Don’t get Discouraged in Today’s Real Estate Market

April 29, 2021


There are so many variables when purchasing a home which all depend on the state of the real estate market at the time.  When you are looking at today’s market people seem to enter “panic mode” and understandably so.

As I go around speaking to so many different people, their first question to me is “How is the real estate market? I hear it is super crazy and properties are selling for an insane amount above list price.” My response is typically as follows “The real estate market is definitely crazy right now, there’s low inventory so not many options for buyers. Interest rates are also exceptionally low so there are a lot of buyers. Truthfully, it is a great time to sell and a great time to buy, it is just a tough time to do both.” Ain’t that the truth!

Just as majority of others, I have clients I have been working with for a short while, and some for a long time. Both have written multiple offers on many properties and we are continuing their search. In no way is this due to a so-called “bad offer.” The offers we are writing are strong. It is due to the majority of homes selling in multiple offers and for quite the amount above list price. However, this is not for every property. With the lack of inventory there are many buyers looking for homes but there are no homes, so the competition is high.

I also speak to a lot of people who are discouraged by this market and just all-around nervous. I totally get that! However, the right home is out there for you and we will help you find it. Try to not feel discouraged if your offer is not accepted the first, second or even third time. Because that fourth time might just be the perfect home for you.

If you are looking to purchase a home, but are feeling panicked or scared about the current market, trust me we do understand. We are here to help guide and counsel you in the best decision for you moving forward. Yes, the market is crazy but also the interest rates are fantastic and is something to take full advantage of if you are able.

*Please remember, purchasing a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your life. Being comfortable with the offer you submit on a home is huge and a significant factor you should always keep in mind and consider. Don’t just “pay whatever”, really stop and think about it with us, your Realtors, let us help guide you. *

Georgie Christian


Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Temple Project- Before & After Reveal

April 16, 2021


The final reveal of Chelsea’s kitchen remodel is ready!  Click here to take a virtual tour of Chelsea’s finished kitchen.

Are you considering remodeling?  Let us know how we can help.  We have a list of referrals we can provide to you and we can help you make decisions on where to add value to your home.

Chelsea Knutson


Owner- Team Lead & Lead Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Twin Cities Real Estate Update~ March, 2021

April 13, 2021

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The real estate market in March continues to show the need for new listings.  Listings were down both from last year and the prior month while the average selling price is up both year over year and from the prior month.  We are continuing to meet with clients to prepare their homes for the market and we are working hard for our buyers to find them the perfect home.  We are ready to talk with you about buying and selling, contact us today!

Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty




2021 MN Monthly Best Real Estate Professionals

April 13, 2021

We are honored to have been voted by our clients and industry peers for this years selection of Best Real Estate Professionals in MN for both MN Monthly and Midwest Home!! Thank you for your continued support!!

Click below to read the article that was published in both magazines.


Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty




May 1st Shred Event

April 13, 2021

Join us on Saturday, May 1st at Beanhaven Cafe in Minnetonka to protect your identity and sensitive information with Eco Shred, enjoy a treat and coffee on us and meet our team along with Molly Peterson from Waterstone Mortgage. See you there!

For more information click the image below.

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What does it mean to be in a Seller’s Market?

April 1, 2021

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I am sure you have heard it over and over…Now is the time to really think seriously about making a move. But it truly is an optimal time to make your home available to Buyer’s who are looking for a home to purchase.

Currently we have historically low inventory which results in greater competition and increases bidding wars. It is essential to understand how to make a confident and competitive offer on your dream home.

Here are a few tips to success:

1. Listen to your Real Estate Advisor – putting trust in us as your Realtor is critical to help Buyer’s stay focused. The process can get emotional, a reminder to keep you from compromising on what you are looking for in a home.

2. Understand your finances – having a complete understanding of your budget and what you can afford is essential.

3. Be prepared to move quickly- we are seeing homes go extremely quickly here in the MSP area.

4. Make a fair offer – expertise of an Agent will help you make an informed offer based on the market value of the home.

5. Stay flexible with negotiations – strengthening your offer with move-in dates, price point and contingencies. Oftentimes in this market, offers are forgoing inspection contingencies and appraisal clauses.

Our local market is a big win for Seller’s, but these conditions will not last forever!

Our BLG team is here to advise our Buyers. This competitive market makes it more important than ever to work with a trusted professional.

Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty