Large Shakopee Rambler Homes For Sale on 1+ acre

If you are looking through the Shakopee MN MLS listings it is hard not to pass on this solid rambler in Shakopee on acreage. 523 Barrington Drive in Shakopee MN has almost 2300 sqft on the main  level alone. This custom rambler sits on just over an acre of park like setting and also features a volleyball court and private water feature. There are many outdoor living spaces as well including a west facing porch, South facing covered porch and East patio for morning sun.

The main level of this Shakopee rambler features a large entry with double doors leading to the great room, four season porch, gourmet kitchen, main level laundry, informal and formal dining rooms, master bedroom and bathroom, additional bedroom and bathroom for guest and also a half bath.

The lower level of this home has storage everywhere! So many rooms for crafts, activities and plenty of room to tuck away all your possessions. There is a theater room in the lower level, game space and a custom built bar. There are also two additional bedrooms and a large bathroom.shakopee homes for sale

If you would like to set up a showing or want current pricing information on this great custom built Shakopee rambler feel free to email us or to call the listing agent Tom Scott at 612-384-2178


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Handicap Accessible MN Townhomes For Sale

Finding a handicap accessible MN townhome is not an easy task. Many MN townhomes are just are not made to be 100% handicap accessible. Sure, even if you look at the MN MLS you might search using terms such as one level living or all living facilities on one level, but that doe not necessarily make the MN townhomes for sale handicap accessible. To me a true handicap accessible MN townhome will have switches accessible, wider door ways that are accessible via wheelchair, wider hallways and one large detail, NO STAIRS outside. So many “one level townhomes” have a stair or two to get in. I recently had a conversation with someone about how hard this can be if you are in a wheelchair.

If you are considering looking at MN townhomes and need a good, quality built true handicap accessible townhome, we have the perfect place for you. We will be listing a Shakopee townhome this week that has everything I said above and is such a good neighborhood with such wonderful people there. I may be a bit partial being my Mother used to live in the neighborhood before she passed away. Anyway feel free to give me a call on the home, it is at 1935 Boulder Pt in Shakopee and we will be listing the townhome soon for $175,000. This handicap accessible townhome is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom one level MN townhome with about 1400 sqft. It includes a two car garage, sunroom, gas fireplace and a nice layout. Feel free to contact me if you would like to set up a showing.

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Shakopee Foreclosures? Use the FHA 203k loan program

Like many other MN Homes, Shakopee foreclosures are just as prevelant. To  purchase some of those detressed foreclosure properties you need a LOT of $$$$ to repair the MN homes to bring them up to par, because the banks won’t lend the money to buy the house until the repairs are complete. I recenlty had a client use a great program for Shakopee foreclosures. The program is called the FHA 203k loan program and I used Wells Fargo in Shakopee to do the MN FHA 203k loan program we just closed on. There are a few other companies that do the MN FHA 203k loan program, but not all loan officers do, so make sure to check if you are looking in a price range that may need repairs.

More MN FHA 203k Loan Program Information

  •  The downpayment requirement for an owner-occupant (or a nonprofit organization or government agency) is only 3.5% of the purchase price and repair costs of the property.

The MN FHA 203k loan includes the following steps:
A potential homebuyer locates a fixer-upper and executes a sales contract after doing a feasibility analysis of the property with their real estate professional. The contract should state that the buyer is seeking a 203(k) loan and that the contract is contingent on loan approval based on additional required repairs by the FHA or the lender.

Find an approved MN FHA 203k loan officer

-Submit repair bids from A LICENSED CONTRACTOR, if you are not licensed, you CAN NOT do the work.

The appraisal is performed to determine the value of the property after all repairs are completed, they don’t need to be completed prior to closing, but they do the appraisal as if those repairs were completed.

If the borrower is approved through the loan officers underwriting , the loan closes for an amount that will cover the purchase or refinance cost of the property, the remodeling costs and the allowable closing costs. The amount of the loan will also include a reserve of 10% to 20% of the total remodeling costs and is used to cover any extra work not included in the original proposal.

