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:
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 in budget.
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 you’re confident they will do a good job.
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 type 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!
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!
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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Today, we’re going to discuss something slightly different compared to previous videos: the ice out on Lake Minnetonka. It’s been about 138 years since we had the ice go out this early. The earliest ice out on recorded is March 11. We’re extremely excited about this. If you know anything about me, you know I’m fairly obsessed with the lake and anything summer related.
How does this tie into real estate? With the ice out, our spring market has started. Our spring market typically begins in February, and it’s been going strong this year. The beautiful weather will help increase attraction to our area.
They say rising tides raise boats. Hopefully, we can say the same for the real estate market! I will say that if you’re planning on moving this year, make your move as far from the election as possible. As November approaches, things can get more volatile. Make your move as soon as you can. Now is the opportune time to act in the surrounding Twin Cities area! If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!