Saint Cloud, MN Real Estate News

By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
829 23rd Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303Come see this tastefully updated 3 bedroom ranch in one of St. Cloud's "seasoned" neighborhoods offering mature trees, winding streets, and large homes sites. The home features real oak floors, a massive main floor family room with cathedral vault and brick fireplace, and 1,482 mf square feet. The finished lower level has a potential 4th and 5th bedrooms with the installation of egress windows. Newer HVAC, roof and flooring. The location is great-walking distance to shopping, parks and schools. Reduced to $174,900 for quick sale. https://listings.northstarmls.com/smyl/myListing/?ln=4972809&ag=505500043
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
 Every day I look out over the North Phoenix Mountain Preserve and feel very thankful to live here!  Most of you know I love to hike our hills and valleys and I must have a gazillion photos from my 20+ years of hiking them - often. This morning it was a bit chilly at 48 degrees. Ok I get it - that's a wimps version of  chilly!  I did grow up in Saint Cloud MN - ya know!! Needless to say I lingered in the house enjoying hot coffee before I 'braved' the cold. I didn't really feel like getting my boots on today but I did anyway because I knew I'd enjoy being out there once I got started. I was right! And I got my steps in for the day! What a gorgeous Phoenix morning!  I could have gone on for hours and hours but you know how that goes, we do need to pay attention to our real estate busines...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
(Keller Williams Realty Professionals)
While ideal weather is one of the main advantages to selling your home in the Spring, another advantage is that the children do not have to be moved in mid-school year. When a buyer purchases a home in the Spring, they are most likely to move in during the early summer. That means plenty of time for the kids to adjust and adapt to the area before the new school year begins. They may even make a friend or two with the neighborhood kids before the first day of school.Interest rates are still low! Properties that are ready for the market and properly priced are selling fast. Do not wait!Call today to list or to start the search for your dream home 218-831-8001.I can set up a search for you on the agent side of our MLS System so you can search like an agent does.No more wondering if the pro...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Another Sunny Winter Day in Phoenix   Alas we local Phoenicians are suffering through the brutal winter weather by making difficult choices. Should we spend the afternoon on the golf course or perhaps go for a hike?  Or maybe a nice lunch on the patio?  So many excellent choices!   My husband is stuck at an airport back east somewhere.  He just texted and said they have to go back in to re-fuel and de-ice.....yet again.  Needless to say he's looking forward to getting back home sometime today, hopefully.  Before you go all nuts on me about bragging about our lovely winer weather - take a deep breath!!  I grew up in MN and it was darn cold up there.  I feel for all you living through the brutal cold weather back east. I really do.   Another Sunny Winter Day in Phoenix
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Summer in Phoenix - Proof Positive - January 2014 While a lot of the country is dealing with yet more cold weather and snow, there are lots of signs out in Phoenix that summer has arrived. I know you cold weather folks might think I'm bragging but I'm not, I'm sharing what showed up in my radar - just today. I had no idea it was going to be close to 80 (high for this time of year) and further more I was surprised to be doing a few errands and everywhere I went I found signs of summer.... already. This fun beach/pool chair caught my eye. And if I didn't already have a bunch of them I would have snapped this beauty up. But alas I left it there for some lucky snow bird that is looking for the perfect chair to go with their new Phoenix winter home! Next up, of course we need some patio dish...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Metro Phoenix Real Estate Trends - Under Contract Improvements The Under Contract factor in the Metro Phoenix Real Estate market is a great tool to determine not only the potential for the upcoming business, but also allows us to monitor exactly when the most impactful times on the market's overall improvements and what was going on during those times (holidays, different times of the year, major events or catastrophes, as examples) to figure out how to re-create or prepare to capitalize on the same events.  When the Real Estate market in the United States improves, we also see improvements in the economy and unemployment rates drop as there are more jobs in the processes (more business means more building, so construction typically increases; there are more people centralizing, so ther...
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Browsing for real estate in St Cloud, Minnesota will get you thinking of all that there is to offer in Granite Country. Named after the Saint-Cloud, France near Pairs this wondrous city is set atop the Mississippi River.    St Cloud was incorporated in 1856 as a free territory. Originally a fur trading port along the river St. Cloud has grown into the largest populated area in the state's central region. This might be due impart to the prestigious St. Cloud State University at aims to make students globally competitive. It could also be impart due to fact that St. Cloud is a regional transportation hub. With four highways running through the city, bus services and commuter rails this is the place to start your journey.  Whether your idea of a wonderful time with your loved ones is visit...
