The Fall Home Buying Puzzle
With summer in the rearview mirror, the fall home buying season is in full swing. As we move into the last quarter of the year, many disappointed summer home shoppers wonder if they should suspend their search to renew efforts in the spring.
As you ponder the question, you should take into consideration that the fall home buying season has some distinct advantages. Instead of taking a break, you may want to stay with the program and intensify your search for a home. Here are some of the perks and rewards you can expect if you decide to stay engaged in the hunt for a home.
Fall Home Buying Means Less Competition
Like most markets, real estate has seasonal adjustments. Fall home buying season is generally less busy than the spring and summer markets. The “must buy a home before school starts” mentality is one reason. Another is that some people do not want to move in the winter months.
Those who have no school-age kiddos or are more flexible about their moving timetable can take advantage of that market slowdown. They will find less competition for homes...
How to Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
Here at House Houghton, Halloween is a favorite holiday. The excitement is building with my four boys and even the family dog wants in on the act. One of the best things about it in the Twin Cities is the celebration is ongoing for the entire month of October. There are events in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs to suit every age and scare quotient. For some of us diehard fans of this delightfully spooky event, we never grow too old to embrace it and as we reach mid-October, the plans for a fast approaching Halloween get serious.
Halloween conjures up images of haunted houses, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins, and witches flying around on broomsticks. Costume choices range from satisfying our alter ego and dressing as a favorite character from history, choosing something traditional like a witch or ghost, or going more trendy and masquerading as someone currently in the public spotlight. Decisions! Decisions! Then when the costume is chosen where to go and what to do. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities metro, there are so many options ranging from fun and spooky to those that are looking to be blood-curdling terrified! Wherever your spooky-meter registers, we have suggestions for you. Here are some great activities aimed at delivering the best Twin Cities...
Loving Late Fall Is an Authentic Minnesota Feeling
The November morning air has a bite and smells of crisp, and clean with a trace of spice. The days are unseasonably warm, but in the evening chill, there is a scent of fireplace smoke. Most of the trees are bare-limbed with the exception of a few stalwart leaves that cling desperately to their branches, like tiny chickadees in a windstorm. The sky that you see through the trees is a lighter blue or sometimes grey, and the sun streams through almost bare branches at a different slant. It's late autumn.
Here in Minnesota, we are expectant. The season has been exceptional with temperatures averaging 11 degrees above normal for this time of year. Geraniums are still blooming on my porch and friends tell me they see green shoots popping out of their flower beds and buds on their lilac trees. But we must not be tempted by fancy and think we are anticipating spring. There is no going back from fall, nor is there a fast forward button pushing us headlong into the progression of the season with a free pass on winter.
Yes, we are expectant as we wait for the first hard frost here in the Twin Cities, long overdue, though is likely this very evening. Waiting is not unusual...
It's October and Fall is Happening
Fall is in the air and summer is now officially a memory. For those of you still in mourning about the transition, deal with it. For those of you that love the sights, sounds and smells of autumn, it’s your time. The Twin Cities right now is about football and homecoming celebrations. Food blogs are featuring soups, stews, and slow cooker recipes. Desserts are apple and pumpkin everything!
Temperatures are definitely cooler. The pools are closed down for the season, the trees are turning beautiful shades of gold and orange, and flip flops and shorts have been abandoned for jeans and sweaters. The sun seems to leave a bronze glow on everything it touches and the chill in the morning air lingers through the afternoon and gets downright cold by sundown.
I'm sure you have planned some of your leisure hours, but in case you have some openings on your calendar for this month, let’s take a look at what is noteworthy in the Twin Cities Metro for October.
For a Spooktacular...
September – the Twin Cities in Seasonal Transition
September is the month with an identity crisis. Football season has begun, but we are still watching baseball. Food bloggers are pushing soups and stews while we are still throwing brats on the grill. Some people in the Twin Cities think of it as fall and others summer. The autumnal equinox on the 22nd officially welcomes fall, but I think the weather has the last word.
Generally, the temperatures are pleasantly moderate creating perfect opportunities to enjoy your favorite outdoor sport or pastime. Yet we can’t help but notice the chill that creeps into the evening air and lingers into dawn. The clouds tend to be high and scattered and the sky a different shade of blue than it was in midsummer. Yesterday I noted little pops of gold and orange among the still lush green of the trees which serves as a reminder that the inevitability of autumn’s arrival cannot be denied.
Why not allow September to surprise us every day and enjoy these last weeks of summer...
7 Reasons We Love Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. The first was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth Colony which would later become Massachusetts. The Pilgrim settlers held a feast as an expression of gratitude to god for a successful harvest and the survival of their community. It was also a celebration of appreciation to the incredible generosity and fullness of spirit shown them by the indigenous Wampanoag people. Without the supply of food the tribe shared with the refugees from across the ocean, the colony would not have survived that first extremely difficult winter. For those Native American people to display such compassion and kindness to people so different still shines like a beacon of light for almost 400 years! As we celebrate and share the bounty of our table and our lives with family and friends this Thanksgiving, I hope we all silently remember that act of humanity that is still remarkable after four centuries.
Thanksgiving did not become an annual celebration until much later. It was not until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November a national holiday. As Thanksgiving became more popular, it has evolved through the years to be synonymous for modern Americans with parades, football, turkey, and visits to grandma’s house. I recommend taking a few minutes to watch this great ...
7 Great Tips for Fall Home Sellers
The Twin Cities real estate market has been strong throughout the spring and summer, and according to housing market analysts, we are experiencing one of the best housing markets of the last 15 years. So if you planned to sell your home this year but missed the spring and summer home-selling season, don’t despair or feel you need to wait until next spring to sell your home. Autumn happens to be the second best season for home sales.
Going into the cooler months always brings a seasonal adjustment in inventory levels. According to the weekly report from the Minneapolis Association of Realtors, for the week ending September 19th, new listings decreased 0.4% to 1,613 and inventory 13.8% to 16,606. So fewer houses on the market, increase your chances of finding a buyer. Speaking of buyers…
While families with children tend to make their move in spring and be situated in their new homes for the start of the school year, job changes and relocations go on all year so there will be families out there looking for homes. Additionally, many millennials and empty nesters tend to wait until fall with hopes of being in their new home before the winter holidays arrive. Easier mortgage approvals coupled with interest rates remaining low, sweeten the deal. Buyers are inspired.
To get you ready and help with that selling decision, here are 7 tips that will take turn your "home for sale" to "home sold" when you list your property this autumn.
September, Ready or Not.
Here we are with one foot in Summer and the other in Fall. It’s September in the Twin Cities, a month of seasonal transition. The glory of summer departs with the Autumnal Equinox on the 23rd. Days are still warm, but mornings and evenings are becoming chilly. Fall Festivals are touted. Recipes for things apple and pumpkin are featured in my favorite food blogs.
It cannot be denied. Fall is in the air. My plan is to embrace and enjoy it, while still savoring the warm days that remain. Let’s take a look at Twin Cities Metro events for this month and decide how we will celebrate the final days of summer and welcome the first week of fall.
Are you a Mary Poppins fan? This supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical production is playing through Oct. 24th at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s main stage. This musical couples outstanding choreography with unforgettable songs. Do not miss!
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov 1st you can find your way through the corn maze, listen to music, enjoy some great food, and check out the petting zoo at the Fall Festival at ...