Paint & Painting Your Home

Paint & Painting DIY painting is not so tough, however, there are some things to know if you have not painted on the interior or exterior of a home/structure before.  Factors may vary depending on the use, location and species of the room or item being painted.  Let’s get into Read More

Fun Facts about the Parade of Homes

  Fun Facts about the Parade of Homes & Why should you go? When did the Parade of Homes begin?  Great question!  In 1949 Parade of Homes made it possible for people such as yourself to see the latest and greatest in home design, new neighborhoods and home décor. This Read More

Kitchen Trends 2018 & Beyond

    Kitchen Trends 2018 & Beyond!   Goodbye Granite?  WHAT! Studies show granite has been on a 3-year decline among homeowners. Something to do with the small-scale texture of granite can feel more dated versus the larger scale texture of quartz or marble.  People are investing in their kitchens Read More

Finding Child Care after Moving…

  Finding Child Care after Moving… If you have daycare-aged children when moving to a new home, child care is at the top of the list of priorities to get done first thing, prior to moving when you know the area that you’ll be moving to.  Your search should begin Read More

Pest Control Questions?  We got answers!

Pest Control Questions?  We got answers! Help keep pests away:  The biggest draw for pests would be giving them a reason to seek your home out and stay.  Pests are always on the hunt for food, water, and shelter. If you can deny these needs, pests will be deterred from Read More

Interest Rates, What are they?

Interest Rates, What are they? What is Interest Rate? Interest rate is the amount charged, expressed as a percentage of principal, by a lender to a borrower for the use of assets. Interest rates are typically noted on an annual basis (APR) aka = annual percentage rate. The assets borrowed Read More

Décor Trends 2018

Décor Trends 2018 Lavender Lavender and lilac is being used to bring out beautiful, soft tones with accents that are deeper, such as olive green & mustard, etc.  Mirror and bold cream tones pop against this shade of purple. High Contrast Palettes Really saturated color with white or cream contrasts are Read More

Tips to Rehab a Property Part 2

Tips to Rehab a Property Part 2 Trash & Demo: The first part of the process once you start is to replace, fix or remove damaged items, inside and outside the structure.  Some examples would be, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, cabinets, fencing, dead trees, bushes, siding, garage doors and decks, Read More

Tips to Rehab a Property Part 1

Tips to Rehab a Property Part 1:  Preparing to Rehab Inspect the Property: Note which items are in good condition and what needs work.  If you can, have a professional present to see what you may not see.  You may find a qualified inspector via the American Society of Home Read More

To Loft or not To Loft?

  To Loft or not To Loft?   Pros: Loft house designs can be less expensive to build than a traditional two-story design. Most often they use less materials & require less scaffolding. Lofts can be used for extra living space such as: living area, office space, TV, game or Read More

Tips to Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer

Tips to Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer Many potential first-time home buyers delay buying a home because getting a mortgage seems like a long and daunting process.  Qualifying for a home loan doesn’t have to be scary or hard.  There are mortgage programs available that make it actually easier Read More

How to prepare for a Closing

  How to prepare for a Closing Interesting FYI:  Many homeowners get nervous about the process of closing on a home or property and are unsure of what to expect.  Here is some great information for clarification.  In Minnesota, we are a table funding state, which means all parties get Read More