Archive for March, 2010

30 Days and Counting: Homebuyer Tax Credit Expires

March 31st, 2010
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CNNMoney.com

— Attention shoppers: You have barely a month left before the homebuyer tax credit expires. But depending on where you live, you might not want to rush out to buy.

First-time homebuyers may qualify for up to $8,000, while those who are trading up could get as much as $6,500. But either way, buyers have to ink sales contracts by the end of April and close before July 1 to see the refund. Read the rest of this entry »

Sell Sensibly With Rehabilitation Loans

March 26th, 2010
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The sun is just about to come up and there is a pale glow of morning off to the east. Though it is 22 degrees outside right now, I know that with the sunrise, the temperature will also rise and by afternoon, we Minnesotans will shrug off the chill, dump our jackets in the back seat and be out walking around in our shirt sleeves.   I have been known to nonchalantly brag to my California friends, about the below zero degree days in winter here, where, if you spit, it freezes before it hits the ground. We are a tough bunch of people with a diehard gene uncommon to most of the nation’s population. Read the rest of this entry »

Find Your Success in Life and in Business

March 22nd, 2010
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One of the wisest of men in the world once said, “There is a time for everything , and a season for everything under heaven…”


A dominant theme kept cropping up in coaching sessions this week. Most people feel overwhelmed with too many things to do and too little time to do them.  For some, there just isn’t enough money to pay all of the bills so they feel the need to work harder than ever. Others said that there was so much to Read the rest of this entry »

The Up Side of Upside Down

March 22nd, 2010
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by Matt Elerding for The Columbian

It is Saturday morning. The sun is shining.
I am sitting at my desk in a long-sleeve
fl annel shirt and cool pajama bottoms
with a pattern so effeminate and obnoxious
it would make Richard Simmons and
Lady Gaga shake their heads in utter disbelief.
But that’s okay because I am comfortable; I am
comfortable and I am at home. As I nestle into
my home office chair flanked by a hot cup of coffee,
my hope is that you too are sitting there on
a Saturday morning grateful for a day of sunshine Read the rest of this entry »

First time homebuyer financial aid still available!

March 16th, 2010
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Since a picture says a thousand words, I’ll keep my comments down this week.

Looks like 77.23% of the sales in the market are still taking place in the first time buyer range, according to the Minneapolis Association of Realtors.

Don’t let the expiration of the tax credit put you in a foul mood.

There is a TON of first time buyer financial aid available anywhere and everywhere someone could possibly want to buy a house in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

Dollars For Distressed Homes

March 9th, 2010
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StarTribune.com

By LYNN UNDERWOOD, Star Tribune

Last update: October 28, 2009 – 7:13 AM

Plenty of home buyers are sold on a home
because they love the kitchen. Jeanna Sabers
wanted to buy a home because it didn’t have
one. Last summer, Sabers purchased an
almost 100-year-old fixer-upper in south
Minneapolis. The vacant, bank-owned 
property needed a host of repairs — and a Read the rest of this entry »

Rebates, Remodeling, and New Construction!

March 8th, 2010
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WOW! In Minnesota, we love a bargain. We tore up the phones to get our hands on appliance rebate dollars and used them all up in 2 days. Way to go Minnesota shoppers. There’s still a lot of cash to be found.  Read the rest of this entry »