At closing, the seller of the property is paid off and the remaining funds are put in an escrow account to pay for the repairs and improvements during the rehabilitation period.

The remodeling can begin after closing.

Escrowed funds with the title company on MN homes are released to the contractor during construction through a series of draw requests for completed work. To ensure completion of the job, 10% of each draw is held back; this money is paid after the lender determines their will be no liens on the property.

If you would like more information about the FHA 203k loan program, a good loan officer familiar with the process or Shakopee foreclosure list make sure to contact me.

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Shakopee Builder Looking For Feedback | Enter to win $50 gift card | F & B Construction

A local Shakopee builder, F & B Construction, recently sold their model home in Spring Lake Estates just south of Shakopee about 4 miles down Marschall Rd. We would like to actively hear what consumers are looking for in their floor plans. We recently sold a rambler that was about 1881 sqft on the main level with a office and two bedrooms on the main floor.

F & B construction builds quality homes that last.  They won’t be the cheapest Shakopee  builder short term when you compare F & B Construction to national builders like Lennar Homes in Shakopee, Ryland Homes in Shakopee or Mattamy homes in Shakopee, however they will not cut corners with the quality of their work.

F & B Construction uses top quality materials like Marvin Integrity windows, finished on site flooring, plywood subflooring instead of chip board, thicker gauge siding and custom cabinets from a local cabinet maker in Jordan MN. They take pride in everything they do and have numerous happy customers. Even when comparing against national builders, they are still competitive. Standard features F & B Construction includes when building a home is a concrete driveway, flooring allowance adequate for REAL hardwood floors, garage door openers, knockdown ceilings, an appliance allowance, fully painted home and a fully sodded yard. Ihave seen many Shakopee builders charge additionally for these items. F & B Construction uses all the same sub contractors so you know your home will be built by the same people every time.

While not using “box cabinets” or a prefabricated hardwood you have more flexibility to choose the stain colors for you home. If you can dream it, F & B Construction can build it. They have floors plans to choose form, alter or create your OWN CUSTOM PLAN.

A client told F & B Construction how an energy audit was done on their home and if that home had gone through the qualifying, it would have been rated an energy star home. F & B Construction does not need the reassurace of paying to qualify as an energy star home, they just build homes right.

Please fill out or contact form  and mention this blog to register for a chance to win a $50 Bonfire gift card. Note what you would like to see that is missing with Shakopee builders today. Is it that laundry hamper you grew up with, larger mudrooms, bonus rooms, different layouts, better quality products. Then mention what style of home you would like to see built.

F & B construction can build home anywhere within the metro area and would love to opportunity to sit down to earn your business and show you what sets them apart.

***registrations will be taken through July 31st, 2011 and the winner will be contacted via email on August 1st, 2011***

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Shakopee Lake Front on Thole Lake | 620 Hahn Drive, Shakopee MLS # 4054409

The MLS listing reads “Stop dreaming…your dream has come true with this sophisticated home designed for fine living & ideal for entertaining with its elegant spaces, lakeshore, swimming pool & park-like 2.5 acre setting! Old World flair, stunning architecture & rich details!” Friends of mine and previous coworkers when I worked at Edina Realty in Shakopee, Bruce and Sue Wolf, recently listed this gem of a home. One of Shakopee’s finest homes is on the market.

You need to see the virtual tour to believe this one of a kind walkout rambler sitting  on a gorgeous parklike setting with 2.5 acres AND Shakopee lake front! Seriously, not every day does someone stumble across Shakopee acreage listings that also include lake front. You have your own private dock and the home is located in the prestigous Theis Estates development on the southern edge of Shakopee sitting on Lake Thole. Lake Thole is a quiet 105 acre lake in Shakopee and is well known in the area as a good fishing lake.


