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For Sale: Affordable Homes in the Most Affordable Markets

ZillowWhat's affordable in Minneapolis? This charming and updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow. By Sharona Ott Some metros are known for their sky-high home prices. However, metros with affordable homes for sale do exist! We define a market as affordable if a buyer who makes the area's median income can afford... Continue Reading »

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Home Hits Market for $2.9 Million

It's TV's "most famous bachelorette pad," according to Entertainment Weekly, and we'd have to agree. Attracting nearly as many visitors as Elvis' Graceland, this Minneapolis home is featured in the television classic, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Though on the outside it looks like your typical, quaint,... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles Sues U.S. Bank, Calls It a 'Slumlord'

By Jonathan Stempel The city of Los Angeles has sued U.S. Bank, accusing a unit of the fifth-largest U.S. commercial bank of becoming one of its biggest slumlords and blighting the city by allowing hundreds of foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair. Monday's civil lawsuit by the office of Los Angeles City Attorney... Continue Reading »

Minneapolis Woman Jailed for Mortgage Fraud

A 50-year-old woman in Lakeville, Minn., was sentenced Wednesday to three years and three months in prison for embezzling more than $220,000 from a title and real estate company where she worked, not including the $10,000 of stolen funds she repaid. Kuntee Shamo Singramdoo (pictured left) pleaded guilty to three counts of... Continue Reading »

Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Gain as Other Loans Fall

Mortgage specialist Jay Dacey couldn't keep coaxing clients to take advantage of the low mortgage interest rates without hopping onto the bandwagon himself. But the 30-year-old from the Twin Cities-area took a route that might make one do a double-take. He refinanced out of a 30-year-fixed rate of 4.75 percent and into a... Continue Reading »

Trulia's Rent vs. Buy Index: Rent in Omaha, Buy in Minneapolis

Always a popular comparison in real estate: Is it better to rent or buy? Now, real estate website Trulia.com has launched a Rent vs. Buy Index, featuring the top 10 cities in each category. Some of the results were quite surprising. Namely, that Omaha, home to famously frugal financier Warren Buffett, pictured left,... Continue Reading »

Best Eco-Cities in U.S.: Honolulu and Minneapolis

According to a recent survey by the international consulting firm Mercer, towns in Canada and Germany dominate a list of the world's top 50 eco-cities. But don't worry America, we made the list, too. Honolulu is listed in the impressive No. 2 spot and Minneapolis placed at No. 6. Based on water availability, water... Continue Reading »

Bike-Friendly Cities' Innovative Tactics

Americans love their cars, but cycling is definitely making a comeback. The number of bicyclists who are commuting to work, shopping by bike or heading out for long weekend rides has surged in the last few years. As cycling becomes more prevalent, cities are focusing on increasing the number of services available to... Continue Reading »

Five Tips for Selling a Home, Fast.

Anyone's lucky to be able to sell a home in this economy, especially when you consider tight-fisted banks and appraisal snafus. Gone are the days when a "quick sale" meant you had an offer in under a week. These days, anything less than six months on the market could be counted as "quick." So, when after a mere four... Continue Reading »

Craigslist Roommate Nightmares: Minneapolis Edition

Once again it's time for nightmare roommate-wanted ads found on Craigslist. This week we take you to the Midwestern town of Minneapolis, Minn. What do we have in store? Potential terrorists, a single dad who wants to make you his kids' new mommy, and that dude from Silence of the Lambs. Continue Reading »

Your Very Own Skyway

Psst. Want to buy a bridge? A pedestrian bridge, that is. A Minneapolis architectural firm is selling a used skyway on Craigslist. The ad suggests some possible uses for the 1,380 square foot rectangular space, including a cabin, office, yoga studio or vendor booth at the State Fair. As a cabin, the glass-encased... Continue Reading »

Twin Cities Home Sales Resurge

The Twin Cities appear to be no longer fumbling - at least if you put aside the bungled chance to send the Vikings to the Super Bowl. On the bright side, by year end 2009, the 13-county metro area had 52,167 total pending home sales, its highest number since 2005, according to recently released monthly data from the... Continue Reading »

Detroit's Safe? Really Forbes?

With all those celebrities getting robbed in L.A. lately, how come none of the gazillion New York celebs have reported break-ins. Could it be that New York is safer? That's what Forbes would have you think. The magazine just awarded New York no. 8 in its America's Safest Cities list. But that's not the only surprising... Continue Reading »

Smart Cities on a Dumb List

The Daily Beast has mad social smarts. No one but Tina Brown, the site's masterful editor in chief would dare publish a survey of America's "smartest" and "dumbest" cities. But Brown thinks she can outrun the tidal wave of criticism you'd expect when you rank New York no. 13 and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. the smartest place in... Continue Reading »

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