Buying a House Sight Unseen? Avoid These 8 Mistakes

From grocery shopping to home buying, it seems like almost everything can be done completely online now. The idea of buying a house without seeing it is less daunting these days with all the new technologies and ways to buy a home virtually, and it’s becoming more common. In fact, 20% of homebuyers recently made an offer sight unseen, meaning they made an offer on a home without ever seeing it in person.  Maybe you’re currently living in a condo in Chicago, but have to [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Relocating After the Loss of a Loved One: Saying ‘Yes” to Your Future

Losing a loved one is at the top of the most stressful events you’ll ever experience, according to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. Moving to a new home is another stressor, but some find it to be a constructive way to move toward healing. While there is no escaping from the grieving process, moving can offer a sense of renewal along the way.   Below are some of the benefits of moving, along with tips to manage the actual move itself.   Moving On   An [...]

April 23rd, 2019|

HVAC Tips for Homeowners: How to Make Repairs and Troubleshoot

HVAC systems can be difficult to understand for the average homeowner; even if you’re relatively handy, it can be overwhelming to deal with repairs and maintenance on a system that has so many complicated parts. Yet, it’s important to know what to do when your unit requires service, as in the dead of summer it can be very hard to get a professional out to take a look without a long wait. In some cases, there are simple things you can do to troubleshoot and [...]

April 12th, 2019|

Why Winter Is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

Photo by Nathan Wolfe on Unsplash Everybody knows spring is the best time to sell a house. Or is it? Here in the Upper-Midwest, it might be easy to believe buyers aren’t as interested in trudging through snow and ice so they can look at homes. According to the National Asociation of Realtors, for the past three winters, existing home sales during November and December increased by an average of 4.5%. Here are a few reasons why winter might be a great time to put [...]

December 6th, 2018|

Tips for Staging Your Home for the Holidays

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash The holidays are a great time to sell your home! You may have less competition and buyers tend to be highly motivated (read our next post to find out why). Staging your home during the holiday season is a little different than other times of the year. Consider these tips when preparing your home for showings. Curb Appeal Keep the blow-up characters in storage. Santa and Frosty may be a distraction from the beauty of your walkway and lawn.  Dim the lights [...]

November 27th, 2018|Tags: , |

Minnesota Homestead Exemption Deadline is Just Around the Corner

Minnesota property owners have an important upcoming deadline!   December 1, 2018, is the last day to own and occupy property to qualify for the homestead tax exemption for the current assessment year. Read on to learn how Minnesota’s Homestead Tax Exemption impacts property owners. Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash Homestead Defined If you watch reality TV you’re familiar with those hardy people in Alaska who’ve made a life conquering land most of us wouldn’t be brave enough to visit much less live on. Fascinating stories for [...]

November 13th, 2018|
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