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  • Birthday 08/07/1965

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    Chisago area/ex-Cottage Grove
  1. Home for Sale by Owner Help

    Tom, All good food for thought, FSBO is not for everyone. Personally I did not do a pure FSOB, i used a service that provided me a lot of the stuff needed (e.g. professional signage, brochures, MLS, Disclosure form, realtor showing scheduling service, etc). But that alone does not suffice. Definitely need to do your homework, and is good to have a real estate lawyer involved with the purchase agreement. Even with all that not everyone is cut out to try selling it on their own. As I've read posts here on the Realtor side, you can't just assume they will take care of everything for your best interest. So pays to do your homework even if you enlist one to sell your home. Always good to find one based on personal referrals imo.
  2. Home for Sale by Owner Help

    Delcecchi, My neighbor is getting market analysis from realtors way over what similar or better homes have sold for in the last few months. I am convinced they are telling him this just to get him under contract. Doesn't take rocket science to get an idea of the ballpark for a realistic asking/selling price. Information on homes that sold recently, or are under contract in your area are readily available on the Internet. Tom, FSBO like I was saying to Lip_Ripper, is not for everyone, especially if you aren't prepared to do your homework and properly executing the house prep, pricing, listing, and selling. Good thing is that if you have the luxury of some extra time on the market, the cheap cost of getting the home listed FSBO could be worth it for the little cost. Listing with a Realtor can always be a fallback. Just need to be prepared to accept/understand the real risk/benefits/effort required about what you are getting yourself into. Dave, what your doing is exactly why we sold our last house FSBO, and it really paid off IMO. However we did what you did, so it helped. Although a realtor (if you get the right one), I'm sure can make a big difference with selling quicker, getting a better price, less hassle, etc. The real work you do to get the house ready for sale and appeal to buyers is what I think is the single biggest factor that you have control over to sell your home faster and for a better price. If you or anyone is not real good at what makes sense to update, how to prioritize where to spend your money, and how to do it so it appeals to the most buyers, then you should consult someone that does. The way we staged our home for selling was completely different than how we had it setup for living in. We filled a 10x20 storage unit with all the stuff that we took out so that the house looked as de-cluttered as possible... and we were in no way hoarders and this is in addition to the loads of stuff we brought to Good Will. ** One key piece of advice that we got from others, DO NOT show any potential buyers look at your house until it is completely ready and staged for showings. Even if they say the understand your improvements are unfinished, or house is not completely ready. I think we lost some buyer interest because we did not follow this advice. Anyways, good luck with selling your home Thanks all for continuing to provide feedback to this thread.
  3. Home for Sale by Owner Help

    Thanks Lip_Ripper for the insight, I'll pass it onto my neighbor that is trying to figure this out. I was fortunate when I sold my own home, I used an FSBO that did list my home on MLS and was showing up on various realtor web sites. I ended up lucking out and selling my home in 2 weeks (properly fixing up & staging, as well as high demand for lake homes probably helped a lot). But I think you are right that FSBO is not for everyone, especially if you aren't prepared to do your homework and properly executing the house prep, listing, and selling. It was interesting that in those 2 weeks I had mine for sale, I had only had one professional realtor showing. My buyer and some other very interested parties came from my Open House, seeing it on the Internet, and references. I think the price I ended up selling it for was pretty close to what the market would yield at the time. Since neither me or the buyer used a professional agent so saved me quite a bit of money. I did use my own lawyer to put together the purchase agreement.
  4. Home for Sale by Owner Help

    Thanks for all your advice guys I'm actually trying to help out an elderly neighbor. I had sold our previous house using a for sale by owner service (Home Avenue - included posting to MLS and the other things I needed for $700), Now he wants me to advise him on the process to help save him money. I put this out there to all of folks on this site because I thought it important to do additional due diligence on other for sale by owner company options & advise before I talk to him. This site has always been a great resource. I did a little bit of searching on Angie's List & Yelp, but only had couple of hits. One of them was the company I used and the 2 sites had feedback that opposed the other.
  5. Home for Sale by Owner Help

