Home Staging Tips from Angie Herself

September 13th, 2016

If you’re on a budget when selling your home and don’t want to make a bunch of expensive fixes and renovations, you’re in luck. We have got some great tips to share with you today, courtesy of Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks.

Here are some great ways to make your home look clean and simplified:

1. Make your front door look great. It’s the very first and very last thing buyers will see when they visit your house. You want it to look clean and free of distractions.

2. Get your yard green and weed-free. It’s not hard to do with a little fertilizer.

3. Don’t forget to caulk and trim any driveway or sidewalk cracks.

4. Make sure the street number is visible from the curb.

5. Appeal to the neighbors. If the neighbors like the home, the new owners will too.

Appealing to the neighbors is important.

These are five simple things you can do to help your home stand out in this market.
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Why it Doesn’t Pay to Be Greedy in Real Estate

August 17th, 2016

When it comes to finding a good deal in real estate, you really don’t want to get greedy. I always pay full price because I only buy things that are a really good deal. By “good deal” I mean someone has either mispriced them or failed to see the value in something that I understand to be there.

You don’t want to get greedy.

Even in a slow market, another person who understands the ups and downs of a specific property will be right around the corner.
It’s not worth saving $5,000 to lose what could potentially be a great investment property to have in my portfolio.

Too many people focus on the listed price and want to get a percentage below that when they should be focusing on what the house should sell for. Negotiations are only a tiny part of buying a property. The bigger upside is still within the property itself.

Remember, it’s okay to pay full price.

If you ever want help figuring out how to create wealth through real estate or buy properties that are smart investments, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

3 Things to Think About During the Inspection Period

July 22nd, 2016

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Here in the Twin Cities, I get questions all the time about the inspection period and what people should be aware of during the process. Here are three of the top things you should keep an eye out for during the inspection period to ensure a smooth transaction:

  1. Check your finances. If you haven’t already talked at length with a lender, make sure you understand the payment and all the taxes that come with it so you can stay on budget.ChristyKimbrel_PullQuote7.22.16
  1. Hire a professional inspector. Make sure it’s someone reputable who has referrals to back them up. Maybe ask your agent for a recommendation. The problem in Minnesota is that there are no licensed inspectors and almost anyone can get certified, even a dog. Make sure you really understand the history of your inspector and are confident they will do a good job.
  1. Check with the city. If there are any future plans for development or construction in or around your neighborhood, be aware of them. You want to fully understand these things so your future time in the property is enjoyed as much as possible.

There are a whole bunch of other things to consider, but these are the three key points that will help you make the right decisions. If you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to hear from you!

Can’t-Miss Outdoor Summer Festivals in Minnesota

July 7th, 2016

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We’re right in the thick of summer, and along with this comes lots of outdoor festivals. Luckily our state is host to many different activities, and there are lots of outdoor festivals that you and your family can attend. Today I’ll be touching the surface on a few that I would recommend visiting.

From the Pride Parade to Apple Days to the Raspberry Festival – there is something for everyone!

Check out this list and enjoy!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about real estate in the Twin Cities, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Celebrating July 4th in the Twin Cities Area

June 23rd, 2016

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As you know, I usually do a Fourth of July video, and I just realized that it’s right around the corner!

This year I will be providing a list of locations to see fireworks around the Twin Cities. It’s a fantastic time of year, and it’s highly celebrated both here and across the country. Minnesotans love nothing more than getting out on the water and out to the parks to catch a display of fireworks or lighting off some fireworks of their own.

I hope you’re enjoying your time with your family. Happy Independence Day! Thanks so much for watching; if you have any questions just shoot me an email or give me a call.

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Should You Be Using Zillow to Search for Twin Cities Homes?

June 3rd, 2016

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I get calls from people all the time about properties that they have found on websites like Zillow, Trulia, or Realtor.com. They have seen homes on these websites and fallen in love with them, but they are let down when they find out that these homes are actually unavailable and were sold days or even weeks before.

