318 Plant Ave. Webster Groves – TBB

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New construction, 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,750 sq ft 2 sty home with custom features throughout. Solid 2×6 construction, exceptional millwork & cabinetry. Oppelt Renovation is unparalleled in residential construction, known for custom built-ins, kitchen designs & exquisite product selection. 1st floor features large great room with gas fireplace & custom surround with built-ins. Center island kitchen boasts inset cabinetry, quartz countertops, chef style appliances & overlooks hearth room with gas fireplace, built-ins & banquette. Powder room, dining room, private bedroom/bath suite. 2nd floor will have two bedrooms, shared bath & laundry nearby; massive master suite with 5 fixture bath, large closet, fireplace & surround. Stacking porches with beamed ceilings, lighting and ceiling fans. Hand scraped maple floors with a walnut stain. Bathrooms with marble tile, laundry room will contain ceramic tile. Tuck under garage, concrete siding and professional landscaping, sound, security & media wiring.


Listing Price: $1,250,000
Address: 318 Plant Ave
City: Webster Groves
State: MO
ZIP: 63119
MLS # (if any): 16050248
Square Feet: 4,873
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished):

17250 Old Manchester Rd


This unique 2 story restaurant is 1,600 square feet on the first floor and 700 square feet on the second floor. Two additional buildings ( 360 and 2600 square feet) on the property. This is the perfect location for a boutique restaurant, cafe, coffee, house, retail, office, or banquet facility. Some restaurant equipment included.
Listing Price: $150,000
Address: 17250 Old Manchester Rd
City: Grover
State: Mo
ZIP: 63040-
MLS # (if any): 15009566
Square Feet: 2,300
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): stone


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Today the office celebrated a birthday and closing a house for happy home buyers, Todd and Sarah! Happy birthday to Sarah and we are so happy that the two of you found a new home just in time to get settled in before having your first baby!

Looking Add Value to Your New Listing? Try Staging Your House!

Lori Valesko and Holly Light were getting concerned when their first attempt at flipping sat on the scorching hot real estate market in the Belmont Shores area of Long Beach, Calif., for three weeks.

Droves of people walked through the empty 1,000-square-foot bungalow, but none returned to make an offer. According to real estate agents, buyers couldn’t get past the long narrow space that greeted visitors through the front door.

“It was hard for people to visualize getting a living room and dining room in the space available after the kitchen,’’ Light said.

That’s when Valesko and Light turned to home staging, a field whose members are increasing as fast as home appreciation in the past five years. It figures to continue growing with many areas of the country shifting to a buyers’ market, creating intense competition among sellers.

The home-staging professional brought in furniture and decorated the large open space and the two bathrooms. The $1,500 cost was easy to swallow when the bungalow sold the first week.

“A woman who had seen it before came back, saw it staged and said, ‘I’ll take it,’ ’’ Light said. The buyer even decided to buy some of the furnishings from the home stager.

“Personally, I was really skeptical at the beginning,’’ said Valesko. “I didn’t want to spend the money.’’

That’s a common refrain according to Barb Swarz, who is credited with inventing home staging in 1972 when she was a Realtor® in the Seattle area. She started the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, which has about 9,000 members, mostly Realtors® or those who exclusively stage homes.

Swarz says that many people think home staging entails redesigning their interiors at a significant cost, but that’s not the case.

“It’s not about the money,’’ Swarz said. “It’s about being creative. It’s all about presentation.’’

Swarz said IAHSP members provide two basic services. For about $375, a member will tour a home as a consultant and provide a 25- to 35-page room-by-room report on how they would stage the house. Owners can then implement the plan themselves. If they want the home stager to do it, Swarz said the cost is usually about $2,000, slightly higher in areas such as New York City.

Home stagers are also becoming the bad cop to the real estate agent’s good cop. Agents, afraid of offending their clients, are often hesitant to say what they really think the seller needs to do to get their house ready to sell. It’s easier for the seller to take when it comes from the home stager. And in the end, the seller is happy to make the changes.

Swarz cites statistics from IAHSP members, who are required to report sales and time-on-market figures after their projects sell. She said staged homes are on the market seven days compared to 48 for unstaged.

Savvy sellers are even requiring real estate agents to provide a consultation from a staging professional as part of a listing agreement, a trend that will likely continue as sellers look for an edge as listings rise and the pool of buyers shrink.

In Massachusetts, sales are down 6 percent from the peak of July 2005, and listings have more than tripled according to a study by the Wall Street Journal.

David Waluka, a realtor and president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, knows first hand the advantage of a well-presented home. “I believe it’s important to have a home look neat and attractive, to look like a model house,’’ he said. “”Especially now when you’re competing against four or five homes for sale in your own neighborhood.”

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527 Holshire Way- Updated Home!

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OPEN SUNDAY 1-3 pm-FABULOUS RENOVATION! Gracious living awaits you in this beautifully appointed classic center hall plan in desirable Park Huntington. Dramatic entry foyer, newer Cherry hdwd floors throughout 1st, paint, crown molding, newer fixtures will have you greeting your guests in style. Kitchen has been updated to a cook’s dream 42 inch custom cabinets, Granite Countertops, newer Stainless Steel appliances, fixtures & lighting. Guest bath & hall bath have been redone marble tops custom tile. Master bath has been gutted, double sinks separate tub whirlpool shower w/raindrop head shower head. The large W/I closet tops off a beautiful master retreat. The upstairs has newer carpet in all Bedrooms & hall. An added luxury on the main floor is a newer private 4 Seasons room w/slate flooring, newer windows leading to lovely, part fenced yard w/fully mature trees. This house has a rear entry 2 car gar. Newer Roof, siding, furnace A/C & HW all approx. 12 yrs old. Located at the end of cul-de-sac. This listing is temporarily off the market, please contact listing agent for more details.

Listing Price: $309,900
Address: 527 Holshire Way
City: Ballwin
State: MO
ZIP: 63011
MLS # (if any): 13042060
Square Feet: 2371
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Basement (full, 1/2, finished, unfinished): Full, Partially Finished

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Want to Sell Your House This Fall?

Fall often signals a slowing down in the real estate business. While steady home sales are expected to continue through the year, many regions will likely slowly shift from a sellers market to a moderate or buyers market, meaning if you’re selling, you’ll want to do everything you can to make you house look its best.
As you set out to put your home on the market and add your home sale to this year’s statistics, keep the following fall tips in mind:
Curb appeal. A home shopper’s first impression is everything. The moment they pull up to the curb, they’ll make an instant judgment. You’ll want to be sure it’s positive. You can begin by making sure leaves are raked, and your shrubs and bushes are pruned.

Make sure your walkway is free of leaves and debris.

Trim trees so unexpected winds don’t knock down branches that could damage your home or hurt anybody.

If it is rainy, be sure you have a good doormat so all potential homebuyers can wipe their feet and not traipse mud and water through the house.

Make sure gutters are free from debris and are draining properly.

If you already have snow, be sure you clear the front walkway to the door. And if you have stairs leading to your front door, make sure they’re not icy.

If you live in a warm region, plant a few fall annuals to give your exterior some instant color.

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Secrets to a Successful Move

Planning to move this summer? You’re not alone — summer is the busiest time of year for professional movers, according to the American Moving and Storage Association. It’s an arduous process, but these tips will make your transition much smoother.

If you’re planning to use a moving company, call now. As busy as they are, they usually need plenty of notice — often at least six weeks or much more if you’re moving a long distance.

Be sure to build in some overlap between the closing/possession date of your new home and the last day of the lease on your rental (or closing date of your current home). Moving always takes much longer than you think. If you want to make any changes to your new home — for instance, paint some walls, put in new carpeting or refinish wood floors — plan enough time to do it BEFORE you move in so your furniture and belongings are not in the way.

Pare down your belongings. There’s no sense moving things you don’t need or want. Look through your house for rarely used items. Discard anything that’s beyond repair, have a yard sale to get rid of the rest, and plan to load unsold merchandise into your car right away so you can take it to the charity of your choice.

Make notes about your new house — room measurements, door measurements, location of electric/cable/phone outlets — so you can determine exactly where your belongings will go. Measure appliances to make sure they fit the space available. When I moved from Florida to Colorado, I measured my refrigerator’s width but not its depth. I hadn’t taken my new kitchen’s floor plan into consideration, and my fridge stuck out so far that I couldn’t open the dishwasher. I’ve also had friends who bought wonderful overstuffed furniture, only to find they couldn’t get it through the doorways of their new house.

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