Ryan Bretzel's Real Estate Thoughts

Real Estate Agent - Keller Williams Premier
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! This beautiful home is in Highly-Desired Nightingale Estates! Over 3500 Finished Square Feet! Secluded 2.5 acre lot just blocks from schools, shopping, YMCA, and Woodland Estates.Detached 36 X 40 garage with 15-foot ceilings is a MUST SEE! The upper level of the deta...
Good News for Sellers It’s a seller’s market. Inventory is at an 11-year low. This short supply drives price increases and allows sellers to ask for higher prices. Bidding wars are common again. Home prices are increasing meaning a higher equity. Fewer homeowners are underwater. Homes are selling...
Now that spring is here, the sun is shining and the temps are warming. But as the snow melts, it may be leaking right into your basement!  With a little elbow grease, you can prevent about 90% of the chances that water will seep into your basement. If your basement is already finished, read the t...
Here is a list from a fellow agent on some alternatives to the foreclosure process. Some might be better than others depending on where you live and the situation you are in so feel free to ask if you need help.  Today we want to pick up the conversation with some alternatives to foreclosure. Thi...
As if there isn't enough things going up one more is coming. FHA's Insurance Fund; the fund that is used to payout when FHA loans get foreclosed is estimated to be negative $13.48 billion. This is what is estimated to carry 30 years worth of reserves. HUD announced changes to FHA to begin sometim...
It is hard these days to find cash or get a loan (without paying a high interest rate) when you want to do some improvement projects to your home. Most cities and counties actually have programs of either low interest, no interest, or deferred payment loans available to those that qualify. Many d...
I recently read an article from US Today called Front Porches Hold Social Appeal that had some interesting facts.  In 1992 42% of new homes built had a front or back porch.  In 2011 that increased to 65%.  Interesting enough it also showed that homes built without a garage or carport is at its hi...
Advantages to Buying a HomePath home using HomePath Financing   You've probably seen the signs or heard of HomePath.  Homepath homes are homes that are foreclosed and now owned by Fannie Mae. There are some great advantages to purchasing one of these homes as compared to other homes.  First the a...
Have you recently received your County Tax Statement in the mail?  Does it look like your value has gone down a lot?  Look closely though as that might be the new value that the county is assessing your home at.  Starting this year Minnesota got rid of the tradition "Homestead Tax Credit" and rev...
Now that the spring is in full force there are a few things you can do to keep your home running well and organized.   1.  A/C - Take a hose and spray from the top down on the cooling fins (not just the blade, but the small fins on the side) of the condenser unit outside.  This will remove dirt, ...

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