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

Homes For Sale – Or are They?

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty  651-214-1459I have future clients call all the time,  wishing me to look up a house that they want to go see.  They are soon disappointed when I share that the site they have been using is old and does not have current data and that the home that they wanted to see has been sold for quite some time.  Its frustrating as the real estate agent as well to have to share this information.  On the upside I am able to send them to a free website that allows them to search for free.  It only includes homes that are listed as actively for sale and you can set your criteria to look for what type of home you wish to find.  You can set up pricing, you can even look up just foreclosures or only lake homes.  The options are great!

The added bonus is that you can set up this site to do the searching for you and only send you an email when it has a home that fits your search criteria.  Doesn’t this sound like a better resource that the one you might have been using?

Now when you call or email me we can go look at the home and put in an offer before its gone.  With the inventory still down we are going into almost all offers as a multple offer situation, meaning that someone else or several someones wants the same home.  Now it comes down to the best offer.  We can discuss that too, but that is for another day.

Stop by my website to find all that I have shared.  You can find it on the blog page as well under Free Home Search.  When you find what you are looking for, give me a call.  I want to be Your Real Estate Expert!

Kim Woehl is an agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.   Her goal is to listen and find you that perfect home while educating you along the way whenever possible.

Click the link below for your Free Home Search!

http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/listings/propertytype/SINGLE/maxprice/300000/areas/33294,33658,42028,50220,53643/sort/price+asc/

 

Common Home Defects – Ask the Realtor – Roofing

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So you notice that rusty looking ring on your ceiling.  The first tell tail sign that there is  a problem with your roof, or is it?  Roof issues don’t wait, at least not for very long.  Its better to keep up on basic maintenance than to notice an issue from the inside of your home.

So what to do!

Homeowners can do a quick inspection annually.  Is the flashing in place?  Wind can sometimes loosen the flashing (the aluminum pieces around chimney’s, air vents, and valleys).  Make sure that it is still affixed so that water cannot run behind or underneath.

Regular fiberglass shingles will lose the granules over time and some of this is normal as the roof ages.  When you begin to see more of the asphalt it may be time to have a roofer inspect your roof and see if its time to be replaced.

Look for storm damage.  Shingles that are missing, curled or pulled up can let water in underneath.  Are there spots of missing granules in spotty patterns (possible hail damage).

If in doubt, have it checked out.  It is cheaper to replace a roof than it is to fix and correct water damage.  It is also important to keep a good roof on a house as once you have water damage this is something you must disclose when you wish to sell and a home with no prior concerns is going to be selected over one that has been damaged by water creating a possible mold issue as well as insulating, and rot.

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Severe shrinkage and weathering of asphalt shingles due to age and gradual washing away of the thick petroleum coating. Eventually the paper shrinks so much that entire flaps begin to tear away, exposing the roofing nails under the flaps. Once the nail heads are exposed, water running down the roof can seep around the nail into the interior space, leading to roof rot and ceiling damage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kim Woehl is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  If you are ready to buy or sell please give her a call.  651-214-1459 or check out her website for a free search of area homes for sale at:  http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/

Looking for a Home? – What to look for at Open House

Today a checklist of sorts that will help you when you stop at your next Open House.

1.  Look at the condition of the property – use your senses as a guide.  What do you smell, see, hear and touch that will cause you to look deeper.  Look up, down and all around to see what potential fixes or changes might need to be addressed.

2.  Square Foot – If you are just beginning your home search this may be something that you have to see to understand better.  Once you stop by a few you will have a better understanding of how big the rooms in a home need to be for your success.

3.  Inclusions – What comes with the home?  Generally anything that is attached to the home comes with the home.  That said, sometimes certain items are excluded from the sale and will be listed on the MLS in this manner.  Make sure you know if appliances, window treatments, and lighting fixtures are included and now with flat screen TV‘s and wall mounting’s we need to be clear on what is a fixture so no one is surprised later on.

4.  Renovations – Have their been renovations and if so when?  Is there room for further renovations should I later decide to do some remodeling or room additions?

5.  The Outside – Walk the property.  Begin with the home itself.  What is the condition of the roofing, siding walkways, driveway etc.  Does the home have landscaping and what is its condition?  Are there wells on the property or other things you should be aware of such as a grave?  (it happens).  Look at the chimney and other brick work to make sure it is in good condition.  Does the home have a deck or patio?  If so, what condition are they in?  Does the home have central air?  Stop and check the condition of the air conditioner.  Are there outbuildings, sheds, pools, etc?  If so what condition are these in?  This is also a good time to again use your senses and listen to see if you hear any noises that might be a deal breaker.

6.  Hire an expert – while we can yea or neah a lot of things on our own, once you find that one that seems to meet your  needs, write up an offer but make it contingent on a home inspection.  Hire a reputable home inspector.  Review their report and note any fixes or problem areas.  If the concerns are fixes you can address, buy.  If they will be costly or unobtainable, continue your search.

7.  Your Realtor – While you are free to attend open houses on your own, setting up a private showing with your real estate agent will allow for more time to walk through, a knowledgeable person working for YOU who can point out areas of concern and or help in only showing you homes that really match your needs in the first place.  In most cases, the person holding the open house is looking out for the seller.  You need your realtor to be looking out for you!

Kim Woehl is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty – She works in the Lakes area.  This includes Forest Lake, Wyoming, North Branch, Lindstrom, Chisago City, Stacy, Scandia, Hugo, Center City, Linwood, East Bethel.  If you are looking for an agent that will work hard for you and listen to your needs.  A realtor that will educate and keep you in the loop as you move along the process of finding your next home, look no more.  Give her a call!  651-214-1459

 

Window Washing 101 – Hire a Professional?

So you look out your windows and what do you see?  Do you notice what is on the outside or are you stuck looking at finger prints, pet nose marks, and the general dirt and dust that builds up on the glass over time?

Do you look at all of the windows in the same light?  ha ha.  What I mean is do you handle low windows the same as high ones?  Are you an inside only washer or do you tackle the outside as well?  Are you left with streaks that no matter what you try you just can’t seem to remove?

If you are looking for great advice you are not going to find it as while I have tried many things, I am still not good at window washing.  I find it tedious and frustrating when the next time the sun shines in that I still have those streaks!

I have been told that you have to be prepared.  Gather cleaner, clean towels that have not been in softner agents.  I have been told old newsprint works good.  Paper towels are great too, but I have wasting another tree.  I have bought a squeegee, a step ladder, I try to have everything near, I have tried washing them when the sun is not shining on them warming the glass drying the streaks on.  Nothing seems to work for me.  Oh and always have a razor blade to scrape off any paint, bugs, bird ____.  Well you get the point.

I guess this has turned into a blog post of what not to do.  I am counting on each of you to share with me what really works.

I have the type of windows that tip in for easy cleaning.  That is supposed to make it easier.  Not so sure its easy but I would love to hear any tips that you successful window washers might have to share with me.  Why?  Because I love looking out and seeing the brilliant outdoor colors.

Help me please!

Kim Woehl is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty and she knows the importance of having clean windows when selling a home.  If you are ready to buy or sell, give her a call for very individualized attention!  651-214-1459