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Fantastically Simple Way to Make a Home Floor Plan


While there are several phone apps that can help you make a floor plan, this one seems to be the easiest yet: RoomScan for iPhone is simple to use: just walk around the room and put the phone up to each wall. It then uses the motion sensors in the phone to calculate the floor plan. If you want to add doors, windows and room dimensions, a cheap upgrade gives you that capability. RoomScan via SlashGear … [Read more...]

Print a 3D Model of Your House Plan

3D Model of House Plan

For home buyers that are looking to build a new home, one of the most common questions asked is "what will it look like?" While drawings and blueprints are helpful, it is still hard to get the feel for spaces and layouts. The Plan Collection is now offering house plans that include the digital files needed to create a model of the home using MakerBot or other 3D printers. For home buyers purchasing fully custom homes and for smaller builders that do not maintain model homes for each of their floor plans, 3D … [Read more...]

Property Needed for Humane Education Center

I received the message below and thought I'd share it with my readers in case any of you have a property or know of someone who has a property that would be a good fit for this. Hello Aaron I have been a civil rights lawyer in Minneapolis for 23 years.  For decades, I have also worked to stop cruelty to animals.  Although I have supported/funded sanctuaries, rescues, and activism, I have learned that the best way to prevent cruelty (to animals and people) is education. I am writing to you in search of a … [Read more...]

2014 Twin Cities Housing Market Forecast


Barb Jandric, president of Edina Realty, has made the following prognostications. I have added to these thoughts with my comments in blue where appropriate. This past year has been an exciting year of steady recovery in the Twin Cities metro area. Rising prices meant more homeowners gained enough equity in their homes to make a move. Rates hit record lows, enticing buyers to make a move in a competitive market with a shortage of inventory. This was a significant trend this year, as was continued strong investor … [Read more...]

FHA Back to Work

Good news from the Minnesota Homeownership Center today: Recently, the Federal Housing Administration relaxed its guidelines for borrowers who "experienced periods of financial difficulty due to extenuating circumstances".  Basically, this is the Federal Housing Authorities ‘second chance’ mortgage program for potential buyers who experienced financial hardship (unemployment or severe reduction in income) during the recent recession. Known as the "Back To Work - Extenuating Circumstances Program", or … [Read more...]

Minnesota Foreclosure Activity Lowest Since 2006

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HousingLink has just released their latest foreclosure report showing that Minnesota's foreclosure activity continues to decline and in the 3rd quarter of this year was the lowest it had been since 2006! While still at double the rate prior to the crisis, foreclosure activity continues to wane and that is great news for homeowners, neighborhoods, and cities everywhere.   … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Real Estate October 2013 Market Update

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update - October 2013

What's going on in the Twin Cities housing market? Take a peek below! If you are thinking about selling your home this winter or next spring, now is the time to get a free home market value analysis! … [Read more...]

Housing’s Impact on the Economy


With the housing market continuing to strengthen with rising prices and unit sales, the dollar volume of those closed sales in the last year has hit a 5.5 year high, nearly $12 billion. Each sale creates a flurry of economic activity - let's look at just some of the areas that are often impacted: Real estate agents Title company employees Loan officers Home Inspectors Movers Home improvement stores Remodelers/contractors New construction Just in real estate commissions alone, there's probably … [Read more...]

HomeServices of America Takes Mortgage Business from Wells Fargo

HomeServices of America

This seems like an obvious play - after many years of operating a joint venture with Wells Fargo, HomeServices of America is making HomeServices Lending a wholly-owned subsidiary.  HomeServices Lending operates in over a dozen states and as Edina Realty Mortgage in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I think this is a great move by a company that's been on an aggressive growth strategy recently. Kudos for taking the next step! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Israel Kreps Kreps DeMaria PR (for HomeServices of … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Home Prices Jump 17.5%


Median Sales Price Another WOW month for the Twin Cities real estate market.  Homes that closed in June sold for a $210,000 median price, a 17.5% increase versus a year ago and an 8.2% increase from the month prior.  The $210,000 median sales prices what the highest since December 2007 - over 5 1/2 years ago. Days on Market Meanwhile the time it takes to sell a home continues to drop dramatically - now at just 74 days - down 34% in the last 12 months.  Many houses are selling in multiple offer in the … [Read more...]


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