Monday, August 11, 2014

5 Budget Friendly Activities in Maplewood Minnesota



Looking for some family AND budget friendly activities in Maplewood, Minnesota? Here are a few of my favorites:
  1. Bike the Gateway! The Gateway Trail Cuts right through the heart of Maplewood.  Use the trail head at the Maplewood Community Center to walk, rollerblade or bike along this picturesque route that runs through Ramsey County from Stillwater to St Paul.  CLICK HERE to Download a map at the DNR website.
  2. Picnic at Keller Lake If you haven’t visited Keller Lake Park in years, you haven’t visited Keller Lake Park. In addition to the multiple picnic pavilions, there is a wonderful new wooden trail that expands across the wetland and under Hwy 36 with access to Spoon Lake and Phalen.  Fish, Kayak or walk the trail to see where the bald eagle’s nest is too!  Planning a big picnic? Pavilions might be rented so check with Ramsey County for availability.
  3. Commune with Nature! Visit the Maplewood Nature Center and look for herons. Located just off Hwy 120 this is a hidden gem! Explore by taking a self-guided tour offer or stop in the Visitor’s Center to see snakes, salamanders and other critters.  Best of all…it’s free!
  4. Ride the Carousel Did you know that Maplewood Mall has an indoor carousel? This double decker treasure was built in Venice, Italy but now makes its home in Minnesota. For $2 it is an inexpensive 
  5. Make a Splash! Waterworks at Battle Creek Park is fun and cheap way to have fun and stay cool in the summer.  Admission in 2014 is just $7 per guest.  This water attraction is located in an awesome park so bring a picnic and explore.



FEATURED MAPLEWOOD LISTING
 4+ Bedrooms/2Bath/2 car garage

 400 Kingston Ave, Maplewood, MN 55117 


Need additional information on how to buy this beautiful home? Call or Text me, Teri Eckholm, RE/MAX Specialists, at 651-336-7073 today!OR VISIT MY WEBSITE to download a flyer and take a virtual tour!


Looking to Buy or Sell a Maplewood HomeIf you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Affordable ONE Level Home with 100 FT on COON LAKE!

Welcome to 3542 Edmar Lane!
Attractively priced at $274,900 

Updated 2BR/2BA ONE LEVEL home on 100ft Shoreline
   
 

Only relocation allows this wonderful lakeshore property to be available. With spectacular views of full recreational Coon Lake, this might be the perfect place to move into and never leave! A nature lover’s paradise—watch loons, white tailed deer, hawks, ducks, geese, raccoons, fox, cranes and numerous other wildlife as they wander along the shore. This home is located on a 0.49 acre lot with mature trees and 100 ft of channel shoreline just east of the bay. Wooded outlot with small creek next to home is not buildable, so property feels much larger than the half acre. Swim, fish, sail or jet ski on the largest lake in Anoka County!


  • OPEN ONE LEVEL FLOOR PLAN! Kitchen, Dining & Living areas combine for optimal entertainment options. Spacious kitchen features custom oak cabinetry, laminate floors and spacious counter tops. Dining area is spacious and opens to living & family rooms. All with neutral decor & views of the lake.
  • Living room is open to both dining room and family room. It features an awesome lake view through the sliding door with walkout to huge deck, perfect for a summer BBQ with family & friends!

  • Living room is open to both dining room and family room. It features an awesome lake view through the sliding door with walkout to huge deck, perfect for a summer BBQ with family & friends!
  • Huge family room features arched doorframe, beautiful tongue & groove wooden ceiling, neutral carpeting and a gas fireplace. Plenty of room to entertain the entire family.


  • Amazing Master Bedroom—Huge two room space is almost large enough for 2 double beds.  Use one as bedroom and the other as a sitting room, dressing room or office. Features include a beautiful arched separation, air conditioner, skylight and tongue & groove wooden ceiling. HUGE walk-in closet has a window for abundant natural lighting.

  • Home features easy care and maintenance free vinyl siding. NEW Roof in 2009! Water Softener and all appliances are included.

 
    • Great fishing! 100 ft of shoreline with natural reed growth provides habitat for fish. Permits are available through DNR to clear aquatic plants for larger boat near dock.
    •   Huge entry foyer/mudroom with full sized washer dryer and convenient half bath. Note vaulted ceilings, ceramic tile flooring and neutral décor. Hallway off the garage near bedrooms features HEATED ceramic tile flooring that is also in the full bathroom.
    • Great Location for year round living or as a weekend get-away just 35 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Located in award winning St. Francis 15 School District with quick access to Hwy 65.


