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Real Estate Snippets
Snipping away at real estate until a snowflake is formed. Like a paper snowflake, each real estate transaction is different, comprised of many little snips until the house is sold.
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Saint Paul's Como Park
2008-06-08 04:57:00
It's the first Saturday that has been free of showing houses for several weeks so we checked out Como Park 's Conservatory, the butterfly exhibit, and a very small part of the zoo. What a tribute to St. Paul's planners that...
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Some Things Don't Need to Be Perfect
2008-06-06 18:39:00
My father is a perfectionist, so my perfectionism as a real estate agent comes naturally. Dad injured his back trying to transplant a 10 foot high Colorado spruce BY HAND at 82 years of age! As a result, I loaned...
More About: Things , Perfect
First Time Buyers
2008-06-06 06:36:00
A funny thing happened on the way to the remodel, the house remodel, that is. Just like a stew can be destroyed when too many cooks start messing with it, so can a remodeling project get derailed with too many...
More About: Home Buyers , Time , Buyers , First Time
Curb Appeal
2008-06-05 06:25:00
This St. Paul yard needs some work on curb appeal. The grass is about a foot tall and going to seed. It doesn't, however, keep me from enjoying the beautiful poppies from a former garden gone wild. Because poppies don't...
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The Negotiation Dance
2008-06-04 06:12:00
Negotiating for the purchase or sale of a home in St. Paul often involves more than just the home seller and the home buyer. The complex negotiation dance often has other participants on the dance card. Immediate participants in the...
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Two Sides to Every Story
2008-06-03 05:14:00
Randy Goetz, Esq., a seller wrote a letter that the St. Paul Areas Association of REALTORS reprinted with permission from "The Listing Agent and Her Seller". Randy politely suggests a few things that he thinks buyers' real estate agents should...
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Busy Real Estate Business
2008-05-31 04:19:00
It's been one of those weeks. My desk isn't quite as bad as the picture, but my brain probably is. I'm thankful for the business. Two years ago, there wasn't any real estate business. Work is good, but this week...
More About: Business , Estate , Real Estate , Real , Busy
Dear Mr. Interested Buyer
2008-05-29 06:27:00
Dear Mr. Interested Buyer : Today you called my office phone number from one of my listing signs. The office connected you with my cell phone. I was thrilled to hear your interest in the vacant lot I have listed three...
More About: Home Buyers
In Memory of the Protectors
2008-05-27 06:37:00
Geese are fascinating creatures if one ignores the great green logs they leave in the grass for unsuspecting travelers to step in. They fly in formation when they migrate, each following in the draft of the one that goes before....
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Diggin Dinos for Schools
2008-05-25 06:31:00
Finals are done and the students have trekked off for home or places between. Macasaurus spent last summer guarding the student union grounds at Macalester College at Grand and Snelling. Proud as can be, he was created by Carly Schmitt...
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Interpreting Real Estate Statistics
2008-05-24 05:40:00
I love reading Bernice Ross on Inman News. Bernice is a regular writer for Inman as well as a blogger in her own right. What fascinates me is her insights into the market and her quick wit. Today she has...
More About: Estate , Real Estate , Market trends , Statistics , Real
Real Estate Continuing Education Meanderings
2008-05-22 17:53:00
Minnesota real estate agents are required to complete 15 hours of continuing education every year for their license renewal. In addition, every two years agents must complete an hour each of agency and fair housing. Every four years St. Paul...
More About: Education , Estate , Real Estate , Real
Housing Options
2008-05-21 03:51:00
Not everyone is meant to be a home owner. Some have recreational property and don't want to maintain two properties. Some travel and need a home base without maintenance. Some have lifestyles not conducive to owning a home. Some want...
More About: Housing , Options , Paul
Sellers Disclosure
2008-05-20 05:09:00
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® has an "approved" Seller's Property Disclosure Statement" which we use for our St. Paul listings. I had somewhere figured that the form is required by Minnesota statute when what is really required is disclosure. There's...
