Staying home…it’s better with Crumble!

Staying home…it’s better with Crumble!

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So here we are, on the brink of spring, spending more time than usual in our own four walls. As something of a homebody, I’m not finding it all that difficult (so far). I get to hang out with Jack and June (photo at right). And I have time to cook myself really...

Home Repair/Reno Connections

Home Repair/Reno Connections

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Leverage my list and find a trustworthy pro! Last month, I shared recommendations for some of my favorite go-to financial folks. This month, as we start to visualize spring—and the projects we want to do once the deep freeze lifts—I’m focusing on home...

Money/Finance Connections

Money/Finance Connections

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Leverage my list and find a trustworthy pro! One of the things I enjoy most in life is connecting good people with other good people. Being a matchmaker, so to speak – not just between buyers and houses, but between those who need a specific something, and those...

Decor ideas to spruce up your new place!

Decor ideas to spruce up your new place!

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The Home Shopping Network (no, not that one)! Do you tend to notice especially cool furniture, decor, and little treasures that people have in their homes? Same here. Inspiration is everywhere, and most homebuyers love the idea of sprucing up a new place. With...

Multiple-offer mania.

Multiple-offer mania.

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As you’ve probably heard, buying a house right now is a little bit crazy-town. Inventory in the Twin Cities in February was down 14% from 2018, ushering in another spring of multiple offers, especially in the under-$400,000 range.It’s a pretty sure bet that...

Ready, set, SELL!

Ready, set, SELL!

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Spring is here. How do I know? The rain, for one thing. Baseball on the radio, for another. And of course, listing frenzy. After the winter we’ve had, more than one friend has said, “That’s it! I’m done. Never shoveling again!” If...

Polar Vortex 2019

Polar Vortex 2019

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How did your home fare during the subzero plunge? I had amazing frost patterns on my windows. Fortunately, they were on the outside; many people experienced frost on the inside of panes, and frozen pipes on north-side walls. If you want to take steps to prevent issues...

House Decluttered: The More of Less

House Decluttered: The More of Less

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Buyers usually call me only when they’re ready to buy, but sellers usually call 3 to 6 months, sometimes even a year, before they actually want to sell. They usually say that they want to have time to take care of all those little nagging repairs they’ve...

Accessory Dwelling Unit: It’s a Thing

Accessory Dwelling Unit: It’s a Thing

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As rents increase and the availability of homes for sale in the Twin Cities stays historically low residents are looking for creative ways to increase the supply of affordable housing. One of those ways is the Accessory Dwelling Unit, also known as the granny flat,...

Old Home Certified: What does it mean?

Old Home Certified: What does it mean?

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Old Home Certified is a RealtorĀ® designation offered exclusively by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. To earn it, an agent has to take nine classes taught by experts in the fields of architecture, geography, historic preservation, old-school HVAC systems and more.