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In-bounds or Out? The Standard for Buyers’ Walk-Through Inspection

“Substantially the Condition,” Defined (Sort of) [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] “Buyer has the right to a walk-through review of the property prior to closing...
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Why the Neighbor’s House Usually Isn’t a Comp (“Comparable Sold Property”)

Comparing Honey Crisps to Braeburns One of the more quizzical looks Realtors get is when they (try to) explain to a prospective home Seller that their neighbor’s house isn’t a “Comp” (Comparable Sold Property). In plain English: it isn’t relevant — at least directly — for pricing their home. For the uninitiated, a Comp is...
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Storm

Uh-Oh! What Happens When a Tornado (or Earthquake, or Flood) Damages a “For Sale” Home Before Closing??

Short Answer: Buyer’s Call [Note to Readers:  The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.  If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] RISK OF LOSS: If there is any loss or damage to the Property between the Date...
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“Sold?” No, “Spoken For” (or if you prefer, “Under Contract”)

When “Sold” Doesn’t Mean “Sold” At least in Minnesota, when you see a “Sold” rider above a “For Sale” sign in front of a house, it doesn’t mean “Sold” — it means “Pending.” Huh?? The (admittedly confusing) convention is to pronounce a home that’s under contract and past Inspection — but not yet closed —...
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4-Season Porches in a 2-Season Climate (“Winter” & “Road Construction”) 🙂

“Screened Porches” vs. “3-Season Porches” vs. “4-Season Porches” [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.]. Quick! Which kinds of porches are included in a home’s finished square...
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“Minnesota Twins” x 2

Identical or Fraternal? Look closely in the photo above, and you’ll see not one but two trunks at the base of this tree, located about 1/2 mile west of Minneapolis’ Cedar Lake in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill neighborhood. The tree — make that tree(s) — command a key intersection, which give passing motorists (and...
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