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March 2014 This photo is for illustration only. This is not an actual listing.

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Understanding Your Credit Report 300







It’s always a good idea to obtain a copy of your credit report before applying for a home loan. You can correct any errors on your credit profile in advance, establish credit if necessary or start repairing your credit if you’ve had problems in the past. Lenders look very carefully at your credit as an indicator of your “character” or your willingness to repay your loan. Having poor credit, little or no established credit or unresolved dispute with creditors can affect your purchasing power and your ability to get a loan. Contact the three credit reporting companies for copies of your credit report. Experian -

Trans Union -

Equifax -

When you receive your credit report check for the following items: • Incorrect Entries - If there are mistakes on your credit report (i.e. accounts that aren’t yours or on-time payments that are showing as late), you can have them corrected by writing to each credit bureau and requesting that the information be deleted. They will contact the creditor who must respond within 30 days. If the creditor does not respond, the item will be removed and a new credit report will be issued to you. If there is still a dispute, you can add a 100-word statement to your file explaining your side of the story. •

Outdated Negative Credit - If there are unfavorable credit items older than 7 years showing on your report, follow the procedure outlined above. Bankruptcy can be removed after 10 years.

Current Negative Credit - If you have current credit problems, the time to resolve them is before you buy. Re-establishing good credit after a bankruptcy or other credit problems is very important.

Having an established credit history is also important as lenders want to see a track record of debts owed that have been repaid. If you haven’t already done so, apply for credit cards and use them or establish a credit history by documenting your monthly rent payments and your monthly payments to utility companies.

Call me today for more info on your credit report and for today’s current rates! Scan this QR Code

for contact info and links.

Mark Meier Mortgage Consultant NMLS# 533156

124 N. Cedar Ave. Owatonna, MN 55060

Office: 507.390.5626

Cell: 507.363.0030 eFax: 855.727.2909

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Wintrust Mortgage is a division of Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A., a Wintrust Community Bank. Program rates, terms, and conditions are subject to change at any time. All approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines. If the down payment is less than 20% and based on the selected program and term of the loan, monthly mortgage insurance may be required. Wintrust NMLS# 449042 – © 2012 Wintrust Mortgage


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GUIDE WINTRUST MORTGAGE .......................2 The Owatonna Area Real Estate Guide is a monthly distributed in the Owatonna People’s Press ERA Gillespie Real Estate....................7, 8 publication and at select area locations in Owatonna. It is endorsed by Profinium Mortgage ...............................6 the Owatonna Multiple Listing members. A special project of Wells Federal Bank .................................5 The Owatonna People’s Press 135 W. Pearl St., Owatonna, MN Wells Fargo .............................................4 507-451-2840 • Fax 507-444-2382 Publisher RON ENSLEY Advertising Director DEBBIE ENSLEY

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Mortgage Rates Are Low Stop into Wells Federal Bank today and visit with Jeff about financing options for your new home.

496 W North St, Owatonna • 444-0010



If your home isn’t listed with a Realtor,

it might as well be You have a home for sale but no one is seeing it. Maybe because it isn’t listed with a professional Realtor. Realtors make it easy for you to buy or sell your home. They have access to a pool of serious home buying prospects... and a Multiple Listing Service that can offer buyers the affordable home of their choice. They do the legwork, the paperwork, and the hard work to help you sell your home quickly.



Look for the Realtor logo to find the commitment and full services of a real estate professional.

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See us for an amazing experience with your

HOME LOAN! See Jenny or Matt for details for fast and local service on your home loan. We’ll look out for your best interest!

Owatonna 328 N Cedar 507.444.0101


Mankato 507.389.8900 | Fairmont 507.235.5538 | Truman 507.776.2311 | NMLS 402979 Member FDIC

NMLS# 1033034




NMLS# 402979


When you determine your home’s price, beware of the pitfalls of overpricing. Logically, you would think that the higher the price of your house the more money you will receive for it, but there is a fine line between supply and demand. Potential buyers who see your home’s listing price may bypass even looking at it without considering making a lower offer. Concurrently, buyers who are looking only in a specific price range that is less than the cost of your house will never have the opportunity to view your home, leaving you with less

marketability. On the flip side, those who could afford to purchase your home will inevitabley be drawn to better values that are offered elsewhere. The perils of overpricing can be negated by the benefits of proper pricing. Below are just a few of the many benefits that can be reaped with proper pricing: • Higher offers accompany a fair market value. • Real estate agents will be more likely to show your home enthusiastically if he/she believes it is a good market value. A reasonably-priced home will generate competing offers among potential buyers. • A well-priced home will attract more qualified buyers, ensuring that its marketability remains.

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Nancy Sletten Cell: 507-363-9368 122 N. Cedar • Owatonna Broker Associate 507.451.7488 • 800.658.7056 Realtor, GRI, SRES NEW LISTING


VISUAL TOUR #3262007


• Kitchen with new appliances, countertops, & flooring • New furnace, central air & hot water heater • New shingles & concrete driveway in 2007 • New permanent fencing in backyard • 2 car garage with new overhead door • Landscaping with curb edging • Updated electrical & more! MLS #4051175


VISUAL TOUR #3190173


• 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths • Heated triple 1147 sq ft garage • Lovely kitchen, breakfast bar, open floor plan • Master bedroom suite - 3 main floor bedrooms • Walk-out lower level, large, beautiful patio area • Huge family room with wet bar • Beautiful country views MLS #4049413



VISUAL TOUR #3179627


• Quality built with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths • Spacious sunroom with in-floor heat • Attached 3 car garage • Custom built kitchen, 6 panel doors & more! • Main floor formal living & family room with fireplace, 2nd floor laundry • Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, whirlpool tub, dual sinks • Pretty landscaping, large patio & decorative curbing MLS #4049138


