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Custom Floor Plans for St. Louis Homes for Sale

Most buyers have a hard time imagining homes decorated differently or with needed updates.

If you have pink paint in your living room or out of style furniture throughout the home, most buyers won’t be able to imagine themselves living there.

But seeing how the rooms are laid out and where the steps to the 2nd floor sit is different than imagining the pink living room repainted. 

Today, almost all buyers study homes for sale online before they decide which homes to go see. My marketing targets buyers most likely to be interested in your home, showing them what want to see.  The results are more showings from the RIGHT buyers who might actually want to buy your home.

Custom floor plans are one of those things that really make a difference in getting buyers into a home for sale. Whether the house is big or small, floor plans make a difference.

 

Click on the custom floor plans below to see larger images of some of my property floor plans.

If you are ready to sell your St. Louis home, the agent you choose really makes a difference.

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Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante

As I continue my Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time series, today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite pizza places, Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Midtown.

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I have been eating at Vito’s ever since I discovered they delivered to my CWE condo. I’ve moved away from their delivery area, and miss it every time decide I want a pizza delivered to my home.

Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante:

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I love the Italian sausage pizza, but I think my favorite ingredient is the portobello mushrooms. I’m not sure exactly what they saute the mushrooms in before they go onto the pizza, but it makes them taste amazing.

I’m also a fan of pesto sauce instead of marinara….you can see the green pesto at the edges if you look closely. Seriously, who doesn’t like basil!

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Your meal also comes with these fabulous rolls…probably made from the same dough as the pizzas.

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And you really can’t go wrong with the caprese salad.

Vito’s is also a family owned business. My favorite kind of place.

Living in the Central West End:

Vito’s is located just east of the popular Central West End district 1 block from the Fox Theater.

It’s a great place to live.

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The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, shops and recreation. It includes stops to the MetroLink train that can take you downtown to a ball came, or can get you to the airport without the need for an Uber ride.

It’s also home to IKEA, Cortex and the BJC medical center.

With 74% of homes rented, 39% of adults with graduate degrees and 93% of the households without children, there has been a steady demand for home purchases by buyers and investors in the CWE for years.

Central West End Demographics:

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Housing:

There are a wide range of home prices in the Central West End in St. Louis.

In 2015, there were 84 single family home and 146 condo sales listed by an agent.

Single Family Home Sales Prices in 2015:

  • $100,000 or less – 5%
  • $100,000 – $200,000 – 5%
  • $200,000 – $300,000 – 25%
  • $300,000 – $400,000 – 14%
  • $400,000 – $500,000 – 17%
  • $500,000 – $900,000 – 17%
  • $900,000 – $1,800,000 – 8%

Condo Sales Prices in 2015:

  • $100,000 or less – 3%
  • $100,000 – $200,000 – 38%
  • $200,000 – $300,000 – 38%
  • $300,000 – $400,000 – 12%
  • $400,000 – $500,000 – 8%
  • $500,000 – $800,000 – 6%
  • $900,000 – $1,100,000 – 1%

The vast majority of properties are historic, though there are also a number of condos available that are around 30 years ago.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis region homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.

I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

Guide to Installing Custom Granite Counters in St. Louis

Adding granite counters to your kitchen isn’t as expensive as you might think. Depending on the size of your kitchen, it might only be a few thousand dollars more than installing upgraded formica countertops.

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2 Options for Installing Granite:

There are 2 basic ways you can get granite kitchen counters for your home.

Order Granite Counters from a Hardware Store:

The simplest way to purchase granite counters is to go to a hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes. These stores carry a limited selection of granite options.

Granite is categorized as low cost, medium cost and high cost. The granite styles you can buy at the hardware store usually are from the low cost patterns since the entire slab is more likely to look like the sample, eliminating complaints after installation.

Choose Your Own Granite Slab:

While it does take a little more work to choose your own granite slab, going to a granite importer to pick your own slab will give you more choices for your new kitchen counters without added cost.

