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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kayak Care

Treat your others as you would like to be treated. The golden rule applies to kayaks too! We have shared a list of friendly reminders when caring for your kayak during paddling season.

  1. Your Kayak doesn’t appreciate being dragged on the ground. If you don’t have someone who can help carry it to the water, you have a couple options. Invest in a kayak cart or learn how to correctly lift a kayak alone. Here are some basic instructions from REI.

  2. Keep it dry and cover it. Always remember to dry your kayak after use. If it’s being stored outside, turn it upside down and keep it off the ground to allow air flow. A cover or tarp will help keep away UV rays, moisture and unwanted critters and animals.

  3. The sun can damage your kayak too. Begin and end the season by applying a spray on UV protector. This will keep the color from fading and ensure that your kayak looks its best even several years down the road. This can be found at your sporting goods store or certainly online.

  4. When caring for your kayak, don’t forget about your life jacket. Each year, check for damage before use. Never store in an enclosed plastic bag or container, this will trap moisture and can create a breeding ground for mold.

 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

What's Happening This Month in the Lakes Area

Below is a list of upcoming events for Brainerd Lakes and the surrounding area through July 4th weekend. Many of these events are family friendly and free to the public. We have included links below each event if you need more information on date, time and details. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18

Market in the Park
Pequot Lakes 9:00am-4:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/about-brainerd-lakes/communities/pequot-lakes-breezy-point-jenkins/

Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground
8:30-11:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.recreation.gov/camping/crosslake-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73141

 

Friday, June 19

Pine River Duck Races
1:30-2:30pm
More Information: 
http://www.pinerivermn.com/Activities_Duck_Races.htm

 

Friday, June 19 - Saturday, June 20

Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival
Hackensack Community Center, 7:30-10:30pm
More Information: 
http://www.northwoodsartscouncil.org

 

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21

Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds
Brainerd International Raceway
More Information: 
http://brainerdraceway.com

 

Saturday, June 20

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

The Johnny Holm Band
Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 7:30-Midnight
More Information: 
http://www.johnnyholm.com

Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous
More Information: 
http://www.whitefishchainboatshow.com

 

Saturday, June 20 - Sunday, June 21

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
More Information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Tuesday, June 23

8th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling
Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls, 12:00-4:30pm

Registration: http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015-Sporting-Clays-Registration.pdf

Big Fun Tuesdays
Crosslake Town Square, 1:00-3:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.lakesareagallery.com

 

Thursday, June 25

Music in the Park - Crosby
Crosby Memorial Park, 6:00-9:00pm
More Information: 
http://cuyunalakes.com

 

Thursday, June 25 - Saturday, June 27

Lakes Jam
Brainerd International Raceway
More Information: 
http://www.lakesjam.com/

 

Saturday, June 27

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

 

Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
More Information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Tuesday, June 30

Big Fun Tuesdays
Crosslake Town Square, 1:00-3:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.lakesareagallery.com

 

Friday, July 3

Freedom Days Celebration and Parade
Nisswa, 10:00am-midnight
More Information: 
http://www.nisswa.com

Celebrate America - Crosslake’s 45th Annual Fireworks Display
10:00pm
Details: 
View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake. Fireworks launch from Sand Island on the south end of the lake. 
More Information: 
http://www.crosslake.com

The American Celebration
Brainerd High School, Noon-11pm

Noon- Corn on the cob feed - Brainerd Eagles Club           
4 pm- American Celebration Parade  
6:30 pm- Entertainment Pop Rocks - Brainerd High School South 5th St. parking lot
10 pm- Presentation of Fla and singing of The National Anthem - Brainerd High School South  5th St. parking lot

10:15 pm- World Class Fireworks - Brainerd High School South 5th St. parking lot
More Information: 
http://brainerdcommunityaction.org/4th_of_july.html

Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye 2015
Crosslake Community Center, 7:30-10:30am
More Information: 
http://minnesotawaters.org/whitefishareapropertyowners/run-walleye

Nisswa Firecracker 5k & 10k
Downtown Nisswa, 8:00-10:00am
More Information: 
http://www.runnisswa.com

Garrison Bay Fireworks
At Dusk
More Information: 
http://garrisonmncom.fatcow.com/?page_id=14

 

Friday, July 3 - Saturday, July 4

Stars & Stripes DaysStars & Stripes Days, Pequot Lakes
Pequot Lakes, Trailside Park and East of Downtown

July 3
5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action
5 p.m. Food Vendors
7 p.m.- 10 p.m. DJ & Karaoke by Teddy Bear Sound
8 p.m. - Glow Trot along the Paul Bunyan Trail
After Dusk Fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks at the International- High School Ball Fields

