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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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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Small Improvements That Can Make A World Of Difference

August 13, 2020

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With fall right around the corner it is a great time to start thinking about things you can do to prep your home for the market.

Paint

As inexpensive as paint is, the painting of any space is something that will give it a whole new look at a lower cost. This is something that can really spice up a space that you are struggling to decorate or simply imagine. Calm neutral colors are extremely popular and easy for new homeowners to touch up and picture themselves in.

Knobs

Knobs on all drawers and cabinets may be something small but they sure can make your cabinets feel a bit more modern, rustic, or whatever style you are going for. Another inexpensive cost that can really make a noticeable difference.

Flooring

Usually it is not necessary to replace all the flooring in your home, but if you have a room where the carpet is very worn down or a kitchen floor that is very scratched up, lifting or cracking, it may be worth a small investment to just replace the flooring in that room. Be sure that when you do so it matches the rest of the flooring in the home to the best of its ability. There are so many different types of great flooring options, hardwood, tile, vinyl, laminate and so much more. Of course, some are much more expensive than others so you must base this on your budget and what will be most beneficial for you in the sale of your home.

If you are considering selling and have a few spaces in your home you are struggling to finish or just decorate, reach out to us. Not only will we be able to assist you in making an informed decision on finishes for that space, but we will also help stage your property for the market.

Georgie Christian

Realtor

763-807-5021

Georgie@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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What Team BLG Has Going In This Crazy Spring Market

February 27, 2020

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You hear us talk all the time about the different phases of Real Estate and how it is “Ever Changing”. That’s because it truly is. The market has highs and lows, and much reflects and contributes to that.

We are now entering a new season, SPRING! I am sure you all are anxiously awaiting the weather change as we are here at the Better Living Group. Along with the weather change comes a shift and change in the Real Estate Market. As many of you have probably noticed, homes are beginning to sell a bit quicker than they were even 2-3 months ago. This is due to many things, but a high factor is Spring, as people typically wait until this time to finish the final preparations on their home to get it listed For Sale. Our Team is currently working with many Sellers who were waiting for early spring to get their home listed.

Not only are Sellers finishing the final preparations to get their homes listed (packing, staging, repairs, cleaning, etc.) but Buyers are also finishing their preparations to get ready for this Spring Market. This includes talking with a Lender to get Pre Approved, discussing wants/needs in their new home with us at the Better Living Group and so much more.

Homeowners in general are preparing for Spring also. It is such a wonderful change in season but can also bring some “not so fun” factors such as water intrusion, leaking roofs, mechanical changes, you name it. As a homeowner we want to help you be fully prepared for Spring. Prepare your home for all the melting snow, it will always try to enter your home unless precautions are taken. Spring cleaning is also very important, regardless of whether you are selling or not, this is something everyone does in their own way. I know I personally clean out not only the inside of my home but also deep clean my garage, remove snow 6 feet from my foundation and of course, do a little decorating!

If you are considering Selling or Buying a home but just do not know where to start, contact us today. We would truly love to chat with you and provide you all the information needed to help in making an informed decision!

Georgie Christian, Realtor

763-807-5021

Georgie@AvenueRealtyMN.com

BLGHomesMN.com

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Contact us today and experience Real Estate the way it should be!

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When Does the Real Estate Season Begin?

February 12, 2020

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Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search?  Most of us automatically imagine spring. Are you thinking of April? You may be surprised, but that is not the case anymore.

Realtor.com just released data showing that January and February months are the start to home shopping season!

Here is a quote directly from the article-  “Historically, April launched the kickoff of the home shopping season as buyers would come out of their winter hibernation looking for their new home. However, the spring shopping season now starts in January for many of the nation’s largest markets.”

The article goes on to talk about the data and research, but really what it boils down to is taking a look at the average number of views per listing on the market. And looking back the last few years, it is getting earlier and earlier into the winter season.

So what do you think drives this?

My answer is…. a competitive market, rising prices and low inventory.   Which  is exactly what we are seeing here in our Minneapolis area market.

Being we are officially in the busiest season of Real Estate, and the fiercely competitive market, as a Buyer you need to complete your due diligence and be prepared to make informed decisions in a timely manner.  I am happy to discuss what strategies are working to set your offer apart once we find that perfect match!  Contact me today!

 

Darcy Warcken

Buyer and Listing Specialist

Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

darcy@avenuerealtymn.com or 952-500-3166

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Why List in Winter by Chelsea Knutson, Owner & Lead Listing Agent

January 20, 2016

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Should I wait to list my home in the spring or is it better to list in the winter? The straight answer, both seasons have a positive and negative side to them. For example, when you list your home in the spring, you’ll find that while there may be more buyers looking to purchase, you’re also up against a much larger pool of competition.

When you decide to list your home in the winter, here are are a couple of key factors that may make it worth the effort.

1. Less Competition. Just as there is more competition in the spring, there is less in the winter. Set your home for success and use some of our seven ways to prep your home for sale and be the only, and best, house available on the block.

2. Buyers Are Serious. We often find that buyers who are looking to purchase a home in the winter are either under a time constraint or relocating. Relocation buyers typically have a smaller window to search for their new home and move forward with a higher level of motivation to purchase.

Bottom line, whichever season you choose to sell your home in, make sure it is the right fit and timing for you. Leave the rest of the work up to your experienced, licensed Realtor.

Whether you’re looking to understand the current market value of your home, have questions about the listing process or you need tips on preparing your home for sale, we’re here for you. Our team is experienced in all aspects and will guide you from start to finish, and thereafter.

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.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Tips for Showing Your House with Pets- by Olivia Brion, Showing/Listing Assistant

December 24, 2015

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When selling a home with pets it is important to think how you would respond if you were the one visiting someone else’s home who had a cat or dog. If you notice a smell, would that turn you away? If you see damage caused by an animal, would that be okay with you or a deal breaker?

There are times where it may not be possible to remove a pet from a home. Maybe due to your job you just can’t come back and remove them or you can’t find anyone who will help take care of them. If this is the case your next best option is to either put them in a contained space and let a buyer and their Real Estate agent know about it ahead of time or buy a pet friendly cage to keep them in. While your pet may not be accustomed to this, and you love treating your animals like one of the family, sometimes this is what is necessary when you are making selling your home a priority.

As much as we love our pets, they are still animals, and pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. Dogs and cats will inevitably destroy something, including carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, doors, and potentially your yard. All of this damage should be repaired prior to showing the home. This may require some investment on your part, especially if the animal has damaged expensive items like your hardwood flooring or walls in your house.

Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for the showings agents as well while they are trying to show your house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process. As uncomfortable as it can be to think about, there are also liability issues to deal with as well. While your dog or cat may be friendly, it is important to remember that not all pets may be friendly. The last thing you want is Meeko taking a chunk out of a buyers are or ankle.

Lastly, if you notice any odors we would suggest making an appointment for your carpet and flooring to be professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odors. If the staining or odors are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas.

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

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Tips for Showing Your House with Pets- Video by Olivia Brion, Showing/Listing Assistant

December 22, 2015

Are you preparing your house for showings and have a pet? Olivia shares with you tips on what to do to prepare your pet and your house during showings.

View Olivia’s video here.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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Why List in the Winter? Video by: Chelsea Knutson, Owner & Lead Listing Agent

December 9, 2015

Are you thinking of waiting until the spring to sell your home? You might want to consider listing your home now. Chelsea shares with you why listing in the winter is a great time to sell your home! 

Click here to listen to Chelsea’s video on why you should list in the winter.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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