Upon entering this one of a kind rambler you will be taken back by and impressed by the gold Venetian plaster, barrel vault ceiling with metallic finish, hardwood floors and antiqued pillars. To the immediate left is a one of kind formal dining room. The centerpiece of the room is a hand carved masterpiece detailed ceiling trimmed with 18 carat gold and crown molding. The formal dining room includes a built-in hutch, antiqued pillars, floor to ceiling windows & hardwood floors. To the immediate right upon entering, french doors lead to your home office. If you work from home, the main floor office is fit for the finest executive. Many custom built ins line the walls, a built in desk, plenty of large windows to brighten up the room and custom artwork.

The great room features impressive custom built in cabinets, huge floor to ceiling windows to capture the panoramic Lake Thole views, 12 foot coffered ceiling and chandelier as a touch of class. Old world charm radiates in the dramatic great room! 

3 sided gas fireplace and accent pillars divide this gorgeous great room from the informal dining area and kitchen. The kitchen features a huge center island with a sink built in to prep food. This fabulous kitchen provides a true culinary experience. Large work spaces, prep sink, double wall oven, walk-in pantry, custom designed cabinetry, granite and tile back splash. Great gathering space with its center island seating.

Just off the great room of this custom walkout rambler featuresa gorgeous master bedroom with views of pool and Lake Thole. The master suite also includes a two sided fireplace leading to the master bath suite. The master bathroom has a custom double vanity, whirlpool soaking tub and custom tiled walk in shower with dual shower heads. Elegant master bath with whirlpool tub, 2 sided fireplace, dual head shower, his and hers sinks, walk-in closet and heated travertine floors.

The main level is also accompianed by a large laundry room, guest bath, an additional informal entry with built in lockers, tile floors, closet and garage access.


Walkout level entertainment space features gas fireplace, built-in media center, floor to ceiling windows, infloor heat, slate flooring, 9ft ceilings & impressive full bar. Making this room an entertainment hot spot is a pub style wet bar featuring a built-in wine rack, extensive cabinetry, refrigerator, granite counter tops and is open to pool table and family room.

Also in the lower level is a convenient Jack & Jill full bath with double sinks, makeup vanity, heated floors and large linen closet. This bathroom connects two of the three large bedrooms.  There is an exercise room in the lower level.


Immaculate 3.5 car garage onn the main level is heated and features epoxy finished floors, storage cabinets and a alcove for motorcycle parking. The lower level garage is perfect for a workshop, storage or for a boat. There is a wrap around driveway leading to the lower garage.

This custom Shakopee home on Lake Thole has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6 garage stalls and 2,377 sqft on the main level with an additional 2,284 finished on the lower level totaling 4,661 sqft.


Fully irrigated 2.5 acres, exterior security cameras with DVR backup, wrap around driveway with access to the lower level 3 car garage. Ample space in the backyard for tennis court, hockey rink or sports court!


  • Cozy screened porch off kitchen includes knotty pine vaulted ceiling, a wood burning fireplace with stone surround and convenient access to deck.
  • Large Lakeside Firepit for the cool fall evenings
  • 20X16 deck with panoramic views of Lake Thole, pool and gold course like manicured yard. Stairs lead to the lower patio & pool perfect for entertaining.
  • 20X40 In ground pool features automatic cover, fountain, extensive paver pool deck and low maintenance salt chlorine generator system.

To set up a private showing on this listing, contact Tom Scott of Remax Advantage Plus and the Twin City Real Estate Team at 612-384-2178 or via email.

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Ryland Homes & Glacier Estates in Shakopee | Basement Promotion & More Free Stuff!

Ryland Homes ShakopeeA great development in Shakopee on the East side of town just off of County Road 18, Glacier Estates, is offering some great incentives to bring buyers in the door.

I received an email from the Ryland Homes representative in Glaicer Estates in Shakopee. She said it’s been a very busy community so far at Glacier Estates.  As you know, Ryland Homes opened their model May 21st, and said they have already sold three homes since then.

