wcr newsletter: President's Message - 08/05/10 11:15 AM

Although there was no Business Resource Meeting in July, 2010, the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® had a busy month. Here are some of the highlights:
The Nominating Committee interviewed candidates to stand for election and announced the following slate of candidates:  President - Carolyn Mantia, President-Elect - Michelle Silies, Vice-President of Membership - J Morris, Treasurer - Mary Carter and Secretary - Rebecca Meier. Additional candidates can be nominated from the floor. The election of the 2011 Chapter Officers will be held at the Business Resource Meeting in September, 2010. The Awards Committee … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: Electronics Recycling in St. Louis, Missouri - 07/24/10 03:01 PM

This month, we focus on a local non-profit Web Innovations and Technology Services ("WITS") who is the largest non-profit electronics recycler in Missouri.  Under Missouri law, electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, cell phones, cordless telephones, and monitors are classified as "hazardous waste" and must be collected and disposed by regulated collection sites because electronic equipment often contains heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and even PCBs.  Although there are a number of commercial electronics recyclers in the St. Louis area, there is only one with a strong track record of re-use and recycling.

Here are some of … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: Legal Update - Recent Missouri Real Estate Court Cases - 07/24/10 12:31 PM

The following cases may be relevant to your real estate practice in Missouri:
City's real estate "for sale" restriction requiring a certificate of code compliance prior to marketing a home for sale declared invalid.  City of Bellefontaine Neighbors v. Scatizzi, Appeal No. 92965 (Missouri Court of Appeal Eastern District) Attorney's fees incurred to clear title due to filing of invalid mechanic's lien claim recoverable as special damages in slander of title case.  Lau v. Pugh, Appeal No. 29289 (Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District) Lender may sue original owner for fraud and negligent representation for non-disclosure of flooding … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: EDITOR'S NOTES - 07/01/10 12:47 PM

President's Message, p. 1 Editor's Notes, p. 2 2010 Man Auction, p. 3 Business Resource Meeting - June, 2010, p. 4 Article - Special Considerations When Working with Seniors in Missouri, p. 5 Article - Aging-in-Place Inspections, p. 8 WCR LIVE - Sales Training with Steve Hoffacker, p. 11 WCR-STL Leadership Series - The Evolution of Leadership, p.11 Article - Spotting Real Estate Trends - Federal Reserve Bank Publications, p. 14 Article - Missouri Blue Book - Your Guide to Your Local and State Government, p. 16 Article - What Does Complaining Get Us?, p.17 Article … (0 comments)


Top Three Mistakes to Avoid in Your eZine Campaign
Using an eZine (Electronic Newsletter) as a part of your overall Internet Marketing plan can be a powerful way to achieve your marketing goals. Less experienced marketers commit a number of common mistakes that may cause your targeted list to opt-out. Here are several common mistakes to avoid in your eZine campaign.
1) Sending Out Promotions Rather than News
All Internet marketing, including your eZine, should focus on building long-lasting relationships with your subscribers over time. If your eZine message is consistently aimed at prompting an immediate sale, you'll find a steady … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: BENEFITS OF WORDPRESS FOR BLOGS & WEBSITES - 07/01/10 12:03 PM

Benefits of WordPress for Blogs & Websites
As the Internet evolves from its technology to its software, and changes the way we communicate, it has opened us to a whole new world of social media. Blogging is one such evolving method of communication, and WordPress is one of the foremost accepted platforms for people wanting to get into the blogging action.
Evolving Software
WordPress is free, web-based software that is open source, which means it is available for developers to build upon and alter at will. Over time, its open source flexibility has allowed WordPress to become a content management … (2 comments)

wcr newsletter: EDITOR'S NOTES (APRIL 2010) - 04/30/10 02:28 PM

President's Message, p. 1 Editor's Notes, p. 2 Business Resource Meeting - April, 2010, p. * Upcoming Business Resource Meetings, p. * A Word from Our BRM Sponsor - Insight Title, p. * Article - The Importance of Diversity, p. * WCR LIVE - Communication Strategies, p. * Article - The Power of Active Listening, p. * Article - 10 Tips for Selling Success, p. * Artilce - A Tribute to Abott, Costello & The Art of Active Listening, p. * Member Spotlight - Shelly Clark, p. * 2010 Urban Bus Tour, p. * … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: UPCOMING BUSINESS RESOURCE MEETINGS - 04/30/10 02:03 PM

