new and improved

New & Improved(?) Curb Appeal

“Golden Door?”  More Like Canary Yellow Not every change to a home’s curb appeal is necessarily an improvement. Personally, I prefer the more traditional version of this Fern Hill Colonial (below) to the more recent, minimalist look (above). With/Without The differences? (besides door color). Siding color (white vs. beige); shutters (without/with); and red lawn chairs...
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Twin Cities Realtors — and Front Desks — Grapple With New MLS Showing Software

New (Yes) and Improved (Maybe) Thanks to a corporate acquisition, Twin Cities agents are having to learn new software to set up showings for clients this week. I’m sure I speak for at least a few (cranky) veterans who didn’t think there was anything wrong with the old system. More Robust, Customizable (But . ....
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Jumbo Shrimp, Army Intelligence, & Power(s) of Attorney

Make That, “the New Minnesota Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney” When a document has the term “short form” in it, you might expect it to be . . . well, short. Ditto when said form undergoes a “new & improved” revision, as Minnesota’s POA just did. Unh-unh. I Think That’s Called a “Misnomer” The previous short form...
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(Real Estate) Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future

New and (Very) Improved:  2712 Joppa in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill Neighborhood In the, umm . . .  spirit of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, I offer up 2712 Joppa, a teardown-in-progress in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill neighborhood just west of Cedar Lake (runner-up title:  ‘A Tale of Two Properties’). This is what the front...
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Re-designed MLS: ‘If it ‘aint Broke . . . Fix it, Anyway??’

Dear MLS:  ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ For the record, I was not one of the agents whose “calls, emails, and feedback forms” prompted the local MLS to dramatically overhaul the look and feel of its site. In my — and many other Twin Cities Realtors’ opinion — the old system worked just fine, and the...
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