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Your Year-End Events Guide for Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Area: December 29th, 30th, and 31st

Brace Helgeson
Happy holidays! The year-end rush and festivity is now upon us, with just a few days left in 2017. Haven’t hammered out your New Year’s plans just yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. No matter what your tastes may be, there’s always something brewing the Twin Cities area to keep you entertained. From the suburbs of Eden Prairie to the hearts of Minneapolis and St. Paul, there’s no shortage of liveliness to keep you buzzing this year-end holiday season.

Inside Information for Homeowners: Understanding Property Lines

Brace Helgeson
When you buy a house, you also buy the lot it sits on. However, you’d be surprised at how many people overlook the details when it comes to their lot, its true size, and its boundaries. Understanding your property lines also comes in handy, as this knowledge comes into play when settling neighborly disputes, getting a sense of your land’s truest value, or providing guidelines for zoning and building permit. Let’s say you decide to build a garage, pool, or new walkway—you’ll have to know the legal space you can build within. With that in mind, here are a few worthwhile things to consider when it comes to you and your property lines.

Your Twin Cities Area Events Guide: December 15th to December 17th

Ryan Platzke

The Minneapolis area has long been known as an epicenter of great art. Culture abounds in the Twin Cities, from amazing restaurants, world-class museums, and events that are unforgettable. Whether you live in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, or call the center of it all your home, consider spending a weekend walking gallery and museum halls, unwinding with a dose of artistry as we head into the holiday season rush. With that in mind, we’ve outlined a few great exhibitions and shows on view to take the family, a date, or head out solo for a weekend of fun.

The Modern Homebuyer: Purchasing a Home with Student Debt

Ryan Platzke

As they grow older, more and more millennials are eyeing the housing market. Here in the Twin Cities, as growth continue to skyrocket, more people want a piece of the real estate pie. However, one the toughest hurdles when it comes to buying a home is student debt, an increasingly common issue. 

Your Twin Cities Weekend Events Guide: November 24 to November 26

Ryan Platzke

Fresh off the Thanksgiving season, you may have family visiting town, or you’re enjoying a few days of rest before heading back into the workweek. With that in mind, here are few ways you can get out of the house and explore the Minneapolis area, do some shopping, get a breath of brisk fresh air—and have fun all the while. 

What to Expect When Selling Your Home

Brace Helgeson
Selling a home often seems like a daunting prospect, and there is certainly plenty of planning and preparation involved in the process. As real estate agents, selling a home is part of our regular routine. As a homeowner however, selling your property can feel like an overwhelming, near-impossible undertaking—but it doesn’t have to be.  

Your Twin Cities Weekend Events Guide: November 10th to November 12th

Brace Helgeson

Here in the Twin Cities region, from Eden Prairie to the heart of downtown, there’s plenty to do no matter the season. From thought-provoking art exhibitions to outdoor athletic excursions, no matter what your tastes may be, the diversity of recreation in the Twin Cities makes it the perfect place to buy a home. Take a look at some of this weekend’s most promising events here in Eden Prairie and beyond.

3 Repairs Most Minnesota Homeowners Are Not Prepared For

Ryan Platzke

Once you unpack the last moving box, the fun begins—right? Even if you complete your due diligence during the home-buying process, sometimes costly and time-consuming repairs can sneak up on you. What’s a newly homeowner to do? First, equip yourself with information and you might avoid calamity. Keep an eye out for these three common but costly repair issues that sometimes befall homeowners.

Your Weekend Events Guide for Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: October 28th and October 29th

Ryan Platzke

Halloween is just around the corner and this is a choice weekend to get into the spooky spirit. Whether you’re angling through a corn maze, celebrating with friends in the city, or enjoying family fun that’s close to home here in Eden Prairie—there are countless ways to celebrate the scary season in the Twin Cities area. Take a look at a few events below to get some ideas of how to spend your last weekend of October!

October’s Real Estate Round-Up

Ryan Platzke

Here in the Twin Cities area, growth has been strong and steady for a long while. The regional real estate market is no exception. Demand remains high for homes in the Minneapolis region and its array of desirable suburbs, too. Let’s take an opportunity to check in on the progress of the local market, and consider what buyers and sellers need to know moving deeper in the fall season.

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide: October 13th to October 15th

Brace Helgeson

Fall is in the air and there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors of Minnesota. With all the leaves changing and brisk temperature becoming the new norm, get outside and enjoy the festive season. Whether you’re staying close to home in one of the Twin Cities’ most desirable suburbs, or you’re heading into the heart of Minneapolis, take a look at the events below and keep yourself entertained this weekend. 

Down Payments: What Homebuyers in Eden Prairie Need to Know

Brace Helgeson

Saving for a down payment is an intimidating prospect for many would-be homebuyers in the Twin Cities market. However, there are many ways to source a financially sound down payment—if you know where to look and how to plan. Likewise, there’s plenty of misinformation out there making first-time homebuyers believer that purchasing a home is nearly impossible. To combat the daunting prospect of down payments, here are a few facts to keep in mind as you consider your homeownership needs and long-term financial goals.


Your Weekend Events Guide for Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: September 22, 23, and 24

Ryan Platzke

As we wind down our first official month of fall, treat yourself to weekend of enrichment here in Eden Prairie and Minneapolis. With the Twin Cities a stone’s throw away, you can enjoy the very best in cultural offerings, or stick close to home and enjoy the myriad recreational opportunities in idyllic Eden Prairie. 

Want to Buy a Home in Eden Prairie? Here’s How to Get Credit Ready

Ryan Platzke

One of the biggest hurdles to buying a home is getting your financial foundation in the right place. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a few ways you can double down on your credit ranking and get the most out of your mortgage when you finally decide to take the leap and buy a home in the Twin Cities region this year. Take a look below at a few practical ways to get smart with your money in preparation for homeownership. 

Suburbs Rule the Real Estate Game in the Minneapolis Area

Brace Helgeson

As we dive into the fall season, let’s take a moment to assess our real estate position moving towards the end of 2017. According to recent reports from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, first and second ring suburbs of the Twin Cities region are enjoying exceptional sales and growth. Jobs are strong in these areas and neighborhoods within these communities have become highly sought after. Areas like Eden Prairie stand out from the pack for their proximity to the burgeoning Twin Cities region, along with an excellent stock of housing and local amenities.

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: August 25th, 26th, and 27th

Ryan Platzke

As summer winds to a close, it’s a great opportunity to get out an explore the last of the summer buzz in Eden Prairie and the nearby Twin Cities. If you’re looking for things to do in Minneapolis this weekend, look no further than our events guide below, where you’ll find a mix of artistic endeavors, musically engaging exploits, and more. Here in Eden Prairie, proximity to the Twin Cities is simple as can be—that’s why it’s one of the most attractive commuter suburbs of Minneapolis. Stretch your legs this weekend and venture out and about to absorb those warm rays of sunshine while they last.

The Hottest Trends in Home Remodeling

Ryan Platzke
When it comes to remodeling your home, there are benefits you can’t ignore: remodeling boosts your home’s value, plus you’re one step nearer to having your dream house. 2017’s trendiest wave of home remodeling features enjoys a wide range: from upping your home’s profile using smart technology, to styling a backyard paradise and much more

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: August 11th, 12th, and 13th

Brace Helgeson

When you’re this close to the Twin Cities, it’s easy to make your way into town to enjoy some of the finest dining, entertainment, museums, and natural spectacles in the Midwest, but there’s just as much fun stuff to do here in Eden Prairie. Take your pick of this weekend’s upcoming attractions and to-do list items and enjoy these waning weeks of summertime before they’re gone too soon.

Summarizing the Summer: Real Estate News in the greater Twin Cities Market

Brace Helgeson

Summer is flying by, and with autumn soon on the horizon, now is the perfect window to examine how June and July fared in the greater Twin Cities metro market. From our location in Eden Prairie to the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the Twin Cities region is booming these days, and the market shows it. According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, the Twin Cities posted record-high numbers in buyer activity in June 2017. Compared to this time last year, closed sales jumped 2.2%, amounting to 7,430 units closed in June. Pending sales posted a more modest, but meaningful gain at .2%. Though the market has been struggling to keep up with red hot demand, buyers are undeterred as momentum hasn’t slowed here in the Minneapolis region.


Your Weekend Events Guide in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: July 28th to July 30th

Brace Helgeson

With the month of July coming to a close, the end of summer is sadly in sight—though there’s bound to be a fair share of heat waves through August here in the Twin Cities area. Whether you’re on vacation, working through the week, or heading into Minneapolis to spend Saturday and Sunday exploring, there’s plenty to do in and around the Twin Cities metro area, from art extravaganza to local happenings.

Checking in on the Market: Minneapolis Real Estate News

Ryan Platzke

Here in the Twin Cities area, steady growth has been driving a hot market. During the summer months, buying and selling a home near Eden Prairie or the surrounding suburbs of Minneapolis is made easy by the Summer Selling Season—the time of year where the real estate business enjoys a seasonal boom that benefits buyers and sellers alike.

3 Must-Ask Questions When Buying a House

Brace Helgeson

Buying a house in Eden Prairie—or anywhere, for that matter—is certainly the investment of a lifetime, so being an intelligent and strategic homebuyer is of the highest priority. Don’t just sign away on the bottom line! Gather all the facts, history, and records necessary to learn of hidden costs or potential pitfalls on your would-be property. Once you discover the answers to these three important questions below, you can truly determine whether your dream home is all you imagined it to be.


 

Staging Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Market

Ryan Platzke

Eden Prairie is one of the most desirable, scenic, and well-placed Minneapolis suburbs in which to buy a home. With demand running high in the Twin Cities real estate market, sellers are enjoying a slew of offers at or exceeding asking price, but how do you make your home as competitive as possible? Staging your home for sale is a compelling way to earn top dollar on your property investment. By creating a welcoming ambiance that allows potential buyers to envision their own life unfolding within those four walls, you may draw offers that exceed your own expectations. 

Your Eden Prairie Summer Weekend Events Guide: June 23 to June 25

Brace Helgeson

There’s something about spending a summer day or evening in the great outdoors, especially in Eden Prairie where the weather and natural setting strike the perfect mood for relaxing this season. Take a look at some of this weekend’s upcoming events to stay active, get outdoors, and commune with your Eden Prairie neighbors. 

Saying Goodbye to Spring: How is the Minneapolis-area Market Faring in 2017?

Brace Helgeson

Summer is nearly in full bloom, and so begins the market’s busiest season. The month of June is the perfect halfway point to take stock of how real estate is faring in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas, as well as on the national level.

Your Eden Prairie Summer Events Guide: June 10th and June 11th

Ryan Platzke

As one of the most desirable cities surrounding the Twin Cities region, Eden Prairie offers no shortage of community and civic events for families to partake in throughout the year. As summer is one of the most blissful, welcome seasons in Minnesota, let’s take a lot at some activities to keep you occupied this warm weekend.

Your Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Weekend Events Guide: Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28

Ryan Platzke

With the month of June just a few days away, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about on a warm afternoon. What better way to spend your days than exploring the arts, or taking a nature hike, or even taking a drive into Minneapolis for the evening? Below you’ll find a few fun ways to fill your weekend hours, from here in Eden Prairie to the big city next door.  

What You Need to Do to Prep for the Spring and Summer Selling Seasons

Ryan Platzke

As we head into the second week of May, the looming spring and summer selling seasons are already underway, and with them come to chance to sell your home at a premium in 2017. So, what do you need to do to make this summer’s selling season a prosperous one? Take a look at some of these tips and tricks to keep in mind as you explore you real estate options in the Eden Prairie area this soon-to-be summer.

