Beth Richardson

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Why is there still a shortage of inventory?

If I had a crystal ball........ Hmmmm..... Remember, I am not an economist, I have a degree in counseling. But, I have been observing the ebb and flow of housing in this town for a very long time and this is what makes sense to me: 1. We have a very good economy and our [...]
Are you preparing for retirement?

Are you preparing for retirement?

I grew up in a duplex. It wasn’t the beautiful true duplex of the Arts and Crafts era that we see sprinkled throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, it was simply a bungalow where someone had created a small one bedroom apartment on the second floor and added an outside stairwell. My parents were able to […]

Should I paint my woodwork in my old house or not?

Should I paint my woodwork in my old house or not?

20 years ago even the question would have been sacrilege! Now, not so much. So this will be a very short column. The beautiful trim of the Victorian and Arts and Crafts eras, gorgeous though it might be, makes a house feel heavy and dark. In our northern climates in particular, but across the rest […]

Are you cut out to be a landlord?

Are you cut out to be a landlord?

Absolutely, you are cut out to be a landlord! I’m always fascinated by people who are concerned that they are not going to be able to function in that role. While it is never clear to me exactly why people think they are unable, I believe it is because either they don’t want to have […]

Why do kitchens (and bath rooms) sell houses?

Why do kitchens (and bath rooms) sell houses?

Oh, let me count the ways… First, let me start with what I hear sellers say as to why they should not update their kitchens before selling: 1. It was good enough for me and nothing is wrong with it. 2. It costs too much to change it. 3. The new buyer might not like […]

What is the difference between repair, maintenance and upgrade?

What is the difference between repair, maintenance and upgrade?

I came across an interesting article a couple of months ago in one of those beautifully photographed magazines called Kinfolk. The pictures were very artsy, design conscious, emotional. I bought it anyway in spite of the $20 price tag so that I could read an article about the Swedish concept of hemmablind. It certainly applies […]