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Housing Market Data
Despite a 9% increase in inventory, the July Median Sales Price increased 3.4% to $215,000, from $208,000 in July of 2013. (In 2009 it was $166,600.)
Days on Market decreased from 72 to 68.
Median Price for Short Sales rose to $155,000 from $151,500 last year.
*Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
Rose Hart's OUTSIDE
Gutters, Drains and Basements.
Sometime in May, when the rains began to fall before the ground was thawed, I received some calls about water in basements. Last winter was a "once every 100 years" winter, but if it happens again next year here are some handy tips for keeping a basement dry.
Foundation Slope: The cheapest and easiest way to effect a drier basement is to slope the ground away from the foundation. Landscapers use black plastic covered with a couple of inches of landscape rock. Notice I said, "black plastic." Black plastic is intended for outdoor use by roofers and landscapers, whereas generic clear plastic will disintegrate after a couple of months.
French Drains: If the area around the foundation is narrow, or at a bad pitch; 1) a trench is dug under the overhangs and lined with black plastic, 2) perforated black plastic drain pipe that's wrapped in landscape fabric is pitched to a plastic or concrete drywell, 3) the trench is filled with gravel, and covered with topsoil.*
Gutters: Gutter downspouts ending less than 10 feet from the foundation will contribute to a wet basement. The City is fairly emphatic about their proper drainage;
Rose Hart is a licensed RealtorŪ and can help you with the many details of home buying and selling. Call her at 612-250-0119, or email her at email@example.com.
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Resources and Notes:
*Minneapolis ordinance prohibits rainleaders- gutters that directly connect to the storm sewers, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/stormwater/ The complete Ordinance is at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@publicworks/
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