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Top 10 Tips to Arrange Furniture Like a Pro!

furniture layout

Ever wonder how designers seem to effortlessly pull together a stylish and functional room? Years of practice does help, but with a few simple steps, you too can plan and arrange your furniture layout like a pro!

A good furniture layout is not only important for a nicely designed room. Proper arrangement helps traffic flow, defines spaces to a purpose and give them a focal point.

So, whether you’re staging to sell your home, or planning the layout of a new nest, get out a measuring tape, paper and pencil and get ready for an appealing room design.

Wondering if You Qualify for a Mortgage but are Afraid to Ask?

first time homebuyer

You’ve been working steadily, built up good credit and even managed to put some savings away. So now you might wonder if you could finance a home purchase. You’re not alone. Most Americans— over 79 percent recently surveyed by Bankrate.com—still believe that owning a home is a vital component of achieving the American dream.

If you have not yet been through the mortgage process, it’s a little daunting to see if you qualify. With this simple guide, you can calculate a few answers ahead of time- or fix problems- before talking to a lender.

Relocating to West Central Minnesota?

Battle Lake House

We’re sharing one couple’s experience moving to rural West Central Minnesota. One was from here, one new to the area. Through their eyes, we are reminded of the many reasons we love our quaint small towns and beautiful, uncrowded lakes area brimming with natural resources.

Quarantine DIY Projects When You Plan to Sell

DIY home repairs

Whether your home is already on the market or if you are planning to do so in the future, being in quarantine presents an ideal time to tackle simple DIY projects. Improving your home can significantly increase the value of your property and can sometimes result in a quicker sale. The work does not have to be difficult or costly. Clear out, spruce up and maximize spaces to create the most appeal. You can still make a trip to your favorite big box store for supplies, using appropriate safety precautions and social distancing. Make a list of supplies for all projects to limit shopping trips.

Being active, even if it is just around the house and yard, is a great way to beat the boredom of quarantine. Here are the best activities those planning to sell can work on at home. Don’t forget to enlist your home team- kids or others in the household. Put on some fun music and have some snacks ready, ‘cause you are going to crank up the DIY energy!

Don’t Put Off Buying or Refinancing

Refinance now

While we are sensitive to the nation being gripped by COVID-19, the pandemic has created a unique opportunity for those who have a need and are still financially able to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage. Mortgage rates are at an all-time low, competition may have eased in some neighborhoods, and prices have steadied. And, the major portion of these transactions can be done over the phone and internet, with safe distancing and hygiene protocols when it is necessary to meet in person. Since these occasional meetings involve few people, enhanced health precautions are easier to practice.

How about lower than market fees too, when purchasing or refinancing? You can save a bundle with Keller Williams own Zero-Plus Financing!

Navigating an Active Real Estate Market During Coronavirus

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Other sectors of business have slowed down due to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, but the U.S. real estate market is still strong, spurred in part by historically low mortgage interest rates.

While Otter Tail County has been diligently combating COVID-19, we are also monitoring the situation closely. We are operating under an abundance of caution for the health and safety of buyers, sellers and our staff.

We’ve always provided safe and clean office environments for our clients and we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness so you can feel at ease when you visit us at the office. Plus, there is enough room for us to spread out and practice social distancing when we do meet.

Are Open Floor Plans Still Popular?

open floor plan

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Open vs Closed Floor Plans before Building or Remodeling For the last two decades, open-concept floor plans have been a dominant architectural trend. This concept generally joins a kitchen, dining area and living room into a large open space without dividing walls.  Knocking down walls to an open, multipurpose … Continued

Can you buy a home with bad credit?

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Tips to obtain or fix your credit to buy a home It used to be that only people with the best credit would qualify on their own to buy a home. Today, there are plenty of options for people with less than desirable credit scores, below 700. If poor credit or a low score has … Continued

How to Sell a House When It Needs Work

distressed home

Would you like to sell your worn-out home and move on, but extensive repairs are out of the question? If time and/or money are holding you back, there are a few options. You could sell your home as-is. Other options include completing just minor repairs, or, you could focus on only the big-ticket items buyers … Continued

Should You Buy Rental Property?

Minnesota Neighborhood

See if Investing in Real Estate is Right for You There are many ways to invest in real estate, but one way which typically generates income is through purchasing rental property. Sometimes people buy rental property to fix up and quickly sell, or flip. Another option is to invest in a property for the long-term … Continued