Minot, ND Real Estate News

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
WELCOME TO MINOT ND! When I first moved to Minot North Dakota I was really looking forward to a house call from Welcome Wagon. Now that may seem strange for a guy but you see my mom was the Welcome Wagon hostess for Fargo ND and I was fascinated with what she did. Well I soon found out that there would be no welcome to Minot ND from Welcome Wagon as there wasn't one in town. In Truth there was one and two competitors but all went out of business with certain privacy laws. I checked into it further and what seemed to be the stumbling block for the now defunct welcome to Minot ND businesses was that they used to get their names from the utilitie companies and those companies could no longer pass that information out. I knew this would not stop my mom and I was not going to let it stop me....
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Why yes, my 9 year old daughter Tina did make my sign. I was trying to figure out how I could come up with a nice little sign in front of my business that wouldn't destroy my budget when my daughter asked to help. She drew a picture of what she would do and we went from there. Tina is very gifted when it comes to craft work so I let her do her thing. She borrowed some letters from the movie theater sign to trace around and then she drew the tree (freehand) on another piece of wood. I used a jig saw to cut the tree out. She painted everything and then I climbed the latter and assembled it. Of course for the snooty who frown upon such amature work we do have a professional banner in our window but I gotta tell you I'm proud as heck of my daughters work!
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Homes for sale under $100,000.00 as of 07/13/2009 = 8Homes for sale between $100,000.00 and $124,999.00 as of 07/13/2009 = 7Homes for sale between $125,000.00 and $149,999.00 as of 07/13/2009 = 15Homes for sale between $150,000.00 and $174,999.00 as of 07/13/2009 =  17Homes for sale between $175,000.00 and $199,999.00 as of 07/13/2009 =   19Homes for sale between $200,000.00 and $249,999.00 as of 07/13/2009 =  28Homes for sale over $250,000.00 as of 07/13/2009 = 39 AS OF 07/13/2009 THERE ARE EXACTLY 133 HOMES FOR SALE IN THE CITY LIMITS OF MINOT* Only 30 homes under $150,000.00. *Single family, active status, not counting pending sales. Real Estate sales are a challenge no matter what the conditions are in any area. For most Real Estate agents across the nation the question on their min...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
The following was a question posted on another blog where I have several listings posted. I realize my response is controversial but that is why I'm posting it. Keep in mind as I stated to Miranda, Minot ND has a huge housing shortage and homes that sold for $35,000 just a few years ago are commanding 2 to 3 times that amount today. There are plenty of $250,000 homes available in our market but those are not the ones your typical Contract for Deed buyers are looking for.   My name is Miranda and my question is would you be willing to do a rent to own type of deal?  Miranda, The Minot ND area housing market is just the opposite of the rest of the USA. We have a huge shortage of housing here due to our Air Force Base and all of the energy related things going on. Rent to own or Contract f...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you have been watching any news this week you would get the impression that all of North Dakota is under water. AP Photo -- A resident walks down a flooded road in a rural neighborhood north of Fargo on Friday. The answer to that question is NO but a whole lot of it has had it's trouble. Minot North Dakota is in good shape and that is for one good reason... prevention! The Souris River (also known as the Mouse River) runs through Minot North Dakota. We had our turn 40 years ago. Thankfully after the disaster 40 years ago the City invested BIG in dikes, dams, and reservoirs. The water certainly got high and had it not been for the excellent planning from years ago mine and many other Minot homes would have been under water. Hats off to the people with the insight to actually use tax d...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
It's time for the Minot ND Friends Of The Library Spring BOOK SALE! I love these sales at our public library. There are many books, art objects, movies, and various types of music media donated to the library book sale along with thousands of retired books and referance resources. I often pick up referance materials that would cost me hundreds of dollars for just a buck or two because they are last year editions. It's well worth the $2.00 to go to the pre-sale. The pre-sale is April 22nd 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Gourmet coffee and bars will be served. The sale will continue on at no charge on April 23rd, Noon to 9 PM; April 24th 9 AM to 6 PM; April 25th 10AM to 4 PM. Feel free to bring donations as well. See you there! Bob Timm, Realman, Minot ND
