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Home prices are reboundingand many city homeowners are thinking this is the year we can sell and have enough money to move to a larger home. For some, it is not just the size of the home that they want to increase, many people dream of living outside the city on a hobby farm or small acreage. Making such a move can be overwhelming if you don't know the differences between city and country life. It's not just more space and less neighbors, many times there are less amenities (2 comments)
acreage realtor: DON'T Wait Until Spring to Sell YOUR Home! - 10/21/12 03:55 PM
As a REALTOR® in the north and east Minneapolis/St Paul area, I hear it all the time...Potential home sellers lamenting about how it is too late in the year to sell their Minnesota home. It’s late October now, so soon the snow will fly and no one will be buying. “We missed the market this year so we will have to wait until spring to sell our house now!” My response is quite simple. “If you can list your home now, you REALLY should.”
And the reasons are equally simple: Low Inventory Continued Demand The Minneapolis/St Paul metro (23 comments)
acreage realtor: Hobby Farm in Your Future? Tips to Help Finance Your Dream - 09/18/12 12:58 PM
This summer, I have had the opportunity to assist a young couple scour the north and east metro for a small acreage property. We’ve searched across western Anoka, southern Chisago and northern Washington Counties, for something that will meet there small acreage requirements. Our search discovered the perfect country farmhouse on 40 acres and well within their budget too! My preapproved clients were excited when they wrote up their offer. Everything changed a day later when their loan officer called to inquire. “Are there crops growing on that land? ANY crops at all?” Well, the answer was yes. Suddenly the dream (4 comments)
acreage realtor: When We Buy a New House, Can We Get a Pony? - 04/10/12 01:33 PM
Horse and animal restrictions on Minnesota acreage properties Last year, during a final walkthrough of an acreage home my buyers were purchasing in Anoka County, one of their daughters ran up to me giggling and said, “Joe thinks you are buying him a pony.” “Oh…really?” was all I could think to respond. Mom nodded that yes it was a fact, Joe had it in his three-year-old head that I was going to drop off a four-hoofed pet on move-in day. While I have been known to give a closing gift to my clients, I have never offered a (6 comments)
acreage realtor: Selling an Acreage Home? Mark a TRAIL! - 08/20/11 10:43 PM
Earlier this month, I was out showinghomes to clients looking for acreage that would work for having horses. One home on a 20 acre parcel was perfect so we started to walk the land. On west side of the home was the mound septic system an a bit further west was a large pond that was at the very least 3 acres of the property. The backyard looked dry so we started there. Just a few feet beyond the trees the yard got boggy. So we couldn’t assess how dry the acres were. We assumed this property was mostly wet and (26 comments)
Today I was pulling together a CMA or comparative market analysis for a potential lakeshore owner who will be selling their home next spring. When I do a CMA, I spend quite a bit of time selected comparables and figuring out the optimal initial starting price as this is a difficult real estate market. What I do not spend a lot of time with anymore is the collateral information that I put in with every CMA. It is the extra information that tells the new client "how I work". I spend a significant amount of time with this information when (27 comments)
Living in the country in Anoka County Minnesota can be like a little slice of heaven especially in the springtime when everything is just starting to bloom again! This beautiful red polebarn photo is one of the pictures I took for my new listing in Columbus (just west of Forest Lake). 35 Acres to call your own near Carlos Avery Wildlife Management area. Want to see more photos? Take the tour by clicking HERE! (23 comments)
acreage realtor: Considering a Move to Minnesota Acreage? What You NEED to know! - 05/03/10 10:29 AM
Over a decade ago out family came across a home being renovated on just under 3 acres in the country. It was a bit of a drive from North St. Paul and Maplewood, the quiet little suburbs where we had spent most of our lives. But there was something intriguing about the beautiful landscape with dozens of towering oaks and pines. We loved the idea that our two boys who were just starting school at the time could play hide and seek and ride their bikes right in our own yard. We made the leap without considering all of the (11 comments)
acreage realtor: Fleeting Beauty—Jack Frost Visits Ham Lake, Minnesota - 02/12/10 11:54 AM
Living on acreage in Anoka County, we are often unexpectedly treated to the beauty nature has to offer. Whether it is a doe and fawn chasing across a sod field, a red fox sneaking through the brush or an eagle soaring near the clouds, if we keep our eyes open, we see many wonderful sights. Today was no exception. As the fog dissipate with the warmth of the sun this morning, I notice the tips of the trees stretching into a brilliant blue sky with the rime or hoar frost on the upper most branches as I drove through Carlos Avery. (13 comments)
acreage realtor: Weather Outside Frightful? Here are FIVE Reasons Why NOW is the Time to BUY a MN Home! - 12/18/09 05:26 PM
Yes the weather outside can be frightful on a cold Minnesota night when it snows and is below zero...but this year more than ever, those considering buying a home may not want to wait until the spring thaw. Whether you are considering a townhome in Hugo or White Bear Lake, a lake home on Forest Lake or acreage in Anoka County, there are deals throughout the north and east Twin Cities metro. But low home prices are not the only reason to take the "polar-plunge" into buying a home in the winter. Here are FIVE of the BEST reasons homebuyers might (7 comments)
acreage realtor: Dreaming of Life on Affordable Minnesota Acreage? Acreage Foreclosures in Anoka, Chisago, Washington and Ramsey Counties - 06/16/09 09:11 PM
In the late 1990's, before home prices went crazy, my family came across a home being renovated on 3 acres in the country. It was a bit of a drive from North St. Paul and Maplewood, the quiet little suburbs where we had spent most of our lives. But there was something intriguing about the beautiful landscape with dozens of towering oaks and pines. We loved the idea that our children would grow up in an area where they could climb trees without the worry of power lines and could play hide and seek and capture the flag in the woods (15 comments)
acreage realtor: How to Choose a REALTOR®—Don’t Focus on Fee. Service is the KEY! - 06/13/09 09:32 AM
love a bargain! I always want the best deals on any products I buy. I scour the internet, clip coupons and negotiate with sales people for better prices on everything from groceries to clothing to vacations to new cars.One place I do not negotiate is on professional services. My hairstylist was referred to me by a friend. She does an awesome job and is worth every penny I pay her (including the tip!). Likewise, our doctors and dentist came to us by recommendation. They are out-of-network from our HMO which means that we pay an increased co-pay for each visit. We (15 comments)
acreage realtor: Is Your Mama a Llama Lover? Head Over to the Washington County Fair Grounds on Mom's Day! - 04/30/09 03:57 PM
Llamas are cool. I always loved reading the picture book, "Is Your Mama a Llama?" to my kids when they were toddlers. Because of the story, whenever I had to take the kids to visit their doctor in White Bear Lake, we detoured past the two llamas that lived off of Hwy 96 and Ottertail Rd. I don't think they still reside on that property. Llamas are a rare site in the Twin Cities; one you remember after you see them. There used to be another farm in the community of Shafer in Chisago County where I would see llamas peeking (9 comments)
acreage realtor: Foreclosures on Lakeshore, Acreage and New Construction in Chisago County that YOU will WANT to Call Home! - 04/18/09 08:45 AM
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 Chisago County (6 comments)
Teri Eckholm, REALTOR® Anoka&Washington Counties Acreage & Lakeshore Homes
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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