Karine Loobas's Blog Posts

Fall Home Selling Checklist

When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what to do to make that

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Market Insights for August 2022

Check out these market insights comparing stats for residential homes in the Brainerd area from August 2021 to August 2022. ▪︎The market is still HOT! If you are thinking about selling, now

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WIN $100 AMAZON Gift Card

ENTER HERE to WINCongratulations Todd Nelson!!!                          ;

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Market Insights for October 2021

Check out these market insights comparing stats for residential homes in the Brainerd area from October 2020 to October 2021. ▪︎Average sale prices are up over 30% and days on market have

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Exclusive First-Time Homebuyer $22,000 Forgivable Grant!

The WISH program is exclusive to Refined Lending homebuyers and offers an alternative to Down Payment Assistance through the State of MN.This program helps first-time homebuyers build toward their

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Market Insights for July 2021

Check out these market insights comparing stats for residential homes in the Brainerd area from July 2020 to July 2021. ▪︎Average days on market have dropped significantly. If you are looking

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Brainerd Lakes Area 4th of July Events

Brainerd Lakes Area 4th of July EventsBrainerd Events ScheduleBrainerd Parade RouteBrainerd LodgingLakes Area FireworksLakes Area EventsMinnesota is your Fourth of July capitol with events and

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THE PATH TO HOMEOWNERSHIP

June is National Homeownership Month, where we celebrate the vital role homeownership plays in building household wealth and fostering community development. The American dream is very much

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Market Insights For May 2021

Check out these market insights for residential homes in the Brainerd Lakes Area - comparing stats from May 2020 to May 2021 ▪︎Average sale prices are up over 15% and days on market are down...

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Market Insights For April 2021

Check out these market insights for residential homes in the Brainerd Lakes Area - comparing stats from April 2020 to April 2021 ▪︎Average sale prices are up almost 30%... now is a great time to

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Market Insights for March 2021

The Average Sales Price for March 2021 was 260,652 in Brainerd, MN; increase of 6% compared to March 2020.The number of Active Listings and Average Days on Market has decreased over 60%, that is a

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Market Insights for February 2021

The Average Sales Price for Brainerd, MN in February 2021 was $276,248; increase of 11.3% compared to February 2020. The number of Active Lisitngs is down by 61.8% compared to last year, so if You

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to

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Market Insights for January 2021

The Average Sales Price for a Single-Family Home in Brainerd, MN was $270,766. That is an increase of 15.5% compared to January 2020. The number of Active Listings is down over 63% which means

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Become a Homeowner!

Renting vs Owning a

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RENTING vs OWNING A HOME

When is it time to stop renting a home and seriously consider buying your own place? That’s a personal question and a very personal decision — it really depends on your lifestyle, your

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Market Insights for December 2020

The Average Sales Price in December 2020 in Brainerd, MN was $274,720; increase of 37.4% compared to December 2019.If you are considering selling your property, Find Out What Your Home is,

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2021 Housing Forecast

Some HighlightsExperts project an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market.With mortgage rates forecasted to remain low, high buyer demand is expected to fuel more home sales and continue to

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The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of

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Market Insights for November 2020

The Average Sales Price for the Month of November 2020 in Brainerd, MN was $300,733; increase of 17.5% compared to November, 2019.Find out How Much Your Home Is!

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down

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Homes for Sale Are Rapidly Disappearing

Through all the challenges of 2020, the real estate market has done very well, and purchasers are continuing to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Realtor Magazine just;

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Find Down Payment Help

Watch a short video to get familiar with Down Payment Connect for HomebuyersUse my Down Payment Resource Connect page to find programs that could help you save on your down payment or

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Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generations

The demand for homes this year is extraordinary as record-breaking numbers of hopeful buyers continue to shop for homes. In a normal year, the peak homebuying season comes to a close by early fall.

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How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership

Many people are eager to buy a home right now while affordability continues to be a highlight of the current housing market. However, a recent survey by Sparks Research 

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Market Insights September 2020

The Average Sales Price in Brainerd, MN was $299,535 for the Month of September in 2020, increase of 14.8% compared to September,.

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Affordable Decorative Items To Buy Before You Sell

There are enough television shows and magazine spreads about home decorating that many of us probably assume we have the basics down pat — declutter to the nth degree and clean, clean, clean,

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Market Insights for August 2020

Average Sales Price in Brainerd is $340,616 for the Month of August 2020, 34.8% increase compared to August.

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Market Insights for July 2020

July 2020 the Average Sales Price in Brainerd, MN was $300,336, Increase of 21.7% compared to July.

