Archive for November, 2010

Why are there barcodes everywhere I turn?

This is a QR code, short for quick response.  If you are one of the quarter (and growing daily) americans who use a smart phone these are for you! 

QR codes originated in Japan and were first used to track automotive parts.   Now you may feel like you see them everywhere you turn!

You might see them on shelves at stores, Best Buy is adding them in all of their stores.  You will see them on business cards and flyers, even on For Sale signs in yards around the country!  To celebrate “internet week” in June New York’s Time Square was covered in giant QR codes promoting the sights on the city.

Using a special app you can scan this code with your phone and it will direct you to a website or more information on the product/ person/ property.   If you see one of our for sale signs or brochures there will be a QR code, if you scan it you will go directly to that property on our website where you can take a virtual tour.  All while you are sitting right out front of the home!

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Time to Give Thanks

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As we begin this busy Holiday Season please take the time to reflect back on the year and on all of the good things in your life.  We are thankful for our clients and families.  We are thankful for the ability to continue offering our services in the Downtown Minneapolis Real estate market when a tough economy has forced many out of the business.  We are thankful for good health and friends. 

If you are looking for something unique to do this Thanksgiving season please consider the following 2 events, both support the Second Harvest Foodshelf.  They need our help more than ever.  Tonight you can head out to Stella’s Fish Cafe’ for their annual “It Aint Turkey” Oyster Eating Contest.  They will have appetizers, drinks, and music.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to eat the oysters!  $5 donation or non-perishable food item will get you in.  Check out Stella’s site for more information.  If you need to work off all the oysters tomorrow or get in a good workout before your Thanksgiving feast participate in Lifetime Fitness’ Turkey Day 5K.  Runners start at 8:20 AM and walkers start at 8:30.  Go to the Turkey Day 5K website for more details. 

Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Property of the Week: Cobalt #411

Rare corner “Cobalt” loft with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Open kitchen, living room, dining room with floor to ceiling windows and wood flooring.  Walks out to private balcony overlooking Chute Square and with views of Downtown.  Kitchen with full height maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  Large master suite with walk-in closet and full private master bath with separate shower.  Spacious laundry room for extra storage.  Enjoy this fantastic location with Lunds Grocery and Prairie Stone Pharmacy right below you, and the Minneapolis Riverfront District just steps away with shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.

Appliances include range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, disposal, washer, and dryer

Heated underground parking #100 & 101
Storage #60

Amenities Include professionally equipped workout room on the 2nd floor and conference room, car wash and bike storage

Monthly association fee of $815.85 includes heat, air conditioning, sanitation, snow/lawn care, basic cable, hazard insurance, caretaker/ onsite manager, and professional management

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Please call me at 612-720-4300 for a private viewing of this home!

2010 was a Nice Ride for Nice Ride MN!

All of the bikes are gone from the Nice Ride kiosks, and the kiosks wil be removed to make way for snow removal and to prevent damage.  The floursecent bikes will be missed downtown this winter as they have become an every day sight around town.  But don’t fret, they will be back next spring!  They are also looking to expand so you could be seeing even more of the signature bikes next year.  Here are the numbers from their first season directly from Nice Ride’s website: 

  • Number of rides: 100,817
  • Number of 1 year subscriptions: 1,295
  • Number of 30 day subscriptions: 89
  • Number of 24 hour subscriptions: 29,077
  • Number of bikes stolen: 2
  • Number of occurences of vandalism greater than $100: 3

Congratulations to Nice Ride MN for a successful season and for educating the public on the bike share program!

Property of The Week: Grove Street Flats #10B on Nicollet Island

Historic “Grove Street Flats” condo with 1 bedroom and 1 bath.  Sunny living/ dining room with large bay window and hardwood floors.  Kitchen with abundant cabinet space and all appliances.  Updated Bath. Master suite with recessed lighting and hardwood floors.  Spacious detached garage with extra space for storage.  This one of a kind property is located on Nicollet Island, in a quiet and peaceful setting.  Enjoy Walking to restaurants, shopping, and the Minneapolis Riverfront District.

Other Fine Features
Appliances include refrigerator, gas range, dishwasher, microwave/ exhaust fan, washer and dryer

All new windows in 2008

New front drive and landscaping in 2009

Home is wired for complete surround sound throughout

Central Air

Garage #5 with opener

Monthly association fee of $385 includes basic cable, sanitation, snow/lawn care, outside maintenance, hazard insurance, water/ sewer, building exterior, professional management

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If you are interested in taking a look at this listing please give me a call, 612-720-4300!

Smarter Parking Coming to Downtown Minneapolis

There is a new “smart” way to park in Downtown Minneapolis!  These photos were taken this morning in front of Monte Carlo in the Warehouse District.  46 of these meters will be installed this year, servicing 450 parking spots.  According to the city of Minneapolis 200 meters will be added in 2011 and in 2012.  When completed about 75% of the city’s 6,800 metered spaces will use these new machines.  Here is a map showing where the new meters are to be functional by the end of the month.  multi_space_map

Pros of the new meters:

*No more searching for quarters in your purse or pockets or under your floor mats.  All you need is your credit/ debit card (there are going to still be some less used meters that will be replaced, but by a system that still only takes coins)

*During busy times or “rush hour” some metered spaces are tow away zones.  The new system can alert you to this when you park so you will know what time you need to move by. 

*Solar powered!

*More cost effective for the city.  It utilizes the city’s wifi network to send reports to traffic control.  Also the coins will need to be emptied less frequently

*One of the more interesting features is you can add time to your meter from any other meter.  Say you had to park 5 blocks away because there were no spots in front of your destination.  Your meeting is going to go 30 minutes over.  Instead of walking 5 blocks to add time you can go to the meter right outside your meeting and add time by entering your meter number (is located on your receipt)

*It gives you a receipt.  Great if you need to be reimbursed or keep for tax purposes!

Cons of the new meter system:

*No more plugging the meter.  It won’t let you add more time than the maximum even if you go back when your time is almost out.  This could be a con for some people, but could also be seen as a good thing!  If you need more time than the meter allows you better use a ramp.

*Technology is great, except when it doesn’t work right.  Hopefully this won’t turn out to be an issue

*It will be much easier for the city to raise parking rates!  They can also change the price for different times during the day.  This could confuse some people

*With it being more cost effective and automated I would imagine at least one person lost their job

*Two of the most prominent second languages spoken in the metro, Hmong and Somali, are not included in the current meters.  It currently has information in Spanish, French, and German.  The latter two may be replaced next year with Hmong and Somali.

Wow, who knew that parking information could be so exciting!

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Downtown Condos are Photogenic

3M Photo Shoot

There was excitement this week at our Cobalt Listing.  Location scouts from local company, Unleashed Productions, felt it would be the perfect place for a photo shoot they were doing for a 3M product.  Below is a slideshow of what goes on behind the scenes, very interesting!  It is unbelieveable how many people are needed in order to get that one photograph that will be used in the ad. 

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