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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Easy Ways to Reorganize Your Kitchen

Many homeowners don't have a relationship with a real estate professional unless they have made the decision to sell their home. People often do not realize that a real estate agent can be a great resource for homeowners. Our experienced RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents, would be happy to help you with any home needs you may have.

Our agents have valuable information on home maintenance, remodeling, refinancing, and other related topics. We think you'll find that a relationship with a real estate agent whom you trust is a great asset. If we can be of assistance now or in the future, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net

The kitchen, for most of us, is a home's gathering place. It can bring to mind the smell of coffee brewing on a cold winter morning, the sensation of spice laden-steam rising from a boiling pot, or the sounds of the daily family hustle and bustle. For many home owners, the kitchen can also be characterized by the horrors of clutter, crowded cabinets, and general disarray. If you've been trying to find ways to reorganize your kitchen without a costly remodel, here are a few quick ideas:

Tip #1: Repack Dry Goods

Most packaged food products can be more space efficient when removed from their original packaging and placed in stackable plastic containers.

Tip #2: Free the Spices

Don't waste cabinet or drawer space on your spice collection! Spices should be handy near the stove, so install a wall rack in a convenient location. Be careful to avoid spots that will get too much heat, as this can affect the flavor of some spices.

Tip #3: Hang ‘em Up

Hanging pot racks can both free up your cabinet space and add a chef's touch to your kitchen! If you decide against a full pot rack, consider ways to hang utensils out in the open. Preassembled racks can be attached to the cabinet undersides to accommodate your stemware as well.

Tip #4: Tailor Your Cabinet Shelves

Measure your stacked dishes to find the exact height needs of your shelving, and use adjustable shelves to avoid wasting space.

Tip #5: Add Simple Storage

Most kitchens have room for small shelves between the counter space and cupboards that can store dry goods or cookbooks. Pull-out hanging rods for dishtowels can be installed in spaces between appliances and cabinetry, and wire racks can be fitted around sink pipes to hold cleaning supplies.


We hope you find these ideas useful for your own kitchen. If you have any questions about your home, or any real estate needs whatsoever, please give us a call. We’d be glad to help in any way possible.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Choosing the Best Type of Paint

Many homeowners don't have a relationship with a real estate professional unless they have made the decision to sell their home. People often do not realize that a real estate agent can be a great resource for homeowners. Our experienced RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents, would be happy to help you with any home needs you may have.

Our agents have valuable information on home maintenance, remodeling, refinancing, and other related topics. We think you'll find that a relationship with a real estate agent whom you trust is a great asset. If we can be of assistance now or in the future, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net

The exterior paint of your home functions in many ways like the clothes you wear: to create an important first impression. If you're considering a do-it-yourself project of repainting your house, you first need to carefully review and select the kind of paint you'll use. There are several factors to weigh when choosing a paint type, such as drying time vs. durability. The type of paint used in previous layers is also important, as is cost. Here are the basic kinds of paint you'll see:

Stains: Solvent or water-thinned stains can provide semitransparent, transparent, or solid finishes for wood, and some may include preservatives.

Primers: New wood or metal should be sealed with a suggested primer. In general one coat of primer and one coat of finish will be more durable than two coats of finish.

Oil: Oil paints have a long drying time (12 to 48 hours), which can make sudden rains a danger, but are extremely durable. Strong odors and difficult cleanup also make this more of a choice for professionals than amateurs.

Alkyd: A solvent-thinned, synthetic-resin paint, alkyds have many of the properties of oil-based paints but dry more quickly. Works well over older oil or alkyd layers.

Acrylic: Technically a type of latex paint, acrylics dry very quickly and will work on almost any building material.

Latex: A popular choice for amateurs, latex paints offer easy cleanup, solid durability, and fast drying times. Latex paints may be incompatible with an existing oil or alkyd layer.


Be sure to thoroughly review the options before beginning your painting project. Hardware and home stores are often willing to help you make the right choice. If you have any questions about your home, please don't hesitate to call us.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fire Safety: A Priority for Everyone

Many homeowners don't have a relationship with a real estate professional unless they have made the decision to sell their home. People often do not realize that a real estate agent can be a great resource for homeowners. Our experienced RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents, would be happy to help you with any home needs you may have.

Our agents have valuable information on home maintenance, remodeling, refinancing, and other related topics. We think you'll find that a relationship with a real estate agent whom you trust is a great asset. If we can be of assistance now or in the future, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net

Each year, fires kill more Americans than any other natural disaster. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 80% of fire deaths occur in residences. While no home can ever be completely fireproof, there are many steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of fire for your family and your home:

·        Smoke detectors are the most important part of your home fire safety! Make sure your home has smoke detectors at least in every bedroom, and test them frequently.
·       Use appliances wisely. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that an appliance needs to be shut off and either repaired or replaced. Unplug appliances when not in use.
·       Never overload circuits or extension cords. Don't place cords or wires under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas.
·       Portable heaters need at least three feet of space from any combustible materials.
·       Fireplaces should be used with fire screens, and chimneys should have annual cleanings.
·       Have at least two fire extinguishers in your home, with one in a designated place in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the leading cause of both home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S.
·       Extinguish candles before going to bed or when leaving a room.
·       If smoking indoors, always use an ashtray and exercise caution. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
·       Properly inspect and maintain your home's heating system. Poorly maintained heating systems cause many fires.
·       Consider the installation of a home sprinkler system. Such systems are now much more affordable and greatly diminish the risk of fire injuries.


These are just a few ways that you can make your home a safer place from fire. More information can be found on the U.S. Fire Administration's website, www.usfa.fema.gov, or by contacting your local fire department.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Simple Energy Efficient Tips

Many homeowners don't have a relationship with a real estate professional unless they have made the decision to sell their home. People often do not realize that a real estate agent can be a great resource for homeowners. Our experienced RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents, would be happy to help you with any home needs you may have.

Our agents have valuable information on home maintenance, remodeling, refinancing, and other related topics. We think you'll find that a relationship with a real estate agent whom you trust is a great asset. If we can be of assistance now or in the future, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net

You might assume that making your home energy efficient requires a lot of time and money, but generally that's not the case. Often small fixes can have a big impact on your heating, cooling, and other utility bills. Here are some easy things you can do to make your home more efficient right now:

Tip #1: Don't Turn that Dial

Keep your thermostat set at one temperature and leave it! In the winter around 68 degrees should be right, and 75 degrees in summer (in homes with a cooling system, of course). Avoiding constant adjustments will keep your energy bills stable.

Tip #2: Stop the Drips

Leaky showerheads and faucets are hard-to-miss energy wasters. Toilets that run can also cost you on your water bill. The majority of required repairs are covered in most basic do-it-yourself handbooks.

Tip #3: Go Fluorescent

While compact fluorescent light bulbs cost more than the standard incandescent bulbs that you're used to, they last up to five times longer and use only a quarter of the electricity. Many of these bulbs last over five years, and each energy-saving fluorescent bulb will save you $40 to $60 on your electric bill over the course of its lifetime.

Tip #4: Watch that Fireplace

Energy can really leak out of the fireplace. Check the dampers and screens to make sure that energy isn't leaking when the fireplace is not in use. If the fireplace is just for decoration, cover the chimney. A well maintained fireplace should be an economical way to heat your house and add a warm atmosphere as well.

Tip #5: Keep Those Appliances Humming

Clean air conditioning and furnace filters frequently, and have your appliances inspected once a year. Efficient appliances lower energy bills and future repair costs.

Tip #6: Windows that Waste

Windows are the most common energy waster. Make sure that all the weather-stripping is in good condition, and consider double-paned windows and storm shutters to reduce the energy drain.


Hopefully these ideas help you create a more energy efficient home. Energy efficiency is not only an important part of conservation; it's also a great way to save money. If you have any questions about your home, help is only a phone call away at 218-963-9554.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Do It Yourself Repairs

Many homeowners don't have a relationship with a real estate professional unless they have made the decision to sell their home. People often do not realize that a real estate agent can be a great resource for homeowners. Our experienced RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents, would be happy to help you with any home needs you may have.

Our agents have valuable information on home maintenance, remodeling, refinancing, and other related topics. We think you'll find that a relationship with a real estate agent whom you trust is a great asset. If we can be of assistance now or in the future, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net

The best way to cut down on the potentially high cost of home maintenance is to tackle the simple jobs on your own. Here are some basic repairs that you should be able to handle without too much difficulty:

Plugged Sinks: Pull out and clean the sink stopper. If the problem persists, turn off the water supply under the sink before removing and clearing the trap (the curved section of drainpipe under the sink). Avoid using chemicals if you suspect a serious blockage.

Plugged Toilet: The first resort is the tried and true toilet plunger. If that doesn't work, use a plumber's snake to clear the pipe.

Electrical Failure: Check the circuit breaker to see if the circuit has been tripped to the off position. You may need to replace a blown fuse (replacement fuses usually cost less than $5).

Leaky faucet: Shut off the water under the sink and replace the washer on the faucet. If the dripping persists, you may need a new faucet unit.

Damp Basement: Make sure that gutters extend away from the house and that the earth is graded away from the walls. A dehumidifier can help dry the air, but you may need to call a professional if you find cracks in the foundation.

Damaged Caulking: Crumbling caulk around tiles, windows and doors needs to be replaced periodically. Caulking guns and caulk run about $20 total and are easy to use.

Gouges or Holes in Walls or Woodwork: Holes in plaster walls and drywall are easily fixed with plaster patching compound or spackling compound, respectively. Holes in woodwork should be filled with wood putty and sanded lightly. Refinishing may be necessary.

We hope these tips help you with the upkeep of your home! We’d be happy to give you recommendations for home repair experts should your house need additional attention. Let us know if we can be of assistance in any way.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Using the Internet to Sell Your Home

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their home. In order to help you with the decision to sell, we’ve come up with a series of five articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when selling your home. Check back here often for the next series of helpful article regarding real estate, and be sure to subscribe to our blog by email at the top right of this page.

Article Five of Five:

In today's real estate market, a good selling plan can truly excel when properly combined with current Internet technology. Modern homebuyers expect on-demand home shopping, and meeting that expectation is a crucial element of marketing a home. Our website allows homebuyers to search and sort through thousands of listings to find the home that is right for them. List your home with one of our agents, and we will ensure that your home is listed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Every day countless homebuyers use the resources of the Internet to help narrow their home search. Listing your home with us allows interested buyers to find your property based on the features that are most important to them. Our website serves as a great filter, showing buyers the homes that best fit their needs and bringing you those buyers that are most interested in what your home has to offer.


If you still need convincing, take a look at our website at www.lakesrealty.com to see the kinds of resources we’ve made available. Try a property search of your own to see what potential homebuyers experience. We know you'll be impressed with the efficiency and detail we have committed to our site. We’d love the chance to speak with you in person or on the phone about how we can use the web, which not only includes our website, but also Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ListHub Syndication, our “Lakes Area Latest” blog and YouTube to sell your home. We’re here to help with any of your real estate needs, so give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net to talk to one of our real estate professional’s today! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

RE/MAX SUPERCHARGE Event

Terry Watson spoke from Denver via a live stream on RE/MAX University with several of our agents yesterday.  In his presentation, “Why Be Normal!” Terry highlighted the simple things one can do TODAY to be the person you know you are. Among other things, our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents learned solutions for improving relationships with their clients and received ingenious advice for working smarter to help them become even better real estate agents than they are today…which was a hard task considering RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty has the smartest agents in the world!

This was just one of many webinars and on-site training sessions our agents participate in to make themselves better. You, our clients, are the ones who benefit from this type of training. RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is poised and ready to be your real estate company for 2015 and beyond!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monkey with a Chainsaw Loose in the Whitefish Chain Area

Winter is fast approaching, but it is not too late to get your last minute tree trimming in. I wanted to create a better view at my home from my deck overlooking Whitefish Lake. I have, over the last few years, been able to get the trees trimmed, but only up to a certain height. Being frustrated with not being able to see the lake, I went searching and finally found this guy that is more monkey than human. He literally climbs the tree with leg spikes, has a running chainsaw hanging from his side, swings back and forth from tree to tree, always asking “is this what you’re are looking for?” The finished product was exactly what I was looking for. Take a look at how he does it…amazing.
Click on the picture to be amazed!




Contributed by Matt Werneke a Real Estate professional at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. Call our office at 218-692-9938 and talk to Matt about your Real Estate needs. You may also visit Matt's website at www.yourbestcatch.com for more information…and, Matt wants you to know: “I am never too busy for your referrals”.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Watching the Ice Progress

In the category of “It’s the little things”, I have to say I really enjoy watching the ice make its way across my lake on the Whitefish Chain this time of year. I think part of it is the exotic thought of places that have snow with open water throughout the winter. I’m not even sure where that may be, but it sounds neat. Lake Tahoe maybe?

This morning I let the dog out to avoid her smashing through a window and followed her around to the lake. She had seen the big juvenile eagles fishing along the edge of the ice. They weren’t the only busy birds in the area. I was entertained by the ducks, geese and swans all making a commotion and taking advantage of the last days of open water on the lake. By their numbers and busy work, I assume that everyone was finding a good amount of what they were after.


As much as I know we’ll take advantage of the lake once it’s frozen over and safe, I’m going to enjoy the open water and the visitors that it invites for just a little while longer. What a beautiful time enjoying our lake…
Photo by Brian Larsen on Lower Hay Lake 11/19/14

Photo by Dawn Wiebusch on Gull Lake 11/19/14
Contributed by Brian Larsen, a Real Estate professional at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. Call our office at 218-692-9938 and talk to Brian about your Real Estate needs. You may also email Brian at brianlarsen@remax.net or visit his website at www.brianlarsen.remax-northcentral.com/ for more information.

Monday, November 17, 2014

79% of Americans Do What Around the Holidays?

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47.5% of the homes were decorated at Halloween.
71% of Americans stayed home on Halloween to greet Trick or Treaters.
20% of Americans visited a haunted house on Halloween...only 20%?
62% of Americans plan to watch football on Thanksgiving.
76% of Americans plan to eat at home or at a relatives house on Thanksgiving.
79% of American homes will have a Christmas tree.
85.8 million Americans will travel by car during the Christmas season.
The world record for the most Christmas lights on a house is 502,165!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their home. In order to help you with the decision to sell, we’ve come up with a series of five articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when selling your home. Check back here often for the next article in the series, and be sure to subscribe to our blog by email at the top right of this page.

Article Four of Five:

The sale of your home can depend a great deal on whether or not it has Curb Appeal. What is Curb Appeal? Simply put, it is anything visible to a prospective buyer from the street that makes them want to see more of the house. Curb Appeal can be a powerful force in attracting potential buyers to your home. But how do you ensure that your house has as much Curb Appeal as possible?

Here are some easy places to start:

·         Make sure the lawn is mowed, and all trees and bushes are well trimmed.
·         Place planters of flowers or hanging baskets on the porch.
·         See that all flowerbeds are weeded and freshly mulched.
·         Check that the front door is attractive and freshly painted.
·         Consider re-painting the exterior of your house.
·         Give the outside of your home a good scrub: clean the windows, patio furniture, driveway and sidewalks.
·         If you own a lake home, make sure your lake shore and docks are well maintained.
·         Finally, make sure your house numbers are visible, your mailbox is in excellent condition, and that all porch and outside lights are working properly. You want interested buyers to find your home easily!


These are just a few ideas to get you started in preparation for selling your home. Once the home is ready to be put up for sale, it will be listed on our website, where it can get the attention of thousands of prospective buyers. One of our real estate agents would love to sit down and talk with you about other strategies for marketing your home. Give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net and we’ll put you in contact with one of our real estate professionals.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Benefit for Nisswa Fire Fighter Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, November 15th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Nisswa American Legion, there is a cancer benefit for the family of Branden Burnard. Terry Pederson, an agent with the Pederson Team at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, is heavily involved in this benefit, collecting items for the silent auction, as well as some great prizes that are being raffled off. The American Legion is serving their famous pulled pork sandwich, with beans and chips, for $10.

Branden has been a volunteer on the Nisswa Fire Department for 13 years, and he's also been an EMT and first responder for 12 years. The family could really use your help! Read the article in the Brainerd Dispatch about Branden's heroic fight against this awful disease, that earned him the nickname "Superman" from the doctor's at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester by clicking HERE.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Determining the Market Value of a Home

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their home. In order to help you with the decision to sell, we’ve come up with a series of five articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when selling your home. Check back here often for the next article in the series, and be sure to subscribe to our blog by email at the top right of this page.

Article Three of Five:

You've decided to sell your home, so what’s next? Pricing your home is obviously a key part of the home selling process. A home that is under-priced needlessly costs the client potential return. An over-priced home can remain on the market for an extended amount of time, forcing the seller to either wait out a long listing period or have to adjust down the asking price. Getting the pricing right from the start avoids these potential pitfalls.

To get you started our agents prepare for you what is called a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your house. This compares your home to others in the area that are either currently listed, under contract, or have recently sold. Other things that can factor into the CMA are supply and demand, craftsmanship, and the amenities of your home.

The CMA will help us to determine the fair market value. What is "fair market value", you may ask? In short, fair market value is the highest price that an informed buyer will pay for your home. Establishing fair market value will enable us to sit down and discuss in detail the pricing of your home. We want to help you settle on a price that you feel is competitive and consistent with the current market.


We understand that all of this can be a bit overwhelming, so feel free to call 218-963-9554 or send us an e-mail at remaxnsw@uslink.net and we’ll put you in touch with one of our real estate agents. You might also explore our website at www.lakesrealty.com as it has a lot of information to cover your real estate needs. We’re here not only to sell your home, but also to serve as a resource for you during this exciting time!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You Veterans!

Our Marketing Director at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, Brad Wallace, is also a singer. He put this tribute together in honor of the Veterans on their day. We cannot thank those who have served enough. You have our undying gratitude. Enjoy this tribute...



Monday, November 10, 2014

Think Snow!

Ladies and Gentleman. What you are going to see in this video (click HERE) is what all of the snowmobile clubs throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and our great country, the Good OlĂ© USA, provide for all of us who truly live and breathe this awesome sport we call snowmobiling. Our sport knows no boundaries, of age, race, occupation or religion. Snowmobilers are a great mix of people who have vast interests but have one thing in common. Snowmobiling, being outdoors and the preservation of our lands, forests and waterways. Please enjoy this well done video, and support your local snowmobile club in any area that you enjoy riding. For a list of statewide snowmobile trails, click on this link from RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty HERE



Contributed by Matt Werneke a Real Estate professional at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. Call our office at 218-692-9938 and talk to Matt about your Real Estate needs. You may also visit Matt's website at www.yourbestcatch.com for more information…and, Matt wants you to know: “I am never too busy for your referrals”.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Get Your Home Ready for the Market Place

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their home. In order to help you with the decision to sell, we’ve come up with a series of five articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when selling your home. Check back here often for the next article in the series, and be sure to subscribe to our blog by email at the top right of this page.

Article Two of Five:

Often the first step in selling your home is making sure it's ready for the market in the first place. Some sellers rush a home onto the market without properly preparing it for the public. By considering early on improvements that you may need to make, you can save yourself future headaches.

The amount and kind of work that you should do depends largely on the price you intend to ask, the time you have to sell, and the current condition of the house. If your house is in good condition and you're pressed for time, do the small things that can make a big cosmetic difference. New paint, re-grouted tile in the bathroom and kitchen, new carpet in the major traffic areas-these are the kinds of things that can be relatively inexpensive for you yet important to potential buyers.

As far as major projects are concerned, avoid making improvements that may come down to a matter of taste. For instance, most buyers will appreciate newly tiled bathroom floors or brand new professional roofing, but not all buyers will be swayed by an expensive swimming pool in the back yard. Make sure that the investment in time and money you make for any project will be recouped in the sale of your house.


Our agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty would be more than happy to help you with any questions you have as you move towards the sale of your home. Our website at www.lakesrealty.com is also a great information resource for real estate. When you are ready to put your property on the market, our agents will see to it that it is marketed effectively. Please don't hesitate to call us at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net to ask about any of your real estate needs.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Considering Selling Your Home?

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their home. In order to help you with the decision to sell, we’ve come up with a series of five articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when selling your home. Check back here often for the next article in the series, and be sure to subscribe to our blog by email at the top right of this page.

Article One of Five:

Are you considering the sale of your home? If so, you may be overwhelmed with terms like:

·         Comparative Market Analysis
·         Fair Market Value
·         Asking Price
·         "Curb Appeal"
·         Home Protection Plans
·         Multiple Listing Service
·         Escrow

A licensed real estate professional can help translate the complex world of real estate for you. After all, selling your home isn't as simple as mere supply and demand. A good real estate agent understands market trends and knows how to use the most up-to-date technology to sell your home.

The agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty do more than stick a "For Sale" sign on your lawn. They’ll meet with you to learn your expectations, needs, and priorities. They’ll help you form a pricing strategy based on the latest information. Most importantly, they’ll develop and implement a dynamic marketing strategy tailored to you and your home. They’ll be there to help you every step of the way, from consultation through closing and beyond.


Any one of our agents would love to have the chance to answer any questions you may have about the selling process. It can be a confusing road, and we're here to help. Call us today at 218-963-9554, or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net and we’ll put you in contact with one of our real estate professionals.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hard Time Saying No

Like so many parents of young children, my wife and I spend a fair amount of energy fending off requests for shoes and electronics. I can’t say that the practice of asking for more has changed much since my childhood, nor will it likely end anytime soon.

I have great kids and not a lot to complain about regarding their desire for more stuff. However, the topic of asking got me thinking of a special part of my relationship with my kids. I’ve realized that a lot of their requests are for my involvement with things that matter to them. A lot of the time, the request is not for some “thing”, but for me to stop what I’m doing and play catch, a board game and occasionally Barbie.

I read an email this morning from the community education office that basketball would be starting for kindergarten through second grade kids. It hadn’t hit me yet , but I smiled when I realized that I’ll have a little girl asking me to commit to coaching her and her friends, just as I have for her older sister and brother before her.

Could a father be more fortunate than to have his children want his involvement in whatever their interests may be? I suppose I’ll battle numerous times in the future when my kids ask for more unnecessary “things”, but at this moment, I’ll gladly await that little tap on the shoulder and a request to coach. Wherever you are at in life, take some time to volunteer or get involved in activities that will give you a renewed sense of experiencing all that we have to pick from. There’s plenty of choices.



Contributed by Brian Larsen, a Real Estate professional at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. Call our office at 218-692-9938 and talk to Brian about your Real Estate needs. You may also email Brian at brianlarsen@remax.net or visit his website at www.brianlarsen.remax-northcentral.com/ for more information.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I Voted

Our democracy is 238 years old as of this past July 4th, and I have been able to vote for 42 years. I can honestly and very proudly say I have voted in every election I have had the opportunity to vote in. Today, in my little home town of Crosslake, my ballot was the 134th ballot to be counted. What's astonishing to me is, I have participated in almost 18% of the general elections that have ever taken place in this country, with almost 17% of those being Presidential elections...and I'm not that old...or at least I don't consider myself old. My vote matters. Your vote matters. We make history every time we fill out a ballot. I will simply never understand the citizens of this country who don't take the opportunity to voice their opinion at the ballot box. What a shame.

By the way, everyone I've seen at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty today, is wearing one of these stickers.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Problem with Halloween

Last Friday was Halloween...a day on the calendar that children of all ages look forward to every year. One of the ways we celebrate Halloween at the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Crosslake office, is to invite the Crosslake Community School children into our lobby as we hand out candy. (see RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake is Haunted) That's all fine and good, but here's the problem. For some reason, the agent (who shall remain nameless) in charge of buying the candy every year, buys enough for not only the students, but the students children and the students grandchildren. You see the problem? These particular students we're talking about, won't have children for at least 20 years, and who knows how many years it will take for them to have grandchildren. By then, the candy won't be any good, so what to do with all of it? Well, we'll let our friend Al Yankovic explain it to you by clicking HERE. Oh, and next year remember...there are about 150 kids coming for candy. We don't need to buy out Costco for 150 kids!! Jeez...


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Buying Your First Home ~ Part Seven

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we are in the business of making dreams come true, and for a lot of people, making a dream come true involves buying your first home. In order to help you with that decision, we came up with this series of articles…useful tips that will help you be prepared when buying your first home. Tip 7 is the last article in this series…thanks for reading, and be sure to subscribe to our blog. More great tips on how to navigate the real estate waters will be coming soon.

Tip 7: Avoid Regrets - Get a Home Inspection

The home buying process is a lengthy one, and many buyers rush through or even forgo the home inspection. It's important that you don't make the same mistake! Professional home inspections can save you time and money, or even prevent you from making a disastrous deal. In case you're not convinced, we’ve compiled a quick list of some serious home defects that can be found during a home inspection:

Defect #1: Bad Foundation…unless you can negotiate a price reduction to cover cost, walk away.
 
Defect #2: Worn Roof…most likely it will need to be replaced. If the seller will not do so, negotiate a lower price.
 
Defect #3: Termite/Carpenter Ant Infestation…the house could be in need of expensive structural repairs. Unless the seller is willing to help pay, it's probably not a good investment.
 
Defect #4: Outdated Wiring…this can be expensive to correct, and is a dangerous problem. Negotiate with the seller after getting an estimate from an electrician.
 
Defect #5: Damaged Shower Pan…get an estimate from a contractor if you find water under the shower, and negotiate with the seller to cover costs.


Protecting your investment, especially one as special as a new home, is crucial. An expert home inspection is often the most important step in securing that protection. More tips on home buying are available on our website at www.lakesrealty.com If you'd like to talk more about home inspections or any of your real estate questions, please give us a call at 218-963-9554 or email us at remaxnsw@uslink.net We'd love to hear from you.