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.
That type of decision has been more popular as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to record home sales and prices in Maine, particularly in rural areas, creating a housing shortage. More than 3,000 noncommercial land parcels were sold from January through June of this year, about double the number in the same months of 2020, according to data from Maine Listings, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of Realtors. In the first four months of…