Open House in Columbia Heights/Non MLS listing

August 5th, 2016

Come to the open house at 3922 Arthur Street in Columbia Heights on Saturday the 6th from 3-5 to see this great home before its sold.   This is a three bedroom, 2 bath hone with a 2 car garage modestly priced at $165,000.   This home has an updated kitchen and bath and features hardwood floors.   It has 1212 finished square feet and was built in 1956.   It has a big 300 x 50 lot and is in a quiet, family friendly area.   The roof is new and the home is very well taken care of.

This home is not listed on the MLS, so come down to see what others may be missing for your opportunity at a hidden gem.   Contact open house house Buck Doheny of Keller Williams Realty with questions at 612-803-2718.

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New listing in South Minneapolis! 5812 11th Ave S

July 8th, 2016

5812 11th Ave S. offered at $310,000

Be the first to see this new listing in a great family neighborhood.   5812 11th Ave S has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  It has 1832 finished square feet and is move in ready.   Offered at $310,000, it won’t last long.

This home features sparkling hardwood floors as well as a working fireplace and a fireplace with a gas insert in the basement.   A fireplace in the backyard as well will make you the envy of the neighbors.   The sunroom is the real gem of this home as you will enjoy reading and entertaining in a sunroom which is a rare find in the city.   Both the basement and the upper level offer ample headroom which can often be an issue on older homes in the city.   This home is move in ready and has many flowers in both the front in back.  You will certainly enjoy being outside in this quiet, family friendly area.

This is one of the finest neighborhoods in South Minneapolis with plenty of activities that are footsteps away.   Only a few blocks from Lake Nokomis with its beach, bike trails, fishing, and boating.   Diamond Lake is only a few blocks further in the other direction.   Minnehaha Creek with it’s world class bike trail is a mile away.

Contact G.P. “Buck” Doheny of Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes to hear more details or to set up a private showing.

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Electrical Advice

June 7th, 2016

GFCI and AFCI are specialized electrical safety devices with very different purposes. Let’s take a look at how each is used in the home as well as how they work.

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is an inexpensive device that is designed to protect people from electrical shock in the home. GFCI receptacles should be installed in any area with potential risk for electrical shot with a direct path to the ground, especially areas with plumbing. These are commonly installed in bathrooms, along kitchen counters, in garages, unfinished basements, outdoor outlets and near swimming pools and spas. A GFCI monitors the electrical current leaving from and returning to the receptacle, which should be the same. If there is a mismatch in the currents, the GFCI will shut off the receptacle immediately, protecting people from serious electrical shock.

GFCIs have various configurations, including the standard GFCI receptacle with “test” and “reset” buttons. Homeowners should test these monthly to ensure proper operation. If the GFCI fails to trip or can’t be reset, it should be replaced. There are also remote GFCIs, which protect standard receptacles in the circuit. These should always have a visible label indicating GFCI protection, because there is no way to tell just by looking that it is or isn’t protected. Another option is a GFCI breaker, which is installed at the electrical panel and protects the entire circuit. These can be identified by the presence of test and reset buttons.

An arc fault circuit interrupter, or AFCI, is designed to prevent electrical fires in the home. This is a relatively new type of circuit breaker that detects arcing in an electrical circuit, shutting down the affected circuit before it causes a fire. Arcing can be caused if an electrical cable is punctured or cut by something as simple as hammering a nail into a wall. Other potential causes of arcing include frayed extension cords, loose electrical connections, and old and/or cracked insulation on electrical wires and cables.

An AFCI breaker fits into the electrical panel in place of a standard circuit breaker. AFCI breakers are much larger than standard breakers and have a test button. They may not be available for older electrical panels, so retrofitting with AFCI breakers is not always possible. In addition, old wiring may have been subjected to years of poorly-executed modifications, which AFCIs may or may not compensate for. It is always best to check with a qualified electrician who can assess your panel and electrical components before making the decision to install AFCI breakers.

