September 24, 2010

"Last Chance! Don’t Miss Out on the $1,500 Tax Credit!"

Overpaying $3,000 to Get Back $1,500? I fielded a call this week from a client — her mailbox filled with flyers touting the expiring $1,500 tax credit — asking how much a forced air furnace should cost to heat her 1,700 square foot townhome. My answer: anywhere from $3,500 to $4,500, depending on the make,...
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Define, "Everything"

“This Home Has Everything” — Really? The pitch for the Broker Open (earlier this week) was certainly alluring: ‘Beautiful Cape Cod, Absolute Move-in Condition; this home has everything!’ In fact, the home did have a long list of nice features, updates, etc. But “everything?” Not unless you consider a one-car garage — disclosed a little...
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What’s Selling . . . Fern Hill

From Dowager to Belle of the BallWhere: 2820 Huntington Ave. South, in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill neighborhoodWhat: top-to-bottom renovation of what had formerly been a 1 1/2 story home with less than 2,000 FSFWhen: listed August 6; closed Sept. 20.How (much): asking price = $859,900; sold price = $840k (purchased last Winter for $390,000).Who:...
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What do you do with dead space?

(Knowing When to) Open it Up What do you with a space, like the one pictured above, that feels claustrophobic and cut off from the rest of the home? Open it up. So, what was once a seldom-used Den — technically, a legal Bedroom — is now annexed to the sweeping, new Living Room. In...
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