We got a bill from the city of St. Paul for $430+ dollars for seal coating the street. That amount was just our share. Seal coating must be very expensive. The city returned the money and said we should ignore the bill because our street wasn’t seal coated in 2019. We knew that.
The city does have a handy seal coating map. If they stay on schedule we can look forward to sending them a check at the end of the year. 2020 seal coating rates have not yet been set. I am thinking they will be higher rather than lower.
If you would like more information about the city seal coating program type “St. Paul seal coating program” into Google search. I would include a link but like most government entities the city frequently moves pages around so that I end up with broken links.
Here are some of the features home buyers are looking for according to a survey the National Association of Home Builders. The good news is most of them can be added to any existing home. A walk-in pantry might be a challenge but several items on the list are easy to do.
Energy Star–rated windows
Kitchen double sink
New construction in the five-county metro area costs an average of 610,000. The most expensive item on the list is the laundry room. The average cost of adding a laundry room is about $6000.
New homes built in the five-county metro area in 2019 had 3.57 bedrooms, 3.19 baths and an average of 2725 square feet of finished living space. Almost twice as big as my little antique St. Paul home with the unfinished basement where there is plenty of space for a laundry room.
Right now there is about a two month supply of homes for sale in St. Paul. We have been bouncing back and forth between a one month and two-month supply for a few years now.
A six month supply is considered a balanced market that doesn’t favor buyers or sellers. A two month supply is a strong seller’s market. The last time we had a balanced market in St. Paul was back in January of 2012 with a six month supply of homes for sale. The last buyer’s market was in April of 2011 when there was a 7-month supply of homes for sale.
In Wahington county, there is a five-month supply of homes for sale. That is a little closer to a balanced market. Dakota County has a one month supply of homes for sale.
The data used to make the chart is from the NorthstarMLS which is deemed reliable but not gauranteed.
Just in case you missed it here are some pictures from the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Grand Day Parade. It was above freezing which is about 50 degrees warmer than usual. Most of the pictures were taken at Grand and West 7th.
It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. . . and so is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival which will be in full swing this weekend. The grand day parade is on Saturday at 2:00 PM starting at Smith and West 7th and ending at Rice Park.
This year will be a little different than past years because it will be warm enough to go outside. For a complete list of events visit the winter carnival website.