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Benefits of a Twin Cities Private Home Inspection

One of the most important aspects to buying a new Twin Cities home or a condo is the private home inspection. While that might seem like an obvious statement, the truth is that real estate agents often find themselves explaining the value of electing a private home inspection during the buying process. What can you expect from a home inspection? A good inspection should take several hours and your inspector will do a thorough investigation of the major systems. This will include health and safety issues as well as the major systems and appliances. Depending on the qualifications of the…

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Tricks to Stage Your Minneapolis-St Paul Condo or Home For Less

If you are ready to put your Twin Cities condo or home on the market, you already know that how it looks can make a significant difference in the sales price. If you are on a budget and don’t want to hire a professional stager, there are still some changes you can make which will create a big impact. • Declutter; pack up extra “everything.” Remove anything you don’t absolutely need from every room, closet and cupboard. A cluttered closet looks small and uninviting. • Replace curtains, bedding and towels with light neutral colors to make the room look larger…

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Want verses Needs When Buying a Twin Cities Condo or a Home – Learning the Difference

One of the first questions that a real estate agent will ask new buyers is, “What do you want in your new condo or home”? It might seem like an easy question to answer, but identifying your “wants’ from your “needs” is an important aspect of home seeking. Needs A need is something that is truly essential to how you and/or your family live. For instance, if you have a family of four, you truly can’t live in a studio-style condo or loft; bedrooms become a real need in house hunting. By contrast, while having an acre of land would…

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Determining the Right Paint Finish for your Minneapolis-St Paul Condo or Home

Paint is one of the easiest ways to change the feel of an interior room – or even the exterior of a home. A fresh coat of paint in a trendy color can update a room in an instant. Choosing the color is only one aspect of picking the right paint; the finish or sheen is also important to the look and feel of the space. Flat Finish  Flat finishes are exactly like it sounds – flat. There is no sheen at all. Today’s matte finishes reflect rich tones and are much more luxurious than the dull finishes of the…

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What to Repair in your Twin Cities Home Before you List

A lot of money goes into buying a new house, so it is understandable if a seller feels hesitant investing even more money to fix up their current house prior to selling. However, sellers may not realize that some of the issues they live with everyday and consider minor, such as the hallway light switch or the kitchen sink that has plumbing issues, may actually be considered major to home buyers. These issues may even prevent buyers from making an offer on a home or making a lower offer. It’s crucial to keep your house presentable and in good shape…

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What Twin Cities Condo & Townhome Buyers Should Know About Special Assessments

When you buy a condo or a townhome, you’ll have predictable mortgage payments (if you don’t own the property free & clear) and the homeowners association (HOA) dues. But there’s one (possible) expense that’s hard to predict. The wild card? Special assessments. For well-managed condo or townhome properties, the special assessment is, fortunately, can be a rare bird. If you decide to run for a position on the board of your new condo, you’ll have a strong voice in the financial matters of the property, including the decision to impose extra fees. Some condo owners don’t join boards. But every owner…

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St Paul Walkability: The North End, Payne-Phelan, and the Greater East Side

The St Paul Payne-Phalen, Greater East Side, the North End neighborhoods are undergoing revitalization plans, which includes a near east side road map of mixed commercial within walkable residential area. Fall in love with an old house here, and you might just fall in love with the area and its wonderfully diverse community and unparalleled variety of small businesses it sustains. Plenty of fascinating flea markets and so many different types of enthic restaurants await visitors and nourish residents. The Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood is highly walkable, with public transit and parks aplenty, and a delightful view of the river. This space has…

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Crocus Hill: St Paul Urban Living

Walk to Grand Avenue’s cafes and shops. Stroll amid the homes with their inviting porches and lush gardens. Look over the city from a high point north of Linwood Park. Enjoy the tree-lined Crocus Hill Terrace Park. The city’s only exposed cobblestones can be spotted here, on Osceola Street. Kids’ activities are plentiful at the Linwood Recreation Center, and you’ll find yoga and fitness opportunities aplenty, and even a community garden. Is a Crocus Hill home in your future? Locals maintain their properties with the utmost care. Thus, the townhomes & condos in the heart of Crocus Hill are highly…

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Walkable: Highland Park

Highland Park is often described as suburban in its style. If you’re nostalgic for the place you grew up, you might just find Highland Park evoking rich memories. It’s a small town in the heart of St Paul. And it’s a great pick for all looking for friendly and accessible location.  The yearly Highland Fest festival and Art Fair is a big summer draw. The Highland Park Water Tower stands on the highest point in the neighborhood. In Highland Park you’ll find excellent coffee shops, dinner spots, and nightlife. Shop or dine at 2128 Ford Parkway Street, in Lunds and…

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Very Walkable: St. Paul Summit-University and Cathedral Hill

The Summit-University area, rated very walkable, and filled with some of the hottest spots in town, is well worth a look for individuals looking to buy a condo or a home. The area has an active lifestyle built in, with swimming and fitness classes offered at the YWCA of Cathedral Hill. Outside the YWCA is a great area for cyclists and meanderers. Walk a mile west from the YWCA for a healthy lunch at  J. Selby’s on Victoria Street—a restaurant committed to sustainability goals. Follow Selby westward, and you’ll find many dining spots and shops to check out on your way to…

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