I previously blogged about all the positive stats about Maine with HousingPredictor.com ranking Portland as “#1 for Best Housing Market” and Inman News rated Portland as # 4 for “Top 10 Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2011”.
Yesterday Forbes came out with their list of “Best Schools for Your Real Estate Buck” and rated Falmouth Maine # 1. Done in partnership with GreatSchools, Forbes analyzed 17,589 towns and cities in the 49 states that administer standardized, statewide tests and then compared median house prices and salaries. Although, the author mistakenly indicated that many Falmouth professionals work in nearby Portsmouth, we assume he meant Portland. (Portsmouth is in neighboring state of New Hampshire). The author also indicated that many are employed at Idec, which is actually Idexx. Be that as it may, Falmouth’s appeal to upper middle class families is obvious; it’s the location and a great school system.
Maine still fights the ignorant that think we are behind the times, aren’t sophisticated and that we marry our cousins. (Remember the movie Pete’s Dragon?) Vacationing in Maine is one way to see what everyone is talking about, but you have to live here to truly experience all that is good.
I suppose we should be surprised when someone calls us and indicates that they are considering moving to Maine, but have only been here once before and that was 15 years ago for a college buddy’s wedding. The most common inquiry that we receive about building in Maine is from the person that has vacationed here since they were a child and can’t wait to move here permanently.
Living in Maine does come with a price though. Southern Maine towns, such as Falmouth, have higher taxes, which in turn means new school buildings, new technology, top-notch athletic facilities, which presumably equals a better education. A better education means a better job and higher pay. Which means they can afford to live in Falmouth.