condo: Today in St Louis, June 8, 2007 - 06/08/07 07:13 AM
Following is the market report for the past seven days in the city of St Louis.  Statistics were gathered from the local multiple listing service:
There were 158 new (active) listings on the market, with list prices ranging from $12,500 to $899,000.
32 listings went contingent/option, with listing prices ranging from $69,900 to $1.799,000.
86 listings went pending, with list prices ranging from $11.500 to $725,000.
There were 73 listings that sold, with sold prices ranging from $15,000 to $1.485,000.
92 listings expired, with list prices ranging from $59,900 to $599,900.
32 listings were withdrawn from the market, with list prices ranging from $18,900 to $599,000.
Got the … (2 comments)

condo: Grant's Farm Visit - June 6, 2007 - 06/07/07 10:24 AM
Yesterday, I visited Grant's Farm with my friend Kim.  She owns a licensed day care, and she was taking the children on a field trip.  Eight children under the age of 6 - what an adventure!  Kim does such a great job with the kids, and they were so well behaved.  Strangers even commented on how good they were.  We had a great time.  The tram ride took us on a tour around the property to see all the animals.  Then we walked around to see more animals. 
We fed the baby goats.  I went with 6 of the kids into the … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - June 6, 2007 - 06/07/07 07:38 AM
Today, I received the NAR (National Association of Realtors) online newsletter.  In it was an article about the slowing housing market.  "According to a report released by Standard & Poors/Case -Shiller, declines in home prices in twenty U.S. metropolitan areas continued in the 12 months ending in March as the supply of homes exceeded demand."  Although all twenty cities were not listed, Detroit and San Diego were two cities that showed a decrease in home prices.  Seattle and Charlotte were two cities that showed increases in home prices.
According to the report, "home values, nationally, dropped 1.4 percent from March 2006, indicating … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - June 5, 2007 - 06/05/07 01:30 PM
I am working on getting the yard mulched.  This weekend, I purchased the red mulch from Home Depot and finished the front yard.  The red mulch contrasts so well with the green plants and grass, and I think it just looks better for the front of the house.  For the back, I use the free mulch from Carondelet Park.  They have piles of it , free for the taking, down by the recycle bins.  I started yesterday with the first pickup load.  My goal is to get a pickup load a day and distribute it off the truck, rather than just … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - June 4, 2007 - 06/04/07 03:15 PM
Our friend, Dr. Ben Bohren, visited over the weekend.  He arrived Thursday and flew out this morning.  Ben is a minister with the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada.  The CCNC-N is the presence of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the northern half of the states of California and Nevada.  Ben is such a great guy, and we love to share our home with him when he is in town for meetings, etc.  He used to live in St louis (I sold him his house and then listed and sold it when he moved to California with his job).  During … (0 comments)

condo: New Price on Tower Grove South Home - 06/02/07 07:07 AM
New price on this adorable cottage in Tower Grove South, just 4 blocks south of the park. Seller lived here for many years and lovingly maintained this home. It is clean, clean, clean, and has so much to offer. The main floor consists of the livingroom, diningroom, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, full bath & a great finished 3-season/breakfast room off the kitchen. Large dormers on the second floor (front & back) really add to the upstairs living space. There are five good-sized closets (2 are cedar lined) & two large bedrooms. There's also a half bath off the landing. Tons of natural … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 22, 2007 - 05/22/07 08:29 AM
Got back into town yesterday, and will probably leave town again on Thursday for the Memorial Day weekend.  I am finding it very difficult to get motivated to do anything real estate related this week.  Not much is going on, and I just can't seem to get focused for a couple of days to just leave town again...
My nephew's high school graduation Friday evening went great.  I counted 163 in the graduating class.  The ceremony lasted a little over an hour - three speakers and then handed out diplomas.  There was an awards ceremony earlier in the week.  Spent the night at … (2 comments)

condo: Happy Birthday Mom Horman - 05/17/07 06:22 AM
I just wanted to take a moment to wish Mom Horman a Happy 80th Birthday.  I also wanted to pay tribute to this amazing woman.  We are celebrating her birthday this Sunday, but her actual birthday is Tuesday, May 22.  Her children and grandchildren have been planning the event for months.  It's supposed to be a "surprise".  If we pull it off, I'll be "surprised." 
She has raised seven children, has fourteen living grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.  She is a two-time cancer surviver, who lives with a colostomy.  This spring, after a heart scare, she received a pace-maker.  She is doing … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 17, 2007 - 05/17/07 05:41 AM
It's the season for graduations.  We have five of them in the family - four from high school and one from nursing school.  We are attending only one of the ceremonies, but everyone will get cards and cash.  I need to get them in the mail....
I loved the saying in one of the cards.  It applies to all of us, not just the graduates:
"Whatever you dream, dream with all your heart - Whatever you try, try with all your heart - and happiness will be yours."
It makes me feel old.  I was there when Dustin, my nephew, was born.  I changed his … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 15, 2007 - 05/15/07 10:02 AM
Well, I got word today that I didn't get the listing on Alfred.  The seller's reason was that my evaluation of the list price for their home was too low.  I told them they needed to be around $130,000 or less.  They are being relocated, and acted like they wanted a quick sale...
I thought the comparables supported this list price.  The home is west of Morganford, which is not as desirable an area as homes east of Morganford (Tower Grove South).  Two bedroom homes in our neighborhood - east of Morganford - have sold for $130,000 or less this past year.  It … (0 comments)

