Why Sell Now? Here’s Why.

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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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A Minnetonka Makeover

Painting the front door of your home a different color than the rest of your home makes a statement and draws attention to your entry. Here’s a Cape Cod style home in Minnetonka.

I’ve tweaked the front door with Photoshop to show the difference with a door painted another color. An actual paint job would retain the depth of the panels on the door. See how the eye is drawn to the front door?

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Real Estate Update

Weekly Real Estate Update
August 6, 2012


For decades now, the real estate industry has been both humbled and invigorated by the strong and direct relationship between the labor and housing markets. As goes the economy, seemingly so goes housing. That relationship was especially clear after the 2007 recession. The economy added 163,000 jobs in July, the highest figure since February. Our economy is growing, but not as quickly as many would like. Meanwhile, inventory drops and surging buyer demand from renters and first-timers are anchoring home prices and giving sellers more power than they’ve had in years, in many cases.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 28:
• New Listings increased 8.3% to 1,430
• Pending Sales increased 20.9% to 1,149
• Inventory decreased 30.5% to 17,103

For the month of June:
• Median Sales Price increased 10.2% to $178,600
• Days on Market decreased 22.0% to 113
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.1% to 95.1%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.6% to 4.6

Click on any graph below to enlarge it.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

For additional information on the market
or buying and selling a home, contact us.
We’re friendly, fun and professional real estate agents!

Ellen Walsh
emwalsh@cbburnet.com
612.220.3304

Kate Walsh
info@designhouse9.com
612.220.3309

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Last Saturday I posted a photo showing the Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler. Sunday I went out on a boat on Lake Minnetonka with friends. I kept watching the waves being created by the boat. At some point, I thought of this photo challenge. I pulled out my cell phone to snap a few photos. Here’s a sampling of some photos I took.

I’d say these have definitely captured the theme of movement. I had no idea what quality I’d get by using a cell phone and traveling along at a fairly rapid clip on a boat. They came out surprisingly well. I posted these four because they show a variety of movement. Do you have a favorite?

A new weekly photo challenge will be posted on Friday. If you’re interested, you can find more information here: Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post at WordPress.

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Fleeting Moment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment
May 29, 2012

Minneapolis Public Library in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

Setting the table at D’Amico Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Children playing in a tree next to Lake Minnetonka

Learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment.

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Real Estate Update

Weekly Real Estate Update
June 25, 2012


Market metrics are in the midst of seasonal peaks and valleys this time of year. Listings, sales and prices all tend to reach pinnacles on the historical trend line, while market times generally take a dip to annual lows. Summer is historically an exciting time for real estate. Between vacations to see family and friends and the crush of wedding weekends, Americans manage to find the time to buy and sell real estate. The last several years have been rough, no doubt, but an undeniable gleam has returned to the marketplace this year, and summer brings with it a certain extra swoon.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending June 16:
• New Listings decreased 3.7% to 1,476
• Pending Sales increased 19.8% to 1,173
• Inventory decreased 31.0% to 17,517

For the month of May:
• Median Sales Price increased 10.5% to $169,000
• Days on Market decreased 19.6% to 125
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 94.6%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 43.9% to 4.6

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

April 21, 2012
A Different View of a Sunset

The docks at White Bear Lake at sunset.

Sometimes the best view of a sunset is where the sun is striking an object or objects. One recent evening I found the setting sun lighting up these docks on White Bear Lake. The silver and gray docks against the blue water created an eye-catching contrast. The wind was fierce and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep my small camera steady enough for the shot. Fortunately, I was able to snap a couple of photos that captured the silvery light reflecting off the docks.

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I was browsing through some photos in the archives last night and came upon this one. I thought it fit this challenge quite well.

April 26, 2012

It’s a full sun afternoon and I have time for fun. I went out with my camera because this is what all passionate photographers do. Here are more “sun” captures. Let me know if you have a favorite. You might need  your sunglasses for this first one.

