Brainerd Area Lakes Real Estate Newsletter

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Real Estate Counter Offers

If you've ever been in a real estate counter offer showdown, you know it can feel like days of back and forth negotiation. But, what if it really does take days? And multiple counter offers?

We recently had a client ask us if there is a limit to the number of counter offers allowed. The answer is no, there is not a limit. Counter offers can be made until there is a signed agreement on the home sale or the home is taken off the market by the seller. The good news is your real estate agent is and should be the point person for counter offer negotiations. Your agent can help make the process go smoothly and should also be in frequent contact with the seller's agent as well. 

What is the hold up?

Sometimes, a seller may be trying to slow the process in hopes that a better offer will present itself. It is helpful to remember that sellers will equate the sale price to their own value of the home, which almost never matches. A seller has priceless memories and sometimes many years living in the home. That can be a big reason why a seller tries to hold out for the highest possible offer.

Sometimes it really isn't about the money. Your Realtor should be able to find out if there are other interested buyers and if there is something else the seller's are looking for. For example, maybe the sellers need a flexible closing date of the option to rent-back until they purchase their new home. There are ways around these situations and finding out the seller's motivation is a big step in the right direction.

It's always important to keep communication lines open between both real estate agents. When buyers and sellers go beyond two or three counter offers, things start to get petty and it is the Realtor's job to step in and get an agreement signed. 

If you have questions about selling your home or are interested in purchasing, please reach out to us at 218-820-7355 or

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Events in the Brainerd Lakes Area


Daily November 11 through December 24

Kringle Market at Crossing Arts
The Crossing Arts Alliance

10:30AM - 4:00PM

November 11 kicks off our Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance. Find one-of-a-kind art and fine craft from over 70 local artists including paintings, cards, ornaments, fiber art, pottery, wood turning, and more.


November 21 - Wednesday through Saturday nights
**Open Wednesday through Saturday nights starting on Thursday, November 23rd through Saturday, December 16th. Open every night from December 20th - 31st.

Winter Wonderland by Sertoma
Northland Arboretum

Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. These are sure to add a sparkle of excitement to the eyes of families throughout the Lakes Area as they awe over the intricate presentation of lights.


November 24 through December 31

Crosslake Holly Days
Crosslake Businesses

Crosslake is a wonderful community to celebrate, explore and enjoy the "Holly Days". Download the Crosslake App on your mobile device and visit participating Holly Days businesses from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31. Check in, snap a pic and you're eligible for these exciting deals, discounts and services! Hashtag your comment with #LakesProud and you're in to win weekly Lakes Proud merchandise.


Saturday, December 2

2017 Crosslake Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk
Crosslake-Fifty lakes American Legion

The Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk will feature more than a dozen local crafters offering their wares for sale at the bazaar in conjunction with the famous Cookie Walk, where participants may purchase homemade cookie assortments by the pound. Raffle prizes are a $300.00 Cub Foods gift card, a $200.00 Holiday gas gift card, a $100.00 gas gift card, and a 4 x 5 American flag. All proceeds benefit our Scholarship Fund.


Saturday, December 2

Holiday at the Crosslake Dam
Crosslake Dam

We're gearing up for the holiday season in Crosslake with Christmas activities for the entire family. Download the Crosslake App on your mobile device and take advantage of Holly Days deals, discounts and activities at Crosslake merchants! Santa will be at the US Army Corps Campgrounds from 1 - 4 p.m.where you can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, sip hot cider, warm up near the campfire with s'mores, and more! Bring a new unwrapped gift donation to the Dam, for Christmas for Kids.


Saturday, December 2

Crosslake Vetrinary Hospital Pet Photos with Santa
Crosslake Vetrinary Hospital

Crosslake Veterinary Hospital Pet Photos With Santa Bring your pet and get a photo with Santa and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.


Saturday, December 2

Log Church Annual Christmas Festival
Log Church, Crosslake

Log Church Annual Christmas Festival Featuring a children's program followed by a light supper and crafts, building your own centerpiece, cookie decorating, a bonfire and horse-drawn hay rides.


Satuday, December 2

International Winter Festival
Northland Arboretum

Bring your family and enjoy music, demonstrations and learn about different cultures from around the world. Enjoy a new demonstration each hour Cookies and hot chocolate for sale Taste-test samples Craft Lefse & other ethnic items for sale

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Northland Arboretum

Santa Claus is making a visit to Northland Arboretum on December 2, 9, and 16, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 pm – no charge in the upper level of the Arboretum. Have the kiddies get their wish list ready for Santa.


Sunday, December 3 to Friday, December 8

Gnome for the Holidays in Brainerd
Fancy Pants Chocolates, Downtown Brainerd

Gnome for the Holidays is an event that invites participants of all ages to seek and find the festively fuzzy gnome hidden within the streets of downtown Brainerd while creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Sunday, December 3

Holiday Sip & Shop
Northern Pacific Event Space, Brainerd

Northern Pacific Event Space

30+ local Vendors •Wine Tasting •Goodies
Sponsored by – Brainerd Service League Supporting Charitable Organizations in Brainerd Lakes Area Since 1938
Tickets are $10 available at Morey’s•Cascade Med Spa• Bloom Designs•The Hearth Room•many other local vendors•
$15 at the door
Contact: 218.330.0001 / 218.831.3298 for tickets or more information on event.


Wednesday, December 6

Christmas in the Park
Crosby Memorial Park

Christmas in the Park is Wednesday, December 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the fellowship of the Christmas season during the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas in the Park. Join friends and neighbors at the Crosby Memorial Park for a magical evening including horse-drawn sleigh rides, live reindeer, craft projects for the kids and entertainment. Warm up tents or bonfires will be available as you enjoy free chili, cookies and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand, so bring your cameras and have your wish lists ready! This is a FREE community event and another initiative of the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber.


Wednesday, December 6

27th Annual Christmas for Kids - Riverside
Riverside Saloon & Eatery, Crosslake

Christmas for Kids benefits children and families in the Crosslake and surrounding communities. For 27 years Riverside Inn in Crosslake has been hosting this event! Help support the effort and enjoy an evening at Riverside Saloon & Eatery on Wednesday. Dec. 6, 2017 beginning at 7 p.m. $10 minimum for buffet appetizers and door prizes.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Horseshoe Lake Real Estate Update - 3rd Quarter 2017

Lakefront Real Estate Activity from July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017:

• YTD in 2017, 5 sold with closed prices from $226,500 to $760,000

• Currently 3 active listings ranging from $545,000 to $675,750 

• Currently 0 pending properties  

• During 3rd Quarter 2017, 1 sold with a closed price of $760,000

Sunday, October 29, 2017

North Long Real Estate Update - 3rd Quarter 2017

Lakefront Real Estate Activity from July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017:

• YTD in 2017, 13 sold with closed prices from $110,000 to $586,000

• Currently 13 active listings ranging from $119,900 to $575,000

• Currently 2 pending properties with prices of $499,000 and $549,000

• During 3rd Quarter 2017, 8 sold with closed prices from $110,000 to $586,000

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