Homeowner Hiccups: Leaky Water Pipes

February 24, 2021

What to Do When You Have Leaky Pipes

It was a Friday. I was working from home, as many of us are these days, and I see a text from my husband telling me I need to come downstairs. He says he hears what he believes to be a “dripping” sound. Dripping sound?!? As much as I wanted to believe it was his imagination, there it was, the little bubble in the ceiling that told me everything we needed to know. I pushed ever so slightly on that bubble and as suspected, we have a water leak!!

We looked at each other and knew this was going to be another one of those “homeowner” days. We began with grabbing a bucket and towels. Then started to carefully cut away the sheetrock around where the bubble was located. When we could see all of the existing plumbing, it was time to find where the leak was coming from. After separately running each of the faucets and fixtures in the bathrooms above, we found the culprit. It was an older water pipe that was telling us it was retiring, today, no longer to be of service. Next crucial steps, shut off the water valve to that location and call a plumber.

Thankfully, the leak was coming from only one source and shutting off the water to it was manageable. We also heard and saw the leak before any major damage could occur. With that, water leaks can become a much worse and damaging problem. To try and help homeowners offset the severity of damage that water intrusion has the potential for, here are my top two tips.

First, listen to how your home works. Every home has its own sounds, its own unique way of telling you when it needs something. Whether you notice the sound of dripping water or that your toilet is running longer than it used to, do something about it right then and there. If you aren’t sure, call a trusted professional and ask for their opinion.

Second, know how to turn on and shut off the water supplies in your home. There are lots of sources to gain this information, from general how-to video tutorials to speaking with a licensed and trusted plumber. Knowing this will not only help when a water issue arises, but is also a good way to prevent issues, especially when you plan to leave your home for extended periods of time.

All in all, water issues are a common part of homeownership and don’t always turn out to be catastrophic. Other than replacing some plumbing and minor sheetrock repair, I am grateful we were able to keep this episode of homeowner hiccups to a minimum.

Chelsea Knutson

Realtor, Team Lead, Lead Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

January 2021 ~ Real Estate Market Update

February 5, 2021

Hard to believe we are one month into 2021.  Across the Twin Cities Real Estate Market the number of homes on the market was down, however the average selling price was up.  We continue to see the need for new homes on the market as buyers are preapproved and ready to buy.  We are working with lots of clients right no to get their homes ready to sell and others that we are looking for just the right home for them.  If you are ready to sell or looking to buy, be sure to give us a call we’d love to talk.  Below are results of cities across the Twin Cities area.









Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty




Real Estate Across the Globe

February 2, 2021

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Have you ever wondered what the Real Estate market is like in other parts of the world? Our team always has different geographical areas on the radar. If you are curious about a specific location, reach out and we’d be happy to provide up to date, accurate information.

Darcy was on a recent visit to Arizona and thought it would be fun to give some stats and predictions. The housing market is looking extremely strong for the Phoenix area in 2021. Realtor.com’s 2021 Housing Forecast predicts the Valley home sales to increase 11.4% from 2020, making it one of the hottest housing markets in the nation.

A few predictions set for the new year include Mortgage rates staying grounded, Inventory will stay sparse and lastly Investing in rental properties will be on the rise.

Phoenix is growing in short term rentals such as Airbnb, it is a landlord friendly state, it has a massive snow-bird market, with some retiring permanently and additionally low taxes in Arizona.  Maybe all of this has to do with the beautiful weather?!

If we can be of help to you in looking at Real Estate around the country, reach out. We’d be happy to connect you with a local expert.

Darcy Warcken

Realtor ~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty