5 steps to selling your home

Selling your home? Here are 5 steps you should do to get you and your home ready for sale.

Talk to your Realtor: We highly recommend contacting the Matt Engen Group but getting your Realtor involved at the very beginning of your journey is key. Your Realtor will want to know your goals and timeline and will then connect you with the right people to make things happen.

Treat your home like a business: This house is no longer your home, it’s an asset, one you’re trying to get top dollar for so disconnect emotionally from the living room paint color and the pictures on the wall. Now is not the time to take other peoples likes and dislikes personally.

Learn your homes market value: After visiting your home, your Realtor will put together a CMA, a Comparative Market Analysis. This includes information about the local market, recent comparable sales and an opinion of your homes value, this is what the agent believes your home will sell for in todays market.

Get a home staging consultation: The goal of staging is to make your property more marketable by creating a home that is the most appealing to the largest number of perspective buyers. It makes your house look the best for showings, pictures and videos. And homes that are staged typically sell quicker and for more money as a result.

Make the requested changes and repairs: The stager will more than likely make a variety of suggestions from de-cluttering closets and cabinets, fixing the broken closet door, to painting the living room and everything in between, complete the entire list and move on, you may have purchased the property that way but it doesn’t mean that is shouldn’t be fixed now. Remember the goal, we want to appeal to the largest number of perspective buyers possible.

#mattengengroup #sellingahome #home #realtor #staging


2018 New Home Goals

Is buying a home one of your goals for the new year?  If you’re nodding your head yes, you’ll want to be ready to go, don’t delay and take these steps today.

  1. Talk to the Matt Engen Group. Because we have a strong understanding of the local housing market and can often help provide referrals or direction if you’re not sure where to get started.
  2. Consult a Lender. This is an important step and the quicker you do this the easier it will to plan and prepare your budget for the new year. They can help you answer questions like; How much will I need for a down payment? What are closing costs? How much will my monthly payments be? And then you can decide if they’re inline with your 2018 goals.
  3. Decide where you want to live. Visit the neighborhoods you’re considering, walk the streets and visit the local establishments. Plan your commute to work and actually drive it, during rush hour. If you have kids you’ll want to check out the neighborhood schools.
  4. Start looking at homes online. And I’m not talking about the popular Real Estate sites like Zillow or Trulia have our team set up an MLS search, this is a great way to get an idea of what is available in the neighborhoods you’ve selected in your price range and MLS is the most up to date and accurate information you can find.
  5. Consider starting sooner than later. You’ll have less competition and more ability to negotiate.

Buying your first home is exciting, and we believe it’s a good decision but there’s a lot to think about before you start looking so it’s a good thing we’re here to help. If you’re ready to get started or just have a few questions contact our team today we’re happy to help.

2018 New Home Goals | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group

#mattengengroup #REALTORS #buyingahome #newhomegoals #2018




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


#homefortheholidays #home #mattengengroup #mnrealestate

Southwest Minneapolis Neighborhoods

We’ve lived in the Kenny neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis going on 17 years now.  We love this neighborhood so much we actually moved next door. Yes we moved next door. No worries, I thought it was odd at the time too. But I’m happy we did it and really couldn’t imagine living any where else.

The Kenny neighborhood is a quiet neighborhood at the very edge of Southwest Minneapolis our boundaries are West 54th Street to the north, Lyndale Avenue South and Highway 121 to the east, West 62nd Street to the south, and Logan Avenue South to the west.

The homes in the Kenny neighborhood were built between the 1930s and 1950s. Bungalows dominate, but there are also two-story homes. We happen to live in one of the two-story homes with cedar siding. It’s a blue house, perched on a hill and it brings us much joy.

We love our neighbors, Kenny park, Kenny Community School, Anthony Middle School, the quick and easy access to Hwy 62, Grass Lake and the shops and restaurants at 54th and Lyndale.

If you’d like to learn more about the neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis or are considering a move, we’d love to chat. After living and working here for the majority of our lives. we can confidently tell you that we know the neighborhoods and understand the local market.

For more information on the neighborhoods of Minneapolis, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/neighborhoods/index.htm


#minneapolis #neighborhood #mattengengroup


Today we pause and give thanks for our family and friends, the food on the table, the drinks in our hands, the roof over our head and for you our clients, who give us the opportunity to do the work we love.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous time with family and friends.



#thanksgiving #mattengengroup #realtors #thankful


National Gratitude Month

November is National Gratitude Month and like us, you may practice being thankful and kind all year long so to have a month dedicated to being grateful may seem kind of silly, but there seems to be a day and a month to celebrate everything so why not gratitude? Especially since practicing gratitude has been proven to make us happier less stressed people and I think we could all use a little more happiness and a little less stress. So here are the top 10 things I am grateful for not just today but all year long.

  1. My family. This includes my husband and two boys as well as my mom, dad, brothers, sisters, in-laws and cousins.
  2. My friends, I could not live this life without them.
  3. My home. It’s where my family gathers, it’s where fun happens, it’s where rest happens, to me it’s peace and security and I’m happy I have one.
  4. Books. I mostly read them for entertainment but every book I read teaches me something and I can not imagine a world without books.
  5. Food. I really don’t like to cook it but I sure do enjoy eating it, especially if someone else makes it.
  6. Wine. If you know me, you know this had to be on the list.
  7. Travel. I’m extremely lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to travel as much as I have. Like books, I mostly travel for entertainment but I learn something new every time I travel.
  8. Willow trees, baby ducks and the ocean.
  9. A healthy body.
  10. Work. Without it none of this is possible.

#nationalgratitudemonth #mattengengroup #realtor #thankful #grateful

Matt Engen Group | 2017 Real Trends

We’re excited to make the list of the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents. This list recognized the most productive U.S agents and teams by state based on closed transaction sides and sale volume.

#realtrends #realtors #team #remaxresults #mattengengroup


We all take vacations for a variety of reasons. Some of us need a break from work or kids or life in general and some of us truly just like to explore and experience new things. I take vacations to admire the different architectural home styles around the world.  I’ve always loved to see how people live and experience the culture but more importantly I like to see what they live in, I like to see their homes. For me there’s nothing better than wandering the streets, with no destination or purpose, I just take picture after picture of the beautiful homes I see and I take it all in. I post a few to our Instagram page @mattengengroup but mostly I take them because they speak to me. Each and every home has a story to share, the more homes I see, the more I learn to appreciate my surroundings and enjoy the simply beauty of home, including my own.

The canal houses of Amsterdam.


The Moorish-style architecture of the houses in Positano Italy.


Our classic colonial in Minneapolis, MN.


#home #architecture #homestyles #howwehome #amsterdam #italy #minneapolis #mn


Fall Clean Up

It’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming season. And Fall is the best time of the year to get that done, it’s still fairly warm out so your fingers won’t freeze.

  1. Inspect and clean your gutters.
  2. Drain water and winterize outdoor faucets.
  3. Replace your furnace filter.
  4. Clean your fireplace or call the guy to come clean your fireplace.
  5. Test the fire alarms and CO detectors.
  6. Rake the leaves and bring in your flower pots.
  7. Drain and store the lawn mower and get the snow blower ready, like it or not, it’s coming.
  8. Clean and organize the garage.

#fall #home #homemaintenance #todo #mattengengroup