The Real Estate Buzz

Community Involvement

Posted by Lynn Johnson on August 20, 2012 in  Community Events Owatonna  Owatonna
It seems that one of the biggest fears that people encounter as they age is the fear of a debilitating disease like Alzheimers.  Julie, owner/agent in our Owatonna office, is dedicated to helping raise money to educate the community, support care givers, and fund Alzheimers research at the Mayo Clinic.  She, along with a group of committed volunteers are hosting an event on September 15th at the Owatonna Elks Lodge.  For $10 you'll be able to dine on fun fare of chili dogs, cheese dogs, hamburgers an... read more
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Albert Lea Real Estate Scoop

What's going on in Albert Lea Real Estate
Posted by Lynn Johnson on August 16, 2012 in  Albert Lea  Albert Lea Monthly Update  Real Estate Activity
Well, we're more than halfway through the year and and so far we've seen a mixed bag in Albert Lea's market as compared to this time last year.  This isn't unusual for our market, since we often buck the national trends,  Sales in Albert Lea are off to a slower start as compared to this time in 2011, but we've seen improvements in the number of days that a house is on the market and our pricing - which bodes well for sellers.  It also continues to provide buyers with plentiful opportunities to p... read more
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It's Fair Time!

Posted by Lynn Johnson on August 15, 2012 in  Community Events Owatonna  Owatonna
    It's time for the Steele County Free Fair!  It's like a maze trying to get to our office during the hustle and bustle of the Fair.  We can see the midway from our office door - and surprisingly enough our parking lot is a little fuller this week.  The Steele County Free Fair is one of the largest free fairs in the country.  In 2011 the number of fairgoers topped 306.500 people.  The Steele County Free Fair dates back to 1860, and then took a hiatus until 1871 due to the... read more
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What's the Buzz in Owatonna Real Estate?

Owatonna Real Estate Update
Posted by Lynn Johnson on April 18, 2012 in  Owatonna  Owatonna Monthly Update  Real Estate Activity
What’s the Real Estate Buzz in Owatonna?   We are seeing an increase in real estate activity in our area. Things are definitely looking up in 2012. Is this darn housing recession over? Well, it may be a bit premature to declare its demise, we can certainly celebrate the fact that sales numbers and volume are up nicely so far for the year.   In addition to first time buyers, which were the mainstay of the market during the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in the number of m... read more
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Spring and Box Elder Bugs make an Appearance

What's Bugging you?
Posted by Lynn Johnson on April 18, 2012 in  Albert Lea  Home Maintenance  Owatonna
Box Elder Bugs Strike Again!   Spring is upon us in Minnesota with all that it brings – home buyers, buds on the trees, flowers in bloom, and box elder bugs. My house faces south and they love the warmth that it offers. They love to congregate and otherwise hangout at the base of my garage doors and the surrounding brick.    I checked out the University of Minnesota Extension website to learn about their habits and find ways to safely exterminate them. I’d like to get rid of them o... read more
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