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You have no doubt heard about the importance of staging… light, decluttered and sparkling clean. If you are targeting the generation born between 1980 and 1995, here are some other things to keep in mind… most of them want a home that is move-in ready, with modern furnishings and colors. They don...
The total number of homes for sale in the Twin Cities real estate market continues to hang below previous years, with August 2017 falling 16.7% below August 2016.As dramatic as the shortage of overall inventory has been, what is perhaps even more dramatic is looking at how the percentage of forec...
1. Demand Is StrongThe latest data released by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors shows buyer demand is still strong and conditions are favorable for sellers… with only a 2.5 month supply of homes for sale, average 48 days on market until pended, and 98.5% of list price received. Buyers...
Many couples have different ideas about what their lives will be like in retirement. Before you make a move, get both your dreams on the table separately... then discuss them together. It can be like falling in love all over again! Time and place are often the two biggest decisions... and it's ra...
The demand for walkable urban neighborhoods has been strong for years, but the newest trend is shifting to SURBAN living… a suburban area with the feel of urban living, including walkability, great restaurants/coffee shops and great retail. Not only Millennials, but also downsizing 55+ are drawn ...
There has been a shortage of homes for sale all year and multiple offers have become the norm. As I experienced my day frittered away by putting together a multiple offer I took that as a sign to share some tips again… multiple offers aren’t going away. The seller isn’t legally obligated to let ...
From buying your first home to your last, it is easy to get so caught up in finding your 'dream home' that you lose sight of your reality.Here are five important things to keep in mind when searching for your new home…1. Know what you can affordBe realistic about what price is affordable for you....
According to the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors, about 45% of all Americans either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016. Here are the basic building blocks of Smart Homes… using devices controlled by an app, providing homeowners with...
Open floor plans have been the dominant trend in recent years, both in new construction and renovations. They make smaller spaces seem larger and create great gathering spaces.Families with children have made them very popular… playtime, homework, meal preparation can all be happening at the same...
When I recently met with a couple preparing to sell their six-level town home we discussed that even though it is in a fabulous town home complex that is in demand with downsizing Baby Boomers, six levels is likely to be an obstacle to overcome. When the complex was built in the 1960s aging in pl...

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