Saint Cloud, MN Real Estate News

By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Motivation, fun and comments - A real estate blog posting challenge in the rain I have been mulling around what I should post to my blog to have people understand why I know the central Minnesota area of St Cloud is such a great place to live. The tag line for St. Cloud is "A Most Livable Community", but if you do not know Saint Cloud Minnesota, you might find yourself asking "WHY?". I have come to the conclusion that there are a LOT (to many to mention here) of reasons St Cloud is a wonderful place to live, and that every one deserves a post of its own. So here is my challenge to myself, and if you think your city is fantastic like I do please join me in the challenge, I am going to post 100 things that I love about the city of St Cloud MN and the surrounding area in 100 days. I want t...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
HUD and Foreclosed deals you might have missed! There might be a super deal that you missed on the perfect home for you. I am finding with some pretty substantial regularity that there are features of both HUD and Bank owned homes that are being missed by the listing agent. I am not faulting them for this, they are buried under a huge list of house keeping chores from the sellers of these homes. In the last 24 hours I just located another prime deal. This home is not yet in the MLS, but because I have started to tour all of the homes that are about to come up on the market through the HUD system or by the local REO agents I was able to spot a super buy.   This foreclosed home is located in a fantastic neighborhood, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and is listed as having a single attach...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
I went into the back office section of my real estate website for St Cloud MNand found that the new buyer lead was from a person named Mr Hu Sang the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) CMEC LTD who would be relocating to Minnesota and was looking for a reliable real estate agent, found our firm and wanted to work with me to purchase his retirement home. The description of the home was very simple "I need a 2 or 4 bed room home or apartment of $500,000.00 USD - $1,000,000.00 in nice neighborhood in your location. The home will be a cash buy and I will fly to Minnesota for viewing the property but before that I would like my stock broker in Canada to send the money to your firm via a lawyer/solicitor" The email was longer with niceties but I am trying to get to the heart of the matter. I did c...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Approved Short Sale - St Cloud MN area real estate for sale - 1060 N Borgert Ave Saint Cloud Approved for short sale! This is a screaming deal on a fantastic Centennial rambler in North St Cloud MN located at 1060 Borgert Avenue. The asking price was just reduced to $130,000 as per the bank and is now available to receive purchase agreements from qualified buyers. This home can close quickly. Large rambler with privacy fenced backyard all located in a great neighborhood with approval on the short sale. This home sold last time for well over its current asking price of only $130,000. HUGE kitchen with a 2 tier center island, dishwasher, built-in microwave, pantry, 3 bathrooms, well for watering the lawn, mature trees and landscaping, privacy fenced back yard, lower level family room whic...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Be a client and Find YOUR perfect new home working with YOUR real estate agent - St Cloud MN area real estate The real estate business has changed a lot. There are many companies who make a living by gathering potential clients via the internet for real estate agents and then charging the REALTORS® for the potential client list. If you are serious about finding the perfect home for you, I would like to suggest finding a real estate agent, and interviewing them to make sure they are a good fit for you. Many factors will come into play while working with a REALTOR®. Do your personalities mesh well? Are they familiar with the area? Do they represent their clients agressively? Do they answer the phone at times that you will be available to call with questions? Will you be important to them?...