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Feel The VIBE

We continue to hear the countless stories of neighbors helping neighbors, people starting fundraisers for those who have lost their jobs, and a collective call to support local independent businesses.

But this pandemic is also making us all isolated (literally and emotionally). So while many of us want to help by doing something, it can also be hard to know exactly what to do when we’re stuck at home. Turns out, there are many ways to help within our tight-knit community outside of donating blood or sewing masks (but if you're able help those ways, click here for more information). We’re looking a little closer to home and finding ways to contribute with impact in our own very own neighborhood, Cathedral Hill.

Join us in solidarity and show your

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Dear Clients,

In these unprecedented times, we’re thinking of you and your family and hoping you’re able to stay home and stay safe. If you’re an ‘essential needs’ worker, we’re especially grateful for your service and hope you’re equipped with everything you need to keep yourself as safe as possible. 

As you’re probably aware, real estate was deemed a “critical sector” in Governor Walz’ March 25 “Stay at Home” order. And, as real estate professionals, we know first-hand how vital housing is to our community and feel a sacred duty to be champions for those with critical housing needs. However, we believe the spirit of the governor’s order was to prevent additional hardship on already hard-hit Minnesotans to not prevent them from being able to

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While our team has been practicing social distancing, working from home, and adjusting to the new normal – we’ve been humbled to see the community come together during these times. We are grateful for everyone who, despite these turbulent waters, are riding the waves to help lift others up. It’s been touching to witness the human generosity, empathy, and outreach in our neighborhood and beyond. We applaud the businesses across Minnesota who are changing the way they operate to help in the fight against COVID-19 and wanted to share some of these acts of generosity and spread the word about ways that you can help. 

Giving Blood To Help With The Shortage

A great way to help is to give blood if you are healthy. The American Red Cross is now facing a

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Highland Park is a little slice of small town within the big city. This family-friendly southwest corner of Saint Paul offers something for everyone and has an abundance of quaint homes available on the market. Highland Park is filled with many types of single family homes, including everything from bungalows and ramblers to cape cods and tudor-style homes. Recreation is the name of the game in this 'hood with the beautiful Highland Golf Course, river trails, local parks, and all of the disc golfing you can fit into a day's time. In down-time, there's no shortage of spots to grab a bite or linger over a cup of coffee. Here's a few of our favorite stops in Highland Park below, and you can check out Highland Park Listings here.

 

Hidden Falls 

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Written by VIBE Co-Founder, Steve Anderson

 

During my five-plus years in real estate, I have had the good fortune of not having to work through a significant economic downturn. One thing I get all of the time is, "boy, it must be a great time to be working in real estate". While I do tend to agree with that statement, it's mainly because I simply love what I do. The reality, when it comes to the market, is that I would welcome a more balanced market with open arms. Yes, houses are selling for more money than they have in the past, and it's a wonderful phone call to make when I get to tell my seller when they have a line of people waiting to pay over asking price for their home. But the reality for all but one of those buyers in line? Another…
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At VIBE, we believe in community, human interaction, and good design. We had these three concepts in mind when working on the VIBE space to make it a comfortable and inviting hangout. We favor connections over transactions and believe that a real estate office shouldn't just be a place for business conduction. Say goodbye to cubicles and fluorescent lighting - our team has reimagined the world of real estate. Our agents want our clients to feel inspired, elevated, and as if they are having a positive experience outside of the industry norm. From comfortable furniture to complimentary refreshments and local craft beer on tap - hospitality is evident here, so pull up a seat.

Our offices weren't only designed for meetings - we

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Meet Stephanie Russell - our newest agent at VIBE!

Stephanie has been active in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She loves representing buyers and sellers, works on rehabs with her husband and also helps manage rental properties. Always in the “solutions business”, Stephanie is great at addressing challenges that often arise in the industry. We're thrilled to have her join us!

Learn more about her by visiting her profile here.

Stephanie Russell Kahle | 612.868.7444 | stephanie@vibemn.com

 

A Note From Stephanie:

"I took a little break from Real Estate to be more present with my kids and when I came back, I knew that I wasn't keen on joining a big agency again. A friend recommended I check out VIBE, and I’m so

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At VIBE, we're admirers of good design and a powerful space with bold taste, so we're on the look out for what's to come in the interior world. We're reaching a time where anything goes, and we're calling it 'freedom of design.' Signature looks of 2019 and the early aughts like accent walls and all-white kitchens won't disappear entirely, they will certainly evolve in time. While we're constantly checking out staged homes, scrolling instagram, and staying inspired - here's what we're finding is happening IRL... 

Photo inspo via @CB2 

Color Is The New Neutral

For all of you who love a good splash of color - this is your chance to shine, literally. Deep colors, bold hues, and jewel tones. All you have to do to be convinced is open up the latest

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Meet Paige Kahle - our newest agent at VIBE!

Prior to joining the VIBE Team in January 2020, Paige was a Realtor for 15 years with Edina Realty on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. “What I enjoy most about real estate is that every day is different - each house is different; each client is unique; and each transaction presents its own opportunities and challenges.” says Paige. We're thrilled to have her join us!

Learn more about her by visiting her profile here.

Paige Kahle | 651.308.2754 | paige@vibemn.com

 

A Note From Paige:

Having spent my entire real estate career with the same brokerage, I was ready for a change. I did not know exactly what that was going to look like until I walked into VIBE Realty for a closing. The VIBE

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We're officially riding out the first quarter of 2020, and with a new year under our belts, we're wondering what that could mean for the real estate market. With this year being a year for a strong job market (unemployment is at a 50-year low) and mortgage interest rates also hitting an all-time low (well below historical norms), we’re thinking this could bring us some sustainability. According to The Washington Post, experts are predicting that the market will move sideways rather than up or down - resulting in a moderate growth rate. While a strong job market and low interest rates can result in sustainable real estate, there is a scarcity in housing not only in Minnesota, but also across the nation as a whole, giving us limited inventory for 2020.

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