Attic Insulation Saves You Money

Save about $600 per year by boosting the amount of attic insulation from R-11 to R-49. Depending on the type of materials you use, figure on paying an insulation contractor about $1,500 to insulate an 800-square-foot attic, which pays back your investment in three years. You’ll spend about half that to do the job yourself. [...]

Attic Insulation Saves You Money2016-11-22T13:49:30-06:00

Home Maintenance Tasks: When to DIY and When to Hire a Pro

Doing maintenance jobs yourself can be a smart way to save money, but choose the right DIY projects or you’ll end up paying dearly.

Home Maintenance Tasks: When to DIY and When to Hire a Pro2016-11-22T13:49:31-06:00


It’s not just what’s inside that counts. Curb appeal matters, too. Whether you’re selling or want to be the neighborhood beauty queen, here’s how to keep your lawn, garden, patio, and deck in pageant shape.


Why Home Ownership Matters

Americans Prefer Owning to Renting

Why Home Ownership Matters2016-11-22T13:49:31-06:00

Landscaping & Gardening

Spring is finally here, and your landscaping wants your attention. Show your gardens some love, and boost the value of your home.

Landscaping & Gardening2016-11-22T13:49:32-06:00

Home Contractor Tips

Start your remodeling project off right: Know what questions to ask the contractors you interview; ensure an iron-clad contract, and make sure you get the best work out of your contractor. Plus, understand when it pays to do the work yourself.

Home Contractor Tips2016-11-22T13:49:32-06:00

9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers

Here are a few surprising and simple ways to cut your energy bill this season. Give your pocketbook and Mother Nature a gift this season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers2011-11-22T14:11:15-06:00

We’re Growing

    We are proud to announce that  Diane Sorensen, Ryan Lickfelt, and Traci Atkinson have recently joined us as sales agents.  As you might remembert, Diane and Ryan worked for us previously and we are pleased to welcome them back. All of these agents have been in the real estate business for many years [...]

We’re Growing2016-11-22T13:49:32-06:00

Encouraging Signs

I knew it had been a while since I had last wrote here, but I didn't realize it had been August!  Well, I know where much of the time was spent. We saw a significant increase in housing activity at Hometown Realty during the months of August, September, and October.  People seemed to gain some [...]

Encouraging Signs2010-11-11T13:25:32-06:00

The Real Estate Market (first 30 days after the tax credit expiration.)

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, home sales in the Twin Cities housing market took another dip as the hangover from the tax credit expiration continued. For the week ending May 22, there were 624 pending sales—a precipitous drop of 42.5 percent from a year ago. The biggest drops in sales since the [...]

The Real Estate Market (first 30 days after the tax credit expiration.)2010-06-02T11:41:19-05:00
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