Hastings, MN Real Estate News

By Casey J. Anderson
(IBR Realty)
3 Ways To Find homes in Hastings There are a few different ways to search for homes for sale in Hastingsthat I would like to tell you about. Since most Minnesota home buyers start their search for homes on the internet these days, I find that many miss out on all of the possible opportunities to search for and find the right home. In this post I’ll share with you the benefits and challenges to each of the methods for finding homes for sale in Hastings. Finding Hastings homes For Sale On The World Wide Web One of the best places to begin is to visit my website to search for all of the available homes from all of the local real estate brokers, with all of the available information. The large national search engines leave out many of the most important details such as property taxes of the...
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By Casey J. Anderson
(IBR Realty)
Have you been hearing and reading about all the Minnesotans who have bought their first home in the past few months? Are you tired of paying for the mortgage payments someone else's home (your landlord's)? If you are, then you may want to consider learning more about buying your first home in Hastings. With historic low mortgage rates along with special MN first time home buyer programs, monthly payments haven't been this affordable in years. Hastings, MN Community Information Looking for a small town feel in a Twin Cities bedroom community? You will want to check out the benefits of living in Hastings, MN. With just a 30 minute commute to downtown St. Paul, Hastings offers its residents both the benefits of a small town as well as big city living. Situated in Dakota county, Minnesota f...
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By Casey J. Anderson
(IBR Realty)
Many home sellers in Hastings are faced with the problem of owing more on their home loans than what their property is worth in today's market. The fact is that in order to sell your property in the Minnesota real estate market today you need to pay off the entire mortgage in order to sell the home. Unless you want to arrange a short sale with your mortgage lender, this means you will have to bring money to the closing table to pay off the remaining mortgage owed. As a result many home sellers who need to move are considering the possibility of renting out their current home in order to buy a new one. Hastings Home Sellers: Can You Cover Your Expenses? The good news today is that with the tougher housing market, the amount you can get for rent has increased significantly. It is not unco...
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By Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about.
Down payment and closing cost assistance is available for first time Hastings home buyers and others who have not owned a home for at least three years. This program is made available through the Dakota County Community Development Agency, and it provides financial resources to make your home purchase successful. The program is not available to everyone. There are credit score and maximum income requirements, and there is a mandatory attendance in the Homestretch Homebuyer Education Program. Topics covered include: Budgeting and Credit Issues, Financing and Qualifying for a Home, Shopping for a Home, The Purchase Process, Closing on a Home and Life as a Homeowner. It is a worthwhile effort and I recommend it to all prospective home buyers. If you are thinking about buying a home in the ...
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By Pam Holzem
(The FireStar Realty Group)
Just South of Hastings, Minnesota is the Little Log House Pioneer Village. The fourth weekend in July they hold the most amazing Antique Power Show you will ever see. This is not your ordinary Old Tractor Thrashing get together. A few highlights of the Village are the replicas of the old Hastings Spiral Bridge, St. Boniface Church, and  a working Grist Mill. Sylvia's flower gardens are beyond breathtaking. This years Power show features National Harvester. The action is nonstop with live music, a western shoot 'em up, parades, truck and tractor pulls. For a complete list of events go to the Antique Power Show schedule. Historic St. Boniface Church Replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge Large Flea Market & Crafts One Room Schoolhouse Beautiful Flower Gardens Millinery and Dress Shop Spinn...
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By Pam Holzem
(The FireStar Realty Group)
Re-blogged by 0 agents (edit/delete) Don't miss the final 2009 Cruise-In. This is the rourth year and it keeps getting better. Classic cars out cruising, 3 blocks of Historic buildings, shops food, drink and lots of people. It is the photo "Op" you've been waiting for, or just a good time to reconnect with friends. Enjoy the cars, shop the shops, and have some food and drink at the 2009 HISTORIC HASTINGS SATURDAY NIGHT CRUISE-IN! The cars start coming down around 4:00PM  The official hours are 5:00 to 10:00PM        Here's the end of the summer schedule: August 8th                                          August 22nd                                                       September 5th September 19th                                         October 3rd                                     ...
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By Pam Holzem
(The FireStar Realty Group)
Not the first Barge this Spring to come through Hastings, but, the first one I had the chance to see. There is nothing like walking along the river next to a masive Barge heading for Lock and Dam No.2. The observation deck allows you to watch boats, barges and sometimes even a Paddle Wheeler as they raise and lower in the locks getting ready to navigate the next part of the Mississippi. My grandsons love to push the BIG GREEN BUTTON and listen as "some guy" talks about the Lock and Dam and the whole process of how the boats enter and leave. It's a beautiful, short walk from the Historic Downtown of Hastings. You pass Lake Rebecca and it's many ducks and geese, fisher people, and boaters using the public boat dock and marina. A short drive from the Twin Cities. Come down and visit someti...
