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Real Estate Agent - Bridge Realty - Mankato
When it comes to the price attached to a home for sale, buyers and sellers are looking for opposite things.  Sellers want to sell their home for as much money as possible.  Buyers want to pay as little as possible for their new home.  Who wins?  It depends on the state of the market:  how many ho...
Spring is coming, and now is the time to give you home's chances of selling a shot in the arm.  A study done recently by the University of Michigan showed that increasing a home's "Curb Appeal" increased home value by anywhere from six to eleven percent!  That's huge.  Here's a good way to look a...
Now that the stimulus package is in place, you can count on getting the $8,000 tax credit if you are a first time homeowner (definition: either you never owned a home or you haven't owned one for three years) when tax time rolls around next year.  You will be eligible for a tax credit equal to 10...
Okay good people, I've been blogging quite a bit lately on my website and thought I was doing the right thing. Then last night I ran across the blog of Karen George, the AZ Home Loan Lady, who, sadly, passed away from cancer last year, if I read it right.   In addition ...
Keep your fingers crossed; there may be a pretty decent tax break coming for home buyers.  In their version of the new stimulus package, the Senate has included a tax break worth 10% of the price of the home they buy (up to $15,000) for all home buyers who will live in their home for two years.  ...
Okay, my recent blog on pricing notwithstanding, if you want to sell your home for the most money as quickly as possible, you need to get it in front of the right buyers.  Namely, those buyers who will be interested in your home. Not many Realtors appreciate the subtlety of that statement.  Sign ...
Is is cold enough for ya?  You betcha it is, that's for sure.  And I sure am enjoying the wood stove we have in our living room on a day as cold as this one is, that's for sure, too.  No doubt about it.  It does take some work and some wood to make it go, though.  And wood ain't cheap, either.  N...
Sellers, this may be news to you, but homes are selling.  At times like these people feel they need to spend their dollars carefully. So pricing your home correctly is the key to a quick sale.  In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes that sold within one week sold ...
I have good news to report:  the US Department of Agriculture is guaranteeing no-money-down loans in smaller towns throughout the country with their Rural Housing Loan Program.  Actually, it doesn't even need to be in a town, just outside of the areas the USDA considers a large enough city.  That...
With rates as low as they've been since they've started keeping track thirty seven years ago, I'm sure most of us with a mortgage are thinking "Let's do this thing!"  Unfortunately, it isn't that easy, now that credit has tightened up. Nowadays, this is what you'll likely need to refinance: somet...

Jim Scheller

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