Slightly less activity yet higher prices in less time

By David Arbit on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 Housing demand is strong and supply is low. That’s been the story for a few years. But there is some early evidence that things could be starting to loosen up. That said, buyers shopping this spring will still face stiff competition. The lack of inventory combined with…

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Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots. Vertical gardens are considered a hot…

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A Jail Turned B&B? Lock Up Your Innkeeper Dreams at the JailHouse Inn

A 12-room Minnesota bed-and-breakfast on the market for $495,000 could be an ideal second chapter for a restless urbanite. With repeat guests and a budget-friendly price point, it’s a real steal for a savvy buyer who can embrace the home’s interesting past. Because a gem like the JailHouse Inn—yep, it’s a former jail—doesn’t land on the market…

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Mixed Spring: Activity cools while prices, market times remain hot

By David Arbit on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 From colder-than-average temperatures to a record-breaking snow storm, this spring has been anything but normal. While those searching for homes have seen more options since January or February, they’re still seeing fewer options compared to last year. That’s capped sales activity—particularly at the entry-level prices—and the lack…

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Thistle Dhu, Home of America’s First Mini Golf Course, Has a Basement Speak-Easy

Thistle Dhu is a Federal Revival–style mansion in Pinehurst, NC, built in 1919 by steamship magnate James Barber. The six-bedroom,13,035-square-foot mansion also features the nation’s first miniature golf course—or putting course—in the backyard. Currently on the market for $2.95 million, Thistle Dhu reportedly got its name from Barber’s reaction to seeing the putting course for the first time. “This’ll do,”…

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Lake Minnetonka Area Single Family Home Sales Market Update – March 2018

Wayzata, Minnetonka, Orono, Westonka

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_post_title title=”off” categories=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″][/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″] A quick update on housing inventory from your frozen Lake Minnetonka four district area Again, this area represents the combined market of Westonka, Orono, Minnetonka, and the Wayzata school districts. The supply of sign family homes for sale…

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Dwell-Worthy, Eco-Friendly Design in Rural CT: Must Like Beavers

When architect Lynn Gaffney heard her eco-friendly, modern weekend home in rural Connecticut was going to be featured in Dwell magazine, she probably didn’t imagine it would be so focused on the beavers in her backyard, but there it is. The article from 2009 says the beavers on the property “generally keep a low profile,” but the…

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Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the…

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Historic Baldridge House in Texas Comes With Converted Bank Vault

The Baldridge house in Fort Worth, TX, has been restored and modernized into a lovely Lone Star State jewel. The energy industry bigwig and his wife, who oversaw the home’s overhaul, are downsizing and have recently put the historic home on the market for $7.95 million. Built in the early 20th century for banker Earl Baldridge, the grand, three-story home…

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