American Dream…

I first met with Sammy in late 2014, when we sat down to discuss his home buying options and goals. At the time he still needed to make a few preparations before they could start actively looking, but we got him on a path with a plan in place to make his home buying dreams […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 3, 2017

The number of existing homes sold in 2016 was 5.4 million, which exceeded the 5.25 million sold in the previous year and is now the highest in a decade. Declining inventory and affordability are both going to be closely surveyed this year, as a continuation of those trends could negatively impact sales. For now, prices […]

A Dream Come True!

Kelsey has been dreaming of being a homeowner for a couple years. As first-time homebuyers, we were able to help them navigate through the options and strategy and getting all their “ducks in a row,” so to speak. Kelsey and Jon planned their strategy and their finances in order to make a decision they felt […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 27, 2017

In winter, it is not uncommon for housing starts to tail off, but 2016 closed on an uptick and became the best year for housing starts since 2007. Granted, multifamily homes have been driving the increase in recent years, while single-family starts and building permits are mildly down. Yet there is warranted optimism for new […]

Restaurant Review of the Month – Tongue in Cheek

No joke, Tongue in Cheek is a place worth checking out. Located in St. Paul, this restaurant is sure to excite your senses. Tongue in Cheek has a wonderful low-lit ambiance. Upon entering, you will find yourself surrounded by cool contemporary style art. The staff is upbeat and their great service makes for a very […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 20, 2017

If predictions hold true – a continuing inventory crunch, moderate price gains, higher mortgage rates – 2017 will likely be in favor of the seller. On the other end of the spectrum, deals may be harder to come by if the largest potential group of buyers, the millennials, do not start wading into the buying […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 13, 2017

At the outset of 2017, we are watching for upward movement in some of the same areas that we were watching in 2016. Inventory remains a key metric, as continued decreases may push out potential buyers, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase. However, buying a home is still considered more affordable than renting in […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 6, 2017

As we look toward 2017, the entirety of the U.S. housing market has never been worth as much as it is right now. Housing stock value grew to $29.6 trillion in 2016, regaining all of the value that was lost during the last recession. An upward trend in mortgage rates, mortgage credit and new construction […]

Twin Cities Market Update – December 30, 2016

As we begin our final descent into 2017, the total value of the housing market has hit its highest point since the early 2000s. With mortgage rates on the rise and prices still increasing in most categories and locations, lower affordability could lead to less demand. However, most real estate professionals remain optimistic about the […]