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Home Listings Fall Short in February
With the most recent article on the topic from the Star Tribune, some of our hopefulness that a more balanced market is around the corner has diminished. Listings were down 14% from the same period last year and the median sales price was up 6% at $265,500 (supply is constricted but demand is high, ...
Reimagining Spaces
This week brought news of 2 different cases of redevelopment at a point of transition. First, Lennar Corp. has gained approval from Chanhassen’s City Council to move forward with plans for 169 homes on a 188 acre site previously owned by the late musician, Prince, as reported by the Star Tribune. ...
Distractions from the Snow
Here we are, digging ourselves out from several more inches of snow. While business must continue as usual, the wintry tundra sure is doing its best to encourage cozy fires, comfort food, and warm blankets. There’s always more to share about the local Real Estate happenings, but much of it is along ...
Tips On Setting A Home Renovation Budget
When a homeowner starts to consider a home renovation, it’s easy to grow overwhelmed, because it seems like such a monumental task. Perhaps this comes from the notion that all makeovers have to big, bold, and new. Think shows like “Extreme Makeover” and “House ...
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 ...