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Summer is officially here!

June bugs buzzing, warm summer nights and color paints the evening skies.

If you are staying in-town over July Fourth holiday,

check out this list of Minneapolis' Metro Area Best Fireworks displays,

City of Minneapolis - Guide to Fireworks

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We've all said it, "There's no place like home"...'Home is where you hang your hat"...and so forth. Whether you have just downsized, upscaled or are a college student moving into your first apartment or dorm room, it's time to make it your space!

After successfully closing on your new home (perhaps selling your previous one in the process) you may feel completely spent--literally! Nonetheless, it is important that you make your new place homey...after all, you've certainly earned it. To leave unpacked boxes or delay decorating it is like baking a cake from scratch but not frosting it.

Note this article entitled, 60 Free Home DIYs to Try

Welcome Home and Have Fun!

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An ounce of prevention

is worth a pound of cure."

Although we cannot 'prevent' an electrical storm, we CAN prevent the fallout of one from hampering our ability to function.

As Mother Nature's hot and cold air clash above, storms can pop up seemingly without warning. Whether you are on a road trip or simply hanging out around the house, know that you've made the necessary preparations should an electrical storm interrupt your day!

Having a Storm Safety Kit is essential in the event of a power outage.

  • Food and drinking water
  • Pillows, blankets and clothing
  • Basic first aid supplies, prescriptions and toiletries
  • Flashlights, batteries, and battery-operated clock, radio and phone
  • Cash and credit card information
  • Baby and
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We live in a digital age, there's no denying it. A few years back we had flip phones, but today it's smart phones in our pockets, mini computers really. They provide us with access to global information, directions around the world and immediate connections across earth, all with a few swipes of the finger.

Currently, one of the hottest trends is smart home technology, a direct correlation with the "Internet Of Things". Today, not only can we talk and text on our smart phones, but we can control aspects of our home, such as the temperature, lighting, locking/unlocking doors remotely and smart appliances in our kitchen and laundry rooms. While there's incredible technology already available, there's so much to come!

Take a peek at upcoming trends

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Our beloved pets become our friends and family, impacting nearly every aspect of our lives and the function of our households.

When putting the house we live in up For Sale on the market, there are additional considerations that warrant attention. Some potential buyers have phobias, allergies and preferences that vary one from the next. There are ways to accommodate both the showing activity as well as respecting that not all consumers share your appreciation for the feathered and furry.

The first impression is the selling moment for many buyers. When the front door swings open, is it immediately evident that there's a dog or cat in the household?

Here are some tips for minimizing and eliminating negative odors from impacting the potential

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Now that your property is on the market, do you find yourself in a constant state of heightened stress while waiting for your property to sell? How ought you approach this phase of the selling process? Think of it like taking a flight to an anticipated destination.

Getting On Board

Hate flying? Perhaps its the hours leading up to the flight that you find most disconcerting. For others it's all about the wait. Any one of the above can be stressful and anxiety inducing. Selling a house needn't throw your life into a tailspin. Take a deep breath and shake off the nerves.

Take-Off

Buckle up! The flurry of activity when preparing a property appropriately is exciting and very busy. Finally pushing the live button initiates the process that is

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What makes the difference between a lower level and a basement, makes the difference in your price point when selling your property. So, what is the difference? 

Short answer: Finish.

When selling your property, a key factor in determining its pricepoint is determined upon its total finished square footage. A clean basement with painted floor and cinderblock walls and with electricity, but no ceiling, is not a finished space and therefore cannot be included in the square footage. The components that actually define finished include ALL of the following,

Floor Covering with Finished Walls and Ceilings (simply painting the surfaces doesn't count!), Heat and Electricity.

If you want to get more value out of the sale of your property, consider

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Thank You to All Moms, for everything that you do!

  • If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?
  • Don't talk with your mouth full.
  • I don't know...can you?
  • Because I said so, that's why!
  • Don't make me come in there!
  • I will stop this car and turn right around!
  • Your face is going to freeze like that
  • I don't care who started it.
  • Your legs aren't broken.
  • Don't worry sweetie, everything will be alright
  • He/she doesn't deserve you--it's their loss!
  • I'm so proud of you!
  • I love you more!
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Spring Market in real estate doesn't commence with tulips and daffodils, rather it begins strongly mid-winter following the post-holiday lull.

Are you wanting to sell your property this year? 

Review this installment, part of a series of Real Estate Guide articles by Money.com, to see whether there are yet steps that you need to take in order to attain your real estate goals this year.

Money.com article If You Want to Sell Your House This Year, Start Doing These Things Now

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