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575 9th Ave. NW. New Brighton, MN



575 9th Avenue NW, New Brighton MN 55112

Welcome to this bright and charming home! This home has so many great updates. The kitchen, bathrooms, carpet, gutters, windows and more… have all been updated! This home features one-level living if you choose. There is a great main level bedroom with a full bath. 2 extra bedrooms and a full bath are on the upper level. Entertain with extra finished living space in the basement!

The fully-fenced in large backyard is perfect for entertaining. There is also a fully-insulated garage w/attached 21×8 shed in the backyard.

Such a great neighborhood that is centrally located and near shopping and major high-ways!

Don’t pass this one up!!
Call us at 651-269-3487 for any questions you may have, or feel free to email us at

The listing and all other listing information can be found here:


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7559 Jeanne Drive, Lino Lakes MN

A very welcoming home situated on a 1-acre wooded lot in the Centennial district. The home features a lovely main level with a formal dining room and large bay windows, a large family room w/vaulted ceilings and a grand fireplace, a kitchen featuring a center island, a full-sized laundry room, and a master suite with double sinks, a whirlpool tub, separate shower and a walk-in closet! Enjoy the private backyard with a pool, large deck, tool shed and extra garage! The unfinished basement is ready for your finishes!

Large front porch at home located on a 1-acre lot with mature trees! — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Kitchen with wall oven and center island. — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Great pool built into a large back deck in the private, serene backyard. — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Formal dining room with large bay windows and newer flooring. — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Large vaulted ceilings and a gas burning fireplace in the living room! — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Extra garage in the back yard- perfect for pool toys, lawn and garden supplies or a boat! — in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

View the property listing here:
Make sure to call us at 651-269-3487 or email us at for any questions you may have!

Top Kitchen Design Trends

When working with our clients, we always see a great emphasis placed on the kitchen area in the home. If buyers find a home that is great in all areas, but lacking in the kitchen area, it usually poses a problem. If the kitchen is fabulous, but the rest of the home isn’t so great… buyers may still choose that home! The common theme? The heart of your home is undeniably the kitchen!


1. Gray is in-

Wall color and cabinetry… you got it! Gray is in. Gray is even in the running to beat white… the industry’s top cabinet color right now! Recently, my parent’s home went on  the market. The interior designer came through, and listed off some updates needed for their home! The kitchen wall colors were painted a gray-blue and the oak cabinetry was painted a gray/white!

2. Functionality & storage are a must-

If looking to purchase new cabinetry, consider functionality and storage. Many new cabinet doors and drawers have hydraulic and easy-to-close features. Automatic features are much more consumer friendly. Sensor-activated lights and hands-free faucets are some great features we love! If you are tight on space, consider drawers that double up with custom multi-tiered layers.  Also, think about adding a small pull-out cabinets for items like you spices and oils. We see a lot of these small cabinets next to the refrigerator! 

3. Colored sinks-

Neutral wall color and cabinetry is in right now, but it leaves some home owners without that splash of color they need! Consider a colorful apron-front sink. It is a simple way to add a small pop of color into a neutral kitchen, and also creates a great focal point. Furthermore, if you get sick of the color, you can change the sink out. It’s much easier to switch out a sink then it is to re-tile a backsplash or re-paint kitchen cabinets!

4. Choose bold fixtures- 

Speaking of color, that’s not the only way to create a focal point! Use oversized light fixtures with a fun fabric to create a wow factor! When thinking of bold, thing big. It may be bigger than you would expect for your space. Consider two large oversized light fixtures above your counter top. Lighting is a great way to create a dramatic look, and is also an easy fix for a new homeowner with a different style.

Always remember that if you change and update your kitchen, match the style of your home to your kitchen. You do not want to create an ultra-modern kitchen in a cottage-style home! 

Whether you’re living in the home, or planning to sell your home one day, you want your kitchen to look its best! Making a few updates here and there will eliminate the need for a total re-do down the line. Like most homeowners, you will probably need to sell one day. Many buyers don’t want to think about the cost and time needed for kitchen updates. Put your home above all the rest, with some of the top kitchen design trends!

Sandy Erickson Team of Keller Williams Realty 
Contact us direct at 651-269-3487 or email us at
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Understanding the Closing Process


Buying a home is a big step in anyone’s life, so feeling confident on closing day that you understand the process can help ease some nerves. The more you know about the process, the more relaxed you will be, and the smoother the process will flow.

Your realtor and loan officer should provide you with a lot of information and tools to help prior to the day of closing. Your lender should provide you with a Good Faith Estimate so you know all of the costs associated with your loan (if you are obtaining a loan). If you offered on a home, and the offer was accepted, the earnest money deposit will most likely be deposited into an escrow account and the funds will be held until the time of closing.

