April is a questionable month in Maine. Some years we have warm, welcoming days, but not this year. The little bird is ready for her new family (Scarborough, image bird), and we can still see ice flowing toward the dam ( Little Sebago, image 1989), but the soil is defrosting and the plants are starting to wake up after a very, very, long winter.
The rhubarb is growing rapidly (Scarborough, image 1992), the daffodils are blooming (Scarborough, image 1999 and 1998),
and the partridge berries are red (Scarborough, image 1997).
Plus this coming weekend is Open House Weekend in the real estate market. Dawn Marston of Maine Custom Realty is hosting four open houses: 2o Woodside Drive in Gorham, 21 South Dyers Cove Road in Harpswell, 375 Pownal Road in Freeport, and 53 Birch Road in Wells. She points out that the sales of existing single-family homes rose 9.1 percent in the first three months of this year, but the median price increased 1.2 percent to $170,000. Maine realtors sold 950 units in March, an increase of 6.5 percent. These increases are indicators of a stabilized housing market. Unfortunately many of the lower end homes are becoming somewhat scarce at the beginning of a normally busy spring and summer. She encourages all first time buyers and also casual lookers to attend an open house and learn a bit more about the market today.