COON LAKE is a 1486 acre, full recreational lake with depths to approximately 27 ft. It has a public beach and two public boat accesses. Land use is a mix of single family residential, undeveloped land, a public park and wetland. Homeowners are allowed docks and can pontoon, water ski, kayak, swim, fish and jet ski on the lake.
 Need additional information on how to buy this beautiful Minnesota Lakeshore home?
Call or Text me, Teri Eckholm, RE/MAX Specialists, at 651-336-7073 today!
OR VISIT MY WEBSITE to download a flyer & take a virtual tour!

FANTASTIC 4BR+DEN/2BA Maplewood RAMBLER!

Welcome to 400 Kingston Avenue, Maplewood!
Price reduced to $ 249,900 
Spacious 4BR+ Den/2BA/2car Rambler! 
 
 400 Kingston

Awesome updates in this spacious classic one-level rambler in the heart of Maplewood! Conveniently located with easy access to 35E, this wonderfully maintained  & updated property is full of the features homebuyers wish for!

  • Spectacular home in great location. Located in the City of Maplewood but within the highly desired Roseville, 623 School District.  4 spacious bedrooms, huge den, 2 dining areas, 2 living areas, 2 decks and a huge backyard.
  • Spacious & Updated Kitchen Formal & informal dining and living spaces! Kitchen separates a spacious formal & informal dining room. Kitchen features new vinyl flooring, dishwasher, range, microwave & refrigerator. Informal dining has additional counter space, cabinets and a walkout to the upper deck.
400 Kingston

  • Formal Dining Room is spacious and just off the kitchen. It is open to the living room and features a view of the backyard/deck & beautifully refinished hardwood flooring.
  • Entertainment options! Living room is open to both formal dining room and foyer. It features a unique gas fireplace with floor to ceiling brick surround. The accent lighting and built-in shelf make it the focal point of the room. Note the beautifully redone original hardwood flooring and beautiful bay windows.

400 Kingston
  • Walkout basement! Lower level family room features 2 gathering areas. One with space for a pool table the other perfect for watching a movie or gaming. Both areas have a view of the 2 sided brick, wood burning fireplace.
  • 4 Bedrooms & Den  The spacious master bedroom and 2nd bedroom on the main floor feature beautifully refinished hardwood flooring. Larger of lower level bedrooms features new laminate flooring and other, being used as an office, features new carpeting. Lower level den is also a very good sized room that could be a fifth bedroom by adding an egress.

 400 Kingston
  • Lots of curb appeal and exterior charm. This lovely home features maintenance free stucco w/cedar accents. Huge landscaped yard with mature trees & perennials.
  • Updated mechanicals including: NEW Roof in 2011, Water heater 2007 and Stainless Steel kitchen appliances.

400 Kingston
  • Enjoy Summer! Backyard oasis nearly ½ acre in size. 2 Decks, fenced in, above ground swimming pool, retractable awning for shade. Nicely landscaped with mature trees.
  • Heated & insulated 2 stall garage/shop. Additional storage in backyard shed and additional parking in over-sized cement driveway.

Great Location! Just minutes from 35E for a quick commute to either downtown St Paul or Minneapolis. Located in the award winning Roseville 623 School District. Just a few miles from Roseville Center or Maplewood Mall for shopping, entertainment and more.

Need additional information on how to buy this beautiful home?
Call or Text me, Teri Eckholm, RE/MAX Specialists, at 651-336-7073 today!
OR VISIT MY WEBSITE to download a flyer & take a virtual tour!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AFFORDABLE Homes on Minnesota Lakeshore! (Under $400K...some way under too!)

Are there affordable lakeshore homes in Anoka County? You betcha!

I checked the multiple listing service (MLS) in the Minneapolis/St Paul area today (July 17, 2014) and found a baker's dozen lakeshore homes priced at less than $400K. This doesn't see like a lot but we are talking affordable lakeshore here. Some are as close as Coon Rapids and a few are further out in Ramsey and Nowthen but all are homes have shoreline on one of Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes.

And you don't have to break the bank either. There is a cute one bedroom cabin on Martin Lake with 50 feet of shoreline for under $90,000. Need a bigger home? There's a spacious two story on Ham Lake with a 100 foot shore for $350K. Looking for a one level home? There is one on Coon Lake with 2BR/2BA with 100 ft shore for just under $275K. And there is even one just minutes from Minneapolis on Crooked Lake in Coon Rapids for $210,000. 

If you are interested in Minnesota lakeshore, there are properties in every price range. There are hundreds of options more over $400K throughout the state but that is not affordable to most. These lower priced options often are on full rec lakes where you can boat, fish, jet ski, but they might not have the perfect sandy beach or executive style home. Sometimes they are perfect inside but have a channel shore line while others might be in need of updates. But they are an affordable way of getting a home on the lake.

If you would like a link to lakeshore homes currently available in Anoka County (or any other Minnesota county), send me an email with your price range and I will check them for you. I also have lakeshore search links set up for counties in the north metro in the POPULAR SEARCHES section of the "Buying A Home" page on my website, terieckholm.com.

