Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:50:56 +0000
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:50:56 +0000I am not complaining but last winter was a bit wimpy by Minnesota standards. I found scilla blooming along an alley in Saint Paul on Sunday. Home sales are brisk, partly because of the warmer weather. The picture was taken downtown in mid-April 2014. Let’s home that this April is kinder.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:57:09 +0000Many homeowners do not pay their property taxes directly. The property taxes are paid by the mortgage company twice a year, with money added onto the monthly mortgage payment. That more or less protects the lender from losing the home to the county if property taxes are not paid. When there is no mortgage or when the […]
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:49:33 +0000The youngest in the millennial generation will turn 20 thus year and I doubt that many are ready to buy a home. I have had several clients in the last few years who are in their thirties. High student loan debt continues to be an issue because there are limits to how much debt a […]
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:50:36 +0000The Twin cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are not identical twins. The cities are more like very close fraternal twins. There are differences between the two cities. Property taxes are higher in Minneapolis but those taxes include more services. You would have to live in Saint Paul for a time to really appreciate what […]
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000I have written about this before, I am not of fan of putting a sign in front of a house indicating that it will “soon” be for sale. We are in a strong sellers market. Many of my peers believe that “coming soon” is a wonderful marketing strategy that benefits the homeowners. I view it […]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:45:06 +0000It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. My can likes to chew phone charging cables but only Android cables never Apple. She prefers Samsung brand cables.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:45:20 +0000There are renovations that are beautiful but they can also be what I like to call home wreckers. For example take a small historic home, rip out a few walls and put in a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and of course those ubiquitous stainless steel appliances. The kitchen now takes up 1/3 of […]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:40:45 +0000One of the joys of homeownership is gardening. I planted the Crocus on the south side of house many years ago so I can enjoy them every year. They always come up and each year there are a few more than there were the year before. Most summer flowers, fruit and vegetables like full sun. […]
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:50:10 +0000The screen shot is from the “dash board” in our MLS. I have posted these before. It is a real estate snap shot of the last 7 days. It is pretty easy to see why the inventory of homes on the market is staying so low. The number of homes that have “pended” or have […]
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:50:03 +0000The demand for downtown condos is strong and prices are almost as high as they were before the crash. There are still downtown condo owners who are renting out their unit waiting for the price to go up. People who purchased a condo between 2006 and 2008 may still be underwater. Owners who bought foreclosures in […]