Review – 2016

With the New Year come new opportunities, new adventures, new stories, and new potential.  If we learned anything from 2016 it is to always expect the unexpected, hope for the best but plan for the worst, and never shy away from a risk.  This holds true to our daily lives but also real estate. The Minnesota real estate economy started off hot with an early spring surge that did not slow down until late August, and even then really held strong and remains strong.  The normal marketing time for a single-family home in the metro area was 30 days down… Read More

“Winter is Coming”

With kids heading back to school and holiday decorations taking place of back to school items, it is only a matter of time before old man winter is upon us.  Here are some home help tips to consider when packing away the summer items.   Clean the gaps between your deck boards Check all weather strips and caulk around windows and doors Clean your garbage disposal by grinding up cups of ice cubes Pour a gallon of water down unused drains, including floor drains Drain half of your water heater Give your furnace a 24 hour test run Clean out… Read More

A Record Year!

There has been a lot of talk about real estate values surpassing the 2006 record, but a lot of information is being left out.  For instance you hear little or no discussion about average days on market, inventory levels, pending sales, or if we are in a balanced market or a lopsided one.  Now I could go into great detail but I think the article written by Aubray Erhardt sums it up more effectively then I could.  So if you are thinking about selling, purchasing, or have general concerns or questions, I would highly reccomeend you reading Erhardt’s article: Ten… Read More

Breaking ground in “The Grove”

Ryan Companies US, Inc and Park Nicollet have broken ground on a 26,000 square foot medical building in Maple Grove which is the first addition of a planned 600,000 square foot addition to the North Memorial campus. Other additions planned for the 200 acre development site, “The Grove” shopping district, will also include a Target, Home Depot; and a 138,000 square foot strip mall.  For more information please visit RyanCompanies.com.

Wealthy Americans

The National Association of Realtors just came out with a new article about how the consumers confidence regarding the real estate market has grown over the past 18 months.  However, as home values appreciate, the pool of buyers is dwindling due to affordability.  You can read the article in its entirety here: Americans Are Feeling Wealthier, More Upbeat Meanwhile, here in Minnesota the consumer confidence is still very strong with many homes surpassing buyers expectations.  Homes, listed appropriately, sell within 30 days of hitting the market, but now that we are heading into the summer travel season, both buyers and… Read More

For the discouraged seller

If you are selling your home in Carver County chances are you are getting a bit discouraged at the moment.  While it is true that traditionally it is best to list your home between the months of March and June, this year we experienced an early spring market which officially started back in February and with an early spring means an early summer.  The market peaked back in April with inventory hitting a yearly low of only three months with it climbing back up to approximately five months here in late May.  What does this mean exactly?  Well, basically it… Read More

Home Purchase & Education Go Hand in Hand

For many families, schools are an essential consideration when searching for a new home. However, most property searches only offer property related criteria such as price, beds, baths, and square feet. As such, locating properties that meet the criteria for your family and your child’s education can be challenging, especially when you are less familiar with an area. For this very reason, this website provides you with the ability to incorporate school ratings directly into your property search as a primary criteria.  Additionally, you’ll have access to detailed information and statistics on local schools and neighborhoods on every listing detail… Read More

Become an Expert on New Homes Hitting the Market

Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a powerful advantage, especially in tight real estate markets. Those who find properties first gain an edge by being the first have a chance to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, this first to market knowledge pays off. This post will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria. It’s important to first point out that this website offers… Read More

How to Track Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner. This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home… Read More