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DESCRIPTIONAre you moving to Minnesota? We have a free Twin Cities relocation guide that covers a lot of the benefits and Minneapolis and St Paul MN. Minneapolis/StPaul are wonderfully diverse and we celebrate all four seasons. We have city lakes, such as Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Lake Nokomis, and Lake Minnetonka-to name just a few of the 10,000 lakes (it is actually over 15,000 lakes) within our state. If you would like to get this report, visit http://www.RelocationMinnesota.com
- DISCLAIMER THE CONTENTS OF THIS MANUAL REFLECT THE AUTHORS VIEWS ACQUIRED THROUGH HIS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ON THE TOPIC UNDER DISCUSSION. THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER DISCLAIMS ANY PERSONAL LOSS OR LIABILITY CAUSED BY THE UTILIZATION OF ANY INFORMATION PRESENTED HEREIN. THE AUTHOR IS NOT ENGAGED IN RENDERING ANY LEGAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE TO YOU OR ANYONE READING THIS REPORT. IF YOU DISAGREE, STOP READING NOW AND THROW AWAY THIS MATERIAL. THE SERVICES OF A PROFESSIONAL PERSON ARE RECOMMENDED IF LEGAL ADVICE OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. WHILE THE SOURCES AND MATERIAL MENTIONED HEREIN ARE ASSUMED TO BE RELIABLE AT THE TIME OF WRITING, THE AUTHOR/ PUBLISHER ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DECISIONS OR ACTIONS YOU MAY MAKE FROM READING OR APPLYING THIS CONTENT. THIS MEANS, YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ACCOUNTANT, FINANCIAL ADVISOR, AND/OR THE IRS FOR GUIDANCE AS TO HOW THIS MATERIAL MIGHT PERTAIN TO YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION. THE IRS WEBSITE AND PHONE NUMBER ARE http://www.IRS.gov and 1-800-829-1040. NO PART OF THIS MANUAL MAY BE ALTERED, COPIED, OR DISTRIBUTED, WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER. ALL PRODUCT NAMES, LOGOS, AND TRADEMARKS ARE PROPERTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS WHO HAVE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED, SPONSORED, OR APPROVED THIS PUBLICATION. TEXT AND IMAGES AVAILABLE OVER THE INTERNET AND USED IN THIS MANUAL MAY BE SUBJECT TO INTELLECTUAL RIGHTS AND MAY NOT BE COPIED FROM THIS MANUAL. THIS MANUAL IS A GUIDE ONLY AND, AS SUCH, SHOULD BE CONSIDERED SOLELY FOR BASIC INFORMATION AND USED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. COPYRIGHT 2009 JOHN MAZZARA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com
- INTRODUCTION: A QUICK NOTE FROM JOHN MAZZARA My guess is that you are reading this E-book because you are relocating to Minnesota. I could have written a book ten times this size and still not covered all the great things about MN. Ive lived here my entire life. This is my hometown. The people here are a proud of their state and have a strong work ethic. If you want to know something specific, just call and ask. When considering where to live, I think you will find the quality of life here is hard to beat. Consider the following: the economy is diverse-we are not one employer dependent, the school system is one of the top in the nation, national sports teams as well as a robust arts scene exists in both Minneapolis & St Paul, crime exists but it is lower than other states, Minnesota experiences four seasons giving you opportunities to enjoy many varied sports, events, and activities. I run three businesses in the financial services-real estate, mortgage, and investing. When you are relocating here and need a Realtor, mortgage broker, and financial planner- consider giving me a call. You can find out more about me at http://www.JohnMazzara.com I have the links to each specific website in the resource section of this book. I would welcome the opportunity to help you in one or all three financial areas. Sincerely, John Mazzara
- TABLE OF CONTENTS VARIOUS ARTICLES 1) Minnesota So youre thinking about moving to Minnesota? 2) Relocating to Minnesota - Twin Cities Real Estate 3) A Guide of Relocating To Minnesota 4) Minnesota-A Little History 5) 10 Things To Consider When Moving To The Twin Cities 6) Minneapolis Condominium Markets - Buying or Renting a Condo See Featured Communities Below: 7) Minneapolis: A Clean and Green City 8) St. Paul- The Capitol City 9) Edina-It is different here-Ive lived here since 1986 10) Eden Prairie-It really isnt a prairie 11) St Louis Park: A Balanced Living 12) Richfield-Centrally located to everything 13) Bloomington: City of Hospitality 14) Savage-One of the best values in the Twin Cities 15) Eagan: Where A Well-Off Community Thrives 16) Inver Grove Heights: Where Everything Is Closer Than You Think More Communities Profiled At http://www.VentureLoanApp.com 17) Minnesota-Top Attractions For MN Visitors 18) Minneapolis and St. Paul - Worlds Apart 19) Twin Cities Lakes
- Why Work with a Realtor? Today there are many people who think about selling their home on their own. However, many of them end up going with a realtor for their needs. It's definitely a great idea to decide to work with a realtor when you are selling your home or you are trying to purchase a new home. Many real estate agents are not actually realtors, and realtors have quite a bit more to offer consumers. Not sure that you should choose a realtor when you are selling or buying a home? Well, here is a look at some of the top reasons that you definitely should work with a good realtor. They are Experts in the Real Estate Field One great reason that you should definitely consider working with a realtor is because they are experts in the real estate field. Having an expert on your side is definitely a great idea. Many people out there today purchase or sell their homes with a realtor. Realtors come with a whole lot of experience and definitely will be able to use that experience to help you acquire a great home or to sell a home for a good price. Realtors Know the Community Another reason to go with a realtor when buying or selling is because realtors know the community. They are active in the community and they know the community that they are working in. This is important, whether you are purchasing or selling. You want someone on your side that really knows what is going on in the local real estate market. They Can Offer You Protection You'll also find that a good realtor can offer you protection when you are selling your home or purchasing a home. They know the laws and the nuances of the real estate industry that are very important. Without a good realtor on your side, you could end up making a mistake that will cost you in the long run. Realtors are Supposed to Be Honest Realtors have a code of ethics, that states that they are supposed to be honest. This definitely benefits you. After all, you want someone on your side that is going to be honest with you, no matter what. Even if it is something that you really don't want to hear, it's great to have someone that will be very honest with you. This is something you can count on. Required to Disclose Important Facts According to the code of ethics, realtors are required to disclose any important facts to you as well. This means that any facts that you need to know, your realtor will let you know about. They'll give you good advice along the way and give you the facts that you are going to need to make the right real estate decision.
