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By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 2
Tips for Moving to Acreage in Minnesota         Home prices are reboundingand many city homeowners are thinking this is the year we can sell and have enough money to move to a larger home. For some, it is not just the size of the home that they want to increase, many people dream of living outside the city on a hobby farm or small acreage. Making such a move can be overwhelming if you don't know the differences between city and country life. It's not just more space and less neighbors, many times there are less amenities or public utilities too.   Moving to Minnesota acreage doesn’t have to make you feel overwhelmed. Good planning can ease the transition from life in the city to your new life on a Minnesota hobby farm or small acreage!   As a REALTOR® who works throughout the north and ...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 1
Decades ago, when I was first learning to read, I loved picture book, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson. I wanted a crayon just like that little boy who drew out his dreams in his footy pajamas. Even though I have never been a fan of the color purple, I always wanted one of those special violet Crayola-type sticks of wax to draw to draw my dreams. Imagine life being so simple. After many years of wondering whether the dream of owning a home was dead, the housing market has made a turn around. Due to lower inventories in many areas, sellers are back in the  drivers seat and would be homebuyers are back to sitting on the fence dreaming about their perfect home. As interest rates start to creep up, the dream of a home could slip away. The reality is, there STILL are AFFORD...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 11
If your home is a bit too crowded maybe it's time to make a move. Interest rates are still at record lows and starter homes are selling quickly in the Minneapolis/St Paul north and east metro! Your perfect little starter home could sell for top dollar due to the record low inventories on homes for sale in the Twin Cities. It's the perfect situation for a move up buyer. Ready to make a move to a bigger home?
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 19
For many years we didn't have much in the way of art on our walls. Short of framed school portraits of our kids and drawings magneted to the fridge, we were somewhat artless. It wasn't that we didn't go and look for that perfect painting for over the sofa or fireplace. There were so very few items we could agree were worth a few hundred dollars. What if we grew tired of it after all? So after almost a decade of bare walls, we now have art and it wasn't expensive either. Art and decor is a really important part of the process of staging your home for sale. If your home is going to be on the listed on the market this spring decor art on the walls can make a difference in how the home is perceived. It is critical that any pictures are not too personal like a family portrait. It is best to ...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 0
      Closed sales were up again for the second consecutive year in Columbus, Minnesota in 2012. With 46 homes sold and only 35 homes listed in this semi-rural, Anoka County community, just west of Forest Lake. Columbus is well known for its acreage properties in addition to the Running Aces harness racing track. Inventory is no longer an issue for this area that is once again in high demand. The average price of a home rose over 23% in 2012 compared to 2011, so prices are on the rise. This did impact the average price per square footage which also went up from $97 to $108/sq foot. Other positive indicators for Columbus include homes selling faster and sellers getting closer to asking prices. Sellers received almost 94% of their asking price in 2012. Average days on the market is down c...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 10
I have always found it amusing to have a B.S. in Marketing. On my resume, I work hard to avoid the humor by extending to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from but for short is a BS in Marketing.   However, marketing is not BS…especially when selling a home. Marketing IS the key to a fast sale at the best price.   What can good marketing do?   Bring in Buyers Create Interest Generate Offers   A strong marketing plan is more than listing a home in the MLS and putting a for sale sign in the yard. When I market a home, I analyze the property to discover its unique selling features. What is IT that sets this home apart from the rest? Sometimes these features are obvious but not always. But one thing is for certain, every home has an angle that will make it desirabl...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 3
  One of the most difficult things for some home buyers to decide is what style of home they want to buy. Sure you’ve got the three bedrooms, two and a half bath and 2 stall attached garage down but architectural style isn’t always something a buyer thinks about until after seeing a home or two.   Looking at listings on the internet, a home buyer is able to view the images of many types of homes. Some will have descriptions like, ranch, contemporary or bungalow. But many buyers have know idea of what these styles are...heck, some real estate agents will misuse the terms too!   I just came across this awesome tool for home buyers! It is an Architectural Guide to Residental Homes  The guide defines with drawings and descriptions what 33 popular styles of homes look like and the history o...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 3
It's going to be crazy cold this weekend...You know what I mean. That bone-chilling, below zero for a high, weather love to hate. We love boasting how tough we are as Minnesotans who can endure temps that can turn and ordinary banana into a hammer in a matter of minutes. But we hate having to be out in it ourselves for any length of time. Good think these temps really only show up every few years. The ice fishermen and Winter Carnival people are going to love it though. One thin that these cold January temperatures are perfect for is trimming oak trees! You heard me...trimming an old in the winter is the BEST time. It prevents the spread of oak wilt because the beetles are dormant in the cold weather. By spring, when these devastating creatures become active again, the cuts where branc...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 8
This should probably be called the Friday Awwww photo rather than funny photo. One of our cats, Ginger, decided that the dog pajama bottoms were a gift for her about 2 seconds after they were opened by my son. As you can see, Ginger is quite comfortable on the flannel that was not even out of the box yet.
