Category Archives: Realtor

Paint The Town Red With Keller Williams

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KW Cares/Southwest Cares

Keller Williams Realty St. Louis Southwest is Painting the Town Red with open houses on November 20 from 1-4pm while we collect can goods for for “Feed My People.” Contact us at 314-966-4700 for more details or check out: Paint The Town Red Open House

We will pick up or accept the donations at the open houses.

Special Offer:

Local home inspector, Erich Faulstich, from House to Homes Inspection, gives $1 off of a home inspection for each can of food donated.

About Feed My People

  • Feed My People was founded in 1982 by Carol and John DeGuire
  • Provides nearly $4 Million worth of food and other assistance each year.
  • Feed My People is supported by donations from individuals, schools, churches, businesses, foundations and community groups.
  • Feed My people has grown to an organization helping over 80,000 people each year.

About Keller Williams

Founded in 1983, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is an international real estate company with more than over 600 offices located across the U.S. and Canada. The company began franchising in 1991, and following years of phenomenal growth and success.  They became the fourth-largest U.S. residential real estate firm in North America in 2006. The company has succeeded by treating its associates as partners to a business of success.  Keller Williams shares its knowledge, policy control, and company profits on a system-wide basis.

Why Use a KW associate?
Because Keller Williams Realty St. Louis SW has grown from the ground up within St. Louis, our agents have unparalleled knowledge of our local real estate market and a deep appreciation for our community. Buying or selling a home does not have to be a stressful process – let us be your guide.

Our Difference:

Knowledge
Powerful curriculum through Keller Williams University keeps our associates ahead of trends, tools and advancements in the real estate industry.

Teamwork
Unlike other real estate companies, Keller Williams Realty was designed to reward agents for working together, to serve our clients better.

Reliability
Keller Williams Realty was founded on the principles of trust and honesty, emphasizing the importance of having the integrity to do the right thing and always putting our clients needs first.

Speed
Leading-edge technology solutions accelerate our associates efficiency and productivity.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/KWSTLSW/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/KWStlSouthwest

https://twitter.com/hashtag/paintthetownredstl?src=hash

Visit website for list of all open houses: http://kellerwilliamssouthwest.yourkwoffice.com/mcj/user/home.html

Villa Market Heats Up on Rue De Gascony

If a maintenance free lifestyle appeals to you, check out the incredible new villa development hitting the market in Town & Country!

Open House Dates: Tuesday Nov 1, 11am-1pm & Sunday Nov 6th 1-3pm

14418 Rue De Gascony – 800-284-0314 ext 7985

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14418 Rue De Gascony

14422 Rue De Gascony – 800-284-0314 ext 7405

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14422 Rue De Gascony

Click here to see financing options:  Financing Options

Listen in as Mark Gellman from the Gellman Team and Scott Hendel from ST Evans Construction tell why location, location, location make these villas perfect for YOU!

Real Estate Tips For Seniors

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Real Estate Tips For Seniors

Real Estate Tips

Real Estate can be a tricky process.  As we get older moving doesn’t sound as fun as when we bought our first house.  Now you have accumulated “stuff”, let the purging begin!  What makes the move as a senior citizen even more challenging is how to handle the buying of your next home and selling of your current one.

Here are the benefits of Buying or Moving First before Selling:

1.    You are in control of when you move into your new home.

2.    This is a less stressful situation as you have the opportunity to get settled in your new home before you have to vacate your existing home for the new owner.

3.    Moving out first allows you to stage your home to appeal to potential buyers, so it is likely to sell faster and for more money.

4.    REALTORS® and buyers will have easy access to view your home without disruption to you.

Of course, not everyone is in the position to take the risk of buying or committing to a retirement community prior to selling.

The drawbacks of Selling First before Buying or Moving:

1.    The main benefit to selling first is that you are in a strong negotiating position.  You know how much money you have received from your sale, so you won’t have that unknown.

2.    Another benefit is that you will avoid the situation where you may be carrying the cost of two homes while you are waiting for your home to sell or for the transaction to close.

3.    A drawback is that you will have the uncertainty of what home you will be moving to and how the timing will work.  Typical time for possession would be approximately 60 days.  In most markets, this would allow you enough time to find another home you will be happy in.

4.    You may also have the added expense of temporary accommodation and having to store your belongings until you can move into your new home.

A third option is to buy your new home Subject to the Sale of your existing home:

1.    This is a common practice that helps resolve some of the drawbacks above, but it puts you in a weaker position for negotiating purchase price.

2.    A Subject to the Sale of contract would include a time clause, which allows the seller to continue marketing their home for sale.  If a buyer comes along who is ready, willing and able to purchase the home, you would have about 48 hours to remove your Subject to the Sale of condition or let the home go to a subsequent buyer, which can be very disappointing.

3.    Consult with your bank or Mortgage Broker regarding finance options such as a Line of Credit or Bridge Financing, so you can make a decision at that time whether to take on extra financing or let the home go.

As you can see, there is not one right answer; it all depends on your personal situation and comfort level.  Talk to your real estate and financial advisors to help determine what strategy would be best for you.

Resources:

From <http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/articles/2016/02/real-estate-tips-for-seniors-buy/move-first-or-sell-first>

Market Cycles with John Sprague

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“If you’re not concerned about the market, you’re not paying attention!” – Gary Keller

Join Doug Haldeman and John Sprague as they discuss the market cycles and how it may effect you.

Through a deep, rich understanding of the market cycles you will be able to best position yourself to take advantage of another great wealth transfer in the pending SHIFT.

– Highlight global & domestic market stresses that could factor into the next down turn.

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– Touch on leading indicators to look for.

– Discuss what a downshift means for our clients & our business.

