Blog Blog posts for Blog Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:59:32 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How to Make Closing on a House as Quick and Painless as Possible <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Oct 17, 2016</p><p>You&rsquo;ve done all the dirty work; you have your finances in order, qualified for a mortgage, searched high and low, and finally found the house you&rsquo;d like to call your home &ndash; and, as luck would have it, the sellers have accepted your offer. Hooray! Congratulations on making it this far! Unfortunately, this is not the end of the process, but rather the beginning of the final step: closing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What Is Mortgage Closing?</strong></p> <p>Closing happens when you and all other parties in the mortgage loan transaction &ndash; your attorney, the seller&rsquo;s attorney, your title insurance company, an escrow company, and your lender &ndash; get together to sign all of the necessary documents, finalizing the transaction. Once this step is complete you are legally required to pay your mortgage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Closing time &ndash; cue Semisonic &ndash; can occur all at once or over a period of weeks depending on the state in which you are buying your home. Some companies allow for the necessary closing signatures to be collected by mail or online, rather than in person. Regardless of how long the process takes, closing entails signing a multitude of extremely important documents that will greatly impact your financial future. These documents include, but are not limited to, the following:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The loan estimate</li> <li>The closing disclosure</li> <li>The notice of the right to rescind</li> <li>The initial escrow statement</li> <li>A promissory note</li> <li>A mortgage or security instrument</li> <li>State and local government-mandated documents</li> <li>Lender documents (e.g. affidavit of occupancy)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tips for Closing on a House Quickly</strong></p> <p>In some cases, you will not have control over the speed in which your closing can be completed, but in cases where you can, it is essential that you are aware of, and utilize, the following tips:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Get A Copy Of All Closing Documents Prior To Closing</strong></li> </ul> <p>Ask your lender for a copy of all of the documents that you will be required to sign, and read each of them carefully before attending closing. By doing this, you will know exactly what to expect, and what you are getting yourself into. If you find any errors, or there is anything in the loan that you do not understand, it is essential that you correct these errors and talk to your lender. Never sign a loan agreement that is different from what you originally expected, or one that includes information that you do not fully understand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Ask Questions</strong></li> </ul> <p>Open communication is key. If you are confused about anything having to do with the necessary documents, the closing process, or any other aspect of the impending transaction, it is important that you talk it through with the parties involved. This is your new house on the line, so it never hurts to be diligent in making sure that everyone is prepared and has what they need.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room</strong></li> </ul> <p>Give yourself plenty of time for the closing to take place. As a general rule, try to take the day off, or block off several hours for closing. Though it would be fantastic if you could use your lunch break to close on your home, it often takes more time than you&rsquo;d think &ndash; so padding your time window can save you unnecessary headaches.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Be Meticulous</strong></li> </ul> <p>At closing, you want to be sure that the documents are complete and correct, so while reading through them, you must be able to confirm that there are no discrepancies from the documents that you have already read over. If there are changes in the terms of the loan, you should not gloss over them.&nbsp; Also, be prepared for setbacks &ndash; something as simple as a typo can halt the closing process and require another draft of documents from the lender.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Bring a Check (If You Need One)</strong></li> </ul> <p>If you are not wiring the funds, you will likely need a certified check &ndash; and you will certainly need a check in general &ndash; when closing on a house. It seems like a silly reminder, but with all of the excitement these things can sometimes be overlooked!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Securing Your Home</strong></p> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re closing on your first home, or you&rsquo;re a seasoned homebuyer, closing can still be an arduous process. The better prepared you are, and the more flexible you can be with your time, the less stressful it will be to acquire your new home.&nbsp;</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Conventional Mortgage Loan Benefits: What You Need to Know <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Oct 10, 2016</p><p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Taking out a conditional mortgage loan may very well be your best route when buying a new home. Unlike FHA and VA loans, conditional mortgages are not insured through the federal government. Rather, they&rsquo;re covered completely by financial institutions, in addition to either being fixed or adjustable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your decision on whether to go with a conventional mortgage will depend on a variety of factors. Here are some things you&rsquo;ll want to consider:</p> <p><br /> <strong><em>Down Payment:</em></strong> With a conventional loan, you&rsquo;re usually required to pay more up front, as compared to any government-backed mortgage. While an FHA loan, for example, may require a smaller down payment, a conventional loan may require that you pay as much as 20% upon receiving approval.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Credit Score:</em></strong> Compared to an FHA, qualifying for a conventional loan is usually more difficult. It&rsquo;s generally recommended that your credit score range from good to excellent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Insurance: </em></strong>Usually with a conventional mortgage, a down payment of 20% or higher means you don&rsquo;t have to carry mortgage insurance &ndash; something that can save you money on a monthly basis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Faster Approval:</em></strong> If you&rsquo;re looking for faster approval, conventional is the way to go. Unlike FHA loans &ndash;which require more paperwork and government approval &ndash; only the bank needs to sign off on the agreement. Additionally, you won&rsquo;t have to undergo an FHA inspection, something that may take longer than a conventional mortgage appraisal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>So What&rsquo;s the Primary Advantage?</strong></h2> <p>Conventional mortgage loan benefits include that they can prove more affordable over the long-term, especially in cases where you&rsquo;re able to make a down payment of 20% or above to avoid monthly mortgage insurance costs. They also allow you to avoid an upfront insurance payment often associated with FHA loans. For more information on mortgages, contact the professionals at RE/MAX Results today (;</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results What is a Contingent Offer in Real Estate? Understanding the Terms of Your Bid <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Oct 6, 2016</p><p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When you make an offer on a home, it doesn&rsquo;t have to be your final bid. Something that many people new to the home buying process aren&rsquo;t aware of is that instead, the offer can be contingent. So what is a contingent offer in real estate? Simply said, the deal is finalized when particular sale criteria is met.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>There are three types of contingent offers that exist:<span style="font-size: 10px;">&nbsp;</span></strong></h2> <h3><strong><em>Mortgage</em></strong></h3> <p>Home sales usually depend on the buyer receiving approval for a mortgage. A mortgage contingency allows the buyer to make an offer and if they&rsquo;re turned down for the mortgage they&rsquo;ve applied for &ndash; they can pull out of the sale, all while getting their down payment back.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 1.17em;"><em>Home Inspection</em></strong></p> <p>A home inspection contingency means the prospective buyer can request a professional examination of the property. If faults are discovered, they must be fixed &ndash; or the prospective buyer can cancel their offer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong><em>Appraisal </em></strong></h3> <p>An appraisal contingency means that the lender involved in the sale can determine the property&rsquo;s fair-market value. If it&rsquo;s determined that the seller has overpriced the home, the buyer is allowed to renege on the offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 1.5em;">Waiving Contingencies</strong></p> <p>Contingencies work both ways &ndash; protecting both the intended buyer and seller. It&rsquo;s up to both sides as to whether or not all 3 contingencies are included. In some cases, these might be waived - usually because people want to expedite a sale when the market is competitive. Our advice is to ask the agent you&rsquo;re working with &ndash; whether you&rsquo;re the buyer or the seller. For more information on contingencies, contact RE/MAX Results at&nbsp;<span>952-829-2900.</span></p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 28, 2016</p><p>According to the National Association of REALTORS&reg; April 2016 Existing Home Sales <a href="">report</a>, an impressive 45 percent of homes on the market sold within a month, and the median days on the market for an MLS-listed home was just 39 days (keep in mind that just four years ago, the average time on for a home to be on the market was 83 days).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With these numbers in mind, you might have decided to finally jump into the market to find your new home. You&rsquo;ve done your research, gone to numerous open houses, and found the perfect home. Now, you just have to sell yours&hellip; no problem, right?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then your home reaches the 100-day milestone for time on the market. What&rsquo;s the deal?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before you lose hope or settle for just <em>any</em> offer that comes your way, you might want to consider some of the more common reasons for why your home isn&rsquo;t selling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Why Your Home Isn&rsquo;t Selling</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your house&rsquo;s pictures are not good.</strong></p> <p>Whether your home is listed online or in the paper, it is competing with hundreds &ndash; if not thousands &ndash; of other similar homes. The easiest way to move to the forefront of the pack is to have high quality images for potential homebuyers to review. If the pictures on your listing are just the latest snapshots from your phone, it&rsquo;s going to be nearly impossible to stand out among professionally photographed homes.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your home is empty or poorly staged.</strong></p> <p>While you may think seeing a blank slate will inspire potential homebuyers, it probably makes the space more confusing. Sometimes it is difficult for people to imagine the possibilities of a room if they don&rsquo;t have a baseline definition of how to use it. <em>Will a king bed fit in this room? Will a coffee table and side tables clutter the space? How many people can comfortably sit in here?