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June 26, 2019

Spotlight on: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Minnetonka "Great Water"


Minnetonka, Minnesota. Who would want to visit, much less live there? Well, you might be surprised. This exciting yet homey town has a great deal to offer both visitors and residents.


Whether you are looking for parks, schools, outdoor adventures, festivals, restaurants, or more, you might be surprised at everything you can see or do in the city. 


At Roost, we specialize in finding people their perfect home, whether it is in Minneapolis or surrounding areas, including Minnetonka. Call us today so we can start looking for your next roost.

History of Minnetonka


The city of Minnetonka boasts around 50,000 residents. People from all walks of life call this charming place home. The name Minnetonka comes from the Dakota Sioux word mini tanks, which means “great water.”

Minnetonka is eight miles west of Minneapolis and at the eastern tip of Lake Minnetonka. Before settlers came to the area in 1822, the Dakota and Obijwe Indians resided in the area. In 1851, the Dakotas sold the land that is now Minnetonka.


A variety of mills operated in the area in the following decades. A sawmill opened in 1852. Fun fact: the bridge at Saint Anthony Falls was built from oak milled at this sawmill. A flour mill and grist mill, as well as other mills, were in operation in Minnetonka, as well.


Minnetonka fluctuated in size and scope for generations until finally becoming a village in 1956. Eight years later, the town of Minnetonka became a city.

Working in Minnetonka

Many major corporations call Minnetonka home. Whether you are looking to work for a large company with substantial holdings or a small business based in the community, you will find a little bit of everything.


United Healthcare, under the umbrella of UnitedHealth Group, employs more than 4,000 people in the area. This healthcare company serves more than 115 million people and brings in more than 200 billion dollars in revenue each year.


Cargill is the next largest employer in Minnetonka with around 3,400 employees. Cargill was founded initially in 1865 and is the largest corporation that is privately owned, based on revenue. Cargill focuses on trading, purchasing, and distributing agricultural products.


The third largest employer in Minnetonka is Carlson, with approximately 3,100 workers. Carlson is one of the largest family-owned companies in America, with more than 37 billion in profits each year.


On top of these substantial companies, there are numerous other employers, including the Minnetonka School District, as well as many small businesses and companies that call Minnetonka home.

Minnetonka Schools

Minnetonka is known far and wide for having a superb school district. However, living in Minnetonka, there are three different and independent school districts a student might fall under for schooling.


The Hopkins School District serves students in the central and eastern areas of town.


Minnetonka School District covers all students who live in the western part of the city north of the lake.


Wayzata School District is responsible for students in the southern area of Minnetonka.


There are also several private schools inside city limits. Accell Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, and Minnetonka Christian Academy all serve a variety of students throughout Minnetonka.

Living in Minnetonka

Minnetonka Center for the Arts is located on North Shore Drive and is a fantastic resource for everyone in the area. At the Center for the Arts, you can do so much more than take an art class. There are rotating exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year.


There are four levels of membership at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts with varying degrees of benefits. By becoming a member, you not only get discounts to classes and events at the Center, but you also help ensure art is available to the entire community.


The park system in Minnetonka, like many park systems throughout the area, offers a variety of outdoor entertainment. From beaches in the summer to ice rinks in the winter, the park system will keep residents and visitors of all ages busy, happy, and active.


In Minnetonka, there are more than 90 miles of trails available for running, biking, or walking. There is a 40 -mile loop, the Loop Trail Corridor System, which is maintained by the city. The majority of the trails are maintained year-round. You can even get a pocket map for your convenience.


One of the best parks in the city is the Gro Tonka Park, located on Prospect Place. This vast park offers football fields, softball fields, skating, roller hockey, tennis courts, covered areas and picnic areas, horseshoes, and restrooms. You might find yourself spending many afternoons in the beautiful park.


In the summer, you can take advantage of multiple beach locations that are maintained by the city. When the temperature rises, make your way to Shady Oak Beach or Libbs Lake Beach.


When the temperature falls, and you’re in the dead of winter, lace up those skates and head to any of the numerous parks that offer skating rinks. There are thirteen rinks with warming houses between Minnetonka and Hopkins.

Call Roost

If Minnetonka sounds like a great place to call home, give Roost a call today. We specialize in finding people a perfect place to call home. We strive to work hand in hand with each of our clients. We work hard to get to know every home-seeker who comes through our doors.


Whether you are looking for an apartment or condo, townhome, or a house, we have experience finding that elusive home. We help our clients navigate the jungle of real estate and land in a place they want to come home to each night.


Give us a call today and let us show you some available properties in Minnetonka, Minnesota. We can show you houses near fantastic schools, or close to UnitedHealth Group, or next to any of the trails that flow through the city.


Whatever is important to your family is important to us, and we will work hard to ensure you find the perfect home.

June 19, 2019

Spread the Word! Minnesota is a Great Place to Be!


Nestled in the heart of the Great North, Minnesota is one of those states you don't quite understand until you've been here - and then you may never leave.


At Roost, we're passionate about Minnesota real estate and finding you the perfect place to call home.

There are so many reasons why Minnesota is a great place to live that we couldn't possibly say them all - but we gave it a shot! Read on to discover why Minnesota should be on your short list of "Places to Move."




  • 5.6 million residents
  • 60% of residents live in the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro
  • 22nd most populous state
  • 12th largest state




For nearly a decade, Minneapolis-St. Paul has consistently ranked at the top of lists of states with the best quality of life.

 In a 2018 Gallup survey, Minnesota was ranked as the fourth healthiest state in the nation.

 In 2019, a WalletHub evaluation put Minnesota at number 2 in the Best States to Live In (just behind Massachusetts).

 The Minnesota cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, but we say you get what you pay for!




Part of being "Minnesota Nice" is maintaining a humble demeanor, but there is one thing we're happy to brag about: our food.

