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What We’re Thankful For

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a crazy year, this year has definitely been different. But as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday I am still so thankful for so many things.

  1. Our home. It’s warm and welcoming and in a community we adore.
  2. Family. My immediate little nest and my extended fam.
  3. Friends. They keep life fun.
  4. Our health. Especially this year.
  5. The food on our table.
  6. The drinks in our hand. Currently enjoying a lovely glass of red.
  7. Willow trees, sunshine and baby ducks. Because they always make me smile.
  8. Old houses. I love the different styles, the details and the stories they have to tell. If you want to learn more about my love for old houses, you should follow Matt Engen Group on Instagram.
  9. Books, opinions, questions and respect. We learn so much from books and each other. I never want to stop learning or growing.
  10. Our clients and a job that we love.

My Favorite Home Accounts

For pretty houses in the Twin Cities

By now I’m sure you all know I have a thing for pretty houses, especially the ones in Twin Cities. Part of me is madly in love with the house and the other part of me wants to show everyone just how pretty the Twin Cities can be in every season.

I also enjoy social media, for me connecting with others and meeting new people is fun. Instagram though is quickly becoming my favorite for finding all the prettiest local houses. So I figured it was time for me to share my favorite accounts, ones I think you would enjoy following too, so I rounded them up here.

@domesticconjecture – She finds and photographs the most interesting houses and then she writes a fictional story about what is happening in the house. The stories are equally as beautiful as the houses.

@historicminnesota – A fellow Realtor she focuses mainly on exterior shots in towns across Minnesota. She’s featured a few housese from New Ulm and St Peter, towns I remember from when I was younger as well as Stillwater, a local favorite for pretty houses.

@summit_avenue – The bio reads America’s longest stretch of beautifully preserved Victorian era homes. But it’s so much more than that, you really have to experience this feed to appreciate the beauty of these homes. Full of different angles, landscaping and vibrant colors it brings me so much joy.

@rabenson76 – This is a new to me account but I’ve been enjoying the history lesson he shares with each exterior shot.

Now go show these accounts some love and if I’m missing an account please feel free to share.

The Nokomis Nest

We did it! We converted one of our three rental properties to an Airbnb and it’s now available for bookings.

I promise to share more on our decision and the process but for now let me introduce you to The Nokomis Nest, our sweet little 3 bed, 2 bathroom home in the City of Minneapolis.

Located within blocks of Lake Nokomis and so many fantastic restaurants and fun shops. It’s also close to the airport, Mall of American and both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.

When you stay at The Nokomis Nest you will have the entire house to yourself. That’s 1600 finished square feet of space.

There are two bedrooms on the main floor; one has a queen size bed and one has a full size bed. The third bedroom occupies the entire top floor and has a queen size bed.

Main floor bedroom with queen bed
Main floor bedroom with full bed

Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

Both the living room and the downstairs family room are equipped with High Speed Internet and 4K 55 inch TV’s and have Xfinity/ Comcast Cable.

If you’re headed to Minneapolis anytime soon we would love to be your host. We truly love this house and our beautiful city and can’t wait to welcome you.

Our Favorite Sold Listings of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close we’re looking back at a few of our favorite listings. These are the homes we personally loved for one reason or another and if we weren’t in the business we would have moved right in.

Let’s start with 3837 22nd Avenue South. This 3 bed, 1 bath house was built in 1960 and was simply charming. It sold prior to hitting the market and when you take a look at the pics I’m sure you’ll see why.

The exterior view of 3837 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis MN
The updated and gorgeous kitchen was filled with everything today’s buyers want. White cabinetry, marble countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Open to the kitchen this dining room is the perfect spot for dinner parties or game night.
The living room was light and bright and the most beautiful welcome
to the home.

Next up is 5734 Garfield Avenue South. It’s a mid century rambler with a fantastic backyard and an even better 3 season porch. When you live in Minnesota and the mosquitos are as big as your head you appreciate a screened in porch.

See what I’m talking about?
Fireplace, a large picture window, what more could a girl want?
Turns out she wants a dining room with the same window. Just imagine all the natural light.
And finally the 3 season porch. I can see myself here enjoying a glass of wine without having to slap a mosquito every 10 seconds.

And finally I give you 3215 Wellington Lane another mid century dream with an updated kitchen and a 3 season porch. I’m sure you’re starting to see a trend here.

The exterior shot of 3215 Wellington Lane. What you can’t see from this picture is that it sits on a quiet cul-de-sac.
The best part of this gorgeous kitchen is oh who am I kidding it’s all so good!
I could invite all my friends over to enjoy a bottle of wine and no mosquitoes here. Plus the view is completely wooded and private.
I have two very active boys with a lot of friends and this space would be perfect for them.

And there you have it my favorite listings of 2019. Looking forward to 2020 and the opportunity to continue doing what we do best, selling houses and helping buyers find their dream home.

A Look Back at our Week

I can’t believe we are already wrapping up our third Week by Week blog post and the final week of September. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

September is always a great month for our family. I love the opportunity to re-set, the cooler temps give me energy and the boys going back to school brings back some much needed structure to our days.

We used that time to cross a variety of things off our to do list, our business income/expense worksheets for one. I’m not a huge fan of collecting and organizing receipts but I’m a huge fan of being organized and understanding what we need to do for the next 3 months to achieve our business goals.

We closed on 3215 Wellington Lane in Plymouth. This house was seriously one of my faves. I’m a huge fan of mid century ramblers, 3 season porches and updated kitchens. I’m sure the buyers are tickled pink to be moving in and getting settled.