To help get mpre buyers in the door in the Shakopee Glacier Estate neighborhood Ryland Homes is offering a free finished basement promotion that is offered for the month of June.  This is Ryland Homes biggest promotion!  A basement costs $20,000 to $25,000 depending upon the size of the home according to their sales rep.  The best part about the promotion is that you can add additional space in the lower level giving you:  five total bedrooms, another bathroom and a HUGE family room. 

If a basement is not important to you as a home buyer, you can buy options for the value instead!  That could be $20,000 to $25,000 of upgrades. Use your Ryland Homes promotion for upgraded cabinets, flooring, fireplace, WHATEVER.

In addition to this spectacular promotion for the Glacier Estates neighborhood in Shakopee, Ryland Homes is including a free Entertainment Package to put in your finished basement

The entertainment package includes:

  • 46 inch high definition TV
  • 7 channel home theater
  • Installed speakers
  • 2-room music package

Now your basement can become a huge movie room! click here for initial pricing or visit the Ryland website

Even when building a home you can use a Shakopee Realtor to represent your interests in the transaction and help negotiate. Tom Scott of Remax is a Certified Buyer Representation and Certified New Homes Specialist. Licensed for 10 years and holding a Broker license give him the help you are looking for. Why hire another agent to help during the new construction process?

  • Negotiations
  • Help choose Upgrades and Options
  • Advise in Resale Potential
  • Having Your OWN Representation (who do you think the sales reps work for)
  • Help with the sale of your current home
  • Knowledge of Local Area
  • Do a Market Analysis to Make Sure The Value is Fair

New Shakopee Homes For Sale Listed By Remax Advantage Plus 6/6-6/12

Five new Shakopee homes came to the market this week priced from just under$95,000 up to $209,850. Below is a brief look at each new MN MLS listing.

7515 Derby Lane Shakopee, MN MLS # 4056189

This Shakopee townhome for sale is priced aggressively to move at $94,876. Previously built by Ryland homes in Shakopee, this clean and well cared for townhome has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a one car garage and has almost 1300 sqft. Built in 1999 this Shakopee townhome development is unique because the residents also have access to a community pool. The is a transit station close by and you are within walking distance to Walmart, Sam’s Club and many restaurants, bikes trails and activities.

807 Ferdinand Drive Shakopee, MN MLS #4055459

If you like to bet on the ponies or play cards this Shakopee townhome is in the perfect location for you. You are within walking distance of Canterbury Park. Gorgeous with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage. This end unit  Shakopee town home also includesa huge loft  and boosts close to 1400 sqft. A unique feature about this Shakopee townhome is that it overlooks a large open grassy area giving you a little distance and privacy. Walk-Thru bathrooms close to master bedroom, walk-in closet in the second bedroom, an over sized kitchen with tons of oak cabinets make this a great value priced at $131,500.

1985 Boulder Pointe Shakopee, MN MLS # 4055471

I absolutely LOVE this Pulte one level townhome community as I have moved 6-8 townhome in this development. My mother used to live in theneighborhood so I know the good people there. The association dues are kept low as it is self managed at only $120 per month! Nice open floor plan. All the doors are handicap accessible and easy to get around. Some of the nice features in this one level Shakopee townhome are lots of windows, a three sided gas fireplace, separate formal dining room, octagon shaped sun room and in great condition. this home is priced at $169,400 and features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a two car garage and 1464 sqft.

1711 Primrose Lane Shakopee, MN MLS #4056190

This split level home located in the Meadows neighborhood, just North of highway 169 and just West of Marschall Rd off of Vierling drive, is completely renovated and looks turn key to move in. Two bedrooms on the upper level and two bedrooms downstairs. 4 bedrooms total, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage and approximately 1900 sqft. The home has a large fenced yard and is available for immediate possession. The home is listed at $199,995.

1225 Minnesota Street South Shakopee, MN MLS # 4055371

This well taken care of split level home is located just to the West of the Primrose home. Great for the buyer that wants to move right in and enjoy the pride in ownership these original owners have taken in their home. Great location, close to shopping, schools, daycare and restaurants. Nice sized yard, walkout lower level in the basement, two fireplaces and shows like a model home. This one is priced at $209,850.

