Itasca County Area Real Estate News

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

June 26, 2018

Most Recommended Real Estate Agency By Women

2018 Women's Choice Award Winner

Women make or influence 91% of home-buying decisions. As it turns out, women are favoring Coldwell Banker for their real estate needs.

Coldwell Banker has been named a 2018 Women's Choice Award recipient. The Women’s Choice Award is a symbol that women gave their collective approval of the Coldwell Banker brand. This is the only award that recognizes and identifies brands that women recommend, and the award we have received celebrates Coldwell Banker for excellence in overall quality and customer experience.

Recommendations are the highest compliment we can receive in our business. At Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty, we are honored that two-thirds of our business is referred to us by our valued clients, and proud that over half of our agents are women who have chosen to partner with us. 



May 2, 2018

Common Misconception by Home Sellers

Don’t Wait for the "Green" to List Your Home

In Minnesota, a common thought is that things need to "green up" prior to listing your home or property for sale. As a seasoned realtor, I’m here to tell you this is actually false.

Most buyers are left with little inventory to choose from in the fall as sellers pull listings from the market at the thought of moving during the winter. This leaves many buyers still on the hunt come spring. Throw in additional new buyers as the temps warm up, and this ignites a very strong, immediate demand for available homes.

All this activity creates an excellent environment for sellers.  Don’t wait until May or June to list - you might have missed the window to sell your home fast, with potential competing offers!

Brett Beckfeld, Coldwell Banker Northwoods Agent

May 1, 2018

What You Need To Know about DIY

Make Sure Your Efforts Make The Right Impression

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home improvement shows on TV and social media are taking over and we love it. It gives sellers fresh ideas to update their homes while saving a little money along the way. But, be careful that your DIY efforts deliver. Most updates look good from afar or online, but the true test is when buyers walk through the door. Poor finishes or craftsmanship are quickly recognized.

As a DIY-er myself, a minor detail I see often is with trim - a raw-edge-to-raw-edge vs. a 22.5 degree-angled miter cut. Make sure you take the time to do a proper finish - no matter the upgrade. Does it affect the utility of a home?  No. Does it affect one's enjoyment of the home? Probably not. Is it a costly thing to fix? Most often, no. But, poor finishes can raise questions in the buyer's mind about where other short cuts were taken, and if those short cuts are behind drywall or other hidden areas.

Make sure you pay attention to the details - one minor shortcut can cost you more than you'd imagine. Take your time, do your research and do it right the first time. 

Brett Beckfeld, Coldwell Banker Northwoods Agent

April 30, 2018

Get an Instant Property Valuation and Personalize Your Home Search

Our New Website Makes Buying or Selling a Breeze

With our refreshed site, get an instant home valuation and create your own profile to make your home or property search easier than ever. Custom market reports and interactive map search tools are right at your fingertips. Take a look around and let us know what you think! And definitely let us know if we can be of help to you.

July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

Receive the Latest Local Market Stats

Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

Get Local Market Reports Sent Directly to You

You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

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