Ideas to Free Up Your Kitchen Space

Free Up Kitchen Space

Is your kitchen cramped? Check out these simple kitchen hacks to open up your space and make it more usable. You probably don’t need a scientific study to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a family home. It serves as a hub for food, space for gathering, and often a message center for family traffic. Some consider it the “brain” of the home. While … Continue reading...

Couples Buying Homes – O’fallon Area

Couples Buying Homes

Today we are going to be Discussing:   How to help couples buying a home together get on the same page when it comes to what they want in a home. You can only make progress if everyone shares the vision. When a couple agrees it’s time to move, does that mean the couple has the same house in mind? Here’s a simple exercise for making sure you and your partner share the same … Continue reading...

Bidding Burnout When Buying a Home

bidding burnout

Bidding Burnout When Buying a Home | O'fallon Real Estate Show The pitfalls of home shopping prior to taking the big picture into consideration. As real estate markets continue to improve, and the neighborhood you’ve had your eye on is suddenly the “hot spot” on the map, there’s a real risk you could end up paying too much for your next house. One of the major culprits? A … Continue reading...

6 Tips To Help A Home Inspector

6 tips to help home inspector

http://youtu.be/_phEuA8NEnw Are you sweating an upcoming home inspection? Coming up next are six tips that will make your home inspector happy and save time and money in the process. Everyone wants a smooth home inspection. Sellers, buyers, agents... everyone’s rooting that this high-stakes moment passes without a hitch. Add to that list the home inspector, too! Save … Continue reading...

Home Staging – Include Your Garage

Home Staging the Garage

If you want to make it shine, don’t forget to pay attention to the garage! Staging all your rooms can make a big difference. Making a house on the market shine is all about attention to detail. If you’re going the extra mile to ensure your home is a stand-out, you’ll probably go beyond the typical touch-ups that refresh curb appeal. You might even decide to stage your home, … Continue reading...

Predicting Neighborhood Home Values

predicting neighborhood home values

How do you predict the value of a neighborhood? While no one can say for sure how home values in a neighborhood will rise or decline over time, there are big-picture economic factors that you can look for to help get handle on where they may be going.  I will discuss the top 5 in just a minute. 1. Major regional employers. If a community depends upon one or two large … Continue reading...

Relocation Visit Tips

Relocation Tips

Are you considering a move to a new city? Maybe you’re trying to make the choice between two or three potential options. If so, how you visit your future home can have a dramatic impact on which one makes the final cut. By making a few subtle shifts in how you prepare for your visit (and how you spend your time while you’re in town), you can gain more useful insight into the … Continue reading...

Think Before You Shop For a New O’fallon Home

young family keys buying O'fallon Home

Today we are going to be discussing: The pitfalls of home shopping prior to taking the big picture into consideration. Why is looking at homes before you’ve thought about what you want to buy dangerous? It starts innocently enough... you pass a house in a neighborhood you like, you hear someone is selling their home, you happen to look up home prices online. Before you … Continue reading...

Is A Pre-Listing Inspection A Good Move?

pre-listing inspection

Is a pre-listing inspection of your home a good move? It depends:  some thoughts on the pros and cons in just a second. Part of my job as a real estate agent is educating and protecting my clients. Many of my clients get nervous about home inspections. They often ask me if they should have a home inspection before they put my home on the market. Here’s my take on the … Continue reading...

Evaluating Your Local Schools

Evaluating Schools

Today we are going to discuss Evaluating Schools Schools are a contributing factor for anyone buying a home. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, your next buyer might, and they might base their decision to buy on the school district which serves your home. The question remains: How do you evaluate schools? What’s the best approach for understanding if your local schools … Continue reading...