- They Have Your Interests at Heart A good realtor will also have your interest at heart. This is one reason it is such a great idea to have a realtor on your side. They will help to make sure that you get the best deal and the best home for your needs. A realtor is committed to making sure that everything works out for you. This is definitely excellent for you. Realtors Have Resources Another reason to have a realtor help you with selling or purchasing a home is because they have many great resources available. If you are looking for a home, they have a variety of different resources they can turn to, in order to help you find the home that you want. You won't have to spend time looking, but your realtor can do that job for you with the great resources that are at their disposal. Help with Negotiation Often in a real estate deal there is quite a bit of negotiation. This can include negotiation about the terms, financing, price, date of possession, repairs, equipment, and more. If you are not well versed in the art of negotiation, you may not get the best deal for you. With a good realtor to help you out, they can help you out with the negotiation so you get a deal that is totally fair to you. Explanation of Financing You'll find that a good realtor can help you to understand the financing options that you have available to you. They can explain different options and lead you in the right direction. They also have access to many lenders and can help you to identify good lenders for the financing that you are going to need. The Process is Smoother Going through a real estate deal is not always a smooth ride. Some times things crop up along the way. Using a realtor can help you to make sure that this process is much smoother. They'll help to ensure that everything works out very smoothly so that you get through the deal as soon as possible without any problems. When it comes time to select a Realtor-please consider what I can do for you. Sincerely, John Mazzara CFP CLU CHFC CEBS CMB MBA MS http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com
- ________________________________________________________________________ SELECTED ARTICLES FOR THOSE RELOCATING TO MN Minnesota So youre thinking about moving to Minnesota? You have certainly come to the right place. Relocating to any new arealet alone a new statecan be an overwhelming process, so it is important to have someone in touch with the area that you can trust. I have lived in Minnesota my entire life and am eager to assist you in this important time of transition. In the following paragraphs, you will find a great deal of information that will help familiarize you better with many different parts of the state. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone or email. State Facts Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotas history and economy is directly related to the vast number of lakes within the state, as well as its access to the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul, while the largest is its sister city, Minneapolis. We rank twelfth in the nation in size and 21st in population. The best known symbol of Minnesota is our state bird, the Common Loon, easily spotted in the northern parts of the state, and occasionally as far south as the Twin Cities. But of all the notable bits of trivia about our state, the one we take the most pride in is the description of our residents: Minnesota Nice. While of course there is no accurate measure of how nice one state is compared to another, visitors and newcomers are frequently struck by the friendly nature and hospitality common amongst our native residents. We take immense pride in the way we make our guests feel like home in our state. Geography and Climate What you have heard about the cold winters is probably true. As the state with the most northern border besides Alaska, the months between December and March yield frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall. Dont let that scare you off thoughas a major Midwestern state, our residents enjoy the experience of having four fully-developed
- seasons to break up the monotony of the year. Minnesotans never let a little snow get in their way; we boast one of the most efficient snow-plowing systems in the country, not to mention the great winter recreational opportunities such as ice fishing, skating, and sledding. Fall and spring are breezy and comfortable, and exceptionally gorgeous in areas such as Duluth or the eastern Minnesota bluffs. Our summers are reasonably mild, but we still experience heat waves and humidity; generally one can expect a few days in August to hover around the 100 degree mark. Typically, Minnesota folks are outdoor folks; we take the good with the bad, and are rarely startled by a little extreme weather. The Twin Cities Comprised of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Twin Cities are the urban center of the state. Directly adjacent to each other on Interstate 94, newcomers often confuse one with the other; however, any resident of either city will be quick to point out the distinct differences in the flavor and personality of each location. Minneapolis, as the most populated city in Minnesota, is quite attractive to those looking for a big city experience with a Midwestern feel. The downtown district of Minneapolis is sleek and majestic, boasting one of the most recognizable skylines in the United States. Meanwhile, downtown Saint Paul is known for its stunning red-brick streets and history-rich architecture. A sharp contrast to the bustle of Minneapolis, many people who relocate to Saint Paul are attracted to the small-town feel it manages to capture, while not sacrificing the strong entertainment and recreational amenities of a city. Both Saint Paul and Minneapolis have a great deal to offer in terms of real estate, and a lot depends on the type of neighborhood you are looking to live in. Lets take a closer look at each area to help you narrow down your options. Minneapolis Regularly named one of the great American cities to live in, Minneapolis is one of the most thriving cultural communities in the country, rich in history and amenities for its nearly 400,000 residents. This budding metropolitan area is the second largest in the
- Midwest, after Chicago, and is a major attraction to young artists, businessmen, and families alike. Prospective homeowners have a wealth of possibilities in a wide variety of up-and-coming neighborhoods that will undoubtedly make relocating to Minneapolis a rewarding investment and an enriching experience. Downtown Minneapolis certainly boasts some of the most spectacular high-rise condominiums in the city, with breathtaking views and immediate access to the heart of the city. If you are looking for something a little bit more removed from the highly urban atmosphere, south Minneapolis (commonly referred to as Uptown) is a popular location for singles and families alike, with plenty of single-family homes, condos, and lofts available at reasonable prices. Its trendy business district on Hennepin Avenue, stretching from Lake to Franklin Streets, is popular for live entertainment and fine dining. Also of particular interest in this area is its close proximity to Lake Calhoun, which offers some of the most beautiful lakefront architecture in the area. Northeast Minneapolis is another up-an-coming area, a diverse arts-friendly community. This area is also filled with spacious apartments, duplexes, single-family homes and condominiums, and much more. Saint Paul As the states capital, Saint Paul is the scenic and historic home to almost 300,000 residents. The neighborhood feel of the city is one of the most distinctive personality traits that sets it apart from Minneapolis. Because of this, Saint Paul tends to attract a slightly older population than its western counterpart; many people who have spent a number of years in the Twin Cities often find Saint Paul to be a satisfying location when they are looking to settle down with a family. Lately, it has been particularly popular amongst former Twin Cities residents who had left the area for awhile, but are now looking to return to the area. Saint Paul provides a comfort and familiarity to people of all walks of life, which is probably why so many find it difficult to leave behind. The area surrounding Grand Avenue and Snelling is one of the most exciting spots in the cities. Featuring a blend of brand-name stores and local shops, tourists are commonly attracted to this area for its shopping. It also features some of the more gorgeous vintage homes you will find around. Many of these are popular for hands-on buyers who enjoy the art of remodeling, while many other for-sale homes have recently
- been redone. Additionally, the Cathedral Hill area is a popular attraction both for visitors and for prospective homeowners. Between Selby and Western Avenues, its a great location for great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Many apartments, condominiums, single family homes and multi-story homes are available here as well. Suburbs The suburbs of the Twin Cities are extremely prosperous and have a lot to offer for those who enjoy being near the excitement of the cities but dont necessarily need it in their day-to-day living. While the suburbs are certainly smaller than Minneapolis and Saint Paul, most of them are actually quite well-sized and populated; in fact, 12 of the suburbs are above the 50,000 resident mark. Of the 17 most-populated cities in the state, only St. Cloud, Rochester and Duluth are outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The suburbs include Bloomington, Plymouth, Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Woodbury, Blaine, Lakeville, Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, St. Louis Park, Richfield, Savage, Apple Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Chanhassan, Chaska, Mendota Heights, and Inver Grove Heights. The largest tourist attraction in the suburbs is undoubtedly Bloomingtons world- famous Mall of America. With a mass area of 4.2 million square feet, the Mall of America is the largest shopping center of its kind in the Midwest, and the second-largest in North America. The MOA (or Mega Mall as it is frequently referred to) hosts thousands of hungry shoppers daily, boasting four floors, a unique theme park, scores of restaurants and hundreds of popular shops. More than simply a mall, the MOA is a powerful economic hub of the state of Minnesota, and its popularity has helped place the city of Bloomington firmly at the top of the list of most-populated suburbs of the greater Metro area. Economy The economy of Minneapolis is one of the primary reasons this city is so attractive to many people seeking to relocate. Next to other cities of comparable size and population, the education rate and median household income is higher, the
- unemployment rate is lower, and housing is much more affordable. The Twin Cities combine to contribute nearly two-thirds of Minnesotas gross state product, which makes it an incredibly lucrative area to build a career in almost any profession. Of the top thousand publicly traded businesses in the United States, 36 have headquarters in Minnesota, including Target, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, U.S. Bankcorp and Best Buy. In 2005, our per capita income ranked tenth at $37, 290. Our taxes tend to be higher than most states, with a 6.5% sales tax and a three bracket income tax system of 5.35%, 7.05% and 7.85%. Still, we look at it as a more than fair trade for the excellent quality of life Minnesota provides for our residents. Entertainment and Recreation One of the main reason so many choose to relocate to the Twin Cities is because of the vast amount of entertainment the metro area provides. One of the richest scenes for live theater anywhere, Minneapolis boasts more professional theater companies per capita than any city besides New York. In particular, the Guthrie Theater has received national recognition; with its brand new location and design, taking in a show there is an absolute must for anyone new to the area. Likewise, music lovers can find a great concert to check out on any given night of the week; the First Avenue and 7th Street entry rock venues are favorites for national and local acts, classical connoisseurs will be drawn to the world- class Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, while jazz fans can get cozy at the famous Dakota jazz club. Sports fanatics also have plenty of optionsthe Twin Cities offer professional teams in every major sport, including the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Wild. Much like Minneapolis, Saint Paul offers great opportunities in terms of arts and entertainment. Noted authors F. Scott Fitzgerald (the namesake of the famous Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul) and August Wilson were rooted here, while the ever-popular Garrison Keillor still plays host to his nationally syndicated radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, at the historic Fitzgerald. The annual Minnesota State Fair is always a top draw in August, offering a sprawling carnival, agricultural shows and competitions, and countless booths illuminating the historical tradition of Minnesota (and, of course,
- endless stands of fried-food-on-a-stick). The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is one of the most elite small orchestras of its kind, and entertains sell-out crowds on a regular basis. Crime Your safety is certainly one of the most important factors that should go into your decision of where to relocate. Crime happens everywhere, and while Minnesota is no exception, we take great comfort in the lengths that the state of Minnesota has taken in preventing and punishing petty, felonious and violent crimes. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is constantly working to ensure that your neighborhood is safe and crime free. In December of 2003, they released a study finding that ninety percent of Minnesota residents felt safe in their own communities. As expected, crime rates are higher in the Twin Cities than in other areas of Minnesota, but as a whole, Minnesota regularly ranks below average in terms of crime per capita. Education Minnesota takes great pride in its high rate of education and literacy. Ranking fifth in the nation with a high school graduation rate of 84 percent, Minnesota school systems are among the best anywhere. This translates into a higher voter turnout for our state, as well as a high rate of students moving on for post-secondary education. We have a wide number of public and private universities across the state as well as a vast network of community and technical colleges that will suit any vocational interests you may have. I have children of my own and have lived here my entire life, so especially if you are relocating and have questions regarding where to send your own kids, I would be more than happy to help you out. Greater Minnesota The majority of the state which is not part of the Twin Cities metro area is commonly referred to as Greater Minnesota. As you travel further north into the state, closer to the Canadian border, town sizes become smaller as do the distances between them. The northern areas play host some incredibly remarkable landscapes that many native Minnesotans feel represents the truer, more natural personality of the state.
