(Almost) free gas!

31 10 2008

Oh my, we can afford to fill the tank again! Woo-hoo! Gas is back in the affordable-range – we filled up today for $2.11 a gallon.

And gas prices aren’t the only deals that we have been seeing lately. We’re seeing nice, solid homes on the market for drop-dead prices. Seriously. They are being given away. Some of these homes are in foreclosure, but many are not. Some need a lot of work, and some need very little.

Now that you can afford gas again, why not consider buying a home?!

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Happy Halloween!

31 10 2008

Be safe, and have fun!





Beautiful town home in Eden Prairie – Open Sunday

29 10 2008

Come check us out this weekend at 8921 Ladino Circle in the beautiful Staring Lake community! Open Sunday (11/2) from 1-3. Just reduced price to $187,900.

STUNNING TWO BEDROOM, TWO BATH, END-UNIT TOWNHOME IN THE BEAUTIFUL STARING LAKE COURTHOMES NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU’LL LOVE THE LARGE MASTER BEDROOM WITH ADJACENT BATH, AND HUGE WALK-IN CLOSET. BEAUTIFUL EAT-IN KITCHEN OPENS ONTO PRIVATE PATIO. DEN PROVIDES PERFECT SPACE FOR HOME OFFICE OR ENTERTAINMENT ROOM.

See the full listing here.





Value

27 10 2008

What does value mean in the current housing market?

First time homebuyer $7,500 tax credit (15 year interest-free loan): VALUE
One-point mortgage buydown for first year: VALUE
Foreclosure/short sale properties: VALUE
Seller paid closing costs: VALUE
Interest rates: VALUE

There is so much value out there it’s crazy. If you are in a position to buy (and you may be without even knowing it), we encourage you to contact us. We are seeing so many opportunities out there to get really great deals, and we want to help.





Late-Fall Gardening Tips

24 10 2008

Before the snow begins to fall (this Sunday?!), it’s time to get out to your garden for a little late Fall clean-up. So free up a couple of hours on Saturday, and get on with it. You’ll be so very glad you did!

Here is a list to help you:

  • Remove dead annuals.
  • Wrap young and thin-bark trees to protect them from sun scald and animal damage.
  • Plant spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Rake leaves to prevent lawn disease.
  • Winterize the sprinkler system.
  • Mow lawn as long as growth continues.
  • Add shredded leaves to compost pile.
  • Contact your designer to develop plans for spring landscaping.
  • Remove garden debris. (Debris allows diseases and insects a place to survive the winter.)
  • Protect roses and mulch perennials.
  • Clean out eaves and downspouts.
  • Plant large shade trees.
  • Prepare snow removal equipment.
  • Be sure plantings, especially new ones, are well watered until the ground freezes.
  • Begin dormant pruning of ornamentals.

Happy Fall Gardening!





The $11 house

21 10 2008

The Contest Where A House With A Past Could Change Your Future

We’ve seen some great deals out there, but this one takes the cake! Write an essay as to why you deserve this house, and you could be the owner of this completely renovated, mortgage-free home with a rich history in Edmonton, Alberta. And then you could be Canadian. And the rest of the world wouldn’t hate you. It’s a win-win. Check out the website for more information: www.the11dollarhouse.com.





Happy 1st Anniversary

20 10 2008

One-half of the Minne-apple Real Estate team celebrated her first year in real estate recently! Kelly is officially a veteran in the real estate world – having not only survived, but thrived. With seventeen transactions under her belt, she’s a real pro. Despite the tumultuous market, it was a great first year. It wasn’t always easy, but she learned a lot and helped many people through the process of buying and selling homes. And she brought her sidekick (yours truly!) along for the ride.

Congrats, Kel! The first (of many)!