Monthly Archives: June 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Stone

Timothy and Rena Stone, Burlington, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

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Sun chain emerges from bankruptcy cutting staff, possibly papers

Sun chain emerges from bankruptcy cutting staff, possibly papers Published Mon, Jun 29 2009 12:30 pm Friday was the first day of the rest of Minnesota Sun Newspapers’ life, which meant the end of more careers and probably some of the suburban chain’s stand-alone weeklies.

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Taking Twitter Around the Block-Literally

I’ve been writing a lot about Twitter and Flickr of late, as they are both online services that save me a lot of time in my blogging. But, they… Continue reading

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Ryan Brown, Star of Bravo TV’s Flipping Out, Talks About How to Stage a Short Sale

I went to the pros to get advice on how to stage a short sale.



Ryan Brown is a principal of Brown Design, a Los-Angeles-based interior design and residential firm. But fans of Bravo TV will know him from the show, Flipping Out, which sports a colorful cast of characters who are turning over million-dollar renovations in southern California.

I asked Ryan Brown for his advice on staging a short sale, primarily because many short sale sellers can’t afford or don’t want to pay for a professional home stager. Besides, many home sellers want to know how to stage a home on a budget, even that home isn’t a short sale. I figured that Ryan might be willing to disclose insider secrets, and I was right. Ryan has a keen eye for design and shared some great money-saving tips

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10 Minnesotans Drafted On 2nd Day

Ten Minnesota natives were selected on the second day of the NHL draft. Right wing Zach Budish of Edina was the first Minnesotan off the board.

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Ramstad is toying with run for governor

U.S. Representive Jim Ramstad, R-Minn, announced Monday at a press conference in Minnetonka, MN, that he will not seek a 10th term.

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Target Marketing – Homeless Shelters for Buyers

Sorry, couldn’t pass this one up. I can’t use their image, and it is the whole story, so go on over to the Real-Ad-Tors blog to see the… Continue reading

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How to Qualify Your Real Estate Agent

With so many real estate agents vying for your business, it’s tough to evaluate agent interview answers if you don’t know what they mean.



Knowing which questions to ask a real estate agent during an interview is one thing. But figuring out how to evaluate the answers you receive is an entirely different matter. For example, say a listing agent you are interviewing tells you that her 2009 statistics show a 99.7% sales-to-list price ratio. What does that mean, and why do you care?

If youÂ’re a seller, you care deeply because it says the agent prices her properties right and sheÂ’s aggressive at demanding her sellers get full price without concessions. Besides, last year was a slow market in many parts of the country, and many homes werenÂ’t selling at all; so 99.7% is a fabulous ratio for last year as a listing agent.

However, if you are a buyer, it gets trickier. Because in some buyer’s markets like Sacramento, for example, prices have been increasing in certain price ranges due to heavy demand. Multiple offers are the norm, and listing agents are pricing homes low. So a buyer’s agent might have a ratio of 110%, but it’s not a poor reflection on that agent. The better question might be how many buyers have closed escrow this year with that agent? Because some buyers are losing out on every deal they write on

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Maryanna Massey to Be Profiled in Exclusive Registry

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 20, 2009 /Cambridge Who’s Who/ — Maryanna Massey, Certified Therapeutic Coach, CTC , has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology.

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Franken, Coleman both win race for well-off supporters

They may be comedians, but many of Al Frankena TMs friends have been deadly serious this year in coughing up big bucks to help their pal Al emerge victorious in Minnesotaa TMs ongoing U.S. Senate race.

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