 Epicureans and foodies will delight in the various options found around the Twin Cities and beyond. The state's Scandinavian cuisine heritage is melded with delicious flavors from around the world, thanks to our growing multicultural population.

 Don't take our word for it, though. Check out this article from the Smithsonian entitled "Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Cities" or this hot take from Esquire that proclaims "Minneapolis Is the Food World's Best Kept Secret."

 If you're planning a trip soon, check out Twin City Eater's list of The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants to plan all your must-eat meals.




In the past decade, the craft brewery scene has exploded across the nation, and Minnesota is no exception.

St. Paul wealth of character and old-school charm has spawned some seriously impressive breweries and brewpubs.

 Minnesotans also take patio season very seriously. If you'd like to join in our favorite pastime of eating and drinking outside while repeating things like "Wow, can you believe it was snowing just last week?" check out this list of Breweries with Patios provided by Meet Minneapolis.




There's a reason Prince stuck was loyal to Minneapolis for so long. According to a report by the Western States Art Federation, Minneapolis ranks as the fifth-most "creatively vital" city in the country.

Live music is an integral part of the Twin Cities nightlife scene. Whether you're into punk rock, folk tunes or hip hop, there's a venue for that. First Avenue, The Fine Line, Dakota Jazz Club, The Cabooze and the Cedar Cultural Center are just a few stages that showcase local talent.

If art and museums are more your speed, there's plenty of options to choose from. Maybe we're biased, but we love the giant blue rooster at the Walker Art Museum. It's one of the most iconic art pieces in the city - second only to the infamous Spoon and Cherry sculpture.

Theatre geeks are also in luck: Explore Minnesota estimates there are more than 440 theaters throughout the state. From drama to comedy to big Broadway musicals, ballet to modern dance, professional to up-and-comers, there is a show for every taste.




The Twin Cities is a haven for professionals looking to make serious inroads on their careers. The metro area is one of the most concentrated regions of the world for fortune 500 companies and is home to prominent companies like Target, United Health Group, 3M, Land O' Lakes, Best Buy and more.

The unemployment rate stands at just 3%, making Minnesota one of the best states in the union to find a job.

According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota is creating thousands of new jobs in the leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation, and financial activities sectors in 2019.




Minnesotans are notoriously sports-obsessed. Despite being far from the most populous state, we maintain an impressive roster of professional sports teams that we love to watch and sometimes hate to love.


  • Minnesota Twins - Baseball
  • Minnesota Vikings - Football
  • Minnesota Wild - Ice hockey
  • Minnesota Timberwolves - Basketball
  • Minnesota Lynx - Basketball
  • Minnesota United F.C. - Soccer
  • Minnesota Whitecaps - Ice hockey    




Shopping is one of Minnesotan's favorite indoor activities, no matter the season. From hipster to suburban mom or retro glam, there's a little bit of something for everyone. Thrift stores abound across the metro area, with entire neighborhoods devoted to vintage and secondhand goods.

Minnesota is also home to the largest mall in the entire nation: the Mall of America. Located just across the interstate from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MoA features 520 stores, 60 restaurants, the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe.

P.S. If you want to fool a native Minnesotan into thinking you're one of them, refer to MoA's amusement park as "Camp Snoopy."




There is indeed life outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

  • Excelsior - This quaint small town on the shores of Lake Minnetonka is full of cafes, boutiques and effortlessly gorgeous views of the water. It's about 40 minutes away from Minneapolis, making it a convenient place for an afternoon escape.
  • Alexandria - Alexandria (or "Alec," as locals call it) is about two hours from the Twin Cities. It is a small town with a little bit of something for everyone: the Runestone Museum for history buffs, Carlos Creek Winery for wine enthusiasts and miles of shoreline for those looking to sample the famed Cabin Life.
  • Taylor Falls - Taylor Falls Park lies within both Minnesota and our (mostly) friendly neighboring state of Wisconsin. In the summer, it's a beautiful destination to explore the majesty of the north woods and waters. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to Wild Mountain for a day on the slopes.




Navigating the real estate scene in a new city can be tricky, no matter if you're a buyer, seller, landlord, renter or developer.

Let the experienced professionals at Roost Real Estate help you make serious strides on your next real estate investment. Our talented agents are experts at knowing the market and providing expert customer service, which is why we consistently rank in the top 1% of real estate agents in Minnesota.

Come and find out what Minnesota Nice is all about with exceptional service from Roost Real Estate.

June 9, 2019

Attention World Travelers: Minnesota is a Great Place to Live

When you were in high school, people would ask, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” You’d always answered, “I’m going to travel around the world.” So you traveled, and you have the Instagram posts to prove it.


You’ve walked the Great Wall of China; swam with dolphins in the Galapagos Islands; marveled at the Great Pyramids in Giza; learned the secrets of French cuisines in Paris; and while it sounded terrific, you thought better of going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.


Every travel experience whets your appetite, feeding your determination to continuing globetrotting every continent on Earth, but you feel it’s time to put down some roots in a sweet and lovely city. You remember reading an article about some fellow world travelers who decided to move to Minnesota and call it home.   


Like any true adventurer, you decide to give Minnesota a shot at becoming your new home. You arrive at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, determined to learn as much about “The Bread and Butter State” as possible.




One of the first things that amazed you about Minnesota is its affordability, meaning life in the “North Star State” could put more money in your travel account. In recent years, Minnesota has ranked in the top 20 for having the lowest unemployment rate in the United States. Also, seventeen Fortune 500 companies call Minnesota home, which means there are excellent opportunities for employment to keep the travel account flushed with money.




You’ve also noticed that Minnesota cities strive to maintain a high quality of life and sense of environmental responsibility. As a world traveler, you love the hustle and bustle of the city, but every now and again you long for bike trails away from the highways, lovely green spaces with trees providing surreal tranquility. It pleases you to learn Travel + Leisure Magazine voted Minneapolis/St. Paul, “the second greenest city in the country.”