condo: Listing Appointments - A Question... - 05/12/07 08:59 AM
Normally, I try to break up my listing appointments into two meetings.  The first meeting is to just meet the potential clients and build repport, walk through the house, see for myself the condition and ammenities, and take notes.  On the second appointment, I present my listing presentation, my marketing plan, and the comparative market analysis of the property.  This week, I did it a little differently.  I had gotten particulars from the seller over the phone, so I ran comps before the appointment.  During the appointment, I met the sellers, walked the house, took notes, and took some pictures for … (19 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 11, 2007 - 05/11/07 02:07 PM
Thank goodness it's Friday.  No reason, really, just glad it's the weekend... It rained again today, so no yard work was done.  I got the landscaping planted at the first Miami property, but it began raining before I could get started on the property across the street.  It poured yesterday afternoon.  No winds, but lightning, thunder and buckets of rain.  We've been sweeping water out the back door of the basement.  I'll finish planting this next week and then begin the mulching.  Thank goodness they have piles of free mulch for anyone to take at Carondelet Park.  Between the rental properties … (2 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 10, 2007 - 05/10/07 03:43 AM
I facilitated a KWU class last week on "Buyer Mastery - Succeecing in a Buyer's Market."  We covered some buyer "myths and truths" that exist in today's market:
Buyer Myth 1:  "I can take my time because I have all these choices."
Truth:  In any market, the best properties go quickly.  Act on these properties, or you are left with the second tier homes.  "If the home of your dreams came along today, are you prepared to buy it?"
Buyer Myth 2:  "Prices or interest rates may go down."
Truth:  No one can predict the market. "You are right, prices may go down, and there … (2 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 9, 2007 - 05/09/07 01:29 PM
I have a clipping on the board above my desk.  I believe it's from an old Ann Landers column.  I try to read it regularly, as it reminds me to be thankful for the many blessings I have received:
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, … (1 comments)

condo: A Cool Virtual Tour Site - 05/09/07 04:51 AM
Last week I posted that I was checking out different virtual tour sites.  I have tried out http://www.realestateshows/ and love it.  Normally, the price to join was $125, but Jeff Turner, president of the company, responded and let me know that for members of Activerain the cost was only $99.95.  Visit this link to sign up with the discount:
I've since created a virtual tour of one of my listings (4108 Wyoming St).  It was so easy to do.  I first watched the short tutorial videos, and within 15 minutes (I'm slow) I had set up the tour.  See it here:
One … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 8, 2007 - 05/08/07 06:05 AM
We have a clear occupancy inspection on the Wyoming listing!  I met the inspector there this morning.  After a ten minute walk-thu, he said everything looks fine and said the certificate would be in the mail.  I knew this would be an easy one.  I installed three smoke detectors and three GFCI outlets this last week.  There was no pealing paint or falling plaster.  Even though the house is dated, it is very clean, and that did make a difference.  So, we've taken care of another step in the process.  I have a good working relationship with this inspector.  He inspected … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 7, 2007 - 05/07/07 03:36 PM
Just got back from visiting some friends who live in Lake Saint Louis.  It's beautiful out there, but quite a drive from the city.  They have a large front yard that slopes fairly steeply down to the street.  It is terraced somewhat, but pretty overgrown.  They were wanting my opinion on how to landscape the area.  I love planting and laying out landscaping.  I work by trial and error, though, and move things around every year.  Their yard is somewhat overwhelming.  I suggested first getting rid of the overgrown plants/weeds, trimming what they want to keep, and mulch, mulch, mulch.  If they don't plant anything else, just mulching the … (0 comments)

condo: Virtual Media/Tours: Which is best? - 05/05/07 10:47 AM
I've been considering changing from the virtual tour I have been using.  They are a local company and do great photography.  They also upload the tour to for me.  They are busy, and try to be accomodating, but it's sometimes a hassle to get the shot scheduled.  They are rather expensive, too.  Since I've purchased my new digital camera, the Kodak V705, I feel I can now shoot really nice pictures myself, set up my own virtual tours, and maybe save a little money on each listing.  A couple of the tours I have looked at are:   This virtual … (21 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 5, 2007 - 05/05/07 09:48 AM
Here are the weekly market statisticss for the city of St. Louis.  The information was gathered from the local multiple listing service:
There were 125 active listings.  Prices ranged from $17,900 to $1,295,000.
There were 40 contingent/option listings.  Prices ranged from $24,000 to $589,000.
There were 84 pending listings.  Prices ranged from $13,000 to $570,000.
There were 89 sold properties.  Prices ranged from $30,000 to $570,000.
There were 127 properties that expired.  Prices ranged from $16,900 to $624,000.
There were 31 withdrawn listings.  Prices ranged from $85,000 to $389,900.
I am hosting a public open house tomorrow (Sunday) at 4108 Wyoming Street, from 1 to 3 pm.  This is … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - May 3, 2007 - 05/03/07 02:03 PM
Just came back from doing some work on the Wyoming listing.  The occupancy inspection is on Tuesday, and I wanted to be ready for him.  I installed three smoke detectors and three gfci outlets.  The seller is elderly and wouldn't be able to do it.  It didn't take that long to do, and she appreciated it.  I know some will say that is not the listing agent's job, and I agree.  I usually don't do that for sellers; but sometimes I feel that little extra can make a big impression on our clients.
I attended a class this afternoon at the Keller … (0 comments)

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