Fargo, ND Real Estate News

By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
  Check out the latest edition of Real Estate Radio with Erik Hatch, aired Sunday mornings at 8am on KFGO. http://erikhatch.org/?p=2041
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Click the link below to listen to yesterday's edition of Real Estate Radio with Erik Hatch on The Mighty 790 KFGO. http://erikhatch.org/?p=1962
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
The best part about living and working in Fargo Moorhead is be a part of a tight-knit community.  It's a great place to buy and sell real estate.  Most of us have grown up in the FM area and are happy with how the metro has grown over the years. We've also got several North Dakota State University alumni and an office full of die-hard Bison fans.  Over the weekend we watched NDSU tack on another victory (38-7) against Furman University in the second round of FCS playoffs. You would think nothing could slow Bison fans' momentum, and then the news dropped a bomb on us. Head football coach Craig Bohl has accepted the position of head football coach at the University of Wyoming.  Perhaps this was poor timing for the news to break?  Facebook news feeds and breaking news headlines were all ov...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Today is the the big Realtor Ring Day and we've busy ringing bells in Fargo!  Realtor Ring Day is an annual event (started right here in Fargo) where every Salvation Army kettle is manned by a Realtor for the entire day.  This evening we'll skip over the river to Moorhead where our team has a couple more shifts lined up. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the least bit concerned about our schedule! Currently in Fargo, ND it is a whopping -5°, "feels like -23°" and we're under a wind chill advisory.  That surely doesn't sound too pleasant, and for those of us that already completed a shift, it didn't feel too pleasant, but here in Fargo, it could certainly be worse! Luckily we're not under a blizzard warning, it's not -30° and we've all got plenty of warm clothes. Fargo shoppers were very ...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
We've recently started to utilize video a bit more in our marketing here at The Erik Hatch Team.  While we're only scratching the surface right now, we've got big plans to get the most out of this resource as we can.  Research  has shown video to be increasingly important in a buyer's home search.  Check out this great article explaining the importance of video and why we should be putting forth a bit more energy to use this resource.  Rather than clicking through a list of photos, wouldn't you rather be guided through a home by an expert and really get a feel for the layout of the house?  I sure would!  That's one thing we plan to start doing, more virtual tours in addition to helpful home tips. At the moment, our Youtube channel is just getting started but you can stop by and meet som...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Winter is here and so is the holiday season! This Friday, December 6th is Realtor Ring Day and The Erik Hatch Team will be out ringing bells in Fargo Moorhead and helping to raise money for the Salvation Army.  It all started in Fargo in 2010 by another local Realtor and has since grown to a tradition in 21 states throughout the country.  Our team is extremely pleased to be able to take part in this event.  What a great idea and a great cause.  Last year Realtor Ring Day in Fargo Moorhead raised $26,000 and we're shooting for $30,000 in 2013!  Local Realtors will be posted at 30 locations in Fargo Moorhead from 10am-8pm and a few local business have already agreed to match some of the donation amounts! Realtor Ring Day supports a cause we can really get behind:  "The event gives real es...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Winter has officially hit us in Fargo Moorhead, making its grand entrance with a heap of snow.  Weather's not looking too spectacular over the next couple days so we're all relieved that it cooperated over the Thanksgiving weekend.  We're especially thankful for a successful event we hosted last Monday.  The Erik Hatch Team's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway filled our office with clients and friends as they stopped in to pick up a free pumpking pie from Fargo's Quality Bakery.  