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What Are Seller-Paid Closing Costs?


Buyers and sellers both have closing costs during a transaction. Here’s a bit more info about what sellers have to pay for.

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One question I get a lot is, “What are seller-paid closing costs?” I actually get asked the question so much that I decided to answer it in more detail today.

When we’re dealing with a home sale, we always send our sellers an estimate of proceeds. In that estimate, there is always a section for “seller-paid closing costs.” These are various fees associated with purchasing a home. 



Seller-paid closing costs are customary.


In today’s competitive market, it’s common for a buyer to come in and make a seller an offer that includes a request for the seller to pay 3% in closing costs. Most sellers finance their big purchase through a mortgage that covers their down payment and gives them a monthly payment. Then they will make a higher offer and then ask the seller to pay 3% for different closing costs from various lenders, title people, and more so they have enough money to complete the purchase of the home.

If you have any more questions about this topic or any other questions relating to real estate, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Working With a Team vs. With an Individual Agent


In today’s market, it’s tough to work with an individual agent. They simply cannot match what real estate teams have to offer buyers and sellers.

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When you choose an agent to help you buy or sell a home, you’ll need to decide whether you want to work with an individual agent or an agent who has a team. What’s the difference?

We work as part of a team. We don’t just have a bunch of agents working with us either. We have a staff, a full team of people who are providing specific services in order to get you what you’re looking for a smooth transaction and the best return possible on your investment.


At the end of the day, we want to provide quality service.


An individual agent is on their own at the end of the day. They are wearing all the hats in the transaction and in today’s market, that is tough to do. At the end of the day, we just want to provide you with quality service and make you the most money possible when you work with us.

If you have any questions for us or want to learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you.

Is Your Listing Headed Toward "The Clearance Shelf?"


When it comes to putting a home on the market, pricing is everything. It can be tricky to know how to find a price that’s just right for your listing—but it’s not as hard as you think.

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In today’s hot real estate market here in Minneapolis, pricing is everything. So today I’d like to give you a little insight into what that means and how it affects you.

Right now, inventory is low and the market is extremely hot. These circumstances combined always lead my clients to ask me one key question, “How much do I list my home for?”

To answer this for you, there are a couple of things I’d like you to keep in mind. First off, consider the pricing of homes in your neighborhood. Something a lot of people might not consider is that to best price your home, you need not only to consider your own home’s features and benefits but also those of your neighbors’.

When you look at what those other houses have sold for, or are listed for, you’ll get a good idea of how to list your own home, as well. 

Keep in mind though, that while overpricing might seem tempting—given how quickly homes are moving off the market—it may not be such a good idea.

To explain why, I like to use this analogy: When a store stocks new items, they tend to put them in the front. They’re often listed at a higher price and, sometimes, go overlooked until eventually their price is bumped down to the point where they go into the back of the store on a clearance shelf.


When you overprice your home, you run the risk of it being overlooked and eventually being “put on the clearance shelf.”


When you overprice your home, you run the risk of it being overlooked and eventually being “put on the clearance shelf,” so to speak.

Pricing can be tricky—because you also don’t want to list your home too low. You should think of pricing like a bell curve and try to put your home on a point where you’ll create a multiple offer or quick offer scenario so we can net you the most money.

If you’d like me to help you learn more, or if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch. Give me a call or email—I’m happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you.