Meet Minnesota’s Exclusive Home Buyer Agents

Buyers Real Estate Group is a Minneapolis-based real estate agency focusing on the Greater Minneapolis / St Paul area. We lead the industry by having Real Estate Agents who exclusively represent Home Buyers. Let us help you find the right house today!

When you work with Buyers Real Estate Group, you have an Exclusive Buyer Agent. We have been exclusvely representing home buyers for 22+ years and our agents have an average of 15 years representing buyers in Minnesota. That means we represent the best interests of home buyers at all times. We never represent the seller. We specialize in representing home buyers in the Minneapolis / St Paul area.

We are professional, licensed real estate agents that can show properties to a home buyer in the Twin Cities without the possibility of representing the seller side of the table at the same time. Few other real estate agents can say they help you avoid dual agency!

So if you’re looking for a townhouse, condo, single family home or investment, please give us a call at 612-247-0240.

If you’d like to request a private meeting with an experienced realtor to discuss your situation call 612-247-0240 to get that set up at a time that works for you. We are happy to meet to discuss how we can support your home buying plans better than any other realtors!

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New ReStore for Thrifty Buyers

Longfellow neighborhood in SE area of Minneapolis is now home to the newest Reusable home goods center called the ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity opened this second store as part of their non-profit home improvement outlet program, their original store is located in New Brighton, and both stores are filled with donated items allowing Habitat for Humanity recipients to benefit from the sale of new and used items donated to their stores.

Homeowners benefit as there are 23,000 square feet of options to view that could potentially keep the costs of remodeling down and help you buy options for pennies on the dollar of what new would cost.

Contributions come from individuals and corporations in- cluding Valspar Paints who also donated 1,800 gallons of paint for the opening of the new store. The original store in New Brighton was so successful at providing funds for new construction in 2015 that 6 families were able to get new homes.

If you prefer to donate rather than make a purchase, the ReStore accepts donations of doors, light fixtures, appliances, furniture, hardware, tiles, tools, plumbing, flooring, cabinets and more.

They are open Tuesday through Friday 10AM – 6PM with donations accepted until 5PM.d They are open Saturday from 10AM – 4PM with donations accepted until 3PM, they are closed on Sunday.
All donations are tax deductible.

For more information for shopping, donating or volunteering, contact or call 612-588-3820.

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Want to lower your energy bill? We have five tips to help

It’s getting to feel a lot like winter out there – so we’re sharing five from House Logic to help you keep those winter energy bills in check…

  1. Caulk and seal air leaks. Save up to $227 a year
  2. Hire a pro to seal ductwork and give your HVAC a tune-up.
  3. Program your thermostat. Save up to $180 a year.
  4. Replace all your light bulbs with LEDs. Save $75 a year or more
  5. Reduce the temperature on your water heater. Save $12 to $30 a year for each 10-degree reduction in temp.
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County Office Information made simple

While looking for your new home, you may often do research to ensure your new home is in compliance with County or City ordinances. It can be a frustrating and time consuming search to find the correct department within each county for your search.

To help you navigate the maze of information there is a great site called which can help you find almost anything you desire.

It includes all 50 states and categories include tax, assessment, schools and department of motor vehicles to name just a few.

We hope this tool will help you simplify your search for County information and as always please call us with your questions. We can help you find the right office for what you need.

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How can you keep your house clean? Tips from HouseLogic

HouseLogic recently posted nine great tips for keeping your house clean. We’re going to share them below – but especially if you have kids, you might want to visit their site and print out the helpful reminder poster!BREG 9 tips

  1. Wake and make your bed.
  2. Keep your kitchen sink empty.
  3. Clean a room a day.
  4. Hang a squeegee.
  5. Assign cubbies.
  6. Upload the washer (dish and clothes) when done.
  7. Use it, wipe it.
  8. Snap it, shred it.
  9. Create a doorway box for charity.


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Buyers’ County Search Info Made Simple

While searching for your perfect home you may find yourself looking for County and City information to ensure your new home is in compliance with County and City ordinances.  Often the search for the right department within a county can be frustrating and more time consuming than you had hoped.

In an effort to simplify the process for our clients we suggest you try to search using instead.  This site allows you to search within all 50 states, and drill down to the specific information that you seek in most cases.

Categories include schools, taxes and assessments, department of motor vehicles and many others.

As always, call us if you have questions for which you are not finding answers on the web or from the government office, we are happy to help you find the correct answers if possible.

You can reach out to us at with your questions and we will be happy to assist.