We're also thankful for our friends Lars Knobloch of Nordic Home Inspection and Brian Johnson of Valley Mortgage for chipping in a sponsoring our event.  After the event we were able to deliver 12 pies to the YWCA; some were extras and a few others were from our gracious clients that requested that their pie...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Today we're holding our 2nd annual Thanksgiving pie giveaway here at our office!  If you've never seen 145 pumpkin pies all on one table, trust me that it's an impressively delicious sight.  About a month ago we sent out postcard invitations to all of our past clients inviting them to reserve a free pumpkin pie from Fargo's Quality Bakery, that they could pick up from our office anytime today.  On top of all the pies we've got cookies, hot apple cider, beer, and wine all for our clients and friends to enjoy.  This is great opportunity to thank our clients for doing business with us, and for some of our admins, a great opportunity to put faces to names.  We were lucky enough to have our friends Brian Johnson of Valley Mortgage and Lars Knobloch of Nordic Home Inspection sponsor our event...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
It's been another crazy week in real estate for the The Erik Hatch Team and it's only Tuesday!  The last week has been an exciting one.  On Saturday we celebrated being voted the Best Real Estate Agent in the FM Area which was really a victory for our entire team.  There are a lot of talented agents in the Fargo Moorhead area so it is an absolute honor to be considered the best!  Thank you to everyone who voted! <--check out our video! We've also been hard at work to finalize all the details for our Second Annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway.  This year we have over 100 pies reserved by our friends, clients, and vendors.  Nordic Home Inspection and Valley Mortgage are helping us out this year as well.  Next Monday we'll be loading our vehicles with 140 pumpkin pies from Fargo's Quality Bak...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
As of this morning, officially, Erik Hatch has been voted the Best Real Estate Agent in the FM area by readers of The Forum!  This is a tremendous honor for our entire team! If you would like Fargo Moorhead's Best Real Estate Agent to list your home or would like to work with one of Erik's very talented buyer specialists to help you find your new home, visit www.livefargomoorhead.com for more information! Thank you to all who voted!
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Today is Veterans Day and we hope you took the time to thank a veteran for all the sacrifices they've made for all of us.  Most of us know at least one person who has served or is currently serving in the military and we can surely spare a minute of our time to send a thank you. We know that our small thank you's can never compare to what veterans have done for us but it is something that everyone can do in their own way. The best way that we could come up with for our real estate team to say thank you is by introducing our new Hatch's Heroes program.  With this program, both active duty and veteran military, as well as other categories of heroes (educators, clergy, firefighters, etc.) throughout our Fargo Moorhead community are eligible to receive a discount on their next real estate t...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
In case you missed it, one of our friends was featured in The Fargo Forum yesterday! Alliteration aside, we were delighted to see our friend, Lars Knobloch, featured in The Forum's article yesterday, Home care: 15 maintenance tasks often overlooked by homeowners.  Lars is the owner of Nordic Home Inspection, a certified home and mold inspector, and comes highly recommended by The Erik Hatch Team. Lars is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to educating homeowners on the ways that they can avoid potentially large problems.  He's thorough, timely, and provides a detailed comprehensive report following the inspection.  He'll tell you everything you need to do to keep your home in great shape over the years.  You can read all his rave reviews on the Nordic Home Inspection's Google+ page....
