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Random tip of the day-

Bury a pair of cotton underwear in your garden to test the soil. After 2 months when you take it out you should be able to put it in the washing machine, dry and wear it. If it has disintegrated and all you have left is the elastic you need to fertilize, compost etc. the soil in your garden.

Come early Spring, frost permitting I think I will put the underwear to the test!
If you have any random tips to share....let me know.
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Posted by Constance Koopman on November 3rd, 2017 12:26 PM
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4017 Edinbrook Terrace

Brooklyn Park, MN 55443



Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2216
Garage: 0 Built: 2000
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Constance Koopman
Marshall & Koopman REAL ESTATE
6124903861
www.marshallandkoopman.com



 
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Posted by Constance Koopman on July 18th, 2015 1:53 PM
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$306,400.00
780 Lexington Parkway

Saint Paul, MN 55116



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 0 Sq. Ft.: 2408
Garage: 2 Built: 0
 

Desirable Highland Park location. Well maintained 3 bedroom 3 bathroom stucco exterior, corner lot, fenced in yard. Close to Trader Joes and all shopping.
This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Constance Koopman
Marshall & Koopman REAL ESTATE
6124903861
www.marshallandkoopman.com



 
  Visit this listing here
Posted by Constance Koopman on May 13th, 2015 2:44 PM

Are You Facing a Setback? 

Setbacks are a part of life.  The next time you’re facing a setback, here are a few stories about people who used a setback as a set-up for a comeback:

Lucille Ball:  She began studying to become an actress in 1927 and was told by the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, “Try any other profession. Any other profession.”

Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds:  In 1959, a Universal Pictures executive dismissed them at the same meeting with the following statements.  To Burt Reynolds:  “You have no talent.”  To Clint Eastwood:  “You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam’s apple sticks out too far, and you talk too slow.”

Alexander Graham Bell:  When he invented the telephone in 1876, it didn't ring off the hook with calls from potential backers.  After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”

Chester Carlson:  In the 1940s, this young inventor took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country.  They all turned him down.  In 1947-after seven long years of rejections-he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his electrostatic paper-copying process.  Haloid became Xerox Corporation, and both it and Carlson became very rich.

Abraham Lincoln:  He entered the Blackhawk War (1831-1832) as a captain.  By the end of the war, he had been demoted to the rank of private.

J.K. Rowling:  Author of the Harry Potter series, Joanne was an aspiring writer and single mother living on welfare with her young daughter in an unheated, mice-infested flat.  Her first book was rejected by 12 publishers before the world met Harry Potter in 1997.

And then there was the young man who submitted a paper to his Yale University management professor, and got this response:  “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.”  The young man was Fred Smith, his paper proposed reliable overnight delivery service, and Fred went on to found FedEx Corp.

Failure is not falling down, but staying down!

Sincerely,

Constance Koopman

Your Real Estate Advisor For Life!

P.S. Have you experienced a recent setback or are you facing one now?  Please email me at constancek@marshallandkoopman.com or call me at 612-490-3861

 

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Posted by Constance Koopman on November 4th, 2013 2:22 PM

Build or Remodel?

The trend seems to be on the rise for multigenerational families.  

I am sharing my experience as an agent representing 2 families currently in the process of moving in together. Not only is space, privacy, flexibility and patience important budget and accommodations for aging parents is equally important.

In our search we have been looking at rambler homes in the Twin Cities metro. A rambler offers one level living for the aging parents not to mention no stairs. Full basement and Walkout basements. Prices have ranged anywhere from $190-$255k in the scope of our search. We are very fortunate here in the Twin Cities metro as we have neighborhoods of abundant ramblers, square footage anywhere from 1,700-2,500.

The parents are moving to the cities from Wisconsin. Being involved in referring my clients to a local agent in Wisconsin when their home is 8 hours away was a big deal for them. The agent I referred to them was researched by me and I will be involved in the process of guiding them through the moving process.

A few key points to keep in mind:

*3/4 shower on the main level (handicapped accessible).
If either aging adult has a walker, the 3/4 shower will hopefully make them feel more self sufficient vs a step in tub and needing assistance.

*Hardwood or tile floors are easier to navigate with a walker than carpeting

*An open kitchen for entertaining grand children and great grandchildren is important. As is a separate dining room.

*The lower level or basement should have an egress window is someone is to occupy the space for any length of time.

*Some homes are already set up with a mother in law apt in the basement. Bonus for the family living downstairs.

Some builders have begun offering two master suites, a den or family room that can be converted into a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, and other "bonus areas" with flexible space that can change with family needs. 

Builders and remodelers are offering universal design features (wider hallways and doors, good lighting, few or no steps) that work for a baby stroller or a wheelchair. Some builders are installing infrastructure for future bathroom grab bars and stacking closets for down-the-road elevators.

The next generation concept is two houses in one: The main home has three or four bedrooms, and there's an attached unit with its own front entrance, kitchen, bedroom, living space and garage. Perfect for an aging parent (or lucky nanny or guest, or as a man cave), it's typically one-fifth the size of the main house. An adjoining inner door can be left open so the house can be one big home or, when closed, two residences.

So when you or a family you know is thinking about multigenerational housing, contact us. We know the neighborhoods and builders that can make your transition as smooth as possible.

Feel free to contact us for a consultation.

We are here to Educate, Equip and Empower our clients!

Happy Buying!

Constance

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Posted by Constance Koopman on September 24th, 2013 3:26 PM

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