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By Pam Holzem
(The FireStar Realty Group)
The Hastings Area Chamber (www.hastingsmn.org) and Mn/DOT (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hastingsbridge/) sent this out today to Chamber members encouraging them to put this in business  and car windows.    Of course, there's a story behind this.           The problem starts with a four lane Highway and a two lane bridge. Regular Hastings Bridge travelers know the rules. Get in the left lane as soon as possible and DO NOT let anyone cut in front of you from the right lane, especially in the last block before the actual crossing. Minnesota Nice rules do not apply. It is every man for himself and we come under severe scrutiny if we don't close the gap and someone sneaks in. Now because bridge repair has reduced traffic to one lane, we have a Zipper Zone. That is two lanes of ...
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By Pam Holzem
(The FireStar Realty Group)
In Hastings, Minnesota "you can still get there from here" but, if you're going North it might take awhile. The dreaded day has come when our Big Blue Bridge over the Mississippi River has been shut down to single lane traffic and will remain that way for the Summer. Many of the side streets that feed onto Highway 61 have been closed with only a handful of ways to get onto this main artery. Add to that road construction and soon the reconstruction of the historic walls that border Highway 61 and it's no wonder there was concern. But, while everyone has been wringing their hands and predicting the worst,The Hastings Area Chamber and a committee of it's members decided to be proactive and initiated a Bridge Bingo game. Local merchants signed up to be one of the bingo squares to encourage ...
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By Gene Hicks
(Real Estate Masters, Ltd)
Holiday Train - December 11, 2007 Hastings is pleased to announce that they will once again be a host stop for the Canadian Pacific Railway's lighted Holiday Train. Since 1999, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has been running a freight train decorated with thousands of Christmas lights to raise awareness of the issue of hunger prevalent in all communities and to raise funds and food for each of the local food banks or pantries were the train stops. This event has raised over $3 million dollars and 1.6 million pounds of food throughout the local communities. This show is free and the crowds are encouraged to bring a donation for their local food shelf. All the donations remain locally. The show will begin in Hastings at 3:30 p.m. with local Christmas carolers. The Holiday Train arrives at...
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By Gene Hicks
(Real Estate Masters, Ltd)
    If you are a history buff, love architecture or enjoy living history you must take the opportunity to visit the town of Hastings. Make sure you add a stop at the LeDuc Estate.These elegant grounds and Estate were built back in 1865-66 for William and Mary LeDuc. It is considered one of the finest intact examples of architectural Gothic Revival by Andrew Jackson Downing.What really makes this museum so outstanding are the volunteers who put on the plays and portray the colorful characters of history. On special event weekends you can visit with the soldiers of a Civil War encampment, play old time games, hear political debates, or see some talented works at the Hastings Artist show.How did families store ice before we had refrigeration? Go to the back of the grounds and see the Ice H...
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By Gene Hicks
(Real Estate Masters, Ltd)
  Youth First and the Hastings YMCA have teamed up this year to put on a Halloween Party! By combining the events they will be able to provide more activities, prizes and fun for all. The event will be from 5PM to 8 p.m. Friday, October 26th in the Middle School so bring the family and share in the Halloween activities, food, and of course candy! This is a non-profit event and is free for all those who attend, if you can bring a donation for the local food shelf it would be greatly appreciated. Do you like to volunteer or have a prize to donate for this years event? Give Jake at the YMCA, or Ann at Youth First, (651) 480-6175 a call.  
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This is the first installment in "Discover Minnesota"!  Look for more installments to follow!  Check out beautiful downtown Hastings this Saturday Night!  July 28th 2007!Located just an hour South of North Branch Minnesota, you will find the quaint old river town of Hastings! Hastings Minnesota!  Known for the only Spiral Bridge over the Mississippi River!This is the second year of the "Classic Car Drive in!"  This is a fun free event!  I grew up in Hastings Minnesota, and my parents still live there, we were visiting them a couple weeks ago, and they brought up the car show!  We went to this FREE event and had a BLAST!  Located in the historic downtown district bordering the Missippi River, with the sounds of classic Rock playing from every corner, you feel like you are back in the 50'...
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