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maplewood: 997 Twin Cities Home Buyers make a great decision to buy now! - 08/15/11 04:14 PM
While day traders continue along their roller coaster ride, 997 Twin Cities home buyers made the smart investment in real estate. That's 40.0 percent more than those who made the investment last year. As this year's pending sales trendline rounds off its seasonal peak, you'll notice that purchase demand is coming back in line with historical trends.
Sellers were another story. There were 1,433 new listings, 18.7 percent fewer than this time last year. Seller activity has also likely reached its seasonal peak but remains below historical levels for this time of year. Consequently, buyers have effectively absorbed existing supply. (0 comments)
maplewood: When is the ideal time to buy your Woodbury, MN home? - 08/01/11 11:29 AM
I often have clients ask "When is the ideal time to buy a home"? In order to appropriately answer the question with their best interest in mind I will have to see why they ask. Usually the response is about interest rates, prices, or something like "My uncle's, mechanic's, best friend that that used to be a Realtor said..." My short answer is "When you are ready." but what does that mean? How stable is your employment? Do you intend to stay or hold on to the property for more than 5 years? Do you have adequate reserves in case you were to (0 comments)
maplewood: Are Woodbury MN home prices going up already? Real estate is local.... - 07/28/11 02:06 PM
Are Woodbury MN home prices going up already? Real estate is local and every once in a while you will find some anomalies like this! While inventory is decreasing for single family homes in Woodbury Minnesota we are seeing an increase in the median sales price of traditional sales. This means the transaction can take place from a traditional approach, no foreclosure or 3rd party approval required. All you have is a seller and a buyer ready to do some business and everyone is ready to make that happen. The way real estate should be IMHO... of course with home values (0 comments)
maplewood: How many homes should I be looking at? - 07/22/11 04:31 PM
"How many homes should I be looking at?" is a question I am often asked by first time home buyers when we sit down for the initial consult. I have read many studies on the topic and find the average consumer begins clicking through homes on the net around 12 to 18 months before their date of closing! This is more of an information gathering stage regarding age of homes in certain parts of town and nearby parks or schools. Between 6 and 8 months out the average home buyer may begin calling on signs or even visiting open houses while (1 comments)
Woodbury listing inventory is approaching a 5 year low. That's right, we are on pace right now to go below the low of 295 single family homes for sale set in Aug/Sept. 2010 bringing us back to the levels seen in June of 2006! This, of course, marked the beginning of the down turn in home sales and sygnified the bubble bursting in our market.
I remember it like it was just yesterday. The market that spring was like a bad dream when you want to run away from the bad guy but you just can't muster the strength (0 comments)
I wanted to get your thoughts on if we move Aug. 18-20, what if we clear everything out of our house. My wife is pretty convinced that it'll appear larger with nothing in it but I'm on the fence. Are the pictures of how we had stuff in the rooms enough if nothing was in them? What do you think? Mr. Homeowner, The reason for staging is to create an experience, define space, and help the buyer visualize how they can use the different spaces in the home. If you pull everything out it's left to their imagination and most of (1 comments)
maplewood: How is the real estate market doing in the Twin Cities? - 06/30/11 11:21 AM
"How is the real estate market doing in the Twin Cities?" is a question I hear almost daily now... it's almost as if people want me to talk negatively about the market. I have always stood by the quote "if you don't like what you are seeing change the way you are looking at it" or "change the way you look at things and the things you look at change" You get the idea, maybe a Wayne Dyer quote?