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Home Buying Tips in a Seller’s Market

The real estate market is constantly changing. Most recently, homes in Minnesota have been selling sometimes as fast as within 24 hours. So, how do home buyer’s best prepare? Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Review your budget. Consider all spending habits, create a written budget and really determine what it is you’re comfortable spending on a home.
  2. Get pre-approved. This is an important step to stay competitive within the market. It tells the seller you are ready to buy and eliminates risk.
  3. Determine max offer. Because houses are selling so quickly, it’s important to consider all scenarios. If you find the house of your dreams and there are other interested buyers, take time to consider what your max offer would be. In case it comes to that point, it’ll help to be prepared in having had those conversations.
  4. Do your research. Take time to think about what exactly you want in a home, create a checklist, visit neighborhoods you’re interested and try to identify the perfect home. This will help you prepare so when a home goes on the market that meets your criteria, you’re ready to go for it.

If you have any questions or would like to walk through any of these tips with an agent, contact Buyers Real Estate Group. It is our goal to prepare you as best we can to find the home of your dreams and have it be a positive experience for you and  your family. Happy house hunting!

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Frank Lloyd Wright House for Sale in St. Louis Park


A house in St. Louis Park, designed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright in 1958, is now for sale.

Frank Lloyd Wright Minnesota Home for Sale


The Star Tribune shares the history of this Minnesota home today:

In the mid 1950s, Paul and Helen Olfelt sent a note to the famed Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright asking if he would be willing to design a house for their young family on a leafy lot on a secluded cul-de-sac in St. Louis Park.

Though Wright had been juggling commissions for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and a house for Marilyn Monroe in Hawaii, he agreed, inviting the Olfelts to his studio in Spring Green, Wis., to discuss their needs. The Olfelts were in their 30s and had three kids; Wright was almost 89 and in the twilight of his career.

“I told him I came to him for beauty, good design and good function, and I wasn’t going to tell him how to be an architect,” said Paul Olfelt. “And he said, ‘I’ve made this beautiful little nest for you.’ ”

This wonderful story is looking for its next chapter. The beautiful three-bedroom, two bath home is nestled on almost 4 acres and is listed at 1.495 million.

If you’d like to learn more about this home, contact Buyers Real Estate Group.



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Tips to help choose the right home floor plan

There is much to be considered when buying a home in Minnesota, so we thought we’d break it down in hopes to help make your decision easier. Let’s start with choosing the right floor plan. There are several simple questions you can ask yourself that will help significantly.

IMG_6372What do you like and dislike about your current floor plan?
Analyzing your current floor plan is a great first step in determining what’s best for you and your family. Make a list of the things you love about it and the things that could be better!

Are you leaning towards single story or multistory?
Single stories are great if you have a small family and enjoy everyone being close. It’s also great for older buyers who may not desire having to go up and down stairs often. If you have a larger family, prefer everyone having their own space and enjoy wider views of the neighborhood, a multistory may be what you’re looking for.

Are you a home entertainer?
Entertaining has become more and more important when building and designing homes, but you have to ask yourself if it’s right for you. A house designed to entertain may have a large open floor plan with the entry way opening up immediately to the living and dining areas. While very welcoming, it’s not the ideal solution if you’re a more private person. Think about which you prefer.

Have you considered hallways and doorways?
This one might seem silly, but it’s often overlooked. Hallway width and door height can vary greatly home to home, and it’s important to think about. Is the hallway to the laundry room going to allow you to comfortably carry your laundry basket? Do you have young children who will likely be running the hallways and enjoy a bit more room? Is there anyone tall in your family that would prefer higher ceilings and doorways? Little things make a big difference.

How important is outdoor space?
This is another one that’s often overlooked. It’s common for us to desire more outdoor space – a bigger yard, space for a garden, an outdoor patio. We urge you to really think about this one. With a larger yard or bigger space comes more upkeep and maintenance. Is it worth it? Will it be something you have time for? How do you use your current outdoor space?

These are  few helpful tips to get you thinking about floor plan. If you’d like to check out some of these features for yourself and compare, contact Buyers Real Estate Group. We’d be happy to show you a few options and help you decide on your dream home.

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Chanhassen: Parks, parks and more parks southwest of Minneapolis

Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for some of the best parks in the nation. Quantity and quality are both impressive, but it doesn’t stop with the Twin Cities. The suburbs also have  great offerings. Let’s take Chanhassen for instance.

