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.

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Home

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.

 

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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.

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Every showing counts!

When you put a home on the market the pressure is on. Every showing counts. And while you may find it hard to believe buyers do reject potential homes due to reasons you would think or hope they could overlook, it happens. So for every showing no matter how tired of this whole process you are, it’s important to put your best foot forward.

  • Remove or replace dying plants or flowers. Inside and outside. This is especially important as we change seasons in Minnesota. Do yourself a favor and replace your dying petunias with mums.
  • Wash the dishes every day. Do not leave dirty dishes in your sink.
  • Empty the garbage, you’d be surprised by how quickly that can start to smell.
  • Do your laundry. Nobody wants to see or smell your dirty laundry, especially underwear, it makes everyone uncomfortable.
  • Put down the toilet seat. Seriously. How many times do you need to hear this? And for that matter, I can’t believe I have to say it but please flush the toilet.
  • Make your bed.
  • Pick up, stash the daily newspaper in a drawer, fluff your pillows and fold that blanket.
  • And if you have time, I know it’s a lot but sweep, swifter or vacuum.

A clean home really does send a positive message to potentials buyers. It says I have been taken care of, I have been loved and you will love me too.

 

Fall Housing Market

We hear so much about the Spring market. Everyone wants to sell when the housing market is at it’s peak. We get phone calls every day, I’m considering selling my home but I’m wondering if we should wait for the Spring market. Yes home sales typically peak in the Spring, slowing down in July, right in time for the 4th and pick back up again right after school starts and then things slow down for the November and December holidays. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. Yes Spring is a good time to sell your home but the Fall market is good too. People buy and sell houses all year long. We really have listed and sold homes in December and January. We’ve found that buyers who are willing to brave our Minnesota minus zero temps are motivated. You as a seller or a buyer really can benefit from buying and selling real estate in the Fall market. If you’ve prepped your home and it’s ready to go, the baby is on the way or your lease is up waiting for the Spring market isn’t always the right answer the Fall market just may be the best time for you. We’re here to help if you’d like to learn more.

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Love it or hate it?

Social media, I love you and I hate you, it all depends on my day and how many followers I’ve gained or lost over the last 24 hours. 🙂  But seriously most days I really enjoy you, the days I hate you have nothing to do with my followers, instead it has more to do with how much time I’ve just wasted and how that makes me feel, binging on Netflix often leaves me feeling the same way, very unproductive but weirdly relaxed and inspired.

Social media often gives me time to pause and take a look at what my competitors and people I admire are doing, it often inspires me creatively and hopefully I learn from those experiences or at least that’s the goal or what I tell myself late at night. I’d love to hear your thoughts on social media, what do you love about it and since I’m always looking for new inspiration, who do you follow?

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Happy 4th of July!

We hope you find the time to celebrate with friends and family and enjoy our favorite holiday.

Happy Birthday America!

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What you need to know about showing your home

We’ve talked a lot about getting your home ready to sell but what we haven’t talked about is what happens after the sign goes in the yard and people start scheduling appointments to see the home. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • It’s important to be as accommodating as possible. We don’t want to turn anyone down, depending on their schedules they may not make it back another day or another time.
  • More than one showing can happen at a time. I know we all prefer to look at the home in private but it does happen and Realtors will make it work. If I’m showing a home at the same time as another party we typically introduce ourselves and agree to start in the basement or upstairs to give each other space and privacy to view the home.
  • Not every agent is going to remember to leave a card, it happens. I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of this one.
  • And finally feedback doesn’t come immediately, you have to remember that buyers and Realtors are often looking at more than one house and the Realtor typically doesn’t fill out the feedback forms until they are back at their desk.

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