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How to Prevent and Handle a Fire


While a fire may seem like something that will never happen to you or your family, it is critical to know what to do if one does. Being knowledgeable on both preventing and on handling a fire could be the difference between life and death.

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Homeownership is rewarding, but, like any part of life, it comes with certain risks.

No one ever thinks that they will have a fire in their home. However, we're here...

What’s Happening With the Twin Cities Metro Market?


What do the numbers for spring real estate in the Twin Cities metro area tell us about our market? We’ll answer that for you today.

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What’s going on with the spring real estate market in the Twin Cities metro area?

The spring market is fully underway and buyers are very active in the marketplace. However, the number of listings coming on to the market isn’t great. There’s actually 3.5% less inventory compared to this time last year. The number of sales taking place, however, is similar to last year.

We’re seeing lower inventory and competitive buyers. In 2016 there were about 12,200 homes on the market and we’re around 10,000 right now. Last year we were talking about inventory being historically low and now, it’s even lower. That low inventory has caused a rise in the median sale price. A year ago the median price was $220,000, and right now it’s $237,400. That’s a 7% increase from last year.

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The Keys to Successfully Buying in a Seller’s Market


Being a buyer in a seller’s market can be tough. Here’s how you can accomplish your goals more easily.

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It’s tough to be a buyer right now in our aggressive seller’s market. The best houses are receiving multiple offers and selling within days. In the $150,000 to $300,000 price range, the market is especially aggressive. So, how do you compete as a buyer?

It all comes down to preparation in a number of different areas....

Thank You for Supporting Us


Thank you to all of our family, friends, past clients, and vendors that work with us every day.

The RE/MAX awards just came out and our team is No. 4 in the state of Minnesota! We are also one of the top 50 real estate teams in the entire country. We cannot thank you enough.
There is no way we could have done this without you and our great staff.

If you are thinking of selling your home in 2017, give us a call. Also, send us your real estate questions and we’ll answer them with a video. We are always here to help you!

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Thanks to our wonderful clients!



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As you may already know, we recently hosted a client appreciation event at Base Camp in Fort Snelling. There were too many people to thank individually who made 2016 such a wonderful year for us, so we threw a party.

We had a bouncy castle and slide, a ropes course, a climbing wall, an archery range, magician, and plenty of other games and entertainment for all the families that came. We were honored to be able to give back to so many people, and we can’t wait to be able to do it again soon.

If you were there, we were glad to have you. If you weren’t able to make it, ...

What's in Store for the Twin Cities Market in 2017?


Today we wanted to bring you a quick recap of what we saw in the Twin Cities market in 2016 and also give some predictions for the market going forward in 2017.

Last year ended up being a great one in our market, going from an average of having around 15,000 homes on the market at any given time in 2015 to about 13,000 in 2016. That's a 16% drop in the amount of homes for sale in our market. This low inventory led to a big decline in the average days on market for a home, from 41 in 2015 down to 33 days in 2016.

Homes are simply selling much faster, and that's fantastic.

As you might expect, both of these factors have led to an increase in median sales price. It's up just over 5% to about $232,000 for the median sales price in our market. When we think back to that 12-month period around 2011 when our market was at its lowest point, there were about 36,000 home sales. Over 50% of those were lender-mediated,...

Avoid Damage by Preparing Your Home for Winter

It’s very important to prepare your home for winter. Otherwise, you could run into some costly problems down the road.

For example, you need to take care of the exterior faucets on your home in order to avoid water damage. First, go inside your home and disconnect the water line. Then, go outside and disconnect any hoses. Open up the faucet valves to relieve any pressure from water left in the pipe. Once that is done, go back inside and finish draining the pipe.

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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 your siding....