MN REALTORS is Seeking Artwork

The Minnesota REALTORS® office in Edina has recently undergone a face-lift, and we need artwork!

We are currently looking for scenes of our great state to frame and hang on our walls. These can be photos of famous landmarks, parks, nature, landscapes, or anything Minnesota-related.

Photo Contest blog pic

We ask that images have a resolution of at least 300 pixels/inch. If you have a photo you’d like to submit, you can upload your file here.*

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2016. We look forward to seeing your images! Please contact Erica Forman if you have any questions at

CONTEST LICENSE: Participant understands and acknowledges that any photos (“Participant’s Content”) submitted for this contest may be displayed in the offices of the Minnesota REALTORS® with appropriate source credit. By submitting Participant’s Content, Participant hereby grants to the Minnesota REALTORS® a non-exclusive, perpetual, workd-wide, transferable, royalty-free license to sub-license, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, and create derivative works of the Participant’s Content. Participant represents and warrants that Participant has authority to provide the Participant Content and Participant Content does not violate any restrictions regarding use including any third-party intellectual property rights or laws. Participant agrees to execute any further documents that are necessary to effect this License.

*File submissions will be handled via JotForm. Please refer to JotForm’s Terms of Use.

The Minnesota 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.

How Landscaping Can Boost Home Values

Realtor advice on landscaping to boost home valuesLandscaping and Home Values

When you’re planning to sell a home, you want to make sure it’s up to date and move-in ready. Staging the inside of your house is also a big step to getting it ready for showings. We’ve talked about some of the best tips for staging here.

But what about the outside of your house? Making sure the outside of your home – in terms of landscaping – is staged correctly is also key to showing off your home to prospective homebuyers. Great landscaping can add value to your home – and also show prospective buyers that you’ve taken care of your home inside and out. A researcher at Virginia Tech looked at quite a bit of research on how much landscaping can add to a home’s value. He found that landscaping can increase your property value by nearly 13%. Plus, consider that mature trees can help keep energy costs down by shading a home from the heat of summer or thorny shrubs planted under windows can be used as a natural security system!

One question sellers often ask is “what will my return on investment be?” The answer, of course, depends on where you live and the value of your home. Some experts say you can expect to get back 100% of your investment in landscaping in terms of added value to your home. But, a good rule of thumb on how much to invest in landscaping is to not spend more than 30% of your home’s value on landscaping. Landscaping is also a long-term investment since the plants and flowers need a little time to grow.Read More »