Good News for Twin Cities Buyers and Sellers: Relaxed FHA Approval Rules to Boost Condo Sales

If you are looking to buy a condo or loft in Minneapolis-St Paul MN in the year ahead,  FHA is expanding your opportunities. Relaxed FHA Condo Approval Rules Will Ease Mortgage Hurdles, Boost Sales The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just updated its guidance on FHA condo loans, to: Allow for “spot” mortgage approvals so FHA can insure individual condos, even for properties without FHA approval. Allow more renters to be in the properties that FHA will finance. Extend FHA-certified status for condo properties from 2 to now 3 years. Condo boards will be more likely to embrace the process that makes ownership…

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Downtown Minneapolis: Explore It. Live It!

Buying in Minneapolis can be a smart investment. Sales are strong, and Downtown Minneapolis offers many aspects of city living that appeal to today’s generation of buyers. Today’s couple might share a car, and use it sparingly. Some individuals are concerned about the climate. Buyers of all age groups, millennials especially, are ready for a walkable city lifestyle. Many are looking for a turnkey home with a compact footprint, so condo living is perfect. Downtown Minneapolis: Walkable, Beautiful, Culturally Enriching Downtown Minneapolis is wonderfully walkable, with its glorious passage over the Mississippi River by way of the picturesque Stone Arch Bridge.…

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Your New Loring Park Condo: Eco-Friendly Living in the Twin Cities

With ambitious initiatives designed to curb pollution and encourage low-carbon travel, Minneapolis has an affinity for nature. The Minnesota Twins play ball in the LEED-certified Target Field, and everyone’s keen on green spaces here. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board supports community gardens. The Board “promotes the use of underutilized land as green space” and even buys up land for this purpose, believing community gardens offer area residents places to gather. So, you’ll find many leafy and friendly spaces to refresh yourself in the Twin Cities. When looking for a refreshing spot to live, don’t miss the condos for sale in Loring Park. Loring Park: Greenery to Soothe the…

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The 6 Healthiest Restaurants in Minneapolis

Minneapolis uptown condo living residents take their health very seriously. This is probably why there are so many health restaurants in the vicinity of Minneapolis uptown condo living neighborhoods. Here is the best of the best: 1. Whole Sum Kitchen This laid-back café serves up vegan-friendly, acai bowls, grain bowls and artisan coffee, all in a hip, comfortable café at 824 West 50thStreet. 2. French Meadow Bakery & Café This award-winning organic, farm to table café is unassuming, simple and elegant, all at once. With two locations, one at 2610 Lyndale Ave. S in Minneapolis and the other at 1662 Grand Avenue…

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Downtown and South Minneapolis Condos for Sale: Live Well in the Twin Cities

Thinking of buying a condo or townhome in the heart of Minneapolis? Downtown East or West? the Mill District? South Minneapolis-Uptown? Each has its distinct personality. Take a Look Downtown Live well in Minneapolis. There are outstanding Downtown Minneapolis condos for sale everywhere you look. East and West… Whether new or renovated, downtown condos and lofts are perfect for walking to the city’s best shopping and dining. Downtown East, the Mill District, has exciting opportunities for condo and loft buyers near the Guthrie Theater, with the museum and cafe hubbub that’s Minneapolis at its most wonderful. In Downtown West, you’ll find luxurious condos and lofts, with easy access to the…

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Stylish Urban Living in Uptown Minneapolis

Uptown Minneapolis condos for sale, whether modern or historic, go fast! And no wonder.  Minneapolis Uptown urban living has everything to offer, both in your new condo and the city surrounding you. Top-notch public transportation makes it even better. Uptown Minneapolis Things to Do Have a picnic in the park. Bring your canine buddy to the off-leash play spaces at Lake of the Isle Park, one of the country’s best urban recreations areas. Rent one of the electric bikes and go for a ride around the Chain of Lakes! And for shopping and cultural life, Uptown Minneapolis has: The Calhoun Square Shopping Mall. At Main and…

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4 Benefits of Downsizing From a Single-Family Home to a St. Paul Condo or Loft

When you’re ready to downsize from a single-family to a St. Paul condo or loft, you’ll be in for a pleasant experience. There are many benefits of downsizing to a condo or St. Paul loft, including those listed below. 1. More Free Time Taking care of a St. Paul loft or condo is a lot easier than taking care of a single-family home. There’s less cleaning and less maintenance, which equates to more free time for you and your family. Instead of spending your weekends cleaning the gutters, you can be out enjoying the sights and sounds of St. Paul.…

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Sustainable Living in Urban St. Paul

Urban condo living in St. Paul is inherently full of the kind of vibrancy that is hard to find elsewhere. Living in the heart of St. Paul affords you access to the best of all that life has to offer. But even with all the activities, St. Paul urban condo living also appeals to those who desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are some ways to live sustainably in urban St. Paul condos. 1. Grow a Balcony Garden You will find some urban St. Paul condos come with sunny balconies where you can grow a potted herb or…

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Priority Tasks Before Moving In

You did it. You moved into a new condo, townhome or single-family home you love and now you’re dreaming of how you’re going to decorate it. But before getting into all of that, there are still some other tasks that you might want to consider to be at the top of your priority list. Changing the Locks Double check them even if you’ve been told that there are new locks installed. It’s better to take safety measures and know that no one else has keys to your home. Call in a locksmith if you want to spend a little money…

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What Is A Home Warranty?

A home warranty plan is a service contract made with a third party repair company. There are many options when it comes to home warranties. You can either ask your agent for a resource list or you can search the internet for information pertaining to getting the right coverage needed. The purpose of the home warranty is to make sure that you are not met with unexpected repairs or system failures during the term of the policy. Some home warranty plans will cover all the major systems of a home. They provide insurance against repairs or failures of electrical, plumbing, water…

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