FEATURED LAKESHORE HOME in Anoka County:

 3542 Edmar Lane, East Bethel 55092 $274,900
Click here to visit my webpage & download flyer or take a virtual tour.






Need Help Buying or Selling a Minnesota Lake Home?If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

That's a GREAT Question for an Inspector!


I like helping buyers find the homes of their dreams. Not all homes are perfect and some do have issues. Some issues are very obvious. Last week I showed a home with a front step where the sidewalk had settled nearly three inches on one corner of the slab. I pointed it out to my buyers. When they asked if it could be repaired or if it was a problem, I answered, "That's a great question for an inspector."


Sometimes buyers see things I have never seen before. Yesterday I was showing a 1950's ranch home. The windows opened with a weird flat metal piece that had to be extended and pushed forward to open the window. I had no idea how it worked. Again, I recommend asking an inspector. 

There are times where the question will be best answered by someone at the city or county office. I will instruct my buyer to contact a government agency for additional information. Recently there was  home with a culvert in the backyard. My clients wondered who would be responsible to keep it clear of grass and debris.  Since it could be the homeowner but also could be a city maintenance responsibility, this was a great question to ask at city hall. 


I try to have answers to all real estate questions but construction, legal and accounting issues are not my forte. Sometimes I can spot something that doesn't quite look right and it is my job to point it out to my buyers. And, believe me, my home buying clients appreciate the "heads up" so to speak on something that might be good to ask an expert about. It is important to keep in mind that even a home inspector will refer you to an expert for certain parts of the inspection like someone who will test the well water, septic system, pool mechanicals or service the fireplace and/or furnace. 

A home inspection is a very important step in the process whether you are considering new construction or an existing home or townhome. Take time to find a knowledgeable, experienced professional. Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make so it is well worth the investment to have the home thoroughly reviewed by a home inspector.

Need More Help Buying a Home?If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Affordable Options on a Minnesota Lake--Consider Channel Shoreline!

Is a channel shoreline a good option for an affordable Minnesota lake home?

You want to live on a full recreational Minnesota lake so you can waterski, jet ski and use a motor not a paddle. But sandy shoreline on a full rec lake can often be out of the budget of most homebuyers. What are good alternatives? Consider living on a channel shoreline.


Many Minnesota lakes will have inlets, outlets and channels that open one lake to another. Shoreline by its very nature is not a straight line. If follows the geography of the land defined by the flow of water and water table. Often these inlets and channels that will lead to other bodies of water whether a lakes or wetland marshy areas. Sometimes a channel will tie two large lakes together.

Owning property with shoreline along a channel can be an affordable option for home buyers who want access to a full recreational lake. Many large lakes will have channels or narrow extensions that lead to other lakes or ponds. Channel shoreline is always wide open and sandy so it does not always make the perfect sandy swimming beach. But most of the time it does allow a short dock or slip for a boat and, what makes it very attractive, is the access it will have to a main lake. Sometimes, the view of on a channel will include a view of the homes on the opposite shore but if the goal is to live on a full recreational lake without breaking the budget, it is can be a great alternative.


Featured Listing on Channel Shoreline: 
3542 Edmar Lane, East Bethel MN 55092    

In the Market for a Home on a Minnesota Lake? If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com

Monday, June 16, 2014

What is a Truth In Housing Disclosure? And When Should it be Completed?



As a Minnesota REALTOR®, my real estate clients, both buyers and sellers, are sometimes confused by inspections and disclosure requirements in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Sellers want to know what they should disclose and if they are required to have an inspection done first. While there are a handful of communities in the 7 county Minneapolis/St Paul metro that do require a point of sale home inspection be completed prior to listing a home for sale, most do not. Buyers often wonder if they should be receiving a written disclosure or if the seller will provide an inspection report.
Just the other day I was on the phone with a client who is getting his house ready to put on the market. He was lamenting that he had call the truth in housing (TIH) inspector too early. He was in the middle of several small repair projects when the inspector visited so he received a number of ratings that were below safety standards. The inspector cannot assume a homeowner will actually finish all of the projects in progress. Lesson learned here: Don’t call the inspector until all repairs are complete!
Another first-time selling couple asked about having their home pre-inspected. They live in a community that does not require a point of sale TIH. Their beautiful home was full of many updates and was obviously well maintained. As they filled out their seller’s disclosure, they brought up the subject of a pre-inspection. A friend of theirs had recently sold a home and had done this. When the offers came in, the buyers on their friends’ home opted to forego the inspection, choosing to just read the report. My clients were wondering if this was a common practice and if a pre-inspection was recommended and/or required.
In Minnesota, there is no Truth-In-Housing inspection requirement to sell your home at the state or county level. There are however a number of communities in the Twin Cities that do require a pre-inspection report. These go by many names: Truth-in-Sale of Housing Disclosure, Time-of Sale, Time-of-Sale Code Compliance, Dwelling Maintenance and Occupancy Code Compliance, Housing Code Compliance Inspection or Housing Maintenance Code Inspection. Some of these inspections are done by inspectors that are city employees while other communities have licensed private inspectors to perform the inspection of the home. But in many cases, will be up to the home owner select a contractor to perform the inspection prior to listing the home for sale. It is very important to contact the city to make sure the proper procedure is followed when selling a home to avoid fines.

