Housing

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Full-Service Residential Energy Program Coming to Audubon!

Launching in early 2010, the Community Energy Services (CES) program will give Audubon homeowners the chance to be among the first Minnesota residents to participate in a new full-service residential energy program!

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Help Make Minneapolis More Walkable

Minneapolis is already an active, walkable community, but there is more to do to make our city a better place to walk to work, to enjoy street life, and to stay active.

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Property Maintenance Inspection Sweep Planned for Summer

The City of Minneapolis housing inspections staff plan to inspect of parts of Audubon Park beginning in June to address property maintenance violations. Neighbors are reminded to keep their properties in compliance with city ordinances and report code violations by calling 311 or online. Keeping our neighborhood's housing stock in good condition is critical to maintaining our quality of life and attracting new residents.

The following is a list of common violations:

Alley/sidewalk

Growth and vegetation that hangs over the edge of the public alley or public sidewalk must be cut and removed. A clearance of 7 feet over public sidewalks and 14 feet over public alleys is required.

Garbage and litter

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Audubon Foreclosures, March 2009

Audubon Park is an eligible neighborhood under the Minneapolis Advantage program. The program offers a $10,000 deferred loan to buyers of foreclosed properties.

These are the properties in foreclosure in Audubon Park, as of March 20th, 2009:

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Audubon is in Minneapolis Advantage Program!

The City of Minneapolis has created the Minneapolis Advantage Program, a loan program to help potential buyers purchase a foreclosed, vacant or boarded home in neighborhoods that have been the most highly impacted. This program offers $10,000 that can be used to pay for closing costs, down payment, or even small repairs to the home. This is a Five-year forgivable loan with 0% interest.

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Housing Market Improving

Audubon resident and Realtor, Terri Harder, is featured in a WCCO-TV report on improving conditions in the local housing market:

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City Adds Leverage to ANA Loan Programs

Mayor Rybak has announced an expansion of the Minneapolis Advantage program, which offers $10,000 grants to buyers of foreclosed homes. Audubon Park was not included in last year’s pilot version of the program. For 2009 our neighborhood has been elevated to eligible status.

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Northeast Artists Boost Property Values

BusinessWeek.com has identified Northeast Minneapolis as a great buying opportunity.

Northeast Minneapolis is a blue-collar neighborhood that has transformed during the past decade into an artist district with studios and galleries. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial and has plenty of restaurants and coffeehouses, a piano bar, and a hipster tiki bar called Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge. Three-bedroom, two-bath houses can be found here for about $200,000.

The main article talks of artists as a vanguard for increasing a neighborhood’s property values.

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