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Mar. 09, 2013 - Back in St. Paul is the world famous Body Worlds exhibit.
Feb. 08, 2013 - Twin Cities businesses are bringing back custom handmade soda pops to consumers just like the early 20th century.
Jan. 11, 2013 - A new antique store in St. Paul is looking to carry on the traditions of its fallen predecessor.
Jan. 02, 2013 - The Wabasha Street Macy's is closing its doors, leaving downtown St. Paul without a major department store for the first time in 130 years.
Oct. 23, 2012 - In early October 2012, our preferred building partner, Norton Homes, Inc., received a Reggie Award from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. This prestigious award has been given to top Twin Cities Builders for more than 40 years and is awarded based on judging by teams of Builders and Associates who determine the best examples of excellence in the design, construction, quality and value.
Dec. 02, 2011 - Have you noticed a difference in how newer subdivisions look compared to older ones? Yes, because of the housing downturn, they tend to be emptier right now, but they also tend to look a little better and are planned more carefully. The reasons are threefold. First and most obviously, construction methods have evolved. Second, the people moving into subdivisions want more from their neighborhoods, like walkable streets, low traffic and nearby schools. Third, some cities are requiring that subdivisions be ranked, at least in part, on how nice they look.
Nov. 01, 2011 - Home building permits increased in October compared to previous months, though the number of units decreased versus a year ago. According to statistics within the Keystone Report for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, there were 289 permits issued last month compared to 227 in October 2010. Though permits increased, the number of units permitted last month fell to 378 from 551. There were more single-family construction projects and fewer large multifamily projects. Year to date, permits declined to 2,450 though October versus 2,512 in the same period last year. The year to date number of permitted units dropped to 3,519 from 4,486 in the same period a year ago.
Oct. 03, 2011 - Home-building permits issued throughout the Twin Cities rose to their highest level for a single month of 2011 in September. Single-family construction in the Twin Cities area increased while multifamily construction dropped, according to statistics compiled by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). According to the Keystone Report, there were 272 permits issued for a total of 352 units during four weeks last month. That compared with 228 permits for a total of 604 units in September 2010. Maple Grove had the most permitted units, with 44, followed by Plymouth and Forest Lake. Year-to-date, Blaine had the most units, at 263, followed by Bloomington and Minneapolis.
Sep. 20, 2011 - Newly constructed homes are energy-efficient and clean, but most don't have the same kind of charm of an older home. True "vintage homes", for all their beauty, tend to have problems just beneath the surface that reveal their true age. Now, builders and architects are turning to reclaimed materials and classical decorative elements to give high-performance new homes and remodeling projects a less "cookie-cutter look" and give them more character. Some are doing so by giving new life to reclaimed or vintage materials like antique slate roof, reclaimed barn stone, and salvaged timbers as accents inside or outside the home. Others are replicating historic architectural styles, with cornices, columns and all!
Sep. 13, 2011 - The Builders Association of the Twin Cities' Fall Parade of Homes began this weekend and will run through October 2. The parade features 278 model homes in 74 cities this year. The Parade of Homes is one of the top local marketing events for new homes throughout the Twin Cities metro area. In a sign of the times, the number of homes featured is down from 331 homes in 2010, 325 in 2009 and 497 in 2008. At its peak in 2006, 1,210 homes were shown off in the fall Parade.
Aug. 28, 2011 - New home construction has nationally fallen to new lows and 2011 is expected to be the worst year on record for the industry. But Minneapolis and the Greater Twin Cities Area are looking good for residential permitting. According to the Minneapolis data the city permitted construction of 1,571 units in 2006, but hit a bottom in 2009 when it permitted only 274 units. That year the city tied with Blaine for the second-most permits. Shakopee was No. 1 at 328.
Jul. 26, 2011 - Many home buyers now require more environmentally-friendly products in the construction of their homes. However, while some products are obviously green, others make great contributions to a home's efficiency without being noticed. Here are some products that can contribute to a more earth-friendly and sustainable home.
Jul. 19, 2011 - Trying to build, or remodel, a home is costly enough. Trying to do one or the other while also trying to finish it with a stylish look without breaking the bank can be more challenging. Here are 5 money-saving tips and tricks picked from Builder magazine's 10 Ways to Save on Your Interior and Exterior Finishes.
