Decorating for Fall

Adding fall decor to your home when it’s for sale can be tricky. After all you want to appeal to as many potential home buyers as possible, keep the clutter you worked so hard to remove at bay and still enjoy the season. Not an easy task if you ask me but it is possible.

The key is to focus on a few key area’s to decorate, without going overboard. This way you can still enjoy the season without distracting potential home buyers.

The front door. This is a great and easy place to add some seasonal fall decor. This can easily be done by refreshing your front pots with seasonal flowers like mums, aster and purple fountain grass, placing a harvest themed wreath on your door and adding a few pumpkins.

The dining room table and/or kitchen island. Another favorite of mine and super easy to accomplish. All you need is a tray, a vase filled with seasonal flowers or grasses, a candle and a pumpkin, preferably one painted to match your decor, then place them together on the tray and viola you have a centerpiece that’s easy to move on and off the table or island when needed.

The fireplace. Tis the season for fireplaces so it’s a great idea to highlight the fireplace and cosy up the space around it. This can be accomplished by adding a few pumpkins in a row across your mantle, placing a few candles and some greenery and either end and finishing off the space by placing a basket filled with plush pillows and a faux fur throw next to it.

Simple fall decor ideas when your house is listed for sale. This image is highlighting the fireplace.
Here’s a beautiful example.
I found this one on Pinterest too!

Week by Week; another look

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.

Week by Week; Sold signs & 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!

Declutter your closets

Decluttering your closets is an important step when getting your home ready to sell and this task should not be overlooked! Seriously, potential home buyers will look in every single closet and you want to show them that your home does in fact have ample storage.

To get started set aside some time and get some boxes or bags. Depending on your closet you may need to schedule a whole day, but for sure a couple hours.

Next step is to take everything out of the closet and separate it into 2 piles. Love, it’s going back. No longer love, it’s going away.

Now, clean the closet. Wipe down the walls and vacuum or scrub the floors.

After you’ve cleaned the closets it’s finally time to put everything back in. A few tips to keep things looking orderly; try to keep things off the floor including shoes, organize by color, if you’re using bins, label them and if possible use all the same color or type of hangers.

Once everything is back in your closet give yourself a quick pat on the back but don’t forget about that other pile. You know all that stuff you no longer want. It’s time to load it up and either throw it out or donate it. You are not done until this step is complete.

#closetorganization #stagingyourhome #mattengengroup

Week by Week; 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!

#weekbyweek #thesearethemoments #remaxresults #mattengengroup

Is Buying a Duplex a Good Idea?

Interested in real estate investing? Buying a duplex may be a good option for you to consider.

The unique thing and what we like most about investing in a duplex is that it gives you a few additional options as a real estate investor.

You can chose to owner occupy one of the units while collecting rent on the other unit or you could rent out both units. Both should provide some additional cash flow.

If you chose to owner occupy the unit this extra income can help you live cheaper while paying down your existing mortgage. And if you chose to rent out both units you can stockpile the extra income for a future investment while having someone else pay down the mortgage.

Another benefit to purchasing a duplex if you’re a first time home owner is that it may increase your borrowing potential since you can often use the rent as income to qualify.

And live there or not owning a duplex comes with newly added tax benefits as a Landlord.

Want to learn more, we’d love to help.

Southwest Minneapolis Homes

If you follow us on Instagram it’s no secret, I have a thing for pretty houses, some would say I’m obsessed. Good thing Minneapolis has a lot of pretty houses to keep happy. Here are a few of my current faves.

Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
The front porch, the hydrangea’s, the details under the soffits, it’s all so good.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Again with the front porch and the landscaping!
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
I love how the window boxes match the chairs in the front yard.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
This house has always been a favorite, it’s just so grand!
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Yes please to the curves, the peaks and that door.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Sweet and detailed simplicity.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
The tulips compliment the house.

Our Favorite Lynnhurst Neighborhood Restaurants

It’s no secret, we love to eat out. We also love to support the small businesses in our neighborhood. So I’m working our way through Southwest Minneapolis sharing our go to spots in each neighborhood. If you remember from my previous posts there are 9 different neighborhoods that make up Southwest Minneapolis. I started with our favorite Kingfield restaurants mostly because there are so many. But today I thought it was time to share our favorite Lynnhurst neighborhood restaurants. It’s a smaller list compared to Kingfield but I think you’ll agree, they’re both awesome.

Let’s start with George and the Dragon, this is our go to family neighborhood spot. Seriously we can’t go here without running in to at least a few people we know. It’s cozy and warm just like the staff and the food. The Ultimate Burger and the Asian Hangover are family favorites. Just be sure to call ahead because as I mentioned this really is a Lynnhurst neighborhood favorite and it fills up fast.

Next up is Terzo. Matt and I don’t typically bring the kids here mostly because we like to order a bottle of wine and sit at the bar. But we love it for some of the same reasons we love George and the Dragon. It’s cozy and warm and the staff is friendly and the food is so fantastic. Your dining experience always starts with a small bite, it’s a little bite of something spectacular on a spoon and I love it. It makes us happy and sets the tone for a wonderful dining experience.

How to Keep your House Clean for Showings

Keeping your house clean for showings can be stressful, I get it. But if you start with a clean slate and follow these 3 tips every single day I promise your house will always be show ready.

  1. Get in the habit of re-setting every room. If you brought in a cup of water, take it out. If you snuggled in with a blanket, put it away. I could go on, but I think you get the point. If you used it, put it away when you’re done.
  2. At the end of the night take 15 minutes and make sure there are no dishes in the sink, the dishwasher has been started, the floors have been swept and the trash has been taken out.
  3. Before you leave the house make sure the bed has been made, the breakfast dishes have been put away, the window treatments have been opened, the kitchen and bathroom surfaces have been wiped down and you’ve flushed all the toilets.

When you break down the cleaning to manageable chunks it shouldn’t get overwhelming. Last piece of advice, if you live with others, delegate and the process of keeping your house clean for showings gets even easier.

Southwest Minneapolis

We love living here and can’t wait to tell you why. But first a little history if you’re new to the area. The City of Minneapolis is divided into 11 communities, each containing multiple neighborhoods, with over 80 different and vibrant neighborhoods. There really is something for everyone.

9 of these neighborhoods make up Southwest Minneapolis. They are Kenny, Armatage, Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Windom, King Field, East Harriet and Linden Hills. We live in the Kenny neighborhood and have for over 16 years.

We picked Minneapolis and our neighborhood for a variety of different reasons the first being the proximity to the Lakes and Minnehaha Creek. We love to be outside and having the Creek and the Lake within walking distance to enjoy on a daily basis is pure joy. For us and our dog.

Southwest Minneapolis | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group

That said our neighborhood also offers easy access to 35W and Hwy 62, which make it easy to get just about anywhere in the Twin Cities. A bonus for us as Realtors!

Next, we think our house is pretty awesome. I love how all the houses are different in Minneapolis. If you follow our Instagram account you can see why.

And finally Southwest Minneapolis is a hotbed for small, local and unique shops and restaurants. It’s probably our favorite part of living where we live. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and we love to support them, because without them our neighborhoods would not be the same.

Southwest Minneapolis | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group

Not sure exactly which Minneapolis neighborhood you’re in, you can look it up here. http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/links/index.htm

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