Sassy Spoon

Sassy Spoon

I have recently just heard about the Sassy Spoon restaurant in South Minneapolis. It is entirely gluten free and the owner is focusing on providing healthy foods with high quality ingredients. She got started in the restaurant by means of sharing nutrition information with people. From there she started a food truck to show people… Continue Reading

Why a seller should pay for your closing costs

Why a seller should pay for your 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

5 easy, low cost improvements to increase a home’s value

5 easy, low cost improvements to increase a home’s value

When people are thinking of selling their homes, I always get this question asked: What are inexpensive ways I can increase the value of my home? In this brief post, I’ll outline¬†5 inexpensive ways you can help the value of your home. Sometimes the value will be in immediate increase in price, or others may… Continue Reading

Qualities of a good lender

Qualities of a good lender

What makes one lender better than another lender? I’ve been asked this question by buyers looking in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area many, many times. There are many little differences between lenders, but there are some very basic differences that can make your home buying process go smoothly or bumpy like the potholes we… Continue Reading

Should I Sell First or Buy First?

Should I Sell First or Buy First?

Yesterday I was talking with a person that is looking to downsize and sell their 5 bedroom home and buy a 2 bedroom home. We talked about a lot of details, but as a South Minneapolis REALTOR, I asked him this question: ¬†Do you need to SELL your home in order to BUY a new… Continue Reading

Radon Inspection

Radon Inspection

Radon has recently become a well-known issue in 2014, and there is quite a push to have radon tests done. You can have a radon test done in the home as part of your inspection time frame. The general home inspector can do a radon test with their inspection, but it takes a minimum of… Continue Reading

Radon Mitigation

Radon Mitigation

Radon is an important issue here in Minnesota. Please read more about it on this blog post. Here are some Radon contractors. Quality Radon Services Brad Nyberg BradRadonMan@aol.com 612-521-3580 The Radon Guys info@radonnet.com 763-416-6768 www.RadonFixed.com SWAT Environmental 952-935-2118 www.Minnesota-Radon.com Mateffy Engineering Leslie H. Mateffy III 651-636-6166 les@mateffyeng.com http://www.mateffyeng.com/services_radon.html Continue Reading

Fixed or adjustable rate mortgage

Fixed or adjustable rate mortgage

Fixed Rate Mortgage There are two typical types of mortgages in our industry today, the FHA mortgage, and the conventional mortgage. The main difference is that the FHA has a lower minimum downpayment than a conventional loan. A conventional loan has a typical minimum downpayment of 20%, but some mortgage companies go down to 10%… Continue Reading

What kind of financing do buyers use today

What kind of financing do buyers use today

Many people are always wondering how people are financing homes in today’s market. I took a look at some data and found that over the course of 2014, people were financing their home purchases as follows: 59% conventional financing 20% cash 16% FHA financing 3% VA financing 2% other financing Continue Reading

What is Arbitration?

What is Arbitration?

What is arbitration? Arbitration is a way to settle disputes between parties, usually between a buyer and a seller. This is one way, among several, to resolve disputes. In the context of a home purchase between buyers and sellers, the outcome of the arbitration process is binding. That means whatever the outcome is, it’s final.… Continue Reading