March 28, 2016

Barnes & Noble’s $50 Coupon Come-On

“Coupon Caveats,” or, When the Sum of the Parts < The Whole [Editor’s Note:  The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.] There may be valid reasons to buy an annual Barnes & Noble membership for $25. But, the promised $50...
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Converting a One-Car Garage Into a [Fill-in-the-Blank]

Avoiding “The Bowling Alley” Effect First, a caveat:  unless there’s also a detached garage in the back of the house (typically, off an alley), converting a one-car garage into something else is a non-starter. That’s because going from a one-car garage to a no-car garage is guaranteed to destroy much more value than it creates. But, assuming that that’s not the...
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Twin Cities Brain Teasers — Real Estate Edition

Just Don’t Call it “Calhoun Lake” Inspired by Saturday Night Live’s “Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?” bit, herewith are the most vexing real estate pairings in the Twin Cities, IMHO: 1. Maple Grove vs. Maplewood vs. Maple Plain. 2. St. Anthony Park vs. St. Anthony Village. 3. Forest Lake vs. Lake Forest. 4. Windom Park (neighborhood in northeast corner of Minneapolis)...
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