Old Home Certification

Old Home Certification

I recently took the Old Home Certification course that is put out by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. It was a fantastic 2 day course and we covered so much material that I had to take a day off to let it all soak in. This course had topics that included such items as: Why old…Continue Reading

How much does it cost to sell a home?

How much does it cost to sell a home?

How much does it cost to sell a home? I have been asked this question many times by many sellers in the Twin Cities. If you are reading this article from another area, your numbers may be different. Real estate is local, and the cost to sell a home is also very local. I’ll be…Continue Reading

Why should I pay for the buyer’s closing costs?

Why should I pay for the buyer’s closing costs?

In each real estate transaction, there are buyer’s closing costs, as well as seller’s closing costs. But increasingly, buyers are asking sellers to cover their closing costs. Why should sellers pay for buyer’s closing costs? The main reason is that this is purely an accounting move. With the way we structure purchase agreements, it is…Continue Reading

2014 January Monthly Report – The Skinny

2014 January Monthly Report – The Skinny

2013 was a good year for sellers. Homes sales and prices were higher. Foreclosures and short sale homes were significantly lower. we had more closed sales in 2013, totaling 53,087, or an increase of 8.8%  5 year high home price $192,000 10.5% less homes for sale. With all of these factors, multiple offers are still very…Continue Reading

Are Auction Homes worth it?

Are Auction Homes worth it?

Once in a while, you may see a home listed for sale at a ridiculously low price of $1. Yes, a dollar. Almost always, this indicates that the house is being sold under auction terms. Some times a different house may be identified as going under auction, with a higher price. Either way, auctions can…Continue Reading

2013 November Monthly Report – The Skinny

2013 November Monthly Report – The Skinny

Sellers new listings are up 15%, but most of the gains are in the traditional sellers, which is up a huge 39%. Foreclosures and short sales listings are both down almost 50% each. This is great news, that the market is more stable than before, with fewer foreclosures and short sale properties. Overall the inventory…Continue Reading