31January, 2019

Tips for Buying a House When Relocating to the Twin Cities

Buying a home in an unfamiliar city is a daunting test of courage and conviction. Make sure you hire a local licensed real estate agent who can help navigate you through the process. With some planning on your part and insight from your agent, you can make good choices about your new home purchase.   St Paul and Minneapolis, also known as the Twin Cities, offer big-city attractions with Midwestern charm. Surrounded by cozy family neighborhoods, the cities have lots of appeal for families, young professionals, and retirees.  Out of 125 cities and metro areas across the US, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota ranks #9 on the US News best places to live and #70 as a great place to retire. With a variety of businesses, job opportunities, great support for the arts, shops, and entertainment, the Twin Cities have it all. If you’re about to relocate to the Twin Cities, there’s [...]

5January, 2019

Budgeting Home Improvements in 2019

The New Year is upon us. Time to start evaluating where you are, where you want to be and work on resolutions for how to get there. Most resolutions have to do with personal development. Health, fitness, and weight loss are all high on the list, but not too many consider financial health and where 2019 might lead. Are there projects around the house you’ve been meaning to tend to? Now is the time to start a game plan for budgeting your home improvement projects. Maintenance and Repairs Just like for us, time also marches on for our homes as well. They age, and with age comes some degree of required maintenance. Re-grouting, replacing kitchen and bathroom faucets and knobs, cleaning the carpets, or updating light fixtures are common issues. A good strategy is to put money away on a monthly basis for these types of small projects. Additions Maybe [...]

3December, 2018

Should You Buy a Home Warranty Plan?

Have you ever seen a movie where an unsuspecting couple buys their dream home and as soon as they move in things begin to fall apart? For some homeowners, that scenario has become their reality. For new first-time homeowners, the scenario can be their worst nightmare. A home warranty plan can eliminate that problem. The Advantages of a Home Warranty Plan Whether you are buying or selling a house, a home warranty plan is an advantage. The plan costs relatively little when you consider the problems that could crop up. For sellers, the home warranty plan sweetens the deal. It also gives the buyer more of a secure feeling. If you’re buying a home, getting a warranty plan can add to your peace of mind. Owning a home means you are responsible for anything that goes wrong. Your bank account will be affected by any systems or appliances in the [...]

27November, 2018

What to Look for in a Neighborhood When Buying a Home

There is more to buying the perfect home than just how many bedrooms and bathrooms it contains. While the house is important, the location can be even more vital to ensuring you found the right place to call home. When you are buying a home, the neighborhood is a vital component that is hard to quantify just by looking at a listing online. Here are some of the factors to consider and look for in a neighborhood when searching for a new home. […]