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When Is the Best Time to Buy?

When is the best time of year to buy? Brandon Hedges and I have the answer.
 

Today I’m here with Brandon Hedges, my colleague here at the Barker Hedges Group, to discuss when’s the best time to buy.

Our clients often ask us when is the best time of the year to get a great deal on a home, whether that be the price, the terms of their closing date and so on. Essentially, they want to know when the seller is going to be the most willing to negotiate with them.

There’s kind of a cycle that we talk about a lot in real estate in terms of going from the peak to the valley and then back to the peak again, and 2017 has been no different. We see inventory build and we see inventory retreat.

What we’re talking about now is what happens with pricing. We see price increases through the spring and early summer. Peak median sale price in the Twin Cities looks like it's going to be June, and it starts to...

How Does Our Current Market Compare to Last Year's?

What’s going on in the Twin Cities real estate market? Today, we’ll be bringing you a look at how this year’s market statistics compare to what we saw at this time in 2016.
 

What’s going on in the Twin Cities real estate market?

As you may remember, our last market update came just before the summer. The market was extremely hot, many properties were receiving multiple offers, and sellers were getting top dollar.

So, how do things look now? Well, what we’re seeing this year is consistent with the trend we witness every year. Inventory starts low in January but builds through the summer. Then, the inventory levels resume a downward trend in the fall.

Now that fall has arrived, we’re currently seeing this same trend. So, let’s get into some specific numbers.

"What we’re seeing this year is...

Why Green Photos Can Make or Break a Winter Listing

Today, I’d like to go over some of the ways you can prepare your home if you plan on selling in winter or early spring.
 

What are green photos? Well, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like.

Buyers in today’s marketplace want to know what the yard looks like during summer or fall. This is impossible to show in the winter unless you have photographers come out and take some photos while things are still green.

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5 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Real estate investing is on the rise. Here are five different ways you can get involved.
 
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Investing in real estate is no longer restricted to the super wealthy. According to a recent survey, real estate investors now make up 15% of the population. That translates to almost 50 million individuals who invest in at least one property other than their primary residence.
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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 to tell...

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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