Category Archives: Matt Engen Group

A team of realtors living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sharing what we love and how we do it. We are the Matt Engen Group.

Fall home maintenance

It’s that time of the year once again, fall has arrived and with it we have your fall home maintenance to do list.

While we know home maintenance can be anything but fun but doing these tasks will save you time and money over the long run. A little regular maintenance will protect your investment.

  1. Clear gutters of leaves, sticks and other debris. We have leaf guards on most of our gutters, which I highly recommend, definitely worth the investment (and no this is not an ad) but if you don’t it’s time to get out the ladder and clean your gutters you’ll be surprised how much debris you’ll find.
  2. Drain garden hoses and put them away. Faucets and pipes can freeze and burst in our frigid temps which is a big mess that you will want to avoid.
  3. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned. Fire burning season is almost upon us and we could not be more excited. We love to cozy up around a warm and inviting fire but we also know that chimneys need to be inspected and cleaned for your safety. This is also area that continues to come up on inspections. Take care of your chimney now so you don’t have to pay later.
  4. Have your furnace inspected. You don’t want to wake up when it’s 40 below and find out you don’t have any heat. Get it tuned up now. Most places offer specials this time of the year.
  5. Check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. I know most people save this for when the clocks fall back or spring ahead but I think it’s essential and should be done more than twice a year to protect you and your loved ones.

Historic IMS Lofts

The historic IMS (International Market Square) Lofts are some of the best, most authentic lofts available in Minneapolis. Thoughtfully designed they feature exposed brick, large industrial windows, high ceilings, wood floors and an open floor plan. Depending on which way your unit faces they also offer unbeatable views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Minnesota Twins Stadium. With an added bonus of a private fireworks display when the Minnesota Twins are in season.

290 Market Street, #511, Minneapolis, MN 55405 | Matt Engen Group

The Minneapolis Farmer’s Market and The Walker Art Center are just a few steps away as is the Minnesota Twins Baseball Stadium. Located just outside the popular North Loop area you’re also super close countless breweries and so many popular restaurants.

Be sure to check out 290 Market Street, unit #511 which is currently available for sale.

spring home maintenance

Spring is in the air! Which means it’s time to clean and spruce up our homes. For many of us our homes are one of our largest investments so taking care of it should be a top priority. A well maintained home will sell quick in any market. Maintaining your home is critical to to keep and even increase its value.

Follow the checklist below to get your home ready for spring in no time!


  • Clean up the yard. Pick up wrappers, sweep the sidewalks, take down the holiday lights and remove all those dead winter greens.
  • Replace your welcome mat.
  • Clean the siding if possible and check for damage to exterior woodwork. Repair and reseal areas as needed.
  • Check the condition and clean your windows. Chalk and replace weather stripping where needed. A tight seal keeps out air and water.
  • Take a look at the chimney, foundation and roof. Call in the experts if you see missing shingles, see cracks in the foundation or missing joints between the bricks on your chimney. All of those can lead to water getting inside your home and no one wants that.
  • Give your AC unit a once over. Change the filter and check hose connections for leaks.  If your AC wasn’t running the best at the end of the year now is the time to call in a professional.


  • Dust the trim, window and door casings and don’t forget to dust the fans in bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Wash or dry clean the curtains and dust the blinds.
  • Wash or replace the shower liner.
  • Vacuum the furniture and mattresses. Consider renting a carpet cleaner or calling in a professional.
  • Remove everything from your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, wipe down the inside and outside of the cabinets with warm soapy water. Now is also an excellent time to remove any unwanted, expired or broken items, consider donating them or throwing them away.
  • Pull out the refrigerator and clean behind it.
  • Get rid of all that old paint and other hazardous items. For locations in the Twin Cities check here.
  • Remove all items from the mudroom and wipe down the surfaces. Store the winter gear away and bring out the summer fun!

record low inventory

Our local real estate market is expected to continue to do very well in 2021. Prices are up over last year. According to the 2020 report released by the Minneapolis Area Realtors the median sales price rose by 8.9%. A record high. Days on market are down. Mortgage rates are at historic lows and buyer activity is strong. The only thing missing is inventory, it’s at an all time low. What does this mean for you as a home buyer and a home seller?

If you are a Home Buyer:

  • Be realistic and clear guidelines for what you want.
  • Be patient, it may take several tries to secure the home of your dreams.
  • Be ready, when you finally find the house you will need to make some quick decisions. Discuss how far you are willing to go with your partner and your real estate agent. Make sure you understand what that all means.

If you are a Home Seller:

  • Discuss whether or not you need to wait for the Spring market. Buyer demand is at an all time high. Now really is the perfect time to sell.
  • Be ready manage showing activity and your personal COVID 19 safety concerns. Discuss these with your agent prior to going on the market.
  • Understand that you are in the drivers seat but be reasonable. The shoe may soon be on the other foot.

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!