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The first time I wrote about St. Louis Park's West End was when it first opened in 2009. A gourmet grocery store, a couple shops, a couple restaurants and a luxurious movie theater were about all that were there at that time. The West End has done a lot of growing up since then, and the January 2...
Are you one of the many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease? You might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before you  are married and have a family... or think you are too young... or think your current income would neve...
Like a good percentage of the population in Minnesota, I didn’t love snow or cold when I was growing up here. In fact, I disliked it so much that I spent many years trying to find a place that lacked winter, but still felt like home—a semester in France, a year in Southeast Asia, a few years in b...
You have likely seen and heard in the news that real estate prices are on the rise and housing is bouncing back. This might make you wonder if it is time for you to sell and make a move. Only you know when you are ready but if you have waffling back and forth wondering about it here are some thi...
DOM, CDOM and now PDOM... what they are and how they are helpful It used to be that one of the first questions I would get from buyers looking at properties was, "How long has it been on the market?" That was when DOM information was only available to Realtors. Days On Market (DOM) data has been ...
Colossal Cafe... one of a growing number of made-from-scratch neighborhood cafes A record 91 restaurants have opened in the Twin Cities so far in 2014 and more are in the pipeline. What is perhaps most impressive about this boom is that the vast majority are independenttly owned and operated... a...
If you drive down Nicollet Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, look up the hillside yards and look at the houses, you’ll see your average South Minneapolis stuccos and tudors; you’ll also spy others that are a bit unusual. These mid-century houses, which don’t exactly fit in to the area’s overa...
It's Autumn! 3 reasons this is the best time of year to buy a home Fall has officially arrived and the leaves are starting to turn... a sign that we are moving into what I have long thought to be the best time of the year for buyers. Here are 3 reasons why... 1. Less competition Not as many peop...
It seems that fall is quickly slipping away, and I had been planning an apple orchard visit for a long time. Finally, we made it...enjoying a visit on a beautiful fall weekend. We are blessed with many apple orchards in the Twin Cities area, and living on the west side of the metro for more than ...
How to Keep Your Carpet Looking Great! Here is a great tip on how to keep your carpet looking great. Who knew it was so simple!! Proper care and cleaning can make a big difference in retaining your carpet’s beauty over many years of regular use. The most important thing you can do for your carpet...

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