Blog: Buyers

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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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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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

During the housing boom, a lot of people bought homes who really weren't ready to be homeowners. The blame lies both with the homeowners who got caught up in the buying frenzy without carefully considering if buying was right for them, and also with the media and real...

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What is Dual Agency?

What is Dual Agency? Dual agency occurs when one agent represents both the seller and buyer in the same real estate transaction. When a potential buyer sees the advertising for a home for sale and calls the listing agent, the listing agent has a choice to show the...

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Will Mortgage Rates Go Down?

While economists debate what will happen with interest rates in the upcoming months, no one can definitively answer the question "Will mortgage rates go down?" What we can do is to look at history and realize that today's low mortgage rates are the best rates that...

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How Much Do Creve Coeur Condos Cost?

In the last couple of days I've shown you what you can get in a home for $150,000,  $250,000 and $500,000 across St. Louis. A lot of buyers don't need a big home or want the maintenance involved with a house. For these buyers, purchasing a condo is a good alternative....

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Every Buyer Should Hire an Agent

Originally published 4/2009. Buyer's Agents Really are FREE for Buyers Many of us believe that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The truth is that buyers really do get professional services for free. I've heard it suggested many times that having a...

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What is a Short Sale Home Purchase?

Watch the video above by Jay Papasan for a quick explanation of short sales and the time line for getting a short sale approved. What is a Short Sale? Basically, a short sale is when a seller has a hardship and must sell a property, but the home is not worth as much...

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Video Tip ~ Property Previews for Buyers

Today I want to tell you about a service that a buyer's agent can offer for clients who are searching for a house. Video Property Tours for Buyers: I know it's a long video, but you'll get the idea if you watch at least the first couple of minutes. This home is...

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Build a Quality New Home in St. Charles

Over the last month, I have really gotten to know Kim Hibbs, owner of Hibbs Homes. Hibbs Homes specializes in green and energy star rated homes. Typically, Kim builds luxury homes in some of the most affluent parts of St. Louis. But one lucky family will get the...

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Buyer Tips ~ Shop for Homes on Rainy Days

I'm a big believer that buyers should not let the weather stop them from looking at homes. I've scheduled appointments for buyers to see homes in every type of weather. A few years ago I even showed 17 homes in a single day to a couple with an infant during an ice...

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St. Louis Neighborhood Guide

St. Louis has many great neighborhoods and communities. Regardless of the lifestyle you want or the stage of life you are in, there are likely many places where you would feel at home. St. Louis Magazine published a fun article in their April 2009 print issue, "The...

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Buyers Gamble with New Construction Homes

New Construction is Risky Business: Last year I pointed out that more and more builders have been unable to survive the housing market downturn. Builders that can not pay their construction loans and contractors end up in foreclosure. Some even close their doors. Here...

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Contract to Closing – Part 2

Buying a home is serious business. A home is the single largest investment that most people make in their lifetime. Your home is not only the place that you will live, but is also a huge financial investment. Clearly the first step in selecting a home is to focus on...

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Contract Accepted…What Comes Next?

The fun part of buying a home is picking out the property. But before you can move your couch into the living room and pick out new paint colors, there are some steps that you need to take to prepare for closing day. Buyer Tasks: Accepted Contract until Closing When I...

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6 Tips for a Smooth Home Purchase

Buying a home can be an emotional, time-consuming, and complex process. Follow the tips below to make the process go as smoothly as possible. 1.   Check your credit Before you apply for a home loan, regardless of your credit score, it's a smart idea to obtain a copy...

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Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Just about everyone understands that having good credit is important. I recently posted information explaining what a credit score is and how scores are determined. The next step is to understand what to do when you need to improve your credit. 6 Ways to Improve your...

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Karen Goodman

Hi, I'm Karen Goodman. I run Arch City Homes and sell homes at the Circa Properties brokerage. I've been working in real estate since 2002 full-time, personally working with 25-35 select clients each year. My personal time is devoted to my dog Milo and my foster dogs.