- Of particular interest to many tourists is Duluth. On the edge of Lake Superior on the eastern part of the state, Duluth houses some of the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer. Each fall, thousands of visitors enjoy a slow drive over Thompson Hill, which provides a view of the city painted with colorful leaves. The summers offer endless outdoor recreation along the shore of Lake Superior at temperatures much less humid than in the southern end of the state. Many cabins and summer homes are available in Duluth, not to mention a great selection of single-family homes and multi- story homes. Rochester is another city that gathers a lot of recognition for Minnesota. Known primarily for its renowned Mayo Clinic, this world-class hospital facility and medical school provides some of the most talented health care specialists in the world. The city is the third largest city in the state, and is frequently named one of the Best Places to Live in Money Magazine. It is also home to one of the largest IBM facilities in the nation. In addition, Rochester fosters one of the more dynamic scenes for arts and music in the state, which provides a number of excellent nightlife opportunities.
- ________________________________________________________________________ Relocating to Minnesota - Twin Cities Real Estate If you are looking for a great place to relocate, you'll find that relocating to Minnesota is an excellent option today. Whether you are from California, New York, Mississippi, Texas, or even Ohio, you'll find that Minnesota is a wonderful place to move. There are a variety of reasons that moving to areas in Minnesota, such as Minneapolis Minnesota or even St. Paul, is a great idea. You'll find that this state has much to offer you. Of course before you decide that this is the right place for you, it's important that you take a look at the general benefits of relocating to Minnesota and at the real estate market in the state as well. General Benefits of Relocating to Minnesota If you're considering Minneapolis, Minnesota or another city in the beautiful state of Minnesota, you'll find that there are many general benefits to relocating to Minnesota. Here is a closer look at some of the excellent general benefits you'll enjoy when you decide to move to this state. - Benefit #1 - Excellent Schools with Great Performance - First of all, you'll find that Minnesota has excellent schools with great performance. In fact, many of the schools in the Minneapolis area actually score very highly when it comes to the No Child Left Behind guidelines. If you happen to have children, more than likely great schooling is a high priority for you, so excellent schools are definitely a drawing point. - Benefit #2 - Easy Commutes to Work - You'll find that most Minnesota homes are actually located so that you have a reasonable and easy commute to work. This is an important consideration for working families, especially with the recent hikes in gas prices. - Benefit #3 - Reasonable Taxes - Taxes on real estate in the area are fairly reasonable as well. In some places across the country, real estate taxes are skyrocketing, but the taxes in many locations are quite low within the state of Minnesota. - Benefit #4 - Great Jobs Available - Jobs in Minnesota are plentiful, which is another great benefit to relocating to this area. There are many great jobs that are available and with the growth in the job market, many families are finding that this area is a great place to relocate to. Especially in the St. Paul and Minneapolis areas, you'll notice that there are excellent jobs that are available, which is definitely a top drawing point. - Benefit #5 - Cost of Living is Relatively Low - Compared to many other regions in the United States, you'll find that the cost of living is relatively low. Although prices have been driven up due to increases in gas prices and the real
- estate market troubles recently, you'll find that comparatively the cost of living is lower than many other places around the country today. The Real Estate Market No doubt you are interested in the real estate market as well if you plan on relocating to Minnesota. Whether you are planning to buy in a rural area or you are interested in twin cities real estate, there are some things that you need to know about the market before you make your decision about the relocation. Let's take a look at the real estate market and how it's looking for families that want to relocate to the area. - Real Estate is Going for Low Prices - First of all, you'll find that real estate is going for low prices right now. In fact, you'll find that twin cities real estate is down and homes are going for very low prices. Although this is not necessarily a good thing for those who are selling, it's great for you if you want to relocate to this area and find Minnesota homes for a great price. The low prices definitely are attractive if you are considering a relocation to the Minnesota area. - Many Types of Real Estate Available - You'll also find that there are a variety of different types of real estate available that you can choose from if you move into the area. You can purchase nice single family Minnesota homes, but they are not your only option. You'll find that condominiums, apartments, and even town homes in the area are excellent choices as well. - Mortgage Rates are Low - Right now the mortgage rates in the area are low, making it a great time to purchase Minnesota homes. This means that not only will you be able to find a great deal on your home in the area, but you'll also be able to find great rates on the mortgage that you need as well. As you can see, there are definitely a variety of great benefits to relocating to Minnesota. If you are looking for quality schools, great jobs, reasonable real estate prices, and low rate mortgages, then Minnesota may be a great place for you to move in the near future. Take the time to find out more about the real estate options that are available to you today.
- ______________________________________________________________ A Guide of Relocating To Minnesota Sometimes in life, there is a point where you have to relocate to another town or another country. If you want to keep employed with the same company, sometimes you have to move-especially if you are being sent to work there. It would be lucky for you if your assignment involves a corporate relocation to MN. This can be a good news or a bad news for some people depending on how they deal with it. Minnesota is a very interesting place and suitable for anyone who wants to relocate to a new place and live a new life. Relocating to Minnesota can be easier if you have the right preparation and people to help you out. Yes, we have cold weather. But, with the advent of global warming, our winters are becoming more bearable. People choose to relocate to Minnesota for many reasons. The job opportunities are wide with low crime rates and beautiful scenery. There are simply many reasons why you can never say no to Minnesota or also known as the North Star State. If you are planning to relocate to Minnesota, there are many towns in Minnesota and you might want to consider. For example, consider relocating to Stillwater. Stillwater is not only a small town in Minnesota but it is also a historical town in United State. Stillwater is located on the St. Croix River. There are only about 15,000 residents in Stillwater with almost 6.5 square miles of area. Stillwater is within the Washington County and is part of the Twin Cities. However, Stillwater is just one small town in Minnesota and there are many other towns to explore. What is so special about Minnesota? Minnesota has an average of six million residents and more than 75% of the residents are of western European descent. Most of the population is more focus on the Twin Cities. Christian is the dominant religion in Minnesota with a few other religions such as Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish. We are quite a melting pot, especially over the past few years with a number of large populations coming in from outside of the United States. There are many existing homes in Minnesota are ready for you to move in. However, if you like, you can build your own custom house. If you have a piece of empty land in Minnesota, you can build your own home on the land with your own design. However, it can be time consuming, so most people prefer to buy readily available property. As such, it is better to buy properties that have been completed to save time and money. You will find existing homes often offer better values than new construction as well.
