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How To Create An Enjoyable Outdoor Space On a Budget

The lawn and landscape outside your home can be your own personalized creation, and it does not have to be expensive. It is through the effort of creating what you want within your limitations – both financial and physical – that you come to love the space you craft. By learning frugal methods to care for your lawn and landscape, you can have the lawn you want within the budget you can afford. Xeriscaping By installing native plants, mulching appropriately and minimizing the size of your actual lawn, you can save a lot of money on maintenance and watering. Your local Master Gardener group, or the local city government, will likely have information on xeriscaping for your area. Lush green lawns are certainly beautiful and pleasant to play on, but they are also resource intensive. Unless you are one of the lucky few that live in an area with heavy rainfall, you will spend large amounts of money keeping a large lawn alive. According to Bankrate.com, a 4,000 square foot lawn takes an aver…

Brand Spankin New! Coming soon! #newconstruction

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Another exceptional home is under construction by this award-winning builder! Top of the line features in this majestic home includes a 2 story foyer that leads to the heart of this house that is wide open! Flowing from the great room to the dining room to the kitchen makes for an easy and comfortable living. The master suite is a sight to behold! A huge walk-in closet rests at the other end of this suite as you pass through the exquisite and private master bath. Laundry is a breeze on this level and is crazy convenient. Nothing has been overlooked here! Make it your own and choose your favorite colors! 5678 152nd Ln NW Ramsey MN New construction by Caliber Homes Inc! Represented by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty                                                                                                                           763-746-3997

That view though! #Privacy

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Privacy awaits at this #homeforsale in @CoonRapids! Be mesmerized as you dine in the informal dining room at the vacant and wooded land behind this split level home. 
Let your mind wander in the lower level walkout that is ready to be finished - the family room and 2 additional bedrooms are already framed in! 
Maintenance free vinyl siding wraps the back and sides of this house. Easy. 
Raised panel cabinetry adorns the kitchen and offers much-needed storage. 
Take a look asap! The Oaks of Shenandoah is a development that has staying power. Homes here scream "they just don't build them like they used to!" and is much sought after.
12816 Verdin St NW is brought to you by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty 763-746-3997

Ways to make your kitchen look bigger!

What #Millennials want in a #homeforsale

Research has lead us to info on what Millennials might want in a new home:


1. Environmental designs delivers in small spaces

Millennials are creative when it comes to creative solutions for outdoor spaces. They embrace outdoor living. They want fire pits and fireplaces outdoors as well as vegetable beds and love the idea of growing their own food.

2. Environmentally friendly choices

Millennials will opt to use recyclable materials because it is the responsible choice.

3. They love landscaping

This group is fine with landscaping as they love to spend most of their time outdoors. Smartphone apps that can control irrigation and lighting systems are a must.

4. Not really into pools, hot tubs, and water features.

They are expensive and high on water usage. Spending so much time outdoors they don't want anything that will inhibit their weekend travel plans because of their regular maintenance schedule.

5. Playtime

Would rather meet at a nearby park than have a big bulky playset in their …

The #FAFSA And Real Estate: When To Buy And Refi To Get The Most Aid For #College

WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI

Getting ready to fill out the dreaded Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? It's the form that strikes fear in parents of college students and college students-to-be who have been cautioned about the tedious process involved, and the disappointing results. And while there is a ton of advice out there about how to properly prepare, what you need, and what to expect, there's another layer of concern for homeowners and homebuyers: How does the FAFSA affect you if you're in the market, already own a home, have investment property, or are thinking about refinancing? We're breaking it down. First, a little bit about the FAFSA for those who have not yet had the pleasure: "Based primarily on your family's income and assets, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) qualifies students for federal grants, loans and work-study programs," said Bankrate. "The purpose of the FAFSA is to calculate your expected family contribution, o…

More #Fall #CleanUp

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you live in Minnesota with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Tackle these 15 items on your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.1. Care for trees and shrubs.  Trees are going dormant at this time, and are less likely to get a disease. Because trees are slowing growth in the fall, it’s not an ideal time to plant a new tree, as the roots may have trouble getting established. It’s also a good idea to observe your trees throughout the fall, keeping an eye out for signs that signal a need for intervention. Early change in leaf color, pines looking thin and/or needles turning brown, and dead branches are all signs of diseases. 2. Rake leaves. Leaves look beautiful blanketing…

Fall Cleanup

As summer comes to a close, this time of year is ideal for homeowners to establish a fall home maintenance checklist. While warm weather still permits, be sure to pencil in these tasks, recommended by the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA), before cooler temperatures set in. 

1. Turn off exterior faucets. Un-drained water in pipes can freeze easily, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than 10 to 15 years old typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home. 

