Friday fun

Fall fun


Landmark Center

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I really look forward to the fall weather and the annual changing of the leaves. The bike trail that runs along the river and goes East of downtown is finally opened after a two year closure. There should be some good color along the trail in the woods around Pig’s Eye Lake and in Battle Creek Regional park. Right now leaf color is at 25% to 50% of peak color in St. Paul. For leaf reports go to the DNR web site.

Have a great weekend and please go outside and play.


I’ll be back

Cone Flower

Cone flower

I really hated to interrupt my regular schedule but I did. I will be back on Thursday and I will be looking at the September home sales numbers for St. Paul. Have a great week!

For Boomers

Homeowners with Alzheimer’s

Occasionally in my business I meet with people who may have lost the ability to make good decisions, or any decision at all. It isn’t my place to judge anyone else’s decisions but if I see someone who is having trouble I try to help by getting others involved. I have an immediate family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and I saw first hand how the person’s ability to make decisions was affected and slowly diminished by the disease and I recognize the signs and symptoms.

This is from the Alzheimer’s web site about symptoms of the disease:

Challenges in planning or solving problems
Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.

I take care not to assume that someone who is older and who forgets something has Alzheimer’s and I favor the idea of aging in place. Sometimes getting more services is a better option than moving out.

There are times when someone wants me to meet with me and it is clear to me that they want help making a decision. Sometimes they want to move but have trouble processing the information I give them about available housing and as a result they don’t take any action.

The way I usually handle the situation is I ask the elder if they have a friend or relative that they trust and can bounce ideas off of. I try to get then to get that person involved. I also refer people to Senior Linkage Line where they can get professional guidance on housing options 1-800-333-2433.  The service is free and the people who provide it are not trying to sell anything and they are not getting paid for referrals. There are various businesses that relentlessly pursue elders as potential clients.

I found training for Alzheimer’s friendly businesses. I like the idea of businesses learning how to treat people with Alzheimer’s with respect, and it really is all about respect. The course is geared toward the retail and hospitality industries and is pretty lightweight but I think it is an excellent way to start a conversation and build awareness.  As our population continues to age there will be more people with various forms of dementia because the longer we live the greater our risk for dementia. See some facts about Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is not curable and the fatality rate is 100%.


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Blood Moon

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I enjoyed watching the eclipse on Sunday. It was also a blood moon and a super moon. I just had to bring my camera and get some photos.  The first photo is actually a couple of my photos combined because I did not quite get what I wanted but I have photoshop so it really doesn’t matter as long as I have some pictures to combine.

The photos I combined may or may not have been taken on Sunday but they were taken and that is all that matters because like I already said I have photo editing software. The second photo is just one photo, straight out of camera resized and watermarked.


2015 Blood moon

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Home Improvement

Carbon Monoxide alarm

Welcome to October. In just 14 short days the heating season will start and with it an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Several years ago a co-worker of mine lost two of his grandchildren to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Such a simple Minnesota law:



Subdivision 1. Generally. Every single family dwelling and every dwelling unit in a multifamily dwelling must have an approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within ten feet of each room lawfully used for sleeping purposes.[Minnesota safety council]

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in all Minnesota homes. They must be installed which can be as simple as plugging it in or using double faced tape and putting it on the wall or ceiling or using tools and screws and stuff.

When it is time to sell a home there is no requirement that the seller provide a carbon monoxide alarm but some loan programs require smoke detectors and C02 detectors be present prior to loan approval.

If you own a home or live in a home and do not have a carbon monoxide alarm get one today. I have seen them at home improvement stores for less than $20.

Carbon Monoxide is colorless and odorless and people die of carbon monoxide poisoning . . hence the law.

First Time Home Buyers

Recognizing a bargain

treesPeople, especially first time home buyers like a bargain, yet people don’t always recognize bargains when they see one. A home that is in perfect condition and newly remodeled in the neighborhood with the highest home values might be a bargain if it is priced lower than other similar homes on the market but it isn’t as much of a bargain as the home in the neighborhood right next to the most expensive neighborhood.

The home that needs a little paint and the removal of some old carpet over hardwood floors. Occasionally I see houses that I like to call Grandma’s house. They are often in excellent repair and have had the same owner for decades. The elderly owner had not redecorated in twenty years.

The home buyers that get the bargains can look beyond the cosmetics and imagine the house as a home after some painting and sanding and maybe some wallpaper and carpet removal. Can you recognize a bargain?

This type of home can be a bargain and a great way to build equity in any neighborhood. There are some bargains out there and fall is a good time to find them because there are more home buyers out looking in the spring and the home sellers who list their homes in the fall are motivated to sell.

I love bargain hunting.


Teresa Boardman
Realtor®, MN,
Licensed Broker
Boardman Realty

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