</em> These are all questions that, if remained unanswered, can deter interested buyers from putting in an offer.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other hand, perhaps you&rsquo;ve decided to stage your home, but haven&rsquo;t managed to organize the rooms in the most appealing way. Staging a room to show it&rsquo;s maximum potential is challenging and often requires more than some cleaning and de-cluttering. Hiring a professional stager is an investment that could significantly help boost your home&rsquo;s marketability.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Your house is still too personalized.</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p>Again, you want potential buyers to be able to imagine living in your home &ndash; not be reminded that someone else is currently living there. The house has to be neutral territory. Remove pictures from vacation and memorable magnets from your refrigerator. You can still add personality by renting some artwork for the walls or some bright throw pillows and curtains for the bedrooms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The price is too high.</strong></p> <p>Perhaps the market has changed dramatically or you&rsquo;re personal feelings had a little too much influence on your list price. Don&rsquo;t be discouraged about dropping the price a bit, you could drum up some unexpected interest or even spark a bidding war.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You aren&rsquo;t marketing efficiently/effectively.</strong></p> <p>Marketing homes never has a one-size-fits-all solution, but you do want ensure that your home is not just being seen by a lot of people, but that it&rsquo;s being seen by the right people.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you are selling independently or are working with a real estate agent, revisiting your marketing efforts can&rsquo;t hurt. Are you listing your home in all the right places? Is your listing accurate and attractive? Do you need to have more open houses? If you aren&rsquo;t working with a real estate agent and your house isn&rsquo;t selling, it&rsquo;s probably time to get some experienced support. If you are working with a real estate agent but he or she isn&rsquo;t willing to make some adjustments, your best option will be finding a real estate agent that you feel more confident working alongside.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Overall, Stay Positive</strong></h3> <p>Don&rsquo;t resign to the fact that your home will never sell, you can find a buyer willing to pay the right price for your house. If you are looking for an expert to help you sell your home for top dollar in a reasonable timeframe, contact RE/MAX Results today.&nbsp;</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Condo VS Townhouse: Which is Right For You? <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 23, 2016</p><p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Condos and townhouses share a number of great benefits: They both require less maintenance than a home, thanks to the associations you belong to upon purchase. They also are usually located within great communities &ndash; something that provides a sense of belonging and security. There are, however, some notable differences that you should take into account when shopping between the two:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Structural Differences:</strong><strong><em> </em></strong>Architecturally speaking, in most cases a condo is going to be similar to an apartment unit &ndash; located within a residential tower or apartment-like complex. On the other hand, townhouses are typically full housing units, except slim and constructed side-by-side with shared walls. Condos are usually smaller, while townhouses have more square feet.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Typical Condo Architecture:</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br /></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img src="" alt="" /></em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Typical Townhouse Architecture:</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In either case, some prospective owners will be concerned about sharing walls. With a townhouse, however, you don&rsquo;t have to worry about hearing noises from the floors above or below you (you&rsquo;ll occupy all floors). The good news here is that with both unit types, walls and flooring are becoming more sound proof than ever.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HOA Association Fees &amp; Coverage: </strong>Both require belonging to some kind of association with fees &ndash; most of which cover maintenance costs. Associations also allow you to attend meetings that help make important decisions on the complex/housing community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With a condo, you own the space you live inside, but you don&rsquo;t necessarily own the building&rsquo;s exterior. HOA fees will cover most things that go wrong &ndash; like a leaky ceiling, for example. HOA fees for condos are going to usually be larger than those associated with a townhouse. This is due in part because condo complexes usually have more shared community spaces &ndash; things like swimming pools and common recreation areas; not only that, <a href="">home owner&rsquo;s associations</a> are usually more willing to fork the bill when maintenance issue do come up.