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Smart Buyers Create the Right Type of LLC & Insurance Before Purchasing Investment Property

 If your goal is to start investing in property, whether single family, condo/townhome or multi-family properties, is it wise to purchase through an LLC Corporation? For my buyers considering purchasing for investment purposes, my recommendation is to limit your liability as an owner by setting up a limited liability company to distance your personal assets […]

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Check Your Homestead Status on County Tax Notifications for Changes Annually!

Recently, one of our clients notified us that the County in which they reside had changed the Homestead Tax status on them and they only noticed it after a few years had elapsed.  They were kind enough to mention this to us, and, as a warning to all our current and future clients, we want […]

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Beware of Fraud Attempts During your Home Purchase Transaction

Recently our company received multiple notifications from Title Companies that there are attempts to highjack funds prior to closing by fraudsters pretending to send emails from the Title Company.  Several clients from other vendors have had their closing funds stolen by receiving fraudulent changes to wiring instructions, and have had to come up with the […]

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Why are Housing Inventory Levels so Low?

An article published on March 20, 2017 by David Arbit gives the following reasons for the current low inventory conditions currently existing in Real Estate; 1) Lack of confidence Sellers have in being able to secure their next property in a highly competitive environment. 2) Sellers are enjoying the current price increases for now, especially […]

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Thrifty Buyers help Habitat for Humanity

The Longfellow neighborhood in SE area of Minneapolis is now home to the newest reusable home goods center called the ReStore. Habitat for Humanity opened this second store as part of their non-profit home improvement outlet program, their original store is located in New Brighton, and both stores are filled with donated items allowing Habitat […]

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage and Decrease Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is in the news daily and it’s no secret it can slow your opportunities for home ownership, if you let it.  There are lending options that allow alternatives and it’s worth a look to find out when you might qualify even if you have to wait it out a few months longer. […]

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What Does it Cost to Buy a Home?

While most Buyers focus on the bottom line, what the monthly house payment will look like, what they often don’t take into account is the amount of cash needed up front to purchase a home, not including the down payment.  When Buyers approach me my first question is “Do you have a Lender?”  Some Buyers […]

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How to Make Your New Home Garden Safe for Bees

When you think about buying a new home, Landscaping and Gardening are probably not the highest items on the list of requirements to getting into a new property.  It always helps if the home already has great landscaping and plants but that is not always the case.  Often the gardens have been somewhat neglected or […]

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Spring Savings on Home Purchases

This Spring has been a busy one and my buyers are saving money off the asking price of homes.  Sellers were likely hoping for more increases in home values but they seem to be stabilizing and climbing more incrementally which still enables many buyers to get great deals while interest rates remain low. My recent […]

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EBA Helps Buyers Get $15,000 in Equity on Purchase

When Cheryl and Dave chose to work with Claire Bastien, as their Exclusive Buyer Agent, they were in process of selling their home of 25+ years.  Forced to do some expensive changes to their drain field of their selling home by the county, they were left with less in pocket than they’d hoped to invest in their […]

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