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A lot of people think new construction is only for the suburbs. That's not true! There are plenty of opportunities for tear-downs or vacant lots in the cities, so you don't have to give-up your city life to have a new home. Saint Paul is the iconic capital city of Minnesota. It’s located East of Minneapolis in Ramsey County and is known for its enchanting river bluffs along the Mississippi River, diverse neighborhoods, and historic homes. Some of St Paul’s major attractions include the Xcel Center - home of the Minnesota Wild, The Science Museum, CHS Field, the Saint Paul Cathedral, and the annual State Fair. In addition, Saint Paul offers an active nightlife with plenty of music venues, restaurants, and other cultural events. Saint Paul has a bustling

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I often get asked the question, "What brand of windows are these." As consumers we are trained to recognize brand names.  When it comes to windows a better question would be, "What brand and model of vinyl windows are these."  This is an important question because manufacturers often have different levels of windows that they offer.  For example, Anderson has a 400 series that is a higher end window.  They also offer a 100 series and a Silver Line series that are generally considered commercial or builder grade windows.  So when looking at a new home, ask what make and model of windows they offer, write it down and then try the windows. Are they installed properly?  Do they open and close easily?  If the weather is real hot or cold outside, put your hand

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We are officially less than 1 week away from the start of the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes! This year’s Twin Cities Parade features 406 homes that you can view and tour between Sept. 9- Oct 1st. The Parade is open Thursday-Sunday from Noon-6pm during this time frame and it is free for everyone, with an exception of a couple of Artisan Dream Homes that ask for a $5 donation. These donations go to help build homes for families in need.

This Fall's Artisan Dream Homes are:
Home #66 by SD Custom Homes, priced at $1,560,000 and located in Mendota Heights
Home #127 by Homes by Tradition priced at $1,557,000 and located in Lakeville
Home #165 by Sustainable 9 Design + Build, priced at $1,800,000 and located in Edina
Home #167 by Landmark Building Contractors,

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Statistically speaking the average person buys the big home in their mid 40's. So what happens when the kids are gone and those owners enter the empty nester phase?  Builders like, John Arthur Homes are offering town home living in the 2300 square foot to 2700 square foot range range in Victoria aimed at the baby boomer demographic.  The development is called, "The Reserve on the Park." 

Much of the inventory of town homes in the Twin Cities was built during the housing boom and is geared toward first time buyers.  Many empty nesters demand a higher quality home and have made the decision to move away from the maintenance of the big house and the large lot and look for association managed living.  Many also keep a second residence in warmer climates

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A new neighborhood of affordable single family homes is coming to Waconia with the Grand Opening on Saturday, December 3rd. This neighborhood is being offered by CalAtlantic Homes and features 8 floor plans starting in the upper $200s. The new neighborhood is called Stonegate and features 51 home sites.

Click the link to view a map of the community: Plat map for Stonegate in Waconia

Waconia is a small community known for its recreation, including Lake Waconia regional park, a charming downtown area, and miles of trails. The city offers a small town atmosphere with convenient access to the Twin Cities metro area, only 30 miles from downtown Minneapolis.

To find out more about the new Stonegate neighborhood call one of the New Homes Team agents to

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This Saturday, December 10, CalAtlantic Homes is unveiling a new neighborhood of single family homes in Stillwater, MN! The neighborhood, called Rutherford Station, will feature 55 home sites with 10 different floor plans, including both two-story and one-level layouts priced from the mid-$300’s. 

Check out a map of the community by clicking here: Rutherford Station-Stillwater

Stillwater is a small town located on the St. Croix River. The location offers peaceful living with convenient access to the Twin Cities metro area, only 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul. It’s known for devoting 1/3 of the city to public green space and has more than 33 parks and seven golf courses. Stillwater is also known for its charming downtown area with plenty of

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Most home purchases are driven by a lifestyle event when a person or a family realize that their existing living situation just doesn't make sense anymore. A growing family, an empty nest, a marriage on the horizon, or a relocation can all bring about a prospective move.

So where do you start?

Most people jump straight into the search, and that's OK, as this is the more enjoyable part of the process and understanding the type of home that meets your needs is important. It is however important to take a breather and investigate the exciting world of home financing.

Whether purchasing a new or resale home it's important to start the financing application early in the process. Too many times we have seen people inquire about building opportunities

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Well, for starters, you should know that all builders aren't created equal, and they can't all customize their designs to your specifications. There are three different types of builders (which Nathan can tell you about in the video below) -- but which one is right for you?

Find out at our free New Construction Buyers' Seminar on Wednesday, June 22 from 6 - 8pm.

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It’s a parade!  Everyone loves a parade!

The beautiful thing about a parade is that there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Some spectators may enjoy the elaborate floats adorned in a thousand pounds of paper mache, others the marching bands, the classic cars with waving pageant queens, the prize horses, or the clowns that clean up after them. 

We’re just over half way through this year’s Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities’ Parade of Homes tour where 459 model homes have been constructed throughout the metro area.  And just like a small-town parade, there truly is something for everyone.  Homes ranging in price from $179,900 to $2.3 million dollars and spanning from Zimmerman to River Falls all await the discerning eye of home shoppers and

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For me, working in the world of new construction homes began as a part-time laborer for a framing contractor to pay may way through college.  I took this education and began selling new homes with a large, national builder, acting as the face of the company and managing the customer’s building experience from beginning to end.  After several years of this I transitioned to selling for a smaller, luxury custom builder and also started representing new home buyers in purchases from builders across the metro — and that’s when the real fun started.

I already had great in-the-field experience from working in model homes, and I now had expertise in locating the right home in the right neighborhood for my buyers. I can navigate option lists and guide my

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