Best coffee in Saint Paul

COFFEE.  Saint Paul is abound with coffee shops ranging from the mundane and/or franchised (think Starbucks, Caribou, Dunn, etc) to the local, well-worn (J&S Bean Factory). Here’s why I’m qualified to write this article: I drink coffee and often work out of cafés. I’m in one now having a beautifully pulled double shot of espresso. … Continued

Take pictures NOW for winter home sales

Winter sales require summer pictures. Have you ever browsed for homes in the winter and wondered what the yard and trees look like in the summer? Buyers want to know what’s waiting for them in the spring. It’s part of the decision process and no summer pictures equals less interest. If you’re thinking about selling … Continued

3 Amazing Dishes in Lakeville MN

Lakeville MN doesn’t have a mature food scene and that’s changing. An estimated $6 million leaves the area in search of food each year, and local businesses are springing up to cash in on those diners. Lakeville, like the rest of the Twin Cities, benefits from an incredible immigrant population and diversity that brings home … Continued

Getting started buying a home

Obviously, you’re smart. Most financial geniuses would say you’re smart to buy a home. Home ownership increases your yearly net worth, accords specific tax advantages, and supports the way you live. It’s at this point that The Big Disclaimer is probably needed. I love attorneys. Should you buy a home? Is it the right time … Continued

The Big Disclaimer

Disclaimers are everywhere and for everything. Of course you shouldn’t drink Windex – and someone probably tried and then complained when it didn’t “sit well” with them. Real estate is no different.  We have disclaimers – and a lot of them.  The most important are the ones that state that we are *not* an attorney … Continued

6 Steps to Buying a Home

You’ve likely invested a good portion of your life thus far dreaming about owning a house. Home ownership is a symbol of stability, success, and security. As your goal of owning a home comes to fruition, reaches maturity, and begins to manifest, preparation and education are key factors in nurturing that dream. Here are the … Continued

6 Steps to Selling a House

You have come to the point where it’s time to get up and go, to move on, to embrace a different residential opportunity. Whether you’re moving up, downsizing, or changing locations, it’s time to sell your house. Here are the six steps to selling. The Ideal Agent Settle for nothing less than the best agent … Continued

Basics of a Home Mortgage Loan

The first and most important step in buying your new house is obtaining a home mortgage loan. Home mortgage loans have many layers, variables, terms, and conditions. If you aren’t prepared, applying for a home loan may feel intimidating, anxiety-ridden, or even frightening. These are necessary things you need to know about home mortgage loans. … Continued

Things to Consider When Pricing Your House to Sell

Placing a price tag on your home may be the most difficult part of selling your property. There is no sure-fire way to know how to price your house, and no one can tell you matter-of-factly how much you should ask. In essence, it can feel like a guessing game. Luckily, there are systems, tools, … Continued

Things to Do in Lakeville MN

When you live in Lakeville, Minnesota, you have the advantage of being in close proximity to a plethora of entertainment and recreation options. No matter your age, gender, background, beliefs, or financial status, you can always find something of interest to do. Here are just a few of the things you can do in Lakeville, … Continued