Category Archives: Real Estate News, Updates & Trends

This is an informational site, here to give you updates on all different areas of real estate news whether it be short sale successes and changes, new home construction statistics or tips on how to stage and sell your home for the most amount of money in the most efficient amount of time. This is our way of giving back to the online buyers and sellers that just want some solid, no-nonsense information on how to better their lives in real estate and home ownership. Enjoy!

Getting Your Home Ready for the Spring Market~ Video by Georgie Christian, Lead Buyer Specialist

February 28, 2018

Are you thinking of getting your home ready to put on the market this spring? Not sure what you need to do?

Click here to watch as Georgie shares some tips and tricks to get your home ready!  If you are interested in selling your home, contact us today for all of your real estate needs, and experience real estate the way it should be!

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

Georgie Christian~ 763-807-5021~ georgiechristian@kw.com

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New Construction Building Process

September 21, 2016

Are you considering building a new home? Wondering what the process is like? We are here to help! Having a Realtor represent you on the buying side during new construction is so important. Listen to Georgie as she shares how she can work with you during the process.

Click here to see Georgie’s new constuction video.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Spring Home Maintenance

April 6, 2016

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As you begin your annual Spring Cleaning inside your house, make sure to use our helpful checklist for a few outside areas that should also be checked.  By doing this, you will help to reduce your energy bills, improve your homes appearance and to avoid those big-ticket repairs later on.   We’ve also included a few referrals for you if you need to call someone for a little added help.

* Call a professional to have your AC inspected: keeping your AC tuned up properly and changing out your filter each month can keep your AC running longer and more efficiently.

* Total Comfort: (763) 383-8383

* Ron Fierstad: Ron’s Heating & A/C, (612) 382- 4787

* Caulk cracks around doors & windows: for cracks wider than a nickel, apply new caulk to keep the warm air out of your house.  Make sure around doors you don’t see any daylight coming through, if you do, add weather stripping.

* Clean out gutters: make sure your gutters are clear of debris that settled during the winter months to insure on those rainy days your gutters can work properly to carry water 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation.

* Inspect your roof & deck for any repairs needed: if you discover any loose shingles, or changes in your roof & deck from the winter, be sure to call a professional to come out and provide an estimate on what needs to be done to prevent any damage to your home.

* Mike Caron: M&R Home Services, (612) 716-8954

* Pressure wash your home: keep your home looking good by removing dirt and stains that are on your home from the snow and blowing of winter.

* Wash windows: Cleaning your windows including the sills and tracks of the windows will keep your home looking good and removing all the settled dirt and dust from winter.

* Squeege Squad: squeegesquad.com

* Repair sidewalks & driveways: Fixing cracks in sidewalks and driveways before they get worst will help to increase the life of both.

* Call a chimney sweep: Calling a professional will insure your chimney caps are in place and the damper is working correctly.  For wood burning stoves you’ll want to close the damper during the summer months to save energy and to keep unpleasant odors out.

* Nick Arredondo: Nick’s Chimney Services, 612-481-9356

* Prepare lawn mower: make sure your blade is sharp and ready to cut your grass all summer long.  Having a sharp blade keeps your lawn healthier and looking best.

* Reset irrigation system: take a look at your irrigation system to see if any leaks have occurred over the winter and that your control panel is set properly to make sure you aren’t over or under watering.  If you see any changes from the fall, call in a professional to tune-up your system.

* Jim Geach: Jim’s Sprinkler System, (612) 747-7432

*  Call a handyman: if you have several jobs that need to get done, give one of our preferred Handyman’s a call!

* Greg Olson: (612) 281- 5499

* George Paterson: (612) 382- 8160

* Josh Dieterichs: (763) 244-5934

* Al Mogensen: 612-865-8747

Need a referral for something not listed above?  Contact us today and we will help you with getting a referral.

Following these tips will help to prepare your house for the warmer months and keep it in tip-top shape!

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Investment Properties

April 4, 2016

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There are so many great options out there for investments. One that is very popular, is investing in single-family homes, townhomes or condos. A lot of times the real estate market can be a great way for you to invest your money in hopes to get a great gain in the end.

