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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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

Your Halloween 2016 Minneapolis and Eden Prairie Events Guide

Brace Helgeson
Photo by www.bigstock.comOne of the spookiest times of the year is upon us, and just before we head into icy winter weather, why not spend a weekend celebrating the Halloween holiday in autumn fashion?

Friday, October 28
Floating Pumpkin Patch at the Eden Prairie Community Center Pool

This family friendly event is a great way to take a dip, despite cooler weather. Join local Eden Prairie residents as they take to the Community Center pool and hunt for a pumpkin for decorating. Beginning at 6PM and concluding at 8:30, bring the whole family for an evening of fall fitness, fun, and Halloween flourishes. Cost is just $10 per child and includes a pumpkin of your choosing. The pool will remain open throughout the decorating activities, too. To register or learn more, please click here.

Saturday, October 29
Spooky Saturday at the Eden Prairie Community Center

The Eden Prairie Community Center clearly knows how to show townspeople a good time. Starting at 3PM and extending until 5, enjoy family friendly trick-or-treating, numerous arts and crafts activities, music, games, and even some lively climbing action in the Prairie Play Zone. Those in costume will be provided with a special treat, to boot. Advance tickets only run $5 per child, with a family max of $20, while at-the-door tickets will cost $6 per child. Space is limited and the event is sure to be a blast, so pre-register and get your costumes ready! Click here for more information.

Sunday, October 30
Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival

Can you really get enough pumpkins this Halloween? Take a drive into St. Paul to enjoy a festive (and free!) Sunday afternoon treat. The Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival invites families to dress up in costume and partake in a festival of arts and crafts, balloon animals, live music, and a plethora of family fun. See what Twin Cities residents are wearing this year as the it-costume of choice, and enjoy a free Sunday fest, too. For more information, please click here.

We at Helgeson Platzke wish all our Minneapolis/St. Paul and Eden Prairie neighbors a fun, safe, and spooky 2016 Halloween! No matter where or how you’re celebrating, there are few better places to enjoy fall’s favorite holiday.

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 fall, 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.

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.

Will Brexit Results Affect the Twin Cities Real Estate Market?

Brace Helgeson

News of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union shocked the world at the end of June, sending the value of the British Pound plummeting to devastating lows. While controversy is still roiling across the pond, how will the U.K’s landmark referendum results affect the United States’ economy and real estate market—if at all?

 

For starters, the National Association of Realtors recently reported that the U.K.’s exit from the EU could result in a significant real estate boost in the U.S. The National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, commented on this potential development, saying, "Demand for U.S. real estate could rise,” as a result of U.K. based investors fleeing for higher ground, so to speak. With United Kingdom currency rates diving southward, the United States’ burgeoning real estate market may beckon European developers, translating to possible gains for the American market.

 

Likewise, other real estate pundits have submitted their own two cents, including Greg McBride—Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate.com—who predicts that Brexit results could cause U.S. mortgage rates to dive even lower: "Mortgage rates will tumble, possibly hitting new record lows. If you’re a borrower,” McBridge encourages, "don’t wait to lock in your rate, as this opportunity may not last long.”

 

While the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union may bolster a domestic real estate market that’s already on the upswing, how will it affect the Twin Cities real estate market specifically? Of course, there are no guarantees that U.K. economic unrest will directly translate to gains in the local market, however it is worth noting that the Minneapolis—St. Paul region has enjoyed unprecedented demand and growth in the past few years. So, for investors abroad staking their claim in stable U.S. markets, the Twin Cities region may seem like an attractive locale in which to invest, buy, or set up shop.

 

Likewise, those looking to buy or sell in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas this summer could reap the added benefit of near-historic lows in home mortgage financing interest rates. All in all, the Brexit results are certainly uncharted territory for the EU, but here in the U.S. we may see some unexpected economic benefits. Because the Minneapolis area’s real estate market is already on a steady up-and-up, the added positive influx may push stats to record-breaking levels. Just as Bankrate.com’s Chief Financial Analyst advised: don’t wait to lock in your rate!

 

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 Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide for July 22-24th

Ryan Platzke

Summer is an idyllic time in the Eden Prairie and Minneapolis areas. With ample opportunity to enjoy events ranging from the active to the artistic and everything in between, there is always fun to be had in the greater Twin Cities region. 

No matter your age, interests, or budget, below you’ll find our top picks for a diverse and fun-filled weekend for Eden Prairie residents. 

Friday, July 22 – Witness WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, in Action

Having won 3 championship titles in the past 5 seasons, the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Lynx are a veritable dynasty. While other Minnesota teams have come up short in recent years, Los Lynx (as they are affectionately nicknamed) have won energetic support from Twin Cities sports enthusiasts who are hungry for a win. Thus far, the Lynx have been off to a strong start this season, and on Friday, July 22nd, the Lynx take on the Seattle Storm, 7PM at Target Center. Be there to lend your hometown support to one of the WNBA’s most promising and exciting teams. For more information about the Minnesota Lynx’s season schedule, or to purchase tickets for Friday, the 22nd’s game,click here. 

Saturday, July 23 – An Art Filled Saturday in Minneapolis

Why not spend a Saturday wandering galleries and museum halls to see all the artistic wonders—both modern and bygone—that the Twin Cities has to offer? Begin at the American Swedish Institute to witness famed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson (as featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table) share his photography. The enchanting work on display charts Nilsson’s in depth research as he conceived the critically lauded, The Nordic Cookbook. More information on the exhibition can be found here.   

Up next, visit Track 29 Gallery for a free exhibition featuring the works of two artists and longtime friends, Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice, re-uniting for a dual show. Combined, these two accomplished artists explore the natural world, in methods that range from the abstract and "carnival-esque” to the whimsical and tender. Both artists count themselves as animal lovers, and come from personal and professional backgrounds that lend a unique and insightful perspective to their work. For more information on the exhibition, entitled "Delightful 10,” click here 

Sunday, July 24

For Eden Prairie residents looking to stay a bit closer to home on Sunday, join fellow community members at the Staring Lake Amphitheater for Starring at Staring, a weekly summer concert and entertainment series, sponsored by Eden Prairie Smiles. On Sunday the 24th, relax on a blanket or in a beach chair and take in the Eden Prairie String Academy’s outdoor performance. Picnickers are welcome, but refreshments—including popcorn, ice cream, beverages and more—are also available for purchase. To learn more about this event, or to check in regarding any weather-related updates, call 952-949-8449 ext. 5, or click herefor more information. 

Summer is surely in full swing here in Eden Prairie. There are countless opportunities to join area residents in celebrating great weather, excellent entertainment, and a one-of-a-kind sense of community. 

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 thisseason’s extraordinary market.

 

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.
 

Home Sales Rebound in September!

Brace Helgeson

The numbers are in, and according to the most recent report by the National Association of Realtors the number of existing home sales jumped last month by 4.7 percent across the nation. This comes after numbers slipped in August, showing that the demand for homes is still strong even after the economic declines seen in the stock market in the past month.

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
 

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!
 

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.
 

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
 

Home sales in the Twin Cities off to a strong start

Brace Helgeson
by Jim Buchta


Home buyers in the Twin Cities got a jump on spring last month.

During January, there was an unseasonable increase in signed purchase agreements, suggesting that moderate temps and unexpected declines in mortgage rates roused buyers from their normal midwinter slumber.

Twin Cities Housing Market Starts 2015 Strong

Brace Helgeson
The housing market in the Twin Cities has started 2015 on a strong note with the number of pending home sales increasing last month

In January we saw an unseasonable rise in the number of signed purchase agreements, a decrease in mortgage interest rates may have helped push buyers into the market.

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Proof that NOW is a Good Time to Sell

Brace Helgeson
Most homeowners believe that the winter is not a good time to sell. This belief is based on the fact that historically the number of buyers decreases in the winter and then increases dramatically during the spring buying market. Though this is still true, there is an interesting pattern developing over the last few months.

Four Reasons to Buy Before Winter

Brace Helgeson

It’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.