Minnesota also has a relatively low crime rate compared to the national average. As an experienced world traveler, low crime rates is always a good thing when checking out a new location.




While you enjoyed the glitz and glamour of a big city, you can also picture yourself living in a small town. Minnesota has plenty of enchanting small towns that will warm your heart.


Grand Marais, a charming town on the shores of Lake Superior, is one example. Budget Travel once named this picturesque northern jewel “America’s Coolest Small Town.” Grand Marais also uses Lake Superior’s summer cooling effect to great advantage, hosting numerous festivals to celebrate the North Shore’s history and culture. Can’t you see yourself winning the Le Grand Du Nord, considered by many to be the most awesome gravel courses in the United States?


Ely is another small Minnesota town, one that will grab a nature lover’s heart and never let go. The city is the nearest city to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the most visited wildernesses, popular for canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Ely is also home to the Dorothy Molter Museum, the “Root Beer Lady” whose homemade root beer became a welcome delight to campers.




Whether you love the outdoors or want to get your groove on at the local hotspot, living in Minnesota, you’ll quickly learn you’ll never run out of things to do. There seems to be a fair or festival of some kind for every occasion. Whether it’s a music festival, farmers market, county fair, or car show, you’ll never be at a loss for fun activities.


But what about the days you’re not in the mood for festivals? Not to worry, Minneapolis is second only to New York City for the number of theaters per capita. Don’t forget the many concerts and other shows at the Target Center, Target Field, or the Xcel Energy Center. Catch the latest performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or a Shawn Mendes or New Kids on the Block concert.


Need some new clothes for your night out on the town? Not a problem because you’ll head over to the Mall of America in Bloomington, which at one time was the largest shopping mall in the United States. You’ll have more than 520 stores to shop at, or you can hang out at Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the USA.




Traveling the world, you’ve come to appreciate and admire the ways sports bring people together. You loved attending soccer matches during your visits to Europe. So when you need your “football” fix, you can catch a Minnesota United FC match at Allianz Field. And in the fall when you need another “football” fix, the Minnesota Vikings are there for you. Minnesota is home to the MLB’s Minnesota Twins, the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. If there’s a sport you love, Minnesota has you covered.




Affordability, sporting events, festivals, museums, shopping, big city versus small town — these are all critical details you consider when choosing a new place to call home. Anyhow, the most important consideration to a world traveler like yourself — The People. The best part about traveling the world is meeting new people and making new friends.


As you’ve explored Minnesota, you quickly learn Minnesotans love their state, and they love showcasing the friendly atmosphere. If you mention you’re fond of a particular type of pie, you won’t be surprised when your new neighbor brings you one. You’ll love hanging out in your new friends’ backyard, chatting away, sipping wine or chugging a beer, and eating the best home-cooked meals you’ve ever tasted. You love how people smile and wave at you as you pedal your bike down the street and along one of the many bike trails. Minnesotans take friendly to a new level, and that’s not a bad thing.




After an adventurous exploration of Minnesota, you can’t help but ask yourself, “why not call Minnesota home?” It’s a beautiful state with lovely people, excellent quality of life, and multiple activities to enjoy.


The best bit - it’s has one of the top 20 airports in the United States, enabling you to continue globetrotting and living life to the fullest.


June 2, 2019

Condos to Castles: Minneapolis Has Home Styles for Everyone


Are you planning on relocating to the Minneapolis or St. Paul area? Whether you are looking for high-end condos in Minneapolis or downtown lofts to work and live in one of the many up-and-coming neighborhoods, the perfect home is waiting for you. The Twin Cities area is known for fabulous homes. From upscale condos and townhomes to lovely houses in the suburbs, there is something for everyone.


Families looking for their forever home or young professionals looking for a residence near their new job will easily find the perfect place to call home. Regardless of your lifestyle, occupation, family size, or interests, the Minneapolis and surrounding area is a fantastic place to put down roots.


The housing options are abundant, and there are many great neighborhoods in which to choose. Whether you’re looking to be in walking distance of your job and other amenities, or for a home away from downtown in a quiet neighborhood, you’re sure to locate what you need.


As soon as you’re ready to move into your Minneapolis dream home, the professionals at Roost are here to assist you through the process. From finding the perfect match to navigating the purchase of your new home, we are area experts and can help you decide on the ideal place to live.


With connections to some of the top professionals in the industry, we can make buying a home smooth and even fun. Let us help you discover your ideal home type and locate the perfect one for you here in the Twin Cities.


When it comes to selecting the right home in the right area, it’s essential to explore your options and familiarize yourself with the various homes available. Take a look at these fantastic selections and realize the home of your dreams.

Condos in Minneapolis

One of the premier places to call home in Minneapolis is in one of the many fabulous condos. Downtown Minneapolis is full of upscale condos. Some condos are newer construction, while many others are conversions from historical warehouses, factories, or mills. These condos have a vintage look and feel with modern amenities.


The exteriors of many of the condos in Minneapolis include brickwork and a historic look. Whether they’re a remodel of an original old building or brand new construction built to resemble the historic appearance, many condos boast an industrial aesthetic. The interiors frequently have upgrades like gourmet kitchens, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and private balconies.  


In addition to being stylish and high-end, condos in Minneapolis also often have the convenience of being in walking distance of restaurants, shops, and services. Often surrounded by the natural beauty of the parks and trails of downtown Minneapolis, you’ll enjoy scenic views and opportunity for enjoying your time outside.


Whether you’re a family that wants to be in the center of it all, or a young professional who loves the convenience of luxurious amenities, you’re sure to find the condo that’s just right for your lifestyle. Not only will you have your choice of fabulous condo buildings to reside in, but you’ll also have your choice of vibrant neighborhoods to choose from in Minneapolis.  

Downtown Lofts

Lofts are also an excellent option for Minneapolis living. Like many of the condos in the area, plenty of lofts are conversions of older historic buildings. You can enjoy the timeless feel and look of industrial meets modern in these luxurious lofts.


