Thursday, December 18, 2014

A quick pause in thanks of my past clients...

One of the greatest joys of being a 21st-century Realtor is the ability to remain connected with my clients even after close day via Social Media.  Over the last several weeks, warm scenes of the holiday season have overflowed my timelines. Per the photos I collaged,  I work with some of the most fun and creative people that I know!  As my clients' holiday photos start to pop up all over social media, I cannot help but pause and give thanks for such an incredible career thus far.

For 13 years,  I have had the privilege of helping dozens of wonderful people buy and sell homes. I have helped newly engaged couples buy their first property together,  tearful families close an estate, relocating families excited for a new life adventure, divorcing couples ready to part ways,  clients rushing to buy a larger home before the baby arrives, upwardly-mobile professionals celebrating an exciting new promotion with a more sizable home, and everything in between. I never take for granted that my job is unique in that I assist people during some of their most major life events.  I am incredibly thankful and humbled that I get to share in these moments.

This week I have witnessed my clients trim their first trees, snuggle their new baby in the nursery that we meticulously searched for, fill their kitchens with tasty delights... living LIFE in the properties that we found together.  What can I say, it warms my heart.  

One of my favorite quotes...



It is so true!  There is no better feeling as a Realtor than to have the birds eye view of the properties I have sold come to life with family and tradition and love.  I feel so blessed and incredibly lucky to have the ability to do what I do.  Real Estate is a labor of love for me, though I realize that it is my amazing clients that make my job so fun and rewarding.

Happy holidays, all.  I am blessed to have you in my life!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Great news- I received the 2015 Five Star Award!



Wow, what a terrific week it has been!   I received notification yesterday afternoon that I have been chosen by St. Louis Magazine as a 2015 Five Star recipient.   This is my 6th time (5th year in a row) to be featured in the April edition of St. Louis Magazine as one of the year's top area Realtors in Customer Satisfaction. As the Five Star Award is given to less than 5% of the Metro's 17,000 + Realtors every year... it is a tremendous honor to be chosen as a recipient.

St. Louis Magazine polls area residents who purchased a home priced at more than $150,000 within an 18-month period.  The final list is a select group, representing less than 5% of real estate agents in the area.  The only way to be eligible for this award is for multiple clients to nominate your name accompanied with positive reviews, in addition to making minimum production standards over the last 3 years.  

A sincere thank you to my beloved clients and friends for your continued business, referrals, and positive survey reviews! I am so humbled and appreciative.   Thank you, friends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top 9 Agents in the Month of November


I was tickled pink to wake up to this shout out from the CBG Corporate Centre today.   November was a terrific month!  A warm thank you to my current clients who are working this Winter market for all that it is worth.  Nice morning surprise after a fantastic November full of work fun.  

FYI- Connect with my office, the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Corporate Centre, HERE on Facebook for helpful local real estate information.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hidden Gem: Meert's Cut-Your-Own Tree Farm in Festus

We always cut down our own Christmas tree...

I grew up with the tradition and it is now my most cherished December activity with my family. For the Nenonens, a visit to the tree farm officially kicks off the holiday season!

Over 17+ years of marriage, Steve and I have visited almost EVERY tree farm within a 2 hour radius of St. Louis, I kid you not. That being said, we have never found a farm that we felt compelled to revisit year after year. Often times, area farms boast WAY overpriced trees with little variety and overwhelming crowds. In addition, they are often located in remote rural areas with roads difficult to navigate in less than ideal weather.

In 2009, we found the perfect tree farm per the recommendation of a friend...
... and now return every year.   

Meert's Tree Farm and Nursery is located in Festus, approximately 1 hour outside of St. Louis off of Highway 55. It boasts a lovely setting, an excellent layout, timely shuttles to the fields, a cute little shop, holiday goodies like hot cocoa, custom wreaths and greenery, and excellent tree variety. 

I would say that the shaping of the trees is perhaps not as pristine as other area farms we have visited, which can equate to a slightly longer search for "the one". That being said, they offer far more types of trees to cut fresh than the traditional pine.  In fact, we found the perfect spruce for only $7/linear foot. It is full, lush, and smells AMAZING in our living room!  NOTE: if searching for a very LARGE tree- THIS IS THE PLACE!  Their fields made me dream of a room with vaulted ceilings.

A peek at the 2014 fun...

You can also see a fun little video of our day HERE.

The older the boys get (now in 7th and 10th grade), the more I grasp on tightly to our annual holiday traditions.  If seeking holiday fun, I highly recommend a visit to Meert's! Wonderful day, friendly people.

In addition, due to the Highway 55 location,  it only makes sense to hit Historic Kimmswick on the way home. We always stop and stroll through all of the adorable holiday shops in Kimmswick after lunch at the famous Blue Owl- home of the famous mile-high levee pie.

NITTY GRITTY:

Meert's Tree Farm and Nursery

4560 Dry Fork Rd, Festus, MO 63028  
636.931.3901

Open Daily from 9-4


Web: http://albesm.com/ 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meert-Tree-Farm/208775665860518

See my other "Hidden Gems" HERE.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NAR predicts Missouri home values to increase in 2015

Good news, St. Louis Homeowners!

