Sunday’s Site – Gold Medal Park

As I have been out and about lately, I got to thinking about how much our Twin Cities have to offer…in diverse areas such as arts & entertainment, architecture, sports, parks & trails, nature, dining, shopping and community. Whether you already live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, are thinking about moving here or are just.

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Home Staging Myth Busters

Some people try and Stage their homes by themselves.  Here are some Myth Busters about Home Staging….. Myth 1:  I Can Just Watch One of Those TV Shows………The shows on HGTV and similar channels give Sellers the idea that they need to do something to their house to prepare it for sale, but often Sellers.

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Renovations

It seems that when people learn I’m a Realtor they first ask about the market…then they often talk about how much they love HGTV shows about home renovations, decorating, flipping houses, etc. We don’t have cable so I have never seen them myself but I have heard a lot about them. I have one client.

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FHA financing

When someone has less than a 20% downpayment available, a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured mortgage is often an excellent choice.  For many years, conventional financing options were so abundant that few people considered FHA Mortgages.  In today’s market, when I help clients review financing options, FHA often ends up as the best choice. These.

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Wednesdays Unplugged

Last year I started a tradition of ‘Wednesdays Unplugged’. Here is what I said on January 4, 2007… Time seems to be such a rare commodity in today’s hectic world. We’re so technologically connected we tend to be on call 24/7, but our personal connections seem to suffer…as does our time to nurture ourselves and.

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Spring maintenance for homeowners

After this warm weekend we had, it really feels like spring has arrived.  If you own a home, now is a great time to go over some of the outdoor maintenance items your home inspector hopefully told you about when you bought your home!  Take a look at the compressor (pictured right) for your air.

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Dreams Shattered…Dreams Come True

We have been hearing so much lately about the devastating effects of foreclosures, and just last week Governor Pawlenty said that the state will increase foreclosure-prevention help. See the bottom of this article for resources if you are in danger of losing your home. While there is no doubt that foreclosures have shattered many dreams,.

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What Does it Mean To Be a Certified Stager?

We are often asked what it means to be Certified.  In today’s market place, everyone knows how difficult it can be to sell a home.  As we have stated before, staging is a very important piece of preparing a home for sale.  There are many Stagers available, but you need to make sure your Stager.

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The Third Age

Perhaps one of the most widely recognized major life transition periods is that of retirement. The system of retiring at age 65 was developed in earlier generations, when that age was much closer to the end of life than it is now. With people living in 2000 having a life expectancy of about 30 years.

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Fixed Rate or Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

When people come to me for their mortgage, they have often already made their decision between a Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM).  These are some of their comments: Considerations by those choosing a Fixed Rate Mortgage The principal and interest payments are predictable, they can budget for them and they know there will.

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Market Trends

Monthly market updates are compiled by the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS for the 13-county metropolitan Twin Cities region. Knowing that market conditions can vary significantly by specific community, they not only compile data for the entire region as a whole but also for 125 specific communities within the region.  Market updates for March were.

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Home Inspections on foreclosures

Just last week, I had four customers call to cancel inspections at the last minute – one a half-hour before the start time of the inspection.  All four of these last minute cancellations were on foreclosure properties, and they were all for the same reason; the water was off, and didn’t get turned back on.

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Springtime in Minnesota

A chart of our Minneapolis average daily temperatures since spring officially arrived on March 20th looks as challenged as our market conditions. If you are new to Minnesota you may wonder if spring will ever come, but those of us who have lived in the north country our whole lives know that it will eventually.

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Life Transitions & The ‘Kinky Slinky’

When we talk about life transitions we often talk about our life line, but that feels so flat and static and horizontal. Thanks to insights gained from transitions life coach Beata Rydeen, I have learned to refer to it instead as our life spiral. The spiral is an ancient symbol of growth and renewal, one.

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Qualifying for your mortgage

After reading recent news articles, many prospective homebuyers are surprised how easy it is to qualify for home financing today.  It’s the job of a loan officer to help you review your scenario, determine which types of financing fit the best, and then help you focus on the financing program with the lowest interest rate,.

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