If you have considered investing, why not invest in real estate? If you are able to purchase a home, for the right price of course, there may be a great opportunity for you to go through and fix up the home in order to resell. You could also purchase a home, fix it up if need be and then rent it out. There are so many great options for purchasing real estate and the Better Living Group is always here to help.

If you do purchase a single-family property, there are typically two different types that are great for investments. One would be a home that needs cosmetic work such as new appliances, paint, carpet, and maybe some fixtures throughout the home. This is a great way to spruce up a property and update it to today’s modern style in hopes to sell it for a good profit. This is typically the first type of investment property that investors purchase.

Secondly, purchasing a home that needs a full rehab is a different story. By full rehab I mean the whole home may need walls torn down to open up space, new doors, new appliances, maybe finishing a basement, putting on a deck and so much more. Of course, this type of home does need a lot more work and a lot more money put into it in order to make it ready for resale. However, if purchased for the right price, the equity may be of vast amount.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value, click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Investment Properties: Video by Georgie Reinke, Lead Buyer Specialist

March 30, 2016

Investment properties can be a profitable investment for some.  Is this something you are interested in learning more about?

Click here to watch as Georgie discusses many different ways to get into investing in properties.  Contact us today to learn more!

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value, click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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7600 Golden Valley Road #313 Golden Valley, MN

March 16, 2016

Click here for a tour of 7600 Golden Valley Road, #313.

Clean, well maintained unit overlooking the courtyard in the Calvary Center Co-Op. Easily accessible from Highway 55 and a short distance to shopping & everyday amenities. Laundry, craft room, library, party room, activity shuttles and so much more is offered at this 55+ community. A great place for carefree and independent living!

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in viewing this property please contact us today!

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Purchasing a New Construction Home with a Realtor, Video by: Chelsea Knutson & Georgie Reinke

March 8, 2016

Are you considering purchasing a new construction home? Wondering if you should have a Realtor work with you on your purchase? Our team is here to help you purchase your new home and to make sure your home is built the way you want it!

Click here to learn more.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value, click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Why Sign-Up on a Real Estate Site

March 4, 2016

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Does it make you nervous signing up on a real estate website? Well, don’t let it scare you away.  We are Realtors and we want to help you! As my video this week mentioned, there is always an option for you to sign up on the website. When going online searching for homes there are many different sites you can go to. Specific to our website, BLGHomesMN.com, there is an option for you to sign up. Of course, any information provided will be sent to our team specifically.

The information you get online may not be all that is available. If there is any further information about the property or specific details that we as the Listing Realtors know, it could be really great for us to be in contact so we can provide that to you.

If you are looking for more information about a property you are interested in when looking online, sign up on the website! By doing so, your information will be provided to local realtors in your area, or the area of the home you are interested in. When they get your information they may contact you. We are Realtors and we are here to help you. Whether you’re buying your first home or your lake home we want to be there to assist you in any way that we can, and giving you the property information is just the beginning. So, let us provide you with pertinent and valuable information that will assist you in making the most informed decision when looking at homes for you and your family.

To sign-up on our website today, please click here.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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Website Registration- Video by: Georgie Reinke, Lead Buyer Specialist

March 2, 2016

Wondering why we encourage sign-ups on our website?  Georgie explains in her video this week what signing up on our website means to you, the client, and why it can be helpful to you.

Click here to watch Georgie’s video.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value, click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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What is Earnest Money?

February 26, 2016

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After you’ve selected your new dream home and you begin writing an offer, you’re going to be asked to provide earnest money to go along with your offer. But what is that? The earnest money deposit is an important part of the home buying process. It tells the seller you’re a committed buyer, and it helps fund your down payment. On average, you can expect to hand over 1-2% of the total purchase price as earnest money. Without earnest money, you certainly could make an offer on a property but sellers rarely accept offers without a deposit of some sort.

Assuming that all goes well and your offer is accepted by the seller, the earnest money check will be cashed by the sellers’ brokerage and will be held safely in an escrow account until closing. Once everything is ready, the funds are released from escrow allowing your earnest money to go towards your down payment and closing costs.

If during your inspection period you find something, or perhaps multiple things, that you are not comfortable with and decided to no longer purchase the home, upon a signed cancellation notice, all your earnest money will be given back to you. To be on the safe side, make sure the purchase agreement covers how a refund would be handled.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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