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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
April 14, 2016 | Tags: Spring Market Draws Out... Spring Market Draws out Eager Buyers; Sellers Still on HoldWith the spring market officially underway, both buyer and seller activity rose in March 2016 compared to last March. Buyers signed 5,861 new purchase agreements, pushing pending sales up a respectable 12.6 percent. Would-be sellers were still concerned about their ability to secure their next property… Read More
April 11, 2016 | Tags: Cheatsheet to Professionalism: 10 Tips [caption id="attachment_7857" align="alignnone" width="622"] Original Artwork by Ross Auger, 2016[/caption]Cheatsheet to Professionalism: 10 Tips for REALTORS® I had the pleasure of spending some time with Nicole Sarenpa, a REALTOR® with Keller Williams in Wayzata, we discussed what defines a professional REALTOR®:1. Be a technician. Know your product and how to communicate and execute the ins and outs… Read More
April 4, 2016 | Tags: Is the Lack of Housing Inventory... [caption id="attachment_7795" align="alignnone" width="622"] Original Artwork by Ross Auger, 2016[/caption] Is the Lack of Housing Inventory Taking the Spring Out of Your Market?It’s no secret that we're experiencing an inventory shortage. Consumers and real estate professionals are feeling the frustration of a low housing supply after submitting multiple offers without success. This trend is not unique… Read More
March 31, 2016 | Tags: Rental Density Laws – Do They Help or Hurt? On Monday, March 28, 2016, the City of Brooklyn Center introduced an ordinance that would limit the number of rental licenses issued for single family homes throughout the city. The proposal would cap the number of available rental licenses to 30 percent of the single family homes per block in R1 and R2 zoning districts.Very… Read More