A couple stand in their snowy driveway in front of their home.
Jennifer Wolfe and Chase Dolloff stand in front of their house in New Gloucester on Friday, March 4, 2022. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, few subjects have been the focus of attention in Maine like the housing crisis and a resulting boom in the real estate market.

The situation has had far-reaching implications. You can often count the number of homes on the market in Portland and its suburbs on your hands. Younger homebuyers are competing with wealthier buyers. Towns you may not expect are seeing huge sales. Sales have started to drop compared with last year with prices continuing to skyrocket. The Maine Legislature passed a housing reform bill that will have big consequences.

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Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after three years as a reporter at the Kennebec Journal. A Hallowell native who now lives in Augusta, he graduated from the University of Maine in...