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other hand, townhouses are usually more expensive to purchase upfront &ndash; due in part to the fact that they typically feature more square feet of space. Not only that, you&rsquo;re architecturally sharing less with your neighbors (aside from 2 shared walls on each side). In the eyes of a homeowner&rsquo;s association, less shared space means you&rsquo;re more accountable; therefore, you&rsquo;ll be paying a smaller HOA fee and covering more of your own maintenance costs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Restrictions: </strong>Both townhomes and condos are going to come with restrictions. Since you won&rsquo;t technically own the exterior in either case, you won&rsquo;t be able to paint it. Anything you do on the outside (aside from Christmas decorations) will likely require approval of the HOA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Most Important Thing</strong></p> <p>Before making any purchasing decision &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a condo or townhouse &ndash; make sure you read and fully understand the homeowner&rsquo;s association agreement. You&rsquo;ll want to look out for leasing restrictions, pet restrictions, DIY restrictions (For example: Can I paint my patio?) and of course, everything that maintenance is going to cover. At the end of the day, whichever you go with, know that you&rsquo;ll have the benefit of living in a community area with a number of great benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em><br /></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br /></em></strong></p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Typical Home Buying Process <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 19, 2016</p><p>So, you&rsquo;ve decided you want to buy a new house. Whether it&rsquo;s because you&rsquo;ve outgrown your current home, are moving to a different city, or you&rsquo;re just tired of the house you have now, the home buying process is going to be similar.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">1. Do Your Research</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Even before you decide your maximum budget, you need to take some time to research the market. When it comes to the real estate market, the more information you can collect the better. You should pay attention to home asking prices, home selling prices, neighborhood/community information, and what home features you would like to have in your new home.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">2.&nbsp;<a href="">Define Your Budget</a>.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Now that you have a better understanding of the current market situation, you can set your budget. Check your credit score, estimate how much you think your current home is worth, and use your market research to give you an idea of how far your dollar will go. Be sure to consider the initial down payment, interest rates, and your real estate taxes. Check out this easy-to-use <a href="">mortgage calculator</a> at the bottom of the page to help you find your most appropriate budget.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">3. Get prequalified and preapproved for credit and mortgage.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">When you apply to be prequalified or conditionally approved for a loan, your mortgage lender will give you an estimate based on your income, employment and salary, your credit rating, and certain bank account information. By establishing your ability to get the appropriate loan, your home purchase stage will (almost always) go smoother and faster</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">4.&nbsp;<a href="">Find the right real estate agent</a>.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">This will also require a bit of research. Ask your friends, family, or work colleagues if they have any recommendations for a trusted real estate agent. While you are perusing home listings, see if any agent&rsquo;s tactics stand out to you. The most important consideration when picking your real estate agent is that they will be your best advocate when buying a home (and selling, if you are also doing so)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">5.&nbsp;<a href="">Define must-haves and would-like-to-haves</a>.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">By clearly defining what you want and/or need in a home, you will help your real estate agent find the types of houses you are looking for. Be clear if location is a primary concern for you or not. After all, you can always make adjustments to the home, but you can&rsquo;t make adjustments to the location</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6. Find the right home.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Depending on the market and the location you are looking to move to, this search could last anywhere from a week to a few months (at least).&nbsp; This is not a step in the process that you should rush &ndash; big purchases and investments require big considerations.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">7. Make an offer on the right home</p> <p style="padding-left: 60px;">a. Owner can accept, reject, or counter.</p> <p style="padding-left: 60px;">If there are multiple offers on a home, the owners may ask everyone to reconsider their offers, then resubmit the offer with their best price. Try not to lowball the offer as it may offend the seller. However, if you can aggregate a list of reasons/proof why you offered a much lower amount, you will have a better chance of getting the price you want.</p> <p style="padding-left: 60px;">b.&nbsp;<a href="">Home inspection</a> (if applicable &ndash; and it should be)\</p> <p style="padding-left: 60px;">A two-hour home inspection can save you from hours of grief and wasted dollars. Most homebuyers make their offers contingent on a home inspection.</p> <p style="padding-left: 60px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">8. Get your loan.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Generally, there are three types of mortgage programs: adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), fixed-rate mortgages, and interest-only mortgages. Choosing the right loan depends entirely on what is most important to you, whether it be lower monthly costs or to have a more predictable payment schedule.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">9. Coordinate paperwork.