If you would like to search ALL SHAKOPEE HOMES FOR SALE on our search that links directly from the MN MLS click on the tab or our hyperlink.

We can show any of the listings above, email you the MLS listing print out or if you would like more detail contact Tom Scott of Remax Advantage Plus

We also provide for FREE automatic home searches so you may be notified the moment a home comes on the market.

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Shakopee, Savage and Prior Lake Open Houses 6/11 & 6/12

Open houses in Shakopee and Prior Lake can be a good time to view homes if you are just getting started with your real estate search. Here are a few homes the Twin City Real Estate Team will be holding open and a few other Remax Advantage Plus listings you can’t miss:

1627 Belmont Ave, Prior Lake Open Saturday 6/11 noon-3pm

This home is a solid custom built rambler by F & B Construction. 1881 sqft on the main level with two bedrooms and a large office. The great room is open with lots of light. This homes is on a .46 acre walkout lot backing to many trees giving you some nice privacy. The lower level is partially finished giving you close to 2900 sqft finished with more to finish if you like. We just reduced the price $10,000 bring the listing price to $365,000. F & B Construction is a local builder from Shakopee who use all the same subs on their jobs. You can rest assure your home will be VERY well takend care off. The feature finished on site hardwood floors, custom cabinets with drawers that are dovetailed and full extension. They do floor to ceiling stone fireplaces in all their homes really making that a focal point of the room. This builders background is in concrete so concrete driveways are a must too. Marvin Integrity windows are used in their homes and those are some of the best windows around. I beleive in their product so much I built with them a year and a half ago in the Valley Creek Crossing development in Shakopee. I am all about trying to keep my home energy effienct and this past year I had a third party energy audit done through the city of Shakopee. The inspector at the end said out home was so tight that if F & B Construction would have paid to get the Energy Star Rating, our home would have ranked as one. I really trust the quality of this great local Shakopee builder. Stop out and check their model just  south of Shakopee about 4 miles on Marschall Rd.

15229 Spring Brook Terrence, Savage Open Sunday 6/12 2:00-4:00pm

I really excited about this townhome in Savage because of a few reasona. One of our newest listings the sellers have decided to be aggressive with pricing and after two weeks we have brought the price down $10,000 to $185,000. No need to wait to build as this home could close quickly. You will love the numerous windows in the large two story great room. This home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with an additional living room in the lower level. This home in my opinion is one of the best locations in the developement being an end unit and backing to the soccer fields. You can sit on your deck with a sense of privacy as you are not backing to other townhomes. I think this Savage townhome feels much more like a house compared to other townhomes I have seen. Swing on by and check this one out.

1884 East Vierling Drive, Shakopee Open Sat 6/11  noon-2pm

This home is not one of my listings, but another agent in our office Mary Simon. This is a nice one level townhome with LOW assn dues at $125 per month. This one level Shakopee townhome is  located with easy access to highway,shopping and more. Heated and insulated garage with builtins, 1st Alert Security,newer fridge, stove, roof and oak raised panl cabinets differentiate this from the competition. This home is also unquie as it has 36 inch wide doors and a handicap accessible shower.This nice Shakopee end unit is priced at $162.500

Remax Advantage Plus Shakopee Real Estate Listings week of May 30th-June 5th

This past week the Remax Advantage Plus real estate brokerage in Shakopee offered four new homes for sale:

842 Princeton Ave, Shakopee MLS #4052564

This home is a middle unit townhome built by Town & Country Homes which is now K. Hovanian. This Shakopee townhome features 2 bedrooms and a loft on the upper level. The home also includes an upper level laundry which is nice as that is where all your bedding and clothes are anyway. According to the Minnesota MLS post the owner is a non smoker and also does not have any pets and has never had any pets in this home. This IS NOT a Shakopee short sale or a Shakopee Foreclosure! You may be relieved to find this is not a short sale or foreclosure because you do not need to wait and wait and wait to see if your offer is accepted. Some other features this home has is a 2 car garage, gas fireplace in the living room and well decorated. Listing price$129,876