July 4
9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Flea Market, Craft Fair & Food Vendors - Trailside Park
10:00 a.m.- Money in the Haystack- Trailside Park
10:30 a.m. - Kiddie Parade Registration-Chamber Building Parking Lot
11 a.m. - Kiddie Parade-Chamber Building Parking Lot
12 p.m. - Stars & Stripes Parade

For more information email: Jenna@pequotlakes.com

 

Saturday, July 4

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

 

Saturday, July 4 - Sunday, July 5

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
For more information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Sunday, July 5

Arts in the Park
Gregory Park, 10am-4pm
More Information: 
http://brainerdcommunityaction.org/arts_in_the_park.html

 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

What It Truly Costs To Own A Pool in Crow Wing County

For many Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. With the thought of the warmer weather ahead you may be contemplating installing a pool, or buying a home in Crow Wing County with a pool.  Before you take that dive here are the financial implications you should know about owning your own swimming pool.

If you will be installing a pool there are upfront costs involved. The average in-ground residential pool is $39,084 according to the latest PK Data report.  If you plan to sell your home in the future the ROI of a pool is not always that high.  After the upfront costs of a pool comes the maintenance cost of a pool. If you are buying a home with a pool already have a local pool company come inspect so you are aware of any issues. On average you can expect to pay $80 or more a month in electrical costs, $20 a month on average in chemicals, and $20 a month on repair and maintenance.  To avoid costly repairs maintain your pool on a monthly basis. If you do not have time to maintain it yourself hire a local pool company to do so for you.

I would love to help you buy or sell a home in Crow Wing County this spring, contact me, Bill Grunewald. My team and I enjoy helping folks like you find just the right spot to live your northern Minnesota Lake Country dream.

Bill Grunewald/ Edina Realty.

Licensed in Minnesota/ Lic # 20204156

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crow Wing County Monthly Market Report

 

Summer is just around the corner and the housing market in Crow Wing County is continuing to heat up. For the month of April we saw the number of new listings increase over this time last year by 6.8%, but the months supply of homes available decreased. The number of days a home is sitting on the market decreased by a whopping 19.2% to an average of 149 days. Not only are homes selling more quickly, but they are fetching a higher price. The average sales price in April increased by 46.1% over last year to $275,921, and the median sales price increased by 12.2% to $168,250. Last month sellers on average received 92.5% of their asking price, compared to 89.2% at this time last year.

There are buyers looking to purchase a new home in Crow Wing County and they are just waiting for the right home to hit the market. There is no time like now to sell your home.   If you are looking to buy or sell a home in 2015, contact me, Bill Grunewald. My team and I enjoy helping folks like you find just the right spot to live your northern Minnesota Lake Country dream.

Bill Grunewald/ Edina Realty.

Licensed in Minnesota/ Lic # 20204156

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Credit Thaw Offers More Mortgage Options To Crow Wing County Residents

Consumers across the country and here in Crow Wing County are finding it easier to obtain a mortgage after many years of near frozen credit lending after the financial crisis.  The reason behind the recent credit thaw is believed to be that after the subprime mortgage crash mortgage lenders were smacked with billions of dollars in lawsuits, and out of fear many lenders stopped lending to those without near perfect credit.  Now after many years we are finally seeing things change.

"Now that we know more of the rules than we did in the past, you're seeing credit widening to a wider spectrum," said Greg Gwizdz, executive vice president at Wells Fargo Mortgage.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently released a new set of rules that now clarify which loans will be safe from the repurchase risk.

Last fall at the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual convention, FHFA Director Mel Watt, told lenders, "We have listened closely to your concerns about the impact that loan repurchases have had on your businesses, and we understand that addressing these concerns in ways that are mutually satisfactory to you and the enterprises is critical to ensuring that there is liquidity in the housing finance market and to providing access to credit for borrowers.”

With clearer rules lenders are now able to get more creative. For instance, Wells Fargo is now offering jumbo loans to borrowers seeking mortgages for loans greater than $417,000. This provides homebuyers with a lower monthly payment.

Also, Wells Fargo is offering borrowers who pay down their current loan amount by $50,000 the option to re-amortize. This is huge as in the past when you paid more on your principal it just shortened the life of your loan, with this change you are able to decrease the amount of your monthly payment.

Lenders across the nation are continuing to become more creative in terms of the loan options they are offering. The ease on credit lending makes it easier for you to obtain the Crow Wing County home you have always wanted. I would love to help you buy or sell a home in Crow Wing County this spring, contact me, Bill Grunewald. My team and I enjoy helping folks like you find just the right spot to live your northern Minnesota Lake Country dream.

Bill Grunewald/ Edina Realty.

Licensed in Minnesota/ Lic # 20204156

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