We have a buyer. Two weeks from today, we close on the house. We’re madly packing, as are the new owners who are moving from St. Paul.
I asked them how they found the house and what they thought of the blog:
What happened was, we hit Google for “northfield mn real estate” or something similar, found an MLS page with a couple of houses we liked, and I kept saying “I dunno, the Linden street one looks really cool”. Anyway, then I did another search with different terms, and the blog came up, and I looked at it — and immediately IMd my spouse to say “hey, look, there’s a blog for that Linden Street house”.
20:21:39 – Woah, they have a blog!
20:28:15 – I’m sold.
20:28:22 – They love that place, and everything got redone in 2006.
20:28:35 – I have written a polite email asking whether we could come have a look at it tomorrow.
We were already leaning towards “the Linden place” a bit, but the blog was absolutely the hook. We then went out to Perkins to sit around worrying that you’d already sold it.
Call for an appointment to view the home anytime at 1016 South Linden, Northfield, MN. (507) 645-6065 or (507) 645 8319
See this Location blog postfor Google satellite/street maps.
It’s easy to find/get here as long as you don’t assume that you’re close if you’re on Linden St on the west side of Highway 3. Linden St is over there, as well. Just think “off Woodley St.” and you’ll be fine.
Click this PDF flyer for an overview of the house and then click on any of the house categories on the right sidebar (bedrooms, porch, garage, etc) for all our blog entries on those items. Click to enlarge any of these photos.
(This blog post has been updated since its original date of Feb. 13.)
We’ve been surprised how effective our open house signs have been at bringing in people. Robbie combined the signs we got with our Owners.com listing with ones she bought locally. She’s enhanced their visibility with helium balloons and wind spinners. The main trick was to get them to stay up on windy days when the snow was piled high and the ground frozen. Click photos to enlarge.
We are offering a finder’s fee of $2,000 to be paid to anyone (non-realtor) who is directly responsible for referring someone who ends up purchasing our house. The money would be paid after closing.
So put on your thinking caps! Who do you know who might be interested in seeing this great family home?
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And by tonight it was showing up on the databases of various real estate agencies and on here on Realtor.com.
Owners.com uses a 3rd party who in turn works with local realtors who do the actual listing. In our case, we got referred to David Nunn at Pathways Real Estate in Minneapolis who called promptly on Monday morning, emailed us the forms, and had it all done by Tues. afternoon.
We also purchased an online-only ad with the StarTribune homes service: $100 for 30 days, which includes open house listings. If you search for Greater MN single family homes in the South, you’ll see our house in this list.