Dakota County, MN Real Estate News

By Joe Alabi EA, Tax Resolution Specialist - Help with IRS Problems
(FishCoin Tax Solutions)
I represent taxpayers in Twin Cities, Minnesota and all the 50 States in the United State before all administrative levels—examination, collection, and appeals—of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).   One of the questions that are asked by taxpayers who have received a CP90 Notice(Intent to Levy) or have a case is in the collection division of the IRS is “What can the IRS can seize?”There are two types of federal tax levies issued by the IRS: a “regular” levy and a “continuing” levy. A continuing levy is a levy issued by the IRS on wages or routinely paid commissions, so it will remain in place until it is released.A “regular” levy issued by the IRS reaches the assets owned by the taxpayer now the levy is received.  For example: Assume Taxpayer owes the IRS $20,000.  Taxpayer has $400 i...
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By Joe Alabi EA, Tax Resolution Specialist - Help with IRS Problems
(FishCoin Tax Solutions)
New Hope Minnesota :Should I File All Back Tax Returns?Answer : It depends!I represent taxpayers in Twins Cities, Minnesota and all the 50 states in the United State before all adminstrative levels - examination, collection, and appeals - of the Internal Revenue Service(IRS).You may have some reasons to file additional years although most people are only required to go back the last 6 years for the IRS .The most common reason to file back tax returns beyond that required is to reduce outstanding liabilities related to back taxes.  In some cases, when a person fails to voluntarily file a tax return the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue will create a return on behalf of person called a Substitute for Return(SFR).Substitute for Return filings often result in a higher balance than wha...
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By Joe Alabi EA, Tax Resolution Specialist - Help with IRS Problems
(FishCoin Tax Solutions)
 I represent taxpayers in Minneapolis, Minnesota and all the 50 States in the United State before all administrative levels—examination, collection, and appeals—of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you owe back tax debts you may qualify for some type of penalty relief from the IRS. The IRS will not inform you about the type of relief available to you. It is your responsibilty to request a penalty abatement or penalty release on the back taxes from the IRS. The following types of penalty relief are offered by the IRS. First Time Abatement (FTA) This is the easiest and the most common penalty abatement.You can ask for the FTA over the phone or through a written request . You may qualify for administrative relief FTA from penalties for failing to file a tax return, pay on time, and/or...
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By Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island
(Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes)
Need a Notary on a Sunday or Holiday? Call a Bail Bondsman! Sometimes the easiest solutions are right in front of you. I discovered this recently while trying to assist a client. We needed a real estate document notarized on a Sunday and it appeared impossible to find one in the southeast Saint Paul, MN metro area.I called over twenty notaries within a radius of 20-30 miles and couldn't find a single notary who would meet us on a Sunday to notarize an important document. Most of them didn't even answer the phone or return a message. A few were pretty short with me on the phone. Meanwhile, we were watching a transaction slip away.I started out searching in Dakota County and expanded my search. Still no luck. And then I found a Notary Public in Cottage Grove, Minnesota who actually took m...
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By Stieg Strand, Always showing up and working hard for you
(RE/MAX Results)
 Wow! Incredible River Hills Nieghborhood 2 Story, ready for your large or growing family with many updates, huge 20X20 vaulted addition great room, fantastic deck, fenced backyard, hot tub with gazebo w/pergola, cement driveway, and so much more....  FULL Virtual Tour Text Stieg Strand with RE/MAX Results for your private showing or more information today! 612.490.2121   
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By Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker, e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker
(Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs)
     Why Eagan?     There are many reasons why over 60,000 people choose to live in Eagan, MN.  Interstate 35E goes through Eagan for commuters to Saint Paul and beyond.  Interstate 494, as well as Highways 77 and 62 will take you to Minneapolis.  If you fly often, the MSP Airport is nearby.       Homeowners (and home sellers) in Eagan enjoy the benefits of the 196 School District.  Eagan is home to plenty of shopping and restaurants.  Three major shopping areas are found close together near 35E and Yankee Doodle Road: Eagan Promenade, Town Centre and the new Central Park Commons. Follow Highway 13 south to find Twin Cities Premium Outlets.      If you enjoy the outdoors, Eagan offers several parks including Lebanon Hills Regional Park where visitors enjoy the beach, kayaking and miles ...
