

     

    Land Parcel of the Week - A Rare Find on Cold Stream Pond Maine

     

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    Lakefront

     

     

    The parcel of the week is 1.7 acres on Cold Stream Pond in Lowell, Maine. The lot is one of the last properties available on the lake with a generous 100 foot setback. Over 230 feet of deep water frontage on Central Maine's premiere cold water lake.

     

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    Driveway Entrance

     

     

    The lot has a driveway installed and a septic design done for a 4 bedroom home. More prep has been done clearing the building site, pruning the lake frontage and being fully surveyed with boundaries and elevations.

     

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    Building Site

     

     

     

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    Sunset on Cold Stream Ponds

     

    The open building site has a gentle slope to the water and a south westerly view of the lake and its great sunsets. The owners left a buffer of heavy forest between the building area and the road for maximum privacy.

    Enjoy the sunsets, boating, fishing and views on Cold Stream Pond. The lake is located only 40 minutes from Bangor, Maine. Call the Land Brothers today at 207-403-3400 for more information or to schedule a showing on this great property.

    Buy A Maine Island And Relax

    Have you dreamed of having the privacy that a northern lake could offer?  Consider the opportunity to purchase an entire Maine island for sale. Pitch a tent, build a yurt or construct a cabin. This is a rare opportunity on a great body of water.

    Where: Marion Township

    • County - Washington
    • Lat/Long 44.796145, -67.375532

     

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    Canoe Landing on 3.8 acre island

     

    Lake Description: Gardner Lake  

    • Size - 3886 acres plus connected to 1,650 acre Second Lake
    • Max Depth - 56 Feet
    • Fish - Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, White Perch, Chain Pickerel, Smelt
    • Boat Launch - Paved ramp with a well marked and designed facility, plenty of parking

     

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    Rugged Shores of Gardner Lake

     

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    • Size - 3.8 +/- Acres
    • Building Site - Elevated site with panoramic views
    • Trees - spruce, pine and maple

     

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    3.8 +- acres Island - You can own it all!

     

    Nearby

    • University Maine Machias
    • Atlantic Ocean
    • Maine Public Reserve Lands

     

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    Possible building or tent site

     

    Price and Terms - $70,000 cash