Category Archives: Real Estate News, Updates & Trends

This is an informational site, here to give you updates on all different areas of real estate news whether it be short sale successes and changes, new home construction statistics or tips on how to stage and sell your home for the most amount of money in the most efficient amount of time. This is our way of giving back to the online buyers and sellers that just want some solid, no-nonsense information on how to better their lives in real estate and home ownership. Enjoy!

Temple Project- Before & After Reveal

April 16, 2021

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The final reveal of Chelsea’s kitchen remodel is ready!  Click here to take a virtual tour of Chelsea’s finished kitchen.

Are you considering remodeling?  Let us know how we can help.  We have a list of referrals we can provide to you and we can help you make decisions on where to add value to your home.

Chelsea Knutson

Realtor

Owner- Team Lead & Lead Listing Specialist

612.710.1378

Chelsea@AvenueRealtyMN.com

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Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Twin Cities Real Estate Update~ March, 2021

April 13, 2021

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The real estate market in March continues to show the need for new listings.  Listings were down both from last year and the prior month while the average selling price is up both year over year and from the prior month.  We are continuing to meet with clients to prepare their homes for the market and we are working hard for our buyers to find them the perfect home.  We are ready to talk with you about buying and selling, contact us today!

Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

612-208-2421

BLGHomesMN@AvenueRealtyMN.com

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2021 MN Monthly Best Real Estate Professionals

We are honored to have been voted by our clients and industry peers for this years selection of Best Real Estate Professionals in MN for both MN Monthly and Midwest Home!! Thank you for your continued support!!

Click below to read the article that was published in both magazines.

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Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

612-208-2421

BLGHomesMN@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

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What does it mean to be in a Seller’s Market?

April 1, 2021

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I am sure you have heard it over and over…Now is the time to really think seriously about making a move. But it truly is an optimal time to make your home available to Buyer’s who are looking for a home to purchase.

Currently we have historically low inventory which results in greater competition and increases bidding wars. It is essential to understand how to make a confident and competitive offer on your dream home.

Here are a few tips to success:

1. Listen to your Real Estate Advisor – putting trust in us as your Realtor is critical to help Buyer’s stay focused. The process can get emotional, a reminder to keep you from compromising on what you are looking for in a home.

2. Understand your finances – having a complete understanding of your budget and what you can afford is essential.

3. Be prepared to move quickly- we are seeing homes go extremely quickly here in the MSP area.

4. Make a fair offer – expertise of an Agent will help you make an informed offer based on the market value of the home.

5. Stay flexible with negotiations – strengthening your offer with move-in dates, price point and contingencies. Oftentimes in this market, offers are forgoing inspection contingencies and appraisal clauses.

Our local market is a big win for Seller’s, but these conditions will not last forever!

Our BLG team is here to advise our Buyers. This competitive market makes it more important than ever to work with a trusted professional.

Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist

952.500.3166

Darcy@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Spring Clean Up Time!

March 24, 2021

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With Minnesota having pretty great weather these past couple of weeks, my mind has been racing on all of the spring cleanup that I have to do and I’m excited to start on.

When you are prepping your home for the market, making sure it is presentable and all areas of your home are accessible, is key. When preparing, cleaning out all spaces to ensure maximum visibility with the least amount of clutter and exposed items is pertinent. People want to be able to walk through each room of your home without stumbling upon something either in their way or even something personal.

Begin with your bedrooms and your closets, downsize and pack away everything that you are not going to be needing due to the weather change. Switching out by season can really help in keeping your space functional and not to full. In addition, you can utilize that same strategy in your bathroom and your cabinets. Minimize, minimize, minimize.

Lastly, SPRING CLEANING! Utilize this beautiful weather to work on the outside of your home. With the ground not being totally thawed you certainly cannot do everything but there is a lot that you can still do. Cleaning up your yard can include any excess leaves from the previous year, cleaning up your kids sandbox and all the toys, getting all of your flowerpots ready and any additional cleanup that would help make your yard much more presentable in a season where we see a lot of brown. Start putting out your lawn furniture as well to make all spaces usable.

And lastly, get in that garage! I know that in my home my garage seems to stack up with stuff throughout the winter season. How much easier it is to put stuff in there then find another space when the weather is so cold. Focusing energy on getting that garage clean and organized is huge. In no way does it need to be completely cleared out, however, being able to walk through the garage and see the space is huge. Organize, get good sturdy shelving so you can utilize the space higher off the ground and include tubs if you need to separate all items.

If you have any questions on prepping your home for the spring market, we are always here and would love to chat! There are so many things that you can do to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home in this beautiful weather and WILL benefit you in the sale of your home.

Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist

763.807.5021

Georgie@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Twin Cities Real Estate Update~ February, 2021

March 4, 2021

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With February complete, you can see the need for new listings continues to be the biggest story in the news for real estate right now.  We are busy meeting with clients that are preparing their homes for the spring market and we’d love to meet with anyone that is looking to get there home on the market.  Contact us today so we can get a date on the calendar.

Are you curious what your specific city looks like?  Send us message and we will prepare a personalized report for you.

We hope you enjoy the beautiful spring weather we are having!

Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

612-208-2421

BLGHomesMN@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

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January 2021 ~ Real Estate Market Update

February 5, 2021

Hard to believe we are one month into 2021.  Across the Twin Cities Real Estate Market the number of homes on the market was down, however the average selling price was up.  We continue to see the need for new homes on the market as buyers are preapproved and ready to buy.  We are working with lots of clients right no to get their homes ready to sell and others that we are looking for just the right home for them.  If you are ready to sell or looking to buy, be sure to give us a call we’d love to talk.  Below are results of cities across the Twin Cities area.

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Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

612-208-2421

BLGHomesMN@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

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Real Estate Across the Globe

February 2, 2021

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Have you ever wondered what the Real Estate market is like in other parts of the world? Our team always has different geographical areas on the radar. If you are curious about a specific location, reach out and we’d be happy to provide up to date, accurate information.

Darcy was on a recent visit to Arizona and thought it would be fun to give some stats and predictions. The housing market is looking extremely strong for the Phoenix area in 2021. Realtor.com’s 2021 Housing Forecast predicts the Valley home sales to increase 11.4% from 2020, making it one of the hottest housing markets in the nation.

A few predictions set for the new year include Mortgage rates staying grounded, Inventory will stay sparse and lastly Investing in rental properties will be on the rise.

Phoenix is growing in short term rentals such as Airbnb, it is a landlord friendly state, it has a massive snow-bird market, with some retiring permanently and additionally low taxes in Arizona.  Maybe all of this has to do with the beautiful weather?!

If we can be of help to you in looking at Real Estate around the country, reach out. We’d be happy to connect you with a local expert.

Darcy Warcken

Realtor ~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

952-500-3166

Darcy@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

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Inexpensive Upgrades to Bring You More For Your Home

January 25, 2021

Whether you currently own a home or are looking to purchase a new home, keep in mind that updates and upgrades are possible without draining your bank accounts.
If you currently own a home there are many things that you can do to bring you more bang for your buck when you go to sell your property. If your bathroom or kitchen could use some love, keep in mind that you can update those rooms with some of the following tips.
First, cabinetry. If your cabinets are in good shape but may not be the color you like, or a popular color at the time, there is always the option to paint/stain. With painting comes new knobs as well. Paint and knobs will give your cabinets a whole new feel and make the space feel much more open and airier. Same for your bathrooms, paint and new knobs can go a long way for refreshing a space and bringing an out-of-date space up to date.

Next is paint and flooring. If you currently own a home with wood paneling, please know that if you do not have the means to replace it, that you can always paint it. I have painted the wood paneling in my home until my husband and I decide what we would like to do further with the space. Painting wood paneling is easy, and it looks fantastic, it also gives a little bit of dimension to the room. While you are painting, painting trim may not be the most fun, but it will certainly save you some money and is a great option if your trim is still in very good condition.

When you are contemplating replacing flooring please know that you do not need to go with solid hardwood floors, bamboo or anything at a higher price unless you wish to do so and have the means to do so. You can make a room exactly what you want without spending too much. For example, vinyl flooring is always available and looks wonderful, it also wears really well for long periods of time.

I recently updated my office. My office does have wood paneling, and I do like the look, I just did not like the color. Therefore, I elected to paint the wood paneling along with the trim. I went with a deep emerald green on the walls and white trim. We also replaced the flooring with a vinyl grey/white. The deep color with the exceptionally light floor has a wonderful contrast and really opens up the space. It is absolutely wonderful how much a room can change with easy repairs or replacements. My office is cozier than it ever has been and is exactly what I envisioned. Other than the some decorating/organizing, the room is complete. (Before & After Photos Below)

If there is a space in your home you just do not know what to do with, reach out to us. We would love to assist anyway that we can in making decisions that may best benefit you in the sale of your home. Or, if you are not looking to sell your home but need an opinion, we would be happy to chat!

 

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Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist

763.807.5021

Georgie@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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December 2020 ~ Real Estate Market Update

January 5, 2021

2020 has come to a close!  Across the Twin Cities the Real Estate market ended strong with housing prices up and the need for new listings still remains.  Are you thinking of listing your home in 2021?  Now is the time to start that discussion with us.  Contact us today, we are ready to meet with you and put a plan in place to get your home sold this year!

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We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Years celebration!

Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

612-208-2421

BLGHomesMN@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

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