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By Bob Elliot
(RE/MAX Advisors)
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April 15th seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to start getting your paperwork in order. Owning real estate can make a big difference on your tax return, so make sure that you're taking advantage of all the deductions you're entitled to. We've out...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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The most frequent question I hear from consumers who call me about an ad is, "Can you help me buy a home?"  Often the answer is that I probably can't, at least not in the near term. The fact that you wanted to buy a home was about all it took in 2004-2006.  It was not uncommon for people who coul...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you live in Burnsville and have been thinking about adding extra space to your present home, the City is offering some help in the form of rebates on the price of building permits and site review fees.  According to a press release from the city, "The rebate program began in early 2012 and is ...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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USDA does a great job administering the rural development loan program.  People in the more sparsely populated areas get a chance to own a home with lower startup requirements than most other programs.  Although USDA is already in the housing business of sorts, my focus in asking whether the gove...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Burnsville's annual Home Remodeling Fair will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM in the Burnsville High School, located at 600 East Highway 13.  The Home Remodeling Fair is a great place to browse for remodeling and decorating ideas, as well as an opportunity to talk to a number...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you planned to get a jump on the rest of the early season house hunters, you're about out of time.  The Official Minnesota House Hunting Season begins at sunrise tomorrow.  I know that a lot of folks call it Groundhog Day, but that's just a code phrase for House Hunting Day.  With a large perc...
By Tom Scott, Re/Max MN Realtors and Real Estate Agent
(Remax Advantage Plus)
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12978 Nicollet Avenue #102, Burnsville, MN 55337 Turnkey 2BR 1BA with assigned garage stall. Ground level patio and close to development amenities like pool, tennis courts and club house. Close to Burnsville transit and Cub Foods. Sold As is Fannie Mae HomePath property. Please include all supple...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Truth is that I don't ever want to find myself living somewhere without at least one dog in the house.  Granted, many folks couldn't care less about having a canine companion, and some find the idea repulsive.  That's fine, but I think they're missing a lot. If you are a renter and you can't have...
By Tom Scott, Re/Max MN Realtors and Real Estate Agent
(Remax Advantage Plus)
Comments 1
12962 Nicollet Avenue S #102, Burnsville, MN 55337 MLS 4106617 Fannie Mae property. 900 sqft 2BR 1BA ground floor unit w/ patio. HOA has pool, tennis court and other amenities. Walk to shops, restaurants and the new Heart of The City project. New very large mass transit station just 1 mile NE of ...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you're renting right now, you're  living in temporary housing.  Unless you're suffering from one of the maladies that make landlords so stinkin' rich, it's probably time to take some action toward a lifestyle upgrade.  Some renters have not adequately  managed their finances.  That is not nece...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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According to an article by Lawrence Yun there are 1.4 million more renters in America today than a year ago.  This is good news for landlords and aspiring landlords, because the increased demand without corresponding increases in supply translates to higher rents.  If you're thinking about buying...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Did you ever notice that the place you're renting is kind of bland?  The walls are all the same color.  The place next door is distinguished from yours by a different number and little else.  The only personalization of the place is that your name is on the mailbox.  Have you ever waked in the mo...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Even in times when home values are increasing, people have life-changing events that cause them to have to sell their homes.  Today, many homeowners have owned their homes for a while and have borrowed against the home's value to pay other bills or to make large purchases.  Many others bought the...
By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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I LOVE Getting Emails Like This! - Home Staging in Burnsville, MN "Dear Shar: Here is a very belated thank you for your assistance with staging our house back in February. I was dubious when our real estate agent suggested staging. I was worried it would add more stress to an already stressful si...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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There's only one Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, Grandparents Day, Administrative Professional's Day, etc. each year.  In the case of grandparents, they often share their day with up to three others.  Great grandparents don't get their own day, so they have to share Grandparents Day whi...
By Casey J. Anderson
(IBR Realty)
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How to buy a Burnsville foreclosure Are you looking to buy one of the foreclosures in Burnsville? Whether you own a home now or are a MN first time home buyer, you should learn the basics before going out to buy. While there are many great values in Burnsville foreclosures you should be prepared ...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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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...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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There are many ways to measure affordability, and they all have their attributes and shortcomings.  For this report, I chose to simply measure the ratio of homes priced at or under $150,000 over the total number of active home listings. According to information provided by the Regional Multiple L...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Like a number of Dakota County communities, Burnsville's housing market is right for first time home buyers.  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, there are 377 homes for sale in Burnsville with nearly half of them priced under $150,000.  Given its reputation as a grea...
By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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February 2 marked the beginning of the Minnesota house hunting season, and it looks like buyers have responded well in Burnsville.  According to Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, there are 245 homes for sale in Burnsville priced at or below $200,000.  Since February 2, there have be...

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