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Empty Nesters, It’s Time to Relocate!

With many recent graduates heading out the door to college or the professional world, some parents will become empty nesters soon. This is a great time for parents to relocate. Parents have long dreamed of buying a house where they can retire and relax in. It is time to turn this dream into a reality…. Read more »

How to Beat the Heat This July

July is now upon us signaling some of the hottest days of the year. Fortunately for us Minnesotans, we don’t need to shy away from the Dog Days of Summer. They don’t call it the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for nothing! Here are some of our favorite activities by the water that help us beat… Read more »

5 Things to Ensure a Safe 4th of July on the Water

  Slow Down and Be Courteous   Lakes around Minnesota are going to be extra busy in honor of the Holiday, so be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Be on the constant look out for swimmers while driving.   Be Prepared   Make sure you have all of the necessary safety equipment in preparation… Read more »

5 Things to Consider When Selling Your Lake Home

When preparing to sell your lake home there are several things to consider when choosing the best agent to get your home sold. Specialized knowledge If you were having brain surgery, would you let a heart surgeon perform it? Before enlisting the help of a realtor, it is important to recognize what type of property… Read more »

Artisan Home Tour 2017

For the next three weekends immerse yourself in the most luxurious and well-appointed homes around the Twin Cities in the Artisan Home Tour. These homes are the epitome of craftsmanship and quality vision of the most respected homebuilders in the metro area. One of Highmark Builders’ many premier Prior Lake lake homes will be featured… Read more »

Rising Lake Levels on Prior Lake

Ever since the highly destructive Prior Lake flood of 2014, city staff have been very attentive to the lake levels. Over this past week, the lake has been experiencing a rapid increase in its lake levels. Prior Lake levels increased by almost 5 inches due to rain this week, to an elevation of about 903.08…. Read more »

5 Things Americans Should Do This Memorial Weekend

On Monday, May 29, the United States will be celebrating Memorial Day. This holiday is typically thought of by the American public as the official start to summer. This holiday is associated with memories of picnics, barbeques and relaxing with friends and family. However, this important holiday was actually established to honor and commemorate the… Read more »

Stay Safe on the Lake this Summer!

This week from May 20 – May 26, safe boating advocates are observing National Safe Boating Week, in an effort to promote safety on the boat and in the water. What seems like a beautiful day for fun on the water can turn hazardous when boating safety standards are not being utilized.  This week, National… Read more »

Smile Network International

For every home that is purchased through Lakeshore Plus, we donate $500 to the Smile Network International. This organization is a humanitarian group that provides life-changing reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare to impoverished children and adults in developing nations. Specifically, this organization focuses on helping children born with a cleft palate, cleft lip, and other… Read more »

Protect Your Waters from Invasive Species!

Invasive aquatic plants are non-native plants that can potentially create recreational nuisances to lakes and reduce native plant diversity. In Minnesota, there are many species of invasive plant life that inhabit the water and overpopulate the area, leading to detrimental effects on the ecosystem. Because of this, the Minnesota DNR has created some tips to… Read more »

5 Reasons Why Luxury Homebuyers Took a Time Out Last Year

This past year of 2016 was the first time in history that luxury home prices went down rather than up in a dramatic way. This was independent of downward economic pressure. This was a reaction to the dwindling number of buyers on the market, in an effort to get them to see the price as… Read more »

Three Common Real Estate Myths: Debunked!

Myth # 1: Always start with your lowest offer. There’s not one generalized set of instructions for making an offer on a home anywhere. Sellers have the ability to overprice or underprice homes on purpose. Some markets are also more competitive than others. The old saying “never offer the full asking price”, may have worked… Read more »

Get Ready for Farmer’s Market Season!

It’s Farmer’s Market season! Head to your nearby farmer’s market to enjoy some fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally sourced items. Because of Minnesota’s fertile soil, farmers in the area experience great success in the quality of the food they produce.  These markets have become prominent in both smaller towns and urban centers. They also… Read more »

Sellers, Your Time is Now!

