6 Ways to Save Your Underwater Home

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Inman News® What seemed like a housing market downturn is now nearly  universally seen as the new normal. Accordingly, many homeowners are taking a  tough look at their mortgage situations in this stark light. This New Year’s season, I’ve received a massive influx of  reader questions — quasi-challenges, […]

12 Reliable Tips For Selling Your Home

Article By: Steve McLinden, Bankrate.com To buy or sell in 2012, what with Armageddon coming and all? Absent any ancient  Mayan wisdom on real estate strategies, let’s just hope the real cataclysmic  event in the real estate market already has passed, even if the rubble from the  bubble remains. A stubborn overstock of households with […]

Twin Cities Market Update 1-3-2012

If you follow our weekly notes with even a sidelong glance, you know that the story of the market in 2011 has been increased sales and decreased inventory. That’s all well and good, but consumers and the media want to talk about one thing: Price. Ideally, sellers seek multiple offers. This signals strong demand and […]

Twin Cities Market Update – December 27, 2011

Another year is almost in the books, and you could sum it up as another “transition year” for the local housing market. There were ups and downs, with positive developments stunted by political paralysis, joblessness or other issues. Nonetheless, the housing sector took important strides forward. Armed with record low mortgage rates, buyers took to […]

Bob’s Bottom Line Mortgage Update – December 26, 2011

Trading activity continues to dwindle as mortgage market participants make their final preparations for the upcoming three-day Christmas Holiday. U.S. consumer spending was soft in November and a gauge of business investment plans fell for a second month, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy as the year ends. The Commerce Department said […]

Last Minute Tips for Decorating This Holiday Season

Looking for last-minute ideas to make your Christmas gathering a success? Worried you’re not going to have time to decorate your house before the company arrives? Check out all the details and tips from the article 12 Tips for Holiday Entertaining by Sandra Lee of HGTV.   1. Forgo a traditional floral centerpiece on the dining table […]

Twin Cities Market Update – December 20, 2011

 Today’s housing market is like Minnesota Golden Gophers sports. If football’s your game, it doesn’t look great and hasn’t for a number of years. If you’re a basketball fan, the results are positive even if you’re missing key inventory. If you’re into hockey, past glory appears to be on the horizon. It all depends on […]

Bob’s Bottom Line Mortgage Update – December 19, 2011

Earlier this morning the Commerce Department released their November Consumer Price Index statistics for November. The data showed inflation pressures on Main Street remain benign. The month-over-month rate of overall inflation was unchanged and the so called “core rate”, a value which excludes the more volatile food and energy prices, posted a modest 0.2% gain […]

Building a Future

Back in September, we helped an amazing family find the home of their dreams. They had stipulations of where they wanted to live so we narrowed down the home search and went to work finding them a great house! We looked at older homes to be renovated, we looked at newer homes, we looked at […]