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A client wanted to tour a couple bank owned homes last Tuesday afternoon.  The temperature was around 100 and, as you know,  air conditioning is not something provided by those too big to fail.  The first place was a town house on listing day number one.  We met at the home for our scheduled appo...
07/07/2012
Minnesota Financial Movers -- US Bancorp  With a market capitalization in excess of over $60 Billion, and more than sixty thousand employees, US Bank makes a Paul Bunyan-sized footprint in the Minnesota financial landscape.  Although it is the fifth largest commercial bank in the country, US Banc...
06/19/2012
Minnesota Financial Movers -- TCF Financial Corporation  TCF Bank A few days ago, we posted a summary of Ameriprise Financial, one of a fairly large number of prominent corporations involved in finance and related industries.  Minnesota is also home to TCF Financial Corporation (TCB), the publicl...
06/19/2012
The financial components of America would be lacking considerable girth without its Minnesota components.  Have you heard of Wells Fargo?  Of course you have, and you may not know that Wells was acquired by Minnesota's Norwest Bank in 1998.  Although Norwest was the acquirer, the historical signi...
06/14/2012
Minnesota winters have been responsible for some of our economic development.  A previous post featured Arctic Cat, a half-century old company that makes snowmobiles and other off road vehicles, including ATV's.  A second competing company, Polaris Industries, is larger in size than Arctic Cat, a...
06/14/2012
If you're not a resident of Minnesota, your image of the state can come in many forms.  If you're from either of the coasts, you may think little more of our state than ten minutes of stuff to fly over on your way to the other coast.  If you live in another Midwest state, your image may be one of...
06/14/2012
If you're thinking about selling your home, or perhaps are already listed for sale, Dallas real estate professional Judith Abbott has a few words of wisdom for you.  If you feel that your home is an exception to the rule of thumb, I hope you enjoy looking out your window at the for sale sign.  It...
05/24/2012
The most frequent question I hear from consumers who call me about an ad is, "Can you help me buy a home?"  Often the answer is that I probably can't, at least not in the near term. The fact that you wanted to buy a home was about all it took in 2004-2006.  It was not uncommon for people who coul...
05/19/2012
First time buyers are sometimes surprised when I tell them that it's not my job to sell them a home.  As their buyer's representative, the only selling I do is when I am charged with selling my clients' offer to the current owners.  As buyer representative, it's my responsibility to help my clien...
05/18/2012
Buyers often wonder and frequently ask me if they will be able to sell their home in a few years for more than they paid.  The correct answer to this question is, "I don't know."  Home prises rise and fall with the market, and there is no way to accurately predict what will happen.  There are som...
05/17/2012
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