Seller Activity Enjoys a Spring Boost: Your May 2017 Real Estate Market Recap

Brace Helgeson

According to a recent report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, sellers enjoyed a 1.3% bump this spring compared to the same time last year. What’s more, the number of closed sales rose a whopping 8.3%. Both are strong indicators of a robust market, where buyers are eager to lockdown their ideal property while mortgage interest rates are still enjoying historic lows.

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide: April 21st – April 23rd

Brace Helgeson
Friday, April 21st
The Beautiful Brain: Drawings by Ramon y Cajal at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Minneapolis, MN
If you work in Minneapolis during the week, why not skip the traffic home to Eden Prairie and take in dinner and an art exhibit with friends or a date? For a Friday night of culture in the Twin Cities, this exhibition is both free and stunning. These intricate botanical drawings, overflowing with detail and imagination, are the work of Santiago Ramon y Cajal—the father of modern neuroscience. Many of these impressive drawings are illustrations of the up-close-and-personal human brain under a microscope, providing a vivid, sometimes abstract, but always accurate rendering of the mind. On view until May 14, this expressive and intriguing work is not to be missed.

Dear Sellers: Your Time Has Come! (Buyers: There’s Good News For You, Too!)

Ryan Platzke

According to recent reports from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, now is the perfect window in the local housing market for sellers stewing over the potential of selling or not to finally take that leap! With inventory not entirely keeping pace with a high demand for homes, sellers are enjoying an upper-hand in the current market. Homes in the Minneapolis area are fetching top-dollar, with many sales instigating bidding wars between potential buyers. Not only does this mean that a seller’s home will likely garner a great rate, it also means that financial flexibility can help place you into your next dream home.

Real Estate Scam Targeting Minneapolis Region’s Homebuyers

Ryan Platzke

While online scams are by no means uncommon, area real estate watchdogs have raised concerns over a recent spate of e-mail phishing scams targeting would-be homebuyers. According to Kare11 News, an affiliate of NBC, there has been a recent and unfortunate rise in these e-mail scams in the Minneapolis and Twin Cities regions. A leading Edina-area real estate agent said that an uptick in these scams in the Hennepin County area may be due to the local market’s thriving commerce. What’s worse, these scams cost victims thousands of dollars and target them particularly in the days leading up to an intended closing on a home purchase. 

Your Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Area Weekend Event Guide: March 24 to 26

Brace Helgeson

Whether you spend your weekend in our hometown of Eden Prairie, or you decide to venture into the nearby Twin Cities to take in a concert or show, we’re wishing you a delightful weekend as we close at March. With the spring beginning to bloom as we head into April, here are a few ideas of things to do this weekend.

4 Tips to Make the Spring Selling Season a Success

Ryan Platzke

With the real estate world coming off a positive winter season, the spring and summer ahead are sure to be lively for the local Eden Prairie and Twin Cities markets. If you’re considering buying or selling home this spring, your first order of business should be to consult with a trusted, top reviewed real estate agent in the Eden Prairie area. Second to that? Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prep for the spring selling season soon to come.

What Winter’s Housing Market Activity Tells Us for Spring

Ryan Platzke

With the spring and summer buying and selling seasons ahead, now is the time to consider this winter’s progress in the housing market. According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, the months following the new year can be described as both "healthy and balanced,” a positive characterization of months that typically tend to have their fair share of the winter doldrums. Instead, early 2017 was growth in the areas new listings and pending sales, with a 3.1 percent and 4.3 increase, respectively, from this time last year.

Your Minneapolis and Eden Prairie Weekend Arts Events Guide for February 24-26

Brace Helgeson
One of the hallmarks of the Twin Cities region is its devotion to the arts. Fostering a variety of contemporary artists and offering exhibitions that run the gamut, there are few better cities for taking in a gallery show or museum feature than right here in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to get out of the house this wintry weekend and take in some of the Twin Cities’ unmatched access to culture, take a look at the events and exhibitions featured this weekend.

This Year’s Top Tools to Boost Your Home’s Selling Value

Ryan Platzke

One of the hallmarks of 2016’s housing market growth spurt was a high demand for homes. As real estate inventory lagged behind consumer confidence and exceptional demand, sellers are in an excellent position to make top dollar on properties in the year ahead. With that in mind, here are a few market trends to make use of if you’re considering selling your home in 2017. Of course, the surest method to maximize your sale—or to begin your housing search, if you’re in the market for buying—is to consult with an experienced, top reviewed real estate agent team in Eden Prairie. In the meantime, take a look at some of the simple tips below that can push your home’s selling value to next level.

Your 2017 Valentine’s Day Events Guide for the Minneapolis Area

Brace Helgeson

In the midst of a cold February, love is in the air. There’s one day this month that’s sure to warm the hearts of many across the Twin Cities region: Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating with beloved friends or a significant other, there’s plenty activities to be enjoyed in the Minneapolis area this holiday. No matter what your tastes, interests, or budgets may be, there’s an event for every lover of love this Valentine’s Day, right here in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities metro region.

What 2016’s Market Predicts in 2017

Ryan Platzke
Photo by www.bigstock.com
Now that we’re decidedly in the midst of the winter season, we can enjoy the benefits of hindsight as we examine how the housing market fared in 2016 and what its trends can tell us about the year ahead.

Perhaps the biggest real estate headline in 2016 was the swift ascent of median home prices, topping out at an all-time high and leaving sellers both happy and well-positioned for their next property. What’s more, closed sales reached an 11-year high in Minnesota, just shy of breaking their all-time record, this according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. In other encouraging news, foreclosure activity further declined while homes spent far fewer days on the market—a strong indicator of buyer enthusiasm and confidence. Surrounding Minneapolis areas, like Eden Prairie, also enjoyed a boost as the Twin Cities region continued its multi-year increase in population and housing development.

What the Experts Are Saying About 2017’s Housing Market

Brace Helgeson
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Two weeks ago, we highlighted some potential trends that pundits are predicting for 2017. Now, we look to experts in our field to deliver you some sound advice as we transition into February. At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we understand that buying a home is personal. As one of the largest investments that an individual is likely ever to make, we decipher the insight and feedback of our industry, then pass along that wisdom to you.

First off, according to the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Census Bureau, home sales bounced up by 5.9 percent compared to last year, which means that all in all last year set 2017 up for success to come. What’s more, new homes are up by a highly encouraging 17.8 percent from last year, which means that low inventory issues that slowed progress in 2016 are being addressed, paving a bright path ahead for homebuyers and sellers alike.

2016 saw mortgage interest rates hover at near historic lows, as the Fed held off—for the most part—on major changes or overhauls to figures. As we head into 2017, the National Association of Realtors is predicting a slight climb in those numbers as we make our way towards spring and summer, but not to worry, the rates predicated are moderate and aren’t expected to hugely impact the average homebuyer’s bottom line too much.

Another factor that’s sure to brighten 2017 is the groundswell of positive builder sentiment. One of the biggest challenges of 2016’s housing market was inventory, which drove up home prices and made the market more competitive than ever. Well, homebuyers and sellers can take a deep breath of relief as builders are at work on new-build homes that amount to a fifteen-year high in sentiment. This means that new-home construction is on the incline, but builders are confident that progress will continue. This should alleviate some of the high housing prices out there, while making it easier for home sellers to transition to their next property without having to fight tooth and nail.

All in all, 2016’s steady progress set a compelling stage for the 2017 housing market. Here in the Minneapolis area, growth has been booming in the Twin Cities as well as in nearby suburbs like Eden Prairie, where countless Minnesotans are looking to buy a home in one of Hennepin County’s most desirable locations. Predictions for 2017’s housing market are encouraging, and buyers and sellers should take heart in the developments pundits are predicting. If you are looking to buy a home in the Minneapolis or Eden Prairie areas in 2017, begin your search today with the help of an experienced, top reviewed real estate agent who can guide you through every stop of the home buying process. Make 2017 the year you became a homeowner or finally found the home of your dreams.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Minneapolis/Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: January 20-22

Ryan Platzke

Wintertime is in full swing. The snow is falling, the cold is constant, but there’s no reason to have your spirits dampened this January. To take the guesswork out of your weekend to-do list, we at Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group have curated a list of the top Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas events for this weekend. So, gather your loved ones, get out of the house, and take in the sights and sounds of Minneapolis this weekend!

Betty Danger’s Country Club’s Rooftop Winter Wonderland Display
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you to have give up your seasonal spirit. At Betty Danger’s Country Club’s Rooftop Winter Wonderland Display, you can take a sleigh ride in the sky on the Ferris wheel, or sip steaming hot chocolate or cider. While temperature may be low, spirits will be high at Betty Danger’s, where adults can enjoy a variety of spiked drinks amid the restaurant rooftop’s vibrant seasonal décor. Don’t let the weather deter you this weekend; take in all the winter wonder that Minneapolis has to offer. Open Wednesday through Sunday until January 31st, 5-9PM. 2501 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis. For more information, please
click here.

Spirit: Made here: City Center
Enjoy the local art scene with the Made Here project, which is premiering over thirty new artistic pieces to its collection, comprised of work by more than 75 Minnesota artists. From fiber art, puppets, photography, light installations, window displays, and much, much more, Spirit: Made Here will be a visually stunning and artistically engaging assortment of Minneapolis area art scene makers. Walking tours are available at 6 and 7 PM for the extra curious, but no matter your level of artistic involvement, this is one exhibition that is not to be missed. On view at 40 S. 7th St. in Minneapolis. For more information about Spirit: Made Here, please click here.

Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia

We mentioned Trylon Microcinema’s January 70s sci-fest in our last events guide, but we couldn’t help ourselves and give this enjoyable curation a second nod. Especially with the cold weather out there, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as hunkering down in a dark movie theater for some cinema classics. Grab your friends and some popcorn and take in a films that range from The Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Logan’s Run to Sleeper. No matter which show you catch at January’s sci-fi fest, ticket costs won’t break the bank at just $8 a piece. Show times vary, so be sure to choose a show and buy your tickets online, here for viewings at 3258 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis.

 At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Minneapolis Area Real Estate Forecast for 2017

Brace Helgeson
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With a brand new year ahead, it’s important to assess the direction we’re headed in 2017. Certainly there stand to be major changes afoot—from a new president to new seasons. With that in mind, we’ve taken the time to research a few suspected trends ahead in the New Year, so that you know just where you stand as we dive headlong in 2017’s housing market.

The New Face of the Suburbs
A big trend in 2016 was how desirable city amenities became. Folks looking to buy homes in the Minneapolis area wanted walkability, a bevy of trendy bars and restaurants, and access to all that the Twin Cities offers. As we head into 2017, the suburbs will begin to rival city neighborhoods when it comes to hip coffee shops and galleries. The new face of the suburbs, in top communities like Eden Prairie, will reveal even more reasons why life adjacent to the big city has everything to offer and more.

Millennial Market Surge
2017 will be a great time to buy a home in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas, and real estate pundits are predicting that millennials will be more active than ever when it comes to participating in the Minnesota housing market. With inventory headed for a steady upswing, and mortgage rates still coming in at historic lows, first time homebuyers—which makes up a significant contingent of the millennial set—will take advantage of the many incentives out there to buy a home in the Twin Cities region.

Rates Remaining at Lows
Fresh off of the 2016 presidential election, the Fed will likely hold off on making any groundbreaking changes on interest rates, with any suspected hikes predicted to stay nominal. That means that homebuyers in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities area can rest assured that buying a home in 2017 will be a financially feasible undertaking, with mortgage interest rates that would be wise to lock in.

