Why Live in Lanesboro?

Lanesboro, nestled in Minnesota's beautiful bluff country, is a progressive community with a small-town heart.

Lanesboro Resources

Purchase a Home

Remember to use more than one tool to assist you in the home buying process.

Make your dream of homeownership a reality with help from Minnesota Housing and the Bluff Country HRA! Whether you’re a first-time buyer, repeat buyer, or want to refinance, an affordable Minnesota Housing program is available.

Local City of Lanesboro Housing Incentives

The Lanesboro Economic Development Authority (EDA) is developing a City Housing Incentive to promote new construction. The incentive may include energy savings, waived or reduced permit fees, utility hookups, free golf club memberships, and more.

Local HRA

There are several housing programs that the SEMCAC Community Development department administers and operates. There are programs for the redevelopment of homes/areas and financing.

Click on any of the programs below for more information.

Find A Realtor

Local Lanesboro Realtors

Alton Erickson & Associates

Real Estate Agency

205 Parkway Ave N. 


Ryan Palmer

Real Estate Agency


(763) 498-2150

Trina Solano

Real Estate Agency

Edina Realty

Email: TrinaSolano@edinarealty.com


Susan Riggot

Real Estate Agency

Edina Realty

Email: SusanRiggott@edinarealty.com


Jeff Brogle

Real Estate Agency

Bluff Country Properties Real Estate

Email: jeff@bluffcountryproperties.com


Want To Build

Talk about building sites with: Geoff Griffin at


And Rick Lamon at ricklamon@hotmail.com

Why choose a Minnesota Housing loan? 

  • Low, fixed interest rates for the life of the loan
  • Purchase and refinance options for first-time and repeat homebuyers
  • Down-payment and closing cost loans up to $17,000 for qualified borrowers
  • Exclusive 3% down conventional products with low-cost or no mortgage insurance
  • Works with industry-standard products, including FHA, VA, Conventional and Rural Development

Do you qualify?

Requirements vary based on the program, and all borrowers must meet minimum credit score requirements. Visit the Minnesota Housing website for current information, including:

  • Income limits
  • Home cost limits
  • Homebuyer education requirements
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Get Started:  Visit www.mnhousing.gov to find approved lenders and more information.

Rural Development Single-Family Housing Program

Minnesota Housing Programs – Minnesota Housing is a trusted state agency that works with local lenders to ensure all Minnesotans have access to safe and affordable housing. In 2018, we helped more than 4,600 families across the state purchase and refinance homes.

Start-Up for First-Time Home Buyers

Ready to purchase your first home? The Minnesota Housing Start-Up loan program can make homeownership fit your budget.

Start-Up is our statewide mortgage program for eligible first-time homebuyers, available through participating lenders.  

Start-Up offers:

Step Up for Repeat Home Buyers or Refinancing

You don’t need to be a first-time homebuyer to take advantage of our affordable loans. The Step Up program has a purchase loan if you’re a current homeowner (or owned within the last three years) and want to buy a different home.

Contact an approved lender partner to get started

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Down Payment and Closing Cost Loans

Don’t let a down payment stand in your way of buying a home.


  • Deferred Payment Loans:
    • Available with Start-Up only
    • Up to $11,000 with Deferred Payment Loan or $15,000 with Deferred Payment Loan Plus
    • Interest-free deferred loan for the length of the first mortgage term
    • Repayment of the full loan balance is required (a balloon payment) when:
      • The borrower moves
      • The home is sold
      • The first mortgage loan is refinanced (unless refinancing with our Step Up Program)
      • The first mortgage loan is paid off (prior to or at the end of the loan term)
    • Additional eligibility requirements apply.

Contact an approved lender partner to get started.

Home Repair Loan Programs

CEDA, Bluff Country HRA, and SEMCAC can partner with local governments to administer Small Cities Development Program projects in Fillmore and Houston counties.

This program offers no interest, and deferred loans for eligible homeowners to make necessary home repairs. A homeowner could use the loan funds for general improvements including the foundation, siding, gutters, electrical system, plumbing, or heating system. Lead assessment and abatement are also a special focus, especially for households with young children. 

Other state and local funds are leveraged to help with additional Customized City financing tools to bring down the upfront cost for local housing development, contact the City of Lanesboro EDA for more details.

Hassle-free home improvement loans from the Minnesota Housing Fix Up Loan Program

What projects are eligible?

These projects are eligible.

  • Single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes are eligible. You must own and occupy the property to be improved.
  • Repair, remodel and make energy-saving improvements including:
    • Porches and decks
    • Remodel a bathroom or kitchen
    • Add a bathroom or finish a basement
    • Furnace or boiler and air conditioning*
    • Windows* and doors
    • Insulation,* attic air sealing*
    • Water heater*
    • Siding and roofing
    • Septic system upgrades
    • Mold and radon mitigation
    • Accessibility improvements*
    • Basic garage, if none exists

Housing Rehab Programs

These programs assist homeowners, and rental property owners improve their homes or property. Projects include Small Cities Development and Loan Programs for Homeowners, such as Rehab Loans.

How do I get started?

  • Find a participating lender near you
  • Obtain contractor bids or detailed materials estimate from a building supplier for work you will perform
  • Your lender will work with you to complete the loan application, loan closing and funding

*This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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USDA Housing Programs - Repair loans and grants

Single-Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants provide funds to elderly and very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards, perform necessary repairs, improve or modernize a home, make homes accessible for people with disabilities, or make homes more energy efficient so these very-low-income families use less of their income on utility bills.

  • Age 62 or above grant program
  • Purchasing a home
  • Home rehabilitation, income-qualified

Lanesboro Rental Information

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Rental Units: 

Senior Living Resources

  • Traditions of Preston – Assisted living facility
    515 Washington St NW
  • Park Lane Estates Assisted Living – Assisted living facility
    410 Park Ln St
  • State Veterans Home – Preston
    Follow the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affair at mn.gov/mdva. This skilled nursing facility is set to open in mid-2023. Follow the progress by video here 
  • Good Samaritan Society – Home Care (Southeast Minnesota) – Home health care service
    200 St Paul St SW
  • SEMCAC Contact Center – Social services organization
    515 Washington St NW

(Preston is the County Seat/ Preston is located 11 miles west of Lanesboro

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