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Total Remodel in Blaine SOLD

Total Remodel in Blaine SOLD

SOLD at 100% of list price in Blaine, 8660 Able was remodeled by an investor client that works with the Korby Home Team.  This investor does an incredible job taking a property from start to finish and has a keen eye for the details.

Welcome home to 8660 Able Street! This charming 3br/1ba home has been stunningly upgraded, with brand new chef’s kitchen and new appliances! Granite countertops and stainless appliances are accented by elegant fixtures and backsplash. New bathroom features more of the same stylish finishings! Hardwood floors newly refinished, and a fresh coat of paint throughout pulls this classic home into the 21st century. And there are 13 brand-new windows! Only blocks from dining, shops, and more.

8660 Able Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 (MLS # 5144170)

(all data current as of 7/16/2019)
Price $225,000
Beds 3
Baths 1 bath
Home size 1,520 sq ft
Lot Size 10,018 sqft
Listed with Keller Williams Integrity RE
Welcome home to 8660 Able Street! This charming 3br/1ba home has been stunningly upgraded, with brand new chef's kitchen and new appliances! Granite countertops and stainless appliances are accented by elegant fixtures and backsplash. New bathroom features more of the same stylish finishings! Hardwood floors newly refinished, and a fresh coat of paint throughout pulls this classic home into the 21st century. And there are 13 brand-new windows! Only blocks from dining, shops, and more.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated n/a Tract Phyllis Acres
Year Built 1949 Community
Garage Spaces n/a County Anoka
Total Parking n/a

Schools

School District 16 - Spring Lake Park

Additional Details

Lot 10019 sq ft HOA Dues 0
Sewer City Sewer/Connected Subdivision Phyllis Acres
Taxes 1793 Water City Water/Connected
Lot Dimensions 132x75

Features

Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Exhaust Fan/Hood, Microwave, Range, Refrigerator
Basement Day/Lookout Windows, Partial Finished, Yes
Construction Metal
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway - Other Surface, Yes
Heat Forced Air
Interior Hardwood Floors, Kitchen Center Island, Kitchen Window, Natural Woodwork, Tiled Floors, Washer/Dryer Hookup
Lot Description Tree Coverage - Light
Master on Main Yes
Style (SF) Single Family

Location

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5 Top Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal

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.

Start with tidying

The exterior of a home can become dingy or dirty over time. Take a broom to those cobwebs, sweep and scrub those sidewalks, and pressure wash those porches!

A fresh coat of paint

Even with vinyl siding or brick exteriors, there are often bits of trim that need to be maintained and painted regularly. Make sure even the small details are attended to with some fresh paint. If you’re up for the challenge, consider a new coat of paint on a worn door or railing.

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Shiny new numbers

If your house isn’t easy for a buyer to find, it might be because your house numbers are worn, faded, or missing altogether. Replace or refinish the numbers on your home to improve visibility and add a clean, polished finish.

Add color with flowers

An otherwise drab home can be dressed up considerably with the right landscaping. It doesn’t take much work to add some pops of color – perhaps a pink here, a yellow there. Visiting the local greenhouse will yield several ideas for hardy, colorful varieties that thrive in your area.

Dress up the mailbox

Mailboxes can become scuffed and battered over time. Fixing up the mailbox – or replacing it altogether – can add instant appeal! Consider the home’s style and surrounding neighborhood when choosing a mailbox, to ensure it fits harmoniously and adds to your curb appeal.

Do you have some other ideas? Share them in the comments below!

The Importance of Photography: Before and After

The Importance of Photography: Before and After

We talk a lot about great photography at the Korby Home Team, and with good reason. Your home deserves photos that captivate the viewer and make them want to see more. We believe so strongly in the importance of outstanding photos that we provide professional photography services to every client, on every listing.

But rather than talk about it, we want to show you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the ones below should tell quite a story.

First, a listing from spring of 2017

The sellers had tried unsuccessfully to sell their home previously. For that listing, their realtor used a cell phone to take a few snapshots. The listing expired with no offers. When we took this listing, we sent out our staging consultant and professional photographer. Our team made this home shine, and there were multiple offers within 3 days on the market.

Check out the previous agent’s photos on the left with our photography on the right:

 

Our second example is a listing from fall 2017

Again, here’s a home that was previously listed, but received no offers and had little interest while on the market. Compare the impact of the before photos on the left with our photos on the right:

 

An offer on this home was received, and the client closed in only a few months.

Our team believes in hiring the best person for the job, and photography is no exception. Having the right lighting, angles, and equipment is critical for exceptional photos. We don’t settle for shoddy, awkward snapshots for your listing. You shouldn’t, either!

Thinking of selling your home? Contact us using the form at right to get in touch with our team. We’d love to share our strategies with you!

MN Truth in Sale of Housing Inspections

MN Truth in Sale of Housing Inspections

f you’re planning to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities area, the Truth in Sale of Housing inspection (or “TISH”) is something you may encounter. The requirements for this inspection may vary from city to city, so we’ve compiled a list of which cities need what kind of inspection.

