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A sweet idea for Valentine’s Day giving. Vegetable and herb seed packets would be just as nice for a foodie or gardener.

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Yesterday, I finished making Jenna’s Valentine’s for her classroom party. I love the idea of giving flower seed packets instead of candy, so I was pretty excited about these. Jenna also seemed pretty happy with these little boxes, until she saw the Valentine’s I’m making for her brother. More on that later this week when I get done cutting, folding, gluing and filling 21 paper Minecraft treasure boxes.

flower seed valentines: give packets of flower seeds instead of candy for classroom valentines

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Weekly Real Estate Update
February 3, 2014

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Optimistic housing start stats encourage rumors that 2014 should be another year of recovering. Activity may not be volatile enough to garner bold headlines, which suits residential real estate markets just fine. The steady-as-she-goes pace and quietly consistent good news should bring out a few more previously underwater sellers to list their homes. Keep an eye out for fresh inventory and keen interest from hungry buyers.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 25:

• New Listings decreased 11.9% to 914
• Pending Sales decreased 13.0% to 663
• Inventory decreased 8.6% to 12,050

For the month of December:

• Median Sales Price increased 13.1% to $190,000
• Days on Market decreased 20.4% to 86
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.0% to 94.7%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 15.6% to 2.7

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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It seems many people are thinking of remodeling or adding on to their homes rather than moving given the real estate market we’ve had these past several years. If you’re one of these homeowners, here’s information on the Top 10 Remodeling Don’ts. A remodeling project is very often stressful. These tips may help reduce your stress levels and keep you on budget!
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And if remodeling simply won’t meet your needs, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you make your next move.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
612.220.3304
Coldwell Banker Burnet

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Weekly Real Estate Update
January 27, 2014

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Some say the big story of 2014 will be higher interest rates, some say it will be more inventory while others say it will be less foreclosure activity. The truth is likely to be an amalgamation of all of the above. The year 2013 was marked by variable but steady job growth, a good leading indicator of market activity. While consumers may be uneasy about higher rates, economic improvements can potentially offset any negative impact on affordability. The seasoned agent will recall a time when plenty of consumers were vying for properties when rates were double and triple what they are now.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 18:

• New Listings decreased 8.3% to 989
• Pending Sales decreased 24.8% to 591
• Inventory decreased 9.5% to 11,918

For the month of December:

• Median Sales Price increased 13.1% to $190,050

• Days on Market decreased 20.4% to 86
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.0% to 94.7%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 15.6% to 2.7
As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

Interested in buying or selling real estate?

Contact the Walsh Sisters. We’d love to help you make your next move.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
612-220-3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Coldwell Banker Burnet

Considering downsizing? Call us. We’d love to help you make your next move.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
612.220.3304
Coldwell Banker Burnet

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I love this version of holiday decorating. It’s simple yet sparkly!

There’s a bit of organic whimsy here that I find especially appealing. I’ve decided to sell my fake tree and get a branch from nature. How are you decorating your home?

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4505 West Branch Road
List price: $424,900

SOLD

Three Bedrooms ~ Two Baths

Main Floor Master ~ Open Floor Plan ~ Hardwood Floors

Newer Roof and Mechanicals ~ Walkout Lower Level

Double Attached Garage ~ Close to Golf Courses ~ 9.55 Acres

Approximately 2400 Finished Square Feet ~ Taxes: $4208

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For additional information, please contact:

Ellen Walsh
emwalsh(at)cbburnet(dot)com
612.220.3304

Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty

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Summer is waning in the northern states and most people probably aren’t thinking about gardening. I’m fascinated by gardens any time of year. Here’s a post I found on designing garden transitions. If you have a patch of land, why not create a design that enhances it and provides you a beautiful view and a place to unwind, play, entertain, etc.

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Golden Garden

I take a moment each day to take in a beautiful photograph. Here’s one I found today. One of my dear friends is celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday, Suz!

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Golden Garden

September has brought golden colors to the garden.

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Real Estate Update

Weekly Real Estate Update
September 16, 2013

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A pendulum spends little time in the middle. It tends to over swing center and hang out at the extreme before changing directions. Apply that to housing. Two or three years ago, almost no one would have foreshadowed concern over affordability, yet that’s what some are cautioning against in an environment of rising prices and interest rates. It would take further increases to truly rattle confidence and sentiment, but it’s wise to monitor the market recovery’s dual-edged saber.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 7:

• New Listings increased 18.6% to 1,511
• Pending Sales decreased 4.5% to 857
• Inventory decreased 8.9% to 15,891

For the month of August:

• Median Sales Price increased 16.9% to $207,900
• Days on Market decreased 34.0% to 70
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.0% to 97.0%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.2% to 3.6

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

Interested in buying or selling real estate?

Contact the Walsh Sisters. We’d love to help you make your next move.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
612-220-3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Coldwell Banker Burnet

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Photo of the Day
July 17, 2013

I bought a bouquet of flowers yesterday. This one has large sunflowers, multiple dahlias in different colors, snapdragon, lilies, and other flowers. It’s a strikingly beautiful bouquet.

I love supporting our local growers and farmers. I’ll be back next week to get another one.

Two Dahlias

Snapdragons

pink dahlia

All photos © kwalsh photography

An “old-school bakery” now open in Wayzata? Old-school could be good. Has anyone been over to try this one yet?

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Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that a self-proclaimed “old-school bakery” opened recently in Wayzata, one of several new developments in the Bay Center area.

Mainstreet Gourmet Bakery opened June 19, right before the summer solstice weekend of storms. Losing power during its first weekend, combined with ongoing construction on Lake Street, led to a slow first week of business for the bakery.

