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An Affordable Way to a Smarter Home

Smart Home Technology
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on June 25, 2015 in  Buyers  Home Improvements  Sellers
Making your home smart may actually be easier and more affordable than you think. Not only do smart home appliances and technologies make a home more secure, comfortable and convenient, they are impacting the way buyers shop for real estate. This means by simply adding these products, you’ll make your home smarter while also making it more valuable.   Let’s take a look at how you can make your home smarter for under $1,000! ... read more

What do HOA Fees Cover?

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on June 22, 2015 in  Buyers
Condominiums, townhomes and other properties in certain planned unit developments often come with homeowner associations (HOA).  In order to live in these developments you must pay HOA fees that are collected on a monthly, quarterly or annually basis.  Homeowner associations can prevent your neighbors from painting their homes blue and guarantee the common swimming pool is always kept clean, but can be less attractive when the rules are extremely restrictive.    If you are thinking o... read more

Housing Market is on Track for Best Year!

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on June 16, 2015 in  Albert Lea Real Estate  Northfield Real Estate  Owatonna
As we approach the midpoint of 2015, it is clear to see that the residential real estate market is on track for its best year since 2006.  Several factors indicate this positive trend in the market and it is suggested that things will continue to look positive for the duration of 2015. What is behind this surge in real estate activity? Job growth is powering the demand for homes as more than 3 million jobs have been created over the past 12 months.  It is estimated that more than 1 million of t... read more
What do mean by the statement: "when housing is HOT, money doesn't always talk the loudest?"  Here's what we mean!According to a recent survey released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, today's sellers are twice as likely to choose an offer based on emotion rather than money alone when compared to pre-recession years.  Thirty-six percent of sellers today said they accepted and offer based on emotion, compared to roughly 20 percent of sellers before the recession.In addition to feelings trumping fi... read more

Prep Your Walls for Painting

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on June 09, 2015 in  Home Improvements  Home Maintenance
Thinking of giving a room in your house a fresh coat of paint?  A basic tip to be aware of when it comes to painting is to remove stains from walls before you lather on another coat of paint.    Here’s how to eliminate common wall stains before you dip your paintbrush.   Dirt and Grime Dirt and grime are a part of everyday life; oil from your hands gets on walls, cabinets, doors, doorframes and so many places. For this issue, rely on Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to cut t... read more
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