2017 is poised to be a year of positive developments for the real estate market in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to own a home this year, begin your search with the help of experienced, top rated real estate agents in the Eden Prairie area. No matter what your homeownerships needs, budget, or goals may be, our real estate agents know the Minneapolis area inventory in and out, ensuring that you’ll find the home of your dreams for a price you can live with. Don’t wait—lock in early 2017’s outstanding mortgage rates today.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.


Your Weekend Arts Event Guide January 6th-8th

Ryan Platzke
Photo by www.bigstock.com

As 2017 begins, now is the time to shake off your winter doldrums and start the year with an eye towards the mentally engaging. Why not exercise your artistic streak with a trip into Minneapolis this weekend? Per usual, we’ve put together a manageable list of must-see exhibitions and entertainment here in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas.

Sean Smuda: Universal Capital: Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

Why not kick of 2017 with a nod toward the cultural with an evocative free viewing of contemporary art in the heart of Minneapolis. Sean Smuda’s latest combines iconography, architecture, music, performance and more to bring Minneapolis residents a multifaceted take on hot political topics of the moment, including colonialism, capitalism, and consumerism. Don’t be daunted by the subject matter—Smuda’s work provokes and engages, creating an experience that goes far beyond performance or art object. On view through January 20th at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art at 250 3rdAve N., Minneapolis. For more information, click here.

Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia: Trylon Microcinema

For film lovers in the Twin Cities region, Trylon Microcinema is a favorite venue to expand your silver screen horizons. Try beating the cold weather this weekend by taking in a classic movie from the comfort of the theater. Throughout January, Trylon Microcinema is hosting a nine-film retrospective of 1970s sci-fi films, beginning with Westworld (1973) which may sound familiar if you’ve been following along with HBO’s latest TV hit based on this film. Cozy up and take in a flick for the affordable rate of just $8, making it a fun and affordable excuse to get out of the house and brush up on your cinema history. Viewings at 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. For show times, tickets, and more information, click here.

Fortune: Light Grey Art Lab

On view through January 20th, Fortune is a far-sweeping, free exhibition that blends the wonders of the Chinese zodiac with stunning visuals of nature, gold, and more. Light Grey Art Lab’s specialty is in the mysterious and wide-ranging, exercising a curator’s eye as they piece together this latest and undeniably captivating experience. Since it is the Year of the Rooster heading into 2017, why not celebrate the start of a fresh new year by taking in a unique and thought-provoking artistic experience right here in Minneapolis. On view at 118 E. 26th St. in Minneapolis. For more information on Fortune at Light Grey Art Lab, please click here.

Shake off your cabin fever and get out and about in the Twin Cities this weekend. Whether you’re catching a movie or seeing a mind bending show, don’t let the winter weather deter your from enjoying all that the vibrant Minneapolis area has to offer.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Strong Demand and Solid Pricing Sums up the Winter 2016 Housing Market

Ryan Platzke

Photo by www.bigstock.comAccording to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, there is considerably strong demand going forward as we make our way through the wintry season. To boot, home prices are fairing strongly, and inventory—though still trying to catch up to unprecedented levels of demand—is slowly but surely keeping pace.

Research from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors shows that demand is up by 1.6% compared to this time last year. While that might not seem like a marked percentage increase, it actually amounts to a thousands of additional properties purchased by homebuyers in the Minneapolis area. What’s more, closed sales increased too, just shy of a percentage point at .8%, amounting to a 4,791 additional closed home sales.

For home sellers eyeing the market—and potentially their next property—rest assured that you’re likely to get a solid price for your home, with reports indicating that the median sales price for autumn this year rose by 6.5% annually. Likewise, homes on the market are selling quickly, and attractive listings are likely to garner multiple bids. According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors blog, "The average percent of original list price received at sale was 96.9 percent, 0.8 higher than last year. But the median percent of current list price received is 99.6 percent, the highest level since 2005.”

Judy Shields, the President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, commented on the surge, saying, "Demand is still soaring.” This is encouraging news due to the season, where activity tends to taper off this time of year. Instead, winter 2016 is looking to be a scorcher when it comes to Minneapolis area housing market demand. In addition, the Minneapolis area labor market is going strong, and growth is on the move in all sectors, which means that prosperity in the workforce will likely translate to continued prosperity in the Twin Cities area housing market. In fact, the unemployment rate in the Minneapolis area is significantly lower than the 4.9% national average, coming in locally at 3.3%.

Though mortgage interest rates have shifted a bit, they are still far lower than the year-by-year average, which means that the time is ripe for homebuyers looking to lock in unprecedentedly attractive 30-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rates right now. This winter is surely shaping up to be a positive one in the Minneapolis area, whether you’re interested in buying or selling your home.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Year-End Real Estate Roundup

Brace Helgeson

Photo by www.bigstock.comThis year has been an eventful one in the world of real estate. From news of increased inventory with new home construction on the move, to unprecedented demands for existing homes, 2016 has shaped up to be a largely positive one for the U.S. housing market.

Let's begin with increased demand. As recently as October, the National Association of Realtors at Realtor.org reported that existing-home sales continued their upward trend this autumn, even toppling June's high sales peak. This is particularly remarkable news considering that spring and summer are largely held as the top home-buying and selling months of the year. However, in October, all major regions around the country reported significant increases in annual sales. Total existing-home sales—or, the sales of homes built and on the market—grew 2% in October. At a seasonally adjusted 5.9%, October's existing-home sales outpaced summer rates and were the highest since February 2007.

Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, commented on the unexpected gains, saying, "October's strong sales gain was widespread throughout the country and can be attributed to the release of the unrealized pent-up demand that held back many would-be buyers over the summer because of tight supply." What's more, Yun went on to say that wages are pushing upward and construction is also increasing, which means that a market in high demand will soon enjoy the relief of added inventory. Plus, workers are primed to enjoy a bump in pay, making the transition to homeownership a more financially feasible one.

In other news, high-tech trends are emerging in the housing market, as realtors, builders, and owners recognize the need and mounting desire for smart home accessories, according to another report by the National Association of Realtors. Realtors are seeking certifications in smart home technologies—such as Nest—to better serve homebuyers seeking up-to-date accoutrements in their future dream home. According to the report, over half of potential homebuyers are interested in these emerging technologies, some that address household thermostat systems, others that provide cutting edge security features linked to smartphones. As new-build properties hit the market, technology of this nature is sure to be on the minds of builders and planners equipping new construction properties.

Finally, 2016 was marked by exceptionally low mortgage interest rates of historic proportions. With the presidential election in the rearview mirror, some of those numbers are on the move, which means that now more than ever is the time to lock in a low mortgage interest rate. Regardless, 2016 was a strong year for mortgage interest rates, and certainly was an important component in the market's often unprecedented surges.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie's esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we've offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community's trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you're considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season's extraordinary market.

New Home Sales Going Strong

Ryan Platzke
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A new story from online publication, Mortgage News Daily, reports that new home sales are on an encouraging an upward trajectory, with this fall showing a marked increase from the month of August. This is especially bright news, since summer is generally considered prime selling season, but Mortgage News Daily’s report indicates that no such slowdown occurred in the transition to autumn. In fact, sale numbers for new-build properties are up by both monthly and yearly measures.

According to the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, new-build residential properties were up 3.1% from August. Moreover, year-to-year September sales leapt by a 29.8% margin — an astounding and nearly unprecedented level of growth. Closer to home, the mid-west enjoyed a particular bump in new construction home sales during the early fall, with an 8.6% seasonal increase and a year-to-year increase of a whopping 33.3%. Furthermore, at the end of the September, an astonishing 243,000 new homes were on the market, with 141,000 more under construction.

What does this mean for those looking to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities region this fall or winter? Firstly, an increase in new-build homes is a meaningful development for those on the house hunt, since inventory has been competitive here in the Minneapolis area. Likewise, home sellers can list their property with confidence that the next home of their dreams is readily available, brand new, and made financial feasible by this year’s exceptionally low mortgage interest rates. What’s more, a boost in the mid-west’s new-build sales indicates overall growth in the region, making purchasing a home a wiser investment than ever.

It’s no secret that life here in Eden Prairie is an enviable one, especially since Money Magazine’s recent feature of our hometown as one of the country’s most desirable places to live. Development is assuredly on the rise in the Twin Cities region, and what better way to spend the holidays than in a brand new home of your very own?

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group we take pride in helping members of our community find and purchase their dream home. No matter your needs, budget, or tastes, there’s a perfect property for you and your loved ones. There’s no better time than the present to make it happen. Make your holiday wishes come true and take the plunge—become an all-American homeowner in Eden Prairie today.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Happy Veterans Day: Your Weekend Events Guide, November 11-13

Brace Helgeson
Photo by www.bigstock.comWith Veterans Day upon us, it’s important to remember the soulful sacrifice of those in our armed services, both past and present. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, take a moment of remembrance for those who have served our country with dignity and distinction.

Friday, November 11
Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition


Saturday, November 12
Girls on the Run Fall 5k

This is not your average 5k. Join 1,000 girls, third to eighth grade, as they complete a season-ending 5k run. This noncompetitive run is meant to inspire young girls towards confidence, athleticism, and empowerment. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome to participate, and for those looking to lend a positive hand to the event, volunteer to be a "sparkle runner,” and be paired with a girl throughout the race to act as a source of encouragement. Other highlights of the event include face painting, crazy hair styling, and more. The pre-race rituals begin at 7:45 on Saturday morning, while the race is set to take off at 9AM. For more information, please visit the event site here

Sunday, November 13
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

For sports lovers out there, particularly football fans, this is an especially unique event that can’t be missed. On view at the Minnesota History Center, enjoy a thoughtfully curated best-of collection from the pro-football hall of fame. With over 200 rare artifacts, photos, video installations, and more, this sensational exhibit celebrates the long and fascinating history of a uniquely American athletic pastime. Special highlights that will be on display include: the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Emmitt Smith’s rushing record artifacts, a 1919 era football helmet, and authentic and iconic memorabilia of the Minnesota Vikings. For more information, please visit the event page here.

However you decide to spend your weekend, there’s surely something for all tastes in Eden Prairie and the surrounding Twin Cities region. And from our family to yours, we’d like to wish all of our loved ones who have and will serve our country a Happy Veterans Day.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Seller Confidence on the Rise in the Minneapolis Area

Ryan Platzke
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According to a recent article from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, those selling homes in the Minneapolis area are enjoying a boost of confidence this fall, as seller activity is up 5.6% since this time last year. 6,727 new homes have entered the Twin Cities real estate market during the month, and there’s even more good news: closed sales underwent a 5.7% bump, too, the highest level seen since 2005.

In addition to the encouraging boost for homebuyers and sellers in the Eden Prairie and Minneapolis areas, average sale prices increased 3.6% from this time last year, which is an exceptional development, considering peak home buying season concluded during the summer months. To boot, homes are more in-demand than ever, which means that they’re flying off the market at an average rate of 56 days before a closed sale.

So, how do all these facts and figures translate to those interested in buying and selling a home in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas this fall or winter? For starters, sellers can part with their property with the utmost confidence that it will sell in short order, for a good price, while perfectly positioning them to embark on their next property. Eden Prairie and the Minneapolis areas are in high real estate demand, which means that selling a home at this juncture is not only a lucrative proposal, but it also means that buying your next property is a prudent investment, too. Those interested in buying a house in Eden Prairie can take particular heart, as Money Magazine recently listed the community as one of the most desirable locales in the country to own a home.

Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors president, Judy Shields, reiterated confidence in the Twin Cities’ real estate market, saying, "This market doesn’t seem to be slowing down one bit.” Likewise, MAAR president-elect, Cotty Lowry echoed that sentiment, saying, "This market is on solid footing.” Looking ahead through winter, homebuyers and sellers can rest assured that the strength of the local economy will keep the housing market steady. According to research, the Minneapolis-St. Paul region has one of the lowest unemployment rates of all major metropolitan areas, which means that growth is steady and translating to healthy housing market options and action.

With mortgage rates still hovering at exceptional lows, there’s no time like the present to make the transition into homeownership with the help of a trusted and experienced guide, like those found at Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group. Whatever your tastes, budgets, or homeownership needs may be, at Helgeson Platzke we can make the house of your dreams a reality.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Fed Rates Remain Unchanged in September, and Twin Cities Region Shows Permit Spike

Ryan Platzke
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A statement released by the Federal Reserve read, "…the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but [the committee] decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress towards its objectives.” In other words, the current state of the economy is strong, but the Fed is reserving judgment for just a bit longer as it assesses economic rates of progress.

Hints at a December rate hike seemed readable however, as three of the FOMC members expressed dissent from Chair Janet Yelen’s leading decision to keep mortgage interest rates stagnant. The next Federal Reserve committee meeting will take place December 13 and 14, so it will be over two months before we’ll know whether to expect rate hikes as a result.

As for more localized developments, Finance-Commerce.com reports that permits to construct single-family homes in the Twin Cities region was up by 38% in September. What does this mean for potential homeowners and homebuyers in the Twin Cities and Eden Prairie areas? For starters, this area saw exceptional inventory demand in 2016, and an increase in building permits for much-desirable single-family homes is an encouraging development that could drive housing prices a bit lower, and make a move more feasible for families seeking their dream home.

What’s more: combine that local bit of news with the Fed’s decision to hold off on raising mortgage interest rates for now and you’ve got the perfect recipe for homeownership. Those interested in buying a home in the Eden Prairie or Twin Cities region can do so with financial confidence, knowing that they are mining historically low interest rates. Likewise, a boost in local inventory is sure to diversify your housing options if you’re on the hunt. No matter what your home ownership goals are, now is a special window in which to explore your options and lay down roots of your own this autumn.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Minneapolis Area Events Guide for October 14-16

Brace Helgeson
Photo by bigstock.comFall is in full swing, and if you’re looking to go out on the town and enjoy some of the season’s most thought-provoking and entertaining options, there are few better places to start than right here in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas.

Friday, October 14
Transplant Eyes at Instinct Art Gallery
The much-lauded Instinct Art Gallery, headed by John Schuerman, is back for a stint with a free exhibition, Transplant Eyes. This exhibit dives into the heady intersections of culture, science, nature, and identity, with a show co-curated by Katayoun Amjadi. The exhibit features work by American artists born elsewhere and deftly weaves through representations of diaspora, memory, and loss. Likewise, the exhibit is multi-modal: displaying photographic, ceramic, print, and sculpture work. This is one of the last weeks the show will be on view, so make a visit before it’s too late. For more information, 
click here.

Saturday, October 15
Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary at the Walker Art Center
There are few film legends as well-loved and respected as Robert Redford. Join fellow Twin Cities residents this Saturday at the Walker Art Center and take in a retrospective that honors the career and visionary talents of one of Hollywood’s finest. Films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ordinary People, and The Sting honor both Redford’s acting and directing prowess. The six-week retrospective also takes a close look at the actor’s influence beyond the screen as the founder of the Sundance Institute, one of foremost influences of independent cinema. The retrospective will offer screenings and will culminate in a discussion between Redford and noted the film critic Amy Taubin. For more information on pricing, availability, and screening times, please click here.

Sunday, October 16
Ragtime at the Ritz Theater
What better way to spend a Sunday than taking in a show? Ragtimeis a classic tale of early 20th century American culture, including its darker, xenophobic side. Three stories interweave to paint a larger picture of turn-of-the-century American life. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s seminal novel of the same name,Ragtime features the work of Minneapolis’ Theater Latte Da, and is directed by co-founder Peter Rothstein. Enjoy a 2PM matinee or an early evening show (7PM). You’re bound to be entertained by a throwback tale that tells us much about modern day life, as well. For more information, including ticket pricing and availability, please click here.

As you move into fall, and winter soon enough, don’t forget that there are ample cultural offerings in and around the Twin Cities region. No matter your tastes, budget, or schedule, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Minneapolis.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Eden Prairie Takes #2 Spot on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” List

Ryan Platzke
Photo Credit: www.bigstock.comEden Prairie nabbed the enviable number two spot! It’s an honor for a national publication to highlight what Twin Cities area residents and our very own hometown folk have known for a long time: Eden Prairie is one of the country’s most desirable homeownership destinations.

 

Money Magazine bases its rankings on a few key factors. First, they gather data on towns that range in population from 50,000 to 300,000. Then, they measure and assess a host of categories, including: job opportunities and employment rates, ease of living, diversity, sustainability efforts, and a variety of other overarching factors, as well. While this isn’t the first time Eden Prairie has graced Money Magazine’s coveted list, it’s now enjoying near-top honors for its quality of life, economic fortitude, and leading displays of eco-friendly choices. In fact, Eden Prairie recently pioneered a new development, Eden Gardens, that puts eco-friendly moves at the forefront with its use of solar panels, reclaimed building materials, energy efficient heating and cooling, low-water or no-water landscaping, and communal gardening plots.

On top of Eden Prairie’s sustainable development choices, economic prosperity is another defining factor in Money Magazine’s pick. In addition to Eden Prairie’s extraordinarily low unemployment rate—just 3.6%--numerous robust businesses make their headquarters here, including Optum, C.H. Robinson, Starkey, and Supervalu. While the local population is just 62,000 there are some 57,000 jobs rooted right here in town. Also bright on the economic front: Moody’s has given Eden Prairie a consistent AAA rating, as a result of its low debt and diversified tax base.

If the rock solid economy and thoughtful sustainability efforts aren’t enough to convince you, Money Magazine also highlighted Eden Prairie’ scenic offerings, which include: 200 miles of sidewalks and trails, 37 parks, 17 lakes, and 95% of hometown respondents who rate their town as good or excellent—what amounts to markedly high honors.

It’s always encouraging to have your town nationally recognized for what you know to be true: that our hometown is a special place to live. So, if you’re looking to buy a home in the Twin Cities region, why not take a look at Eden Prairie? Perfectly situated to take advantage of all that the Minneapolis region has to offer, Eden Prairie can’t be beat when it comes to myriad factors that make a home worth having.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home in 2016, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

4 Twin Cities Real Estate Trends Shaping 2016 So Far

Ryan Platzke
Around the country, the real estate market is enjoying a strong and steady upswing. Here in the Twin Cities region, the housing market is performing exceptionally well, with June posting a ten year high in terms of median home sale prices.

Though we’re just past the halfway mark of 2016, it’s worthwhile to note some of the active trends that have been shaping the Minneapolis – St. Paul real estate market since January, as well as what might influence the coming months en route to 2017.

1. Historically Low Mortgage Rates
Because the Fed decided to hold off on raising interest rates at their most recent meeting, mortgage interest rates have remained at near-historic lows. This has provided ample opportunity to on-the-fence and first time buyers to make the move and take advantage of these limited window, outstanding rates.

2. Millennials on the Move
Thus far, 2016 has seen an increase in millennial and first time homebuyers, which has provided a welcome boon to an already active Twin Cities real estate market. In fact, according to a U.S. News & World Report feature, millennials are inclined to scoop up properties that require some DIY investments, after locking in those low mortgage interest rates.

3. Demand, Demand, Demand
One of the reasons that median home prices are climbing is because demand is high and supply is right on its heels, aiming to catch up. That means that selling your home in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas nearly guarantees a quick turnaround and potentially top dollar—perfectly positioning you for your next home.

4. Increasing Rents
Perhaps this is another reason that millennials are beginning to buy—increases in rent prices are driving Twin Cities residents to purchase homes and put their money towards an affordable mortgage. Increases in rent are part of a larger national trend, and with the Twin Cities region growing exponentially, it’s a wise time to upgrade from renter to homeowner.

Summer 2016 has been a scorcher for the Eden Prairie and Twin Cities housing market. With autumn and winter ahead—and no guarantee that the Fed won’t raise mortgage interest rates soon—now is a distinctly promising time to own a home of your very own in the Twin Cities area.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Twin Cities Weekend Art & Culture Guide

Brace Helgeson
One of the most exciting aspects of living in the Twin Cities area is the sheer amount of culture our community is poised to take part in. With uniquely envisioned exhibitions and masterfully curated museum events, the Minneapolis art scene rivals the worldliest of metropolitan areas.

For a taste of culture in your own backyard, take a look below at some of the events and exhibitions we’ve highlighted for August.  

• Austin Swearengin at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis furniture maker and sculptor Swearengin combines his talents to tackle the 
issue of usefulness and art. His choice of structure and materials, as well as his of use of 
space, culminate in must-see fantastic creations. For more information on this event and 
venue, please click here. 

• Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
For a moodier, out of the ordinary artistic take, visit the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley to witness Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal. From aliens and UFOs to ghosts and skeletons, the work of over 67 artists is on display in a wide variety of mediums. This exhibition is free. For more information, please click here. 

• Never Odd or Even at Light Grey Art Lab
If you can’t quite pick an art show that speaks to you, why not try Never Odd or Even, which pairs unalike or uncommon pairs for an exhibition that includes mirror images, optical illusions, and the work of 60 different designers and illustrators. For more information on this exhibition, please click here. 

• In & Out: 30 Years at Quatrefoil Library
This exhibition is distilled from a massive collection that totals 10,000 books, 1,000 DVDs, and a myriad of recordings and media centered on LGBT art and publications. Celebrating their 30-year anniversary, the Quatrefoil Library’s has chosen some of the most intriguing artifacts of its collection, on view at the Hennepin History Museum until August 28th. For more information on this exhibit and others, please click here. For more information on Quatrefoil Library, please click here. 

No matter your artistic inclinations or tastes, there’s always an endless variety of arts and culture to be enjoyed in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. The Twin Cities promises lively, scintillating, and thought-provoking artistic activities for community members of all ages and interests, all year round. 

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Twin Cities Area Home Prices Break a 10-Year Record

Ryan Platzke
This summer, the Twin Cities housing market trends have been all about breaking records. Now that the data is in, it’s no surprise that June proved to be another record-breaking month for home prices and market growth in the Minneapolis - St. Paul region.

According to a recent report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, the median sales prices for homes in the Twin Cities area reached heights not seen since 2006—an impressive feat. Not to mention, that year-to-year growth also posted inspiring numbers: a 5.3% increase in the median home sales price, up from this time last year. In other good news, the amount of closed sales topped out at a twelve-year high, with buyers signing 6,175 new contracts and closed sales reaching 7,094.

So what does this mean for homebuyers and sellers in the Twin Cities and Eden Prairie areas? For starters, these figures indicate a burgeoning market with a strong upward trajectory. Whether you’re aiming to buy your first home, sell your home, or move on to your dream property, there’s encouraging factors for all. Any potential buyers out there can surely relish the extremely low mortgage interest rates currently available. With the Fed holding off on raising mortgage interest rates for now, it’s an excellent window in which to take advantage of these historic mortgage rate lows.

Those interested in selling their Twin Cities area home can rest assured that the market is eager for properties. In fact, homes are selling at a speed not seen since 2007. Combine getting top dollar for your home and the opportunity of a low mortgage rate, and transitioning to your next home will be seamless.

