Installing License Plate on Front of BMW – Thank You BMW of Minnetonka!

BMW Front License PlateMy wife and I just purchased a new (used) BMW from a private party in Florida. It was kind of a crazy story how we ended up finally getting this car but that’s not the point of this post.

In Florida, they are only required to have plates on the rear of the car and not the front so our car had just a nice clean white bumper. I did a lot of searching on the internet to find out how to put one of these on and there are various kits and lots of people talking about being careful drilling in to your bumper etc.

Janet called the local BMW dealer which in the western suburbs of Minneapolis is BMW of Minnetonka. I’ve purchased a couple of cars from them in the past. They are great, but having a BMW dealer do anything is usually on the expensive side. I figured it would be $200 to install the plate, but when Janet called them, they said they put them on complementary which was fantastic!  We still had to buy the license plate frame or mount, but they installed in very quickly for her and she was out the door for $65!

I wanted to publish this just in case there are others of you who are here in the Twin Cities metro and perhaps purchased a BMW from Florida or one of the other states that doesn’t require a front license plate and you need it installed here in MN before you get a ticket.

Thanks BMW of Minnetonka for your very courteous service!

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Memorial Day Service at St. Anne’s Hamel, MN

Beautiful service on Memorial Day 2014 – Monday morning, May 26, 2014 at St. Anne’s in Uptown Hamel, MN to honor the men and women who have served this great nation and given the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you all. Our prayers are with you.

Bouncing Back from Adversity – LegalShield Independent Associate, Larry Smith

On The Willis Report on Fox Business recently, Gerri Willis interviewed Larry Smith on overcoming adversity to achieve success. Larry Smith is one of the top independent associates with LegalShield of which I too am affiliated with as the Regional Manager for Minnesota and an independent associate.

This short interview doesn’t get in to all that Larry Smith went through but he story is an inspiration to all who struggle in life. He provides some tips on bouncing back and preparing for retirement in the future.

 Bouncing back from financial hardship to achieve success

Schulzy Custom Apparel and Promotional Products

Todd and Bridget Schulz are the owners of Schulzy Studios which produces eye-catching graphics that can be used to create custom apparel and other promotional items. They’ve found a niche serving fire, police and military but they can do this work for whatever your special interest is, association or business.

The shirts are great to build camaraderie but can also be used for fundraising. Together they continue to provide innovative designs and implement new technology to create better products more efficiently. This is a local Minnesota small business that deserves our support. To contact Todd or Bridget call 1-800-950-1705.

Ditter Cooling & Heating – Medina, MN

Ditter Cooling & HeatingOften times I’ll be asked for recommendations and I can say that our family has personally used Ditter Cooling & Heating for both our home as well as some of the investment properties we’ve been involved with over the years.  Long time employee and general manager, Chuck Winkler, is now the owner of the company. I’ve found them to be helpful, provide timely service and back up their work.

Given we are in the midst of the coldest winter in the past 30 years, if your furnace needs some work, be sure to consider these guys to help keep you warm! They can help you with all your HVAC needs.

Ditter Cooling & Heating

820 Tower Drive, Hamel, MN 55340

Ph: 763-515-8410

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Twin Cities Foreclosures and Short Sales at Lowest Level Since 2007

The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors just published data showing the lowest level of foreclosures and short sales in the Twin Cities since 2007.  This is certainly good news for home sellers as the pricing pressure has been relieved.  In some ways it’s good for buyers too although they will be paying higher prices.  Why might it be good for buyers?  While buyers might always be worried about losing money, with an improving marketing and lower inventory of short sales and foreclosures, that worry is not as big as it once was not that many years ago.

Outstanding Dentist in Medina, MN – Dr. Randy Landa, Westland Dental

Dr. Randy Landa - Westland Dental

Dr. Randy Landa - Westland Dental

My family recently changed dentists due to our insurance changing. We’ve driven by Dr. Landa’s office for years as it is right near the Medina Target.  I always thought it was a great spot because he was one of the first dentists who put his office in a retail setting. His practice is called Westland Dental.

I just want to say our entire family has been through his office for cleanings and fillings and I have to say it was a most pleasant experience. He has friendly staff. It’s a pleasant environment and Dr. Landa is terrific. He took his time with each of us answering questions and he seemed very knowledgeable. While I’m not a technologist working in the dental field, he did seem to have some very impressive technology that he was working with. I was particularly impressed with the new X-RAY system.

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Plymouth and Medina area, I highly recommend Dr. Landa.

Working with Dual Agency

Fox Business just ran a story on buyers and sellers working with Dual Agency.  I’ve written about Dual Agency in Minnesota before and it is something that rarely gets discussed.  If it does get discussed, it’s often brushed over.  In Minnesota, we can work as dual agents meaning we represent both the buyer and the seller but both parties need so know that the role of the agent and the representation offered change.

Twin Cities Short Sales and Foreclosures Report 2012

There continues to be a dramatic decline in the number of short sales and foreclosures in the Twin Cities metro.  For the most part listings, pending sales and closed sales are down anywhere from 25-45%.  For the full detail, be sure to review the link at Short Sales and Foreclosures in the Twin Cities.

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Twin Cities Real Estate – Local Market Updates

If you have not discovered this tool yet offered by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and powered by 10K Research, it’s a must if you want to stay on top of the statistics for your particular city.  The reports are generated every month usually around the 10th or so of each month.

The Minneapolis Area Local Market Updates for over 200 communities.  You’ll find:

  • Median home sales prices
  • Average home sales prices
  • New listings
  • Number of closed sales
  • Days on market until sale
  • Final sales price as a percentage of original list price
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