• Friday fun
  • Fall is always fun

    Maple Leaves
    Maple Leaves

    It is Friday and Fridays are for run. I had a lot of fun last weekend attending Camp CoCo near Finland MN, way up North on the shores of Lake Superior. It was an amazing weekend in the woods, and I feel recharged, which is good because I needed a break from my regular routine.

    The woods and the lake and the quiet have a kind of restorative power. This is a great time of year to get out and go on a hike.  Sunday is supposed to be the nicest day of the weekend. You won’t need to go far to see some fall colors. The photo was taken yesterday in the city.

  • Local Market Conditions & home prices
  • St. Paul Home Prices by Neighborhood

    September 2016 numbers

    Here are some September numbers as promised. I had planned on publishing them on Tuesday moments before an operating system up grade rendered my computer unusable. Ultimately the hard drive had to be reformatted. I do not need a computer to publish the numbers but I need one to create the chart because I need to import data from the MLS.

    The chart represents most of the home sales in St. Paul during the month of September 2016. Home prices often go down slightly as we move into fall and winter. The inventory of homes on the market is still very low but has gone up a little because more homes came on the market and purchases were about the same as last month.

    All data used to create the chart was taken from the NorthstarMLS which is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The data covers most of the home sales in St. Paul.

    For more local data please see Local Market Conditions & Home Prices If you would like your home sale or purchase included in next months data, contact me today.

  • Boardman Realty
  • Fall is a better time to get a real estate license

    Fall Leaves

    Every Spring I get calls from people asking me how to get a Minnesota real estate license. I guess the job looks the best in the Spring when for sale signs sprout up all over and home buyers excitedly go from open house to open house.

    Right now is a better time to get that license. The Spring home sales season starts in about January and the holiday season is a great time for a new agent to prospect.

    It takes less than a month to get a real estate sales persons license in Minnesota and it should cost less than $1000.

    The skills that are needed to be a successful real estate agent include: tenacity, patience, problem solving skills, people skills, communication skills, imagination, ability to use modern technology and a great sense of humor. It helps to have some money in the bank too because most real estate agents are independent contractors who are paid on a 100% commission basis and only after a sale closes.

  • General
  • The water off time of year

    Irvine Park Fountain

    The fountain in Irvine park has been turned off for the season but they will fire it up again in the spring.

    Heating season officially begins this Saturday, October 15th. . If that hasn’t happened already it will happen soon.

    If you have a home with an outdoor spigot you might what to turn off the water to it this weekend. Disconnect the hose, turn off the water from the inside of your home and then go outside and open the spigot.

    I usually turn our water off the first week in November. Usually a hard frost or two will not do any damage to the spigot or faucet.


  • Local Market Conditions & home prices
  • Numbers for St. Paul Real Estate

    Average home sale prices

    I’ll be publishing numbers this week and thought I would kick it off with an average. I have to say I am surprised that the average home sale price was lower in September of 2016 than it was in September 2015.  On the other hand prices usually do not go up between August and September like they did last year.

    The data used to make the chart came from the Northstar MLS. The data is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.