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Jobs Forum - Jobs in Minnesota -  in St Cloud & Monticello & Blaine & Hugo I just wanted to share some information about upcoming Jobs Forum events happening in Minnesota. This forum is to foster a discussion on ideas and solutions to get Minnesotans back to work. County and State employment specialists have been invited to attend these forums to provide individual advice and assistance for those seeking employment. On Monday, May 10, 2010 there will be 4 Jobs Forum meetings held in Minnesota. In St Cloud MN, from 10:00 am to 11:30 the Jobs Forum will be held at the Holiday Inn at the corner of Hwy 15 and Hwy 23 in Saint Cloud. In Monticello MN from 1:00pm to 2:30pm the Jobs Forum will be held at the Community Center located at 505 Walnut Street in Monticello. In Blaine MN, from 4:00pm ...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Large Item Recycle - St Cloud MN area SCSU Campus - Recycle your non-usable and usable furniture and household appliances May 2, 2010 Many times we need to get rid of large items, here is your opportunity to recycle them. Whether you are selling a home and you need to thin out the clutter, or graduating and moving out of a shared rental, or even if you just collect things and need to recycle out some of your larger items, this event is for you. The easiest way to get rid of those unwanted large items in the St Cloud area is to bring them to the SCSU campus on May 2, 2010. A large item collection is being held at the M-Lot in the SCSU campus on May 2, 2010. You are welcome to drop off usable and non-usable furniture and household appliances. This is a green collection. Usable items will ...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Positive signs from an expanding local St Cloud Business Gaia Gardens are not surprising At a time when you log on to your computer and are immediatly hit with the yahoo headline "American cities with sinking economies", I am not surprised that one of my favorite local businesses is actually EXPANDING! Dave and Lori Roggenkamp at Gaia Garden Designs have doubled the size of their green house over this past winter with their expansion project, upgraded their website, sent out mailers (with great coupons), and posted 3 billboard signs around St Cloud. My wife, Liz, met Dave at the local farmers marketheld on Saturday mornings at the Bremer Bank parking lot in downtown St Cloud MN looking for locally grown organic cucumbers to can pickles. Since her first meeting she has become a huge fan....
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday they are holding the interest rates at record lows. This is being done to promote economic activity in industry and in housing sales. A Buyer today has the greatest set of advantages I have seen in over 25 years in the business. Historically low interest rates, home prices at bottom, and the federal tax credit make up an unbeatable mix of advantages for a buyer. But act quickly! The tax credit is only available through April, and interest rates will go up, with an increase of 1% raising the monthly payment by about 16%. Buy now if you can.Steve Baklaich REMAX Realty Source www.stcloudareahomesforsale.com Cell:320-260-3290
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
48 days and counting till the end of the homebuyer tax credit. All you have to do is find the home that you want, and have it under contract no later than April 30 and closed by June 30, 2010, and the government will pay you 10% of the purchase price up to $8,000 dollars for 1st time homebuyers. Previous owners are eligible for a credit up to $6,500 if you have owner a principle residence for 5 consecutive years over the last eight years.Now is the time to find your perfect home as there are numerous financing programs, low interest rates and motivated sellers throughout the St Cloud and twin cities areas in Minnesota.Getting preapproved by your lender is free and easy. Your time to act is now as everyone who waits till the last minute will be scrambling in the face of stiff competition...
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By Jesse Hopkins-Hoel
(Tami & Steve - Coldwell Banker Burnet)
    &       Last night, Tami & Steve were recognized by PHH Home Loans for our sales support. HERE'S THE IRONY... Kudos to PHH Home Loans! While we appreciate the recognition... When we recommend Julie Brix's award-winning team @ PHH Home Loans, we are making a valuable referral to a known and trusted service. Nope, we don't have any "arrangements" with our lenders, as agents. We just know that they will get the best rates in the market, lowest fees and fantastic service. This isn't just what they say, they back it up! (Ask about the Loan Service Guarantee!) The fact is, we thank PHH Home Loans (Julie, Holly and Sheila) for all the great work you do and the phenomenal service you give to our clients. Let's face it, your team makes us look great! We thank you for your partnership and loo...
