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What Drives Mortgage Rates?

Building a new home may require you to secure a new mortgage and you will be looking to lock into a good rate.  Have you ever wondered what makes interest rates go up or down?  There are multiple factors that play a role in the increase or decrease of rates on a daily basis.  We have asked the loan officers …

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Meeting Your Neighbors

As you get everything moved into your new home, it is the perfect time to meet your new neighbors! Whether you are moving in from out of state or just moving a few neighborhoods down, getting to know your neighbors will help make your house feel more like home. Extraverts, introverts, homebodies and social butterflies, there are many different ways …

Must-Have Items for the First Few Nights in your New Home

Moving day has finally arrived!  After packing box after box, who knows where everything is? Whether your belongings are in-route to the new home, in storage, or all delivered and ready to unbox, take some stress out of moving by being prepared for the first few nights in your new home. Although it’s no sunny beach vacation, packing as if …

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What to Look For When Comparing Neighborhoods

Moving is one of the most exciting yet time consuming events in your life.  Once you have made the decision to move, an important next step is to figure out where to move.  Finding the right neighborhood is essential to making a smooth transition in your everyday life.  Here are 7 things to consider when you start your search for …

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DRIVEWAYS: Concrete vs. Asphalt

When it comes to choosing a driveway that fits your needs and budget; whether it’s for your new home or re-doing your existing driveway, you will have to decide which material is best for you.  Concrete and asphalt are the most common materials selected by homeowners; however, there are other options available from gravel at the low end all the …

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5 Reasons to Build NOW!

Making the decision to build a new home takes a lot of thought and contemplation.  There are so many questions about when the right time is for you to make a move, what your wants/needs are, what you can afford, and what the best location is.  With the housing market as hot as it is, now is the time to …

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SPOTLIGHT: Custom Home | Prior Lake

This 4,921 square foot, 3-story home has stunning views of upper Prior Lake.  Custom tailored to its new homeowners, it’s the perfect blend of sophisticated glam and modern chic.  With gray, black and white tones throughout, unique features were incorporated in each space to distinguish from the rest. KEY FEATURES: 3,906 sq. ft. (4,921 with basement finish) 5 bathroom (6 …

Top Technology Features in New Homes

Homeowners in the market for a new home are requesting a “smart” home.  Just as green features are becoming standard in new home construction, so are smart features.  These features can be installed for practical and functional use, while others are for lifestyle and entertainment or safety and security.  Here are a few top technology features in new home construction. …

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

After surviving our Minnesota winter, it is time for spring cleaning!  Not only do you get to clean up around your home, but spring cleaning is the time for a full deep clean in your home.  Here are a few spring cleaning tips to help get your home ready for another year. Doormats – Make your doormats welcoming!  This is …

Tips on How to Sell Your Existing Home Quicker

While out touring homes, you found a builder that can build you your dream home and can’t wait to get started. There is only one problem standing in your way…selling your existing home! Here are 6 tips to help sell your old home quicker: Differentiate from the Neighbors – The first thing that any prospective buyer will see when they …