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Sunset Cruise — at 4:25 p.m.(!) — on Minneapolis’ Lake Bde Maka Ska

Wet Suits Optional What’s so remarkable about sailing, at sunset, on Lake Bde Maka Ska? (formerly Lake Calhoun). Several things, actually: –Time of year: the shot above was taken in December (yesterday, in fact). –Time of day: sunset in late June in Minneapolis is past 9 p.m. Now, it’s about 4:30 p.m. –Temps: Notwithstanding the...
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The Key to Successful Negotiating: “Getting to Yes?” Or, “Getting to No?”

Establishing ” and Testing ” Boundaries If you go to the Business section of any bookstore, you’ll see any number of books on negotiation titled, “Getting to Yes!,” “Win-Win Negotiation,” etc. In my experience, however, the key to effective negotiation lies not in getting to “yes,” but getting to “no.” Or perhaps more accurately: before...
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What Realtors Mean When They Say a Client is “Cooperative” (or not)

How Realtors Grade Clients Clients occasionally may have a select few words for their Realtors, but Realtors also have some favorite words for their clients. No, not “%!%#!” Rather, how “cooperative” they are. What do I mean by that? For Sellers, client cooperation boils down to these three things: 1. Pricing. A cooperative client picks...
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Who Blows Out the Sprinkler System — Buyer or Seller?

Forecasted Low Temp in Twin Cities Tonight: 24 Degrees At least from my perspective as a Realtor, less important than who takes responsibility for blowing out (winterizing) the sprinkler system in the Fall, is that someone does it. If not, the system can rupture due to freezing, causing both extensive flooding and expensive pipe repair....
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Fall, 2020 Target Shopping List: Milk, Eggs, Loaf of Bread . . . & Tesla Charge

Long Way from “Tar-Zhay´” Not owning a Tesla, I have no idea how fast they (re)charge. But, based on at least one Target — the St. Louis Park store just east of Highway 100 — now having multiple Tesla charging stations (“Superchargers”) in its parking lot, I’m guessing that a 30-minute shop is long enough...
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Warren Buffett Makes a Bearish Call on Airlines (and a Stealthy Bullish One)

Berkshire Hathaway 2020 (Virtual) Annual Meeting [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.] Perhaps the biggest news from Berkshire Hathaway’s (online) annual meeting yesterday was Warren Buffett’s bearish...
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