Jul. 12, 2011 - Universal design features for homes have been discussed by builders at length this year as something that must be addressed as the Baby Boomer generation ages. Physically challenged and older individuals navigate the home differently. But universal design products aren't just better for older people, they can be better for all members of a household, young or old.
Jul. 08, 2011 - Though the housing bust has shattered home property values and changed the landscape of neighborhoods, one thing is still the same: Americans are committed to homeownership. Whether they own their home, are underwater on a mortgage, rent or live with roommates (or parents), a recent poll found that a large majority of U.S. residents want to own their own home.
Jul. 01, 2011 - Single-family construction in the Twin Cities area is steady, according to a report from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). In June, more permits were issued than in any other month in the last year, and planned units were up 13 percent from June 2010. There were 260 permits for a total of 385 units during four weeks in the month of June. Year-to-date through June, there were 1,325 permits issued for a total of 1,925 units.
Jun. 27, 2011 - For people planning to build their dream home, one of the most important steps is to find the most reliable general contractors in the Twin Cities. A new home is an investment that should be enjoyed for years, even decades. Choosing a high-quality, qualified new home builder is vital to a well-built house that stands the test of time.
Jun. 22, 2011 - One of the first decisions a potential home buyer should make is whether buy a new construction home or purchase an existing house. There are some serious advantages to purchasing a new house over a resale.
Jun. 21, 2011 - A recent report on new residential permits shows that more were issued in May than in any of the previous 11 months. There were also more units than any month since March, except for November. The statistics come from the Keystone Report for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). It shows that there were 259 permits issued in May 2011, for a total of 639 units. For the year so-far, there were 1,017 residential permits issued at a total of 1,490 units.
Jun. 21, 2011 - Lots of Updates for Legacy Creek in June: 3541 126th Ave NE and 3548 127th Ave NE are SOLD!!! Stay tuned for updates on our two newest models currently under construction - the Tucson and Phoenix!
Jun. 09, 2011 - New-home sales up in April after sluggish start to 2011
May. 02, 2011 - Twin Cities April 2011 Residential Construction
Apr. 25, 2011 - Home builders accelerated their pace in March as construction of new homes and apartments increased 7% from February, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. The Midwest experienced the biggest increase in activity, as new construction starts rose 32%. In the West, housing starts grew 28%, while the Northeast saw modest boost of just 5%. Construction declined 3% in the South.
Apr. 18, 2011 - According to an article in the April 2011 issue (PDF) o The Costco Connection, now is the time to buy a home, as the likely rise in interest rates predicted for the near future may entice buyers from the sidelines and push residential real estate sale prices up.
Apr. 15, 2011 - Residential building in the Twin Cities declined in March, with fewer apartments being constructed than a year earlier. According to statistics compiled by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities for its Keystone Report, there were 155 permits for a total of 201 units permitted during four weeks in March. That's down from 236 permits for a total of 733 units in March 2010. Additionally, most of the units permitted in March were for rental apartments and senior housing.
Apr. 13, 2011 - This Austin II model home in Legacy Creek is now in the framing stage.
Apr. 13, 2011 - 869 104th Lane NE in Blaine Haven is almost completed! This home will be finished by the end of April.
Apr. 13, 2011 - The Lancaster model is almost finished! Completion will be within the month of April.
Apr. 13, 2011 - 913 104 Lane NE is almost finished! This home will be complete by the end of April.
Mar. 31, 2011 - Thanks to an improving U.S. economy, rising employment and more income flowing into consumer pockets, many real estate markets could be considered healthy. Minneapolis is one of them, according to Gathering Strength: The Healthiest Markets for 2011 from Builder online. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro was ranked sixth according to their index. Here is what Builder had to say about the Twin Cities area's real estate market:
Mar. 28, 2011 - Multifamily permit activity has been unpredictable, rising 17% one month and then falling 8% the next. An analysis of year-wide 2010 permit data shows where 2011 development activity is likely to be concentrated. The Twin Cities area is ranked in the top 20 for projected apartment construction. Based on sharp permit increases in many major markets, the rise in demographically favored multifamily construction may be imminent. Some of the greatest growth for households within the U.S. over the next ten years will be in the 25 to 34 age group that's more likely to rent apartments. On the other hand, multifamily construction has been so depressed that an increase in activity isn't really a surprise.
Mar. 24, 2011 - Completion is near! The Austin II model was recently sheetrocked and primed. Cabinets and flooring get installed this week!
