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2011 

Home listings in Apple Valley, MN appear to be at a reasonable level.  According to Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota data, there are currently 329 homes listed for sale in Apple Valley, with 159 classified as single family homes.  Since the beginning of 2011, 372 homes have sold.  O...
07/30/2011
A month ago I wrote about why you should not buy a home.  Of the ten reasons for not buying at the time, there has been a little movement in one of them.  The first reason was that interest rates were too low, and that there would be a better tax deduction if rates would go higher.  If you're wai...
07/30/2011
Our leaders in Washington should look to Minnesota for guidance in reforming the nation's budget.  Just as the federal government is facing a spending crisis, Minnesota recently solved their budget problems.  The requirement that the state balance the budget was once again fulfilled. Minnesota sh...
07/26/2011
If you're thinking about selling your home, you probably have a lifestyle benefit in mind.  Maybe you want a smaller place because the nest is empty, or a larger place because the nest is full.  Maybe you're sick of winters and want to move to a sun state, or you want to go where employment oppor...
07/17/2011
Give your house away?  What the heck are you talking about?  The value of your home is not determined by how much you owe, how much you need to buy another home, or how much it was worth last year.  Your home's value is determined only by how much somebody with the ability to buy it is willing to...
07/16/2011
There has been an announcement that there is agreement between the two sides in a dispute that should never have happened.  Minnesota's government shutdown may end in about a week.  Republicans demanded sharp cutbacks in spending to solve the budget problem that should have been resolved months a...
07/15/2011
Possibly the best job in the world is being a negotiator on the Minnesota budget negotiation team.  The Democrats and Republicans collaborated in failing to resolve the state budget during the regular legislative session.  They also succeeded in doing nothing else, and they are to be recognized f...
07/09/2011
Like human food and lots of other things, dog food prices are going through the roof.  If our country would stop trying to make fuel out of everything except natural gas, maybe prices would stabilize or drop, but that's another story. Today I want to commend landlords everywhere for doing what is...
07/08/2011
He may be a lunatic, but he's got you making his mortgage payment every month.  Your landlord understands the value of home ownership.  That's why he owns your home, and he's getting rich in the process.  He may be crazy, but he sure isn't stupid, is he? Interest rates continue to remain low, and...
07/07/2011
There is a lot of press and public discussion about the real estate market.  Many folks are delaying a buying decision on hopes that there will be a change in the market that will make it easier and/or more financially beneficial to buy.  We have been promised change by so many in so many areas o...
07/06/2011
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