condo: Today in St Louis - April 30, 2007 - 04/30/07 05:02 AM
It's been a long weekend.  Friday evening, my lower back began to hurt. By late in the evening, I could hardly move.  Saturday, I was bed-ridden for most of the day.  When I was able to pull myself out of bed, walking was horrible, and I had to crawl up and down the steps.  I alternated from submerging myelf in the bathtub to ice packs on my back.  Yesterday was somewhat better; I could at least walk slowly.  Any jolt was unbearable, though.  I did ride along down to Bayer's Greenhouses with Kim, Gary and Dennis.  I just couldn't stay inside … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 26, 2007 - 04/26/07 01:52 PM
It's chilly again.  We had rainshowers today, and a cold front came through.  The attic fan will not run tonight....
We are in a three-day seminar, today being the first day.  We also go tomorrow and all day Saturday.  This seminar is just the teaser; they want you to take the specialized classes later.  Regardless, I'm getting a lot of information.  Some of the points I wanted to share:
The acronym - GREAT
-The number one rule in creating wealth is financial independence.
-There are three type of income:
  1. Earned Income - you have to work to get money - job
  2. Passive … (2 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 25, 2007 - 04/25/07 03:20 PM
Just got a call from an agent telling me he is going to get together with his clients around 10:00 pm tonight to write an offer on my Alberta listing.  I'm in classes all day tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday, so I will have to present it in the evening.  Not too bad for being on the market for only a week....
I spent this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday showing condos and lofts in the Central West End and Downtown St Louis.  I hadn't done very much in the condo market last year, so this was a treat to see what is out there right now.  The lofts … (0 comments)

condo: New Listing in St Louis - 4108 Wyoming Street - 04/25/07 01:30 PM
4108 Wyoming Street, St Louis, MO 63116
ML# 729558
Listed at $149,900. 
This is a great price for a four bedroom, 1.5 bath home in Tower Grove South - just four blocks south of the park.
Put this one on your list to see! Homes like this one don't come available often. 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 … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 24, 2007 - 04/24/07 01:38 PM
We had our bi-weekly office meeting today.  Usually, our meetings are followed by a presentation on various topics related to sales or real estate.  Today, the topic was Negotiating for Realtors. I wanted to share some hightlights:
1. Keep your emotions out of it.  Always be the steady and stable one for your clients.
2. Don't lose sight of the goal - the goal is a signed contract.
3. Use technology to your advantage.  Negotiate via fax and phone.  Don't negotiate through email.
4. Control what you say.  There is no room for drama and emotion.
5. Keep your commission out of it.
6. Continually refer back to the … (0 comments)

condo: New Listing in St Louis - 2 Family Flat For Sale - 3637 Alberta St - 04/18/07 02:46 PM
Just entered in the MLS today!  Attention investors!
3637 Alberta St. St. Louis, MO 63116
Two family flat in South City.  ML# 727714. 
Listed at $95,000.
Great price on this 2-family that needs some work.  The expensive repairs have already been taken care of here - new roof and spot tuckpointing in fall 2006; replacement windows all the way around; glass block windows in basement; central heat and air on the first floor (central heat only on the second floor); breaker boxes for both floors.  The first floor features five rooms, 1.5 baths, and a unique kitchen addition and butler's pantry/walk-thru (stove, fridge, dishwasher stay).  A … (2 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 17, 2007 - 04/17/07 03:51 PM
Dennis and I went to a seminar on 1031 Tax Exchanges this evening.  It was sponsored by the Des Peres Keller Williams office.  The material was presented by Coleen Howell, a Vice President with LandAmerica-Commonwealth Title Company.  As we are considering moving up from our two-families to larger investment properties in the future, I thought it would be a good idea to attend.  The class was pretty general, for beginners, which was fine with me; I don't know that much about the exchanges.  I also wanted to educate myself so I could better assist my investment property clients.  Some notes I … (3 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 16, 2007 - 04/16/07 01:50 PM
I wanted to share an exerpt from a speech given by Nelson Mandela at his inaguration in 1994.  It was originally attributed to Marianne Williamson.  This is so profound, and it is another clipping I keep posted on the board above my desk:
Our Deeped Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talente, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 15, 2007 - 04/15/07 07:30 AM
Beautiful day today compared with the past two days.  It was so dreary and rainy yesterday I did not want to leave the house... Today is partly sunny with temperatures in the fifties - still chilly compared with what it was, but at least it's not raining...
Following are the market statistics for single family residential homes in the city of St Louis for the past week.  These stats are gathered from the local multiple listing service:
There were 176 Active listings on the market, priced between $9,900 (foreclosure) and $1,495,000 (wow!).
There were 40 Contingent listings, priced between $79,900 and $1,179,000 (wow!).
There were … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 12, 2007 - 04/12/07 08:04 AM
I have a clipping of an article tacked to the bulletin board above my desk.  I believe it's from the Missouri Realtor Magazine that came out right before the MAR Convention &  Expo.  It told about the feature presentation that would be presented by Mike Schlappi.  Mr Schlappi, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a childhood accident, went on to become a two-time Gold Medalist, World Champion, author, businseeman, husband and father of five.  He earned an MBA, authored two successful books - about success - was a member of the Board of Trustees for the 2002 Olympic Games, … (0 comments)

