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Real Estate Sales Representative - EXP Realty
The short answer is yes.  The long answer is how to do it.By the time any homeowner has decided to sell, they have an idea of what they want and where they want their next step to be. That decision was arrived at over months or maybe even years of evaluating alternatives. Within that one decision...
We're on the fringe of March and we're still facing mountains of snow.  However, there are some spectacular move in ready new homes with special offers and perks.  1. You see how it works in awful weather, do we need to explain that one?2. No multiple offers. While your friends are binge-watching...
We live in a word of reality TV, and home improvement shows are 24/7.  Every buyer is HGTV trained, and they drool over cosmetic appeal. What can a homeowner do on a budget to have buyers stampeding your door? Kitchens sell homes. Without having to do a whole kitchen remodel, what’s important? Al...
Minnesota has a particular rhythm unlike other parts of the country because of our weather. It used to be that late spring, May and June were the busiest months. Because of low inventory of homes to sell, buyers are getting a jump on the spring market by starting earlier. Usually, the Super Bowl ...
What is a Truth in Housing report, and why is it important? TIH is designed for the safety of ‘other people,’ and focuses on code items. Most home owners know that all single family and duplexes are required to provide a TIH report to buyers to review. Condos and triplexes, 4plexes are exempt.I s...
Online evaluations don't mean to lie, but they are limited to the past tense. Data can tell you what happened, but can't predict the future or why it happened. All the real estate data takes location, square feet, number of bedrooms, and a few more criteria into consideration to come up with an a...
Most advertising for new homes are big, gorgeous two story homes with tons of space. What happened to one level living? Where are they, and who builds them?There’s a new wave of builders who know that not everyone wants a two story, 4 bedroom home. One level doesn’t mean tiny house. Throughout th...
Once you've decided to sell your home and move, you need a new life. What does that look like? Age doesn’t matter, moving is life changing, you want to nail down answers to all of your questions before putting one foot in front of the other.Years ago a young couple asked me to help their parents ...
Elliot Eisenberg, The Bow Tie Economist, told me that 40% of homes in the US are free and clear of the mortgage. If not totally free and clear there is a whopping 45% who have over 50% equity.  Who would those people be?  They're probably Baby Boomers who've lived in their home 15+ years or inves...
2018 started out with great expectations, it was supposed to have been a year of massive sales.  Economists warned of an overdue recession (not the 2008 kind, just a cut back). That’s not what happened. Economists talk about data, not trends, and there is no why in data. The spring market started...

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