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By Nicole Curtis | Agent in Minneapolis, MN
  • Flipping homes vs. Restoration Investments

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Minneapolis  |  July 30, 2010 5:46 PM  |  12,887 views  |  10 comments

    Everyone always assumes that I "Flip" homes.  Yes, I am an investor -but to me  flipping homes means ransacking a home of it's character -giving it a quick whitewash-stock cabinets and granite and calling it "Renovated".  That's not what I do.  I strongly believe that as investors we can purchase these beaten up homes and not punish them further with mundane design.  Each one of my homes is unique. If it is missing character and detail --we add it.  I always research every home-you would be amazed at what great info you can get from neighbors and city resources.As I typically work with homes that are 100+ years old-it is of utmost importance that I use timeless products in the home.  Nothing trendy ever comes through the door.  Yes,I know there's the crazy folks that believe Black Onyx Granite is here to stay-but this Interior Design/Renovator Chic says No Way!  Stick with what's true to the home--the last I checked they didn't make acrylic shower kits in 1904:)  Subway tile-hexagon floors-timeless accents.  So for me, personally, I want you to question whether something was original or replaced--not whether I got the glass tile backsplash at Home Depot or Lowes. 
  • What is show-ready?

    Posted Under: Home Selling  |  March 3, 2010 7:57 PM  |  12,060 views  |  1 comment

    So your home is on the market...now to get it sold.  To make sure your home shows it's best follow these quick tips:

    1. First things first, your home should smell clean and fresh. Avoid stong,florals-something subtle as vanilla or fresh linen are perfect.  Lighting scented tea lights throughout the home during showings and open houses is a great touch.

    2.  Clutter should be gone--your bookshelves overstacked, closets overstuffed-take a day and clean it all out-many non-profits will pick up donations from your doorstop.

    3.  Personal Photos and Information-GONE-enable buyers to envision themselves living in your home-the million photos of your family and your calender on the side of the fridge are working against this goal.  Packing them up will give you a nice headstart for the big move

    4.  Windex to your heart's delight-take an extra few minutes to shine everthing up-Bathroom faucets, mirrors-quick once-over on windows to get rid of the fingerprints or dog noses.

    5. And of course...all the obvious things--MAKE YOUR BEDS, PICK UP YOUR CLOTHES, MAKE SURE YOUR HOUSE IS CLEAN:)

  • Foreclosures in Minneapolis

    Posted Under: Foreclosure in Minneapolis  |  August 9, 2009 1:31 PM  |  12,037 views  |  3 comments
    Perhaps you have heard the rumor that there are no longer "steals" in this real estate market. I am here to put that rumor to rest.  If you are educated about the market, you will learn that there are many still out there.  The banks have shifted their approach a bit; therefore, buyers must also.  The foreclosures are now being priced to move...which means well below market value.  What this means if that if you are not checking lisitngs every morning--you are going to miss out.  These listings are priced so great, that they recieve multiple offers day one.  The bank then asks for "highest and best offer"---there is no chance to counteroffer. You must lead with your best deal-one shot to get these great deals.
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