When Should Homeowners Refinance?Since November 2018, 30-year fixed average mortgage rates have dropped from 4.94% to 3.99%. According to Black Knight’s Mortgage Monitor report, that means six million homeowners are now candidates for refinancing. That's up from four million in April.
Why Are Ice Dams So Bad This Year? (And More Winter Good Questions)Our Minnesota weather certainly has plenty of us talking. On everything from ice dams, to migrating robins, to snowy tornadoes, Heather Brown has your answers.
‘I Couldn't Believe It!’: Company Helps Mpls. Homeowner On Hook For Water Line Repair BillA little-known repair ordinance put a Minneapolis woman on the hook for thousands of dollars. But, WCCO-TV’s story caught the attention of a company willing to help. We first told you about the leaking water line in south Minneapolis last month. We went back and found a warranty policy that could offer some kind of protection for your own pocketbook.
4 Things To Know: Teddy's Injury, Trump Heads To Mexico & MoreFrom Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's serious injury to Donald Trump heading to Mexico before immigration speech, here are the four stories to know for Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Fire Destroys 4 Homes In Otsego DevelopmentIn Otsego, crews are working to put out multiple fires that have spread within a housing development near 53rd Street and Radford Avenue Northeast.
With Bitter Cold’s Return Comes Frozen Water PipesA 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.
A Home Energy Audit Now Cuts Heating Costs, Ice Dams LaterWe know what's coming. But with any luck, it won't be nearly as severe as last winter. Still, our drop in temperatures should be a sign of action we can take now to help save heating dollars in the months ahead. Never before have homeowners had more tools and technology to check their homes for heating problems and poor insulation. Both deficiencies will contribute to costly heating bills and the formation of ice dams.
How Going Solar Could Pay Off For Twin Cities HomeownersA change in state law has led to a major change in the way Minnesota rewards people who put solar panels on their homes. Instead of giving a rebate when you install, you get money for producing power.
Mpls. Couple Has Insurance Warning For HomeownersA Twin Cities couple calls their experience with an insurance company a lesson that all homeowners should learn. David Hettlinger and his wife are still trying to recover from a storm two summers ago.
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.
Good Question: Who Actually Needs Flood Insurance?Flooding is so widespread across Minnesota that families from the Canadian border to the Iowa border are trying to dry out. And many homeowners are seeing water seep into their homes and basements.
Frozen Pipes Aren’t Just An Issue For Homeowners, Cities Are Having Trouble, TooThis extreme cold is creating a headache for cities and homeowners alike. Many residents have been surprised to find no water coming from their faucets.
2 Hospitalized After Brooklyn Park FireTwo people are in the hospital Sunday after a fire in Brooklyn Park, Minn. When firefighters were clearing another fire, they were called to 6324 Xylon Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
Xcel Asks Customers To Turn Down Natural Gas HeatXcel Energy is asking certain natural gas customers, in three states, to turn down their heat. The request comes after a natural gas pipeline exploded in Canada Saturday morning.
How To Prevent Flooding From Frozen, Cracked PipesThe end of our extreme cold weather is coming soon. But the warmup we've been waiting for will bring big problems for some homeowners. Pipes that froze and cracked during the freeze could soon dump hundreds of gallons of water into basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Plumbing companies say it's been a couple decades since they've seen this many problems. And they say homeowners better get them fixed as soon as possible.