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What a crazy month! Government shutdown? I don't think the rest of us are able to do that are we?!  Fall has officially arrived. After all the pressures of your work week October can bring forth some cozy nights by the fire, pumpkin patches, and the aroma of cinnamon and spices. A relaxed trip to the apple orchard can leave you with some yummy crisp or a pie. (I've baked apple crisp three times already this month.) I know many of you are laughing right now!


You can also get settled into a warm, new home this season. Our market remains strong with buyers still anxious to capitalize on the great rates. Industry leaders tell us the qualifying process will become tougher once again in the new year.  As always, we'll just ride it out.  Take a look at "The Skinny" to catch up on the latest market statistics.


If you have any questions on buying or selling or the qualifying process, please give me a call.


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Kitchen Remodel? Avoid These 8 Trends to Keep It Current Longer

By Mary Boone

The cabinet style, solid-surface countertops and oversized countertop microwave date this kitchen.


A granite counter here, new cherry cabinets there. Anyone who's ever undertaken a kitchen remodeling project knows those costs can add up quickly. According to the Remodeling Magazine 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost for a high-end kitchen makeover is now $53,931.
Because they're such a large investment, most homeowners hope to end up with a finished product that looks fresh as long as possible. What's hot and trendy today may be out of vogue in a year, making your kitchen look outdated before you've had a chance to break it in.


Even before the first sledgehammer is swung, John Petrie, 2013 president-elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and owner of MH Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, PA, encourages homeowners to answer one important question: Who is this remodel for?


"Is this something the homeowners are doing for themselves, for their own enjoyment?" he said. "Or, do they need to update to be able to sell their house?" The answers to these questions can help drive design choices for the kitchen and beyond.


"Many of the projects we're working on now are for homeowners who love the layout of their kitchen, but they don't love the crystal or frost finishes on oak cabinets that they chose 20 years ago," he said. "We're also seeing people replace the solid-surface countertops that were popular in the '90s with more updated quartz or granite."


While no one can say for sure which kitchen features will stand the test of time, here are eight trends you may want to avoid to keep your remodel looking relevant for years to come.


Appliance garages
Keeping small appliances behind closed doors was a notion that gained a lot of fans in the 1980s and '90s. Unfortunately, these garages ate up a lot of valuable counter space. Today's homeowners generally choose to keep often-used appliances right on the counter, and pull-out drawers are terrific hideaways for blenders, mixers and more.


Now Showing 
6725 Xerxes Ave S, Richfield, MN- $173,900

Convenient, comfortable, curb appeal plus! Delightful rambler ~ 3BR on main level, hdwd flrs, lrg eat-in kitchen, vinyl siding, newer mechanicals, appliances & windows! Well cared for by original owner. Spacious, great patio/fncd yrd/gar/xtra prkng! NICE!

Price Improvement & Remodel! 
264 Strese Ln, Apple Valley, MN- $229,700

Amazing Rmblr! Full kitchen remodel-Granite, SS, moveable Islnd, Maple Cabinetry, Tile Bcksplsh. Hdwd flrs. Mn flr Fam Rm, Brick FP, W/O to Deck/Fncd Yrd. Master BA! 3BR one Lvl! New furn, Anderson Renewal Wndws,Gutters,H2O Htr. Wood Blnds/Levelors. NICE!

Coming Soon 

Fantastic 4BR 3BA 2Car townhome DT Mpls - St Anthony East -  Superior!   


10565 McCool CT, Burnsville, MN- List Price- $441,205

Stunning Two-Story home on a cul-de-sac! Open main floor with great natural light. Doors, trim and cabinets are Knoty Alder throughout the home. Family room has a 3-sided fireplace. 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms on the upper level. A large master bedroom suite. Finished walk-out lower level with a wet-bar.

18579 Exodus Ave, Farmington, MN-  List Price-$317,000 


Well kept rambler with open floor plan, larger rooms, flat lot, tons of space, work room. All living on one level. 43 foot deck with access from Master & 3 season porch. Space for planned elevator. New roof + side 2010, New paint/carpet.d! 
367 Arrowhead Dr, Lino Lakes, MN-  List Price-$167,000 


End unit overlooks wetland. Private views from patio! Lrg open spaces. 2sty Liv Rm, Gas FP, huge loft! 2nd Flr Laundry. Dbl Gar. Mster walkthru to bath. Ample closet space! Very clean. Informal Dining and breakfast bar. Really nice TH! Traditional sale! 
616 3rd Ave NE, Minneapolis MN-  List Price-$425,000 


Rarely available home w/ >$100k in upgrades! Truly one of a kind space with 9 ft ceilings & city view. HWF, granite & marble, new windows, stunning kitchen, customer everything, knock down ceilings AND MORE! Dont miss out - this wont last long.


8 Easy Energy- and Money-Saving Home Improvements

By Steven Holbrook


As energy costs rise, you might be looking for ways to be more energy-efficient without breaking the bank. Here are eight money-smart moves to consider when making home renovations.



In addition to saving water, low-flow fixtures will save you more than a buck or two. Inexpensive and easily installed, low-flow fixtures can reduce your home water consumption by as much as 50 percent and can save you up to $145 per year, according to Energy Star, a government program that promotes energy-efficiency. Low-flow showerheads cost about $20 at home improvement stores.



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