Next month's Business Resource Meeting will feature our Annual Top Producer Panel. Top Agents from different areas and offices will share a wealth of knowledge. This program is an annual  favorite and one you definitely won't want to miss!  
Panelists include:
Kay Bova, Kay Bova Realty Janet Judd, RE/MAX Properties West Dawn Krause, Keller Williams Southwest Laura MacDonald, Coldwell Banker Gundaker Kristi Monschein, Prudential Alliance, REALTORS® The panelists will share their advice and expertise on such topics as:
Opportunities and Challenges in the 2010 Market Reaching You Target Market Lead Generation, Lead Conversion and Referrals Winning Listing Presentations Personal Branding and … (0 comments)

Sales Training - Baseball, Comedy and Old Movies - A Tribute to Abbott & Costello and the Art of Active Listening 
Occasionally, we have all been parties to conversations that simply go awry. There is a disconnect between the speakers. It can seem that the other person is speaking a foreign language and that the speakers are talking over or past each other. When I observe or hear these odd conversations, it reminds me of the old Abbott and Costello routine "Who's on First?" from my childhood. 

Example of a Conversation Gone Awry
The general premise behind the comedy routine … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: SALES TRAINING - 10 TIPS FOR SELLING SUCCESS - 04/30/10 01:54 PM
Sales Training: It's a Jungle Out There - Couldn't We All Use Tarzan as Our REALTOR®?  
It's a Jungle Out There...
Now, in today's housing market, it is a real jungle out there. For the average buyer, it is a dark, inhospitable place, where at every turn there is some animal waiting to take a bite out of them. Worse, there are hustlers and poachers out there pushing "snake oil" such as inappropriate loan products or foreclosure prevention scams. At the same time, there is a populace that is at times superstitious and afraid waiting on lower interest rates or better pricing. So everyone needs … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: A PRIMER ON CITY TAX SALES - 04/30/10 01:52 PM

A Primer on Tax Sales in the City of St. Louis, Missouri  An Overview of the Tax Sales Process
The City of St. Louis (as well as Kansas City) conduct their tax sales for property encumbered with delinquent real estate tax liens under the Municipal Land Reutilization Law. The Municipal Land Reutilization Law is a powerful and effective tool to clear title to parcels. Unlike tax sales conducted in other counties in the State of Missouri under the Jones Munger Act, tax sales under the Municipal Land Reutilization Law have three primary benefits: 
First, upon confirmation of the tax sale, title vests in … (0 comments)


This month's 5-Minute Superstar was Shelly Clark, a principal at Cardinal Surveying. For members of the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter and St. Charles Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors®, you know Shelly Clark as a leader and active member. However, her passion is surveying and she spends a substantial amount of time educating St. Louis and St. Charles Realtors® on the ins and outs of land surveying. However, as this month's 5-Minute Superstar, Shelly shared a few secrets of her success:
First, Shelly told us about her "Little Red Book." Shelly has grown her business based on personal relationships and connections. … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: 2010 URBAN BUS TOUR - MAY 19, 2010 - 04/30/10 01:44 PM

Our next fun-filled, but architecturally stimulating fundraising event is the Urban Bus Tour on May 19, 2010. The tour will focus on the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood as well as the new Georgian Square community and The Mississippi Bluffs in Carondelet. We are pleased to announce that the tour will include:
Cocktail and appetizer gathering at Lafayette Park's historic Park House and Gazebo for a presentation by Carolyn Willmore (local architectural historian and Lafayette Park Conservancy member) on the history of Lafayette Square and its Lafayette Park, a stunning 172-year-old 30 acre Victorian park. Bus tour around Lafayette Park highlighting historic homes of distinct … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: WEBSITE UPDATE - 04/30/10 01:36 PM