4608 Bulrush Blvd, Shakopee MLS #4053589

This one was of the Shakopee townhomes built near Lowes by Ryland Homes in Shakopee. This is their original Greenwich floor plan which was the smallest of the three models in the row house collection. It is 1595 sqft with room to finish off a fourth bedroom or family room in the lower level as well as a 4th bathroom. Currently the home is 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom, 2 car garage. I showed this home when is was a short sale listing and the home is in good shape. The home does have some seriously colors so you may want to break out your paint brush. Currently the home is a BANK OWNED Shakopee townhome owned by Fannie Mae and priced at $126,250.

1636 Liberty Circle, Shakopee MLS #4054306

Another Town & Country built home in the Countryside development of Shakopee. This is a larger middle unit than the first home on Princeton and has 1562 sqft with 3 BR plus Loft, 3 BA, and a 2 car garage. This one again IS NOT a Shakopee short sale or foreclosure. This townhome has ceramic tile, 42 inch upper cabinets, 3 sided gas fireplace and a private master bathroom. The home is priced at $147,495.

2016 Hackberry Lane, Shakopee MLS # 4054756

The most expensive of the Remax Advantage Plus listings this week to hit the Shakopee real estate market. This home is a custom two story built in the Park Meadows neighborhood of Shakopee. Currently listed at $339,900 this home also has contract for deed financing as an option for this home with flexible terms. This solid two story has an oversized 3 car garage, awesome master bathroom and the home includes 4 bedrooms, a hall study area, 2 bathrooms and laundry all on the upper level.

If you would like to search ALL SHAKOPEE HOMES FOR SALE on our search that links directly from the MN MLS click on the tab or our hyperlink.

We can show any of the listings above, email you the MLS listing print out or if you would like more detail contact Tom Scott of Remax Advantage Plus

We also provide for FREE automatic home searches so you may be notified the moment a home comes on the market. We are seeing many multiple offer situation and homes that are priced accordingly selling quickly.

Buyer Older, Not Newer Shakopee Homes

Older Shakopee Homes For SaleThis may seem like an odd idea, but I have have many clients drifiting in the $150,000-$225,000 price range. Many clients just set up their search criteria to include home built after 1990 which I can feel may be a big mistake. The part of this I do not understand is there are some quality Shakopee homes for sale that are older than 1990 and do have many updates. One complaint I here about the Shakopee area is that there are not enough trees. Well newer areas do not have those established neighborhoods with 20-40 year old maples, oaks and other large shade trees. There are a few pockets of Shakopee that are great for neighborhoods as described, but you will need to be open to looking at an older home.

We just received an offer on a listing we have on Hauer Trail in Shakopee. GREAT neighborhood. Quiet, mature trees and well established. I think it is one of the hidden gems in Shakopee. This particular owner went all out when updating his home. Maintenance free James Hardy siding with a 50 year warranty, brand new quality windows replaced throughout the home, new high efficeny furnace and air conditioning, new hot water heater, newer carpet, new garage door openers and the list goes on. When considering a purchase, most Shakopee homes for sale do not have anywhere close to these upgrades and many will be in dire need of those update within the first five years on ownership.

Now would you rather purchase an “older” home and have all those updates or shell out upward of $30,000 for all those upgrades OUT OF POCKET after you close. At least the bank will give you the money upfront now at a great interest rate!

For older Shakopee homes for sale that need some fixing up, consider a FHA 203k loan. With that loan you are able to borrow more than the sales price and in turn take that money to make the improvments. I recently hasd a client purchase a home in Jordan and he took out about $9000 to install a new furnace, new air conditionor and do some plumbing and electrical repairs. Another great option in which you do not need to pay money out of pocket and can rather have those costs in your mortgage payment.

If you are thinking of moving within the area or are an out of state buyer contact me and I can send out a relocation packet.