Questions to ask when Choosing a REALTOR®

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

Home ownership is a significant investment for most.  It is very important to obtain sound and professional advice in any real estate transaction.   Below is a list of questions to help guide you in chosing your own real estate professional.

 1.  How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job?    While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.

2.  How many homes did ...

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Color Trends Spring 2011

 |  Home Maintenance

 The following submission was created by Diane Hennen, Allied Member ASID at Euro Nest, a resource listed for you in our business directory.

The way we live and what is happening has influenced the color trends.   Last year the Pantone 2010 color of the year was Turquoise.  This served as an escape for many .  The new Pantone 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle which emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor.

Honeysuckle is an intense reddish pink color can lift our spirits...

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Ten Strategies to Prepare for Homeownership

 |  Purchasing a Home, Real Estate News

1. Decide what you can afford.   Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list.   Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live.   Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving.   Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage ...

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Ice Dams

Many homeowners in Minnesota are all too familiar with ice dams.   This is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents proper drainage of melting snow.  The resulting water can back up behind the dam and cause extensive damage to a home by leaking into the walls, ceilings and insulation.  This can also result in mold and mildew within the home.  Ice dams occur due to temperature fluctuations above and below the roof line over an extended period of time.
There are...
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