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5 Top Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal

Improving your home’s curb appeal can seem daunting. There are so many things that could be done, and it can be hard to decide what’s important. Here, we’ve compiled a short list to follow if you’re struggling to decide where to start. The exterior of a home can become dingy or dirty over time. Take a broom to those cobwebs, sweep and scrub those... (more)

Buyer (and Seller) Beware: Email Fraud in Real Estate

The topic of wire fraud has been in the news over the years, and it’s again been on the minds of real estate professionals. From this alert in January to this storyjust last week, real estate professionals and their clients are being targeted by fraudsters. Some are losing tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in the process. This week, our team was hit... (more)

Creating Potential With Home Staging

When it comes to generating interest in a property, it’s all about appearances. The visual impact of a home – inside and out – is what first grabs potential buyers and creates the impulse to learn more. While appearance alone won’t sell a house, it’s how a transaction begins. Consider which of these would grab your attention first:... (more)

Housing Market: Then and Now

35 years of data is a lot to handle, especially when it comes to the housing market.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has been surveying and compiling data for a while now and release an annual report right around Halloween.  NAR gave us a quick snapshot of trends: First-time homebuyer participation is depressed Real estate agents aren’t being replaced... (more)

Maximize Your Return on Investment

Often times we are asked what kind of a return will we get on our investment when updating a home.  The return is often subject to the price point of the home, location and quality of craftsmanship.  Having uncle Ed show up and slap together a “New Kitchen” is going to be less appealing to a buyer than bringing in a pro.  I did a quick search in Google to see... (more)

New Rules Coming Soon.

On October 3rd, 2015 the rules of Real Estate are going to be changing.  Welcome TILA (Truth in Lending Act) RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) Integrated Disclosure rule or TRID.  Change is common now a days in Real Estate as new disclosure laws (most recently added Radon) and forms are added on an annual bases.  These changes however are driven by... (more)

St. Paul Area Association of Realtors Annual Report

Each month, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) puts together an excellent video on what is happening in the Twin Cities Real Estate Market.  In this addition, MAAR discusses housing trends for Twin Cities and round out the 2014 year as another recovery year. Could 2015 be your year to get in a new home?  Are you thinking about selling your Twin... (more)

Sellers Market?

Where is the 2014 Real Estate Market headed?  No one has a crystal ball but if history has taught us anything is that the past will provide us with valuable information towards the future.  In Phoenix, AZ this past week at Keller Williams Family Reunion 1,000’s of the top agents, administrators and leaders gathered to listen to Keller Williams Co Founder and... (more)

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