Matt Tepp

Matt joined us in June and runs all things marketing. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in December of 2017 with a major in strategic communication and a minor in psychology. In his free time he likes to golf to with his dad, workout at the local gym, and watch sports. He is active in the Make a Wish Minnesota Organization.


“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.

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:


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.


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 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.

Dale Helm
Dale Helm
12:55 08 Jan 18
I highly recommend the Home Guys if you are looking to sell your home. The process was very streamlined, transparent, and straight forward. I worked directly with James whom I found to be a very honest, caring, and ethical businessman.James truly cared about our needs and listened to our concerns. Because of James our dream of a new home became a reality. A huge selling point for us was the fact that this transaction could occur far faster than a normal one, without realtor fees, closing costs, or the typical red tape.We had never done this kind of thing (selling to a home improvement company) but now that we have - we are really glad we did. It was the right move for our situation. If you are considering selling your home to a home improvement company (flipper) I do not think you will find a better one than the Home Guys - I give them the highest of ratings.
Dana Rankin
Dana Rankin
22:22 23 Sep 18
Great team awesome company!
Julie Amber Gianera
Julie Amber Gianera
15:20 14 Jan 18
Easy, easy, easy! I highly recommend MN Home Guys and would absolutely use them again. It was about two weeks from first contact to close, and then closing only took 15 minutes. Great company, wonderful service.
Brian Tucker
Brian Tucker
20:30 09 Jan 18
Easy to work with, very reasonable offer for my property, easy closing. Great doing business with them!
Brent Brent
Brent Brent
09:25 10 Jun 17
I contacted to Minnesota Home Guys to purchase our first home and really can’t say enough about them. They are knowledgeable, approachable and very professional. Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Minnesota Home Guys made it as painless and straightforward as possible. I would highly recommend them.
Grant Jones
Grant Jones
10:11 03 Jun 17
One of the best and fast services provider. They provided me a fair price for my house. I am totally satisfied. Thank you!
Andy & Mandy Fobear
Andy & Mandy Fobear
17:28 29 Mar 19
They have been a great team with who we have done work. Very nice, honest and genuine. "Do things right" is what they have said AND done.
Katie Wilson
Katie Wilson
17:21 02 May 19
This company was great to work with, it was like going through a usually stressful experience with a friend in the know. They were helpful and courteous and most of all kind. They treat everyone with empathy in an industry where it's commonly lost. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Claire Almon
Claire Almon
17:03 06 May 19
I had a very time sensitive situation and I had never sold a house before. I didn’t know what I was doing AT ALL which made it incredibly stressful to navigate through the sale process especially with the added pressure of a deadline ...then I met James from Homeguys. He immediately calmed my fears, made everything seem so easy and manageable and even helped me look for a new place! I had receives several different offers from other home investor company’s but in the end, I am so glad I went with home guys. James (and his lovely, patient wife) put up with my endless, sometimes nonsense emails and questions so kindly and walked me through any and everything that i didn’t understand.. I am so grateful for their kindness and patience with me. In the end, Home guys made this whole experience so much easier than I thought it would be and it went just as quick if not quicker than I thought it would. I would recommend homeguys to any and everyone that will listen!
Jane Thomas
Jane Thomas
16:28 26 Aug 19
I am completely satisfied with the service from Mn Home Guys. Brad was so good to work with. He answered all my texts and emails very promptly. Closing was very easy. There was no double talk, high pressure, and I was able to think through what was best for me without any unwanted suggestions. I would definitely recommend Home Guys if you need to sell your home effortlessly. Huge thanks to Brad.
Steve Huso
Steve Huso
21:29 12 Aug 19
I was exceptionally impressed by the integrity and competence of Minnesota Home Guys. Their straightforward approach and honest evaluation of the facts was impressive and invaluable for my decision making process. They provided a skilled and through examination of my property to give a clear range of potential options, with additional information to evaluate each option. I worked with Brad Sauer and appreciated his expertise and communication skills. I especially appreciated the careful consideration of my needs and the absence of any sales pressure. I highly recommend Minnesota Home Guys.
Aaron hanson
Aaron hanson
15:39 29 Aug 19
Will not return my phone call. Purchased a home that they flipped and are regretting the purchase big time. Unfortunately they had the JV team doing the work inside. We are accepting the consequences and are doing the best we can to make it our dream house.
Christopher Peterson
Christopher Peterson
20:40 26 Sep 19
I was looking into having my place bought outright, but James suggested I sell the house outright to obtain more equity. We listed the house at $199,000 and sold it for $210,000! My realtor, Tim, was very knowledgeable and made the process as easy as could be. I am definitely going to hire Minnesota Home Guys for any other real estate needs in the future.
Jeanmarie Dahl
Jeanmarie Dahl
00:58 23 Nov 19
Jamie Allen was my realtor and my experience with her was wonderful. I got more for the house than I expected. Even though the buyer's lender caused some stress Jamie went to bat for me and we were able to close the deal. I would highly recommend the Minnesota Home Guys.
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