Real Estate

When it’s winter in Minnesota, it is the season for ice dams

If your home’s roof has developed these frozen outgrowths in past winters, then the new year may be a good time to make a resolution to take action to save yourself from costly home repairs. To help you conserve energy in your home and prevent ice dams, the Minnesota Commerce Department offers these tips. Ice dams are not caused by […]

With extreme cold temps… insurance tips if your water pipes froze and broke

You may have survived the recent extreme cold temperatures, but how about the water pipes in your home? Unfortunately, many Minnesotans had frozen pipes that burst and caused significant water damage to their homes. Water damage is one of the most common reasons people file claims on their homeowners insurance, and it is often the first time that people use […]

The choice for staying put or moving on

Many people now opt to stay in their homes and improve their properties rather than move out. Many home improvement television series showcase people deciding whether to improve upon their current homes to make them into the houses of their dreams or to put “for sale” signs in their lawns and move on to something new. The question of whether […]

How does the water table affect homes?

The groundwater table plays a role in home construction, foundation stability and home comfort. Because the groundwater table is so significant, it behooves homeowners to understand how it works. National Geographic defines a water table as the boundary between water-saturated ground and unsaturated ground. Well beneath the ground, at various depths depending on geography, topography and weather conditions, pockets of […]

Eligible for a home equity line of credit?

According to Bank of America, a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a line of credit secured by a homeowner’s home. The HELOC is a revolving credit line, which means it allows homeowners to borrow up to the credit limit amount and re-borrow in r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

The art of buying art for your home

Designing a home’s interior can be fun. Whether furnishing a first apartment or a newly purchased family home, many people feel that the art they put on the walls of their homes is an expression of their individuality, and that a home isn’t truly a h… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Items for homeowners to consider when outfitting a home gym

 Home gyms can make working out more efficient, saving time driving to a fitness facility and enabling people to stick to a workout regimen during inclement weather. Having a gym at home also may motivate people to work out more frequently and m… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Alternatives to traditional investments

According to Investopedia.com, indexing is a passive form of investing that has traditionally outperformed many actively managed mutual funds. Index funds are mutual funds with portfolios constructed to match or track the components of market indexes… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Consider option of using reclaimed timber

Using reclaimed timber when building or renovating a home benefits the environment in various ways. According to GreenBusinessWatch.org, building and renovating with reclaimed timber helps to preserve forests by greatly reducing the need to cut down … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 appea… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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