Friday, January 23, 2015

Closed: 526 North Kirkwood, 3B in Kirkwood

A nice way to kickoff the weekend... North Kirkwood closed this AM!  A warm thank you and sincere congratulations to my friend/Buyer on embarking on a new chapter and allowing me the opportunity to help.  I appreciate it, you. 

Happy Friday, all!  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 Real Estate Tip: Watch the rates!

Lower interest rates equal higher affordability, plain and simple. Experts predict a raise in rates by mid-2015, the 1st increase by the Federal Reserve since 2006.

Rates have been historically low for almost a decade, though I urge people not to take them for granted per below...



While home loans are predicted to remain below a super healthy 5%, this could drastically affect those who soon plan to purchase a car or who currently hold credit card balances.


Knowledge is power, folks. Financially plan your 2015 accordingly!


Read more here: http://goo.gl/AdKMch

Monday, January 19, 2015

Link Love: St. Louis Missouri- History, Landmarks, & Vintage photos Page


St. Louis lovers and history buffs- I have a new obsession that I must share! If you are on Facebook and you haven't yet, please join this Facebook group for an incredible peek at our city's past, one interesting photo submission and discussion at a time. Utterly fantastic! 




You can find me on Facebook HERE. Let's connect!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Real Estate Tip: Make your entry POP!


It is not too early to start your Spring project planning, Homeowners!  

I always find myself craving color in small doses as the promise of warmer weather draws closer. The front door is the perfect place to show off a bold hue without major commitment. Whether you go traditional or think outside the box, a colorful door warms your entry and makes it POP!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weekend Happening: Ice Carnival in the University City Loop

The weekend forecast, St. Louis...

Old Man Winter got you down? Give him the cold shoulder, embrace the warmer weekend temps, and head out to the 10th Annual University City Loop Ice Carnival this weekend!

Completely centered around the celebration of ice and all things frigid, the Loop Ice Carnival is an all day event with fun for the whole family.

Nitty Gritty...

Where?
The Delmar Loop, from Rosedale to Kingsland avenues


Full schedule and map HERE.

How much?
Most events free


Where to get more info?
314-727-8000 

http://visittheloop.com/icecarnival/

Fun Includes:
Ice Sculptures
5K and 10K Frozen Buns Run
Snow Ball White Attire Party
Ice slides
Smore Roasts
Human Dog Sled Races
Live Performers
Pub Crawl
Scavenger Hunts


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Under Contract: 526 North Kirkwood, 3B in Kirkwood

My buyer contracted this charming move-in ready Kirkwood condo yesterday afternoon, within a stone's throw of the adorable Historic Downtown Kirkwood area! It closes by the end of this month. 

A fresh start, new chapter my friend.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Client Recommendation on LinkedIn


Brady- thank you, thank you for your kind endorsement on LinkedIn!  What can I say?  It was an honor working with you and your family.  I cannot express how much I appreciate your business and personal recommendation!  

You are the gem- thank you! =)

Read my other Client Testimonials HERE.

Monday, January 5, 2015

5 Tips For Listing a Property With Young Children from a Realtor's PERSONAL Experience...



This photo was taken of Reed and Parker 12 years ago on the day that we moved into our current house. The boys were 1 and 3 at the time.

TRUE STORY:

Our property was listed mid-week.  We had already closed on our new house but were not ready to move in as we were renovating.   I assumed that we wouldn't have activity until the weekend upon listing- BIG mistake.   We received a call that evening at 8PM from a fellow agent - her client was desperate to get into our house IMMEDIATELY. 

Great news though the reality?  Toys were scattered, the boys were asleep in bed, the kitchen was a mess from dinner, and Steve and I were exhausted and in our pajamas.  Slightly disgruntled, actually VERY disgruntled, we quickly picked up the house and pulled the boys out of bed- the worst nightmare of a parent of TWO toddlers.  The Buyer sat at our dining room table until Midnight that evening, writing a contract. In the meantime, we sat in a booth at Steak-n-Shake with 2 VERY tired and cranky boys until he was done, 3 hours later.

Was it frustrating? YES!  Was the next day at work exhausting?  YES!  Were the boys a nightmare the following morning after disturbed sleep?  YES!  Was it worth the quick and full price offer/sale? ABSOLUTELY.

The fact is, we closed on that property a month later, and we never once regretted those 3 miserable late-night hours at Steak-n-Shake with our uber crabby toddlers.

Moral of the story: when you finally decide to list, and that listing goes live in the MLS system, the goal is to sell.  Period.  You do what it takes.  You must be prepared for every possible inconvenience, as it is crucial that you make a conscious effort to accommodate EVERY Buyer! 

You don't want to pass on any appointment, as you never know how motivated the buyer behind that appointment is.  It is likely, as happened in our case, after that one inconvenient showing... you may never have to work around one AGAIN as the house will be sold.

Over my 13+ years in this industry, I have met dozens of homeowners, in desperate need of more space, choose not to move after all due to the inconvenience of caring for young children through the process.  I get it.  Trust me, I SO get it.  Listing a property and moving is exhausting in and of itself.  Throw in nap schedules, crumbs, legos, milk spills, and dirty diapers...a whole other ballgame, people.  I understand.  I talk-the-talk, because I have walked-the-walk, per above.