3215 Wellington Lane | Matt Engen Group
3215 Wellington Lane | Matt Engen Group

Matt and I escaped to the SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas to celebrate our soon to be sis-in-law and even with the rain we had a great time. I had no idea we were going to a mini Las Vegas. There was a full blown casino in our hotel. In addition there were multiple restaurants (and they were all so good) fun bars and multiple swimming pools. We also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with flamingos, nurse sharks and sea turtles. If you ever find yourself in the Bahamas we highly recommend staying here.

SLS Baha Mar Swimming Pool | Matt Engen Group
Our favorite swimming pool.
SLS Baha Mar | Matt Engen Group
The cabana’s were to die for. So cute!
The flamingo’s were incredible. A highlight of our trip.

Sold signs & A Coming Soon!

The week of September 16 was a pretty good week for our team. We put a sold sign on two of our listings!

And we spent some time getting our latest listing, a 3 bed, 1 bath, side by side duplex prepped and ready for the market. It’s not officially ready to go yet but it’s coming soon.

Outside of work we managed to shop for our upcoming trip to the Bahamas and enjoy a few dinners with the fam.

We booked our trip prior to Hurricane Dorians arrival. Thankfully the island and hotel we are staying at did not get hit. But as you know there were a lot of people affected by the storm. So the staff at Baha Mar are asking us to pack with love and bring some much needed comfort and supplies for those affected by the storm. Now that is something we can do.

We’re looking forward to visiting the Bahamas and can’t wait to share the highlights with you when we get back. Cheers!

Back to school and back to work!

Sharing the highlights of the week. From work to home and everything in between. Some weeks will be better than others.

The week of September 9, 2019

School started last week and it may have taken us a few days but I think we got our groove back. I love the structure back to school brings, for me it proves to be a great time to re-focus on exercise, sleep and family dinners.

Dillon’s first year as a freshman at Southwest High School.
Preston is a Sophomore this year. It’s so nice to have them at the same school.

We introduced two new houses to the market this week. I know the Spring market gets all the attention but Fall really is a good time to sell a home.

We helped our clients sell this adorable house and buy a new one. We closed both houses on Friday and couldn’t be happier for everyone involved.

And that’s it for this week. See you next time!

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Welcoming the New Year!

Today is January 2nd and we’re sitting at our desks rested from vacation and ready to start the new year. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves and too busy with work and life in general we’d like to stop and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, 2018 was quite the year. Here are a few highlights:

  • Matt was featured in the Top Agent Magazine for Minnesota. They wrote a lovely article highlighting his many years of experience and how growing up and working in Minneapolis his entire life has helped him succeed as a Realtor.
  • Brian was named a Minneapolis Super Real Agent for 2018 by Twin Cities Business and the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine (mspmag.com) for the second year in a row.
  • Espen decided to take on a new role with the team while going back to school full time to pursue a career in Forestry and Natural Resource Management.
  • Our team was nominated and came in second for the first ever Twin Cities Collective Best of 2018 awards.
  • And finally we helped quite a lot of people achieve their real estate goals in 2018. To be exact we helped 29 people purchase their dream home while listing and selling 38 homes.

Thanks again for trusting us to help with all your real estate needs. We appreciate your business and your support.

Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2019!

5 Housewarming Gifts

I feel like we’re always searching for the perfect housewarming gift. One that’s unique, says to the new home owners, hey I actually gave this some thought and one they’ll actually use. It’s hard. Am I right? So I decided to round up my favorite 5 housewarming gifts and share them with you here. These gifts are unique but still practical and sure to get used.

  1. A welcome mat. With so many options to choose from I’m positive you’ll be able to find the perfect one for the new home owners. If you need a little inspiration I have a board dedicated to welcome mats on our Pinterest page. They can be personalized, funny, traditional or all of the above.
  2. A bottle of wine and gift certificate for your favorite local pizza delivery. Because let’s face it when you’re busy moving boxes or cleaning up after a rocking party who wants to think about cooking? And taking the time to introduce them to everyones favorite local pizza delivery is an invaluable service. One they will appreciate for years to come.
  3. Your favorite home design book. My current favorite is Homebody: A Guide To Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Joanna Gaines.  You can also get this one at Target. Which makes it super easy to cross off your to do list.
  4. A marble or wood cutting board. This gift is as pretty as it is practical. And beautiful cutting boards are enjoying a moment right now. I dare you to find a kitchen on Instagram without one.
  5. A framed map of their city or local icon. I love giving these as gifts, people love them. They’re a perfect addition to a gallery wall. We have a map of Minneapolis as well as a print of Lake Harriet and the Foshay Tower as part of our gallery wall. I found ours here on Etsy.

And there you have it our favorite housewarming gifts of the moment. If you’re reading this and have a great housewarming gift idea we’d love to hear from you.

5 Unique Housewarming Gifts | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group

Homes for the Holidays

I’m a huge fan of the freshly fallen snow and the twinkling lights but most of all I love to see how everyone decorates their beautiful homes for the season. Today I’m going to share a few homes I’ve found on Instagram, each one is as different and beautiful as the next. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Homes for the Holiday | Matt Engen Group | Real Estate Blog

I’m not sure where this one came from, I save so many houses I occasionally lose track.

Homes for the Holiday | Matt Engen Group | Real Estate Blog

Instagram @northern_vernacular

Homes for the Holiday | Matt Engen Group | Real Estate Blog

Instagram @patticakewagner

Homes for the Holiday | Matt Engen Group | Real Estate Blog

And this is our house, it’s not as decorated as some but this is where our heart is.

You can find it on Instagram too @mattengengroup

 

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