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Is Your Home Prepared for the Minnesota Winter?



With fall in full swing, today we’d like to ask you one simple question: is your home ready for the winter months? There are a few things you can do to the exterior of your home now to winterize it and avoid costly problems in the future:

1. Trim back your trees and bushes. If there are branches up against the exterior of your home, cut them back. In our climate, the high winds that we experience can cause those branches to freeze and scrape...

The Importance of Green Photos


We strongly feel that the best time to sell a home is in early spring between February and March. This is when home supply is extremely low and buyer demand is extremely high. One problem many sellers have during this time, though, is showcasing their home underneath all that snow.

Enter green photos. If you’re thinking you might want to sell sometime during winter and spring in Minnesota—seasons that occupy a large timeframe—
consider contacting a Realtor and having them send a professional photographer to take pictures of what your yard looks like right now.

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The Best Time of Year to Buy a Home


When is the best time to buy a home?

Just as in selling a home, the answer to this question all comes down to supply and demand. As far as our buyers are concerned, they typically want the most amount of homes to see and they want to be able to bid the lowest amount possible when it comes to negotiation.

Throughout the course of the year, we usually see inventory levels rise from January to December. It usually starts at the bottom in January, then ratchets up during the summer and fall months. During fall, the number of sales is usually inversely proportional to the number of listings. The later months of the year, then, tend to be the ones with the lowest amount of sales but the highest available inventory.


It all comes down to supply and demand.

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How Contingencies Protect Twin Cities Home Buyers


We wanted to take a minute to talk about real estate contingencies today. They are an important part of every real estate contract because they can help buyers protect themselves if problems come up after earnest money has gone into escrow.

There are two primary contingencies: for the inspection and for the financing. These are the two that we see come up in just about every transaction.

We typically start with the inspection contingency. The inspections usually take place in the first week after contract, and the buyer has the opportunity to say whether or not everything checked out and if they want to move forward. Sometimes after an inspection, buyers will ask the seller to make certain repairs or something may get renegotiated.

Then, we typically move into the second tier of contingencies, for the financing. Buyers need to be pre-approved in almost all situations to buy a property, and that’s because the seller will want assurance that the buyer actually has the means to buy the home.

After the inspection, things shift to the lender to do their due diligence with the buyer. This is when the appraisal takes place...

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update


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At the beginning of the year, we predicted that the Twin Cities real estate market would continue to improve throughout the year, and we’re seeing this improvement in real time with many of our sellers getting multiple offers on their homes within just a few days on the market.

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The Importance of Staging in the Twin Cities

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Today we're at a beautiful new Twin Cities listing to tell you about the three main components to getting a home sold in today's environment: price, marketing, and staging. We're happy to be joined by Kristina Leone from Lionheart Staging to discuss the importance of home staging.

Staging is so important today, and that's what we want to focus on. Years ago, you could simply put a sign in the yard, but buyers have shifted since then...

1235 Knollwood Lane Mendota Heights MN

1235 Knollwood Lane Mendota Heights MNMinnesota is a place that is uniquely exceptional for modern and contemporary architecture, which is exactly what makes 1235 Knollwood Lane in Mendota Heights such a special opportunity for current home buyers browsing the local real estate market. The straight edges of modern architecture and the usually lightly-colored exteriors of such homes perfectly contrast with the dense forests and high concentration of dark evergreen trees that help define the Minnesota landscape, allowing for a setting you might more commonly find on a canvas rather than a real-life location right in the heart of the Twin Cities metro area.

New to the market, homes like 1235 Knollwood Lane don’t usually pop up for sale very often, especially in a city where traditional single-family homes tend to dominate the local housing market much more so than anything that’s modern or contemporary. Originally designed by Gerald Mazzara of Bloomington-based Design Group M, 1235 Knollwood Lane is a bold and dynamic home that features ample living space, a cul-de-sac lot in a quiet neighborhood, and the kind of interior layout most would expect from a chic modern residence...

How Should You Choose the Best Offer?


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Since our local housing marketplace currently favors sellers, home sales are likely to end up in a multiple offer situation. Today, we want to give advice to buyers on how to compete and thrive if they experience this.

Conventional wisdom tells us the highest offer is best. However, that’s not always the case. There are other factors that go into making a decision. Although price can make up for all these factors, it isn’t always the most powerful.


For instance,
the strength of the buyer’s...

Avoid Costly Water Problems in the Twin Cities


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We all know the phrase, “Spring showers bring May flowers.” Today, we’re focusing on avoiding costly water problems by getting your Twin Cities home ready for the spring. Here are some common mistakes we come across in the surrounding community, that could easily be avoided if you know about them ahead of time.

  1. There is not a strong enough drain-away from the home into the yard....

What Does a Seller’s Market in the Twin Cities Mean for You?

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What is a seller’s market, and how does it affect you as a seller or buyer? With the Twin Cities market currently in a strong seller’s market, it’s crucial you know exactly what it means for you. There are a few signs that a given market favors sellers:

  • Diminished inventory of homes for sale in the area.
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