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Buying a Home with a Family in Mind

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on February 24, 2015 in  Buyers
For many people, finding a new home is more than a matter of personal taste and individual finance – it's a family affair. Purchasing a new home to accommodate a growing family is an exciting step in one’s life, but it can also be a balancing act. Communication and planning are key to any successful home-buying experience. Moving to a new home while expecting a child or preparing for a family down the road makes anticipating your future needs all the more important. What may make a perfect start... read more

A Family Affair: Moving with Pets

Homes for Dogs Project
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on February 19, 2015 in  Albert Lea  Buyers  Northfield Real Estate  Owatonna  Sellers
While moving to a new home is very exciting, relocating can be a stressful process for every member of the family – including pets.  More often than not, a move means that all familiarity is gone.  From where to hide a bone to where to nap in the sun, the pet’s sense of security and comfort has suddenly been altered. Below are five suggestions for how to make moving a little less ruff for four-legged members of the family.   Plan ahead. From start to finish, moving to a ... read more

Housing Market Updates

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on February 18, 2015 in  Albert Lea
Questions about the Albert Lea or Owatonna housing market?  If so, we have the answers.  Here's a quick video to bring you up-to-date on the housing markets in our area.Albert Lea, Minnesota:Owatonna, Minnesota: ... read more

There's no place like home...with a dog

Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on February 13, 2015 in  Albert Lea  Northfield Real Estate  Owatonna
As humans, we like to go out into the world exploring; we go to work, to school and to outings with friends, but if we sit back and think about it, there’s something at most of our homes that continue to carry out their daily adventures alone while we are away.  What this is, my friends, is our dogs and what you didn’t realize while you were gone, is how they are patiently awaiting your arrival from the minute you close that door.  We want to show you the pure joy and love between man ... read more

What Stays & What Goes?

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on February 10, 2015 in  Northfield Real Estate  Sellers
Are you preparing for a move and are wondering what items stay with your home and what items you are entitled to take with you?     Here’s what to expect in terms of items that should stay and those that should go.     What stays when you move? Built-ins: Bookshelves, benches and pull-out furniture as they are fixed to the home.   Landscaping: Leave behind trees, shrubs and flowering plants that are planted in the ground.   Wall Mounts: TV Mount... read more
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