Category Archives: Real Estate Information

5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time

With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. The feeling is understandable. Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at the real estate consulting firm Meyers Research, addressed this point in a recent interview: “With…

The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now

The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the number of houses that are available to buy. With early 2020 housing data now rolling in, it’s quite evident…

Should I Sell My House This Year?

If one of the questions you’re asking yourself today is, “Should I sell my house this year?” the current Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) should boost your confidence as it relates to the current selling sentiment in the housing market. Even with all the information overload in the media circling around talk of a…

Property taxes – all the paperwork and what to do with it!

We are bombarded by so much information that if something comes in the mail and says “this is not a bill” we tend to chuck it into the circular file. Many of my clients ask me what to do with the notices and or what to do if they think the amount of tax increase…

Top 10 things to look for in a Town Home Association

Buying a town home or condo where all the exterior maintenance is covered by the association fee can be a very attractive option for buyers that don’t have the time and/or energy to worry about mowing the lawn/gardening, etc.  As you take a look at the options available, it is important to make sure the association…

No Stress Steps to making your move! Is the timing right?

Are you stressing out trying to figure out how to take on the huge task of selling one house to move to another?  I think it is beneficial to take a bird’s eye view of the whole process before you dive in.  Make sure to take methodical steps to minimize stress throughout the process (I…

How does market time vary throughout the Twin Cities Metro?

I have been keeping busy doing research on the following cities this week with lots of fun listings coming up in Champlin, West 7th in St. Paul & the Standish neighborhood in South Minneapolis.  One thing that I want to help buyers and sellers understand is that market times and demand vary within the Twin Cities…

What is the best listing price for my home?

Many times I have Sellers ask me if they can increase their listing price since the market is doing so well.  Pricing a home competitively is just as important in this market as it is in any other market.  In fact, it may be even more important.  You want to make sure that your home…

Video Walk Through!

The video tour has pretty much changed my life and what I can offer to my clients.  Buyers who are relocating or out of town for Spring Break (or even if they just don’t want to leave their comfy house on a cold night) love a video preview tour!  It is the next best thing to…

Did you know? The Seller really IS NOT paying your closing costs for you?

A common misconception that a Buyer may have is that the Seller is gifting you the amount of your closing costs for you when you request them to pay closing costs in a real estate transaction. In reality, you are FINANCING your closing costs instead of paying them yourself. There is nothing wrong with this approach and…