– Identify the specific opportunities of the SHIFT.

– Develop a strategic plan to prepare for the SHIFT to help us THRIVE!

Awareness itself is a competitive advantage you will be afforded from this conversation.

Market Cycles Audio File 1

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How To Interview A Realtor When Selling Your Home

real estate agentWhen selling your home, choosing the Realtor who will represent your best interests is one of the most important and one of the first steps in the process.  Unfortunately, many sellers do not understand how important this is or believe that to be the case.

A piece of advice if you are thinking about selling your home, do not hire a Realtor because they are just your friend or because they are a colleagues spouse.  Every Realtor is different, period.  There are many consumers who believe every Realtor is the same and they all do the same things to sell homes, which is the farthest from the truth!  Each Realtor runs their business differently, advertises in different places, and utilizes different sales techniques.

Here are some common questions you should ask when interviewing a Realtor to sell your home.  

Continue reading How To Interview A Realtor When Selling Your Home

First Time Home Seller

Sold-signMost first time home sellers have no idea where or how to start the home selling process.

It’s very important that first time home sellers understand what the home sale process entails, what costs are associated with selling a home, and many other very important aspects of the home selling process.

Decide What Your Next Move Is

Continue reading First Time Home Seller

Investing In Real Estate As A Couple: Part 1

IMG_1080Real estate investing is not a “get rich quick” scheme.  Just as any home needs a solid foundation so does your real estate education.  This is key to your long term investing success.

First ask yourself a few questions:

Do we have a clear understanding of what type of real estate properties are best suited for our specific investment objectives and time lines?  (Ex: Cash Flow, Location, Tax-Advantages, Time)

Do we have a written criteria for selecting our investment property?

Have we figured out the strengths and weaknesses of each person?

Do we have a checklist to evaluate a property to help communicate our expectations and minimize surprises?

Do we as individuals understand the potential pitfalls of investement property?

Does our real estate model include carrying costs?  (Ex: Utilities, Taxes, Maintenance)

Do we have unbiased mentors to help provide guidance on our real estate decisions?

If Yes to these questions….Then Celebrate you are ahead of the game!  If not, consider meeting with Doug Haldeman to address these potential issues.   You can call  or email 314-472.3684 or dhaldeman@cornerstonemortgage.com.

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Investing as a couple Audio 1

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Negotiation Strategies with Merle Schneider

merle schneider show cardMerle Schneider, Co- Owner Broker with Schneider Real Estate,  joins Doug and Tammie  to talk about the negotiation strategies in work and in personal life.

As we may already know conflict adds to one’s tensions and anxiety. It is better to discuss things and reach to an alternative benefitting all. Issues must not be dragged unnecessarily and efforts must be made to come to a conclusion involving the interests of all. No point in being adamant and rigid. One should strive hard to negotiate with each other and consider the needs, interests and expectations of all.

Negotiation is essential everywhere. It is not only the corporates where negotiation is important but also in our daily life. We all must try our level best to adopt negotiation skills to avoid misunderstandings and lead a peaceful and a stress free life.

Merle teaches continuing education classes to Realtors.  Be sure to contact him to find out when his next class is scheduled.

Contact Information:

Merle Schneider
Co Owner Broker/ Vice President of Operations/ New Construction Consultant
Office: (636) 946-5553 ext. 237
Cell: (314) 422-8040
Fax: 1 (866) 730-5961
Email Me
MerleSchneider.com

How To Negotiate and Work With Family and Friends

merle schneider show cardTips to manage threats to your family business:

  • Clearly define the goals of the company and make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Outline each family employee’s role and responsibilities and hold them accountable.
  • Keep an open line of communication at all times.
  • Address all concerns quickly and in a non-emotional manner.
  • Create a fair promotion and salary system that is based on individual merit and ability.
  • Take a management course to learn how to separate your emotions from the management process.
  • Provide opportunities for advancement in your business for non-family employees.
  • Be prepared and create a succession plan to ensure your business lives on after you are gone.

 

Contact Information:

Merle Schneider
Co Owner Broker/ Vice President of Operations/ New Construction Consultant
Office: (636) 946-5553 ext. 237
Cell: (314) 422-8040
Fax: 1 (866) 730-5961
Email Me
MerleSchneider.com

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Commercial Real Estate with Greg Schowe

Greg Schowe show cardBorn and raised on the family farm in east central Missouri, Greg knew at an early age the definition of hard work and an honest living. After high school Greg applied the traits learned on the farm and enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 6 ½ years. After military life Greg decided to pursue the mortgage and real estate industries. Since 2003, he has been licensed to sell real estate. His emphasis started out in the apartment industry and later bridged over to include retail, office and gas stations, and businesses. His attention to detail and his honesty are just a few of the traits his clients have boasted about Greg. He also believes real estate is a relational business proven in that many of Greg’s clients have relied on him in multiple transactions and call him on a regular basis to get his feedback and in depth knowledge about current trends and analysis of the commercial real estate market. Greg’s clients include banks, corporations and individual investors. Recent awards include 2013 St. Charles County Association of REALTORS Commercial Member of the Year and 2014 National Association of REALTORS Commercial Recognition Award. Greg also has become the 1031 Exchange expert in the Midwest and has taught the subject to attorneys, CPA’s and real estate professionals since 2004. Greg’s passion of helping veterans continues as he currently serves as President of God Cares, a privately funded nonprofit group that provides financial aid and resources to veterans who are unemployed or homeless. Greg currently lives in O’Fallon, MO with his wife, Melanie; daughter, Nora, and dog, Chauncey. Greg’s hobbies include golf, baseball and spending time on the family farm.

Call Greg today!

314.369.8766

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