Minneapolis – St. Paul Condo and Loft Homebuyer’s Guide

Minneapolis St Paul Urban Loft

If you’re looking for an urban home in Minneapolis or St. Paul that features attractive interior & exterior design, modern amenities and a low-maintenance lifestyle in the Twin Cities, a condo or loft may be the right choice for you.

A condo is referred to as an individual unit in a low to high rise building. You can find anywhere from traditional to modern condo developments.  Also, the shared amenities (amusement/party room, roof top deck, and exercise room) can vary from building to building.

The Homeowners Association (HOA) manages and governs the condo community, collect the monthly association dues and maintains the common areas.

Lofts are usually located in converted old factory or warehouses in the city. Lofts is a nice alternative for individuals who enjoy the benefits of urban living. The lofts floor plans tend to be more open space, higher ceilings, brick or concrete walls, etc.

Minneapolis St Paul Lofts

If you’re considering buying a condo or loft, follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Weigh the Advantages and disadvantages.

The condo lifestyle can be an attractive choice for most potential buyers,

Some of the advantages of living in a Condo or Loft buildings are listed below:

  1. Low maintenance
  2. Sustainability. You will find some condo developments have eco-friendly features.
  3. Some condo developments have resort-like amenities, such as pools, fitness facilities, roof deck with views, and valet service.

Step 2: Find a Minneapolis- St Paul Urban Realtor Who Knows the Market

Some individuals who are looking to buy a condo or loft are entry-level buyers. These new first time buyers should consider finding a real estate agent who has local experience with selling condos & lofts and who can explain the buying process

A knowledgeable local Real Estate Agent like RE/MAX Results – Shannon Lindstrom can help in your property search, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or experienced. Shannon can help you achieve your goal of homeownership!

Step 3: Know What to Look For

Be a smart shopper. Some of the questions you should ask your Realtor once you’ve narrowed your search are listed below.

How many units are owner-occupied?

If a high percentage of units are rentals, it might affect the property’s value or difficult to obtain certain mortgage loan products.  

How is the building maintained?

When you buy or own a condo, you have vested interest in the common areas. You should view the common areas to make sure they are well maintained by the Homeowners Association management. If the hallways are dirty than it might be a red flag the management company is not running the building as well as it should.

Step 4: Get to Know the HOA

Homeowners Association (HOA) is an association or group established by the project developer The HOA is also responsible for collecting monthly association fees. And maintaining the common areas.

In addition to these financial responsibilities, the Homeowners Association (HOA) can easily change the rules governing the property, like the operating hours of the pool or fitness center and the size or number of dog and/or cats that you can have. 

Step 5: Consider Insurance

You find majority of the condo & loft developments in Minneapolis and St. Paul have hazard insurance, which covers the exterior of building and also for the common areas. The insurance fee is usually included with your monthly association fee.

Even though the building is insured, condo and loft owners should consider buying an insurance policy (HO6) to cover their belongings inside their unit. A HO6 Policy is a separate homeowner policy to ensure the contents of the home, similar to renter’s insurance. You find some associations require a condo or loft owner to purchase a HO6 policy. It’s important for the buyer and/or owners to read the association rules & regulations, covenants and declarations for the development to find what is required.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a condo or loft in Minneapolis or St Paul, please feel free to contact RE/MAX Results – Shannon Lindstrom, Urban Real Estate Agent @ 612-616-9714 or visit www.ShannonLindstromRealtor.com today.

Brightening Your Rooms in Your Home or Condo

Brighton Your Space

Lightening up your rooms in your home or condo isn’t just for visual appeal. Brightening your rooms will help maximize the light you get every day, no matter how much daylight you have. Having a bright space not only looks better, but it can help you feel better too. Here are some ways to brighten your rooms.

Paint it!

You don’t need white walls to have a bright space. If you pick paint colors that are saturated but still light, your walls will still reflect light. Consider using a bright, soft sage  or similar colors that can bring new life and extra light to your space. 

Modern Living with a View

Use Mirrors

If you have a room that gets natural light but just not enough, add mirrors! Strategically placing mirrors to reflect natural light will make that room come alive.

Keep Contrast

Don’t just paint every wall white. If every surface in your kitchen is white, it will get a little dull – and hard to maintain. Add a colorful backsplash or update your kitchen accessories to complement your white cabinets or walls.

Update Window Treatments

Your curtains may be stopping that natural light from entering your home. Consider replacing your window treatments with something sheer or semi-sheer, that will still provide privacy while allowing light in.

Replace Doors

If you house isn’t full of windows and you aren’t ready to install new windows in your home, consider a door replacement. Many doors offer privacy glass that will allow you to let natural light in and keep neighbor eyes out.

Condo French Doors

A Guide To Visiting The Minneapolis Northeast Arts District

Twin Cities Artists

Voted as one of the best art districts in America, Minneapolis Northeast offers an eclectic mix of both old and new world charm. The southern part of the district is filled with decades-old bars & pubs along with award-winning restaurants, and breweries. The place is dotted with art studios galore that come even more alive when the annual Art A Whirl studio tour takes place. The district becomes more and more residential as you move towards the north, finally transitioning into suburbs. Following are some of the iconic landmarks of this place where you can taste the true flavors of this district.

