Housing Continues to Climb

Home Prices Continue to Rise!

Looking at reports from the Minnesota Association of Realtors we can see that the market is continuing to recover.  Looking at statewide data  the median price for home sales continues to move up.  Currently they are at $152,000 which is an increase of 9.4 percent from just a year ago.  This is good news for all homeowners.  It also makes it a great time to buy a home while mortgage rates remain at all time lows.

As we move into the snowy season we often see real estate slow and then bounce back heavy in the spring.  So far this fall home sales are continuing strong.  If we look at data for the seven county metro area, we see that home sales are up fifteen point three percent and looking at the central region they are right behind with fourteen point six percent.

I get asked all the time if housing is recovering and the data says, YES!  One thing that I am still struggling with as a Realtor is the lack of homes for sale.  There is not a lot to show my clients and the few that they wish to purchase are being fought after by several other parties.  Now might be the perfect time to list your home on the market.

Let me find your next dream home as well as get your current home listed and sold!  Look no further than Kim Woehl at Keller Williams Premier Realty if you want individualized, personal care.  Call me!

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Forest Lake Minnesota! It’s a Great Day!

So I met with my clients this morning at about ten minutes to 8 to sign some final paperwork.  What a beautiful sunny day!  I drove immediately to the Forest Lake office of Keller Williams to send the paperwork to the listing agent.  Looks like today is going to be another amazing day!  We are one step closer to closing this deal.  As I pulled into the lot I thought how wonderful it is that I am able to be out and about on this beautiful day!

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty - 651-214-1459

Lakeside Park – Forest Lake, Minnesota

Once submitting the final paperwork it was off to Vadnais Heights for our weekly team meeting.  We received some amazing news!  We will be gaining even more ways to market our listings to potential home buyers.

92% of home buyers currently use the internet to begin their next home search.  At Keller Williams we not only use the MLS (multiple listing service), but we also have websites that bring buyers to our sites.  We have home tours via video that give you a feel of the home before you ever step foot over the threshold.  Your home will be featured on You Tube via our Keller Williams Exclusive channel.  You will find your home on Trulia, Zillow, and Homes.com as a few.  You can take a free cruise on my website and do your own searches now.  Click this link.  http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/

Why list your home the old fashioned way when you can list with me!  Your Keller Williams Premier Real Estate Professional.   Let me put your home in lights and get it sold pronto!  Looking to buy a home?  I promise to work hard for you no matter if you are buying or selling a home.  Call me and let me work for you!

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty 651-214-1459 http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/

Keller Williams Vadnais Heights Office – Our other home base

 

 

Common Home Defects – Ask the Realtor

Kim Woehl - Realtor - Keller Williams Premier Realty 651-214-1459 or kwoehl.kwrealty.com

With Spring nearly here this is a great time to discuss water penetration concerns in a home.  Water moving through your pipes, down a drain and out of the house is the only water you really want to see in your home.  This said, this is a prime time of year to find water in your basement.

There are 5 main areas that you should consider when looking for the source of a wet basement.

  • Grade of Yard
  • Grade at Foundation
  • Landscaping
  • Gutters, downspouts and extensions
  • Hard Surfaces

Take a look at your yard – does it appear the home is higher than the surrounding land?  If not you may need to create a swale so that water is drawn into a channel and moved away from your home instead of being allowed to sit and soak into the soil near the home.

Look at the grade near the foundation.  Soil needs to be higher than surrounding yard so that water immediately moves away from the home.  A good guide is a 1 inch slope per 5-6 feet away from the house.

Landscaping is a common culprit.  Lawn edging sometimes pushes up with frost creating a pocket where when water comes it is actually trapped and cannot move out and away from the home.  It can create a moat of sorts around the home actually holding and allowing water to seep into the blockwork.  Get out there and make sure all edging is mounted low enough so that it will not retain water near the home.

Gutters can be a good thing when working and complete.  They push water down a channel and away from the home.  The problem comes when the gutters get filled with debris and no longer work or when the extensions have been removed for winter or perhaps to mow around and then we forget to get these back on.  What happens next is that water might flow into those landscape areas mentioned above and now you have effectively created that moat again.

The last thing that must be considered is the hard surfaces you have outdoors, patios, stoops, and driveways.  These all need to direct and pull water away from the home.  Often times these settle causing water to actually move toward the home instead of away.  Mud or sand jacking can be a reasonable fix for this problem versus replacement and the results are effective.

When you do have water coming in, don’t assume since it is coming in the east side of the house that the water problem is coming from that area.  Block work is hollow and therefore can allow water to move along the full structure, so instead look for potential concerns and address each one until water is no longer coming in.  Block work can and does absorb lots of water so it is important to find the source and correct it.  Water in a basement can create mold issues and can cause block damage.  Both of these will make your home a risk for any potential buyer.

Kim Woehl is a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty and wants to be your real estate expert.  If you know anyone looking to buy or sell, please send me their contact information or give them mine.  I can be reached at 651-214-1459 or kwoehl.kwrealty.com  I will work to listen and find the home that meets your needs.  I am knowledgeable on common home defects and will help guide you to the best choice when looking for a home.  Call me!

Click here to see what’s available in Forest Lake or Wyoming.  http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/listings/areas/16576,16623/  It’s free!