More About: Sellers
The Minnesota Sesquicentennial
2008-05-19 06:53:00
Spelling it is the biggest challenge of all. As a grade schooler, we challenged one another to spell Mississippi, but sesquicentennial would have been a bigger challenge. The last two weekends kicked off the State of Minnesota 's 150th year of...
Wisdom from an Elder Real Estate Agent
2008-05-16 06:16:00
Eight hours of continuing education to renew my real estate license seems like a long haul all in one day. Real estate agents tend to like moving around a lot. Sitting in one chair for 8 hours without use of...
More About: Agent , Estate , Real Estate , Real Estate Agent , Wisdom
Back In the Day
2008-05-14 03:46:00
The MLS listing sheet had an interesting comment: "Largest home in neighborhood of homes that sold for $500,000." Is this a marketing ploy, or is this listing agent still living "back in the day"? My buyer client had an interest...
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The Subprime Crisis Became Global
2008-05-13 06:23:00
I'm sure it's an economic fact and known by people with much smarter brains than mine, but the concept of a Global Pool of Money is staggering. The Global Pool of Money is a major player in how the sub-prime...
More About: Market trends , Subprime , Crisis
St. Paul Real Estate Sales April 2008
2008-05-12 06:44:00
This chart is based on information from the REGIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE OF MINNESOTA, INC for the period April 1, 2008, through April 30, 2008. Clicking on the chart will enlarge the image so that it is readable. St. Paul ...
More About: Estate , Real Estate , Sales
Art Work?
2008-05-10 05:16:00
I wonder if the person who painted the graffiti in the first picture will grow up to be an artist like the one who created the second and third pictures. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.
More About: Work
Short Sale Stalls
2008-05-08 22:06:00
The most frustrating part about short sales is that the time isn't short! For some reason, the lenders stall and stall and stall until the buyer gets tired of waiting OR the value of the home decreases that much more....
More About: Sale , Short
Legal Descriptions
2008-05-07 21:41:00
Most of us navigate the world using street addresses as markers. When a friend moves, they don't send out address change cards that read Lot 1, Block 3, Harrison's Addition to St. Paul! Instead we use street addresses to find...
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Dayton's Bluff Vacant Home Tour
2008-05-06 18:00:00
Without a doubt, the St. Paul Dayton's Bluff neighborhood registered vacant building home tour was a success. More than 100 people toured the homes on Saturday and the count was not final for Sunday's tour at the time that I...
More About: Home , Tour , Vacant
Day of Celebration
2008-05-05 18:59:00
Friday was a day of celebration. Only 4 long months had passed since my sellers received the initial offer to purchase their home. That's only one third of a year, but it seemed like forever. The market was weak for...
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2008-05-04 06:55:00
Stradivariasaurus, the Diggin' Dino created by Megan Popowski for Fein Violins, spent the summer of 2008 at 1850 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota. Stradivariasaurus proudly displayed violin parts on its body. The shop itself was new to me since I...
Short Sale Woes
2008-05-03 06:22:00
The St. Paul listing agent moaned and groaned about the misery of listing short sales. The unresponsiveness of lenders was the primary complaint. For an agent to submit an offer and wait months, not weeks, for a response was beyond...
More About: Sale , Short
Different Showing Procedures
2008-05-02 06:44:00
Most St Paul area houses listed for sale by a real estate agent have lock boxes on the door with a key for the home safely tucked inside. The lock boxes may vary in style including numeric or alpha coded...
Vacant Home Tour
2008-04-30 00:46:00
Dayton's Bluff isn't going to let its housing get torn down. So many others are crying in their beer about the blight and problems that vacant homes create in a neighborhood. Dayton's Bluff doesn't believe in whining. They look for...
More About: Home , Tour , Vacant
The Weekend Is Gone!
2008-04-28 19:58:00
It's already Monday. Something happened to my weekend. As I've aged, it seems the weekends fly by. It's all part of being "over the hill". Two things are connected with descending the backside of the age hill: 1. Time takes...
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Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour 2008
2008-04-26 06:00:00
Tomorrow is the 21st Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour . The home I live in was part of this tour shortly after it was moved to its current location. The former owner had begun the project that we will finish, but...
More About: Home Improvement
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