Category Archives: Home Buyer Tips

What First Time Buyers Might be Forgetting when Buying a Home – the Ongoing Costs of Home Ownership

Homeownership may start with a down-payment and a mortgage, but that is just the first part of the process. During their investigations into mortgage financing, interest rates and monthly house payment, to get an idea of monthly budget, many first-time homeowners … Continue reading

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What is the Best Age to Buy a Home?

Many of our first-time home buyers ask when is the best time to buy a home, but, perhaps the better question is, when is the best time to buy a home for your particular situation? Do you have a lease … Continue reading

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Five tips to winning a real estate bidding war

Here are some great tips from our friends at Trulia… How To Win A Bidding War With Multiple Offers On a House Know what you can really afford Talk with the listing agent Propose a shorter closing Rent the house … Continue reading

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What do you look for at an Open House? Welcoming

We’ve asked our home buyer agents what they look for at an open house. Today’s response comes from Leone Fisher – “What I look for first is the condition of the front door and how ‘welcoming’ the approach to the … Continue reading

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What do you look for at an Open House? Exterior and landscaping

We’ve asked our home buyer agents what they look for at an open house. Today’s response comes from Renei Schmitz – “When I attend an open house, the first thing I look at is the exterior of the home landscaping. … Continue reading

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It’s a home seller’s market right now. What’s a home buyer to do?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last weekend that the the Twin Cities Housing Market is a seller’s market… In 2016, the median time that a house was on the market in the metro was a mere 33 days, according to … Continue reading

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Can your home help you sleep?

According to HouseLogic your house can help you sleep better. Here are a few tips to make your house more sleep friendly or help you pick out a sleep-friendly house to buy… Keep is dark. Use blackout shades. Find windows … Continue reading

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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: Review your … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Do you really need 20 percent down on that home? Maybe notor maybe you can get help

You want a new home. You can make the budget work. Maybe you’ve even been approved for a mortgage BUT you don’t have 20 percent ready for a down payment. All is not lost! House Logic recently ran an article … Continue reading

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