Lisa Handley's Blog Posts

Free Radon Test For Dakota County Residents

Test for Radon"Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by the natural decay of uranium and radium in the soil. Since radon is a gas, it can easily enter homes and other

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Why You Need A Professional When Buying A Home

Why You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home Tuesday January 23rd, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up BuyersMany people wonder whether they

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Top 4 REAL Reasons We Buy A Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling reasons.No matter what shape or size your

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Low Interest Rates Have A High Impact On Your Purchasing Power

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.92%, which is still near record lows in

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Truth About Home Affordability

2 Charts that Show the Truth about Home AffordabilityThere is a lot of discussion about the current state of housing affordability for both first-time and move-up buyers, and much of the narrative

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New Higher Loan Limits Announced By The FHFA

With home prices going up the FHFA has followed suit.11/28/2017"FHFA Announces Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for 2018Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today

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The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home

The Cost of NOT Owning Your Home Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a

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Free Home Buying Guide

Questions about the home buying process?   This free guide can be extremely helpful!   The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go

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Save On A Mortgage

How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling In Trulia’s recent report, Rent vs. Buy: Roommate Edition, they examined the impact that renting with a

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4 Reasons To Sell This Fall

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall  Friday October 13th, 2017 Some Highlights:Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for

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Changes Mean More People Qualify For Home Loans

New HOPE for home loan borrowers!Changes are coming that will allow more people to qualify for a mortgage!  WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?1.  Tax liens and civil judgments from some

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New Solar Gardens In Rosemount

The City of Rosemount is part of a growing state wide commitment to renewable energy.  Rosemount is now home to one of Seven Community Solar Gardens throughout the state. The solar gardens will

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Why Do Agents Ask About Pre Approval

Upon meeting a perspective buyer any real estate agent worth their salt should ask if the buyer has been pre-approved. Such a forward question may come as a bit of a shock, especially to the first

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Minneapolis Home And Garden Show

Dare we say Spring has sprung! As Mother Nature is treating us to warm sunny days in February , we turn a bright eye to spring cleaning in and outside of our home.  Make sure to mark your

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Top Five Color Trends For Kitchen

The kitchen is STILL the heart of the home and it  really helps to make, or break, a sale of a home.  Have you thought about remodeling your kitchen for yourself or to help boost the sales

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Fall Decor Galore

Fall is my favorite time of the year!   In beautiful Minnesota the leaves turn all sorts of colors, the weather cools off and there is just something about the air - running and working out

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Days Are Getting Shorter And Fall Nights Are Meant To Be Enjoyed

Fall is fast approaching - MY FAVORITE time of year.  Days get shorter, night time gets cooler.  It's the perfect time to start that fire and make your home and yard light up!! &

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Get Ready For Fall By Bringing Out The Best In Your Homes Curb Appeal

(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb

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The 8 Traits That Successful RealEstate Investors Embody

Take a few minutes to think about the successful people around you, not only financially, but also those who embody personal success. Consider the characteristics each of them possess and how these

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5 Ways To Improve Your Outdoor Space With Retaining Walls

(BPT) - When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That's the most common use for retaining walls - to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete

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PRINCE DIED WITHOUT A WILL WHY YOU SHOULDNT

Prince passing away without a will brought national attention to the stress and the questions that revolve around a star dying without a will.  Well, let me tell you from close personal

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6 Things You Should Never Do When Renovating A Kitchen

(BPT) - Whether you've heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn't it? If those mistakes occur

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5 Upgrades For Under 5000 To Put Your Home At The Top Of Every Buyers List

BPT) - It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show,

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5 Home Improvement Projects To Help Sell Your Home

(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking

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Tired Of The Lack Of Resale Homes In This Market

Click to view NEW HOMES and TO BE BUILT homes. Search for new builds in your specific areas. We currently have 4 homes being built by 4 different builders. If you have been frustrated with

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Your Home May Have More Equity In It Than You Think

Most everyone has heard that the housing market has rebounded in the past few years.  But, many don't realize how much.  There are a lot of people out there that still think they are

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Happiness And NO GLASS CEILING

Tiny Pulse did a study that the National Association of Realtors reported on, and after experiencing the real estate world, I totally agree with what the report had to say.  "If

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Meet In A Public Place For Safety

Please be careful when meeting someone if you are buying or selling something from Craigslist, an on-line garage sale site or any of those type of shopping resources.  Danger could be

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Top Home Decor Trends For 2016

Wondering what the hot new decorating trend is for 2016?  Click here to read what Elle Decor believes are the top 10 design trends. I have seen some of these trends in new and

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5 Things You May Not Know About Home Loans

The dropping temperature in Minnesota seems to be following the Fed's lead on Mortgage rates!I wanted to share with you five quick things you may not have known about mortgage loans, as of

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WAIT Blowing Insulation Into Old Homes May Do More Harm Than Good

I am a proud owner of a 100 year old home, which is now a duplex, in Minneapolis.  It is drafty, but filled with character and some characters.  LOL....    I am also researching

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City Living With A Country Feel

Enjoy your private back yard on your screened in porch, open deck or large patio outside your walk-out lower level!Priced to Sell!Check out the Burnsville MarketClick here for Apple Valley Market

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New HUD FHA Condo Policies Will Help Sell More Condos And Attract More First Time Home Buyers

EXCITING NEWS in the world of Condos and for First Time Home Buyers.  HUD announced they will immediately make changes to restrictive policies related to the cumbersome re-certification

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Remodeling With Home Equity Loans

Home improvement loans have been on the rise. There is commercial after commercial for home equity loans, with low interest rates. If you have been thinking about updating your home, putting

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Rosemount Market Is Hot For More Than One Reason

The Rosemount housing market is surging.  Homes for sale steadily rose from April all the way through to August, with the average listing price and the average price sold per square

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Beautiful Rosemount Home Is Waiting For You And Your Family

Beautifully done home is up to date and shows like a model.  This four bedroom, home is located in an award winning school district.  Walk into the grand foyer where the

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Home Prices At All Time High And Still Selling FAST

Realtor Magazine reports that home prices are up at an all-time high, but inventory is still low.  Homes are selling fast and as agents we are still in need of great homes to sell.  IF you

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Building Your Dream Home

Thinking about BUILDING your DREAM HOME this year? Let me share with you why Brandl Anderson Homes is the right builder for you. Call me at 612-390-6520 or come visit me at our model home, located

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Make Small Bathrooms Beautiful

Frustrated with a SMALL BATHROOM?   You CAN make it BEAUTIFUL!  Here are some great ideas!   http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bathrooms/small-bathroom-design-pictures?nl

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What The Heck Is A CMA

Thinking about LISTING YOUR HOME?How do YOU and your REALTOR go about DETERMINING the LIST PRICE?What the heck is a CMA?There are MANY dynamics that come into play when your Realtor is

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