Friday, April 3, 2020

CLOSED: #2824 Essex St in St. Charles

7 years ago, I sold a young married couple the perfect starter home for $130,000...
At the time, 2824 Essex was cute, clean, move-in ready, and the ideal place to start a family and a life together!  Today, just 7 years later and after very few renovations done, we closed it for a whopping $180,000.  That, my friends, is the power of a smart starter home purchase combined with careful preparation and diligent sale strategy. That is also what I mean by making real estate work for you by building an equity nest egg. YES.  

I am not going to lie, today was incredibly bittersweet for me.  Due to COVID19, my Sellers closed escrow electronically and I obviously was not able to attend. *sigh* Selfishly, closing  is always my favorite day of a transaction so it was a tough pill to swallow, but safety is imperative.

To the awesome W family- CONGRATULATIONS! I am taking a raincheck for a future in-person celebration of this sale!  I am so, SO happy for your family and am humbled by your trust and friendship.  High five, Team Essex!

In St. Louis and contemplating a future move?  We are living in interesting times with constantly-shifting market conditions due to the spread of COVID19 interrupting one of the most frenzied low-inventory markets I have ever experienced.  I have been thrilled by the amount of calls, texts, and emails I have received over the last week to pick my brain on what I am seeing and hearing in the trenches. Have questions about the Corona Virus' impact on the housing market?  Let's connect!  Knowledge is POWER, friends.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spring shenanigans in Casa de Nenonen...

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. 
To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”🌱💚
- Alfred Austin


Monday, March 23, 2020

Spreading Smiles During Quarantine..

Without a doubt, tough times always bring out the best in mankind.  This week, the Internet has been flooded with lovely random acts of neighborhood kindness from across the nation...  




As Americans quarantine and spend extra time outside near home, their neighbors are flooding them with random acts of kindness delivering the smiles!  How are you spreading joy?  The Nenonens gave our whimsical sidewalk surprises an adorable Spring makeover...



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Under Contract: 116 Iron Lake in St. Charles and COVID Update

It has been a wild and wacky week in St. Louis real estate due to a frenzied Spring market and COVID-19 (which I will address below).  Particularly my time spent with the W Family, as we carefully picked through the new and reduced MLS listings find their next home, having already sold their existing one. 

Good things come to those who wait, even in a low-inventory Seller's market...
... as they contracted this gem, only a mile and a half from the goodies of adorable historic Cottleville, yesterday!  Yippee.  Isn't it charming?

Even though the necessary choreography of a contingent sale/purchase results in timing pressure, I always beg my Buyers to remain loyal to their "must-have" list as long as they are being realistic. I knew that it was just a matter of time before they found one that checked off all of their boxes, and then this beauty had a sizable reduction.  We came in guns blazing with a strong offer and contracted it the following morning. It closes in a few short weeks!  A warm congratulations to the W family. 💗

COVID-19: I want to address this subject honestly, as I have been asked its effect on the 2020 Spring Market numerous times over the last week. I cannot predict the future, however, our processes are still flowing normally.  The swift Spring market pace hasn't changed as of today. In fact, I have not personally encountered any unforeseen obstacles, minus new precautionary measures.

As a personal choice, for the sake of public health: The Nenonen Family is taking social distancing recommendations seriously.  Meaning- we are avoiding contact with people outside of our household right now.  No one in and no one out of our home, with the exception of trips to local isolated wooded trails to remain sane (ha!) and necessary work commitments.  We canceled our Spring Break trip and thoughtfully stocked up on provisions to avoid stores over the next few weeks.  We are both working from home alongside both boys whose schools have been closed.  I have an 80-year-old mother currently quarantined in an Assisted Living Facility, so I truly understand the importance of public responsibility.

I, like the bulk of my industry, also recognize the importance of the real estate market continuing to move to maintain the financial health and wealth of the nation.  It is imperative.  As a result, I (along with most of my peers) have implemented new stringent professional precautions: amped-up hygiene, home office only, no open house, emphasis on digital communication and marketing, only spending time with very serious clients, and respecting personal space boundaries to remain healthy.  

As of today, the local real estate market is relatively unchanged, thus far, by the Coronavirus.  While there have been some temporary shifts made to municipal inspection procedure, as a whole,  properties are still selling quickly, lenders and title companies are functioning, rates remain historically low, and it is business as usual despite new precautionary measures.  All of this is VERY POSITIVE NEWS FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE!  As someone who worked through the catastrophic post 9/11 market AND the post-Great Recession market, I am optimistic and hopeful that my industry will continue to function and thrive through this latest crisis. 

When it is all said and done, real estate plays an integral role in the US economy, friends. Residential real estate provides housing for families and is the greatest source of wealth and savings for most Americans. Commercial real estate, which includes apartment buildings, creates jobs and spaces for retail, offices, and manufacturing. Real estate business and investment provide a source of revenue for millions. We keep it moving and value remains high! A precious reminder, my friends...

