Friday, December 30, 2011
Back in October, Mayor Sandra Krebsbach said the decision was unanimous among the five council members. She said Miller’s strong leadership skills, current data management experience and technology skills will be an asset to the city. In addition, she said he will be instrumental in developing the city’s industrial park.
“For the residents, he will provide excellent service. He will be accessible, effective and I think the residents will enjoy and benefit from him being our city (administrator),” Krebsbach said.
Justin Miller received a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from Austin College of Sherman, TX and a masters of public administration degree from the University of Kansas. He has served as city administrator in Falcon Heights since 2006. Prior to that he has been employed with the cities of Chanhassen and Des Moines, IA, according to a statement released by the city.
Here is a question and answer interview with Justin Miller on his first day at work in Mendota Heights City Hall by Mendota Heights Patch editor.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Minnesota Zoo is open normal hours throughout the new year's holiday and into 2012—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Kindergarten Plus (K-Plus) is District 196's optional, fee-based, full-day program that complements the district's half-day kindergarten program. Morning and afternoon sessions are taught by a licensed kindergarten teacher, resulting in a cohesive, all-day experience for students. Information nights for K-Plus are being held at 6:30-8 p.m.; January 3rd at Red Pine Elementary and January 5th at Echo Park Elementary.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Well that's one viewpoint, and here's mine (along with many of the top agents throughout the country):
- So what if there are less buyers searching around the holiday time! If everyone agreed with the above message, there would also be less listings. This means that there are fewer options for buyers and lower competition rates for your home. Quite a few individuals have vacation time they need to use up toward the end of the year, and save it for time around the holidays. Extended time off definitely gives buyers plenty of time to view homes, especially the serious buyers. Did I mention, buyers searching around this time, tend to be more serious, rather than buyers just starting to look? These serious buyers give you a much better chance of getting a deal on your home closed!
- People relocate from all over the country, all year long. If they have to relocate from Orland to Minneapolis, they don't get to say, "I'd like to wait until next spring to move." They go where they're told, when they're told, and they'll need a new home when they do. That home will not be yours, if it isn't on the market.
- I do understand keeping your home show ready during this time could be a hassle (especially with little ones around; see previous post). Not a problem. You would most likely be cleaning your home to have company over any way right? Well there is something you can check off your list! Clean your house once, and make it a habit to keep it nice and tidy after that, which should include help from everyone living in the home. Now your all ready for showings, and your guests! Never be afraid to ask your agent for help as well. After all, it is their job to get the highest possible return for your home, and that can only come when your home is showing at it's best, and it's cleanest. Worried about showings at inconvenient times? You can have your agent set up customized showing instructions, around the dates and times you choose you would like to allow or not allow showings.
- Now you sold your home (oh no...), and you don't want to move around the holidays! Not to worry. One of your terms in the purchase agreement, can be the closing date. This tends to be flexible, and one would assume that the buyers wouldn't like to move around holiday time either.
There are always two sides to a story, and definitely different view points. But let me ask you this: If you want to sell your house, how would you expect to do that by keeping it, or taking it off the market?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Today is my daughter's first birthday. It has been an incredible year of learning, laughter and adjustments for me. My daughter is truly the most amazing gift. In honor of her, I thought I would take this opportunity to share what I have learned over the last year as it pertains to real estate.
First of all, sellers with children have my highest admiration. I pride myself on being a good housekeeper but my home could not be shown to a prospective buyer on anything less than a full day of scrubbing, organizing, catching up on laundry and dishes. I have no idea how sellers contain the "stuff" that comes with having one tiny extra person in the home!
As far as desired features in a property, I have definitely changed my tune. Open floor plans are no longer on the top of my list. What I wouldn't give right now for doors to close off space that can't be entirely child proofed and to have smaller rooms that can contain a very curious child. An entire level of hardwood floors may look great but I now envision the many falls and tears of a newly walking baby when I see them. Stainless steel appliances are no longer a sleek and stylish amenity but a display fingerprints that appear faster than I can wipe them off. I am already dreading the day she discovers that the loft provides a perfect opportunity to play her favorite game of dropping things and watching them fall.
This first year was definitely an eye opener and I look forward to the adventures ahead!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Fall is our favorite time of year at JAM Realty. Wells Fargo and the MN Zoo have paired up to offer family friendly activities every weekend in October.
Each weekend they will feature a live band and have crafts, face painting and fall themed demonstrations (spinner and apple press demonstrations). There is also an animal themed scarecrow alley, a hay maze and milking demonstration. The activities are free after you pay your admission into the zoo. Hours and times for the events can be found here.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
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Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Kohl’s department store and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics will offer free flu vaccines this weekend at the Apple Valley Kohl’s store. Kohl’s awarded Children’s with a grant to create the Kohl’s and Children’s Influenza Prevention Project, which includes giving flu vaccines, and offering educational assemblies in schools.
