It’s official. St. Charles, Missouri was recently named #1 in the state and #32 in the nation in MONEY Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live in the United States, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

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Will Your Current House Fit Your Needs In Retirement?

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
Denise Rivers

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

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Yet another successful golf tournament benefiting the Sunshine Kids is now in the books! On Tuesday, October 2, 175 golfers and volunteers came out to Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles to take part in the tournament and show their support for the nonprofit. Thanks to them, we were able to raise upwards of $25,000 for The Sunshine Kids!

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Have you heard the great news? Our St. Charles office was recently named one of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’s Top 30 Offices for the 2nd quarter! They also were ranked #19 in units sold.

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Selling Your Home? Here’s 2 Ways To Get The Best Price!

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Every homeowner wants to make sure that they maximize their financial reward when selling their home, but how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two ways to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

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Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways to save for the future. Investors have complete control over their investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stock, bonds or mutual funds. Self-directed IRAs provide the opportunity to save money for the future on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis. In addition, an IRA is considered a separate entity that can conduct business with others. This is a common strategy used in real estate investments. The process is fairly simple, but be sure to adhere to IRA regulations to avoid engaging in any prohibited transactions.

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A Closer Look at Online Home Value Estimates

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Consumers who are seriously in the home-buying and -selling market should be mindful of a variety of competing home price estimators. Solely relying on just one price estimate is likely to skew the views of what a particular property will actually transact for. When it comes to online home value estimates, however, the No. 1 caveat for consumers is that these estimates are not a substitute for formal appraisals, comparative market analyses and the in-depth expertise of real estate professionals. Nonetheless, it is important to know the different sources of automated valuation models (or AVMs) and home value estimates available online, so that you can help clients and potential clients understand these estimates in their proper context.

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What Is a Jumbo Mortgage and When Do You Need One?

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Home prices have shot up in some areas of the U.S., to the point where buyers need jumbo loans to finance them. In mortgage-speak, jumbo refers to loans that exceed the limits set by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) that buy most home loans and package them for investors.

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At Home in Retirement: Boomers Facing a Hard Truth

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Baby boomers are on the cusp of retirement, but the ability to afford their desired lifestyle is at odds with their preferences, according to a recent report by The NHP Foundation (NHPF), an affordable housing nonprofit.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

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