Real Estate

Maine Vacation Rentals and the Importance of Service

It wasn’t too long ago that, when travelling to a big city like Boston, New York or Washington, you would take a licensed cab from the airport to your hotel.  Or, when leaving a restaurant, you would go curbside to hail a passing cab.

However, with the advent of mobile technology, travel patterns have changed dramatically. Pull up your UBER or LYFT app on your phone and you will soon have a choice of drivers offering their car to take you to your destination. And people sure do like the service of Air B n B where you have choices of renting houses, condo units or rooms directly from the owners, with prices somewhat cheaper than a hotel of large part of their appeal.

On the surface, this all seems very attractive. However, many communities are having issues with the short-term rentals. Problems such as too many occupants, loud parties with the renters showing no respect for the neighborhood. And from the renters’ perspective, there are stories of renter’s not finding the residence as advertised or not being told that they need to bring a supply of their own linens.

Which leads me to the following:

Since Kezar Realty opened in 2009, we have offered Vacation Rentals in Lovell and surrounding towns. In addition to listing and selling property, Broker Jeanne Bonner manages our Vacation Rentals. Jeanne has been matching vacationers with the perfect Maine cottage for more than 25 years.

In January 2018, Down East Magazine published an article “Home Advantage” that highlighted the positive resources that many local Vacation Rental Agencies in Maine provide, such as handling bookings, greeting incoming renters, coordinating Saturday morning cleaning, making sure the trash was taken to the transfer station and not left at the cottage, replacing misplaced/lost keys and much more. Kezar Realty is a member of the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, a group of about 30 Maine Vacation Rental companies and provides support and lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry.

An important element of renters arriving in Lovell is that they have a friendly place greeting them when they arrive and are provided with a packet of information about their cottage as well as local merchants and recreational activities. And if they need something during the week, they know that Jeanne is just a phone call away.

As we inch closer to the summer season, be sure to contact Jeanne for assistance on vacation rentals. And remember, you will be pleased that the personal touch is still considered important here at Kezar Realty. And that includes having extensive local knowledge as well as caring that you have a great experience.

Technology is great and we all benefit from the tools that it provides but hopefully it will never eliminate the Jeanne Bonners of the world.

WMBOR Realtor of the Year Dinner

Thought it would be nice to post some photos from the recent Realtor of the Year dinner at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield. I certainly had a great time with the wonderful dinner, great company, lots of laughs and a funny song written and sung by Carol Noonan. Thanks to everyone for their effort in making this a special evening, especially our sponsors and to Michael Berube of Maine Virtual Home Tours for bringing his camera and taking photos.


New Spring Listings

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

When measured against the previous five-six years, 2014 was a very good year for local housing and so far, 2015 appears to be headed in the same direction. Overall buyer traffic is about the same but the big difference, to me, is the degree of confidence that people have. Confidence that their jobs will continue and confidence that the economy will continue to expand; maybe not robustly but certainly not retract! (Sales of New U.S. Homes Rise) At this point, home prices seem to be holding steady and I don't expect any big gains until some of the excess inventory is sold.

So as we leave winter behind, here are two new listings that Kezar Realty is proud to represent:

1898 Main Street, Lovell (MLS # 1206175). Visit the Virtual Tour here.

487 Main Street, Fryeburg (MLS # 1206365). Visit the Virtual Tour here.

Photos and virtual tours by Michael E. Berube,

Busy Day at Kezar Realty

Having two settlements in one day may be commonplace for the big city realty firms, but it is always exciting at Kezar Realty! Especially at the tail-end of February, when the cold and the snow are still with us and it doesn't feel like home-buying season just yet.

As we know, modern technology is advancing rapidly where smart phones and tablets are used to communicate. However, in the real estate and the mortgage world, paper is still king! Although contracts with electronic signatures are prevalent, original signatures are still required for all legal papers, particularly those that need to be recorded at the registry.

Today's first settlement had a pleasant mixture of the old process and a touch of the new technology. The buyers for this Lovell property were scheduled to be out of the country so a Power of Attorney was provided ahead of time to sign on the behalf of the buyers. Thanks to the magic of Skype, the buyers were able to watch the settlement, answer questions and participate all the way from Thailand! Betsy Meredith, the settlement agent for Market Street Settlement Group, was able to explain various forms to the buyers and answer questions as we went along.


Thanks to the listing agent, Linda Nista of Paris Cape Realty and to Market Street Settlement for agreeing to have the settlement in Lovell!

And thanks to Jeanne Bonner of Kezar Realty,  the listing agent for today's second settlement. This property was located in Stoneham and the selling agent was Susan Moore of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in Gorham.

