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As I strolled along Minnehaha Creek in South Minneapolis with my birthday buddy while we ate our handmade ice cream cones last weekend, she was very aware of all the airplanes flying overhead. This was a new neighborhood for her and she commented that she wouldn’t like living there because of all...
The Third AgeWith people living now having a life expectancy of about 30 years longer than in the last century, we have a whole new period of life not possible in previous generations. Dr. William Sadler calls this 30-year life bonus ‘The Third Age’.1st Age, PREPARATION – Childhood/Adolescence – ...
When Cass Gilbert won the commission to design the new Minnesota State Capitol in 1895 he was a well respected architect in his hometown of St. Paul. When it opened in 1905 it was considered one of the best buildings in the country at the time and he was one of the most celebrated architects in t...
Wondering if you are making the right decision? Buying or renting? Buying a house or a townhouse? Is this the right house? Should I relocate for a new job? Is it time to downsize? What am I going to do with all my stuff?The list of questions can go on and on… but whatever your questions, you usua...
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving. As the graph below shows, for over twenty ...
Summer is the time for family gatherings, and we recently spent a weekend in North Dakota for a reunion of the descendants of my husband’s mother’s family. There were 11 children in the family… not what I would consider too small. Being an only child, I can’t even imagine it. Needless to say, it ...
The last step in most Minnesota closings is receiving instructions for homesteading. Don’t tuck it into your folder and forget about it… homesteading can provide valuable benefits and it doesn’t cost anything unless you forget to do it!Minnesota offers a Homestead Market Value Exclusion for peopl...
Two of our grandchildren share the same birthday, which we celebrated tonight at family night… one turned 8 and the other 13… hard to believe!  More cousins shared time together last weekend at a reunion in North Dakota with my husband’s family. They have more than 45 cousins!!RECIPE OF THE WEEKI...
We often work with families in various stages of senior housing transitions. Case in point, we are currently working with 5 different families who are moving into assisted living and selling the family home. They are all slightly different, varying from selling a condo to a townhouse to a single ...
When I read that Minneapolis was ranked the 3rd most literate city in America in 2016 it was in the back of my mind that I thought I had heard we were #1 before, and indeed we were… in 2015!  In fact the same three cities… Washington DC, Seattle and Minneapolis… have all been in the top 3 every y...

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