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RARE FIND 4-CAR GARAGE IN NEW CONSTRUCTION

by Sandie Hea

This stunning home is located within the popular Ohmes Farm subdivision in St Peters, MO and so convenient to all the necessities and highways you need to navigate LIFE.  Since a 3-car garage is now not enough for most families, especially those of you with upcoming teen drivers, hockey equipment, soccer and golf clubs, bicycles, etc. you'll love the tandem garage for storage of all those necessities.  

Look at this gorgeous kitchen with center island breakfast bar, separate coffee bar serving area! 


Much sought-after flex room upstairs along with a Princess Suite bedroom will have you falling in love in no time.  Give someone their own private bathroom and they'll love you forever! 

The level backyard will surely be a source of constant enjoyment

Call me for an appointment today. Priced at $392,400 for 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a walk out lower level.  

Celebrate America's Birthday in St. Louis

by Sandie Hea

The time has come again for us to celebrate our freedom this 4th of July in St. Louis!  

And what better way to celebrate than at America's biggest birthday party at Fair St. Louis.  This free event features great live music, the fun Festival Zone, and of course, the famous fireworks display that caps off very evening of the fair that runs in Forest Park from July 2-4.

Have a fun and happy 4th of July in St. Louis!

More Great Places to Eat in St. Louis

by Sandie Hea

Back in March we listed some of the top restaurants in St. Louis based on reviews from TripAdvisor.com. Yet there's certainly more great places to eat here than we were able to mention last time.  So here's a few more top dining experiences to add to the list.

Broadway Oyster Bar

Voted Best Creole/Cajun and seafood restaurant by the Missouri Restaurant Association, Broadway Oyster Bar also offers some of the best live music in town with acts every night. With fast service and big portions, you definitely won't leave hungry.

Hendel's Restaurant

If you're looking for a historic location with great ambiance for a romantic night out, this is the place.  You can also enjoy dining out in the beautiful garden, or in the piano bar on Friday and Saturdays. Their menu features an outstanding selection of steak, seafood and pasta.

Mango Peruvian Cuisine

Mango is the best place in St. Louis for authentic Peruvian cuisine, featuring a relaxing loft-style environment. Their friendly staff will help you discover the perfect dish. Certainly the place to discover something new while having a great dining experience.

How to Painlessly Save For a Home

by Sandie Hea

If you're planning on buying a home, no doubt your first concern is how to save up for it.  The down payment alone can average around $48,000 if you put down the recommended 20%. So the question becomes for most people, how to save that much money without making your life miserable.

There are ways to save a sizable amount of money without having to do without in your life.  Here are three suggestions from Realtor.com.

Build a Ladder

One buyer said "My parents, who have saved a lot on teachers' salaries, taught me about CD laddering. I have a savings account with a set minimum in case of emergencies, but every time I get $1,000 above that amount, I buy an 18-month CD with that money, which gives me a bit more interest than my savings account. My goal was to buy enough to eventually have a CD maturing every month. Once they matured, I'd reinvest the money in another CD. If I hadn’t started early and locked away money consistently over a decade, I never would have been able to put down 20%—close to $100,000—on my two-bedroom apartment.”

Shop for the Best Savings Account

Sometimes a good old-fashioned savings account is the best way to go.  Find an account where you'll earn at least 1% in interest.  It actually won't take long for it to add up, as the interest is compounded.

There's an App For That

There's an app called Acorns that will round up your purchases and invests the spare change, which could also add up fast. You can search for other apps that will help save and manage your finances as well.

Saving money usually isn't fun.  But if you're creative and stick to it, you start seeing the returns soon enough.

 

Seniors today are looking for different options for retirement.  They're looking for something outside of the typical places people usually go to retire.  GoodCall.com discovered this interesting fact when it reviewed 1,662 cities and towns in the U.S. and ranked the best ones for seniors to retire.  At the top of the list was none other than Chesterfield!

What led GoodCall.com to this conclusion? They analyzed a wide range of metrics such as migration rates, health care costs, restaurants, and a number of other factors that are important to people entering retirement.

It's the suburban feel that has led people to retire in Chesterfield, in addition to a number of other factors that make this great community stand out.  There's an abundance of health care options, with 5 per every 1000 residents.  Chesterfield also enjoys a very low crime rate at 17.7 per 1000 residents.  The bottom line is that Chesterfield offers retirees a safe and secure environment.  The weather also played a factor into this rating, as the St. Louis area gets sun around 77% of the year.

If you want to learn more about why Chesterfield is the best place in America to retire and search for your perfect home, then visit our Chesterfield Real Estate & Community Information page.

