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7 Ways to Find Your First Home

7 Ways to Find Your First Home

The road to homeownership is a complicated process. Be prepared to take your time when purchasing a home. As you dive into the process of buying a home, remember that the current housing market is more competitive than ever. An ever-growing pool of buyers (many of...
All You Need to Know About Exposed Ceiling Beams

All You Need to Know About Exposed Ceiling Beams

Big, bare, and beautiful, these architectural elements demand attention. Find out if exposed beams can make a striking statement in your new home construction or renovation project. Favored for their old world and country-chic appeal, exposed ceiling beams add a...
How to Move with Pets

How to Move with Pets

Getting ready to settle into your new property After you’ve completed your home sale with pets, there are some things to keep in mind as you move into a new property with your furry friend. Moving homes can be a confusing time for your pets, but there are tips...
Kitchen Cabinets: What to Consider

Kitchen Cabinets: What to Consider

When planning a new kitchen or major remodel, a key decision you’ll need to make is whether to run the upper wall cabinetry all the way to the ceiling or to install cabinets with a gap above them. Most homes built in the last 50 years have kitchen cabinets that...
Decoding Common Paint Terms

Decoding Common Paint Terms

Break through the jargon to ensure you choose the right paint for the job. By Karen Rechenberg, PPG Paint When it comes to paint, there’s a lot of jargon, from “sheen” and “finish” to “scrubbability” and “washability.” A novice painter might find themselves asking:...
5 Decorating Trends for This Holiday Season

5 Decorating Trends for This Holiday Season

Even a cozy home can use some festive flair. Many homeowners have decked the halls early this year. Those who are embracing the warmth and coziness of home during the pandemic are finding themselves in a particularly festive spirit. Sixty-seven percent of consumers...
Hot Home Trend: The Disinfection Room

Hot Home Trend: The Disinfection Room

The mudroom may be getting renamed and becoming much more of a necessity. A home’s mudroom may be getting renamed the “disinfection room.” In an era of a pandemic, preventing the spread of bad germs is high on most people’s lists. The mudroom is gaining prominence as...
How To Clean Your Fireplace

How To Clean Your Fireplace

There’s nothing better than a cozy, crackling fire on a cold winter night. But if you don’t keep your fireplace clean, soot, ash and other debris may start making their way into your living spaces. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends scheduling an...
Tips on Increasing Attic-Insulation Efficiency

Tips on Increasing Attic-Insulation Efficiency

Statistics show that 85 percent of a house’s heat loss is straight up through the attic space. Houses built before the energy crunch in the early ’70s, might just have a little bit of fiberglass insulation in the attic or empty cavities between the joists....
How to Save on Utility Bills

How to Save on Utility Bills

Reduce your carbon footprint and increase your savings with these tips from the pros Home Tech In our eco-conscious (and money-conscious) age, there’s really no excuse for wasting energy at home. There are dozens of extremely easy, small steps you can take right now...
The Impact of Low Inventory on the Fall Housing Market

The Impact of Low Inventory on the Fall Housing Market

Real estate continues to be called the ‘bright spot’ in the current economy, but there’s one thing that may hold the housing market back from achieving its full potential this year: the lack of homes for sale. Buyers are actively searching for and purchasing homes,...
Using Social Media to Inspire Your Decor Choices

Using Social Media to Inspire Your Decor Choices

Long ago (on the timeline of technology), social media was exposed as a disingenuous platform for self-promotion, image, and materialism — just a facade of real life. It has since evolved to include a new generation of echo chambers and misinformation. Yet with the...
3 Tips to Prep a Home for a 360 Virtual Tour

3 Tips to Prep a Home for a 360 Virtual Tour

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve seen a dramatic increase in client demand for 360-degree virtual home tours. By Julie Legge, guest contributor Buyers and sellers alike want options to view homes remotely and keep everyone involved in a transaction as safe as...

Tips for Moving with Dogs, Cats or Other Pets

After you’ve completed your home sale with pets, there are some things to keep in mind as you move into a new property with your furry friend. Moving homes can be a confusing time for your pets, but there are tips you can implement to make the transition for your...
Five Questions to Ask at an Open House

Five Questions to Ask at an Open House

What are the five best questions to ask at an open house? How long has the home been listed for sale and at what price? Has anyone else made an offer on the property? Are there any seller disclosures? What updates have been made to the property? Why are the current...
Can You Own a Home Even if You Have Student Loan Debt?

Can You Own a Home Even if You Have Student Loan Debt?

I want to buy a house, but I have debt… If you’re wondering whether or not you can own a home despite debt, the answer is — yes, you can! According to the 2019 Profile of Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS®, 51% of buyers said that...
Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Before Selling?

Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Before Selling?

When it comes to preparing your home for sale, you’ll want to put your best foot forward. Homeowners that complete upgrades — like a bathroom remodel — before listing are likely to gain buyer attention. Plus, sellers may achieve a better return on investment (ROI)...
How You Can Avoid Home and Finance-Related Scams

How You Can Avoid Home and Finance-Related Scams

Scammers are targeting everyone and seem to zero in particularly on seniors. In fact, the American Journal of Public Health estimates that nearly 5% of older adults fall prey to some type of scam every year – that equates to approximately 2 to 3...
How to Make a Small Room Look Larger

How to Make a Small Room Look Larger

Whether you’re staging a home with a closed floor plan or trying to make the most of the space you plan to live in for years to come, there are a variety of ways to create the illusion of a larger space. Here are insights you can use to decorate, design, and...
United Against Racial Injustice

United Against Racial Injustice

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, and to everyone in our communities deeply impacted by this grave injustice. Here’s a message from Edina Realty’s CEO Greg Mason. Statement from Edina Realty Home Services CEO Greg Mason It has been just over...
How to Choose Between Two Great Homes

How to Choose Between Two Great Homes

Today’s market is infamous for low inventory and you may be worried about finding one home that suits all your needs. But some of today’s buyers are having just the opposite problem: they are having a difficult time choosing between two local homes for sale. Here are...
Six Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Home

Six Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Home

Whether you’re hoping to sell your current home and merge households or downsize — or move into a new property that you’ve had your sights set on, there are some things you should ask yourself. Here are insights you can use when considering selling your home. Not only...
How to Start Composting in the Twin Cities

How to Start Composting in the Twin Cities

And now, for the most glamorous story you’ll read all day. Whether you’re an organics-bin pro or a composting newbie, it’s time to take stock in your trash—small switches can go a long way. It can be easy to dismiss composting as a waste of time...
Once and For All: Carpet or Hardwood?

Once and For All: Carpet or Hardwood?

Cost, upkeep and resale value: How to decide between hardwood and carpet once and for all As hardwood and inexpensive laminate alternatives continue to rise in popularity, carpet is starting to get a bad rap. We analyzed the pros and cons of these flooring choices in...
Selling? How to Establish a Price for Your Property

Selling? How to Establish a Price for Your Property

Don’t Go In with A Specific Price in Mind It’s great to establish a price for your home early on after you hire your REALTOR®, but we don’t recommend you go in with a specific price in mind. Instead, it’s important that you work with your agent to review market...