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You know, we have been doing the market recap every month for over two years now. You'd think that after a while it would start to feel monotonous, but for me, every month is like having a new ride to try at Valley Fair, and you just never know what you're going to get until you strap in. And yes, I am one of the people that stands in the long line at the front of the rollercoaster seeking that little extra bit of thrill.

Whatever publication you get your news from, there's about a 100% chance you've stumbled upon a few articles related to the economy and whether it's affecting the housing market. Well, we won't be solving that entire mystery today, but the good news is that tracking real estate data is something we do quite well. So, let's break it…

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Uptown is centered at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and West Lake Street and has long been a hip neighborhood of Minneapolis. A staple area for decades, it was famously written about by Prince. It has traditionally spanned the corners of four neighborhoods, Lowry Hill East, East Bde Maka Ska, South Uptown and East Isles neighborhoods, which are all within the Calhoun Isles community. Throughout the many changes over time, this area is still full of buzzy gastropubs, bistros, stores and boutiques. Known for its classic Uptown Theater on Hennepin and being near walking and cycling paths encircling Lake Bde Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles, this area has plenty to do.


Sookie & Mimi

One of the most recent additions to Uptown, Sookie & Mimi is an…

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VIBE Realty will be back at Loring Park this year celebrating PRIDE all weekend long! We have so many fun activities in store for the booth, including button-making and a rainbow YETI cooler giveaway! So be sure to stop by the booth, make a button, and say hey! to the VIBE Crew - we'll be at booth "

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Rinse and Repeat...but with a twist?

At first glance, May of '22 is looking like a repeat of last year, with many of the numbers coming in very similar to last spring. However, there are a few signs that we may be shifting gears a bit in this ever changing Twin Cities real estate market. Read on for a breakdown of each category, and our thoughts on where things might be headed.

Let's start by looking at the Average Sale Price, which landed at just under $436k ($435,944 to be exact). Once again, this is officially the highest we have ever seen on record, and was the fourth month of continuous growth. The Median Price also grew to its highest level, landing at $375k. These two metrics are the most different of any from last year due to prices rising…

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Think of your home’s exterior like the cover of a book (yes, cheesy we know!), but the exterior and its condition set the stage for what’s inside the home. Whether you’re interested in selling this year, or just want to make some improvements for your own enjoyment, boosting your home’s curb appeal is often an easy and generally inexpensive way to make your home look nicer and perhaps even add some value!

Love your lawn

Yours doesn’t have to be putting green ready, just make sure it’s getting proper water, trimming, and care! If you have some bald or thin spots, take some time this year to give those areas some TLC, you’d be surprised how much of an impact a lush green lawn makes!

 

Add in some fresh landscaping

Landscaping is such a…

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 It finally seems like we have rounded the corner and spring is in full swing! Now that the sun is shining and the temps are higher, you may be thinking more and more about your lawn and garden this year. While we are experts in real estate and not so much lawn maintenance, we turned to an incredible resource, the University of Minnesota Extension for some great tips and how-to’s for your lawn, landscaping, and garden. Plus, a well maintained yard will only help boost your home’s value!

What can I plant to have a more pollinator-friendly yard?

There are a few ways to accomplish this! You can turn sections of your lawn from turfgrass to a bee lawn, or you can incorporate more pollinator friendly plants into your landscaping. What’s a bee lawn you…

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North Saint Paul is a distinct area (considered more of its own city than a neighborhood) located Northeast of downtown Saint Paul, and has great historical context and charm. The structures are older, including a downtown stretch of storefront with a six block long Main Street. Silver Lake and Casey Lake are the area’s largest bodies of water and both have adjacent parks great for a weekend stroll. Being a historical spot, North Saint Paul boasts the oldest continuously operating bar in Minnesota, Neumann's Bar, highlighted below. Check out other known local spots and hole-in the-wall gems on our compiled list.

 

Neumann’s Bar

 

Head to Neumann’s bar for a blast to the past, located in the historic downtown area. They opened for business in…

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Here at VIBE, we pride ourselves in doing everything we can to ensure you have the best experience possible with your real estate purchases, and take it from us, who you choose to finance that purchase can make a HUGE difference.

Here are the most important insights (from a Realtor’s® perspective) about choosing a good lender, and why it really matters.

1. )  Sometimes our recommendations to work with a professional can feel like we’re pushing you in a certain direction. But as Realtors®, we are fiduciaries, which means we must operate with your best interests in mind. So when an agent recommends a few different lenders to you, chances are, they are coming pre-vetted by their personal interactions and experiences with them! 

Trust us,…

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It just sort of feels like everything's a bit extreme right now, doesn't it? Well, the Twin Cities real estate market is certainly no different. And though things have seemed a bit imbalanced since the beginning of COVID-19, the paragraphs below describe some of the most extreme numbers we've ever seen when it comes to monthly market stats, over two years since the pandemic started. Let's take a look.

We're going to have to get this elephant out of the room right away, because this elephant never skipped breakfast there's nowhere to stand while it's in here. That elephant would be the Average Home Sale Price for the month of April, which came in at a whopping $430k! That is almost a $23k jump just from last month, and is roughly $16k higher than…

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A Minneapolis favorite for most, St. Anthony Main is located on the Mississippi River with some the best views of downtown. It’s a pocket of Northeast Minneapolis that is definitely worth exploring. This gem is characterized by its cobblestone road lined with a historic theater, bustling restaurants and popular patios. It’s also the oldest portion of the city, but has kept it’s character intact. Take a walk through and you’ll see for yourself! Below are some recommended places to explore in the neighborhood.

 

Minneapolis Cider Company

Who doesn’t love a good cider? This hangout has cool industrial vibes offering ciders, handcrafted food, cocktails, and pickleball. Yes, you can book a court for pickleball. Run, don’t walk.
minneapoliscider.co/

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