Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Picture
A few must-do garden chores for the fall gardenBy Rhonda Hayes
Are you the tidy type or more laid back about fall garden cleanup? Either way, there are a few things you really should do.

How long is your fall garden to-do list? It probably depends on your gardening style, the weather and how you deal with peer pressure.

The more naturalistic the setting, the more you can probably let it slide. Benjamin Vogt, garden writer and prairie-plant evangelist, recently shared his cleanup routine on Twitter: “Just prepped my garden for winter by glancing out the window and sighing. Seriously, why do people do fall cleanup? Nature doesn’t.”

More manicured and groomed gardens, however, demand serious end-of-season intervention.

My garden and I fall somewhere in the middle of these maintenance manifestos. I don’t do much, but I do a little. In the end, snow covers a multitude of sins.

That said, I do have a few fall must-dos:



Click Here For More

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Picture
By Money magazine

In a country so full of great, unique places, choosing the best is no easy task. This year, Money set out to find the nation's top small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. Starting with a pool of 781 cities, we used data from Onboard Informatics and other sources to comb through everything from the local economy and housing market to schools and health care — more than 50 factors in all. Then, we sent reporters to visit the 35 top scoring places, looking for a sense of community and other intangibles you'll never find in a spreadsheet. 

We found many places to love, but in the end, only one can take the top spot.

Click Here For More

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Picture
As September deepens, a certain level of seasonal housing market cooling is bound to occur, but year-over-year trends do not seem poised to offend. Overheated and undercooked markets might make pretty for media outlets, yet a balanced market is the best friend of the buyer, the seller and, frankly, the real estate practitioner. Seasonal dips are nothing to fret over. It is now and will continue to be best to measure residential real estate activity not by months but by years.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 13:

 • New Listings increased 1.6% to 1,650
 • Pending Sales decreased 1.0% to 993
 • Inventory increased 9.5% to 18,513

For the month of August:

 • Median Sales Price increased 5.3% to $219,000
 • Days on Market decreased 2.9% to 68
 • Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.7% to 96.3%
 • Months Supply of Inventory increased 15.8% to 4.4

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Picture
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Picture
Normalization is the word of the day when describing real estate markets these days. Market recovery has taken hold in most parts of the nation, and as those markets approach prior peaks, price growth may come in line with more normal historical levels. In the short-term, this may mean some metrics exhibit year-over-year declines, but the long-term trend is still higher. While everyone is entitled to their theories, the slow-but-steady path we've seen in recent months is beginning to match a pattern we have seen for decades.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 6:

 • New Listings increased 9.0% to 1,653
 • Pending Sales increased 1.4% to 879
 • Inventory increased 9.7% to 18,320

For the month of August:

 • Median Sales Price increased 5.3% to $219,000
 • Days on Market decreased 2.9% to 68
 • Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.7% to 96.3%
 • Months Supply of Inventory increased 15.8% to 4.4


User Registration

Forgot Password?
Back To Login

Enter E-mail: