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Unlike a townhouse, where you own a slice of property from the ground to the sky, when you buy a condominium you are buying a piece of air space in a building and a share in the common areas. It is essentially like an apartment that you own. In fact, many condo buildings started out as apartments...
When you buy a house you own a piece of land and all the structures on in, including the house and garage. Restrictions about what you can do with your property are primarily dictated by the city in which you live. When you buy a townhouse you own a section of a building from the ground to the sk...
As I was at an open house in St. Louis Park yesterdayI found myself talking about the wonderful community of St. Louis Park and why 95% of residents feel welcomed in the community, rate quality of life as good or excellent and would recommend it to others.  After selling two homes in "The Park" i...
UPDATE: Now in a new location across the street at 8028 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426 Tucked into a small strip mall at the corner of Minnetonka Blvd and Texas Ave in St. Louis Park, MN is Thanh unassuming-looking restaurant that is far from ordinary...serving some of the best ...
Whether you are buying a home or selling a home recent federal changes may affect your real estate process...including the FHA changes that are coming in the next few months and new FHA condo guidelines taking effect the end of this month. If you are a buyer with a lower credit score planning to...
If you are a home buyer, or thinking about becoming one, you may wonder how you stack up compared to other buyers. Here are some statistics recently released about 2009 buyers I found interesting... 49% of Minnesota buyers were first-time home buyers, US average 47% 90% of buyers searched online...
After two months of sales way above the previous year because of the expected end of the first time homebuyer tax credit, sales dropped back to more normal December levels...8.9% above 2008, compared to 67% above in November! Closed sales for all of 2009 were 16.7% ahead of 2008. With the tax cre...
According to the Internal Revenue Service, you do not have to sell your current home to qualify for the $6,500 repeat buyer tax credit, provided your new home will be your primary residence.  This means that you could keep your current home as investment property if you choose, or sell it later....
It used to be that the most important factor in marketing your home was selecting the most connected Realtor and agency in your target market. In fact, many properties sold through those agency connections alone. The other important piece in marketing your home was a strong newspaper and real est...
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 meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each wee...

Sharlene Hensrud

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