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Need Your Help This Month!!!

Hey, This Movember I'm getting active for men's health. I've taken the Move challenge to raise funds for the Movember Foundation and I need your support: http://mobro.co/jimsipprell?mc=5 https://www.facebook.com/donate/10211269872962773/ I'm supporting the Movember Foundation...

Making The Offer - Strategies in a Hot Market

Visit http://www.realestateresource.org for more tips and information that can save you money. Summary of a hot market Data shows 45 days - what that really means Low inventory Days on Market Houses get listed on a Wednesday or Thursday - Why Showings Overlapping Pool...

Landlord’s Secrets Unveiled for a Perfect Rental Podcast

    Renter's Podcast Episode  Visit http://www.realestateresource.org Searching for Apartments Online Apartments .com ForRent Hotpads Craigslist Why use them MLS Using a Broker/Agent Amenities Location Rules...

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update August 2016

This podcast is providing the latest information on the real estate market condition in the Twin Cities.  Visit http://www.realestateresource.org  for more information. ...

Your Listing has Expired! How to Come Back With a Sale!

Expired Listing Podcast Visit http://www.realestateresource.org Three main reasons why your house expired Price Home Condition Marketing Today’s expectations Move in Ready Improvements Location Analyze Your Feedback Search results Showings Online...

Everything You Need to Know About Radon in Real Estate

Everything you need to know about Radon In this episode I answer the most common questions regarding Radon in Real Estate. What is Radon? How Dangerous is it? Why should I test for it? Where can I get a radon test? Types of tests. Levels of radon that are acceptable. How does...

What are the differences between Townhouses, Condos, and Houses?

Visit http://www.realestateresource.org Think Form of Ownership - Condos – The only thing you own is airspace!  Well, you own a little more than that (such as the interior finishes and wall space).  Everything else is owned by the association.  The association owns the...

Your Parents are Seniors - Plan Now to Save Money

Whether your search for senior housing is prompted by a family member’s serious medical condition or the desire for a lifestyle change, finding the right place to live can be challenging and stressful for both you and your family. However, the earlier you assess your current needs and how those...

How to Prepare for a Showing Appointment

How to Prepare for a Showing Appointment A formula that really works Listen to the Podcast:   So you have 3 showings the day it is listed and now it’s back to the work week.  The first 3 weeks of a listing is the busiest and you must be prepared for every showing like...

Twin Cities March 2016 Real Estate Market Update

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update - March 2016 http://www.providential-properties.com   ...

Is an Open House Really Necessary?

Yes, this is why! The debate on whether open houses are effective or not seems to never end among real estate agents. Today we are going to discuss the argument for open houses and why. Visit http://www.realestateresource.org Discuss why many people think that open houses are for agents...

4 Steps to Sell Your Home Faster and For More Money!

4 Steps to sell your home faster and get you up to 15% more money on the sale of your home. Visit http://www.realestateresource.org for more podcasts on buying and selling homes. Obtain an upgrade analysis Go out prior to listing your home and see your competition. Look...

They Have Accepted Your Offer! Now What?

They Have Accepted Your Offer! Now What? PRESS PLAY BUTTON ABOVE TO HEAR THIS WEEKS PODCAST Your offer on your new home has been accepted. These are the things you need to do between now and the closing date.  Within the First Several Days of Acceptance  Contact your...

Home Inspections - What you Need to Know! - Podcast Episode 5

Home Inspections – Not just for Buyers In this week’s episode, I talk about home inspections and what you need to know about them. The are not just for buyers and what additional inspections can you get. For more information, checkout Real Estate Resource at http://www.realestateresource.org Home...

Staging Your Home - The Real Estate Resource Podcast

Well hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of the Real Estate Resource podcast my name is Jim Sipprell and this is the podcast is devoted to helping you in the buying or selling your next home. So today we are going to talk about staging your home. Everything about the process including...

December 2015 Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update

It was quite a year for residential real estate. Housing demand surged to a 10-year high while listing activity only reached a 5-year high. Buyers were inspired by low interest rates and an improving labor market. More sellers listed property for sale than any year since 2010, but not enough...