Mar. 24, 2011 - A variety of factors affecting the construction industry, with the obvious reasons being high unemployment and the foreclosure crisis. But there's also a less obvious reason for dwindling demand for new homes. The formation of new households has basically stopped, dragging down home sales and construction. The weak economy is forcing college graduates to move home, friends to become roomates, and extended families getting cozy under the same roof. Home owners have rented out rooms to complete strangers, forming a symbiotic relationship that puts roofs over heads and helps mortgages get paid.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Legacy Creek | 3540 127th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | Framing Phase
Mar. 19, 2011 - Legacy Creek | 3540 127th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | Sheet Rock Phase
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Mar. 19, 2011 - Legacy Creek | 3540 127th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | SOLD!
Mar. 19, 2011 - Legacy Creek | 3532 127th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | SOLD!
Mar. 19, 2011 - New Legacy Creek Homes Under Construction
Mar. 19, 2011 - The amount of residential building permits issued in the Twin Cities throughout November 2009 increased 28% compared to November 2008. According to the figures released by the Builders Association of the Twin Citiies, permitted units were also 37% higher than last year. So far for all of 2009, building activity is down 11.5% from 2008. Construction is still well below numbers from 2007 and the booming years before.
Mar. 19, 2011 - A week ago we wrote that Norton Homes is in the process of building 4 new houses in Blaine's Legacy Creek development. These homes are going up so quickly, by the time those pictures were put up, they were out of date because even more work had been done in that time.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Earlier this week we shared pictures of the 4 new houses Norton Homes is in the process of building in Blaine's Legacy Creek development. Construction on these homes is happening very quickly and we are very happy to be able to show you just how fast the process is going.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Hope you had happy holidays and a Happy New Year! It has been a few weeks since we posted an update about what is building up at Legacy Creek in Blaine, MN. Most of us may have taken a long holiday, but our home builders didn't. Check out what they've been up to!
Mar. 19, 2011 - There has been some activity in the local home building industry in 2009. As we mentioned earlier in this blog, residential building permits issued throughout the month of November 2009 were up 28% from the same month of 2008. Well, 89% more residential permits were issued in December 2009 than in the same month of the previous year.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Check it out! The new homes being constructed at the Legacy Creek housing development in Blaine, MN, are going up rather quickly now.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Jim Hafner, Blaine's storm water manager, says too much rain goes down city storm drains. Rain and snowmelt flow off surfaces like roofs and roads, sweeping salt, sand, fertilizer and other contaminants into storm drains - which take the water to creeks, rivers and lakes.
Mar. 19, 2011 - The City of Blaine has again been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This marks the 16th consecutive year the city has earned the distinction. The Tree City USA program provides direction, assistance, public attention, and national recognition for community forestry programs in cities like Blaine.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Are you a dog lover considering building or buying a new home in Blaine MN? Dog owners in Blaine can bring their dogs to Happy Acres Park for fun and exercise. A dog park and off-leash area opened there earlier this month with signs, bag dispensers, waste containers, and all.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Twin Cities pending home sales fell steeply in May, according to new data from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The drop was expected after the expiration of the federal home buyer tax credit. Signed purchase agreement for pending home sales plummeted in May by nearly 25% compared to May of last year. There were 3,910 signed agreements last month, compared to 5,183 signed purchase agreements in May 2009.
Mar. 19, 2011 - A recent report shows that interest rates for mortgages are affordably low. FreeRateUpdate.com researches over 2 dozen wholesale lenders' rate sheets on a daily basis to determine the most accurate rates available. Conventional 30-year fixed mortgages are still available at 4.375% for well-qualified consumers. 15-year fixed mortgages remain available at 3.875%. Even 30-year fixed jumbo loans are available today at 5.375%.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Another series of real estate reports show that there is both good news and bad news for Twin Cities home buyers and sellers. Good news! According to the monthly Case-Shiller survey, home prices in the metro area during April were 9.5% higher than April 2009. That's much better than the 3.8% increase recorded for the national average. For the 20 metro areas Case-Shiller tracked, the Minneapolis market's year-over-year gain in home prices was topped only by San Francisco, whose price index rose 18%, and San Diego, where home prices rose 11.7%.
Mar. 19, 2011 - Mortgage rates fell for the second straight week to the lowest point in 50 years. However, many people either don't qualify for new mortgages or aren't looking for a home because they already took advantage of low rates and a tax credit earlier this year.
