Blaine Real Estate Blog- Kris Lindahl for RE/MAX Results

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What good does it do to have a view of the winter wonderland outside of your home’s windows if you can’t see it for all the fog on the glass? It’s frustrating, but it’s a fact of life here in Minnesota when the heat goes on inside the home and the air outside is frosty. There is a way, however, to help you see clearly. Read on.

What causes it?

Condensation occurs with the combination of moisture and temperature. The moisture in this case is the humidity inside the home. Air can only hold so much moisture, and the amount is can hold depends on the air temperature. “When air at a certain temperature contains all the vapor it can hold, it's said to be ‘saturated’, which means a relative humidity of 100 percent. When it holds only half the water

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As we put the 2015 Blaine real estate market to bed it’s interesting to look back and see exactly what went on. So, let’s take a look at what happened last month in the Blaine real estate market and how we fared for 2015.

Remember, our local MLS releases its market statistics a month behind, so although these statistics are from December, 2015, they are considered the most recent numbers. But we do now have the full year’s picture to take a look at.

New Listings in Blaine

Last month we congratulated and heartily thanked Blaine homeowners for finally deciding to sell. After all, new listings were up for the month, about 19 percent. December saw a decrease of 13 percent fewer listings than December of 2014 so no congratulations for you this

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Our little town has some big BIG fun during the rest of January and into February. Check out these events.

Say hello to Date Night in Blaine!

Remember date nights? They become even more important to your relationships with the addition of kids. Scheduling time alone is usually challenging, but not if you live in Blaine. Victory Links has come to the rescue by offering Parent’s Night Out every Friday night, starting this Friday, the 22nd.

Drop off your budding Tiger Woods or Annika Sörenstam to receive instruction, practice his or her golf game and have some fun with other activities. This program happens every Friday night and it’s for kids age 8 and older. It’s is a bit pricey, however, at $44 a session. Hours are 5:30 p.m. until 10

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Home Testing

January is National Radon Action Month. Doesn’t sound very exciting, we agree, but it is worth noting. Why? Because radon is dangerous, especially when it’s in your home.

So, what’s radon and why should I care?

Did you know that the local gas company puts that stinky odor in the natural gas supply? Natural gas has no odor so they odorize it so we can be alerted if there’s a leak. Radon gas is odorless as well but nobody’s found a way yet to add a stink to it, which makes it quite dangerous.

Radon is radioactive. Got your attention with that one, didn’t we? The awful fact about radon gas is that it’s the number one cause of lung cancer in folks who don’t smoke cigarettes. So, just as you wouldn’t dream of allowing someone to light one up in

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Crunching the Blaine real estate market numbers at the year’s end is always interesting. We now have an almost 12-month trend to look at and we can clearly see what happened and where we might be headed in 2016. Of course, the Feds are talking about raising interest rates again throughout 2016 which will naturally change everything. But, let’s take a look at what happened last month in the Blaine real estate market and how we fared for 2015.

Remember, our local MLS releases its market statistics a month behind, so although these statistics are from November, 2015, they are considered the most recent numbers. We won’t have the full 12-month picture from 2015 until mid-January 2016.

New Listings in Blaine

Hey, Blaine homeowners – thanks for

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Holiday Buying Season

So, it’ a new home you’re hoping for this holiday season? Since you aren’t likely to find it under the tree this week you’ll need to get out and do some serious shopping. Sure, it’s easier to find a home in spring and summer but buying a home in Blaine during the holidays isn’t impossible.

Competition is low

The winter months in Blaine don’t hold the volume of buyers that you’ll find in the spring and summer markets so you’ll have less competition for the homes that are for sale. Less competition means fewer multiple offer situations as well – more good news. This doesn’t mean, however, that you’ll get an amazing bargain on a home. Studies show that homes sold in the winter sell quicker and typically for more money than those sold during other

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Although the holidays are consuming most of our attention we still have at least one ear out for the latest news from around Blaine. Read on to find out what’s happening.

Craft breweries in Blaine?

Hey who knows? This could turn into a cottage industry for our city. According to ABC Newspapers’ staff writer Eric Hagen, a group of investors got the city council’s nod to build a craft brewery with an attached taproom adjacent to the NSC. Maybe we should call it “half a nod,” since it’s not a done deal yet.

The group plans on using most of the 7,500-square-foot facility to craft their beers to sell to other businesses but there will be space set aside for a taproom and restaurant that seats up to 250 customers. Oh, and an outdoor patio too! We

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There has been lots of fun news from Blaine and around the Twin Cities in the past couple of weeks. Since it’s Monday, and I think we can all use some fun to counteract that fact, let’s dive in.

Santa’s flight crew lives in St. Paul

We’ll bet you didn’t know that, but it’s true, at least according to Animal Planet. They have the video to prove it (and some pretty annoying ads as well). It’s the live reindeer cam feed direct from the Como Zoo in St. Paul. Unless they’re scratching their antlers against a tree they really aren’t all that exciting to watch but the kids might get a kick out of it.

Santa occasionally sneaks in to feed the crew and go over their flight itinerary so you and the kids can check out those live-feed visits on December

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And, in the blink of an eye, November 2015 is just about history. Amazingly, before you know it, the year will be over as well. Until then, however, the Lindahl Team has put together this handy list of December events to help you wring out every last drop of 2015 fun.

Holiday Concert in Blaine

Wow - A free event for the whole family! Get to Blaine City Hall’s Atrium by 7 p.m. tomorrow and plan on staying for about an hour to enjoy the Lake City Chorus of Sweet Adelines joined by the North Star Men’s Chorus. Coffee and cookies will be available. City Hall is located at 10801 Town Square Drive Northeast in Blaine.

23rd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show

Ice fisher-people and winter sports aficionados will love this year’s

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When it comes to the housing market, Baby Boomers rule. They are the ones that kept it afloat during the recovery and they are the ones that have fueled the latest boom. Sure, the real estate industry likes to talk “Millennials” all the time, but there’s no getting around the fact that Boomers make up 31 percent of today’s homebuyers and 43 percent of sellers.

If you count yourself among this huge generation and you plan on either buying or selling a home in Blaine, read on for a few things to consider before doing either – or both.

1. Your current home

Whatcha gonna do with it? You have a few choices here. You can rent it out or sell it. If you choose the latter you’ll have additional choices to make. Will you buy the new house first or sell

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