Selling & Buying Strategies

March 16, 2022

The 2022 Real Estate Market has brought challenges to both Buyers and Sellers. It can be even more daunting when you need to sell your current home in order to buy your new home. Click here to check out Chelsea’s video on three effective strategies you can use when preparing to sell AND buy in this competitive market.


Chelsea Knutson, Realtor

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty




Buyer’s Top Home Features

February 1, 2022

Wondering what the top features today’s buyers are looking for when searching for a new home? Click here to watch Chelsea’s most recent vlog where she shares the top 3 features buyer’s say they are looking for. What do you want in your next home? Reach out to see how we can help you! #BLGHomesMN #MNRealtor #BuyingAHome

Chelsea Knutson, Realtor

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty




5237 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

September 8, 2021


Welcome to this beautifully updated & renovated 1.5 story home in the Fulton Neighborhood of Minneapolis. This home boasts an immense amount of charm and character throughout the interior and exterior. Walking in you are welcomed by refinished hardwood floors throughout, fresh warm paint tones and sun-filled, open spaces. Intricately detailed stonework around the gas fireplace for you to cozy up to in the fall and winter months in the large living room. The expansive kitchen and formal dining areas are great for entertaining and preparing all of your holiday meals.

Downstairs includes heated floors in the family room, a workout/play area, an office space and a built-in bar – plenty of space for entertaining year-round. In addition, there is plenty of storage in the large utility room and the multitude of closets throughout the home.

The upstairs has a wonderful Master Suite with a separate office space and is great spot for soaking up the sun through the many windows and solar tube lighting as you work from home, all while utilizing the reliable and amazingly fast US Fiber Optic Internet. If you prefer to work where the air flows and you can hear the birds chirping, sit out in the beautifully updated 3-season porch that includes new knotty pine ceiling, tile floors and spectacular views of your professionally landscaped backyard oasis. The landscaping is filled with native perennials that create the perfect backdrop to the flagstone patio & walkway.

Just a short walk or bike ride to get you to all of the shops & dining of 50th & France, the outdoor recreation activities at Lake Harriett and all of the parks in SW Minneapolis. This home offers an abundant amount of options for all seasons.

If you are considering a move to SW Minneapolis, this is the home for you! Do not miss this opportunity to have your very own private oasis and move-in ready home located nearby all of the amenities of the Edina/Minneapolis areas!

Our team is here to assist in answering any questions about this property and to schedule a private viewing. Contact us today!!

For more information and photos on this listing click here. 

Chelsea Knutson & Georgie Christian






Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

3 Main Concerns of Buyers in Today’s Market

June 23, 2021


Concern #1

How quickly can I make an offer?

This depends on whether or not you have an active and updated preapproval letter. In order to submit an offer – which can be done ASAP, you must have an updated preapproval letter from your Lender/Mortgage Company. If you do not have this in hand, we must get you set up with a lender of your choosing to review finances and go over what you are looking at for price point, down payment, monthly payment, estimates of all and more. Offers can be submitted as soon as you are ready, personally and financially.

Concern #2

How do I make the best offer not knowing what the other offers are?

In a multiple offer situation, sellers cannot disclose terms of the other offers in hand. Writing an offer on a home in multiples is all about making your strongest offer to reflect the following:

* Best price to offer based on the current market in the area and to reflect your comfort level (you are the one paying for this property, your comfort level is IMPORTANT)

* Are you asking for an inspection? If so, is it contingent upon that or non-contingent?

* Consider closing costs (who is paying those, you or the seller?)

* Make sure to request a preferred closing date for the seller.

Concern #3

Do I have enough time to find a home?

YES! Make sure you have a discussion with us regarding your time frame a few months PRIOR to beginning your home search. The importance of timing is huge, especially if you are renting. I would suggest getting your toes in the water 5 months prior to your preferred move in date. This gives us the time to review/set up your home search, prepare homes for you to view and get that lending process locked down.

Don’t get discouraged if your first offer is not accepted on a home, the right home is out there and having these pertinent conversations is something we pride ourselves on as Realtors on the Better Living Group.

Got questions, call us! We would love to get a plan in place for you!

Georgie Christian


Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty



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

Year Round Cabin on Mille Lacs Lake

December 3, 2020


No matter the weather outside, purchasing a vacation property will bring you immediate joy!  42015 Vista Road located in Isle, MN is a charming year round cabin located on Mille Lacs Lake. This is the perfect location for families in the Minneapolis area. In less than 2 hours, this location makes weekend trips an easy getaway.  This property has 54 feet of lake frontage and is fully furnished, including the dock. The converted garage is a separated bunk room paradise for the kids.

Future trips to the family cabin are what memories are made of for children and adults alike. A shelter for yourself, somewhere quiet, and a place to offer warm hospitality to friends.  Owning a cabin is good for your body, mind, and soul. Spending time outdoors, encourages you to disconnect from mobile devices. Even at the times when you are eating smores and drinking wine, you’re engaging in face-to-face social interactions, which have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being.

