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Perfect Home but No Bars? Check out AIRAVE for Anoka County Deadzones! - 03/31/10 10:57 AM
Sometimes living in “the sticks” can be frustrating. The area of Ham Lake where we live (near Carlos Avery and Coon Lake is a virtual dead zone for most cell phone service. When we moved here years ago, few people had cell phones or needed to be so “connected”. But as a REALTOR®, it is very difficult to keep in contact with buyers and sellers when you have poor cell phone service. And I have noticed that I am not the only one that finds a good connection on the MUST HAVE list for a home either. I have noticed over (2 comments)
CONGRATULATIONS to the Boys Basketball team who have qualified for the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament! The Forest Lake Rangers are scheduled to play at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. ARE YOU a RANGER Fan? Ride the Fan Bus! Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education will be selling adult tickets for the game and providing bus service to Target Center in Minneapolis for the 10AM game. No need to mess with downtown parking or a rush hour commute! When: Wednesday, March 24. Board the bus starting at 8am. (6 comments)
March 2010 Twin Cities Real Estate Market Video Update—Good News Continues Despite the Snow! - 03/21/10 10:42 AM
The Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® just released the March monthly skinny video a few days ago. From the information provided it appears that snowy weather didn't slow down the home buyers in the Twin Cities market. Over 3500 purchase agreements were written during the last month. And which sellers were on the receiving end of those purchase agreements? Traditional sellers at lower price points (as opposed to lender-mediated or bank-owned properties). This is no doubt due to buyers wanting to get an agreement accepted or countered in a timely manner combined with traditional sellers willingness to negotiate as the deadline (2 comments)
Cat Thought Bubble: If I would have known that I would sprout these ears, I would not have caught and chewed on that mouse wearing the bright green outfit earlier today! He kind of gave me indigestion too!
***Note to all who think I have a very tolerant cat. The hat did not stay on his head very long. It was off within seconds!
Growing up Irish in Minnesota made March 17th an official holiday! (Okay...I'm only a quarter Irish but on St. Pat's day, whose counting?) From time to time we attended the big parade in downtown St Paul and once even walked under the “Flaherty” banner. But it was much more fun to watch the festivities from the safety of the curb. I think my mom tried to feed us a dinner of home cooked corned beef and cabbage once...not a big success in our house. We didn’t dance, but sang the “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” all day (my Prussian grandmother's (11 comments)
Unexpectedly Amazing Bank-Owned Homes on Anoka County Lakeshore & Acreage Homes!! (And some by traditional sellers too!) - 03/15/10 06:41 PM
Looking for a foreclosure, bank-owned or short sale but need to be able to live in the home immediately after closing? Good news is that foreclosures are no longer always trashed, fixer-uppers. Today's foreclosures can be simply AWESOME! This economy has forced builders and responsible homeowners alike to let amazing properties go back to the bank. Many are still in pristine condition. Some still may require a bit of cleanup or a few cosmetic changes but there are many in move in condition too. Here are a few of the treasures I noted on the Twin Cities MLS in Anoka (2 comments)
Good Time to Buy? Not All Real Estate Agents Agree! - 03/12/10 06:46 PM
Several ads are running in all forms of media lately about what a great opportunity it is to buy a home right now. It’s hard to turn on the television, radio or computer without being exposed to an advertisement from the National Association of REALTORS® announcing the expiring tax credit and why this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a home. But is it really a good time to buy? Yes, but maybe not for everyone. Here are a few facts about the current Twin Cities real estate market: There are many affordable homes across the Twin (12 comments)
2010 could be the year to move to a new home for many Twin Cities families. But, not only are people getting new digs, Como Park will be opening its Polar Bear Odyssey on June 3, 2010. The polar bears’ new home is a definite move up from their starter-home caves of days gone by. I took this photo in for a college photography class in the early 1980’s. This was even before the cement cave with the attached pool where you could see the bears swim right up to the glass.
Looking for MORE photos of Como (24 comments)
It Looked Better on the Paint Chip! - 03/09/10 11:33 AM
Years ago, my sister and her husband built a new home in an Oakdale development. We lived in a mile away in North St. Paul at the time so we drove by often and watched as several homes were constructed in the neighborhood. This development didn’t have restrictive covenants so there were various styles of homes with differing colors and types of siding giving the area a very eclectic look. As one home we passed by often was starting to look more like a home than a construction project, we noticed the PURPLE door! The house itself, mind you, was a (10 comments)
Stained Glass window in foyer and original decorative glass in living room and dining room. Original wooden staircase and newel post. Maple hardwood floors restored through kitchen, baths, living room, dining room, hallways and three of four bedrooms.
Need to know more information about how to make this historical North St. Paul treasure your own? Call me, Teri Eckholm/ReMax Specialists at 651-336-7073 or visit www.terieckholm.com and click featured homes to see additional photos. (7 comments)
Though constructed almost a century ago (built in 1922), the woodwork in this home has been maintained wonderfully. Only in a classic turn-of-the-century home will you see such historic wooden features including columns, beams, built-in buffets, knickknack shelving and window seats! To find all of these beautiful unique details all on the main floor of one home is rare and gives a home wonderful character that is hard to duplicate!
•· Refinished hardwood floors in living room, dining room, upstairs (13 comments)
Real estate marketing statistics can be confusing. Local television news reports can seem to be conflicting and if you are a home owner or home buyer, you may have trouble understanding what you hear. On one channel there will be a news report proclaiming good news with rising average sales prices for several consecutive months in the Twin Cities metro area flip channels and there another talking head giving gloomy report of how foreclosures and short sales are causing a significant decline in the market value of homes in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Since January, I have been posting real (5 comments)
In this northern Washington County community, just east of White Bear Lake, closed home sales were down in 2009 by over 21%. With few starter priced homes in Mahtomedi, the tax credit did not jumpstart sales as it had in many other metro suburbs. The average sales price of sold homes was down as the foreclosure and lender-mediated homes are everywhere. New listings are also down significantly in Mahtomedi so the market is starting to become more balanced. Sellers are still getting 92% of their asking price though the average sales price dropped significantly to $265,705. Time on the market (2 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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