Sunshine on the Corner of 15th and Sycamore

September 16, 2015

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Nearby the Luce Line Trail, sits this stunning half acre property and two story home with incredible potential. A private setting, filled with hydrangeas and the most beautiful chestnut tree that greets you as you walk up the drive. The sun sparkles through and peaks into the many window panes, giving off a warm glow.

Three bedrooms and a large craft or playroom on the upper level, easily converted into a 4th bedroom or combined with another bedroom for a fabulous Master Suite. An expansive main level with a huge family room addition and screened-in porch. More potential for added finish-able square feet in the lower level with an already completed and updated 3/4 bath.

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Tucked away and yet easily accessible to Hwy 55 and Downtown Minneapolis, the location is ideal. This is a fantastic opportunity to move into, remodel or even build new in the Wayzata School District. There are so many options with this rare find, a place to let your imagination run free.

Yes, it is time to open the door, opportunity is knocking on 15th and Sycamore.

Contact the Better Living Group for more information about this property and/or the area of Plymouth. Experience real estate the way it should be.

Chelsea K – Team Lead and Listing Specialist, Better Living Group, Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

cknutson@kw.com, 763-496-2903

 

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The Beauty of Bryant

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This two-story home is an absolutely stunning renovation located in the coveted Lynnhurst neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The modern-day design is filled with light and luxury while capturing the beauty of the time-honored craftsmanship throughout.

Take note of the custom, Gourmet Kitchen with New cabinetry, countertops and appliances, including a built-in beverage cooler. The newly designed Master Suite with his & hers closets and a private 3/4 bath with double vanity and custom tile work. Throughout the home you will see the beauty of the hardwood floors, restored solid wood doors and built-in storage with glass knobs. In the lower level you will find endless opportunity with more finishable living space and unbeatable storage.

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Not only will you will fall in love with the beauty of this home, you will also fall in love with all the neighborhood has to offer. Shop and enjoy the local retailers and restaurants nearby or walk to Lake Harriet and listen to the music play at the bandshell.

This home truly shines from end to end. A timeless design, a classic in its own right, the beauty of Bryant starts from the inside-out.

Contact The Better Living Group to schedule a showing today!

Chelsea Knutson 763-496-2903, cknutson@kw.com

 

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Why should I pay to get a home inspection done?

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It is not required for you to complete a home inspection when purchasing a home. As Realtors we highly, HIGHLY recommend you pay the $350-$450 (on average) to hire a professional inspector to come through the home. The cost varies as they typically go off of the square feet of the home.

When an inspector goes through the property, they look at everything from visible condition of the inside and outside to climbing on the roof, entering in to the attic and taking a thorough look at your major mechanicals. They will look at all aspects of the home. However, they cannot break in to walls or do any sort of intrusive testing.

Your inspector will always provide you with a detailed report of anything and everything they look at and find as “deficiencies” in the home. This is for your records and for you to look at when you choose to complete any repairs that are needed.

As we always tell people, it is best to know the most current condition of your home when you have closed and are now ready to move in. Going in to a new home can be a lot to take in. With all this information in hand it will typically give people the comfort of knowing the full condition of the home, instead of just the cosmetics.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

blghomesmn@gmail.com or 763-496-2911

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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So you’re going to close on your new home

March 30, 2015 closingonhome

Congratulations! Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or buying a home to down size, everything must come to an end in real estate and this is called closing.

All title work is done prior to the closing to determine legal ownership of the property and if there are any liens or tax assessments on the property.  Closing often happens at the office of the title company and the buyer generally gets to choose the location. Consumers get to elect whether or not they would like their Realtor to arrange for closing or if they would prefer to do so.

The typical closing takes about an hour for the buyer(s) and seller(s) to sign the paperwork and hand over the keys! Closings are such an exciting time for both sellers and buyers, especially if both parties attend the closing. It can be a great way to learn about the previous owners and the home, as well as learn about your new neighbors and neighborhood. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make it to the closing, you can pre-signand there are also “mail away” closings as well.

The large pile of documents you sign at closing have to do with the new home, the loan and the agreement to pay back the loan. You may leave with a sore hand after having to sign the array of closing documents!

Although we all strive for a smooth transaction and closing, sometimes closings can be delayed for a few hours or potentially a few days. The closing date is simply a goal that may sometimes need to be adjusted.  There are many reasons closing can be delayed, we typically find it has to do with us receiving the HUD and having time to review.

As we mentioned, this is such an exciting time for all parties! The buyers getting in to their new home and the sellers moving on to their next adventure. Even though things may come up, we always do everything in our power to make this time as exciting and stress free as possible. No matter what happens, remember, take a deep breath and trust that your REALTOR will guide you thru any hiccups that happen along the way!

