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National Ice Cream Day is This Sunday!

Known for its soft-serve ice cream, Cup and Cone is arguably White Bear Lake’s most beloved #NationalIceCreamDay destination. National Ice Cream Day Hours: 10am – 9pm 2126 4th Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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622 Lake St, River Falls WI

Come home to vintage charm, 9′ ceilings, and lovely landscaping in this 1905 2-story beauty! Click here for a list of improvements, and stay tuned for additional details and photos.

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The New Odd Couple? This App Is Matching Boomers with Millennial Roommates

Baby Boomers and Millennials are the two biggest cohorts of humans alive today, and at completely opposite ends of the age spectrum, but they have more in common and to offer each other than we think. And a new class of apps is setting out to enhance those connections — one by playing matchmaker with their living arrangements.

After my parents divorced, my mom (then still in her thirties, with three kids under 10) often rented out our guest room to grad students from one of the nearby universities, offering up cheap rent for occasional babysitting and adult companionship. It was a really common thing to do in Boston, where you can barely throw a frisbee in any direction without hitting a college campus — and a great way to bridge the affordability gap for both students and working families, even in the ’80s, all while building and strengthening the community.

Which is probably why two MIT students have come up with possibly the next big thing in finding urban housing: Nesterly, an app launching with the fall 2017 semester, which pairs students seeking housing with Baby Boomers seeking renters. Boomers and Millennials might seem like the Odd Couple of the aughts, but it turns out they have much more in common than meets the eye — and can offer each other a lot, too, through intergenerational living.

As CityLab reports, Nesterly will serve as a service app through which homeowners can search for potential renters based on the kind of help they need. And for students, the more time they offer, the lower their rent may be, depending on what’s agreed upon.

We’re excited to help the rapidly aging population stay in their homes, and one way is helping them access household help like changing the light bulb or shoveling the snow.”

This trend has been building for quite a few years, starting with nursing homes around the world offering up rooms to millennials in exchange for volunteering, then with formal university programs pairing students with empty nesters, and now including around 40 such formal programs nationwide, according to the National Shared Housing Resource Center.

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Minnesota Amends its Construction Defect Laws

By Jim Buchta Star Tribune

JUNE 2, 2017 — 10:46AM

Earlier this month we told you (click here to see the story) about an effort to amend Minnesota’s construction-defect laws, which are among the most stringent in the nation, with a raft of amendments aimed at making it more difficult for a homeowner’s association to file a frivolous or unfounded claim. Those amendments, HF1538, received bipartisan support and this week Governor Dayton signed them into law, removing what many say is a critical barrier to the construction of for-sale condos and townhouses.

The state’s construction defects laws essentially make builders, subcontractors and vulnerable to litigation for at least a decade and are intended to protect homeowners from construction defects for several years until they’re apparent. Developers say that in the wake of the latest condo and townhouse boom, they’ve been bombarded with sometimes frivolous claims that are costly and time-consuming to defend, especially when those suits are filed by powerful and well-funded homeowner’s associations. Today, developers say those laws – and the threat of a lawsuit – are why they are unwilling to build for-sale attached housing and association-maintained housing, creating a dearth of options for condo and townhouse buyers. The new rules add several requirements for homeowners associations before legal action can be initiated including a preventative maintenance plan, cost-effective mediation before legal action and support from a majority of homeowner association members.

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Sweat Equity

Congrats to this awesome couple! Brian and Anna, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience!  😀 Interested in buying your own fixer-upper or improving your current home?

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White Bear Lake Marketfest Thursdays

Marketfest is a free family festival held in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake on Thursday evenings from mid-June to the end of July. The annual summer festival runs Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm from mid-June to the end of July rain or shine. Each year Marketfest continues to attract locals and visitors who […]

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2120 11th Street, White Bear Lake

Check out this 4 bedroom/2 bath split entry located on a corner lot! The spacious deck is perfect for summer entertaining.

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3896 White Bear Avenue N, White Bear Lake

Looking for a great rambler in White Bear Lake with attached garage, porch and fenced-in, large, flat yard? This home also offers hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms on 1 level, and new carpet in lower level. Driveway has nice turnaround.

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What to Expect From a Listing Appointment

Selling a home can be overwhelming and even scary if you don’t know how much your home is worth or what it takes to get it sold. You may have many questions and concerns, but you don’t have to navigate them on your own. You may wonder: How much is my home worth in today’s […]

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1600 Chatham Avenue, Arden Hills

Welcome to the neighborhood you’ve always dreamed of living in! Lots of trees and hills and walkability to Valentine Hills Elementary School (part of the Mounds View School District), Mounds View High School, and Bethel University. This home has a new roof, A/C, furnace, water heater, and carpet/flooring.