About CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency
There a lot going on the greater Bath-Brunswick area. Many of our brokers are actively involved in their hometowns, local governments, schools, and civic organizations. They can tell you what going on in town.
Below are a few helpful links that you may be interested in:
Local Schools and Libraries:
Brunswick Schools http://maine.publicschoolsreport.com/schools/ME/Brunswick.html
Bowdoin College http://www.bowdoin.edu/
Southern New Hampshire University http://www.snhu.edu/336.asp
Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick http://www.curtislibrary.com/research/topical-directory/brunswick-history/
Patten Free Library in Bath http://www.patten.lib.me.us/
Topsham Public Library http://www.topshamlibrary.org/
Other Local Attractions and Restaurants, Etc.
Maine Office of Tourism http://www.visitmaine.com/region/midcoast/?vm=p3b9cnk8j6iof4gtq7f9liajs7
Maine State Music Theatre http://msmt.org/
The Theatre Project http://www.theaterproject.com/Theater_Project/Home.html
Studio Theatre of Bath http://www.studiotheatreofbath.com/
Bath Restaurants http://bathme.areaconnect.com/restaurants/
Maine Restaurants http://mainerestaurants.com/
What going on with the Old Navy Base
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority http://www.mrra.us/
Brunswick Rotary Club http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/home/homeS.asp?cid=6946
Bath Rotary Club http://www.bathrotary.org/
"Shirley Wedell did a fantastic job with our home purchase. She had a lot of invaluable insight, was available whenever necessary, thorough in detail - in fact caught something of high importance to us when dealing with the repairs required from inspection - and tough when we needed her to be upon final closing. Would highly recommend!"
Anne Lebel, Scarborough Maine
Karen Baker is a true professional. She has great knowledge of her market, works very hard on your behalf, is unfailingly honest and has a very good work ethic. She also went the extra mile. I was an out of town seller and without her hard work it would have been very difficult on me. She was instrumental in getting some of the home goods removed, etc. I would go back to her as a realtor in a heartbeat!!
Paul Adams, St Petersburg Florida
Duane was always persistent in trying to get the most amount for the property for me. He seemed very experienced in handling the exchanges between the prospective buyers, in a very polite, agreeable manner.He would always inform me on all the encouraging signs and really helped give me an idea of what was happening...people's reactions and all , which was so helpful to my nervous-Nellie self! I would highly recommend Duane Simonds as the Real Estate Man!
Judy and I purchased a property in June 2015. Through the course of our initial Purchase and Sale agreement through to the closing Edie acted as our agent. Through the entire process Edie acted with exceptional professionalism and with the utmost Customer Service. Her help was of great value to us. Some of the areas that she proactively worked on for us to make the process as smooth as possible were:
-Liason with the seller's broker
-Helping us with the purchase sales documents processing and execution
-Arranging the following inspections:
Edie also advised us on the process for applying to the Maine State DEP for the transfer of the overboard discharge license from the seller's name to ours. Judy and I plan on making this home our retirement home and along those lines will be seeing our other existing home come this spring. Because of the great impression Edie Cram has made on us with her organization and skills we will be seriously considering her to be our seller agent when that time comes.
Wally & Judy Frank
Purchased 48 Rosedale Road
West Bath, Maine
We were truly impressed with Karen's competence, dedication to customer service, and her enthusiasm she displayed in serving us throughout the entire time our home was on the market. Karen was timely and prompt reporting to us, and following up with phone calls and emails which was reassuring, and inspired our confidence that we would be satisfied with the results of the sale of our home.
Reverand Ray & Kay Richard
We found Nancy to be an effective, no-nonsense realtor the first time we bought a property from her. When
we listed to sell this time, we tried another agency broker and got very little market interest over the course of
2 summers. Enter Nancy Beal. Nancy brought us back to our senses and found us a buyer in a reasonable
amount of time.
Cindy & Bob Turcotte
CENTURY 21 BARIBEAU AGENCY - A BRIEF HISTORY
"From Painting Signs to Selling Islands"
"We sold an island on the telephone the other day. It was bought by an advertising agency in Texas to give away at the opening of a new shopping center."
It was just an offhand remark, spoken by Henry M. Baribeau Sr. in 1957 upon the 30th anniversary of the Baribeau Agency.
To Henry M. Baribeau Sr., Brunswick real estate broker, selling an island to a Texas advertising agency was all in a day's work.
There was a time, though, when he would not have been so casual about the transaction. Over eighty years ago, in 1927, Henry Sr. was employed in a grocery store (Tondreau’s Market) when he decided to go into real estate business in his spare time to pick up a little extra money. For 10 years he continued to work at the store and conducted his business in the evenings and on Sundays. His hours in the grocery store were 6 AM to 6 PM. from Monday to Thursday, and until 9 PM. on Fridays and until 11 PM. on Saturdays.
