Real Estate

Minnesota Realtors says May median sales price hit historic high

STATEWIDE — The Minnesota real estate market stayed strong with closed sales up 14.5 percent over last May and pending sales increasing by 9.4 percent, according to Minnesota Realtors® (MNR), the membership organization supporting all 22,000 Realtors in the state. However, demand continued to squeeze available inventory, as new listings only inched above last May’s levels by 0.2 percent. The […]

Five useful tips for home buyers during a seller’s market

A combination of factors, including low interest rates and a pandemic-driven decision by many city dwellers to look for houses in the suburbs, has created a housing boom for much of 2020 and 2021. That boom has created an undeniable seller’s market in real estate. Just what is a seller’s market? The financial resource Investopedia defines it as a marketplace […]

Tips for booking a summer vacation rental

After a dismal 2020 when people’s movements were greatly restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel and tourism could increase significantly beginning in the summer of 2021. That’s great news for the businesses and workers who make their living in the tourism industry, and it’s music to the ears of people itching to get out of the house and head […]

What you need to know about your outdoor living spaces

Home trends come and go. What was popular as recently as a decade ago may have lost some luster in the eyes of today’s home buyers. Though that’s historically been the case in regard to real estate, outdoor living rooms are one relatively recent home trend that figures to have a longer shelf life, especially in the aftermath of a […]

Signs your HVAC unit could be fading

A day outdoors soaking up the sun’s rays is many people’s idea of the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. On such days, a periodic retreat indoors into an air-conditioned home can offer some much-needed relief from the heat. HVAC systems are worth their weight in gold during the dog days of summer. Of course, such systems must be […]

Emphasizing electrical safety

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the United States each year. Many of those electrocutions occur in people’s own homes. In fact, the Electrical Safety Foundation International notes that wiring hazards, including damaged or exposed wiring and household wiring, accounted for roughly 14 percent of all electrocution deaths. Such figures underscore the […]

Know these dos and don’ts of fire pits

 Fire pits have become so popular that a 2016 survey of landscape architects conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects revealed they were the most sought-after outdoor design element. Fire pits remain wildly popular a half decade… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Outdoor living spaces

Consider the cost, return on investment, and space available

Outdoor living spaces are popular. Homeowners must consider various factors before deciding if such spaces are for them. Homeowners mulling outdoor living space projects should consider several factors before deciding to go ahead with a project.Home … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

How to stop birds from attacking your windows

If you’ve ever noticed a bird attack your windows, you may wonder why this strange behavior is occurring. Beyond the potential disruption it might cause your family, repeated attacks can be harmful to birds. Understanding the problem however, can hel… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Stay safe when working in the yard this spring and summer

Lawn and garden-related injuries can be prevented without going to great lengths. Simple steps, like understanding your terrain, inspections, and machine maintenance and understanding, can better protect homeowners from experiencing an accident.A day… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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