Mar. 19, 2011 - How Low Can Interest Rates Go?
Mar. 15, 2011 - New statistics offer some suggestions of recovery in the Minnesota real estate market, though troubles still remain. According to numbers from by the Minnesota Housing Partnership report, foreclosures in the Minneapolis - Saint Paul Metro Area dropped to the lowest number in about two years in the last quarter of 2010. However, during the same period, the number of families living in homeless shelters within Hennepin County was nearly unchanged compared to the same period last year.
Feb. 24, 2011 - The Builders and Remodelers Product & Service Show is being held this afternoon, Thursday, February 24, at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Previously the Builder Product & Service show, the Builders' Association of the Twin Cities event has undergone a few changes in the past few months. It now more truly captures the representation of the show's audience and membership. The theme of this year's event is sports-related: "Game On."
Feb. 20, 2011 - The number of housing construction permits issued in January increased in the Twin Cities area compared to 2010. However, the number of units that were permitted declined, along with the total value of the permits released. According to the Minnesota Keystone Report issued by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the total number of permits issued last month was 205, compared to the 189 permits issued in January 2010 and the 127 issued in January 2009. Total permitted units including multi-family housing projects was just 214, declining from 350 a year ago.
Feb. 16, 2011 - The Brockton III is in the finishing stages. Completion will be the end of February.
Feb. 16, 2011 - 913 104th Lane NE is sheetrocked and ready for painting!
Feb. 16, 2011 - The Lancaster is sheetrocked and ready for painting.
Feb. 16, 2011 - 869 104th Lane NE is almost finished! Completion will be the end of February/early March!
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Feb. 13, 2011 - 125th Avenue NE & Legacy Creek Parkway, Blaine, MN 55449 Legacy Creek is one of Blaine's newest master-planned communities featuring single family homes from the $270's. To learn more about Legacy Creek, CLICK HERE!
Feb. 11, 2011 - The Brockton is now complete!
Feb. 01, 2011 - The main rule of real estate - "Location, location, location" - doesn't explain how housing developments can succeed or fail in the same city, in the same place, literally across the street from each other. The winners and losers in the Great Housing Crash are obvious throughout the Twin Cities suburbs. A project in Woodbury languishes with a single house stands in contrast to acres of bare lots. Yet across Cottage Grove Drive a thriving development boasting 600 homes and working on its seventh addition. Location doesn't explain the difference. Nor does the quality of houses.
Jan. 27, 2011 - We have had quite a few inquires about this nearly completed home so I thought I should get a quick blog post up. The bad news is this beautiful home has recently sold, but the good news is we have several other fantastic homes nearing completion. These homes will be completed in the next few weeks and several additional homes within the next few months so check back often!
Jan. 26, 2011 - Wondering what home interiors are going to look like in 2011? Interior design trends for the future are all about making a home look more optimistic, functional and personal. Here's what is happening on the home front:
Jan. 19, 2011 - New residential construction, in Minnesota and throughout the U.S., has slowed down, but it certainly hasn't stopped. And the houses are getting smaller due to the economic crunch, but the most important room in the home - the kitchen, - isn't yielding much. Kitchens have changed a lot in the last 50 years, as evidenced by these great photos from the Parade of Homes Blog show. More than a space for cooking, as multi-purpose spaces where dining, entertaining, homework, telecommuting and more can occur, flexibility is an absolute must for the modern kitchen. But money is tight these days, so thrift is a virtue - along with sustainability, energy efficiency, and functionality. We've picked five of 20 Kitchen Design Ideas that today's buyers love, according to Builder Magazine Online (and our own experience, of course!).
Jan. 11, 2011 - Green building is going mainstream. But what developments are likely to become popular for eco-minded builders and consumers? The nonprofit Earth Advantage Institute recently made some green building trend predictions for 2011. Here are our top 5 choices from their list.
Jan. 07, 2011 - Compared to December of 2009, Twin Cities residential construction activity fell the last month of 2010. For the full year, though, 2010 bested 2009 for Twin Cities home builders by 13% for permits and 27% for units .
Jan. 06, 2011 - Norton Homes newest floorplan - The Lancaster. Framing is almost complete!
Jan. 06, 2011 - The Brockton III is framed and being insulated. This is the newest floorplan being built in the popular Legacy Creek development.
