What is rent control? Rent control is a set of local laws that keeps housing affordable and puts a set of protections in place to protect renters such as rental price limits, eviction protection, maintenance standards and a system of enforcement. Rent control is a positive notion for the real estate market, as it allows renters to save money to purchase a home instead of being cost-burdened by renting. Currently, Saint Paul does not have rent control in place. What do you think about rent control?
2019 was a big year for ABC Realty. From the construction and sale of our FRED homes to the launch of our Close the Gap campaign, we have had an eventful year. We’d like to take some time to look back at all that has been achieved. Early in 2019 ABC Realty and DBNHS partnered to construct six scattered site homes. These split entry homes were built all over the East Side keeping affordability in mind. Perhaps the biggest shift we made this year was the launch of our Close the Gap campaign. Our Close the Gap campaign seeks to… Read More
Here at ABC Realty, we love to support our local businesses. Today we want to highlight one of our favorite spots on the East Side: East Side Thai. Neighborhoods are like eco-systems. We need large and small businesses for a neighborhood to thrive. One of our favorite small businesses is this charming Thai food restaurant on Payne Avenue. If you’re looking for a locally owned Thai food restaurant on the East Side, East Side Thai should be your first stop. With heartwarming bowls of Tom Yum soup, sizzling plates of eggplant, and spicy green curry, you won’t find a better… Read More
Hey, community! Last Tuesday we held the East Side’s first Housing Summit in collaboration with our community partners. We’ve been making a lot of good progress getting people excited around fair housing in East Saint Paul. Some of the takeaway themes from the community are that there isn’t enough affordable housing, that wages have not increased in accordance with the rising cost of housing, that elderly East Side residents are stuck in their homes due to the high cost of senior care and that rent control is necessary. What’s your housing story?
Gentrification is a tricky term. The dictionary definition is “the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.” Gentrification is both a constructive and destructive process. In this blog post, we will be focusing on the negative effects of gentrification and some solutions to it. Gentrification is a renovation of homes to middle-class tastes so what does this mean for the poorer residents? According to Georgetown Law “Gentrification usually leads to negative impacts such as forced displacement, a fostering of discriminatory behavior by people in power, and a focus on spaces that… Read More
With October coming to an end that means all the ghosts and ghouls are preparing for Halloween. During this spooky season keeping up with your house is a must. Decorations are important but are keeping up with home repairs and winter-proofing your home. Some things you can do include installing storm windows, caulking up cracks and holes, and setting your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. By winter-proofing your house you can ensure that this Halloween will be a warm one!
Recently Saint Paul has acquired two sizable plots of land. Hillcrest Golf Course and Boy’s Totem town both lie within the Eastside and measure between 70 to 120 acres each. The pipefitters union acquired the Hillcrest Golf Course in 2011 for 4.3 million dollars. Initially purchased as an investment for union members retirement funds, the golf was a nightmare for the union and it was bought earlier this year by the Port Authority. The golf course spans 120 acres and is prime for future development aside from one pitfall, there is mercury contamination in the soil. Boy’s Totem Town was… Read More
Hello and Happy Indigenous People’s day! Today is the day we celebrate the original inhabitants of this land we call the United States of America. For those who do not know what Indigenous People’s day is, this day, October 14th, formally hosted Colombus day. For years there was upheaval over the celebration of an individual that led to the death of millions of indigenous persons. In 2016 Minneapolis became the first city in Minnesota to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Two years later Governor Dayton issued a statewide recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. This Year ABC Realty attended the Saint Paul… Read More
This week ABC Realty will be exploring the current dilemma facing the elderly in today’s Real Estate Market in Saint Paul: limited supply of affordable housing. Among those aging out of the workforce, many cannot afford to live in a retirement home due to the high cost of living in those communities. Lack of access to fair and affordable housing is in part due to the cuts in affordable housing, welfare, and other subsidies. Along with the lack of federal assistance the housing market has shifted dramatically in recent years. Many of the homes that the elderly bought decades ago… Read More
If you’re looking for a home in the Twin Cities ABC Realty has something on the horizon for buyers. Phase three of Village on Rivoli has broke ground and will be completed by next summer. Phase three will feature boxcar style homes designed by famed Duluth architect David Salmela. These contemporary homes will feature a tuck under garage, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. These homes are energy efficient and green-certified, not only ethical but will also save you money! Starting at under $300,000 these homes are perfect for both first time home buyers and those looking to move!