Home Staging: Top 5 Tips You Need to Know

                Enticing buyers can be hard. You’ve been living in your home and you made it your own, but oftentimes once it’s ready to sell “one man’s junk” is not necessarily “another man’s treasure.” The key to displaying your home in the best light possible, garner the most interest and offers,  is to make it show in a way that lets buyers visualize their future there. How can you best do this? Get help from a professional home stager.... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: Dealing with Multiple Offers When Buying a Home

We visited Twin Cities Live to discuss a very important topic in the current real estate climate- how to make an offer that stands out. The reality is that homes priced well and that show show well sell quickly and often times over asking price. In April 2017, inventory was down by 19% over last April. The Twin Cities currently has a 2.2 month supply of inventory. Below are some steps you can take as buyer to increase your chances of finding a home and getting an... view article »

What are we hearing from buyers?

What do buyers want, now, in the spring of 2017? If you are considering selling and wondering what the chatter is, what people are wanting in their next home, see below for the most common asks we are hearing from our buyers now. “There’s not a lot on the market.” No, there isn’t. This is the overall issue everywhere- simply not enough houses to go around. If you have a house you are even thinking about selling in the next few years, call your realtor to discuss. It... view article »

25 Things to Do This Summer in Minnesota

Weekends are booking up with grad parties, sports events and trips to the cabin. This summer, don’t forget to do something different and fun amongst all the scheduled itineraries. We’ve compiled a list of some expected and some out-of-the-box ideas for you to truly take hold of the fleeting Minnesota summer. Road Trip to The Greatest Spectacle on Lake Superior to ‘catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore’ August 18-21. Excelsior Streetcar Line. Enjoy a half-mile... view article »

Community Profile: Edina

Edina MN

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine dubs it “boutique chic in the suburbs”. Immediately southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Edina is a perfect community to many who want to enjoy the city feel and proximity with the comforts of suburban living. Many major highways are close to the city of Edina, making it easy to get anywhere else in the metro, as well as convenient to commuters. Edina boasts nearly 40 parks and recreational facilities, including Arneson Acres, Braemar Arena, Braemar Golf Courses, Braemar Golf Dome, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina... view article »

Why Do You Need a Realtor?

Sounds a little suspect coming from your realtor, but this is a valid question. Today with a website and app for everything, it can be easy to wonder, “Why do I even need a realtor?” Websites like Trulia and Zillow are great resources to browse homes and see what is out there, but they are no substitute for an expert guiding you through one of life’s most stressful decisions. Here are a few reasons why we feel technology can’t replace people: Expertise. We live and breathe... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: You’re Ready to Downsize, Now What?

Are you an empty nester looking to downsize? We were on Twin Cities Live/KSTP Channel 5 to give advice to those considering downsizing now that the kids have moved out. Is now a good time? Yes, in 2017 prices are up and inventory is low- so it’s a good time. People are waiting for your house. Should I make updates? If you can do it, we suggest making some updates. If you’ve been in a house for 15-20 years, spend some money to update as you’ll get... view article »

Hot Tips to Prep Yourself to Buy in a Hot Market

You’ve made the decision to buy a new home this spring, only to find that houses in the area/price you want are selling in hours. How do you prepare? Here are some tips to get you ready to act confidently and snag your dream home. Be pre-approved for the purchase price of your home, and have all financing figured out. Also, in situations where there are multiple offers, it’s important you are working with a very reputable lender. Buyers will look at this to make certain they are confident... view article »

When Buying a Home, Don’t Let These Be Deal breakers

Julie and Daniel Desrochers on Twin Cities Live

House hunting has its ups and downs, and often we see clients love a home and discover what they view as a deal breaker.  We were live on the set of  Twin Cities Live to share advice on how to handle these issues and if you should walk away, or not. Watch the video here, or read below for some quick tips. Water Stains/Mold Should be something to be concerned about, but if the cause is known often can be taken care of.  Past water stains don’t necessarily indicate... view article »