Smart Meters Coming to Minneapolis

I can’t tell you the number of times I have been driving in Minneapolis trying to find a parking spot that doesn’t have a coin meter because I forgot to bring quarters to feed the machine. It never fails that I then have no choice but to park with a meter, and pray I can be […]

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Smart Meters Coming to Minneapolis

I can’t tell you the number of times I have been driving in Minneapolis trying to find a parking spot that doesn’t have a coin meter because I forgot to bring quarters to feed the machine. It never fails that I then have no choice but to park with a meter, and pray I can be […]

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Twin Cities FHA Buyers Could See New Loan Requirements

In the hopes to streamline FHA risks associated with the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (also known as MMI), HUD has put out three possible changes to the lending process in the hopes of making home ownership more “sustainable”. Earlier in the year they proposed stepsto manage risk and boost reserves, now FHA is proposing to […]

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The Wrong Reason to Buy a House

We all have different reasons for buying a house. Some have to do with relocation, economics, familia status. Others just want to stop paying a landlord or catch the American dream of home ownership. But with the economy and housing market screeching to a halt the last two years, some buyers are worried that housing  prices are […]

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Fireworks

2010 Fireworks in Indiana  Who doesn’t love fireworks?

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Design Features Important to Baby Boomers

Many of the baby boomers that are retiring are looking to new construction homes or homes that can easily be modified to fit their aging needs. While many of the homes built around Minneapolis and St. Paul are perfect for those with families, their amenities fall short for those who need more lifestyle conscious homes. […]

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The Ugly New Wing of the Swedish Institute

I was reading the Star Tribune today when I came across an article about the American Swedish Institute’s architectural design for the new $21.5 Million expansion and renovation they are planning. Now, I understand the trend in Minneapolis is to make every new building “modern” with some outrageous angular design that only an architect could come […]

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Smart Meters Coming to Minneapolis

by Jennifer Kirby on November 16, 2010

I can’t tell you the number of times I have been driving in Minneapolis trying to find a parking spot that doesn’t have a coin meter because I forgot to bring quarters to feed the machine. It never fails that I then have no choice but to park with a meter, and pray I can be in and out before the meter maid comes around to check the darn thing. It’s a game I really don’t like playing.

Now it looks like Minneapolis will be doing us all a favor by installing“smart” meters that can take credit and debit cards (and coins). Yippie! Right now, the new meters are going in around the Warehouse District, but by 2012, all 6,800 in Minneapolis will be replaced. All this technology doesn’t come cheap – the total cost is $6.6 Million.

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Most Americans Happy with Their Current Home

July 25, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Ninety Percent of Americans Do Not Regret Buying Their Current Home A new study released by Bankrate, Inc. and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International shows that, even with home prices sliding and mortgage rates the lowest in decades, the vast majority of Americans do not regret buying their current home. Among the findings:  […]

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Twin Cities FHA Buyers Could See New Loan Requirements

July 15, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

In the hopes to streamline FHA risks associated with the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (also known as MMI), HUD has put out three possible changes to the lending process in the hopes of making home ownership more “sustainable”. Earlier in the year they proposed stepsto manage risk and boost reserves, now FHA is proposing to […]

Read More→

The Wrong Reason to Buy a House

July 8, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

We all have different reasons for buying a house. Some have to do with relocation, economics, familia status. Others just want to stop paying a landlord or catch the American dream of home ownership. But with the economy and housing market screeching to a halt the last two years, some buyers are worried that housing  prices are […]

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Fireworks

July 5, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

2010 Fireworks in Indiana  Who doesn’t love fireworks?

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Design Features Important to Baby Boomers

June 24, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Many of the baby boomers that are retiring are looking to new construction homes or homes that can easily be modified to fit their aging needs. While many of the homes built around Minneapolis and St. Paul are perfect for those with families, their amenities fall short for those who need more lifestyle conscious homes. […]

Read More→

The Ugly New Wing of the Swedish Institute

June 16, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

I was reading the Star Tribune today when I came across an article about the American Swedish Institute’s architectural design for the new $21.5 Million expansion and renovation they are planning. Now, I understand the trend in Minneapolis is to make every new building “modern” with some outrageous angular design that only an architect could come […]

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Divorce in Real Estate

June 13, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

I think one of the hardest things to hear when I speak to someone concerning real estate is that a couple has to sell due to divorce. Being married myself, I can’t imagine getting to that point, but I have lived through it with my parents, and understand how much divorce upsets a family. It […]

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Monthly Realtor Market Update – May

June 2, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Each month the Minneapolis Association of Realtors creates a market update video to let us know in general how the real estate market is doing in the Twin Cities. Sometime the news is good, sometimes, not so good. Play it to see what this past month holds!

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Numbers Don’t Lie

May 28, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Probably the thing I hate most to do is give a seller bad news about the value of their home. They call me to find out what there home is worth because they need to sell, having high expectations and the belief that THEY know the true value of their home. I am just being […]

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