Take it from the President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, Judy Shields, who describes current Twin Cities housing trends like this: "This market is grounded in good fundamentals: supply and demand, smarter lending standards, job and wage growth, population growth, healthier household finances, and rising rent.”

Whether you are interested in buying or selling a home in Minneapolis, this August provides an unmatched opportunity to take part in the American Dream of homeownership. With housing market figures posting stronger than ever, the signs are clear: this year is the year to land a home that’s all your own.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

 

Your August Eden Prairie Events Guide for the Whole Family

Brace Helgeson
Situated just outside Minneapolis, Eden Prairie is a peaceful and picturesque place to raise a family. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a must-read list of all the family-centric events the Eden Prairie community has to offer this August. 


• Movies in the Park: Inside Out
Friday, August 5th
Round up the whole family and head out to Staring Lake Amphitheatre to catch Pixar 
favorite, Inside Out, under the summer night sky. While show time is at 9PM, come early 
starting at 7:30 to see Eden Prairie’s very own School of Rock perform live. Be sure to 
bring along a blanket or beach chair—as well as your appetite, as concessions are   
available. For more information about this event, click here. 

• Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
Saturday, August 6th 
From 9AM to noon, gather the troops and set off for Eden Prairie’s Outdoor Center for a variety of free family-friendly activities including hiking, craft projects, hands-on time with live animals, and more. Visit 13765 Staring Lake Parkway in Eden Prairie to take advantage of the soon-to-be dwindling summer season. For more information about this event, click here. To learn more about Eden Prairie’s Outdoor Center, please click here. 

• Starring at Staring: Tres Mundos – International Music
Wednesday, August 10th
Hosted at the scenic Staring Lake Amphitheatre, take in the rhythmic, international sounds of Tres Mundos from the comfort of your own lawn chair. With a bevvy of tasty refreshments available for purchase, this event is sure to be a treat for your ears, as well as your stomach. For more information about this event, please click here. For more information on Tres Mundos, please click here. 

• KidStock: Engineer Paul from Choo-Choo Bob
Tuesday, August 16th
This kids event at Staring Lake Amphitheatre takes place at 10:30AM to 11:15—a short but sweet performance sure to impress the train enthusiast child, though there are stories and fun to be had by all. Lawn chairs or a blanket are encouraged, as well as a packed snack. For more information on this event, please click here. 

The Twin Cities and Eden Prairie areas have plenty to offer families looking for a home of their own—a variety of idyllic neighborhoods, a strong sense of community, and no shortage of events to keep you occupied all year long.  

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

May Sees All-Time High for Twin Cities Home Sales

Brace Helgeson

According to a recent report from Twin Cities Business, May was a landmark month for home sales in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. As demand for Twin Cities real estate continues to skyrocket, home sellers topped the highest May sales rate ever recorded. Calculated by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR), this impressive milestone underscores a steady and ongoing upward trend in the Twin Cities’ housing market. 

Furthermore, the month of May brought plenty more good news for Minneapolis area home buyers and sellers, as it marked the eighteenth consecutive month where home purchases surpassed last year’s rates. In May, the Twin Cities region enjoyed a 5.3% increase in home sales compared to this time last year, along with a near 6% increase in the median home sale price, as well. Cotty Lowry, president-elect of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, explained these significant boosts, saying, "Interest rates and job growth are fueling demand in our market.” 

So, what do these encouraging developments mean for home buyers and seller in the Eden Prairie and Twin Cities areas? For starters, it is clearer than ever that the local real estate market is enjoying unprecedented growth, which translates to an exceptional opportunity for those eyeing the housing market this summer. Whether you are interested in buying or selling in the Eden Prairie or the greater Minneapolis area, there’s good news for both parties. 

For homebuyers: mortgage interest rates are hovering at historic lows. While the Fed has held off on raising rates, and reports indicate that rates will remain unchanged for the immediate future—now is a rare and secure window in which to take advantage of near all-time low interest rates. For home sellers: enthusiastic demand and a lean inventory have driven up median home sale prices to just below 2006’s record. This means that you can sell your home with confidence, then wisely re-invest in a housing market that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. 

All in all, May demonstrated itself as an undoubtedly historic month for the Twin Cities real estate market, proving that there’s no time like the present when it comes to staking your claim in the Minneapolis area’s housing scene. 

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we offer the very best in Eden Prairie Real Estate. Since 1995, we’ve earned our community’s trust as the #1 sales team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of the season’s extraordinary market.

Your Twin Cities and Eden Prairie Events Guide to the 4th of July

Brace Helgeson

There’s nothing quite like the Fourth of July. From barbecuing with family and friends to the most dazzling of fireworks displays, the Fourth of July holiday brings together communities all across the Twin Cities region. If you and your loved ones are spending this all-American holiday in the Eden Prairie and Twin Cities areas, below you’ll find a helpful list of what’s happening in our community this Fourth of July.

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: June 24 – June 26

Ryan Platzke

There’s never a dull moment in the Twin Cities region. Whether you’re angling for some lakeside time with your little ones, eager to contribute to a worthy cause (while burning some calories), or you’d like nothing more than to recline under the night sky and take in a show—this weekend in Eden Prairie, there’s an event to suit all tastes. 

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Residential Construction in the Twin Cities Region is On the Rise

Brace Helgeson

According to recent reports from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), construction of new residential properties in the region has risen steeply, providing a welcome boost to second quarter figures. In fact, construction permits for residential properties are at their highest rate in nine years. Thus far, 2016 has been a competitive year in the Twin Cities housing market, with incredibly high demand and a shortage in available supply. That’s why the BATC’s report on the recent surge in residential building is welcome news for many eager homebuyers and seller alike.

Eden Prairie's Dreamy Southwest Station Condo: Near All the Action & an Engaging Lifestyle!

Brace Helgeson
This Condo complex is in the heart of Eden Prairie and once in the Unit an owner feels spacious with 9' ceilings. There is maple cabinetry coupled with crown molding, a designer Kitchen, brand new carpet in October 2015, and a new washer/dryer in the condominium. 

 

Victoria Two Story in Prestigious Watermark Neighborhood -- with Panoramic Views & In-Ground Pool!

Brace Helgeson
If you’re searching for a home with 4 bedrooms, 3 Baths all sitting on a generous .41 acre lot with beautiful views of the surrounding shared space of the wetlands, trails, and parkland areas. The iron rod fenced in back yard will provide you with years of entertainment and fun while utilizing a vaulted screened-in porch, large Trex boarded deck and concrete patio that both overlook a wonderful in-ground pool and green space for yard games.

Stunning Eden Prairie Executive Home Both In- and Out-side... Come View Why!

Brace Helgeson
This Executive Brick Front Two Story 4 Bed, 4 Bath property on Danton Way is immaculate. The home sits on a third of an acre lot with medium tree coverage with new stone and slate landscaping features. The private fenced in backyard is there  to enjoy with both a vaulted porch with heated floors and deck overlooking gorgeous views, the sport court, a patio and firepit.

Two Story Eden Prairie Home with Open Floor Plan and Full of Today's Requested Amenities

Brace Helgeson
Visit our new Eden Prairie listing on Harmony Circle with Franlo Park just a block away and near Pioneer Trail on a cul-de-sac. It's very convenient with access to major thorough ways, Olympic Golf Course, Shopping and Eating venues, parks, schools and more.

Exceptional 2400+ FSF 3 Bed, 3 Bath Eden Prairie Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac Location

Ryan Platzke
This stately brick property sits in a convenient location minutes from Eden Prairie Mall and Hwy. 169 access but hidden on a private cul-de-sac in a beautiful natural wooded setting all on a half acre lot. 

 

Breathtaking 4,700+ FSF One Story Eden Prairie Home with Grand Spaces

Brace Helgeson
Exceptional open floor plan on the main level with impressive exposed chalet-styled wood beamed vaulted ceilings throughout. And, on one end, when you enter into a lofted area overlooking an expansive lower level great room with two story fireplace, windows from floor to main level vaulted ceilings an abundance of natural light.
 

Large Eden Prairie 5 Bd, 4Ba Rambler just under 4,000 finished sq.ft. in Bluffs West Neighborhood!

Brace Helgeson

This 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Rambler is in a natural, park-like atmosphere within a beautiful neighborhood. It’s a great value and fantastic location for your family to live. At almost 4,000 sq. ft. this home is a must see at exceptional buy!

 

Exceptionally Designed EP's Braxton Woods 5 Bd, 4 Ba Two Story Home on Large Corner Lot!

Brace Helgeson

This immaculate, updated and well-cared home offers a family everything possible on their wish list. The main level offers a very open floor plan with two story foyer and living room. The rooms are large throughout the home with over 5,280 finished square feet and well placed built-ins. With 4 bedrooms up including a Full Master, a loft, laundry and two full baths with double sinks for both.


 

Chasewood Parkway 2 Bd, 2 Ba Condo in MTKA with Walkout and Private Views to Enjoy!

Ryan Platzke
This property shows magnificently while providing you a maintenance free life style. The unit offers granite, stainless steel appliances, screened porch with pond views – plus, a single garage. It’s centrally located near the cities and surrounding west suburbs with fine dining, shops and recreational activities in abundance.
 

Apple Valley 4 Bd, 4 Ba Two Story just under 3,000 sq.ft. in Nationally Recognized ISD 196!

Ryan Platzke

This Two Story home is meticulously cared for and in desirable Huntington neighborhood!

Let me share with you a few of the updates completed with this home for your family to enjoy. All four bedrooms are on the Upper Level with the Master Bath seeing a beautiful update and another full bath for siblings to share.


 

Shakopee Two Story over 3,000 sq.ft. & 3 stall garage in Park Meadows!

Ryan Platzke

This Two Story home is better than new! Built in 2009 – but, your family will enjoy all the finishing touches new homes haven’t completed. There are current updates with contemporary décor offering beautiful hardwood floors, gorgeous granite countertops and backsplash, mudroom with updated bench, lockers and cubbies.

 

Chanhassen Charles Cudd 3 Bd, 3 Ba Townhome – No Expense Spared!

Brace Helgeson
Resort style living with fantastic amenities. Charles Cudd TH with no expense spared. Over $800K invested. Custom-designed rambler with open floor plan, main level living and an abundance of natural light. The neighborhood features a clubhouse with main level full kitchen, full bar, sitting and eating areas, 3 flat screen TV's and a separate room with pool table. Lower level fitness room, and outdoor pool all with elevator access. Deeded lake shore with docks, picnic and fire-pit area.

Enjoy Resort Style Living with breathtaking water views and fantastic amenities at an unbelievable value price. With over $800K invested in this Custom-designed Rambler offering almost 2,000 ft of living space on the Main Level. This home offers distinctive styling in every room of the house with an open floor plan, custom wood and stone features, cabinets and shelving throughout.

The Lakeside Neighborhood on Lake Riley features a clubhouse with main level kitchen, full bar, sitting and eating areas with 3 flat screen TV’s and a separate room with pool table. The lower level provides the residents a fitness room and access to the outdoor pool for relaxation/recreational activities and all levels are elevator accessible. Additionally, there is deeded lakeshore with docks, picnic area and a fire-pit to enjoy.

Conveniently this exceptional property is near the Bear Path Golf Community and Hwy. 212 access to fine dining, entertainment, shopping and recreational activities.
 

5500 SQ. FT. Two Story Riley Creek Reserve (in E.P.) Home Fully Renovated by Custom Builder

Ryan Platzke
This Eden Prairie home offers the immediate "Wow" factor. It's an elegant property... A must see!

