Scarborough 350: Mike Bunting

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This year the town of Scarborough, Maine, is celebrating its 350th anniversary. A number of events will be held over the course of the year to celebrate. I want to make a contribution to the historical record of the town by taking a snapshot in time of some of the people that live here, the people that I’ve gotten to know since moving here and making Scarborough my home. My goal is to feature a person or persons each week of 2008 on my blog — to write a small profile about them and their relationship to Scarborough. I’m a little behind in getting this project off the ground, so I’ll double up on profiles until I get caught up.

The first Scarborough resident I met was my realtor, Mike Bunting. Like me, Mike is a transplant. He moved to Maine from Vermont in 1985 for a job transfer when he worked at Dun and Bradstreet. He got his real estate license in 1987 and began working with Mark Stimson Associates. The company was sold a couple of times over the years, so Mike is now a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, although his office has remained in the same location on Baxter Blvd. in Portland for the past 20 years. He and his wife Beth, who works at Bowdoin College, moved to Scarborough in 1995. They chose it because it was a “good family town,” and it has great beaches and good schools. Mike says, “Scarborough is a close-knit family community that offers much more than we first saw when we moved here.” His daughters, Sarah and Emily, are avid skiers, like their dad. Sarah swims and plays field hockey at the high school; Emily swims and plays soccer at the middle school. His family loves going to Scarborough Beach. Mike volunteered on the Conservation Commission for three years and coached girls soccer for four years through community services. While he has received numerous achievement awards in the real estate industry, Mike says his greatest satisfaction on the job comes from helping people like me, people who feel nervous or overwhelmed by home buying. He says, “I want my customers to know they don’t have to worry about the process. That’s what I’m here for.” Even though my home purchase was completed two years ago, Mike has remained a resource for me. He continues to answer questions I have about home ownership, and the recommendations he has made when I’ve needed to find various service people have all been aces. 

2 Responses to “Scarborough 350: Mike Bunting”

  1. Eric Hundin Says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Eric Hundin

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks, Eric. It’s nice to learn that someone other than my immediate friends are reading my blog! This is a gratifying project for me, even if no one sees it but me, but it makes me happy to share it with you.

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