- The average price for a principal homestead in Minnesota can be anything between $100,000 to $200,000. It really depend on the area and the types of property. Houses would be about $150,000 and above in most of the metro area. Getting a mortgage in Minnesota is easy if you are eligible. The most important thing about buying a home is getting pre-approved before you buy a home. Due to tighter credit conditions, you will need to have a fairly clean credit background. The willingness to pay is an important point to be taken into consideration by the bankers. The climate in Minnesota is generally humid with temperature reaching 0 degrees Fahrenheit in January. However in July, the temperature can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with occasional heat wave that land Minnesota. Overall, the temperature is bearable. Snow has been recorded of an average 42. You can expect some rain, hail stone and thunderstorms throughout the year. There has been tornadoes being reported happening in Minnesota as well. Drought is reported to happen every 10 to 50 years. The people in Minnesota care about health very much. As such, they have the highest rate of outdoor activities participation such as exercise. This is why Minnesota has the lowest premature death rate and infant mortality rate. More than 91% of the residents have health insurance. The health care in Minnesota including hospitals and clinics are of top quality and hygienic to provide the best health care for the residents. The education in Minnesota is excellent. With University of Minnesota and other state colleges, there is no need to worry about your childrens education. They will have the finest education in Minnesota. There are about 32 institutions in Minnesota and more than 20 private colleges and universities. Minnesota provides excellent quality of education for its residents and opportunities to further their studies to higher levels. Public transportation in Minnesota is never a disappointment. You can easily access to bus services. Minnesota's main airport is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). It is also the headquarters for the Northwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. There is also public transit available. However, public transit in Minnesota is limited to the bus systems in big cities at the moment. If you are a NFL fan, you are not going to be disappointed with Minnesota Vikings. Dont forget the Minnesota Twins either, who were the stars and winners of the 1987 and 1991 world series. Baseball is also represented by the St. Paul Saints and the Womens Basketball is represented by the Minnesota Lynx. There is a marathon known as Grandmas Marathon that is being held every year during summer time in Duluth, Minnesota. The crime rate in Minnesota is considerably low compared to other states in US.
- If you want to relocate to Minnesota, you can consider getting professional help such as relocating services of a Realtor and Minnesota mortgage broker. They are the experts in helping people to relocate whether for personal purposes or corporate relocation to MN and other states. There are many relocation services available and you can choose the best to help you from the start until the end of the relocation process.
- _______________________________________________________________ Minnesota-A Little History Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota and the largest city is none other than Minneapolis. The popular symbol of Minnesota is the Common Loon, which is a bird that is available in the northern parts of the state. If you have decided to relocate to Minnesota, it would probably be a correct step to have a new life in a new place and experience new culture. Generally, the people in Minnesota are very friendly and helpful. Being as a new resident is definitely scary but with the warm wishes and welcome from the local residents, I am sure you will be able to cope with a new lifestyle in a new neighborhood without any problem. The famous Twin Cities is made up of Minneapolis and Saint Paul located in the center of the state. Minneapolis is the most populated city in Minnesota. It is a quite attractive location for people who are looking for experience in a big city. Minneapolis is a sleek and majestic city with the most amazing skylines. As for Saint Paul, it is known for its rich architecture and history. There are many attractions in the Twin Cities and you can spend all the time you have once you have relocated to the Twin Cities and to explore the cities and have fun. Minneapolis is named as one of the best American cities to live. Minneapolis is also named as one of the most cultural communities in the US. It is being rich in history and amenities for the 400,000 residents in the city. Minneapolis is a budding metropolis and any prospective newcomers who come to this city will find the pleasure of living in such a diverse and cultural city. This city has all types of spacious apartments, duplexes, single-family homes and condominiums. You can find your dream home here without any trouble at all. There are simply too many properties here in Minneapolis and there is definitely at least one property that is suitable for you. On the other hand, Saint Paul is a scenic and historical city. As the host to more than 300,000 residents in the city, Saint Paul has many to offer. The city distinguish from Minneapolis by many aspects and because of this, Saint Paul is more likely to attract older population than Minneapolis. Apparently, many people feel that Saint Paul is a more satisfying city to settle down and raise a family. The economy of Minneapolis is definitely one of the many reasons that attract many people to relocate. The economy is bright, education opportunity is great, healthcare is top of the world, location is beautiful and scenic and crime rate is the lowest make it more appealing than any other cities. Entertainment in Minneapolis is unbelievable. I am sure you will find the satisfaction of being in Minneapolis better than anywhere else. Night life is never boring in Minneapolis. You walk up to any bar or disco and you will expect to
- have a great time hanging out there. You can hang out alone without a partner and still have an enjoyable night out. Daily life in Minneapolis is always exciting and there are more things to expect than you can imagine. Everyday you will get surprises and you dont even know it. However, I can assure that Minneapolis is the right place for you to settle down so you can raise your kids in a safe, happy and natural environment without having to worry about anything else. Saint Paul is just like Minneapolis. It offers never ending entertainment and night life to those who have been living in the city for years or newcomers. You will find that even though Saint Paul is more traditional than Minneapolis but the amount of entertainment is on the same par or perhaps even more for some of you. Of course, it depends on the individuals but Saint Paul will never disappoint you. Living is about enjoying and fulfilling destiny and if you find your way into Saint Paul, perhaps your destiny lies in Saint Paul and you will have to find out yourself. When it comes to crime rate, be assure that Minneapolis and Saint Paul has a quite low rate. However, crime happens everywhere so as long as you are careful and take great care of yourself, your family and tighten the security level, you are safe. The police department is doing a great job and you can be assured that your safety is their priority in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. You will find that the security level in both cities are very tight and you feel safe even when you are walking on the street and thus you dont have to constantly worry about everything, which makes living a painful experience, if you have too many worries. Education and literacy is definitely high quality in both cities, offering the best of what they have. You will be assured that your children receive the finest education in their life with the opportunities to further their studies in any areas of interest and at anywhere they desire. You can benefit from the many scholarships and bursaries given out to the bright students. This is to help you lighten your burden to finance your childrens education. While it may seem that relocating to the twin cities is difficult. Basically, when you want to relocate to another city or a country, there are many things involve such as property and the delivery of your furniture and household items. However, to make things easier, you can find that there are many relocating services available to help you out in times like this. When you want to relocate, it is best to get someone to help you so you dont feel burned out. On the same subject, it is best to get to know a mortgage broker to help you with the mortgage process. This is to ensure that you get the financing you need for your new home while waiting for the old home to be sold off to someone else.
- ________________________________________________________________ 10 Things To Consider When Moving To The Twin Cities When you want to move to another city, there are things you need to consider and think over and over again to make sure that: * You are not making the biggest mistake in your life * You have a budget that can sustain you in the big city until you have found a job. Usually, people fail to see the reason why they have to plan before they can move out from their comfort zone. Living with parents seem to be the most ideal plan but there is some point in your life where you will have to leave the home of your childhood and venture into the unknown. This is the most difficult phase because for someone who has been living with parents even way into the adulthood, they will have troubles living on their own, managing their own life and living alone. If you are moving out because you are getting married, that is another problem but most people make their first move out of the house due to job transfer or getting a new job which is far away from home. So, they will have to move out to a place closer to the office so that they will be easier to go to work. Now, there are ten things you need to consider when moving to a big city especially Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Moving to Minneapolis or St. Paul can be difficult without a proper plan. Accommodation Have you found your accommodation in the new place? Have you rent the new home? Do you like the new home? Is the home affordable to you? There are the questions you should be thinking way before you move there. Of course, when you want to rent a home, you will have to take some time off and go there so you can see for yourself the home you want to rent to make sure that you are not conned by scammers agent. You must make sure that you can afford to pay the rental of your new home. The rental must be compensated with the utilities and amenities included with the home. Sometimes, you might like a home but too expensive for your wallet so either you negotiate for a better price or you back off and find other places. Transportation
- This is easier if you have your own car but unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege to own a car so you need to make sure that it is not a problem for you to go to work if your home is slightly far from your office. If you can walk to your office then there is no problem. Other wise you will need to make sure that bus or train service is available. Food Food is never a problem especially when you have the money but you have a budget to follow so it is not like you can eat whatever you want. Make sure that you can prepare your own meals at home. Then, check out the local grocery store so you will know where to buy grocery and food. Look out for the prices as well. This allows you to make a budget for food. In times like when you are working, you will have to have lunch somewhere nearby or in the caf so you need to spend some money but it is ok, as long as you have plan ahead on how much you can spend for lunch. Entertainment Whats life without entertainment? I am sure that while you are in the big city, you will have the urge to have a tour and check out nearby locations to see if there is anything interesting. Occasionally you might want to catch a movie with your friends and colleagues so make a budget for entertainment as well but plan wisely so it doesnt interrupt with your bigger expense. Otherwise, wait until you are stable before you venture for some outdoor entertainment. Utilities & Amenities Check out if you have to pay for the utilities bills such as electricity and others. If there are some bills you need to settle, make sure that you settle the bill as soon as possible to make sure that you dont accumulate the bills which might end up more than you think when you finally realised about the bills. Housekeeping When you are living with your parents, your mum would be doing the laundry, the cooking and the cleaning of your room but when you are living on your own, you will have to do everything yourself. Make sure that you schedule when to do your laundry like every once in a week or twice in a week. Then, make sure you tidy your home and clean up any mess. Security Level Is your home located in a secure area? An area that has access to the police station, fire department and hospital or clinic? These are very important as you might be living alone and if something happened to you, you need to know where
- to ask for help. You need to be friends with your neighbours so that in case of emergency they can look out for you and help you. Packing & Unpacking So, you have a lot of things you want to bring along yet there is little space in your new home. You will need to discard those you dont need at all so that you dont clutter your new home. Remember you dont have your mum there to help you tidy up and clean up. When you want to pack your items, make sure you use boxes so it is easier for you to store all your things. It is also easier for you to move the boxes around. You can buy new boxes or if you have some spare old boxes from the old set of TV or any boxes you find. Moving Company Do you need the service of moving company? For example, you might need to use the lorry and you can hire a lorry from the moving company. They provide the lorry, you pack your own things and they will help you to load the items into the lorry and deliver them to your new place with you in the lorry or with you in front of them in your own vehicle. Of course, hiring the lorry would cost you more but if you want to avoid the hassle, you should get the help from a moving company. Total cost of moving Finally, the most important part is to calculate the average total cost for you to move out. This is to make sure you have the budget or else you have to find ways to cut down the cost. Once you have considered all these, then you are set to move out and live on your own.
