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Thinking Spring!

March 9th, 2018 · Comments Off

While at work I’m thinking spring as we set our clocks ahead this weekend.  I can’t truly wrap my head around the seasonal  change as I see piles of snow everywhere and veering out my window I can see deer tracks (and also coyote tracks!) in the snow heading into the woods.  There are lots of ideas spinning in my head that I want to look forward to in the up coming weeks.  I look forward to my seasonal pilgrimage to Greenwood Plants in Rochester.  Seeing Nancy McGinnis and her daughter Molly, the owners, is always a joy.  The greenhouses are big, warm and full of wonderful smells and colors.  As I walk around, my mind floats to a world of peace and excitement as I start filling my home with wonderful arrangements and potted veggies for my deck.  I always plant petunias every year in memory of my mom.  Such found memories of spending precious time with her planting those pretty flowers.

So, as we move our clocks up one hour be mindful there’s light at the end of the winter tunnel.  Start thinking of landscaping ideas for your home, new outdoor lighting, deck furniture to breaking ground on a firepit.  I invite you to visit my Facebook page as it has several spring DIY ideas.  Chat soon…Sylvia.


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Go Make Some New Memories

February 10th, 2018 · Comments Off

Hello friends – I just poured my 4th cup of hot chocolate this morning and I’m gazing outside watching the birds and my neighboorhood kids playing in the snow.  It made me reflect on my earlier years of enjoying such adventures.  Sledding with my friends and family brings back very fond memories; regardless of how cold it was (well kinda).  I hold near and dear to my heart building huge snow forts with my brother and sisters.  We had different sizes, odd kinds of designs, and hidden rooms. Looking back we were not only building walls, we were building memories that would last a life time.  We couldn’t wait until our local ponds started to freeze over and waited in anticipation for it to get thick enough to lace up my ice skates and glide across.  After hours of skating it was always good to walk through our front door to be met by the smell of mom’s homemade hot chocolate.  It warmed my body and soul.  In this modern day of being stuck in front of your electronics, put them down.  Go build some memories regardless of your age and enjoy today’s 5-degree temperature.



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Quickly Catching Up

January 13th, 2018 · Comments Off

The whirlwind of Christmas and New Years has come and gone and more fabulous memories have been made with my family. I finally have a little free time and I wanted to connect with you while I sip a little hot chocolate. Might as well get it right to it and complain about the cold weather. It doesn’t really do any good, but it really gets a little old after the past month and a half. On the other side of the coin, this bitter cold is what defines us as hardy Minnesotans. This frigid weather can put quite a stress on your home and your wallet. Be sure to check out my Facebook page for tips to avoid ice dams, water pipe breaks, keeping heating down and much more. We’ll trudge ahead with a happy spirit with only 65 days until spring, but who’s counting.

Speaking of a whirlwind, 2017 was crazy busy at work. Homes continue flying off the shelf and inventory continues to be low. Thanks to all my clients for doing business with me and I foresee 2018 remaining steady and staying a sellers market. Remember I always encourage referrals. You’ve also probably noticed all the construction going on in our Edina building near TJ Maxx. I’m excited to finally start moving into our renovated building on Tuesday. With so many new upgrades it will feel like Christmas all over again. It will nice to settle in and I truly miss looking out my window watching all the creatures stirring in the woods.

Finally, besides the cold weather, the buzz around town and our state is the BIG playoff game at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with the Vikings playing the Saints tomorrow. As you know I bleed yellow and green with the Packer faithful so take that for what it is.

Well I have to go refill my hot chocolate (cup number 6) and go snuggle with my two favorite pooches. They are comfortably wrapped up in my Packer blanket on our couch. Wonder if they will let me squeeze in.



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Change of Seasons Coming

September 14th, 2017 · Comments Off

Date 9-13-17

As I write this we’ve had a nice stretch of late summer weather with temps approaching the upper 80s.  I’m fine with that since August was so cool.  Plus showing homes are a lot easier than dealing with the cold and snow.  Now that I brought that up my mind was wondering today looking out my window at work enjoying the creatures running around in the woods.  I’m seeing something that makes me happy and sad.  The leaves are turning and we’re losing more precious daylight!  Such a beautiful time of year though with the fall colors and harvest time begins.  It pains me to say that Old Man winter will showing his head soon and another long winter season will be upon us.  SO…with that said, this great stretch of nice weather will give you time to start doing those big and little things before he shows up.  Preventative maintenance for your home is crucial and will save you money in the long run.  I’m going to list a few things that you might want to start working on to stay ahead of the curve.