Blinding Sun

Natural and Artificial Light

Sunlit Tree Trunk

Sun Shining Through

Sun Growth

Sign and Shadow

A Tree and I Keeping Company

Me-1 | Self Portrait

Me-2 | Self Portrait

Thanks for stopping by. I had a fabulously fun time playing in the sun with my camera.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Mesic Oak Forest
Minnetonka, Minnesota

This mesic oak forest exists today but may not be around for long. The current plan is to build four new homes here. One of the reasons I love photography is that is documents what is and what used to be. Once the homes are built, this will be a record of the beauty that once was.

Photographed March 2012

The city of Minnetonka classifies this as a mesic oak forest within the Minnesota Land Cover Classification System. A mesic oak forest consists of a variety of oak trees in a moderately moist environment. On this site, there are oak trees ranging in size from less than 8-inch diameter to 48-inch diameter. These two lots also include large ash, ironwood, and cherry trees. The bucolic land around us continues to be developed.

This week’s photo challenge is the theme of “arranged”. I always find nature’s arrangements photo worthy.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Photo of the Day

March 27, 2012

Today’s post veers off real estate to settle back into photography. A photo challenge is designed to provide a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s theme is about framing a shot through something else. Here’s my post for this week’s photo challenge.

This horse was having his evening meal, happily munching on the grass. He kept an eye on me as I came up to the fence and took pictures. He looked up at me and stopped eating the grass long enough for me to snap this pic. I think I heard him say, “Yeah, I ought to be in pictures”.

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Real Estate Update

Minneapolis and Saint Paul Real Estate Update
November 28, 2011


Buyers continued to exceed their November 2010 purchase volumes. Sellers weren’t so keen, posting fewer newly listed properties on the MLS than at this time last year. With roughly 87.5 percent of 2011 data in the books, and with 2012 just around the corner, the clever observers will start snapping sneak peeks of annual statistics and watching Year-to-Date numbers a little closer than usual. Just how did 2011 rank in real estate sales compared with prior years? We’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, here are the latest statistics.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending November 19:

• New Listings decreased 18.6% to 938
• Pending Sales increased 30.5% to 805
• Inventory decreased 21.8% to 20,796

For the month of October:

• Median Sales Price decreased 9.6% to $154,500
• Days on Market decreased 0.6% to 134
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.9% to 91.2%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 27.8% to 6.3

Statistics reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

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Lakefront Estate in Minnetonka

Elegant Home on Over 4.5 Acres


French-inspired architecture abounds in this seven-bedroom, four-bath beauty overlooking Gleason Lake. This home has spacious rooms with fine detailing and three finished levels. Both the living room and library feature bowed-window walls with views of the lake and grounds. A French door in the library opens out to an elevated garden space with reflecting pool. Finishes include plaster walls, and hardwood, marble, and terrazzo floors. Wayzata school district. Located just minutes from downtown Wayzata.

$1,499,000

Library with Bowed Window and French Door to Garden and Reflecting Pool

Generously Sized Upper Hallway

This bedroom has a Jack and Jill bath.

Master Bedroom with Bath to left and Window Seat to right.

Example of Detailing in Master Bedroom

Dressing Area with Closets and Built-Ins

Elevated Garden Area with Reflecting Pool

Gleason Lake

Update: Nov. 16, 2011: This home is currently off the market.

Call or email for a private showing.

Ellen Walsh
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

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Courtesy: Roger Fazendin Realtors, Inc


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The Peacefulness of Swimming at Night

Photo of the Day
August 12, 2011

Anyone care for a dip in the pool?

There’s something quite relaxing about swimming in the evening. There is generally less visual and auditory noise, and fewer people. It can be wonderfully romantic with the right person. If you are somewhere without a lot of city lights, you can float on your back and look up at the stars and the moon. Hmm, the pool beckons. Time to go.

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Come see this pool and
a fabulous two bedroom/two bath condo at Seven Oak Condominium.
Click on link below for more details.

3412 Oak Ridge Road, Unit 314–Minnetonka, MN

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