Money for closing – the big question

One of the biggest questions when buying a home is how much money do I need?  It will depend on your down payment and closing costs. For many, you may only need 3-5% for a down payment (unless you want to put more down). Plus you will need money for your closing costs – I.

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Wednesdays Unplugged – Brenda’s Breaded Fish

  "Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad." ~ Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad   NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our.

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New Construction Teardowns… and where to find them by price range

Pent-up demand and low interest rates, combined with increased demand for desirable neighborhoods and school districts have been driving a teardown craze which has been going on for a number of years. Two neighborhoods at the epicenter of this craze are the Minneapolis Linden Hills neighborhood and the city of Edina. My experiences with teardowns.

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What Do I Do With All These Easter Eggs??

  If your house is like mine was as a kid….there are hard boiled colored eggs everywhere come the evening of Easter Sunday. There is that special time of dying the eggs with your kids, then there are all the egg hunts where more are collected (they used real eggs when I was a kid,.

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Featured in Habitat for Humanity blog post…

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity recently asked if they could do a feature blog post on John and me… and of course we had to say yes! Imagine my delight when we got together and learned that the post was to be written by a fellow Cobber, Blake MacKenzie! He created a great post… thank.

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Getting a mortgage for a rental property

Are you thinking about buying a rental property or maybe buying a new home for yourself and keeping your home as a rental? It happens frequently.  Sometimes a friend mentions that they have a rental home and make money every month, sometimes someone you know says investing in real estate can be a great way.

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Wednesdays Unplugged – Deviled Egg Chicks

  "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." ~ Amelia Earhart   NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our.

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