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Fixing Up the Fixer-Upper

Ryan Platzke

HGTV has built an empire selling viewers on a rose-tinted view of purchasing a "fixer-upper” property, either with the prospect of living in a DIY dream home or flipping it for a profit down the road.  But out here in the real world, sometimes deciding to save some cash by investing in a property in need of some TLC can be a daunting idea.  But, with a little elbow grease, you can find the potential beauty in the heart of what might be a currently beastly house.

Go Wireless: Embracing Home Technology

Ryan Platzke

These days, most people don’t leave the house without their smartphone in tow. More and more, "smart” technology is revolutionizing even the most mundane household staples—from Bluetooth enabled washer and dryer sets to digital doorbells. If you aren’t keeping tabs on home technology trends, you may miss out on simple ways to streamline maintenance, security, and amenities in your own home. Likewise, these tech-forward features are huge value-adds if you plan on listing your property in the next few years. Millennial homebuyers in particular are in search for smart-optimized homes that make life a little easier. Let’s take a look at some of the leading smart-home trends out there and how to embrace the big wave of wireless technology coming to homes everywhere.

House Hunting Tips for Minnesota Homebuyers

Ryan Platzke

No two homes are quite alike. Each comes with its own set of quirks, characteristics, and personality. While you may have an idea about how many bedrooms or bathrooms you want, and you likely have taste preferences when it comes to certain amenities, I’ll bet there are at least a few things you haven’t considered when it comes to making one home a top choice over another. Here’s a list of a few things you may not have considered as you begin gearing up for home tours come the spring selling season.

Making the Most of Minnesota’s Winter Months

Brace Helgeson

When the winter months roll in, it can be hard to stay motivated during those shortened daylight hours and through those long, cold nights. How do you maintain momentum even as the winter doldrums make their mark? When it comes to real estate,the winter months can offer a rare opportunity to take a proactive approach to home maintenance, decluttering, and cleaning in preparation for sale comes spring and summer. Here are a few ideas that are sure to keep you busy and moving actively toward your move-out during the selling season.

Making Wise Real Estate Moves During Wintertime

Brace Helgeson

Sure, the spring and summer seasons get all the credit when it comes to the major moves of buying or selling a home. But did you know that there’s still plenty of proactive measures you can take during the winter months in order to maintain your home’s value or prepare for a sale in the months to come? Plus, plenty of people relocate or make moves during the winter months, so if you’re aiming to sell a home—don’t be deterred by the colder temperature. There are still meaningful steps you can take to bolster your home’s value and attract sellers during the picture-perfect snowy season. 

Weatherproofing Your Minnesota Home This Winter

Brace Helgeson

Here in the Twin Cities area, winter is already in full swing, but it’s not too late to take on some weekend tasks to safeguard your home against the seasonal cold. Without breaking the bank, there are plenty of steps you can take to not only make your home cozier, but also save on utility bills, too. Take a look below for a few winning ideas. 

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.

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

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.

Study Shows Twin Cities Housing Market Nearly Fully Recovered

Brace Helgeson

A recent study by the University of St. Thomas revealed that the housing market in the Twin Cities is nearing numbers we saw prior to the housing crash seven years ago indicating that the Twin Cities housing market is nearly recovered from the downfall. The study also predicted that we would see median home prices continue to rise in 2016 upwards of 6 to 8 percent.