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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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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!

(See below)

Learning Garden Tour | July 8, 2017

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

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Questions to Ask When You are Considering Selling Your Home

 |  Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals, Selling a Home

Questions to Ask When You are Considering Selling

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move.

Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Check your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to find out how much you’ve paid down. Usually you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest. But ...

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Home Ownership – Seven Reasons to Own a Home

 |  Purchasing a Home, Resources to Hire Professionals

Seven Reasons to Own A Home

  1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
  2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The recent housing crisis has caused some to ...
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How to Calculate Capital Gains for Real Estate Sales

 |  Financial, Resources to Hire Professionals, Selling a Home


Calculate Capital Gains

When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on the difference between what you paid for the stock and how much you got for the sale. The same holds true in home sales, but there are other considerations.

How to Calculate Gain

Your home’s original sales price when you bought it (not what you brought to closing).
Additional costs you paid toward the original purchase (include transfer fees, attorney fees, and inspections ...
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What to Consider About Owning a Vacation Home

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Wouldn’t it be great to own a place at the beach, in the mountains, or by the lake? If you are seriously considering buying a vacation home, you have probably weighed many of the pros and cons already.

But you should carefully consider everything before you buy. Have you taken these additional costs and benefits into account?

The Overlooked Costs of Homeownership

As any experienced home buyer knows, there are additional annual costs that come with owning a home, such as property taxes, home insurance, and any association fees.

Make sure you consider maintena...

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