Moving Day

Congratulations, it’s moving day! A few things to remember as you move your items out and prepare the home for the new owners.

  • Remove all personal property not included in the purchase agreement.
  • Remove all paint cans, unless you have confirmed with the buyer’s agent that the
    new buyers want them.
  • Remove everything from the attic and garage rafters, even if it was there before
    you moved in.
  • Wipe down all appliances, countertops, clean the toilets and swifter the floors.
  • Lock all windows and doors and bring keys and garage door openers with you
    to closing.

And don’t forget to call the utility companies and your insurance agent to let them know you’re moving.

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Our top 5 design trends for sellers


When it comes time to sell your home being aware of the latest trends and what todays buyers are looking for can help a home get sold quickly and at a higher price. Incorporating all the latest trends may not be advisable for your home, it’s important to talk with your REALTOR first, but taking what you have and making it modern with color, texture and materials is fun and can be accomplished in a weekend. Here are our top 5 picks for 2017.

  1. Contrasting islands. Do you have an all white kitchen, consider painting your island a contrasting color, consider black, gray or navy blue.
  2. Hexagonal tile backsplash or really any geometric shape.
  3. Wall of tile in the kitchen. This creates a beautiful focal point and looks even prettier with some open shelving.
  4. Marble surfaces. We’re seeing this on countertops, flooring, tabletops and home accessories.
  5. Gray and Beige paints still top the list. Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe is sure to be a winner as it combines the two.

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Twin Cities Real Estate Market

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Due to record low inventory homes are selling quickly and sellers are cheering. But if you find yourself on the other side of the market ready to buy your first home, low inventory, or lack of homes to see may have you feeling a little differently. The process may be a little frustrating but don’t be discouraged or let this news detour you from starting your home search. The right home is out there, you just need a little patience and the right REALTOR on your side.

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Minneapolis Truth in Housing Inspection

Prior to listing your Minneapolis home for sale you will need to complete a Truth in Housing inspection. The goal of these inspections is to provide potential buyers information on the condition of the property while also helping the city of Minneapolis keep up the quality of housing available. A few things you should know about these inspections; The inspections are required to completed 3 days prior to your home going on the market. They cost anywhere between $170 and $200 and need to be completed by a licensed evaluator. The inspections take about an hour and they’re valid for 2 years or one sale, the report has to be in the current sellers name.

Prior to scheduling your inspection it’s wise to take a look at the common repair and replace items, found on the City of Minneapolis’ website and fix anything on this list prior to the inspection, if you don’t you risk needing a re-inspection and paying another fee.

The report will be provided to the seller, a copy of the report should be made and kept in the house for potential buyers to see and review. All repairs if any are required to be completed prior to closing or negotiated for the buyer to accept responsibility. If the buyer accepts responsibility they need to make the repairs within 90 days of closing.

For more information or to find an evaluator you can visit their website at


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Prepping your Home for Sale

It’s that time of the year. Our phone is ringing and people are asking the question “We’re thinking of selling our home in the Spring, what should we be doing to get it ready?” So we put together this list.

  1. Clean – you need a clean slate to really understand the current condition of your home.
  2. Open your window treatments, let the light shine in.
  3. Paint – now that you’ve let the light in and cleaned the walls you may or may not notice the need for a fresh coat of paint. When selecting a new color, be sure to pay attention to trends, nothing dates a home quicker than outdated colors, you don’t want the buyer to feel like your house is stuck in the 90’s.
  4. When painting don’t forget the trim!
  5. Replace the carpet – even if you took good care of your carpet it probably a lot more matted down and dirtier than you realize. If it really doesn’t need to be replaced consider getting it cleaned.
  6. Organize and declutter – now is the time, and this is not a small or easy task. Be ruthless as you go through room by room, closet by closet and clear your house of everything you no longer need or use.
  7. Remove personal pictures – you don’t need to remove every single picture, a little personality is always welcome but an entire gallery wall dedicated to your little cutie pie is just too much.
  8. Pay attention to the little things – replace dirty, missing or broken switch plates and outlet covers.
  9. Finish all unfinished projects – that missing screen, the broken door…
  10. Replace all missing, burnt out lightbulbs – proper lighting is important.