The owners aim to eventually expand to four more stores, in Chanhassen, Excelsior, Plymouth and Maple Grove. They expect growth in the Wayzata location once the Wayzata Bay Center senior housing development construction is complete across the street.

The new bakery is one of several moves in the Village Shoppes complex, located across the street from the Lunds grocery store that is under construction. Sushi Fix, a Minneapolis food truck-turned-restaurant, opened a store there in March. The Bookcase, considered the Twin Cities’ oldest independent…

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I adore floral shops and look forward to visiting this one.

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Allison Kaplan of Mpls + St. Paul Magazine reports that Spruce Flowers & Home, is opening a second location in Edina. Fresh flowers and houseplants will take center stage, but like the shop at 48th and Chicago, Spruce in Edina will distinguish itself with a modern assortment of accessories, jewelry, and fine fragrance. The expansion also brings Spruce closer to the brides that are already taking care of much of their shopping at 50th & France. Owner Amy Backman hopes to have the new store open in August.

Shoesters is closing at 50th & France, and the space has already been claimed by Babette, an upscale option for women who want “effortless style”.  Kaplan believes it will be a nice complement to next door neighbor Oska. Babette won’t open until March, 2014.

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Magnolia Cottage

I saw this sign on the front of a house during one of my travels. It was a charming house. A white brick exterior with black wood shutters, window boxes and front door. The shutters featured a black iron curlicue along the bottom, detailing that stood out against the white background.

Magnolia Cottage Window

A white picket fence wrapped around the house, and the gate opened onto a gently curving flagstone walking path that led to the front door.  A mix of green shrubbery sat along the foundation of the house. Everything was neat and tidy and appealing.

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Many of the homes on Captiva Island have names. I always take pleasure in reading what people have chosen to name their homes. Unfortunately, you rarely see a lot of the homes on Captiva due to the long driveways and tremendous tropical growth. The homes are well hidden from the road.

The signs are all on the road. Each one is individually created. I often wonder what the homes are like, and what the owners are like. Does the sign personality mirror the house and occupants?  Does the name say something about one occupant and the artwork about another? Who came up with the name? Do owners who buy these named homes keep the names or create a new one or pull the sign up out of the ground and go without? One thing I know. Of the homes that had been named and could be seen, all were well-kept and maintained. It makes me think there is something in a name: a sense of pride, a little more love, an embracing of home as part of the family.

Have you named your home? I’d love to hear the name and what it means to you. In the meantime, I’m going to think about a name for my own home. Stay tuned.

Weekly Real Estate Update
June 17, 2013

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Sellers are finally starting to catch up with strong buyer demand, but at the rate that homes are being snatched up, the influx of new listings will need to be more than a short-term addition. Rising home prices, fewer days on market and more homes being sold all support a positive public opinion about real estate. The following local stats shed more light on the current market.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending June 8:

• New Listings increased 23.2% to 1,951
• Pending Sales increased 12.0% to 1,329
• Inventory decreased 21.7% to 14,569

For the month of May:

• Median Sales Price increased 14.8% to $194,000
• Days on Market decreased 29.8% to 87
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 97.0%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 30.6% to 3.4

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

Interested in buying or selling real estate?

Contact the Walsh Sisters. We’d love to help you make your next move.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
612-220-3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Coldwell Banker Burnet

3412 Oak Ridge Road, Unit 302
List Price: $89,900

This property has been sold.

This two-bedroom, two bath unit is on the top floor and offers tree-top views with a southeast exposure. Highlights include the spacious foyer and living room, the formal dining room, the owners’ suite with two closets, underground garage stall, and a balcony. Finished square footage is 1399.

The home office. It’s become quite commonplace in homes today. Here’s some inspiration.

A home office in San Francisco

Chalkboard wall on one side and library design wallpaper on another in Vancouver

This one is about the view, and the bookcases.

A bright and airy upper level office in San Francisco

Under the stairs in Toronto

Thoroughly modern in Miami

Creative use of a dish drainer!

Another sunny spot, with room for family or friends to sit and read or listen to music or be creative

Luxury, man-cave version of an office space

Blue velvet and silver silk bring glamour to a woman’s home office

An accessible main floor office in Atlanta

A variety of textures and colors create a sophisticated home office in San Francisco

A closet home office can be closed off when not in use

Room for two in Portland, and both have a view

A pretty desk area off the kitchen in San Francisco

Traditional detailing and a stylish color palette create an inviting space in Minneapolis

An office with a Murphy Bed doubles as a guest room

Light and dark decor and glass shelving

“Homey” home office in Atlanta

An office in a bedroom closet in Minneapolis

Now that’s a view! In Boston

Incorporating the office into the living room with a mix of glamour and modern decor

Eclectic elements come together in style in this home office in Chicago

Elegant gold accents in this home office in Orange County

Floating desk and shelves in a condo home office

Eclectic elements in an interior designer’s home office in San Francisco

ASID-MN first place award winning office, craft and laundry room.

Fun with red and white in Chicago

Snazzy in Seattle

Utilizing pull-out shelves to hide equipment

Minimalist design with an artistic touch in Hong Kong

As you can see, the possibilities for a home office are endless! There are so many styles to love. What style will you create in your home?

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Our Minneapolis Lakes Office soared in 2012!

Here’s a note we received today from Robin Peterson, president of Coldwell Banker Burnet:

Congratulations to Matt Baker and the Coldwell Banker Burnet Minneapolis Lakes Office. Today they were honored for achieving the Top Office in the United States for Total Units for Coldwell Banker. Outstanding!

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Ready to buy or sell a home? Call the sister team.
We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

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