Currently, the number of homes available for sale in the Twin Cities area is at a 14-year low. The homes on the market that are well-priced are often getting offers that are full priced or better in record time! Unfortunately, not enough sellers are taking advantage of this opportunity to have their home listing stand… Read more »

5 Things the Lakeshore Plus Team is excited for in the Summer of 2017

Our team here at Lakeshore Plus can’t help but get excited for the quickly approaching summer! Nothing can quite compare to a summer on the lake in Minnesota. Our favorite lake is Prior Lake, where there is no lack in fun things to do and beautiful sights to see. Here are five things that we… Read more »

Prior Lake Low Flow Gate Opened    

On April 25 around noon, the low flow gate on the Prior Lake Outlet Structure was opened. Prior Lake was 902.87 feet above sea level before the low flow gate was opened. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 7-day weather forecast calls for more rain from today until Sunday, April 30. The low flow gate… Read more »

The Grass is Always Greener in Prior Lake

While it’s no secret that Prior Lake is a great place to live, it’s much more than meets the eye!   The city of Prior Lake is abundant with beautiful land and water features. The town features many recreational amenities including more than 55 parks on 1,000 acres, over 100 miles of trails and sidewalks… Read more »

5 Reasons to Live in Minnesota

1. The people Minnesotans love the North Star State. You’ll find it difficult to find anyone living in the state who doesn’t absolutely love it here. From retirees to the burgeoning hipster scene, everybody loves the friendly atmosphere, natural beauty, and outdoor activities to be found in Minnesota. 2. Aquatic playground Although the state is… Read more »

How to Define Luxury Real Estate in Today’s Market

If you say a word enough times, it starts to dilute the true value of it. In the game of real estate, using the right terms the right amount of times is crucial. Likewise, when the majority of homes currently on the market are marked as “luxury”, you start to question the influence of the… Read more »

5 Luxury Home Design Trends and Features Adorning 2017

Mixed metal is at an all-time high. Antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, chrome, brushed nickel- there’s no reason to stick with a certain color or texture! If you’re looking for a luxurious feature in your kitchen and bathroom, don’t be afraid to mix it up!   Amongst luxury buyers, a six car garage is a… Read more »

How Big is a House Really?

“The beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a cliché but relevant phrase when in reference to appraising homes. It also can be said in reference to the process of measuring your space. Because there is no national standard in calculating square footage, appraisers, builders, developers, real- estate agents, tax assessors, and architects… Read more »

Update on Lake Levels for Prior Lake

Since the devastating flood of 2014, Prior Lake has been continually monitoring the local environmental conditions to assess flooding risk. These factors include winter snowpack, precipitation, and lake levels. The city is especially mindful of conditions right now, considering the early spring is one time of year when flooding potential receives a lot of attention…. Read more »

Springtime Lake Living Advice

It’s that time of the year again; the flowers are budding, the birds are singing, and the lake is finally defrosting! Now that the winter frost has generally made its way out of the Midwest, lake owners are able to truly enjoy all the benefits that having a lake home entails! However, living on a… Read more »

Luxury Market Update

In the recent weeks luxury home prices have stayed relatively stable in the past few weeks. In the market for luxury homes in the United States it is a cool buyer’s market, meaning the amount of inventory exceeds the amount of buyers which typically influences prices to fall overall. In the Twin Cities area the… Read more »

The Relationship Between School District and Quality of Education

Every parent has a vision of success in the future of their children. In order to achieve this dream, parents need to start early and set their children on the pathway to a rewarding future. One crucial determinant in any individual’s level of prosperity is the quality of education they received from beginning to end… Read more »

Health Benefits of Lake Living

Americans want a better life. Some have discovered a great solution through adopting a “Lakeshore Lifestyle”. There is no doubt in our minds that living on the lake is a surreal and amazing experience. However, many people are unaware of the added health benefits that living near a lake entails. We all need water to… Read more »

Spring Market Update

Not surprisingly, the millennials and boomers are predicted to dominate the spring market. These two massive demographic groups are expected to fuel the demand for the market for the next decade in fact. The suburbs will make a comeback for these groups, however Midwestern cities are still popular for millennials. With fewer homes on the… Read more »

Parade of Homes

Looking for your new dream home, ideas for your dream home, or even just a relaxing day? Come see me at The Parade of Homes on our very own shores of Prior Lake with Highmark Builders! Parade #173 at 14271 Shady Beach Trail NE is the perfect opportunity to see a new build walkout rambler… Read more »

Prior Lake Teachers of the Year

As Prior Lake continues to strive in academics, we can contribute this to our amazing teachers of District 719. Especially the top teachers of the year 2016. Every year Prior Lake-Savage area school district names Teachers of the Year for their outstanding service for their respective schools. This year’s amazing Teachers of the year are… Read more »

Prior Lake Flood Prevention Mechanisms

In the summer of 2014 Prior Lake experienced a devastating flood that caused severe damage to several Prior Lake homes. It has been two years since the flood occurred and several committees have met to discuss the future of Prior Lake. The Prior Lake flood mitigation study was recently completed the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed… Read more »

The Upside to Winter

Although the weather forecast is looking down, the winter real estate forecast is looking up! Home sales often peak in the summer months, particularly June and July. The market prices drop in the fall and dip to the lowest in the winter. Home prices can sometimes be up to 10% less in the winter months…. Read more »

Is Your Passion Real Estate?

