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St. Louis real estate blog with tips on buying or selling real estate in the St. Louis area.



As the weather starts to change and the days become longer, I'm reminded of my first year in real estate.  I had a client that had been looking through the winter.  Homes were on the market briefly then, compared to now, but were still not shown as much as warmer seasons. My buyer became excited ...
IRS Clarifies What's Needed to Claim Tax Credit The Internal Revenue Service has clarified which documentation taxpayers need to submit to claim the first-time and move-up homebuyer tax credit. While the IRS is still requiring the filing of Form 5405, it is not demanding that all parties' signatu...
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Explaining the current real estate market has been a challenge. Both buyer's and sellers enter the market with ideas of how it should be. Working in the business every day, we see what happens when either home buyer's or seller's establish their view of the market and refuse to see the market for...
As I was reflecting on my own buying journey I have to say I was envious for a moment of the position the current buyer is in. I go in and out of amazing deals on a daily basis and always think if only I were in the market to purchase! Currently we have 2 four families, a commercial store front w...
Downtown St Louis saw an investment of 4.4 billion dollars in reinvestment between 1999 and 2008.  During most of that time, the acronym "FHA" used in conjunction with home loans was mostly unheard of (see My Day at the FHA part 1 and Part 2).  Having been developed during that time, there was no...
The ActiveRain Conduit - A Nifty Toolbar for Your Internet WEB Browser This may be one of my coolest and greatest inventions EVER!!  If you can believe that...  lol~ ActiveRain members and even non-members should consider adding this toolbar to their Internet WEB Browsers.  It will work with Inte...
Old Post Office Plaza was completed downtown, my feelings about it were that it could be a great part of the city, or not. With the sculpture in it, I thought of the public plazas in Greece where Plato was taught by Socrates. I envisioned Tai Chi and farmers markets. I've been hearing rumors abo...
Public Transit is back on the ballot April 6th of 2010 in St Louis County! The you tube link below has a video of the ad that some may have seen.  As a Realtor in St Louis, my own personal use of public transportation is limited, but its impact on the region is often understated. When looking for...

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