Private Inspectors (Selected by Homeowner)
City Inspectors
Can I still have my home pre-inspected if my community does not have a truth-in-sale requirement?

Absolutely! Having you property pre-inspected and an inspection report available to potential buyers can speed up the home selling process. Some buyers will choose to review the report and not have another inspection completed making the offer not-contingent on an inspection. Other buyers will choose to have the inspector who did the pre-inspection come out to the home to explain the details in the report. This is often completed for a reduced fee to the buyer since the work has been completed and it is not as time consuming to the inspector. However a pre-inspection does not guarantee that the buyer will not opt to hire their own independent inspector to give what they will believe to be an “unbiased” assessment.

If I give an Inspection or Truth-In-Housing Report, do I have to complete a seller's disclosure?

If you have lived in the home, I would recommend that you complete the disclosure to the best of your knowledge. A seller must disclose any material facts that you know about the home. However, in the case of an estate, flipped home or rental property where the owner has not lived in the home for some time if ever, the owner will have limited information regarding the property. In this case, an inspector's report can be offered in lieu of the completed disclosure to meet the state disclosure requirement. A buyer may also agree to waive their right to the required seller’s disclosure. In either of these cases, this will not exempt a seller from any local or federal statutes (i.e. water well disclosure and lead based paint are examples).

What if it is a bank owned home? Does the bank have to provide a seller’s disclosure on a foreclosure?

Minnesota state law does not have different rules for a bank or other financial entity. They must disclose material facts on a seller’s disclosure, offer an inspection in lieu of foreclosure or have the buyer agree to waive their rights to a disclosure.

More Disclosure Questions?If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Walking the Summer Fields to Sell Minnesota Acreage

The acreage throughout Anoka, Chisago and Washington Counties in Minnesota is beautiful in the springtime. I especially love the surprising wild flowers that will appear along with the prairie grass in the fields. Walking through the fields reminds me of a situation from a few years ago. A couple contacted me as part of an interviewing  process to find a new real estate agent for their acreage home in Columbus. It had been unsuccessfully under contract for over a year but the listing was expiring and they need fresh eyes. As part of my job as an acreage REALTOR®, I walked with the husband around the house, through the barn and looked out the barn’s backdoor at the 30+ acres of woods and natural wetland. Looking out the backdoor of the barn, I inquired about a possible trail that would allow buyers to view the perimeter of the land. He confirmed that there was a path but seemed surprised I asked about it.

Evidently, the other REALTOR® didn’t consider the land worth viewing. The seller said, “The previous agent never stepped one foot further beyond where you are standing now to see the land. I don’t think he wanted to get his shoes dirty.”


I was taken aback. How do you sell a home on acreage without walking the land to see what you are selling? I am certain most buyers would request to take a walk before purchasing too. It was no surprise to me that the home had not yet sold.


Selling a home on acreage does take a bit of extra effort. There is research and work involved. From ascertaining that the septic system is in compliance to understanding what a Minnesota unique well number is and where to find it, there are quite a few details that need to be reviewed when a home with significant acreage is listed. Preparing the exterior is kind of like staging the inside of the home. Marking a trail for the potential buyer to follow is crucial for the buyer to fall in love with the entire property. A significant portion of an acreage home’s total value is often tied up in the value of the land. Buyers need to be able to safely walk the land, in order for the home to sell.


The sellers and I hit it off and I did list that house. When I came to take photos not only did I take the basic interior and exterior shots, I took additional time and walked the land with the seller. (Yes, my shoes did get a bit dirty but it is all part of the job!) During the tour of the land, I took photographs that showed the appeal of the acreage even though a significant portion was wetland. The owner pointed out landmarks and details that would potential buyers would want to know about the property. I took photos from various points along the path. Interestingly, many of the buyers who called me directly to see the listing also walked the land with me and remarked that they remembered the shots as ones they saw on the internet. These pictures were important as they created excitement about the property and were photos that could never have been seen from the front curb or back door of the barn.


The home was sold, but not to a buyer that I brought through the home and property. I did walk the land with several parties before an offer came in.  Another REALTOR® wrote up an acceptable offer after taking his buyer along the mapped and marked trail through the acreage. Whether selling a couple of acres or several dozen, preparation is the key to a successful sale of Minnesota acreage!
 

Selling Acreage? Let me walk the land with you and get it SOLD!If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2014 www.terieckholm.com