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- Hey guys Shane here from The Brookings Home Team, Century 21. No, it's not Monday, again it's Tuesday, and again, I have Andrew here from Dacotah Bank, which always seems to be the lucky draw here on the--

- Holiday.

- On the holiday time so thanks Andrew for adjusting your schedule, and making time for me here on Tuesday for the Monday morning mortgage tip. With that being said, I know it's cold out. People are probably not really thinking about building and stuff like that, but you might have some information on some loans for construction and things.

- Yeah Shane, like you said, I mean, it's definitely cold out there so I hopefully everybody's staying warm but a lot of you are probably thinking, hey it's not really the time to

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The beginning of a new year invites a wave of optimism, with the ritualistic writing of resolutions for self-improvement. As a homeowner, the new year also marks an opportune time to check on the maintenance of your home and ensure that it is safe and healthy. Periodic check-ups are particularly important if your home is for sale or will be soon. Maintenance problems may deter buyers and will surely be revealed by the inspection once the home is under contract, which could lead to delays in closing or even the loss of a sale.

This January, resolve to spot potential maintenance issues before they become costly catastrophes. Here are some ideas:

    • Ensure that all smoke detectors are functioning properly. While the batteries in a smoke detector

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All right. Good morning everybody. Shane here from the Brookings Home Team, powered by Century 21. And it is Episode 2, 3, number 23; the first one of 2018. And I got my friend Emmy here from Dakota Land. She is going to talk about today's Monday Morning Mortgage Tip; like I said, the first one for 2018. If you have any questions for Emmy after this video, or during any time, feel free to reach out to her. I'll have all of her information as normal, on the top, on the bottom, on the sides, wherever you can find it on your device there. You'll be able to reach out to Emmy and re at Dakota Land with any questions. And again, as always, if you have any questions throughout the week that you'd like to be answered, feel free to put them in the

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New Year, New Name, Same Century 21 Office

If you haven't heard yet, Janean Caugherty & Shane Andersen have officially joined forces to create Brookings Home Team powered by Century 21 GKA.

Shane started his Real Estate career in July 2009. The perfect time when the market was down and the housing industry was hitting a low.  Little did he know that 8 years later he would be in a position to set up a team to even better serve his clients.  The Brookings Community has been wonderful in supporting him and giving him the opportunity to help families each and every day.  

Janean started in 2014, and she has hit the ground running ever since.  She has an excellent way of communicating with her clients and not making them feel pressured to do

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As 2018 is fast approaching, you may find yourself promising the usual resolutions; exercise more, save money, and eat healthy. Does your New Year's resolution include buying a home in Brookings, Aurora, Volga, or the surrounding area? Maybe you are a first time home buyer or your family is growing and you need more space. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to get you on the right track:

Trust Your Gut

Buying a home is huge! When you are looking for someone to help you find a home, finance a home, or inspect a home you need to be able to trust those you are working with to be looking out for your best interest. I can help you get in touch with trusted sources at First Bank & Trust and Fairway Mortgage that I work with regularly. 


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With winter approaching, cold and flu season is in full swing in most places. The chaos of the upcoming holiday season—combined with the stress of selling your home and planning a move—can erode your immune system and leave you vulnerable to illness. However, infection may be preventable with early, aggressive action. In addition to the standard advice like getting plenty of sleep and washing your hands frequently, here are a few overlooked strategies for staying healthy this season:

    • Drink hot tea with honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Inhaling the steam from hot tea will help the cilia—or hair follicles—in your nose rid the body of germs. Meanwhile, lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and is believed to decrease the severity of colds

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Sure, we all think about it. How nice it would be, how exciting it’ll be. But now the question is – when? When is a good time to sell your home?

Good news

If you’re trying to decide, just know that it’s a great market for sellers right now! Now that doesn’t mean do it now. There are a lot of things to consider first.

Let’s get personal

You have to take your own personal situation into account. Take a good, hard look at your finances. If you’ve paid off all of your non-home debt, you’re sitting good. Ask yourself, “Can I actually afford the move?” It is indeed exciting, but it comes down to dollars and cents. Do you want professional movers, and things like that.

Get a free Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from your agent


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- All right, here we are, episode number two, two, twenty two. Here with Mark Waterman from Great Western Bank. I think this is the second time.

- Yes, sir, yep.

- Second one here.

- You bet.

- And we'll leave it on a great note here. This will be the last one for 2017. But due to popular demand, we'll continue it into 2018 here. So, we'll keep you informed on that. But, this morning it's 8:15, means that's our Monday morning mortgage tip, like I said, with Mark Waterman here from Great Western Bank. And we'll let him give today's Monday tip away. And then a few information tips, sort of details, after he speaks here. So, take it away, Mark.

- Thank you very much, Shane. Appreciate it. It's good to be back. My Monday morning mortgage

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Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, or dreading how to keep your family and visitors busy, “chill out!” Here are some holiday fun events going on in the area this month.

Big guy coming to town

You read it right! Santa will be at McCrory Gardens Sunday 17th. Have you been good this year> Perhaps a little naughty? Find out at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center! While you’re there, tour the beautiful Garden Glow on display in the Terrace Garden!

Midtown Men

A true holiday favorite is coming to the Swiftel Center right here in Brookings on December 14th at 7:30pm. They’ll be singing their “Holiday Hits – All Alone on Christmas”, and plenty of other yuletide classics like “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry

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It seems homes in Brookings & the surrounding area are being bought the second they’re listed. And you think yours will be the same, right? Maybe, Maybe not!  Here are some steps to help with that process.

Gather your closing papers.

Hopefully you or your closing agent will keep all of your documents in one place. You may or may not need them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Notify people you’re moving

With everything going on, even the simple things can slip your mind. Especially the change of address form! It’s available at the nearest Post Office, or even online for convenience!

Cancel your insurance

You better wait until the title has transferred or the deed has been recorded; otherwise, you may be financially responsible

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