The Beautiful Brainerd, Minnesota
Brainerd, located in the heart of the state, is the hub of the Brainerd Lakes Area and a wildly popular destination for tourists and visitors from around the region. Best known for its 500+ area lakes, the region explodes in population over the summer season for those who wish to water-ski, fish and enjoy the great outdoors.
The REALTOR is the expert, whether the client is buying or selling a property. The client is trusting that agent to guide them to the best possible home in the right neighborhood for the right price or to present their home in the best possible light for a quick and fair sale price. In order to do that, the agent needs to know it all. Here are 5 things every REALTOR should know.
History and attractions of the area
It’s good to know how your community came to be – what made it attractive as a place to live and grow…and how has it changed and developed – has it improved over time – what does it have to offer in terms of businesses and services like doctors and tutors and retailers. Is it a community that is on the rise or one that has been stable over the years? It’s important to have general knowledge of the communities you’re representing. Read more…
How to Increase the Value of Your Home with a Kitchen Update
Look around – does your kitchen need an update? Not all remodeling projects are created equal, although kitchens can be the most costly room to redo, they are more likely to pay for themselves. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune – it’s good to know that even minor improvements can yield major dividends. And let’s face it – the kitchen is the center of the home these days. Read more…
Saint Paul, Minnesota and all it has to offer
St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and home to over 285,000 residents, making it the second most populous city in Minnesota. St. Paul was established and grew as a center for economic development because of its location along the Mississippi River. In the early years it was the hub for trading and transportation and a gateway for early settlers arriving on steamboats. The railroads also were a major contributor to the economic development of the city.
Now, St. Paul is an attractive place to live, work or visit. The downtown business district is stable and easy to navigate and offers many popular restaurants and area attractions. It is home to the MN Wild hockey team, which plays at Xcel Center, an amazing arena that also serves as a high-demand concert venue. The MN Swarm Lacrosse team and the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team call St. Paul home, as well. Read more…
Minnesota CRS Chapter Awarded the 2013 Midsize Chapter of the Year Award
The Minnesota Certified Residential Specialist Chapter “CRS” was recently presented the Midsized CRS Chapter of the year award at the National Association of REALTORS® convention for CRS in San Francisco! It is a privilege and honor to be given this prestigious award. Under the leadership and direction of Daniel D Boman, the 2013 President of the Minnesota CRS Chapter, this achievement was accomplished. All of the MN CRS Chapter Board of Directors members helped support the efforts in making this possible!
Our motto for the year was to “Reach out to our membership” and we did. We went to many of the state REALTOR® association expos and trade shows and talked with their members about the value of earning the CRS Designation and becoming a CRS member. Those who hold the CRS Designation are among the top 3% of all REALTORS® in the Country! We also provided high-quality education classes within the state. This award is given by the National Council of Residential Specialists to recognize the chapter’s outstanding efforts to advance the Council’s mission and further the organization’s goals and objectives at the chapter level.
The Council of Residential Specialists is a not for profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® comprised of more than 30,000+ members worldwide. The CRS Designation is earned by REALTORS® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding achievement in residential as well as International real estate. Congratulations MN CRS Chapter on a job well done and deserving in receiving this prestigious award!
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.
Median sales price is good indicator of confidence
November 20, 2013 (Edina) – Homeownership in Minnesota continues to make strides according to the latest report from the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®. Homeowners who were holding back from selling their homes until values inched back up or until they were no longer under water on their mortgages are starting to get back into the market. In October there was an 11.5% increase in new listings over the same time last year statewide. Median sales prices have also continued to increase from $156,000 to $175,000. Read more…