The vaccines will be available this weekend in Apple Valley and other cities around the metro including Roseville, Owatonna, Blaine and Maplewood. Head to the Apple Valley Kohl’s on Friday September 9th from 4 to 8pm and Saturday September 10th from 11am -4pm for your free vaccine.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Are you interested in going green but are not sure where to start?
A workshop sponsored by Dakota Valley Recycling might be just what you need! This FREE workshop will focus on how to implement green initiatives that will improve the overall efficiency of your business. A panel of businesses who have already implemented energy saving and environmentally friendly initiatives will be available for questions and answers. The workshop takes place Tuesday September13th from 8:30-10:30am at the Eagan Community Center. This workshop is open to all owners, managers, and employees in the Eagan, Burnsville, and Apple Valley area. Pre-registration is required by September 6th, and can be done by calling 952-895-4511 or online at www.DakotaValleyRecycling.org/ARROW.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
There is so much conflicting information about real estate on the internet and in the news. Come to a free informational seminar to get these questions answered and more. You are invited to join us on Saturday, May 14th to learn about the real estate market in the Twin Cities metro area. This seminar was developed to give you the information you need by industry professionals in a relaxed setting.
Saturday, May 14th 2011 10:00 AM
3000 County Road 42 West
Burnsville, MN 55337
Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results
This property is truly the best of both worlds- it lives like a single family home with two stories above ground and a full basement that walks out to the backyard but has an association that has done an outstanding job of maintaining the exterior of the home and the grounds. Check out the tour of the home and let me know if you are interested in seeing the home in person. I promise, it won't disappoint you!
Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results
Monday, April 11, 2011
If you are going to be searching in a high demand area or price range, you need to take a few key steps before you look at homes to give yourself the highest chance for success. First, get pre-approved for a mortgage. By pre-approved I don't mean that you have just ran some numbers on an on-line calculator or talked to a relative who is in the banking industry. You will want to choose a reputable lender and do a mortgage loan application. To identify homes to consider, you need to know what your price range is and what loan programs you are qualified for; some properties are not eligible for all loan types. By figuring out the financing first, you to be ready to act quickly if you find a home and another party is interested.
Next, make sure you are working with an experienced Realtor that is familiar with your area and price range; you will be relying on their expertise to write a competitive offer. Buyers often do not take this step seriously enough. Buying a home is usually one of the largest financial transactions of your life. Take the time to find a trusted professional to assist you.
If you have viewed a number of homes and find one that really stands out in price, location, quality or features chances are someone else will notice too. You may have pictured yourself negotiating the deal of the century on the home but if another party is interested, you will need to adopt another strategy if you want to make it yours.
Typically if there is more than one interested party in a home in Minnesota, the listing agent will set a deadline for buyers to submit their "highest and best" offers. "Highest" is obviously referring to the highest price you are willing to pay for the home. Think this over carefully. While no one wants to pay more for a house than what it is worth, each buyer may have a different sense of the home's value. Your best bet is to consider comparable sales and decide what you are willing to pay. Homes that sell in multiple offers may be priced lower than the competing homes to ensure a quick sale. They very often sell above the listing price. You may have no idea what the other parties are offering which is frustrating to many buyers. Remember, the other parties are in the same situation. Submit an offer for the most you are willing to pay; another way to look at it is the amount that if another party is willing to pay any more than you, you can accept losing the home and continuing your search.
In writing your "highest and best" offer, "best" refers to the terms of your offer. To compete with another offer you want to have terms that would be desirable to a seller. For example, if the home is vacant, the sellers might prefer a quick closing date. Other areas the seller will compare between offers are seller concessions, contingencies, financing and earnest money. Your Realtor will be able to advise you on presenting the best possible offer.
Remember, you are searching for a place to call home. Don't get discouraged if you end up competing with other buyers for the right place. That just means you have good taste in homes!
Monday, April 4, 2011
The girls also were quick to point out flaws that I overlooked. A beautiful tiered front yard seemed like great curb appeal to me. They informed me that the yard "might be good for floods but is bad for babies." They definitely had safety one their minds again when they told me that a sliding door opening up to a not-yet-built deck was a "terrible idea." Bedrooms painted pink and chalk board paint were big hits as were oversized amusement rooms where you could practice gymnastics. The models that served treats were also high on their list.
We made it through seven homes before it was time for my baby's next meal. Overall, it was definitely my most memorable Parade of Homes tour. I just have to apologize to my sister since she had to hear her kids beg her to build a new house the whole way home.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Jacqueline A. Knauf, RE/MAX Results
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley and is about 10 minutes south of the Mall of America. Look for scenes of my visit to the zoo in my video blog tour of Apple Valley coming this spring.
Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here are the details if you want to apply and get help on your next renovation. If you haven't watched the show, check out full episodes on-line.
-Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results
I have been going to the Parade of Homes every year for the past twelve years. I am excited to see that energy efficiency is a focus of many of the builders this year across all price ranges. I will give you my reviews after my tour.
Jacqueline Knauf, RE/MAX Results