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Fixing Up the Fixer-Upper

HGTV has built an empire selling viewers on a rose-tinted view of purchasing a "fixer-upper” property, either with the prospect of living in a DIY dream home or flipping it for a profit down the road. But out here in the real world, sometime...

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Prep the Yard: An Inside Look at Exterior Staging

When we begin down the challenging road of selling our homes, we spend hours upon hours perfectly staging the interior of the house. We burn candles that smell like fresh baked cookies (or, for the particularly dedicated, we bake up a batch of...

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Three Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

Through smartphone screens and over laptop keyboards, we all truly have the world at our fingertips.  From ridesharing services to dating apps, hotel rentals to booking air travel, we live in a DIY universe.  As you start down the road to buy...

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Your Minneapolis Real Estate Report for May 2019

It may be spring, but we are seeing some of the latest snowfalls on record.  From Idaho to Wisconsin to our very own Minnesota, winter is having a hard time letting us go this spring!  But good news: the weather may still be frightful, but th...

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Weekend Guide For April 26-28

Your Weekend Guide for Things to do in Minneapolis: April 26-28 As we head into late spring, winging our way to summer, you might find yourself looking around and wanting to mix it up. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. O...

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The HOA FAQ

By Ryan Platzke: Homeowner’s associations, better known as HOAs, are becoming more and more popular as we head into 2019. But for many of us, we think of HOAs as a mystery at best, and power-crazed, expensive dictators at worst. So what’s...

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How Not to Sell Your House

By Ryan Platzke: We’ve all been there. You make the life-altering decision to sell your home and move on to the next adventure.What comes after that decision?Research, of course! A quick Google search will turn up page after page of tips,...

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The Walk Through Walkthrough

By Ryan Platzke: You’ve done it.You’ve made it through the negotiations, completed a home inspection, and had any or all necessary repairs made.All that’s left is to dot those I’s, cross those T’s, and you’ll have done it! You’l...

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Starting the New Year With a Starter Home

"Have you heard about Christine and Mark? They just bought the cutest little starter house out in the suburbs.” The names may change, the city too, but we’ve all heard some version of this sentence. Maybe you’d like someone to say that...

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