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  We transition through many changes in our lifetime, many of which are also reflected in our housing life cycle. Thanks to insights gained from transitions life coach Beata Rydeen, I have learned to think about  life changes as part our life spiral. The spiral is an ancient symbol of growth and ...
Looking for a beautiful, affordable townhome community with easy access to both Minneapolis and St. Paul? Check out Windsor Green! New town home complexes often have upscale finishes and trendy design, but are lacking when it comes to practical space... for living, storage, garage, as well as sur...
  Start with the exterior. The exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, and first impressions set the tone for their entire visit... so make sure the outside of your home is clean and inviting. Touch up painting, landscaping, clean windows, inviting entry are all important and not m...
Wednesdays Unplugged - Chicken Tortilla Soup   "The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life." ~ John O'Donohue     NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the e...
Governor Dayton proclaims January Radon Action Month in Minnesota Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of death in smokers (after tobacco). The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US are linked t...
Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest and most complicated financial transactions you will ever make. It is also likely one of the most emotional transactions you will ever make because it involves leaving the private sanctuary where you currently live and moving to someplace new, which ...
Minnesota Boy Choir at Landmark Center... two Minnesota treasures Landmark Center is one of the most distinctive buildings in St. Paul, and its setting on Rice Park contributes to its sense of history. It started its life as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest when it wa...
  People planning ahead before doing remodeling projects often contact us about what impact updates will have on resale. A good source for general information is Remodeling's annual Cost vs. Value report, which gives the average cost and estimated amount recouped at resale for top projects. They ...
When I looked at this year's design trends and saw that taupe is the color of the year I was immediately brought back to the early 1980s. We owned a framing store and art gallery at that time and I remember how mauve was the big design color back then... mauve matting was big, in a color I am not...
I am not planning to sell for at least 6-12 months, is it too early to talk to my Realtor? Although I can't speak for all Realtors, I love hearing from people who are thinking about selling long before they are ready to put their home on the market. Chances are good that the longer you have lived...

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