The settlement agent will prepare you a HUD-1 Settlement Statement which will outline all of the costs for both the buyer and the seller associated with the closing. Here is an example of a HUD-1 Settlement Form: HUD-1 Settlement Form

Closing day is the time where all parties sign papers to seal the deal and ownership transfers from the seller to the buyer. Closing is also a time to make any changes to the transaction before its final (although you usually want this figured out before closing).

Coming to your closing prepared will help you to get those keys to your new home faster and leave all parties in the transaction stress free. Prior to closing (usually 24 hours in advance), you will have a walk-through of the property you are purchasing. This ensures that the seller moved out and everything stated in the sales contract is left in that condition. During your walk-through if you find any major problems, you are able to delay the closing, or ask for money for the repairs.

One of the main things you need to remember to bring to closing is all of your paperwork and photo identification. Here is a site that provides a list of buyer requirements for closings: What to Bring to Closing.

Make sure you know exactly what to bring to your closing to ensure the process isn’t delayed. Always ask questions if you have them, and know that your realtor, closing officer and loan officer are all great resources!

Closing day arrives, and now you need to be ready to sign a number of documents that the closer will be able to fully explain to you. Once the signing is done, the keys are handed over and the house is yours!

After closing, there is usually a behind-the-scenes process. The lender and the closer still work to make sure the funds are all placed properly, and they work on legally completing the purchase. You do not have to be involved in any of this behind-the-scenes work! Having a trusted realtor, closer and loan officer is key, to ensure a smooth process once you are out of the picture.

Network Title is our trusted partner for closings. Network Title, Inc. serves the greater Twin Cities metro area, with clients throughout both Minnesota and Wisconsin. This closing company handles all aspects of real estate closings, including:

  •  Standard Closings
  • Non-Standard Transactions
  • HUD Sales
  • Short Sale & REO Closing Specialists
  • Title Insurance & Other Title Products
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Mobile Closers & Multiple Closing Offices

Visit Network Title’s Website for important information, forms and client testimonials, and more: Network Title

Network Title, Inc.

Barb Rodriguez
371 Commerce Court
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

Phone: 651.482.9514
Fax: 651.482.9519

**Remember, for the most accurate information, it is always important to get the facts from your agent, closer and loan officer specific to your unique situation**

 Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Realty

Top Minnesota Suburbs


Minnesota is a great state, and a great place to call home. As of 2014, Minnesota’s population is just over 5 million people. The population has seen a grown of a little over 8% since the year of 2000.(

The median home cost in Minnesota is around $175,000 and home appreciation has grown. The cost of living in the state of Minnesota is around 3% higher than the U.S. average. Overall, the state has seen the unemployment rate drop along with positive job growth (

Some of the best Minnesota suburbs to live in near the Twin Cities are as follows: 

1. Apple Valley, MN

Zip Codes: 55068 & 55124
Estimated Median Home Value (2012): $203,037

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Apple Valley is in the Dakota County. The 2010 census shows a city population of around 50,000 people. One of its well-known neighboring cities is Eagan.

Homes for Sale in Apple Valley

2. Eagan, MN

Zip Codes: 55120, 55121, 55122, 55123
Estimated Median Home Value (2012): $225,517

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Eagan is south of St. Paul and is part of Dakota County. The city lies on the bank of the Minnesota River. The 2010 census shows the population around 64,000 people.

Homes for Sale in Eagan

3. Eden Prairie, MN

Zip Codes: 55344 & 55347
Estimated Median Home Value (2012): $286,809

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Eden Prairie is just 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis and is located in Hennepin County. Eden Prairie is on the bank of the Minnesota River and the population of the city based on the 2010 census is around 61,000 people.

Homes for Sale in Eden Prairie

4. Shakopee, MN 

Zip Code: 55379
Estimated Median Home Value (2012): $204,634

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Shakopee is southwest of downtown Minneapolis and is part of Scott County. The 2010 Census shows a population around 37,000 people. Burnsville is a large neighboring city of Shakopee.

Homes for Sale in Shakopee

5. Woodbury, MN 

Zip Codes: 55125 & 55129
Estimated Median Home Value (2012): $252,707

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Woodbury is the largest city in Washington County. It is located along interstate 94. The 2010 census showed a population of around 62,000 people. Woodbury was also named one of the top 10 cities in the entire country to raise a family! Read More Here

Homes for Sale in Woodbury

Our real estate team works and lives in the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities. We are available for any questions you have about the buying or selling process. 

Contact us directly at 651-269-3487 or

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Realty 



Reasons to Talk With a Lender Before Searching for Homes

Buying a home… especially your first home, can be an exciting and stressful experience! One of the most important aspects of home ownership is often neglected-finding the right lender and mortgage. The reality of house hunting, is that most people don’t see a lender before starting their home search. Seeing a lender should actually be the very first step you take as a potential home buyer. AND, there are multiple reasons why.

