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Albert Lea Spring Open House Extravaganza!

April 30 - May 1
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on April 29, 2016 in  uncategorized
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Albert Lea is hosting their Spring Open House Extravaganza this weekend, April 30-May 1.  If you are looking to buy a lot of great properties will be open to tour! We invite you to come out and take a look!... read more

Proper Budgeting for Home Maintenance

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on April 28, 2016 in  uncategorized
Sure, owning a home is a lot of work, so here's a great rule of thumb for budgeting for routine upkeep: You should expect to spend one percent of the purchase price of your home every year to handle a variety of maintenance tasks. This includes painting, tree trimming, repairing gutters, caulking windows, and routine system repairs and maintenance. An older home will usually require more maintenance, although a lot will depend on how well it has been maintained over the years. Tell yourself that the upkeep of your ... read more

Appraised Value vs. Market Value

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on April 26, 2016 in  uncategorized

What is the difference between an appraised value and market values?

A certified appraiser who is trained to provide the estimated value of a home determines its appraised value. The appraised value is based on comparable sales, physical inspection of the property by the appraiser to assess the condition of the property and several other factors. Market value is the price the house will bring at a given point in time, once you and the buyer establish an agreed upon amount for your home.

What to Consider When Hiring a Home Inspector

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on April 25, 2016 in  uncategorized
Buying a home is a huge financial and emotional commitment, we know that. Most of us purchase a home just a few times in our lifetime. It’s full of countless decisions: Is this the right house for my family? Is the neighborhood where we want to live? Can we afford it?  Unfortunately, one of the first and most vital steps in the home buying process is often overlooked – hiring a qualified home inspector.The home inspection can make or break your home purchase. It should uncover any structural issues... read more

Success is Meant to be Shared

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on April 21, 2016 in  uncategorized
Yet again, according to 2016 Real Trends 500 Survey, companies affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® brand produced more sales volume than any other brand.                             ... read more
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