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Here are points that I understand to be primary areas of impact for homeowners from the new tax laws. I am not an accountant. Talk to your tax adviser for specific tax ramifications and advice for you. Capital gains tax on the sale of your primary residence is still excluded on sales prices up to...
Thinking about selling but hesitant because you don’t know what is involved? Here is a summary of what to expect in the home selling process, broken down into 15 steps.Home Selling Process1. Make a decision to sellIf selling is a choice, evaluate if selling makes sense for you. Talk to a Realtor ...
It seems like I have been hearing accolade after accolade for Young Joni for the past year… because I have!  When they ranked on multiple local, national and even international lists for best new restaurant in 2017 it was obvious we needed to check it out. I put it on our must-visit list for Janu...
I am meeting with a seller this morning to make decisions about flooring, painting and staging before her house hits the market. She has already had one potential buyer take a look who made a low-ball offer because of the work involved in updating it. That didn’t sound good to her, so… on to PLAN...
Thinking about making some home improvements but not sure what it will cost? You are not alone, more than 1/3 of homeowners are uncertain of costs… and 2/3 are afraid of overpaying.HomeAdvisor has put together the awesome infographic below with not only average costs, but also highest and lowest ...
The key to finding the right home for you really starts with listening… Listening to your hopes and dreams about what you are looking for in a home and neighborhood Not just size and amenities, but consciously thinking about how you will live in the space and what kind of space will nurture you a...
Want to live in Downtown Minneapolis, in a condo connected to the skyway system? You might think that with the largest continuous skyway system in the world connecting nearly 80 blocks covering nearly 11 miles you would have many options of properties to buy.In reality, as far a I know when I wri...
According to the 2017 Annual Rent Report from Adobo, the renter population decreased last year for the first time since 2004. But that hasn’t stopped rents from rising. Rent went up in 28 states in 2017, with an average increase of 2.4% for 1 bedroom and 3% for 2 bedrooms.Minneapolis ranked 5th i...
Here are some takeaways from 2018 design predictions compiled from multiple sources such as Houzz, Pinterest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, HGTV…Renewed focus on curation and simplification as people spend more money on experiences than ‘stuff’, and look for calm and peace in their living spaces. ...
Dropping inventory has been the lead story of the real estate market all year, and the 24.1% drop from November 2016 to November 2017 is the highest it has been in the last 12 months. No wonder buyers are frustrated by how hard it is to find a home to buy!New listings dropped  by 6.7% as pending ...

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