1) After the leaves fall, pick them up so they won’t be an issue in the spring, especially in your gutters.  Also, disconnect all garden hoses and get that final winter fertilizer in so the grass has plenty of nutrients for the spring.

2) Check your windows and doors for leaks.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household spends more than $1,000 on heating and cooling costs annually. One way to lower your energy bills is to ensure that your heat doesn’t leak out as cool temperatures arrive.

3) Add insulation and close off the attic.  Still not sold on the benefit of attic insulation? Consider this: When hot air escapes from your attic, you put your home at risk for ice dams, which can be costly and nearly impossible to fix.

4) Upgrade to a smart thermostat. These devices can learn when it’s safe to lower the temperature and when to boost the thermostat because everyone is at home after a long day.  Also, have your furnace cleaned and inspected and be sure CO detectors are no older than 5 years

I know some of this sounds pretty common for us Minnesotans, but in our crazy busy lives these simple things can really add up dollar wise.  Your home is THE biggest investment you will ever make.  So take great care of it.  Now back to enjoying this great weather.


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Clients – Lasting friendships

August 13th, 2017 · Comments Off

Last night I hosted my annual client appreciation night on the Honkers patio. I always love this event because it’s a time when we’re not talking business, but we’re sharing stories of kids growing up, new babies (I love those!), vacations and even job changes. The atmosphere was full of joy and lots of laughs as the the boys of summer played their hearts out right down to the last out. While taking in all the food, smiles and great conversations I took some time out to pause and realize how truly thankful I am for all these people in my life. The perfect evening ended with the the best fireworks display yet to celebrate the end of summer.

Over the last 14 years I’ve had so many loyal clients become great friends. Selling a home is stressful and I understand this and I empathize with my clients because of the emotional attachment. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases people will make and is truly an exciting time. I honestly love guiding buyers and sellers through what sometimes can feel like a maze of paperwork, decisions and questions. Through all of this, I grow close to my clients and they become friends. Getting together like we did last night, outside of business I hope I am able to convey to these wonderful friends just how much I truly cherish and appreciate them. I’m honored that they think of me when their friends and family ask them for a Realtor as it truly is my honor to serve them.

Thank you all for trusting me with something so important in your life and in the lives of your families. You’re all a blessing to me.

We’ll do it all again next year! In the mean time I’d love to see you for coffee, a round of golf, or just meet to catch up.

See you next year!



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Why You Need Pre-Approval Before Home Shopping

July 29th, 2013 · No Comments

 Mortgage Application Approved Stamp Shows Home Loan Agreed

I get a number of calls each week from potential buyers wanting to see homes. One of the first things I ask is, “Have you talked to a lender?” Many times the buyer tells me they are waiting to find the house they like before they meet with the lenders. They may feel confident that the price range they want to see is what they can comfortably afford. With so many online mortgage calculators that is understandable that they feel that way. But, what if you don’t check your credit score every few months and what if you have had a recent job change or divorce? Just one situation can drastically change your ability to buy. On the other hand, with rates at historic lows you may qualify for more than you think!

So what does a lender do to get you pre-approved? Well, first the lender will ask you to bring them any documents that they ask for, such as a pay stub. Then, she will verify your income and assets and check your credit score. Once that is complete she will talk with you about how much you can afford for a mortgage payment and give you a pre-approval letter to share with your Realtor.  I always tell my buyers that I don’t care how much they can afford, I care about how much they are comfortable paying each month. There is a significant difference!

Once you find a house and have an accepted offer, the Realtor will give the lender a copy of the purchase agreement and you can start discussing interest rates. At that time the lender will order title work and an appraisal. They will also clear any conditions- for example they would verify the source of a large deposit in your checking. Was it a gift from a parent that wasn’t disclosed or a loan paid back?

You will lock in on your interest rate to make sure it doesn’t go up. Within 72 hours of doing that your lender will give you a Good Faith Estimate. That will tell you how much you need to close and what your monthly payments will be. Right before closing the lender will go through the final closing numbers with you. If the closing date has changed your taxes will change as well as they are prorated to the date of closing.

On the date of closing you will come to the Title office to sign the paperwork. Your lender and your Realtor will accompany you. The lender will have already told you that you need to bring a cashiers check for the amount they specify. From there you sign the paperwork and the Realtor hands you your keys! Always feel free to contact your lender or your Realtor any time after closing with questions. A good Realtor and Lender will always be willing to help.

