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1. Dress up the Front Door

Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Your entry way should reflect your homes interior.


2. Replace Old Hardware

By replacing the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, house numbers, and an overhead light fixture can add style to your home and create interest in your home by potential buyers.


3. Create Perfect Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and the easiest to arrange. B

y having your light fixtures and front-door accents symmetrical will help boost your curb appeal.


4. Install Outdoor Lighting

This boosts your curb appeal and adds safety and security to your home by having the lights either light up your house, your yard, the walk way, or all three.


5. Create an Instant Garden

Adding container gardens make your home more welcoming and adds color to the exterior.


6. Do a Mailbox Makeover

Your mailbox should complement your home and express the homeowner's personality. There are many ways to add personality to your mailbox; color, adding a garden around it, or finding a new mailbox that matches the house and the homeowner.


7. Landscape

Add a garden, a fence, a gate, or a bench to spruce up the landscape.


8. Install Window Boxes

Window boxes are a fast way to add color and charm to your home.


9. Renew Planter Beds

By pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new mulch, you can get your garden beds looking brand new.


10. Add Arbors or Fence Panels

By adding arbors or fence panels your home will be more attractive and pull more potential buyers in.

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Are you thinking about buying your first home? If so, you should take these 11 to-dos and 12 questions into account before starting your search.



Questions to ask yourself

Have a checklist

Can I afford it?

What can you afford?

- accurately track your expenses

- build a healthy savings account

Am I eligible for a mortgage?

Save money for a down payment and closing costs

- set and adhere to a strict budget

Do I plan to live here for at least five years?

Find a good real estate agent

If I buy with another person, how will this affect me?

Strengthen your credit score

Is it worth the money?

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Do I have enough cash?

Clearly define what you want and need in a home and communicate your vision to your agent

How much will I spend on a monthly basis?


Will buying a fixer-upper save me money?


How often will I be at home?


Who will live in the house and will that change soon?


What about foreclosure?


What about a fixer-upper?


If you're not sure where to start, we can help with that too! From recommending a trusted mortgage professional, to helping you determine your must-have list, don't be afraid to involve a professional too early! Our services are complimentary to buyers!




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Cottage Grove Area Housing Market Update

The Cottage Grove Area housing market saw positive increases this past summer and into September. According to the latest housing data, Homes Sold were up, the Median Sold Price was up and the Days on Market was down. All positive indicators for the local real estate market.

According to the latest housing data, the number of homes sold in 2015 increased 10.4%, from 657 homes sold in 2014 to 733 homes sold in 2015. Cottage Grove saw an increase of 14% with 526 homes sold in 2014 to 611 homes sold in 2015. The median sold price for homes saw a minimal rise in the area by 4.5% from $165,000 in 2014 to $172,000 in 2015. St. Paul Park had the largest increase in sold price with 8.3%; $157,675 in 2014 to $172,000 in 2015.


In addition, Washington County saw an overall 6.5% increase for days on market, with 43 days on market in 2014 and 46 days on market in 2015. For the Cottage Grove Area, the total percent for average days on market was down 9.5% in 2015 with 46 days on market in 2014 to 42 days on market in 2015. St. Paul Park saw the largest decrease, down 16.7% from 2014 with 49 days on market in 2014 and 42 days on market in 2015. Newport came in a close second with an overall percentage of days on market, down 15% with 46 days on market in 2014 to 40 days on market in 2015.

For more information on the market updates, contact the REALTORS® at RE/MAX Professionals.