Fern Hill Realtor

Pressure Clients to Buy or Sell? Never! (Here’s Why)

The Virtue of a Well-Stocked Pipeline We will sell no wine before its time.” –Ad campaign for Paul Masson wine. [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] If...
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(Late) Winter Walk Shortcut

Thinking Outside the Box Inside the Circle I wouldn’t try it even a week from now — local temps are supposed to soar into the 60’s soon. However, at least for now, there’s a quick shortcut for anyone running late on their walk around Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun: cut across the ice. 🙂 Have a nice...
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What’s For Sale in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill Neighborhood? Not Much

The Neighborhood’s Two Distinguishing Features There aren’t too many Twin Cities neighborhoods that include both 1950’s ramblers for $300k, and less than one mile away custom, upper bracket Contemporaries with gorgeous views of Cedar Lake and the Downtown Minneapolis skyline commanding almost 10x that. The latter home would be 2545 Huntington (pictured above), which fetched...
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“Accepted Offer” vs. “Fully Executed Purchase Agreement”

Real Estate Jargon 101 What’s the difference between an “accepted” offer and a “fully executed” one? Absolutely nothing. As a former corporate attorney, I actually prefer the latter term, because it’s just a tad more precise, descriptive, etc. However, it can also sound a bit . . . intimidating (especially the “executed” part). Which is...
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“American Dirt”: What it Means to Have Nothing

The Kindness — and Evil — of Strangers Coyote: “I don’t like leaving people behind. I don’t like people dying in the desert. So I choose people who won’t die. Migrant: “I have no intention of dying.” Coyote: “No one intends to die.” Migrant: “Yes, but I intend not to die.” –“American Dirt”; p. 281. What...
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That Déjà Vu Feeling About Kansas City Chiefs’ Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

“Hmm . . . Where Have I Seen That Arm Before??” “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” —Proverb Where does Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes get his rocket right arm? Minnesota Twins fans of a certain age (I qualify) know the answer: “from his old man.” Mahomes senior was a journeyman major league pitcher...
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