Are you a young professional looking to join a team of innovative, motivated, inspired, like-minded professionals who want to make a difference in business and the world? Do you want to produce, deliver, and serve your customers in a way that produces raving fans? Are you a solution oriented Sales Superstar, focused on producing results… Read more »

The Fall 2016 Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase

The Fall 2016 Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase took place September 10th through October 2nd displaying 423 fabulous homes in 90 Minnesota cities. These homes displayed a variety of tastes in the luxury lifestyle with the least expensive home on the tour priced at $189,950 to the most expensive valued at $2,600,000! The $2.6… Read more »

What’s the Secret to Maximizing Your Lake Home’s Sale Price?

Hyper-Local Specialist. Working with a lakeshore specialist with local knowledge and experience will give you a distinct edge in selling your home. Exceptional Marketing. Professional print marketing attracts more potential buyers and increases the perceived value of your home. Extensive Network. Your home should be represented by a specialist with local experience and a vast network of clients… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to live on Prior Lake

(As told by Prior Lakers) “Recreation for everyone at your doorstep.” The Lakeshore lifestyle involves a variety of recreational activities in and alongside the water. Including boating, water sports, fishing, swimming, sunbathing by the water, or drinking your morning cup of coffee with a lakeside view, there’s sure to be something that everyone will love…. Read more »

Fall is the best time to buy a home!

While the spring and summer seasons are typically considered the busiest in real estate, the changing colors, falling leaves, and crisp air of autumn, don’t correlate with a dying real estate market. Learn why fall can be the best time for you to buy a home. For all of your real estate questions, sooner or… Read more »

Homebuilders raise the roof

So far this year, the Twin Cities has been one of the busiest areas for homebuilders by a long shot. As more jobs are being created in the metro area, the market for building single-family homes for entry-level professionals is heating up and demand for newly constructed apartments is decreasing. Homebuilders in the Twin Cities… Read more »

Better equities leads to more luxury

Did you know that the success of the luxury real estate market and the stock market are related? The correlation between equities and high-end real estate is no coincidence or temporary trend. Within the last seven years, there has been an increase in the sales of luxury properties when stocks are doing well. At present,… Read more »

2016 Election Year: the time for voting and buying real estate!

Did you watch the VP debate last evening and still have questions? Whether you’re for Hilary or Trump, Pence or Kaine, maybe you are wondering what this election year means for buying or selling a home. If you’re questioning whether to invest in real estate in the 2016 election year, experts are saying buyers step… Read more »

2nd Year Flood Anniversary

With the heavy rains affecting much of Minnesota and especially central Minnesota, it brings back memories of Prior Lake’s flood that happened two short years ago. Today, the lake level on Lower Prior Lake is 902.35 ft. which seems to be a comfortable level for most home owners. At the peak of the flood the… Read more »

Fish Dying Fast on Prior Lake Shoreline

The retreat of water from different lakes combining with chemicals and a lake lacking oxygen can lead to one thing: dead fish and a lot of it. As you walk up and down the shoreline of Prior Lake lakeshore recently, you will find many dead fish. One of the reasons is because of the chemicals… Read more »

Mid-Year Minnesota Lake Home Market Update

The Lakeshore Market has been steadily growing since 2011. The amount of homes sold in the time period of January 1st to June 1st have increased from 347 homes in 2011 to 971 homes  in 2016. The median price has also increased in the same 6-year period from $256, 000 to $288, 000, an 11%… Read more »

Lakeshore Market Update

2015 was a great year for the lakeshore housing market. With an increase in the amount of lake homes sold on Prior Lake. Lake homeowners felt more confident in the market this year. Jim Slater finished the 2015 year as the top preferred realtor on Prior Lake.  After selling over six million dollars worth of Prior… Read more »

Ice Safety on Prior Lake

Although the temperature has been fairly warm for the month of December, it is still important to be cautious of early ice on the lakes. As DNR conservation officer Lt. Adam Block said, “No fish is worth the risk of going through thin ice. At this point, it is going to take several consecutive days… Read more »