VISUAL TOUR #3198405


• 3 bedroom, 2 full bath ranch • Newer furnace, vinyl siding, & windows • Fenced yard • Lower level family room & full bath • Lower level bedroom with egress window • 2 car garage • Desirable NE Owatonna location • First time home OR downsize! MLS #4049617


Save Money… Save Time… Simplify Your Life EQUAL HOUSING



VISUAL TOUR #3152014

VISUAL TOUR #2392065


VISUAL TOUR #3190757


• 2.5 acre lot to be created from 9.99 acres • Built in 2004, over 3000 sq ft finished • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths • Family room with fireplace & wet bar • Fabulous master suite! • Just a short drive from Owatonna • Additional land with shed negotiable MLS #4049402


• Open updated floor plan • Kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances • Lower level with family room, 2 bedrooms & bath • New carpet in main floor bedroom • Private fenced backyard with storage shed • 2 car garage, quiet NE location • 2 basement windows being replaced MLS #4048116

VISUAL TOUR #2749387

DRIVE A LITTLE...SAVE A LOT! • Main floor laundry, bedroom & office • New Pergo floor & carpet throughout • Huge kitchen with lots of cupboards, counters & breakfast bar • Newer roof, furnace, siding & hot water heater • Two car garage with 220 wiring • Large treed lot! MLS #4049220

VISUAL TOUR #3168574

5+ WOODED RURAL ACRES RANCH ON QUIET 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath with main • CUL-DE-SAC! floor laundry • 3 bedrooms, 3 baths • 2 parcels sold together = 5.77 acres • Lots of square footage • Lots of future potential • Master bath with dual vanities • Second parcel across road • Huge lower level family room • 2 main floor laundry areas to choose from • Attached two car garage • Outbuildings need attention • Oversized insulated & heated garage • Nice setting 4 miles from town • Nice size mature backyard with deck MLS #4048777 MLS #4048288



1.36 BUILDABLE LOT BY CANNON LAKE • Now is the time to design & build your dream home • Located near Cannon Lake & Warsaw MLS #4050219


VISUAL TOUR #3187635


• 3 bedrooms, 1+ car garage • Detached 3 season porch • Nice backyard • Spacious kitchen • Vinyl siding & more! • Easy access to downtown MLS #4049375

Satisfied Clients Daniel & Beth Filzen Said: “We began working with Nancy as our selling agent. Her vast expertise & committed customer service was invaluable throughout. In the end, we will remember Nancy as ‘our friend in real estate’!”

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Broker Associate CRS, GRI, ERS, ABR

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Connie Knutson Cell: 507-213-6120 122 N. Cedar • Owatonna 507.451.7488 • 800.658.7056 $79,900

VISUAL TOUR #3025076

NICE & AFFORDABLE! ENJOY LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN! • Three bedroom, 2 bath, 1-1/2 story in Ellendale • Double detached garage • Newer roof, steel siding • Fenced yard, 3 season porch MLS #4044294


VISUAL TOUR #3223127

CLASSIC RANCH! • Ranch style home with over 1200 sq ft • Three bedrooms on main floor • Double attached garage • Nice deck • Park-like backyard • Room to expand in lower level MLS #4050172




Save Money… Save Time… Simplify Your Life EQUAL HOUSING


VISUAL TOUR #3251631

GREAT STARTER HOME! • 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch • Home warranty included • Main floor laundry, hardwood floors • Finished lower level family room, den or office • Newer roof, windows & furnace • Fenced yard MLS #4050852








VISUAL TOUR #3135622

VISUAL TOUR #3067413

THREE FINISHED LEVELS... GREAT FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS! • Nicely decorated 1-1/2 story charmer • Main floor bedroom & bath • Finished basement with family room, bath & bedroom • Updated kitchen • Upper level space for den, office & storage MLS #4047721

NICE RAMBLER MOVE-IN READY! • Large yard and deck • Appliances included • Single stall garage • Paved driveway, vinyl siding • OWNER/AGENT MLS #4045698





VISUAL TOUR #3262578

VISUAL TOUR #3161145

WELL MAINTAINED 4 BEDROOM HOME! • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths • Quiet street near shopping & restaurants • Newer windows & roof • Open floor plan • Finished lower level family room MLS #4048581



TUCKED AWAY ON QUIET CUL-DE-SAC! • 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath ranch, open floor plan • Walk-out lower level • Private wooded backyard • Screened in porch & deck • Main floor sunroom, informal & formal dining • Master bedroom suite • Living room with fireplace • Main floor laundry and so much more! MLS #4051182

VISUAL TOUR #3035145

SPECTACULAR HOME IN GOLF & LAKE COMMUNITY! • Two story home with 4 bedrooms & 4 baths • 1.66 beautiful acres with lake & golf views • “Rare” granite throughout entire house • Formal & informal dining • 4 season porch, two patios • Family room, wet bar & rec room in lower level • Beautiful master suite with private bath MLS #4044646

Our Team of Professionals 122 N. Cedar, Owatonna 451-7488 • 800-658-7056

Nancy Sletten Broker Associate GRI, SRES

Matt Gillard Realtor GRI

Erin Gillespie Broker Associate GRI, ERS

Connie Knutson Broker Associate CRS, GRI, ERS ABR

Barry Gillespie CRB, CRS, ePRO

Sid Schroeder Realtor GRI, ERS

Stephanie Woodrich Realtor

Melinda David Realtor

Justin Ohnstad Realtor

Ryan Jirele Mortgage

Lud Gillespie 1925-2011

Mark Woodrich Realtor

Division of ERA Gillespie Real Estate Company ID #320358

Call Ryan Jirele

Mortgage Loan Originator #503704

(507) 676-2708

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