If you’re planning on buying or selling a home this summer, it can feel like you’re jumping from the frying pan into the fire and back.

“Summer is a notoriously busy time of the year,” says Barry Berg. “People are juggling family vacations, summer camps, soccer practice for the kids, and a full calendar of work commitments. Throw in all the different moving parts of buying or selling a home, and it’s no wonder you’re feeling the heat!”

That’s when the cooler heads and real estate expertise of the Berg Larsen Group can make all the difference.

“We truly enjoy envisioning the possibilities with our clients,” says Chad Larsen. “It’s exciting to help you figure out what you’re looking for, where you’re heading, and what your future could be.”

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It’s hard to believe that June is approaching, and we’re nearly halfway through 2024. 

Like the past few years, the spring real estate market continues to bloom through May, with excellent properties popping up across the metro. That means there’s still time and opportunity for those considering buying a home this year. 

Chad Larsen and Barry Berg offer perspective for buyers this season.

Finding the Property That’s Right for You

It’s no secret that finding your next home is a significant decision. There are many considerations, such as your lifestyle, ideal location, and when you’d like to move in. 

“As a Realtor, our job is to help you identify what matters - your true wants and needs,” explains Chad. “Once we have that level of…

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In the real estate industry, we’ve seen a steady shift in demographic trends over the past several years. As reported by the National Association of REALTORS, millennials (ages 25-43) are now the primary home buyers, representing a total of 38%. 

If you’re selling your home, that means your buyer is likely younger than you are and has different interests. Barry Berg and Chad Larsen share some key insights about millennial homebuyers.

Time is Precious - Millennials Prefer Fewer Home-improvement Projects

Time is a precious commodity for this demographic.

People are incredibly selective about how they spend their limited free-time. For many buyers, this means house projects fall to the bottom of their to-do list. 

“Buyers often have a…

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The Twin Cities and greater metropolitan area is known for offering a variety of truly excellent neighborhoods - from luxurious lakeside living to charming suburban residences. For decades, the Berg Larsen Group has successfully paired people with the homes that are right for them in the communities that we know best. 

While our clients are primarily concentrated around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Downtown Minneapolis, and Edina, we’ve helped people buy and sell their homes in more than 100 zip codes from the western suburbs to the east metro and beyond. By focusing on some distinct geographies, we’ve developed a deep knowledge and understanding of their key characteristics and offerings. Whether you’re looking for a specific architecture,…

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As the market welcomes new listings and prospective buyers want to find the perfect home, Barry Berg and Chad Larsen are here to offer their expert insights for navigating showings with ease. The season is both thrilling and bustling for everyone involved. Rest assured, our guidance is designed to keep you prepared and poised during this dynamic spring period. By dedicating time to preparation, we think you'll be pleased with the results.

It’s the Little Things

Before putting your house on the market, the Berg Larsen Group recommends hiring professionals for the first round of deep cleaning. Hiring a team to do the initial sweep makes upkeep between showings easier. When prospective buyers walk through your home, we want to give them a clean slate…

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With the hustle and bustle of the spring real estate market, it’s the season of showings and open houses. While both provide key opportunities - for buyers to explore properties and for sellers to get their homes in front of prospective buyers - there are notable differences and strategies to consider. 

Chad Larsen and Barry Berg share their perspective on several important questions. 

What’s an open house versus a showing?

When people hear the phrase “open house,” they tend to think of one definition: an event where the general public can tour your home. While that is one type of open house, the Berg Larsen Group notes that there are also open houses exclusive to Realtors. These Realtor-only events allow agents to get acquainted with the…

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When the time comes to sell a family home, the journey is filled with memories and emotions. For Sally R. and her siblings, this began with the decision to sell their parents' beloved home in St. Louis Park, a property not just rich in memories but also situated on a substantial lot in a highly sought-after neighborhood.

Sally was familiar with the Berg Larsen Group because their “sold” signs decorated her parents’ neighborhood for years. She’d heard that they’re known for their extensive industry experience and profound knowledge of the upper-bracket real estate market, so she reached out to Barry Berg for an initial meeting.

Sally explains, “People think it’s easy to sell their own house, but I think it’s important to have a partner and a…

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This story is about more than just selling and buying a home; it centers on trust, timing, and the transformative power of expert guidance to make something complex become simple. For Jeff and his family, the idea of simplicity became a welcomed reality when the Berg Larsen Group introduced an opportunity that aligned with their future needs and aspirations.

Living happily and comfortably in their Edina home that Barry and Chad sold them several years prior, Jeff and his wife were considering "right-sizing" once their kids left for college. Their long standing relationship and previous successful real estate moves with the Berg Larsen Group instilled enough trust and confidence to explore an unexpected opportunity - an interested party who wanted to…

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe the spring market starts in February, but thankfully this year’s great weather (well, minus this week’s substantial winter storm) has everyone thinking about whether they’re ready to move. That means preparation is the key to maximizing this particularly opportune time. Barry Berg and Chad Larsen offer a perspective on what buyers and sellers can do now to make the most of this season. 

“The sooner we have the chance to start discussing things, the better we can help you,” Barry assures. 

Sellers: Spring into Action to List Your Home 

Act quickly before listing your property by focusing on a few high-priority projects to get your home ready to sell. Touch up the paint and declutter wherever necessary. It’s too early…

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“They live up to their excellent reputation.” 

That’s the quote that now graces our billboard display, near our Bde Mka Ska office. We don’t often use billboards, but when this prime spot became available, it felt like the right opportunity to connect. 

To make the most of this space, we decided we would try to capture our essence through fresh photographs. So, we got dressed up and gathered our team at 35 Groveland Terrace on an overcast December morning. It was quite a fun day as we enjoyed each other’s company in a new property we proudly represent. 

When it came time to choose the right headline for the billboard, we knew that we wanted to feature something our clients had said about us. After all, your words often convey our identity more…

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