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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

55038 Market Update

Hugo Housing Market 

Looking to buy or sell a home in 55038 (Hugo or Lino Lakes, MN)?  Check out this quick real estate update!
Here are the current stats for the zip code.  Each city and neighborhood have their own unique statistic and the market is changing daily! When you are ready to move, call me to get the full local story.

Current 55038 Inventory Volume Compared to the Twin Cities Region

Average Days on Market for 55038 Homes

Average Price per Square Foot in 55038 vs the Twin Cities Region

What do these numbers mean for the Hugo and Lino Lakes area? What are industry experts predicting?  Contact me today and get the full story!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Get Your Home's Value Today!

Do you know how much your Lino Lakes home is worth? Are you interested your home's market value?
Find out now! No cost, no obligation.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[VIDEO] Existing home sales fall in March amid hopes for end to downturn

Existing home sales have been trending lower since last August, briefly popping up in December. Compared to March last year, sales were down 7.5 percent.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What Does a Listing Agent Do For a Home Seller in MN?

What does an agent do for a Home Seller?

This list simply contains 184 activities but it doesn't stop there.  As the market and technology changes, the job of a REALTOR is always changing.

It's often more about what you DON'T see them do than what you do see them doing!  There are hundreds of duties agents perform when listing and selling a home and many hours of work involved to complete them all!  Some tasks are more time intensive and take hours to perform while other may be a simple phone call. 

Most full time agents work more than 60 hours per week.  They work unpredictable hours and often have their personal lives interrupted by business.  Especially in today's society of texting, emails and the internet.

 Some tasks also cost the agent money - money that is spent whether the home sells or not. Meaning, it's money that is spent without guarantee of getting paid for their work at all.

Here is a list of activities that agents spend their time doing... You'll notice as mentioned above, most of it is NOT stuff you actually see them doing for you, their client!

Pre-Listing Activities

1. Make appointment with seller for listing presentation.
2. Send a text or e-mail confirmation of appointment and/or call to confirm.
3. Review pre-appointment interview and appointment questions.
4. Research comparable currently listed properties.
5. Research sales activity for past 6+ months from MLS and public databases.
6. Research “average days on market” for properties similar in type, price and location.
7. Review property tax information.
8. Prepare “comparable market analysis” (CMA) to establish market value.
9. Verify legal names of owner(s) in county’s public property records.
10. Research property’s ownership and deed type.
11. Research property’s public record information for lot size and dimensions and/or obtain copy of subdivision plat/complex layout.
12. Verify legal description.
13. Research property’s land use coding and deed restrictions.
14. Research property’s current use and zoning.
15. Research location drawbacks and benefits
16. Prepare listing presentation package.
17. Perform exterior “curb appeal assessment” of subject property.
18. Compile and assemble formal file on property.
19. Confirm current public schools and explain their impact on market value.
20. Review listing appointment checklist to ensure completi... 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are You Making Mistakes Trying to Repair Your Credit?

Three Common MISTAKES People Make When Restoring Their Credit

 1.) A lot of times people wait until they are in the process of getting approved for their home loan. 

The problem with this is, if you wait until you are getting approved and you do not have the minimum qualifying score (620) then you will NOT be approved. If you have less than good credit (740) then you will be approved at a much higher interest rate. This WILL affect your overall monthly payment. You could end up paying HUNDREDS of dollars more EVERY MONTH! All because of your credit score. So DO NOT WAIT until you are getting approved to make sure you reflect a good credit score. It may be too late to do anything about it in the time you have before your loan gets processed. You should give yourself at least 3 months to ensure you have enough time to get your credit up to a good score.

 2.) People have MAXED OUT credit cards. 

Even though you can have negative items removed off of your report, a large part of your credit score is calculated by how much credit you have available. If you have maxed out credit cards it will reflect negatively on your report and drop your score. Try to pay down your cards as much as you can leaving at least 50% available credit. This will show that you have enough credit to cover unexpected changes to your income and shows you have the ability to manage your finances. You are less of a liability.

 3.) People DO NOT use a reputable company to help them restore their credit. 

