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Charity Spotlight – The Wounded Warrior Project

Minnesota Home Guys is pleased to announce our charity for the month of September in our spotlight series, where we take 5% of closing costs in every deal we make each month and donate it to a charity that hits close to home with us.

For the month of September we have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization that supports injured veterans. Whether they be physical or mental injuries, the Wounded Warrior Project offers the help our veterans deserve. According to woundwarriorproject.org, every warrior has unique challenges and goals which is why they offer a variety of veteran programs and services to help warriors take the steps they need to get better, free of charge.

Services the Wounded Warrior Project Offers:

There are 5 major categories of services that they provide; get connected, mental wellness, physical wellness, career and VA benefits counseling, and personal independence. Get connected is a networking program that allows veterans to join different community programs. The mental wellness program allows veterans to join interactive therapy programs for issues such as PTSD. According to the Wounded Warrior Project they have provided 42,000 hours of intensive outpatient care and therapy sessions. The physical wellness program gives warriors an extra boost at getting back into shape after an injury in the line of duty may have created a setback.

The career and VA benefits counseling program allows warriors an opportunity to learn what benefits they receive and helps them pinpoint a career path that fits their needs. The personal independence program is designed to help warriors suffering from moderate-to-severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or neurological conditions take positive steps towards independent living. Services in this program include social and recreational, wellness, volunteer week, education, as well as other life skills.

How you can help:

James Kolde, one of Minnesota Home Guys founders and owners was a civilian firefighter at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan where he built connections with veterans and is why the Wounded Warrior Project means a lot to him and our company. If you are interested in joining our initiative to raise money this month you can head over to https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate to sign up for a one time, monthly, or an honor and memorial donation!  

Dedicated Professionals Using Our Simply Sold Process:

Minnesota Home Guys is dedicated to making sure our cash offer process is as quick and easy for everyone we encounter. Whether it’s outlining our process clearly, having a one page purchase agreement, allowing you to leave whatever you want behind, to closing in 3-7 days, we want to make your life a little easier when it comes to selling your home.

We pride ourselves when we hear stories in regards to our process, hearing the story from Holly, who sold us her house in Minneapolis really touched us. “I want to say thank you so much for what you both did helping everyone who is helpless and hopeless, you both helped me to sell my house.” Helping people like Holly is what we strive to do, we want to help people who are in a wide variety of different situations, get them the help they need, and take that burden of selling their home off their chest. “I will always share to everyone about how your business is the BEST!” If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process of selling your home or just want to learn more about what we offer please feel free to reach out to us at (952) 649-3200 any time and we’ll help anyway we can!

Charity Spotlight Series – Make a Wish

Minnesota Home Guys is pleased to announce our charity for the month of August in our spotlight series, where we take 5% of closing costs in every deal we make each month and donate it to a charity that hits close to home with us.

For the month of August  we are spotlighting the Make a Wish Minnesota organization located in right here in the Twin Cities. Make a Wish Minnesota is an organization that grants children with critical illnesses wishes. Wishes can vary from going deep sea fishing, to meeting a famous athlete or celebrity, or just having a shopping spree at the Mall of America.

The Make a Wish founding principle of their vision is to grant a wish for every eligible child.  Wishes are more than a nice thing, they impact everyone involved, from the volunteers, administrators, to of course the wish kids, the impact varies and granting a wish for any child may help them get the courage to comply with their medical treatments and help parents feel a little more optimistic. The most important part is it just lets the kids be a kid, even if it is just for a day or week.

This charity hits close to home with our company with one of our own, Matt, who is a volunteer within the organization. Matt started volunteering for Make a Wish in June where he is a shopping spree assistant, helping visiting families navigate throughout the Mall of America when they come to town for their wishes of having a shopping spree there. Matt, as well as our director of finance, Heather, participated in the “Walk for Wishes” 5K event on August 4th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

Want to get involved with Make a Wish and/or want to donate? Please head over to mn.wish.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities, or to donate. Stay tuned for our announcement on our website for our next charity on September 1st.

“How Can I Sell My Home Fast in Minneapolis?”

1. Price It Right

It’s not always easy to know where the pricing sweet spot is. If you price too low, you’ll lose money and it may create an image that something is wrong with the house. Price too high, and it may sit on the market a long time – and, once again, potential buyers may then begin to think something is wrong.

Pricing is one area where it pays to utilize real estate professionals. Using these professionals will get you the right comps in the area which will help you price your house in the right target range. One mistake home sellers tend to do is to overprice their home in order to reduce the price during negotiations. Remember, if it sits too long, both buyers and agents may overlook it as an old listing or even assume your house can’t pass inspections.

2. Improve the Curb Appeal

First impressions matter immensely. The first thing potential buyers see when they pull up to your home is the yard and the home’s exterior. So if you’ve been wondering, “How can I sell my home fast in Minneapolis?” improving the curb appeal is one of the best things you can do to speed up the sale.

This really doesn’t take a lot of effort or money. A little raking, mowing, and landscaping, along with touching up paint, will go a long way to helping increase your curb appeal in a positive way.

