November 11, 2010

"Pulled Forward Demand" — Take II

Best Time to Buy New Windows? When is the best time to buy new windows in the next 12 months? Very possibly, this Jan. – Feb. Isn’t that after the 30% tax credit (for energy-efficient home improvements) expires? Well, yes. To counteract an anticipated slump in demand after Dec. 31, window contractors are gearing up...
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Investing $1,000 in Lehman Bros, AIG — and Beer

Realtor “Water Cooler” Talk The water cooler is long gone, of course. Instead, we Realtors have meetings. Lots and lots of meetings. I picked up this nugget — plus some good market info — at Edina Realty’s Exceptional Properties meeting this morning (anecdote courtesy of downtown Manager Matt Loskota): “If you invested $1,000 three years...
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What’s Selling: Hopkins

Days on Market: 12 Where:  301 13th Ave. North, near downtown Hopkins What:  3 BR/2 Bath stucco bungalow with over 1,800 finished square feet; nicely updated. When: listed 10/29; off market yesterday (11/10) How much:  asking $250k Who:  listing agents — Stacy and Christina Cranbrook (Edina Realty); selling agent — Nancy Bourland (Edina Realty) “We...
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"Master" vs. "Owner’s Suite"

Real Estate PC If you haven’t noticed, you seldom see a home advertised with a “Master Suite” anymore; these days, it’s an “Owner’s Suite.” And it’s not just Realtors. A couple years ago, the repairman working on our furnace referred to our main floor thermostat as the “master,” and the satellite thermostats on the upper...
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