Twin Cities Market Update September 2015

The third quarter of 2015 has ticked its last tock with the hands pointing firmly upon a reliable clock of a market. Although noon and 6:30 fluctuations are present even within the same states and cities, the overall tempo of real estate potential is experiencing a healthy number of good omens....

Twin Cities Market Update

According to the U.S. Census, homeownership is at 63.4 percent for the second quarter of 2015, down 1.3 percent from the second quarter of 2014. This is the lowest rate of homeownership since 1967. To put that in greater context, homeownership peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004, and the 50-year average is...

Seniors + Kids = Magic

Seniors + Kids = Magic Consumer Newsletter – September 2015 When you’re vetting long-term living options, look beyond just the traditional measures of location, price, and amenities of a facility. There’s a new item to add to your wish-list. Kids.    The presence...

Housing Barriers for LGBT Seniors

Housing Barriers for LGBT Seniors Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding same-sex marriage was widely celebrated in LGBT communities around the country. But the ruling doesn’t instantly change hearts and remove all the barriers that LGBT seniors face, especially when...

Combat Seniors Loneliness

Walkable Neighborhoods Linked to Brain Health You already know that living in a walkable neighborhood can have a positive effect on physical health. But the lifestyle just might be beneficial to your brain too. Results from a pilot study by University of Kansas professor Amber Watts found promising...

Let The Purging Begin

Let the purging begin Turns out your millennial children don’t want your formal dining room set, your fine bone china, or the antiques you’ve been collecting.  They’re also not too attached to mementos -- yours or their own childhood trophies, scrapbooks, and artwork. See:...

Home Upgrades that Yield Top Returns

Home Upgrades that Yield Top Returns The 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report for this year is out. So if you’re trying to prioritize this year’s home improvement projects and figure out which ones will yield the best returns, take a look at the report. According to the annual report...

Best Cities for Aging - Senior's Real Estate

  Best Cities for Aging If 2015 is the year you’ve decided to get serious about researching retirement venues, you may want to take a look at the Milken Institute’s "Best Cities for Successful Aging." In it (http://successfulaging.milkeninstitute.org/bcsa2014.html),...

New True Lifestyle Cost Search Available from Providential Properties

  As a buyer you need a Realtor who is more more engaged in the overall process. Providential Properties now has a ­better experience.  I am pleased to announce that we now have a new way of searching for your home.  True Lifestyle Cost or TCL can now factor in 31 variables,...

Merry Christmas - 100 Anniversary Today

Today marks the 100 year Anniversary of the Christmas truce of 1914.  If I could ask you to take several minutes and watch a great video. Christmas is for sharing and this speaks to the heart. ...

Market Update Twin Cities Mid December 2014

With 2015 near, some are pontificating about a potential change in interest rates. With virtually no inflation, rates will likely remain low for most of 2015 but could flirt with 5.0 percent toward the end of next year. Construction permits and housing starts have upward momentum, which is news...

Cyber-savvy Seniors - SRES

Cyber-savvy Seniors At the start of the movie trailer for Cyber-Seniors, Shura, a woman almost 90 years old, talks about how she’s too old to learn technology. Later in the video clip, she’s seen reviewing a Facebook friend request and keeping tabs on the number of hits that her YouTube...

Get Your House in Order - Senior Real Estate Newsletter

Get Your House in Order Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing took a close look at housing for older adults in its recent study, Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population. One conclusion is that housing is the linchpin of well-being for older Americans. “Affordable,...

Support Jim Sipprell this Movember

  This November I have partnered with colleagues at work and the Movember Foundation in raising awareness of Men’s health.  As many of you know I haven’t attempted to grow facial hair in more than a decade let alone just a mustache.  I thought that this would be a great...

Home Staging - Dealing with Odors

One of the most important ingredients in home staging is addressing the important sensory impacts a home will have on potential buyers. One important sense, that is sometimes overlooked, is that of smell. Smell, triggers memory which triggers emotion. Essentially, you want the smell to sell your home....