Jan. 06, 2011 - The Brockton is sheetrocked and ready for paint! Completion will be the end of January/Early Feb
Dec. 31, 2010 - Builder Magazine recently gave its forecast of residential design themes that are likely to proliferate in the New Year. Now, they've released a list of design fads that likely won't make appearances in 2011. Here are our Top 5 choices from their list of negative design trends.
Dec. 23, 2010 - New houses are still popping up in the Twin Cities, there are just fewer of them than in years past. With the reduction of quantity has come an emphasis on the qualities of what goes into each home. Builder Magazine Online recently published an article laying out their ideas for 10 Design Trends for 2011 and in the years ahead. Here are our three picks from their list which can be observed in the construction of new Twin Cities housing stock.
Dec. 09, 2010 - Legacy Creek | 3500 127th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | Framing | Front of House Framing is underway at 3500 127th Ave NE in the Legacy Creek development in Blaine, MN!
Dec. 09, 2010 - Legacy Creek | 3541 126th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | Front of House Even though it's cold outside, the workers will begin siding 3541 126th Ave NE shortyly in the Legacy Creek development in Blaine, MN.
Dec. 09, 2010 - Legacy Creek | 3509 126th Ave NE, Blaine, MN | Front of House It's almost time for siding at 3509 126th Ave NE in the Legacy Creek development in Blaine, MN.
Dec. 09, 2010 - Blaine Haven is one of Blaine's newest developments featuring single-family homes from the $240's. This affordable community in Blaine, MN features 34 homes which come together to create a beautiful neighborhood.
Dec. 09, 2010 - Blaine Haven | 869 104th Lane NE, Blaine, MN | Foundation The foundation has been poured at 869 104th Lane NE in Blaine Haven in Blaine, MN. Stay tuned, new pictures will be coming soon to show the progress!
Dec. 09, 2010 - The cold weather doesn't stop Norton Homes from getting their jobs done. The foundation has been poured at 901 104th Lane NE in Blaine Haven in Blaine, MN. We will be adding pictures as the building progresses, so make sure you are checking back!
Dec. 09, 2010 - As you can see, Norton Homes has started construction on yet another home in Blaine Haven! The foundation has been poured at 913 104th Lane. Make sure you keep checking back for more photos of the progress.
Dec. 02, 2010 - Builder Magazine recently published online "10 Products You Should Consider Including in Your Houses in 2011." In this time of belt tightening, high-end products aren't an option for every situation, but there are some things that may be worth the splurge. And homeowners, some are also great suggestions for existing homes. Here are our top 5 picks from Builder's list that could be part of plans for a new construction home or one that someone would just like to improve.
Nov. 24, 2010 - Minnesotans are finding home ownership more affordable for several reasons these days. First, historically low interest rates have resulted in reduced monthly housing payments, making it easier to purchase a home. Consumers with good credit, a down payment, and consistent employment are benefiting the most from the current real estate market climate.
Nov. 17, 2010 - Home sales fell 43.5% in October from a year earlier Blaine MN according to data released by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. There were 61 homes sold in Blaine during October 2010. The $150,000 median sales price of a Blaine home sold in October was an -11.8% decrease from last year. The median is the point at which half of all homes sell for more and half sell for less. New listings in Blaine MN were down -8.4 percent in October.
Oct. 21, 2010 - New residential construction around the Twin Cities continues. Municipalities issued 228 construction permits during September 2010, down slightly from 235 in September of 2009.
Sep. 23, 2010 - With 25 permits last month, Maple Grove saw more building permits for residential housing in August than any other locality in the Twin Cities. Woodbury was second with 20 and Blaine was third with 18. In year-to-date rankings, Maple Grove also tops the list with 185 permits, ahead of Blaine, which has 171, and Shakopee with 136. Most of the permits issued have been for developments that have been approved for some time. The economy has created a drought in the number of new plots being sold.
Sep. 13, 2010 - The Twin Cities housing market continues to struggle. Both the number of sales and the median sales price of homes in the area dropped in the month of August, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.
Aug. 27, 2010 - New statistics from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities indicate home construction has picked up over the summer. After bottoming out at record lows in 2008 and 2009, builders and city planners are cautiously optimistic about the wave of new home construction that has been occuring over the summer.
Aug. 13, 2010 - July residential building activity in the Twin Cities was down slightly compared to the same month last year, according to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities
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