Uncategorized Ballwin Welcome to Ballwin, MO! Money Magazine listed Ballwin as “One of America’s Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine mulitple times as well as being listed as one of the safest cities in the state! Even better, is being listed as a “Playful City 2014” by Kaboom! (one of only 3 cities in Missouri, so honored) With […]
Appraisals 3 Tips for a Higher Home Appraisal It may seem that homebuyers and sellers don’t agree on much, but they share one important concern: that the transaction is successful. This comradery is never more evident than during the appraisal process. It’s only natural, since the results of the appraisal can send the deal spiraling out of control.Appraisers take into account many factors […]
Buyer Tips Spot vs Boundary Surveys Spot surveys were the norm in the St Louis area for many years. They were cheaper. The title coverage was not quite as great, but it wasn’t significantly different, so why bother paying for a boundary survey which would be at least a $100 more? Now the primary title companies in the area are insisting […]
Tips from Dale Wrinkles and Warts – our houses get them also We live with our children every day and as a result, we don’t see the small daily changes that a grandmother who only sees them a few times a year sees when she visits. Homes are like that – we live in them every day and as they age and start to creak and have […]
Tips from Dale Taking care of Vacant Homes Both as a friend and as a Realtor, I sometimes end up taking care of vacant homes for people. Often I get asked for my “checklist” of what to look for and how to take care of a home. When someone is asked to care for a home, it’s often a simple, “will you watch […]
Buyer Tips VA Loans Provide Extra Security The Veterans Administration had provided some extra help for Veterans and military members who may be having problems with their mortgages. The first thing a veteran or military member should do is contact the VA at 877-827-3702 or http://www.homeloans.va.gov/ and talk with a counselor. Their options include: The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act – to qualify […]
St Louis - A Great Place to Live Driving in St Louis for Newcomers Here’s a tongue in cheek look at driving in St Louis. When you’re ready to start looking at homes, give me a call, I know my way around and will be there to help you find the right home in the right area! A VISITOR’S GUIDE TO DRIVING IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI: The morning rush […]
Tips from Dale Whose Minding the Empty Homes All over the US there are empty houses at the moment. Some are foreclosure and pre-foreclosure homes, some are empty because the homeowners relocated for a new job and haven’t been able to sell. Who’s taking care of them? Some things you can just turn off and leave, but other things need to be maintained […]
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Tips from Dale Fall Tips for Taking Care of Your Home It’s time for a few fall musings as I look out over the falling leaves, just a week ago they were such glorious color filling the sky – one of the loveliest falls I can remember. Now they lay trodden on the ground. Tomorrow to be sucked up by the municipal vaucumns or in compost […]
St Louis - A Great Place to Live St Louis – A Great Place to Call Home Welcome to St Louis! While we’re noted for being a metropolitan area, with all the amenities and tourist attractions of a major metropolitan area, St Louis is noted for it’s friendly, welcoming smile. Many years ago, the City of St Louis decided that the County growing up around it was going to be a drain […]
Short Sales What’s a short sale? A short sale is when the seller is selling the property for less than they owe the bank on it. Once the owner accepts a contract, it is sent to their lien holder to accept, reject or negotiate. A lien holder is not required to accept any of the terms that the owner has accepted. […]
St Louis - A Great Place to Live Fabulous Forest Park! Guess what’s over 140 years old? St Louis’s own Forest Park! While most people think Forest Park was created for the 1904 World’s Fair (officially the Louisiana Purchase Exposition), the Park actually existed long before that. The original plan for the park was rejected by the voters in St Louis in 1864, but 10 years […]
St Louis - A Great Place to Live The St Louis Zoo The St Louis Zoo – What a GREAT place for the whole family. It doesn’t matter what age you are, the zoo is fun. When I was a young girl, I remember taking a class at the zoo with my mother one summer on birds. I went to the zoo every day for a week […]
Cities in the Metro Area What Makes Chesterfield, MO, special? OK, so you are searching for a home and you are looking in the greater St Louis area and trying to make sense of where the different communities are located and what they are like and your friends keep saying, “Check out Chesterfield.” “You’ve got to see Chesterfield.” So what is the buzz about Chesterfield […]
Tips from Dale What did you do for someone today? Did you do something for someone today? What did you do FOR someone?  Did you help a little old lady across the street?  Did you brighten someone’s day with a kind word?  Did you volunteer at your place of worship, the local school, nursing home or community center?  What did you do?  Did you feed […]
Tips from Dale A Realtor’s Day Today, my son, who lives a continent away is coming to town. I haven’t seen him in person for several years because he has lived so far away. Now, if life acts like it normally does in the real estate world, the day will be quiet and no one will call me until he arrives, then […]
Seller Tips Initial Step for Getting a Home Ready for Market Are you or someone you know considering selling a home?  Perhaps it’s the one you are living in, perhaps it’s one that is about to be vacated by another family member.  Best advice I can give you, Talk to a Realtor who knows the local area FIRST, before you do anything. Too often what we […]
Seller Tips Pricing A Home For Sale I periodically get asked: “Why I don’t give sellers an exact price to list their home for when I initially talk to them?” To put this in perspective, I typically talk to a potential seller several months before he actually has the home ready to be put on the market and sold. My answer is that I […]
Buyer Tips Who Answers Your Questions on Zillow I have talked to a number of people recently who couldn’t understand why when they clicked on the links for more information on Zillow, Trulia and similar websites, they didn’t get the FSBO owner or the listing agent, so I thought I’d spend a few minutes explaining who is answering those questions. Zillow (and Trulia […]
Seller Tips Your Home as an Investment – RealVitalize to the Rescue Your Home as an Investment For many of us, our homes are one of the largest financial investments we have. Like all investments, they need periodic “feeding”, with regular preventive maintenance and proactive repairs when little things go wrong, before they become major things.  In addition, when it gets time to sell, if they come […]