    Thanks for the info PF. Good tip on the closing costs. As for as the selling side of it ... unfortunately you have to go through a realtor or flat rate type service to list on MLS, Mankato may be a bit too far away unfortunately since I'm in the Chisago Lakes area.
  6. Looking for recommendations for a company to work with regarding selling a home by owner. Looking to eliminate money on seller commissions for a lake home in the Chisago Lakes area (North Center Lake). Services I would need: MLS listing & listing to other home sale sites, disclosure forms, scheduling service for realtor showings, professional for sale signs, sales brochure, open house listing. If selling becomes a problem, would be helpful if the company had a flat rate realtor upgrade option. Any other advise you have about the general process for selling by owner or flat rate realtors would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
  7. Braid on Ice

    I'm with Gelu, if you do a lot of hole hoppin on the open ice - line ices up badly with braids and you cannot get it off like mono you can on mono. If I would find a braid/fused line that did not have this problem I would go with it since that is what I mostly use on my open water rods. If you mostly fish in a heated shelter then you won't have this problem, good to go with fluoro leader like you said. 10# braid is probably over kill for ice fishing. I'd go with no more than 6#.
  8. With the Big Buddy's they have a second gas feed on the other side of the unit. I keep a 1lb on that side, and plug in my 11# w/ regulated hose on the other side. Starts right up since the 1lb is still on, then once it warms up, I just unscrew my 1lb (so save it for later) and will continue to run fine on the 11# tank. Adds an extra step, but works every time immediately for me. As an alternate option, I usually test fire my heater with hose attached before I leave for the lake to ensure all is working. By the time I get to my fishing spot, there is usually still enough LP in the gas line to help her start up right away.
  9. Proview Ducer

    Yeah, I am annoyed by the 9* performance for under 20 ft of water - too strong so everything looks like you have your gain cranked up, without putting my unit into low power mode. My experience with having to put it in LP mode (FX-28) is that I am compromising, and don't get as good a performance as I am use to at those depths when compared to 12* or dual beam using 9*. I have lately been just using a 12*, but am considering possibly a newer improved tri-beam ducer for more flexibility. That is what I use to have, but it was the original and was worthless, so a little hesitant ... also not so sure I like the girth and weight of the tri-beam transduicer.
  10. Which Vexilar Do I Want?

    Last year Gander had a $100 gift certificate with the purchase of a new 28. Between that and what I got for my 22 on hsolist, I broke even so it was a no brainer for me. Not a ton of time on the 28, but so far I've been very happy with it. I still have my 20, that is a rock solid unit too. Only draw back is having only 20 foot depth viewing increments you don't take better advantage of your full viewing screen
  11. Favorite chair or seat for a hub style house

    If I am not worrying about packing light, then Director chair for sure - Comfy & sturdy. If I want to pack light, I am fine with the 5 gallon bucket seat. Beware of using camp chairs not designed for freezing conditions - there is too much plastic parts in key areas. Plastic they often use and cold temps don't mix well, gets brittle and can break easily in fridged conditions.
  12. Ice Shanty Help Please!!!

    This is what you need, can probably build it yourself for about $25
  13. 13 rods and others defects?

    Dang ... so if I'm losing fish, but still have straight guides than it's on me. I guess I'll bring out my old rods with misaligned guides so I have someone else to blame
  14. which 2 man flip-over?

    "Go to a retailer or show and sit in all the houses" Best advice right here, No matter what people tell you you'll probably know what you want pretty quick after you compare them side by side first hand. St. Paul Ice Show is just a couple weeks away - probably the best place to do this since the company reps will be right there to talk to and lots of vendors to work over to get the best price. It is important to have a clear idea of your budget, fishing logistics (hard core run/gun, what you have to haul it with, and tow it, etc), and what features are important to you - there are so many choices these things will help you narrow the options down. Don't just sit and look at them, take time to actually take them down and put them back up - sometimes that can be enough to seal the decision.
  15. 13 rods and others defects?

    The old St. Croix premier ice rods had this problem, had to look through a bunch before you found one with guides that liked up. I was shocked that St Croix would put their name on them.