Mike Carlier's blog

Real Estate Agent - CENTURY 21 MarketLink Realty - MN Broker #20444572



The Sun Is Setting Later and Renters Are Starting To Get Restless If you regularly escape from your day boss and drive home to be overseen by your night boss (AKA Mr. Landlord), you've probably noticed that you don't need your headlights unless it's raining or snowing.  That means you have a litt...
Your Minnesota Real Estate Agent May Not Be YOUR AGENT Most home buyers have never bought a home before, and many others have not bought a home in a fair number of years.  There are a few elements in the buying process that can make a huge difference in the degree of success in your buying experi...
2012 Minnesota Precinct Caucuses February 7, 7:00PM Minnesota's biennial political circus will officially begin in a few weeks with the precinct caucuses.  Although I approach Minnesota politics with cynicism and mostly as a spectator sport with predictable outcome, my attendance at precinct cauc...
If you want a dry martini, it takes about one part dry vermouth and eleven parts vodka or gin.  Stir or shake depending on your beliefs, and drown two olives.  Eleven to one is what makes the martini dry. So you don't want to make a martini?  You want to buy a home?  Eleven to one is also what ho...
Noah Levy, a real estate professional from the north Chicago area suburbs, has given some good advice for any homeowner.  As Noah suggests, the optimal time to prepare your home for sale may actually be a few years before you intend to move.  If your furnace is limping along but still works, why ...
Apple Valley MN Residential Sales Increased 15% In 2011 Apple Valley has had a substantially improved year for sales of residential real estate.  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, there were 711 residential sales in 2011, which is approximately 15% more than the 617...
A sure sign of spring in even numbered years is political activity, and Iowa has the distinction of being first out of the gate.  Tonight, Republicans will gather in hundreds of locations to tally their preference for the person to oppose the President's reelection bid.  It looks like a horse rac...
 Apple Valley Short sale advice and representation Has your home outgrown your income? Do you owe more than your home’s value? Would you like some help sorting out your options?     If you’re having financial problems, there are a number of home-related choices you can make that will help you get...
Eagan Residential Sales Increased 21% In 2011 Eagan, Minnesota has had a substantially improved year for sales of residential real estate.  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, there were 775 residential sales in 2011, which is approximately 21% more than the 640 talli...
Last year, my state of the industry post  followed the state of... addresses by the President and heads of various states.  This year it's my turn to go first, and like last year, the following are opinions that are based only on my personal perception.  The industry is almost the same as the beg...

E.J. "Mike" Carlier

Lakeville MN
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