5840 Rhode Island Ave N./Coming Soon!!

May 2nd, 2016

5840 Rhode Island Ave N., Crystal MN 55428

This charming home will be coming to the market soon.  It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a 1 car garage.   It is in great shape and has many new updates.   In a great neighborhood in Crystal surrounded by neighboring homes that show the owners have taken great care.   This home will be priced at $139,900 and is PERFECT for the first time home buyer who wants to keep their payments down.

Contact Buck Doheny of Keller Williams for a private showing at 612-803-2718.

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5600 44th Ave. Coming to the market soon

May 2nd, 2016

Pre Listing in South Minneapolis

Great home in a great neighborhood.   Near Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Minnehaha Creek, several parks and tennis courts.   Home has easy access to the Highways and a short trip to downtown or the airport.   This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home is in great shape.   It has a large 2.5 car garage and a large corner lot.   The backyard is fully fenced in and is larger than most.

The home has a newer furnace, central air unit and water heater.   It features hardwood floors and a large eat in kitchen.   Enough room in both the basement and upper level to add a bathroom.   One of the best areas in South Minneapolis.

Contact Buck Doheny of Keller Williams Realty for a private showing at 612-803-2718.

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1790 Selby Ave. Open House

January 25th, 2016

Come see this great home in a wonderful family neighborhood in St. Paul.   1790 Selby Ave is open on Saturday the 30th from 12-2.   This 3 bedroom/1 bath home is brimming with character.  It is move in ready but still has potential to add value.   The basement is ready to be finished with its seven foot ceilings.   the huge mudroom next to the kitchen makes for a great expansion possibility for an already large kitchen or add a bathroom.   Natural woodwork and hardwood floors make this home a true classic.

This home is located in a great walkable neighborhood in St. Paul conveniently located between both downtowns with easy access to the freeway.  Shops, eateries and parks nearby make this neighborhood everything you are looking for in the city.   The home features a sunroom upstairs and an office.   You’ll be excited to meet your new neighbors in this up and coming area.

Contact Buck Doheny of Keller Williams with questions at 612-803-2718

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New Listing in St. Paul. 1790 Selby Ave

December 30th, 2015

Come to the open house at this great new listing in St. Paul at 1790 Selby Ave.   Open House will be held Saturday January 2nd and Sunday January 3rd from 1-3 both days.   This is a fantastic 3 bedroom/1 bath home with character and charm.   Natural woodwork abounds in this home that features hardwood floors and a front porch.   The home is in impeccable condition and is brimming with possibilities as there is a huge mudroom next to the kitchen if you care to expand it.   There are seven foot ceilings in the basement, so bring your finishing ideas.

This is a great, walkable neighborhood with many shops and eateries nearby.   Walk to the park and bring your kids in this safe, family neighborhood.   This home is in turn key condition so you can move in and enjoy.   Although there is no garage, plans for a two car garage in the back have been approved by the city. You will be sure to be impressed with this home when you pull up and it is in superior condition.   Home is offered at $209,900.

For more questions or to set up a private showing call Buck Doheny of Keller Williams at 612-803-2718.

Wonderful home for you to move in and enjoy

Wonderful home for you to move in and enjoy

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

October 27th, 2015

Here are some handy tips for keeping your home in tune this fall.

Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior door and window frames. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and may eventually cause structural damage and mold problems.

Look up: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Upcoming winter weather can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. It’s best to have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, but you can do a preliminary survey from the ground using binoculars.

Clear it out: Clear gutters and eaves troughs of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Consider installing leaf guards if your gutters can accommodate them – they are real time savers and can prevent damage from clogged gutters. Check the joints between sections of gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary adjustments to tighten them.

No hose: In climates with freezing weather, drain garden hoses and store indoors to protect them from the elements. Shut off outdoor faucets and make sure exterior pipes are drained of water. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and burst, causing leaks and water damage.

Warm up time: Have the furnace inspected to ensure it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide no-cost inspections, but there can often be a long waiting list come fall and winter. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a clean filter will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving you money and energy.

Light that fire: If you enjoy the crackle of the fireplace on a chilly fall evening, have the firebox and chimney cleaned before using it this season. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up to dangerous levels and cause a serious chimney fire if not removed.

