What Makes You Dream of the Lake?

IMG_2758Rustic Get Away or Fancy Retreat?

The lake calls to us, but in a variety of ways.  Many homeowners dream of water living.  What that water looks like though has many different perspectives.  For some it is the rustic cottage with little added amenities and for others it is the place that is filled with all of the current luxuries of the finest homes.

No matter what your get away looks like, a realtor is likely the best place to start when you are looking for your perfect dream home.  Careful consideration must go into what you really need when living on or near water.  Water activities and what you can expect of this waterway, but also what accommodations you will require.  Will you need to have a town nearby?  Will you want other area activities?  How near will you need to be to restaurants and stores?

Time at the waters edge must also be considered.  How many days per year will I occupy the home?  How will I maintain the home and do the required lawn maintenance?  Are there services who can help me with these things?  Perhaps I will plan to share it with family or rent it to others for part of the year?

Purchasing a home must come with lots of consideration, but a lake home has even more to consider.  Working with a real estate agent who understands your needs will help you to best find the perfect escape!

 

 

 

Himalayan Salt Lamp

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Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp

I don’t know if the health claims are true or not but I can tell you I feel relaxed when working in the office.  The lamp is beautiful and am hopeful that I can buy some more soon for other areas of the house.  Mine is very similar looking to the photo.  The only negative is the light bulbs.  I think the company knows they have a problem with the bulbs and is trying to correct this issue as my lamp came with two bulbs.  Since the first one burned out right away, it was wonderful to be able to put in the other one and then add a bulb to my shopping list.  I would definitely buy another one from this company.  Don’t let the bulb issue scare you away.  Many bad marks for a low cost bulb when the product itself is beautiful!

Change! What will Yours be for 2016?

Take a moment today to respond to the following question.  Do you need to think about this or did it come easy to you?  Might your response change if given more time to think about it?

Please share!

Question – What is one unhealthy behavior pattern that you would like to give up or change?

Question 2 – Why do you wish to make this change?

Home Seller Tips

scroll1. Be mindful that you chose to sell your home. This can be an emotional roller coaster between selling a home that is filled with memories, to packing, to wonderment about the next place you will call home. Remember that a buyer is looking for any imperfections to share with you in a price war. It is always good to take your emotions and focus instead of the asking price and if the buyers demands are agreeable. It doesn’t matter if you heard that they hate your paint choice or they feel your living room is cluttered. Remember they are making an offer and you do wish to move.

2. Listen to your selling agent – They have been doing this a long time and know what sells and in what price range. You can list your home for whatever you want, however your agent can show you what price it is likely to sell in. Be open to any showing requests If potential buyers cannot get into your home, it cannot be sold. If they they tell you to downsize until the move, listen. Cluttered homes are hard for buyers to picture themselves in and often clutter makes the home look smaller.

3. Be realistic. When an offer comes in, again step away from emotions and really look at the offer. Sometimes a lower offer is actually a better offer than a higher one due to details on the buyers side. Sometimes a closing date is most important. Sometimes just moving is the highest goal. If you remain open minded as each offer comes in you will be at a good place to consider if this is a good offer. If you are not getting offers, listen carefully to your agent as well as any comments from home showings. Take these comments too heart. If they share its over market, consider a price change. If they all think that bright orange living room is hard to look at, consider buying a gallon of paint and go neutral. Focus on the small things. Dust cold air returns, wash light switches, add a fresh new rug, a few towels, perhaps a bedspread. These little tasteful changes can make someone wish to move in.

Kim Woehl is an real estate agent with Red Key Realty. You can contact her today at 651-214-1459

Wyoming Housing Market June 2015

house with handsConsidering selling or buying a home in Wyoming MN? Check out the newest market report.

http://www.spaar.com/statistics/LMU/CurrentMonth/Wyoming.pdf

A few highlights are:
– The average sales price is $229,813
– Cost per square foot is up 5.6% at $112.00
– Days on market before sale is currently at 81 days

As a real estate professional I am always looking for buyers and sellers who are interested in working with an agent who is knowledgeable, and understands the current market. Let me show you what your current home will likely sell for. If you are looking to buy a home, let me listen to your needs and help you to find the perfect home. Whether you are a first time home buyer or you have been a home owner there is always more to learn about the process. No one likes surprises. Work with a team that supports you in all ways real estate.

Kim Woehl – Red Key Realty – 651-214-1459

Updating your home? Consider Re-purposing items for a One of a Kind Find

Some of the items I love to use are old bricks, pieces of leather and steel, tools and such from days gone by that can be re-purposed into lighting, artwork, hangers, welcome signs, even furniture! If you think this sounds fun, consider a small start. My first piece was an old dresser that I refinished and made look like new. It might be grabbing an old shovel to add to your garden. Open your eyes to other uses of items that some have long since forgotten about and now they can become your favorite item that everyone likes to ask about when they visit.

I would love to hear some of your favorite items for the home or garden.

Red Key Realty – An Exciting Change

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Well, its official!  I have just transferred to Red Key Realty.  I am excited to continue working with buyers and sellers of residential real estate.  It won’t be long now before cabin fever hits us all hard and with this comes the thought of purchasing a new home or in some cases to leave this current space and look for that next dream.

Working with an agent who cares about you will be evident from our first conversation.  I believe in educating my clients and guiding them along in the whole real estate process so that in the end we pass the key and you cross the threshold into your new home.

Let’s talk today!  Call me – Kim Woehl – Red Key Realty – 651-214-1459