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The Thousand Dollar Gamble—Why Buyer’s Representation is Essential! - 11/28/07 09:39 AM
I love working with home buyers! First Time Buyers. Move up Buyers. Relocation Buyers. You name it-I love it!That is why a few weeks ago when a young couple called for a showing on a home I have listed, I was excited. I pulled together my Home Buyer's Packet with information and tips for anyone considering making a move and headed off to the home.Now I know that most people do not fall in love with the first home they are shown. But, I am also aware that buyers scour the internet for weeks, even months prior to calling a Realtor. (26 comments)
Like a transformer in slow motion, the new Forest Lake water tower began to take on its final shape this past week. The construction process is quite a sight to see! Piece by piece concave metal is lifted into place and welded to the base, creating the "bowl". This past spring the original old "tin-man" type water tower was removed from its place along Lake St. The new tower is located near the compost site just off of Broadway. If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call or visit my (20 comments)
Forget Sleigh Bells, Sirens Announce Santa’s Annual Ride - 11/24/07 08:48 PM
You'd better watch out and better not cry-He's coming soon through a Ham Lake neighborhood soon. Santa Claus is coming to town! One of the most fun and unique experiences that our family looks forward to every December is when Santa rides through the city on a fire truck, passing out candy canes to the good little residents of Ham Lake. Santa's fireman helpers use this opportunity to collect non perishable food items to stock the Ham Lake food shelf for the holidays. This trip to the end of the driveway or road is not just for the kiddies; Santa passes candy (13 comments)
Giving Thanks to an Old Friend--But How Do You Say Goodbye? - 11/19/07 09:15 AM
Everyday for the past several years, after I sent my family off to school and work, I have a faithful companion by my side. He would follow me into my office and be my alarm if when someone drove up the driveway or knocked on the door. Sitting at my feet, thumping his tail, Tikki has been our family dog for nearly 16 years. I am thankful for his continued loyal friendship. Tikki is an Australian Shepard mix that was thrust upon us by some family friends years ago. He was a playful pup that grew up with the kids. Tikki's sheparding instincts kept the (75 comments)
Forest Lake High School Rangers are Building Again—New Home Under Construction! - 11/18/07 09:42 AM
After the successful sale of last year of the home built by Forest Lake construction students in the parking lot of their school, the are at it again! The 3BR/2BA rambler built by Forest Lake High School Students in the previous year sold for $65,000 and was moved by its new owners to its permanent location this past spring. The proceeds from the sale of the home were put right back into the next project for the District 831 high school. That new construction endeavor began with the school year in September. I have it on good authority that because of (11 comments)
Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions—Homeowner Version: D’oh! Homer at Home in Centerville - 11/16/07 11:06 AM
Now what can I say about this permanent lawn sculpture except the homeowner must have a great sense of humor and fun! Homer Simpson in all of his colorful glory was spotted by my teenagers in the front yard of a home between Centerville and Lino Lakes. It is definitely one for the collection of Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions as when my son first saw it I was distracted by the exclamation, "Look! There is a giant Homer Simpson in that yard!" On our next trip down to the Twin Cities, taking the short cut from Columbus through Centerville, we slowed (24 comments)
Take the Home Off the Market or Stay the Course—What Should a Seller Do During the Holidays? - 11/13/07 06:32 PM
It is getting to be that time of year again. The holidays are upon us but the house hasn't sold. What should a seller do? At first inclination most sellers opt to withdraw their home from the market believing that the preoccupation with the holiday season puts few buyers in the market. While there is truth to this belief, sellers can be ignoring another more important truth: Those buyers looking at houses during the holidays are very serious buyers. There are not many tire-kickers running around with a Realtor when there are presents to buy and gifts to wrap. November, December and (60 comments)
Unbelievable! Guess Who Wants an Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner?! - 11/09/07 11:13 AM
This one is too good not to share...Since living in Ham Lake we have had our encounters with wildlife but with less than two weeks prior to Thanksgiving, this is one for the books. Moments ago I was pulled away from my work on the computer due to a weird thumping noise. I was confused but thought maybe the cat was playing with something in the kids rooms...nothing upstairs. The noise was coming from the basement...maybe the cat had something downstairs...that can't be good as in the country, we get mice from time to time. Nope! It was this guy and he (36 comments)
Showing an Unhandy-Andy Home is Like Trying to Sell the Weasley Burrow! - 11/08/07 01:35 PM
As a Realtor, showing homes can sometimes be more of an adventure than others. This past summer, I had a wonderful family of clients looking for a hobby farm so they would no longer have to board their horses. They wanted to be located near the schools and employment in the Twin Cities, needed a minimum of 5 acres and the ability to keep at least 2 horses on the property. Age and condition of the home were secondary considerations as long as it was in the price range and met the three main criteria. So we the journey began! We (26 comments)
Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions—Hometown Version: Teapot Watertower in Lindstrom - 11/05/07 07:55 AM
Drive down highway 8 between Forest Lake and Taylors Falls and can't miss this icon. After all the Lindstrom teapot is located just off main street and the highway IS main street in this little town with Swedish roots! Lindstrom has nicknamed itself "America's Little Sweden" as it was originally settled by Swedish immigrants. Though the water tower was put out of service in 1990 after 88 years, the teapot still stands as a welcoming beacon to those who visit and reside the Chisago County community. As a Realtor working in the north metro, I often get to travel down this (14 comments)
Time to Rethink Recycling—Get the 2008 Recyclopedia! - 11/03/07 09:18 PM
An amazing resource arrived in mailboxes throughout Ham Lake and Anoka County recently. The 2008 Recyclopedia! An A-Z directory of where and how to recycle anything and everything. Looking for a place to dispose of an old computer, florescent bulbs or hazardous waste? It's in the guide. Want to donate furniture, eyeglasses or clothing? Several resources are listed. Considering composting in your own backyard? There is a step-by-step guide to get you started. This booklet is filled with over 40 pages of information to help Anoka County residents reduce, recycle and reuse. As a Realtor serving Ham Lake and the surrounding area of (15 comments)
Almost Time to Queue-Up and Freeze for a Cities Sampler - 11/02/07 09:33 AM
Only one or two things in this world are special enough to make me stand outside, lined up for an hour in the cold. But this is one of those events. It is an annual tradition in the Twin Cities every November. My real estate business goes on hold for one weekday morning as I freeze with the masses. People from Lino Lakes to Blaine, and Forest Lake to Minneapolis line up for this unique treasure. Not for a discounted flat screen or new game system, but for the Cities 97 Sampler. The coveted CD is a collection of Studio C cuts from (12 comments)
Theresa "Teri" Eckholm/REMAX Specialists assists Minnesotans to find their way home with helpful tips and quality service. Dedication to customer service has made Teri the REALTOR® of choice for families in Blaine, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and Wyoming areas. Licensed in MN.
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