Thursday, June 21, 2012

April Existing-Home Sales Up, Prices Rise Again

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices were broad based across all regions.

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Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing recovery is underway. “It is no longer just the investors who are taking advantage of high affordability conditions. A return of normal home buying for occupancy is helping home sales across all price points, and now the recovery appears to be extending to home prices,” he said. “The general downtrend in both listed and shadow inventory has shifted from a buyers’ market to one that is much more balanced, but in some areas it has become a seller’s market.”

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Despite the number of Americans who have been hurt financially by the housing crash, the desire to own a home remains strong. In fact, one survey has revealed that more than 80 percent of Americans recently thought buying a home remained the best long-term investment they could make.

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The majority of current homeowners surveyed report purchasing their first home early in life with 4 out of 5 buying between ages 18-34 [...] The poll also found that first-time homebuyers are more likely to cite achieving the American Dream as a primary motivation for purchasing their first home.

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Remodeling? Don’t Forget the Permit

When home owners take on a remodeling project, they’re often far more focused on choosing glistening fixtures for a new bathroom or debating the type of granite to use on a kitchen countertop than, say, navigating the intricacies of the building permit process. That could be a huge mistake, however, and it may not even come to light until the house is put up for sale. Ignoring local approval requirements not only poses safety and legal problems but also can potentially derail an otherwise smooth sale.

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The permit process varies widely from city to city and state to state). But the purpose of the document is the same everywhere: It offers ­assurance by a municipal building department that the work being done meets all safety codes.

Ask Sellers Before You List
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"If no permits are found and it's obvious the home has been renovated, the bank will likely refuse to make the loan,..."

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Want to sell faster? Optimize your home's best features.

Recent data has shown it looks as if the market may be turning! Home prices have crept upward for the second month in a row, according to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. However, if you're trying to sell your home, this news doesn't mean you should be sitting back and waiting. Draw in buyers by focusing on certain focal points that can give your property a selling edge, ensuring a faster sale--and a higher selling price.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FREE Concert: Whitaker Music Festival Schedule

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Free admission at 5pm
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Seating near the stage gets crowded by 6pm but there are speakers so you have lots of choices.

Tonight June 13
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
Hot jazz, swing and rhythm and blues
http://miss-jubilee.com

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/mmbghome/mmbgevents/mmbgsignature-events/mmbgwhitaker/mmbgwhitakerschedule.aspx

Whitaker Music Festival Wednesdays, May 30 -July 25, 2012 Now in its 19 th year, the open-air festival presents nine weeks of free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars. Bring your own picnic supper, baskets or coolers, or purchase picnic fare on site, including brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, cheese and grape plates, sno-cones, chips, cookies, beer, wine and soda. The festival is funded by the Whitaker Foundation, which supports St. Louis arts and parks to promote common heritage, celebrate diversity and encourage vitality within the community.

Call/Text me if you're coming.
  ~Gary
      314-578-4466

FOCUS Gateway Pantry

http://FocusGatewayCity.org
for assistance or to donate/volunteer.

Pantry/Clothing on Wednesday mornings 9am-11:30am.

Different events on different days.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Multiple Home Open house in St. Ann 6/10/12 from 1-3pm

St. Ann Home For Sale
10713 Farview Ave. St. Ann, MO 63074

Multiple Home Open House ~ Sunday 6-10-12 ~ 1-3pm. All are welcome. SELLER RELOCATING, MOTIVATED, SAYS: MAKE AN OFFER! ~Create the lifestyle you wish on .78 acres at the end of a non-through street with lots of space to enjoy and even more space at any of 4 nearby parks: James S. McDonell Park, Tiemeyer Park, Jacobs and Schafer Parks. ~Schedule your visit today! ~This 1.5 story home in the Pattonville School District has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Each floor (main and second) boasts 2 beds & a full bath. ~The foyer leads to the living room to the left with hardwood flooring, decorative fireplace (non-functional), coved ceilings (living room, dining room & kitchen), stained glass windows and an adjoining sun room washed with natural light. ~The formal dining room to the right has a sliding glass door to the side deck, a bay window that gives much light to the room and grouted vinyl floors that flow into the kitchen. ~From the front door you may go straight up the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Going Once, Going Twice: Buy Your Own Private Island In Southern Florida

For some reason, it’s almost instinctual: the second you see the headline ‘Island for Sale’, you read on. What can be cited as the reason for this instant, impulsive response? Is it a sign that we are all overworked and in need of a vacation? That we want to go sailing? That we all have a common, deep-seated desire to be Huck Finn, floating down the Mississippi on a raft?

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Five Tips On Organizing Your Home Office For Maximum Productivity

If you’re stuck working in an office building somewhere, you might look at those who work from home as incredibly lucky. But anyone who has done so for any length of time can tell you that working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds. It means working in a house full of distractions and diversions, trying to ignore the dirty dishes, laundry, barking dogs, bored kids, and all manner of other things that would be perfectly reasonable ways to procrastinate if you didn’t have all that work that needs to get done.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Benefits for Homeowners: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

[...] Last year alone, Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR saved about $10 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 20 million cars. [...] You can save 30–40 percent on your heating and cooling costs.

The average home is responsible for twice the air pollution than the average car. [...]

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR works with contractors to ensure they have the training and skills to properly assess your home as a whole system and prescribe upgrades and enhancements that will give you better indoor quality, comfort and lower energy bills.

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How To Keep Your Home House Fly Free

As the calendar turns to June and the temperatures start to rise, we begin to spot more bugs, insects and pests as compared to during the winter.

Hiring an exterminator is one way to limit the number of ground-based bugs in your home. For example, periodic treatments can help to keep ants, beetles and termites at bay.

For airborne pests, however, prevention can be more difficult.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

THIS IS GOOD ADVICE

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!

Written by a 90 year old.

Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most requested column I've ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short - enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don't forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'.

I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

"Be kinder than necessary this day; for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

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