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6 Tips to Stay Cool and Save Energy

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As summer heats up, your bills don’t need to rise That few extra degrees of warmth that summer brings to West Central Minnesota makes a difference. Not only is staying cool a challenge, but water and energy bills can spike. Here is the best advice from property management pros to not only beat the heat, … Continued

Buying a House? How’s Your Credit?

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The first step in home buying- Check your credit. Before you start looking for a new home, take a look at your credit, and understand where you stand financially. Credit scores are symbols of your ability to repay debts. Mortgage lenders look at this number first when reviewing your credit worthiness. If you are applying … Continued

Buyer Letter Do’s and Don’ts

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A letter to the seller may give you an edge in a competitive market Home buying in today’s market is competitive. A heartfelt, personal letter from buyer to seller is one way to make an offer standout. However, some sincere sentiments can also turn off buyers. Here are 5 areas to avoid if you plan … Continued

Summer Outdoor DIY Projects and Cautions

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Make a Plan Before Attacking Outdoor Projects With our looong Minnesota spring, you might be anxious to dig into some major outdoor home improvement. Decking and landscaping are two of the most popular summer projects. But along with these sweat equity feats can come some pretty significant fails. So while you’re creating your lumber store … Continued

Buying Investment Property

How Financing a Rental Property Gives You Leverage in Real Estate Investments Interested in purchasing investment property? This could mean a home you rent out, an apartment building or other income producing real estate. The key to successful investing is using leverage. What does leverage in real estate mean? Leverage in real estate simply means … Continued

Searching for a Family Home

Kid-considerations when purchasing a home Buying a home for a growing family is an exciting process, with many things to take into consideration. Your wants and needs are important, but kids have some requirements too, and they will change as they get bigger. This guide will navigate you through buying a home with kids so … Continued

Quick Fixes: Selling During Spring

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Sprucing up for a sale without breaking the bank Spring is here, and that means the start of the busiest season of the year in the real estate business. A thorough spring cleaning is a tradition with many homeowners, but if you’re planning to put your home on the market, more effort than usual is … Continued

Home Selling Faux Pas that Could Ruin a Sale

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5 Seller Tips for a Smoother Home Sale Your realtor is not the only one who employs salesmanship when selling a house. You have a role in prepping your house for sale, welcoming buyers to tour your home, and answering questions as they come up. Preventing buyers from getting on your last nerve while preparing … Continued

10 Tips for Attracting Income Property Tenants

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Managing tenants to optimize your investment property return Whether you plan to turn your home into a rental property, or you plan to purchase a property specially as a rental property, the steps for finding a tenant are the same. You need to be aware of local laws, keep organized paperwork and accounting, price the … Continued

Expensive Home Repairs- and How to Avoid Them

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Home maintenance today can save big bucks later Just about the time you are thinking your home budget is under control, a major repair tosses in a monkey wrench. While home repairs and improvements are a part of the cost of owning a house, there are strategies to avoid being caught by surprise by a … Continued