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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!

SJR

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Golf Course Grass

August 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Pamper Your LAWN!!

As a home owner you  can’t successfully contain the tightly trimmed golf-course look because you don’t have a golf course’s budget (If you do- you probably have someone that takes care of your lawn!!) and a bunch of college kids working on your lawn all summer to make sure that it looks GREAT.   The next best thing you can do to achieve a good-looking lawn is to mow frequently and keep the blades high.  If you mow frequently and at the highest height it discourages weeds and trains the grass to grow in THICK!

We all know in Southeast Minnesota our weather can vary from day to day even hour tohour.  Maintaining a beautiful lawn is hard work but hopefully with these tips you can have your lawn looking like hole 9 on your favorite golf course.

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BIG Mistakes Home Buyers Make

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments

5 Biggest Mistakes Home Buyers Make

1. Trying to fix credit scores before buying a home.

2. Not considering the future enough in their purchase.

3. Failing to research financing enough.

4. Making the assumption that the Good Faith Estimate is always what you pay at closing.

5. Failing to budget for home expenses.

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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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Hello!!!!!!

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:

www.DeCookHomes.com

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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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Spring!

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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