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Sue's Clues

Info on Minneapolis Cities Homes, Condos, Townhomes and more!

By Susan Hofflander | Agent in Minneapolis, MN
  • Downtown Minneapolis Clean Up

    Posted Under: General Area in Minneapolis, Shopping & Local Amenities in Minneapolis, Property Q&A in Minneapolis  |  January 12, 2012 2:46 PM  |  879 views  |  No comments

    I'm so glad to hear the news regarding the City of Minneapolis receiving a grant for clean up of the old Jaguar dealership location at Hennepin and Washington.  That building, even when the dealer was still there, is out of date at best; an eyesore at worst.  There were talks years ago of Whole Foods becoming the main tenant of the location, with other mixed use in the rest of the land.  That project went the way of The Nicollet, a proposed skyscraper project that fell apart in May 2010 because of the poor economy.

    It appears that Whole Foods is still in to the project.  I find it fishy that Whole Foods won't comment on veracity of that statement.  I believe part of why the project didn't happen before is, not only because of the hazardous waste on the land, but also because the plan approval could  not be obtained from the city.  Apparently, there was inadequate parking and not enough side walk room.

    MPR and KSTP have done a great job illuminating the public about the next step on the re-purposing of this land.  Kudos to the Met Council and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  It appears this will not only remove that broken down dinosaur from that corner, but will help stimulate the economy by creating over 100 new jobs!!

    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.

  • WOW!! Fabulous Condo For Sale Eagan MN - Rock Bottom Price!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Saint Paul, In My Neighborhood in Saint Paul, Property Q&A in Saint Paul  |  January 2, 2012 1:43 PM  |  885 views  |  No comments
  • The Light of the World - Or at Least Minnesota!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Minneapolis, In My Neighborhood in Minneapolis, Property Q&A in Minneapolis  |  December 21, 2011 2:18 PM  |  978 views  |  No comments
    Wow!  All of the wonderful light displays we have available to see!  It seems that there are many more of these displays than there used to be.  As a child, we'd see one or two strings of lights around people's windows.  Now, there are displays the folks have synced up with a computer so that they coincide with musical cues and beats!

    One such property is this display in Shoreview, MN.  This is a work of art.  Lots of work and expense went in to this.  Or take a peek at this one in Wadena.  How exciting!  And, one of my favorites is this one in Plymouth, MN.  They always do a spectacular job!  Not to be forgotten is this memorable display also in Plymouth, MN!  This family takes this on every year as a way to contribute to a cure for Parkinson's.

    And, here's a place to find the displays closest to your home.

    So many wonderful ways of expressing the joy of the season!  They are unique works of art.  Makes me proud to represent the city of Plymouth MN when folks are looking for homes for sale in Plymouth, MN or any houses for sale in the Western suburbs of Minneapolis.  Get out to see them if you can!

    Happy Holidays~

    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.

  • Spooktacular Open House, Oct. 30th 12-2

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Eagan, In My Neighborhood in Eagan, Property Q&A in Eagan  |  October 27, 2011 11:22 AM  |  913 views  |  No comments
    Don't miss this opportunity for you to live here!  Heather Rectenwal will greet you that day.  The deals don't get any better than this.  Heather Rectenwall



  • Open House - Independence Day Sale - Price Improvement

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Minneapolis, Property Q&A in Minneapolis  |  June 22, 2011 6:11 AM  |  838 views  |  No comments
    Open House this Sunday, June 26th from 12-2pm.  Don't miss it!!!
  • Who Represents You? Agency in Plain English

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Minneapolis, Home Selling in Minneapolis, Property Q&A in Minneapolis  |  June 7, 2011 10:24 AM  |  643 views  |  No comments

    I know this is a confusing issue.  We, as REALTOR®s are required to take a class about this very issue EVERY YEAR!!  And, you, as the consumer, probably don't understand why this is important to you.  We realize that your perception of our function to find you a house and help you buy it is a valid one.  In fact, that IS, in part, our function.

    But, in order to inform and protect you, the whole country has been on a mission to alter the way the real estate agents interact with the public.  Here's why....

    Back in the day, ALL real estate agents represented sellers.  That was a fact, a given.  The agents, no matter what company they worked for, were there to get the best price and terms for the seller.   Nobody was representing the buyers.  Thing is, when buyers were "working" with agents to find a property, they didn't know that the agent was NOT representing their best interests, too.  They assumed, since they were out riding in the car and had shared all of this personal information about their lives and their finances, that the agent was going to "take care" of them.  Needless to say, that wasn't always the case.

    Some very visible lawsuits ensued when one buyer decided to stand up to the system.  The results of that litigation elicited changes in our industry.  It became important to define WHO REPRESENTS WHO in a real estate transaction.  The initial response was to have agents enter in to a conversation something like this:

    • BUYER "I'd like to find a house to buy. Can you help me?"
    • AGENT "Sure I can.  Let's get started.  But, before we get in the car, I need to let you know that I'm NOT representing you.  I'm here to get the best price and terms I can for the seller.  As long as you're OK with that, we can proceed."

    Needless to say, when that kind of disclosure came to light, consumer action groups and home buyers across the board were up in arms.  From that backlash grew a movement to provide equal representation to BOTH buyers and sellers.  Along side the development of this kind of equal representation, the disclosure of that representation has morphed in to something that provides the information to the public in the most succinct way possible.  We call it "AGENCY".

    The State of MN wants us to share this information with potential clients at our "first substantive contact", meaning whenever price, terms or motivation is mentioned.  In this day of electronic communication, this kind of disclosure is very challenging.  If I get a text from someone wanting to see my property, it's difficult to go in to a long spiel about "agency" before I can show the property.  That's why I developed this link on my website for people to read.  I can send it as a link in e mail or text message.  That way, at least I've prepared the buyer/seller for this conversation to be had.  And, once I meet with people in person, I can open the door to a more comprehensive explanation of this info.

    When I hold open houses, the first thing I say when greeting visitors is "Hello, I'm Susan.  I'm with Remax Advantage Plus.  I represent the seller."  Then, there's no question about my contractual obligation.  I try to caution folks not to mention anything about their terms or motivation.  That usually happens if they are inquiring further about the transaction.

    Not sure what to think?  For more information, read here.   And, here's more information from the State of MN Attorney General's office on why it's essential for you to listen to this info when the agent talks!!!

    Need some advice?  Want to bounce around some ideas?  Want the latest information about homes for sale in your area of Minneapolis?  You need to contact me right away!!!

    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.

  • Nationwide Open House Weekend - Minneapolis Condo

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Minneapolis, Home Selling in Minneapolis, Property Q&A in Minneapolis  |  June 1, 2011 6:39 AM  |  616 views  |  No comments

    The National Association of Realtors has designated this Saturday and Sunday as the Nationwide Open House weekend!  All over the country, REALTORS® are holding their esteemed listings open for the public to view.  This effort is one more step in moving the real estate market forward AND, hopefully, elicit a buyer for those special listings!!!

    Here's one for you.

    Send a buyer to this most excellent condo in Eagan.  I'm holding an OPEN HOUSE on

    Saturday from 2-4 and

    Sunday from 12-3.

    Don't miss the virtual tour here.


    It's neat, light, bright, spacious, walks out to gardens and grass.  It's like having a one-level townhouse!

    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.

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