Bill was born and raised in Southern California before serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, then it was off to Colorado for college before Bill took a trip to Maine and fell in love with the Mid-coast area. “It looked like a perfect place to build a home and a raise a family”. He first settled in Belfast where he got a job teaching high school English at Belfast Area High School. Shortly thereafter, Bill moved out to Freedom where he bought a 100 acre farm, got married to Annie (who was a local girl and a fellow teacher) and went on to raise a family and create the home of their dreams.
Bill and Annie’s home on Goosepecker Ridge has been the setting for many weddings, large parties and garden tours. The perennial gardens are a work of art and the croquet areas, farm pond and 3 hole golf course provide an ever changing glimpse into the best that Mid-coast Maine has to offer.
Bill’s casual style is further enhanced by his many years in the business. After teaching for 13 years and realizing that it would take more than a teacher’s income to pay for the education of his twin sons, Bill went into real estate in 1986. He has managed an office for the largest multi-office firm in the area, owned and operated a franchise real estate office in Belfast and then moved on to Camden Real Estate where he has been one of their top performers for the past 11 years.
Bill has also been honored to serve as President of the Mid-Coast Board of Realtors, director of the statewide Maine Association of Realtors, and Chairman of the State of Maine Professional Standards Committee.
"William Pickford represents the gold standard in real estate. I was fortunate to retain his services as I was looking to purchase a home in Camden, Maine. Following an introductory conversation on the phone, I met with Bill to preview several properties. I had one day prior to returning to the west coast and Bill managed to show me a wide array of homes that afforded me a clear idea of what the market had to offer. It was obvious to me that in the relatively short time we had together, Bill was perceptive enough to understand what I was looking for and what my specific needs would be. He went above and beyond what one might surmise a realtor might do for a client, while maintaing a standard of professionalism and graciousness that was truly impressive. His level of expertise, knowledge of the real estate market as well as his vast network of fellow professionals laid the groundwork for a seamless transition from Washington State eastward to Maine. While I closed down my life on one coast in preparation for the move to Camden, Bill acted as my agent in the negotiation and purchase of my Camden dream house. He was present at the home inspection and advocated for me every step of the way. During a potentially stressful time, Bill was consistently positive, accessible, and supportive. He has been integral in terns of facilitating a wonderful entree into Camden; a beautiful home and a wealth of information and connections that presage a successful life in this lovely area. I have had the privilege over time of utilizing the services of many realtors and William Pickford is, without reservation, the very best." - Mary Lee
"Bill Pickford was crucial in marketing and selling our large and complicated property. He was wonderful at helping us over the rough patches and getting all the parties involved through several difficult issues. He also found us our new home, which is perfect for us. He is totally professional. Thank you, Bill!" - Chris and Petie Noyes