Is it Always this Cold Here?

This spring I have been working with quite a few buyers moving to the area from the south. Being as our Spring this year is quite cold, the number one question I hear right now is if our weather is always this way.Let me put your minds at ease and say that this Spring is

And A River Runs Through It

One thing I love to do is walk through local parks after a fresh dusting of snow, and of course, take photos. The other day I was at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis and took this shot of one of the many trail bridges bordering the lake.

Ignore the Headlines!

My broker was kind to leave a copy of an article from Time magazine in my mailbox, titled "Ignore the Headlines". It pretty much backs up what I have been telling people about our current housing market, and why now is a good time to buy. This has nothing to do with the market bottoming

Twin Cities Rentals One Step Closer to Lead Free

HUD, EPA AND U.S. ATTORNEY IN MINNESOTA ANNOUNCE LEGAL SETTLEMENT WITH MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL LANDLORDSWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota today announced a legal settlement with nine Minneapolis-St. Paul area property owners and one property

Yeah, I have Real Estate Niches, but…

...that doesn't mean I snub my nose as anyone else looking to buy something other than a high end home or a historic home. I have niches so I can know extreme information about those areas or types of home, but it doesn't mean I am not knowledgeable about the rest of the Minneapolis market.I

Minneapolis Architecture

If you would like to catch a glimpse of architectural style in downtown Minneapolis, below is a great video produced by filmmaker Evan Orensten and narrated by University of Minnesota College of Design Professor John Comazzi. It will give you a great understanding of the outstanding design work that has penetrated Minneapolis over the last

Minneapolis Needs to Get Over Itself

It's true. Whenever anyone thinks of the Twin Cities, they immediately think of Minneapolis. I grew up in Indiana and never really knew what Saint Paul was about until I moved here. All I ever heard about was Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minneapolis.Since moving to Minnesota, Saint Paul has a special place in my heart. It is

Builders Pulling Back

During the boom, business was booming for builders. It seemed I would wake up in the morning, drive to the office, and see a new development going up on the way. I wondered, "Geez, where are all these buyers coming from". After a while, I started to figure it out.One weekend, a few years back,

Minneapolis Tax News for 2008

The provision that allowed Hennepin and Ramsey counties to collect additional State Deed Tax and Mortgage Registration Tax expired on January 1, 2008. There was a provision to continue the increased rates proposed last year which was vetoed by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Hurray for the Governor!!!The result: Hennepin and Ramsey counties are now in sync

St. Anthony Falls

Approximately 10,000 years old, St. Anthony Falls must have been a wonder to see before any of us were here. The glacial River Warren helped to create the falls, with time and natural erosion moving the falls up river until it landed on a limestone base. It is estimated that the waterfall originally fell 180