The market is bad for who... certainly not buyers! The market we have now is an opportunity for people to buy (0 comments)
maplewood: Update: The flying iPad will be able to limp through the summer! - 06/28/11 10:26 AM
The flying iPad will make it through the summer! I found a guy in the Maplewood Mall who agreed to fix the screen for $150, of course, no warranties. Worth a shot I say, by October or November I'm sure we'll see an iPad 3 and all I'm doing at this point is email, sign-my-pad, listing presentation in keynote, mls access, dropbox with team, mozy for personal, blog posting... hootsuite, facebook, Twitter... wait a minute. In just 3 short months this oversized cell phone that's not a phone took the place of my right leg! I hope this fix holds or (0 comments)
maplewood: An iPad does not fly.... I checked, there is no App for that! - 06/27/11 12:44 PM
This weekend I found out that an iPad does not fly.... I checked, there is no App for that! I set it on the roof of my car and decided to check something out in the back yard. Distracted by a text while returning to the garage, jumped in my car and took off for the 11AM first time home-buyer consult at the office. I am amazed it made 7 corners before bouncing off my trunk at about 40MPH and splattering across the pavement! Cost for Apple to fix, about $375. Cost to buy an exact replacement $399. The look on my face (3 comments)
maplewood: Median sales price of Woodbury's traditional inventory is going up! - 06/21/11 12:12 PM
The median sales price of Woodury's traditional inventory is going up! You will not hear this on the 5 o'clock news! There is not enough "doom and gloom" Traditional sale prices on the increase in Woodbury? Well, let's not jump to conclusions here there is an explanation for this. It does, however, add to my cautious optimism that we are in the midst of a bottom... let' hope this final round of upper bracket foreclosures do not flood the market again pushing prices further downward!
Matthew Johnson www.tjreg.com (0 comments)
maplewood: Do watergardens add or detract from the value? - 06/20/11 10:33 AM
The Johnson Real Estate Group serves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more. This question goes right along with pools. I can see the maintenance issue that may make some buyers apprehensive about purchasing a home with pools or ponds. Of course once you are familiar with the system it becomes a breeze and only takes about 15 minutes a week and a hour or so in the spring/fall to set up. (0 comments)
maplewood: Great broker tour today and plenty of leftovers! - 06/14/11 05:12 PM
The Johnson Real Estate Group serves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more. Last time we had the fajita bar there were over 45 agent through the home so today we planned accordingly and wouldn't you know it. 1/2 as many showed up! I am thankful for the feedback and opinions that were shared regarding our listing at 8139 Jewel in Cottage Grove but I'll be eating tacos and fajitas for (0 comments)
maplewood: The spring market is over in Minnesota... - 06/13/11 01:03 PM
The Johnson Real Estate Groupserves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more. Well, it's official... 3 straight weeks of declining showing activity. The spring market has passed us by and now we gear up for the next push. 4th of July... wait. I never hear about that market? Unless you track showing activity daily you would not because it's pretty discrete compared to spring and fall. I see it as the (0 comments)
maplewood: The thing from MPLS Realtor association. - 06/10/11 12:30 PM
The Johnson Real Estate Groupserves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more. I have been using "The Thing" for about a year now in my listing presentations. The homeowners are amazed at how the data can be manipulated to show holes in the market and help strategically price their home to sell. When preparing to list your property information is key, however, understanding the data and it's source is also very (0 comments)
maplewood: Just finished BOLD for the 2nd time! How was your experience? - 06/10/11 12:24 PM
The Johnson Real Estate Groupserves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more. I just completed my 2nd go round with the Keller Williams training program called BOLD! I am looking at taking the course again when it returns in 2012 and believed that I'll be able to get even more out of the material and training next time. Scheduling and focus of my time was the priority over the last 8 (1 comments)
Woodbury, Minnesota residential real estate expert and local real estate blogger www.mattjrealtor.com, Matt Johnson of www.thejohnsonrealestategroup.com at Keller Williams specializes in www.homesinwoodburymn.com & east suburbs of the Twin Cities Metro in Minnesota. This is crazy, but here’s Matt Johnson’s number…612-208-7515, so call or text him, maybe? Then experience the passion you expect and the attention you deserve. We promise he’s not a snooze. He’s just really good at what he does!
****Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call me maybe” is his ring tone, so we promise he is not a snooze ; ). http://youtu.be/x9VQbIdpjY0
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