- ________________________________________________________________ Minneapolis Condominium Markets - Buying or Renting a Condo Today if you are interested in living in Minnesota, you'll find that many people are deciding to go with twin cities rental condos instead of going with Minnesota homes for a variety of reasons. There are many great downtown Minneapolis condominiums available not to mention downtown Minneapolis lofts and downtown St. Paul lofts. If you are looking for housing in the area, you will quickly notice that it is easy to find a good Minneapolis condominium, so you may be wondering if condo living in Minnesota is a great idea for you. Well, let's take a closer look at why the condominium markets are doing so well, the deals you can find, and the great benefits you can enjoy if you choose condo living. Downtown Minneapolis Condominiums a Great Urban Housing Choice While there are other urban and suburban choices for housing, such as Minnesota homes, you'll find that many people are finding Minneapolis condominiums and downtown St. Paul lofts to be a great urban housing choice. Instead of living out further from the city these housing choices keep them closer to the city, and while at one time real estate trends were high in suburban living, the trends in this area are beginning to lean towards condo living in the major cities of Minnesota. Over Building Has Led to a Soft Market Wondering why twin cities rental condos have become such a great opportunity and why so many people are choosing this route? Well, the main reason is that over building of condos in these areas have led to a soft market. So many condos were built in a short amount of time and now the supply is higher than the demand, which has led to excellent deals. This is definitely a great time to get involved in renting or even purchasing a condo in the twin cities area. Rent Condos Now for Great Deals Because of the soft market and the great availability of downtown Minneapolis lofts, condos, and downtown St. Paul lofts, you'll find that now it is easy to rent condos for great deals. If you're looking for low cost housing, this is an excellent choice, since the deals are excellent right now. Benefits of Condo Living in the Twin Cities Of course you may be wondering if condo living in the twin cities area is really a great choice for you. Well, you'll actually find that there are many great benefits to living in condos. Here are just a few of the excellent benefits that you can enjoy when you go with twin cities rental condos. - Benefit #1 - Avoid Dealing with the Long Morning Commute - First of all, one of the main benefits that you can enjoy when you decide to go with condos in the twin cities area is that you'll be able to avoid dealing with the long morning
- commute. While many people enjoy suburban living, you'll find that the commute can get expensive. When you live closer to town in a nice condo, you may be able to take public transportation or even to walk to work. This will mean that you won't have to worry about the long commute to work and you'll definitely save money in gas costs as well. - Benefit #2 - It's Now Affordable - Although you may think that living in downtown Minneapolis condominiums is expensive and cost prohibitive, you'll actually find that the opposite is true. You'll find that it is very affordable to live in twin cities rental condos at this point in time, and it's actually one of the best choices in housing in the area if you are looking for options that are affordable. - Benefit #3 - No Upkeep to Worry About - Many people love living in condos because there is no upkeep to worry about. You don't have to come home from work to worry about a lawn to more or landscaping to keep up, and the maintenance on the buildings are usually taken care of as well. If you like the idea of living a maintenance free life, then you just may find that condo living is a great option for you. - Benefit #4 - Many Great Condos to Choose from in The Twin Cities Area - There are many great condos to choose form in the twin cities area as well, which is another great benefit. Whether you are looking for downtown St. Paul lofts, downtown Minneapolis lofts, or even a Minneapolis condominium, you'll find that you can find about anything you like right now. There are many great options that are available to you, and this is a big benefit to you when you are interested in purchasing or renting a condo in the twin cities area.
- ________________________________________________________________ Minneapolis: A Clean and Green City If there is one thing that Minneapolis should be famous for it is the citys dedication to maintaining its reputation as among the greenest cities in the State of Minnesota. True enough, Minneapolis has proven it is hell-bent in protecting the environment through the Minneapolis GreenPrint which is its guide to attaining sustainable development. The Minneapolis GreenPrint is a framework based on ten healthy environment indicators. An annual GreenPrint Report is submitted to the City Council to measure the environmental interventions being done by the city each year which can include street sweeping, installation of solar panels on city building roofs and other private sector initiatives. The environmental efforts of Minneapolis go a long way considering that it is Minnesota States city and Hennepin Countys county seat. With St. Paul, it forms the now-famous Twin Cities, and has 3.2 million residents as of the last Census. Employee relocation and corporate relocation usually targets Minneapolis due to its clean and healthy environment. With twenty lakes, creeks and lots of waterfalls, Minneapolis is a city that is abundant in water. It is thus no surprise that its name is taken from the Dakota word mni for water and polis for city, to mean water city. In fact, Minneapolis is also called the City of Lakes. History and City Profile The history of Minneapolis is largely tied to water primarily because of the citys physical make up. Minneapolis lies on an aquifer and so the city is serious in managing its watershed areas. Business in the city is mostly hinged on finance, trucking services, industry and health services. Several companies engage in milling, chemical and agricultural products, food processing and similar businesses. It is home to some of Americas Top Companies including Xcel Energy, Target Corporation, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Donaldson Company, PepsiAmericas and US Bancorp. Minneapolis does not however just boast of a clean environment and good water sources but it also boasts of a holistic development that made it to the Kiplinger survey of Smart Places to Live in 2006 (it was ranked number 2 together with St. Paul). It has also been included in the list of Seven Cool Places for Young Professionals and was chosen as the United States Top Tech City survey by Popular Science in 1995.
- The city, along with St. Pauls $145.8 billion gross state product accounts for 63.8% of the State of Minnesotas gross state product. The year 2000 was a bad year for the area as it experienced a recession but it has bounced back in 2005 with a growth in personal income by 3.8%. Culture and the Arts If you are thinking of relocating in an area where you can expose your family to culture and the arts then Minneapolis should be your best bet. Theater is big here starting with the Guthrie Theater which was designed by 2008 Pritzker Prize Winner Jean Nouvel. Minneapolis is a haven for art and the artists. It has been ranked the most literate city in America and this can be one big reason for relocating in the area especially if you have children or you have a great interest in culture and the arts. It is home to the largest literary and book center in the country known as Open Book. It boasts of the Loft Literary Center which is a venue for contemporary and traditional arts and crafts. If you are offering a relocation package for your employees then make sure you mention the existence of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the citys largest museum with over a hundred thousand collection of art and other historical items. The most famous contribution of Minneapolis to the American music industry is Prince. This world-famous pop icon is a product of the Minneapolis Public Schools. Sports Minnesota relocation can become more exciting with the knowledge that sports means a lot to its residents. Among the teams that raised the flag of Minneapolis are the Minneapolis Millers (known for contributing 15 baseball players to the Baseball Hall of Fame), the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team (with six championships on its belt in all the three leagues) and the NWA Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (now known as the American Wrestling Association). The Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins (won the 1987 and 1991 World Series), the Minnesota Lynx WNBA, the Minnesota Wild hockey team and the National Lacrosse League team Minnesota Swarm are just some of the teams that make up the vibrant sports atmosphere of Minneapolis. Employee relocation in Minneapolis is very appealing to those who have families considering the citys well-designed park system, considered the best in America
- in terms of design, financing and maintenance. Residents of Minneapolis have to thanks Theodore Wirth for this. Housing There are a variety of Minneapolis relocation package and if you want to find out about this you can get the services of a relocation specialist who will be able to provide you with important relocation information to help you decide if moving to Minneapolis is indeed the right decision. Minneapolis real estate can offer you lots possibilities and you can choose from any of the real estate listings in the city including single family residences, single story homes, condominiums, duplex, or lakeshore properties. You can even purchase or mortgage land and build your own house. However, it would also be ideal to look at the latest foreclosure listings as they may be new homes on the list that are quite affordable. Still unsure about moving to Minneapolis? Think of how clean the air you are going to breathe once your family relocates in the city. Think of the artistic and cultural exposure your family is going to get. Think of how important quality of life is and think of Minneapolis.