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Here in the Fargo Moorhead area, winters are loooong, and life can't simply wait for the season to end. While selling your home in the winter may not be ideal, it just may be necessary.  With an often unpredictable end to winter, everyone in the F-M area should be aware of some of the basics of winter home selling especially after our April blizzards this year.  You can never be too ready for winter in Fargo! Don't freeze out your buyers.   Stepping outside into negative temperatures is one thing, in Fargo we’re all used to it, but walking in to a freezing house is no way to impress potential buyers.  That warm, fuzzy feeling isn’t going to come from shivering in your foyer.  So you want to save your heating costs while selling?  What’s more important? Selling your home or saving a litt...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
It’s a new month, we’re nearing the best food holidays, and we all just got an extra hour of sleep.  Happy November from your Fargo Moorhead real estate experts, The Erik Hatch Team, hopefully you’re feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the often very busy last two months of the year.  We’ve got a lot of things to be excited about and we’d love to share them with you! Online Marketing:  We’ve been using sites like Zillow and Trulia before and we’re really focusing more energy on using these sites to their fullest potential.  With the majority of potential buyers primarily going online for their home search, we would be fools not to take advantage of online resources.  When you list your home with us, you can rest assured that we will get the word out for you.  BombBomb & Youtube coming...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
The Erik Hatch Team is in the business of helping people.  We just happen to sell real estate.  Our main goal is to help you through the process and smooth out any bumps along the way.  The first step you take in the home selling or home buying process should be finding the right agen to represent you.  Here are just some of the major benefits you'll experience by hiring an expert. Training, Experience, & Neighborhood Knowledge You can benefit from the immense amount of training that agents must go through and their past experiences selling homes.  Your agent should also know a whole lot more about your neighborhood than you and be able to communicate all those selling points to potential buyers. Filtering Spam Much like an internet filter, your agent can field all the questions and ph...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
In the last week alone, we've sold 10 homes in the Fargo Moorhead area!  This is obviously great for us but it's great for you too.  We finally have some room to take on new listings so now's the time for you to pick up the phone if you want your home sold fast!  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, now is the time to SELL SELL SELL!  The market in Fargo/Moorhead is truly a seller’s market.  After the last week we’ve had we can’t stress it enough! Have you ever thought about selling your home?  Have you wondered if all those improvements you’ve made over the years have really increased your home’s value?  Are you ready to take the next step and list your home?  Look no further than FMHomeValue.com! FMHomeValue is a great tool that you can use to get a free estimate of your home...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Fall weather is officially here in the Fargo-Moorhead area, in fact we're getting awful close to winter territory with a few lucky areas receiving the first dustings of snow.  A few weeks ago some of our clients received a postcard from The Erik Hatch Team with our fall maintenance tips and we wanted to remind you of them again before it comes time to prepare for the next season.  In order to keep your home in pristine condition throughout the year, take note of these tasks you should be completing every fall. Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out all gutters and downspouts to prevent buildup of leaves, dirt and branches.  Neglecting regular gutter cleaning and inspection can cause expensive fixes in the future like damaged foundations, basements and walls from water leaks and pooling. Win...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Thinking of putting your home up for sale or want to buy your first home?  The first and most important step you should take is hiring an agent, and not just any agent, the right agent. Real estate agents are trained to deal with all the stress you've experienced trying to do this on your own, and they don't just deal with it, they work hard to smooth over all the bumps along the way and get you into the home of your dreams or get you the best offer on your current home. If you're in the Fargo area, hopefully you've already made the excellent decision to work with The Erik Hatch Team.  Through the combined experience of our talented team of specialists working in the Fargo/Moorhead area, we've been fortunate enough to meet clients in a variety of ways.  To help you in your search, we w...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Keep your home selling process problem-free by avoiding these common mistakes. "The Erik Hatch Team is in the business of helping people. We just happen to sell real estate." Throughout our experience selling real estate, we’ve noticed some common mistakes that people make when trying to sell their home.  We would love to help you sell your home successfully so we’ve put together a list for you to take into consideration as you’re preparing to put your home up for sale.  The following are some common mistakes sellers often make that will hinder the sale of their home. Being too emotionally involved.  It’s okay if you love your house, you bought it for a reason, right? But you still need to treat your home sale as a business transaction. Not hiring an agent.  For sale by owner will not ...
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By Erik Hatch, The Erik Hatch Team
(The Erik Hatch Team of Hatch Realty)
Want to make your home appealing to potential buyers but don’t have the money to shell out for a professional home stager?  No worries!  The Erik Hatch Team presents you with these dirt cheap home staging tips that you can do on your own to help your house SELL! Pack away personal items.  Your family photos under Salem Sue are not going to sell your house.  Neither is your kitschy thimble collection.  Your home is your personal space, it should be, but when selling your home, you must remember that buyers need to see it as their personal space, which is hard to do with photos of you everywhere. Clear away clutter.  This is your kick-start into pre-packing.  Your closets should be a maximum of 50% full and counters should be empty of everything non-essential.  The exception: your garage...
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