Some lofts include a studio or workspace, making working or creating from your home a possibility. Lofts range in size and amenities, but typically include details like floor to ceiling windows, open floor plans, and heated parking garages. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to finding a loft that suits your needs. Take your pick from any of the exciting and flourishing downtown neighborhoods and choose the loft that fits your lifestyle.

Classic Homes With a Traditional Look

Do you love homes that are reminiscent of the traditional styles of the past? The Twin Cities area is full of older homes, as well as newer ones that replicate the historic look that many residents love.


Victorian style homes typically are very elaborate and fancy. From decorative trim to the distinctive front porches, Victorian homes are plentiful in the St. Paul area. Built between 1840 and 1900, these homes stand-out as beautiful and ornate specimens of the era.  


Another traditional style of home is the colonial style. Easy to find in the historic areas of the Twin Cities, colonial style homes boast lots of windows and a front door that serves as a focal point to the house. You’ll love the traditional and homey feel of these fabulous homes.

The Perfect Fit

Whether you’re looking for a traditional looking home, or a luxurious condo or loft, you’re sure to find the perfect fit in the Twin Cities. Whatever your lifestyle or family size, you have abundant options and locations for your dream home. From high-end to cozy, you can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous options.


Whether you’re looking for a home in a building that offers services and amenities, or you want a lovely yard and home in a quiet suburb, the choices are endless. You can easily discover your next home, including all of the features you’ve been looking for in the Twin Cities area.

Roost Can Help

If you’re ready to relocate in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Roost is available for all of your real estate needs. We will help you find the ideal home in the Twin Cities area, and make sure you meet all of your criteria. From the neighborhood you desire to the amenities you have wanted, our professionals are ready to locate your dream home for you.


Contact us today and let us help you get into the perfect condo, loft, or house. We can help you determine the perfect area in the Twin Cities to call home, as well as the ideal home to reside. We look forward to meeting with you and making your home buying dreams a reality.



May 31, 2019

Finding Jobs in Minneapolis, MN is No Problem

Finding a Job in Minneapolis is No Problem


Most people spend a large portion of their day at their job. Working at a career that’s meaningful, challenging, and fulfilling is essential to keeping a work-life balance and enjoying the time you spend on the job. Whether you’re already a resident of Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN, or are getting ready to move to the area, finding jobs in Minneapolis, MN is no problem. Regardless of your chosen profession, you will find what you’re looking for in the Twin Cities.


Careers abound in the Twin Cities area, making it a fantastic location to call home. So many job opportunities are available, along with fabulous housing options in all of the up-and-coming neighborhoods Whether you’re looking for somewhere in downtown Minneapolis that boasts walking distance to your workplace, or a quiet outlying suburb close to public transportation access, you’re sure to find the perfect place to live along with the ideal career.


If you’re relocating to the Twin Cities area for a job, let Roost help you find the perfect home to match your ideal new career. We are area experts when it comes to educating our clients about the various neighborhoods in Minneapolis, including amenities, schools, and community offerings. We will help to streamline your buying process and make it easy and even fun. Finding your dream home in Minneapolis is possible with help from Roost.


Landing a fantastic job in the Twin Cities is easy with so many excellent large and small companies available right here in the surrounding areas. You are sure to find a career that meets your criteria and offers everything you are looking for in a job. The perfect job is out there waiting for you in the Twin Cities.

Big Name Businesses Right Here in Minneapolis

The Twin Cities is home to many big-name businesses that are fantastic places to work. These successful businesses are also some of the top employers in the city. Target is one of the largest workforces in Minneapolis, employing around 8,300 people. The retail giant has been one of the top employers in Minneapolis for a few years.


In addition to Target, Hennepin Healthcare and Wells Fargo make up the top three employers in Minneapolis. These three prominent businesses employ over 7,000 people each and continue to grow.


The top fifteen employers include U.S. Bank, Xcel Energy, Strategic Education, and Ameriprise. These businesses help keep the downtown area of Minneapolis growing and thriving. New housing options are available more frequently as the population grows, and people look for work as well as living options downtown.


The convenience of living and working downtown provides for walking or biking to work, access to shopping and essential services within walking distance, as well as a happening and lively nightlife all right out of your front door.

Government Jobs

Working in the public sector is also an excellent option for Twin Cities residents. Both Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are in the top fifteen employers. These employers offer numerous different positions for all types of skill sets and experience levels. From business analysts to investigators, there are plenty of possibilities for careers within the county or city.


These jobs also offer fantastic benefit packages that make positions more appealing and help with achieving a work-home balance. Whether you’re looking for an entry-level position to get your career moving in the right direction, or you have years of experience, opportunities are everywhere.

Small Businesses, Big Impact

If you are searching for work with a smaller company in the Minneapolis area, there are plenty of smaller businesses that are fantastic employers.


While working for big companies like Target and U.S. Bank, or the local government may have its perks, there is something to be said for being part of a small or local business in the heart of the Twin Cities.


Some of the top small businesses to work for include Syand Corporation, an information technology company, AIM Consulting, a consulting company, and Aimclear, a marketing agency. There are numerous small businesses in the Minneapolis area that include incredible employers.


The amount of business growth within the Twin Cities allows for many options for careers in all kinds of businesses. From restaurants like the Bachelor Farmer to technology companies like The Nerdery, there is no shortage of opportunity in this vibrant, urban area.

The Possibilities Are Endless

The fantastic thing about finding jobs in Minneapolis, MN, is that the possibilities are endless. Opportunity is everywhere in the Twin Cities, no matter what type of work you are looking for.


If you love the arts, you can find a job in the heart of the Northeast district. If you are a sports fan, consider looking for employment at U.S. Bank Stadium. If you are a teacher, there are plenty of excellent schools in the Twin Cities area.


