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Properties are selling in today's marketplace. In fact, the time to buy has never been better.

Contact us today and let us show you how to benefit from our professional services and comprehensive experienced approach to real estate.

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... What Should I Expect? 

In today’s real estate market, most homeowners heed the advice of their realtors and spend a good deal of time and money preparing their homes for the market.  After all of that effort, it’s natural for them to wonder “What should I expect, now that my home is actively for sale?” 

For many, their initial experience mirrors that of the homeowner whose property Barry had listed in July, 1989, just as the market was losing steam in advance of the early ‘90’s housing slowdown. When, two days after the home had been listed for sale, there had not been a single showing, the homeowner called and lamented, “I feel like I gave a party and no one came.” 

The best advice for any homeowner to consider is, “Be prepared at any…

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It's a great time to be living in Country Club and Arden Park, surrounding neighborhoods of 50th & France in Edina. There are more choices for dining out than ever before. Whether you take the kids, or leave them with the sitter for a change, there something for every occasion.

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Rice Paper (formerly in Linden Hills). Now Edina residents are the beneficiaries of owner An Nguyen’s wonderful Vietnamese inspired dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the special spring roll of the evening that included fresh apple which was sweet, tart, and delicious. The Crispy Tofu Puffs were amazing. The Song Huong Beef, a marinated beef and lemongrass, served with lettuce cups and nice accompaniments of sprouts, peanuts and rice…

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Moving day is exciting – a time to fill a new space and make it your own.  But with all the chaos of moving, it’s hard to keep track of all the details.  Getting utilities set up, mail forwarded and garbage services started are all important steps to getting settled into your new home.

Utilities can be set up before you move – simply call the company, let them know when you’ll be taking ownership (the closing date) and they will have service put into your name. 

Here are some local numbers to help get you started:


Xcel Energy – 1-800-895-4999  Serves most of the Twin Cities

Dakota Electric – 651-463-6212  Serves portions of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott and Rice Counties


CenterPoint Energy – 612-372-4727


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2010 was a good year for sales at The Carlyle.

Partly due to the 18 sales that closed in 2010 (the same # as in 2009) which represent 7% of the total units in the building, when compared to the overall downtown condo marketplace The Carlyle has fared better than the rest.

                                                           Downtown                                   The Carlyle

# of Sales                                                      508                                         18

Distressed Sales as % of total sales            19.5%                                     11% (2)

Average Days on Market                               160                                         166

Change in Value from 2006 to…

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The process of buying a home can be both exhilarating and unnerving for buyers.  But with a proper understanding of the process and a clear sense of objectives, most buyers will find the experience very satisfying. 

To minimize the anxiety or frustration of the process, consider these steps... 

  • Get preapproved for a mortgage (assuming you will need to finance part of your purchase).  Meet with a reputable mortgage loan officer to determine the size of mortgage for which you can qualify.  In the process, you may determine that you want to obtain the maximum mortgage possible – or you may conclude that you prefer to keep your monthly payments at a lower level.  This will help you focus on housing in the price range you can afford.
  • Create…

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For the last couple of years, you’ve been thinking about selling your home, but decided for a variety of reasons to put that decision off another year. 

Now you’re thinking 2011 is the year to sell.   Of course, you want your home to show at its best, so naturally you’ll want to wait until the trees and gardens have blossomed, your grass is green, the birds are signing, and the porch is open.  Right? 

Wrong! Look what happens the first few warm weekends of the year...Minnesotans tend to behave as though they’ve never seen warm weather – especially after a record setting winter like we’re experiencing!  They want to be out in their own back yards, planting flowers, walking the lakes, playing their first rounds of golf, or opening up their summer…

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I’m sometimes asked about the similarities of and differences between practicing law and acting as a real estate agent.  I always respond that 25 years of practicing law is great training to be an effective agent. 

For example...attorneys know that it is all about attention to detail.  A misplaced or ill-considered word here or there in a legal document can cause major problems.  Careful word choice is equally important in a purchase agreement or other real estate documents.  The starting point may be a form agreement, but how the blanks are filled in and what addendums are attached are critical in creating documents that meet the intent of the parties to the transaction. 

So too, meeting the service expectations of your clients is critical in…

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Ice Dam Visual

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." --Benjamin Franklin

With the abundance of snow we’ve already had this year, we wanted to encourage each of you to consider taking steps necessary to remove excess snow from your roofs. 

This is not only an issue for those of you with flat roof sections on your home.  It potentially is as serious an issue for everyone, as the volume of snow and daytime temperatures create ideal conditions for ice damming.   

Because our snow conditions are more extreme than we’ve seen for quite some time, we wanted to issue this recommendation to you now, rather than wait until many of you begin to encounter problems. 

We will begin to compile a list of potential snow removal services, should you need…

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This time every year we are asked by our clients if it makes sense to pull their listings “off the market” for the winter holidays, and then put it back on in the spring. The answer is no, but yes for a particular few. How do you know if it is right for you?

If you are serious about selling your home, there is one very good way to improve your odds – have your home on the market (the MLS) *See my previous blog ‘Demystifying the MLS’ for more background

Our experience these past 29 years, and more particularly the last two years, has shown that during this period of mid-November to mid-January there have been a surprising number of sales occurring, with some even resulting in closing dates prior to the New Year.

The pace of sales, while…

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