Relocating To — and From — the Twin Cities

Crying Twice For whatever reason, I’m working with a disproportionately large number of clients this Spring either moving to the Twin Cities — or relocating elsewhere — for new jobs. Which has given me the opportunity to relate an observation I heard while moving furniture in college a long time ago:  “Minneapolis is the kind...
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Fall = Fall Off in Home Sales? Not for Upper Bracket

4th Quarter Spike in Relocation Sales Yes, eventually the leaves will all be down, truly cold weather will arrive . . . and the seasonal Holiday slow-down will be upon us. But, not yet. In the meantime, the Twin Cities housing market continues to be characterized by a shortage of inventory and brisk activity. In...
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“Stunning Home Only Available Due to Seller Relocation”

Telling Buyers Why the Owner is Selling You see it all the time on MLS:  a listing agent who trumpets that a home is “only available due to Seller relocation.” Such verbiage is: A. Smart marketing, because it lets prospective Buyers know why the property is available. B. Neither a marketing plus nor minus. C. A violation of...
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Doing a Final Walk-Thru Inspection on a Long-Vacant Home

As Minnesota home sellers know (or should), the required Seller Disclosure is a “live” document, up to the date of closing. Translation:  if something bad happens to the house after it goes on the market, the Seller needs to update their disclosure. But, what happens if the Seller is long gone? (often the case with...
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Pros and Cons of Relo(cation) Buyers for Home Sellers

The Relocation Fire Drill, or, “The Turbo-Charged Home Search” Relocation Buyers — often serial corporate transferees — present both opportunities and challenges for Sellers. First, the bad news:  such Buyers typically look at LOTS of homes, across a wide range of neighborhoods and home styles. That’s because they don’t know the local community well or...
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Ross Kaplan Pledge: “If I’m Not the Best Realtor to Help You Buy or Sell Your Home . . . I’ll Find the Realtor Who Is — Anywhere in the U.S.”

Local Expert, National Connections I don’t sell homes in Washington D.C., Manhattan, Chicago, or Tucson, Arizona. But, I’ve helped clients buy and sell properties in all those places. How? By tapping into Edina Realty’s national relocation network, to find agents who specialize in those areas. “Jack (Jill?) of All Trades = Master of None” Closer...
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