On the Water Real Estate offers a unique approach to real estate sales in Maine. We’re the only company on the coast of Maine that only offers waterfront homes (although we do offer some waterfront village homes as well). We believe this approach to real estate shows that we are innovative, creative and forward-thinking. At the core of our business philosophy is a commitment to extraordinary service, honesty, and clear communication.
In Maine, usually people look to a large national name brand offered by real estate professionals "from away" when it comes to waterfront real estate. We are Mainer’s that know waterfront real estate and have lived it most of our lives.
Simply Waterfront. – Simply Maine. – That’s who we are.
We’ve come into real estate backwards. That is to say, usually a real estate agency is formed, then a rental division is added – then at some point, growth into mortgage lending occurs. We started with Co-Owner Tiffany Ford working as a mortgage broker while husband and Co-Owner Justin Ford began the boat rental and vacation rental businesses we also operate.
Justin and Tiffany both grew up on the coast of Maine. Justin is a 7th generation Mainer – several of his ancestral grandfather’s received land grants in Maine as payment for their service in the Revolutionary War. Lane’s Island off southern Maine is named after Tiffany’s ancestors – who were chased off the island by Native Americans in the early 1700’s. It’s safe to say that their roots are deeply buried in Maine as a result.
Starting in their real estate careers in 1997, Justin and Tiffany purchased their first home, a waterfront cottage, in Union. They have bought and sold several waterfront homes since learning more and more about the most desirable home ownership in our State - waterfront. Their first vacation rental business was born around that time called "On a Lake in Maine". That transitioned into On the Water in Maine ® in 2006 when the desire to list saltwater properties was also included.
Since 2006, Justin and Tiffany have been involved with the management of over 500 waterfront homes around Maine – whether as property managers, rental agents, as the mortgage broker, or more recently, as the real estate sales agent. As On the Water in Maine ® - Vacation Rentals grew into the predominant vacation rental agency it has become – in the top 15 rental agencies in Maine out of over 90 – the need to help people buy or sell real estate grew.
Over the years, many of On the Water in Maine’s rental guests have sought the advice of Justin and Tiffany before they bought the right properties for them. They had pleaded for them to get into real estate and until recently – they were not. After finally succumbing to requests, Tiffany became an agent in 2014 and quickly became the ‘rookie of the year’ in her sales market.
Since we’re in the real estate business, we truly believe in a "bricks and mortar" approach to servicing our clients. Still while our home office may be in Rockport and our seasonal vacation rental office is in Damariscotta – it’s worth noting that our reach in real estate is not limited to those areas. In fact – as we do with vacation rentals – we operate between the Maine/Canadian border and the Maine/New Hampshire border. We offer rental homes in Cape Elizabeth to the west, just as we do in Harrington to the east. Off-shore islands aren’t off-limits to us – we operate in Vinalhaven as well as in Casco Bay.
Our beautiful Rockport office was custom designed for our industry in 2012. It represents all that we want to offer our Clients in the business operations we engage in.
Our Damariscotta rental office is truly "on the water" as it sits on pilings over the Damariscotta River – perched at the entrance to the beautiful Damariscotta village.