Sweet Home Sioux Falls

Providing knowledge about real estate and all things Sioux Falls.

Month: March 2017

Real Time Results

If you are using the Zillow App to look at properties, stop what you are doing. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Zillow is not updated like the Keller Williams App so you may be looking at wrong prices or houses that are not even on the market anymore!  And the next best thing? This app is FREE!


Click here to download the app!



  1. OPEN HOUSES – With one click you will get a list of open houses for that weekend. Starting with the ones closest to your current location.
  2. MORE INFORMATION – This app provides more information than the Zillow app. Find out listing details such HOA fees, and the correct status of the home.
  3. NEARBY HOMES – My favorite part of the app is seeing what homes closest to me at any given time are on the market. Whether I am in Sioux Falls, Mexico, or Florida, it will show me all homes on the market, not just Keller Williams homes.


[What the App looks like]


[Looking at homes while in Florida]


[I think i’ll take any of these]


It is seriously so fun to see what homes are on the market while on vacation. And then drive by them with all the information about the listing in the palm of my hand. If you’re not in the market for a home in the near future, download this app for that reason! And if you are starting to look for a new home, you will thank yourself later for using this app rather than outdated Zillow. If you have any questions please call or text me at 605.261.8396. Happy house hunting!

Click here to download the app!

Bringing Charlie Home

I’m a new mom! A dog mom that is. Bringing a new member in to the family, whether that be of the human or furry kind, is a big adjustment. Everyone needs to discover their new role to make the household flow as easy as before the addition. While it was a tough decision to bring a puppy in to the house with our two overly adored cats, we are so glad we did.

I got a case of puppy fever that I could not shake, which left me searching the internet for rescue programs in the tri-state region. Jaime and I will some day bring home a golden retriever but we also felt called to bring home a rescue pup. I found lots of great organizations, but the one that had a litter of puppies that caught our eye was Happy Tails Rescue. It is a non-profit foster program in the Minneapolis area that rescues cats and dogs until they can find their forever home. If you are in the market for a dog I highly suggest checking out their Facebook page!

After meeting him at an adoption event, we drove to and from Maple Grove, MN, last Tuesday to pick up Charlie.  While Jaime and I grew up with dogs, this is our first dog as adults. This is a new adventure for us and think the first week as puppy parents has gone quite well.


[Charlie at 8 weeks]

[Doesn’t get any sweeter than that. Mom is pictured below and listed as a cocker mix. Dad is unknown.]

[This is mom, Pamela, who was also in the foster program. She was adopted last week along with her 6 puppies. We hope our pup is as cute and sweet as her!]


Tips For House Training

  1. Regular Feeding Times – We feed Charlie twice a day at roughly the same time for his consistency
  2. Crate Training – Charlie sleeps in his crate at night and has done surprisingly well. We get up once in the night to let him potty, but there was only crying the first two nights home. Dogs do not want to soil where they sleep so it teaches them to hold it.
  3. Treats And Praise – When Charlie goes outside we give him a small treat and lots of praise. After one week he is now going to the door when he has to go. We have to act fast, but I think we’re headed in the right direction!


[Our friend Mesa at the 12th street dog park]


Who are my fellow puppy lovers out there? We will now be having all meetings and appointments at the dog park. Call or text 605.261.8396 or visit my Facebook page, Charlie and I would love to get together!


What is Your Home Worth?

Supply and demand. It’s what drives society. At the grocery store buying fruit? You may want to know what’s in season and in biggest supply for the best deal. That hot electronic item of the year? It is most likely sold out by October because of high demand and then only found at a higher price tag.

Supply and demand ebb and flow until it finds an equilibrium. But right now, I can tell you the DEMAND for houses, especially under $200,000 far out weighs the SUPPLY here in Sioux Falls. It makes the hunt that much more timely and the chance of multiple offers more of a sure thing than a possibility. If you think your home falls in this price range, let’s talk. While demand is extremely high, let’s get you the best price for your home and in to a new one with a bigger down payment.

[Call or text 605.261.8396!]


The first question is “What do you think my house is worth?” I will gladly answer that by doing a comparative market analysis on your home. After looking at your home, similar homes that have sold in your area, and those coming on the market today, my excel spreadsheet of equations and I will share our suggested number. Hear me when I say this is a NO OBLIGATION appointment. You won’t hurt my feelings if now isn’t the time to sell, or if the number presented isn’t what you expected. I truly want what’s best for you and your family and would be honored to start the journey with you, regardless of the timeline.  With a better idea of what you would return on your home you can better make your future plans instead of doing it blindly.


[Small snippet of the market analysis]

If you would like to know what your home is worth, please reach out, I would love meet and catch up or meet for the first time! Spring is already here for the real estate world, don’t miss your opportunity.

The Last Jewel In The Crown of Historic Downtown

Downtown Sioux Falls is vibrant. Downtown Sioux Falls is growing, beautiful, full of action, and home to many successful local businesses that make this community unique. But there is one building that has a lot of catching up to do to compare to the rest of the area.

The State Theater on Phillips Avenue opened in 1926 as the grandest theater in the Sioux Falls region. This focal point of downtown showed movies for many years  but eventually closed in 1990 due to disinterest in downtown. It’s fascinating to watch trends in history as we now are going back to a more local and authentic vibe over the mall and big box retailers.

Notable Dates:

2001 – The Sioux Falls Film Society replaces the leaking roof.

2009 – The State Theatre is awarded the Chamber Appeals Campaign in 2011 for $1.25 million.

2013 – The State Theatre Chamber Appeals Campaign meets and surpasses its goal, raising $2.3 million.

2014 – The lobby, foyer, main level restrooms, basement renovations are all completed.

February 26, 2017 was the first year the Stars, Statues and The State event could be in the actual state theater instead of an offsite location. It’s one of my favorite events of the year as little Sioux Falls gets to experience a little bit of Hollywood by watching the Oscars on the big screen, dining on delicious food and seeing familiar faces dressed to the nines.


[The State Theater ready for all its guests. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]


[Inside the State Theater getting ready for the Oscars party. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]


My mother-in-law Marcie Halberstadt has everything to do with the event going off flawlessly so it is fun to see her hard work come to life. There are many talented people in Sioux Falls that come together to make this event successful, I wish I could name them all.  It sure is a glamorous evening that I encourage you to attend next year! This event raised over $300,000 this year which will go towards the auditorium, stage and balcony. If you are interested in donating to this project, click here.


[In the balcony area of the State Theater. Lots of work to be done, but still beautiful.]


[CH Patisserie and Chef Dominique’s provided the most beautiful and delicious food!]


[Halberstadt family on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of the State Theater]


This was my first time in the State Theater that I have heard so much about. What has been completed is absolutely stunning, and what still needs to be restored looks like hours and hours of work. But it will get done. And I can imagine its beauty already. So looking forward to having this last jewel completed for our community and generations to come. It really is sweet home Sioux Falls.