- St. Paul- The Capitol City St. Paul is famous not only for being the other half of the Twin Cities (the other part being Minneapolis) but also for being Americas most livable city. The city will however be placed in the world map once it hosts the Republican National Convention in September 2008. Politics aside, St, Paul aims to make life and the environment better for its residents through the promotion of commuting alternatives in the city specifically the Freewheelin bike sharing program during the convention where a thousand bikes will be lent to program participants, 75 of which will be left to the city after the event. More popularly known as the capital of the State of Minnesota, St. Paul is Minnesotas most densely populated county. Together with Minneapolis, it is the 15th largest area in the United States with 3.5 million residents as of the last Census. History St. Paul used to be a tavern that developed into a trading outpost known as Pigs Eye in honor of Pierre Parrant, the man who started it all. Parrant was blind in one eye. As the city became the melting pot of European explorers, American soldiers and Native Americans, it ultimately became Minnesotas transportation and trading center until it became a city in 1858. City and Community Profile St. Paulites live in a city that is further divided into 17 City Districts including Saint Anthony Park, Merriam Park, Highland Park, Battle Creek, Como Park, Dayton's Bluff, Downtown, Greater East Side, Macalester-Groveland, North End, Payne- Phalen, Summit Hill, Summit-University, Hamline-Midway Thomas-Dale, West Seventh and West Side. St. Paul has a population of 287,151 people consisting of 112, 109 households. The city is home to 115,713 housing units occupied by 60,987 families. Majority or 67.02% of the residents of the city are Whites followed by Asian (12.36%), African Americans (11.71%), Native Americans (1.13%) and the rest are Pacific Islanders and those from other races. St. Paul is home the Mexican population, the reason why a Mexican consulate has been established in the area. St. Paul has a young population with an average age of 31 years. The elderly or those aged 65 years and over make up only 10.3% of the total population while those under 18 years of age make up 27.1% of the total population.
- Business As part of the Twin Cities, St. Paul is an ideal site for business and this is evident with the number of major corporations that have made the city their home including St. Jude Medical, Minnesota Life, Lawson Software, Travelers, 3M and Gander Mountain. City Attractions St. Paul is an exciting destination for those who seek entertainment and those planning to relocate in the city will get their share of fun and excitement. One of the attractions here, which was born out of a criticism the city got from a New York reporter who compared the city to Siberia during winter is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Minnesota Lake is a fitting icon for the Winter Festival considering that the ice formations in the lake were the source of the Festival ice castle. Among the Festival attractions include ice horse racing and bobsledding. Another attraction is the appearance of the Royal Family during the festival. The St. Paul historic Landmark Center in Rice Park also serves as a time capsule and a memorial to that time when the building served as a post office and Federal Court House. The pink granite building with that red tile roof is now an arts and culture and an information center. Infamous people like Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger were tried in the same building when it was still used as a court house. The Wabasha Street Caves is another historical site having been home to mobsters before it was converted into a venue for band music. Nothing however beats the 12-day Minnesota State Fair, known as United States largest state fair when it comes to the average attendance on a daily basis. If you want the best of Minnesota livestock, cooking and art then go to the fair. Famous Citizens St. Paul is the birthplace and resident of many famous people including world- famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald (who was born here), Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz (who was born in Minneapolis but was a resident of St. Paul from infancy), journalist and Civil rights activist Roy Wilkins (who grew here), playwright August Wilson (who lived here from 1978 to 1990), photographer John Vachon and painter LeRoy Neiman. Housing Most executive relocation and corporate relocation package focus on St. Paul because of the many housing opportunities in the city. You can choose to invest in real estate properties like condominiums, apartments, house for sale or get a
- good real estate agent to look among the mortgaged houses facing foreclosure proceedings for a good buy. You can also avail of the Minnesota Housing Mortgage Loan Programs targeted towards first time Minnesota home buyers or those with moderate incomes. To be eligible for the Minnesota Housing First- Time Home Buyer Loan make sure you are a first time home buyer, you have acceptable credit and that you meet the requirements for income limits and the home cost limits. It is easy to get a housing mortgage in St. Paul and you can get some help from reputed real estate agents who will assist you in finding the best mortgage deals in town. A good relocation package in one of the best cities in Minnesota like St. Paul is more than enough incentive for any employee who is being offered an employee relocation option. Living in St. Paul can be a mixture of the urban and laidback lifestyle because while the city is the center of trade and commerce as part f the Twin Cities, the local government has also managed to maintain the citys environs quiet and favourable to building families.
- FEATURED SUBURBS--MANY MORE ARE LISTED AT HTTP://WWW.VENTURELOANAPP.COM Edina-It is different here-Ive lived here since 1986 Edina is a first-ring suburban city in Hennepin County, State of Minnesota which started out as a farming and milling community back in the 1860s but has now developed into a metropolitan community. Most of the original residents of Edina were Scottish and Irish immigrants and some have remained to see their city grow into a community that offers one of the best living conditions for its residents. With 39 parks, high quality medical and educational facilities and regional shopping areas, Edina has indeed become a city to watch out for. History Edina used to be part of the City of Richfield in Minnesota in the 1850s after the original 17 family settlers migrated to the Richfield Village due to Irelands potato famine. The English and Scottish farmers followed and established a community along the Minnehaha Creek. Edina was born after the residents decided to separate from Richfield Village in 1888 and establish a new village. Among the names that were floated around include Westfield and Hennepin Park but it was Edina which was chosen by the villagers. If you take a look at Edinas street names, you would notice that most of them are the names of the families who once occupied Edina among them Code Avenue, Grimes Avenue, Cooper Avenue and Gleason road. Community Profile Being a resident of one of Minnesotas ritziest cities can have its price but no one is complaining since majority of Edinas residents are considered rich, with the average household income amounting to $66,019 in 1999 compared to the $37,974 average household income of Minneapolis. The citys per capita income amounts to $44,195 while the average income for every family amounts to $93,496. Poverty is rare in Edina with only 2% of the total number of families and only 3.3% of the total population living below the poverty line. Edina has a total population of 47,425 people as of the 2000 Census. A total of 12,870 families live in the citys 21,669 housing units. Majority of the residents are Whites (94.28%) followed by Asians (2.99%), African Americans (1.15%) and the rest are native Americans, Pacific Islanders and those from other races. The
- citys population has an average age of 44 years, with 22.9% below the age of 18 and 22.7% were 65 years or older. The high quality of life in Edina is evident with the vehicle ownership statistics in the city. A total of 81% or 18,269 of Edinas workforce drove a car alone when going to work while only 3% or 711 used the bus and 7% or 1,469 carpooled. A small percentage of the workforce uses the taxi, motorcycle and bicycle when going to work. Business Money is circulating in Edina and if you are planning on corporate relocation or employee relocation or just plain vacation then you would not be disappointed with Edinas commercial establishments. This is shoppers destination and if you happen to pass by here do not miss Southdale Center, a fully-enclosed. Climate- controlled shopping mall considered a first in the United States. Other shopping centers include the Centennial Lakes Plaza, Yorktown, Galleria and 50th & France which Edina shares with Minneapolis. Alcoholic drinks are controlled in Edina and these items are sold only in municipal liquor stores in Southdale, Vermon & Interlachen Blvd and 50th & France. Nowhere else can you find this commodity in Edina. Despite its commercial success, there is only one hotel in Edina and this is the Residence Inn by Marriott. The 225-room, 6-suites and 79-Condominium Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences is still under construction and is expected to be completed by 2008. Housing Most houses and condominiums in Edina use utility gas (94%) while only a few use electricity (5%) and fuel oil or kerosene (1%) as their heating fuel. Apartments are however a different story as only 66% of the dwellers use utility gas, 28% use electricity and the rest use fuel, kerosene, bottled, tank or LP gas. One of the set-offs when living in a rich city like Edina is the ever increasing cost of living particularly the sky-rocketing housing costs. The average price of houses for sale in Edina has increased by $185,000 from only $215,000 in 1997 to $400,000 in 2004. It is thus a good idea to invest in real estate properties in Edina now before real estate prices sky rocket in the future. Corporate relocation is becoming a trend because of the increasing number of ordinary people being displaced in Edina due to a wide disparity between their incomes and the cost of housing. If you belong to the high-income bracket employees and your company offers you a relocation package in Edina which includes a condominium, duplex or a new home then make sure you know about the real state of real estate in Edina by consulting a real estate agent.
