10 Ways to Keep Your O’fallon House Safe While You’re Away

10 Ways to Keep Your O'fallon House Safe While You’re Away I hope you all have  a safe and relaxing time during your vacation this summer.  It’s crucial that we all have time to recharge and recognize what’s important in life.  We only go around once, so it’s important to savor what we have. Before you leave town, I thought you might be interested in a few precautionary … Continue reading...

How to Avoid Home-Hunting Embarrassment – Get Pre-Qualified

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Mortgage pre-qualification. Why does it matter? Let me see if I can frame it this way... Has ever happened to you? You’re out with friends and decide to grab dinner. There’s a new place in town you’ve heard is fantastic.  Rave reviews, amazing cuisine.  Everyone’s excited. You drive over, pay for parking, and sure enough, there’s a crowd. The atmosphere is perfect, the … Continue reading...

Morning Person – Get the Most Out of Your Day

How to Become a Morning Person When you are your business, being a morning person gives you a big advantage in life. Mornings are super productive times for me, but you don’t have to be in real estate to reap the benefits. Mornings also set the tone for the day. You feel great knowing you’ve paid yourself first... there’s no procrastination guilt. If you’ve ever … Continue reading...

Making Good Neighbors – Can Make Where You Live A Great Place

Living next door to someone doesn’t make you a neighbor.  It makes you the stranger next door! One of the great opportunities we have in our communities is the chance to build real, meaningful relationships with the people who live closest to us. While I understand the desire for privacy, I think it’s important we realize that regular, helpful communication with our … Continue reading...

Tricks to Showing Your O’fallon Home

Tricks to Showing Your O'fallon Home Here are a few tips for showing your home:When you have your home on the market, it needs to be ready to show at all times. Now of course you won't have someone showing up at 7:00 a.m. or 10:00 p.m., but during reasonable hours, your home could be shown multiple times through the day and evening. Having your agent put a lock box outside … Continue reading...

Selling Mistakes to Avoid

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Critical Selling Mistakes to Avoid in O'fallon   1. Failing to prepare your home for the critical eyes of a buyer When was the last time you stood across the street and took a good hard look at your home? Don't underestimate the importance of making a good first impression. It begins at the street -- it's called curb appeal. If you are competing with other homes … Continue reading...

Tax Deductions Can Make Homeownership as Affordable as Renting

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Tax deductions can make homeownership as affordable as renting Unlike renters, homeowners get part of their monthly payments back at tax time. That's because the mortgage interest they pay is (in most cases) fully tax deductible. For a mortgage payment of, say, $1,000 (principal and interest only), you could purchase a home for $151,426 if you put a 10% down payment on a … Continue reading...