minnesota: Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota, We Just Sold Another Condo Unit in Edina - 01/23/14 11:34 AM
 
Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota, We Just Sold Another Condo Unit in Edina
 
In winter, the bulk of our business tends to shift between our Madeline Island office and our office in the Minneapolis & Saint Paul metropolitan area.  Although business has been strong throughout November, December and January on the Island, we're seeing a considerable volume of real estate sales activity in the Twin Cities as well.
We just participated in the sale of another unit at "The Yorker" Condominiums in Edina, Minnesota, our second sale at The Yorker in just over six weeks (and our fourth sale at … (0 comments)

minnesota: Wisconsin Realtor Eric Kodner Serves as Realtor Magazine Guest Editor - 01/22/14 11:50 PM
 
Wisconsin Realtor Eric Kodner Serves as Realtor Magazine Guest Editor
 
I was delighted to see my Guest Editor's Column - Realtor Magazine, January - February 2014 in this morning's online edition of Realtor Magazine!

On December 6th, I met with Realtor Magazine Editor Stacey Moncrieff and her staff at the offices of the National Association of Realtors, to work on the January - February 2014 issue of Realtor Magazine.  The day started with a two-hour roundtable discussion about articles to be included in the upcoming issue. 

At the top of our afternoon agenda was the redesign of Realtor … (0 comments)

minnesota: 741 Main Street in LaPointe is a Part of Madeline Island History - 01/26/13 11:52 PM
741 Main Street in LaPointe is a Part of Madeline Island History
Madeline Island Realty's most recent residential listing at 741 Main Street, La Pointe, Wisconsin, has quite a historic past. 
The first titled owner of the property at 741 Main Street was J. Austrian, who acquired the property in 1854.
The site of the Foster residence was formerly owned by Frank J. Albright in the early to mid-1900s and was the site of the Albright Boat Works.  Albright built a thriving business there, a combination hardware store, machine shop and plumbing supply depot which doubled as a fishing station.  According to the book … (0 comments)

minnesota: A Testimonial from Client Friends in Bayfield, Wisconsin - 12/22/12 01:05 PM
 
A Testimonial from Client Friends in Bayfield, Wisconsin
 
My friends Bob Durfey and Ann Barthelemy, who live and work in Bayfield, Wisconsin, sent me a copy of their 2012 holiday season letter last week.  And while reading the chronology of Ann & Bob's past year, I came across the following:
"We started out getting our house (in Bloomington, Minnesota) ready to sell ourselves. We hosted three open houses which only produced curious neighbors. We got married Saturday, April 21 in a small ceremony in our home and we hosted sixty friends that evening. Eric Kodner approached Bob at the reception that same evening and said he could get the … (0 comments)

minnesota: Marine on Saint Croix Listings by Madeline Island Realty on Zillow - 08/26/12 12:20 AM
 
Marine on Saint Croix Listings by Madeline Island Realty on Zillow
 
Co-listed by Wayzata Lakes Realty (Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN) and Madeline Island Realty:
 
Jackson Meadow Real Estate for Sale - View Marine on Saint Croix listings in the 55047 zip code area on Zillow
 
 
 
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minnesota: Just Listed in Edina, MN - 7401 Hyde Park Drive, Edina MN 55439 - 05/28/12 05:05 PM
 
Just Listed in Edina, MN - 7401 Hyde Park Drive, Edina MN 55439
 
Co-listed by Wayzata Lakes Realty (Minneapolis & Saint Paul MN) and Madeline Island Realty (LaPointe WI)
 
We've all heard that real estate is "location, location, location", right?
Here's an affordable home in prime Edina, Minnesota, close to Braemar Park and Golf Course, Lewis Park, Dewey Hill and not far from the Indian Hills area of Edina. Situated on a corner lot just two blocks from Braemar Park, the comfortable house features three bedrooms on the main level, two fireplaces, a large living room and family room, plus a large recreation room … (4 comments)

minnesota: Our Madeline Island Real Estate Blog is Read by Nearly as Many Minnesotans as by Wisconsinites - 04/01/12 11:41 AM
 
Our Madeline Island Real Estate Blog is Read by Nearly as Many Minnesotans as by Wisconsinites  
I probably should have guessed this all along, but today I did a little research into the visitor statistics for my Madeline Island Real Estate Blog to see where those visitors are coming from.  And I found that the number of blog visitors from Wisconsin and Minnesota is nearly equal.  Below are the stats from my ClustrMaps widget on my Wisconsin blog:
 

You'll notice that the number of visitors from Minnesota and from Wisconsin is close to identical, both states with around … (1 comments)

minnesota: Prescott, Wisconsin Homes & Real Estate for Sale - Search Available Homes and Pierce County Real Estate in the 54021 Zip Code Area - Madeline Island Realty - 04/01/12 10:17 AM
 
Prescott, Wisconsin Homes & Real Estate for Sale - Search Available Homes and Pierce County Real Estate in the 54021 Zip Code Area - Madeline Island Realty
 
Search Pierce County homes, condominiums, townhomes and residential building lots in Prescott, Wisconsin (54021 zip code), including Saint Croix riverfront properties, using the interactive search map below (use your mouse to roll cursor over the map and click on individual properties for price & details).
 