For more questions about this or any other real estate topic, call Buck Doheny of Keller Williams at 612-803-2718

 

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How to winterize your vacant home

October 21st, 2015

Here are some tips on the best way to winterize your vacant home

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter it needs regular care and attention. When a home is occupied, many of the things that are necessary to keep it in good working order happen by default. But when the home is vacant, it is up to the owner or the property manager to prepare it from freezing temperatures and other winter risks.

The worst risk comes from bursting pipes, which can lead to water damage that can significantly impact the value of the home. Left alone, water can ruin everything it touches – walls, floors, electrical systems, etc. It can even damage the foundation. Other risks exist as well, such as pest infiltration, which can leave nasty surprises for the homeowner.

Taken together, the dangers of failing to winterize a home are too severe to ignore. Any real estate agent who has been involved with selling bank owned properties or vacant short sales can certainly tell you the necessity of knowing how to winterize a vacant home! In order to get an informed opinion on the subject we reached out to a well-known real estate agent in Westborough, Mass., Bill Gassett, who has been selling homes for nearly 30 years. Gassett runs a popular real estate blog known as Maximum Real Estate Exposure that offers numerous tips to buyers and sellers. Below he shares all of his tips for getting your place winterized.

When readying a vacant home for winter weather, there are several things you can do to prepare before freezing temperatures and other winter risks arrive. These include:

Bring in a plumber.

Hiring a professional plumber to winterize the pipes and water system in the home is extremely important if you want to avoid the incredibly expensive water damage that can occur from freezing pipes. The plumber can examine the entire system, inside and out, and then prepare it for freezing temperatures. The plumber will drain all areas where water is stored, like water heaters and hot tubs, and will use an air compressor to expel water from the pipes throughout the house. With the water removed, you do not have to keep the house heated to prevent freezing. The pipes are protected and you save money in utility costs.

Drain outdoor garden hoses.

Water hoses must be disconnected from the home and drained of water to prevent damage to both the hoses and the spigots where they attach to the house. Left undrained, the water inside will freeze and burst not only the hose, but often the spigot as well. If winter watering must be done to keep landscape plants alive, make sure the person who does the watering drains the hoses and disconnects them from the house after each use.

Close up all openings to the house.

To prevent animals and insects from entering the home for shelter, you will need to close up all openings throughout the house. These include dryer vents and the chimney.

Have the gutters cleaned and repaired if necessary.

Gutters must be free of debris and attached properly to the house to funnel water away from the roof, siding and foundation. When debris accumulates, the gutter may stop working properly. If enough water collects and a freeze hits, the weight of the ice can pull the gutter away from the home, damaging the siding and leading to potential ice hazards where water collects at the base of the house. If you live in a cold weather climate then you understand just how bad ice damning was last year. Knowing how to prevent ice dams is something every homeowner should have a grasp of. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a home including mold behind ceilings and walls that you may not be able to detect! Have the gutters cleaned periodically until all leaves have dropped from the trees, and make sure they are in good repair.

Remove anything touching the side of the house, such as leaves and firewood.

Water and insects can accumulate in firewood and debris, causing damage to the siding and leading to potential infestations. Keeping everything away from the house creates a safe barrier and prevents water damage. This includes shrubbery and other landscaping. Keep a minimum of a couple of feet to allow the home to breath.

Have trees trimmed over the home.

Remove any tree branches that may touch the house or hang too closely. Tree branches increase the leaves that accumulate in the gutter and can also break and fall on the house in a snow or ice storm. If you are negligent about keeping branches over your home it could lead to insurance denying your claim.

Use moth balls to keep insects out of the house.

Moth balls may smell unpleasant, but they are effective at keeping insects away. Use them anywhere you think insects may be a problem.

Talk to the gas company about disconnecting the gas supply.

A gas explosion can cause even more damage than frozen pipes. Let the gas company know the home is vacant and ask them to disconnect the gas supply to the home. Obviously if you are not living in the home this becomes important because if a gas leak were to form it would be too late for you to do anything about it. This is one of the major reasons why nearly all bank owned properties get winterized.

Make the home appear occupied at a glance.