Steps to Choosing Your Own Granite Slab in St. Louis:

1. Choose a granite fabricator

There are many granite fabricators in the St. Louis region. These companies specialize in cutting the granite slabs to fit your kitchen. While they often carry a limited supply of granite themselves, you can also pick your own slab at an importer and the fabricator will purchase the slab for you. 

2. Visit several granite importers and pick a slab

I have visited most of the big granite importers in St. Louis when looking for granite for my last 2 kitchen remodels. My favorite granite importer is Global Granite. They have one of the biggest selections of granite available in town. 

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3. Choose your slab

Once you choose a slab of granite, the importer will contact your fabricator to let the fabricator know which slab you would like priced. The fabricator will then provide you with a price based on rough estimates of the size of your counters you provided. Once you finalize your selection, the fabricator will come to your home to measure and will then will give you a formal cost for the slab you chose. 

At this point, you will pay a deposit, the fabricator will purchase the slab you picked and will start cutting the slab for your kitchen. From the time you pick the slab at a granite yard, you should plan on 2-4 weeks before installation.

Contact Karen Goodman to find out if adding granite counters to your home will make it easier to sell your home for more money.

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Transforming Your Home through a Kitchen Remodel

I have done kitchen updates in every home I have owned. In the first home, I just painted the original wood cabinets, replaced counters and floors, and reglazed the olive green oven so it was a shiny black.

With each home, the remodel became a little bigger.

More about my kitchen remodels:

There is no doubt that a moderate to full kitchen remodel can transform your home.

But nothing transforms an older home like opening up the walls and creating a kitchen that is open the the adjoining living spaces.

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The pictures above are of the kitchen remodel I did in my current home. I removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, moved the sink and dishwasher to the new half wall, added a raised serving bar which also hides things like the soap dispenser from full view and removed the historic cubby that was designed for a 42 inch stove.

Here are a few more pictures to show you what this kitchen remodel did to transform my home.

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I decided that I really didn’t need a space for a large table, but I did want a big pantry. So I added a pantry cabinet in the adjoining breakfast room. The next project is to build a L-shape window seat next to the pantry for extra storage.

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I just listed a home that is one block away with the same original floor plan as my house. This home has an updated kitchen, but the kitchen was kept separate from the dining room.

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This kitchen has nice cabinets and a great work triangle for cooking efficiently. Many people would leave this kitchen exactly the way it is. But for someone who wants a bigger kitchen with more counter space, you can see the potential by simply opening up the wall and adding more cabinets to connect the two sides.

St. Louis Real Estate Market Trends INFOGRAPHIC

Every real estate agent working in the St. Louis area will tell you that the local real estate market is hot.

Homes in popular areas that have the features buyers want and are priced right sell fast.

Many properties are selling at full listing price or even over asking price if there are multiple offers. New listings are coming on the market every day, pushing up their neighborhoods with prices never before seen.

But I like to back up anecdotal impressions with real facts. Impressions aren’t always accurate.

The St. Louis Association of Realtors started publishing snapshot infographics for the local housing market trends this year. I missed posting the report last month, so today I’m giving you both January and February 2016 housing market trends.

St. Louis Real Estate Report – January 2016:

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St. Louis Real Estate Report – February 2016:

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Takeaway:

The facts back up what agents in the trenches are feeling.

St. Louis home sales are strong. Homes are selling faster and sale prices are up compared to last year.

The vast majority of buyers are purchasing homes under $200,000, so there is a big opportunity if you want to sell in this price range. While there are fewer buyers for more expensive homes, there are also fewer options available for these buyers. Higher price buyers can be picky, so these homes need to be in pristine condition to make them sell fast and for top dollar.

Homes that need work or lack something buyers want still sell, but they need top notch marketing and realistic listing prices.

Hire Me to Sell Your St. Louis Home:

I specialize in selling homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.

I have a track record of successfully selling challenging homes. I’ve sold homes in flood zones, homes without basements and homes that need a lot of updates.

In the last 3 years, I have sold 92% of the homes I was hired to sell. Not a single client fired me and then hired an agent who was able to get the house sold. Compare that to only 75% of the listed homes selling in the overall market, and you have a much better chance of success if you hire me. Especially with a challenging home.

If you are thinking of selling a home, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.