It is always rewarding to see happy buyers and sellers and to be a part of the team that makes it happen! Today was one of those days. :)


  1. Jim Rowe on

    Thailand, tell me more!
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Jim, I will give you all the details upon your return to Lovell!
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        A Look Back at 2014 & A Look Forward to 2015


        Kezar Lake, Lovell

        Since the great economic collapse of 2007-2008, there have been occasional periods of optimism that perhaps the bottom had been reached. But year after year, those hopes were dashed as economic activity either retreated or remained flat. However, towards the end of 2013 and into the beginning of 2014, I began to sense a change. People felt more secure with their employment. My belief has always been that until that improved, people were not going to be making investments, whether it be cars, homes, vacations, etc.

        I wouldn't say that there was a marked increase in the number of buyers looking at homes but that the people who were looking were serious. And that was reflected in the number of Kezar Realty's transactions. We had 25 settlements totaling more than $4.6 million, our best year ever. To me, the most significant aspect of last year's business was that 15 of those homes were sold to year-round residents. During the recession, we just did not see that level of year-round activity and it appears that we are building a solid fundamental foundation going forward. Property values may not be going up rapidly but they are no longer declining and we do not seem to have a problem with appraisals. There are now plenty of mortgage programs available and FHA, a program usually used by first-time buyers, is becoming competitive again.

        WordPress puts together a nice summary of KezarLife's 2014 activity which you can see here.

        Here's hoping that 2015 will be a good year for everyone and if you have any real estate needs, please do not hesitate to contact Kezar Realty.




        1. Stanley Tupaj on

          Just another day in Paradise! Talked to Ben this morning and he was out running and said the temps in Virginia were 25! Anxiously waiting for the Ravens-Pats this afternoon. Hope all is well.
          • Wil on

            Congrats, Stan. Are you and Rondi enjoying the recent Maine temps?

            Fox & Sons, Part Two

            IMG_1711IMG_1710IMG_1707IMG_1708IMG_1709Although there were weeks of site preparation and the pouring of the new foundation and there is still plenty of finishing work to be done, the actual lifting and moving of the structure took a little more than a week. I must say, Mighty Impressive! And it won't be long before it will look like the house is in the original spot.

            The Alteration of a Kezar Lake Property


            Camp J2 in 2009

            Camp J2 in 2009

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            Camp J2 2014 Prepared for Demolition

            Camp J2 2014 Prepared for Demolition


            The location of a new building foundation

            The location of a new building foundation

            Over the next few months, KezarLife  is looking forward to following a property's transformation where an older Maine lakeside cottage will disappear and a new year-round residence will be constructed. Kezar Realty is interested in following the change in this specific lot, as it was the Agency's very first settlement in November 2009.

            I am reminded of a line in Robert C. William's book, Lovewell's Town, where he says that "...history is the story of change over time, as well as continuity." Over time, more people have come to see Kezar Lake, and Lovell, as a place for a year-round residence rather than just a spot for summer recreation. I believe that the lake, the town and the region are all beneficiaries of this change.

            When the property was purchased, the new owners did so with an eye to an uncertain date in the future when they would leave their overseas home and transfer back to Maine. During that the time, the camp was used by family, friends and renters but plans for a new home were always being worked on.

            Prior to returning to the United States, the time-consuming task of surveys, construction estimates, planning board presentations, reviews, site visits and finally, approval, all had to take place. Once completed, it was on to the sharpening of the pencils with the builder and the mountains of paperwork requested by the lender.

            Over the next few months, I think it will be fun to follow the building of a new Kezar Lake home.


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              Lovell Commercial Opportunity



              Although not yet formally listed for sale (it will be soon with another Agency but Kezar Realty does have access for interested parties), the old Lovell Hardware property is now being shown to potential buyers. The main building, in surprisingly good condition, offers numerous opportunities.

              It is true that since the store's closing, contractors and homeowners have found it frustrating to buy needed supplies in Bridgton, Fryeburg or North Conway. In the absence of a Lovell store, contractors have developed new buying habits and might be reluctant to change their patterns. Plus, I would bet that the established stores are in a stronger position to compete on price. For this reason, the return of a full-service hardware store and lumber yard might not be profitable.

              One local investor sees a strong opportunity to create something new and different, a multi-use commercial and residential building. He has taken significant steps to make it happen, including preliminary commitments to create several one and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floor. Believing that a need for a small hardware store, similar to Trumball's, still exists in Lovell, space for a retail store will be reserved. Another portion of the building is slated for a Subway-type food store. Sufficient space remains for other uses.

              It is possible that the rear sheds behind the main building can be transformed into storage facilities. The developer is now soliciting suggestions from area residents. What would you like to see there? A fitness center? A laundromat? A Landscaping and Garden Center? A Putt-Putt course and batting cages? Send your thoughts to me at and I will pass them along.



              Happy April Fool's Day!



              1. Beth Quinlan on

                Tattoo parlor, please!
                • Bob Patterson on

                  Still waiting for the new bridge at the Narrows—last years’ April Fool promise :>(
                  • Stanley Tupaj on

                    I believe that the engineers' plans are in the final stages of approval!
                    • Stanley Tupaj on

                      I have seen enough tattoos in Lovell!