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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
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