 When choosing a company to help you fix your credit here are some things to look for. Their Better Business Bureau rating. Make sure they have at least an "A" rating. Preferably an "A+". This will show they are reputable because you can not buy a good rating with the BBB. Make sure they have been in buisness at least 10 years. This will show that they have been around long enough to sustain that BBB rating. Make sure they have documented "proven" results. If they cannot prove how they have helped people with facts and statistics then chances are they have not been successful. There are plenty of scrupulous, less than reputable companies out there that would love to take your money and not do much to help you, leaving you in a worse position than when you started. However, a company that has all of the above will give you the best chance to get the best results leaving nothing to chance. To find out more about how to fix your credit and to consult with a credit specialist for free, contact:

Contrary to many beliefs, you CAN raise your credit score in as few as 60 days. 

To find out how you can do this contact: Aaron Huotari @ United Credit Education Service 651 366-9520

Monday, April 14, 2014

This Month in Real Estate: April 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coming Soon: Spacious Home in Inver Grove Heights

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Bedrooms: 4
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Stunning one level executive home with a full walkout basement on spacious 1.14 acre estate setting. Enjoy nearly 5,000 square feet and a 4-car attached garage. Expansive owner's suite with a 14x12 walkin closet & luxurious master bath. Perfect for entertaining with formal dining and butlers pantry. This well appointed home features beautiful columns and arches, large windows for generous natural light, built in cabinetry and custom lighting.  Tired gardens perfect for growing vegetables or your favorite plants. 

Additional Info: Each Keller Williams Realty office is independently owned and operated. Legal: © 2014 Keller Williams Premier Realty and suppliers | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Fair Housing Statement Contact: Keller Williams Premier Realty, 3555 Willow Lake Blvd Ste 100 , Vadnais Heights, MN, 55110-4461, 651-964-0289

Contacting a Real Estate Agent Online


Most consumers contact real estate agents online these days - most commonly by clicking a "Request More Information" button.  The odd part is, when those agents spend time researching information and responding, most people don't ever reply to the agent or even confirm receipt. So what?

Well, let's start with how agents get paid.  Agents ONLY get paid when a house sells. EVERYTHING they do is all "for free" until a deal comes together and a sale is closed. So when you request information online and the agents don't respond or ask questions before giving you more information, they are simply protecting their valuable time - especially if you are contacting them in the evening or on the weekend.

So how do you get the home information you need? 

The answer is simple really, actually respond to the agent! Agents want to work with people that want to work with them. When you show respect for their time and motivation to move, you will find many more responsive agents. After all, wouldn't' you want the same respect?

Here are more answers to common questions:
What are some core services of a Twin Cities Realtor


  • What is the home buying process? 
  • Should I work with the Listing Agent (the ph# on the sign in the yard) to buy a house? 
  • Why are some houses showing available online but when I call they are sold? 
  • What does an agent do for a buyer?


  • What questions should I ask when looking for an agent to sell my house?
  • Are online house values accurate?
  • How can I Sell Faster and For More Money?
  • What is my house worth?
  • Where can I learn more about selling my house?

  • Read other popular posts.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Coming Soon! Walk-out Rambler Over-looking the Lake!

    Beautiful one level with walk-out basement overlooking Pioneer Lake

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    Center City, MN 55012
    Beautiful walkout rambler w/open concept floorplan that is great for entertaining. Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck overlooking Pioneer Lake. Main floor master suite w/prvt mstr bth. Lrg family room & den in LL. This is the one you were waiting for!

    Additional Info: Each Keller Williams Realty office is independently owned and operated. Legal: © 2014 Keller Williams Premier Realty and suppliers | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Fair Housing Statement Contact: Keller Williams Premier Realty, 3555 Willow Lake Blvd Ste 100 , Vadnais Heights, MN, 55110-4461, 651-964-0289

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    First Time Home Seller Workshop - FREE!

    Have you wondered what you need to do to sell your home in the Forest Lake, Hugo or Lino Lakes area?
    First Time Home Seller Workshop

    Coming Soon and Hot New Listings