Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Eagles Have Hatched!

The Eagles have hatched! If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out the Minnesota DNR “Eagle Cam” you should click here, or if you’d like to watch one complete with sound, watch Minnesota Bound’s Eagle cam here.

I have to get a little personal in this post. I grew up in Indiana, and once a year from the time I was six until I graduated high school, my family would vacation in Minnesota. We usually spent most of our time in the Bigfork area, but we used to come to the Leech Lake area a lot as well. Two glorious weeks were spent here every year, fishing, exploring, and dreaming of one day living in this great state.

You see, in Indiana, you never had a chance of seeing an Eagle with its wings stretched as it soared on the wind. We had to come to Minnesota for that, and I remember the very first time I saw our symbol of freedom gracing the skies against a beautiful blue Minnesota background. I felt like I was in heaven, and so did my parents and brothers. I get goose bumps just thinking of it. For me, Eagles symbolize the strength that is America, and Minnesota has more Eagles than any other state in the union, except Alaska. I see an Eagle, and I can’t help but think about the good times I had while vacationing in this great state.

When I was a kid, I not only dreamed of living in Minnesota, but I knew that someday I would. I grew up hearing my Dad say “someday we’re moving to Minnesota”, so how could I not think it was true? Dad’s never lie. And so it happened, that I met a girl in high school that vacationed in Longville, staying at a cabin on Woman Lake. She would talk about her days spent swimming and dreaming of one day having her own lake cabin in Minnesota. I couldn’t believe my ears, so I fell head over heels in love, and married her in 1976. Barely a year later, she came home from work and said “let’s move to Minnesota”, so we hopped in the car, drove all night, found jobs in the Twin Cities, rented an apartment, and became Minnesotan’s in September of 1977, less than one week of her coming home and making that statement. Eventually we made our way to Crosslake in 1985, and we’ve lived in the same log cabin since moving here all of those years ago. Turns out my parents and my 3 brothers moved to Crosslake in 1978, and put down roots as well. My Dad started a very successful taxidermy business, and today you can’t walk into the "One Stop" in Longville without seeing some of the fish he mounted.

I’m telling you this, because I’m living my dream, and it’s a dream shared by thousands of people from the Midwest who vacation in Minnesota every year. I feel like I have to pinch myself when I look up in the branches of a tree in my driveway, and see an Eagle sitting there looking for its next meal. I’m the envy of my Indiana friends, and they can’t believe the beauty of this state when they come to visit. Some of our friends even moved here or bought a cabin on a lake themselves. Believe me when I tell you that I grew up dreaming with my eyes open, and RE/MAX, unbelievably has adopted the slogan “dream with your eyes open”. That’s what I did as a kid. That’s what thousands of people do every day when they think about the wonderful vacations they have in our area.

So if you or someone you know is that person dreaming of watching the Eagles fly, or swimming in sky blue waters, or catching the fish of a lifetime, making a hole in one on a top ranked golf course, biking or hiking on endless trails, or just relaxing on a beach somewhere, the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty can help make your dreams come true. All you have to do is contact us and we’ll do the rest. Happy Eagle watching everyone!

Brad Wallace is the Marketing Director for RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Towns We Live In - Nisswa

Have you ever "Googled" yourself, or looked yourself up on Wikipedia? You might be surprised what the Internet says about you. It's fun, so go ahead and do it. We decided to do that with our four home towns, and see what Wikipedia has to say about us. This is Nisswa:
Nisswa (niss-wə) is a city in Crow Wing CountyMinnesotaUnited States. The population was 1,971 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is near Gull Lake. This city is well known as a tourist destination due to its many unique stores including a coffee shop and cafe that roasts beans in the store, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, and a renowned shoe store with many other slightly random items. The Paul Bunyan Bike Trail also runs through Nisswa. Nisswa is also the location of the 2014 Governor's Fishing Opener.
Smiley Township was founded in 1900, but local resident Leon Lum convinced residents to rename it Nisswa, from the Ojibwe word "nessawae" (which means "in the middle" or "three"), when the town was incorporated as a village in 1908. On December 4, 1946, Nisswa became a municipality.
Surrounded by lakes, Nisswa is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Minnesota Highway 371 serves as a main route in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.34 square miles, of which 10.78 square miles is land and 7.56 (over 41%) square miles is water.
2010 census
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,971 people, 876 households, and 607 families residing in Nisswa. The population density was 182.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,474 housing units at an average density of 136.7 per square mile.
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is proud to be a part of the Nisswa community!