With over 5,500 finished sq, ft. that was fully renovated by a skilled Custom Builder that re-created this stately two story with a grand gated entrance nestled onto a secluded 2 acre wooded lot backing up to Riley Creek Preserve! The property offers it's owners an well groomed and professionally landscaped yard with private pool, a firepit and mammoth backyard for family entertainment and play!

There is an amazing amount of natural light gleaming throughout the home and on the Main Level. White enameled woodwork and refinished hardwood floors were installed. A Gourmet Kitchen boasts granite countertops, high end stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry, built-in desk, and large center island with plenty of seating storage, and walk space. The Eat in Kitchen offers access to the deck and formal dining room too. There is a large office on the Main Floor with custom built-ins and coveted mudroom complete with built-in cubbies and bench! What style and function.

This four season porch screams rustic elegance with the white washed walls, dark hardwood floors, recessed lighting and ceiling fan all surrounded by nature and walkout to deck overlooking the beautiful backyard.

On the Upper Level there is four tremendously large bedrooms with the Full Master at 20 x 14. The other comfortable bedrooms measure 16 x 13, 15 x 12 and 14 x 13 in size with the two full baths, one a Jack & Jill Bath to serve attached bedrooms and a private bath for the fourth bedroom. These bedrooms offer white enameled custom built-ins and hand stenciled finish applied to walls. The Master Bath makes everyday feel like a day at the spa in your 5-piece bath. Gorgeous soaker tub and man size walk-in shower. Bedroom 2 of 4 on the upper level has white enameled custom built-ins and hand stenciled finish applied to the walls.

Custom Wine Room built in 2012 with coolant system. Great entertaining spaces in the walkout lower level. See Virtual Tour for additional photos. If you enter this Eden Prairie home on 9820 Sky Lane plan on extra time to finish your offer sheet. Helgeson-Platzke Real Estate Group looks forward to serving you!
 

Gorgeous Two Story in South Maplewood with $45,000 in Updates!

Brace Helgeson
This Two Story offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths making it the perfect place to call home! Beautiful landscaping brings privacy and curb appeal.                                                                                                               

Here is a list of the updates completed; New Roof, Furnace, A/C, Brazilian Cherry Hdwd, Stainless Appliances, Granite Countertops and Carpet. Attention to detail shows with the updated white trim, crown molding, 6 panel doors, fixtures and hardware.

You will love gathering in this gorgeous kitchen. Granite countertops, Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors, Stainless Steel Appliances and Center Island for added prep space! Eat in Kitchen walks right out to the patio. Large windows and recessed lighting create a bright and open space.

Cozy up to the fireplace in your family room in such a elegant decor! Kitchen, Informal Dining, and Family Room offer an open layout for modern living. Gorgeous crown molding, white trim, and Brazilian Cherry Floors are carried throughout these spaces.

Living Room with crown molding and beautiful natural light and the Formal Dining Room is all on the main level for entertaining or everyday living.

The Upper Level offers three (3) bedrooms including the Full, Private Master with jacuzzi and marble tile bath/shower surround and a 2nd Full Bath.

Finished lower level offers another great family space with room for large wall Ultra HD unit. Recessed lighting for bright space and bar area as well as the 4th Bedroom off the family room. With a large backyard with some tree your family can enjoy the outdoors on this wonderful patio! The fire pit is ready to make roasted smore's on perfect fall nights..

Come view this beautiful home on 2449 King Avenue East in Maplewood. It's a must see!

Relocation Opens This Eden Prairie Two Story on 10428 Shelter Grv in Creek Knolls

Ryan Platzke
Another Distinctive Home listing by the Helgeson-Platzke Real Estate Group that is only made available by a family relocation. This Creek Knolls Two Story is offered up at a great value with 6 large Bedrooms, 4 Baths, oversized 3 Stall Garage with great tree coverage providing privacy with tremendous brick and stone features inviting you to the covered door entry.

What an impressive property!

This gorgeous kitchen is a place the whole family will enjoy with the solid wood cabinetry and backsplash, granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances,and island open to the entire main level. Plus, mom this home has the mudroom you have been looking for!

Hardwood floors are carried into the dining room you will notice the gorgeous fixtures and white trim. The Great room is also the main level with hardwood floors recessed lighting, Large windows throughout, with three tier wall of windows and elegant wrap-a-round staircase! And, an elegant powder room on the main level with granite countertop and marble backsplash. The formal living room has more recessed lighting and crown molding.

Hardwood floors invite you in the spacious Foyer as you head upstairs to 4 large bedrooms with two full baths and large closets with custom shelving. The Owner Suite is 17 x 14 with recessed lighting plus the 5 piece bath and walk-in closet.

The lower level offers a fifth and sixth bedroom with large closet space, family room with recessed lighting, and area for both adults and children to entertain themselves.

This property offers a family everything they would need and desire for their family! Take a visit to Shelter Grove and it will become your newly purchased dream home and enjoy for years to come with your family.


 

Elegant 4400 SF Two Story in Chanhassen Built to Entertain and Great Views

Brace Helgeson
This Spectacular 4 bedroom and 4 bath Two Story home offers an uncompromising home buyer the full lot. Substantial living space for entertaining! An abundance of Storage Space! Great Views from Wooded over 1/2 Acre Yard for Family and Friends to Enjoy.

The Main Level offers tremendously Large Living Spaces with Open Floor Plan and Gorgeous 26 x 16 Kitchen.
Offering a great deal of Granite Countertop- and Cabinet-space, Island, Stainless Steel Appliances, and both a Eat-in Kitchen and Formal Dining Room. Beautiful built-ins throughout the home including the Mudroom and Home Office. Quality Built home with style and convenience in mind!

The Upper Level holds all four large sized bedrooms to house your family nearby while providing you a large Full Master at 18 x16 with luxurious bath and glass enclosed shower. The Lower Level brings more space for entertainment and media center. There is an amusement room and more. Prepare yourself to view this home with a smile on your face and plan to take the time to make an offer. This home at 2450 Highover Way is an exceptional property and a great value.
 

Stately Eden Prairie Two Story with Luxurious Updates Throughout!

Brace Helgeson

This Distinctive Home offers a family great value with the 5 large Bedrooms, 4 Baths, oversized 3 Stall Garage with great tree coverage providing privacy with the extended long driveway.

What an impressive property!

This gorgeous kitchen is a place the whole family will enjoy with the white cabinetry and backsplash, granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, built-in wine rack and island. Plus, mom this home has the mudroom you have been looking for -- Offering brand new cabinetry with butcher block countertops, built-in washer and dryer, slate floors, hooks, shelving, and barn door on the closet.

Hardwood floors are carried into the dining room you will notice the gorgeous fixtures and white trim. The family room is also the main level with hardwood floors recessed lighting, new custom 6 ft. window, wood burning fireplace and built-in shelving! And, an elegant powder room on the main level with granite countertop and marble backsplash. The formal living room has more recessed lighting and crown molding.

From the spacious foyer covered with brand new carpeting as you head upstairs to 4 large bedrooms with two full baths and large closets with custom shelving. The Owner Suite is 19 x 15 with recessed lighting plus the 5 piece bath and walk-in closet.

The lower level offers a fifth bedroom with two closets, family room with recessed lighting, brand new sliding door and gas burning fireplace, and extra walkout bonus room.

This property offers a family everything they want and more! Take a visit to Franlo Road and it will become your dream home to purchase.

 

Coon Rapids Two Story on Over an Acre of Beautiful Countryside!

Brace Helgeson

This four bedroom, 4 bath modified two story is meticulously maintained full of recent updates all on 1.3 acres. Come enjoy all the open green space and beautiful views.

The open floor plan flows from the front entry/great room into a exceptional, over-sized kitchen, which includes a center island, bountiful amount of granite countertop- and cabinet-space, tile backsplash and stainless appliances.

This home is an incredible value for this amount of finished square footage and oversized lot. Visit this home at 12147 Thrush Street and imagine the possibilities for your family.

 

Exquisite Home in Wayzata Schools with a Pool!

Brace Helgeson

This 6 bedroom, 5 baths Two Story offers some rare estate like qualities to a new family.

You will enjoy the in-ground saltwater pool, a 3+ stall garage, 4,565 finished sq. ft., huge game room, open layout for modern living, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with butler’s and walk-in pantry, breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, double oven. Gorgeous iron fence finished the beautiful landscaped yard and more.

All three levels are finished to a T!

You’re invited to view this exceptional home priced right with all of the positives to rush you over to 6075 Yuma Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55446 and buy it.

 

Eden Prairie Two Story Near Bearpath just off Pioneer Trail & Dell Road

Brace Helgeson

This six bedroom, four bath home sits in Braxton Woods neighborhood conveniently near everything. Come enjoy recent upgrades to the home providing larger Chef’s kitchen and entertainment area open to the Great Room. Lower level is perfect escape for kids to the recreation room and adults to family room with fireplace and full walk behind bar.

Great value purchase with the 4,700+ finished square feet and location, location, location… at 9262 Braxton Drive.

 

Edina Modern Rambler With Two Story Wall of Windows on Secluded Walkout Lot

Brace Helgeson
It's a Fabulously Updated Mid-Century Modern Rambler That Was a Lundgren Built on a Heavy Tree Lot Offering a Private Setting. The Full South Facing Wall of Windows on both the Main and Lower Levels. Bringing Your Family a Unique Focal Point Fireplace, Circular Staircase, Classic Courtyard and Lower Level Patios, Huge South Facing Deck and an Owner's Suite featuring a Garden Bath. 

Upcoming Updates: A "New" Furnace and Air Conditioner to be installed in next 2 weeks. 

Offering: Anderson Windows, Secluded Private Driveway, Near Schools, Shopping, Roadways, 
Airport and Parks.

Great Home and Valued Price of $449,900
 

Buy Near West Bush Lake Road and Anderson Parkway. Great West Bloomington Value!

Brace Helgeson
This Split-level is move-in ready offering a common West Bloomington floor plan. New carpet and fresh paint throughout. Updated Stainless Steel appliances. Near Parks, trails, and lakes abound Richardson Nature Ctr, Hyland Park, and more with tremendous backyard to enjoy. Beautiful mature neighborhood with extremely convenient location. 5 min to Eden Prairie Ctr, 15 min to airport, 20 min to downtown Mpls. Amazing value in the SW suburbs! Incredible fall colors as you enter the neighborhood.
 

Young or Mature Family Living... Single One Story Beautiful Otsego Home on 2 Acres!

Brace Helgeson

2 Acre Home in Otsego
 
Perfect Home for a family to move into this updated Single Story with elegant wood floors on main level highlighting the open floor plan. The Kitchen is large and welcomes you into this fantastic space with quartz countertops and cabinet space abounds plus a center island with breakfast bar seating for four. Full Bathrooms up and down with today's fine touches.

Come visit a home that offers and additional detached garage for toys or work!

This home shows great pride of home ownership. It's ready to move in and enjoy.


Gorgeous Lakeville 2-Story... High Demand Crossroads Neighborhood with No Need to Wait on New Construction!

Brace Helgeson
This fabulous two story offers a gourmet center island kitchen with recessed, pendant & under cabinet lighting plus plenty of beautiful granite countertops and cabinet space galore, with Stainless Steel appliances & large Butlers Pantry. Off the Informal Dining Area you will enjoy a sliding glass door to stamped concrete patio and comfortable backyard. Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Family Room with Custom Built-In's & Gas Fireplace and a Den or perfect Home Office all on the Main Floor.

