Bryn Mawr

Favorite Twin Cities “Straddle” Neighborhoods

Best Ideas:  Bryn Mawr, Longfellow, Saint Anthony Park, Brookside “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” –Rudyard Kipling “North is North and South is South, and never the twain shall meet.” –corollary, Ross Kaplan As a Twin Cities Buyer’s agent, when you’re working with a client whose job is...
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How to Kill Realtor Interest in a Property

Trifecta of Turn-off’s We may be small, but we’re slow. –Cal Tech football slogan Want to assure that (practically) no Realtors show your property? Start out with a short sale, requiring the bank(s) holding the mortgage to voluntarily take a haircut — which they’re loathe to do. That means the already long odds of closing any deal these days suddenly got...
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Home Spotlight: 20xx Laurel

$50,000 Price Reduction What’s the big deal about a $50,000 price reduction? They’re practically run-of-the mill these days, especially in the upper price brackets. What you don’t often see is a $50,000 price reduction off of a home listed for $250,000, like the one shown above. For the math impaired, that’s a whopping 20% (vs....
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Downsizing Developers: ‘Stayin’ Alive’

Dave Alan Homes in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Feel the city breakin’ And ev’rybody shakin’ And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, Stayin’ alive. Stayin’ alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, Stayin’ alive. –lyrics, “Staying Alive” (The Bee Gees) How does a local home builder weather an epic downturn in new construction amid...
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Now THAT’s Dramatic

Bryn Mawr New Construction What: 4 BA/4BA new construction with 3,500 FSF. Where: 20xx Laurel Ave., in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood (just southwest of downtown). How (much): $739.9k list price Who: Coldwell Banker Burnet (broker); Steven Gouert (agent) When: on market 11/16/09 Hard not to notice this dramatic new list — that’s the point! The...
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Turnover & Older Neighborhoods

Renewal vs. Decline It happens to every neighborhood fortunate to get old enough (at least in the family-friendly Midwest): the original owners raise their kids, become empty-nesters, and downsize. All at once — or at least it can seem that way — the block is for sale. Is that an opportunity for Buyers? Like so...
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