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Here is a "Heads-Up" to all the Southerners coming to our community to serve on the Minot Air Force Base or out in the Oil Field. North Dakota has been known as the land of 2 seasons.... Winter and Road Construction. Keep in mind that unlike our Southern States we can only maintain our roads when they are not snow covered. I'm posting this now because it's only been in the last week that we are seeing the actual surface of many of our streets here in Minot. So far what I'm seeing is not pretty. For the last 4 years we have had the busiest street in town, Broadway, completely closed in a several block area as we repaired it from one end to the other. This year I'm betting on the next busiest, Burdick Expressway. I drive East Burdick Expressway every day and I'm sure hoping they get to it...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
This is my first "Thankful Thursday" post and it's hard to decide what the first one should be but I'm going with this: Spring, Flowers, and Rainbows. Today has us thinking spring in North Dakota because the weatherman is promising today will be our last sub-zero temperature day of the season. This weekend the temp is supposed to climb into the 40's and usher spring into our neighborhood. It's been our worst winter ever according to the record books so I am really really thankful for Spring, Flowers, and Rainbows.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
When I was growing up my mother worked for a Hostess for a service called "Welcome Wagon". Back in those days (before privacy laws) she would receive a list of new arrivals to town from the local gas company. Sponsors (local businesses) would give her treats to hand out to these people in hopes of receiving their business. When I moved to Minot ND I was looking forward to "Welcome Wagon" bring me a Welcome Package. It didn't happen. I checked into the service and found that it's demise here in Minot was the privacy laws and the local owners lack of desire to find ways to deal with it. I saw this as a great opportunity and jumped in creating Minot's New Neighbors. Just to shorten the story let me say that the idea went over well and Minot's New Neighbors is now owned and run by a great c...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
When I was growing up my mother worked for a Hostess for a service called "Welcome Wagon". Back in those days (before privacy laws) she would receive a list of new arrivals to town from the local gas company. Sponsors (local businesses) would give her treats to hand out to these people in hopes of receiving their business. When I moved to Minot ND I was looking forward to "Welcome Wagon" bring me a Welcome Package. It didn't happen. I checked into the service and found that it's demise here in Minot was the privacy laws and the local owners lack of desire to find ways to deal with it. I saw this as a great opportunity and jumped in creating Minot's New Neighbors. Just to shorten the story let me say that the idea went over well and Minot's New Neighbors is now owned and run by a great c...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Most of my posts deal with how our housing market in Minot ND has been the total opposite of the rest of the nation. We have a stabile, growing market here in Minot ND. We are a community of about 40,000 counting the local area. This week the availability of single family homes with-in the city limits of Minot is at it's peak for the year. Below is a breakdown by price: Homes for sale under $100,000.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 7Homes for sale between $100,000.00 and $124,999.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 10Homes for sale between $125,000.00 and $149,999.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 18Homes for sale between $150,000.00 and $174,999.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 11Homes for sale between $175,000.00 and $199,999.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 10Homes for sale between $200,000.00 and $249,999.00 as of 02/17/2008 = 12Homes for s...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Having lived along the North Coast (US/Canadian Boarder) all my life I was surprised when Southerners moving here due to our Air Force Base or our oil field commented that our days and nights are different then theirs. How could that be? I knew that our summers were shorter and our winters longer but a difference between day and night. Of course I knew that at either the North or South Pole they experience a period of 24 hour nights and 24 hour days but I just never put two and two together as far as the land between the Poles. The following link gives you some detail as to what we experience here in Minot. In a nut shell our January Sunlight is about 8 am to 5 pm and in July our daylight starts around 5 am and sets around 10 pm. http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/minot-north-dakota.html...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
