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I Hate Sales People.

by Carrie Klassen, Realtor, Buyers Agent
Yes, you heard me. I don't like to be "sold" anything. I know my own needs better than anyone else does and if I need something, I'll go looking for it.  I do not like being "greeted" by a clerk before I get inside a store.  I am the type of shopper that likes to be left alone to look. I like to self navigate. Many times, I don't know what I'm looking for and I don't want to take time to explain what I want, only to be guided right to an item that may or may not be what I want.  
 
 
 
I can read the sign that says, "buy one get one half off" I don't need to be told about it.  I'd venture to say the general public feels the same way, especially home shoppers. You don't need to point to a kitchen and say, "there's the kitchen."  All a home shopper needs from a Realtor is for the store to be open, and with technology, it is a 24-7 business, right from your living room.
 
Buying a home usually starts online and ends on closing day with a moving van.  The stuff in the middle is where Real Estate agents and brokerages provide more value to the home buyer.  I'll show you how much participation a Realtor is usually needed for each phase, because buying a home is not like buying a bath and body Eucalyptus spearmint hand soap. It becomes about as complex as a purchase can get.  There are over 20 decisions a new home buyer will make when writing an offer, many of those decisions can't be made well without an understanding of each of them, the process as a whole, and the consequence of each decision.
 
 
 
Here are the steps and how we can be helpful to a home buyer in each:  
 
1. Looking online at homes.  I help you by simply giving you the tools to get set up with a home search that allows you to see homes as soon as they come on to the market, not days later, so you can browse at your leisure and in your comfort by yourself.  There's a difference between looking on public websites at homes and being on an agent portal.  On the agent portal a complete list of homes listed for sale by all companies becomes visible, not just a percentage of them.  It's a free service that we provide.  We will talk about what information you'd like to have and how often.
 
What you won't get from me: a call every day asking if you are ready to buy.
 
2. Making an appointment with a loan officer to see how much home you can buy.  I help you by recommending loan officers that will communicate with you and make the process go smoothly without surprises and without being left in the dark. At that time you will not only learn how much money you can spend on a home comfortably but also what type of home qualifies for the type of loan you are getting. 
 
3. Setting up an appointment : Once you're pre-approved, I will show you a handful of homes to gauge what you like, and what you don't. Once you have seen a few homes and you've decided whether or not I've been helpful, you will determine how much assistance you want from me, and we will decide then if I'm going to be your Realtor.  
 
4. Finding your home : You will get my time, my ten years of experience, and a friend with you who's bought and sold over a hundred homes and knows the market inside and out.  You won't hear me say how many homes you should see before making a decision on which one to buy.  There is no magic number of homes you should look at. I will let you know when moving quickly is your best option in certain circumstances, but the amount of homes you view, is up to you. For some people it's 5 homes, for others it's 50. You will take the time you need, and I will be honest and communicate with you about the market conditions, so that you are completely informed. The time I invest with a buyer is time well spent, and I am careful not to promise something I can't deliver.  
 
5. Putting an offer on a home :  I help by structuring the offer to benefit you and make sure your needs are taken care of.
 
6. Getting from the offer to keys : I help by managing the timing, terms, and appointments by negotiating and coordinating with the loan officer, inspector, appraiser, and title company.
 
8. Moving van :  Friends, family, neighbors all disappear knowing you'll be asking them to help you move. Tip: Buy food, and more of them will show up.
 
 
When I ask you to tell me what stage you are in, it is so I can assist you to the level that you WANT HELP.

Match Day : Mayo Residents

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

Match Day is this Friday at 1pm. Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical school students, a day when they learn at which U.S. residency programs they will train for the next three to seven years.  Students across the country will find out at the same time this Friday and begin making plans to relocate.  Students found out if they "matched" yesterday, but will find out where exactly they will go on Friday. 

"Match Day" was a completely foreign concept to me until I moved to Rochester.  And it's amazing to watch how it affects a community and industries (specifically real estate).  Every year we see an increase of buyers coming to Rochester to begin their program with Mayo Clinic and, equally, we see an increase of homes coming on the market as programs end and medical students prepare to leave. 
 
