Blog: Real Estate

Transform your Kitchen with a New Backsplash

Home buyers searching through homes on the internet, trying to decide which homes to visit in person, often don't realize how easy it can be to transform something they dislike into something they want. When buyers look at kitchens that feel plain, they often think it...

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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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Cheaply Update a Home with New Light Fixtures

Do you want to update your home for sale but don't want to spend a lot of money? Do you plan to stay in your home for awhile and want it updated without taking on expensive projects? Changing the light fixtures with inexpensive lights found online or in big box...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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St. Louis Homes DO Sell in the Fall and Winter

Most people assume that you can't sell a home in St. Louis in the fall or winter. There ARE more people looking for homes in the spring and summer. But there are also a lot more homes on the market that become competition for home sellers. If you do put your house on...

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Moving in St. Louis: STL Rent A Box Review

Anyone who has ever moved knows that moving everything you own from one home to the next can be overwhelming. As a real estate agent, I've helped hundreds of people plan their move. I've also moved several times myself and know how much of a hassle it is to deal with...

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10 Unique Gifts for the Home

Whether you are looking for a housewarming gift for a new home buyer, a wedding present or a holiday gift for your favorite homeowner, these 10 unique gifts for the home will be a big hit. As a real estate agent, I've purchased tons of closing gifts for home buyers...

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How Accurate is Zillow for St. Louis Home Values?

Many homeowners use Zillow as a way to find out the value of their home when they are thinking of selling. Home buyers use Zillow to decide if a house listed for sale is overpriced. In some parts of the country, Zillow is a good way to determine home value. But not...

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5 Options for Sellers if Your Home Won’t Sell

If you want to stay informed of the St. Louis housing market and tips for buyers and sellers, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  Regardless of whether the real estate market is a hot seller's market or a slow buyer's market,...

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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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What Are the Best Colors for Home Exteriors?

Photo Credit: Terry Blastenbrei If you are thinking about painting or installing new siding on your house, you should think carefully about what color to choose for your home. The first thing to consider is how long you plan to own your home. If you will be owning...

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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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