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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Get social and follow along!

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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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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 http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ccs/TISH/ccs_rrlinked 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 http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ccs/TISH/index.htm


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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.