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Get your house ready for spring!

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Spring Blog Pic

Even though we are in the midst of another snowstorm here in Southern Minnesota, spring will be here before we know it.  Spring will bring the melting of the snow, and everything will green up and blossom once again. Spring also means spring cleaning!

Here are some tips for getting your house ready this spring. Taking care of these small tasks will have a big impact in giving your house a face-lift:

Change Outdoor Light Bulbs

Clean out your light fixtures, and replace your burnt-out bulbs with energy-saving bulbs.

Upgrade your front door

Make your door look new again by polishing the hinges and knobs. Paint or stain the door with a color that stands out, but also complements the trim and siding. Put out a clean, new welcome mat…and make sure the doorbell works too.

Fix your front sidewalk

Snow and cold can really mess up your sidewalk. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.


Strategically placed plants can conceal those undesired aspects of your house or yard. Place large pots or hanging baskets around your porch. Bushes or hedges can hide air-conditioners and flower beds and window boxes will add style.

Prune and Mulch

Prune those dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any plantings that are in the way. Spread mulch or bark around trees and flowers for a well-kept look.

Freshen Up Outdoor Furniture

Put a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill up those empty spots on the porch with a bench or porch swing.  And get your yard ready for summer!

Keep It Clean

Sweep your sidewalk and clear away cobwebs. Also repaint your posts.

Clear Out Gutters

Inspect your downspouts and gutters to be sure they’re clear of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on. Clogging usually occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Take off this elbow and inspect for any clogging.



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Fall 2012 Checklist

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments


  • Drain the gas from your lawn equipment before storing it for the off season to ward off the harmful effects that spoiled gas can have on engines and other parts. Make sure to refer to your owner’s manual for instructions and safety measures when draining any fluids.   Make sure you dispose the the fluids carefully.


  • Turn off all exterior faucets to avoid freezing and damage to pipes during those chilly winter days…Minnesota isnt the warmest place to live!


  • Schedule an inspection for your heating system with a local professional. You should make certain your furnace is in top-notch shape and that all of your ducts and air filters are clean before frigid temperatures set in. The last thing you want is a problem on a day with a record low temperature. By doing this you can make sure your furnace is in good shape to run and save you money!


  • Inspect all windows and doors for leaks. Replace any damaged weatherstripping and caulk leaky areas to keep the cold out and heat in.


  • Make sure gutters are clean of any debris as they tend to get clogged with falling leaves and branches during fall months.


  • Just as in spring, now is a good opportunity to check the batteries in all of your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to make certain they are in working order.


  • Check around the outside of your home and cover up or fill in any holes you discover to protect against rodents. Mice can squeeze into holes less than one inch, so play it safe and plug up any holes you find.  They want to stay warm too!!


  • Prune trees and shrubs that are growing near your home, roof, deck or patio to avoid damage to the exterior. 

  • Have your fireplace inspected… Make sure it is ready to go for those cold nights. Along with the furnace! 

  • Make sure you get the snow blower, shovels, boots, mittens, and hats ready! Before long you will be using them daily! 

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Fall 2012

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments

I hope you all are keeping up with your housekeeping inside and out!

You may have some unexpected company this month, and we’re not talking about crazy Uncle Harry and Aunt Prudence. We’re talking, gulp, mice and rats who will be looking for home in your garage and house. Seal holes in the foundation-especially those around pipes and wires- and look for places where they might sneak in. An easy way is to plug holes with steel wool. Make sure doors fit at the bottom. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned before lighting fires. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and replace batteries. Clean your gutters, trims the shrubs, and mow that lawn for one last time. Have yourself ready for the first sign of our friend here in southeast Minnesota Mr. Snow!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

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Cool air is here… Leaves are turning!

September 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Hi all,

I hope you enjoyed your HOT summer.  Now its onto another season here in Southeast Minnesota.  I encourage each of you to get out and go on the nice trails around the area take your family and enjoy the views.  Southeast Minnesota offers some breath taking views.  Schools are back in full swing and football is back on TV!! Go Packers!! (:

Make sure you are maintaing your home this fall so you don’t have as much to do when the snow hits.  A few things you can get started on is putting away the garden hose and shutting off the valves.  Bagging your leaves and getting your grass ready for all the white stuff.  Cleaning out the gutters, sealing cracks.  Don’t forget to put the lawn mower away and get out the snow blower and shovels!!

Look back next week for a whole fall cleaning checklist!


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