No Black Friday for Realtors

by Ross Kaplan on November 28, 2014

Today may very well be the climactic retail shopping day for consumers.

But, it’s a day off for most Realtors.

Edina Realty is officially closed, as are all other major brokers.


The explanation for this rather strange-looking construction project? (located across the street from Minikhada Vista front_stepsPark in St. Louis Park).

That’s not an addition — it’s a set of all-new front steps.

The heated, enclosed area allowed the contractor, Quality Concrete from St. Cloud, to work long past the usual cut-off for such outside work in Minnesota.

The temp inside the construction area was a balmy 80° (vs. about 15° outside).

P.S.:  the extra prep adds expense, but in the context of a $900k new home, it’s trivial.


Open House Thursday (11/27) 3 p.m to ???

by Ross Kaplan on November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving open house

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Kaplan household is hosting 30+ guests today, starting promptly (or not so promptly) at 3 p.m.

Ending time:  (much) later.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


“Lake Nokomis-y” vs. “Lake Harriet-ish”

by Ross Kaplan on November 25, 2014


Realtor Shorthand for Minneapolis Neighborhoods

A knowledgeable Twin Cities Buyer’s agent would never say they had a client looking for a home near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis (“Lake Harriet-ish,” I suppose).

Lake NokomisInstead, they’d name the various neighborhoods adjacent to it — Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, East Harriet, and Fulton (just to the south) — each with (surprisingly) different demographics, housing stock, and price points.

Twin Cities Neighborhood Name Brands

Less than four miles to the Southeast, there are fewer “name brand” neighborhoods around Lake Nokomis (“HPDL” — for “Hale Page Diamond Lake” — doesn’t cut it).

So, it made sense to hear a City Lakes agent with an upcoming buyer need broadcast that their client was looking for something “Lake Nokomis-y, up to $300k.”

See also, “Spectacular Tudor in Coveted HPDL Neighborhood”; “Calhoun Lake??” Is That By Isles Lake?“; “Name Brand Neighborhoods:  Linden Hills vs. Northrup (Northrup??)“; “Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Great Twin Cities Neighborhoods“; and “Twin Cities Metro’s 30 Best Neighborhoods.


How to Tell if a “For Sale” Home is Vacant in Less Than 5 Seconds, From Your Desk

November 24, 2014

(But, You Have to Be a Realtor) So, how does a Realtor know if a home is vacant? (assuming the online photos don’t give it away first). When they request a showing, they receive an approval automatically (the Buyer’s agent gets an email confirmation in less than 2 seconds). By contrast, “For Sale” homes that […]

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3 Reasons to Buy a House in Minnesota in December (and One Reason Not to)

November 24, 2014

“Buy a House in Minnesota in December?” “Are You %#&!$ Crazy?!?” Actually, no. In fact, I can think of three reasons why that’s actually a very good idea. Discount Shockers One.  Best deals of the year. Every year I’ve been selling real estate — and it’s now 13 — the best deals of the year […]

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Realtor Reviews on Angie’s List

November 24, 2014

Ratings Criteria:  ”Quality,” “Punctuality,” “Responsiveness” If I were rating Realtors, the attributes most important to me would be things like: –Marketing skills –Negotiating ability –Legal knowledge and familiarity with real estate contracts –Honesty/Integrity –Market knowledge –Personality and interpersonal skills Now, compare the above list to the criteria for rating Realtors on Angie’s List: –Price –Quality […]

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Open House Today (11/23) From 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

November 23, 2014

Prime Lake Forest Location, Great New Price Where:  2315 Parklands Road in St. Louis Park’s Lake Forest neighborhood. What:  Cape Cod-style home with great bones and nice finishes. When:  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. How much:   $500,000 (just reduced Friday). Who:  listed by Ross Kaplan, Edina Realty – City Lakes. If you’re looking for […]

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