 
 
It's hard to relocate and find a place to live far away. Sometimes, impossible to arrange flights, interview realtors, tour homes, and purchase a home in a weekend.  Technology is helping us though, to create video tours of homes, video chat with clients, electronically sign documents, and help residents purchase a home that they will love coming home to. 
 
We're excited to use this technology to help those relocating to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN again this year!  Good luck, Residents!
 
The Nordaune Team
507-287-7755
beth@rochesterhomesource.com
 
 

 

 

I'm In Love!!

by Beth Nordaune

I thought this was appropriate for Valentines Day.  I know I have about one "home crush" a year but I see it all of the time.  My tell tale sign is when I can't get them out of the house!!!  Happy Valentines and please share your "home crush!"  That one home that you just can't get out of your head or maybe the one that cost you a pretty penny!!

 

Home Crushing

Ready, Set, Go!

by Carrie Klassen, Buyers Agent

It's February: "We are in multiple offers" month has begun.  We were in multiple offers today and houses are starting to sell faster than they were a week or two ago.  Last year I wrote an offer on a house that had five offers come in the day it was listed.  And unfortunately there are people wasting time looking for houses on websites that take three days to update. Almost daily we get emails from particular sites with buyers asking to see something that was sold days prior.  In the winter when things are slow, it's a little different but we are in spring market now and the race begins.  The buyers who have a Buyer's Agent will get the chance to compete, and will get there faster than those who don't.  I am in the process of getting "what you need to write an offer" emails to my buyer customers so that when the time comes, they are not scrambling at the last minute.

 
If you have specific criteria and you want to be on my hot sheet list, and if you want to get your plan ready for your next home purchase, call me and I will include you so that you are not missing out on the newest and best listings.
 
 
Carrie Klassen
Buyers Agent 
Beth Nordaune Team
507.421.3980
 

BaconFest 2014!

by Marissa Ostern

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

Yesterday was my mom's birthday and after going back and forth on deciding where to go out to eat, we decided to try something different and experience BaconFest! This was the first year that I had heard about this event but it is an annual fundraiser for the Sunset Terrace Elementary Playground Fund. It is held at the Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada Hotel.   

Before the event, we read the menu at the office and I wasn't disappointed! It included, mac & cheese with bacon, tator tots with a bacon cheese sauce, bacon pasta salad, bacon popcorn, build your own BLT's and sliders, chili with bacon, and of course, a large table with an assortment of bacon! And yes, there was also bacon dessert! It included maple long john's with bacon, a chocolate bacon fountain with strawberries, pineapple, and marshmallows, and ice cream with bacon bits. It was pretty fantastic! 

During the evening, there was live entertainment, a silent auction, free massages, and the crowning of King Bacon. There were four contestants for the bacon king and whoever raised the most money was crowned Bacon King 2014! This would be a great event in Rochester to check out next year for all of you out there who love bacon, and really, who doesn't?! 

 

Vacation? Prepare your home :

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

Trying to get out of the cold?  Maybe hit the beach?  Don't forget to prepare your home for your vacation too!  The last thing you want to return to is damage or stolen items.  Here are a few points to think about before you head south.

Don’t tell the world you’re going away.
Posting your family’s travel plans and dates on facebook or twitter is never a good idea. You never know who may read it and target your home while you’re away. Keep your vacation information off of the web and away from strangers.  This is hard with iPhones making sharing your vacation photos just a click away.  

Don’t close the drapes.
Keeping your curtains fully closed for a week or two is bound to tip people off that no one is home. So keep your curtains in their usual position to avoid drawing attention to your house. Just be sure to remove any expensive electronics or jewelry from plain sight.

Hold your mail.
Don’t let a week or two’s worth of mail spill out of your mailbox or pile up on your stoop. Play it safe by asking a close friend or neighbor to collect it for you. If that’s not an option, put in a “stop” order at your post office or online at their official web site. That way, you won’t have a big stack of bills waiting for you the moment you get home.

