Friday, March 26, 2010

Open Houses for March 28th!

Stafford Family Realtors have some great opportunities for you!

We are pleased to announce 4 great opens for this weekend!

12237 Jasper Lane ~ Eden Prairie
Open Sunday 12-2
Just listed and first time open! This home shows like new construction - a true MUST SEE! Beautifully finished from Pillar to Post and well maintained, this home has been freshly painted and the seller's have installed all new flooring throughout. The amazing lower level features a full service wet bar, a stunning family room with a wall of custom built-ins and a fifth bedroom. Other upgrades include granite countertops, archways and a gorgeous deck.

2301 Boulder Road ~ Chanhassen
Open Sunday 12-2
Pottery Barn finishes accentuate this beautiful Hans Hagen home sited on a private lot in demand Stone Creek. Upgrades galore; including Enameled woodwork, Granite, Stainless Steel Appliances. Walk to Neighborhood Park & new Chanhassen High School! Chanhassen voted #8 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine!

2305 Lukewood Drive ~ Chanhassen
Open Sunday 2:30-4:30
This beautiful home is sited on a spacious lot with mature trees and lots of privacy. The finish level of this home is amazing! Open spacious floor plan offers a Great Room with Crown Molding and Fireplace that looks into the Hearth Room. The large flowing Kitchen offers newly installed Granite countertops and all new stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the deck off the private Master Suite. The fully finished Lower Level offers an Amusement Room with built-ins, stone faced fireplace and a full wet bar. There is also a Play Room, Game Room and Office. The flat expance of the back yard is great for any type of entertaing or relaxing. Contact us today for a private showing!

4716 Temple Road ~ Minnetonka
Open Sunday 12-4
This is not your typical townhome! Loaded with character, this home has been beautifully updated & lovingly maintained. Sited on a gorgeous .37 acre lot covered with mature trees! Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, the spacious Lower Level Walkout with full Wetbar. The current owners have done over $100,000 in Upgrades! Association maintains Yard/Snow/Garbage.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fannie Mae: Recovery is Moving Forward

The decline in home sales in February was a disappointment to the housing industry, but Fannie Mae’s analysts say it is temporary and a sustainable turnaround is likely by the end of the year.

Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan points to evidence that a recovery is on its way, including an increase in consumer spending, an improving service sector, and the likelihood that employers will begin hiring soon.

"More favorable financial conditions overall keep us optimistic that we are moving forward with the recovery, albeit at a lower trajectory than previously forecast," Duncan said in a statement.

Source: Fannie Mae (03/17/2010)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Best Housing Markets of 2010

Some U.S. housing markets have faired quite well regardless of the economic turmoil of recent years. These markets share a few things in common: modestly appreciating home prices, a high affordability rating, better-than-average economic activity and a low foreclosure rate.

Realty Trac, an online marketplace of foreclosure listings, estimates that 4.5 million foreclosure filings are expected in 2010, up from 2.8 million in 2009. This weighs heavily on the housing market. Foreclosures supply an excess of inventory that destabilizes home prices. Louisville, Kentucky, is fairing well partially because it has a 1.15% foreclosure rate, the lowest in the country, and about half the national average. Louisville – as opposed to some coastal cities and vacation destinations – never really encountered the boom so it’s been less affected by the burst.

Midwestern cities such as Indianapolis, Minneapolis and St. Louis have among the best housing markets largely because they have some of the best housing affordability rates in the country. Indianapolis had the highest affordability with 96% of homes affordable to families making the median income.

According to Forbes, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has the best housing market in the country for a host of reasons: the second lowest foreclosure rate, a housing affordability rate of 85%, home prices anticipated to increase 2.67% in 2010, and a diversified and comparatively robust economy. This stable economy is largely due to Pittsburgh transforming itself, over several decades, from a center of manufacturing to one of education and health care.

Stable economic activity is also boosting the real estate markets in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington. The housing market in Memphis has faired well and is expected to improve, largely because the city’s largest employer, FedEx, will be one of the first industries to rebound in the economy recovery.

Published by Realty Trac

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

See what our clients are saying...

Stafford Family Realtors are getting great feedback from some wonderful clients! Look below to see how Stafford Family Realtors is rating with their clients!

“I likes the very professional, yet relaxed, attitude of both Eric & Sharla. It helped us feel more relaxed about the whole selling experience. We felt confident that our house was in good hands with ther strong work ethic and degree of experience. Also, they were both fun to work with. Thanks for your good work!”

Doug & Eileen Peterson

“You amaze me! The level of attention you provide to your clients, and the degree of consideration involved with your efforts toward excellence are beyond measure! More than my gratefulness is my awareness of your incredible attention and commitment to others! You are models of stewardship! Thank you so much!”

Mary Beth Moze

Stafford Family Realtors strive to offer the best experience whether you are buying or selling your home. We promise to protect your investment and treat your family as if it were our own.

Contact Eric or Sharla Stafford today for more information and your free market analysis of your home.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Looking ahead to Spring? Here are a few helpful tips to get your home ready!

March 20th is the first day of spring. It may be hard to imagine that spring is actually only a few weeks away if you are still cranking up the heat in your home and shoveling snow from your driveway. But, it won't be much longer before old man winter will be sent packing. While you are waiting for the arrival of spring, here are seven things you can begin to think about to get your home ready for spring.

Windows - Your windows take center stage once the weather changes from cold to warm. Begin thinking about whether you will wash them yourself or hire someone to tackle the job. If you choose to hire someone, you'll want to make an appointment now before they become booked solid. Consider what window treatments you will use. Undoubtedly, you will want to switch to a lighter fabric and different color value that is more conducive to springtime.

Carpets / Flooring - Our floors take a real beating during the winter months. Whether you have carpet or hard wood, or whatever, chances are your floors could use some tender loving care. Again, will you tackle the job yourself or hire someone? And, once your floors are cleaned, consider using runners to keep the dirt from foot traffic to a minimum.

Outdoor living area - It doesn't matter what the square footage of your outdoor space is; what matters is that you make the most of it. Take a look at your outdoor furniture and determine what kind of care is necessary before you use them or if you need to start fresh with new pieces. If you have a fence, what kind of maintenance does it require? Who will cut and take care of your grass this year? If you have a wood deck, does it need to be stained?

Gardens - Boost your curb appeal. Begin planning your color scheme and the flowers you will plant this spring. Read up on the different flowers and plants and do something different this year.

Roof / Gutters - Ice (which can cause damage to roofs and leaks in the home), leaves, you name it, it could be up there. Hire a professional to clean them. This will help your curb appeal a great deal, too.

Foyer - The foyer of the home tends to be neglected and used as a pass through space. But, during warm weather, people linger a little longer. So, be sure to enhance the look of your foyer. Resist using it as a place simply to drop keys, mail, and take off shoes.

Entertainment Area - Company's coming. People are just more social during warmer months. Is your entertainment area inviting? Maybe now would be a good time to de-clutter and organize the space.

These are just a few projects you can begin before spring. Instead of looking longingly at the calendar wishing spring would hurry up, take this time to think about these projects so that when spring does arrive your home will be ready.

©Rena Bullard 2010 This article may be reprinted, in its entirety, with copyright information.
Rena Bullard is certified and trained as an Interior Decorator and loves to help people with design. Rena is an Expert writer for, contributed articles to the online magazine, The Decorator's Notebook, and writes her own blogs where you will find quick ideas on how to solve redecorating dilemmas. Rena interviews industry professionals and gives away free decorating tips as the host of her own blog talk radio show called, ReDecorating by Rena.
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