Twin Cities Market Update – February 9, 2018

It is common for there to be a lift in residential real estate activity at the beginning of each calendar year, as consumers steel their collective resolve to do what they deem is next toward achieving their goals. It is the housing industry’s equivalent to resolving to eat better, go to the gym more, quit […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 2, 2018

Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, were up 1.1 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 to 5.5 million sales, becoming the best year for sales in 11 years. Overall, the housing market performed well in 2017 within a strong economy. Homeowners made healthy price gains at sale, […]

The Art of “Rightsizing”!

  “Rightsizing” means different things to different people, based on wants, needs, finances, or phase in life. It can mean “upsizing”, “downsizing”, moving into a condo or townhome, or possibly, renting. Often, it means getting into that dream home you’ve been thinking of for years.

Restaurant Review of the Month – Jimmy’s Kitchen and Bar

As many of you know, Cristina and I try to break away once every two weeks to enjoy a date night, just the two of us (always needed, especially with a fourth baby on the way!). We had recently come across a write-up about Jimmy’s Restaurant and Bar in “Lake Minnetonka Magazine”. What we read […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 26, 2018

At the beginning of a calendar year, it is often common for home buyers and sellers to become immediately more active. Call it the result of a resolution or the promise of something new, but it is a noted phenomenon across the country. It’s really too early to say if the trend will continue in […]

Congratulations, Andrew & Cailin!

This week, we got to celebrate Andrew and Cailin as they closed on their brand-new home in Plymouth! They were so much fun to work with and I’m so happy to see them move into their gorgeous home in a SWEET neighborhood!!! May your growing family enjoy many years to come (and many pool parties!) […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 19, 2018

As we embark upon the 2018 campaign, watch for upward movement in some of the same areas for wanted improvements in 2017. The number of homes available for sale continues to be a key factor in the dynamics of residential real estate. Simply put, it would be good to have more inventory available for purchase. […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 12, 2018

As we close the books on 2017, it is clear that there is an ongoing national housing shortage. Year-over year inventory levels have been down in most markets for several years now, and that trend is expected to persist in 2018. Even if there are occasional increases in the number of homes for sale from […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 5, 2018

As is usually the case this time of year, housing activity will slow down for a few weeks during the last of the 2017 holidays. Shrewd buyers and sellers will take advantage of this slower time of year to make meaningful deals, especially ahead of perceived or real changes that are due to take place […]

Twin Cities Market Update – December 29, 2017

It has been another steady year for buying and selling residential real estate. The primary trends of inventory decline and price increase continued, and more of the same is anticipated in 2018 if consumer, employer and builder confidence remain high. Tweaks in tax law and mortgage rates could create either unwanted or desirable effects, depending […]