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Have you ever wondered about the distinctive “Witch’s Hat” tower you can see piercing the skyline as you travel along I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul? It is the landmark of the unique and historic Minneapolis neighborhood of Prospect Park. Here are some things to know about it.1. The “Witch...
You have likely seen signs posted along the side of the road saying things like “We Pay Cash for Houses” or “We Buy Ugly Homes”. So what’s the deal? Are these offers for real or are they a scam? As with most things, some may be scams but some are legitimate and can be a valid alternative dependin...
What’s an ADU? An ADU is an Accessory Dwelling Unit… a self-contained dwelling on the same property as an existing single-family home containing at least a bedroom area, a kitchen area and a bathroom. They are similar to ‘granny flats’ that were common in the 1940s-1950s or ‘mother-in-law’ apartm...
Time to get rid of the clutter and/or downsize but need help getting it done? Whether you are moving, simplifying or decluttering, Laurie Wrobel of Clutter 911 is a godsend. Kare11 spent time with this decluttering expert, and the clip below offers tips we all can use, whether or not you are plan...
What struck me the most about the real estate stats for July 2018 was how, after peaking in June, closed sales have been almost identical for the past 4 years. Remember that closed sales typically lag 4-6 weeks after accepting an offer, so July closings mark the end of the spring season. August c...
Many people who haven’t sold a house in over 20 years are fearful of selling their home because of the capital gains tax they expect they will have to pay.Good news! Thanks to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, if you have lived in and owned your house at least two of the last five years, you can e...
When we had to call for service on our refrigerator for the second time in as many weeks and were told it would cost more than $1,200 to try fix it we decided it was time to get a new one. Our first thought was ‘it’s not that old’, then realized it was 19 years old… how time flies!That got me thi...
If you are thinking about selling your home, windows can have a big impact on buyers because they are one of the most prominent features of your home and also one of the most expensive to replace. If they are well maintained they reflect that your home has been well maintained. If they are in dis...
When I asked a recent client how they found me, she said she found me online. She said she liked that I am a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Realtor who is uniquely qualified to help seniors in buying a selling a home.What qualities set a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) apart? Know...
Many home buyers are rediscovering mid-century modern design, in both homes and home furnishings. There is typically about a 50-year lag between the time when something was popular and when it is re-discovered. You might call it the ‘Grandma Effect’… rejecting our parent’s era but finding coolnes...

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