Whether you have a specialized degree, went to trade school, or have years of experience in your field, you are sure to find the career that’s right for you in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Regardless of your career choice, there’s an opportunity waiting for you in the Twin Cities.

Let Roost Help You Call Minneapolis Home

If you are ready to relocate to Minneapolis for that new and promising job, let Roost help you find the perfect home to go with your new career. We will help find a home that meets your criteria and makes you feel at home in the Minneapolis area. Whether you’re looking for a luxury loft or townhouse, or a home in a quiet suburb, we can help you find your dream home.


Let us take the stress out of buying your home and contact us today. We can help you find a home in the neighborhood that best suits you, close to your new job, and near the amenities you desire. Rely on us to provide you with the information you need as well as the high-quality properties to make your home buying dreams a reality.


We look forward to meeting you and helping you make Minneapolis your new home.

May 26, 2019

Navigating Home-buying with Student Loans, for First time Buyers and Millennials

Student Loans didn't stop this First time home buyer



Buying a home is always a stressful and somewhat scary process; even more so when you are young with student loans or buying your first home. You might wish there was a free, first time home buyers class to give you all the hints and advice you need when navigating this process.


Minneapolis real estate is an exciting field. There are charming and affordable homes throughout the city and surrounding areas. When you are looking to buy a home, whether it is your first or tenth, you want a team you can trust that has experience.


Roost wants to be your partner if finding your roost in Minneapolis. Let us walk with you as you search for a home, whether it’s your first, forever, or something in between.

Home Buying 101

Before you even start looking for a house, there are many things you need to consider. Taking appropriate steps beforehand will allow the homebuying process to go smoothly.

Monitor Your Credit Score

You are most likely aware that your credit score plays a significant role in your ability to buy a house. If you don’t regularly check your score to know where you stand, your house-buying journey will be dead-on-arrival.


There are several free credit monitoring options out there, including Credit Karma and Credit Sesame. Taking steps now to ensure you have good credit will pay off drastically in the long run.


Part of monitoring your credit is taking steps to raise it, or keep it high. Opening unnecessary accounts, like a new credit card, can impact your credit score. If you are looking to buy a home, refrain from anything that will run a credit score.

Get Pre-Approved

Before you go to your first open house, get pre-approval from a reputable lender. To obtain pre-approval, a loan officer will check your credit score and verify your financial situation to ensure you can afford a monthly mortgage payment. This loan officer will give you a pre-approval letter that informs you and sellers what loan amount in which you qualify.


To get pre-approved, you will need two years of tax returns as well as W2s from employers and bank statements.

Do Your Research

Before committing to anything, do some digging, so you know what you are entitled to as well as what the loan requires of you. You don’t have to have 20% to put down. Various loans require little to no money down.


Also, compare rates with different lenders. Closing costs, the fee charged by a lender for the loan, is between two and five percent and will differ depending on the lender. Check around to make sure you are getting the best rate and lowest fees you are eligible for.

Find a Good Real Estate Agent

Buying a home is no small task. A knowledgeable and friendly real estate agent you can trust will make all the difference in your home buying experience. The seller will pay any fees for a real estate professional and included in the asking price already. Save yourself some time and a significant headache and find a real estate professional you can trust.

Why Buy Young?

While it may seem risky initially to buy a house when you are young, studies show that buying at a young age is hugely beneficial. One study found that buying your first home by the time you were 25 meant you only had $10,000 left to pay off your mortgage when you reached 60. On the other hand, buying a home later in life left an average of $50,000 to pay off.


If you’re thinking about buying young, consider a few things:


All the costs. While there are more costs to buying a home than renting, you are probably ultimately saving money. Houses appreciate generally, and you are building your wealth rather than only paying rent.


Find a reputable lender and realtor. You don’t know everything about buying a home, so enlist the help of experts. They can guide you to what you can afford in an area you want to be.


Know what you want. Do your research ahead of time. Be discriminating in what you want and what you can afford. Also, understand why you are buying a home.


Check your finances. The process to get pre-qualified is relatively easy and essential to buying a home, and will help you in your home search and keep you within budget.

Buying With Debt

If you do have debt and want to buy a house, you are not alone. There are things you can do to increase your chances of finding a home. Ultimately, only you can decide if buying a house is the right option for you.


Increase your credit score. Take steps to raise your credit score by paying your bills on time and in full, use as little of your available credit as possible, keep old accounts open, and use more lines of credit.


Lower your debt-to-income ratio. A lender will look at the amount of debt you have compared to what your income is. Most lenders want a 28/36 ratio, meaning you shouldn’t spend more than 28% of your income on housing and not more than 36% on your overall debt.


Apply for loan pre-approval. This approval will allow you to see what you qualify for, as well as the costs and down payment will be.


Look for programs to help with down payments. Thankfully, many programs offer help with a down payment. The right lender will help you navigate these options.

Call Roost Today

If you have been putting off buying a home because you are young and have student loans or other debt, think again. You might be missing out on the perfect time to buy a home. There are people and programs out there to help you on your journey.

Roost has years of experience dealing with Minneapolis real estate. Let us be your partner in your quest to buy a home, even if you have debt. Call Roost today.

May 18, 2019

Why it's Important to Hire a Real Estate Professional that You Trust


It only makes sense that when undertaking any significant endeavor, you would want the best possible team around you, supporting you and helping you make the big decisions. Buying a house is no different. Hiring a real estate professional you can trust will make the home buying experience go smoother, and could save you money.


However, the magic takes more than just finding a good real estate professional. You and your agent have to be able to work together as a team, rather than strictly in a business sense. Thankfully, there are options when it comes to real estate.


If you are looking for the best in the business, check out Roost. We have years of experience in the Twin Cities and strive to leave every customer completely satisfied.

Building Trust

If you have ever worked in a group or on a team, you know first hand that trust is essential for quality work. If you feel abandoned or that you are pulling the bulk of the weight, it is frustrating for you, and the team is dysfunctional.