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By Jesse Hopkins-Hoel
(Tami & Steve - Coldwell Banker Burnet)
Yesterday, Steve Hansen (Tami & Steve and www.I-94Homes.com, Central MN's top Real Estate agents) wrote a blog regarding market-fear generated by local and national media. (http://central-minnesota-real-estate.blogspot.com/2010/02/market-fear.html) Absolutely! While it is important to be up on the times in the real estate market and be knowledgable about the current trends, it is most important to keep it in context as well! Recently, the national media ran stories about how the market was showing statistically low performance. Keep in mind, this is referring to the time immediately prior to and post holiday season. As compared to the year, it is always low. As compared to a year-over-year analysis, Dec 2009 was +15% over that of Dec 2008! (see following link to NAR story for balanced c...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Open House in North St. Cloud on Saturday North St. Cloud, St. Cloud Minnesota $109,900  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 929 N 9th Avenue on December 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Wonderful opportunity to buy a home at a giveaway price. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has amazing features for this price. Stop in, you will be glad you did! Click on the link below for additional info. Property information
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
Stone, Mineral & Crystal Event Mind Body & Spirit Downtown St. Cloud next to the Paramount Theater Minnesota Saturday, November 14 10 - 7pm Private collection sale of rocks, minerals, and gems from miner and stone dealer. Specimens from all over the world, featuring a large selection of crystals, fossils, enhydros, cutting grade rough, and much more. FOR MORE INFORMATION 320.203.9630 http://mindbodyspirit-online.com/
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
North St. Cloud, St. Cloud  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 929 N 9th Avenue on October 17 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home can be closed prior to the Nov 30 deadline for the $8,000 first time homebuyer program. Stop in we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.  Property information Steve Baklaich REMAX Realty Source www.stcloudareahomesforsale.com Cell:320-260-3290
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
I read an article in the St. Cloud Times Sunday edition (1-18-09), titled "Bad Time To Buy", off the wire from Boston. This article strongly suggested that buying a home now would be a mistake, but fails to weigh all the factors. There is a great difference between Boston, Ma. and Saint Cloud Minnesota. The prices are lower here, and the market more conservative. In fact, there are vast differences between the best and the worst market areas in this country. In my 25 years as a licensed Realtor®, I have never seen better conditions to buy a first home. A buyer today has the benefit of great inventory, low prices driven by the competitive sell-off of bank owned properties, plus historically low interest rates, plus motivated home sellers, plus a first time homebuyer tax credit of $7,500 ...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
I have been reading a lot of Doom and Gloom type articles from our illustrious media lately about the 2008 real estate market and wanted to contribute my thoughts. The news should not be all bad. As I am compiling the statistics for my local market in the central Minnesota area there are quite a few positives that need to be heard. First off, according to the data from Flex MLS from the St Cloud Area Association of Realtors the total volume of properties sold in the calendar year from January 1, 2008 thru January 1, 2009, there was over 404 million dollars of real estate that was bought and sold. Yep, I said 404+ million! Please also keep in mind that there are some properties that were sold private party and outside of our MLS system that are not included in this figure. WOW! Overall w...
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
West St. Cloud, St. Cloud MN Open House  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1754 Cottonwood Circle on September 21 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Spacious Westwood Rambler located on nearly 1/2 acre landscaped w/mature trees and in ground sprinkler system with a well for watering the lawn. Maintenance free exterior, new interior paint, all new stainless steel kitchen appliances, professionally cleaned and painted, 3 season porch off Kitchen / dining room with a brick fireplace. Property information Steve Baklaich of RE/MAX Realty Sourcecell - (320) 260-3290steve_baklaich@yahoo.comhttp://www.stcloudareahomesforsale.com
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By Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.
(RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate)
We invite everyone to visit our open house at 5255 CENTER ST on September 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Property information Address: 5255 CENTER ST Type: Residential Style: 4-Level Split Bedrooms: 5 "spacious" Bathrooms: 4 "huge master bath" Garage: Triple, Attached "lots of room" Basement: Yes, Walkout "drain tile, egress, fin" Size: 2,954 sq. ft. "Beautifully finished, upgrades!" Lot Type: Rectangular Lot Size:  10522 sq. ft.  85.05ft x 123.7ft ".24 acres" Year Built: 2004 "wonderful attention to detail" Steve Baklaich RE/MAX Realty SourceSteve's cell - (320) 260-3290Offfice - (320) 258-5766steve_baklaich@yahoo.comhttp://www.stcloudareahomesforsale.com
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