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By Joel and Patti Friday | Agent in Andover, MN
  • Stunning 80 acre retreat in Willow River

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Willow River  |  May 8, 2009 7:21 AM  |  1,533 views  |  No comments

    At first glance you say, another 80 acre property up north but, as soon as you pull int the driveway, you notice something different. Rolling terrain with towering pines, bright white birch, stately oaks, and then a spring fed pond. Then you see the home, cedar shakes and siding, a screen porch along the entire west side, a deck off the loft bedroom above the porch, and a patio below from the walkout basement all facing the pond. Upon entering the home there is a mud room and stairs to the basement. Around the corner the kitchen greets you with a cathedral ceiling, tongue and groove aspen woodwork harvested from the land. Beyond that you see oak hardwood floors and a pot belly stove in the wide open living area. The screen porch is right behing 3 huge sliding doors that allow great scenes from outside to be right there in front of you.

    Once you have explored the main level with 2 bedrooms including the master with a bathroom and sliding door, you notice the winding stair case to the loft. You quickly race up the stairs to see what is up there and discover a huge area that can be used as a bedroom or a family room. Another sliding door takes you to the balcony over the porch. Your view includes fantastic sunsets, deer coming down for water from the pond and abundant wildlife. There is also a huge walk in closet or play room. The smell of bacon and coffee will make getting up a memorable experience.

    The lower level awaits your ideas as it is wide open and has two more sliding doors that open to the patio below the porch. Time for a leisurely stroll around your new home. The trails wind throughout the hills, forest, wetlands and you take even more wildlife. There are a few tree stands for hunting or bird watching that are well marked. There is even a 5 acre pasture for Elk, which you could also use for cattle or horses. A large pole barn and 3 car garage are just the start of your storage area as there are several additonal out buildings scattered throughout the acreage.

    Time for fishing or boating, Long Lake is just around the corner as is the Kettle River. The Willard Munger State Trail is only a mile away. Hinckley is around 20 miles to the south and Duluth is now less than an hour away. There are also several state parks in the area including Banning State Park with an old rock quarry that is very scenic.

    For more details check out the links below or give me a call to come and see this stunning 80 acre retreat that can be lived in year round.

    This could be your

    "HOME By Friday!"


    Joel Friday Homes      612-868-6287

  • What happened to Realtor's basic honesty?

    Posted Under: Home Buying  |  April 29, 2009 11:26 AM  |  1,444 views  |  No comments

    How does one explain to a client where the supposed 3rd bedroom is in a home? Sure the listing agent conveniently hides the non conforming bedroom in the agent notes. I can explain this to my client when a closet is not there and most will understand. But I have show a few homes lately where the 4th wall is missing along with no door. As a matter of fact it is part of the family room.

    About a year ago on 60 minutes or 20/20, there was an agent who claimed he sold his listings in an average of 21 days. The reporter went on to discover that he simply relisted the homes every 90 days. The agent actually bragged about this deceitful practice on the air and admitted this is how his time on market numbers were so low.

    Our code of ethics states we must treat everyone with honesty, whether or not they are our clients. Advertising a home with 3 bedrooms when it only has 2 wastes everyones time. Looking back at the home the dining room and living room were also nonconforming bedrooms too. I guess they should have called it a 5 bedroom. And yes, I can see the market history on the MLS but, home owners can't. We need to live up to the code of ethics we signed when we became Realtors.

    Make sure your home is

    "SOLD by Friday!"

    Joel Friday


  • Slushy anyone?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Minnesota  |  January 21, 2009 7:24 PM  |  1,516 views  |  No comments

    We have been receiving snow here almost every other day here in Minnesota this season. While that keeps everything nice and white, the slush tracked into your garage and driveway is annoying. Seems like I can shovel out gallons of the stuff on a daily basis. Worse yet that salt in the slush eats away at your concrete floor.

    I have found a great way to clean your garage floor and remove the slush with out buying anything. The trick is to simply shovel clean snow onto the garage floor and wait an hour. By then shovel the snow back out as it has absorbed 90% of the salt and dirt that was on the floor. You will be amazed by how great this works. Just remember to use clean white, poweredy snow.

    I am dreaming of a green spring!

    Make sure your home is

    "SOLD by Friday!"


    Joel Friday


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