The 2019 Best Places to Live Ranking was just released by U.S. News & World Report, and we are excited to see that Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked #6 (though we think the Twin Cities should be ranked #1, but we may be biased!). So, what makes the Minneapolis-St. Paul such an amazing place to live? Let’s look at some of the top reasons that residents love it here and newcomers are flocking to the area!
Now that 2019 is here and the busyness of the holidays is over, many people are setting New Year’s resolutions — whether personal, professional, or real estate-related. It is the perfect time to set goals and welcome the new year with a fresh start. And what better way to start the new year fresh than by cleaning and organizing your home?
10 Ways to Get Rid of Last Year’s Clutter
“Out with the old, in with the new” as the saying goes. To help you start fresh w...
Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about decorating your home this year?
It might seem like all of the options for Halloween decorations are the same year after year: carve a pumpkin, light the luminaries, and set out a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters. But with just a little paint and creativity in the right places, you can really make your Halloween decorations stand out.
3 Easy Twists on Traditional Halloween Decorations
Looking to modify your Halloween decorations this year? Here are a few simple twists on your traditional choices.
The housing market, the transit, and even the weather may not be what you’re used to. Planning your move can be difficult, too, since you need to coordinate when, where, and how you’ll be moving your belongings to a new area.
Because moving to a completely new area means learning about a new housing market and a new community, we wanted to share a few helpful r...
Ever wondered what your home is worth?
Want to know where to start looking?
Whether you’re just curious or are eager to find a competitive listing price, using the best resources to find your property’s value is crucial.
Today, we’re going to be talking about two types of home evaluation tools: neighborhood sold reports and comparative market analyses.
Comparing Your Home with Your Neighbor’s
A neighborhood sold report is a detailed list of homes that have recently sold in your area. They include information about the s...
When you walk away from the closing table with a big stack of papers, know what to file away for future reference.
Your lender is required to provide you with this three-page document within three business days of receiving your loan application. It will show estimates for your interest rate, monthly payment, closing costs, taxes, and insurance. You’ll also learn how your interest rate and payments could change in the future, and whether you’ll incur penalties for paying off the loan early (called “prepayment penalty”) or i...
Closing time is hectic, but you should always make time for a final walk-through to make sure
that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Here’s a detailed list of
what to check for on your final walk-through.
- Basement, attic, and every room, closet, and crawl space have been checked.
- Requested repairs have been made.
- Copies of paid bills and warranties are in hand.
- No major, unexpected changes have been made to the property since last viewed.
- All items included in the sale price—draperies, lighting fixtu...
Whether you’re building the home of your dreams or looking for an existing unit, there’s a lot of data involved in finding the right environmentally friendly dwelling. Here’s a breakdown of the different certification systems for energy-efficient homes.
The Residential Energy Services Network is a not-for-profit corporation that develops industry-wide standards and rules for energy efficiency ratings and certification systems for buildings. In addition to overseeing the HERS index (see below), RESNET certifies contractors of all ty...
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...