Your mortgage actually allows you to purchase the home. Without doing proper research on both a lender and the mortgage, you may not be getting the best deal you can. Furthermore, knowing what you can AFFORD versus what you THINK you can afford is a big difference. Finding this out first, will give you a more realistic picture of what you can afford.

Why is talking to a lender first important?

1. You set realistic expectations-

Can you even afford the dream house you just found? Getting an online quote is actually much different than being pre-approved with a lender. Some realtors may even require a pre-approval letter before they will show you homes. Most of the time, experienced realtors do.

2. Look better in the seller’s eyes-

When you have pre-approval from a lender, it proves that you are a serious and qualified buyer. Also, when you have this pre-approval letter prior to searching for homes, you can get your offer in sooner. Furthermore, there is less hassle for all parties, and it helps the process be free from other complications. Sellers like pre-qualified buyers!

3. There may be other costs involved-

Your closing costs can be greater than the official down payment. Often times, there are lender fees, mortgage insurance, title insurance and other costs. The seller usually steps in and helps pay some of the closing costs, but it is nice to verify with a loan officer what other fees you may run into. You need to know you have both the down payment and the other closing costs in your bank before purchasing a home.

4. Completing paperwork takes time-

In the real estate process as a whole, there is a lot of paperwork. Completing the loan also requires a lot of paperwork. You need to explain where your money comes from, and this process can take time. You want to have this all done before it comes time to close. It will help reduce stress, and the likelihood that the seller pulls out of the deal due to mortgage complications.


Our Featured Lending Specialist:

John Roehrich

We’ve worked with John for many years, and if you are looking for a Minnesota Lending Professional, he would be a great place to start. He is also licensed in Wisconsin. John strives to form lasting relationships with all of his clients and always provides excellent service for smooth and successful closings.

If you have any real estate questions regarding the buying or selling process, please feel free to contact our team at 651-269-3487 or

Sandy Erickson Team of Keller Williams Realty


Free Home Search Tool, Home Value Analysis & More!

Have you checked out our website?


Free Home Search Tool:

Our home search tool offers you all of the listings on the market. You can also set up free listing alerts, and properties that match your selected criteria will be sent straight to your inbox the minute they come on the market!

Market Insider Tool:

The data on this page is consolidated from multiple sources so you do not have to go to numerous sites for information. We can help you find current listings, recent sales, neighborhood data, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Free Home Value Analysis: 

For our sellers, we offer a free home value analysis. You will receive a custom evaluation of your home. We make sure to compare your home to other in your area that have sold, are for sale, or were taken off the market. This ensures you accurate information when you are preparing to list your home for sale.

Free App:

Follow this link to download our free home search app: We make it easy for you to search for homes on the go. Download to your smartphone, IPad or tablet!


If you have any other questions about our team and what we can offer you, please contact us at 651-269-3487 or email us at!

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Realty

Minnesota Home Flooding Tips


If you are a resident of Minnesota, you are very aware of all of the rain and flooding throughout the state. Streams, rivers and lakes are bulging, and many have spilled over to create flooding. High waters are likely to crest in the coming days. The water is not only a nuisance, but also poses danger from landslides and flooding roads, to flooding homes. Some lakes throughout the state have created a “no wake” warning, creating a longer delay for Minnesotan’s to get out and enjoy summer after a very long and cold winter.

This summer has been the wettest year ever in recorded history for the state of Minnesota. With flooding expected, local homeowners could see the effects in their homes. Flooded homes not only pose a problematic mess, but they can also be very dangerous.

Here are some of our tips if you run into the unfortunate situation of flooding: 

  1. Turn Off Electricity- DO NOT walk into any water standing in your home without turning off the main breaker or fuse box. If you cannot reach the breaker box without walking through the water, call the local fire department to come turn off your power.
  2. Document You Water Damage- Take pictures of the water damage on your property. Do it as soon as possible, so you can document the damage for insurance claims.
  3. Watch for Gas Leaks- Gas leaks are very possible during a flood. Turn off your gas outside the home, and if you are unable to, call the gas company. Beware of a hissing noise, and the smell of gas, which may indicates a leak.
  4. Do Not Eat/Drink Food- Beware of contamination from food and water that came in contact with contaminated floodwater. Also, do not drink tap water until you know it safe.
  5. Pump Water Out Gradually- Pump out portions of the floodwater everyday. DO NOT pump the water out all at once. This can cause structural damage.
  6. Use Bleach to Clean- Disinfect your home by using a bleach and water solution on the walls and floors. All of the household belongings in contact with the floodwater should also be washed in this solution. Some pieces may need to be professionally cleaned or replaced all together. Use air conditioning, fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the inside of your home.
  7. Discard Any Moldy Items- Wood and upholstered furniture, as well as other porous materials can trap mold. If you can’t properly clean, discard these items.