Keep in mind that this is just the beginning, there may be more to do, but this will get you started and headed in the right direction.


2017 Market Update


Only 5 more days till the new year! 2017 is expected to be another good year for housing. Buyers and Sellers can expect modest growth in home prices, low inventory and low interest rates.

Listing levels are predicted to rise as home owners start to gain equity in their homes. If you’re considering selling your home now is a good time to familiarize yourself with what today’s homebuyers are looking for; updated kitchens and bathrooms, open floor plans and hardwood floors. Homes that are move in ready move faster than homes that are not.

If you’re considering buying or selling in 2017 don’t delay. January is often a forgotten but good month in Minneapolis. There will be less inventory, which means fewer houses to look at but the buyers who are braving the freezing cold to look for a home are typically serious buyers.

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Happy Holidays!

Above all else the holiday season is a time for home, it’s a time to give thanks for our families, friends, our clients who allow us to do what we love; selling homes in and around Minneapolis, the food on the table and the drinks in our glasses. From our families to yours we wish you all a very merry holiday season.

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Holiday decor for the holidays

Between keeping your house clean for potential showings and all the shopping that needs to be done you may be wondering if you should decorate for the holidays.  After all the work you just did to get your home ready is it worth it, would the stager approve? My answer is always yes and yes!  Decorating for the holidays can add a touch of warmth and create a festive environment that potential buyers will enjoy, just be sure to follow these 5 tips and deck the halls!

  1. Clean first. Yes I know you just cleaned but when your home is listed for sale you can’t clean enough.
  2. Take inventory of what you have. Be mindful of your homes color palette. Use only what matches and forgo the rest. Too many decorations especially those that don’t match will be distracting.
  3. Figure out where you are going to place the tree, how much room do you really have? It may be a good year to buy a smaller tree, one that doesn’t take over the room or block entry or natural walk ways.
  4. If you have a fireplace be sure to hang the stockings with care and decorate the mantle. Some greenery and candles provide a gorgeous, natural touch that will highlight the natural focal point of the room and a highly desired selling feature.
  5. Go easy with the outside decorations, you may need to put away the blow up Santa and instead opt to put some greenery in your pots and a wreath on your door.

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>> Spoiler alert, this post has nothing to do with real estate. <<

November is national gratitude month. Yet another reason to love November. I know, most people don’t love November, we tend to rush right through it, frantically counting down the days to Christmas and the New Year, but I rather enjoy it. We got married in November, so did my mom and dad and Thanksgiving is in November. To be clear, I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving because of the food, I’m not a fan of turkey or cranberries, I find delight in the mashed potatos and corn but that’s about it. What I love about Thanksgiving is our tradtion, we gather at my sisters, with no expectations, we eat an amazing meal and drink a lot of wine. It’s an easy holiday, no candy, no presents, just family and friends gathering together to simply be together. And I need, or more accurately put, want more of that. So I’m going to practice being happy with the simple things in life. I am going to find joy in everyone I meet and in everything thing I do, thankfully I love what I do, so that helps. I am going to focus on the positive and spread joy. I encourage you to do it with me, why not. I’m told the world will be a better place if we do. Let’s make that happen.

#grateful #thankful #blessed #nationalgratitudemonth

Fall is a good time to buy a home.


Here are 3 great reasons to buy a home in the fall. Yes, there are still houses for sale and no they are not the leftovers. It really does work out better for some people to move the fall.

  1. There’s less competition. The majority of the home buyers you were in competition with a few months ago wanted to be in and settled before school started and the craziness of the holiday season arrived.
  2. You get to take advantage of tax breaks. You can deduct both property tax and mortgage interest for the year.
  3. Fall is a beautiful, quiet time of the year, it’s a great time if you don’t want to feel rushed and our neighborhoods are beautiful!