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5 THINGS EVERY BUYER SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE MARKET

Buying a new home can be an exciting time. It can also be frustrating and exhausting. To help prepare you for home hunting success, here are five important things to know about the market before you

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9 FIXTURE AND UPGRADE TIPS FOR NEW-CONSTRUCTION HOMES

Building a new home is a perfect opportunity to customize your space according to your own needs and wants — and it can also feel completely overwhelming. Many homes built from the ground up

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HOW CAN AN AGENT HELP ME FIX AND FLIP A HOME?

If you’ve never fixed and flipped a home before — but you’ve watched enough HGTV think it looks like fun — then you might not think you need a real estate agent to help with

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GOING GREEN: 7 ENERGY-SAVING TRICKS

There are plenty of reasons to go green. Conserving energy and running an energy-efficient home can lower your monthly utility bills, saving you some green for your wallet.Here are seven simple ways

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Market Insight for April 2020

The average sales price for homes in Brainerd in April 2020 was 8.3% higher than that in April 2019.  If you have been thinking of selling or want more information on the market, call our

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SELLERS TESTING THE MARKET - IS IT A GOOD IDEA?

Selling a house isn’t exactly like selling any other piece of property; there’s no reference book on how much a home should cost because home value depends on so many different factors

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17 QUESTIONS FOR CHOOSING A PLUMBER

Finding and choosing a reliable plumber is one of those things that most homeowners know they should do at some point … and they usually wait until there’s an emergency to find someone,

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BUYING A HOUSE WITH BAD CREDIT

Some people are under the mistaken impression that you must have good (or even great) credit in order to buy a house. That’s truly not the case — there are plenty of opportunities for

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IS BUYING A HOUSE WORTH IT IF YOU’RE SINGLE?

When you were growing up, there were probably certain milestones that you imagined you would reach in your adult life that would be momentous and important. Falling in love and getting married are

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18 TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN ESCROW

In real estate, escrow refers to the window of time in between a buyer’s offer being accepted and meeting the seller at the closing table to sign the finance and title transfer documents and

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Selling a House With Tenants

It’s stressful being a landlord at the best of times, but when the time comes for you to sell your investment property and move on, the stress can feel palpable. You’ve probably spent

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HOW CAN AN AGENT HELP ME BUY A HOME?

Most people don’t buy a home every day — it’s a once-or-twice-a-decade activity for many of us as opposed to a day-in-day-out activity.So when you start getting serious about,

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5 QUICK STAGING TIPS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

There’s a reason why people love looking at photos of homes for sale — it’s rare that we get to see a place look it’s very best, and scrolling through gorgeous room after

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HOW TO CHOOSE A MORTGAGE

When you make the decision to become a homeowner, there is a series of additional decisions that you’ll need to make before you reach that final goal and cross the threshold of your new front

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5 GORGEOUS KITCHEN TRENDS THAT WON’T DISAPPOINT

Your kitchen is more than just the heart of your home. It’s become the hot-spot of most households as a multi-functional space for entertaining, work, of course, dining. A well-designed

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HOW TO BUY A FORECLOSURE HOME

Many buyers are understandably nervous about buying a foreclosed home, also known as a distressed sale. There are horror stories galore about people purchasing a foreclosure and regretting it, but

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BE INFORMED: WHAT IS ESCROW?

The first time you heard the term, “escrow” you may have been thrown for a loop. While the word may have had you confused the first time, here are some essential things to know about

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5 ESSENTIAL FINANCIAL STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE

If you’ve been thinking about investing in real estate, getting your finances in order before you start searching for properties and scheduling appointments will save you from money headaches

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The 4 Most Important Questions You Need To Ask Before Selling Your Home

There comes a time in every home owner’s life when he or she realizes: “I am not the same person I was when I bought this place.” Maybe your lifestyle or your family configuration

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Why Working With A Real Estate Professional Is The Best Decision You'll Ever Make

Most people don’t buy a home every day — it’s a once-or-twice-a-decade activity for many of us as opposed to a day-in-day-out activity.So when you start getting serious about,

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Your First Home

Buying a home can be an anxiety-ridden process, and that potential anxiety gets amplified for anyone who’s embarking on homeownership for the very first time. There’s so much to do and

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Smart Buyer's Guide To Choosing The Perfect Property

Daydreaming about owning your own home is one of the most intoxicating practices known to modern man, especially now that HGTV and all the house flipping shows make it look like a cake walk. But

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5 Home Seller Strategies for Staging Your Home Perfectly

There’s a reason why people love looking at photos of homes for sale — it’s rare that we get to see a place look it’s very best, and scrolling through gorgeous room after

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