North Branch, MN Real Estate News

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
A friend who has had much more snow than I have and itshould be the other way around said he has found the culprit. And he and the neighbors are taking things into their own hands.It is a vigilante type of justice. I can't say I agree with them but I do understand the frustration they have.   I told my friend to stay within g the law...don't know if he is going to listen!    
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Having rentals is more than rent it out, collect the money and spend it.There are repair  issues.Some are major.My slush fund for my rentals is large enough to handle an emergency.This morning one of my rentals furnace went out.Called my go to guy.New furnace.  $3700 for  a cheapy, $7000 for the top of the line.My slush fund will be enough to do what ever I need done.I don' have to go to the bank and beg for money to fix it. Thinking of getting into the rental market?   Think hard.  It may not be all fun money!
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
WE have very little Snow here in North Branch, MnWE have received mostly rain.People were happy they didn't have to shovel it.Well, now they are cussing it as it turned to ice.People are falling and getting hurt.Not much we can do.We salt and sand the roads, driveways and highways.But it gets expensive.But we roll with the punches 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
WE are seeing a few cases of the flu in the area.Many different strains of the common cold.It has been said to wash your hands time and time again.I see many hand sanitizers all over the desks of people. How ever you do it, keep your hands clean! 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Just a gentle reminder of our pets and farm animals.We have had a lot of wind the last few days.Most animals can handle the cold if they have a full shelter from the wind.Any shelter from wind and the elements helps them stay warm. Look at your animals living quarters.  Would you stay in them even with a heavy coat? Very difficult for any animal to stay warm in this type of a weather
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Not that this day is much different from any day.There are few days that I am not with a client.But, be that as it may I felt a chuckle is in order to start the day.Hope this brought a smile to  your face.Make it a great day.
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
WEll, it was as fun night.WE had dinner with some friends.They are a hoot.They pick back and forth all the time...All in good fun.But the funniest is when he started talking about her driving.Once,she was backing out of the garage and backed right into his brothers truck.  $2500.The one day she backed  up and didn't open the garage door.   $500. He said he would not even talk about her getting stuck in the pond in the yard...A story for another day!  
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Buyer's, Listen up!When you are buying a new home...stay the course.What I am talking about is don't do anything new.No new credit cards.No higher balances.No major purchases.No new car.NO NEW JOB!   This may be ok if a large pay increase is part of it, but check with your loan officer first.Underwriters do not like surprises.Stay the course...it is only for a short time! 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Just Google it I hear all the time.If you need to know something, you don't need to research it.The hard part has already been done.Done and categorized  waiting for the call.Now days you can hardly go to the bathroom without Google knowing about it.I wonder if God is using it today?       
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
You are driving down the road and the guy coming towards you has High Beams on.What do you do?1) Flash your lights at them2) turn on your high beams and leave them on3) Don't look directly at the on coming lights and concentrate on the solid fog line. In Minnesota, the last is the right answer.You can get a ticket by flashing your lights at an oncoming cars.Reason is because yo ucould blind the oncoming car and cause an accident. It does make sense to some degree.I don't flash my lights anymore.  I don't need the ticket     
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
A record day for North Branch, Mn.The National Weather service we were 6 degrees higherthan ever on this date.It is great for some things.I helped to melt the ice on side walks and roads.But for those who enjoy the snow, this is terrible. but like it has been said, you can please all the people some of the time. Pass me another beer! 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
I think most of us do this.An issue comes up and we are out and about and talking to ourselves.I know that I am. Talking things out can help solve issues.I have found that doing this let's me calmly work through options. Some may think I am crazy...they would most likely be right!     
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Are you feeding the birds?If you are, Why?The birds can find their own food...most of the time.Freezing rain does make it harder for them. There are many reasons for feeding the birds.One, people think they will starve if they dont' feed them. Some just like to see birds, any birds.Others as myself, look at the birds an extension of Nature.I, We, my wife and I love to see how many different birds we can attract.What most people do not realize is that it is the type of food offered that attracts the birds.Birds of all kinds may show up, but if you do not have the foodthey like they don't return. Cheap seed attracts only mostly the more aggressive birds.Most cheap seed has a lot of corn in it.The better seed has much more variety of seeds and some kind of fruit pieces. We have 18 differen...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
I live a life that is full of fun and humor.So when I see movies that are just some horror flickI stay away.I have had enough horror in my life.I don't understand paying money to get scared.But, they do prime the pump of the economy.For me, I will continue to laugh in my life.       
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Some people ask me why they don't see me on face bookor one of the other sites.And it is really is very simple.All the negative talk and bashing, I just have enough to worry about.I am a positive person and I don't need the negative creeping into my life.So here is a good thought.    
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
The ice may not be safe.Depending on how you get on the ice.It is said that the ice is NEVER safe.That the thickness can vary a lot.Today, 2 vehicles, a car and a  4 wheeler fell through the ice.Both on the same lake.They fell through in the same area they had been driving on a few days  ago.Ice fishing is the big draw, but still it is not always safe.  A nice Northern pike from a few years ago.It tasted delicious  
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Well as it turns out, we got some of the worst of the Storm.Warm and slushy turns into ice and cold.Anything that is usually cleared by shovel will wait for a few days.It has turned to ice under all of the slush.And I for one should gave remembered what happens.But, in a few days I will have my drive back in shape. 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Yes, we dodged the bullet.The storm went north of us.We got a mixture of snow and rain.Made for a slushy mess, but not hard to dig out of.We needed some ground cover and that is what we got.Now a little sun to clear the roads once again!
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Every morning we have a visitor.Sparky as I call him, waits every morning for his peanuts.The first thing I do in the morning is to throw out a few in the shell peanuts.When I am a short distance away, Sparky comes down and gathers  a few up and runs for his nest.Yes, some times these varmints are a pain, but this one seems content waiting for his nuts!  
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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