The Public Relations Committee and the Technology Task Force are currently making some exciting changes to the chapter website - www.WCRSTL.org. Here are some of the upcoming changes:
Photograph Gallery/Media Page - The website will include an extended photo gallery and video collection covering WCR events and meetings. Press Releases - The website will include a tab for press releases issued by your local chapter. Audio Library - The website will include an expanded section under the Newsletter for access and download of WCR LIVE programming. President's Blog - The website will include a new section for current and past … (0 comments)


In the current economic times, home owners are increasingly looking for home repair and improvement projects that increase energy efficiency of their homes in the hope that these repairs will reduce their short and long term energy costs. In addition to the energy cost savings, there are a number of state and local program that provide financial assistance or other incentives to make these "green" repairs and improvements more affordable.
Purchase Tax Credit
HOPE Energy Efficiency Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Wood Energy Production Credit Personal Deduction
Tax Deduction for Home Energy Efficiency Improvements Sales Tax Incentive
Sales Tax Holiday for … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: GOING GREEN - ROI FOR GREEN REPAIRS - 04/30/10 01:27 PM
Going Green - Website for Measuring the Costs, Savings and Return on Income of Green Repairs and Improvements 
GreenandSave.com's slogan is simple and direct - "Saving Your Money and the Planet One Household at a Time." If you ever wondered whether a certain "green" repair or improvement was worth it, then this is the website is for you. It has calculations on the cost and potential savings for a variety of repairs and improvements. The site allows you to search on individual green repairs or improvements as well as certain grouped green repair and improvement projects like:
The Green Tune Up: Tracks the … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: GOING GREEN - RECYCLING CENTER LOCATOR - 04/30/10 01:24 PM

Going Green - Find Recycling Centers Nationwide  If you are new to a city or neighborhood or if you just became aware of the need or benefits of recycling, then you may want to take a look at the website - Earth911. Earth911 is a clearinghouse for information on recycling. Here are some of the features of the site:
Search Engine:  Search the Earth911 database for recycling centers and services across the country. Information Clearinghouse:  Review articles, new items and tips on a host of recycling issues. The site uses categories to group information by the type of material from garden … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: THE URBAN BUS TOUR - MAY 19, 2010 - 03/31/10 04:48 AM


Our next fundraising event is the Urban Bus Tour on May 19, 2010. The tour will focus on the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood as well as the new Georgian Square community. We are pleased to announce that the tour will include:
During the bus ride, a photo tour of Lafayette Square presented by historic preservationist Michael Allen. A tour of the Saint Louis Palladium, an event venue in the City Hospital complex that is home to local caterer Butler's Pantry, which will include a champagne toast to start the evening. Developer Chris Goodson will also provide a brief … (0 comments)

wcr newsletter: EDITORS NOTES - WCR METRO ST. LOUIS E-ZINE - MARCH, 2010 - 03/31/10 03:39 AM

• Message from Our President – p. 1
• Editor's Notes – p. #
• 2010 Membership Drive - This Month's Challenge – p. #
• New Member Introductions – p. #
• March Business Resource Meeting – Technology Panel – p. #
• Article: **** – p. #
• Tech Toolbox – p. #
• Word from Our Sponsor: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – p. #
• WCR Reservations - New Reservations Policy Now in Effect – p. #
• WCR Live - www.BlogTalkRadio.com/WCRLive – p. #
• 2010 Chapter Fundraising Events – p. #

wcr newsletter: A WORD FROM OUR 2010 E-ZINE SPONSOR - INVESTORS TITLE - 03/30/10 05:58 PM

In the 24 years that I have worked for Investors Title Company, many things about our business have changed. Some changes have been for the better; some changes have made our business more complicated. The availability of technology has certainly increased the accuracy and improved the appearance of closing documents and made it possible to make changes more quickly, when necessary, at the closing table. Likewise, title and property information is easier to obtain. These advances for our industry have come later than for real estate agents and lenders, but a good deal of progress has been made in recent … (0 comments)


Michelle Silies

Broker-Attorney, Your St. Louis Relocation Specialist

Saint Louis, MO

More about me…

PREA Signature Realty - www.PREASignatureRealty.com

Address: 1709 Park Avenue, Saint Louis, MO, 63104

Office: (314) 621-5777

Mobile: (314) 397-3182

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