|  Selling a Home

Transaction Terms

Here are some terms to understand for documents as you sell your property.

Property Disclosure Form: This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state.

Purchasers’ Access to Premises Agreement: This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to enter your home for activities such as measuring for draperies before you move.

Sales Contract: This is the agreement between the buyer and seller, which outlin...

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 |  Financial, Selling a Home

How to Improve the Odds of an Offer

Price it right.   Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range while considering –
• Comparable properties: A “comp” is what real estate professionals call home sales that can be reasonably used to help determine the price of your home. But just because you’re in the same neighborhood doesn’t mean that the houses will sell for the same amount. Your real estate professional will help you determine how to compare your home in terms of size, upkeep, and amenities.
• Competition: How many other houses are for sale in you...

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Stutsman Realty is a Proud Sponsor of the 2017 Uptown Art Fair!

Stutsman Realty is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Uptown Art Fair!  Once again Stutsman Realty is partnering with the Uptown Association to bring you the Information Booth.  Please be sure to visit us this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Information Booth. We will be at the top of the Mall on Hennepin just north of the Walker Library. We are giving away tote bags again this year (people love them!), and we will be holding a daily drawing for a giveaway.  The Uptown Art Fair has won  numerous national and international awards.  It draws over 400,000 visitors every year making it the sec...

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 |  Company News, Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Interior Design, Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals, Selling a Home

How to Attract More Buyers

These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar.

Amp up curb appeal.
Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from the outside. Something special—such as big flowerpots or an antique bench—can help your property stand out after a long day of house hunting.

Enrich with color.
Paint is cheap, but it can make a big impression. The shade doesn’t have to be white or bei...

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 |  Company News, Financial, Purchasing a Home, Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals

Questions to Ask the Condo Board

Before you purchase a condo, you should have an attorney review property documents for you. However, you should contact the board yourself ahead of time. You’ll learn how responsive and organized its members are and be alerted to potential problems.

How many units are owner-occupied?
Generally, the higher the percentage of owner-occupied units, the easier the condo will be to resell.

What covenants, bylaws, and restrictions govern the property?
Carefully read the bylaws to determine if you can abide by them. Also, find out if there are grandfather provisions th...

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 |  Financial, Purchasing a Home, Resources to Hire Professionals

Loans and Lending Terms

Below are a few terms that may assist you in your home search in terms of financing.   This is by no means a complete list or plan.  Be sure to always consult a trusted professional in these circumstances to protect your individual interest and rights.

Terms:  Mortgages are generally available at 15-, 20-, or 30-year terms. In general, the longer the term, the lower the monthly payment. However, shorter terms mean you pay less interest over the life of the loan.

Fixed vs. adjustable interest rates:  A fixed rate allows you to lock in a lo...

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Please Join Us!

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra has been performing summertime concerts free of charge in the Twin Cities since 1950.  This year will mark their 68th year of public performance.  The mission of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is “to bring the power and pleasure of live orchestra concerts performed by professional musicians to the Twin Cities community, free of charge.”  You will often find them at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, or at the Como Pavilion in St. Paul.

In addition to providing free concerts to the public at large, the Pops hosts Free Concerts for Seniors<...

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 |  Company News, Financial, Purchasing a Home, Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals

Prepare for House-Hunting

Know that there’s no “right” time to buy.   If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going.   Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price.

Don’t ask for too many opinions.   It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision.   Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be ...

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Dress Up Your Curb Appeal!

 |  Community Events, Home Maintenance, Horticulture/Environment

2017 Hennepin County Master Gardener Events

 

Plant sale | May 20, 2017

Hopkins Pavilion. Saturday 9 am-2 pm

Thousands of Master Gardener grown perennials, vegetables including MN Seed Trial Winners and native plants!

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Learning Garden Tour | July 8, 2017

10 Year Anniversary Celebration! Self-guided tour of gardens by Master Ga...

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