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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...
If you are looking at a new gardening project this year, or just happen to want to purchase new plants then don’t miss the Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale this weekend. This annual sale is a huge hit in the Twin Cities and plants go quickly.
This year’s sale is on May 19, 2018 from 9:00 – 2:00
New location –
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted methods of payment. Boxes are available, but it’s a good idea to bring a cart or wagon if you plant ...
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...
You probably don’t think much about the trees on a home’s property unless they pose an immediate threat to the structure. But you may not be aware of how much value trees hold and how they can affect the price of your listing. John Palmer, an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, reveals the true benefits and liabilities of trees, what buyers should look for in home landscaping, and what sellers can do to protect the value of their trees.
Can trees actually affect the prope...
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...
Here is a chart to help you stay organized as you track your closing costs. Be prepared and know who’s responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.
|BUYER COST||SELLER COST||OTHER|
With the majority of buyers shopping for homes online, high-resolution slide shows and video tours are a must. Here’s how to make your home shine on camera.
Understand the camera’s perspective
The camera’s eye is different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement so that even a home that feels comfortable in person can look jumbled online.
Make it spotless
Cameras also tend to magnify grime. Don’t forget floor coverings and walls; a spot on a rug might be overlooked during a regular home...
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...
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...