2. Remove leaves around your outside unit. The HVAC unit is likely your home’s largest operating system. The compressor part of your air conditioner is located on the exterior of your home and can become inefficient with debris and leaves blocking it. You can even use a vacuum or your hands to remove the debris from the bottom for manual cleaning. Wea…

That view though! #Privacy #homesforsale in @CoonRapidsMN

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Privacy awaits at this #homeforsale in @CoonRapids! Be mesmerized as you dine in the informal dining room at the vacant and wooded land behind this split level home. 
Let your mind wander in the lower level walkout that is ready to be finished - the family room and 2 additional bedrooms are already framed in! 
Maintenance free vinyl siding wraps the back and sides of this house. Easy. 
Raised panel cabinetry adorns the kitchen and offers much-needed storage. 
All of this is #coming soon so take a look asap! The Oaks of Shenandoah is a development that has staying power. Homes here scream "they just don't build them like they used to!" and is much sought after. 12816 Verdin St NW Coon Rapids MN 55448 Brought to you by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty 763-746-3997

4 Cheap And Chic Window Treatment Ideas That Aren't Drapes

The wrong window treatment can call attention to a poor view, mask a good one, and make a room look overall drab. Add in the right window treatments, though, and you could end up with just the right finishing touches to make your home look stylish and feel inviting. The problem is that window treatments can be expensive, and if you're just buying your first home or putting all your money into your next home, you're probably not looking for more ways to spend money - especially if you need furniture! This is why many people end up with paper shades for an extended period of time; at least they provide some privacy from nosy neighbors, right? View pics here Thankfully, there are a few unexpected and creative ways to make your windows look amazing without emptying what's left of your bank account. Roller shades "With a variety of price points to fit nearly any budget, roller shades can help realize your vision of custom designed window fashions," said 3 Day Blinds. &quo…

Charmer in Downtown Anoka! #homesforsaleinAnoka

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Pearly white enamel trim accents this lovely home with gorgeous hardwood flooring that rambles throughout this adorable dwelling. Bright backsplash in the fully functional kitchen is expertly applied and adds a hint of charm throughout. 2 fireplaces chase away the Minnesota chill and add a warm ambiance to their spaces. A winding sidewalk surrounds the home and leads you to the side entrance and the 4 season porch. Sit a while here and enjoy your morning cup of joe or relax with a good book. Wainscotting gives this home a quaint and comforting feel. Plenty of room to roam in the big yard, the area behind the detached garage is partially fenced, and the location in Anoka is perfect! Complete with a windmill and a vintage lamppost to light the way! All of this in a cul de sac!!! The new homeowner will be lucky to nab this before it's GONE! 

525 Douglas St is brought to you by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty 763-746-3997






@ParadeofHomes New Construction! #openhouse

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Can't find a home to buy in this crazy market? Go new construction! 5705 152nd Ln NW





 Conveniently situated in Harvest Estates (Ramsey's newest development) this one is for you!

Caliber Homes Inc is a Minnesota premier custom home builder with a meticulous attention to detail. Quality and craftsmanship with a competitive price is the cornerstone of their philosophy when it comes to new home construction. Caliber Homes is also the proud recipient of the coveted Reggie Award for design and excellence!

Featuring a charming covered front porch creating a welcoming entrance for your guests that expands out to the spacious foyer for plenty of room.

A home office /den is immediately to your right so you can work from home in your brand new house! Gaze out the bay window at the change of seasons that Minnesotans enjoy. To the left is a mud room just off the huge garage equipped with lockers for the ultimate in organization!

A crackling fire ensconced in stone chases away the winter ch…

It is an original! #homesforsale in @WestSaintPaul SOLD and CLOSED!!!

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Original and beautiful woodwork adorns this home for sale in West Saint Paul and accents the refinished hardwood floors that are gleaming with character. From the young roof (replaced 6 years ago) on the home and garage to the lowest level of this dwelling, the updates are complete and striking. Hardwood floors meander throughout this home and brand new carpet is installed in the huge master sanctuary. Dine with style in the formal dining room that is separate from the living space. 
Several windows have been replaced to let all of the natural light peek in. 
The fully functional kitchen was remodeled in 2008 with ceramic tile covering the floor. 
A new forced air system was put in recently as well. It is an original that 's for sure and it's coming to you very soon! 280 Mainzer St
Brought to you by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty 763-746-3997






Home for sale in @Rosemount has had a #facelift! PENDING!!

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Rosemount MN#OPENHOUSE SUNDAY 10/8 from 12-2 pm!!!

Much like a facelift, this home has been refreshed with newer windows, patio door, fresh paint on the cedar front and out on the oversized deck.
On the inside, there is updated lighting in the upper level, a painted ceiling, and appliances in the spacious kitchen.
The walk through bath was updated with new light fixtures, tile floor, and tub surround that is just beautiful!
In the lower level huge family room there is plenty of space to relax, watch a game, or just kick back.
All of this is surrounded by steel siding, a 5 zone irrigation system, and perfectly matching storage shed. This dwelling has been carefully maintained and is a fabulous property! Brought to you by the Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty 763-746-3997 #OPENHOUSE SUNDAY 10/8 from 12-2 pm!!! See more pics here! https://www.brivity.com/listings/15585-darling-path-rosemount-mn-55068/property Learn more about the Schools here! ISD #196 http://www.district1…

Personalize Your Entryway With These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

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WRITTEN BY LISA FREDERICK, HOUZZ CONTRIBUTORPOSTED ONTHURSDAY, 03 AUGUST 2017 19:13
It's always tricky to prioritize decorating dollars, and I tend to funnel most of mine to interior improvements: furniture, fabric, tchotchkes. But lately I've been thinking that the outside of the house - and especially my front entry - deserves its share of the love. The entry may be the first impression of a home, and my entry is best described as mousy . Fortunately, jazzing up a front entrance doesn't have to cost a fortune. Try these eight strategies to create a showstopper entryway without blowing your budget. 1. Create a mini room. Here a bench with cheery outdoor pillows, a hanging paper lantern and a framed chalkboard combine to turn a plain entrance into a sitting space all its own - all without breaking the bank. Mix and match furniture to suit your home's architecture and style. 2. Spell out a welcome. A stencil, a can of spray paint and presto! A plain concrete stoop turns int…