9' ceilings & large vaulted Full Master Suite with the other 3 bedrooms are good size & up on the Second Level with two full baths.

What a perfect home and you can move in right now at a great value of $375,900.00
 

Price Reduction on Plymouth Two Story of Almost 10K near all the Action!

Brace Helgeson
Beautiful two story walkout offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. Brand new stainless steel appliances, faucet and lighting fixtures in the kitchen. Master suite features his and hers walk- in closets, private bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool tub. Fully finished basement with an additional bedroom, bathroom and family room. Fantastic backyard with scenic views. Easy access to highway, close to shopping center, parks, Begin Oaks Golf Course and trails from this fantastic property at 5361 Empire Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55446 made available by the team of Helgeson / Platzke Real Estate Group.

This home will not last long so call us now at 952.241.4366
 

Spectacular Custom on Beautiful Wooded Lot with Privacy & Views! Deer Run Nearby!

Brace Helgeson
Privacy! Great Layout and Setting! Quality throughout! Gourmet Kitchen! Vaulted ceilings - open feel! Music surround system. This 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Two Story sits on a heavily wooded home site that backs up to a nature preserve. Enjoy your peace and tranquility and your large 1/2 acre lot. It's Close to Deer Run GC, Victoria Elementary and Lake Bavaria.

The house is definitely worth your viewing pleasure and be prepared to fall in love with this exceptional property and neighborhood. The Grand Entry with beautiful staircase to the upper level is to die for!
 

Great Buy on Weston Lane Exceptional Two Story in Desired Spring Meadows Development of Plymouth

Brace Helgeson
Completely finished 2 story walkout, 5bed, 5bath including Jack and Jill bath, and Jr. suite. Highly sought after Spring Meadows neighborhood including pool and clubhouse. Open floor plan, spacious gourmet kitchen including granite countertops, S.S. appliances, large center island, large walk in pantry and enameled woodwork. Large floor to ceiling windows allow bright sunlight in. Walk out to deck from informal dining room. It will not last long!

This completely finished 5 bed, 5 bath two story walkout sits in a highly sought after neighborhood offering recreational amenities which includes a pool, playground, open space and clubhouse. The home offers your family an open floor plan with 4 bedrooms upstairs including a Jack and Jill bath and Jr. suite. While the Main floor is equipped with a spacious gourmet kitchen adorned with granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, large center island, large walk in pantry and enameled woodwork. Enjoy the outdoors from in- or out-doors with large floor to ceiling windowscapes bringing vivid light and views in or walk out onto the deck overlooking the manicured yard.

There is so much upside to this home and the neighborhood it will not last long at $629,000. It’s a truly MUST SEE for any growing family on Weston Lane in Spring Meadows!

 

Millennials Face a Few Obstacles Buying Real Estate in the Twin Cities

Brace Helgeson

Millennials, who are now mostly in their 20’s and  early 30’s , are entering the real estate marketing looking to purchase their first home. However, they are being met with a few obstacles. Many are burdened with a large amount of student loan debt, and they more than likely have been renting for some time at a high rate which has made it difficult to save for a down payment.

Large Backyard and Perfect 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath in Eden Prairie for First Time Home Buyers & Young Families

Brace Helgeson
This Split Level home is located in well maintained neighborhood of Eden Prairie. Offering easy access to highways and walking distance to shops, parks, schools and bike trails. The newly painted exterior, living room and foyer area are awaiting your visit. There is a 1/2 acre private lot for your growing family.

$259,900. What a Buy!




 

Act Fast for Eden Prairie Fantastic Buy in Desired Wynnfield on the Lake Neighborhood for under 450K

Brace Helgeson
Wow... Price drop on this value buy! YOU Need to Act NOW! This 5 bedroom / 4 bath Two Story home is situated on a Cul-de-sac in the Wynnfield on the Lake neighborhood in Eden Prairie that is beautifully updated and professionally decorated. It sits on a large yard with plenty of room for the kids to roam. Extremely great value home awaiting your arrival to find out for yourself.

Offering incredible crown molding thru out with spectacular kitchen remodel. Bright and spacious porch, with beautifully paved and stone featured landscaping. Great finished lower level for entertainment and office space. Your family will have plenty of storage including large area above garage all finished and well lit. At an asking price of $449,000 for an Eden Prairie home in Wynnfield on the Lake development for this immaculate home that's in move condition our group of real estate professionals believe you will need to act fast to buy this beautiful property.
 

Where You Can Have an Apple Valley Lifestyle and Cheap Living in a Well Cared for Townhome

Brace Helgeson
An Exceptionally Clean Town Home Available Today! Offering New Carpet and Freshly Painted Walls. You have MOA and other various shops, fine restaurants conveniently nearby and more. You have a loft that is currently used as bedroom with a nice size master bedroom available too.

Offering it at $159,900!
 

Minnetonka Four Level Split under $360K in a Great Location of Shorewood

Brace Helgeson
Great location, lot and neighborhood in the Minnetonka School district. Family room with fireplace and the Master bedroom offers a fireplace and a bonus sitting area which can be used as an office option. Vaulted ceilings, a deck and so much more.

You need to come view this home today!
 

Immaculate Cottage Style Minnetonka Home on 6016 Eden Prairie Road

Brace Helgeson
Looking for privacy and seclusion on a 2 acre lot in Minnetonka that offers a beautiful Cottage style home. Character abounds with yesteryear charm with contemporary styling and today's finest upgrades. The well landscaped yard offering a large deck out back and nice patio off the side of the home for entertaining family and friends.

Great Buy. It's a must to view and surprises yet to explore!
 

Rare Opportunity on Bear Path! Buy This Eden Prairie Landmark Steiner & Koppelman Estate Overlooking Lake Ripley & 16th Fairway

Brace Helgeson
Landmark Steiner & Koppelman estate overlooking Lake Riley and the 16th fairway in the Bearpath Community. This updated, meticulously cared for 2 Story is perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen and open floor plan. Five of the six bedrooms are upstairs and all five have direct access to a bathroom. Private Theatre room, Lower Level spancrete room for sports and/or storage, and so much more! You can't duplicate this property at this price!
 

Price Reduction on Private 6+ Acre Estate in Lush Independence Countryside

Brace Helgeson
This immaculate walkout rambler is perfectly nestled on 6+ acres offering breathtaking sunsets and views of the lush countryside. All living facilities on one level. This home has almost new windows, roof, hardie board siding and large pole barn. It's a great property for horses.

At $749,900, this distinctive property on Townline Road in Independence is a fantastic value! Get motivated and view this secluded acreage property.
 

Price Dropped on Stunning Maplewood Two Story with 4 Beds / 3 Baths and Over $45K in Remodeling Upgrades

Brace Helgeson
This Beautiful Maplewood Two Story home is located in Southern portion of this wonderful suburb. 

With Over $45,000 in remodeling upgrades completed it's worth mentioning some of them.  From the stunning Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, to the new granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances installed in the kitchen. The master suite is custom fitted with a Jacuzzi tub and surrounded by a marble tiled shower. 

You would have easy access to shopping centers, walking trails and parks. There is a spacious back yard with patio block fire pit that's ideal for entertaining.

Plus, the home has been lowered to $299,900. What a fantastic value and it's ready for you to just move in and enjoy a 4 bedroom, 3 bath property complimented with such distinctive features. A must to see!
 

Price Reduction on Bluff Pass Four Level Split in Chaska -- Upgrades Galore!

Brace Helgeson
This Four Level Split Entry Home is in a fantastic neighborhood in Chaska. It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms that has well maintained plus many recent upgrades made with all new mechanicals, upgraded finishes, and beautiful landscaping. 

Contact us to find out about the numerous list of improvements and experience a walk thru of this fine home at a tremendous value of $299,000. It's a must see!

We Invite you to a Open House on September 13th between 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
 

Maple Grove's Boundary Creek 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Two Story at $274,900

Brace Helgeson
We want to introduce you to a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Two Story in the lovely neighborhood of Boundary Creek. Maple Grove is an award winning suburb offering a newly developed downtown area full of shops, fine dining, entertainment options and top parks full of swimming, bicycle trails and playground areas. 

The home offers four bedrooms on one level with the master bedroom features a huge walk-in closet and private master bath. The finished lower level has a media area with projector and surround sound system, offering a great opportunity for family to have scheduled movie nights. Three bathrooms have been recently updated. You will have a spacious back yard with matures trees and it's perfect for entertaining family and friends. Significant Value for the New Owner so bring your ideas!
 

Update -- Price Reduction for Two Story in Victoria just a block from Park & Deer Run!

Brace Helgeson
If you are looking for a well cared for home in the Southwest Suburbs at an eye popping value we have a beautiful Two Story home in Victoria. The Lion's Park and Deer Run Golf Course just a hop, skip and jump away from your driveway.

This home offers a open floor plan with built in's surrounding the great room with fireplace and custom kitchen cabinetry with an abundance of counter space and storage.  Couple more highlights to mention are the real hardwood floors, a fully fenced back yard and a huge finished lookout lower level all priced at a price of $345,000.

We invite you to take a walk through this home and recognize the value you're able to buy this home for in Victoria!
 

Great Location in St. Louis Park! Many Upgrades & Updates in this 1 1/2 Story Home.

Brace Helgeson
This St. Louis Park One and 1/2 Story Home provides a hard to find layout in a Great Location with easy access to Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 7! 

The Open Kitchen offers a large island with breakfast seating, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances with an abundance of storage. There is also a rear entry Mud Room with 2 of the 4 bedrooms on the main level. One bedroom on the upper level and lower level. The lower level has a newly carpeted family room. This large city lot is just short of a 1/3 of an acre with much room in the backyard for a growing family.

Come play in this fine Park location and experience the convenience SLP can offer to you and your family!
 

Great Value on New Plymouth Townhome Listing Near Golf Course, Parks, Shops and Transit Access

Brace Helgeson
This property offers an open floor plan on the main level perfect for entertainment and a great living space for the family. There is a ceramic entry, updated tiled bathrooms, upgraded kitchen with bright white cabinets, 6 panel doors, 9 ft. ceilings, walk-in closets, new carpet and custom window treatments to boot.

This town home sits within the great neighborhood of the "The Reserve" in a highly desirable area of Plymouth close to the Begins Oak Golf Course, Park, Shops and easy access to Hwy. 494 and Hwy. 55 and transit service.

At $163,000, this property is priced right and awaiting your viewing of this nice home!
 

Act Fast! This Eden Prairie French Colonial on 1/2 Acre Lot is at $515,000. What a Buy!

Brace Helgeson
Classic French Colonial in heart of Eden Prairie on breathtaking 0.5 Acre lot. Offering White enameled woodwork throughout home with classic moldings  and coffered ceilings and upgraded to new granite counter tops in kitchen. Enjoy the 4 season porch w built-ins. This property is beautifully landscaped with a large yard with many mature trees providing valuable cover.

Come one, come all to view this exceptional property at a fantastic price! Magnificent value in an award winning suburb and school district.
 

Great Townhome Value in Hartford Commons Near All the Action in Eden Prairie

Brace Helgeson
Enjoy the Southern Exposure with Plenty of Natural Sun Light! From the front and back views of the property you have a park-like experience with absolutely no homes across from you! The property sits a couple blocks from Anderson Lake Park Reserve and Nesbitt Preserve Park for both recreation and relaxation, and Eden Prairie Center for shopping, fine eats and entertainment galore. 

