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This Wisconsin Home Is Fit For A Hobbit!

If you want to live like a hobbit, here’s a unique opportunity. A whimsical 5,000-square-foot home is on the market in Door County, Wisconsin. It’s built into a hillside in the woods, and is made mostly of woven steel mesh and concrete.

01/31/2015

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With Bitter Cold’s Return Comes Frozen Water Pipes

A sudden cold snap hitting Minnesota is all it takes to get the phones ringing at local plumbers. That’s because they’re the experts when it comes to thawing — and repairing — frozen water and drain pipes.

12/30/2014

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Good Question: How Do Assessors Determine Our Homes’ Worth?

Earlier this week, cities and counties began sending out 2015 proposed property tax notices, including the estimated market value of your home. In Ramsey County, the assessments increased by an average of 10.4 percent. In Hennepin County, there was an average increase of 8.4 percent and in Anoka County, the average jump was 18.7 percent. So, how do cities and counties figure out how much our homes are worth?

11/19/2014

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Living In A Show House: A Little Less Privacy, A Lot More Luxury

We’ve all heard about staging homes–bringing in special furniture to make the house more attractive and marketable.

But some upscale homes add people to the equation, and if you’re willing to think outside the box, it’s an opportunity to live a luxury lifestyle at a fraction of the cost.

10/13/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Waiting Longer To Buy Homes?

Studies show that more Americans are waiting longer to get married, have kids and buy homes. The highest numbers of those putting off the big commitments are millennials — those in the 20- to 35-year-old range.

07/30/2014

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3 Homes Hit By Lightning In Lakeville

Authorities said as many as eight people are displaced from three homes after they were all hit by lightning just south of the Twin Cities Thursday morning.

06/19/2014

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Mpls. Considers Allowing ‘Granny Flats’ In Residential Areas

The Minneapolis City Council discussed the possibility of allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas on Friday. ADUs, sometimes referred to as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law apartments,” are smaller dwellings that are connected to existing home or situated on the same grounds.

06/13/2014

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Lawmakers To Vote On Mandatory Home Fire Sprinklers

Dozens of firefighters from across Minnesota arrived at the State Capitol on Wednesday to talk about the importance of fire sprinklers. According to fire crews, a deadly fire last weekend could have been prevented if the home had fire sprinklers.

05/07/2014

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House Hunters Eagerly Await Spring Real Estate Rush

Even with warmer weather in the forecast and the spring home-buying season fast approaching, the Twin Cities remains a strong seller’s market. Inventory remains at a 10-year low. Last month, there were 13,086 homes for sale, down 4.1 percent from a year ago.

04/16/2014

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Tail End Of Winter Was Harsh For House Hunters

It’s been a frustrating early spring real estate market for house hunters in the Twin Cities. Minnesota Association of Realtors Executive Director Chris Galler says there’s usually more for sale by this time in March.

03/24/2014

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State’s Property Taxes Mostly Static After Refunds

Minnesota property taxes owed this year are mostly static once refunds and credits are factored in, state officials said Friday, despite their earlier prediction that those taxes would drop considerably. A Department of Revenue analysis shows a net $8 million drop in a property tax system that generates $8 billion a year.

02/28/2014

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Puppies Among The 200 Rescued Animals Looking For A Home

About 200 animals that were rescued from a breeding facility in northern Minnesota will go up for adoption in the Twin Cities on Saturday. “We’re gonna have a mad rush at our shelters tomorrow,” said Kathie Johnson with the Animal Humane Society.

10/11/2013

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Peek Inside The House That Was Once Jimmy Jam’s

If you’ve been on Lake Minnetonka, it’s a house you’ve most likely seen. In fact, it’s hard to miss the nearly 23,000-square-foot property. And it’s going for a comparative steal.

09/16/2013

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Columbia Heights Homebuyer Fights ‘Predatory Remodeling’

Frost Simula calls himself the poster child for what’s call “predatory remodeling” and now he’s talking about his fight to protect others.

07/17/2013

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Wet Spring Leads To A Boom In Carpenter Ants

This summer, many Minnesota homeowners are dealing with some unwanted guests. Pest control experts are seeing a boom in carpenter ants due to the wet spring.

07/08/2013

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When It Comes To Flipped Homes, Buyer Beware

The trouble started for Frost Simula just days after he moved into a home in Columbia Heights. Now, he’s on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars. At first, his 2,100 square foot home in Columbia Heights seemed brand-new, but a trail of post-it notes from the last few weeks explains why. He’s found 51 problems with the house.

06/17/2013

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Red River Appears To Have Crested South Of Fargo

The National Weather Service says the Red River appears to have crested about 50 miles upstream of Fargo, and it isn’t a top 10 flood.

04/27/2013

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Survey: Young Adults Putting Mortgages Before Marriages

Is a home the new engagement ring? A new national survey shows more and more young couples are putting mortgages before wedding bands these days.

04/17/2013

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Realtors Expect A Bountiful Spring For Real Estate

Home sales are at their highest level in three years according to new national figures released on Thursday. In Minnesota, the big story remains the lack of homes on the market.

03/21/2013

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Experts: Prepare For Nasty Rooftop Ice Dams

This year’s end of winter could make a yearly problem much worse than normal. Ice dams could go from bad to worse and cost homeowners thousands of dollars.

03/14/2013

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Residents Allowed To Return To Homes After Gas Leak

South Minneapolis residents forced to evacuate their homes Wednesday afternoon because of a natural gas leak are now being allowed to go home.

03/13/2013

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Drought Causing Some Houses To Sink In Minnesota

Homes across central and southern Minnesota are sinking and experts say the drought is to blame.

02/13/2013

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Inside Look At ‘Legendary Homes Of The Minneapolis Lakes’

One of the most incredible things about opening a book is how easily it unlocks the doors to some of Minneapolis’ most beautiful homes. Karen Melvin, an architecture photographer, and Bette Hammel, an architectural journalist knew that simple fact when they decided to write “Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes.”

02/10/2013

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Twin Cities Homes For Sale = Lowest In 10 Years

After the rollercoaster real estate market of the past few years, Twin Cities realtors are finding lots of folks still waiting on the sidelines. Inventory levels in Twin Cities is the lowest they’ve been in 10 years.

02/05/2013

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Twin Cities Home Sales Up Nearly 20 Percent, Realtors Say

Newly released sales figures show that home sales are up nearly 20 percent in the Twin Cities metro area. That statistic makes 2012 the best year in the area for home sales since 2006.

01/11/2013

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