 
 
We know the Twin Cities East Metro real estate market, including border towns such as Prescott, Wisconsin (54021) and Hastings, Minnesota (55033).
Madeline Island Realty (and … (1 comments)

minnesota: More Reasons Why Choosing the Right MLS Can be Crucial if you Want your Madeline Island Home to Sell - 12/25/11 03:17 PM
 
More Reasons Why Choosing the Right MLS Can be Crucial if you Want your Madeline Island Home to Sell
 
[Household income and median home price figures provided below come from the most recent United States Census data. MLS participation numbers from NAR Realtors Property Resource website.]
 
Hennepin County (where NorthstarMLS originates) median household income: $61,651
Median home price in Hennepin County (MN): $248,600
Hennepin County, Minnesota(NorthstarMLS) participant members: 13,500
 
Now let's compare the NorthstarMLS primary service area with that of SAAR..
 
Douglas County Wisconsin (where SAAR originates) median Household income: $42,656
That's 69% of the median income for Hennepin County, Minnesota
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minnesota: Top Posts of 2011 - Wayzata Lakes Realty - Minneapolis and Saint Paul Metro Area Real Estate Blog - 12/18/11 07:09 AM
 
Top Posts of 2011 - Wayzata Lakes Realty - Minneapolis and Saint Paul Metro Area Real Estate Blog
 
Now that December is nearly over, it's time to take a brief look back at the year 2011.  I decided to assemble a brief list of our favorite (and most read) posts from the Wayzata Lakes Realty Minneapolis and Saint Paul Metro Area Real Estate Blog.
As many of my readers are aware, I maintain two ActiveRain blogs, one for my Wisconsin company (Madeline Island Real Estate Blog) and the other for my Minneapolis and Saint Paul area company (Wayzata Lakes Realty).  … (0 comments)

minnesota: A Ray of Economic Hope from Across the Border - Minnesota Jobless Rate Drops in October - 11/20/11 03:47 PM
 
A Ray of Economic Hope from Across the Border - Minnesota Jobless Rate Drops in October
 
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that the jobless rate in Minnesota fell .5% in October, from 6.9% to 6.4%. 
Why is this good news for home sellers on Madeline Island?
Because over three-fourths of prospective buyers in our zip code (54850) come from the State of Minnesota.  A significant majority of Madeline Island second home owners come from the Minneapolis - Saint Paul metro area.
It won't bring immediate relief, but good economic news from a neighboring state can mean more buyers, particularly in … (2 comments)

minnesota: The Market May Be Bottoming Out, but Not All Sellers Have Gotten the Message - 10/29/11 04:58 AM
 
The Market May Be Bottoming Out, but Not All Sellers Have Gotten the Message
 
I read a local newspaper article the other day which speculates that "a market bottom has formed" in the Madeline Island Real Estate market.   If one examines closed sales, that may be a valid conclusion, but the vast majority of sellers probably haven't figured that out yet.
List prices have dropped over the past year, but the transition to better pricing has been fairly recent.  There still seems to be a lot of seller unreality about pricing. 
Just a couple years ago, I remember a heated discussion … (3 comments)

minnesota: NAR At Home With Diversity Class October 13, 2011 Was Well-Attended - Course Sponsored by Minnesota CRS Chapter and MNAR - 10/17/11 01:15 PM
I was pleased to be the instructor for this NAR course in Minneapolis on October 13, 2011, co-sponsored by the Minnesota CRS Chapter and the Minnesota Association of Realtors .  The "At Home With Diversity" course was created by the National Association of Realtors for the purpose of creating new opportunities for Realtors who add diversity to their practice of real estate.  This was the third time in the past eighteen months that I've offered this course.  In April of 2010, the WRA Equal Opportunity - Cultural Diversity Committee sponsored "At Home With Diversity" at the Wisconsin Realtors Association.  It was offered again in November of … (0 comments)

minnesota: Another Home SOLD by Broker Eric Kodner - 5230 Circle Down, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55416 - 08/05/11 04:17 PM

