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Maine Island Properties Buyers and Sellers Agent

Elin Elisofon has lived on Vinalhaven since she was a young child. She attended summer programs on North Haven and she has family ties on Islesboro.

Elin is a realtor as well as an artist and conservationist. For her entire life she has lived in a farmhouse on Crockett Cove built by Joel and Mary Jane Philbrook in 1843. She is an avid gardener, an animal lover, and an advocate for conservation.

Read Past Perfect, a profile on Elin and her Vinalhaven home, from Maine Home + Design.

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Her real estate practice specializes in assisting prospective buyers and property owners on these three islands. Her focus is on preserving family homes and historic properties and finding ideal properties for new owners.

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Land Preservation

She has extensive experience working with land preservation and property owners, which she gained while serving from the earliest days on the boards of two accredited land trusts; the Vinalhaven Land Trust and the Hill Country Land Trust in Fredericksburg, Texas. Elin served on the Vinalhaven Land Trust’s board for twenty years, starting in 1986. As Chairman of the Easements and Acquisitions Committee, she and fellow board members assisted families in permanently conserving their properties’ natural resources, protecting many important habitats as well as establishing miles of public access trails on Vinalhaven.

Elin pursued her land conservation work while serving on the Town of Vinalhaven Planning Commission, where she helped create an extensive Natural Resource Inventory—instrumental to land use decisions—including new zoning regulations to protect Vinalhaven’s natural resources.

Elin can assist you in planning for the conservation of important natural areas, including agricultural lands, scenic, historic and traditional resources.


As a year-round resident of Vinalhaven, Elin has demonstrated a deep commitment to preserving this area’s unique and historical architecture, and to supporting the community at large. Elin enjoys working with families to help them determine how best to resolve complex issues so they may preserve their homes for generations to come or create agreements for passing on property to their heirs. Her experience enables Elin to help create consensus, agreements and conservation easements beneficial to all that preserve and/or divide property to meet their long term objectives.


She is a founder of Vinalhaven Eldercare Services (VES), an organization devoted to helping island elders remain in the community. VES provides assisted living at the Ivan Calderwood Homestead and additional in-home services such as Meals on Wheels, transportation, and Medic Alert phones. These services enable elders to remain on Vinalhaven throughout their lives, where they continue to play an important role in their family and community.


Working with Elin was a pleasure! It is clear that she is passionate about finding the right house for the right person. I went through the process of house hunting knowing that Elin had my best interests at heart. She negotiated the price down as well as repairs for the house. She responded to my calls and emails in a timely fashion. She explained much of the rich local history to me making the experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend Elin if you're looking for a home in Maine!

Diane Clarke

Sharon and I had a great experience working with Elin in our search for a new home on Vinalhaven. As buyers, Elin was our Agent. She exceeded our expectations in service. Her knowledge of the island and the resources on the island were invaluable in answering questions and gaining entry into the properties that we considered. Once we made our selection, before an offer was made, Elin arranged for a thorough walk thru accompanied by a builder who evaluated the structure and all utility systems. This service helped us to finalize our offer and move ahead with our purchase. As often happens in real estate, there are tense moments up to the closing. Elin helped us work thru it all. We are very happy to have worked with Elin. She is quick to respond, does research if necessary, honest, thoughtful, respectful and charming. We love her and highly recommend her.


Elin worked for both the seller and the buyer (us). She was extremely neutral and nonpartisan making us feel that she always had our best interest in mind while using her negotiating skills. The prompt responses to our questions and concerns gave us a sense of professionalism and experience. Elin in knowledgeable about all aspects of the real estate process. It was a pleasure to work with Elin.


Elin is an island resident of many years & knows the island and its residents very well. She's very personable, intelligent, helpful, perceptive & very involved with the preservation of the unique character of the island. Her enthusiasm & genuine interest made our buying experience very easy & pleasant. Her knowledge of, and introductions to, many of the interesting characters on the island, has helped us (..and continues to help us) establish some really nice connections to the island community.

Kiran Mundy

Elin was a pleasure to work with! She was always quick with a response to our questions. Not being from the area, her exceptional local knowledge was extremely helpful, especially during the inspection process.

N.P. Manning

Elin was extremely knowledgeable and helpful as I spent more than 6 months trying to buy. She was very patient as my situation shifted and acted as my eyes and ears as I was not in the state.

Jane Sullivan

Elin is a Vinalhaven expert. Not only does she know about the properties on the island—from plots of land to homes—but she knows so much about their history and the people who lived there. This kind of knowledge is invaluable… I have also been impressed with Elin's knowledge of conservation on the island (North Haven, as well). Frankly, I wouldn't work with anyone else.

Andrew Ross

Elin was a delightful help in our purchase on Vinalhaven. She is very wise, thoughtful, knowledgeable, friendly and fun to be with.

Cathy Quimby and Steve Zoloth

Elin has a deep understanding of real estate, combined with a sensitivity towards the natural world. She feels strongly that land should be understood, loved and respected. With boundless energy, personal commitment and determination, she has advised, counseled and helped countless individuals and families with land use issues.

Katherine Peake, Attorney and President, Hill Country Land Trust

Elin was an absolute pleasure to work with! She understood our budget and needs, which combined with her deep knowledge of the community, the land and local history, proved essential in helping us find the right property on Vinalhaven.

Maria Berman and Bradley Horn

Elin was a pro all the way through our transaction with her. If you are looking to buy or sell you would be foolish to use anyone else. I would highly recommend her for Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro.

Mark Umbach

From the beginning of the search process, Elin has been a partner who seeks to understand what I want in a property. She makes suggestions to focus on those that would suit my family’s preferences and needs. She guides me as I gather information about the properties (their strength and potential shortcomings) and what living on the island of Vinalhaven might be like. She not only arranges for me to spend time at the property I’m interested in to appreciate it for myself, but she also shows me the island and introduces me to members of the community. In the process of home inspection, Elin goes above and beyond. She meets with the various inspectors in person and helps find solutions to my satisfaction. Her patience, availability, and proactive problem-solving attitude help move the process to fruition. I have much to thank Elin for making this long distance home buying experience enjoyable.

Ashvin Ahuja


Lincolnville Real Estate
2522 Atlantic Hwy.
Lincolnville Beach, ME 04849

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(207) 867-4866 home
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