Friday fun

No indoor voices

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I know I should not make fun of my neighbors but there is a family living close by that I like to call “The Louds”. They do not have indoor voices. I know all of their names of their pets and of their friends and their children because they talk so loudly. I even know the ages of the children because they have stated it while loudly arguing with their parents.  Sometimes I know what their plans for the evening or the weekend as they are discussed loudly. They also use a lot of expletives to the point where I kind of wonder if they have vocabularies beyond a few words.

Sure we live in the city but I have several neighbors who have families and who entertain outdoors and I rarely hear more than a little laughter or maybe some clanking of metal tools against a barbecue grill. Most of the noise in the neighborhood is made by the Loud family. Sure people have the right to talk in their own yards but I probably have the right to sit out on my front porch in the evening and read for awhile in the evening. In fact one could say that the Louds sometimes make it hard for me to use and enjoy my property unless I stay inside and keep the windows closed.

Maybe people can be taught without shouting. It seems like some people just know how to do that and others do not. It is also possible that they are all hard of hearing and I should be more tolerant. My own children were not allowed to yell but were instructed to use their indoor voices.

The Louds have loud friends too. The friends jump out of their cars and start a conversation while they are still in the street and the Loud family is in their backyard. I know where one of the Louds works and I generally know what their weekend or day off type plans are.  I hope they move away soon but that doesn’t seem likely. I should go talk to them but they don’t really look very approachable.

Thanks for listening.


my own little piece of real estate

For Home Sellers

What should I do with my cat?

Home owners with cats often ask what they should do with the cat during showings. Cats are fairly common and we encounter them while showing homes. Some are friendly and others hide. Some seem friendly but will bite anyone who tries pet them. Cats can stay in the home while it is on the market.

It is important that we know that there is a cat in the house and if the cat likes to escape that should be noted too. We generally receive some kind of instructions before we show a home to buyers and notes to not let the cat out are fairly common.

Cleaning litter boxes frequently is very important even if the box is in the basement.

Home sellers should disclose on the sellers disclosure if they have had any pets living in the house.



Mortgage & Finance

Low unemployment

I know there is underemployment in the Twin Cities but unemployment is fairly low. My recruiter friends tell me there are jobs in I.T. that are going unfilled  See [Minnesota HeadHunter]

The government and the many local hospitals, and the University of Minnesota are huge local employers. We also are the home of some corporate headquarters for some really huge companies.

The best way to find a job in Minnesota is by talking to your contacts. There is a Minnesota Jobs site that looks like it would be useful. I look for work everyday but that isn’t at all like looking for a job.

Minnesota unemployment rates

comparative unemployment rates

I always like to look at numbers from California when I compare unemployment rates because the weather in California is nicer than it is in Minnesota. Where we live isn’t just about the weather or maybe we would all be living in paradise.


Living expenses in the metro

BLS Midwest summary

As a rule homebuyers will need an income of at least $47,000 to buy the average priced home in St. Paul. That number is always fluctuating. The numbers in the Bureau of labor statistics table show what kind of wages a Twin Cities worker can expect.


No room for bikes


St. Paul sidewalk

I decided to walk to the store yesterday. As I went I took inventory of what is on some of our sidewalks. There are tables and chairs and street lights and trees and newspaper racks and signs and flowers.  I know that bikes do not belong on the sidewalk and on many of the local streets in and around downtown attempts to bike along the street may result in death.

It seems to me  that we always  find room for what matters and manage to pack a lot of stuff on our city sidewalks. On some there is even room for sidewalk poetry. There isn’t any room for bike lanes.


Remembering Captain Banning

Grave in Calvary Cemetary

Oakland Cemetery

Captain Banning has likely been in Oakland Cemetery for longer than I have been alive. I have no idea who he was. Maybe he died in battle or maybe he died of old age. Either way memorial day is the day to remember him and all of those who have gone before us. RIP Captain Banning.


University Avenue

transit station

Western Ave transit station


Nice Ride station – university ave

Welcome to the Frogtown Neighborhood. I took a bunch of photographs the other day near Western avenue on University. The area looks so different since the central corridor transportation project was completed. For people who are looking for things to do and places to go this weekend, there are a lot of wonderful restaurants along University avenue.

Don’t let these bikes fool you. University Ave is not at all bikeable but there is a bike Boulevard on Charles street which runs parallel to University two blocks to the North. . . . the bikes are on the South side of the street which makes no sense . . . but they look pretty in my photograph and help show off the sidewalk improvements.

I really do love St. Paul. No place like it. :)


Teresa Boardman
Realtor®, MN,
Licensed Broker
Boardman Realty


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