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Thursday, March 12, 2020   /   by Brian Ness

The Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Minnesota Right Now 3/12/2020

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3770 Northome Rd, Deephaven, MN 55391
$14,295,000
5 Beds - 9 Baths - 18,007 SqFt

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Coveted Estate situated on the highest point of Lake Minnetonka. A John Kraemer & Sons Masterpiece. The finest lvl of finishes w/no detail overlooked. Amenities include: luxurious mstr suite, epicurean kit, pool house w/viewing terrace, sport court, bowling alley, golf simulator, state of the art exercise facility, theater, rooftop sky deck, one-of-a-kind Cavern Music Club, & 195ft. of lakeshore w/commanding views from every rm. Viewable sunsets year-round. Most admired home on Lake Minnetonka!


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1700 Shoreline Dr, Orono, MN 55391
$11,995,000
6 Beds - 10 Baths - 12,874 SqFt

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The most extraordinary and long-admired estate on Lake Minnetonka. The commanding views and privacy are unparalleled. A significant site including 20+ acres with 705 feet of lake shore on Smith Bay and 200 feet on Tanager Lake is now available.


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Tuesday, February 11, 2020   /   by Brian Ness

3 Ways to Keep Your Dog-Friendly Home Clean on a Budget

They’re cute. They’re cuddly. And they’re oh so very messy! We are, of course, talking about dogs, those irresistible masses of fur and drool that bring so much joy to so many lives and households.
But as any dog parent would attest, it’s really not all love and affection with these four-legged family members. In fact, sharing your home with a dog (or several) comes with a variety of challenges—not the least of which is maintaining a tidy home.
Thankfully, having dogs and keeping your house neat while you’re at it are really not mutually exclusive concepts. You may even be surprised that it’s easier done than said—and won’t break the bank to boot. Here’s how.

Contain.
The best way to keeping a clean house is to make sure that there’s nothing to clean in the first place. This is, of course, impossible when you have a pet, but it can be made considerably more manageable. Containing your dog’s myriad messe ...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Tips for Turning an Empty Space Into a Workplace

If you don’t use your garage for vehicle storage, it is probably space that rarely gets any attention. However, if you need a home office, it pays to consider turning your garage into a workspace you can be proud of. But it is not as easy as popping a chair and desk next to the water heater. Transforming this space into a professional showplace takes planning.

Before You Begin

Before you start putting up walls and rerouting the HVAC, check with the county codes department to ensure you can remodel this existing space. In most cases, you’ll be granted a building permit, but there are other things to consider as well. Your HOA, for example, may restrict what you can do, or it might require that renovations be approved before beginning.

Along the same vein, if you don’t have a garage but plan to build one, you will need a building permit. Your structure has to meet zoning requirements, and you’ll have to submit a plan to the Rochester Planning Departmen ...

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Friday, July 12, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Owning A Rental Property: The Best And Worst Aspects

Owning A Rental Property: The Best And Worst Aspects

Owning a rental property comes with a lot of responsibilities and considerations, but many Americans are finding that it’s a great way to invest in something that will pay off well. If you already own a property and want to convert it or are interested in buying a new home in order to rent it out, there are many ways you can go about it; however, there are some things to think about first. Location is crucial, as is knowing how to market the home to attract renters. You’ll need to figure out whether you’re going to rent out the home year-round or if your budget will allow for seasonal bookings, since the cost of maintaining a big house can be high, especially in certain areas of the country.

There are many pros and cons when it comes to setting up a rental home, so it’s important to simply weigh them to see whether becoming a property owner will benefit you. The costs can be high, but if your home h ...

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Friday, June 21, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available.
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
Now may be the time for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire!

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