Truth in Sale of Housing inspection

City Name
Type of Inspection
When
Compliance By

Time of Sale
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Sanitary Sewer
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Time of Sale
Before Closing
Before Closing
Truth in Housing
Before 1st Showing
N/A
Truth in Sale of Housing
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Point of Sale
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Point of Sale
Before Closing
Before Closing
Point of Sale
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Point of Sale
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Truth in Housing
Before 1st Showing
N/A
Time of Sale
Before 1st Showing
Before Closing
Sewer I/I Inspection
Before Closing
Before Closing

 

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What is a Truth in Sale of Housing Inspection?

The TISH inspection (also known as Time of Sale, Point of Sale, or Truth in Housing) is an inspection that checks a home for various issues, ranging from the superficial to the potentially hazardous. In some cities, the hazardous issues raised by this inspection need to be resolved by the seller before closing. In other cities, it’s informational only. In all cases, the findings of the TISH inspector must be printed out and on the premises for potential buyers and agents to look over.

What are the Sewer Inspections?

Both the Sanitary Sewer inspection and the Sewer I/I inspection are for the same purpose: To make sure your home isn’t returning excess clean water into the sanitary sewers. Put simply, any water that goes into the sanitary sewer system needs to be processed and cleaned. When clean water goes into this system, it’s a huge waste of time, energy, and money. It’s a problem that costs more than $300 million annually! These inspections are fairly new, so please click on the links above for more information.

Creating Potential With Home Staging

Creating Potential With Home Staging

The “Eyes” Have It

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: a text description of a home with all amenities listed in orderly columns, or that same home photographed beautifully, to visually display those same amenities?

For the Korby Home Team, it’s a no-brainer to hire a professional photographer for all of our listings. With years of experience in capturing just the right lighting and angles, they’re the ones best equipped to show off a house as it deserves to be seen. A great photographer can make even an imperfect home seem to sparkle.

But what if you could add that sparkle not only to the photographs, but to the experience of seeing the home itself?

Enter: the Staging Professional photo-012

Our homes have been lived in, customized to our daily needs and outfitted with our personal desires. It can be hard, then, when home sellers need to take themselves out of this environment and remove the personalities they’ve worked so hard to instill in the home.

For this reason, the Korby Home Team retains a professional stager. Every client of ours meets with our stager for a consultation, during which time she can offer feedback on the home. Everything from styling choices to minor repairs is fair game for our stager as she goes through the property with an educated and critical eye. She seeks to return the home to a more neutral property, somewhere potential buyers can see themselves living. Sometimes, this is with small tweaks like cleaning, painting, and rearranging furniture. Other times, it’s a more comprehensive approach, with the stager placing different furniture – on lease – into the home.

This process can be difficult for home sellers, for good reason. Imagine how it could feel like a slight when a consultant tells us that the color of our baby’s room needs to be changed, or that the first couch we bought as a married couple should be replaced for showings. But it’s important to bear in mind that these personal choices are just that – personal. They’re hallmarks of the past we’ve spent in our homes, and when we’re deciding to sell a property, we want other people to see their future in that same home.

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The Impact of Staging

Ramsey home soldThe results of the staging process are striking and immediate, and when this process is complete, many sellers find themselves asking “Why didn’t we do this for ourselves?” The fresh, neutral slate left in the wake of this clean-up leaves them with new ideas – which is exactly what we want!

Professional staging is the second part of our “dynamic duo” of marketing a home, and it goes hand-in-hand with professional photography. In our years of experience in buying and selling, we’ve found it makes a huge difference.

The best part? The staging consultation is free to our clients. We feel that showcasing a home as it deserves to be seen is part of the cost of doing business, so the only result our clients see from the professional staging and photography is the result of a home sold faster and for a higher price. Only in the event of furniture leasing will there be a for-fee arrangement, but this is all with the approval and agreement of the home seller.

Thinking of selling your home in the near future? We’d love to interview for the job! Please fill out the form below for a free market analysis from the Korby Home Team:

Secure Your Home when Listed

Secure Your Home when Listed

September is Realtor safety month and last week I had the pleasure of taking a class at St. Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR) learning about how to keep clients and agents safe.  One of the burglarnewest trends that was shared in the class was the prevalence of prescription drugs and other valuables being stolen from the property.  The presenter (an ex-police officer) talked about ways to “Harden the Target”, the targeting being either the home or individual.  Hardening the target is way to make the property less appealing to criminals and reducing the probability of them wanting to pursue the target.  His suggestion was to have a safety deposit box, a go bag (that has those items in it that you take anytime you need to leave the home), or even a large/heavy safe.

He also said that the majority of criminals he interviewed would always go to the master bedroom first looking for valuables.  They often would not spend anytime looking through kids/other rooms in the home.  After any showing/open house be sure to re-check all windows and doors to make sure none are left intentionally unlocked or open.  In interviews from that the presenter had conducted, he said that criminals are looking for easy targets – following some preventative measures can help make you and your home a hard target.