Another Home SOLD by Broker Eric Kodner - 5230 Circle Down, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55416
Two closings in two weeks!  This four bedroom, three bath home closed on July 22nd and on August 2nd, we closed the purchase of 3342 Big Bay Road, LaPointe, Wisconsin 54850. 
Both buyers were procured by Broker Eric Kodner (612.670.2539) with Wayzata Lakes Realty and Madeline Island Realty.
5230 Circle Down is a large four bedroom, three bath home in a prime location, close to downtown Minneapolis and just off Highway 100 in Golden Valley. Large secluded yard with flower garden, patio and mature … (2 comments)

minnesota: PRESS RELEASE - WISCONSIN REALTOR ERIC KODNER NAMED 2012 CHAIR OF WISCONSIN REALTORS ASSOCIATION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING COMMITTEE - 07/23/11 09:09 AM
 
WISCONSIN REALTOR ERIC KODNER NAMED 2012 CHAIR OF
WISCONSIN REALTORS ASSOCIATION
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING COMMITTEE
 
Madison, Wisconsin (July 9, 2011) – Realtor Eric Kodner with Madeline Island Realty  in LaPointe, Wisconsin and with Wayzata Lakes Realty in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been named 2012 Chair of the Wisconsin Realtors Association Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee by WRA Chair-Elect Robert Keefe.
 
A real estate broker in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Kodner becomes the first Madeline Island real estate licensee to chair a WRA State Committee.  He has served on the WRA Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee since the … (1 comments)

minnesota: Will Your Agent Drive 250 Miles to Write Your Offer On a Madeline Island Home? - 07/19/11 04:12 AM
 
WILL YOUR AGENT DRIVE 250 MILES TO WRITE YOUR OFFER ON A MADELINE ISLAND HOME?
 
We do this all the time. Last week, I drove four and a half hours, from Madeline Island to Minneapolis, to write an offer on a Madeline Island home.
Sure, this could have been done over the phone or by email, or by fax. But the crafting of an offer that accurately reflects a buyer's wishes takes time and is best done in person.
So I caught a 4:30 pm ferry from La Pointe to Bayfield, Wisconsin and finally rolled into downtown Minneapolis around … (2 comments)

minnesota: Take Better-looking YouTube Real Estate Videos - Smooth Pan Effects with iPix Video Adapter - 08/01/10 06:21 AM
There is nothing that looks quite so amateurish as a jittery, badly-photographed real estate video on YouTube!
I blogged about this issue earlier here:
http://activerain.com/blogsview/1763059/if-you-re-going-to-post-your-listing-videos-on-youtube-please-use-a-tripod-
In the course of putting together information for a class on real estate photography, I came across an inexpensive solution that produces very smooth panning with the Flip Mino HD camera.

The iPix tripod head adapter (above) attaches easily to any standard tripod head.  It has a smooth ball-bearing swivel motion that allows smooth panning over a range from 90 to 120 degrees.
I bought the adapter on eBay for ten bucks.  It's sturdy and attaches to the base of the Flip … (5 comments)

minnesota: Rest in Peace: When Your Business Laptop Bites the Dust! - 07/28/10 10:03 PM
If you were one of the unfortunates who purchased the same model Hewlett-Packard Pavillion Entertainment PC laptop as I did three and a half years ago, my condolences.
On Sunday morning, I discovered that my HP laptop with the big, bright screen wouldn't boot up.  It would display the HP logo, then the Microsoft Windows boot screen, and then the whole screen went dark.  I was then treated to a "light show", with linear streaks of blue, yellow, red and green streaking across the screen, both vertically and horizontally.
I tried booting up in "Safe Mode" and made an effort to revert the hard drive … (13 comments)

minnesota: Received my Certification from NAR to Teach the "At Home With Diversity" Course - 02/26/10 06:18 AM
Today, I received official word from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) that I am now certified to teach the "At Home With Diversity" course.

To the best of my knowledge, I'm the first Wisconsin real estate licensee to become a NAR-certified instructor for the AHWD program.  A few months ago, I was urged to obtain the AHWD trainer certificate by another instructor and also received encouragement from friends and colleagues on our Wisconsin Realtors Association Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee.
Not only is this course valuable in itself as an important tool for becoming culturally competent in your practice of real estate, but … (2 comments)

minnesota: Minneapolis Photographer Steve McHugh Creates New Bell Street Art Gallery on Madeline Island - 01/01/09 10:42 AM
The summer of 2009 will bring the opening of a new art gallery on Madeline Island.

The Bell Street Gallery is the creation of Steve McHugh, a well-known professional photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Steve has been a Madeline Island summer resident for nearly two years now. 
Steve saw one of our commercial listings, located at 807 Bell Street, this past summer.  He was able to look beyond the rustic facade and the bright red paint job that adorned the building.  Steve and his wife Mary fell in love with the location and the property's commercial potential, so they purchased the property in October … (6 comments)

 
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