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Yes, there is going to be a lot of paperwork. The most important paperwork will be the title transference from the old homeowners to you, which is usually set up by your lender through a title company.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">10.&nbsp;<a href="">Time to Move</a>!</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Once you&rsquo;ve crossed the t&rsquo;s and dotted the i&rsquo;s, it&rsquo;s time to pack up and make your move.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with a trusted real estate agent or REALTOR&reg; can help make this process even easier. He or she can help you with research, paperwork, negotiating, and finding the right professionals to help with inspections, appraisals, lenders, and moving companies. We have the region&rsquo;s best agents, so <a href="/cdn-cgi/l/email-protection#70191e010519020930021503051c04035e1e1504554240">contact us</a> today to start your path to home buying success.&nbsp;</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Tiny Houses & Cabins: Should You Join The Tiny House Movement? <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 12, 2016</p><p>The tiny house movement is picking up speed around the country as a viable housing option for budget and credit conscious Americans. Today, we&rsquo;ll delve into what a tiny house or cabin is, and why many are choosing these types of residences over more traditional single-family homes.</p> <h2><strong>What is the Tiny House Movement?</strong></h2> <p>Put simply, the tiny house movement is the social trend where people are choosing to live in a space that is a fraction of the typical square footage of the American home. Tiny homes are called &ldquo;tiny&rdquo; for a reason. Though they come in all shapes and sizes, tiny houses generally range between 100 and 400 square feet, which comes in stark contrast to the average 2,600 square feet of your typical split-level or bungalow.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <h2><strong>What Prompted the Tiny House Movement?</strong></h2> <p>Not only can tiny houses be absolutely beautiful, they also provide owners with a variety of benefits. These include:</p> <h3>Decreased Environmental Impact</h3> <p>The average American carbon footprint varies depending on where you live, with lower numbers in more urban areas and higher numbers the further you venture into rural territory. With that said, regardless of your home&rsquo;s location, it&rsquo;s size truly does matter when calculating energy consumption. Utilities for a conventional home can cost roughly $200 per month, while in a tiny home they can be much lower, between $10-$40 per month.*</p> <p>*Costs based on <a href=";city=Minneapolis%2C+MN">utility averages</a> in Minneapolis, MN.</p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">Ability to Move Freely</span></h3> <p>Because the average home can take up a large portion of your income, and because your home is attached to the ground, moving around a lot and vacationing can be put on the back burner. Not only can tiny houses be built on wheels, but because of their reduced cost, these homeowners have more funds to travel and enjoy the other wonderful parts of life.</p> <h3>Financial Independence</h3> <p>Of course, financial concerns are a huge, persuasive factor in the tiny house movement. Tiny houses are not only a fraction of the space, but a fraction of the cost as well. The average cost to build a tiny home <a href="">approximately $23,000</a>, which can be higher or lower depending on the size, materials, and labor, while the average home costs <a href="">around $247,700</a>. In addition, 68% of tiny house owners are mortgage-free, as compared to only 29.3% of all American homeowners.</p> <h2><strong>Is a Tiny House right for me?</strong></h2> <p>For some people the answer to this question is a definite no &ndash; and that&rsquo;s okay &ndash; but for others, tiny houses and cabins offer a cost-effective, efficient, comfortable housing option. If you&rsquo;d like to live mortgage-free, be able to travel freely, and reduce your carbon footprint, a tiny house might just be the perfect home option for you.</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Join us at Wayzata's James J. Hill Days! <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 8, 2016</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5eb1077e-0b50-86b7-fd10-4244ed56d726"><span><img src="" alt="JJHD_horizB_CLR-01.png" width="624" height="181" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span>RE/MAX Results is proud to be a sponsor at this year&rsquo;s JJ Hill Days, one of Wayzata&rsquo;s greatest community events! Each year during the weekend following Labor Day, the Wayzata Chamber hosts this three-day festival full of events including an open-air street market, dachshund races, car show, and a huge concert right on Wayzata Beach.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span><br /></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>As this year&rsquo;s exclusive Eat Street sponsor, we invite you to come out on September 10th and 11th to enjoy the many different food trucks that will be parked along Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata. There&rsquo;s something for everyone here including Lord Fletcher&rsquo;s Walleye Wagon, Daryl&rsquo;s Dog House, Rusty Taco, Firehouse Foods, and more!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="">Click here for a full list of vendors.</a></p> <p><span><span><br /></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Please also be sure to stop by our booth and say hello to some of our wonderful agents. We look forward to seeing you there!