Real Estate

Simple, inexpensive staging strategies

An inviting, clutter-free foyer or entryway can make a strong first impression on prospective home buyers. Staging has long been part of selling a home, and for good reason. When selling a home, it makes sense for sellers to make their homes as appealing as possible, even if a recent study indicates that staging may not compel buyers to offer […]

Replace energy-hungry appliances

Upgrading a home’s appliances with products that are eco-friendlier can add value to a home and make the home more attractive to buyers who want their homes to look good and pay dividends for the environment. Large appliances tend to consume more energy than small appliances. Scaling down the size of the appliance can reduce energy consumption. Empty nesters may […]

Residents urged to protect septic tanks

This winter’s relatively low snowfall amounts, combined with single digit temperatures, could lead to potential freezing problems for septic systems. The St. Louis County Environmental Services Department is reminding property owners with septic systems to take preventative maintenance steps to protect their systems. Recommended precautions to take now include: • Add a layer of mulch (8-12 inches of hay or […]

How does solar electricity work and what are the benefits?

Solar panels are seen more and more on roofs of residential homes and even some businesses. Due in part to more aggressive marketing by solar energy companies, as well as greater awareness by customers, solar energy has become increasingly popular in recent years. The Solar Energy Industries Association® reports that solar energy in the United States is booming. The association […]

Consider simple home eco-improvements to save money

Did you know that being environmentally conscious is also an easy way to put money in your pocket? You can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption if you have an efficient home and use cleaner products. Consider a few, simple eco-improvements to reduce energy consumption and increase savings on your monthly energy bill. Insulation: If your house is […]

CO poisoning goes up when temps drop

As temperatures fall in Minnesota, the number of people who become seriously ill from carbon monoxide poisoning goes up, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Illness and deaths from CO poisoning can be prevented when peopl… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

How agents and sellers can work together

Selling a home can be stressful. Despite this, 5.51 million existing U.S. homes were sold in 2017, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. In many cases, homeowners choose to work with real estate agents to facilitate the proces… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

How to save up for your first home

 Home ownership is a dream for people across the globe. Many people save for years before buying their first homes, squirreling away every dollar they can with the hopes they can one day become homeowners. But thanks to factors beyond their cont… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Get the best mortgage financing deal

Few people are able to walk into a home, like what they see and then pay for a house in cash. In the vast majority of home purchases, mortgages make the dream of home ownership a reality. Getting a mortgage requires research and some preparation on t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Protect your home—inside and out—from winter’s freeze

Freezing temperatures may be good for ice skating or building snowmen, but sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous for the average person and his or her home. Cold weather often leaves people scurrying to do whatever is necessary to safeguard them… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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