Building A New Home In Minnesota
So you decided to take the plunge and buy a home - great! One of the options you should consider if you haven't already done so is a brand new home! When you consider new construction vs. previously owned certainly there are pros and cons on both sides of the equation. Let's take a look at what I consider my top 8 reasons for buying a newly constructed home.
Building a Home in the Twin Cities
Buy or build a new home in the Twin Cities and you get to make all the choices, every single one! You choose the lot, the style of home, floor plan, builder, and all of the finishes touches that will make this house truly your home. Depending on the builder, development, real estate agent and price point you are comfortable with, you can have as little or as much input as you desire.
In the kitchen, you select the cabinets, countertops, appliances you have always wanted. The bathroom fixtures will be up to you, and the style of the doors and windows. And of course, you select all the flooring, light fixtures, and colors! You can decide how you want to allocate your allowances. Perhaps you want the top of...
Relocating to the Twin Cities Metro
Recently someone asked me why I loved living in Minnesota. It’s a question I ask myself every winter, and last night as the snow gently fell outside my window, I sat nestled in front of the fire and counted the reasons I feel lucky I live here.
The Twin Cities Metro is an incredible place to live, work and play
US News Money rated St. Paul the #1 city for healthcare in American. Kaiser Health News said Twin City area residents are enjoying the best bargains in insurance premiums. Forbes awarded Minneapolis top honors as the healthiest city in the nation. According to Forbes, “If you live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, you and your neighbors are less likely to have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma and are more likely to be in excellent or very good health.”
Minnesotans Are Fit
We have acres of open spaces and miles of trails so you see people walking and biking everywhere. In the Twin Cities metro area, a high percentage of area is parkland, featuring ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and recreation centers. During our notoriously cold winters, area citizens maintain their commitment to fitness and exercise by skiing, ice-skating, and snowshoeing. Is it any wonder that Time named Minneapolis-St Paul the fittest city in American for 3 years running?
In the Twin Cities, Minnesotans Take Play Seriously
Today’s world can be...
It’s February, the last complete, official month of winter. This first week of the month brought with it a foot of snow to the Twin Cities, and the first significant accumulation of the white stuff so far this winter. Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow even though we know here in Minnesota we have 6 more weeks of winter. Valentine's Day arrives on the 14th and on the 22nd we celebrate our great Presidents. February is also designated as Black History Month, American Heart Month, and Chocolate Lovers Month.
Let’s take a look at what is going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month as we decide how and where to celebrate.
Sell Your Home with Remax Results and the Minnesota Property Group
The beginning of a new year is a beautiful thing! It is a perfect opportunity to review the past 12 months and compare it to the previous 12 and celebrate the success we have achieved. It is a time when we can continue to grow and to show you why you should sell your home with remax results and the Minnesota Property Group. Also, as we learn what worked well and what did not, we are in a better position to focus our energy in the coming year where we may have fallen short of our goals. For many of us it is the fresh start we need to clean the debris field of the old year and start with a clean slate for the new while for others it’s the beginning of another cycle of building on past achievements, adjusting priorities as well as setting new goals. To me it is like a pool of crystal clear still water waiting for me to stick my toes in and create some ripples, or maybe jump in with my whole being and create a huge splash!
How to Market Your Home for Sale in the Twin Cities
For The Minnesota Property Group, it was another outstanding year of showing the Twin Cities how to market your home for sale. We started some great new projects last year that we want to build on, improve and expand....
These 5 Hot Tips Will Heat Up Your Winter Home Sale
Winter has arrived. In places like the Twin Cities, that means fewer daylight hours, frigid temperatures, snow, and ice. Winter definitely changes the dynamics of selling and showing your home at its best. However, we can also see these cold weather challenges as opportunities to showcase your home in ways not possible in the warmer seasons. Here are my 5 best tips for making your home shine more and sparkle brighter even though the days are shorter and the ground is covered in snow!
1. Strut Your Stuff Winter and Beyond
An absolute must is to keep the driveway and walkways clear and safe for walking. Maneuvering through snow and ice to get inside your home is not going to make a good first impression so be sure your property is totally accessible. Even though snow removal can be a challenge keep in mind you don’t have to worry about mowing and trimming the lawn every few days. Another plus, if you don’t have the best landscaping on the block, the snow can provide a pristine charm you wouldn’t have in the warmer months. However, if you are an avid...
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 ...
June is Bustin' Out All Over
June is bustin’ out in the Twin Cities, and the moon is shining on our beautiful lakes and rivers! We have a lot to celebrate! The entire summer spreads out ahead of us, and we are enjoying more daylight than any other month of the year. The weather is warm but isn't hot and the June nights are made for romance! It’s green as far as the eye can see except for the flower beds bursting with colorful blooms. June is roses, strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine, weddings, the ending of the school year, cookouts, baseball, and the beginning of summer with the Solstice occurring on Sunday, June 21.
The citizens of Minneapolis-St. Paul are celebrating the kickoff of summer in grand style. There is certainly no shortage of activities and things to do in the Metro this month. Fairs, festivals, art, music, food, and drink, abound from one end of the Twin Cities to the other. Here is the short list of events that intrigue me and of course, I want to share.
It’s All About the Art
The 49th Annual Edina Art Fair
Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota
The first official...
Tra La, It's May!
