Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream

Owning a home in Fergus Falls can become a reality for many who are ready to live the American Dream of home ownership. recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”

The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs. Continue reading “Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream”

Sale of Lake Lots Has Increased

by Alan Olson
broker at Century 21 Vista

The sale of lake lots increased 25% in 2016, according to our Multiple Listing Services statistics in Otter Tail County. That is the most sales in a number of years and is an indicator that new construction starts will be increasing. The lots sold for 8% less than estimated market value but the lower prices were mostly on the sale of lots located on third tier lakes. During the recent recession there was a 10 year supply of lots for sale while now there is a 2-1/2 year supply. As an example, on West Battle Lake, a top tier lake, there are only 11 lots for sale of which Century 21 Vista has 9 of them listed and the inventory on other top lakes is similarly low, Keep your eyes open for top tier lake lots for sale and low priced lots on third tier lakes or contact us so we can keep you up to date!

Thank You – 2016


2016 has been a year of big changes for me. A transition from teaching and coaching to selling real estate has been exciting. Life is too short to have never tried something new. I certainly miss the contact with the students and fellow teachers, but new relationships have emerged, and my life has been invigorated with the challenge of building a real estate business. I am grateful for all those who have encouraged me and supported me in this transition. I look forward to what God has in store for me and my family in 2017.

Good time to LIST YOUR HOME in Fergus Falls

I created these infographs using Residential/Rural  Residential Home Sales for Fergus Falls addresses. Generally speaking sales are up in 2016, but inventory remains low. If you have any thoughts of selling your home, this is a good time to LIST. Call me at 218-205-6568 if you would like to discuss selling your home. I would be happy to look at your home and to give you a market analysis of your home’s value.

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Summer is Ending

State FairSummer is just about over. With August winding down we begin to see tell-tale signs of fall. Some leaves are starting to fall, the nights are cooler, darkness comes earlier, and the State Fair is attracting crowds in the cities.

Many of you when you see me ask, “How’s it going with your new adventure?”  My answer: “Very good!”  My summer is summarized in one word: EDUCATION. I have been learning a lot. Continue reading “Summer is Ending”