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A Designer’s Advice for Increasing a Home’s Resale Value

At White Bear Lake Realty, we believe that staging a home is the most effective way to increase your home’s resale value. Below is an article that lists ways to do just that. Do not sell your home for 7-6-5%, sell with us at 3.7% for the lowest cost in Read More

The Complicated Psychology of Buying and Selling a House

Article from The Wall Street Journal, written by: Matthew Kassel, 6/13/2016 It’s a fact of life: Homes come with far more emotional weight than any other investment we make. A home is a refuge from the world, a place to raise a family and, for some people, an investment they Read More

Five Good Reasons to Stage Your Listing

From the Real Estate Digest, 9/2015 Volume 41 Number 9 Yes, professional staging can cost several thousand dollars. Is it worth it? You decide: A professional stager knows how to make a home appeal to the maximum number of potential  buyers. Sure, sellers can spruce up and declutter. But it’s Read More

Which FICO Score Counts?

Article from The Wall Street Journal, written by AnnaMaria Andriotis, June 2015.   The widely used FICO credit score has become easier to check for millions of U.S. adults. But consumers can’t assume that the FICO score a lender shows them is the exact same FICO score that -of another Read More