Brainerd Area Lakes Real Estate Newsletter

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Few Tips As We Kick Off Selling Season

Selling season begins after the Super Bowl, which means IT IS TIME to get the ball rolling! When you list your home for sale, there are many decisions you will make; choose a realtor that can help streamline and simplify the selling process.  Check out the following tips to get started:

1. Make sure your realtor has a strong online presence and is seen as an authority because buyers use online resources to narrow down their search.

2. Familiarity with your area/neighborhood is key. Selling a waterfront property is different than selling a traditional property, so find a realtor that has experience in both.

3. Staging is one of the best ways to give your home a facelift. This can be simple measures to show your home in a better light including decluttering and deep cleaning. Fresh flowers or plants will also brighten your space. 

4. Know what improvements will make a difference in your return on investment. Don’t spend money on updating features that won’t benefit the sale price. Many people spend thousands of dollars on updates that don’t translate in the listing price.

Your realtor should be your compass, trust in their expertise. And if you don’t feel they are guiding you in the right direction it might be time to find a realtor that aligns with your needs.

Saturday, January 26, 2019




Platte/Sullivan Lakes
Sold 4th qtr 1 $325,000
Pending 0
Active 1 $389,000
Sold YTD 15 $149,900-$445,000

Mille Lacs Lake
Sold 4th qtr 29 $59,900-$192,650
Pending 4 $64,900-$379,900
Active 14 $56,900-$399,000
Sold YTD 92 $45,000-$1,272,000
Roosevelt Lake Chain
Sold 4th qtr 5 $165,000-$315,000
Pending 1 $269,900
Active 1 $275,000
Sold YTD 22 $165,000-$536,000


Upper/Lower Mission Lakes
Sold 4th quarter 1 $255,000
Pending 1 $274,900
Active 2 $199,500-$220,000
Sold YTD 4 $230,000-$458,000

Bass Mission TWP
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 0
Sold YTD 0
Bass Lake Merrifield
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 1 $300,000
Sold YTD 0
Little Pelican Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 1 $299,900
Sold YTD 0
Lougee Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 1 $199,900
Sold YTD 0


Adney Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 0
Sold YTD 1 $290,000


Thunder Lake
Sold 4th quarter 1 $700,000
Pending 0
Active 1 $1,499,000
Sold YTD 8 $158,667-$700,000

Ox Lake
Sold 4th quarter 1 $440,000
Pending 0
Active 0
Sold YTD 3 $165,600-$590,000
East/West Fox Lakes
Sold 4th quarter 1 $282,000
Pending 0
Active 2 $115,000-$325,000
Sold YTD 7 $35,000-$605,000


Whitefish Lake Chain
Sold 4th Quarter 9 $90,500-$1,850,000
Pending 6 $299,900-$1,995,000
Active 42 $175,000-$5,990,000
Sold YTD 74 $49,800-$2,350,00

Gull Lake Chain
Sold 4th quarter 19 $334,000-$2,000,000
Pending 5 $525,000-$1,595,000
Active 51 $199,900-$3,145,000
Sold YTD 82 $75,000-$3,950,000
Pelican Lake                                                              
Sold 4th Quarter 6 $85,000-$540,000
Pending 1 $579,900
Active 14 $124,800-$1,699,000
Sold YTD 28 $78,000-$1,525,000


North Long Lake
Sold 4th quarter 2 $140,000-$436,000
Pending 0
Active 5 $189,900-$469,000
Sold YTD 14 $234,240-$535,000

Lake Hubert/Little Hubert
Sold 4th quarter 3 $405,000-$627,000
Pending 1 $899,900
Active 1 $349,500
Sold YTD 6 $293,500-$712,500
Horseshoe Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0 
Pending 0
Active 2 $175,000-$499,900
Sold YTD 9 $165,000-$700,000


Ossawinnamakee Lake
Sold 4th quarter 4 $282,000-$520,000
Pending 0 
Active 5 $420,000-$600,000
Sold YTD 15 $105,000-$685,000

