If you are thinking about building your next home, start here!

As a seasoned residential Realtor celebrating unique opportunities in the industry today, I find great joy in sharing valuable insights with potential homeowners, especially when it comes to the thriving market of new construction single-family homes in the Minneapolis area, including Edina, and Minnetonka. In this comprehensive blog post, I'll outline the top ten reasons why partnering with a Realtor is beneficial and essential for a smooth and successful new construction home-buying experience.

1. Local Expertise and Trusted Builders:

One of the primary advantages of working with a realtor is their in-depth knowledge of the local market and neighborhood dynamics. Realtors often have…

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Affordability Matters More Than Interest Rates

When it comes to homeownership, many buyers tend to focus on the current interest rates as the primary factor influencing their decision. While interest rates do play a significant role in determining the overall cost of a mortgage, there are other crucial aspects to consider. One of the most important of these is affordability. Here are some questions to help you determine if you are truly ready to own a home.

Do you have a good job?

Your job and income level will greatly influence your ability to afford homeownership. It’s not just about the current salary you earn but also the stability of your job and the potential for career growth. Are you confident that your income will remain steady in the…

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ARE you open to homeownership, but don't know where to start?

Becoming a homeowner is a significant milestone, and for first-time homebuyers, it can be both exciting and intimidating. As a lender specializing in mortgages for first-time buyers, it's our mission to help you navigate this journey with confidence. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the top 10 things to consider when you're open to the possibilities of homeownership. By the end of this article, you'll be well-equipped to start your homeownership journey on the right foot.

1. Financial Preparedness:

The first and most crucial step is assessing your financial readiness. Consider your current income, savings, and monthly expenses. Review your credit score and history. A…

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Rent-to-own is a popular housing arrangement that allows individuals to gradually transition from renting a property to becoming its owner. This article aims to provide a clear understanding of the rent-to-own process through a simplified scenario. We will explore the basic steps involved, the benefits and considerations for both parties and shed light on the key factors to consider before entering into a rent-to-own agreement.

Scenario Overview 
Let's consider a scenario involving two parties: the tenant (renter) and the landlord (property owner). The tenant, John, is interested in purchasing a property but does not currently have the means to secure a mortgage or a large down payment. The landlord, Sarah, owns a property that she is willing to rent…

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Welcome to our weekly market update for the Minneapolis residential real estate market. In this edition, we'll provide you with the latest statistics, trends, and insights into the market. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or simply curious about the real estate scene in Minneapolis, this update will help you stay informed and make informed decisions. Let's dive into the numbers and explore the hottest neighborhoods and tips from a DRG Realtor Expert.

Market Statistics: New listings in Minneapolis have decreased by 23% compared to last year, indicating a tightening supply in the market. Closed sales have also declined by 25%, suggesting a slowdown in buyer activity. However, the average sale price has increased by 2.2%, indicating a rise in property…

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Minneapolis is a beautiful city that is known for its abundance of parks, lakes, and cultural attractions. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that many residents and visitors alike prefer to get around on foot. If you're looking for a walkable neighborhood to call home, you're in luck, as there are several great options to choose from. Here are the top five walkable residential neighborhoods in Minneapolis:

  1. Downtown West: Located in the heart of Minneapolis, Downtown West is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. With its wide sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly streets, it's easy to explore all that this bustling neighborhood has to offer. Downtown West is home to several historic buildings, museums, theaters, and…

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Celeste and Her First-Time Homebuying Story

Click on the image for a 50-second video of Celeste closing on her new home.

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions a person can make. It is a decision that requires careful consideration, planning, and execution. For many people, the idea of owning a home can seem out of reach due to financial constraints or other challenges. However, with the help of a skilled real estate agent and the right resources, owning a home CAN become a reality. Celeste's story is a great example.

I had the privilege of meeting Celeste at an open house in December 2022. She came with her two children and was curious about the home I had listed. She shared her dream of owning a home and told me…

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As a first-time home buyer in Minneapolis, navigating the spring housing market can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help you get started on your journey, here are the top 10 tips for starting a blog for first-time home buyers in Minneapolis:

  1. Start with a clear and concise introduction: When creating your blog post, start with a clear and concise introduction that highlights the key points you'll cover in your article. This will help readers know what to expect and keep them engaged throughout the post.

  2. Know the market: As a first-time home buyer, it's important to be familiar with the current state of the housing market in Minneapolis. Research current housing trends and statistics, including average home prices, interest rates,…

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How To Make Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality

According to a recent Harris Poll survey, 8 in 10 Americans say buying a home is a priority, and 28 million Americans actually plan to buy within the next 12 months. Homeownership provides many financial and nonfinancial benefits, so that interest is understandable.

However, it’s unlikely all 28 million Americans will accomplish that goal in the coming year. Experts project a total of around five million homes will be sold in 2023. Why is there such a big difference? It’s partly because there can be challenges to buying a home.

In the same survey, when asked, “Which of the following are preventing you from pursuing homeownership at this time?”:

  • 34% answered, “I don’t have enough saved for…

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