home seller: The State of Real Estate: Edina and Southwest Minneapolis: January 2012 - 02/07/12 01:56 PM
With January under our belt, I'm glad to announce, the Real Estate market in Edina and Southwest Minneapolis is really improving and shows signs of real recovery.
"Recovery" is a work I'm careful about using.  For the past 5 or 6 years we've encountered waves of new crises, foreclosure crisis, bank crisis, credit crisis, economic crisis... crushing any recovery at the time.  But strong fundamentals continue to fuel a strong Real Estate market in Edina and Southwest Minneapolis.
January has been beautiful in the Twin Cities, maybe it's the weather, or the good employment numbers, or the fact that people simply can't wait … (0 comments)

home seller: Selling your Home Green - 06/10/08 09:13 AM
Gaining an edge, in this competitive housing market, may be easier than you think. It’s amazing how quickly things change. One of the most common questions I get asked by home buyers is what the utility bills are on a given property. Just a few years ago that just wasn’t a consideration for most folks.
Today’s buyers are putting real value on things like energy efficiency, green building materials and landscaping. We could all stand to improve the “greenness” of our homes one way or another, but older your home the un-green is it likely to be. Poor insulation, ageing mechanicals, asbestos … (6 comments)

home seller: Sound advice for Today's Home Seller - 05/23/08 11:25 AM
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 is never "easy" to sell in a Buyer's Market. 
I've been fortunate, however, to find that homes DO sell, in time, and there are GOOD BUYERS out there!
Seller today must be patient, and remain focused on the things you can control.  Great marketing, quality condition, and competitive pricing, are all important and … (3 comments)

home seller: 10 Things Your Realtor Should Be Doing - 03/10/08 12:06 PM
Every client I’ve represented has had different needs. Some need a lot of time, others need a lot of advice, and most need a mixture of both.
Here is a short list of the things I find myself doing most often for my clients.  I thought it would serve as a good benchmark for consumers who want to know what their agent is doing for them.
10 Things Your Realtor Should Be Dong For You
** Before anything is done, Realtors should always explain Agency Relationships, to a prospective client, and disclose who they are working for, if anyone, at that time. **
1 Price Opinion … (4 comments)

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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.




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