How To Host A Winning Super Bowl Party

If you’re living and breathing, you may have heard of this “big game” coming to Minneapolis in a few short weeks. If you aren’t springing for $5k plus tickets and are avoiding the masses, maybe this is the year to live it up by hosting a viewing party? We’ve gathered some football-centric ideas to make your party epic. Themed Drinks Let’s start with the drinks. Stoke the rivalry fire with themed team drinks. A simple idea is to use a vodka base, add a clear mixer... view article »

Home Resolutions for the New Year

While making your list of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget getting your home in shape. Start the year off on the right foot by resolving to take care of your investment and keep your home at the value it deserves, not to mention keeping it safe, clean and organized. Make a few updates to retain value According to this Houselogic article, an out-of-shape house older than its years could lose 10% of its appraised value. If you need to make serious updates like a new roof, you... view article »

10 Tech Devices for a Smart Home

  The era of the Smart Home is upon us, and 2018 may be the year you make your home a smart connected home as prices drop and options abound. Whether you’re tiptoeing in with app controlled lighting or you’re a full-blown tech junkie looking for the next hot product, below are 10 devices to smarten your home. 1. Google Home  The hub of it all.  Get answers, play songs, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment and control your smart home with just your voice. Google Home works... view article »

Julie’s Picks for Affordable Home Decor Accents

Winter is the perfect time to nest and freshen up your home decor. We’ve rounded up some affordable and on-trend options to add updated flair to your space with minimum effort. This winter we suggest adding touches of blush, golds, and greens. Emerald is a color of the moment, and adding fresh greenery is always in style. Mountainside by Sadie Holden. $206.00, price changes on frame and size, Minted.com 6 ft. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. $106.55, Homdepot.com Brass Wall Sconce. $59.00, Etsy.com Snow Capped Candle. $28-$42.00, Anthropologie.com Color-block Throw. $39.99,... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: Advice on Buying an Investment Property

If you’re looking for a way to diversify your portfolio and make your money work harder for you, considering an investment property can prove to be a great choice. We visited Twin Cities Live on KSTP Channel 5 to share our advice. A few highlights: Time of Year: Winter is a great time of the year to purchase as competition from other buyers is lower Sellers that have been on the market for a while are motivated to sell so they can avoid holding on to their property until Spring Also... view article »

Holiday Happenings in the Twin Cities

The holiday season is officially upon us. Crisp winter air, crackling fires and the scent of fresh pine.  Here are a few of the happenings around the Twin Cities in the next few months to indulge in the spirit of the most magical time of the year. Cheers! St Paul Farmer’s Market- Special Thanksgiving Market Wed, Nov 22nd Want the freshest of fresh for your Thanksgiving spread? Head to the St Paul’s Farmer’s Market from 10:00am-4:00pm and get the most delicious ingredients for a highly instagrammable... view article »

2018 Real Estate Predictions

As winter holidays approach we’re turning our attention to the new year, which naturally has us thinking, “What’s to come in real estate?” While we have no crystal ball to predict the market perfectly, we’re sharing our predictions for real estate in 2018. Housing shortage, more buyers The housing shortage will likely continue into 2018, which makes affordable housing a major focus. Younger generations are looking for practical starter homes.  Those who gave up in the hot market this past spring and summer will be back looking for... view article »

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 »