Home selling tips Yogi Berra once said "If the world were a perfect place, it wouldn't be".  When a homeowner lists their home for sale, the perfect world would be for one showing, resulting in a full price offer and go to closing.  Reality is that the phone rings while you are preparing dinner a...
The 2013 Cost vs Value report proffered by Remodeling Magazine compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value of those projects for resale.  St Louis home improvement projects are itemized in their report and here are the top 7 cost vs value projects for STL home impr...
The biggest impact of low inventory in the marketplace is upward pressure on home prices. The graphs on this page show the last ten years in St Louis City and St Louis County through December 31, 2012.  The graphs pictured are: the number of new listings, number of solds and months of inventory. ...
A full service condominium community is a rare luxury these days.  Hanley Towers, 900 S Hanley Road in Clayton, is one of a few full service condominium communities in the St Louis Metro area.  It's such a pleasure to be welcomed by the doorman saying, "I haven't seen you for a while, how have yo...
The home mortgage industry has realized significant changes in the past few years resulting in closing delays and an increased number of homes going "back on the market" due to the buyer not getting loan commitment.  When buyers and sellers have a better understanding of the mortgage loan underwr...
Statistics indicate there are some advantages to buying and selling real estate in the winter months and it can be fun too:In the winter with the shorter days, you can't ride your bicycle in the evening - so why not look at homes. In the winter, it's like an adventure when you look at homes in th...
Renovating older homes with an awareness of functional design and quality finishes is becoming more and more important to homeowners.  A small home is kinder to our planet by using fewer natural resources in construction and requires less energy for heating and cooling.  A well designed small hom...
Know current real estate market conditions Knowing current real estate market conditions can help homeowners through what is becoming a conundrum for some sellers. With a purchase date between 2005 and 2007 (even back to 2002 in some cases), some sellers may owe more than the current market will ...
  This was Andrew's first home and he was very excited about it.  We got very lucky because he absolutely loves this home and with good reason - it fits his personality.  The other great aspect of this transaction was that we discovered an up and coming revitalized urban area that is exciting and...
St Louis Public Library System Ranks in Top 4 in the Country To all those who have contributed in any way to the success of our St Louis Public Libraries, we thank you and salute you as some of the many unsung heroes of our community. Three facts about St Louis Public Libraries:our St Louis Publi...

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