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By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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We all know the old cliche about when politicians lie, "When the lips move."  How about the economists?  Perhaps, " When the pencil (or calculator, or slide rule) moves?  Although there may be more legitimate intent among economists, the result is similar. Today, we have been informed that Novemb...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Home buyers sometimes find that their wants in housing exceed the limits of their qualified resources.  Their preferred type of home in their neighborhood of choice is priced too high for them.  Some folks in this situation decide that maybe they should find something that needs work in order to ...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Why are you thinking about buying a new home?  Perhaps you have been living with relatives and the welcome is wearing out.  maybe your landlord is a jerk and he's raising the rent again.  Maybe you have a four bedroom family in a two bedroom home.  Maybe your neighborhood stinks.  maybe your neig...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Farmington Market Report March 15, 2012 Farmington, MN is one value location that buyers may want to add to their wish lists.  According to data supplied by the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota,there are 145 active residential listings, and about a third of them are priced at or bel...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you're thinking that this may be the year to make the commitment to residential independence, it's time to stop thinking and start acting.  You are not the only person who has a lease that is scheduled to renew in April or May, and you aren't the only one who is unhappy about the rent increase...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you want a dry martini, it takes about one part dry vermouth and eleven parts vodka or gin.  Stir or shake depending on your beliefs, and drown two olives.  Eleven to one is what makes the martini dry. So you don't want to make a martini?  You want to buy a home?  Eleven to one is also what ho...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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James Surowiecki is a writer for the highly regarded financial publication The New Yorker.  He was interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, and he feels that more people need to consider strategic default as a solution to their underwater home loans.  He cites the fact that American Airline...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Farmington MN 2011 home sales exceed 2010 totals Sold home totals in Farmington have passed the total units sold in 2010.  According to Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota data, total homes sold in Farmington in 2010 were 382, and the year to date total is 390.  2011 has been a great y...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Tonight's Republican debate will focus on the economy with emphasis on housing Tonight's Republican candidate debate may be worth a look.  One of the moderators, CNBC's Steve Liesman said this morning on Squawk Box that he and the other moderators will be asking some specific questions about the ...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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He may be a lunatic, but he's got you making his mortgage payment every month.  Your landlord understands the value of home ownership.  That's why he owns your home, and he's getting rich in the process.  He may be crazy, but he sure isn't stupid, is he? Interest rates continue to remain low, and...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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February 2 marked the beginning of the Minnesota house hunting season, and it looks like buyers have responded well inFarmington.  According to Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, there are 116 homes for sale in Farmington priced at or below $200,000.  Since February 2, there have bee...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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The official Minnesota house hunting season began on February 2, and renters across the state are reporting that their landlord did not see his shadow when he ventured out to collect any rent payments that were a couple days late. A sunny morning would have delayed the house hunting season anothe...

By Tanya Jones, Cascade Montana Farm and Ranch
(Dahlquist Realtors, 500 Country Club, Great Falls, MT 59404)
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By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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If you're considering buying a home in Farmington, demand that the agent assisting you advocate exclusively on your behalf. If the agent does not put his/her commitment in writing, you are being short-changed. A buyer agency agreement binds agents to put your interests ahead of theirs. They must ...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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There are a lot of homes on the market, and there are a lot of homes that were listed and failed to sell. Many homeowners have listed their Farmington homes for months with nothing to show for the effort but an expired listing contract and a pile of buyer agent business cards. Lots of showings an...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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According to the Dakota County Community Development Agency, there is still funding available for their downpayment and closing cost assistance program.  There are a few qualification criteria, but they are not extremely prohibitive.  For instance, maximum annual income for a one or two person ho...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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Down payment assistance is available for first time Farmington home buyers and others who have not owned a home for at least three years. This program is made available through the Dakota County Community Development Agency, and it provides financial resources to make your home purchase successfu...

By Jennifer Kirby, The Luxury Agent
(Kirby Fine Homes)
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The east side of my home has had the benefit of tons of sun the last two weeks, and of course is no longer covered with snow. I checked things out a day ago to see what kind of clean up I was going to need to do, as I left some of my coneflowers up during the winter so the birds could have some s...

By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
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We conduct stress tests on home listings that have gone out of contract without a sale.  If you want to know why your home failed to sell, contact us now to schedule a comprehensive analysis.   Just about everybody knows that there are a lot more homes for sale in Farmington than there are buyers...

By Jennifer Kirby, The Luxury Agent
(Kirby Fine Homes)
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The other day we got a misty snow early in the morning which coated the trees with glimmering snow. As the sun was rising, I decided to turn down a rural lane on the way from dropping my son off at pre-school and take some shots.          

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