The #1 Reason to Sell Your Home Now!

by Sandie Hea

Are you wondering if you should sell your home this year in St. Louis? If you're still debating whether or not to list your home, then here's the #1 reason you shouldn't wait.

Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale 

The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory:

“Last month’s dip in closings was somewhat expected given that there was such a strong sales increase in March at 4.2 percent, and new and existing inventory is not keeping up with the fast pace homes are coming off the market.

Demand is easily outstripping supply in most of the country and it’s stymieing many prospective buyers from finding a home to purchase”.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report shows that there is currently a 4.2-month supply of homes for sale. This remains lower than the 6-month supply necessary for a normal market, and 4.6% lower than a year ago.

This chart shows the year-by-year inventory shortages over the past 12 months:

The crux of all this is that now is the time to sell your home as buyer demand increases.  Sandie Hea is an expert on the local St. Louis real estate market and can find buyers who are ready and willing to buy now. Contact Sandie today at 314-378-2387 to find out more about how she can help you get the most from selling your home.

 

St. Louis is One of the Best Cities to Live in the USA

by Sandie Hea

U.S. News & World Report just came out with their list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in the USA, and St. Louis ranked #64! That's outstanding news if you plan to buy a home in St. Louis.  To make this list, a city has to have good value, a strong job market, a high quality of life, and be a desirable place to live. So it's no wonder that St. Louis got high marks in all of these points.

People move to St. Louis for its tight-knit communities and family friendly reputation. Those who grow up here are loyal to St. Louis.  Many end up returning to this great city after they leave for school or for other reasons.

One major draw to St. Louis is the low cost of living.  This also influences companies to relocate here. You'll find a wide range of industry in St. Louis, which includes tech companies, global investment firms, and aircraft manufacturers.

There are many unique neighborhoods in St. Louis that surprise newcomers with their charm and style. You'll find a pleasant variety of home styles in St. Louis, which means there's a home to fit virtually every taste.

If you want to learn more about what makes St. Louis one of the best place to live in America, visit our St. Louis Real Estate & Community Information page today, where you can also search for your dream home in this great city.

 

Eureka - A Small City WIth Big Features

by Sandie Hea

Are you looking to buy a home in a small city that has big features? If so, then Eureka is just what you’re looking for.  Eureka has a small town vibe, but it offers things even larger cities don’t have. And it’s close to St. Louis, so you don’t have to go far to get to the big city life.

What makes Eureka stand out from other communities in Missouri? Six Flags St. Louis for one.  It’s the 'The Coaster Capital of Missouri’, containing thrills in the form of roller coasters such as River King Mine Train, Screamin' Eagle, and Batman: The Ride.  Its 8 themed areas will keep you busy with thrill seeking all day. But if you’re not in the mood for that much excitement, you can take advantage of other amenities in Eureka, such as the Timbers of Eureka Recreation Center and the city-wide trail system.

Another stand-out quality of Eureka is the award-winning Rockwood School District, which manages the 5 public schools in the city.

There’s more to learn about this unique city, so please visit our Eureka Real Estate & Community Information page for more details and to search for your dream home today. 

Say Thanks to Mom in St. Louis

by Sandie Hea

Have you thought of how you’re going to say “thanks” to mom this week? Thankfully, if you live in St. Louis, there’s a long list of ways you can express your appreciation for all that your mom has done.  Here are a few ideas that might help you plan the perfect day for her on Sunday.

Brunch

Sunday brunch is always a great go-to idea for saying thanks. Cafe Madeleine at the Piper Palm House is an ideal place to go, with their special Mother’s Day menu and beautiful historic setting. The Boathouse in Forest Park is also hosting a special brunch on Sunday.  Then after brunch, you can take a boat ride or explore the other attractions in Forest Park.

Spa Day

Who doesn’t enjoy being pampered at the spa? Aquarius Wellness in Richmond Heights is a highly rated day spa with a wide range of services, including deep tissue massage, facials, peels, hair removal, and other holistic wellness specialties. 

Sweets

Sweets for a sweet mom are always welcome.  Bissinger's Chocolates is the premier chocolatier in St. Louis since 1927. You’re sure to find the perfect handmade chocolate selection, which includes a wide variety of truffles, as well as their legendary chocolate dipped fruit.

No matter what you do to say thanks to mom, make sure you have a happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Slaying Home Buying Myths

by Sandie Hea

Some takeaways from this graphic are that interest rates are still below historic numbers.  And if you rent, it's notable that 88% of property managers raised their rent in the past 12 months.  Also, credit requirements for mortgage approval are continuing to fall.  All in all, this shows that you may be closer to being able to buy a home in St. Louis than you may have thought. Now is the time to arm yourself with information so that you can be the king of your castle!

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