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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Yardwork? First do no harm!

HouseLogic recently posted 8 ways that homeowners unintentionally trashed their yards…

  1. Not Following Product Instructions
  2. Misusing Fertilizer
  3. Not Watering Grass Deep Enough
  4. Cutting Grass Too Short
  5. Overusing Weed Killer
  6. Trimming Limbs and Branches the Wrong Way
  7. Putting Plants Too Close Together
  8. Letting Your Pet Urinate Wherever

Do any of them sound familiar to you? If so you might want to check out the original article and find alternative means to getting your yard looking nice today and years from now.

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Focus less on saving money to focus more on saving your home

We all know some old wives’ tales that we swear by – for example nail polish will stop a run in your tights! But there are a few wives’ tales that can actually hurt you and when it comes to the safety and preservation of your house – why gamble?

House Logic recently debunked eight popular tips that actually be harmful to your home…

Myth #1: Lemons Are Great for Cleaning Garbage Disposals
What it could cost you:A plumber’s visit (and maybe a new disposal)
The better way: Turn on the disposal and, while running cold water, dump in two or more trays of ice cubes. Despite the clamor, this will safely dislodge buildup on the walls and the impellers, which grind up the food. Use vinegar to deodorize.

Myth #2: Use Duct Tape to Seal Ductwork
What it could cost you:Pricier energy bills
The better way: Use duct mastic (a gooey substance kind of like caulk that dries after applied) to seal metal and flexible ductwork, and use it along with a layer of fiberglass mesh for gaps larger than 1/16 of an inch wide. Use gloves with metal ducts because the edges can be sharp, and mastic is messy stuff.

Myth #3: Bleach Will Banish Mold
What it could cost you:A threat to your health, plus hundreds of $ (even thousands)
The better way: Use a commercial anti-fungal product to take out mold at its roots. And only tackle mold removal yourself if the area is less than 10 square feet and you use protective gear, such as a respirator and chemical-resistant gloves. Otherwise, call in a mold remediation specialist who’ll know how to remove it without spreading it’s yucky (and potentially harmful) spores.

Myth #4: Change Your HVAC Filter Every Month
What it could cost you:Around $100 a year
The better way: The Department of Energy recommends checking, but not necessarily changing, your air filter every month. Change it if it looks dirty, replacing it at least once every three months.

Myth #5: Buy a Rinse Aid for Spot-Free Dishes
What it could cost you:Dollars instead of cents
Money Tip: Rinse aid does help dishes dry faster, which stops those annoying wet drips from top rack to bottom when you unload. But instead of spending money, unload the bottom rack first while letting the top rack air dry.

Myth #6: Home Improvement is Always a Good Investment
What it could cost you:Thousands of dollars in disappointment
The better way: First off, your own happiness matters, so by all means, follow your remodeling bliss if you’re financially able. But if payback is important, do some research and talk to a REALTOR® who knows what buyers are seeking in your market. The Remodeling Impact Report from The National Association of REALTORS® (the sponsor of HouseLogic) is a fantastic resource to get the scoop on what projects will boost your equity the most. For example, it points out that small projects such as an insulation upgrade, refinishing floors, and even seeding your lawn will recoup almost all, and in some cases more than, your original investment.

Myth #7: Put Dryer Sheets in Air Vents for a Sweet Smell
What it could cost you:Higher energy bills and a potential fire hazard
The better way: If fragrant air is what you’re after, there are no shortage of options available that won’t burn your house down. Give each room — or each day — a signature scent with all-natural scented candles, sprays, oils, and aromatherapy devices. If you’re seeking a scent to mask an offensive odor, however, it’s important to find and remove the source. Some stinky suspects — like mold, mildew, sewage, and gas leaks — can carry health risks.

Myth #8: Product Warranties Will Save on Repair Costs
What it could cost you:$50 to $100 or more
The better way: Maintain the appliance as recommended by the manufacturer, and smartly stash the dollars you would spend on a warranty in a repair fund instead. Also, buy with a major credit card, such as AmEx or Visa. Many credit card companies extend product warranties (for free!) up to a year or so. Might be worth checking to see if yours does.

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James Beard Awards Finalists Announced With Just Two Minneapolis Chefs

Eater Twin Cities recently reported…

The James Beard Foundation Awards are known as the Oscars of Food, and today we learned that two Minnesota chefs will move on as finalists.

The list of semifinalists, which included 13 Minnesotans, was whittled down to just two Twin Cities chefs in the category of Best Chef: Midwest – Steven Brown of Tilia and Saint Genevieve and Surly’s Brewer’s Table’s Jorge Guzman.

It will be fun to see if they will. But sort of like some people make a point of seeing all of the Oscar-nominated movies – maybe it’s your duty to check out the James Beard-nominated restaurants?

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Arden Hills: Just outside downtown St Paul and Minneapolis

arden hillsArden Hills is about 8 miles north of both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s just outside of Roseville and is home to Bethel University and Seminary and the University of Northwestern.

Valentine Hills is the only elementary school in the city of Arden Hills; it is one of six elementary schools in Independent School District 621. Mounds View High School is a public Grade 9–12 school; it is one of two high schools in Independent School District 621; the other is Irondale High School.

Here are some quick facts on housing in Arden Hills:

  • Average house price: $281,300
  • Average rent: $1,345/month
  • Homeownership rate: 85 percent
  • Average household income: $80,200
  • Average wages: $35,200
  • Average travel time to work: 20.5 minutes

Top Employers include:

  1. Boston Scientific
  2. Land O’Lakes
  3. Smiths Medical
  4. Presbyterian Homes and Services
  5. FICO
  6. Country Financial
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Twin Cities Amenity: The Mississippi

mississippi 2The Mississippi runs between St Paul and Minneapolis. In fact they have coined this section of the River the “Metro Mississippi” – in stretches 75 miles from Elk River to Hastings, which means it’s a walking distance or a short drive away for many Twin Cities residents.

