Ready to Build Your Dream Home in Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth or Bloomington?

Aside from helping the Twin Cities community to buy and sell existing homes, the Monson & Larson group specializes in helping families through the new home development process. Partnering with Minnesota’s premier custom home builders, Gonyea Homes, we’ll help you to identify the perfect neighborhood and land plat and walk you through the customization, financing and building process. Below are the neighborhoods currently represented by the Monson & Larson Group.

       

Contact us today for more information on any of these developments. Call 612-770-8593 (Rob Monson) or 651-402-7297 (Lane Larson).

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Home Decorating Ideas On a Budget

DIY projects are the latest trend these days. So why not jump on the band wagon and try Mason-Jar-Organizersome out for yourself? Instead of hurting your bank account and buying brand new home décor, try out these DIY projects we thought were pretty easy and pretty affordable!
1. One of our favorite DIY projects is the Mason jar organizer. All you need is some spare plywood, a couple mason jars, hose clamps, and a drill. Not only will you feel great about being Handyman but you will also be able to clear some clutter. You can find the directions here at thediyplaybook.com.

framed tv2. If you want to flare up your TV space, hang your TV and frame it with a picture frame! It’s less expensive than investing in a bulky TV stand, helps your living space appear larger and adds a touch of class.

3. Need a coffee table? Try building one using wooden milk crates. All you need is 4 milk crates, Mod Podge, screws and nails and a nice wood stain and you’ve got yourself a brand new coffee table. diy-vintage.chic.blogspot.ro shows you the steps.
Ready to try one of these DIY projects? Let us know how it went! Or share your favoriteDIY home decorating project on our Facebook page.

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Living Small, Tiny Houses

Recently, we have been seeing a new lifestyle in home buying. Something very peculiar but truly amazing: tiny houses. And by tiny houses we mean one-room houses. So what is the fascination with these quaint homes? Aside from being super cute and tiny, there are plenty of reasons why this lifestyle is becoming popular.
By living in a tiny house, it allows us to think quality over quantity and need over want. It allows people to step back, look at the big picture and realize what is actually needed to live a happy and healthy life. In other words, it’s a way for people to downsize and de-materialize their entire life. There are a number of reasons why some people are choosing this lifestyle rather than that of a normal home living lifestyle. One reason, which seems to be an increasing interest in today’s world, is being green. Living in a tiny space encourages green living by using fewer materials to build and less energy to heat and maintain.
Here are some examples of tiny homes, provided by Bobvila.com.

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The Monson & Larson Real Estate Group specializes in helping homeowners and prospective homeowners buy or build the home of their dreams. Contact us today to get started.

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Nifty Small Remodeling Ideas

Alright, so these little remodeling ideas may be a bit outlandish, but who said that was ever a bad thing? We found this great BuzzFeed post called “43 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas For Your Home” and we picked out a couple that we thought were pretty cool and could potentially be pretty easy to do as well! For the full post, visit Buzzfeed.com.

1. Display your books under the stairsbookshelf stairs
Do you have an open staircase where you can either see the side or the back end of the stairs? If so, try making it into a book shelf. Not only is it extra storage, but it also dresses up your stairs.

 

 

 

 

2. Baseboard drawers
Instead of just empty space under your kitchen cupboard, or under your bed, why not add drawers? In the kitchen, these drawers would be prefect storage for cookie sheets, cutting boards, and pizza pans. While in the bedroom, the drawers can act as a dresser leaving extra space in the bedroom.

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3. Walk-in shower walk in shower
Instead of having a glass door, why not have no door at all? With a walk-in shower, you don’t have to worry about keeping the glass door clean.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Install a slide knife block drawerslide out knife drawer
Having a knife block as a small drawer is a perfect way to create more counter space and to keep the knives out of view from small children.

 

 

 

5. Add recessed hallway lights
These little lights are easy to install and are more polished looking than plug-in night-lights.

recessed hallway lights

 

 

 

 

6. Add curtains to your deck or porchcurtains
Want to make your patio look a little more fancy or add some privacy? Just add curtains, quick fix!

 

 

 

 

The Monson & Larson Real Estate Group has been helping homeowners with remodeling ideas in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Not only are these ideas great for spicing up an existing home, you can also plan to incorporate them into a new home construction project.

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Open House Etiquette

79073966Open houses can be a lot of fun, especially when the house you are looking at is everything you’ve ever wanted and is in your budget. But sometimes, it may take you a handful of open houses before you finally find the perfect match. We put together a list of things to keep in mind while attending multiple open houses.

1. This first tip is pretty obvious but we still have to reinforce it: use your manners. Be polite to the agent and the home owners. Remember, they are letting you into their home, so don’t be rude! This rule seems easy enough, but sometimes after a few open houses, the process can seem a little monotonous and we can forget to be courteous.
2. If asked to sign-in or give your information, do it. This is not only to get your information for potential openings but also for extra security measures, especially when most real estate agents are alone with strangers for the majority of their job. Additionally, it is always smart to keep track of who was in the home just in case there are any damages or missing items.
3. Consent to the homeowner’s wishes; if the host wants you to take off your shoes while inside the house, do so. If they would prefer no cell phones while touring the house, then stuff that cell phone in your pocket.
4. If you have an agent of your own, make sure to mention that to the agent directing the open house so they don’t try to solicit you.
5. Be careful when making remarks about the house. Make sure the seller is no longer in ear shot when making critical comments, so as not to be insulting or rude. Although, if you do notice something like mold or damages, do point it out to the realtor.
6. If you bring your children, make sure to keep an eye on them and don’t let them run freely about the house.
The Monson & Larson Real Estate Group has helped individuals and families find their perfect home for over 20 years. If you are interested in starting the house-hunting and buying process, call us today at 612-770-8593 (Rob Monson) or 651-402-7297 (Lane Larson).

