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In its July issue, Midwest Home Magazine featured author and longtime gardener Lynn Steiner on working with native plants. “Once I discovered how wonderful and beneficial they are,” she says, “I’ve focused on helping people incorporate more natives into traditional landscapes.”

Thriving entry garden at 3955 Walden Shores.

3955 Walden Shores exhibits a perfect example of a thriving entry garden. Native and non-native trees, shrubs, and perennials work together to create an exceptionally scenic environment that encourages diverse insects and pollinators. Part of this landscape’s charm are the picturesque destinations: a winding walkway opens upon a lush arcade that connects to a hidden patio. These features surround guests in nature. At each knee wall, it is tangible and within reach. On each

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Edina Real Estate Market Insight

Barry Berg and business partner Chad Larsen, licensed realtors with Coldwell Banker Burnet Minneapolis Lakes Office
Quality real estate data has never been more reliable. Fact is, many Realtors don't know how to find or use it. Myself, and the Berg Larsen Group team, analyze market data carefully to help our buyers and sellers. Below are a series of charts that we reference regularly to keep the pulse of the Twin Cities market. If you have questions, let's talk!

The Spring Selling Season: Edina Pending Home Sales

Signs of an early and active Spring real estate market.

Pending Sales in the Twin Cities metro real estate market are rising quickly, as they tend to do in Spring. The bulk of the early uptick in Pending Sales have been in ranges that are showing improvement over past years, namely those homes in values over

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Welcome to the intersection of industrial and contemporary design. The interplay between the stark, metallic stainless steel countertops and other natural, muted materials forms a special connection between the two styles. Truly modern in its application, stainless steel countertops provide the perfect worktop for the gourmet chef in all of us.

Ready-made for entertaining and everyday living, the spacious kitchen at 4400 Golden Valley Road has both limestone and stainless steel countertops accompanied by professional grade Viking appliances. The unique pairing of the warm wood flooring, natural limestone, and stunning stainless steel softens the industrial feel into a comfortably modern kitchen. Intentional lighting accents intensify these exceptional

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Two of my recent listings share the common feature of wood paneling, illustrating its traditional and contemporary design. An excellent accent with the power to expand small spaces, effect intimacy and comfort in large spaces- wood paneling is a dynamic asset to interior design.

Traditionally, wood paneling is associated with classic New England cottages. At 660 Brockton Lane, warm wood touches are included throughout the home and are concentrated in the generously sized family room with a stunning exposed wood beam ceiling. The combination of the vaulted ceiling and broad shiplap paneling draws the eye upward, emphasizing the ceiling height and seemingly increasing the size of the room. This waterfront rambler is complete with the character of a lake

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As the days grow longer and the sun lingers well into the evening hours, what better place to be than in the warm embrace of a familiar setting on a summer night? With the perfect outdoor lighting, your summer evening can begin even as the sun sets.

Dwell published “9 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Lighting,” which inspired a closer look at one of my current listings and its potential for outdoor lighting schemes.Multiple levels include the balcony, back porch, and pool deck.

4400 Golden Valley Road reveals a dramatic interior ready-made for entertaining and everyday living. Its exterior, complete with an in-ground pool, can transform that daytime luncheon into an evening soiree. The multiple levels, from the balcony to the back porch and pool deck, can serve several different purposes, and create several

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It's the Dog Days of Summer! To celebrate our fuzzy friends, this June and July we will donate $100 to the Animal Humane Society with every new listing we put on the Twin Cities market. Licensed Realtor, real estate attorney and team member, Paul Kaminski, sits on the board and volunteers at the Animal Humane Society to support and help animals of all breeds and ages. We're proud of the hard work Paul accomplishes in the office, but it's his contributions during his free time that show his passion and heart.

Licensed Realtor and Real Estate Attorney, Paul Kaminski

Summer is the busiest time of year for the Animal Humane Society, with a steady influx of baby animals. Caring for these adorable animals can be demanding and their resources get strained.

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The Spring Selling Season: New Listings by Month

The Twin Cities Spring real estate market is a bit of a chicken and egg question.  Do the buyers come out first, then the sellers respond by putting their homes on the market? Or, do the sellers put their homes on the market drawing out buyers?  What we've seen as a general trend in the Twin Cities, is; over the years, there has been a reliable pattern that sellers begin to put homes on the market in February, after the Super Bowl. From there, the numbers of new listings per month continues to rise.  It will be interesting to see how the 2017 market plays out.

Looking at the chart below, the market saw a peak of new listings in April of 2016 with the highest level of new inventory posted during that

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Downtown Minneapolis Real Estate Market Insight

Barry Berg and Chad Larsen are licensed realtors with Coldwell Banker Burnet Minneapolis Lakes Office
 Quality real estate data has never been more reliable. Fact is, many Realtors don't know how to find or use it. The Berg Larsen Group analyze market data carefully to help our buyers and sellers. Below are a series of charts that we reference regularly to keep the pulse of the Twin Cities market. If you have questions, let's talk!

The Spring Selling Season: Downtown Minneapolis Pending Sales

Signs of an early and active Spring real estate market.

May, 2017 - Pending Sales in the Twin Cities metro real estate market are rising quickly, as they did this time last year. The bulk of the early uptick in Pending Sales have been in ranges that are showing improvement over past years, namely those

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Twin Cities Real Estate Market Insight

Barry Berg and Chad Larsen, and the Berg Larsen Group, with Coldwell Banker Burnet Real Estate, offer Real Estate Market Insight

The Spring Selling Season: Twin Cities Pending Home Sales

Signs of an early and active Spring real estate market.

Pending Sales in the Twin Cities metro real estate market are rising quickly, as they did this time last year. The bulk of the early uptick in Pending Sales have been in ranges that are showing improvement over past years, namely those homes in values over $500,000. Over the entire region, we are seeing the pace of Pended Sales in the $250-499K range (red) outpace those homes priced under $250,000 (blue).  This is a bit of a watershed moment. This shift is driven by the downward trend in the levels of inventory in this entry segment of the market. Note on the Homes for Sale chart that in

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Giving Back to Our Parks

A we celebrate the coming of green grass, the blooming of flowers and the warming of our lakes, we will be donating $100 for every new listing we put on the market to the local non-profit People for Parks. We’ve asked each Berg Larsen Group agent how they use the local park systems and what they enjoy most about them. Below, business leader and professional Realtor Barry Berg shares how he uses the park system.

How were you first introduced to the Minneapolis Parks? 
Barry: "When I first moved to Minneapolis fresh out of grad school in ’75, I lived in a carriage house in Kenwood, where I was drawn as a runner to the joy and beauty of Lake of the Isles and adjoining Lake Calhoun."

What is your favorite

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