Lake Edward
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 1 $190,000
Sold YTD 4 $260,000-$815,000
Washburn Lake
Sold 4th quarter 1 $647,500
Pending 1 $155,000
Active 2 $374,900-$995,000
Sold YTD 6 $110,000-$647,500


Cedar Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 9 $289,900- $795,000
Sold YTD 6 $207,500-$450,000

Eagle Lake
Sold 4th quarter 1 $195,000
Pending 0
Active 1 $200,000
Sold YTD 4 $195,000-$657,000
Mitchell Lake
Sold 4th quarter 1 $228,000
Pending 1 $575,000
Active 1 $324,900
Sold YTD 3 $205,000-$641,000


Upper South Long/South Long
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 0
Active 5 $161,000-$750,000
Sold YTD 10 $130,000-$565,000

Lower/Middle/Upper Cullen
Sold 4th quarter 1 $300,000
Pending 0
Active 4 $159,900-$365,000
Sold YTD 6 $145,000-$650,000
Sibley Lake
Sold 4th quarter 2 $215,000-$280,000
Pending 0
Active 4 $229,000 $524,000
Sold YTD 10 $159,000-$475,000


Rabbit Lake
Sold 4th quarter 0
Pending 1 400,000
Active 1 $294,900
Sold YTD 7 $171,500-$415,000

Serpent Lake
Sold 4th quarter 3 $500,000-$650,000
Pending 0
Active 0
Sold YTD 10 $245,000-$773,250
Crooked Lake Chain
Sold 4th quarter 1 $342,500
Pending 0
Active 2 $224,000- $995,000
Sold YTD 7 $150,000-$810,000




Friday, October 26, 2018

3rd Quarter Market Reports - Brainerd Lakes Area and Beyond

Sold: 7 $195,000-$860,000
Pending: 2 $124,900-$585,000
Active: 23 $124,800-$1,699,000
Sold YTD: 23 $78,000-$1,525,000

Sold: 39 $49,800-$2,350,000
Pending: 4 $299,900-$900,000
Active: 72 $59,900-$5,990,000
Sold YTD: 65 $49,800-$2,350,000

Gull Chain
Sold: 25 $169,900-$3,950,000 "
Pending: 11 $385,000-$1,198,500
Active: 79 $199,900-$3,300,000
Sold YTD: 63 $75,000-$3,950,000

Sold: 6 $180,000-$700,000
Pending: 0
Active: 4 $175,000-$734,900
Sold YTD: 9 $165,000-$700,000

Sold: 5 $234,900-$555,000
Pending: 2 $287,900-$395,000
Active: 7 $460,000-$750,000
Sold YTD: 12 $105,000-$685,000

North Long
Sold: 9 $234,240-$459,000
Pending: 1 $269,000
Active: 8 $62,000-$401,500
Sold YTD: 12 $234,240-$535,000

Upper South Long & South Long
Sold: 4 $130,000-$565,000
Pending: 0
Active: 5 $161,000-$750,000
Sold YTD: 10 $130,000-$565,000

Roosevelt Chain
Sold: 11 $195,000-$536,000
Pending: 2 $175,000-$209,000
Active: 9 $267,500-$629,900
Sold YTD: 17 $195,000-$536,000

Sold: 5 $205,000-$575,000
Pending: 3 $155,000-$689,900
Active: 5 $220,000-$1,985,000
Sold YTD: 11 $110,000-$575,000

Lake Edward
Sold: 1 $260,000
Pending: 0
Active: 2 $190,000-$360,000
Sold YTD: 4 $260,000-$815,000

Upper & Lower Mission
Sold: 2 $230,000-$390,000
Pending: 0
Active: 3 $199,500-$269,900
Sold YTD: 3 $230,000-$458,500

Monday, September 24, 2018

Beat the Cold Weather Blues with a Vacation Home Up North

During summer months we RUN to lake country, ditching work early to steal those precious moments on the boat. Come November, we are tempted to hide inside, when winter is calling us to come out and play. The winter months in Brainerd Lakes offers some amazing experiences if you dress appropriately for the cold and have a hot drink waiting for you inside.

If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation home and want to take advantage of it year-round, we’ve compiled a list of all the activities available during those “forgotten” months.

