Waconia, MN Real Estate News

By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
Don't wait on this fantastic home!  Great yard located in popular Waconia neighborhood close to schools, ballparks and community center.  New roof and pride in ownership makes this home a must see!  Enjoy the warmer temps that will soon be upon us from your large deck!  Lots of room for your toys in the 3 stall garage!  Great floor plan and open kitchen and dining area.  See photos of this and many other Waconia homes at www.JeffSchulzHomes.com
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
Buyer activity seems to be heating up!  Sales ending February 14th, 2009 showed pending sales for the Twin Cities area at 731, that is up 17.1 percent!  Over the last 12 weeks there have been more than 1200 pending sales compared to last year.  During this time period, over 60 percent of the sales were lender mediated foreclosures or short sales. With an increase in sales, we are seeing a decline in inventory.  There are approximately 4000 fewer homes on the market right now than there were at this time last year, a drop of nearly 14%.  New listings also continue to lag behind last years pace, as the most recent report showed a 9.5% year over year drop!   Information courtesy of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.   For more local information about the Waconia area visit my we...
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
Housing Supply Outlook - February 2009 The February Housing Supply Outlook just hit the Internets. Here's a quick breakdown of some key trends to watch: Compared to one year ago, the Months Supply of Inventory continues its steady decline. The February number is 7.7 months, down a healthy 13.8 percent from last February. Increased buyer demand for foreclosures and short sales has been a crucial stimulant to bringing our oversupply problem down in the last year. Condominium sales continue to look anemic. Compared to one year ago, sales are down 22.9 percent overall, and down 44.8 percent in the new construction category. The number of condos for sale has also declined, but not enough to reign in the months supply from rising to 11.8 months, up 16.6 percent from last year. The price range...
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
For the week ending January 31, new listings continue at a lower level than seen last year, clocking in at 1,635-a 15.3 percent drop. Conversely, pending sales continue to raise sand with 673 recorded for this week's report-25 percent above last year. Basically, this is all welcome news. Having fewer listings on the market, combined with an increase in pending sales, helps to reduce the Months Supply of Inventory to 13.5 percent when compared to last year at this time-down from 8.9 to 7.7 months. This means it will take the current supply of houses for sale 7.7 months to sell (on average).The Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale continues to fall, with the January figure of 89.5 sitting at 1.6 percent less than 2008. It's important to consider sales prices of foreclosure home...
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
The first settlers of the Waconia area came from New Orleans. The actual settlement of the area where Waconia is now located began when the Indian title to the land was extinguished and a government survey made. In 1857, a group of Germans, Swedes, Swiss and Bohemians settled in the area.  While white settlers continued to move into Waconia, in 1862, a Dakota Indian tribe settled on a reservation along the Minnesota River. The settlers had to pay the Indians for the land they now lived on. When the Civil War began many of the men that normally farmed the land were sent off to fight. This sparked the so-called "Sioux Uprising." During the uprising, most settlers were forced to flee their homes and properties. Many women and children buried their belongings in the their backyards and fled...
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By Sally Scrimgeour
(Coldwell Banker Burnet)
Waconia's Wild Game Dinner, Saturday, Febraury 07,2009,  Enjoy The 27th Annual Wild Game Dinner sponsored by Waconia Lions Club. Sample everything from Lake Waconia Sunfish, Walleye, Catfish, Crawfish, Pheasant to Wild Boar and Elk! There is a live and silent auction along with other raffles with great prizes!  This year the proceeds go to Waconia's Ice Arena and other local projects. This even is held at the Waconia Lakeside Ballroom located off Highway 5.  There are still tickets available at the door. See you there!          
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
Come support the Waconia Lions this weekend (Saturday February 7th), at their biggest fundraiser of the year!  The 27th Annual Wild Game Dinner, where you can sample everything from Walleye to Pheasant, Blackened Catfish, Venison, Wild Boar, Elk, Crawfish and my favorite, Lake Waconia Sunfish.!  This years Hawaiian theme should make for a great time.   This event brings in a large crowd eager to see what the new item on the menu is.   There is a live and silent auction along with many other raffles offering some great prizes.   All proceeds go to the Waconia Ice Arena and other projects within the city of Waconia.  Tickets are available at the door.  Once again, this years event will be held at the Waconia Lakeside Ballroom.  You don't want to miss it!
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The recently opened Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia, MN sits right on Lake Waconia. This place used to be Nancy's Landing but has been completely renovated and features a full bar area, lakeside dining on the deck and a seating capacity of 220 inside and an additional 100 people on the deck. Lola’s Lakehouse is one of the few restaurants in the Twin Cities area to be located on lakefront property.   It features seafood, but also serves up a flavorful steak and a variety of other American fare, including stone oven pizza. A raw bar features oyster shooters, peel-away shrimp and crab and lobster cocktails. Last summer, the restaurant offered live music on a barge, where the musicians played back to the patrons sitting on the deck and in the restaurant. Next summer, Lola's plans to have a summ...
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Waconia is located right in the center of Carver County and is one of the most beautiful natural rural areas in Minnesota.  Popular activities include bird watching, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. But, even with all this natural beauty, one of the things I like best about Waconia is a man made facility, Safari Island Community Center. The building is a large aquatic center with an eight lane Olympic size pool and a leisure pool with a two story water slide, water play fountains and zero-depth water entry. There is also a children's play structure, four-court gymnasium, fitness center, and elevated running track. Safari Island is a great place for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and special events. You can obtain daily and group rates for birthday parties, rentals and af...
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By Jeff Schulz
(ReMax Action West)
Say that really fast three times! Waconia, Minnesota is not only a growing community outside of Minneapolis but it is also a city that provides fun activities for the entire family. Did you know you can still go for a swim in the middle of winter in Minnesota? It is called a "Moonlight Swim" and is at the Safari Island Community Center on November 28th. The overhead lights to this indoor pool are turned off, and underwater lights are turned on.   The Community Center also features a Family Fun Night. On November 17th, visit the center and make Thanksgiving Crafts while getting to know your neighbors.   Another popular activity in Waconia is Parents Night Out. If you have children, you can relate to the craving for much needed time away from the kids. Children ages 3-12 can spend the eve...
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By Sally Scrimgeour
(Coldwell Banker Burnet)
Lola's Lakehouse, formerly, Nancy's Landing has become a weekly evening for Jim and me.  The setting on beautiful Lake Waconia is the perfect introduction to a great evening, whether you are alone or with friends.  The renovation was well thought with a view of the water from every table.  The menu offers variety assured to please your palate.  I know Nancy's Landing had a base of raving fans that were regulars,  the new Lola's is sure to create the same following-  come out and see for yourself, make an online reservation now!  While you are in Waconia, it's a great place to call home, if you are looking for real estate, give us a call, or visit us at http://www.JIMandSALLY.com.  
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