Scores of people use the Mississippi River walk as their gym – in fact much of the Twin Cities Marathon winds around the beautiful river. The path is smooth, miles are marked and there’s plenty of space for cyclists, runner, walkers and even strollers!

In the fall the colors are overwhelming! In the spring, you run a good chance of seeing an eagle – and might even lead you to his nest with eaglets. Winters can be crisp but without the leaves you can see for miles. Summer is bustling and the smell of wild flowers is mesmerizing.

And if your idea of fun is more sedate, there are plenty of quiet places to sit. You can enjoy an adult beverage on the endless bridge of the Guthrie Theater. Glance out the windows of the Weisman Art Gallery – or even better glance at the iconic gallery from the shores of the West Bank. Or kick up your heels at St Paul’s Lower Landing.

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Twin Cities Amenity: Fort Snelling Park

fort snellingWho would imagine a park filled with wildlife – right under the airport? But there it is – Fort Snelling Park. They offer extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. There’s a beach for swimming and boating. And of course a whole River for fishing.

There’s an interpretive center with regular programming –snow shoeing, maple tree tapping, animal tracking and more. But one of our favorite parts of the park is the wildlife. There are several packs of wild deer. They are used to people and will come surprisingly close – enough to delight any kid and even impress the coolest of teen. There are at least two eagle nests in the park. Turkeys roam aimlessly and we’ve even heard mention of beavers and possums.

It’s easy to get to the park. You need a State Park parking permit – but after that it’s all free. Come enjoy a day away just minutes from your home.

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Twin Cities Amenity: The Walker

walkerFirst Saturday is family day at The Walker art gallery. It’s a great (free!) way to check it out especially if you have kids. They have programming that day to get kids in doing art. There are usually two hands on projects and docents pepper the galleries with mini-projects and information to help you and your kids learn more about the art at a level that’s appropriate for them.

The new Sculpture Garden is opening this summer. It is always free and a great place to let kids run around or go in another direction and plan a romantic picnic. It’s a fantastic amenity for art lovers and art learners in and around  Minneapolis and St Paul. They have several adult-themes parties as well – such as the sporadic After Hours events held, as you might imagine, after dark. Visitors are welcome to enjoy an adult beverage, get a sneak preview of a new exhibit and usually enjoy some music of grownup focused activities.

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Afton Minnesota: Come for the skiing, stay for the community

tb oct 1The City of Afton is about fifteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, south of I-94 on the eastern border of Minnesota. Afton is home to an Historic Village along the beautiful St. Croix River, which offers exceptional opportunities for boating and fishing, two marinas in town and even a boat launch ramp. The City also has a large, beautiful park in the old village where kids can play or you can sit and have a picnic.

Afton is also home to Afton Alps, the largest ski and snowboard area in the Twin Cities.

Here are some quick facts on Housing in Afton:

  • Average house price: $397,100
  • Average rent: $1,500/month
  • Average household income: $99,700
  • Average wages: $51,100
  • Average travel time to work: 26.9 minutes
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Burnsville: Shopping, parks, skiing – fun for all seasons

Thanks to City of Burnsville for picture

Thanks to City of Burnsville for picture

The Twin Cities’ suburb of City of Burnsville is actually the 10th largest city in Minnesota. It has grown up from its roots of a primarily Irish farming community – but somehow maintained some of the rural charm with more than 3,300 acres of parks and wildlife refuge lands.

Burnsville is a short drive away from many Twin Cities amenities – Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Valleyfair Amusement Park, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival, and the Mall of America. And it’s a short drive from St Paul and Minneapolis if you’re looking for an easy commute.

Here are some quick facts on housing in Burnsville:

  • Average house price: $208,7000
  • Average rent: $992/month
  • Homeownership rate: 64 percent
  • Average household income: $63,600
  • Average wages: $48413
  • Average travel time to work: 23.4 minutes

Burnsville has plenty of amenities too. Burnsville is home to a regional mall comprised of 1.2 million square feet, more than 3,300 acres of parks and wildlife refuge lands, a variety of recreational opportunities including a major ski resort, over 2,200 businesses, and many fine lodging and dining facilities.

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Mahtomedi Community Profile: On the lake, close to town, good schools

mahtomediMahtomedi is a small suburb of St Paul – midway between St Paul and Stillwater. In area, Mahtomedi is about 3.5 square miles of land and 2.25 square miles of water.  The lake is a feature many residents enjoy fully.

Mahtomedi is home to its own school district, which services Dellwood, Grant, Hugo, Mahtomedi, Pine Springs, Willernie, and parts of Lake Elmo, Oakdale, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake. There is also a Catholic school. Century College, one of the largest communities college in the MNSCU system, is located in and around Mahtomedi.

Here are some quick facts on Mahtomedi:

  • Average house price: $292,3000
  • Average rent: $889/month
  • Homeownership rate: 88 percent
  • Average household income: $94,300
  • Average wages: $44,600
  • Average travel time to work: 25.8 minutes

Historically Mahtomedi was a summer retreat for a variety of users.  The City was founded as a Chautauqua community around 1900, when visitors would come to the east shore of White Bear Lake for recreation, lectures, music and a time of reflection.  Later Wildwood Amusement Park was built by the streetcar company to give Twin Cities residents a reason to ride to the end of the line.  At about the same time, summer homes and cottages began to be built as Mahtomedi became a resort and vacation destination.

The Chautauqua and amusement park are gone but there are still trails, the Lake, a town center with shops and restaurants that are great amenities all year round.

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