Use programmable light switches.
Leaving the lights either on or off the whole time you’re away is a dead giveaway that no one is home. Purchase a few programmable light switches that will turn lights on and off at set times. This will help create the illusion that the house is being used and help decrease the chance of break-ins.  You can find timers on sale after Christmas too, so now is a great time! 

Unplug major appliances.
You never know when a lightning storm could hit and cause a power surge that fries your flat‑screen TV or home computer. Even when your appliances are off, they still use electricity when they’re plugged in. So always unplug your appliances before you leave for trips to keep them safe and to keep your electric bill down.

Have a friend or neighbor help.
Leave him or her a key to water the plants and make sure the water heater isn't leaking. You can always bring back a souvenir or return the favor on your friend's next vacation.

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Honey-Do List Workout : Home Improvement Calorie burn

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

Like every January past, the local gyms are packed with new-year-resolution-makers that will only make it through the month.  It's not too late to make a resolution for this year, but perhaps you should vow to update and improve your home rather than trim and tone your body.  Whether it's because you're looking to sell or simply have a honey-do list that's too long, you can kill two birds with one stone.  Home maintenance is great exercise.  Especially the way this winter is going :  Shoveling for 15 min burns 144 Calories.  So what is it that has yet to be done around your house?

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Cross Country Skiing at Quarry Hill : Get out in the cold!

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

Despite the cold, this past Sunday was bustling with hikers, skiers, and snowshoers at Quarry Hill in Rochester. 

Since we moved here, I have only been there one time previously to hike, but am amazed by the trails. This being one of the few times I have been cross country skiing, impressed me by how well groomed the trails were and how friendly it was to those of us who are "amateur" cross country skiers (to put it nicely)

There were people of every walk of life and skill level out this weekend which made it fun and takes away the pressure :  I've included a few photos to assure you of the amount of time I spent on the ground, but also how much I learned (like how to get up a pretty large hill)

The nature center is great about helping you to rent skis and snowshoes.  We learned about how they're weighted and chosen by height. They're also very reasonable in price:  $7.50 for skiing and $5 for snowshoes.  And when not on the trails the nature center is a great place to warm up, and see some great nature displays.  I hope to encourage you to get out before the winter is over because those in-between days spent outside make days like today (-40 wind chill and blustery) a little more bearable.

MN Propane prices rise : Homeowners and farmers hurt.

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

 

Many Minnesotans rely on propane fuel to power their furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, outdoor grills, fireplaces, and appliances, but prices are climbing.  It's hard to encourage families to use propane when the price is at it's highest in 14 years. Propane is an approved clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.  It is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels.    


To fuel homes, large tanks can be buried underground because propane is a nontoxic, nonpoisonous fuel that doesn’t contaminate aquifers or soil. Refueling a propane vehicle takes about the same time as refueling a gasoline vehicle. And propane is the only alternative fuel with fueling stations located in every state.

Check out this article about rising prices right here:

Propane prices soaring in Minnesota

Posted: Jan 20, 2014 5:30 PM CST

PLAINVIEW, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A natural gas shortage is sweeping the country, and it's causing propane prices to soar to levels we haven't seen in nearly 15 years in Minnesota.

According to High Plains Co-Op in Plainview, propane inventories have been low since the fall after using propane dryers for crops following a wet harvest season.

This was followed by the Arctic blast that had people across the state and country cranking up the heat.

The supply shortage is now at a five-year low in our state. With a pipeline that used to pump propane into the region now being repurposed, prices are spiking.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports residential propane costs $2.33 a gallon in Minnesota -- the highest it has been in the past 14 years.

It is unclear how long the trend in climbing prices will last.

Market on the Rise : Watch for SOLD signs

by Noelle Tripolino Roberts

KXLT - Fox 47 Rochester MN News, Weather and Sports

 

A great start to 2014 : SEMAR announces an increase in stability within the last year.  We're seeing a rise in median home prices and more SOLD signs.  The average time on the market has also decreased which makes this the perfect time to think about selling or buying. 

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