This happens because these websites often feature inaccurate and outdated information. Homes that they say are ‘for sale’ may actually have sold a few days ago but the listings have not been removed from the site. I hate to see my clients disappointed by things like this because it is so avoidable. You really shouldn’t put 100% of your faith in these online listing sites.


Real estate agents use the MLS (multiple listing service) to find listings, and this system is updated instantly and provides us with the most accurate information possible. Only Realtors have access to the MLS, so you need to contact one if you want the most updated real estate information possible.

A Realtor can give you direct access to the MLS, and this will give you an advantage as a home buyer in a hot market. You can call me directly or respond to this email if you wish to access the MLS. Interest rates are incredibly low right now, so it’s a fantastic time to purchase a home.

I look forward to continuing this conversation with you!

3 Reasons Why Your Offer Gets Rejected

May 19th, 2016

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There are plenty of reasons why an offer might not be accepted, especially in the competitive Twin Cities real estate market. Particularly, there are three common reasons to know about, so you can avoid them in the future.


  1. You come in too low. In an aggressive market with low inventory, it’s important to present a viable option to the seller. Your agent can provide you with invaluable sales data. You should come in low enough to score a great value if you have a strong negotiator, but don’t come in so low that the seller won’t take you seriously! Submit an aggressive, yet plausible, offer.
  2. The listing agent could be a jerk. Agents’ ego can interfere in transactions, which ultimately disservice to the whole real estate community. Yet, these people exist. They think their way is the highway and give poor advice to sellers. It’s important to match yourself with an agent who can handle these situations.
  3. That agent can have an offer themselves. This is a challenge. They might say things they shouldn’t. They might even have a buyer in their back pocket. In a multiple offer situation, step with your best foot forward and personalize your offer. I’d even recommend asking your agent to present the offer in person. That extra mile can make a big difference to a seller.

Hopefully, you find this information helpful when submitting an offer. You can always reach to me by phone or email. I’d be happy to help you in any way I can!

What Can You Expect From the Market Moving Forward?

May 2nd, 2016

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The reason for the recent increase in inventory in some areas is due to the fact that certain homes aren’t creating new buyers. There is a huge discrepancy between the number of homes of homes being sold and the number of move-up buyers in the market. Empty nesters looking to downsize and first-time buyers looking for smaller homes are the two groups making up most of the buyers in the market right now.

Many empty nesters are finding now to be a pretty good time to sell. Many bought homes at the bottom of the market back in 2011 and have held onto them until the market is in a better place. The time is now! Home values have recovered and are now back at pre-recession levels. This high level of appreciation probably can’t be sustained, so now is a great time to cash in on your equity.

Since there are so many homes with a lot of value, and not a ton of buyers looking to buy them, we’re going to start to see prices soften. So, if you’re serious about making your move and getting the highest possible value for your home, you need to reach out to us and get the ball rolling today. Give us a call or shoot us an email at any time to discuss your options. We would love to hear from you!

Where Are the Best Places to Eat on Lake Minnetonka?

April 1st, 2016

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Today, I want to talk about some of the finest options available if you want to dine on the water here in the Twin Cities
. There is a lot of great stuff out there, so pay attention!

A few of our favorites are 6Smith, Cove, Bayside, Maynards, and Fletcher’s. All of these restaurants have great vibes and offer scenic views of the lake. However, sometimes the weather will determine which choice is best. Fletcher’s is great if it’s windy, Maynards and Bayside are not! Your lettuce may actually blow off the plate in those places if the wind is howling.

On a really hot day, you might not want to go to Fletcher’s because it’s an area that doesn’t get a lot of air flow! Bayside and Maynards are great if you want to get a breeze off the lake on a warm day. It really depends on the conditions.


Really, all of these restaurants are great choices. Whether you’re going in your beach gear or you’re wearing your Sunday best, it doesn’t matter! Anything goes on the water!

If you have questions about the best places to eat on Lake Minnetonka, or if you have any questions about real estate in the area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I would love to hear from you!


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March 30th, 2016

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