• General
  • Back to small business sales

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    Maple leaves

    School starts in a couple of weeks. There are a lot of sales and it is a great time to buy office supplies, computers, small electronics, bedding and other household items. I took advantage of the “college” section in one store and scored a pretty nice toaster and a new crockpot. Both were on sale. August seems to be the best time for sales on items that might be used in a dorm room.

    September is the month for buying office supplies. My business is fairly paperless but I do use some office supplies and this is the time of year that I stock up for the whole year. I’ll buy paper, pens, notebooks, folders and art supplies.

    Sometime between September and November I’ll be replacing my decade old laser printer with something smaller and wireless too.

    My own offspring are beyond school age . . which means I have money.

  • Local Market Conditions & home prices
  • The hot neighborhood graph

    chart of days on market

    I am not sure how to measure neighborhood hotness but it is a thing. People want to know which is the hottest, best or most desirable neighborhood.  There really isn’t such a thing as a best neighborhood but there is supply and demand. The chart I made has the average cumulative days on market (how long it takes to sell a house)

    Homes sell the fastest, followed by Summit Hill and Frog town comes in third place.

    Cumulative days on market represents how many days a home was on the market during the year. If the home is put on the market and then taken off and then put back on cumulative days counts all of the days.

  • Neighborhoods
  • A history

    Mississippi River in St. Paul

    My mother wrote this. She grew up in St. Paul on University Avenue near Marion street and apparently my Grandmother who was born in the early 1900’s lived near the river until the family accumulated enough wealth to move to higher ground.

    “The Mississippi River is an important part of my heritage.. My great-grandparents, Jean Baptiste and Louise St. Aubin, came to St. Paul from Montreal, Canada, in 1853 and settled in a house on the south side of the Mississippi River, a neighborhood known as the West Side Flats.

    South of the flats, the woods crept up the steep incline of Cherokee Heights where the wealthy looked down at the struggling immigrant community. Across the river the fledgling city struggled to keep pace with the surge of new immigrants from Canada, Ireland and Germany. Railroad tracks converged from north and south on the river bank, and the clatter of locomotives blended with the horns of river boats.

    My mother told many stories about life on the river. Some years the river exploded in foaming white fury against the shanties at Lilydale, tore through the homes of Italian immigrants on the Levee, crept into basements and turned yards into ponds. When they had fought the river for enough years and saved enough money, the St. Aubins moved to higher ground–Cherokee Heights, Frogtown, and houses up the hill east and west of Robert Street., but their stories of life near the river were passed on through generations.”

  • For Home Sellers
  • sellers don’t let strangers in

    door (2)If you have a for sale sign in front of your house and you see someone walking around outside and looking at it that doesn’t necessarily mean they are interested in buying it. They may even knock on the door and ask for a tour but that doesn’t mean they are interested in buying the place.

    Please don’t let people into your home to see it. Give them your agent’s business card or point to the sign. They may act as though you passed on a great opportunity to sell your house but I can tell you from experience the people who are really interested and qualified to buy will come back for a look with their agent.

    There are all sorts of reasons someone might want to get into your house or take a closer look at the outside of it that have absolutely nothing to do with buying it. I am always surprised at how a for sale sign will embolden some folks and how they can cause homeowners to suddenly trust everyone who givens the house a second glance.