The Towns We Live In ~ Longville

Have you ever "Googled" yourself, or looked yourself up on Wikipedia? You might be surprised what the Internet says about you. It's fun, so go ahead and do it. We decided to do that with our four home towns, and see what Wikipedia has to say about us. This is Longville:
Longville is a city in Cass CountyMinnesotaUnited States. The population was 156 at the 2010 census. The city was named after its founder Jim Long. The town is roughly 4 hours north of the Twin Cities. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical AreaMinnesota State Highway 84 serves as a main route in the community, and Minnesota State Highway 200 is nearby. Longville is a popular summer tourist destination and services the many cabins on the nearby lakes of Long Lake and the much larger Woman Lake. The population in the winter is under 200 permanent residents, but swells to over 5,000 in the summer when the cabin dwellers are included.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Longville has a total area of 0.86 square miles, of which, 0.84 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water.
Longville is part of the Northern Minnesota's glacial plain, which was flattened by glaciers during the most recent glacial advance. During the last glacial period, massive ice sheets at least 0.62 miles thick ravaged the landscape of the state and sculpted its current terrain. These glaciers covered all of Minnesota except the far southeast, an area characterized by steep hills and streams that cut into the bedrock. Thus since the landscape is still recovering from the weight of the glaciers and going through post-glacial rebound and the turmoil this created, the landscape is poorly drained creating the numerous lakes and rivers found in Cass County.
The cultural landscape of Longville and its surrounding lands can be characterized as seasonal and recreational. The bulk of human activity occurs in the summer when the numerous cabin owners vacation at their lake homes, and the activities they engage in are mostly recreational in nature.
Main article: History of Minnesota
The area was inhabited for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of Indians. Before European settlement, the Ojibwe moved into the area from the Great Lakes, pushing out the historic Dakota peoples, such as the Assiniboine and Hidatsa. European American settlers followed the early fur traders and trappers, and encroached on Native American territories.
Longville started around 1906 as a logging town in Cass CountyFishing was very popular in early Longville, and this form of recreation is still highly prevalent today. Tourism later grew as a service industry. In the twentieth century, people from urban areas came to more rural areas for recreation associated with lakes, fishing, hunting and water sports. All of the roads in and around Longville were dirt before the 1920s. Much of the downtown was rebuilt during the mid-20th century. Many of the cabins in the surrounding landscape were built in the late 1960s and 1970's. By the 1980s the Longville area was almost fully developed. The town changed little since 1990, keeping its quaint personality.
As of the census of 2010, there were 156 people, 92 households, and 41 families residing in the city. The population density was 185.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 164 housing units at an average density of 195.2 per square mile.
Longville is "The Turtle Racing Capital of the World ". Every Wednesday through the summer, the town's main street is shut down for the turtle races and other attractions, such as food stands, games, and dance contests.
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is proud to be a part of the Longville community!

The Towns We Live In ~ Crosslake

Have you ever "Googled" yourself, or looked yourself up on Wikipedia? You might be surprised what the Internet says about you. It's fun, so go ahead and do it. We decided to do that with our four home towns, and see what Wikipedia has to say about us. This is Crosslake:
Crosslake is a city in Crow Wing CountyMinnesotaUnited States. The population was 2,141 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. (we like to call it the Brainerd Lakes Area)
According to the United States Census Bureau, Crosslake has a total area of 36.89 square miles, of which 25.74 square miles is land and 11.15 (a little over 30%) square miles is water.
Crosslake was incorporated in 1959, and has had a post office since 1894. In 1972 it absorbed North Cross Lake, Minnesota. The Crosslake Dam, located on the Pine River next to the Army Corp of Engineers Campground, creates the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, with 14 lakes and over 14,000 acres of water to explore.
2010 census
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,141 people, 1,027 households, and 651 families residing in the city. The population density was 83.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,799 housing units at an average density of 108.7 per square mile.
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is proud to be a part of the Crosslake community!

The Towns We Live In ~ Alexandria

Have you ever "Googled" yourself, or looked yourself up on Wikipedia? You might be surprised what the Internet says about you. It's fun, so go ahead and do it. We decided to do that with our four home towns, and see what Wikipedia has to say about us. This is Alexandria:

Alexandria is a city in, and the county seat of, Douglas CountyMinnesotaUnited States. First settled in 1858, it was named after Alexander and William Kinkead. The brothers were from Maryland. The form of the name was meant to be like that of Alexandria, Egypt, a center of learning and civilization.
The village of Alexandria was incorporated February 20, 1877. Its city charter was adopted in 1908, and it was incorporated as a city in 1909.
The population was 11,070 at the 2010 census.
Alexandria is located near Interstate 94, along Minnesota State Highways 27 and 29Lake Carlos State Park is ten miles north of Alexandria.
In 2013, Alexandria was picked as a "Top 10 Best Small Town" by the Livability website.


The city is known as a tourism center due to its many lakes and resorts. Tourism events include a Grape Stomp hosted by the Carlos Creek Winery every September, an Apple Fest in October, the Douglas County Fair every August, and Art in the Park every July. The city has a museum housing the controversial Kensington Runestone, which is thought by some to indicate that Vikings had visited the area in the 14th century. Outside the museum stands Big Ole, a 25-foot-tall statue of a Viking originally built for the World's Fair in New York in 1964. The city hosts the annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.70 square miles, of which 15.96 square miles is land and 0.74 square miles is water. A large portion of the people who live in Alexandria are not calculated into the population because they are spread out of the city and living on and around the many lakes.
2010 census
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,070 people, 5,298 households, and 2,552 families residing in the city. The population density was 693.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 5,821 housing units at an average density of 364.7 per square mile.
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, is proud to be a part of the Alexandria community!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Time in the Lakes Area

Spring time in Minnesota is _________? How would you finish that sentence? Can it be finished with just one word? Probably not.

From a real estate prospective, spring is a time to get things ready, regardless of whether or not you are selling or buying anything. If you own a home, spring is a time to get ready for the summer. As soon as the snow is gone, we Minnesotan’s want to rake the leaves, trim the shrubs, stain the deck, put in the dock, drag the beach, etc. In other words, you want to bring your property back to life after enduring a long hard winter.

Spring is a time of mass awakening. The fishing opener is just around the corner, and that couldn't happen without spring. The lakes are waking up again, as Mother Nature finally allows old man winter to take a hike for a while. This is being written on a blustery rainy spring day. A day that is despised by most of us, but a day like today IS spring. Without a day like today, the ice on the lakes would stay longer, the fish would remain sluggish longer, and fishy love would be delayed making the fishing opener much less productive than it should be. So because of days like today, we should be able to fish for Walleye’s on May 10th without having to worry about ice bergs.

Spring is a time of anticipation. In our beautiful lakes areas of Nisswa, Crosslake, Longville, and Alexandria, a lot happens in the summer, so spring can’t come and go fast enough for a lot of us. We are looking forward to hitting the golf courses, dropping the boat on to our favorite fishing hole, watching the turtles race, sitting on the beach, watching the fireworks and listening to great bands entertain us outside under the stars.

Yes, spring is all of that and more, and even though we look forward to spring every year, we can hardly wait until it’s over. So maybe the answer to the question is, “spring time in Minnesota is Mother Nature’s ultimate tease.” Happy waiting everyone, and remember, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is here to help you with all of your real estate needs!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Governor's Fishing Opener is on Gull Lake May 10th!

The Brainerd Lakes Area is a popular destination for visitors to Minnesota, with hundreds of fishing lakes, miles of trails, award-winning golf courses, an international speedway, numerous resorts, lodging, great real estate opportunities and more.
The Historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake in Nisswa is one of the oldest and most well-known resorts in Minnesota. Its many amenities include deluxe lodging accommodations for up to 1,000 people, multiple golf courses, spa services and great dining.
This year’s event is being planned in “grand” style. A community picnic will be held in downtown Nisswa, which is open to the public and will feature various activities including a concert by Gear Daddies. Other media-related activities include: a live media broadcast event; fishing events; golfing; an ultimate experience at Brainerd International Raceway; and tours of Cuyuna County State Recreation Area.
Please consider joining Gov. Mark Dayton, local residents, dignitaries, various media and community hosts for this unique experience to celebrate the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and to kick off Minnesota’s summer tourism season.
Please feel free to contact RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty for more information.

Community is Important to Us

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty has long believed that giving back to the communities in which we live and serve is a core value that sets our agents apart.

CMN yard signThat’s why RE/MAX is a national sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Susan G. Komen race for the Cure.
RE/MAX Associates across the U.S. and Canada have embraced the CMN Miracle Home and Race for the Cure programs. They have raised well over $115 million total for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by making per-transaction donations and sponsoring local fundraisers. Their dedication to these causes shows that RE/MAX is home not only to real estate’s top producers, but its top business citizens too.
Komen yard signContact an agent at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa, Crosslake, Longville, or Alexandria if you would like to help donate to these two great causes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RE/MAX National Housing Report

March Home Sales Rebound, Prices Rise Higher

For the first time in 2014, March saw home sales increase over the previous month. While sales were 10.1% below the levels of one year ago, they rose a significant 24.6% higher than February sales. Every one of the 52 metro areas surveyed for the March RE/MAX National Housing Report saw an increase in sales over February. The median price of homes sold in March was 8.8% higher than the median price in March 2013. A continuing low inventory of homes for sale has pressured prices to rise, especially in markets that have experienced an accelerated recovery. On a year-to-year basis, March became the 12th consecutive month with fewer inventory losses than the previous month. At the rate of sales in March, the Months Supply of inventory fell to 4.1, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

Monday, April 21, 2014

7 Easy Ways to Bring the Spring Indoors

It's been a harsh winter in the Brainerd Lakes and Alexandria Minnesota areas, and most of us are more than ready for spring and all the great things that get us outdoors. But wouldn't it be nice to bring the spring season inside, too?

Here's a checklist of small jobs that will make an instant difference in how your home looks and feels this spring.
·         Wash your windows – or call to have them professionally done. You'll want a clear view of all the beautiful things happening outside. We know of some reputable companies in the lakes area that would be happy to clean your windows.
·         Dust lamps, light fixtures, light bulbs, and wash the winter dust off your blinds. Your home will feel much more fresh and bright.
·         Deep clean your carpets, upholstery and curtains. Also change out your bedding with lighter fabrics that are more suitable for the warmer temperatures.
·         Reset your fans to move counter-clockwise to create a light, cooling breeze. (In the winter, your fans should run clockwise to distribute the rising warm air throughout the room.)
·         Start storing away your winter clothes and putting away your winter tools and toys. You probably won't need those skis, snow shovels or ice scrapers for a while.
·         Sweep or power wash outside the front and back doors. Replace weathered doormats for a nice welcome into your home.
After you have these basics out of the way, relax and enjoy the blossoms, warmer breezes and all the best of spring.

If you're thinking about selling your home, these jobs are a good start in preparing your home for sale. A good next step is to contact RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty. We will help guide you through the entire selling process.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

RE/MAX and the Minnesota Twins

RE/MAX North Central, which is the region RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is in, is proud to announce our partnership with the Minnesota Twins for the 2014 major league baseball season! As the exclusive sponsor of “RE/MAX Home Run for Kids” we will make a $100 donation to Children’s Miracle Network with every Twins home run at Target field this season.

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Right now there’s a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in or near your community. In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that's one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open.

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is proud to help in any way we can by taking part in the "RE/MAX Home Run for Kids" campaign. Together we can help these kids grow up and help you "dream with your eyes open".

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents are your home town experts for Real Estate in Nisswa Minnesota, Crosslake Minnesota, Longville Minnesota, and Alexandria Minnesota.

Friday, April 4, 2014

What We Do

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty

In short, the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty allow you to “dream with your eyes open”. If you’re dreaming of owning your own lake cabin, we can make that dream become a reality. If you’re dreaming of owning your own home in a great neighborhood next to great schools, we can make that dream become a reality as well.

If you dream of selling your property, our marketing system is second to none. The sole purpose of our marketing system is to start conversations with interested buyers that we meet with in person and get them excited about the possibilities of purchasing your property. We will take care of everything for you! You can trust that your property will be marketed using the latest technological tools available, and that you are being represented by a true real estate professional.

When you are represented by one of our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty professional Realtor’s he or she will promise to:
·         Communicate with you on a consistent basis.
·         Market your property to the best of their ability utilizing all available tools.
·         Promptly advise you of changes in the marketplace.
·         Present all offers to you and assist you in evaluating them.
·         Facilitate the negotiation process.
·         Monitor progress toward closing when a contract is accepted.
·         Immediately advise you of events that may threaten closing.
·         Monitor the buyer’s loan approval.
·         Stay in contact with the buyer’s agent.
·         Be present at closing to ensure a successful conclusion.
Your RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agent’s goal, is to market your property to ensure a faster sales process, with a higher sales price, while giving you peace of mind throughout the whole process.

So let us help you “dream with your eyes open”, and know that RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty will be with you every step of the way.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who We Are

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty

Whether you are selling your home or searching for that special place to call your own in the Brainerd Lakes Area, you want to work with someone you trust - someone who you know has your best interests in mind.

Whatever your particular real estate need, our associates work hard to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Associates from the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Offices are your local experts for homes and cabins in the Brainerd Lakes, and surrounding area. With offices in Nisswa, Crosslake, Longville, and Alexandria – we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to cover all your real estate needs. Our agents know the area and specialize in lake homes, so whether you are looking for a second vacation property, or your primary residence, we want to help you navigate the housing waters!

Some of the most popular areas surround one of the many chain of lakes such as the Gull Lake Chain (near Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Merrifield, & Lake Shore), the Whitefish Chain (Crosslake, Breezy Point), the Woman Lake Chain (Longville & Walker), and Le Homme Dieu Lake Chain (Alexandria). The Brainerd Lakes Area is renowned as one of Minnesota’s most beloved travel destinations. Here you will find family-friendly fun, world class golf, fine dining, and quaint shops.

Stop by when you’re in town, or give us a call - we look forward to serving you!