st clair real estate: How to be a Smart St. Clair Buyer or Seller - 05/02/12 11:55 AM
Do you want to be a smart St. Clair buyer or seller? I'm sure you do. No one wants to make dumb buyer or seller mistakes. Here are a few mistakes that sellers and buyers should try their best to avoid, thus also avoiding being a not-so-smart-and-savvy buyer or seller. Dumb Buyer Mistakes:
This is not a set-in-stone mistake, but more a lack of planning that could haunt you later--not buying now when prices and interest rates are so low. Don't shop without a firm financing commitment from your lender. Before you start your house hunting, go to your lender and get … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Get a POD for Your Move to St. Clair - 04/25/12 01:31 PM
You've just closed on the sale of your home, but your new house in St. Clair isn't quite ready for you to move into yet. What to do? You might consider getting a POD or two!
A POD is a movable storage unit that will be brought to your front door by truck, where it will be unloaded onto your driveway or any nearby area where you and your friends and family can load it with all your household items -- furniture, boxes of "stuff", lawn equipment, bikes, etc. Friends and family don't care to participate? No problem, the POD company … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Selling Your St. Clair Home for the Best Price in the Shortest Time - 04/18/12 01:35 PM
Want to sell your St. Clair home for the best price possible and in a timely manner? Of course you do, or you wouldn't have listed it in the first place.
Here are 10 great tips for today's home sellers:
1. Hire a Realtor® - Especially in today's market, you need someone who can help you set the best price for your home. You also need someone who will be able to bring in potential buyers, handle contracts, and market to a large audience. A Realtor® can do all these things for you.
2. Tell it Like it Is - Don't … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Local Businesses Participate in Book Give-away at St. Clair Elementary - 04/11/12 11:22 AM
During the month of March 2012, several local businesses, including Hickinbotham Real Estate, participated in a book give-away at the St. Clair Elementary School. This is an annual program wherein students are given a book which they get to keep. This year's book was Eight Keys to a Better Me, by Dr. William J. Briggs, former President of Limestone College.  Dr. Briggs has spent over 30 years of his life in education and child development.The colorfully illustrated book is meant to enhance a childs personal development by helping them learn appropriate responses to situations they may find themselves in at any … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Letha Hickinbotham Establishes The Gladine and Clarence Laubinger, Sr. Memorial Scholarship - 04/04/12 11:27 AM
I am so proud to announce the recent establishment of The Gladine and Clarence Laubinger, Sr. Memorial Scholarship by my mother, Letha Hickinbotham, Emeritus Director of the ECC Foundation.The $500 endowed scholarship was established through the East Central College Foundation to honor Letha's parents and my grandparents, Gladine (Helling) and Clarence Laubinger, Sr. It can be applied to tuition, fees or books, and will be awarded to a full-time ECC student who was active in FFA during their high school years."I am pleased to be able to help deserving students achieve a college education while honoring my parents' lifelong commitment to … (2 comments)

st clair real estate: How to Get the Most Positive Staging Affect for Your St. Clair Home with the Least Money - 03/21/12 11:22 AM
Are you hoping to sell your St. Clair home in a hurry? Well, then you need to know a few staging tricks and how to get the most positive staging affect for your St. Clair home with the least money. Here are a few tips to get you started:1.  First, you'll want to take your own personality out of the home so prospective buyers can visualize how the house will look with their personal items in it. Take down some of the pictures of your relatives and the good times you've had in the past, remove trophies from the mantle, and … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Entering the Rewarding World of Homeownership in St. Clair - 03/14/12 12:06 PM
Homeownership, also known as "the great American dream", probably got that name because it does have lots of great things that most people would love to have. Such as:Equity:  While homeownership in St. Clair does have certain big initial costs accompanying it–closing costs, the down payment, inspections, etc.–historically, homes do appreciate in value. Four to six percent a year has been the average in years past, and all while you're getting the use and enjoyment of the residence as your safe haven away from the rest of the world. Relationships:  You may not realize it, but owning your own home makes … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Make Me an Offer I Can't Refuse on my St. Clair Home! - 03/07/12 06:24 AM
So your St. Clair house is on the market. Prospective buyers have started coming by to take a look, and you're thinking, "Make me an offer I can't refuse!" Then, lo and behold, your wish comes true, and you get an offer!Now you have to decide what to do with that offer. Do you take the offer, make a counter-offer, or turn it down flat. Here are some things to think about when deciding what to do with an offer:Turning the offer down flat is almost never an option, unless you know for a fact that the buyer will never move … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: A Big Down Payment is a Good Thing! - 02/29/12 05:55 AM
So you've decided to buy a St. Clair house! How exciting. Just one thing--you don't really have a lot of money saved up for your down payment. Nowadays, most lenders are asking for at least 20 percent down. And don't forget, the more you put down, the less you have to borrow and pay back, so in the long run, a big down payment is a good thing.Here are a few ways you can get the money for your down payment:1.  Open a Savings Account:  Put a little in there every week (or every time you get a paycheck), add things … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: The Scott Hickinbotham Team Moves into the Technical Age - 02/15/12 01:59 PM
Yes, it's true. The Scott Hickinbotham Team is moving into the high-tech age by adding QR Codes to our real estate lawn signs. You should begin to see them in the St. Clair area around February 24th. But how do they work and what can they do for you? A QR code (QR stands for Quick Response) is a fast way to get information. In our case, information about a listing. All you need to use the code is a web-enabled cell phone with QR code reader software installed on it. By waving your phone at the QR code image on … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Ten Tips for a Smooth Move to St. Clair - 02/08/12 09:32 AM
Getting ready to move into your new St. Clair home? You'll want to do everything you can to make the move easier, so here are ten tips for a smooth move to St. Clair.1. Before you pack your lamps, remove the bulbs. 2. So you don't have to spend your first night in your new home in the dark, arrange to have your utilities turned on the day BEFORE you move.3. Load area rugs last, so they will come out of the truck first. That way they can be placed on the floor, under the furniture that will be moved in … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Escrow: What is it and How Does it Work for Your St. Clair home? - 02/01/12 02:44 AM
An escrow account is a pre-funded account to pay off bills on your St. Clair home, such as homeowners insurance and property taxes, that will come due later in the life of your mortgage. When you obtain a mortgage to buy your new home, you will probably be required by your lender to open an escrow account. This means that a neutral third-party will take care of the money put into the escrow account and eventually use it to pay off certain pre-determined debts.As already mentioned, the escrow account will often be used to pay for homeowners' insurance and/or property taxes. … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Considering Buying a Tankless Water Heater for Your St. Clair Home? - 01/25/12 02:10 PM
If your old water heater is about ready to die of old age or hard usage, it may be time to consider getting a tankless water heater to replace it in your St. Clair home. What is a Tankless Water Heater?A tankless water heater, also sometimes called an "instantaneous water heater" or "demand water heater", heats water only on demand. It does not store heated water like the older units do, thus avoiding multiple reheats of the same water so that hot water is ready when you are.How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?When the homeowner turns on the hot water … (3 comments)

