Buyers priced out of Maine’s hot housing market are grabbing rural land

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Outbid last year on a home in Greenville, Scott Merrill instead bought land to build a house.

Merrill, a trucker from Berwick, said he and his wife, Stacy, had looked for homes in Greenville for a few years because he enjoys snowmobiling and hunting and they have friends in the area. They plan to eventually retire on the 3.5-acre wooded property, which they bought for a little less than the asking price, and start building in the spring.

“I’m doing what everyone else wants to do,” Merrill said.

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