Traffic Conditions:
Check for traffic conditions and road closures in Minnesota.

Flooding Map:
Take a look at this site  view a map of flooded areas.

Emergency Electricity Problems: 
Visit Xcel Energy for important electricity updates


Here for all of your real estate needs and questions!

The Sandy Erickson Team of Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 651-269-3487

Lake Homes in the Twin Cities

We all know that Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, although there are really over 11,000 Lakes. The ten largest lakes in Minnesota are as follows:

1. Red Lake (Upper & Lower)- 288,800 Acres
2.  Mille Lacs Lake – 132,516 acres
3. Leech Lake – 111,527 acres
4. Lake Winnibigoshish – 58,544 acres
5. Lake Vermilion – 40,557 acres
6. Lake Kabetogama – 25,760 acres
7. Mud Lake (Marshall County) – 23,700 acres
8. Cass Lake – 15,596 acres
9. Lake Minnetonka – 14,004 acres
10. Otter Tail Lake – 13,725 acres

If you are familiar with the Duluth area, Lake Superior is a very large lake. However, the lake is only partially in Minnesota. Lake of the Woods is another very large lake, but only partially in Minnesota.

Lake homes and cabins are very popular in the Minnesota area. However, many people that live in the Twin Cities travel up North a few hours to get to the lake! There are over 150 properties near the Twin Cities for sale that are considered lake front properties, and we have the list below!

Click the picture below to view over 100 lake homes in the Twin Cities starting from under $150k:


Now ask yourself… why would you pack up the car and drive a few hours just for a few days, if you could live on a lake everyday? We think being close to the city and having a home on a lake is truly the best of both worlds!

Please contact us for any questions or details on a specific property:

Sandy Erickson Team of Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 651-269-3487

HGTV’s ‘Rehab Addict’ Minneapolis Home For Sale

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If you’re anything like our team, you love real estate, and you find value in homes and neighborhoods. That’s why we decided to feature a very fun story about a Minneapolis home that just went on the market!

You either have or have not heard of the Minneapolis ‘Rehab Addict’, Nicole Curtis! Nicole Curtis aims to save historic house in Detroit, Michigan and Minneapolis, Minnesota! She enjoys saving homes from being demolished, and works hard with her crew to return condemned properties back into a real jewel on the block.

One of her latest projects just went on the market this past week in Minneapolis! The house is located at 1900 25th Ave. N. in Minneapolis! This 1929 bungalow boasts its original built-in buffet, has beautiful woodwork throughout, and lots of original detail. Below is a picture of her in the home…


This house transformation was featured on her show Rehab Addict, and is currently for sale! Although Curtis said “people warned me against investing here”, she decided that it made her want to pursue the area more. According to the Star Tribune, she enjoys “going where people tell her not to go”.

The home is located in the North Minneapolis neighborhood which currently has the highest demolition rate in the city. The aim of the show and Nicole Curtis’s love for homes is to help build the community back up in to a safe and nice place to reside.

Within a ½ mile radius from the home, there are currently 29 other homes for sale. Some of the homes do have offers pending. The home prices range from $30k to $170k. 1900 25th Ave. N. definitely stands out among the rest of the homes and as of 6/11 is priced at $150k.

Update: As of today, October 1st, 2014- the home has been on the market for 117 days, and is currently priced at $135k. $15,000 less then the original asking price!

Below are some pictures of this fabulous home!

This beautiful Craftsman Bungalow has all the original character, new brick exterior, new concrete work, gutters, roof, mechanicals and custom historic storm windows. High efficiency furnace and Central Air. large fenced backyard and garage w/drive"
This beautiful Craftsman Bungalow has all the original character, new brick exterior, new concrete work, gutters, roof, mechanicals and custom historic storm windows. High efficiency furnace and Central Air. large fenced backyard and garage w/drive”
Beautiful front sunroom
Beautiful front sunroom
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“Refinished Hardwood Floors throughout this home. The living room is open tot he dining room and has great quartersawn oak detail throughout including built-in bookcases and piano windows”
The most amazing master suite occupies the entire second level -refinished hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings
“The most amazing master suite occupies the entire second level -refinished hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings”
Original Built-Ins
Original Built-Ins
Master Bath- Beautiful claw foot tub
Master Bath- Beautiful clawfoot tub

Whoever ends up being the homeowner of this gorgeous bungalow, will get a special piece of history!

 If you are interested in finding a home or selling a home, we are here for all of your real estate needs.

Please Note: We are not the listing agents of this property.

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team

Keller Williams Integrity Realty

LN# 20359558


2680 Snelling Ave. N., Suite 100

Roseville, MN 55113

 Direct: 651-269-3487