The same principles that apply to building a good bond for any other group can be used for creating your real estate team. There are certain steps you will want to follow and specific boxes you want to check in building a superstar team.


Step one: get to know each other

It is vital to spend some time with your future real estate professional before working together. You will want to make sure your values line up and that you can maintain an open line of communication.

Step two: ensure you have matching goals

Next, ensure your goals and vision match up. You want to be working towards the same finish line.

Step three: define roles and expectations

Both sides need to understand what everyone expects, when, and how. Knowing what you are responsible for as well as other team members will allow the team to work most efficiently.

Step four: open communication

After you have established solid relationships, and you know your role, it is easy to communicate with everyone on your team openly.

Why Hire a Real Estate Professional

You might be unsure why you need a real estate team. There are many reasons why a real estate professional in your corner is an excellent idea.


It is not your job to know the ins and outs of the real estate business. It is a real estate agents job, though. Finding the right agent will save you loads of time and money by them doing their job and you not having to.


You are not equipped to buy or sell a home. Surely you can figure it out with all the resources available online today, but why would you? Some people spend their adult lives becoming experts in the field.


Real estate professionals have much more knowledge than you about neighborhoods and areas. They can listen to your checklist of wants and narrow down a community or two for you.


Without a real estate agent, you will be spending hours searching the internet and driving around neighborhoods trying to figure out the best place to look.

Market Intelligence

A real estate agent understands the market and pricing trends. While they will not set your asking price for you, they can guide you in the right direction based on market trends. A good agent will supply you with vital information and help you make a good decision.


Real estate agents also have access to market conditions that the average person does not. Access to this information can help you along the way whether you are buying or selling.


Knowing the average cost per square foot of specific neighborhoods or how long homes have been on the market can help you understand when to buy or sell.

Finding a Perfect Real Estate Professional

Now that you have seen the steps for building an excellent team, why not apply these principles to building your real estate support team. When you are looking at buying, renting, or selling a home, there is a significant investment from all sides and a lot at stake.


To build the best team possible, follow the above steps when finding a real estate professional. First, when getting to know each other, spend some time asking essential questions. Ask them what their credentials are, how much they sold in the previous year, or if they specialize in particular neighborhoods or types of housing.

Next, you want to make sure your goals match. Be upfront with your goals and ask the real estate professional if they line up with those goals. Ask them how your goals will be met, and how they can support your vision.


Defining roles and expectations is also essential. So many of the problems in looking for real estate can be attributed to miscommunication. If you have clearly defined, who is responsible for what, things will go smoothly. Make sure you are clear what your real estate professional expects from you and be open with what you expect from them.


Finally, make sure there is open communication. It is vital that you spend time making sure both sides are up to date on all issues. When looking at a home, be honest about what you liked and didn’t so your real estate team can make notes.

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You have a vested interest in finding the perfect home, and Roost has a vested interest in you. We do all we can to ensure we are on the same page in finding you the best home available. We take time to get to know you so we can help you find a roost of your own in the greatest city in the country.


Give us a call today so we can get to know you better. We will listen to what you want and search the city for a match that you will love coming home to. Our previous customers agree that Roost is an excellent choice for your real estate needs.

May 13, 2019

Welcome to Central Business Downtown

Central Business Downtown


Downtown Minneapolis is one of the best-kept secrets no one is talking about, or rather, it seems more and more people are talking about lately. People and business are flocking to downtown Minneapolis, and for a good reason.


For years now, there has been a dedicated plan to revive downtown, and the results and atmosphere speak for themselves. If you haven’t seen downtown Minneapolis recently, you haven’t seen downtown Minneapolis. The city has worked hard to bring residents and visitors the best amenities available.

At Roost, we specialize in finding people the best possible home to fit their needs and lifestyle. If you see yourself in a downtown condo or townhome, Roost will get you there. Give us a call today and see what is on the market that you could call home.

Park System

The park system in Minneapolis, run by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is number one in the country for a reason. This renowned park system encompasses 6,809 acres of the park featuring both land and water.


Four factors determine the Best Park System score. The raters look at:


  • Park Access: This measure looks at how many residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park in their city. In Minneapolis’s case, 97% of residents have a park within this distance to their home.

  • Park Acreage: In this measure, raters look at how the average park size and what percentage of city land is dedicated to parks. The average park size in Minneapolis is 5.7 acres.

  • Park Investment: This factor considers how much money a city spends on parks per resident.

  • Park Amenities: This measure looks at six park features that park-goers enjoy: basketball courts, dog parks that allow dogs to be off-leash, playgrounds, structures with water features for kids, recreation centers or senior centers, and bathrooms.

The park system in Minneapolis, run by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is number one in the country for a reason. This renowned park system encompasses 6,809 acres of the park featuring both land and water.

There are 180 individual park properties in the city with over 50 miles of parkways, 102 miles of paths for bikes and walking, 22 lakes, 12 gardens, seven golf courses, and 49 unique recreation centers. More than twenty million people visit the parks each year.


Of these fantastic features, downtown Minneapolis boasts some of the most exciting parks in the city. Mill Ruins Park is a beautiful park that you should be on your bucket list. In its prime, this area was home to mills that were powered by water to produce flour.


Mill Ruins Park is in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District and is registered as a National Historic Place. You can see the historical ruins as you enjoy the beautiful area of the city by the river. Another historic site is the Stone Arch Bridge, which is right next to Mill Ruins Park.


Downtown Minneapolis is home to some of the most delicious food you will find. With local favorites and big-box chains, your taste buds will always be satisfied, no matter what you are craving.


The Butcher & The Boar has long been a favorite for locals and tourists alike. With a fantastic beer garden, incredible food, and friendly staff, you won’t be disappointed visiting this establishment.


112 Eatery is another tasty option for those in the downtown area. If you like to be adventurous in your dining options, this place is a must. Frog legs anyone?


