New Radon Law Makes Minnesotans get Serious about Radon Gas

Minnesota, it’s time to get serious about Radon gas Residential Leasing Module MN Association of REALTORS

Article originally posted on MNPRNews

It may seem like a subtle change, but a new radon disclosure law could have big consequences for Minnesota.

Currently, sellers have to report whether they are aware of a radon problem in their home. Starting January 1, sellers will be asked more specifically if their home has ever been tested for the toxic gas.

Public health officials hope the answer to this yes-or-no question will spur more buyers and sellers to pursue radon testing. There’s no debate that radon causes lung cancer. The naturally occurring radioactive gas can seep into homes from the ground and contaminate the air. It has been classified as a carcinogen for more than two decades. And the Minnesota Department of Health estimates that long-term exposure to the gas kills 700 people each year in the state.

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Minnesota Market is Still Strong in September

New Listings and Closed Sales Remain Positive transition from summer to fall with these packing tips

October 21, 2013 (Edina) – As kids across Minnesota went back to school in September, the housing market didn’t seem to lose any steam according to the most recent report from the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®.  Minnesota residents continued to feel confident enough in Minnesota’s economy to put their homes on the market.

During September, statewide numbers showed a 14 percent increase in new listings over the same time period in 2012.  “We generally see a drop in listings this time of the year primarily due to the absence of school year influenced sellers and the reduction of discretionary sellers,” said Rod Helm, President of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®.  “This year to year increase is really representative of more sellers looking to take part in the current housing recovery.”Read More »

City Spotlight: Twin Cities

Living in the Twin Cities 

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The Twin Cities are a great place to live, work and play. Vast career opportunities, excellent education systems, influential arts, endless entertainment and professional sport teams. They’re known for their high quality of life and affordable cost of living.

With things to do, ranging from lake side strolls to rooftop dinners, it’s hard to become bored in the beautiful Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Good jobs and a healthy economy are two factors that have a big impact on real estate in the Twin Cities. Some good news for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: the Twin Cities are in Forbes magazine’s annual Best Places for Business and Careers. The Twin Cities rank 23rd out of 200 large metro areas in the United States. That’s up 11 places from where the area ranked in 2011.

Forbes also ranks the Twin Cities on several other lists, expressing the quality we have here in Minnesota:

  • #1 America’s Safest Cities
  • #19 Best Cities for Singles
  • #20 in Education
  • #22 Best Places for Business and Careers
  • #104 in Job Growth
  • #20 in Education
  • #156 in Cost of Doing Business

Don’t let the talk about Minnesota’s tough winters scare you! The Twin Cities have more to offer than a good amount of snow and below freezing temps. Embrace all the area has to offer and you’ll see why so many people love to call Minnesota home.

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.


Minnesota Classics: Neoclassical

The history of neoclassical homes in Minnesota.

Neoclassical, or "new" classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
Neoclassical, or “new” classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.

Neoclassical, or “new” classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. If you look closely at a neoclassical building you may see echoes of the Parthenon in Athens or the Pantheon in Rome. You may not expect to see Grecian aspects in Minnesota, but these worldly inspiration can be found throughout the state in historical homes.