Are you starting to get that feeling that it’s time to “fall back” and you can’t remember when? Afraid you’ll show up to work one Monday and realize you’re an hour early?  Dying to know when you get that extra hour of sleep? Daylight Savings 2011 ends on November 6th at 2 am, and we all are reminded to fall back not spring forward.

The end of Daylight Savings signifies that fall has arrived and winter will soon be here. When the fall season hits, it is time to start preparing your home for the winter season. Fall maintenance will help maintain your home for the coming months, making it a more comfortable and safe environment for you and your family. Among these are:

Check Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

- Check to see that all…

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Is your mind playing tricks on you, or did you really just see something out of the corner of your eye?

Attached is a link to a Citypages article on a few of Minnesota's most famous haunted sites.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween from The Barry Berg Group!

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Even seasoned leaders in the Real Estate Industry such as Barry Berg are not ‘one man bands’!

In today’s competitive marketplace wherein presentation is key to garnering the right buyer for your property, it is more crucial than ever to have the value of a professional team working on your behalf. As we all know, the first impression is the lasting impression. Furthermore, studies on the subject repeatedly show that these first impressions are gathered within the first few minutes while in a home. For this reason, Barry along with his business partner Chad have gathered together a team of professionals, and have honed a process that is employed with each of our listings to ensure that your property is represented distinctively and competitively.

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Addressing the property features that cater to seasonal activities is crucial when presenting your home to prospective buyers. To not do so creates the appearance of neglect, and worse for the home seller, the sense that a property has languished or become stagnant on the market.

Just as sellers have the swimming pool cleaned and opened in Spring, and landscaping issues addressed and maintained throughout Summer, it is equally important that sellers ready the amenities that cater to the various seasonal activities that take place during cooler months of the year. As seasons change, anticipate what fresh new perspective that your prospective homebuyer considers. For example, just a few months ago homebuyers were still looking for summertime retreats…

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Buyer inspections.  City inspections.  Radon tests.  Moisture tests.  Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s important to be familiar with the inspections associated with the process so that you are well informed and comfortable with the transaction.

Some cities require a city inspection prior to the home being listed for sale.  You may hear them called different things, such as the “TISH Inspection,” or the “Truth in Housing Inspection.”  Cities that require this inspection include Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, and more.  If a city inspection is required, our team will help you find an inspector and get the appointment set.  Sellers pay for this inspection and once completed you’ll receive a report to read through and share with…

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Have you found yourself struggling with the decision whether to rent or to buy? Attached is the link to a recent article as published in The New York Times.

 Whether you are looking to buy or to sell, contact us for your real estate needs.

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When selling your home, your garage can be an attractive part of the overall package you offer buyers. Too often, however, the space is not marketed to its fullest potential. As kitchen, laundry and mudrooms become the new activity centers, homebuyers making their list of "must haves" are searching for more space for storage and hobbies. Now is the time to add a bit of sparkle to that garage.

"While the garage usually is not a deal-breaking element in a home-buying decision, it can be a tipping point for the buyer who is vacillating between a few different homes," said Robin Peterson, president of Coldwell Banker Burnet. "When organized correctly, the garage can add to your home’s ‘wow’ factor."

Gloss over the gritty. Certain household…

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For some time we've been hearing that it's a great time to be a buyer, and while this remains the case in many areas, we're seeing new signs of life and recovery in the market. 

A recent article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune sheds light on a few areas where sellers are seeing the market come back.  The article features the Edina market and shares stories of quick sales and high demand for new listings. 

If you're interested in a market analysis for your home and to learn more about the homes selling in your neighborhood, contact us today!

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Whether it is your goal to Buy or to Sell, let us share with you the opportunities available in your preferred neighborhood.

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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