Federal Reserve Increases Interest

For the first time in seven years the Federal government has approved an increase in mortgage rates. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The Federal Reserve will be ending a seven-year experiment with having almost zero interest rates by raising its benchmark rate. Their plan is to slowly raise the rate over the next three… Read more »

Lakeshore Plus Visits Beverly Hills

The Lakeshore Plus luxury team had a great week in Beverly Hills networking with other top luxury agents in the country, including Million Dollar Listing Agents Josh Flagg and Josh Altman. It was an incredible experience sharing and learning more about the luxury real estate world and the future of high-end real estate.

Twin Cities Housing Market is Booming!

The fall market in the Twin Cities has proven to be one of the best in a decade according to Jim Buchta at the Star Tribune. Buyers outnumbered sellers in the month of September, and there was an increase in first-time home buyers as well. Sales increased 12% in September compared with last September. Last… Read more »

The New Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) that began on October 3rd. It will mostly affect the buyers in a real estate transaction. The Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 will be replaced with the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure. The lender will provide a loan… Read more »

TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) that began on October 3rd. It will mostly affect the buyers in a real estate transaction. The Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 will be replaced with the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure. The lender will provide a loan… Read more »

Lakeshore Lifestyle Video 2014

Check out this lifestyle video to see what the lakeshore lifestyle is all about!

Location, Location, Location!

Location is the single most important factor when investing in lakeshore real estate. The property location will have a significant impact on life style fulfillment. The lay of the land could bring the fun to a stand still. It is important to note that properties that lie in watershed areas have greater restrictions. They typically… Read more »

Take Time To Play This Summer on Prior Lake

Prior Lake provides an abundance of year round enjoyment… Get out on the boat! Enjoy long boat rides, good times with friends, and sun kissed skin Go Fish– Spend your early evenings fishing some walleye or bass, get them when they turn on as the sun sets. Water Ski- Get your exercise and go skiing…. Read more »

Did You Know this about the Summer Market?

Did you know??? This is the time of year when realtors and buyers are soliciting us lakeshore owners to sell our homes. In most cases these letters say they are not solicitations, but they typically are.  If you get these letters and you need someone to represent you, please don’t hesitate to call Lakeshore Plus…. Read more »

Summer Market Update

Summer Market Update The summer market is expecting to get much busier with more homes being sold and more homes being listed. According to The Twin Cities Skinny, the number of closings has increased by 14.4 percent since last year due to the number of eager buyers increasing. The average house is on the market… Read more »

Prior Lake Lake Elevation

The lake elevation has been drastically lower from the year 2014 to 2015. The lake level is currently 901.6 ft. In June of 2014, the lake was approaching 904 ft. and by July it was over 906 ft. House Speaker, Kurt Daudt, toured the damage still left by the 2014 flood in mid-June. Legislation still… Read more »

What to look for in a Real Estate Expert

What to look for in a Real Estate Expert Experience A business partner, not a sales person A strong network Experience matters, would you hire a brain surgeon to perform heart surgery? No! You need a professional in that area. Purchasing lakeshore requires a different skill set than other types of real state. It stands… Read more »

Nuisance plants and wildlife

Nuisance plants and wildlife Whether it’s bird droppings on the dock or invasive species in the water, neither make for a very pleasant lakeshore experience. These invasive species have found their way into Minnesota lake waters, such as The Eurasion watermilfoil is an aggressive invasive aquatic plant. It can form “mats” on the water surface which interfere… Read more »

Take Time to Relax

People are spending more time than ever in pursuit of the ideal life. Among those working the longest hours, 45% admitted that they are simply “too tired to talk” at the end of the day.  Divorce rates have more than doubled since 1950. The amount of time families spend together dropped by more than 30% between… Read more »

White Bear Lake battles decreasing water levels

The White Bear Lake area is experiencing some difficult times with water levels. The residents of White Bear Lake have sued the DNR in hopes that some type of legal action can occur to help raise their water levels. I hope they can figure it out, White Bear Lake is a great asset to Minnesota!… Read more »

Meet Your Local Business: Lakeshore Plus

To simply sum up Lakeshore Plus as a world class high-performance real estate company that continues to innovate and advance the lifestyles of buyers and sellers alike would render a somewhat incomplete picture of the company. While all of that is true, what it doesn’t quite touch upon is the actual heart and soul of… Read more »

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