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Anyone looking to move to a great location should look no further than the available luxury homes for sale in St Cloud, Minnesota. St Cloud has lots to offer it's residents and is located perfectly in this beautiful state.    St Cloud, Minnesota is the third largest metropolitan city in Minnesota, and with this, expect there to be many available job opportunities. The St. Cloud Hospital and VA Medical Center are two of the top employers in the area. The State of Minnesota also has quite a few job positions available. Electrolux and ING Direct are two other employers that dominate the local job market. The median income for a family in the area is about $50,000 so it is a suitable community for all economic classes.    For families with school age children, St. Cloud has a wide range of ...
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Affordable homes for sale in St. Cloud, Minnesota could be your ticket to a new life filled with fun and excitement in the land of the Vikings. Yes, any Minnesota Vikings fan will tell you that this is the place to be for great football and the great life. From St. Cloud it is just a short drive down I-94 to watch some of the most exciting NFL football ever played. Homes here are attractively priced due to the housing market crash and right now you can acquire a home at unheard of prices. You can select from starter homes, single family homes, estates, and condominiums. Check out some of the affordable homes now: www.SaintCloudHouseSearch.com Short sale properties and foreclosures are also available and offer the savvy buyer quite an opportunity to grab valuable property for far less th...
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St. Cloud, MN real estate listings are the quickest way for you to find out about the homes that are currently available and then make an informed decision as to acquiring the home you select. You can use the listings to find homes that are REO/Bank Owned, Foreclosures, Short Sales and available through auction. The listings will help you identify the price, lot size, number of bedroom and bathrooms and other pertinent facts about any given home listed. Most listings are broken down by the types of properties such as Luxury, Gated, Adult, Retirement, and Water Views. This will allow you to look only at homes that meet your personal needs. Of course, online listings give you even greater control, allowing you to refine your search on any number of relevant details. St. Cloud Are School D...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Friday Funnies - Ole and Sven's good idea   Calling all my Minnesotan Friends!  It's been awhile since I've heard an Ole and Sven story so I just had to pass this one on today for a little Minnesotan humor. These jokes have been around for as long as I can remember growing up in Minnesota.  I live in Arizona now but there's still a Minnesotan inside of me!   Enjoy!  I dare you not to laugh! Thanks to my brother for making me crack up today!     Ole and Sven are walking down a street in LaCrosse, WI. when they see a sign on a store that reads .. Suits $5.00 each, shirts $2.00 each, and trousers $2.50 per pair Ole says to his pal, "Looky here! We could buy a whole gob of dese, take 'em back ta Dulute, sell 'em to our friends, n make a fortune. Now when we go in der, you be quiet, okay? Ju...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Does Solar Power help Sell Homes? More and more homeowners are going to alternate energy sources, and solar seems to be a popular choice. It is accessible financially and unless the home is completely tree shrouded sunlight is an abundant and free commodity. The growing Prepper Community seems to embrace this concept. The questions are: Is the installed solar power system cost effective? Can I install a solar power system in my city? How does the solar power system work? What will a solar power system do for me? Anna Banana will probably comment on how popular solar is in the Phoenix, AZ area:) and in the south solar seems to be a no-brainer, although I have been told it can be ineffective in extreme temperatures. But even in St. Cloud, Minnesota the modern solar cells are effective (co...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Open House 168 Cheval Drive, Sartell, MN this Sunday, May 6th, from 2:00-3:30pm. Come see this 1,358 sq.ft. patio home in the Watab Springs neighborhood and see what one level living is like. No steps and in-floor heat, with everything on one level. Plus all of your snow removal and lawn care is taken care of by the association. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, a separate laundry room off the kitchen, and covered front and back porches plus a 2 car attached garage. Master with large walk in closet and private bath. Vaulted Great Room area with gas fireplace, and center island kitchen and separate dining. Watab Springs is centrally located in Sartell and features walking trails, a private park with a pond and is adjacent to Watab Park. Green and private and peaceful location. $144,900 List# 4025138 ...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
