Desrochers Realty Group 17th Annual Client Appreciation Party

On a warm early fall day we welcomed over 600 attendees to our 17th Annual Client Appreciation Party at Minnetonka Orchards. Complete with bouncy house, race cars, face painting, raffle and more there was no shortage of fun, or donuts. We treasure this event for many reasons- reconnecting with clients past and present, seeing how families grow year-to-year, and giving back to the community by raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities- Upper Midwest (RMHC). For decades, RMHC has been providing a home-away-from-home for families with... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: How a Realtor Can Help When Building a Home

We visited Twin Cities Live on KSTP Channel 5 to discuss how a realtor can help when building a home. Here are a few tips we shared:  When building your home, a realtor is there to represent YOU, and is an important voice in negotiating and checking in on the process. The build process can be daunting, working with someone who has been through it before and knows the process can eliminate a lot of surprises. Your realtor is there for you at walk throughs with... view article »

10 Fall Activities in the Twin Cities

Break out the sweaters, the pumpkin-flavored-everything, fall is officially on the horizon. We’ve gathered some activities in and around the Twin Cities to help you make the most of arguably the most wonderful time of the year in Minnesota. 1. Tipi Camping (anytime) Be extra adventurous and head to Blue Mounds State Park or Upper Sioux Agency State Park and camp in a bonafide Tipi. Learn more > 2. Lakeside Dining (hurry, closing beginning of October!) Make it a priority to grab a bite at one... view article »

10 Ways to Prep Your Home to Sell in the Autumn

Whether your house has been on the market a few months or you’re just putting it on, the late summer and fall months in the Twin Cities are a great time to sell. Below we’ve put together a checklist for successful selling in the crisp months of autumn. Prep your landscaping. Make sure to update for the fall months, cleaning up any projects from the summer and getting your yard in tip-top shape to sell.  Curb appeal goes a long way in lasting impressions. Clean the fireplace and... view article »

Top Tips from Twin Cities Live Real Estate Report

Every month we visit local talk show Twin Cities Live to chat timely topics in buying, selling or maintaining your home. Below we’ve rounded up some of our best advice from past shows. 3 best things to do to your house before selling: Paint, update hardware, update flooring. (Full clip here) Ready to sell? First thing to keep in mind: Remember we aren’t talking about your house- we are talking about the house someone will buy. (Full clip here) As crazy as it sounds, if you see a house you like... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: Home Improvements Worth Making Now

We visited Twin Cities Live on KSTP Channel 5 to talk about home improvements you should consider doing now to enjoy that will also pay off when you sell in the future. Some highlights: Open up spaces in your home  Homebuyers like open spaces for entertaining and living. Often you can take a wall down between a kitchen and living room or dining room and open up some rooms to make the space look larger. Buyers in the future will appreciate the updated floor plan and will be... view article »

10 Things to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Cabin

                At a certain point, it’s almost a rite of passage for a Minnesotan to consider buying a vacation home, a.k.a. a cabin. If you’ve come to that time, we’ve put together a list of 10 things to ask yourself as you embark on the next stage of home ownership. How far are you willing to drive? Oftentimes vacation homes are for weekends or summers. One of your first considerations should be how far are you willing to... view article »

Community Profile: Minnetonka

With a name coming from the Dakota Indian mni tanka, meaning “great water”, it’s no wonder the city of Minnetonka is one of the most coveted suburbs of the Twin Cities. Just 8 miles west of Minneapolis, part of the city includes Lake Minnetonka, one of the largest and most famous lakes in Minnesota. Planners have carefully kept Minnetonka a beautiful community for families. The city features dozens of ponds and a great deal of open space, park land and wetland areas. Besides the green space, Minnetonka has... view article »

4th of July Weekend in the Twin Cities

Staying in town for the 4th? We’ve got ideas to fill every day of the long weekend, in between stoking the coals on your barbecue of course. Saturday, July 1st Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour Meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and learn about Minnesota’s complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the restored Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Best part? Samples are included. Learn more. Wanderlust 108 A mindful movement on Harriet Island, partake in a... view article »

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 »