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By Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker, e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker
(Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs)
Are you ready to sell your Eagan home? Make your move easier. Having your house on the market requires daily effort to keep your home in show condition.  You want your home sold as quickly as possible. Click to request helpful information about preparing your Eagan home for the market and you'll also receive a custom report prepared for your home. While you're on the site, you can also browse the list of current EAGAN HOMES FOR SALE. 
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By Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker, e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker
(Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs)
Find Homes For Sale In Eagan      http://www.FindHomesForSaleInEagan.com      Eagan, MN is a very attractive city in which to live.  Interstate 35E goes through Eagan, with easy access to 494 as well as Highways 77 and 62.       Homeowners and sellers enjoy the benefits of the 196 School District.  Eagan is home to plenty of shopping and restaurants.  Three major shopping areas are found close together near 35E and Yankee Doodle Road: Eagan Promenade, Town Center and the new Central Park Commons. Follow Highway 13 south to find Twin Cities Premium Outlets.      If you enjoy the outdoors, Eagan offers several parks including Lebanon Hills Regional Park where visitors enjoy the beach, kayaking and miles of paved and dirt trails.  Even camping is available.      If you fly often, the MSP A...
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By Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker, e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker
(Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs)
Personalized, Local Market Update for Homeowners in the Twin Cities Past clients, recent home buyers, and homeowners who are considering making a move in the next few years are finding this free information helpful.Automated home values are easy to get, but worth less than a professional evaluation. Having an agent out to your house to evaluate your home's value is great if you're ready to sell right now.Another option is to see all of the market activity near your house. See what your neighbors are doing. See asking prices, sold prices, time on market, year built, finished square feet, and see how well houses near you have been maintained and updated.   See how the Twin Cities real estate market is near your house, including "for sale" and "sold" properties.Contact us any time with yo...
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By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Well....okay it maybe wasn't actually junk but it was buried under a pile of old rusted pails and tools when I found it. I wish I had a picture of it that day as I found it.Anyway...I saw a very 'rustic' table sitting outside of an antique store that was basically blocks of 2 x 4s nailed together with an old picket fence nailed to the back.Here are a couple photos once I got it home and cleaned up.   Nothing pretty that's for sure. It technically was put together to be a gardening bench. A old rusted shovel and bin attached to the back for the dirt.I painted the base "Smokey Blue" by Sherwin Williams and left the picket fence top distressed in white. I spray painted primer on the dirt bin and shovel and then a couple coats of white paint.It has turned into the best beverage station on m...
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By Alex Wheaton
(Realty Group, Inc.)
8931 Carter Ct, Inver Grove Heights, MN Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2506 SQUARE FEET Prime Inver Gove location on a cul de sac located near schools, parks, shopping, and more. Home features 3 bedrooms plus nursery, bright 2 story entry way, new stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and sun room that walks out to stamped concrete patio. Follow This Home! Inver Grove Heights Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale What Is Your Home Worth Schedule a Showing/Request Info Presented By: Alex Wheaton Realty Group, Inc. 651-308-1850  
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By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
I had never heard of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers until last month when we were driving back to Minnesota from Texas and we stopped in Kansas City for fuel. We were also hungry and right next to our gas station was Freddy's.  I'm always game to try something new and I was so glad we did. Our steakburgers were fabulous and the custard? Well.....what can I say about the Frozen Custard except superb. I didn't know much about Freddy's but I loved the vintage photos of him as a child on the walls of the restaurant. I didn't give it much thought beyond that as what were my chances of passing through Kansas City and stopping at the same exit to eat there again. Needless to say I was shocked when I was driving to my warehouse and there was a huge sign saying "Coming Soon. Freddy's Ste...
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By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
  THIS HOME IS NOW SOLD!Stunning Walkout 2 Story Upgraded Throughout! 5BR/4BA/3Car Rambler on 1/2 Acre Culdesac LotPrivate Backyard Koi Pond & More8943 138th Street CtApple Valley, MNThis exceptional two-story, loaded with curb appeal, is even more impressive beyond the front door! The well designed open floor plan is both functional and appealing. Located on a half-acre, cul-de-sac lot that backs up to Sunset Park, the home features a gourmet eat-in kitchen, formal dining & living rooms, main floor family room & laundry. 5 BR (3 on one level), master suite and finished walkout lower level with guest suite. Walk to playground, fishing/kayak access to Alimagnet Lake and executive 9 hole golf course. Easy commute to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, Burnsville Center, Mall of America,...
