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When Home Buyers and Sellers Should Get Started for the Spring Real Estate Market [VIDEO TIP]

Are you wondering when you should get started if you want to buy or sell a home in the St. Louis spring market this year?

I recorded this video for Facebook and YouTube a few months ago. As I mention in the video, the real estate market is already hot and I’ve been so busy taking care of clients that I haven’t had time to post the video here on the blog until now.

But everything I talk about in this video is even more true today than when I recorded it in January!

Moving forward, I’ve got more behind the scenes help so you will start seeing more video tips shared right after I record them. Just be sure to subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email and the video tips will be delivered directly to your inbox.

You also should watch the video I recorded last spring as I talk about some more details that I didn’t cover this time.

Currently there 3,675 homes and condos that are under contract in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

If you are thinking of selling this year and can get your house ready quickly, waiting until spring to list your home means you miss out on buyers who want a house now.

There will be more buyers in the spring, but there are tons of buyer right now who are complaining that there aren’t enough homes to choose from. They are snatching up homes as soon as they come on the market. If you wait a few months to list your home, there will be more homes for buyers to select from and they will get more picky about what they want…taking it longer to sell your home.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis 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.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St. Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

Real Estate Marketing Done Better

If you have every bought a home, you know that home sale marketing varies dramatically depending on the agent representing the seller.

The best marketing looks professional and shows off the home in the best possible light. On the other end of the spectrum, you may find terrible MLS photos, homes that haven’t been decluttered or cleaned, and nothing but an MLS printout sitting next to the agent sign-in sheet.

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All of my listings get a cohesive professional marketing package. Buyers and agents who walk into my listings know that the seller hired a professional to sell their home. It makes a difference in how the home presents during showings and how your buyer treats your actions once you are under contract.

My special feature cards scattered throughout every listing don’t insult buyers by pointing out the obvious. Instead, they give buyers information they wouldn’t know just from looking around.

You might find me sharing that the flooring is Brazilian Cherry with lifetime warranty. I also like to explain why something is important rather than just naming the facts. Many of my listings have special feature cards to share things like Brand new windows will lower your energy bills or Gas fireplace means you can have a fire even if you are only home for an hour. 

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

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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.

Guide to Installing Custom Granite Counters in St. Louis | Arch City Homes

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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