  • Grumpy’s Bar: Grumpy’s is one of the most iconic bar of the Minneapolis Northeast Arts District. The place serves local beer and all of Minnesota’s bar food you could want.
  • Ritz Theater: This beloved Minneapolis theater has been there in the district since 1926. Witness performances of popular shows along with food and drinks from Surdyk’s here. 
  • Erte and the Peacock Lounge: If you are looking to taste some French American food with some live music, pop into the Erte with its supper club atmosphere. Toss back some of the best martinis of the city in The Peacock lounge just across the road.
  • Sikora’s Polish Market: This self-proclaimed Little Poland market lies right in the middle of the Northeast Arts District.
  • Gasthof’s: Sample some traditional fare at this German beer hall. The place is great as a warm-weather hang out with friends while also being the hub of Das Boot drinking competition.
  • Mayslack: If you are on the lookout for reasonably cost drinks with some local band music, Mayslack bar is the place for you. The place is popular among both local residents as well as hipsters.

The walking style lanes of the Minneapolis Arts District are full of independent galleries and shops that are worthy of exploration. In addition, there are plenty of events and tours that keep happening throughout the year to make the place livelier and more interesting. 

If you’re looking to buy or sell a condo or a home in the Minneapolis Northeast location and/or the surrounding areas, please feel free to call, text, or email me at your earliest convenience.

Minneapolis Art Gallery

RE/MAX Results
Shannon Lindstrom, REALTOR®, AHWD, GREEN, NCS
612-616-9714
Shannon@ShannonLindstromRealtor.com
www.ShannonLindstromRealtor.com
www.ShannonLindstrom.info 

5 Tips to Create a Home Bar

Tips For Creating A Home Bar

So many Twin Cities businesses have been affected by the events of 2020, causing permanent and temporary closures of many of our favorite spots—including the corner bar. The local watering hole has always been a great place to meet friends, watch sports, and unwind after work.

Many Twin Cities homeowners have used this time at home to work on home improvement projects. Why not consider adding or improving a home bar to the list? Making simple changes can have a large impact.

Moody Paint – Carve out an unused nook and paint it a dark, masculine color. Think of the old speakeasy with dark wood and soft lighting.

Sophisticated Seating – If your space allows, create a lounge-style
atmosphere with barstools or a bistro set. A black or wood finish will
emphasize the feel of a bar.

Stock Up – The key to a great bar is having the right tools and ingredients. Retailers offer a variety of styles for such items as shakers, muddlers, corkscrews, among others. Don’t forget the alcohol and mixers.

Open Up – Open glass shelving will showcase your style. Save money by displaying the liquor bottles themselves instead of decanters.

Make It Mobile – If you don’t have extra space for your bar, there are a multitude of bar carts to not only suit your style but allow you to go where the party is.

If you’ve exhausted your weekend to-do list, consider spending a little time to create a home bar. With a little thought and attention, you can entertain in style, even if you’re alone.

Tips For Selling Your Home When You have Kids

Family Time

Selling a home when you have young kids can be rather stressful and challenging. Fortunately, you find below some helpful things that you can do to make the sales process easier on you and your children.

Create a new daily routine

Selling your home can change your daily routine upside down and sideways. Intentionally design a new routine, Things will be easier when you plan quick & easy meals along with adding the daily cleaning tasks to your daily routine. You may find there will be less interruptions to your day.

Writing a Schedule

Clean, clean, clean

Your home should be dirt free when the buyers view the home. And there is a high probability that even if your kids are pretty clean, they might clutter some areas as they go about their playtime.

You need to be prepare for this challenge as you move into showing the property to potential buyers. Usually, sellers trying to sell quickly will always make sure their homes are as clean on a regular basis—and be prepared to clean up right away if the buyers are coming to check out the property. 

House Cleaning

Make the home appealing to the masses.

There are many things you do to your home to make it more attractive and fun for your kids. Some of these attractive designs include Impressive murals on the walls, fun neutral colors in the specialized play areas—these things make your life and your kid’s lives more enjoyable, full of fun and may provide good memories.

Paint Colors

However, your Realtor might recommend that you revert the playrooms to more general areas, paint the rooms with more neutral colors, and take down your family photos for showings.

Don’t take the changes personally. You are making a business transaction, since the goal is to obtain the best possible price for the sale of the home.

Strike a balance

Just like other rooms in the house, the kids’ rooms should be clean and dirt free. Does this mean playtime is prohibited while your house is on the market for potential buyers or clients? No. But it does mean you’ll might need to take an inventory on what needs to stay.

One of the best methods to make the home inviting besides making it dirt-free is depersonalizing. We don’t mean transforming it into open space, just a neutral home that could comfortably belong to anyone, even a buyer with kids or without kids.

Child with Airplane Toy

If you’re looking to sell your home in the Twin Cities and the surrounding suburbs, please feel free to call or text RE/MAX Results – Shannon Lindstrom, Realtor at 612-616-9714.