- To solve the growing disparity problem, the Edina Affordable Housing Taskforce has released a set of recommendations for affordable housing in Edina. The community has participated in the consultation and the results of the study will be used to jumpstart a plan for affordable housing in the community. Despite the growing concern for expensive housing in Edina and a median rent rate of $654, the city only has a 5% vacancy rate. Majority of the 29,669 housing units or 76% 916,072) are occupied by the owners. Famous Citizens Edina is a rich city and it is not surprising that not a few billionaires have made the city their home. Among them are Best Buy founder and chairman Richard M. Schulze (who is a present resident) and Minnesota Twins baseball franchise owner Carl Pohlad. Schulze is No. 102 in Forbes List of 400 wealthiest Americans in 2007 while Pohlad is No. 107 in the Forbes List of the United States richest persons in 1992. Famous singer and song writer John Denver lives in Edina with his first wife Ann Martell from 1968 top 1971. Professional Tennis player Mardy Fish, professional Wrestler Ric Flair and Author Vince Flynn are also from Edina. Professional golfer Hilary Lunke (who won the US Womens Open in 2003) and Ice Hockey Player Bill Nyrop (who won three National Hockey League Stanley Cup Championships) are also from Edina.
- Eden Prairie-It really isnt a prairie Eden Prairie in Hennepin County is an ideal destination not only for business but also for people who want quality and classy living. Cited by Money Magazine as the 10th Best Place To Live in the US, it boasts of being the base of over 2,200 business establishments as well as 2,250 acres of parks, 1,300 acres of open space and 170 miles of trails. Quality of life in Eden Prairie is outstanding and this has made it a favorite destination for corporate relocation, employee relocation and family relocation. The city is a few miles away from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and is adjacent to numerous recreation areas, restaurants and museums. History Eden Prairie might be an economically and vibrant city nowadays but this has not always been the case. It used to be a slow growing village with slow economic and social growth between 1880 and 1960. Among the first settlers in the area were Native Americans until a treaty in 1851 opened land near the Mississippi River allowing pioneers of Eden Prairies to settle in the area. The first sign of development in the area was the construction of the Flying Cloud Airport in 1946. The construction of Interstate Highway 494 in the 70s widened the citys reach and rightly so because it was also during this time when the Eden Prairie Shopping Center was constructed. Finally, it became a Statutory City in 1974. The city got its name after writer Elizabeth Ellet described the area as a garden spotthus the name Eden. Community Profile From a population of only 2000 in 1960, Eden Prairie has grown to a city with almost 60,000 people by the year 2000. From an agricultural and a sleepy village, Eden Prairie has become a thriving and vibrant community preferred by most businesses. Majority or 71.66% of the citys population are Whites, 13.28% are African Americans, 4.82% are Asians while the rest are Pacific Islanders and other races. The city has a fairly young population with an average age of 35 years, with 30.5% below the age of 18 and only 4.9% are 65 years old or over.
- While the city has a per capita income of $38,854 and an average family income of $72,258, 11.9% of the population is living below the poverty line. Eden Prairies is among the highest income places in the United States within. Business Eden Prairies has proven itself a haven for businesses and this is evident with the presence of establishments like Super Valu Grocery, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Shipping Logistics (both classified as Fortune 500 companies), ADC Telecommunications, Fargo Electronics, Lenox Group, Minnesota Vikings, Starkey Laboratories and SurModics pharmaceutical delivery systems to name a few. Life is very comfortable for Eden Prairie resident with a family median income of $105,177 compared to the best places to live average family income of only $76,893. The purchasing power of the residents amounts to $81,343 compared to the best places to live purchasing power of $68,109. The city spells clean living for its residents as they have an air quality index of 75.4% compared to the best places to live air quality index of 71.9%. Personal crime risk in Eden Prairie stands at 17 while the best places to live averages 45. The national average is 100. Personal crime incidents rate is 88 compared to the best places average of 228. Eden Prairie has 2,699 restaurants, 35 movie theaters, 114 bars, 135 public golf courses, 61 libraries, 4 museums and 13 ski resorts. Sports If you are considering a corporate relocation package then Eden Prairie is one of the best places to go to since it has a very active sports program for the youth. There are sports programs and trainings for basketball, baseball, football, ice hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field and Wrestling. If golf is your thing then the privately-owned 18-hole Bearpath Golf and Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus would be an ideal weekend destination. The golf course has a naturally lush environment. The sports program of the Eden Prairie High School was also named by Sports Illustrated Magazine in 2007 as the best among the other cities in the State of Minnesota. In the Movies Eden Prairie has had its share of publicity in the national and international area. Several movies have been filmed in the city including the Mallrats and Drop Dead
- Gorgeous both of which were filmed at the pre-remodeled Eden Prairie Center Mall. The city was also indicated as the residence of character Mike Yanagita in the movie Fargo. The city was also featured in the movies D3: The Mighty Ducks and Graffiti Bridge. Housing There are homes for rent, condominiums and apartments for rent in Eden Prairie. Low income residents can seek the aid of the Housing and Community Services if they want to avail of low-priced apartment complexes in the city. Affordable houses for rent can also be accessed through the Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority. You can also avail of the Section 8 Project-Based housing where you pay a rental of only 30 percent (or less) of your income. Affordable home ownership is likewise provided by the city in coordination with the non-profit community land trust Homes Within Reach. Under the partnership single family homes are bought by Homes Within Reach and then sold to qualified home buyers. Aside from being a qualified home buyer you also have to qualify for a mortgage offered by a commercial lender and meet the income requirements to be able to avail of this benefit. While the average price of the homes under the program is only $150,000, ownership is however retained by the community and it is then leased to the home owner for a minimal fee. If you just intend to renovate an existing house, you can avail of the low interest home repair loans. Lenders usually slap a 5% simple interest rate on repair loans payable in 10 years. The average price of home in the city is slightly higher at $289,259 compared to the average price of homes in the best places to live of only $259,566.
- St Louis Park: A Balanced Living St. Louis Park is a first ring suburban Hennepin County, State of Minnesota. It has a buzzing commercial district comprised of restaurants, corporations, retail stores and other establishments. At least 60% of the citys tax base consists of commercial, real estate and industrial development. Corporate relocation to St. Louis Park is an attractive package since the city is conducive to family living with 51 parks, bike trail links and year-round recreational activities. The city has an established school system that answers the educational needs of its residents from preschool to high school. History St. Louis Park used to be known as Elmwood until it was incorporated and officially registered in 1886. It got its name from the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway that used to operate in the area. The citys development was fast tracked after the incorporation of the Minneapolis Land and investment Company by a group of rich industrialists in Minneapolis headed by Thomas Barlow. The year 1893 saw the construction of new companies and at least three hotels in the city. By 1890, there were over 600 industrial work opportunities in the area. However, the citys economic development suffered a setback in 1893 due to financial panic. There was a surge in St. Louis Parks development after World War II with massive population growth and a home construction boom between the 1940s and the 1950s. The citys first shopping center, The Lilac Way, was constructed in the late 1940s followed by the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in 1950 and the Knollwood Shopping Center in 1956. A total of 66 new subdivisions were constructed in 1950 and two more were added in 1953 and 1954 namely Kilmer and Shelard Park. Both subdivisions were added because of its sewer and water facilities. Community Profile St. Louis Park has a total population of 44,126 as of the 2000 Census with a population density of 4,122 persons per square mile. Majority or 88.91% of the residents are Whites, 4.37% are African Americans, 3.21% are Asians while the rest are Pacific Islanders and from other races.
