Mattamy Homes in Shakopee Riverside Bluffs

Mattamy homes in Shakopee are offered in the Riverside Bluffs neighborhood, an ideal location with walking and biking trails and open outdoor spaces. This Shakopee neighborhood is fantastic and priced from the mid $200’s. Mattamy homes have designed all two-story homes at Riverside Bluffs and all homes have 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with and potential to finish out the basement for and additional bedroom and bath. With a range of square footage, Mattamy homes provide for all lifestyles and accommodates to what space you might in need of.

The most basic floorplan designed my Mattamy homes starts at 2,195 sqft and $279,990, but pricing is always subject to change and this may not include any current incentives Mattamy Homes in Shakopee has running. A spacious first floor has a family room situated off the large eat-in kitchen with Center Island. There is some extra storage space provided by the walk-in closet and pantry in the mudroom. Mattamy pays attention to design with a front porch and large, inviting windows. The upper
level of this Mattamy home has 4 total bedrooms, including the master, and two bathrooms.

An even more spacious Mattamy home boasts over 2,800 sqft and is priced at $319,990. This is another spectacular home with even more great features. Mattamy homes went above and beyond with the main level that includes: dining room, great room, large eat-in kitchen with center island, a study, and mud room with storage space off the 3-car garage. The upper level has 3 great sized bedrooms that share a bath. In addition, the master suite has a large walk-in closet and master bath. Mattamy once again caters to their customers needs with a laundry room on the upper level.

Mattamy Homes started by building their first home in 1978. Their goal is to make the home buying process and enjoyable experience for every homeowner. Mattamy Homes are fully committed to giving you a home that will exceed your expectations. With such a great mindset, they now have more than 50,000 homes in more than 150 communities in Canada and the United States. Their communities begin with acquiring land, designing the homes, planning the streets, and creating the parklands.

For more information, drop me an email and I would be happy to set up a time to show you the model and talk about the builder.

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Things To Look Out For When Buying Real Estate

While we all know searching for new home can be exciting, it can also be quite stressful and discouraging. If in the market to buy a new home, paying close attention to certain aspects may help alleviate that stress. The main aspects include electrical, foundation, plumbing, the attic, and landscaping.

Electrical

New homebuyers would be smart to have a home inspection. That will ensure that if there were problems, they would be pointed out and then could be fixed. Some buyers tend to assume that if a house is new, everything will work just fine. That may not always be the case.

Foundation

Homebuyers should pay close attention to the foundation of the house. Minor cracks causing lifting and separation are signs that there may be a problem. However, homebuyers also need to keep in mind that homes usually do have natural cracks due to settling. Home inspections will tell buyers whether the cracks are typical or untypical and if they will lead to problems.

Plumbing

While plumbing problems are not easily seen, they can lead to very expensive repairs if not detected. Homebuyers need to be aware that leaks can also lead to mold. Even if the plumbing problem has been fixed, homebuyers should make sure the other problems associated with the leak were also fixed.

The Attic

The attic can tell homebuyers a lot about a house. If a home had a leak and it damaged a wall, a contractor can repair it to look like new and hopefully function like new. Another sign is if it’s an older house and the insulation is brand new, this tells homebuyers that there was a water leak because the insulation needed to be replaced. Homebuyers can also tell if the roof is in decent condition by paying close attention to the wood and if there is water damage.

Landscaping

Homebuyers should take notice to the landscaping around the house. If landscaping is too close, it could cause water damage, which could lead to foundation cracks. When landscaping is properly placed at least 12 inches from the house, the risk of water damage is less.

 

Homebuyers should learn as much as possible when looking for their new home. Taking time to learn about the home before closing the deal will keep homebuyers from making a mistake and having to spend more money in the future.

 

Shakopee MLS Listings Not On Market, More Inventory?

WOW, there seems to be nothing on the market and FINALLY when something nice is listed….gone. The Shakopee MLS listings inventory seems to be depleting. I looked today and there were literally only 187 homes that were “available” with so much inventory sold subject to bank approval. short sales and pending Shakopee MLS listings. The good news is homes are selling. I thought about another spin buyers in finding a quality Shakopee home. Buyers can either contact me, Tom Scott of Remax Advantage Plus and the Twin City Real Estate Team, or the Shakopee Realtor they may be working with and we can sift through past expired and cancelled listings. Shakopee MLS inventory that contracts have expired or sells have thought to take off the market for some reason. I see many of these end up being Shakopee short sale listings that go to the bank, but many sellers want to “give the home a break” as they feel once reintroduced to the market there will be more interest. Perfect opportunity to get out of all those multiple offer situation and be proactive. I or your Shakopee Realtor can set up what is called a one time showing contract so the seller does not necessarily need to go through the hassle of preparing their house if the truly do not want to sell at the moment. I ironically sold my Savage townhome this way prior to moving back to Shakopee. We had our home on the market, decided to take it off and then an agent from the Prior Lake Edina Realty office called up and said, “would you still consider selling your townhome”……um, duh, totally. Obviously it would depend on the price, but in most cases the seller will likely save some $$$ and might be able to come down a little more as well. Just a thought. I like to think outside the box and wanted to share an idea if you feel you are at wits end. Another idea we have done was to target market a specific neighborhood, style of home etc. I have sent out a mailing stating we have a buyer who is pre approved, ready to close in “x” time frame, please contact us blah, blah, blah. Good response and another way a Shakopee Realtor can help. So don’t just rely on what Shakopee MLS listings show up on your favorite home search engine,, be proactive. Hope this helps! Give me a call and I can send you a print out of a list in your price range.

