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10 Steps to get ready for warm weather!

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

The sun is peeking out and the plants are starting to blossom, so it must be about time for spring chores again. Here is a small checklist to help you get moving! Make sure they are all in working order and in great summer shape!!!

1. Roofing repairs.  

2. Check gutters and downspouts.

3. Fences and gates.

4. Clear yard debris.

5. Fans and air conditioners.

6. Check and adjust sprinklers.

7.  Check vent blocks and faucet covers.

8. Prepare yard tools.

9. Change furnace filters.

10. Check smoke detectors.

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May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Here Comes Summer! We have already had some records set both in weather and in real estate sales. Our market has made a tremendous turn around over the last few months. Our sold market is up 14% compared to last May and our pending listings are up 17% compared with last May.  Interest rates continue to drive our market. Rates remain well below 5% and in most cases remain below 4%. I can’t help but smile when I remember being thrilled to get our first home 25 years ago at a rate of 13%. Even then we bought down 2 points!

We have a couple of great upcoming events this summer.  Our first is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA banquet and golf tourney. This year in a dramatic change we are foregoing a speaker and instead having Super Bowl champion Ben Utecht and his beautiful wife Karyn entertain us with an evening of romantic music July 15 at Somerby Golf Club followed the next day with a golf tournament also at Somerby on July 16th. Feel free to contact me for details.

I have also reserved the patio at a Rochester Honkers baseball game this summer. I have reserved the fireworks night which is the second to last home game on August 11. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to go. The patio only holds 25 people and I had to turn away clients last year.  This year there will be wine options as well this year. Again, we will have free food.

Thank you again for all of your wonderful referrals as they continue to be my main source of business,

Happy Summer Everyone!

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Selling Your Home Checklist- Step 2

May 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Price your property:

Here are a few things you should ask your agent:

  • A realistic selling price
  • A realistic listing price
  • Comparable homes that have been listed and sold in the last few months
  • Comparable homes that are currently listed.  Make sure you ask how long they have been for sale.
  • Comparable  homes that were taken off the market.  WHY?
  • What the agent thinks you should do to get your home ready to sell.

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Selling Your Home Checklist- Step 1

May 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Step 1: Make the quick fixes

  • Sweep the sidewalk
  • Clean up the yard
  • Trim the trees and bushes
  • Clean the gutters
  • Plant flowers
  • Touch up the paint
  • Repaint those bright RED walls to a neutral color
  • Leaky faucets/squeaky doors
  • Store items that are big or too personal
  • Other DIY items

Check back next week for step two!!!

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April 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Looking to build a new construction home???

Check out this great hometown builder’s website:

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Idea for wet shoes

March 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

The rainy spring weather has arrived in Rochester, Minnesota. Here is a quick tip for your family to try instead of getting that nice new rug you got wet! Take a plastic tray and dress it up with some stones or pebbels.  When you or your family come in from outside with wet shoes put your shoes on the tray.  It saves your rug and gives your entry way a new look keeping everything fresh.The water drips to the tray and your rug stays dry! Your guests will never know what the plastic tray is for with the pebbles/stones on it! More then likely they will steal the idea from you!

To clean off the tray and pebbles/stones wash under hot water every couple of days!

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March 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

The warm weather has been here for a few weeks now and the grass is now GREEN! Can you believe it. We escaped a Minnesota winter with hardly any snow! The real estate market is up and running in full gear.  Like the weather our busy spring market started earlier then usual.  Know of anybody looking to buy, sell, or build? Contact me today!

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

January 30th, 2012 · No Comments

FCA Events in Southeast Minnesota

Evening Dinner Concert at Somerby- July 15th

Day of Championship Golf at Somerby-July 16th

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Winter Home Tip

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments

DeCook Builders Winter Home Tip:

Winter is finally here!! Attic insulation may settle and become impacted over time which will effect your home’s heat loss. This not only raises your heating costs, but can contribute to conditions that create ice dams. Adding clown fiberglass insulation to the unfinished attic space of your home is easy and cost effective.

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Good Bye 2011, Hello 2012

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Happy 2012!

Where has the time gone? It was a year of great transtition in the real estate market for southeast Minnesota. We saw the number of forclosures drop which was a postivie but we also saw the average house sales price drop. At Edina Realty Rochester we continued to lead the market! Our 2012 has started off even stronger. It doesn’t hurt that we had such a mild December with lots of people heading out to open houses giving us the feel of a spring market. finally feels like winter in Rochester! Bundle up!

Interest rates continue to stay well below anything we could have imagined. Edina Realty Mortgage helped most of my clients with record low rates whether buying or refinancing. It look as though they may stay this way for at least a few months and that should help our market come back as well.

As we look ahead my goals are again to give exceptional customer service and follow-up. I want to thank you all for your many referrals. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your confidence and support! THANK YOU!

I wish you all a wonderful 2012 filled with love, laughter, good health and proserpity.

Warmest Regards,


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