5 Tips for the Best Home Showings

5 Tips for the Best Home Showings!

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Has your home been on the market longer than  you would like?  Check out this article called “5 Tips For The Best Showings” and see if it gives you any ideas!

Even if your house isn’t listed and you are just thinking about selling, it will help you prepare.  AND….when you are ready CALL US and we will help you with all of your real estate needs!

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Get A Parade Of Homes Tour

Parade of Homes Tour

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Whether it’s decorating tips, remodeling ideas or just to dream of what could be — the parade of homes puts some of the best homes in the Twin Cities on display.

Developer Tim O’Connor gave WCCO a tour of a home featuring an 11-foot taxidermy bear and aroma’s pumped through the air ducts.

Check out the video report for more.

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Get Your Home Football-Ready with a Media Room

Get Your Home Football-Ready with a Media Room!

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One thing comes to mind when September rolls around – Football!  Today’s advanced technology has made it easier and more appealing than ever to create a media room that will make your home ready for game time.  With home automation, sleek accessories and a plethora of entertainment options, gearing up for football season in comfort and style is all that much more attainable.

Media rooms have gained so much recent popularity that the latest fad landed at number five on REALTOR Magazine’s13 Hot Home Trends for 2013”.  This is one home improvement project that will make your home the talk of the town.

“Today’s homebuyers aren’t looking for the formality of their parent’s house anymore,” said Fran Broude, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.   “They are willing to invest in areas of the home where they can spend time together as a family, enjoy and entertain.”


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Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen or Bath? This Seminar Will Help!

Remodeling Seminar

Rita O'Rear

kitchenbeforeafterAs a realtor I am always looking at different kitchen and bathroom designs, seeing what the new trends are and trying to incorporate as much as possible into my own home.  Not only are these two rooms the most often used rooms in the house but they are also rooms that can make or break a sale.  I try to emphasize the importance of these two rooms to those homeowners who are thinking about selling their homes and want to make their house more appeasing.  With that being said, tomorrow night (Sept.12th) there is a Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel Seminar at Indiana Design Center.  This is a free, informative seminar that helps provides homeowners with the basic building blocks, plus tried and true advice on what to expect from a remodel project.  The seminar runs from 7:00-8:30.  If you have any questions call 317-846-2600 or click here.  The more…

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Home Improvements that Give You the Most (and Worst) Bang for your Buck

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Before you begin a home remodeling project, take a moment to consider its potential return on investment. If you are planning on staying in your home for more than ten years improvements should be made for your enjoyment and use.  But, if you are thinking of selling sooner than later, you may want to choose projects that will give you a higher return.

“A Realtor can help homeowners decide what improvements will provide the most return when it comes time to sell,” said Fran Broude, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  “Each neighborhood is different, and the desirability and resale value of a particular remodeling project varies depending on where you live.” The 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine reviews the percentage of a home improvement project’s costs likely to be recouped when the property is sold. Not all projects are created equal.

Five Best “Bang for…

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First Time Homebuyers: To Buy or to Rent a Home?

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“To buy or to rent?” Recent graduates, young couples, relocating professionals and others have all asked themselves this question at one point or another. While each option has its benefits, the decision to purchase an apartment, condominium or house as opposed to renting, is complex and based on a number of factors. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors, nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home today is a good financial decision. The question that remains is whether or not now is the right time to buy a home for you.

For most people, deciding to buy a home is the largest financial decision of their lifetime. Before making the jump into homeownership, potential home buyers should consider the “soft” lifestyle issues as well as…

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10 Interesting Facts About the Housing Market

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Guest blogger: Dick Greenwood, Director, Builder Marketing

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  1. At today’s prices and rents, buying would be cheaper than renting until the 30-year fixed rate mortgage reaches 10.5%. (Source: Trulia)
  2. Even at a 5% fixed rate, buying would be 34% cheaper than renting. (Source:Trulia)
  3. Prices have increased so much that homeowners with negative equity have fallen to less than 20% of all borrowers. (Source: Bloomberg)
  4. “Flash sales” are happening in the Chicagoland market. Flash sales are when a home is sold within 24 hours of listing. This is because of the use of technology, especially instant mobile alerts for new listings. Gone forever are the days of waiting two weeks for the 10 pound “MLS” book to be printed. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
  5. Buyer competition is so stiff that in some markets we are seeing a quarter of the sales going for more than asking price! (Source: Orlando Sentinel)
  6. Dick GreenwoodNationally this spring home prices rose to…

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