The key to listing a property with young children is preparation.  You must develop a game plan and follow it.  You must focus on the light at the end of the tunnel- 1,3,6 months down the road- and how much it will be worth it!

My best advice from my own personal experience and my work with the dozens of Seller parents I have represented...

1) Rent a small storage unit and FILL IT to the MAX.

Families with young children have STUFF, and a lot of it.  Realistically, your children can do without much of it for a few months.  We rented a 5X5 storage unit (walk-in closet size- approximately $40/month) and filled it to the ceiling: train table, Little People sets, lego table, Lincoln logs, etc.  The fact is, the boys didn't really miss the items.  We left them numerous toys to play with, just not as much.  The less toys they have, the less mess they make, the easier it is for you to keep up with. Period.

2) Designate one area in your home for toys. 

A toy room, a corner of the basement, or their bedroom ala...



Organize that space so every toy has a home and only fill it with what fits.  Realistically , those with young children typically live with toys everywhere- I get it.  When listing, however, toys in the dining room, living room, and kitchen dictate NOT ENOUGH SPACE .  Wrong message to send to a potential Buyer. If toying with selling or donating kiddie items- the time is NOW.  Scale down the items and give every toy a home.  That is the KEY. 

3) Purchase two empty laundry baskets for "stuff collection" ONLY, and leave them by the front door. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures, people. When the call comes: "We will be there in an hour"... this is no time to dawdle.  Grab the baskets and start scooping in the random toys, blankies, shoes, wipe containers, and binkies.  Pop it in the car with you and you are on your way.  You can deal with properly putting away the items when you arrive back home.

4) Get out of the house and take advantage of the local goodies and happenings.  

We are blessed- there are a million things to do inexpensively with children in St. Louis.  Pick up the house in the morning and enjoy a day out at the Magic House, pool, the Zoo, or Grandma's house if you know that numerous showings are likely or scheduled for that day.

Embrace free story time at the library, lunch at the park, and a lazy afternoon at a movie.  Your house will thank you!

5) Price your property correctly to ensure a quick and profitable sale.

The most important advice, hands down: price strategically and thoughtfully.  Simply, if a property is priced correctly in this market... it will sell fast and at top dollar. Thoroughly prepare your property, price it competitively according to the comps, and as a result... only have the inconvenience of showings for a short period of time.  The key.

PS- Listing a property with teenagers (my boys now at 13 and 15)?

Not any cleaner- same rules apply.  Ha ha!

Need advice or looking for a Realtor in St. Louis?  I would love to help!
Learn more about me at www.MoveWithCarrie.com.

Friday, January 2, 2015

10 New Years Resolutions for your Home

Thanks to Manage My Life for this great advice for 2015...
10 New Years Resolutions for your Home

Tradition dictates that every January 1, we resolve to make a life improvement, big or small. Improving your home can improve your life, so apply the most popular New Year's resolutions to your home.

1. Lose weight
A bit of weight loss goes a long way in a home. Sell, donate, recycle or discard the stuff you never use. When your home is less cluttered, the rest of your life just might follow suit.

2. Quit smoking
If your home is smoking, you need to know about it. Install a smoke detector on every level of your home and outside the sleeping areas. Keep your resolution charged all year by changing the batteries in your detectors twice a year.

3. Get organized
A place for everything, and everything in its place — ever heard that one? Organize files, storage areas and living spaces. Professionals can lend a hand, or you can tackle the job yourself. Either way, your life runs more smoothly when you can find things when you need them.

4. Improve your appearance.
You'll be most content in your home when you're happy with it aesthetically. Refreshes could range from fresh flowers to improved lighting to new flooring. When you revitalize your home, it revitalizes you right back.

5. Make more money.
Small projects can add big profit if you plan to sell your home. Some can be found in simple fixes — a fresh coat of paint, a new rug, less furniture and less clutter. Although the return on your investment depends on your timing and the market, the most profitable changes are a basic kitchen update, a revitalized lawn, an energy-efficient fireplace and a second bath.

6. Save money.
Consistent, proper maintenance of your home can save big money in the long run. If ignored, small things like worn washer hoses, clogged gutters or dead tree limbs can become costly problems. A regular maintenance plan can prevent emergency repairs from taking you to the bank.

7. Drink less.
Is your energy consumption out of control? You can start with the easy fixes — use compact fluorescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries and fewer disposable items. Turn off what you're not using and adjust your thermostat. Bigger ticket items include energy-saving appliances and low-flush toilets. These changes not only decrease your energy bills, they also place fewer demands on the planet's resources.

8. Go back to school.
Attend home maintenance classes and learn about home improvement projects. If you're calling in a professional, educate yourself about the appropriate processes, know what questions to ask, and then ask them.

9. Try something new.
Never hung a picture? Never built a deck? With the right tools and education, you can manage a lot on your own. Set your sights on a project that's realistic for you and go for it.

10. Spend more time with family and friends.
Your friends and family will line up at your door to help celebrate your accomplishments!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!



To my Social Media family- thank you for a wonderful year of sharing and fun! In 2015, may your dreams become reality and your efforts become grand achievements.

Happy New Year and warm blessings for a safe and joyous celebration, my friends!