If you are contemplating a move in 2020, I urge you to connect with me!  I am happy to update you on the latest and strategize with you on the correct timing, much of which depends on numerous factors that shift daily.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Homeowner Tip: COVID-19

Do with this what you will, friends... 
... but please be vigilant, careful, and stay healthy.❤️

Thursday, March 12, 2020

CLOSED: #617 Oak Springs Trail Drive in Ballwin

This beauty closed escrow today...
A sincere thank you and congratulations to the D family for their friendship, trust, and due diligence. This sale was an emotional one for the family, hence, I was humbled by the opportunity to help. It means so much!  

Team Oak Springs took every single ounce of my preparation advice, from stripping wallpaper to repainting, and their attention-to-detail paid off at the closing table.  Competing contracts, 100% as-is, full price offer. Yes!  While this closing is bittersweet, I am so happy for my sweet Sellers and appreciate everything that they did to help make this a quick and seamless sale.  Congrats, friends.

In St. Louis and contemplating a move in 2020? Inventory is low and listing are selling quickly at top dollar!  Let's connect and see what your property may be worth...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Showing day in St. Charles...

Peek-a-boo under this property’s deck....

Never a dull day, friends...

Monday, March 9, 2020

Just Listed: 14362 Spyglass Ct in Chesterfield

Hey, St. Louis Snow Birds- you will adore my new Chesterfield condo listing as it is fully-updated, turn-key, and GO...
Enjoy one level maintenance-free living in the highly desirable gated community of Spyglass Summit in Chesterfield and the reputable Parkway Central School District. 

This community is well-known in West County for the meticulous grounds, a proactive management team, and terrific private amenities for residents like the clubhouse and pool...


14362 Spyglass Ct is an elegant end unit villa that boasts an airy open floor plan and over 3800sqft of updated living space and maintenance-free living.

UNIT FEATURES:

The formal living room boasts hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace, a custom Bose sound system, and custom plantation shutters...
The open floor plan is ideal for living and entertaining...
Appreciate the Seller's furnishings? Many of them are available for purchase to the Buyer if interested.

The sprawling eat-in kitchen is a chef's dream with custom cabinets, natural stone counters, and a sizable pantry...
The kitchen also boasts professional Viking stainless steel appliances including a gas cooktop with a sleek rear downdraft hood...  
 The sunny breakfast nook provides additional storage and serving space. Not only handsome, but versatile!
Off the kitchen you will find a lovely two-story cedar deck with built-in gas for grilling and a view...
 There is plenty of room for dinner parties under the stars! Just bring the wine and twinkle lights.

Heading back inside, the dining room impresses with handsome custom millwork.

What a fabulous setting for your holiday gatherings and sit-down soirees!

Main floor powder room...
The Master bedroom is one of TWO main floor master suites in this villa! It features vaulted ceilings, custom plantation shutters, and lovely natural light.
The grand entry to the Master bath is LINED with closets including two professionally organized walk-in closets and an impressive double linen closet...

Can you say WOW...
The Master bathroom features double sinks, a makeup vanity, a large soaking tub, a sizable walk-in shower, a separate room for the commode, and gorgeous natural light via skylight!

The main floor also features a conveniently located laundry room with a basin sink, overhead cabinets, and a double closet for storage...
Bedroom two upstairs boasts a sizable double closet and privacy galore...
Bedroom two also has a private bathroom.

Heading downstairs is the cozy play space of your dreams with custom built-in Bose surround sound and a gas fireplace...
Talk about the ultimate game room set up with a wet bar and built-in storage...
The lower level family room walks out on to a 2nd deck, ideal for entertaining....
For your guests, the lower level has the ultimate private oasis...
The sunny lower level bedroom has a sizable walk-in closet and a full bathroom.
  
Seeking a place to work from home?  This set-up beats most professional offices!
If you seek storage, this is your new home! This is one of TWO spacious walk-in storage rooms...
The Sellers uses this one as a tidy and convenient home gym.

Seeking walk-in closets? This is just one of THREE in the basement...

UNIT GOODIES:
  • Gleaming hardwood floors 
  • New fixtures
  • Professionally-designed closets throughout
  • 6 panel doors with lever knobs
  • Custom plantation shutters throughout
  • Gorgeous natural light
  • Storage galore
  • Owned security system
  • Bose surround sound in the lower and main level
  • Newer zoned efficiency HVAC systems
  • Gracious foyer area 
  • Fully move-in ready
The Spyglass Summit community is conveniently located near parks, shopping, eateries, and major highways. It also boasts a fantastic HOA fee structure with "Peace of mind" insurance coverage.  The Homeowners Association fee covers all exteriors and interior walls, unique for condos. The Homeowner needs only cover personal property and interior improvements made after purchase.  Move right in!
Chesterfield is one of the most desirable communities in West St. Louis county known for the incredible city amenities, a rich art community, year-round festivals and events, gorgeous trail systems and parks, concerts and movies at the new amphitheater, plentiful shopping, and foodie fun...
This West County villa is being offered for $524,900.  Showings begin on Wed, 3/11.  See full MLS listing with all photos and room dimensions HERE.

For more information or a private showing, contact Carrie...