1. Ice Fishing
This is probably what you think of when you think of winter on a Minnesota lake. It’s classic! Tell us what’s not to love about catching fish in a heated trailer with a warm (most likely spiked) drink in hand.

2. Pond Hockey
Get the neighbors together, or bring some friends up for a friendly game. If you don’t feel like cooking there are plenty of restaurants in the area to free yourself from the kitchen.

3. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Is it wrong if we consider this an activity? There are so many amazing restaurants in the Brainerd Lakes area and beyond that it would be worth a weekend foodie trip.

4. Snowmobiling
What’s better than jet-skiing on open water? Snowmobiling on frozen water! Plus, the area has hundreds of miles of trails.

5. Downhill Skiing and Cross Country Skiing
There are many options for skiing in the area, including Mount Ski Gull and ski trails all throughout the Brainerd Lakes area.

6. Tubing
If skiing isn’t your jam but you like a little thrill, tubing is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Mount Ski Gull boasts the largest tubing hill in Minnesota. Or, just head out in search of a nice size hill and bring your own sleds. Good, old fashioned fun.

7. Winter Mountain Biking
The Cuyuna Lakes Trail offers nicely groomed winter biking trails. There are trails for every skill level. This is a great experience if you’ve never been!

8. Shopping
It’s okay to head indoors too! Nisswa is the perfect place for a shopping day, with two blocks of specialty shops and stores.

9. Ice Skating
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention hitting the lakes with your skates. This is a great activity with the kids too, and a fun way to get active outdoors in the winter.

10. Bonfires
End the day on a warm note with a bonfire by the lake. Roast s’mores, hot dogs and watch the stars. Sounds pretty perfect!

Winter up north is as good as summer if you do it right. Now is the most perfect time to start a vacation home search so you can take advantage of winter’s playground up north. Come and play!

Monday, September 24, 2018


Is Your Home Fire Safe? Preparation is Key.
You can never be too prepared for something like a fire in your home. Since October is National Fire Prevention Month, we wanted to give you a head start on some important action items. We’ve compiled a list of the most important things to consider:
1. Install fire alarms and smoke detectors
We bet you’ve heard at least once a year how important it is to have properly working fire alarms and smoke detectors, and the importance of checking them monthly. Now, think back to the last time you actually did that. The problem is that most people read what should be done and never do it. Make this a priority by setting a monthly alarm on your phone to remind yourself to complete the checks. Batteries should be replaced yearly as well.
Taking these small precautions is so important to your safety and your family’s safety
In case of a fire.
2. Teach children fire safety basics
Fire safety basics include how to prevent, prepare for and deal with a fire. Content should be determined based on age, but it is never too young to discuss a fire safety plan. Your children will be more likely to remember steps if you have discussed them many times over.
With younger children it’s very helpful to introduce them to firefighters and EMT in a non-threatening manner, so that they are not fearful during a fire should someone come looking for them. Children have been known to hide from firefighters during a fire because of their scary looking equipment and gear. Check with your local fire station to see if they host any events that would give your children a meet and greet opportunity.
3. Be prepared with fire safety equipment
There are several fire safety products that are helpful during a fire, including fire extinguishers, a fire blanket and a fire safety ladder. These are great items to have on hand in your home.
4. Stay in the kitchen
If you’re cooking, especially on the stovetop, it’s important to stay close. Grease fires can get out-of-control very quickly. Kitchen fires are common, so don’t walk away for a long period of time.
5. Extinguish controlled fires completely
Fireplace fires and bonfires should be extinguished completely before walking away or going to sleep. In addition, if you remove hot ashes from your fireplace they need to be placed away from anything flammable and ideally away from your home.
6. Keep heat sources clear of household items
Heat sources including fireplaces, ovens and space heaters should all be kept clear of household items and flammable items. Examples of potential fire hazards include blankets, sweatshirts, rugs, towels and more.
Fire can devastate a home and a family in a matter of minutes. Taking easy steps to help prevent fire and prepare for it is so important. October 6-13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week. We encourage you to visit for many more resources to educate yourself and your family. There are downloadable tip sheets, family fun, kids resources and much more.
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