condo: Kodak EasyShare V705 Camera - Interior Shots - 04/11/07 11:26 AM
Yesterday, I shared some outside shots I took with my new Kodak EasyShare V705 Camera.  Today, I wanted to share some interior shots I took to demonstrate how well I feel the camera performs on interior shoots.  I used my own home as the example.  Just so you know, I am not a decorator, so my home will not compare to all the fancy homes out there.  It was clean, and organized, for a change...  It should give you an idea of how the wide angle lense performs.  With my old camera, I could only get sections of a room.  With … (6 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 11, 2007 - 04/11/07 03:18 AM
I earned my GRI Designation in August 2000.  This is another designation I recommend other Realtors work toward earning.  Following is information on the GRI Designation (compiled from the NAR website). 
The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.
Developed for members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and offered through State REALTOR® Associations, the GRI program includes 90 hours of coursework on topics from … (1 comments)

condo: Kodak EasyShare V705 Camera - 04/10/07 10:13 AM
It was high time to get a new digital camera, but I didn't know where to begin.  I was using an old Sony digital camera that used a floppy disk.  For outside, the pics were alright, but for inside and low light situations, it was not cutting the mustard.  I checked out the Photography Group on Active Rain and read Jeff Turner's post about the Kodak EasyShare V705.  After doing some checking around (at department and camera stores) to see what was available for the price, I decided to purchase the V705 from Amazon.  Total with shipping was $209.90, and I … (11 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 10, 2007 - 04/10/07 04:04 AM
I was fortunate to earn my ABR designation in 2001, and it is one I highly suggest to newer Realtors, and experienced Realtors, too.  Following is information (gathered from the REBAC website) on the Accredited Buyer Representative designation and REBAC, The Real Estate Buyers Agent Council.  Hopefully, this information will be helpful to others considering furthering their education...  The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. 
The Real Estate … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 6, 2007 - 04/06/07 02:45 AM
I updated my CRS website this morning, and I added the link from my CRS page to the links at the right on this page.
I feel the general public does not understand what these designations mean.  Following is a description of the CRS designation, from the CRS website:
What's a CRS?
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.  Only 5% of Realtors nationwide earn this designation.
Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 5, 2007 - 04/05/07 03:24 PM
Dennis, Kim & I went to a seminar this evening.  It was a seminar on the foreclosure market.  Following are some notes from the discussion.  We have signed up to take the three-day class - $199 for two people did not sound bad at all.  We shall see... If we just learn a couple of things, it will be well worth it.
98% of millionaires are made from dealing in real estate.
250,000 homes nationwide went into foreclosure in 2006.
3.5 trillion dollars are going to be readjusted in 2007.
One million homeowners will see their payments double this year.
There are three times to buy:
1.  Before - … (2 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 3, 2007 - 04/03/07 07:23 AM
Stormy day today, and the temps are dropping.  Supposed to have near freezing temps for the next several nights.  What a change...
I wanted to share some information about a situation that occured on the Tholozan property last week.  It's a two-family, with one side rented.  The listing agent several times told me that everything was going fine with the occupancy permits.  As closing day loomed and I wasn't getting copies of the permits, I called the City of St Louis Housing Conservation District.  They informed me that there was an active permit on the vacant side, but the certificate had expired … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 2, 2007 - 04/02/07 09:01 AM
Another beautiful day in St Louis.  My thermometer reads 82 degrees.  We're told it's not going to last, though, with a rapid cool-down towards the end of the week.
The Cardinals lost 6-1 to the Mets last night on their opening night start.  This makes the third lost home opener in the past 11 years.  St Louis had won its past two season openers.  For more information, visit
This past week's market report for St Louis City (areas 1,2,3).  Stats are gathered from the local Multiple Listing Service:
There were 154 Active listings - Prices ranged from $14,900 to $689,500.
There were 46 Contingent/Option … (0 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - April 1, 2007 - 04/01/07 02:33 AM
April Fool's Day - And Cardinals' Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  The 2006 World Series Champions will take the field against the Mets this evening.  This Opening Day is a much anticipated holiday for many in the St Louis area.
After the storms yesterday, the weather should be pleasant for the pre-game festivities and the game.
The Opening Day Pep Rally starts at 3:00 pm to 5:30 at Kiener Plaza.  Other rallies will also take place during the afternoon. 
In the ballpark, the gates will open at 4:00 pm.  The Budweiser Clydesdales will open the pre-game ceremonies at 6;00 pm, and then the … (1 comments)

condo: Today in St Louis - March 29, 2007 - 03/29/07 01:35 PM
Closed my last two properties for the month today.  The Pinetree Lane deal closed first and then the Tholozan property closed at 11:30 am.  The earlier closing went very smoothly; the Tholozan closing had last minute glitches.  It was an FHA deal, and this one just required so much more documentation and hoops to jump through.  We did get it closed and funded, though...
I wanted to share some points from this past Tuesday's office meeting.  I know I'm a few days behind...
We watched the last part of "The Art of Selling."  This presentation covered "making the close."  Some main points were:
- Closing should … (0 comments)

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