- The population is fairly young with an average of 36 years. Of the total population, 18.8% are below 18 years of age while 14.7% are 65 years old or over. The average income for every family in the city is $63,182. Only 5.2% of the population lives below the poverty line while only 3% of the families are living below the poverty line. Housing With explosive economic growth in after WWII followed the housing boom in St. Louis Park. Almost 60% of the total homes in the city were built during the construction and housing boom between 1940s and 1950s. The boom was attributed to the several factors including easy home financing schemes, profitability of large scale construction and the returning veterans. It only took $7,000 to build a home during that time compared to the $200,000 you need today. After the housing development came the development of the citys commercial district. The first shopping center in Minnesota was the Lilac Way. This was followed by the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in 1950 and Knollwood Shopping enter in 1956. One of the earliest multi-family housing units in the city is the St. Louis Park consisting of apartment buildings the sizes of which range from the large apartment building and the small units which measured almost half the apartments. A large portion of St. Louis Park is mainly residential with a home value ranging from $120,000 to over $600,000. Today, the area is still very much dedicated to housing but with the thrust of redeveloping the infrastructure around it. The area is actually a one stop shop where one can find not only residential units but commercial establishments ready to cater to locals and visitors alike. There are 20,782 occupied housing units in St. Louis Park and 63.6% or 13,219 are occupied by their owners while 36.4% are occupied by renters. If you intend to avail of a relocation package in St, Louis Park then you better check out the First Time Homebuyer Program offered by the State of Minnesota as you may qualify for this if you have a $62,000 gross household income or less. Under the program you can avail of mortgage rates that are below the market rates. If you intend to avail of houses for rent or lease an apartment or a condominium in the city then make sure you read the terms of your lease specifically the provisions on your security deposit, building rules and other pertinent issues
- which you may encounter. It is also best to think about getting a renters insurance to ensure you are protected in case of damage or loss. There has always been a low vacancy rate when it comes to housing in the city, the lowest of which was 0.2% in 1979 and 0.3% after twenty years. There was a higher vacancy rate in the mid 80s due to the construction of new apartments during the period. You can also seek help from the Community Action for Suburban Hennepin in terms of home buying training and counseling. If you want to avail of low interest home rates then check with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Residing in St. Louis Park means quality living that is a balance between a commercial and a quiet and peaceful environment. It is adjacent to other big cities in the State including Minneapolis and Edina so you can even go city- hopping for shopping and other purposes.
- Richfield-Centrally located to everything Richfield City in Hennepin County, Minnesota is bordered by equally big and developed cities like Minneapolis, Bloomington and Edina. It is strategically located near the Minneapolis and St. Paul International Airport making it an ideal location for tourism and business. This years 4th of July is very exciting in Richfield as it has prepared a five-day free celebration for all families in the city. Most of the events will be held at the Veterans Park including the carnival, str4eet dance, fireworks and fun night. The event is expected to promote not only patriotism but also love of family. History Richfield used to be a small farming community way back 1850s and the name Richfield was taken from the fertile land where the area is located. Former Ohio Militia General, Richfield Justice of the Peace and Minnesota State Senator Riley Bartholomew was among the first settlers of the area. In fact, the Bartholomew House in Wood Lake is considered a historic place that has been included in the National and Minnesota Registers of Historic Places. The first town hall was built in 1879 and among the first residents of Richfield are families from the New England area, Irish and Germans and later on immigrants from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Richfield became a village in 1908 but its population and economy started growing only in the late 1940s as farmlands were sold and converted into homes and commercial establishments. Clarence Christian, the citys first mayor, started serving the city in 1951. The city had a speedy growth after World War II with people scurrying for Twin City jobs. Community Profile Richfield has a total inhabitant of 34,439 people as of the 2000 Census. Majority or 81.25% of its residents are Whites followed by African Americans (6.65%), Asians (5.30%) and those from other races. Richfields population is relatively young with an average age of 37. A small percentage or 16.4% of the resident are 65 years old or over while 20.2% are below 18 years old. While the average family income of $56,434 is comparable to other developed cities in Minnesota, 6.3% of Richfields population is living below the poverty level. The citys per capita income is $24,709.
- Health care in Richfield is taken care of by nearby hospitals and medial facilities including Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Inc., Childrens health Care and Phillips Eye Institute. Business Richfield is an ideal investment haven and this is evident with Best Buy Companys decision in 2003 to relocate its corporate headquarters in the city. Best Buy, a Fortune 100 company and the countrys largest electronic retailer, is the citys largest employer. Most people relocate to Richfield with the hope of finding suitable employment with Best Buy and its subsidiaries including Pacific Sales, Magnolia Audio Video and Geek Squad. Best Buy and its subsidiaries operate over 1,150 stores all over the country as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, China and Turkey. While Best Buy is no doubt the backbone of Richfields economy, the other small and medium businesses also add up to employment and income opportunities in the city. Richfield has a 2,444 net job growth between 2001 and 2003. The city employment has also increased from 10,090 in 1995 to 15,000 in 2005. As of September 2007, Richfield has an unemployment rate of 4.8% compared to Minnesotas 4.7%. Richfield Chamber of Commerce President Steven O. Lindgren refers to Richfield as a suburban community that is clean and enjoying brisk business but which also has a small town heart which makes it possible to keep the community spirits high and the local government responsive to their needs. Several banks have established their branches in Richfield as of 2007. Among these are the M&I Marshall and Ilsley Bank with $48,017.4 million in bank assets and $31,598.7 million in deposits; Wells Fargo Bank with $398,671.0 million in bank assets and $311,546.0 million deposits, First National Bank of the Lakes with $59.3 million in bank assets and $53.0 million in deposits and Bremer Bank with $2,390.6 million in bank assets and $1,784.8 million deposits. Attractions Corporate relocations to Richfield are attractive both to individuals and married employees because of the citys bustling business sector and clean environment. It has 39 restaurants and a wide array of commercial establishments (including the Mall of America) as well as parks and open spaces. Aside from being adjacent to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Richfield is also home to the Valleyfair Amusement park, Mystic Lake Casino and the Canterbury Park race Track and Car Club. One of the top attractions of Richfield is the Mall of America which opened its doors to the public in 1992. Known as the largest retail and entertainment
- establishment in the country, the 4.2 million square foot Mall of America is home to four major department stores, 520 world class shops, the Nick Universe Amusement Park a Walk-Through Aquarium with 1.2 million gallons of water and several other shops. The malls parking area can accommodate over 20,000 vehicles. If you want to get closer to nature then Richfields parks including Augsburg Park, Monroe Field, Taft Park, Lincoln Field, Nicollet Park, Fremont Park and Sheridan Park are just a drive away. Famous Citizens Among the famous citizens who were born in Richfield are NHL player Darby Hendrickson, College basketball players Ray Brown, Travis Brown and Stephen King and WNBAs Susan King. Gold medalist and USA mens hockey team member Steve Christoff, environmentalist and Arctic explorer Will Steger and stage performer Russ King are residents of Richfield.
- Bloomington: City of Hospitality Bloomington, which was named after Bloomington, Illinois, is a dynamic urban center in Hennepin County that is connected to the city of Minneapolis through the light rail transit. It is the State of Minnesotas fourth largest city and forms the third core city with Miinneapolis and St. Paul. It is a housing boom suburb which was established after World War II. Despite its reputation of being a bedroom community consisting of traditional middle class families living in single-family homes and upper-tier households living in condominiums and apartments, Bloomington has a healthy environment with lots of parks and open spaces courtesy of the Minneapolis Parks System and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Majority of the residents of Bloomington commute to nearby cities for work but the city also has a thriving economy. It used to be the base of the Twin Cities major league baseball, hockey and football teams but has developed into a magnet for the hospitality and retail industries. The city is home to Seagate, Toro and Ceridian companies. History Bloomingtons first European settlers are Peter and Louisa Quinn. Both were sent by the government to teach the modern farming methods to Native Americans in the area. They were followed by missionary Gideon Pond who introduced church services, farming and schooling in the area. The territory where Bloomington belonged to was opened to settlers in 1851 and among those who first settled in the area were the families of Whalon, Ames and Goodri