With a nightlife to rival the biggest cities in the country, as well as events throughout the year, you will be hard-pressed not finding something to do. Whether you enjoy theatre, sporting events, dancing, or bars, there is something for everyone in downtown Minneapolis.


U.S. Bank Stadium calls downtown home. Whether you enjoy cheering on the Vikings in the fall, or would instead catch a concert or the X-Games, you will find yourself at U.S. Bank Stadium all year. Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins, entertains all its own, as well.


The Guthrie Theater is a gem that might surprise even the most ardent theater-goers. With an ever-changing line-up throughout its season, there is always something to see.


Downtown Minneapolis offers nightlife and music that will keep you entertained throughout the year. Prince is from Minneapolis, need we say more? However, if you need more encouragement, spend an evening checking out any of the bars, clubs, or concert venues in the downtown area.


If you are looking to live in downtown Minneapolis, many condos in the district are the epitome of sophistication and style, as well as combine the convenience of living downtown.


Grant Park is a highly desirable building in downtown Minneapolis. Offering easy access to a variety of stores and restaurants, as well as fantastic amenities, you would be hard pressed to find a better home in downtown.


For luxury living at its finest, check out The Carlyle. This art-deco inspired building is easily recognizable from almost anywhere in the city. Enjoy the high-end amenities inside your unit and throughout the building as you enjoy all downtown has to offer.


Located in Elliot Park, Skyscape Condos are another option for anyone who wants modern amenities but appreciates historic charm. Any direction you walk from your home, you are sure to find food, exercise, and fun.


If the Mill District is where you see yourself, RiverWest Condos are a perfect fit. RiverWest Condos are near the hustle and bustle of downtown, but also close to the river and serene parks. But you won’t be sacrificing any amenities in your home as this condo offers some of the nicest features available.

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If Central Business Downtown in Minneapolis has piqued your interest, Roost is here to help. We have years of experience in Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities finding homes for families and individuals. Whatever you are looking for in your next home, let Roost help you find it.


April 29, 2019

Avoid these Maintenance Pitfalls when considering selling your home


If you are a homeowner, you’re no stranger to the maintenance requirements of your house. From keeping your home looking its best, to home improvement projects like remodeling and painting, you take pride in your home.


With all of the big tasks you take on for your home, you might find yourself in need of home maintenance services. Having a home maintenance company is an ideal way to keep up on jobs around the house.


Ensuring you’re covering all of the essential tasks of home maintenance can be difficult and sometimes feel overwhelming. If you aren’t ready to hire a home maintenance service, you can tackle the projects yourself with a home maintenance checklist, printable right from the web.


While a checklist or home maintenance service might be just the ticket for regular upkeep on your home, what about if you are considering selling your home? If you are preparing to sell your home, you will need to evaluate the various maintenance tasks that you’ll have to take on before putting your house on the market.


When it comes time to sell your home, the professionals at Roost are here to get your home ready. We can help list your home for sale as well as plan the necessary maintenance that you’ll need to work on before you put the “for sale” sign up.


We are here to walk you through the selling process from start to finish and find you your next dream home. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, check out how to avoid these common maintenance pitfalls, you can make selling your home simple with these useful tips.

Keep Up On Maintenance All Year

One of the best ways to ensure you don’t run into an overwhelming amount of work before listing your home is to keep up on it throughout the year. While accomplishing this seems easier said than done, creating a seasonal home maintenance checklist will help keep you on track.


If you haven’t been thinking about your home’s care and upkeep throughout the year and are ready to get your home sold, pick up in whatever season you are in and complete the jobs for that particular time of year. Tackling projects that are pertinent to the current season will at least ensure that the tasks get finished on time.


As the summer season shifts into fall, consider the following tasks:

  • Check your home for safety hazards.

  • Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and ensure your fire extinguishers are current.

  • If you have a wood stove or fireplace you use, schedule a cleaning for your chimney.

  • Schedule a furnace inspection.

  • Clean your kitchen stove exhaust fan and hood.

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils.

  • Make sure to trim the trees and shrubs near the home.

  • Clean gutters and inspect your roof for any damage.

  • Cover your outdoor furniture.


Winter can be a challenging time of year. Exterior home maintenance projects will get likely put on hold as inclement weather hits.

  • Clean your dryer vent.

  • Check your toilets and sinks for any leaks.

  • Inspect the hoses on your washing machine and dishwasher for leaks.


Spring is the perfect time to work on your home. Spring cleaning is likely on your mind and getting outside in the sun is enticing.

  • Clean and seal your deck if applicable.

  • Check window screens for repair or replacement.

  • Clean the gutters.

  • Inspect the roof for damage after the harsh winter weather.

  • Assess your exterior paint for any necessary touch-ups.


Summer is often a busy time of year. Whether you’re busy enjoying the outdoors on vacation, you can still make time for some home maintenance.

  • Inspect your exterior for any pest activity, such as termites.

  • Clean your kitchen exhaust fan and hood.

  • Check your foundation for any drainage issues or clogged downspouts.

Don’t Ignore Small Problems

When it comes to keeping up on home maintenance, it’s essential to take care of small problems as they arise. Leaving issues unaddressed can lead to substantial problems in the long run. For instance, waiting to repaint your house until paint is peeling can lead to a much more costly paint job. Additional prep-work is necessary once wear and peeling paint are present.


Noticing a small leak and putting off taking care of it can lead to water damage in your walls or foundation. Neglecting small problems can quickly turn into significant issues that can further damage your home, as well as create more work for you when you are ready to sell.

Don’t DIY When You Don’t Have the Experience

Trying to take on home maintenance tasks yourself can save money and sometimes be an easy undertaking. However, certain projects might be best to leave to the professionals. Making a mistake on a potential DIY project can be costly.


