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City Profile: Edina

Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 1:33pm. 222 Views, 0 Comments.

Edina is so well located, boasts such great schools and weaves together such an ideal balance of residential, green space, shopping and nightlife that a segment of home buyers gladly pay $450,000 for a 1,800 square foot post-war rambler and then immediately proceed to demolish it and build a $3.5 million 4-story mansion on a postage stamp lot.

After all, that’s one of the many benefits to being a property owner.

Sure, a segment of the local residents of a changing community will always reminisce about the good ole’ days, but a community that evolves and adapts is a community that survives and thrives.  Times change.  So do consumer preferences.  First and second ring suburbs that were initially built around the automobile are now figuring out…

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2015 Market Activity

Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 1:25pm. 279 Views, 0 Comments.

The Twin Cities regional housing market started 2015 on an enthusiastic note. Both seller activity and pending buyer activity increased relative to January 2014. Sellers introduced 4,497 new listings to the marketplace, 5.9 percent more than last year. Buyers entered into 2,986 purchase agreements, 7.8 percent higher than the pending sales count at this time last year. Inventory levels were lower, down 6.3 percent to 11,926 homes currently on the market. Many in the industry are expecting more inventory as we approach the spring market—both in a month-to-month sense as well as year-over-year.

The median sales price rose 8.5 percent to $195,000, the strongest gain since last February. This increase marks 35 consecutive months of year-over-year median…

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10 Smart-Home Products

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 1:56pm. 482 Views, 0 Comments.

The number of homeowners who install smart devices in their homes is set to swell as more “Internet of Things” technologies like smart thermostats and furniture hit the market.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) expects unit sales of such devices to reach 20.7 million in 2014, with that number jumping to 35.9 million by 2017.

Thirteen percent of broadband households already own at least one smart-home gadget, according to a survey released by the trade group in October.

Consumers are keen on smart lights and smart thermostats, while smart door locks, smoke detectors and garage door openers are popular gifts, the survey found.

Entrepreneurs showed off some of the latest products to join the smart-home tech family at…

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Pet Camping Style

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 3:11pm. 402 Views, 0 Comments.

Summer and Fall are the perfect seasons to go outdoors. There’s no other time wherein you can enjoy the sun and autumn leaves and the sensation of the wind touching your skin. It’s also a great way to bond with your family and friends, as well as to discover places you’ve never been before. But outdoor camping isn’t only for humans!

Now, your dog or cat will get to enjoy the travel with you. Straight Lines Design, a design practice based in Vancouver, Canada, has released a series of miniature campers meant for pets. These toy dog sized trailers offer a place for our four-pawed friend to rest and relax, as well as to eat. These trailers are also customizable. One good thing is that each of these campers are made from sustainable materials.…

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Save Energy with Nest Thermostat

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 2:54pm. 612 Views, 0 Comments.

Nest has added smoke and carbon monoxide tech to its line up.  In addition to the Nest learning thermostat... you can save energy while feeding your tech addiction.

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Need for Breeze?

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 2:48pm. 473 Views, 0 Comments.

Look no further than www.bigassfans.com for a cool selection of fans for home or your work environment.  Many of the designs now also work with your Nest thermostat.

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Update Your HVAC Vents for a Custom Look

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 5:05pm. 529 Views, 0 Comments.

Looking for a way to dress up an ugly HVAC vent?  Check out this one stop shop http://www.reggioregister.com

 

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Update Your Wire Closet Shelving on the Cheap

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 4:46pm. 495 Views, 0 Comments.

The newest revolution is storage & organization by John Louis Home.  Renew provides you the simple & affordable solution for wire shelf remodeling. Transform & refresh your shelving at a fraction of the cost while matching to your style.

Renew works with all wire shelf brands,types & meshes. Renew's patented design provides you a single product solution that works with 12, 16 & 20 inch shelf depths while covering the most common wire shelf face heights. This means you can focus on transforming your shelving without worry.

Renew provides the sizes to cover your shelving distances. Available in 2ft., 3ft. & 4ft. lengths allows you to mix and match to cover all standard distances. Renew panels & front rails can be cut to cover your exact…

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It's a Plane... Really!

Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 4:10pm. 600 Views, 0 Comments.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s My Home!

Insect-proof, fireproof, and able to withstand 575 mph winds, this Boeing 727 features more than 1,000 square feet of living area, and there are plenty of storage solutions in the cargo hold and in the overhead compartments. The jet body cost about $100,000 (without engines). Moving the decommissioned jet to its final resting place and outfitting it for living cost another $100,000.


Check out more at airplanehome.com

 

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Rock Solid Investment

Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 4:03pm. 523 Views, 0 Comments.

If you’re looking for a rock-solid investment, how about this house in Portugal? Situated between two giant boulders, the house walls are formed of mortared masonry, and the living area is covered by concrete tile roofing. Fireproof, windproof, and impervious to insects, a house like this might qualify you for lower home owners insurance rates!

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