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If you are relocating to the Twin Cities, contact me for a FREE comprehensive RELOCATION PACKET. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact Marzena M. Melby, GRI, CDPE, Broker/Partner, Counselor Realty, Inc., Licensed REALTOR® in the state of Minnesota at If you prefer, contact me by email, by clicking on "email me"; link of this page under my profile. Visit my website to search homes for sale in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Disclaimer: The information provided (2 comments)
Via Jeff Belonger -- The FHA Expert.com -- FHA Loans -- FHA mortgages - USDA loans (Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc):
A lot of chatter about the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit
Let's start with the basics about the First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit.... Yes, it has helped some that might not have bought. It has given people money after buying to help fix up their homes, pay off debt, or save for emergencies. And ___________. ... wait, I really can't (4 comments)
Top 10 Cookies for Christmas-10! ... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale Here's my final recipe in this collection. Enjoy!
Yummy Peanut Butter Bars
Ingredients 1 cup butter, melted 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1- 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 4-5 tablespoons peanut butter Directions In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. In a double boiler pan, over simmering water, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut (12 comments)
History of the First Christmas Tree- Roots and All! - 12/27/09 08:01 AM
As we continue celebrating Christmas, I want to share a very informative post by Katerina Gasset. Thanks to Katerina, I just learned the history of the Christmas Tree. Be sure to watch the video, great production. Via Nestor & Katerina Gasset Realtors® Wellington Florida Luxury Homes (International Properties and Investments, Inc.): History of the Christmas Tree- Roots and All! I was driving down the road the other day with my little guy, our 7 year old miracle child. We noticed some people standing on the side of the road with signs around them that were saying that celebrating Christmas was evil. That Christmas (2 comments)
“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. “ Helen Steiner Rice
If you are relocating to the Twin Cities, contact me for a FREE comprehensive RELOCATION PACKET. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact Marzena M. Melby, GRI, CDPE, Broker/Partner, Counselor Realty, Inc., Licensed REALTOR® in the state of Minnesota at If you prefer, contact me by email, by clicking on "email me"; link of this page under my profile. Visit my website to search homes for sale in the Twin Cities (5 comments)
Warm wishes of a safe, healthy and happy Christmas holiday. May this holiday season be one filled with joy and beautiful memories of gathering with family and friends . If you are relocating to the Twin Cities, contact me for a FREE comprehensive RELOCATION PACKET. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact Marzena M. Melby, GRI, CDPE, Broker/Partner, Counselor Realty, Inc., Licensed REALTOR® in the state of Minnesota at If you prefer, contact me by email, by clicking on "email me"; link of this page under my profile. Visit my website to (6 comments)
Top 10 Cookies for Christmas-8! ... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale
Here’s the eighth of 10 cookie recipes I’m baking for Christmas.
Hazelnut Cocoa Coins This recipe is from BHG.com and you can see it here
Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts)* 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 teaspoon shortening Directions 1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add (2 comments)
Twin Cities home sales still remain brisk in the lower price ranges. The new listing inventory for November was down again over last year numbers by 7.4%, and by 24.0% over the last two years. There is much less competition in the traditional seller category than in the short sale and bank owned listing offerings. Pending sales are up by 10.2% over November 2008, and by 14.2% over November 2007. It's a significant increase in Twin Cities homes sales, and it confirms strenthening of the market in our (0 comments)
10 Cookies for Christmas-3! ... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale Holidays are here. It’s time to dust off cookbooks and recipe boxes and choose the menu.
Here’s the third of 10 cookie recipes I’m baking for Christmas.
Cherry-Almond Meringue Cookies This recipe is from BHG.com and you can see it here
Ingredients 3 egg whites 3/4 cup blanched almonds 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 to 1/2 cup cherry preserves Powdered sugar (optional) Directions 1. Place egg whites in a large (8 comments)
Top 10 Cookies for Christmas - 1! ... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale
Holidays are here. It’s time to dust off cookbooks and recipe boxes and choose the menu. Here’s the first of 10 cookie recipes I’m baking for Christmas.
This recipe is from BHG.com and you can see it here
Ingredients 1/2 cup shortening 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder 1 cup (8 comments)
Are Home Inspections for Renegotiation or Buyer Protection - 12/07/09 03:32 AM
I couldn't have said it better myself: I always educate my buyers on the purpose of their inspection. Inspection contingency is NOT a WAY OUT of the transaction. Actually, my buyers are committed to the property when they write an offer. Other than unexpected defects, it's the commitment level that counts. Via Rick Schwartz (William Raveis Real Estate): It's fairly ubiquitous today to hire a licensed home inspector when purchasing a home. This is a good thing. For most folks a home purchase represents the largest amount of money to be spent in their lifetime. The home inspection contingency is typically one of (2 comments)
I am a big proponent of a “pay-it-forward” concept. Here’s a great version you can use to make someone’s day and to stimulate the economy, too. Go for it!
Via Brad Andersohn ~ Community Manager (ActiveRain): One of our ActiveRain members just sent me a $10.00 gift certificate to go to any restaurant of my choice in my area. What a nice gesture and what an impression it just made on me. It's not the gift so much as it was the thought that really did count. Now the fact that the gift was for food REALLY counted (8 comments)
6031 Fairwood Circle, Minnetonka, MN 55345... by Twin Cities Homes for
Open Sunday December 6, 2009, 1-2pm
You will fall in love with this Minnetonka home. This four bedroom, three bathroom residence, priced at $400,000, offers open, light filled spaces with gorgeous views of the neighborhood. This residence was built on a prime lot in the Black Oaks neighborhood, in a cul-de-sac. Wall-to-wall windows in living area overlook beautiful trees and shrubs.
Entertaining will be easy in this Minnetonka home, whether you have a formal or informal gathering. Formal living (2 comments)
US Inspect Blog Re-Launched... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale
US Inspect Blog re-launched! Check out loads of article on home maintenance, safety with plenty of free tips. As a present or future homeowner you may want to subscribe to this blog and get your home maintenance questions answered in one place.
I liked the article with tips on decorating your home and safety during holidays, especially when you have small children, titled "Santa Baby: Child-Proofing Your Holiday Trimmings". Read it here.
If you are relocating to the Twin Cities, contact (0 comments)
Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update: "The Skinny" for November 2009
Twin Cities home sales are brisk in the lower price ranges. We are not observing a typical holiday slow down. Hopefully, sellers in higher price brackets will soon get in on the action! Watch this month's update from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.
If you are relocating to the Twin Cities, contact me for a FREE comprehensive RELOCATION PACKET. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact Marzena M. Melby, GRI, CDPE, Broker/Partner, Counselor Realty, Inc., Licensed REALTOR® in the state of Minnesota at If you prefer, (4 comments)
Is It a Good Time To Move?... by Twin Cities Homes for Sale
Twin Cities home owners, are you sitting on the side lines of the current market? Do you wish you could own a home that’s larger, more updated, closer to work, or in a particular school district? Perhaps you can.
Yes, the property values are down; yes, mortgage qualifying guidelines are tighter, but… there many pros to making a move: Moving up may cost you less than you think because you will likely get a great price on the new home Interest rates are (2 comments)
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