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5 Exterior Updates That Boost Curb Appeal

Imagine pulling into a beautiful neighborhood in an attempt to find the perfect house only to discover that the listing you had your eye on doesn’t look quite as you imagined. The driveway is cracked, paint is chipping off the home’s exterior and there are overgrown bushes covering the windows. These individual details may seem insignificant on their own, but it’s those small details that really add up and impact curb appeal.

Curb appeal, otherwise known as a home’s first impression, is crucial not only for increasing property value but for making a home easier to sell. If you’re a potential buyer, you’re going to be less likely to check out the inside of the house if the exterior is less than inviting. Whether you’re planning on selling your home or just want to freshen your exterior, these five updates can increase curb appeal to create a lasting first impression:

Replace Your Siding

The first step to giving your home a complete facelift is re-siding. A chipping, rotting, warped exterior can turn away a potential buyer in a second. Living in the Twin Cities, it’s important to select a siding that can withstand the harsh elements year after year. Wood may give your home a natural, rustic look, but it’s often associated with time consuming and expensive maintenance cycles. This is because wood and wood-based siding is susceptible to warping, rotting and splitting after exposure to moisture, which can cause the paint to chip and peel.

Fiber cement siding, however, provides the same authentic look of wood, while resisting harsh weather conditions to keep your home’s exterior in pristine condition. James Hardie fiber cement siding, for instance, resists damage from moisture and offers a tough line of defense during severe weather. Durable...

2017 It A Great Year To Sell Your Home

Have you recently considered selling your home to downsize, expand or simply get a fresh start in a new location? Now is a great time to consider making the move. This year is strongly favoring a seller’s market, so the chances you will sell your home quickly with a great offer is high.

Ryan Fitzgerald, a realtor in Raleigh, North Carolina, has outlined nine great reasons to consider selling your home in 2017. Here are a few of them.

Low Mortgage Rates

If you are familiar with low mortgage rates, simply put the lower the mortgage rate, the lower your monthly cost will be. Because current mortgage rates are still low, many buyers are very interested in making a purchase a lot sooner than later. This is music to a seller’s ears.

A Decline in Inventory

Almost everyone has heard about the concept of supply and demand. The less of something there is, the more value it tends to have. The same goals for the real estate market. As the number of homes available for purchase decline, the value of those that are going to increase. This is a fantastic situation for sellers.

Strong Buyer Demand

It's no secret that buyer demand is back, and back in a big way from the real estate market collapse nearly 10 years ago. Many buyers are realizing that this is a historic time to buy real estate. With interest rates at historic lows, money is on sale. This is creating a compelling argument that purchasing a home is much better than renting. Especially, with how fast rental prices are appreciating.

Rising Home Prices

Due to there being a low inventory and a high demand, the cost of homes has increased significantly. Around November 2016, the average price of an existing home had increased...

Parade of Homes 2017 Spring Tour

It’s finally here, the Parade of Homes in the Twin Cities has started its spring session. It doesn’t matter if you are planning to move into a new house or thinking about renovating your current house, this tour could be a life changing experience.

The Parade of Homes is a tour conducted by Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) twice a year in which they allow visitors to tour the model or pre-sold houses in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis–Saint Paul). It’s open for visitors to look at the construction and the internal design of the houses.

All the open to visit models are built featuring the latest designs and architectural techniques. Since 1949, Parade of Homes HN has been an extremely informative and resourceful tour for those wanting to build a new home or remodel an existing home. Moreover, each visitor can pick a region of their choice to visit as per the prices they are looking for.

Each house is tagged with an accurate price so that the buyer could have an idea of what the market value is of any such house if they plan to buy one in the near future.

To attend this event by the home builders of the twin cities, you can plan your tour on the official website or by getting a copy of the guidebook available at local Holidays Gas Stations. In addition, we can request a free Parade of Homes guidebook from us and we will mail it to your residence. Request your free Parade of Homes directory today. HAPPY TOURING!


Gorgeous Single Family Home For Sale In Wayzata School District

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Looking for a home in the one of the top school districts in Minnesota? Check out this beautiful home that sits on a one acre lot in Maple Grove.

Located in the highly-ranked Wayzata School district #284, this home resides in a mature neighborhood. Enjoy the 1 acre walkout lot with serene pond views from your three season porch/deck/patio. The back yard is fully-fenced with no houses behind the lot. It is located within walking distance to community pool and parks.

The house has 4 bedrooms upstairs with an upper level play area. The main floor has an office and laundry. The walk-out lower level features a home theater, a second kitchen, play area and 5th room. Real hardwood floors on main level. Great light and open concept. One of the best layouts you will find.

Call Michael Bartus today at 952-400-7000 to tour this great home.


Tour the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes In The Twin Cities

Are you planning to build a new home or start a remodeling project on your existing residence, but don’t know where to start? Touring the Parade of Homes is a great way to begin the process of finding the right builder for you, estimating costs of new construction and sampling the latest design trends.

The Spring 2017 Parade of Homes tour in the Twin Cities area begins March 4 and runs through April 2 for new homes and from March 31 through April 2 for remodeled homes. This year there are 481 new homes and 64 remodeled homes open for display. Each home was built or remodeled by a member of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Touring is free with the exception of the Artisan Dream Homes selected by the BATC foundation. These homes require a $5 donation fee with proceeds used to help build and remodel homes for families in need.

The Parade of Homes guidebooks are available for free at local Holiday gas stations. However, for your convenience, we will mail one to you free of charge so you don’t have to make an unnecessary stop. Get your free Parade of Homes guidebook here.

With so many different styles, sizes and price range of homes showcased in the Twin Cities Parade of Homes, you are sure to find the right home for you.

For more information about the tour, visit www.paradeofhomes.org.


Are You Relocating To Minneapolis & St. Paul Area?

Did you swoon at the first sight of Minneapolis? Were you ready to fall head over heels for the charms of St. Paul? One day at Lake Calhoun, a stroll around the wide array of restaurants, one quizzical look at the big spoon and cherry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and you've decided to pack your bags and move from another state. 


Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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