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Wednesday, January 27, 2021   /   by Brian Ness

A Guide to Affordable Gifts for New Homeowners

Homeownership in the United States is on the rise, with annual sales steadily increasing. If a loved one of yours is part of this trend and has purchased a first home of their own, you undoubtedly want to help them celebrate. A thoughtful housewarming gift is practical and sure to be appreciated. Stressed about cash? Don't worry: There are many affordable gift options available. Read on for inspiration.

Give them kitchen and dining-ware for future entertaining

One of the joys of homeownership is being able to have friends and family over. Give your loved one dinnerware or cookware so they're ready for guests. You can save money on pricier items by shopping online. Major retailers like Bloomingdale's offer online promo codes and coupons that can help you save. If your friend or family member already has the dining and cooking essentials, get creative. You could buy them a fondue set for quirky dinner parties, for example. Make it more personal by printing out some recipes fo ...

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Friday, September 25, 2020   /   by Brian Ness

RE/MAX Results & Team Leader Robin Gwaltney Open Wabasha, MN Office

RE/MAX Results & Team Leader Robin Gwaltney Open Wabasha, MN Office

Robin and Scott Gwaltney of the Gwaltney Group of RE/MAX Results are entering an exciting new phase as they open the doors to a new RE/MAX Results team office in Wabasha, MN. Located at 257 Main Street West, the Wabasha office will house six of their 30 team members, each live locally and are natives of the area. The greater Gwaltney Group will remain in their current office at 4123 26th Street NW in Rochester, MN. 
Robin and her husband, Scott have been in real estate for more than 20 years and are excited for the opportunity to expand to Wabasha – Robin’s hometown and a community she deeply respects.  “The decision to open the Wabasha Office was an easy one. It is my home town and I have a great love for the community,” says Robin. “My team is excited about bringing the best brand in real estate to Wabasha and arming the Wabasha community with the excel ...

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Monday, May 4, 2020   /   by Brian Ness

How to Sell Your Home for a Good Price in a Tough Market

How to Sell Your Home for a Good Price in a Tough Market


In an ideal world, you would always be able to sell your home for the price you want. But sadly,home sellers don’t always have the benefit of a hot market. While you can’t do much about a slow market, you can take steps to help your home sell faster and for a better asking price. Working with a great real estate agent, setting a realistic asking price, preparing your house to attract potential buyers, and marketing your home aggressively will help you shift the odds in
your favor and increase your chances of a smooth sale.



Clean and Declutter


Cleaning your home is an important part of preparing it for sale. In a slow market, buyers can afford to have high standards, so your home needs to be flawless. A top-to-bottom deep clean is essential. Take the time to sort through your belongings and declutter your home as well. According to Professional Staging, removing clutter will make your home appear ...

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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!


2.



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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