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Whether looking for a home in one of our great towns like Fergus Falls, or finding your dream lakefront cabin, we are here to help you buy your next home. We understand this is one of the biggest decisions you will face, at any point in your life. Not only are we committed to finding you the right property at the best price, we will walk you through the transaction, address all of your concerns and assist you with all paperwork and negotiations. Your complete satisfaction is our highest priority.

When It’s Time to Move, We Can Help

Homesandlakeshore.com provides a FREE moving trailer to clients on a first come, first served basis. Save time and money, and start enjoying your new home sooner. This service is available to buying and/or selling clients throughout Otter Tail County, including Ashby, Battle Lake, Clitherall, Dalton, Erhard, Fergus Falls, Henning, New York Mills, Ottertail, Perham, Underwood, Vining, and all of the beautiful lake areas, town neighborhoods and rural properties with acreage.

We would be honored to assist you in buying your next home, and help you move too. Contact us and ask any questions via our custom contact form.  We would love to hear from you!

 

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

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

Building a Lake House

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Basic steps to building a MN lake home Lake homes in West Central Minnesota come in all shapes and sizes, from a weekend cabin all the way to a palatial estate. Most fall somewhere in between, with a moderate size home. The planning process can take a bit of time. So if you are considering … Continued

Minnesota Real Estate Market Report

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RE trends that will affect 2019 There is so much to love about Minnesota, from lakes and recreation to the “Minnesota Nice” attitude. As real estate activity slows during the holidays, it is a good time to look at what the market is doing. If you are planning on buying or selling, we can help … Continued

Condo Buying Tips

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What to Look for in the Condo Documents Condos offer a wonderful low maintenance lifestyle and are often a more affordable option. When you purchase a condo, you are also investing in the association that oversees the property. Before making a commitment, there are several documents that should be reviewed, and important questions to ask. … Continued

Does Your New Neighborhood Have Broadband?

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An update on broadband service in Otter Tail County There are many parts of rural Minnesota still underserved with slow, or even no internet, but for Otter Tail County, broadband connectivity is improving. What is broadband? Today’s “high speed internet” is more accurately defined as “broadband”- high-speed Internet access that is always on and uses several high-speed transmission … Continued

Is a vacation home in your future?

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4 considerations before buying a second home Many friends in Otter Tail, Douglas and Becker counties have second homes- even if they are just a few communities away on a nearby lake. If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time.  Although mortgage rates are rising, they are still relatively … Continued

Selling Your Home in the Fall

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4 Tips for an Autumn Real Estate Sale You may have noticed our other articles encouraging buying and selling in the Fall. There are advantages to both. While there won’t be as many buyers as over the summer, those that are looking are more serious. Fall buyers typically want to close a deal sooner. More … Continued