</span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">To learn more about JJ Hill Days and to see a complete list of events, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <div><span><br /></span></div> <p><span><span><br /></span></span></p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Tips on Buying a House During Fall <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Sep 7, 2016</p><p>Next to spring, fall is the next best time to be a homebuyer. The competition in the market has cooled down with the weather, as children are heading back to school and families are establishing new routines at home. With that knowledge in mind, it&rsquo;s also important to note that this shrinks the market considerably &ndash; so prepared for that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Know Your Market</strong></p> <p>Knowing your market is something you should do year-round, but it&rsquo;s especially important in the fall. Generally, you won&rsquo;t be competing with as many buyers but you will be choosing from fewer homes. If you have a specific neighborhood in mind, look at the recent comps to ensure you aren&rsquo;t overpaying.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pay Attention to What&rsquo;s Happening Nearby</strong></p> <p>The neighborhood may be quiet now, but what does the not-so-distant future hold? Are you surrounded by empty lots just waiting to be purchased? That may mean a quiet winter, but as soon as the ground thaws and the bulldozers come out to play, your house will be right next to a long-term construction site. Do you love the green space behind your home? Check to make sure it&rsquo;s protected green space; otherwise you may end up with a road or building as a neighbor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Try to Plan Daytime Tours</strong></p> <p>Daytime tours in the fall let you get the full picture of the neighborhood, property, and house. Keep an eye out for drainage issues and standing water; this will help you spot potential problems with buried pipes and lawn grades. If you notice standing water in the middle of the yard, definitely get it inspected.</p> <p>Seeing a house during the day is also helpful because you get a clear picture of the home&rsquo;s exterior &ndash; the roof, siding, driveway, pathways, and existing landscaping. Even though most sellers aren&rsquo;t trying to hide problems, the absence of sunlight makes finding missing shingles more difficult.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Check the HVAC</strong></p> <p>Despite their importance, it&rsquo;s easy to forget about HVACs when they aren&rsquo;t really being used. See if you can give the house&rsquo;s HVAC system a test run, just to be sure everything is in proper working order. You don&rsquo;t want to face your first snowstorm with a broken furnace, right?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You Might Get a Tax Break</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s true! Homebuyers benefit from mortgage interest and property taxes being deductible from their gross income. If you close out a different mortgage loan by the end of the year, you could also see an interest deduction from that.</p> <p>Yes, the housing market is always active, but if you are on the buyer&rsquo;s side, fall is your time to find that dream home. As always, having a knowledgeable <a href="">realtor</a> by your side can help make the process easier (especially during those negotiations).&nbsp;</p><p></p> RE/MAX Results Homeowner’s Maintenance Calendar – Part III: Monthly Tasks <p>Posted by RE/MAX Results on Aug 30, 2016</p><p>Welcome back for the third (and final) installment of our Homeowner&rsquo;s Maintenance Calendar. This time we are adding monthly tasks to the checklist. While they may seem trivial, completing these tasks is essential for keeping your home safe and in proper working order.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Monthly Tasks</span></strong></p> <p>Essentially, monthly tasks are cleaning tasks. You may feel like it&rsquo;s okay to skip these every once in a while, but you&rsquo;ll live healthier and your house will last longer if you are diligent.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Inspect (and possibly change out) HVAC filters. </strong>If you are living with pets or someone in your family has severe allergies, monthly filter inspections are critical. This simple task also increases the longevity of your HVAC system. <strong></strong></li> <li><strong>Clean your kitchen sink disposal.</strong> You can approach this two different ways. The first is flushing the disposal with hot water and baking soda. The second cleaning method is freezing vinegar ice cubes and run them through the disposal. If you need more convincing, think about the stuff you usually put down the garbage disposal&hellip;you probably don&rsquo;t want to put your hand in that.</li> <li><strong>Clean faucet aerators and shower heads.</strong> Using a simple water/vinegar solution (more vinegar for more mineral build up), let the aerator or showerhead soak 6-8 hours.<strong></strong></li> <li><strong>Clean out all drain holes &ndash; showers, tubs, sinks, etc. </strong>Clogs just aren&rsquo;t fun to deal with, and by taking five minutes every month to make sure your plumbing is working efficiently is definitely worth it. <strong></strong></li> <li><strong>Inspect your fire extinguishers. </strong>This one is pretty easy. Just make sure nothing is obstructing or otherwise preventing easy access to your fire extinguisher in case of emergency. <strong></strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There you have it; your own personal guide to keeping the functionality &ndash; and value &ndash; up in your home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice to have a checklist of <em>everything</em>? We thought so, too.</p> <p><a title="Fall Checklist" href="" target="_blank">Fall Checklist</a></p> <p><a title="Winter Checklist" href="" target="_blank">Winter Checklist</a></p> <p><a title="Spring Checklist" href="" target="_blank">Spring Checklist</a></p> <p><a title="Summer Checklist" href="" target="_blank">Summer Checklist</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the Complete Series:</p> <p><a href="">Read Part II: Biannual and Quarterly Tasks</a></p> <p><a href="">Read Part I: Seasonal Tasks</a></p><p></p> RE/MAX Results