Its no small feat that Minneapolis was able to clear itself from one of the biggest winter storms to hit the Midwest is quite some time. Below are the photos to give you an idea if you are planning to make Minneapolis your future home. It makes underground heated parking in any Minneapolis condo look really attractive right now!
Photos courtesy of Mark VanCleve.
I have noticed more and more, when I sit down with clients to find out the reason for choosing to live in downtown Minneapolis over the burbs a big issue that comes up is: Transportation Costs. As gas prices trend upward it has struck a nerve with Buyers and the market is responding. We are seeing much more Buyer and Seller activity within the downtown core than anywhere else in the market right now and to be honest I don’t see this changing anytime soon. In the past Buyers lived the urban life for a variety of reasons. Now Buyers are being lured into city living now for some very specific economic reasons-transportation costs. It is universally accepted that low gas prices-while they move up and down a bit-are a thing of the past in our country. As this happens I see more Buyer’s taking a step back and asking a serious question: How much time and money do I want to spend commuting?
Over the past few years there have evolved a few sites on the web that give anyone relatively easy access to real estate listings all over the country. Recently the site Trulia has taken things a step further by incorporating the mounds of data from the MLS (local Real Estate listing service) and google maps together on one site. Since its launch in September of 2005, the site has grown to 1.5 million unique monthly visitors with 2 million properties for sale. The site’s “heat maps” allow users to compare prices and popularity by state, county, city or neighborhood. The local real estate guides provide information such as sales statistics, real estate price trends and community information such as crime statistics. Click the picture below for a tour.