Sources:

http://www.realtor.com/advice/open-house-etiquette-home-buyers/

http://www.thecameronteam.net/Blog/Open-House-Etiquette-for-Buyers

http://www.stpaulrealestateblog.com/2014/10/open-house-etiquette.html

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2015 Housing Market Predictions

The real estate market of 2014 experienced a respectable acceleration, and improvement is expected in 2015 as well. Realtor.com has released its top 5 predictions for the 2015 real estate market.

1. Mortgage rates will continue to climb – when the market improves, rates rise!
2. Millennials (ages 13-33) will begin to purchase homes – after struggling through the recession, a large majority of Millennials surveyed indicated their motivation to increase their family size. Bigger families need bigger living spaces.
3. Builders will break new ground – as demand for new homes increase, builders are predicted to have a busy 2015, although they will continue to be limited by labor and material shortages.
4. Credit will continue to be extremely important in securing home loans – banks learned a hard lesson during the recession and will continue to be strict in their loan standards.
5. The foreclosure crisis will come to an end – foreclosures and short sales were down more than 30% in 2014 and are continuing to drop.

For more details on each prediction, read the full article at Realtor.com.

Whatever the outcome of the 2015 real estate market, the Monson and Larson Group will be by your side to help at any stage of the home buying or selling process. Give us a call today.

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Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year from all of us at The Monson and Larson Real Estate Group.88355020

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Is Your Home Winterized Yet?

Winter is here and as many of you know by now, living in Minnesota means snow, ice, and frigid weather. You all should be experts by now on winterizing your home for the snow and ice storms to come, but we, at Monson & Larson, thought we would organize a nice little list of tips and tricks to avoid freezing inside your house this winter

1. Seal up those windows.
Saran wrap will be your best friend by the time winter is over, although, we are aware that snow shovel.it is not the most flattering thing to drape your windows with, but as we like to say, function over fashion, my friends! Personally, we would much rather be nice and toasty warm with slightly hideous windows during the winter season than have nice looking windows and be freezing our buns off, don’t you agree?

2. Avoid drafty doors.
I know it sounds pretty simple but all you have to do is grab a draft stopper at your local convenience store and set it at the bottom of your door. If you’re really crafty you could even make your own! All you need is a little fabric, rice and a sewing machine.
3. Clean or replace your furnace filters
Dirty filters can reduce airflow and increase the energy demand, which in the long run will cost you more. And that is one thing we do not want, so run to a hardware store and replace those furnace filters.
4. Reverse your ceiling fans
Weird, we know. But by reversing your fans to rotate the opposite way, it is supposed to produce warmer air. Easy quick fix.
5. Stock up on hot chocolate and extremely soft blankets
Seriously, what is a winter season without hot chocolate and being buried under a nice pile of warm blankets? Invest in some quality snuggle gear and a fireplace. And all of your other worries will disappear.

We’ve got at least four more months of winter weather, so take care of these winterizing suggestions now! If you want to learn more or have any questions about winterizing your home, give The Monson & Larson real estate group a call and they can help you with any home advice or questions you may have. The Monson & Larson real estate group has been helping families in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Give us a call at 763-694-1048 today!

Tips from:

http://howtonestforless.com/2013/12/20/how-to-winterize-your-home/http://www.productivity501.com/50-ways-to-winterize-your-home/5986/

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Monson & Larson team!

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Renting or Buying a Home?

rent or buy home mnTo rent or to buy a house is a pretty big decision, I myself have only ever lived with my parents and a handful of apartments while I was finishing up school so thinking about buying a house is a huge step and we feel there are some questions to contemplate before making that decision. For example, how much can you afford, what does your income look like, or do you have enough coming in to purchase a home? Also, you must consider your future. Are you planning on getting married or having children? The list goes on.

Of course there are both pros and cons to renting and buying, and there are many different things to consider.

  • When renting you have no maintenance costs, when owning a home you pay for everything.
  • You have a sense of pride when owning your own home, while when renting you will not experience this.
  • The risk of owning a home is greater than renting because you home can lose value with time meaning, down the road, when it’s time to sell you may lose money.
  • When owning a home you can slowly build equity while renters cannot.
  • Renting is excellent when you’re not sure what the future holds at the moment.
  • At a personal level, you must also consider what your lifestyle is currently. You must consider the amenities of both renting and owning,

This is a lot to think about and that is only a few points, there are many more questions you should consider. Taking a step back and thinking about what stage of life you’re currently in and what pros and cons are more important for you will make the decision a bit clearer. We suggest you sit down and make a list of pros and cons and really consider your current needs and lifestyle before coming to a decision.

If you are considering either renting or buying a house in the Twin Cities and need more advice or help making a decision, give The Monson & Larson real estate group a call and they can help you with any home advice or questions you may have. The Monson & Larson real estate group has been helping families in the Twin Cities for over 20 years, give us a call at 763-694-1048 today!

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=0

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