Friday, June 8, 2018

Business spotlight: Bean Group by Michelle Libby a Realtor® can make the difference between a good deal and a not so good deal. At Bean Group, formerly The Maine Real Estate Network, the 22 agents are so diverse that matching clients to a Realtor® who specializes in their needs is easy.

“Although residential homes are the majority of sales, each agent has their own expertise for areas they’re familiar with or have experience in, from camps in Northern Maine to homes in Southern Maine,” said Bean Group Windham Office owner Yvonne Myer, who has 20 years of experience in the industry.

In the fall of 2017, The Maine Real Estate Network was acquired by Michael Bean, the owner of Bean Group Real Estate. The new Bean Group became the largest independent company in New England with 800 agents. On May 1, the branding became uniform and all of the 37 offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Northern Massachusetts began working together as Bean Group. 

Although agents work independently, they have an expert company backing them with Bean Group and have the opportunity to use any Bean Group office for meetings, including the four corporate owned offices in South Portland, Cumberland, Auburn and Bangor.

Myer loves when clients stop by the office and encourages anyone with real estate needs to stop in or give us a call. There’s always an agent in the office to help or answer your call, she said. The office doesn’t have one specialty, although they do mostly residential and waterfront homes. They also have agents who do development projects and commercial properties. “We pretty much have an agent here who can do anything,” Myer said. The team has a combined 150 plus years of real estate experience.

They also have a diverse population of clients like local homeowners looking to upgrade or downsize. Also among their client list are those looking for multi-unit or investment properties, or clients from away who are looking to relocate or find a summer cottage. From commercial developers to first time homebuyers, Bean Group can make the right connections for their clients.

It’s a seller’s market, and inventory is very low, Myer said. Buyers are getting into multiple offers on properties and sellers are able to reap the benefits of the stiff competition. That being said, “There are always deals to be had in real estate,” Myer said. “Having a great agent to watch out for you is how to win them.”

When looking to purchase or sell property the first thing to do is talk to an experienced agent about what your needs are. “We can help them get everything in order for a smooth transaction,” Myer said. “We can help with the pre-qualification process even if there’s a credit issue.” 

Sellers are encouraged to reach out before putting their home on the market, so the agents can help prepare the house so it’s saleable and attractive to buyers, said Myer.

All of the agents use different lenders in the marketplace to suit the clients individual financial situation.

“We have the expertise, the knowledge and experience to help clients with successful transactions,” she said. The Sebago Lakes Region is a friendly, fun community for all seasons for activities in the summer and in the winter. And, Windham is centrally located to provide residents with almost anything they could need without having to go too far.

When looking for property outside of Maine, Bean Group can help with that as well. “We are a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of The World and can refer our clients anywhere to other expert Realtors®,” Myer said.

Bean group will hold an open house on Tuesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.

For more information on Bean Group, walk into the office at 887 Roosevelt Trail or call 207-894-5722. Each agent uses his or her own email address.

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