Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Using the City of Minneapolis Property Tax Estimator/Calculator

So have you ever thought about doing a major project to your home but were wondering what it would do to your property taxes?

The City of Minneapolis has a property tax estimator to give you an idea of what the property taxes would be at a specific value. It's also helpful in estimating the tax value of new construction. Based on a recent conversation with a City of Minneapolis Tax Assessor, it may not be accurate to assume your tax value will increase exactly based on the amount of the improvements - but at least this gets you in the ballpark. See the link below!


Great Buy in Webber Camden - Get it Before it's on the MLS in March!

Looking for a great buy on a 3BR/2 Bath house?  Check out 4027 Emerson Ave N for only $135,000!
Newer windows, high efficiency furnace, and roof, NEW kitchen with granite countertops, new central air, hardwood floors, new bathrooms, beautiful decor - all within a block of the Minneapolis Police Training Center.

SOLD - 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Old Home Certified!

Finally - the real estate industry has a designation I'm interested in having! For those of you who are fellow old house enthusiasts - wouldn't it be nice to have a real estate agent who shared your passion? And took coursework to be more dedicated to marketing and networking your old house correctly?

Thanks to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, real estate agents may choose to pursue the coursework to obtain the designation of Old Home Certified. Agents who achieve this designation are introduced to old home resources, sustainability in older homes, historic districts and designations, and elements of vintage architecture. The designation also requires follow up coursework every two years to retain the designation.

As a life-long, old-house enthusiast, I am thrilled to have obtained the Old Home Certified designation that reflects my passion for old homes and established neighborhoods.

Yes - like many agents, I do sell new construction - but an old house is something special. For those of us who own them and love them - we know we are caretakers for the next generation, and it's a role we are honored to fulfill.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Old Highland Neighborhood - A Real Estate Market to WATCH!

Looking for Victorian-Era Homes you can still afford to buy?  Welcome to Old Highland Neighborhood in North Minneapolis.  Two and three story homes filled with woodwork and character for under $300,000.  And they are selling - well!   1602 Fremont Ave N just achieved a price of $261,000 and 1722 Fremont Ave N sold for $248,000 - all in the last 60 days.  Keep an eye on this neighborhood!  With porch parties once a month in the summer, and wine and cheese socials each month in the winter, this neighborhood is social, connected, and enthusiastic about their historic homes!  If you want to learn more about the area, download the FREE walking tour app from iTunes called Minneapolis Historical or check the neighborhood out on Facebook by clicking this link.

 1722 Fremont Ave N - Closed November 21, 2014 for $248,000

 1602 Fremont Ave N - Closed December 1, 2014 for $261,000
Interior photo of the staircase at 1602 Fremont Ave N

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Listing in the EcoVillage - Watch the Music Video!

Tired of clicking through photos on real estate websites?

Looking for a NEW construction home built to Enterprise Green Community Standards?

Need a little help getting started with the process and the down payment?

Check out the video below of my new listing at 329 31st Ave N in the Hawthorne EcoVillage.  Special funding makes this home available to buyers at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income based on family size.  Up to $14,999 of down payment assistance available too!  Only $168,000!  Call me for more info!  Steph