If your home needs work in an area that you aren’t knowledgeable in, consider hiring a professional instead of struggling through the process. Plumbing, electrical work, roofing, and foundational jobs can be difficult and dangerous as DIY projects. Ensuring the job is done correctly and safely the first time by a professional can save you time and money in the long run.

Prevention is the Best Policy

Overall, the best way to avoid maintenance pitfalls is to be vigilant and proactive about your home’s care. Routine inspection, frequent checks, and taking care of problems as they arise will go a long way toward keeping your home running smoothly.


Creating a home maintenance checklist or hiring home maintenance services can help you stay ahead of major problems and keep your home in top condition. You’ll be ready to sell your home at any time if you’re actively keeping up on your home’s maintenance.

Let Roost Get You Ready To List Your Home

Once you feel confident with your home’s maintenance and upkeep and you’re ready to list your home for sale, let Roost guide you through the process. From helping you plan any maintenance projects to marketing your home, we are here to help. With professional and knowledgeable real estate professionals, we provide exceptional service to all of our clients. Contact us today and take the stress out of selling your home with Roost.

April 22, 2019

Twin Cities Transit: We Nailed it!


When you think of cities that are easy to get around, Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities might not come to mind. However, you might be surprised how easy it is to get around this beautiful city.


Over the years, there have been many initiatives aimed at making public transportation accessible and affordable. There is also a massive push in many of the neighborhoods to ensure a high walkability score.


Historically, people complained about the Twin Cities traffic and congestion throughout the city. Residents could not quickly get to things. The Twin Cities has attempted to address this problem in recent years.


If you have thought about moving to Minneapolis, Roost can help you find your way in the city. If you live in the Twin Cities but are thinking about moving, Roost is your go-to to find your next home.

History of the Metro

In the 1970s, residents in Minneapolis were interested in a metro system to keep the city competitive with other metropolitan areas. Washington DC and San Francisco were both investing in transit systems.


A Metropolitan Council was formed to discuss the merits of a rail system in Minneapolis. However, the Minnesota Legislature was against such a system, and the momentum fizzled out. Throughout the following decades, proposals regularly were brought forward, but none took hold.


In 1999, funding was approved for the first line to begin construction. Originally called the Hiawatha Line, this route would eventually be called the Blue Line. This route, which opened in 2004, went along Hiawatha Avenue in southern Minneapolis. This line was renamed the Blue Line in 2011 with the opening of the Green and Red Line.


In 2011, plans were in place to open two new lines. The Red Line began operation in 2013. The Red Line is a bus line with the central station being the Apple Valley Transit Stations. The first phase of the Green Line opened in 2014. There are extensions in the coming years.

Effects on the Community

Outside of the apparent benefits for residents making transportation more accessible, businesses have noticed a positive impact since the opening of the light rail system. A neighborhood, traditionally home to immigrants has seen a significant boom in recent years. The Cedar-Riverside community, located at the intersection of the Green and Blue Lines, is a perfect location for business.


A local Minneapolis craft beer maker recently opened an impressive beer garden and brewery located in an old industrial neighborhood. The owners credit the completion of the Green Line, as well as the bike trails, as a reason for opening their brewery in that location.


The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota invested in a $45 million expansion. This senior housing facility, located at the Fairview Avenue Station, saw a considerable increase in demand after completion of the light rail. The facility built 168 new units and hired 100 new people.


All along the Green Line, development has increased. Billions of dollars in investment have been announced over the years, all within a short distance to the tracks. People and businesses are excited about the lines and the convenience they offer.

Twin Cities Housing

One of the major concerns surrounding massive urban projects, particularly public transit, is the risk of resident displacement. Minneapolis ensured longtime residents did not have to leave the neighborhoods they called home by building affordable housing developments along the lines. Local and state government offered tax breaks, grants, and other financial support.


To keep residents happy and preserve the city’s beauty, around 1,000 trees were planted in St. Paul along the Green Line. These trees are used to prevent polluted water from getting to the river by diverting rainwater to the trees. Fish in the Mississippi River are healthier, as well as the citizens of the city.

Minnesota Transportation Museum

If you are interested in the history of transportation in Minnesota, the Minnesota Transportation Museum is a great outing. With locations and events throughout the Twin Cities, there is always something to do.


Spend a day learning about local bus and train history as well as take a train ride on the weekend at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul. If you are in Wisconsin, there are train rides through Osceola and St. Croix. Take a vintage bus tour through the Twin Cities, or spend some time at the Minnehaha Depot.


The Minnesota Transportation Museum is a hidden gem in the Twin Cities that is educational and entertaining.

Walkability in the Twin Cities

Many neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis and the Twin Cities rank very high on walkability scores. Most central areas boast high scores and allow you to accomplish most of your daily and weekly tasks on foot. For those that need to go a little farther, the light rail system has numerous convenient stations to hop on a metro or bus.


Lyn-Lake is centrally located and offers a walkability score of 92 and a Bike Score of 96. Residents can quickly get to the Midtown Greenway, as well as a variety of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.


Downtown West ranks at 92 for walkability, as well. Many residents even walk to work as condo living is desirable and competitive in this district. However, residents love the convenience of the densely populated area with all the fantastic dining and entertainment options.


Lowry Hill East, Uptown, and Loring Park all have very high walkability scores, as well. These fun districts offer local grocery stores, popular restaurants, fantastic shopping, theatres, parks, and museums. Plus, with two major sports teams in the city, both stadiums are in walking distance to several neighborhoods.


Residents of the Twin Cities have easy access to a variety of conveniences thanks to efforts over previous decades to ensure a light rail system is available and that many neighborhoods are friendly to those on foot.

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If you love the idea of walking to work or the grocery store or don’t want to worry about parking when you meet friends for dinner Minneapolis is a fantastic city to consider. If you love living here but are tired of Twin Cities traffic, there is a thriving neighborhood where you can walk everywhere waiting for you. Roost can help you find the perfect home in a neighborhood that you will love. Call us today and see what is available in the Twin Cities.