owatonna: Plenty of Room, Plenty to Like - at 731 Prospect Stree in Owatonna, MN - 02/22/12 10:31 AM
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owatonna: What's Going On In Owatonna, Minnesota in April? - 03/29/11 02:10 PM
What's Going On In Owatonna in April?                                               
April is Fair Housing month.  Realtors abide by all the fair housing and non-discrimination regulations, and it's a good time to make consumers aware of the laws we that affect our industry and the public. 
Don't miss the Southern Minnesota Family Expo on Saturday, April 2nd at the Four Seasons Centre.
The Galaxy of Quilts will be featured at the Owatonna Arts Center.  The show opens on April 3rd. 
The Eagles Club will host a special luncheon featuring speaker, Patty Wetterling - Healing the Hearts of our Children on Tuesday, April 5th from … (3 comments)

owatonna: What's the Buzz in Owatonna? - 08/05/10 04:37 PM
What's the Buzz in Owatonna?
August is a big month around here - especially with the highlight of the year - our Steele County Free Fair which runs from 8/17 through 8/22.  It's hard to believe that it's fair time again already!  What else is going on around town?
The Chamber hosted its annual golf event today with perfect weather on tap for the 132 participating golfers.
8/5 - The 7@ 7 concert series in Central Park continues this evening.
8/5 - Eagles Club parking lot - stop by to gawk at all the classic cars on display for the "Cruise … (1 comments)

owatonna: Biking Around Owatonna - 03/25/10 03:47 PM
We are so lucky to have some great trails around town.  They provide miles of riding and walking enjoyment for the entire family.  In addition to the trails, we have a wonderful bike shop in town with some very knowledgeable folks on staff to gear the entire family up for the biking season.  Be sure to visit Ann, Katie, Deb, Scott and (last, but not least) Wayne at Straight River Sports to learn about which bike will be the best one for you.  They've got a great selection of bikes from beginners to road bike enthusiasts.  They'll even take to the … (1 comments)

owatonna: Kaplans Woods Winter Wonderland - 02/15/10 11:44 AM

Boy, did I ever pick THE best year ever to buy cross country skis.  It has been an amazing winter for skiing.  We've spent hours on the wonderfully groomed trails throughout Kaplan's Woods and certainly know most nooks and crannies by heart - even in the dark.  Speaking of night skiing, we are outfitted with our headlamps and can manuever our way through every twist and turn along the trail while under the stars.
A week ago we skiied through Rice Lake State Park (about 7 miles from Owatonna) during the Candlelight ski event.  What a great evening!  The friends of Rice … (3 comments)

owatonna: Golf Course View at 730 E. Rose Owatonna Minnesota - 01/25/10 12:00 PM
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owatonna: Home Buyer's Informational Seminar in Owatonna Minnesota - 01/07/10 12:59 PM
This Saturday marks the first Buyer's Informational session that we'll be offering during January.  Every Saturday this month starting at 12:30 we'll host a seminar for potential buyers to answer their questions and provide relevant information about purchasing a home.  The sessions will be informal and geared toward the attendees and their informational needs. 
Any potential buyers (first ot repeat) are welcome to stop by the Coldwell Banker Home Connection office to get up to the minute info about our current local market.  Interested buyers can also call me (Lynn Johnson, Broker) at 507-390-6109 or Chad Hacker, Realtor at 507-363-4404.
Chad and … (3 comments)

owatonna: Recap for 2009 in the Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate Market - 01/07/10 12:42 PM
                       What's the Real Estate Buzz in Owatonna?   Sales during October and November picked up and we finished year with an increase in sales (by 28 homes) over 2008.  It seems that the first time buyer stimulus plan has been working.  We've seen a strong presence of those buyers in our market and that helps everyone. We predicted that first time home buyers would be the mainstay of the 2009 market, along with buyers relocating into Owatonna for their jobs, and it appears to have panned out that way.  One of my lending experts, Brenda Bednar (through Advisor's Mortgage) noted that … (0 comments)

owatonna: What's Going On In Owatonna Minnesota? - 07/14/09 06:33 PM
Owatonna is buzzing with activity in the month of July.  It's certainly one of my favorite months.  Here are some of the activities on schedule for the next few weeks.
7/16/09                11@7 Concert in Central Park - Mark Arthur is performing
7/16/09                3rd Thursday Networking Event - Valleyview Assisted Living from 11:57 am to 1:00 pm
7/16/09                Eagles "Cruise In" Car Show 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Eagles Club
7/17 - 7/18         American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Steele County Fairgrounds
7/18/09                Farmer's Market - Central Park
7/18/09                Steele County Humane Society Adoption Day - Mark's Repair from 1:00 … (1 comments)

owatonna: From The Heart Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk in Owatonna - 03/15/09 11:54 PM
A group of community minded individuals decided to combine their love of fitness and the outdoors with a passion for helping others with the first annual From The Heart Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk.   The race will take place the first Saturday in May and proceeds will be dedicated to help a local family that is currently faced with a difficult battle with cancer. 
Lisa Hilstad was diagnosed with breast cancer about one year ago, and unfortunately it has spread rather aggressively.  She has three children at home and continues to be actively involved in every facet of her children's lives.  … (2 comments)

