Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Curb Appeal Tips- it matters, Sellers!

Is your house listed right now or do you have plans to list your home soon, as we continue to battle Winter?  If so, this blog entry is for you!

Perhaps the biggest challenge to a Midwest Winter Seller, despite a smaller Buyer Pool, is the inability to visually capture a Buyer immediately.  The fact is, curb appeal matters and winter in St. Louis is dreary and sloppy for the most part. The 1st impression is almost always the lasting impression when it comes to real estate.  First impressions are everything and achieving a welcoming curb appeal during the gray winter months can be TOUGH!

Studies show that a Buyer typically decides within two minutes whether they like your home or not, as they start forming their opinion before they even walk through the front door!  Hence, it is VITAL for your home to be as presentable as it can be to ensure a quick sale at a top dollar price.

During the Spring and Summer months, I recommend fresh mulch, flowers, and colorful touches to my clients.   Unfortunately, however, during the gray winter months... a Seller doesn't have those options.  Hence, a warm and inviting curb appeal may be difficult to achieve during the Winter!  Do not fret, however.  Over my 14+ years in the business, I have compiled numerous winter curb appeal tips that I pass along to my Sellers to amp up the marketability of their properties during the colder months.

Curb appeal matters to you too, Winter Sellers.  Do NOT ignore it or you are kissing money goodbye.

If you are waiting for the SPRING to sell, HERE are some tips for my Spring Sellers!

Are you in St. Louis, considering a move in 2016, and still interviewing Realtors?  I would love the opportunity to speak with you and appreciate your consideration!  Learn more about me at, see what my clients have to say about me HERE, or call me at 314.298-5275 to find out how much your house is worth.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Donate and enjoy a free movie on Goodwill and Wehrenberg!

It is Wednesday or shall I say "Wehrenberg Wednesday", St.Louis...

If you make a Goodwill donation today (or any Wednesday in February), you will receive a free movie ticket to Wehrenberg Theatres.  Great for Sellers clearing clutter or Buyers scaling down for the move!  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A morning of recognition...

This morning we had our annual awards banquet at the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Corporate Office...
2015 was a wonderful year, landing me in the Top 10 of the agents in my office in total production. A morning of reflection and acknowledgement of the past year achievements serves as a great kickoff to the 2016 Spring market!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The St. Louis Modern exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Hey St. Louis ‪Mid Century Modern‬ and Art Lovers...

The St. Louis Modern exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum closes on Sunday so you have a few days left! It is jam-packed with super sexy mid-century modern designs made between 1935 and 1965 by St. Louis-based architects, artists, and designers and is FABULOUS.

Tip: Exhibit admission is FREE on Friday.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Real Estate Tip: List Price does NOT Determine Value!

We are gearing up for one of the hottest Seller's market in years in St. Louis! The key to maximizing profit potential comes down to timing, marketing, and list price.

Call me at 314.298.5276 to find out how much your house is worth and to get started!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

For the 1st time ever, the global color authority Pantone anointed two colors of the year in 2016...

Closely watched by the design industry, the annual announcement is usually a tip-off to the trends that will be seen in home d├ęcor, fashion, and design that year.  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone’s Color Institute, stated “We wanted compassion, which today a lot of people are looking for inducing feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation to create balance in a chaotic world.”  

In addition to endless fashion options, Pantone suggests using these colors in home accessories such as candles, decorative bowls, vases, and florals, adding that they’re “an ideal choice for rugs and upholstery where you can combine solid and patterned fabrics, throws, and bedding in these shades".

I took to Pinterest above to show a few practical applications of the dynamic duo.  Love it or leave it?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thank you, Coastal Real Estate Group...

A warm thank you to David Feldberg of the Coastal Real Estate Group for selecting "CDN and the City" as one of the current Top 87 Realtor Blogs in the country...

I created this blog several years ago out of a passion for a business and city that I adore.  Of all of my creative outlets, it remains one of my favorites!  It means so much to me to be recognized for the work done here and to be chosen among a group of reputable real estate peers committed to creating a solid network of valuable online industry information.

I appreciate your recognition and am humbled to be included in your top favorites.  Thank you, David!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"The possible's slow fuse is lit by the imagination." ~E.Dickinson

When I was girl, we used to attend the same holiday party each December.  Our family friends lived in a large home in Town and Country on several acres.   On one evening each year, they opened their home to dozens of friends for tree-trimming and toasts to the season. Such wonderful childhood memories.

As a child, the thing that impressed me most about their home has stuck with me over the last 30+ years.  It wasn't actually the childrens' bedrooms that fascinated me as much as what their rooms were hiding. Both kids in the family had a secret playroom attached to their bedroom. It was so magical to me at the time, like a real life scene out of the C.S.Lewis classic "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe". 

Accessed via a small ladder and high above his bedroom, the son had a hidden ceiling loft space that was illuminated with strung lights where he practiced his guitar.   The daughter's secret space was accessed via a small hidden door at the back of her closet, which opened up to a lovely pink playroom filled with dolls, books, and toys.  How badly I too wanted a secret space to let my imagination run free!  

I think that childhood memory has much to do with the giddy feeling that I experience when I spot a special hidden space in a property, tucked away where you would least expect it...

Do you have an extra closet, attic, bedroom, or space under the eaves?  I took to Pinterest to inspire you to apply a little creativity to transform wasted space to one where your family's imagination can run free!   

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Scene at Creve Coeur Lake...

I cut through Creve Coeur Lake on the way to my office meeting this AM...

It was a winter scene at Dripping Springs. Ice, icy baby!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The 15 Most Expensive and Luxurious St. Louis Homes For Sale: January 10, 2016.

No one hit the big Powerball jackpot last night, ‪St. Louis‬! Want to know the best way to kill time before Wednesday's 1.5 BILLION dollar drawing? Window shop for your dream home! Click on the photo below to view the 15 most luxurious homes currently for sale in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and St. Charles County...

Happy Shopping and good luck!