3. Remove Your Personality Fingerprints

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a moment. You find a home that you love and that you want to make your own. You walk inside and see another family’s photos, artwork, and other knick knacks everywhere inside “your” home of the future. Sounds like a turn off doesn’t it? For a quick sale, then, depersonalizing is important.

One place to start is by removing weird and idiosyncratic art and knick-knacks, taking down family photos, and painting over colors that probably won’t appeal to other people. The goal is to remove your personality fingerprints in order to neutralize your home to make it appear as a model home.

You’re trying to present your home as a blank slate. It should seem to potential buyers as a place where they can envision their life dreams playing out.

4. Offer Add-ons and Extras

It might be a good idea to sweeten the deal with add-ons and extras. Although it is not required by any means, a buyer might be more inclined to give you what you want (your sale price) if he or she perceives that they are getting something from you.

For example, offer to pay a portion (or all) of the closing costs. That would be a pretty attractive offer for a buyer. Or you could offer a transferable home warranty to cover major appliances and HVAC systems. This would put the buyer’s mind at ease and likely speed up the deal.

 

Those 4 tips are a good starting point when looking to sell your home fast in Minneapolis. However, there’s even more you can do to expedite the sale.

Minnesota Home Guys Charity Spotlight

Minnesota Home Guys is pleased to announce our charity spotlight series, where we take 5% of closing costs in every deal we make each month and donate it to a charity that hits close to home with us.

For the month of July we are spotlighting The Sunshine Kid’s Club (SKC) located in Iquitos-Peru. The Sunshine Kid’s Club opened up in 2009 where they have been working with children ranging from the ages of 1-16 years old in the community of La Union. In the community, the youth ministry provides the 120 club members with a variety of opportunities to secure a better future for themselves by establishing a relationship with their lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and through multiple free educational programs that they offer. Other programs that are offered are self defense courses, swimming classes, fire safety, and their very own soccer league.

This charity hits close to home with our company especially with our owners, Jaden Ghylin and James Kolde. This past year, they traveled down to Peru  with their families and visited with the community. During their time there they helped build a training facility that allows neighboring tribe pastors to come to the community once a year to get training on how to teach the club members the word of God. They still keep in constant contact with the community and are planning on traveling back there again in the future.

Want to get involved with The Sunshine Kid’s Club or want to donate? Please follow this link to learn more about volunteer opportunities, or to donate. Stay tuned for our announcement on our website for our next charity on August 1st. https://www.skcperu.com/

What Chances Do I Have When Selling My Home on Craigslist in Minneapolis?

Have something you need to sell, where’s the first place you usually turn? Craigslist! However, you’re trying to sell your house. How are you supposed to do that? What are the odds you can actually sell your house on Craigslist in Minneapolis? You actually have a good chance to do it! Craigslist generates 50 billion page views every single month. But in order to have success you need to get some critical elements of your ad exactly right.

Increase your chances of selling your home on Craigslist by following these guidelines:

Headline

Eight out of 10 people will read the headline of a piece of website content, but only two of those 10 will go on to read the rest. In addition, six of 10 social media users who share a link never actually read the article whose link they shared. The point? The headline of your Craigslist ad is a crucial to sparking the interest of potential buyers, and to get them to open your ad.

 

While writing a compelling headline is a must, you should never lie or exaggerate about the features of your home. An effective tactic is to use numbers, especially odd numbers. Here’s an example: “5 Reasons You Should Check Out My Ranch-Style Home in Minneapolis (Hint: Number 3 Is Five Minutes From Shopping and Schools)”  Just make sure you give them a reason to take the next step and click on the ad.

Body

Make good on those promises you hinted at or made in the headline. Keep it simple, using brief paragraphs, lots of space, and lists where appropriate.  And, of course, don’t make the offputting mistake of using poor grammar or run-on sentences or misspellings. People often equate the quality of the ad copy with the quality of the item for sale.

Also, make sure you include all the relevant keywords your target shoppers might be searching for. Craigslist serves up ads based on what people type into the search bar. If you feel that your ad isn’t getting the traffic it should, try experimenting. Change the text and try some different keywords in different places.

Pictures

Pictures are just as important as the actual ad copy for selling a home on Craigslist. First off, make sure your  the aren’t too large, not only does it look unprofessional but it makes the page take longer to load. If a page’s loading time is too long, most people leave the page.

Take pictures of entire rooms or areas, not of single items or appliances. If an appliance, say, a refrigerator, has been recently updated, you can include that fact in the body of the ad copy.

If you use a digital camera, make sure not to leave the date and time stamp in the bottom right corner of the image. Besides giving it a slipshod, amateurish look, it also dates the picture, which can be a drawback if the house sits on the market for any length of time.

Posting Times

Many of the Craigslist experts advise posting an ad between 10:00 am and noon on weekdays. After 5:00 pm on weekdays also works well (which is what I would do if I were selling my home in Minneapolis on Craigslist – in order to present a fresh ad to all those shoppers browsing Craigslist right after they get home from work.) And if you wait until the weekend, morning is the recommended posting time.

If done right there is a real possibility for selling your home on Craigslist in Minneapolis. However, if you don’t want to bother with dealing with all of that reach out to us and we’ll help find a solution for you.

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