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Words of Advice for First-Time Homebuyers
NerdWallet ran an article last year that offered tips for newbies to the homebuying game. The article covers some of the most daunting aspects of purchasing a home, including the down payment, how much home you can afford, and some easy missteps to look out for. When it comes to ...
8 Home Buyer Practices That Your Agent Wants you to Change
In the process of finding a new home, your real estate agent should become your new best friend. For a few weeks or longer, you will probably talk to them more than anyone else you know! So how do you make sure you’re doing your part to build a good relationship with your agent?We’ve ...
Before You Buy A Fixer-Upper, Answer These Questions First!
Just like buying a move-in ready home, a fixer-upper has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Buying a fixer-upper can be a great way to own a home you really love once you put some work into it, but it can also quickly swallow up your savings if you aren’t prepared. Just remember ...
Hottest Markets: First-Ring Suburbs and Exurbs
The Star Tribune released its report on the hottest Twin Cities markets, and there are some surprises. Richfield was dethroned by Otsego – a town NW of the cities by about a 40-minute drive. Part of the reason Otsego is considered “hot” is that there was a large ...
Edina Teardowns Continue
The Star Tribune recently ran a fascinating article, titled “How Pamela Park became the epicenter of east Edina's teardown trend”. The article describes the remarkable transformation that has occurred across the city of Edina over the past handful of years with the teardowns of the original ...
The Annual Home Maintenance Checklist: A Guide For New Homeowners
Keeping up with home maintenance tasks can be daunting, especially for new homeowners. It may be hard to accept the fact that sometimes you have to cancel a weekend brunch so you can clean out the gutters and mow the lawn. While these responsibilities could be frustrating, it’s what you have ...
Homebuilding Numbers Restrained in 2018
Top housing news for quite some time has been that entry level homes are the most sough-after segment in the Twin Cities housing market. Supply has long been short while low mortgage rates have attracted first time buyers along with downsizing baby boomers, driving high demand. It’s a combo that ...
The 7-Step Decluttering Guide to Organizing Your Home this New Year
We often talk about starting a home improvement project, like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, because we’re dissatisfied with the house and are looking for ways to make it even better. But what if the first thing that’s hindering us from appreciating our biggest investment is the ...
Understanding Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy in Case of a Wildfire
The recent catastrophic wildfires in California have been beyond devastating. These violent infernos destroyed thousands of properties and structures and displaced hundreds of thousands of people living in the affected areas. But if there’s one takeaway from this widespread fire damage, ...
November: Housing Inventory Increases, Prices Still Increase
As reported in the Star Tribune, the month of November saw a much-needed infusion of new home listings. Almost 4,000 homes were listed, an increase of roughly 12% over the same month last year. At the same time, the number of signed purchase agreements has dipped, meaning more homes ...