Blog: Real Estate

SELLER TIP: How Important is Curb Appeal?

If you research how to sell a home, you will certainly be told to focus on curb appeal. I agree that curb appeal does impact how buyers react to homes online, and could increase showings. However, once at the house, very few buyers will purchase a home with curb...

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Find FHA Approved Condos in St. Louis

Did you know that the majority of condo communities in the St. Louis area are not approved for FHA loans? They aren't. Years ago, if an HOA (homeowner's association) for a condo community opted not to go through the process of getting approval for FHA loans, lenders...

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VIDEO TIP: Searching for Homes in the Rain

In the last couple of weeks, I could have recorded this video every day. And while I’ve been getting wet showing homes lately, I’d rather get wet now then get a call from my client weeks after closing to hear that the basement got wet the first time it rained. Watch...

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Staging – BEFORE and AFTER Pictures

Most of the time, professional staging makes a big difference in getting a vacant home sold for the highest price. When I recommend staging, my clients almost always agree to bring in the stager before we put the home on the market and show it to buyers. It works and...

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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...

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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...

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Hard to Sell Homes: Getting Them SOLD

Any agent can sell the beautiful home that is priced right. I'm not suggesting that having an agent isn't important for beautiful homes. There is a lot more to selling a home than just finding the buyer. A top notch real estate agent will help you: set the right price...

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Home Buyer Tip: Is the Basement Wet? (VIDEO)

This year, you are going to see more video from me. Starting today. Yesterday, I recorded a quick tip video while I was in the car on my way to meet some home buyers. I explain the best way to make sure you don't buy a home with a wet basement or drainage issues in...

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Using Zillow to Determine the Value of Your Home

Zillow continues to be one of the most popular ways homeowners decide what their home is worth. In fact, if you type into Google "What is my home worth?", the top non-advertisement search result is Zillow. The problem is that Zillow's founder/CEO himself says that you...

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Radon Risk in Missouri Homes

Originally posted 12/2011 See U.S. interactive map Did you know that high levels of radon, a naturally occurring gas that we breathe every day, is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer? Did you know that it is easy to find out if the radon rate in your home is...

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What is Most Important to Home Buyers?

The National Association of Realtors surveyed 1st time home buyers to find out about their buying habits, and Doorsteps.com turned it into an infographic that helps spell out what is important to the 1st time home buyer. With 39% of people purchasing homes first time...

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University City, MO – Flood Zone Map

Most people don't think about their home flooding when they buy a home in an urban part of the city, but not checking to see if a home is in a flood zone is a big mistake. U City Flood Zones: University City homes located near the River Des Peres might be located in a...

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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

I've been giving advice to clients for years about what they need to do to get their home ready to sell. I'm good at my job. I give good advice and our listings sell faster than the general market.  I currently live in my 2nd home, so I've personally been through the...

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How Fast Do St. Louis Homes Sell?

[singlepic id=2149 w=500 h=375 float=center] Arch City Homes listings that sold fast in 2012 The real estate market is definitely doing better this year in St. Louis. More homes are selling than sold last year. More of the homes on the market are under contract than...

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