May in the Cities
It’s May in the Twin Cities Metro, and spring is busting out all over! And what a spring it is! Not a kinda spring, or a sorta spring as we are known to experience most years here, but it’s an honest to goodness spring! The days are warm but not hot, perfect weather for planting a garden. We are enjoying lots of sunshine, the grass is green, the trees are wearing leaves, daffodils, magnolias and even a few tulips are in bloom at the Arboretum. If you doubt me, check out the bloom report or better yet, head out to Chanhassen and see for yourself. Having witnessed the Tulips in bloom in previous years, I can tell you the display is magnificent and will not disappoint!
Mother’s Day is just ahead, and we are looking forward to Memorial Day at the end of the month which many consider the official kickoff of summer. We are planning our gardens, and some overachievers have begun planting. Gardening for me is low key these days since all I only have a small deck, but the outdoor furniture is washed, the wind chimes hung, the...
When the time comes to sell your home, you may be tempted to forego hiring a Realtor and do it alone. After all, DIY is the hot trend these days and who doesn't like to save a few dollars? Being a great fan of saving money with DIY projects, I totally understand. But, before you pound a “For Sale” sign in your front yard and start counting the money you’ll save on a Realtor’s commission, there are a few facts you should consider because this may be a DIY project that ends up costing you money rather than saving you money over the long run.
To buy and sell a house is no simple task. In fact, national statistics show that only 9% of all “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) efforts are successful. Only one out of every twelve people who attempt to sell their own home actually end up with a closed deal and approximately 24% of those transactions involved a sale to a friend or relative, 15% involved a buyer directly contacting a seller, and 1% when the owner was a licensed agent.
When DIY sellers were surveyed by The National Association of Realtors, the most difficult aspects of going FSBO were cited as follows:
- Understanding and performing paperwork: 18%
- Getting the right price: 13%
- Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 12%
- Helping buyer obtain financing: 3%...
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 off the hook by...
Is the winter a good time to sell my house in MN?
Although spring and summer are typically thought of as prime time for selling and buying a home, there are distinct advantages to list your home for sale in the first part of the year. Really, you ask? Your skepticism is certainly understandable, after all winter is darn cold here in the Twin Cities Metro, right? And aren’t buyers gravitating to a warm fire and a cozy corner waiting for the spring thaw to house hunt? Some, yes, but all of them, absolutely not! Let’s take a closer look at reasons you may want to list your home now.
1. Winter buyers are Not Window Shoppers
While some buyers hibernate in winter, not all of them do. There are folks out there that need to buy homes 12 months of the year due to job changes, (large corporations traditionally hire and transfer more in the early part of the year) relocation, or family changes, like the birth of a child. These folks are serious buyers because they don’t just want to move, they need to move. As a seller, you will like these buyers a lot!
2. There is Less Competition
When spring arrives house for sale signs pop up everywhere like mushrooms after a heavy rain. Because the inventory of homes for sale in the winter is lower, your chances of landing a buyer improve. It’s that basic and fundamental principal of supply and demand....
January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
a frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.
- Edgar Fawcett
The holidays with its whirlwind of social activities are behind us, our days resume a normal cadence, and winter is solidly entrenched. Yet, it doesn’t mean that life comes to a standstill because it’s cold and snowy! We’re Minnesotans after all and that means we are hardy folk! Many of us love this season as we break out the ice skates, skis, sleds, snowboards and snowshoes. We try out that new long underwear we bought from LL Bean and dig our warmest mittens and scarfs from the bottom of the drawer.
If cavorting like Frosty the Snowman is not your scene, there is the theater, symphony, opera and ballet. Perhaps an afternoon at one of our wonderful museums or art galleries. How about a weekend Happy Hour or a movie? Unless you are a member of the Minnesota Snowbird population and head south to lands with palm trees, white sandy beaches and drinks sporting tiny paper umbrellas, the Minnesota Property Group would like to offer some great suggestions for what’s noteworthy in January on the Twin Cities Metro scene.
January – any day!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN
Admission is free for the entire month of January so enjoy the Arboretum inside and out. Stay warm while you oh and ah as you view the 25 foot tall tree covered with orchids in the Great Hall. Outside 16 miles of snowshoe and cross country ski trails await you. Warm up after with a cup of hot chocolate in the café.
The New Year is freshly fallen snow the morning after a storm...free of footprints and markings of travel...as each day unfolds, so, too will be your path into the New Year, footprints in the snow.
Who doesn’t love a new beginning, a fresh start, or a clean slate? So pour the bubbly and welcome in the New Year as you escort 2014 out the door! Welcome 2015 with your 12 months of new opportunities, 52 weeks of success stories, and 365 days to dream bigger, sparkle more and shine brighter than we did last year!
Predictions for the 2015 Real Estate market are positive and point to a better year for both buyers and sellers. Home values will continue to rise. Interest rates will remain low at least in the first part of the year. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will now back mortgages with as little as 3% down. Banks will be easing up on credit requirements. All of these factors combined with high rents make home ownership financially more desirable inspiring Millenniums to finally be enter the market as first time home buyers. Current owners will be anxious to trade up and take advantage of historically low interest rates. Baby Boomers who have been waiting for home values to increase will sell the large family home and downsize. Folks who got hit with foreclosures in 2008 will have them falling off their credit reports and be entering the market again. It’s going to be a good year!
Team leader Joe Houghton is ready! “I believe 2015 is going to be my best year ever, personally and for the whole Minnesota Property Group! I’m excited about our ambitious marketing approach and about the team!” Better yet, here’s Joe speaking for himself as only he...