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2008 

If you're looking for a quiet spacious town house in Eden Prairie this can't be beat.  We just listed this wonderful unit in Village Greens.  Right on Bent Creek Golf Course.  Many years have passed since a unit like this one has been available.  Smaller units in the same development sell more of...
Posted almost 6 years ago
I've been looking at the condo market in this area of St. Paul.  In all honesty I was quite surprised to find that in fact there is VERY GOOD a market for $500-700k condos with 2000 fin. sq. ft. The area in green shown below is what these numbers are based on.  As you'll see it includes portions ...
Posted almost 6 years ago
I live in an area of Southwest Minneapolis called Linden Hills.  Loved for its history and it's quaint small town feel, Linden Hills is also just 15-20 minutes from Downtown.  People love this neighborhood, and as a result, the property values are pretty high.  The homes are old, some go back to ...
Posted almost 6 years ago
There are plenty of brokers closing their doors these days.  Both large and small, brokers have been hit hard by the slowdown in the market.  By some estimates as many as 50% or Realtors will leave the business by the end of the year.  There were only a few less deals done last year, a small decl...
Posted almost 6 years ago
There are plenty of brokers closing their doors these days.  Both large and small, brokers have been hit hard by the slowdown in the market.  By some estimates as many as 50% or Realtors will leave the business by the end of the year.  There were only XXX fewer deals done last year, an XXX% decli...
Posted almost 6 years ago
The Remodeled Home Tour is a charity event designed to showcase building & remodeling trends in historic urban neighborhoods of South and Southwest Minneapolis. So far this years tour has homes from some of the areas top firms such as Vujovich, Castle Building and Remodeling, Otogawa Anschel, Whi...
Posted almost 6 years ago
­­WAYZATA, Minn. - June 18, 2008 - Effective Monday, June 23, SKY Sotheby's International Realty will move into the company's new office, at 130 Lake Street West, to better accommodate and serve its customers and agents. Following a 10-month search for a location, the firm selected the downtown ...
Posted almost 6 years ago
­­­WAYZATA, Minn. - June 18, 2008 - Effective Monday, June 23, SKY Sotheby's International Realty will move into the company's new office, at 130 Lake Street West, to better accommodate and serve its customers and agents. Following a 10-month search for a location, the firm selected the downtown...
Posted almost 6 years ago
I remember when Uptown was scary.  When it felt dangerous.  When "punk" kids hung out in front of Calhoun Square with safety pins in their eyebrows, and their faces painted white. It's a lot less scary now.  Maybe it's because and Victoria's Secret and Northface moved in, or because I've grown up...
Posted almost 6 years ago
During this period of market correction, media pundits talk of falling values, and lenders refer to "declining markets" but we all know, real estate is intensely local.  Average market conditions rarely tell the real story of what is happening in any given neighborhood. In this multi part series,...
Posted almost 6 years ago
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Ben Kolkman has been recognized by the local association of realtors and by local media as an expert in the Twin Cities real estate market. Ben leads discussion groups on marketing techniques for the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, Young Professionals Networking group. He was awarded the 2009 Super Agent award by Mpls St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business. KSTP and WCCO have both featured Ben in their newscasts, and he is a regular contributor on the DIY Network "Sweat Equity" cable TV program.