You may have heard this term in real estate, but what does it mean? Simply put, homestead is a program to reduce property taxes for owners who also occupy their homes. It reduces the taxable market value of the property … Continue reading Homestead: What Does It Even Mean?
Right now, inventory is picking up, but there’s still not enough supply to meet demand. With buyers fighting it out over limited homes, many have turned towards new construction for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons you might … Continue reading Is New Construction The Way To Go?
It’s time to move and your home needs a little love. Should you spend the time and money fixing your home up before moving out? Or just sell it just as it is and be done with it all. You … Continue reading Should I Sell My Home “As Is”?
Your neighbor’s house is finally for sale and they are having an open house on Saturday. You’ve always wanted to see the inside of their home…now is your chance, right? Just show up at the open house and check it … Continue reading Open House Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts!
After a crazy ride in real estate the last few years, it’s finally slowing down. Inventory, while still historically very low, is starting to build up as rates climb, making buyers more cautious with the current economy. Yes, homes are … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Reduced Listings in MN
Earnest money is an amount of money that a buyer submits when an offer to purchase is accepted by a seller to demonstrate the buyer’s good faith and intention to complete the transaction. Once the purchase agreement has been accepted, … Continue reading Let’s Discuss Earnest Money
You’ve seen them around town and probably thought, OMG, those are adorable! What a great idea! These birdhouse-shaped boxes are part of a global book-sharing movement called “Little Free Libraries.” How do you get one? What does it cost? And…does it … Continue reading How Do I Start a Little Free Library?
Love them, hate them, or maybe you don’t even know what one is…let’s talk about Home Owner Associations (HOAs). If you’re looking to buy a home, chances are you’ll encounter a few homeowners associations. A homeowners association is a governing … Continue reading Belonging To An HOA: Yay Or Nay?
It can happen in minutes — first a spark of a flame, that spreads rapidly as it searches for fuel. The next thing you know, you could have a life-threatening fire on your hands. But many fires can be prevented … Continue reading Minnesota Home Fire Safety
Just across the Mississippi (or St. Croix north of Prescott/Hastings) is an entirely different state where they love beer, cheese, and of course the Packers. Okay, okay, not ALL Wisconsinites or Cheeseheads as they also are called, love all of … Continue reading You Should Move to Wisconsin. Here’s Why.