5312 Xerxes Avenue South

7 03 2009

Minne-apple presents our newest listing – just came on the market yesterday!

Stats:
Address: 5312 Xerxes Avenue South, Minneapolis
Price: $279,900
3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 car garage
Square foot: 1460
Highlights: Charming 1 1/2 Story Bungalow in fabulous Southwest Minneapolis! Walk to the Lakes and 50th & France. You’ll love the front porch, brick fireplace, refinished hardwood floors, formal dining & large eat-in kitchen.
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The Skinny video

29 01 2009

Each month the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors releases a video, called the Monthly Skinny, highlighting market statistics. January’s video is narrated by 2009 MAAR President, Steve Havig.

Our favorite quote from the film-
“Those of you waiting for when the bottom finally hits? It will be at exactly 9:03 AM tomorrow and a large bell will ring all throughout the land that officially announces the perfect time to buy.”





The Selby

13 01 2009

The greatest perk of being a real estate agent is that we get to look at houses – and a lot of them. You could say we have a passion for houses. Size doesn’t matter, and many times it isn’t even the most perfect house that gets us excited. But the thought of moving in – where would the sofa go, what color to paint the walls, what our books would look like on the built-ins framing the cozy fireplace. That is what does it.

When looking at houses in real-life doesn’t quench our passion – we check out www.theselby.com. The homes! The art! And it certainly doesn’t hurt that most of the people are just as beautiful as their homes.

michelle mccormick and tracy mccormick – koreatown los angeles

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thomas dozol and michael stipe – tribeca new york

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guy blakeslee and maximilla lukacs – laurel canyon los angeles

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Don’t blame us if you stay up all night peeking through the proverbial window.





Giving thanks

27 11 2008

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We all have much to be thankful for this year! We hope that you are enjoying your day, eating a feast and spending time with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!





Savory Mushroom Soup

18 11 2008

This time of the year makes us want to snuggle in and really enjoy our home. Light some candles, turn on some music and open a bottle of wine. Is there a more snuggly food than soup?! Nothing like the smell of soup simmering on the stove…windows steaming up…perhaps a fire burning. Cozy, cozy, cozy….

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Savory Mushroom Soup
makes about 2 quarts

1/2 ounce dried wild mushrooms, minced
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
1 small sprig rosemary (optional)
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1-2 teaspoons salt
1-4 teaspoons black pepper

Heat the water and wine to boiling and add the dried wild mushrooms. Let sit for about 20 minutes to half an hour while working with the other ingredients. Cut the onion into a medium dice and gently fry it in the butter over medium heat in a large heavy pot. Add the garlic and let it sweat in the butter for about 8 minutes. Keep the heat low so nothing browns.

Add the white mushrooms and stir until coated with butter and onion. Drain the wild mushrooms, reserving their steeping liquid. Add to the pot and sweat the onions and mushrooms together for another ten minutes.

Add the steeping liquid, rosemary, and chicken stock and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for about an hour. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove the rosemary sprig.

You can serve this soup as is, with whole mushrooms, or puree it. It’s delicious both ways.

Recipe courtesy of http://www.thekitchn.com





Apartment Therapy for the soul

3 11 2008

In the few moments I have free during the day, there is a great chance you can find me hopping on www.apartmenttherapy.com for a little look-see. What’s so great about AT? Well, it’s chock-full of useful and usually inexpensive ways to make your home (regardless of the size), more beautiful, healthy and organized. Click on the house tours tab to get a sneak peak into the homes of people across the country.

A home is not just a place to live, or an investment. A home is your refuge. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive home, or the largest, but it should be a reflection of your best self. Organized, efficient, comfortable, welcoming.

Whatever your design aesthetic, make your house your home. Make it your refuge. It doesn’t have to happen overnight, and it may be a lot of work to get your home to a place where it runs efficiently. But it will be worth it.

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Don’t blame us if you spend the next three days straight surfing the site…





Fall back…

1 11 2008

Don’t forget to turn back your clocks an hour before going to bed tonight. Enjoy your extra hour!!