This can also be an investment; you can create a second income for short term gains. List on Airbnb as an accommodation.

These are just a few considerations and possibilities of years of enjoyment you’ll get from owning this Mille Lacs private getaway. You can’t put a price tag on memories!

For more information on this property click here now.

Contact us today to schedule your private showing!!


Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

First Time Home Buyers

November 20, 2019


First time home buyers are on the rise and our team is here to educate you on the process!

A majority of non-homeowners are eager to own a home. The question is, what is holding them back? Do they have realistic expectations?  Millennials tend to have higher expectations than older homeowners did about their ideal starter home.

According to Clovered.com, Here are some of the top factors first-time buyers tend to place the most weight on when considering where to buy their starter home:

* Area Affordability
* Crime Rates
* Proximity to Workplace
* Neighbors, Friends and Family
* Geography of the Area
* Move-in Ready
* Tax Rates

The housing market is changing, and what people are looking for in a starter home is changing right along with it. While previous generations might have looked for smaller, less expensive properties to start their journey as homeowners, millennials are looking to transition from renters to buyers and have a slightly different plan in mind.


Pulling the trigger on your first home can be a nerve-wracking experience. Considering it’s the biggest purchase most people will make in their lifetimes, it’s OK to be a little worried about the home-buying process. Reach out to me and we can sit down and put a plan in place for you!


Darcy Warcken

Buyer and Listing Specialist

The Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

darcy@avenuerealtymn.com or 952-500-3166

Sunshine on the Corner of 15th and Sycamore

September 16, 2015


Nearby the Luce Line Trail, sits this stunning half acre property and two story home with incredible potential. A private setting, filled with hydrangeas and the most beautiful chestnut tree that greets you as you walk up the drive. The sun sparkles through and peaks into the many window panes, giving off a warm glow.

Three bedrooms and a large craft or playroom on the upper level, easily converted into a 4th bedroom or combined with another bedroom for a fabulous Master Suite. An expansive main level with a huge family room addition and screened-in porch. More potential for added finish-able square feet in the lower level with an already completed and updated 3/4 bath.





Tucked away and yet easily accessible to Hwy 55 and Downtown Minneapolis, the location is ideal. This is a fantastic opportunity to move into, remodel or even build new in the Wayzata School District. There are so many options with this rare find, a place to let your imagination run free.

Yes, it is time to open the door, opportunity is knocking on 15th and Sycamore.

Contact the Better Living Group for more information about this property and/or the area of Plymouth. Experience real estate the way it should be.

Chelsea K – Team Lead and Listing Specialist, Better Living Group, Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

cknutson@kw.com, 763-496-2903


The Beauty of Bryant

July 16, 2015

This two-story home is an absolutely stunning renovation located in the coveted Lynnhurst neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The modern-day design is filled with light and luxury while capturing the beauty of the time-honored craftsmanship throughout.

Take note of the custom, Gourmet Kitchen with New cabinetry, countertops and appliances, including a built-in beverage cooler. The newly designed Master Suite with his & hers closets and a private 3/4 bath with double vanity and custom tile work. Throughout the home you will see the beauty of the hardwood floors, restored solid wood doors and built-in storage with glass knobs. In the lower level you will find endless opportunity with more finishable living space and unbeatable storage.




Not only will you will fall in love with the beauty of this home, you will also fall in love with all the neighborhood has to offer. Shop and enjoy the local retailers and restaurants nearby or walk to Lake Harriet and listen to the music play at the bandshell.

This home truly shines from end to end. A timeless design, a classic in its own right, the beauty of Bryant starts from the inside-out.

Contact The Better Living Group to schedule a showing today!

Chelsea Knutson 763-496-2903, cknutson@kw.com


JUST LISTED: There’s Something about Sheridan…

June 3, 2015

This is a property that will certainly tug at your heart strings – it is quiet, peaceful and the privacy is second to none. I had the pleasure of seeing this property before its transformation and let me tell you, what a stunning transformation it is. This homeowner did all the right things and worked hard to make it what it is today.

The home itself is upgraded from top to bottom. All new baths and a custom kitchen that meets and exceeds a cook’s expectations.  New Bamboo flooring with a dark finish that brings richness and warmth to the main level. New lighting, widened doorways, Master Suite with Carrera Marble custom tile work and walk-out to a private screened-in porch – let’s not forget the full audio throughout the interior, and so much more.

The exterior of the home has the best of both worlds. Between the many trees that surround and protect the home, the boulder and perennial landscaping, the new deck and flagstone pathway to the scenic front views with wetlands and wildlife as your neighbor. The privacy is truly unimaginable and the natural light coming through is absolutely breathtaking.

Take a walk just two and a half blocks to the neighborhood playground, tennis and basketball courts – or a short bike ride to enjoy the attractions of downtown Wayzata.






Yes, there is something special about Sheridan Hills Road, something that words can’t describe, this is a home that must be seen.  To view the complete listing please click here.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about this property and/or the immediate area, please contact us today.

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