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3 Home Staging Tips for Selling a Home

It is the selling season in Minnesota. When it comes to selling  home, staging can make a world of difference.

“Home staging” is the practice of preparing a home for sale in the real estate marketplace by making it more visually appealing, while reducing clutter and removing personal items. Whether your house has been on the Twin Cities real estate market for a while or has just been put up for sale for the first time, it is always best to do some home staging for when potential buyers come around.

Here are some things to keep in mind when staging your home for the Twin Cities real estate market:

1.     Do some research. Read staging blogs, look at photographs, and attend other open houses. Learn what a staged home looks like and get some ideas of what can be done with your own home.

2.     Clean and depersonalize. Though you might be thinking you want your house to look like it’s in Better Homes and Gardens, that’s not really what staging is about. The goal of staging is to create a canvas the potential buyer can visually imagine...

5 Tips for Purchasing Foreclosure Homes


The foreclosure rate in the Twin Cities area and throughout the nation slowed down for a while following the robo-signing fiasco and subsequent investigation. Now that everything has been sorted out, re-evaluated and the processes have started again, there seems to be indications that the foreclosure rate is on the rise – including in the Twin Cities area. That means more foreclosure homes will be available for purchase.


Thinking of buying a foreclosure home? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1.     Get preapproved for a mortgage. Getting preapproved for a mortgage ensures that you can act immediately when you find a foreclosure home. Though having preapproval doesn't guarantee anything, not being preapproved could put you at a disadvantage if someone else happens to like the same property you're trying to buy.

2.     Find an agent specializing in foreclosures. If you were a ...

Reggie Award goes to Norton Homes

In October 2012, our long time building partner, Norton Homes, was awarded a Reggie from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.reggie_award_image_204 This coveted award has been given to Top Minneapolis & St. Paul Builders for more than 40 years and is awarded based on judging by peer-teams of Builders who determine the best examples of excellence in quality, design, value, and construction.

Norton Homes competed in one of the ultra-competitive upper brackets and received the Reggie Award for its  model home in Eden Prairie's prestigeous Enclave neighborhood. We are so proud of Chris Norton for his hard work and dedication to delivering homes of exceptional quality and design!  From starter homes to luxury homes, Contact Us about building your new custom designed home with Norton Homes!

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