Claire Bastien, Exclusive Buyer Agent
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How to Qualify for a Mortgage and Decrease Student Loan Debt

by on March 10th, 2016 Leave a Comment

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. […]


What Does it Cost to Buy a Home?

by on February 10th, 2016 Leave a Comment

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 […]


How to Make Your New Home Garden Safe for Bees

by on October 30th, 2014 Leave a Comment

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 […]


Spring Savings on Home Purchases

by on June 15th, 2014 Leave a Comment

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 […]


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

by on March 11th, 2014 Leave a Comment

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 […]


Exclusive Buyer Agents Make Successful Offers

by on February 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

An Exclusive Buyer Agent is the key to making a successful offer on a home for many more reasons than the price of an offer.  The Exclusive Buyer Agent or EBA is able to dig for information a traditional agent may not be able to provide to you due to limitations on their agent contract […]


Home Buyer Market Update

by on February 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Your Exclusive Buyer Agent market update indicates 2014 will likely be a year of continued stable growth over the past 2 years of home sale increases.  The stability will depend on job market factors but, since overall home prices have come back up and more sellers are likely to list in the improved market, sales should remain […]


Get your Walk Score for your New Home

by on February 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Many of today’s homebuyers want to live closer to ammenities and search for homes in areas with walkable ammenities nearby.  Now you can calculate your walk score on my site when you locate a home on which you wish to put an offer.  You can find the app in the link above and click on […]


Alison and Jared Close on New Home

by on March 31st, 2013 Leave a Comment

Alison and Jared closed on their new home in Oakdale, saving thousands of dollars in closing costs and gaining instant equity on their home. They will have time to update their home prior to move in, on the Realtor Property Resource site their home is already worth $16,000 more than they paid for their home.  […]


Radon in Minnesota Homes – Radon Abatement

by on March 5th, 2013 Leave a Comment

Everyone knows smoking is the largest cause of lung cancer, but what many people don’t realize is that Radon gas is the largest cause of lung cancer in non-smokers responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually.  What is Radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth. When inhaled, it gives off […]

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