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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How A Realtor Can Help You As A Buyer

February 6, 2016

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If you are currently searching the market for a new home, you may be curious as to how a real estate agent or team can help you. You are about to be making an important decision for your future, a great investment of both money and time.

Here are some ways that you can benefit from the help of a real estate professional.

* Realtors can help establish the home that fits your needs. Style, size, floor plans, areas, and other preferences will help determine what kind of home is best suited for you.
* By sending you in the right direction we can help arrange to have you “pre-approved”, which can help improve your positioning in negotiations.
* Although we are not loan officers, we will help you to determine realistic spending. We truly try our best to explain how much home you can get for your buck.
* We have access to all current home listings within the multi-listing system which enables us to evaluate the market based on your affordability and the things you want.
* We have access to information on taxes, real estate values, utility costs, and municipal services, all of which can aid you in your decision to buy.
* We provide direct service by working for you as a buyer’s agent, helping to negotiate the best terms and price for you.
* We can make you comfortable with the closing process and make sure you have clear closing figures in advance for your review.
* Our team helps you the entire way through your transaction and can recommend home inspectors, contractors, loan officers, and trustworthy title companies.

These are many ways that real estate agents or teams can help you in your journey towards buying your next dream home!

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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Working for our Clients

January 29, 2016

Click here to watch today’s video to see how The Better Living Group works for our clients to get our buyers exactly what they want.

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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Renting vs. Buying- by: Georgie Reinke, Lead Buyer Specialist

January 13, 2016

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There are so many differences between renting and buying. Depending on where you are at in your life, one may be more ideal for you than the other.

When you are renting a house, you are paying somebody else’s mortgage for them, sounds crazy right? Well it is true! The money you are paying for rent is going towards the homeowner, it is not going towards something that is yours. Yes, renting is a great option for people who may not be able to purchase a home quite yet, but if you can purchase a home and gain equity, what is stopping you.

Buying a home has a vast amount of benefits. When you purchase a home, it is yours, no one else’s. You are paying for something, that in the long run, will hopefully bring you equity. Buying a home is an investment. An investment that may bring you more options for everything you are looking to do in your life. Owning your first home is just the beginning to a great journey. So I ask you, what is stopping you from your dream of home ownership?

Our team is here to assist in your buying power and would love to do so! We are real estate professionals in the twin cities and greater metro areas. We have great lender referrals and really, referrals for anything you need! We are always here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your dream of home ownership is right around the corner, and we are here to help you get there!

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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Renting vs. Buying- Video by: Georgie Reinke, Lead Buyer Specialist

January 6, 2016

As we enter into a new year are you thinking of moving and considering if you should buy or rent? Georgie shares what you need to consider while deciding which option is right for you.

Click here to watch Georgie’s video.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Inspection vs. Appraisal- by Olivia Brion, Showing/Listing Assistant

November 25, 2015

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Whether you’re thinking of buying a home, renovating your home, or selling your home it’s natural to want the very best home for the very best price. If you’re selling your home, having a minimal to non-existent list of items that need to be fixed or replaced combined with a great appraisal is the best possible outcome. If you’re currently looking to purchase, finding that perfect home and then going thru a fairly easy inspection provides comfort like no other. Either way, Inspections and Appraisal are a huge piece of your real estate transaction. But what’s the difference?

A home inspection is a choice that is offered to you once you write an offer on your new home. Inspections are not mandatory or required by any lender or seller. Many also believe that the cost of an inspection is something that is part of your closing costs, should you have any. This is not true. Inspections are an out of pocket expense and are typically priced based on the square footage of the home. The entire process can take 3-4 hours. Your inspector will look closely at the foundation, all the appliances, any and all major systems, and they observe the overall condition of the home. Their job is to give you their opinion and call out any deficiencies they may find. It is then up to you to decide if you’d like to continue with your buying process or continue to search for your next new adventure.

Like inspections, and appraisal is also an out of pock expense based again on the square footage of the home. Appraisals are ordered by your lender and typically take anywhere from 7-10 business days to complete. The appraiser will come to the property, observe the land it sits on, observe the materials used to build the home, the current condition of the home, and pull all known records on the home. Once back to their office, they will then compare the price and condition of the home to all other recently sold, pending, or available homes on the market today to determine if the property is fairly priced in the current market.

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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The Buying Process

October 29, 2015

When choosing to buy a home, whether it be your first home or your retirement home, you’ve made a huge life decision! Starting this process can sometimes be overwhelming but here are some helpful steps to guide you through this process successfully.

The first step in your journey is to find a loan officer that you are comfortable working with. They will dig into your financial status and assess how much you can afford towards your new home. Once you have their per-approval letter, you are on your journey to find the perfect realtor that fits your needs.

After signing all the necessary documents, you may begin looking at as many homes as your desire until you find your new dream. After writing an offer and negotiating terms, your halfway through your home buying process! You will now get the opportunity to have a home inspection and you may renegotiate your terms or rescind your offer if you feel it’s necessary. After the home inspection allowance is over, the process is considered pending and all property title work, funding from your lender, and your lender will also require an appraisal be done on the property to ensure the price is fair market value. After all paperwork and approval is complete, you may now attend your closing where you will sign all the proper documents to become the new homeowner.

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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The Buying Process- Video by Olivia Hernandez, Showing/Listing Assistant

October 27, 2015

Ready to buy your first home, your next home, or your dream home?  Olivia talks about what to expect during the buying process in this week’s video.  Coming Wednesday will be Olivia’s blog sharing with you more information about each of the steps in the buying process.

Click here to watch Olivia’s video about the buying process.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

 

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Home Inspections: Why should I pay for one?

October 14, 2015

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When purchasing a home it is an option for you to get a home inspection. There is a cost, and many people ask why they should even have one completed if it is going to cost them extra money. There are an abundance of reasons but we will start with the most important.

Yes, a home inspection is a cost that is paid separately by you, the individual purchasing the home. This cost can range anywhere from $295-$450 depending on the size of the home as well as the style. This is going to provide you with an expert who inspects homes for a living and will dig deeper then the eye can see. It will also answer questions about your home you would have never thought to ask.

A question we get a lot is “What are they going to look at?”. Well, your inspector is going to spend quite a large amount of time in the home looking at, well, everything. They will be checking the condition of your foundation, looking for any way intrusion that may have occurred or may be occurring. They will also look at your water heater, furnace, and also in your attack. They do not just check the interior of the home, they also do a detailed check of the outside. On the outside they will check your grading to ensure there is not water entering around your foundation walls. They will climb on your roof to ensure it is in a condition that will last you for hopefully many years. Amongst these items, there is also so much more!

Lastly, you are going to get a third party opinion. Yes, you, your family and your Realtor will all be viewing the home prior to the inspection and will see many things. Having an inspector come through is another opinion on the over all condition of the home from a professional in that field. Going in to your new home feeling comfortable and knowledgeable is huge! You will have a sense of comfort and relief knowing what it is you need to do to make the home what you want it/need it to 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

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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