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When Habitat for Humanity finishes a home, it's turned over to the new owners at a Dedication Ceremony. All the volunteers who helped build the home are invited back to celebrate with the new owners. It is a remarkable event, but it is the joy of the givers that makes it great to watch! These vo...
Buying a home is not the same as buying a new couch or TV - or even a car.  It takes a lot of planning, both emotional and financial.  Whether you are a first time buyer or a move up buyer, you need to decide what is right for you and your family.   Why do you want to buy? That is the emotional p...
Plymouth is a western suburb of Minneapolis that straddles I-494 on the west and is bordered by Hwy 169 on the east. There are many reasons that make it a great place to live, including the ten listed below. 1. Best Place to Live - Plymouth is consistently chosen as one of America’s best places t...
'Back to school' time feels like a new year for many people, a time when they think about making plans that sometimes include a move... should it be now? next spring? just keep renting? Fall also brings thoughts of impending winter... will it be as bad as last year?!  That alone can stop people d...
The number of households with more than one adult generation living together increased over 30% from 2000 to 2010 and is expected to continue to grow. A record 49 million Americans live in multigeneration households. That's 16.1% of the total US population... but about 90% of the people in the wo...
  It's true. Although most of the time with Home Staging it is 'less is more' and you want to'down play the things in the house so the house can be seen',  but there are times where you just have to add a little funk. Once in a while the house either doesn't have much in the way of architectural ...
A new paper on homeownership recently released by Eric Belsky, Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University, gives five financial reasons people should consider buying a home rather than renting. 1. Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available Peop...
Hello! I’m Angela Anderson, the newest associate with HomesMSP, and I’m so excited to be here! I’m a native Minnesotan: I grew up in East St. Paul, graduated from Harding High School (go Knights!), and received a bachelor of arts degree in French Studies from the College of Saint Benedict. I’m a ...
The recently updated New York Times rent vs buy calculator raises the bar. According to Jack Guttentag, a mortgage expert who has dozens of calculators on his website, this is the best he has seen. Making the choice between buying and renting is a big financial decision, and this new sophisticate...
How do you plan for this and what will really happen?  The reality is no one really knows where interest rates will go but the Mortgage Bankers Association does predict that rates will be at about 5% by the end of 2014.  In 2015, rates are predicted to increase to 5.3% or 5.5%.  As rates increase...

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