  Open House 1003 Strawberry Court, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota this Sunday 12:00-1:30 Style and quality come together in this well appointed 3 level in Sauk Rapids, with ample rooms sizes and features like raised panel cabinetry, recessed lighting, and walk in closets. As you walk through the home you will notice the quality in each feature and fixture, and in the way they all come together in this beautiful home. Master bedroom bath access, vaulted living-dining-kitchen, lower level family room, large deck off dining, and a spacious yard with shed, plus an over-sized heated and insulated double garage. Located on the edge of the city with easy access to Highway 10 &15. 2 Bedrooms plus an office, 2 full baths, tons of storage and upgraded appliance package. Maintenance free exterior. This ...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
A model train! My eldest son called yesterday and said there was a Model Train show in  St.cloud for Sat.  I had the morning free so I said sure.  It isn't a big show, but still fun for a couple of hours. I had been to the same show about two years ago and was pleasantly surprised that it had grown some. I took the chance to play with the camera although with all the people around, getting really good shots was hard with getting bumped every few seconds.   I have done some model railroading in the past and it is a lot of work.  Some of these displays have gone all out and they are still able to move them around. A child's tree house as the train speeds by.   The Granite city train show does a nice job organizing this show. They run a show every year in April and again in November at the...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Hiking in Phoenix North Mountain Preserve on St Patrick's Day 2012  Happy St Paddy's Day!  Today we went for a morning hike in the North Mountain Phoenix Preserve. Since it's St Paddy's Day I figured many people  would be wearing green as we did as well. And sure enough lots of folks where in the Irish Spirit. Top of the morning to you was heard over and over.  How fun!  What was so interesting today was at first it was sunny and bright. Then all of sudden the clouds started rolling in and it was the perfect time to catch some shots.  We don't have many cloudy days in Phoenix so most of us get excited about the change in weather!  We're expecting two days of rain.  Yeah! Tomorrow we plan to get out the big umbrellas and go for a walk in the rain. See you at the top!    *****************...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Thankful Sunday! A Toast to my Friends & AR Colleagues in St Cloud MinnesotaSteve & Liz Baklaich Imagine my total surprise when I walked up to my front door and there was a package from Liz & Steve Baklaich!I wondered what it could be? So I hurried into the house and opened up the package.  It was kind of heavy so I wasn't sure what they had up their sleeve!  It was packed really well with lots of bubble wrap so it took me awhile to open the first package.  Homemade Raspberry Jelly!  Are you kidding me?   I love homemade Jelly! It reminds me of growing up in St Cloud Minnesota. My Grandma had a huge raspberry patch and she let us pick our breakfast of berries when we stayed with her.  And she made the best homemade raspberry jelly too!   When I saw the jelly that Liz made (sorry Steve I...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
OPEN HOUSE 2918 S. 16th Street Court, St. Cloud, MN  Sunday January 15, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:30pm   MLS# 4108454 This attractive 4 bedroom 2 bath home offers upgrades found in more expensive homes like real maple flooring through out the kitchen, dining and living-room and slate tile in the entry foyer and in the upstairs bath. The kitchen features raise panel cabinets and a center island. Dining walks out to an over-sized deck and a large private back yard with mature trees. Spacious lower level family room, 2 car garage, all on a cul-de-sac close to Oak Hill School.This home is move-in ready and available for a quick closing.*Ask about the HRA grant of $13,000 interest free to qualified buyer*.  $139,900. Directions: 25th Ave.S. to Main Prairie Rd. to Oak Grove Rd to 16th St.Ct. to ho...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Uncle Sam Givith and Takith Away! I have know a number of attorneys over the course of my Real Estate career, and some of them know, and tell the best lawyer jokes. Example: Do you know how cold it was yesterday? It was so cold I saw my lawyer walking down the street and he had his hands in his own pockets! Now try substituting Senator for lawyer and you will be most timely, because last week the U.S. Senate extended the payroll tax cut, reducing what they withhold from folks paychecks. This is a temporary measure to stimulate spending, etc. As part of this extension they included an increase in Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA loans, for new purchases and refinances, beginning January 1, 2012. This change will likely be permanent, and represents abou...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
Getting in the Christmas Spirit!  Enjoy the Music! One can't help but get in a festive and holiday mood when listening to these classic Christmas songs and viewing the lovely pictures.  Makes me almost want to live in snow country again!  Almost!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
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