Home Sales Expected to Soar Through 2018: What Buyers Need to Know

Home Sales Expected to Soar Through 2018- What Buyers Need to KnowBy now just about every would-be buyer out there knows there simply aren’t enough homes for sale these days to appease the hordes of competition. But despite the shortages, rising prices, and bidding wars, more homes are expected to be sold this year than in more than a decade.

In 2017, the number of sales of existing homes (which have previously been lived in) is expected to rise about 3.5%, to 5.64 million, according to the midyear forecast from the National Association of Realtors®. The group predicts that existing-home purchases will rise an additional 2.8% in 2018, to 5.8 million. Continue reading

How to Sell a House: 4 New Rules That Can Make or Break a Sale

These days, knowing how to sell a house isn’t as simple as sticking a “For Sale” sign on your lawn. Times have changed—and the good news is the market is largely tilting in your favor.

“It’s undeniably a sellers market” says Linda Sanderfoot, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Neenah, WI. In other words, buyers are demanding homes, but there isn’t much inventory on the market nationally. Plus, half of home buyers are worried about rising interest rates and looking to lock into a home soon. As a result, “there is pressure on buyers to submit offers quickly, and to offer full or even above list price,” says Peggy Yee, supervising broker at Frankly Realtors in Vienna, VA.

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ALS Walleye Tournement

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An amazing client of mine is participating in the Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament. This tournament raises money for The ALS Association, specifically the MN/ND/SD Chapter. The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Since the start of the tournament in 1995, This event has raised over 2.7 million dollars!

Here is a link to Mark’s story and donation page. Lets help fight ALS and GO MARK!!

Mark Buerman’s story and donation page

10 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

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There’s no denying that the kitchen has become the focal point of the modern home, the place where the outsize influence of the Food Network and HGTV converge. Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves gathered there among friends, sipping wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres with ease—or perhaps preparing a family meal while the kids pitch in as little sous-chefs.

But achieving that dream kitchen is also one of the most expensive home remodeling projects you can possibly undertake. If your taste trends more toward Veuve Clicquot on a budget that’s solidly PBR, never fear: We’ve got some sneaky tricks to give your kitchen a fancy upgrade on the cheap. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning: 5 Things You Really Should Be Cleaning (but Probably Don’t)

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Spring is upon us! It’s time to open your windows, let some fresh air in, and clean out the nooks and crannies in your home that never get any attention. Below is a list of places throughout your home that could really use some love! All of these tips would also be great to do before you put your home on the market- especially the baseboards and cabinets!

Open the windows, turn up some tunes, and clean away!

  1. Ceiling Fan: Before you risk spreading the dust that has gathered on the blades of a ceiling fan all winter all around the room, it’s time to give your ceiling fan blades a good wipe down.  My favorite way to clean a ceiling fan is with a moist microfiber cloth, rinsing between each blade, but a dusting wipe will work just as well!
  2. Pillows: Make sure to follow the washing directions on your pillow- but in general wash in warm water on gentle and spin dry on low heat. Add in some wool dryer balls to make your dryer more energy efficient as well as to fluff them up!
  3. Washing Machine: Many washing machines come with cleaning directions, so make sure to follow those instructions! If you’ve misplaced the cleaning instructions, run your washer with Affresh Washer Cleaner. This should really be done every couple of months to keep your washer running efficiently! Also, keep your lid open while not in use to help prevent mold issues.
  4. Shower Head: Fill a ziplock back with white vinegar and attach to the showerhead with a rubber band. Let that soak for several hours and then scrub with a toothbrush or cloth.
  5. Baseboards & Cabinets: To clean your baseboards and cabinets, first wipe down with a wet cloth and let dry. Next, remove scuffs and crusted on stains with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. These really are magic!

Happy Spring!