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The Best Bets of Smart Home Tech

As the deals roll in for Black Friday and holiday shopping, don’t be lured by fancy price persuasion. What are the coolest and best bets for smart tech innovations in your home? We’ve rounded up some of the “best of” in the smart home category. Best Basic Smart Home Investment Ecobee SmartThermostat This smart thermostat sets itself apart with a remote sensor in the box of the thermostat, allowing you to adjust the temp based on the conditions in another room. Not to mention this... view article »

5 Home Design Questions Answered

As realtors, we hear questions every day on home design updates and trends. What are the most common questions on home design we are hearing now?  Julie Desrochers of Desrochers Real Estate Group shares the answers to 5 common questions she’s been hearing in 2019. Q: I’m remodeling and wondering, should I get black or white windows? Which is better for resale? A: The good news is both black and white windows are “in” as a trend. White windows are a classic and never go... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: Real Estate in Rogers, Minnesota

What can you expect to get for your money in real estate in Rogers, Minnesota? Desrochers Realty Group’s Daniel and Julie Desrochers broadcasted with Twin Cities Live at Maynard’s Restaurant and discussed property values, highlighting homes for sale from $305,000 to $530,000. For all of our Twin Cities Live segments and expert real estate advice, visit our YouTube channel.

Top Pinterest Inspirations for Holiday Entertaining

It’s officially time to plan for celebrations and salutations, and along with making a list and checking it twice we’re all in need of inspirations to spruce up our holiday home. Lucky for us, Pinterest has rounded up the very best holiday ideas with their 2018 holi-YAY report, giving us the most popular and stylish inspirations for hosting gatherings, creating delicious dinners, and looking and feeling festive. Here is a selection of the top ideas Pinners are searching for this year. Tried and True Holiday... view article »

Real Estate Advice for Owning a Second Home

For many homeowners in Minnesota, the dream is to make the real estate decision to buy a second property down south for retirement. If you’re ready or thinking about becoming a snow bird and buying a second vacation or home base property, this segment is for you. We shared expert real estate advice on television talk show Twin Cities Live giving a list of things to consider before making the move. For more real estate advice, watch our YouTube channel.

New Restaurants Coming to the Twin Cities

As self-professed culinary enthusiasts, we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors to add to our dining list. We’re unveiling the most anticipated recently opened and soon to open eateries in the Twin Cities. Colita, South Minneapolis (Just Opened) Foodies rejoice. The owners of the innovative and beloved Martina recently opened this modern spin on Mexican “integrating the incredibly diverse flavors of Mexico with barbecue and smoking techniques from all over the world.”  Besides incredible flavor and style, the menu of entirely gluten-free... view article »

Fall 2018 Housing Market Update

With the busy spring and summer months behind us, what does the real estate market look like? We’ve gathered some facts from the most recent National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report. This survey captures trends and topics in the housing market and overall consumer opinion on a national level. In the third quarter of 2018, 63% of people believe that now is a good time to buy a home 77% of people believe that now is a good time to sell... view article »

Remodeling: Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?

You’re ready to invest in updates to your home, but can you save more by doing it yourself? Reality is that some updates will leave you worse off wallet-wise than hiring it out if you make costly mistakes. Here’s some advice to help you weigh the pros and cons. Bathroom remodel We recently had friends who needed to completely renovate their bathroom and master bedroom layout, which required drawings, new walls, plumbing, etc. For a project like this, we definitely recommend going with a trusted... view article »

On Twin Cities Live: Home Prices in Minnesota

Can you find a nice house for less than $200,00? We visited area talk show Twin Cities Live for our Real Estate Report to showcase how far your dollar can go across the Twin Cities. Ranging from $200,000 to $800,000, watch below to see what you can get and where. For more our our Twin Cities Live appearance and real estate advice, visit our You Tube channel.    

Before and After: A Minneapolis Condo Renovation in Minneapolis

It’s not uncommon that as a seller embarks on the process of selling their home, we see renovations from simple to complex that could maximize their profit at sale time.  For these clients in Minneapolis, we knew a few updates could make a big difference in selling their condo. See the pre-renovation walk-through as Daniel explains the changes he suggests and why to get the condo in prime selling shape for the spring market. Now, take a look at the “after” 5 weeks later to see how a relatively short timeline can... view article »