It is better for potential buyers and discouraging to unwanted visitors if the home appears occupied. You can setup lights on timers and have the landscaping tended to periodically to keep things looking nice. If snow is an issue you can also have the driveway cleared. We provide a list of many tips on how to sell a home in the winter. This advice applies to both occupied and non-occupied homes. Keep in mind that if your home is on the market you are going to need to get it un-winterized with fairly short notice when the buyer schedules a home inspection. Buyers will want to be able to check the heating and plumbing systems and will not be able to do so if the home is winterized.

Hire a landscaper to perform a fall cleanup.

As the weather gets colder, plants will die and you will be left with a disheveled looking yard and landscape. It is beneficial for the sales process if you have someone come in and cleanup around the home after the first freeze or two, when most of the vegetation has died off. The landscaper can cut back any dead growth, rake up leaves and prepare plants for the winter.

Check on the home periodically.

An unoccupied home, even when the lights come on and the driveway is plowed, can be appealing to burglars and to squatters. It can also be a destination for kids in the neighborhood to come hang out for fun. The only people you want visiting are potential buyers, so you should maintain a schedule of visiting the home periodically to make sure it is being left alone and to discourage unwanted visitors.

Use of all these tips and your experience with winterizing a home should be a breeze!

If you have questions on winterizing your home, or any other real estate questions call Buck Doheny of Keller Williams at 612-803-2718

Some good ways to allergy proof your home

September 16th, 2015

by Courtney Soinski

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I have learned from personal experience that it doesn’t take much for my allergies to go haywire at home from the dust and dander that build up at supersonic speed. Admittedly, this is also thanks to a little basset hound/beagle mix by the name of Charlie Bronson getting hair everywhere, as cute as he may be! (picture on right)

Whether you have a pet or not, there is dust-free light at the end of the tunnel! You’re not alone, either – allergies affect more than 20% of Americans. In this post, we’ll go over specific ways to free your home of allergens so you and your family can finally breathe cleaner air. Here are some trusty guidelines to get the allergy proofing started.

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1. Lay down doormats.

In each entryway of your home, lay down two doormats – one on the inside and one on the outside. This helps prevent allergens from being tracked inside. Another alternative is to have your family and guests remove their shoes when they enter your home. Otherwise, allergens are just spread around.

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2. Upgrade your vacuum cleaner

If you don’t have one already, make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter. These are specifically made to trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Basically, they’ll be able to capture the majority of allergens.

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3. Replace air filters

Remember to always clean or replace the air filters in your heating or cooling system as often as required. You can refer to the manufacturers’ instructions regarding when to change them and how often.

4. Beware of mold

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Minimizing mold, especially in your bathroom, is one of the most effective ways to lessen allergens. With more than 100,000 species of mold in the world, the last thing you want is for your bathroom to turn into a war zone. Clean regularly and remind yourself to dry off surfaces that collect standing water. Also, it’s important that your bathroom has good ventilation. Every few years, you should replace any broken tiles and re-caulk sinks and tubs. This keep mold from growing behind the walls.

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5. Say bye-bye to drapes

Consider switching from curtains to blinds or shades because they hold much fewer allergens. However, if you insist on having drapes, make sure they’re machine washable since those are easier to keep dust-free.

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6. Get an air purifier filter

From cooking fumes and cleaning vapors to dust and pet dander, there are so many different types of particles that can pollute the air inside your home. Air purifiers can be very effective in helping reduce allergens in the air, but just make sure you stay away from those producing ozone. We recommend using one with a HEPA filter.

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7. Use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels

By investing in a hygrometer, you’ll discover the exact moisture levels in your home. Take a measurement in each room and if the reading is above 60 percent, you may consider using a dehumidifier. High humidity can lead to mold growth, so this is your best tactic to prevent that.

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8. Ditch the carpet

Carpet does a great job of trapping in countless allergens, so it’s a good idea to replace your carpeting with hardwood or linoleum flooring. If that’s not an option, use low-pile carpeting instead of high-pile. Be sure to vacuum at least once a week and shampoo your carpet frequently.

Source: Mayo Clinic, This Old House

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