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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Minnesota Wildflowers

May 15, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

I have to say that I love Minnesota for the variety of wildflowers that can be found in the woods and prairies that drape the Twin Cities landscape. My love of gardening had me venturing out a year or so ago and creating a garden blog called ” the Minnesota Garden“. I get more readers […]

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Don’t Squat On Me

May 11, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Throughout the Twin Cities, and especially in Minneapolis and Saint Paul which have the highest number of vacant homes, it is bound to happen that uninvited guests might take it upon themselves to utilize your vacant property. Those less fortunate souls, either out of a job or out of a home, decide it is ok […]

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Military Buyer’s Still Have Time to Use Tax Credit

May 6, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

While the tax credit has expired for most buyers, military families should know that they are still eligible for the $8000 first time home buyer’s credit or the $6500 credit for current homeowners  if they meet certain criteria. Members of the uniformed services, members of the Foreign Service and employees of the intelligence community are […]

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Mommy and her Ducklings

May 4, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Today the Mallard female in our neighborhood pond brought out her babies, all twelve of them. Out of 135 shots I took of them this afternoon, I got about six shots that were actually good. No one said photography is easy. In Minnesota, we see all kinds of ducks in the spring, but I see […]

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Dude, Where’s My Tree?

May 3, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Taking Out the Curb Appeal Hurts Neighborhoods A few weeks ago the city of Farmington surprised residents by taking out around 66 mature trees along city boulevards as a result of their restoration project to the city sewer system. Many of the trees were forty to sixty years old and had formed the story book canopy that […]

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Lakewood Cemetery

April 25, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

If you want to check out a beautiful cemetery, then visit the Lakewood Cemetery between Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. It also has a lot of famous people buried there that helped put the Twin Cities on the map.

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Put on Your Best Dress Minneapolis, You’re About to Be Photographed

April 23, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

The City of Minneapolis has announced that it will take on the cumbersome task of photographing each and every home in the city over the next two months. Yep, your home’s front facade will be taken for the city’s record and according to them will be used to “help improve the overall quality and accuracy […]

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New Updated Blog Launched for Twin Cities Real Estate

April 20, 2010 by Jennifer Kirby

Well, I have spent the last half of 2009 figuring out what I was going to do with my Minneapolis blog that I have had for a few years. I was getting bored with it and wanted to do something different, so it took me some time to actually come up with a solution. About […]

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Yes Virginia, There Really are Multiple Offers

July 13, 2009 by Jennifer Kirby

I know many of you won’t believe this, but the dirty little secret that the local media isn’t reporting is that homes in the lower price range are flying off the racks. Yep…just like a bridal store having a super cheap sale on gowns with women knocking each other out of the way as they […]

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Ways NOT to Sell a House

July 3, 2009 by Jennifer Kirby

There are obvious ways that should not be pursued when trying to sell a home. I really don’t care what type of home it is, or what the circumstances are for the sale (foreclosure, short sale, etc), but there is just no excuse for the agents listing these homes to take photos like the ones […]

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