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 1
Whether your home is on the market before, after or during the holidays, scents can affect the sale. A beautiful home staged wonderfully can be overlooked if the family cat is front and center…especially when the buyers don’t even see the feline. Often one whiff of an unemptied litter box can be enough to send a carload of potential buyers rushing out the door. So what can a cat loving, home seller do? Beyond the obvious of emptying the box prior to every showing, there are a few things that could be helpful. One option is to light scented candles but there is a potential fire hazard, especially with kitties in the house. Another is to use a few plug-in air fresheners but that can also seem artificial and might bother some buyers with sensitive noses. I prefer a natural air freshener. H...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 32
After the first four inches of our 16+ inches of snow last Sunday in Ham Lake MN, we decided we had to dig out the birdseed for our friends. The black squirrel did an awesome job of digging out the center of the feeder so the male cardinal could enjoy his breakfast. We had to empty off the snow a few times but the cardinals did seem to appreciate it. They seem to be the only birds brave enough to go out in the storm...even we didn't venture out until Monday after the plows came through!
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 6
We are fortunate to have Blue Jays, sparrows and a variety of wood peckers along with a cardinal couple that live in the pine trees in our front yard in Ham Lake, MN. We have left out birdseed for the past few weeks for the birds...but the squirrels think we are feeding them. The suet was gone and one of our cardinal friends stared into our front window with a look that demanded attention! Yep...I hurried out to feed the angry bird!
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 4
    Last week before daybreak I had to hurry outside to catch a glimpse of the hazy mist surrounding the full moon. It was about an hour before the sunrise and the moon was peeking through the trees in the backyard of our Ham Lake home. There is so much beauty in a winter moon I just had to share it!  
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 2
Home market trends in Ham Lake, MN Real estate market data in Ham Lake MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic Realty Are home prices rising yet in Ham Lake MN 55304 ? Median sale price in Ham Lake MN which is north of Minneapolis 15-20 miles Latest trends in Ham Lake MN The median list price in November for single family homes in Ham Lake is $249,900. The list prices increased by 4.16% from the previous month. The price per square foot for listings in this area is $109. This data include Andover MN as it is based on zip code 55304 The price per square foot for sales in this area is $141. Ham Lake homes for sale by Keller Williams Classic Under 100,000 100,000 - 150,000 150,000 - 200,000 200,000 - 250,000 250,000 - 300,000 300,000 - 400,000 400,000 - 500,000 500,000 + What are the ...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 1
Selling a home requires a bit more paperwork than just a listing contract. There is an important form, the seller’s disclosure, that is essential to complete if you are selling a residential property in Minnesota. There are alternatives for owners who have not lived in the home like bank representatives in the case of foreclosure or the personal representative of an estate, but most sellers do complete this for in its entirety.   The current seller's residential real estate form is nine pages long. That probably seems like a lot of pages, but if your home was built after 1978 or does not have city water and sewer, there are even more.  If a home was constructed prior to 1978, the seller must fill out a two page federal disclosure regarding lead based paint. If a home has a septic system...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 8
Thanksgiving is so more than just turkey dinner with pumpkin pie for dessert. It's not just day of football games and planning a Black Friday shopping strategy either. It's a time for families to come together and express their gratitude for everything they have in their lives. Thanksgiving is a holiday that is rich with history...and some interesting facts: The first Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was held in 1621 and lasted three days. The menu did not include turkey and mash potatoes. However, lobster, rabbit, venison, chicken, fish, squash, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are what historians believe were consumed in the first Thanksgiving feast. In 1789, George Wa...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 11
  We hung out woodpecker suet on our front deck a few days ago. We were hoping to attract some of the beautiful birds we have living in the pine trees on our Ham Lake acreage. In Anoka County, we have many beautiful birds and we have seen cardinals, blue jays, sparrows and small woodpeckers in the trees. Earlier in the week, we had a squirrel hanging from the feeder...but this poor guy (a pileated woodpecker) couldn't figure a way to make it work.  
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 5
It's fall in Minnesota. We are fortunate to live in a state with four seasons and autumn is definitely full of color. In a month or so, we could be almost all white as our winter season blows in. But  when the golds and crimsons and rust colored leaves are but a memory, the greens of the pines and firs will still be a part of our landscapes.  This summer has been brutally dry. It's been a very long time since our lawns and trees in Anoka County have received a good, soaking rain. In fact, September was the second driest on record in Minnesota. Our trees are suffering along with our lawns. As a REALTOR® I know that a wooded landscape can add significant value to a home. It provides curb appeal and beautifies the exterior. If you have evergreens, they may not show the signs of stress righ...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 3
  Homes were moving in 2012 in the City of Ham Lake once again for this community rich in history. Incorporated in 1974, Ham Lake became a city after over a hundred years of continued steady growth. The area was first settled in 1855, by Scottish settlers on the southwest side of the ham hock-shaped body of water we now know as Ham Lake. The community was originally named  Glen Carey, (no not a person related to Drew) this is the Scottish translation of “beautiful valley”. Following a prairie fire in 1857, the Scots moved on and the community was resettled by Scandinavian settlers. These settlers could not correctly pronounce  Glen Carey and soon the fledging community was renamed Ham Lake. Anoka County didn't officially recognized it as a township until 1871. In the early 1900’s Centr...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 45
Why Should A Seller Pay a Home Buyer's Closing Costs? The short answer is....To SELL the HOUSE! But how does this work and why is it so important in the sale of a home? Let me explain... When I list a home for sale,  sellers are given a net sheet with estimates of closing costs associated with the sale home. One of the items on the list is “Seller contribution to the Buyer’s Closing Costs.” If the home is one that would be attractive to a first time buyer, I will put in an amount that is roughly 3% of the list price. Every now and again, I hear a seller scoff when they see this. "Why would I want to pay a BUYER'S Closing Costs?”  The answer is very simple: So they can BUY the house!   Today almost all buyers are required to put down a minimum of 3% of the purchase price of the home as a...

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