st clair real estate: Tips to Consider When Buying a St. Clair Foreclosure - 01/18/12 08:38 AM
Right now there are a lot of foreclosed homes on the market. If you're thinking of buying one in the St. Clair area, here are a few tips you might want to consider to make sure it's not going to be a "money pit" in the future.
Get a Home Inspection
This is great advice even if the home you're planning to purchase isn't a foreclosure. However, if it is a foreclosure, a home inspection by a licensed inspector is an absolute must to evaluate whether this is indeed a good buy for you or will be a continual drain of … (2 comments)

st clair real estate: St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce Hires New Executive Director - 01/11/12 09:32 AM
 

After being without an Executive Director since the November 2011 resignation of Bob Swank, the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce has hired 37-year-old Angela Crawford, who took over her duties as the new Executive Director on January 4. The new Director is from Cuba, MO and has much needed experience in economic development and small business operations.Crawford says of her new appointment, "My vision moving forward, once I have a solid feel for the community, is to partner with the existing business and professional network in St. Clair and the surrounding communities to help create an environment for … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Should You Remodel the St. Clair Home You're Selling? - 01/04/12 01:23 AM
 

What is the value of a remodel, update or upgrade to a home that you're planning to sell? In today's real estate market, it's often hard to recoup the money you spend on a remodel. Here are a few things to consider if you're selling your St. Clair home and think maybe some changes will make the sale faster or at a more attractive price.
Changing How a Space is UsedIf you're thinking of converting a small bedroom to a grand master bath, be aware that buyers may look at it as losing a bedroom rather than gaining a … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: For Sale by Owner May Not be a Money Saver When Selling Your Franklin County Home - 12/28/11 02:43 PM
We see a lot of "For Sale by Owner" (FSBO) signs out there these days. There are several reasons for this, the main one probably being the idea of saving the commission that a Realtor® will earn by selling your Franklin county home.
Keep your eyes on these FSBO signs and you'll soon come to realize, however, that as many as 80 percent of them will eventually opt to hire a real estate agent to sell the home for them. That kind of poor success rate may make you wonder what goes wrong.
Here are some of the pitfalls … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Speaking of Christmas Lights - Should You Go Solar? - 12/22/11 04:46 AM
When Santa was just a little guy, most St. Clair homes that put up Christmas lights used the incandescent type. The lights were very pretty, of course, but they put off a lot of heat which can cause a fire, plus they used quite a bit of electricity.
Santa's now a bit older and lighting has grown up too. Nowadays, with the introduction of LED (Light Emitting Diode) Christmas lighting, energy consumption is down about 70% from what the old incandescent used, and the lights themselves are cooler and last about 10 times longer. You can even connect up to 87 … (4 comments)

st clair real estate: Hickinbotham Real Estate Team Offers Buy-Rent-Manage Services to Investors - 12/12/11 03:14 PM
You may not realize that the Hickinbotham Real Estate Team not only offers homebuyers help in buying the home they're going to live in, but we also offer assistance to novice and experienced real estate investors who are looking for income-generating properties, but don't want the hassle of managing them. Whether you want to invest in residential, commercial or farm properties, we can help!
According to the U.S. Census, due to the uncertain job market, the number of rental homes in this country is increasing. This combination of increased demand for rentals, low home prices, and good interest rates, is making … (0 comments)

st clair real estate: Can I Improve My Credit Score Before I Shop for that St. Clair Dream House? - 12/07/11 09:38 AM
 
 
A little while back, we discussed here about how you can obtain a credit report to see why your credit is what it is before you go shopping for your St. Clair dream house. Another number you will need to know is your credit score.
To find out what your credit score is go to CreditKarma, where you can obtain a free credit score at any time. This way you'll be able to monitor your score to see if it's going down (Bad News) or up (Good News). A score of 720 or above is considered "good" but anything … (2 comments)

 
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