Minneapolis St. Paul Condos

Twin Cities Condos: Why and When Do Owners May See Special Assessments?

Owners of Twin Cities condos and lofts typically pay monthly assessment, known as the Homeowners’ Association (HOA) fee. If you have a mortgage on the property, it is a separate payment. The monthly association fee keeps the common areas in good condition year-round, etc. By pooling the maintenance funds, condo owners tend to pay more cost-effectively than do homeowners or renters who pay individually for landscaping, roofing, drainage and paving repairs, pool cleaning and safety, snow and debris removal, and so forth. The Special Assessment: What It’s For, How It’s Charged Occasionally, the owners of condos, townhouses, or lofts could be charged a special assessment above the normal HOA…

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Selling Your Condo or Loft? Your Listing Needs Interior Photos

Selling your condo or loft? Property listings with very few photos are often overlooked. Often times, viewers of such listings may suspect that a flattering picture isn’t possible to obtain. Therefore, it’s better to show the interior, short-comings and all. Now, an agent might have a valid reason for not posting interior photos. Typically, these issues can be promptly addressed: A just-listed property is awaiting the photographer’s visit. The seller prefers to wait until the property is free of valuables and personal items to allow photography. The seller is waiting for tenants to move out before scheduling interior photography Appealing Photography Sells Condos & Lofts It all starts…

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What the Low Inventory Means for St Paul Condo and Loft Shoppers

For the last 33 months, home sales have fallen for the last year across the U.S. The St Paul condos & loft market has been particularly tight, with 40 percent fewer listings on the market in April 2018 than one year prior. So what does this mean if you’re looking for a downtown St Paul condo? Inside St Paul’s Lean Real Estate Market The shortage is particularly acute among entry level homes priced up to $250,000. This includes many St Paul condos. If your budget is over $250,000, you won’t face as much competition when placing an offer. With a tight market, more shoppers…

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3 Benefits of St Paul Condo Living

Are you looking to buy a condo or loft? If so, you might consider city living in downtown or lowertown St. Paul. There’s a lot to love about St. Paul, MN living in general, and more to love about condo living in particular.  Here are three benefits of St Paul condo living. 1. No Yard Work If you’ve ever owned a house or grown up with a yard, you know how much time yard work consumes. When you have a yard, especially in a four season climate like St. Paul, there’s always something to do in the yard; be it raking, mowing,…

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What Are Seller Contributions Towards The Buyer’s Closing Costs?

Whether you’re buying or selling a condo or a home in the Twin Cities, you’ll want to know what are the seller contributions towards the buyer’s closing costs.  These contributions can be a powerful incentive for selling a property because closing costs can add up very quickly. In some cases, closing costs can be between 2% and 6% of the home price. How It Works Once the buyer and seller agree to the sale price, the buyer may ask the seller to contribute toward closing costs. The sales price may be increased by a certain amount, which offsets the closing costs…

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Downtown St Paul Loft Living is the Best: Here’s Why

One of the best kept secrets – downtown St Paul loft living. If you’re the kind of person who likes to be active, you owe it to yourself to look into St. Paul condos for sale. Here is why downtown loft living in St. Paul is the best. 1. The Arts Whether you’re into theatre, music or art, you’ll appreciate being able to walk out the front door of your St. Paul condo to drink it all in. Ordway Center for the Arts puts on performances of ballet, opera, plays and even children’s performances for when the nieces and nephews…

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Lowertown, St Paul: Your Guide to Visiting the Artist District

St Paul’s Lowertown Arts District shines in the twice-yearly Art Crawl, thanks to the Saint Paul Art Collective that’s always here! So, plan to make the Art Crawl in the Spring…or create your own crawl, with these tips. Seasonal Sightseeing When in Lowertown, refresh yourself at the Black Dog Café. A daytime art gallery and a wine bar after dark, this is a haven for Lowertown jazz and blues musicians. And now that you’ve found your base… Visit Lowertown’s famous AZ Gallery. Browse or shop to enrich the artists and your Lowertown condo’s interior. If you’re looking to buy a Lowertown condo, visit Union Depot. Inducted into the National Register…

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The Walkable St Paul – Summit University Neighborhood

Walkable St. Paul It’s good for the mind, body, and community spirit to live in a walkable town.  St Paul condos and lofts are in all the most walkable urban neighborhoods. Scoring High for Walkability Consider the Summit-University neighborhood, with its Walk Score of 76. The Walk Score is informed by researchers in urban planning, public health, and real estate. The 70-89 range of scores is “very walkable” — meaning most of residents’ daily errands can be done on a walk. The YWCA of Cathedral Hill has fitness equipment and a pool. Personal trainers are ready to help you no matter your fitness level or age, and your membership supports the community. Classes…

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Conscious Condo Living: Energy-Saving in the Twin Cities

If conscious condo living is a priority for you, St Paul and Minneapolis condos are space-efficient and helpfully insulated. This brings up one advantage of picking a middle unit. If your condo is flanked by others on both sides, your heating bills may stay especially low. That said, heat represents a significant portion of the energy bill for any condo or townhome owner in the Twin Cities. Therefore, you might want to consider these simple ways to streamline winter power consumption. Cozy Curtains, Warm Blankets… For large windows, consider insulating curtains. Layered curtains can significantly lower your heating needs. Use your heater less, and your skin, lips, and nasal passages…

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Home Inspection for Your New Condo: What to Expect

Consister a private home inspection for your new condo in St. Paul or Minneapolis. What the Inspector Does A private home inspector typically spends around an hour or two in the unit, checking out the HVAC system, plumbing and electrical systems, and the floors, doors and windows. Should you watch? Sure! You’ll learn more by being there than you would by just reading the report later. The inspector can tell you how serious (or not) each recorded issue actually is. Many items an inspection uncovers might be minor, however the hardous items can be concerning. Talking with the inspector can alleviate concerns. Tips to Maximize the Home Inspection for Your New Condo’s Usefulness…

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