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When Do I Get the Keys?—Immediate Gratification is BEST in Real Estate Transactions! - 02/25/08 08:46 AM
This is a world of immediacy...We drive thru for instant food. We communicate with instant messages. We are trained for immediate gratification. It is recommended in today's changed real estate market that people SLOW things down. And this is great advice when it comes to most parts of the home buying transaction but when it comes to possession, immediate gratification is best.Immediate Possession is a very good thing for both the home buyer and home seller. In Minnesota, possession time can be negotiated, but it is in everyone's best interest that the buyer be given the keys and complete possession of (28 comments)
Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions—Hometown Version: Giant Mouse and Buffalo in Center City - 02/24/08 10:59 AM
Several years ago, I was headed down the stretch of the two-lane Highway 8 from Forest Lake through Chisago, Lindstrom and Center City when this huge rodent and a herd of Buffalo took my eyes from road. As a Minnesota Realtor, I had been driving to list my very first house in Chisago County and was I was distracted by a giant mouse with a cheese wheel, an array of colorful flags and a herd of buffalo! Buffalo in Minnesota? It was quite a distraction! The turn for Shafer was just ahead, but the unique display at this huge farm with (20 comments)
Commute from Forest Lake to Downtown Minneapolis? Take the Express—Fast and Easy! - 02/23/08 06:55 PM
Forest Lake residents who work in downtown Minneapolis can skip the frustrating traffic jams and backups! A new commuter station, or transit center, began offering express bus transportation in January. No need to drive 35 down to the 95th station either...The new Park and Ride station is located a hop, skip or jump from most Forest Lake homes!As a Realtor, I get questions regarding the commute to downtown from Forest Lake all of the time. It is a concern for anyone considering a move to the Forest Lake or Wyoming area. A normal traffic free commute from Forest Lake by car (11 comments)
Why Should a Seller Pay a Home Buyer’s Closing Costs? - 02/19/08 11:45 AM
When I list a home for sale, I give always give the seller a net sheet with estimates of closing costs that will be associated with closing the home. One of the items on the list is "Seller contribution to the Buyer's Closing Costs." Every now and again, I hear a seller scoff at this item on the list and get a response to the effect of, "I don't want to pay my own closing costs. Why would I want to contribute to the BUYERS?"I love when that question is asked. The answer is very simple: So they can BUY your (62 comments)
It’s Springtime! Our Sunglasses are on! We have a Full Tank of Gas! Let’s Go House Shopping! - 02/16/08 12:09 PM
It's almost springtime and you are getting that bug. You know that little feeling that tells you that this is the year to buy a new home. Interest rates are low. There is a great selection of new and existing homes. And frankly, you are just tired of renting! So how do you go about finding a home? Most people start on the internet. If you are reading this, it is a good bet that you started with an online search. But after spending days, weeks and months online, now its time to venture outdoors and see some houses.So on a (36 comments)
Town Hall Meeting Update—More Questions than Answers as the City Water/Sewer Debate in Ham Lake Continues - 02/15/08 08:56 PM
It was a full house at Ham Lake City Hall this past Tuesday night. People from all over the city came to view the five options for growth being considered by the Task Force. Most of the standing room only audience was there to hear about the potential for city water and sewer as Ham Lake is currently a community with 100% individual septic systems and wells. The cost estimates for assessments running into the tens of thousands, brought out many concerned residents.The Town Hall meeting regarding possible changes to the City of Ham Lake was brief but thorough. It was (4 comments)
Love at First Sight--It happens In Real Estate too! - 02/14/08 02:57 AM
Do you believe in love at first sight? I do! Decades ago as a young man walked through the door of a neighborhood restaurant. His eyes met those of a young girl. In that instant, their lives changed. It was years before they married and there were many ups and downs. But they are still together and in love today. A few years ago, another young woman shares a conversation with a young man in a record shop. After a few minutes she leaves. The young man followed her out the door and said, "If I let you go without asking for your (51 comments)
Ham Lakers Have Spoken—City Water and Sewer may be the Mayor's Dream, But Not Theirs! - 02/11/08 08:59 AM
In a somewhat biased Lakes and Loons survey, Ham Lake residents were allowed the opportunity to log on and give their opinion on the proposed ideas for city water and sewer in Ham Lake, MN. What was their opinion? In a word, NO! The Lakes and Loons staff did what they could to verify one vote per resident so there is some legitimacy to the polling process. At this first chance for Ham Lake residents to voice their opinion on the subject, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of leaving things as they are. With 186 respondents, a whopping 183 said (18 comments)
Parents of First Time Buyers Say “Thank You!” to a GREAT Realtor® - 02/09/08 02:41 PM
Back in December I posted about first time buyers I met at a showing that were being advised by their parents to not sign a buyers' representation agreement. The theory was that buyers can make a better deal working directly with the listing agent who would receive both sides of the commission. Since the parents were at the showing, I had the job of explaining why this isn't a great tactic to both the buyers and their parents. Read the whole story in my post: The Thousand Dollar Gamble-Why Buyer's Representation is Essential! Over the course of a few weeks, I (39 comments)
Rethink the Bridal Registry--First Toaster, First China and First HOME?!! - 02/06/08 03:00 PM
Wouldn't it be great to take one of those little barcode readers beyond Target's towels, toasters and flat screens and head out to the nearest neighborhood and tag something that a new bride and groom really need, their first home? Shopping the Parade of Homes or at a Sunday Open House, you could click on your favorites and receive the front door key just in time to be carried over the threshold. Only in a perfect world, right?I know it sounds a little off-the-wall but brides and grooms getting married this year are going to face a tougher time finding a loan (36 comments)
Making a GREAT Deal in this CHANGED Real Estate Market! - 02/04/08 06:16 PM
For the past couple of years now, the term "Buyer's Market" has been synonymous with the real estate market. Obviously this is the opposite of the "Seller's Market" term that had been used for the prior decade. I too, tossed around these descriptions until recently. A few months back, I decided when I use these terms I negatively affect half of my clients. A buyer's market, defined as a market with many sellers and few buyers, gives the impression that all buyers are winners making the sellers the losers. Likewise, in a seller's market, with fewer sellers than buyers, there was (76 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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