After moving to Maine at an early age, Christine completed her Bachelors degree at Trinity College in Connecticut. After a short time on the north shore of Massachusetts, Christine gravitated back to life in Maine, first to the Portland area and then back home to the Blue Hill peninsula. Along the way, she gained 10 years experience in marketing/advertising in publishing, and also completed a Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Maine in Orono.
Christine's love of life in Maine centers on the four season recreational opportunities that this beautiful part of the world offers. "My love of the outdoors from downhill skiing to gardening is a primary reason for living where I do. It is a wonderful, safe place to raise a family, with great schools, and amenities close at hand."
Christine's enthusiasm for the Maine way of life results in a special dedication to buyer clients in assisting them to find just the right property. Whether in coastal Hancock County, the greater Bangor area, or the western mountains/Sugarloaf area, she will work diligently in locating possible purchase choices.
Christine's experience as a homeowner, as well as investment property owner and property manager and landlord, lends a knowledge base that complements nicely those searching for niche properties. Should you be in the market to sell your home, she works to actively promote your listing via print media and online resources.
"A wonderful environ for people of all ages, and in all stages of life, I want to help buyers find their place in Maine. Sellers - I will work hard to give your listing visibility through active marketing of your property. Give me a call!"
Julie Hammer grew up in the Brewer, Maine area. She earned her teaching degree from the University of Maine and taught physical education at Old Town High School for twelve years. She has coached a variety of sports including softball, basketball and varsity field hockey. Seven years ago, her family moved to Ellsworth and for the past six years, she has taught physical education at Ellsworth High School. Julie has been married for 16 years to Michael, who is the principal at Hancock Grammar School. They have two daughters, Callie age 10 and Katie age 8. Julie is active with USTA tennis playing in both the women’s leagues and mixed leagues. As a family, the Hammers enjoy spending their free time traveling to Mt. Kineo on Moosehead Lake, Christmas Cove located in South Bristol, Maine and Green Lake here in Ellsworth.
Real estate has interested Julie for quite some time, so she decided to become a licensed sales agent a few years ago. Julie enjoys this new career immensely. Her superior attention to detail and eager desire to learn has jump-started her into a seasoned professional in very little time. Julie’s clients are appreciative of her obsession with making them happy! She looks forward to many successful years in real estate.
Michele Francis lived her adolescent life on Beals Island, a small fishing village on the coast of Maine. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of Maine, she moved to Ellsworth where she and husband Chad purchased their first home.
"After the purchase of my first home, I was hooked on real estate. We enjoyed the process, and even more so, the joy of being homeowners."
That experience led Michele to sign up for a real estate course and she soon became licensed with Realty of Maine.
When Michele is not busy helping her wonderful clients buy and sell homes, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three young children - including twins! Their hobbies include skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain during the winter months and exploring the beaches and mountains of coastal Maine during the summer months. Michele also enjoys reading, practicing pilates and volunteering for Big Brothers, Big Sisters where she has been a mentor for the past 5 years.
Peter was born and raised in western Maine. After obtaining a BS degree in marketing from Husson University, he worked for 13 years in the management division of a national retail chain. The job moved him around the east coast from Pennsylvania to Maine, but he always returned to Maine each summer – especially the town of Winter Harbor in the beautiful Schoodic area of Maine. While at Husson, Peter met his future wife Sandy, a native of Winter Harbor.
In 1989, Peter and Sandy purchased the local general store known as the Winter Harbor 5&10. With three children at the time, they both felt Maine would be a great place to raise them. The children are now grown, but Peter and Sandy still run the store which has been featured in many national magazines and travel guidebooks. Four years ago, Peter decided to go into real estate at the prompting of Dave Sleeper, the owner of Realty of Maine. Dave summered nearby and was a frequent customer. When Peter told Dave about the number of people who wandered into the store asking about real estate, Dave convinced Peter that he needed to expand the store into a Realty of Maine office. And, as they say, the rest is history. Peter advanced to the broker level license status in four short years. He has received Production Excellence awards from Realty of Maine in 2005 and 2008 and Executive Club awards in 2006 and 2007.
Peter is very active in the community by serving on many of the local boards. He is currently the chairman of the Winter Harbor Planning Board, chairman of the Winter Harbor Utility District, president of the Winter Harbor Housing Authority, vice president of the Channing Chapel Preservation Society, moderator for the town meetings, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, founding member and current marketing director of the Schoodic National Scenic Byway.
“I enjoy working with the public every day. In my retail business I help the public find the right item needed for their project and in my real estate business I help my clients find the right house to buy.”
The Schoodic area is unique in that it still has many working fishing harbors as well as being part of Acadia National Park (Schoodic Point) and a vibrant summer community. Working in harmony, these three facets have managed to keep the area the way it is and always has been.
Having lived and owned a business in the area for over 20 years, Peter has a unique knowledge of the Schoodic area and a special connection with the summer visitors. Many have welcomed his excellent advice in the buying and selling of the area’s scenic real estate. Call Peter today for help in finding your piece of Maine.