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Camden is a real estate firm in the northeast that describes itself as, “a successful, high-energy firm focused on integrity and excellent service”. They pride themselves on having a family company culture with friendly competition among their staff and being a company with a conscience in tune with the local community. 

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The Good

  • Agents
  • Offices
  • Real estate options
  • Filtering options
  • License
  • Commission/selling cost
  • Specialties
  • Experience
Agents

Currently, the number of agents at Camden is 18. They have a support team of 3 members, totaling 21. Unlike most of their real estate competitors who have hundreds or even thousands of agents through franchises and affiliates (similar to a McDonalds), Camden is one team. This can be viewed as a negative, but it can also be a positive is you're looking for more of a "local" business with more intimacy, a place where "everybody knows your name". For example, on their "About Us" page, every agent's picture is displayed. This gives you a real "home-y" feel.

Offices

The company's headquarters in is Camden, Maine. This is their one and only office. This is quite unusual for a major real estate company. Most companies have offices across many states, cities, regions and even continents. Camden Real Estate, however, serves their local region only, so they don't need offices in other places.

Real Estate Options

Camden offers help to those both buying and selling real estate properties. Based in Camden, Maine, they sell properties all over the midcoast- that arc of land midway up the Maine coast. Their listings span as far north as Stockton Springs, and as far south as Waldoboro, including Rockland, Friendship, Cushing, Port Clyde, Owls Head, Thomaston, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Belfast and Searsport. Because the Midcoast has inland lakes and a long stretch of coastline bordering Penobscot Bay and Muscongus Bay, the company usually has a number of oceanfront, lakefront and harbor-front listings available.

For sellers, Camden advertises and promotes your home in selected national, regional, and local publications, such as their local on-line 'newspaper', villagesoup.com and the multiple listing service website, me.living.net. This helps direct prospective buyers to your property, which is such a great help to someone trying to sell their own property. Most of us don't have the resources or skills to advertise to reach the right amount-and quality-of people.

Filtering Options

Camden real estate offers 9 filtering options when searching for real estate properties. Their general search includes property type, property features, town (in Maine), Lot Size, price range, and a choice to include all MLS listings and Camden real estate only. You can further your search with a filter of specific street address or MLS number. This search filter is very basic and does not get as specific as other real estate search filters get. For instance, some offer community filters to choose from, such as school zones or commute distance. They also lack property features like central air conditioning, pool, Jacuzzi and other features you want to know if you're buying a home in the company's typical price range ($200,000- $1 Million plus). They also let you search for homes that have already been sold.

License

The small team at Camden real estate agency all have a real estate license. In fact, every agent there is not only a real estate agent but a Broker, meaning they've each taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and have passed a broker's license exam.

Commission/Selling Cost

Agent Commission rates in the real estate industry is 6%. This is standard for every real estate company. More specifics on commission or selling costs are revealed once you engage the buying or selling process with one of Camden's Brokers.

Specialties

A few specialty services Camden offers is for commercial properties and undeveloped land. They offer buying, selling and advertising services for these properties. This is beneficial for companies or businesses-or home builders looking for land to build on.

Experience

Camden has been in business for 21 years. The company was founded in 1995 by Scott Hortey. While they thrive on being local, the internet has expanded their reach, drawing clients from around the world.

The Bad

  • International
  • States
International

While some real estate companies are found internationally, Camden is limited to the United States-specifically the northeast.

States

Only found in 1/51 states, Camden is solely located (and do business) in the State of Maine. If you're looking for real estate in certain parts of Maine outside of the coastal area in which they serve, or you're looking in another state, they can't help you.

The Bottom Line

Camden Real Estate is unique in the sense that they're a home-grown and operated single office covering a specific area. Due to their limited scope of operations, they're unable to serve most residents in the United States. If you are looking for a home or piece of land in coastal Maine in the Camden region, this is the #1 place to start (and probably end with). It also is perfect for you if you're seeking a more personal, intimate company where you know everyone's name.

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