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Now IS the Time to get a GREAT DEAL on a Minnesota Lakeshore Home! - 07/30/10 05:06 PM
Recently I was on the phone with REALTOR® from the Brainerd Lakes area (cabin country for those in the Twin Cities north metro). We were discussing how affordable lake shore properties had recently become in Minnesota compared to just a few years ago. One of the tidbits he shared with me was that all predictions were pointing toward an abundance of lakehomes and lakeshore cabins that would be hitting the foreclosure market this year. This year seasonal and year round properties are available in every price point at rock bottom prices. So this got me thinking and once again I decided (8 comments)
My good friend and FHA expert on the east coast, Jeff Belonger, had this information on his blog earlier this week. If you are considering and FHA loan and need information on how adding a co-signer would work, read on.
Via Jeff Belonger- The FHA Expert FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( - FHA Home Loans - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc):
There will always be some sort of mortgage myth in our industry or a piece of information given by a loan officer that is misleading. What I am about (2 comments)
Our stubborn cat likes to take over almost every chair in the house. Yes...they are all HIS chair! The other day a pillow and stuffed toy were in one of his many favorite spots but that didn't deter our cat from perching on the edge of the chair to try show there was still room for his somewhat oversized rear end! Even in this obviously uncomfortable position, our obstinate feline managed to claim HIS chair! (15 comments)
July 2010 Twin Cities Real Estate Market Video Update—Robbed from Peter to Pay Paul - 07/24/10 12:59 PM
Have you ever heard that phrase? Robbing from Peter to pay Paul? That's the Twin Cities market in a nutshell. June 2010 pending sales are down 40% from June of 2009. The buyers from what is traditionally one of our busiest months, June were undoubtedly rushed into purchasing for the now expired housing tax credit. So those early spring numbers that showed so much promise, have leveled off….no surprise there. However there was one bright spot in the statistics, the average home sale's price is up and sellers are getting closer to asking price again. But there is no crystal ball (17 comments)
"I Can Hold My OWN Hand!" - 07/20/10 03:38 PM
Several years ago, just as we were about to step off the curb into the busy parking lot of the local Target, I attempted to take the hand of my almost three-year-old son when he announced to my husband and I, "I can hold my own hand!" And being obstinate and two, he did. He put one chubby little fist inside the other behind his back and attempted to step off the curb and into traffic. Realizing his need for independence, we explained the dangers of his actions to him. (Hey Buddy...Drivers have no way of seeing a tiny person below (16 comments)
White Bear Lake, MN Year End Real Estate Market Statistics MidYear 2010 - 07/19/10 04:36 PM
Just about everyone who grew up in the Twin Cities north and east metro is familiar with the White Bear Lake community. Whether your memories are of passing the iconic gigantic snow white bear statue at Polar Chev, swimming at Bellaire beach or setting sail across White Bear Lake, everyone seems to know something about the community. But few know the legends that surround the lake and that Manitou Island is at the center of it all. The legend has been documented by several writers but the most notable was Mark Twain who wrote of the Indian warrior who killed the (4 comments)
Friday Night History Cruz in North St Paul Minnesota brings out an eclectic variety of the best classic cars on the east side of the Twin Cities. This Cougar maybe an oldie...but definitely a goodie too. The NSP History Cruz is a Friday evening summer event that is not to be missed! (19 comments)
Ham Lake, MN Real Estate Market Statistics Mid Year 2010 - 07/16/10 11:29 AM
The City of Ham Lake has a rich history. Incorporated in 1974, Ham Lake became a city after over a hundred years of humble but steady growth. The area was first settled in 1855 by a group of Scottish men on the southwest side of Ham Lake. Though, I can only assume that the lake itself got its name due to its unusual “ham hock” shape, the community started out with a different name. The original name of the community was Glen Carey, which is the Scottish translation of “beautiful valley”. Following a prairie fire in 1857, the first settlers moved (6 comments)
Why I HATE Shopping for Cars! And What it has to do with Being a Good REALTOR! - 07/14/10 05:42 PM
We need a new car and have needed it for several months now. We have the ability to purchase one but have avoided the car lots like the plague. Why? Because car salesmen lurk there! We have browsed on the internet for as long as possible but it was getting to the point of a test drive to make our decision. Last Saturday, my husband and I took a deep breath and decided to head to the Hwy 61 White Bear/Maplewood car mile of car dealerships to really get started. We started off slowly...First we drove through a few lots without (13 comments)
Forest Lake, Minnesota is well known throughout the Twin Cities area. Many people from the city remember the northeast St. Paul suburb fondly from years gone by as a summer vacation spot, an annual ice fishing tournament tradition or as a destination when going for a Sunday a drive in the country. Today, the lakeside cabins have been replaced with year round residences, the fishing tourney is but a memory and the farms are few and far between in this third ring St. Paul suburb. The northern Washington County and east Anoka County community of Forest Lake is now considered (12 comments)
Blaine, MN Real Estate Market Statistics Mid Year 2010 - 07/06/10 02:42 PM
The community of Blaine has continued to grow and expand in the north metro of the Twin Cities despite the economic downturn. Just drive down Highway 65 and see the Main Street (125th) overpass to get an idea of how the significant changes have affected the community. Though housing construction had slowed during 2008-2009, it has not stopped and continues to affect the market in 2010. New developments expand the housing base, especially in the townhome and lower level price points. Conveniently located along 35W and Highway 65 and connected by Highway 10 just north of the Twin Cities, Blaine is (4 comments)
A Friday Night Cruz through Historic North St Paul, Minnesota - 07/05/10 04:23 PM
North St Paul is a community rich in history. If you stop by on a Friday night in the summer, you might feel that you have stepped back in time. The Friday Night History Cruz has been at home in North St. Paul since very humble beginnings in 1996. The History Cruz is an informal car show where several hundred classic enthusiasts park along 7th Avenue in the downtown of this quaint little town so residents and visitors alike can stroll down memory lane while enjoying a corn dog, a cone from the Hometown Creamery or a slice of Randy's Pizza. (6 comments)
Wishing all my clients, friends and family a very happy, safe independence day with a mosquito and storm free fireworks display tonight! The flag remains one of our best symbols of freedom in the United States. Remember to thank a veteran or soldier for all the freedom we enjoy in America and our ability to celebrate these freedoms today and every day! (16 comments)
Shoreview, Minnesota attracts attention for many other reasons besides the twin, skyscraping, radio transmission towers reaching high 1400+ miles into the air. Though not officially incorporated until 1957, Shoreview has a rich history. A good portion of what is now known as Shoreview was once inhabited by Dakota and Ojibwe Native America tribes. It was ceded to the US Government from the Ojibwe in 1837 and soon became known as a farming community. The Soo line of the railroad expanded into Shoreview in the late 1800’s and soon New Englanders and other European settlers came to farm the land. The (5 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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