• Licensed real estate broker since 1988
  • B.A. in Psychology, Business Minor
  • University of Colorado & University of Maine
  • Ongoing Business Courses – Boston University
  • Maine native

Navigating the Course

I view my job as a partnership with purchasers or sellers, bringing my expertise of working for years in the field with distinctive homes, land, and waterfront properties in the Greater Portland area. I offer my clients an in-depth understanding of real estate values as well as applicable rules and regulations that affect use. I understand that value includes many factors such as school systems, location, investment potential and amenities. I see my work as looking out for my clients’ best interests from our first meeting to closing.

A Source of Satisfaction

I truly enjoy my work. It’s all about guidance and information. It’s all about what you know and how to share that information effectively. The process of increasing my market knowledge and then sharing that information to help my clients make informed buying or selling decisions is very gratifying.

The Way Life Is–and Should Be

Maine is a great place to call home; the more I travel, the more I understand why. Maine is an interesting mix of uptown sophistication, gritty commercial fishing, wild wilderness, wonderful arts and restaurants, and kind people with common sense. With nearly 3000 miles of coastline, boating on the Maine coast provides some of the best cruising waters in the world. I truly think we have it all.

When I am not Working

Boating on the Coast of Maine is a passion. Being with my family is a great joy. Also in the mix are my Labrador Retrievers, wood sculpturing, a Belgian/Thoroughbred cross named Sweet Emma, playing drums in my Dixieland band, cooking and a good bottle of Chilean wine every now and then.


As a first time home-buyer who has been living outside of the US for over 30 years, I had a lot of questions when looking for a house in Maine. Through Town and Shore & Shore professional services, I found a beautiful home in Yarmouth. Even while living in Tanzania, East Africa, I was able to get a great sense of the house's layout, location and distinguishing features by using the comprehensive virtual tour on the agency's website. When I was finally able to visit the house, I felt I already knew it, inside and out. Broker Bob Knecht's regional expertise, and his ability to coordinate with my daughter in the US, were vital in working through the home-buying logistics and helping us to get to know the neighborhood.

– Jill Manchester