Real Estate Monthly for Seniors Blog

Exercise One Key to Keeping Car Keys So you already know that exercise is one key to good long-term health.  It turns out that exercise also can help you be a better driver and hang onto those car keys later in life. That’s according to research conducted by The Hartford Center for Mature...

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update Podcast August 2014

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9 Ways to Help Your Parents Downsize

9 Ways to Help Your Parents Downsize You get the call every child dreads. It’s about a sudden illness or accident. You catch a red-eye flight to get to your parent’s bedside that night. In addition to getting through mom’s or dad’s immediate health crisis, you realize that...

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Stats and Update June 2014

Housing seemed to have a slow start to the spring selling season, but appearances deceive. Dig into that spring soil and you begin to unearth differences in individual areas and market segments. Inventory is rising in some areas. Word is out on the street and activity is picking up in the upper...

Checking a City's Age-friendly Features

Checking a City’s Age-friendly Features When shopping around for a place to retire, most people look at the house or condo and at its immediate surroundings – the yard, the building or community amenities, and they may check how near the pool and golf courses are. Some may look...

Luxury Lake Home for Sale Alexandria Minnesota 56308

      2101 W Latoka Drive SW ALEXANDRIA, MN 56308 LAKE LATOKA ESTATE Price : $1,389,000.00 Bedrooms : 5 Bathrooms : 3.00 Square...

Age-friendly Cities - SRES Newsletter

Age-friendly Cities By 2030, one out of every five people in the U.S. will be age 65 plus, says AARP. How well those seniors will live depends greatly on the environment both inside their houses and outside. By incorporating universal design principles, people can make their houses more age-friendly....

Luxury Lake Home for Sale in ALEXANDRIA

  2101 W Latoka Drive SW ALEXANDRIA, MN 56308 LAKE LATOKA ESTATE Price : $1,389,000.00 Bedrooms : 5 Bathrooms : 3.00 Square...

Tender, Loving Care of Your Homes Value

Tender, Loving Care of Your Home’s Value Spring cleaning usually means scrubbing walls, washing curtains, and so forth. Add a few extra tasks – purging, decluttering, and organizing – to your spring cleaning routine to make your efforts pay off for the long term. For one, a...

Alexandria Listings Minnesota

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Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update

It appears we are heading towards market normalization as improving sales and good housing starts are all working behind the scenes to alleviate the growing pains of a market still trying to recover. Housing is already starting to see signs of upward price pressure, rising consumer confidence and...

Luxury Lake Home for Sale Alexandria Minnesota

  2101 W Latoka Drive SW ALEXANDRIA, MN 56308 LAKE LATOKA ESTATE Price : $1,389,000.00 Bedrooms : 5 Bathrooms : 3.00 Square...

Make Renovation Dollars Work for You

Make Renovation Dollars Work for You So after a grueling winter, it seems like spring may actually arrive this year. If home improvements are on your to-do list and you can’t decide where to spend your renovation dollars, take a look at the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report for a little guidance. The...

Put Medicare Fears to Rest

Put Medicare Fears to Rest There has been lots of media coverage about health care and about Medicare cuts that have sent a chill down many seniors’ spines. If you’re among those concerned that doctors have opted out of Medicare and that you’ll be left with a dearth of options,...

Holiday Hacks

Holiday Hacks For some, credit card debt isn’t the only reminder of December holiday shopping sprees. The well-publicized data breach at Target has highlighted the dangers of using debit and credit cards even at big-name trusted retailers. Word is that other retailers also may have experienced...

Assisted Living Development Site Available

        Assisted Living Development Site Alexandria, MN 56308 Assisted Living Site for Sale Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Winter Safety 101

Winter Safety 101 January opened with a winter pounding across much of the United States. New England was slammed with snow.  Midwesterners in Chicago saw the lowest temperatures they’d experienced in at least a decade, and Minnesota and the Dakotas experienced bone-chilling cold.  Along...