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

blghomesmn@gmail.com or 763-496-2911

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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3 most frequently asked questions from buyers

April 28, 2014

There are many questions that buyers have when purchasing a home. All relate to the entire transaction from start to finish. As your local Real Estate Economists, we ensure all of our clients know what the process is to purchase a new home, every step of the way. We hear many of the same questions from buyers who are in the market to purchase a home and here are the answers to those frequently asked questions.
What is earnest money and where does it go? When writing an offer on a home you put down, what is called earnest money. This is to let the sellers know that you are earnest about purchasing the property. This earnest money is put into the Listing Brokers trust account within 2 business days of final acceptance and goes towards your loan at closing.
How do you (my Realtor) get paid? When working with a Licensed Realtor many clients ask how we get paid. There is typically a commission payout amount that the seller has previously agreed to pay to the listing agent, as well as the selling (buyers) agent. The buyer does not pay the commission.
Is this home worth the list price? Prior to writing an offer we do a Current Comparable Market Analysis to make sure the home you are looking to purchase is priced appropriately. There are many things that go in to this analysis. This will give us the correct price range at which the market suggests it is worth and will better prepare you for the price you choose to offer.
If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact us today. We go over current market trends and have fantastic lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you. My team and I are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas. We’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Just Listed – Coon Rapids SF Home

March 21, 2014

Our team, the Better Living Group at Keller Williams Classic Realty NW in Maple Grove, MN has just listed this beautifully updated single family home in Coon Rapids! This home has many wonderful amenities including a fully updated and renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops, as well as a large center island for plenty of counter space.

This home features 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, both of which have been remodeled. There are new utilities: furnace, water heater and water softener. Beautiful hard wood floors accompany this home along with a new sliding glass door on the upper level leading to the deck, which over looks a large pond. This pond can be utilized as an ice rink in the winter and great for sitting on the deck and watching the ducks and geese in the summer.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Coon Rapids area, contact me today for a private viewing of this wonderful home – you don’t want to miss this!

The Better Living Group are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future. We know the current market trends and have some fantastic and reputable lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you in purchasing your new home.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Just Listed – Updated One ½ Story home in Roseville

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My Team, the Better Living Group at Keller Williams Classic Realty NW in Maple Grove, MN, has just listed this beautifully updated one ½ story home in Roseville, MN. This home includes over 1,800 sq ft of space including 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, one on each level. The beautiful and original hard wood floors are sure to catch your eye!
Off the back of the home there is a beautiful 3-season porch, it stays nice and toasty when enjoying your morning cup of coffee and sitting by the fireplace! Also including a large deck with plenty of space to entertain throughout each season.
If you are interested in this property, are thinking about purchasing a home in the Roseville area and/or need to sell your home, contact us today! We know the current market trends and have some fantastic and reputable lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you in purchasing your new home.
The Better Living Group are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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RE 2014 | Sellers No Longer In the Driver’s Seat

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The real estate market seems to always be in a state of ups and downs – you may even refer to it as a rollercoaster ride of supply and demand. In 2013, we saw a low inventory of homes on the market, making it tough to satisfy all the Buyers who were looking to purchase. In turn, this created multiple offer situations for many Buyers looking to snatch the home they love. This has been ideal for residential sales as its been awhile since they had the pleasure of requesting the ‘highest and best’ offer for the property.
Most recently, we’ve seen a slight turn in inventory. More properties are beginning to come on the market and list prices are rising along with them. This combination is forcing Buyers to become more money savvy, taking a closer look at the costs they will incur for the home they want to purchase. Of course the rise in home prices is great for those looking to sell their home, and typically puts a positive spin on the equity issue many have been experiencing.
With all this in mind, and knowing that interest rates are expected to rise in 2014, Sellers still have work to do in order to compete in this market. Many Buyers aren’t looking to purchase the ‘fixer upper’, and if you’re one of the few and brave that are, you’re certainly not looking to pay top dollar. What to do to get top dollar? Clean it, stage it and price it right – this means price it in accordance with the market, not in accordance with what you’d like to get out of it. Also, Buyers are expecting a well cared for and mostly updated interior with a groomed and maintained exterior, and they’re willing to walk away if the home’s condition and price don’t match up.
This is just the beginning of our New Year, if you have questions about how to get the most amount of money out of your home, or are in need of assistance when it comes to purchasing a new one – the Better Living Group is here for you. Let us know how we can help make your 2014, the best one yet!

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Just Listed: Move-In Property with Elm Creek Park Reserve Access

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Our team, the Better Living Group, in Maple Grove, MN has just listed this beautiful single family home! This home has many great amenities including an upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops. It is a 4-bedroom house with 2-bathrooms, equipped with plenty of living space and extra storage.
An easily accessible location with front to back tree coverage, large backyard, a fire pit and a horse shoe pit – all made to entertain on those beautiful summer days & nights that are about to come our way! The backyard backs up to Elm Creek Park Reserve trails, with miles of fun for winter or summer activities.
If you are interested in this property, are thinking about purchasing a home in the Maple Grove area and/or need to sell your home, contact us today! We know the current market trends and have some fantastic and reputable lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you in purchasing your new home.
The Better Living Group are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Update: Mortgage Interest Rates at Four Month Low

November 1, 2013

Due to the recent government shut down the mortgage industry has seen some changes, added with weak job numbers as a result of the shutdown, fixed mortgage rates are now at a four month low.

In July of this year we saw interest rates begin to rise with 30-year fixed rate mortgages go from 3.93% to 4.46%. This was the largest jump in interest rates at one given time since 1987. Now, since the shut down, we have seen rates drop from 4.28% to 4.13%. This is still quite a bit higher then last year, which was 3.41%, yet the rates are still low and affordable for many of us looking to purchase a new home.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact us today. We will go over current market trends and have some fantastic lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you. My team and I are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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