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Fri Sep 30, 2016
Maricris A answered:

Currently, we do not have a tool for the consumers to remove their home photos. Please provide your complete property address and I will be able to assist. You may also send your request together with your complete address via the link below.


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Sat Sep 12, 2015
Boleroflats asked:
How do we update our description about our community on the Trulia website we are on?
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Wed Aug 12, 2015
Josh Lund answered:
Hello Mike,
Good morning.
'Kelsey Sitek' with Nations Title is GREAT to work with. She can get you set up.
Are you in the market to buy a home? If so, I would love to see if we can help you out. We work with 1st time home buyers all the time. Do you have a realtor yet? If not we have preferred ones we can get you in contact with. I would like to see if I can help you out with a home mortgage. I will try and make this a very easy process. Please let me know how to help out.
Thanks much.
Josh Lund
MN District Branch Manager
NMLS # 387408
Gold Star Financial Group
Mobile: 612.802.3265
Office: 952.884.5442
eFax: 877.666.0007
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Fri Apr 15, 2011
Patti Ann Kasper answered:
There are sometimes large costs involved here that you might want to check out first. Minnesota is quite a bit pickier about how trash is handled than Texas is (I used to live in Dallas) and regulations are tighter and more abundant here.

What you call "cleaning" is called "Trash-Out" in these parts, so you might want to google that term and the word Minnesota and see what you find.

My husband was considering doing this too, but he decided against it because of the possibility of handling hazardous materials and the extensive costs involved. Dumpsters and storage space get expensive quick.

To be best of my knowledge, you do not have to be licensed to pick up "normal" garbage, but then what do you do with it? You DO have to be licensed to do certain kinds of Trash Hauling and Disposal. In other words, once you clean out the house, how you handle the trash is critical. That can be VERY costly and require multiple licenses.

Another consideration is what kind of trash is it? If you have chemicals, carpet, appliances, car batteries, used oil, flourscent light bulbs, paint, electronics equipment, moldy drywall, asbestos, items painted with lead based paints, etc. many of these are considered hazardous, or they need special handling, or they may need to be recycled. Hazmat handling gets expensive fast and recycling of many items is expensive.

You will need to be insured and bonded, or most REALTORS® in this area will not want to work with you.

Minor repairs may be needed, but are not generally considered to be part of a "trash out", however as a REALTOR® I like to have one company that can handle multiple items in addition to trash outs, like snow removal, winterizing, re-keying, etc. If someone has a company that only does trash-outs I am less likely to do business with them unless they are much less expensive that my preferred supplier.

You might consider working for a trash-out company for a while to learn the ropes and see if you even like doing it. Maybe check out someone like JJO Enterprises in Andover.

Starting a new business is a big risk. Please check with the Minnesota Secretary of State office to find out more about hazmat disposal and handling, trash hauling, and trash disposal licenses and fees in our state.
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Thu Oct 7, 2010
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Wed Oct 28, 2009
Nouk Haschka answered:
Hi Mike,

Scan the ads at for property managers. That's the sight most landlords and property managers use to get qualified renters. Good luck.
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Fri Sep 4, 2009
Lane Hansen answered:
Thanks everyone for the answer! Your guys are always being great!!!
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Fri Mar 6, 2009
Cameron Piper answered:

I have had the same insurance agent since I was a kid (my parents use him too). I highly recommend Dave Rondeau with Farmers Insurance.

Good Luck!!

Cameron Piper
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Mon Dec 8, 2008
Patty asked:
and the association has terminated the contract with the management company, there are 4 employee and we all are going to stay with the property not the management company. What kinds of…
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Tue Jun 17, 2008
Cameron Piper answered:

The types of projects that you are list are very weather dependent. I would keep an eye on hail storms in the area and do some good old fashioned door knocking. Getting to the know the board of directors at a townhouse complex ahead of time might some dividends as well.

If you are looking for new construction projects of a larger scale. You might try the St. Paul or Minneapolis builders exchanges. While they focus primarily on commercial work, there are still a few residential projects that make their way through the exchance.

Finally running adds in local papers (small circulation, local topical papers) might also do you some good.

I hope that helps.

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