Mind the GAP, Weatherize your home, & GPS Shoes

Mind the Gap  How many times have your eyes glazed over while reading about the small cuts – three bucks a day on coffee, for example – you can make to brighten your retirement years?  The challenge with such advice is that the how-to is all a bit murky and it’s simply...

100 Acres of Land for Sale in Alexandria Minnesota

    Alexandria Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Life Planning. The Straight Dope

Life Planning. The Straight Dope What’s your spouse’s e-mail password? How do you get in touch with your partner’s boss on a Saturday night? Can you reach his brother who is traveling in Japan? Could you pay the mortgage next week if your wife slipped into a coma today? Do...

Farm/Development Land for Sale Alexandria Minnesota

Alexandria Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Land for Sale Alexandria Minnesota

Alexandria Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Douglas County - Government Resumes CRP & DCP Benefits

  Great News! The FSA Office is finally back in full swing with payment processing.  The timing of the government shutdown couldn’t have been worse during the latter half of property tax season.  Many land owners and depend on the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) & DCP...

Senior Real Estate Newsletter

Medicare Open Enrollment Parts A and D. Medicare Advantage. The 7-month IEP. Medigap. Do you find the Medicare terms, parameters, and sign-up dates ridiculously complex? You’re not alone. Since the Medicare enrollment period—starting October 15 and running through December 7—is...

Alexandria Land for Sale 100 Acres

Premium Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Premium Farm Land For Sale Alexandria Minnesota

Premium Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

Why Alexandria Ranks Top 10 in Best Small Towns in America

So why is Alexandria Minnesota Rank so high in America?  As livability.com released its quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cites, Alexandria made this top 10 list.  Is it because of there are more jobs than people?  Is it because the community...

Alexandria Land For Sale Minnesota

Premium Land For Sale Alexandria, MN 56308 Alexandria Land for Sale Minnesota Price : $699,999.00 Lot...

How We Search for Real Estate in 2013

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Top 4 Reason's to Stage Your Home

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Martha Stewart's 101 On Aging Well

Martha Stewart's 101 On Aging Well The bonsai tree "is a work of art that is never finished," writes Martha Stewart in the introduction to her latest book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others. "The bonsai continues to grow and evolve...

Comparison Shopping for Healthcare

Comparison Shopping for Healthcare You shop around for the best deals on homes, cars, and vacations, so why not seek out the best prices for healthcare too? After all, the cost of  medical procedures varies widely, even within the same city. For example,  the cost for a hip or knee...

Your Facebook Life: Less is More

Your Facebook Life: Less is More "Less is best," is Alexis Moore's mantra when it comes to privacy and sharing information on Facebook. According to Pew Research Center’s "Internet & American Life Project," the fastest growth among social networking users has come...

Post-op One-stop Shop

Post-op One-stop Shop Have you ever taken someone home from the hospital only to realize that you weren't equipped with the right assistive devices and medical gear and didn't know where to find them in your neighborhood? Or do you rely on certain personal care products that you'd prefer...

Twin Cities Spring Market Update

Well we are finally here.  It has been four and a half years since the housing prices in the Twin Cities have been this high.  Do you remember September of 2008?  As inventories remain at historic lows and vacancy rates still hanging around 2%, buyers continually struggle to find the right...

7 Ways To Prepare for Short-term Care

People routinely research vacations, car purchases, and home renovations well before making a decision. So why not explore care options for your loved one before they're needed? After all, everyone tends to make wiser decisions when they're not operating in crisis mode. If your parent...

Subscribe to my Monthly Newsletter

APRIL - 2013 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your...

Cathedral Hill Penthouse For Rent - Saint Paul Minnesota

$1,950 per month, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 0 half baths, 1,596 square feet     James Sipprell | Providential Properties LLC | (612) 269-7325 633...

Home Energy Upgrades: Save, Celebrate, and Sell

Home Energy Upgrades:  Save, Celebrate, and Sell April is an ideal time to tackle your list of home improvement projects, whether they're aesthetic tweaks, small rehabs, or energy efficiency upgrades.  After all, the spring real estate buying season is under way and the worldwide celebration...