If I had a dollar for every out of State contractor who has called me in the last 6 months asking if they should bring their crew up here I'd be a wealthy man. If I had a dollar for every contractor who called me and then showed up I'd be penny-less. I do appreciate the calls but get off your butts and get those crews up here and working! It was just announced (again) today that there are less then 1% of Minot's rentals available. Let me say that again less than 1%!!! That even includes units being remodeled. If you have been visiting my website, www.minothome.comyou know that in our fair city of 35,000 there are less then 100 homes for sale. So let me recap: Nothing to rent, next to nothing for sale. Oh, lets not forget 1,000 troops soon to arive at our Air Force Base and an oil boom ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Two weeks ago I blogged that we had set an all time snowfall record for a year, EVER! Well it just keeps coming. I had really hoped to post several blogs about our community over the Holidays but frankly I've been doing a lot of bonding with my snow thrower. As you can see from the pictures above I've got plenty to do in my yard.. BUT what you don't see is that I also run over to my mother-in-laws and do hers and then I have a listing (or two) by elderly clients that I head over to and do theirs as well. In the summer I often mow the lawns (also at no charge) for my elderly clients). The snow has been so heavy and frequent that yesterday the Minot Super Walmart closed (and still is) until they clear the roof of snow. Many business here are in fear of failing roofs as the weight of 5 fe...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Incoming Air Force personel, oil workers traveling to North Dakota, please NOTE: This is officially the snowiest winter EVER in much of ND including Minot ND. Again, keep in mind EVER!!! So when your friends and relatives tell you how bad it is just keep in mind this is beyond unusual. I don't know about the official temperature stats for this month but it's got to be close on the lows as well. It's going to get better, this just happens to be a new benchmark on the low end so chin-up and look forward to meeting the warmest people in the USA right here in Minot ND. So how do you shovel so much snow? Hardware stores are reporting record sales on snow-blowers and shovels. Excavating companies had a banner building season and now this has just been an added bonus. While a boon to the cons...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
In my previous post I mentioned that in our recent blizzard we had a very nasty wind chill. I had to make a correction to that post as I reported that we had a temperature of about -20 (that's 20 degrees below zero) but with a 40 mile an hour wind it was like 40 below... WRONG, as you will see from the chart below it was more like 75 degrees below zero. If the chart is to hard to read click this url http://www.math.montana.edu/~nmp/materials/ess/atmosphere/novice/activities/windchill.gif If you are moving here from a climate that wind chill is foreign to you please check into it. Wind chill is a deadly threat and you owe it to your loved ones to know about it if you are moving to this climate.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
12/14/2008 We are experiencing our first "real" blizzard of the season. In fact this is the first blizzard I remember for awhile. It's not the snowiest storm I remember, in fact it was a bit wimpy when it comes to depth of snowfall. It has been one of the windiest winter storms but most important it is very likely the coldest storm I remember. Cold and windy make a very nasty mix. I was out a couple of times to shovel (use the snow-blower) but I didn't really "experience" the cold until I took my gloves off to take pictures. I snapped 2 and my hand was truly frozen. That never happens to me. I went back out with a good pair of gloves and here is the results. Keep in mind you can not "see" cold, which is what this blizzard was all about but you still might perceive the cold from these pi...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
AIR FORCE & OIL FIELD WORKERS BEWARE!Homes for sale under $100,000.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 4Homes for sale between $100,000.00 and $124,999.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 17Homes for sale between $125,000.00 and $149,999.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 12Homes for sale between $150,000.00 and $174,999.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 10Homes for sale between $175,000.00 and $199,999.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 14Homes for sale between $200,000.00 and $249,999.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 16Homes for sale over $250,000.00 as of 12/08/2008 = 30 OBVIOUSLY WE ARE EXPERIENCING A HUGE HOUSING SHORTAGE!If you are thinking, "Well I will just rent" guess again. Never in Minot's history have we had 100% occupency, UNTIL NOW. Of course a couple of rentals are bound to come up here and there but remember this:1) 1,000+ troops and their famili...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
I've been on a rant for 9 months now that if you are taking part in the economic downturn there is no reason to. For 9 months I've been preaching that we need employees for absolutely everything, except maybe Realtors ;) in Western North Dakota. If you are a family man about to loose your home wouldn't it be worth leaving the family for 9 months to or so to save the family home and your pride? On average oil workers out here are earning $70,000.00 a year. These are starting level ruff-neck jobs. If that is to tough to handle then keep in mind we have openings in every field imaginable. For more information on the oil field check out www.midwestoiljobs.com . We are also very short of carpenters. Keep in mind, we are in a BOOM! We have a huge shortage of homes and the contractors have no ...
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