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By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
This home is now SOLD!   Need additional information on how to buy a beautiful home like this one? Contact Teri Eckholm REALTOR® /Boardman Realty. I have helped many families buy and sell homes throughout the Minneapolis St Paul area. Contact me today for a FREE Home Buying Guide or Home Selling Guide.  
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By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
If you haven't noticed, succulents are really in right now. There are even stores having succulent parties to pick your containers and plant them right at the store. I do like them and although it is really tough to kill a succulent, I can do it. This real one sat in my Mom's condo unattended when she was in the nursing home for over a year and was fine and healthy. When she passed away I took it home and now it looks like this.  So I went to Plan B. The fake succulents are so incredibly real that I knew they were for me! I wasn't too crazy about the typical glass terrarium containers I was seeing everywhere so I looked around my house to see what I had that I wasn't using. I came upon this candle holder and I had a light bulb moment.  This is what it looks like now and it sits in the w...
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By Joseph Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Cambria Mortgage)
Reasons why you can buy a home with a very small down payment  The lack of down payment money is by far the biggest reason people do not believe they can buy a home. A recent survey even indicated a whopping 44% of non-homeowners thought you needed at least 20% down payment, and that simply isn't true for most home buyers. Clearly mortgage companies and real estate agents need to do a better job of educating non-home owners. The reality is very few people need anywhere close to 20% down payment, and most people can buy a home in the areas we serve of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota with just a few thousand dollars out-of-pocket, or in some cases, even no money down. Popular no money down programs include VA home Loans for our active and military veterans. The USDA Rural Developm...
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By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
This looks SO yummy and SO easy. I would completely ignore how many calories are potentially in this salad but it has to be healthy since it is fruit right? Haha  This will look so patriotic for your 4th of July picnic or backyard BBQ. Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Salad SERVES 16  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Min   1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant cheesecake pudding, unprepared 1 cup International Delight French Vanilla Creamer 1 pound strawberries, cut into bite-size pieces 2 (6-ounce) containers blueberries 4 large bananas, sliced juice of 1 lemonIn a medium tall bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese until it becomes smooth. It may bind up in the beaters, but continue as is and it will loosen up. Add the dry pudding mix. Beat until...
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By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
If your house is like mine was as a kid....there are hard boiled colored eggs everywhere come the evening of Easter Sunday. There is that special time of dying the eggs with your kids, then there are all the egg hunts where more are collected (they used real eggs when I was a kid, do they still do that?). So you could end up with more eggs than you bargained for.  You hate to throw them away but you can only eat so many hard boiled eggs. So what else can you do? Egg Salad sandwiches are a given but I love this recipe that takes it a step further. The recipe is from Whole Foods (so I'm sure it's healthy, ha). Curry powder is fabulous enough but then add in the crunch from the pistachios and a slight peppery flavor from the arugula and you have a variation of a classic. Stuff it into a Pi...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Last week's economic reports were in short supply due to the Christmas holiday. Events reported included Case-Shiller home price indices, pending home sales and weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Consumer confidence was also released.  Case-Shiller Readings Indicate No Slowdown in Home Price GainsCase-Shiller's October readings for its home price indices showed continued growth in home prices. In spite of rising home prices and mortgage rates, high demand for homes and slim supplies of homes for sale continued to fuel higher home prices.According to Case-Shiller's national home price index for October, home prices rose 5.60 percent on an annual basis as compared to September's reading of 5.40 percent. The 20-city home price index rose to 5.10 percent from Septembe...
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By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
There seems to be a consensus among real estate salespersons and their professional association that mortgage interest tax deductions play an integral role in facilitating home ownership.  There are numerous solicitations based on, at least in part, the advantage of a tax deduction for "owning" over renting.  By definition, those solicitations are aimed at first time home buyers.Often, first time buyers have relatively low income and buy relatively low priced homes.  Their mortgage debt does not generate enough interest expense to gain benefit from an itemized tax return over the standard deduction.  Many first time buyers gain no tax advantage in owning over renting.  The expected  tax advantage is effectively a myth.  They may be happy to enjoy the lifestyle upgrade often associated w...
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