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Welcome to West Central Minnesota! With over 1200 lakes, gently rolling hills and vibrant hometowns surrounded by farmland, there is a little something for every lifestyle. Contact us and we’ll help you find the perfect match.

Check back often- we continuously update this blog with community and real estate information to add to your lakes area lifestyle.

Don’t Put Off Buying or Refinancing

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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 … Continued

Navigating an Active Real Estate Market During Coronavirus

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While other sectors of business are slowing down due to Covid 19, commonly known as coronavirus, U.S. real estate is still strong, spurred in part by historically low mortgage interest rates. Even though we have not heard of any known coronavirus cases in Otter Tail County as of this writing, we are monitoring the situation … Continued

Are Open Floor Plans Still Popular?

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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

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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?

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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

Mortgage Rates Forecast for 2020

Mortgage Rates 2020

What Will Mortgage Rates Do in 2020? We don’t have a crystal ball, but there are data sources that help predict what mortgage rates will do in the near future. In review, 2019 was an outstanding year for mortgage rates, and mortgage shoppers can expect to still find great value going into 2020. If you … Continued

10 Tips to Slash Heating Bills

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DIY tools to insulate and bust drafts Did you know you could save as much as 20% off your heating bills this winter just by closing up drafts? And while most people call in a contract for big insulating jobs in walls and ceilings, there are quite a few DIY ways you can eliminate drafts. … Continued

Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

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9 tips for developing passive income to help buy a home  Dreaming of home ownership or purchasing a different home, but having a hard time saving money from your paycheck every month? People that are more successful with meeting financial goals, like saving for a down payment, invest time into making their money work for … Continued

Selling Your Home Over the Winter Holiday Season

Selling a home in winter

Strategies for a successful winter home sale With low inventory, buyers are looking throughout the year for homes to buy. Winter is still not a peak real estate season, but home sales have increased across all seasons- even while the snow flies. According to Zillow research, homes listed for sale in the winter stay on … Continued