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Tom Scott- Twin City Real Estate Team

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What Buyers Look For In Your Shakopee Home or Town Home and What Helps Sell It

As the housing market continues to remain relatively uncertain, sellers may be curious on what the secret is to selling their house. Sellers want their house to sell quickly while keeping most of the equity that they have built up in their home. Now, there is no perfect method that guarantees a perfect sale of your home, but there are certain factors that will have an effect on how quickly and for how much your home sells.

1) Price – You need to capture your audience and can do that through price. If priced above the competition, buyers may not even take a look. A price that is just below the competition is likely to get a lot of interest and be off the market sooner.

2) Location – This is still a very important component to your house sale. A lot of buyers are very particular on location. Things like major roads, power lines, and airports may deter buyers from your home.

3) Livability – There has been some growing popularity amongst buyers with livability and amenities. Buyers look for neighborhoods that are close to golf courses, parks, restaurants, and shopping. They also want good schools, walking trails, and welcoming neighborhoods.

4) Condition – A home that is well maintained and ready to move in will sell faster than a rundown home in a good neighborhood. While major fixes are more apparent and usually well appreciated, simple fixes such as new paint and clean carpets can also have an effect.

5) Competitive Advantage – Seller’s cannot think they are the only one in this race to sell a house. Past sales, current listings, and foreclosures are all direct competition with your home. You need to consider what the other homes have to offer and what updates they might have. From there, you will be able to make comparisons in order to price your home competitively.

6) Curb Appeal – It is the first impression that you give to buyers. Keep your lawn and yard maintained and make sure everything is in order while you have your home on the market.

7) Staging – Buyers are looking to be impressed when they walk into your home. Remove clutter, personal items, and make sure the space is clean. This will allow buyers to really appreciate the space without being distracted or only noticing the bad spots.

8) Kitchens – Having a good kitchen can sell a house. Minor updates and remodels such as updating cabinets, counters, and floors are a huge advantage.

9) Agents – Choosing to work with an accomplished and knowledgeable Shakopee real estate agent could be your greatest advantage. They will know the latest market trends; have a network of agents, and numerous contacts to help you find the right home.

10) Marketing – Showcasing your home is most easily done through the Internet to millions of potential buyers. Sellers should work with their agent to develop a solid marketing plan. Since the agent is working for the seller, be sure that they earn their commission and do the job that you expect of them.

Shakopee Inventory Down, Shakopee Short Sales Up

The Shakopee real estate inventory seems to be heading lower and lower, however at the same time Shakopee short sales are increasing. The Shakopee real estate market is moving though. I sold a Shakopee foreclosure listing that I put on the market in less than a week and recently  sold a listing of mine on the west side of town on Madison the same day! I did have a buyer for the listing a few weeks in advance and did notify both parties prior to listing the home. With only 260 active homes on the market, good real estate is hard to find. Shakopee town home inventory also seems to be down with only 38% of the active listing classified as Shakopee townhomes. As mentioned in a previous blog, a frustrating stat shows again how few homes are available. Of the 260 active Shakopee homes on the market, 60 actually do have offers, but do still show as active and this does not include the 70 pending homes waiting to close. Those 60 are Shakopee homes that are either subject to inspection, another home or subject to bank approval (which is essentially short sale listings). That brings me to my next CRAZY set of stats including Shakopee short sales :

  • 75 of the 260 active Shakopee homes are short sales, 29% and a high percentage.
  •  If you include Shakopee foreclosures, 39.6% of the market is distressed, which is actually down thankfully.
  • Of the 200 remaining Shakopee homes without offers, 34 are Shakopee short sales, again another positive sign as we are down to only 17% of the market being short sale listings in Shakopee.
  • Only 32% of the remaining 200 Shakopee real estate listings are townhomes. Typically 42-48% of the total sales annually in Shakopee are townhomes.

I remember a time when it was hard to find Shakopee homes for sale under $200,000, today 92 of the 200 listings without offers are under $200,000 and 32 of those are single family homes. Only 36 homes are listed over $350,000 and 15 over $500,000.