Archive for February, 2011

Bring the Family Downtown!

89.3 The Current is presenting a free family event called “Rock the Cradle” on February 20, 2011 from 11AM to 5PM.  Events take place at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company.  Events are geared towards kids that are 2-8 and include story time with the Current’s DJ’s, a disco and live music, puppetry, yoga, art projects, an art gallery “hunt”, and a musical instrument petting zoo for kids to try out different instruments.  Check out their website for more information.  Just one tip, leave your stroller at home!


Our Neighborhood Lund’s Grocery Featured on NBA Program

If you subscribe to NBA TV you can check out our neighborhood Lunds Grocery store in a feature they did on Kevin Love!  They followed Kevin around for a day and part of his routine- grocery shopping!  Tune in tonight at 5:30 local time, Friday Feb 4 at 4:00, Sunday at 3:30 or Monday at 1:30 to see it!  Or go to for a schedule or to watch clips of it online!

The Problems with Case-Shiller

Often times when you read a Real Estate article in the local or national newspaper they quote statistics from the Case-Shiller Report.  The nightly news sometimes quotes stats from Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Report.  But how accurate is this report?  From a local standpoint not too accurate, especially for my main market of Downtown Minneapolis.  A very small percentage of Downtown Minneapolis properties are even counted in their report.  Why?  Simple, they don’t view Condos as single family homes so they are left out of the statistics.  On a national level how accurate is it?  Considering it doesn’t include data from every state, and many states include only partial data, that might not be real accurate either.  I guess the moral of the story is if you are interested in the state of the Real Estate market in your area, ask a few trustworthy Realtors who specialize in your neighborhood for their opinion.  And don’t always believe everything you hear/ read in the news.