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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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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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Spring Charity

During April and May, as 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, professional Realtor Jon Ness shares how he uses the park system.

What is your favorite memory in a Minneapolis Park?

Jon: “Listening to the orchestra at the Lake Harriet band shell on a hot summer night. There’s nothing better than packing a picnic, eating ice cream and sitting outside while admiring Lake Harriet behind the orchestra. It’s beautiful to the ears,

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Spring Charity

During April and May, as 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, professional Realtor Kate Wall shares how she and her family, who live in the Kenwood neighborhood, use the park system.

What do you like most about living near the chain of lakes?

Kate Wall: “We chose to live near Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake so that we could enjoy the lakes year-round! I walk with Jack, our 11 year old Brittany, almost every day, regardless of

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Spring Charity

During April and May, as 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 it. Here’s a look at how business partner and professional Realtor Chad Larsen enjoys our park system.

What are some of your favorite features of the park system?
Chad: “I drive the Minneapolis parkways, part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System, daily on my way to my office, to appointments, and on the way home. They are special to me, as it allows me to take in the beautiful

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Spring Charity

During April and May, as 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, Rebecca Peterson shares how she and her family, including three incredible children under 7 years old, use the park system.

How do you and your family use the parks?

Rebecca: “We love to go for a trolley ride in between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The kids think it’s fun and it’s a neat way to learn a little about the history of streetcars. Afterward we like to

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Giving Back to Our Parks

The beauty of Minnesota is its seasons, we have them all. Summers heat seems to be finer due to our cold, and sometimes harsh winters. The splendor of Fall is leaves changing to brilliant colors that stop us in our tracks and inspire us to go on long walks bundled in cozy sweaters. In Spring, when the chill of winter slowly departs and we venture out from our hibernation to take our activities outside as often as possible to our parks, playgrounds, lakes and trails.

This Spring, throughout April and May, as we celebrate the coming of green grass, the blooming of flowers and the warming of our lakes, we’re donating $100 for every new listing we put on the market to the local non-profit People for Parks.

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Do you do your own house painting? 

I always have; I find it therapeutic and rewarding.  It is the easiest and least expensive thing you can do to change a room.  We purchased our home in September of last year and have slowly been painting our way through the house.  We finally made it to the loft, which is just a spiral staircase climb above the master bedroom this week. 

A surface I think is often overlooked is the ceiling.  Choosing a color, other than the standard white for the ceiling can help make the space feel warmer, pulled together and well designed.  Many of the walls in our home have been painted white, so we wanted to bring in some color to ensure it didn’t feel too cold.   The master bedroom has pine ceilings, so we wanted to select a

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