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The Walk Through Walkthrough

Ryan Platzke

You’ve done it.You’ve made it through the negotiations, completed a home inspection, and had any or all necessary repairs made.All that’s left is to dot those I’s, cross those T’s, and you’ll have done it! You’ll have closed on a house and can start fulfilling your dreams of homeownership. But before you initial and sign everywhere needed, there’s still one last step. Or several steps, really, as you complete a final walk through of the home before closing.Here are some tips to make sure your walk through is thorough, and nothing is left to chance.

Your Weekend Guide for Things to do in Minneapolis: September 28-30

Ryan Platzke

Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?  It’s hard to believe that October is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be elbow deep in pumpkins and candy wrappers, Minneapolis.  But before we get too deep into scary stories and trick-or-treating, there’s still time to get out there and have some September fun before the sun sets on this month!  Catch some music, see a show, or find a brat to chow down on.  No matter what you’re looking for, there’s always something interesting going on in the Twin Cities.

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.

Ready to Move? 3 Tips for Packing, Moving, and Storing Efficiently

Ryan Platzke

Moving is one of life’s most common yet stressful milestones. There are a million details to account for, and even the best laid plans can go awry. As real estate professionals, we work often with clients who fear the stress of the moving process. If you’re not sure where to begin, consider a few ideas that can help you simplify the process as you close one chapter and begin a new one.

Your Minneapolis Real Estate Forecast for April 2018

Brace Helgeson

The biggest real estate story of 2017, here in the Minneapolis metro region, was the rapid growth of the market. This included a median sales price that reached an all-time high, closed sales reaching a twelve-year high, and inventory struggling to keep pace with all these milestones. As we finish up the first third of 2018, we’re looking at a different picture here in the Twin Cities.

Unusual Questions for Today’s Minneapolis Homeowners: Do You Own the Air Above & the Ground Below Your Home?

Ryan Platzke
When you’re house-hunting, you get a sense for a home’s room and bathroom count, it’s square footage, and a few other main check-list items to determine if a property is a good fit. But there’s plenty more to think about when buying a house here in the Twin Cities. After all, sometimes you’re not just buying a building—you’re likely buying the lot its built on, as well as some footage above and below the ground. Which leads us to two key questions: do you own the air above your home? And do you own the ground below?

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

Seller Confidence on the Rise in the Minneapolis Area

Ryan Platzke
Photo by www.bigstock.com

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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!

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

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!


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.

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!


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!

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. 


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...

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!