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I've been singing the praises of our Twin Cities Real Estate Market for the past month now.  Sign of improvement are all around.  Many areas are still depressed, and others are shining, but the trends are finally headed in the right direct. The Downtown condo market is really showing signs of imp...
The Windom neighborhood is located in south of Diamond Lake Road to the "Crosstown" (Highway 62), and from Interstate 35W to the east, and 62nd Street and Lyndale Avenue to the west.  Windom neighborhood's namesake William Windom was a United States senator from the mid- to late-1800s and also se...
This morning a friend, whose home is for sale, emailed me to vent some frustrations.  Her feelings are all too common.  Longer market times, price reductions and negative feedback grates on the psyche of all Sellers.   People are even looking at renting their homes out, rather than selling.  It i...
I wanted to wait a few weeks to be sure, but I think it's time to call it, the market has hit bottom! The result of good fundamental market trends (sales activity continues to be reliable, and new listings are coming on the market more slowly) hitting bottom means we'll see improvement in the rea...
Move in & enjoy living in this turnkey 3 bed home with nearly 2000 sq.ft., and 2 full baths.  High end finishing defines this quality remodel.  Enjoy entertaining in the updated kitchen, open to the dining and living rooms.  A spacious deck looks over the lush back yard.  Details like surround so...
Soapbox recently posted an article on the valuation of McMansions stating that "bigger houses are not always worth more than smaller houses".  As a Realtor in Minneapolis, working in older urban neighborhoods I witness this phenomena all the time, and commend Todd Huttunen for writing about it. I...

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