Penthouse for Rent Saint Paul

  633 Dayton Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 Cathedral Hill Penthouse for RENT Price : $2,000 Bedrooms : 2 Bathrooms : 2 Square...

Remodeling for Returns

Remodeling for Returns So you've saved up a little pot of money for rehab costs either to make your house more comfortable or to put it on the market. Especially if you're renovating to sell, take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s “Remodeling 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report”...

Vice, Money, and Health

Vice, Money, and Health With the arrival of a new year comes a new set of resolutions. There's no shortage of apps and websites geared to the trio of most popular resolutions -- health, money, and bad habits. Poke around your favorite app-finding sites or start with this short list to...

Staging for the Spring

Staging for Spring The calendar says February. The real estate industry says the spring buying season is almost here. If your senior relatives have decided it's their season to downsize and move, start preparing the house. Now. Providential Properties can advise you to declutter...

No More Stuff: 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors

      No More Stuff: 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors How often have you struggled to pick holiday gifts for seniors who insist that they have everything? When they say they don't need anything, they really mean it. Really, who needs more candle holders, snow globes, or decorative...

Emergency Planning Musts for Seniors

Emergency Planning Musts: By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau Limited mobility and medical conditions can make seniors particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. Just consider some of the stories that emerged after November's Hurricane Sandy and how seniors were dealt an especially hard blow. Many...

Thin the Hoard - Collection or Clutter?

  James Sipprell's Newsletter – December 2012 By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau www.sres.org         Thin the Hoard   When Steve Ilott returns home from work, he frequently changes his...

Five Ways to Manage Clutter

  Consumer Newsletter – December 2012 By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau www.sres.org         Cutting Clutter and Costs     Five Ways to...

Saint Paul Home For Sale 3 Bedroom

             1262 Lafond Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 1262 Lafond Avenue Price : $189,900 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : ...

3 bedroom home for sale in Saint Paul

This 3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Saint Paul is beautiful home.  This 3 Bedroom home for sale in Saint Paul has many updates and is ready for you to move in.  This owner has taken great pride of this home as he has added a new roof, new carpet, and a freshly coat of paint inside and out.  Making...

Golden Valley Home for Sale 3 Bedroom

  8210 Patsy Lane Golden Valley, MN 55427 8210 Patsy Lane Price : $209,900 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2 Square Foot : 1,616 Lot...

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Golden Valley

This 3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Golden Valley is located near Wesley Park.  3 Bedrooms are all on one level with a wonderful fireplace in the amusement room.  Hardwood floors and 2 bathrooms make this a warm and inviting home.  The deck out the back makes for a great BBQ enjoyment....

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update: May 2012

  Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update for May 2012. Combined with strong sales and a recent drop in listing activity, this has translated into competing bids on existing inventory and modest price gains in select neighborhoods. Homes below $200,000 continue to sell faster as there is little...

How to Sell your Home Faster and for More Money!!!

Today I want to share with you 4 secrets in real estate. I am a Twin Cities Real Estate Broker and I want to share with you four secrets to success.  To sell your home for the most money, you MUST increase the perceived value of your home by making it stand out - or different - from the competition...

Jim Sipprell the Real Estate Broker

Hello my name is Jim Sipprell and I am Real Estate Broker with Providential Properties. I grew up in the  Saint Paul area and I have been working in real estate for almost ten years.   Over the years I have helped families become part of our wonderful community. I've also helped...

Need Exclusive Buyer Representation in the Twin Cities?

Need Exclusive Buyer Representation in the Twin Cities? I Can Help! I know buying your new home is a serious venture. It can be an absolute pleasure or can extremely stressful time. I can help you determine what your dream home should entail and how it should function for you and your family-and in...

Hunting Land for Sale Hackensack Minnesota

 Hunting Land for Sale Hackensack Minnesota.  Looking for a great investment, look no further.  This land is great for guys looking to get together and buy land.  Plenty of acreage for hunting and when it's time to sell or build, you have three separate lots with...