The property offers 2 BR's + loft/family room, a ceramic Kitchen with White Cabinets & Built-in Buffet that provides Extra Counter Space and Cabinets. It was freshly painted and adorned with New Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite counter tops. You have a Foyer, a Full Bath with both a Whirlpool and a Shower. With this unit you are provided the convenience of a 2 Car Heated parking location with separate Garage Door. You can enter from both the front of unit as well as Underground Garage. There is a shared Gazebo play area for children and both the roof was re-shingled and gutters installed in 2013.

It's completely ready to move in with the possibility of a Fast Close. At $229,900.00 this property within a award winning city of Eden Prairie will not last long with the list of conveniences and new amenities included. Act Fast!
 

Rare 1 Story Home with 4 beds, 2 full baths in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District

Brace Helgeson
This wonderful home sits on a 1/4 + acre lot with heavy tree coverage, fully fenced chain link yard with garden and beautiful green space.

This home offers the next family some nice updates/upgrades with a new furnace/air conditioning, appliances (dishwasher and fridge), driveway, and windows. There are 3 bedrooms up with hardwood floors, and exceptional four season porch out the back yard walking from the dining area through the sliding glass doors to this feature.

The downstairs of the home provides a fourth bedroom with quite a bit of flex space to add a 5th bedroom with egress or children's play area / entertainment room There are vaulted ceilings in 3 areas of the main level with a gas burning brick fireplace, both tiled and hardwood floors.

Wonderful value in Lakeville close to Dodd and Cty. Road 46. Great neighborhood! $239,900 and counting the days to a quick close. Simply a wonderful home for sale.
 

Price Change on Coon Rapids Listing! One-of-a-kind, well cared for Home with Large Fenced Backyard

Brace Helgeson
This Coon Rapids home sets itself a part from the houses in this market. You have a park view across the street with convenience for a young family with children. The home has been very well maintained with lots of potential in the basement to add more square footage. It's in move-in condition and beautifully updated in every room on the main level and more.

You have 4 bedrooms with two large bedrooms on the second level with 3/4 bath and two bedrooms and 1 full bath on the main level. Contemporary decor. Sits on a large lot with a fenced in backyard with a over-sized patio awaiting your entertaining of family and friends. It's a must see in Coon Rapids that is conveniently located near shops, fine dining, recreational parks and entertainment options.

All this for $199,900.00. Great Deal!
 

Stunning Carver 6 bed / 5 Bath Two Story Home offered at such a Tremendous Value

Brace Helgeson
You have an opportunity to buy an immaculate Two Story custom built property on a secluded 1.5+ acre wooded lot on the premiere cul-de-sac spot to live. The Home offers a floor plan with high end finishes, 2 story great room with a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen with stone arch and top-end appliances, beautiful natural hardwood doors, floors and trim, huge mudroom. Two bedrooms on main and three bedrooms on the upper level with Full Master and an additional full bath. The lower level is completely finished and set for entertaining and recreation for the family with another full bath with .

This home has Brick/Stone and cement board exterior which is very impressive all fitting on beautiful full wooded lot that is fully dressed to the T. Professionally landscaped yard with a large deck and walk out to patio and beautiful porch feature. All of this for $549,900.00 on this nicest lot in the development. 


 

Open House: ACT FAST on this Eden Prairie 5 bd / 4 bth 2 Story in Wynnfield Neighborhood

Brace Helgeson
Wow... Act now! This 5 bedroom / 4 bath Two Story home is situated on a Cul-de-sac in the Wynnfield on the Lake neighborhood in Eden Prairie that is beautifully updated and professionally decorated. It sits on a large yard with plenty of room for the kids to roam. Extremely great value home awaiting your arrival to find out for yourself. 

Offering incredible crown molding thru out with spectacular kitchen remodel. Bright and spacious porch, with beautifully paved and stone featured landscaping. Great finished lower level for entertainment and office space. Your family will have plenty of storage including large area above garage all finished and well lit. At an asking price of $465,000 for an Eden Prairie home in Wynnfield on the Lake development for this immaculate home that's in move condition our group believes you will need to act fast to buy this property.
 

Lakeville Beauty... 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Two Story in Fieldstone Creek Neighborhood

Brace Helgeson
This meticulously cared for property will not last long in a Suburb of Lakeville. It shows extremely well with vaulted ceilings, contemporary colors. hardwood floors, main floor office/5th bedroom, and both a formal and informal dining rooms with fireplace. You have 4 bedrooms of very good size upstairs with 2 baths up. The back yard is large with a well built deck with cedar boards, iron rod balusters, post caps and beautiful landscaping surrounding the entire home. 

Call today to walk through this beautiful home at 16278 Fallbrook Drive in the award winning Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district because you will be impressed in what you see.
 

2015 Home Sales and Listings shows Significant Improvement for Eden Prairie (through July)

Our Team

In the City of Eden Prairie the July 2015 housing trends illustrates some interesting results statistically for home owners and potential buyers. It seems the market is still a seller’s market with a limited amount of inventory from the 10 year norm but the market is equaling out benefiting the potential home buyer. After viewing these statistics it would seem it's the right time to buy a home in Eden Prairie. Read more details now...

Pricing Alert: Custom Denali Built 5 Bd, 6 Bth Two Story in Lake Lucy Ridge Development

Brace Helgeson
This home is a Denali custom built 2 Story 5 bed, 6 bath home that sits on a half+ acre that is privately set on a south facing lot. Finest amenities available in this estate type property offering a gourmet enameled kitchen with butlers pantry, incredible screened porch off main level with box beamed ceilings and 3 fireplaces in home, entertainment/media, exercise and amusement rooms, hardwood floors, natural woodwork, vaulted ceilings, in-ground sprinkler and security system. It's distinctive styling starts with a open floor plan with a unique 3 way central staircase including private access to master bedroom with large sitting area and three additional bedrooms that are quite spacious and include end suites. All of this is located in one of the finest Chanhassen neighborhoods for $998,000 at 6900 Lucy Ridge Lane. Looking for a exceptional property in a community of great distinction providing a leading edge school system and vibrant shops and dining options. It's a must to see! 


 

Private Cul-de-sac Two Story with backyard views of Woodlands in Eden Prairie

Brace Helgeson
This elegant 6 bed, 4 bath two-story sits on the best lot in the Bluff neighborhood and designed for the modern day family. Offering an open floor plan with natural illuminated sunlight, Stainless Steel appliances, surround sound, vaulted ceilings, amusement room, exercise room, sun room, deck and patio, hardwood floors and more. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs with large master and two full baths. Both the main and upper levels have been freshly painted just awaiting the new family to enjoy Homeward Hills Park with all of the majestic views and area to play year around. Come to visit the possibilities that await your family.

 

Mechanic’s Dream! Great Two Story in Belle Plaine for Your Family and Yourself

Brace Helgeson

Welcome to your home with yesteryear charm and today’s creature comforts! It’s in an extremely convenient location that is close to downtown area shops, city pool and playgrounds with close access to highway 169 and 25. Offering an abundance of natural lighting throughout the home! Walk through the open kitchen and dining area that is great for entertaining and full of beautiful custom birch cabinetry with breakfast bar, heated flooring, under cabinet lighting and garden window.

This home brings a lot of character with antique lighting fixtures, 9 foot ceilings, beautiful woodwork features from the windows, doors, hardwood floors, and wall floor trim, plus decorative arched entries and large front porch. With 4 bedrooms and an updated full bath all on the second level and a third story hidden game/play room fully adorned in birch that could easily be turned into an additional bedroom.

There is a huge deck offering a great place to grill and enjoy the gorgeous landscaped yard with mature trees all summer long. The home’s exterior is completed in maintenance free siding and an oversized, heated and insulated two car garage for all of your toys or mechanic’s workshop. This is a great value in Belle Plaine at $170,000 on Walnut Street.


 

New Listing: 4 Bed, 4 Bth Two Story in Eden Prairie's Oak Park Estates Neighborhood

Brace Helgeson
This home is a meticulously cared for  4 bed/4 bath 2 Story Walkout in the highly sought after neighborhood of Oak Park Estates. Offering an open floor plan with a center island kitchen full of cabinets and work space for you and your family. It has 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms on one level, vaulted ceilings, finished lower level with walkout to patio and deck, professionally landscaped yard, maintenance free siding, and in-ground sprinkler system. It's a great fit for a growing family and truly a must see at $449,900!
 

New Listing: Great Curb Appeal in Prestigious Minnikahda Vista of St. Louis Park

Brace Helgeson
Great location and curb appeal in the prestigious Minikahda Vista community. The home is tastefully finished inside & out! Offering a perfect balance between elegance and functionality. Formal living room with fireplace and family room all on the main level. The Lower Level was recently completed and offers an updated kitchen with separate Dining Room. There are full bathrooms on each level. Patio and fenced backyard for privacy. This home is on 4534 Vallacher Avenue in one of St. Louis Park's finest neighborhoods! It is worth your visit if you want to live in this area see!
 

Newly Listed Plymouth 2 Story in desired Spring Meadows Neighborhood

Brace Helgeson

This completely finished 5 bed, 5 bath two story walkout sits in a highly sought after neighborhood offering recreational amenities which includes a pool, playground, open space and clubhouse. The home offers your family an open floor plan with 4 bedrooms upstairs including a Jack and Jill bath and Jr. suite. While the Main floor is equipped with a spacious gourmet kitchen adorned with granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, large center island, large walk in pantry and enameled woodwork. Enjoy the outdoors from in- or out-doors with large floor to ceiling windowscapes bringing vivid light and views in or walk out onto the deck overlooking the manicured yard. 

There is so much upside to this home and the neighborhood it will not last long at $649,900. It’s a truly a MUST SEE for any growing family on Weston Lane in Spring Meadows!


 

14606 Boulder Pointe Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Brace Helgeson
Come visit our listing in the much desired neighborhood of Boulder Ridge of Eden Prairie. This immaculate custom built two-story walk-out on Boulder Pointe. Absolutely no expenses spared on stunning estate like property! Offering Coffered Ceilings in family room, refined built-ins, stacked stone details, Stainless Steel appliances, hardwood flooring, 2 fireplaces, window seat and 4 bedrooms upstairs including the Master. Stunning finished basement comes complete with exercise room, private wine cellar, full bar, and family room. The list of amenities are too numerous to mention everything nevertheless there is a security system and professionally landscaped yard with good tree coverage and deck overlooking the natural surroundings. What a buy at the asking price of $699,900.
 

New Listing: Plymouth Two Story Convenient to Shops & Recreation

Brace Helgeson
Beautiful two story walkout offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. Brand new stainless steel appliances, facet and lighting fixtures in the kitchen. Master suite features his and hers walk- in closets, private bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool tub. Fully finished basement with an additional bedroom, bathroom and family room. Fantastic backyard with scenic views. Easy access to highway, close to shopping center, parks, Begin Oaks Golf Course and trails at 5361 Empire Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55446
 

Housing Market in the Twin Cities in March the Best in a Decade

Brace Helgeson

The Twin Cities housing market was hot last month. In fact, it was the strongest March we have seen in a decade. Buyers were given more options when it came to available homes on the market, and mortgage interest rates continued to remain low.

Twin Cities Home Sales Fall in September

Brace Helgeson


Rising home prices have led more home sellers to the market, but last month there were not as many buyers.In the month of September there was in an increase of 7 percent in the number of properties listed for sale over the previous month, but a 7 percent decline in the total number of available properties for sale when compared year-over-year.

Twin Cities Home Sales Decrease While Home Prices Increase

Brace Helgeson


Now that summer has come to an end and the number of foreclosures in the Twin Cities continues to decrease we are seeing a change in housing. A recent report released by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors showed that last month there was 7.3 percent fewer closing in the 13-county metro area over last year.