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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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

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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

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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

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Welcome to 3555 Tuxedo Road, Minnetrista

March 11, 2021

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3555 Tuxedo Road in Minnetrista is on a dream lot with 150 feet of west facing Lake Minnetonka Lakeshore. The stunning lakeshore encompasses a gorgeous and expansive view to enjoy throughout all seasons. Beautiful trees provide you privacy on all sides of the property. Come and enjoy all Lake Minnetonka has to offer – boating, jet skiing, tubing and in the winter, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. During all seasons walk to Al & Almas for a wonderful bite to eat in addition to other amazing hotspots.

Move-in and enjoy the 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and large living spaces up and down and so much more! If you are leaning towards remodeling or the option to build your dream home, then this beautiful, extra wide, flat lot, IS what you have been waiting for! There is so much potential and opportunity awaiting whomever purchases this stunning property.

If you are considering a move to the Lake Minnetonka area and are interested in enjoying 150 feet of your very own lakeshore, contact me today! This property is awaiting its new owner!

For more information and additional photo’s click here.

Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist

763.807.5021

Georgie@AvenueRealtyMN.com

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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

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Homeowner Hiccups: Leaky Water Pipes

February 24, 2021

What to Do When You Have Leaky Pipes

It was a Friday. I was working from home, as many of us are these days, and I see a text from my husband telling me I need to come downstairs. He says he hears what he believes to be a “dripping” sound. Dripping sound?!? As much as I wanted to believe it was his imagination, there it was, the little bubble in the ceiling that told me everything we needed to know. I pushed ever so slightly on that bubble and as suspected, we have a water leak!!

We looked at each other and knew this was going to be another one of those “homeowner” days. We began with grabbing a bucket and towels. Then started to carefully cut away the sheetrock around where the bubble was located. When we could see all of the existing plumbing, it was time to find where the leak was coming from. After separately running each of the faucets and fixtures in the bathrooms above, we found the culprit. It was an older water pipe that was telling us it was retiring, today, no longer to be of service. Next crucial steps, shut off the water valve to that location and call a plumber.

Thankfully, the leak was coming from only one source and shutting off the water to it was manageable. We also heard and saw the leak before any major damage could occur. With that, water leaks can become a much worse and damaging problem. To try and help homeowners offset the severity of damage that water intrusion has the potential for, here are my top two tips.

First, listen to how your home works. Every home has its own sounds, its own unique way of telling you when it needs something. Whether you notice the sound of dripping water or that your toilet is running longer than it used to, do something about it right then and there. If you aren’t sure, call a trusted professional and ask for their opinion.

Second, know how to turn on and shut off the water supplies in your home. There are lots of sources to gain this information, from general how-to video tutorials to speaking with a licensed and trusted plumber. Knowing this will not only help when a water issue arises, but is also a good way to prevent issues, especially when you plan to leave your home for extended periods of time.

All in all, water issues are a common part of homeownership and don’t always turn out to be catastrophic. Other than replacing some plumbing and minor sheetrock repair, I am grateful we were able to keep this episode of homeowner hiccups to a minimum.

Chelsea Knutson

Realtor, Team Lead, Lead Listing Specialist

612.710.1378

Chelsea@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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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

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