You might be from St. Paul if . .

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. You might be from St. Paul and I should add that you are probably also over 50 if your reaction to this picture is:

What have you done to Dayton’s?

Dayton’s – After

This old Saintpaulite will always cal the building Dayton’s even though Dayton’s has not been Dayton’s for a long time and has been renamed  “Treasure Island Center” and will have a practice ice rink for the Minnesota Wild, an orthopedic clinic, a brewpub and other retail and office space.

I am very pleased that they kept some of the old brick. I will probably always refer to the building as Dayton’s.

Before renovation


Downtown Condos take longer to sell

The downtown condo market has mostly recovered from the housing market crash and great recession. Distressed condos were bought by investors who rented them out. I have sold a few condos that were owned by investors and are now owner occupied. There is a lot more downtown than there was during the recession, especially more luxury rentals.

It takes longer to sell a condo in St. Paul than it does to sell other types of homes. An average of 40 days to sell a condo anywhere is the city,  vs. 25 days to sell a fee standing type single family home and  it takes an average of 44 days to sell a downtown condo.

months supply
Months supply of condos

There is a 3.4 month supply of condos on the market downtown. The average sale price is around $211k. Right now there are 57 units on the market which is about the same as September 2016.

People who do not know downtown should tour several condo buildings before deciding where to live.

An example of marketing

fresh salsa

I found this display at the Farmer’s market. It stood out from the average stall featuring the same fresh produce.

Marketing a home is a bit different than marketing produce but there are some similarities too.

The artistic display is created by staging, the home is photographed by a professional and words are included with the pictures on the internet. The home stands out.

Real estate agents like to use the word “fabulous”, I think I like the word “amazing” better.

This grower knows how to market produce. A trip to the Saint Paul Farmer’s market can be educational.

Dangerous invasive species in our neighborhoods

House cat – in the house

Cats roam free in my neighborhood and they make little cats too. There are people who believe that it is alright to let their cat roam free and that cats are outdoor pets.

The house cat has long been listed among the 100 most dangerous invasive species. They kill millions of birds and other small animals each year to the point of extinction. A cat is a pet when kept inside but once when outside it is a heartless killer.

“If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy [wildlife management institute]

There was a study that shows that they only bring home about 25% of what they kill. They eat some of what they kill but they leave a lot of it where they killed it.

Being a free range cat in St. Paul is not good for the cat either. Here are some statistics for St. Paul:

200 cats are killed annually in traffic

Life expectancy of a cat allowed to roam is only three to four years

Confined cats can live beyond 14 years

Over 1,200 cats are picked up each year by animal control

Roaming cats may be a nuisance by urinating and defecating in sandboxes and gardens

Outdoor cats are susceptible to injury or death from other predatory animals

Outdoor cats are predators to wildlife such as birds