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Real Estate Agent - inactive - license is on ice with State of MN
6/15/2016: Please note that I have put my real estate sales agent license "on ice" and I am not currently practicing in Minnesota. This blog is meant to educate, enlighten, and entertain. If I hit two out of three on any one entry, I have succeeded!
It is 11:00am on a Friday, and it has been quite a week. After juggling inspections, new listings, closings, purchase agreements, dogs, cats, workouts, AND a couple of health scares from my aging parents, today is -- for once -- calm.Hmmm. Calm. Feels weird. Good, but weird.If you are like me, yo...
10/07/2011 the one you're with. And yes, we're talking real estate here. As I unpacked all of our stuff in our new home, it occurred to me that this house did not have exactly what I  hoped for in terms of a kitchen. Granted, the house has everything else we need or want: a huge fenced yard, big r...
The other day someone asked me about potential legal ramifications of a decision they needed to make. Inside my head, this little voice said, "Wait a minute, do I look like an attorney?"  Then that little voice's evil twin. Ms. Ego, preened a little and was so flattered that they thought I knew ...
For Sale by Owner: Six Tips on Getting It Done Sometimes you need to sell your home, but for one reason or another, you'd like to go it alone as a FSBO (For Sale by Owner). Of course, I could give you dozens of reasons why it's better to have a listing agent, but that's a different article. Consi...
The Top 10 Most Important Things to Look for in a Real Estate Agent Just because your aunt or best friend is a real estate agent, your personal relationship should not be the only thing that qualifies them for the job. So how do you make sure the person you select is the best one to help you with...
Caring for Aging Parents It's pretty typical for us "Boomers" to be somewhere in the process of caring for our aging parents. Since my husband and I are in the midst of this with our parents (his mom and my folks), I am here to tell you that it can feel like a weird time. Emotions run high on all...
OMG, I Smell DOG in Here! First, full disclosure. I am the proud parent of five "fur kids." I have three dogs and two cats, and I love them. Period. My friends often joke that they want to come back in their next life as one of my dogs. They are also amazed that my house (while often cluttered), ...
Are You Shopping for a Home Like You're Buying a Car? We shop. We research. We read reviews. We go out to take a look, take it for a test drive, and eventually we fall in love with "The One." Then we go see about financing.What's wrong with this picture? Well, nothing if you are buying a car. Th...
One of my very favorite books is The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. It is a fantasy/horror about Jack, a young boy who goes on a quest to retrieve a magical talisman that will save his dying mother, and at the same time he will save his mother's "twinner" who is also the dying queen i...
Why a Short Sale is Not for Everyone Today I met with a nice couple, and they were trying to do the right thing. They always paid their bills. They helped their kids out. Their son is in a severe pickle, which has put him a few months behind on his mortgage, and they wanted to pay it up current. ...

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