The National Association of REALTORS® just announced that they predict  a 3-4+% increase in Missouri home value in 2015! Terrific news for not only our real estate market, but our overall economy, as well!

Ready to discuss a possible future move in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area?  I would love to help!  The time to prepare is now.  




The 2014 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlour Tour

If you have to choose one St. Louis Holiday House Tour...
This is it, locals!

The 2014 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour allows you the opportunity to stroll through beautifully maintained 19th century Victorian Architecture.  What makes Lafayette Square special?  

The gorgeous "painted ladies", of course!  Lafayette Square has and will always be one of my favorite neighborhoods to show properties. So much historical integrity remains in the area- so much neighborhood pride. Take a more in-depth peek at the neighborhood history HERE in one of my previous blog posts.  

Tickets for this house tour sell out quickly, so I would recommend reserving your spot now while there are still tickets available!   Visit the Lafayette Square website HERE for more information.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The St. Louis City Garden Winter Wonderland At Night

Last night, we were Downtown for dinner at Peacemaker and a theater event at the Peabody Opera House. Afterwards, we enjoyed a late-night stroll through the City Garden to take in the holiday scene.  If you have not yet done this locals, please do!  Terrific.  A peek at the whimsical fun...















Friday, November 28, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: November 28 - November 30


Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration?  We enjoyed a lovely evening here at Casa de Nenonen with family.  If you are not a Black Friday shopper (like me), there is a LOT going on in St. Louis this long holiday weekend!  

All of it family-friendly, here are a few of the more notable happenings... enjoy!

Rock N Roll Craft Show Moves To The Luminary
Nov. 28-30

The event, showcasing unique items handcrafted from new and recycled materials by talented artisans, as well as locally and nationally acclaimed bands.  The show is set up department store-style, with 100 vendors divided into different departments such as paper goods, clothing, and housewares, and one centralized checkout. There will be live music and DJs throughout the weekend. A cash bar will be available.

Admission on Friday for “Red Carpet Black Friday,” including complimentary beverages and giveaways, is $10; admission for the other two days is $3. 

http://www.rocknrollcraftshow.com/ 


Old Courthouse: Holiday Kick Off Performance
November 28 – 29

The National Park Service kicks off the holiday season at the Old Courthouse this weekend!   Guests may enjoy cookies, hot cider and beautiful music under the rotunda festively adorned with authentic Victorian decorations and live performances.

Nov. 28: 12 pm – 1 pm: St. Louis Irish Arts
Nov. 29: 12 pm – 1 pm: St. Louis Confluence Chamber Orchestra

http://www.gatewayarch.com/experience/holidays-at-the-old-courthouse-/ 


Gardenland Express: A Passion for Plant
November 26 – January 4
9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.
$5 with garden admission, free for garden members

The Missouri Botanical Garden Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show charms guests with G-scale trains that chug along 900 feet of track. The trains pass by festive scenes surrounded by holiday poinsettias and other flowers. 
  
Missouri Botanical Garden- 4344 Shaw
314-577-5100
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/signature-events/gardenland-express.aspx


Saint Louis Zoo – US Bank Wild Lights
November 28 – January 3
5:30–8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat, and Sun. 
Free to $7.

Gaze at more than 500,000 lights, enjoy fireside stories, sip hot chocolate, and more at the Saint Louis Zoo. 

Saint Louis Zoo, 
314-781-0900
http://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/wildlights/


St. Charles Christmas Traditions
November 28 through December 21
6:30–9 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat, noon–5 p.m. Sun. 
Free

This year marks the 40th anniversary of St. Charles’ holiday extravaganza, when historic downtown is transformed into a Christmas village, complete with Victorian Carolers, fife and drum corps, photo opportunities with Santa, and more.  

Historic Main Street, 
St. Charles, MO
800-366-2427 
http://www.historicstcharles.com/things-to-do/christmas-traditions/

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration


Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means that we have switched into full-speed-ahead prep mode at my house.  We always host Thanksgiving, as both Steve and I adore the holiday. While the table is formal, the mood is always casual here in Casa de Nenonen.  For us, Thanksgiving is a day to to slow down, reflect, spend time together, and give thanks for friends, family, and the blessings in our life over a lovely meal.

In my opinion, a pretty table sets the stage and mood for the meal/day. I typically forgo a traditional centerpiece in lieu of natural elements including leaves, pumpkins, gourds, apples, pine, pomegranates, wood, nuts, cranberries, and pine cones to celebrate the Harvest time...

The photos above were my table a few years ago, when my centerpiece incorporated birch, nuts, magnolia leaves, and peacock feathers laced with the warm scent of orange, clove, and cinnamon.

Needless to say, it has been a difficult and emotional week here in St. Louis with the Ferguson riots.  As a result, holiday focus has been delayed and somewhat overlooked  for many locals, myself included,  so today I shift into full gear.  If there is ANY YEAR to pause, reflect, and count your blessings... it is 2014.

Seeking creative inspiration this morning, I reached out to the Internet.   Here is a peek at some of the lovely photos that I found online. Who wouldn't LOVE to sit at one of these tables? Gorgeous...



See my Thanksgiving Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/cdninstl/thankful/