Located 3o minutes southwest of Minneapolis, Chanhassen has 12 lakes within its city limits as well as a 500-acre park system complete with over 20 different parks. Here’s a quick sample from Chanhassen’s website. Click here to view the full list of parks.

View of Lake Minnewashta

View of Lake Minnewashta

Power Hill Park, 8702 Flamingo Drive
This 22-acre park features a picnic shelter, large sledding hill, open field, play area, basketball court, neighborhood trail connections, and off-street parking.
Rice Marsh Lake Park, 8119 Erie Circle
This four-acre park offers a picnic shelter, playground, ball field, basketball court, off-street parking, and a 3.4 mile trail loop around Rice Marsh Lake.

Riley Ridge Park, 8959 Reflections Road
This 19-acre park is comprised of a combination of woodlands, wetlands, and active play areas.  The park opened in 2013 and features a large playground, picnic shelter, basketball half-court, sledding hill, trail loop, and off-street parking.

Roundhouse Park, 3950 Kings Road

This eight-acre park features the Roundhouse park building, winter skating, playground, beach on Lake Minnewashta, picnic shelter, walking trail, fishing pier, and open field. Off-street parking is available.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is also located in Chanhassen’s and is a nice extension of the park offerings spanning 1,100 acres. Who wouldn’t want to live near such a beautiful site or in an area filled with so many great parks?

If you’re interested in this area near Minneapolis, keep your eyes out as the homes don’t last long. If you’d like an additional set of eyes or have any questions, contact Buyers Real Estate Group. We’d be happy to let you know as houses become available in the Chanhassen area.

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To do or not to do-it-yourself? Helpful questions to ask yourself before your next DIY project

There are several benefits to DIY projects. They can save time and money and you’ll feel accomplished having completed a project for your home. They can also help increase the value of your home! Do-it-yourself projects are a growing trend but how do you know if the project is one you should take on yourself or not? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before strapping on your tool belt and running out to your local home improvement store.

Do I have the time and is it worth the effort?

The internet is filled with “simple” DIY tutorials that make it look like a breeze, but reality doesn’t always seem to match. Ask yourself what kind of time you realistically have to dedicate to this project. Is it a weekend project? Several weekends? Will you be working on it pieces in the evenings during the week? Do you have the estimated time to spare to make it worth your while? Saving money is great but time has a cost as well.

What are the potential barriers this project may create?

Depending on the scale of the project, you may need to consider work space as well. If you’re painting a room, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re doing something like a bathroom remodel, you may have to consider how long the bathroom will not be accessible or usable. Do you have a spare?

Consider your space, limitations and any potential barriers. If you have kids, that may be a factor to assess before taking the project on. Is it something they can help with? Is it going to create added stress?

What tools and materials do I need?

What materials are needed and are they accessible to you? If not, they can be more costly than one would think. We suggest making a list of everything needed. If  you don’t have some of the required tools or materials, do some research before committing to the project. For example, if you need a tile saw – do you have a friend you could borrow from? Is there an option to rent one from a local store? If so, what is the cost? This step may also include getting a quote from a professional and comparing it to the cost of doing it yourself.

What is the risk?

DIY projects can be so fulfilling and enjoyable, but there are some best left to a professional. If the potential exists to injure yourself or do damage, best to not DIY. The best examples of these are anything dealing with electrical or gas. Plumbing updates or repairs can fall into the risky category too, depending on size of project. Flooring is another home project that can become risky very quickly. Asbestos is something you do not want to remove yourself.

Helpful flooring tip: Here in MN, if you have an older home, you may have 9” VCT tile. If you’re trying to remove this, call a professional. This, along with some 12” VCT commonly contain asbestos.

DIY Backsplash

Small DIY bathroom sink backplash project was successful, so this DIYer decided to do a matching one for around the bathtub.

Our best advice for aspiring DIYers:

Start small. The ambition and excitement to do DIY projects can be ruined quickly with one project gone wrong. Start with something fun and manageable, get a feel for the pros and cons and your areas of strength and take it from there. Here are a few good ideas for starter projects:

  • Refresh a room with new paint
  • Upgrade your kitchen or bathroom faucet
  • Create a backsplash

This post isn’t meant to scare you or stop you from doing a project yourself. There are a lot of benefits and it can be a ton of fun. We simply want to help prepare you, so that your next DIY project is a success. Better to be over prepared and cautious than end up as a Pinterest fail and not want to DIY again.

If you ask yourself the questions above, we think you’re going to love it.

What DIY projects have you had success with? Some you wouldn’t recommend to others? Share them with us in the comments below!

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