Winter Sings the Blues
Being in the doldrums has been a condition of my life every winter since childhood. Can you relate? Are you experiencing cabin fever? Are these cold winter nights looming long, with the adults feeling bored and the kids restless? What to do, what to do! How about a throw-back evening? Light up the fireplace, pop some corn and check out my 7 old-fashioned ideas re-purposed suggestions for family night. Did I mention television or computers are not allowed?
1. Get out the Monopoly
Remember when Parker Bros and Milton Bradley were the “names” in board games? Many of the old favorites are still around like Monopoly, Life, Yahtzee, Jenga, Clue, Risk, Sorry, Scrabble and Battleship. Revive those enduring games of Checkers, Chess, Backgammon and Dominos. Invite some friends and neighbors to join in for an evening of Charades. You can find all these games and more on ...
Winter is a Great Time to Buy
Can you believe it's February? It seems the days since we welcomed in 2015 have passed faster than the Starship Enterprise at warp speed! But the year is still young so If home ownership is one of your New Year's Resolutions, now is a great time to begin the journey. Yes, I know, it’s darn cold here in the Twin Cities and you are happy enjoying your warm fires and cozy corners but don’t wait until the tulips are in bloom to start looking for a home. Pull on your boots and dig out your scarfs and mittens because here are 5 great reasons to buy a home now.
1. Less Competition
Spring brings droves of buyers out of winter hibernation looking for homes. As a wiley winter buyer you will face less competition for available homes, tipping the scales in your favor. Even though there are more listings to choose from in spring, chances are the home of your dreams may very likely be the dream home of other buyers as well. When this happens, you may find yourself in a bidding war or at the very least feel pressured to offer a higher price and make more concessions to the seller than you had planned in order “to get” that house before your competition steps in with a better offer.
2. Winter Buyers Enjoy Lower Prices and More Leverage
Spring rains cause rivers, creeks and home prices to rise. Historical data supports higher listing prices for homes in spring and summer months. It is not uncommon for a seller with a desirable property to receive more than one offer which results in less opportunity for you the buyer to negotiate price and conditions of the sale. In winter however, fewer buyers in the market inspire sellers not to let a good one...