owatonna: Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate Buzz for 2/16/09 - 02/16/09 05:01 PM
What's the Buzz in the Owatonna Real Estate Market?
We've seen some good showing activity lately, and we continue to be pleased with the values that are available for buyers right now.  We like to focus on the many positive things that are happening in our area - things that help buyers understand the opportunities that are out there in our Owatonna housing market.
 We still have some zero down programs open to buyers in our community.  The interest rates are terrific and offer affordable options like no other time in recent history.  We've seen a slight drop in available inventory … (0 comments)

owatonna: Who's Leaving the Business? - 10/31/08 01:47 PM
Just who is going to be leaving the business this year?  We'll find out shortly since our local MLS dues have to be paid by the end of today.  Our offices in Albert Lea & Northfield, Minnesota won't see much, if any agents dropping, but I think our Owatonna office will see a few leave the business.  It's been a difficult year for many real estate professionals and ancillary businesses, but now it's going to hit home when many of the men and women I've worked with for years decide to leave for good.
I have mixed feelings about it, as … (4 comments)

owatonna: Sellers want to know "What's the State of the Owatonna Housing Market?" - 10/16/08 10:12 AM

We were doing some brain storming at last week's staff meeting and as a result we've decided to provide three informational sessions to our sellers and the general public on the "State of the Owatonna Housing Market."  We'll be covering different topics such as: showing activity, YTD and year over year sales statistics, state market trends, lender perspectives (how credit issues affect home sales), and tips and ideas for sellers. 
Our goal is provide accurate local information about the market, and yet provide sellers with helpful information that can benefit them during this less than stellar market time.  It's just one … (0 comments)

owatonna: Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate Buzz for 10/15/08 - 10/15/08 04:44 PM
  
Well, the beauty of Fall surrounds us and we're in the middle of our Coldwell Banker10 day sale promotion.  We're hoping to cap off a strong summer with continued sales through the end of the year.  So far this year our entire MLS seen residential home sales in Owatonna of 245 with an average sale price of $163,918.  Those homes were on the market for an average of 138 days.
We currently have 208 homes on the market for sale.  The average list price of those homes is $184,471.  We tend to see higher average prices on the active listings because the … (3 comments)

owatonna: 40 Fairway Place, Owatonna Minnesota - 08/07/08 11:39 AM
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owatonna: Steele County Free Fair - August's celebration - 08/06/08 03:31 PM
  The fun-filled fairis coming to Owatonna in Steele County!  Local residents look forward to the fair all year long.  Some people like the midway rides and the thrills that brings, everyone enjoys the food and each has their favorite.  There are art, floral, food, clothing, 4H, craft, beer/wine, displays galore with entertainment at every turn.
The beer garden is the spot for music, renewing friendships and festivities.  There will be numerous bands that play during the fair with music sure to please all tastes.  There are several stages throughout the fair that showcase local talents of all ages, from dancers … (4 comments)

owatonna: Delightful and Spacious Rambler at 1124 Hawthorne, Owatonna Minnesota - 04/21/08 03:58 PM
Don't miss out on this terrific 3 bedroom 2 bath rambler featuring a master bath, hardwood floors in the kitchen and family room, master bedroom with walk in closet, and a lower level that has room to grow and lets in plenty of light with daylight windows and a walkout to the yard. Enjoy the panoramic views from the deck or the living room. … (1 comments)

owatonna: Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate Buzz for 4/19/08 - 04/19/08 10:43 AM
Owatonna, MN Real Estate Market Update
We currently have 219 homes on the market in Owatonna, MN. The average list price for those homes is $188,054 and they have been on the market for an average length of 158 days. Year to date 62 homes have sold and those have an average sale price of $167,730 and have taken an average of 141 days to sell. The average list to sold price ratio is 96.5% which includes any concessions built into the price (like buyer’s closing costs).
There are currently 47 homes pending sale – meaning that sellers and buyers have … (1 comments)

owatonna: It's April - What Going On In Owatonna? - 04/07/08 11:38 AM

What's Going On In Owatonna in April?
April is Fair Housing month.  Realtors abide by all the fair housing and non-discrimination regulations, and it's a good time to make consumers aware of the laws that affect our industry and the public.
Running from the 3rd of April through April 6th, is the Minnesota Alpaca Expo at the Four Seasons Centre.
There will be a Minnesota Chamber Federation Legislative Call Update at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office on April 4th,  April 11th, and April 18th from 7:30 am to 8:00 am.
There will be a lecture regarding business leader Dan Gainey, entitled … (2 comments)

owatonna: Time To Take A Break! - 03/24/08 04:47 PM
Yea, I'm on vacation in sunny California.  Not a cloud in the sky from where I sit.  We're staying in the fun beach side area of Pacific Beach.  I'm really enjoying our escape from the snow and cold that we left behind in Minnesota.  It's especially relaxing knowing that my clients are in the very capable hands of one of our experienced and professional agents, Nancy Frits.
Nancy and I always cover for one another when we're out of town.  We've been doing this for a about 12 years and it works so well for both of us and our clients.  Over the years we've … (10 comments)