UPDATED FHA Approved Condos List!

Here you go Sunshine! Always stay informed, especially since FHA is an ever growing popular loan type! Make sure if you are getting a loan and are interested in condos, townhomes, etc. that they are approved for this type of loan! This is the list for ST. CHARLES COUNTY:

Bella Vista

Bordeaux

East Hiram Street

Hawks Nest

Homefield Garden

Homeshire

Sherman Park

Springhurst Terrace

St. Peters

Sugarwood

Sunset Acres

Terrace Condos at Montecito

Terrace Condos at Saratogo Phase 6; Building 109

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Deep Cleaning Checklist For Your NEW Home!

Good morning Sunshine!

We are so sorry we’ve been a bit absent lately, as we’ve been so thrilled to share the news that I (Ashley) am pregnant! Woo- getting through that first tri was rough! BUT now that I am in the second trimester, it’s time to catch up and keep you up to date on all things new home & real estate market! To start off your holiday weekend, we decided to post something for all of our buyers! Here is a great checklist on how to deep clean your new home before settling in and moving everything right where you want it. Although it is expected for seller to do a thorough cleaning of the home before they move, you want to make sure you do your own cleaning as well to get it just how you like it :). We hope everyone had an AMAZING 4th of July and continue to have a fun filled weekend!

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Have a Sunshine Day 🙂

-The Sunshine Team (Ashley, Evelyn & Dana)

 

First Time Home Buyer Gift Guide!

Hello Sunshine!

Today, we found a really great article for first time home buyers and friends that included a list of items you will need for your first home. Since we have a ton of first time home buyers as clients, and we know everyone in STL loves a great housewarming party (as you should!) we thought we’d share the wealth! Thanks Pinterest! Here you go. If you are thinking about becoming a first time home buyer, give us a call! We’d love to share our expertise in the St. Louis and St. Charles counties with you to help you find your dream home and live your best life! Have a Sunshine day everyone!

-the Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn and Dana

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Declutter Craze Help!

With all of the Marie Kondo fanatics out there lately, and since we get this question ALL the time, we thought we’d post a helpful guide for decluttering that we recently saw on Pinterest. We hope this helps you in your spring cleaning phase, and remember, if you are in St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren or Lincoln County, MO, we can help you list and sell your home and save you THOUSANDS in the process with commissions! Reach out today to find out how we can help make this process a fun and smooth one!

Have a Sunshine rest of your Hump Day everyone!

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-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Fees You May NOT Have Prepared For…

Happy February Sunshine!

Today, and lately actually, we have been working with a lot of sellers and buyers that don’t know about certain fees/costs that are involved in the home buying process. Particularly, closing fees, title fees, inspections both government and home, etc. We found a FANTASTIC article written by houselogic.com discussing a lot of these “unknowns” that many people, especially first time home buyers, may not know about.

Check it out here: Unknown fees for a Buyer

To recap a lot of it here, a buyer has many fees when it comes to buying a home ON TOP of the actual purchase price. These costs can include an appraisal ordered by the lender, lender fees, title company and search fees that help provide clear title, possible survey fee if you want to know where your property ends and begins, home inspection fees including radon, sewer, pest & overall home, etc. ALL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT before you take the plunge into the home buying process :). We hope this helps brighten your day just a bit and gives you just a little more insight into the home purchase process and what to plan ahead for!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone! And remember, if you need help in selling, buying or both, we are here for you! Give us a call today at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley to get your simplified process started :). Everyone needs a little help every once in a while 😉

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Repairs to make before listing your home

Hey Sunshine!

Today, I saw a really great article on houselogic.com about repairs to make before selling your home. Here is the link…has some great info in there including fixing outdated grout, damaged yard, pet damage, floor damage and water stain damage!

Houselogic article: repairs to make before selling your home

Those are all fantastic recommendations…especially the info on water stains. Those scare buyers! Fix them, especially if what caused them are already taken care of! Easy and SO SO worth it!

Here are a few other things we recommend sellers do before listing their home:

*Paint over dark colors with neutral tones to brighten your space.

*Service your AC/Heater if you haven’t done so in over a year.

*Clean and stretch any carpeting that looks outdated to give it a new look!

*Paint/repair baseboards/doors

These recommendations plus the other great ideas in the houselogic.com article are great starters to getting your home ready to list and meet with a listing agent! Call us today for a free consult to learn about these and MUCH MORE!

Happy Monday!

The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

 

 

 

Prados & Roasted come to Lake St Louis

Two of our very dear friends helped open up these two gems in The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis. Roasted is a coffee and wine bar ready to feed any quench you may have. Prados is an upscale restaurant serving Mexican and Spanish cuisine bound to impress even the pickiest foodie! Check them out and check out this awesome article STLmag published on their site! The Meadows continues to grow in Lake Saint Louis offering more stores, walking/shopping and restaurants for every occasion. Don’t miss out on this awesome establishment!