Besides managing the produce department in the store, he also painted most of the store's advertising signs. His sign-painting experience also helped him in real estate brokerage business. He painted his own "For Sale" signs and used a little hand printing press to turn out his descriptive literature.
In the year 2011, over eighty four years later, CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency is a 20+ person, full service real estate brokerage firm.
Henry Baribeau had been a major force in developing new residential areas in Brunswick and had become well known as a banker, appraiser, and developer. He earned national attention when an article by Max Gunther in a prominent national magazine described him as "Another island loving real estate man... who has so many islands to sell, both on the ocean and inland lakes, that he publishes a special pamphlet to describe them."
That was the only mention of Baribeau in the 1965 national magazine article, "Big Bargains in Hideaway Islands." But it led to Henry M. Baribeau and Sons Real Estate Agency being flooded with letters and queries from nearly every state in the nation, including Alaska.
Henry Baribeau was a charter member of the Maine Real Estate Association, the forerunner of today’s Realtor Association, was president of the original Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, was a past president of Brunswick Rotary Club, a past president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Industrial Realtors and had served as trustee of the Brunswick Savings Institution and director of the Brunswick Savings & Loan Association.
After the Baribeau Agency became CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency in 1979, Henry Sr. attended the CENTURY 21 beginners’ course, 2&1, and was at the time the oldest attendee ever to take this course. He distinguished himself as someone always willing to change and accept new ideas when it came to real estate. He passed away in 1983.
In the 1950's his two sons, Henry Jr. and Richard, joined the business. Both worked with their father during the summer while they attended Bowdoin College and became full-time members of the agency after graduation.
Henry, Jr. (Hank), who started work with his father in 1952, took over the running and operation of the growing office. His specialty was as a fee appraiser and general manager of the corporation. He expanded the company into 3 offices located in Brunswick, Bath and Wiscasset. Hank is a former incorporator of Key Bank, past President of the Androscoggin Board of Realtors, former president of the Brunswick Rotary Club, and an avid sports fisherman. He currently works part-time for the Company.
Hank's younger brother, Richard Sr., who joined in 1957, was past president of the Maine Association of Realtors (1965) and was named State of Maine "Realtor of the Year" in 1967. He was a corporator of the former Brunswick Savings Institution and president of Tri-Bar, builders of Acorn Homes. In the mid-1980's he left the company to work for CENTURY 21 of New England located in Burlington, Mass. He then worked for CENTURY 21 as regional director in the Southeast region.
Hank's oldest son, Mike, was asked to join the company as an appraisal assistant and general handyman in 1976. He decided he liked the Real Estate Business and became a sales associate in 1978. Mike did most of the advertising for the company and helped improve some of the office systems. Mike was instrumental in discovering that the real estate industry as a whole was changing and that joining a franchised group would help the image of the company. The Baribeau Agency became CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency in 1979. The Agency had also expanded and needed additional management help so Mike became a branch manager in the Wiscasset Branch and then later on in the Bath office. Mike has also distinguished himself in several leadership positions, becoming President of the Merrymeeting Board of Realtors in 1984 and in 2011, Regional Vice-President and first Vice-President of the Maine Association of Realtors in 1985 and 1986. And was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2009. Mike served as Vice-President of the Merrymeeting Multiple Listing Service, President and Director of the Bath Rotary Club in 1995/96 and again as President 2010-2011 and President of the Maine Brokers Council in both 1994 and 1995 and again in 2000. He is now serving as the Treasurer of the Council. He was also Chairman of the Coastal Economic Development Finance Committee. Mike is currently Chairman of the Topsham Assessment Review Board. Michael Baribeau is currently Owner and President of Baribeau Agency, Inc. and Designated Broker of CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency. His wife, Dianna, is vice-president of the Corporation and operates the property management division, Rentex, which was established by Mike and Dianna in the early 80's.
Currently located at 51 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, CENTURY 21 Baribeau Agency and its divisions of Rentex Property Management and Coast and Country Appraisal Associates, are dedicated to providing high quality real estate services in the Southern Mid-Coast area of Maine.
- To continue the Tradition of providing the public with only the very best in professional Real Estate Service.
- To be honest and fair to all clients, Fellow real estate professionals, and All involved in Every Real Estate Transaction.
- To Give of ourselves back to the Community which has allowed us the opportunity to be profitable and successful so that we and our children’s children and all those around us may better enjoy the bright future of the 21ST Century.