405 Vadnais Lake Drive
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Overlooking Lake Vadnais in one of the northern suburbs most desired neighborhoods you will fall in LOVE with this dramatic home.
405 Vadnais Lake Drive
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Looking for a home in the Lino Lakes Area? This spotless home has everything you'd wish for in space, functionality and luxury amenities.
Lino Lakes is an amazing community with tons of family programming, lakes and trails, and an easy commute to the downtowns.
Living in Stoneybrook Neighborhood will be a decision you'll never regret – give us a call for the details on this Sherman Lake Road home!
What a beautiful listing. Quaint neighborhood, NEW bathrooms, lovely decor inside and out.
This listing was HOT upon hitting the market! Are you looking for a full service realtor? Ask us about our staging and photography process.
Shannon and Angie
1) She said, "Yes"… you saw it coming, she started out by leaving her tooth brush at your place - just in case, then a pair of shoes, then a bag of clothes which slowly grew then….BAM, she moved herself right in. Not only that but she comes with a dog who sleeps on the bed and uses your yard for its toilet – even worse, it gives you those sweet little "take me for a walk eyes" you just can't resist. There you are, bundling up to walk HER dog just so you don't have to throw the ball down the hall for the next 45 minutes when you just want to sit on the couch and watch the game on TV. Let's not delay the inevitable, she wants to get married and you oblige. The bachelor pad turned into a home with curtains, toilet seat covers, home and garden magazines, matching dishes and beautiful art on the wall where the Brooke Burke poster used to hang! She took over every room, every closet and you need more space….call Shannon and Angie.
2) That sweet bundle of joy has arrived…first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage! Why do the smallest people in the world take up the most space? The swing, the bouncer seat, high chair, the toys, etc. Good Lord, this cute little thing comes along and then it appears as though someone opened a Babies R Us store in your home. You can no longer park your car in the garage because you have to store everything they quickly outgrow…..call Shannon and Angie
3) You're frequent entertainers…let's face it, you're the hostess with the mostess! You love to entertain and everyone loves to gather at your home. You know how to throw a party, you have killer recipes you've discovered on Pinterest, the new sound bar playing great tunes sounds amazing but there isn't room for all your lovely friends. You need a new home…..call Shannon and Angie.
4) You are now the owner of another Dog…They sure are cute, but what were you thinking? You can't go look at puppies without adopting one! When you made the decision to bring home 'Bob' you failed to recognize the size of your yard. Although the kids promised they would take care of him, clean up after him and walk him daily – they won't! I know they're great kids and have great intentions, but the moment that puppy turned into a dog they lost interest and it became a chore. You certainly don't want to have to pick up their slack so you need a home with a larger yard….call Shannon and Angie.
5) The nest is empty…the oldest just got married. She was the most beautiful bride in the world and the wedding was perfect. Unfortunately you gave her away and now you have an empty room in the house. The youngest starts college this fall and he got a house with a bunch of buddies – it's bitter sweet. You no longer have to do his laundry, grocery shop and cook for him, however, you're all alone now – well I guess you still have 'Bob', but that big house now has a whole lot of wasted space…..call Shannon and Angie.
There you go folks, we know you're facing one of the issues above and you need our assistance. Give us a call today to market and sell your current home and we will help you find that perfect place to start the next chapter of your life in!
Spring market is starting to bloom!
Just an ordinary day, showing an ordinary house, in an ordinary suburb...with a small natural history exhibit in a dark basement room. No big deal right? WRONG!
When I opened the door to this windowless room it was pitch black. I had to step in a bit to find the light switch and my toe touched something, um...feathered? I couldn't find that light switch fast enough.
The room lit up to expose this vision of dead animals strewn about, their glass eyes staring wide open and giving me "the look." Specifically the "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!" look. I started to laugh out loud, then the potential homebuyer screamed as she walked in the room. Kinda like this - CLICK HERE.
Then the husband walks in and says "Cool! Do we get to keep these if we buy the house?" (While his wife is trying to figure out how to walk upstairs in her poopy pants.)
The point is that everyone reacts differently to out-of-the-ordinary situations at showings. What one seller thinks is 'normal' is often considered strange, scary, or offensive to others. You can live however you want in your own home, God Bless America for that – but when your house is for sale it will cost you $$$ to be kooky.
ATTENTION – 8 Point Guide to NOT being the 'WEIRD HOUSE' for sale:
1. NO REPTILES. You are not Crocodile Dundee except in your own mind. No matter how many or how few reptiles a buyer sees in cages they will ONLY think about how many have escaped and are slithering through the walls of the house preparing to eat their small children. No Joke, NO REPTILES!
2. NO RODENTS. See the above explanation. Enough said.
3. NO GUNS. Not on display anyway...into the gun safe they go please. What can frighten and offend buyers can also be a security issue for sellers.
4. NO THEMES. If it was your dream to come home from work every day to a Jungle Paradise, a Wild West Outpost, or Southwest Adobe House, that’s fine. Keep your dream but get rid of your travel trinkets while your home is for sale.
5. NO SHRINES. This includes incense altars with Buddha statues, Urns containing the ashes of your dearly departed people or pets, athletic shrines to your resident all-star with all their trophies and ribbons, or photo shrines of every vacation you have ever taken. If it a collection of anything you are crazy about it's just too crazy for showing your home. SEE EXHIBIT B.
6. NO WONKALAND. These are houses that are so "Kid-Tastic" you have to have a golden ticket to get inside! C'mon, kid stuff is cute we all know it. But slides in the family room, ceilings painted with Disney Princesses, and craft glitter covering carpet and furniture is a bit too much. No one wants to buy the Ooompa -Looompa house.
7. NO SEX WORLD. There is nothing to describe the look on a buyers face when their five year old points to a sex toy left out during a showing asks "What's THAT for?" This goes for panties in girl's rooms, naked lady posters in teen boy bedrooms, dirty magazine collections on the coffee table, and the fuzzy handcuffs in the bathroom vanity. Seriously folks, I can't make this stuff up!
8. NO STUFFED ANIMALS. This brings me back to my initial inspiration for this list and includes all taxidermy. The most endangered and cutest animals are not exceptions either. Don't ask if the Zebra and Panther can stay on the wall because they are so special. NO!!!! If you are selling a lake home or a hunting cabin then we are cool. That trophy walleye might just bring up your value - this IS Minnesota after all!
Confessions of a Houseaholic:
My name is Angie and I am a houseaholic. There, I said it out loud.
You could have called me a child addict really, as it all started with "playing house." I know, I know… every little girl likes to play house, but THIS girl took things to a whole new level.
Barbie's outfit or accessories didn't interest me. If her hair was in a rat's nest, so be it - not my problem. I was not impressed by the car Ken was driving, or by the size of his surfboard. But when it came to Barbie's Dream House, let's just say heaven help any pig-tailed friend of mine who thought she could just come over and re-arrange Barbie's furniture!
It wasn't long before that busty bimbo and her cramped condo lost my interest. It was time to move on to my own custom designed houses! This involved hundreds of blocks laid out over the entire living room according to the floor plans I drew in crayon on graph paper. Yes, I was 8, and yes, I used graph paper. Every room had a purpose, flowed seamlessly into the next room, and was furnished beautifully (at least my 8 year old brain told me so) My co-dependent, enabler friend Lisa - who lived next door- had a tiny furniture collection that would fill a tiny warehouse. Whenever I needed a "fix," I would sneak off to Lisa's for hours of indulging in our mutual addiction.
My parents grew tired of my increasing demands to drive up and down Summit Avenue so I could look at all the houses. They were also exhausted of late-night lake cruises gazing through lit lake-home windows. Okay, it was a little creepy.
During high school everyone was crazed over Princess Dianna (including Yours Truly), but I was more addicted to knowing everything about Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham. The furnishings, the art, the architecture...it was all too much and yet not enough, I needed more, More, MORE!
After a year of liberal arts college I decided I wanted to be an interior designer, and off to design school I went. Kid in a candy store? Hah! It was more like Tony Montana climbing the cocaine mountain! Click HERE.
I had died and entered Houseaholic Heaven. Learning about all the great American architects and furniture designers, the history of American cities and how the urbanization and subsequent sub-urbanization of our country changed the way we live and work captivated me completely. By the time I was finished with school interior design interested me less and houses and how people lived in them interested me so much more.
But becoming an architect wasn’t within my mathematical capabilities and I really did like people more than computers and graphite pencils. So – when the time was right – I jumped at the opportunity to make a career out of my addiction. Matchmaking people with houses never gets old for me – I love it every day. I love every time I get to tour an historic home or see a view from a window that I never imagined.
Some homes are full of precious works of art by well-known artists. Others are filled with precious works of art by artists known only to those who live there - and are usually done in fingerprints and glitter. It has been a privilege to see (and sell) homes designed by famous local and national architects or historic homes renovated with such care and craftsmanship that you feel you've stepped back in time.
All that said – I must say it's the everyday homes for everyday people that fill my days with lovely sights and experiences. It is getting to know a family and their dreams that motivates me to find just the right home for them. It's the neighbors that come to visit me at open houses and tell stories of their neighborhoods, parks, and schools. It is knowing that a young person is getting the best, first home they can afford and happily entering the "Homeowners Club." It is helping folks say 'goodbye' to their home of 45 years where they raised their children, celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations…and say 'hello' to carefree living and all they have to look forward to in retirement. These are the reasons I am still a Houseaholic…I just can't quit!
When I'm not working I can be found on my couch filling my eyeballs with HGTV video crack, overdosing on Antiques Roadshow, or getting my "fix" from the guys on "This Old House". So when you hear someone talking about moving, tell them to call the "Houseaholic" – It's not just my job, its my ADDICTION!
As we head into a fresh new year and the 2014 Real Estate season we know you all are anxious to get your home on the market. Wondering how we've upped our game to sell your property for 2014? This Prezi highlights what we'll do to get you to the closing table faster than ever.
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