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5412 France Avenue #204, Edina MN

Looking for a fabulous condo with all the updates and a location to die for?  Proudly introducing you to MLS #4483720.  This beautifully remodeled condo features an open floor plan, hardwood floors, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer and dryer, and your own garage!

Only 4 blocks to the heart of Edina's 50th & France.  An easy walk to the shops, restaurants and other buisinesses in this coveted location or continue just a few blocks further to the prestigious Fulton and Linden Hills neighborhoods, Lakes Calhoun and Harriet and Minnehaha Creek.

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Linden Hills & Fulton Neighborhoods of Minneapolis

The Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods are two of the best locations to live in all the Twin Cities. Aside from only being minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the area sits in close proximity to the international airport and the Mall of America – and because the neighborhood is on the west side of the metro, it’s only a short drive to the scenic Lake Minnetonka. And on that note, the area itself has plenty of outdoor space that feels anything but urban.

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Near the Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods sit plenty of bodies of water worth spending time around – Minnehaha Creek, Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet are all in close proximity. These options are a godsend for anyone who appreciates the outdoors, loves a good beach or water activities.

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Minnehaha Creek is one can’t miss spot in the area, flowing 22 miles east through many Minneapolis suburbs. The creek flows into the gorgeous Minnehaha Falls, a huge attraction in the Minneapolis area. The 53-foot high waterfall is a beautiful escape for the urban life that surrounds the area.

There are also many fantastic parks in the area. Residents can chose from Utley Park, York Park, Arden Park, Wooddale Park, Pamela Park, and more. Minneapolis is an ever-growing city,...

What You Should Know About "Pocket" Real Estate Listings

private_real_estate_listing_pocket_listing_sleeve_listing_640MPR recently did a story about the proliferation of private sales in the Twin Cities real estate market. I thought that I would take some time to talk about what a private real estate sale is and what its pros and cons are.

A private real estate sale, otherwise known as a “sleeve” listing or a “pocket” listing, is a property for which a broker holds a signed listing agreement from the seller, but it is never actually advertised on a multiple listing system (MLS). Instead of putting the house on the local MLS, which exposes it to home buyers and buyer agents, the real estate agent restricts access to information about the house, hoping for a quick sale.

Pocket listings are surging in the local Twin Cities real estate market, and in many other places in the U.S., because of incredibly low inventories of homes for sale, along with strong buyer demand and low mortgage interest rates. In competitive markets where real estate listings are scarce, private sales or pocket listings are a way to have utter control over the sale. The practice of marketing properties prior to listing them on the MLS is legal as long as agents explain the trade-offs sellers are making.

There are benefits for the seller. As...

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