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May 17, 2016 | Tags: April Sellers Bring Full Price Offers April Sellers Bring Full Price OffersNew Listings showed a second year-over-year decline in 2016 while pending purchase activity rose for the 17th straight month. Buyers signed 6,373 new purchase agreements, a small but important 1.6 percent gain compared to a record-setting April 2015. Due to the well-known supply shortages in our market, would-be sellers are… Read More
May 16, 2016 | Tags: Rental Scams Reported in Twin Cities Area [caption id="attachment_8105" align="alignnone" width="622"] Original Artwork by Ross Auger, 2016[/caption]It was recently brought to our attention that one of our members had a listing scraped and used as a rental scam. This is not the first case we have seen and it may not be the last. The National Association of REALTORS® and Federal Trade Commission offers… Read More
May 2, 2016 | Tags: REALTOR® Trademark has MN Ties The National Association of REALTORS® is celebrating the REALTOR® Trademark Centennial. We're proud to share that the term REALTOR® was coined here at your association by a local real estate professional. At the time, we were called the Minneapolis Real Estate Board. In this article, published by NAR, you'll hear the story behind the term that made an impact on our industry.Trademark… Read More
April 27, 2016 | Tags: It's Going DOM For Real              We don't often talk about the national housing market, because, well, that isn't really a thing. You read that right. There is no national housing market! The same way there is no national weather forecast. You don't grab an umbrella in Miami based on the weather in Seattle, do you? So why would you base a… Read More
April 19, 2016 | Tags: April is Fair Housing Month: Fair Housing is in Your Hands Fair Housing Is In Your HandsNearly 50 years since the federal ban on housing discrimination, upholding the law’s spirit remains a challenge. Here’s how to be a fair housing leader.MARCH 2016 | BY GRAHAM WOOD Sandra Butler refused to let it slide when a seller she represented last year made what felt like a discriminatory comment.… Read More
April 18, 2016 | Tags: When to Call in a Stager When to Call in a StagerAre you on the fence on whether or not to stage a property? I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Galler of Showhomes Home Staging – Minneapolis. She shared five listing situations that could be improved with the help of a stager.1. House is vacant. 90% of people cannot… Read More