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The most recent incarnation of the Walk Art Center was built in 2005 to mimic an ice cube. We're in Minnesota, and everything is an ice cube all winter long.  But, the Walker is a creative center that encompasses Moder Art, Music, Film, Dance, and a Sculpture Garden interspersed with events throu...
Southwest Minneapolis has lots of advantages, and is always a good investment. Even during the Recession values held, and foreclosures were few and far between. What makes SW so popular is that it feels like a suburban walking neighborhood around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, yet minutes from do...
It’s more than just finding the right address.Did you ever find yourself standing outside of a house that you loved online, but.. the yard is tiny, or it backed up to an airport?  Or, it’s next to a gas station, bus stop, trailer park or swamp?Google maps are usually current, and we can do a lot ...
The phone rang on a Saturday morning, “I don’t know if you remember me, you sold me a house a long time ago, and I need to talk to you urgently.” I remembered him and his wife, we had talked a few years ago about selling, but they decided to stay. Their faces were tense, and his voice was very so...
There’s snow on the ground and temps are still in the single digits, but the Spring Parade of Homes is almost here. Every spring and fall we look forward to new trends, and energy updates. 406 new homes will be open starting February 24-March 25 presented by BATC (Builders Association of the Twin...
How would you like to wake up to panoramic views of the skyline as the sun begins to peek through your bedroom windows? How about a quick trot to a Pilates studio, and then a hop into a craft coffee shop? How about checking out a charming new restaurant with great reviews just a block away? Or, i...
Its cold outside, but the real estate market is still hot. Not all the numbers are in for an end of year report, but we have through the end of November showing indicators. Listings in Lynhurst were down year over year 13%. Last year were at a 30 year low, we’re now lower yet. Sales have to be lo...
Before Gwen became a Realtor, she had a past. Realtors come from all walks of life. Gwen strode in from the cat walk, as an actress/model, and creative writer to a career real estate. After she moved to L.A she found that actresses were considered old by the time they hit puberty. She was over it...
You want your own home, don’t know where to start or who to trust. There is so much information online that it’s overwhelming. It seems daunting, even frightening. Here are 6 practical hacks to make to make you a smart buyer, and the journey a breeze. Get EducatedI’m not talking about college, it...
First, let’s define affordable. Housing affordability means that an index of 120 means the median household income was 120% of what is needed to qualify for the median-priced home. The higher number, the more affordable. The average price for 2017 was $271,900, with an index of 170. Translated, $...

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