Today, I thought we’d discuss home inspections. First, because the New York Times just wrote a pretty awesome article that I wanted to share with all of you. Second, because I have a buyer’s inspection today in the beautiful Lake Saint Louis, MO and am hoping for stellar results! Before I share this link with you, I wanted to point out something that I read in it. I saw that the article says that most first time home buyers don’t know that they are responsible for the home inspection and to make sure to make it contingent upon these inspections. While this is TRUE, the standard contract DOES include an inspection contingency. Also, it is the responsibility of your agent to let you know all of these things that you are responsible. Another point I wanted to make is that there are two types of inspections in Missouri that most people are responsible for. The home inspection which is 95% of the time taken care of by the buyer and then the city/occupancy inspection which is taken care of by the seller to make sure everything is up to code and not dangerous! Most of St. Charles County does not require a city inspection (aside from LSL) but most of St. Louis County DOES! Hope this helps you get by a little easier during your home buying process. And remember, Sunshine Realty is ALWAYS here to assist if you need an agent!
Here is the NY Times link that shows you just what to expect during most inspections:
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We hope everyone has a fun, blessed AND safe (where did this weather come from?!) Easter! Enjoy this time with those closest to you and remember, our family is always here to help you with your home buying and selling needs!
Today’s spotlight is on our office neighborhood: Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. What an amazing town. 2 man made lakes, the 10 mile blvd, gorgeous parks, plenty of shopping and all the El Maguey you can eat :). Our DID YOU KNOW for today is all about Lake Saint Louis and the community association. In Lake Saint Louis, you are either in the CA or not in the CA. The CA has golf, tennis, a public swimming pool, exercise facility and access to the two lakes via the various marinas. THIS YEAR, the CA raised their yearly fees from $450 to $600. If you are buying a new home at all in the CA, your price will be raised to the $600. If you are already living in the CA, your price remains at the original $450 as long as you stay in the home. If you are in the CA, but decide you need to up or downsize and would still like to live in the CA, your fees will raise when you move. Now you know!
Have an amazing long holiday weekend everyone and stay safe and keep an eye on that bird! 😉
As Realtors all over St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincon, Warren and St. Charles counties, we always get questions from clients about what neighborhoods are best, which have the highest rating schools, what location is better, etc. Below is a GREAT guide to use and let your Realtor know exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy :)!
Throughout our many years of real estate and our 3 years having Sunshine Realty open, we have come across MANY issues with clients coming to us with problems they had with other agencies. The number one quality that a home buyer and/or seller should look for in a realtor and their company should be TRUST. Same as any relationship you want to be in, you need to be able to trust the agent representing you during your home search and/or sale. Click the link shown to see an article posted in the Washington Post about how a real estate agent in Los Angeles kept information from their client. Unfortunately, this is more common than none in our business just to close a sale. Here at Sunshine Realty, we do EVERYTHING we can to help OUR CLIENTS, not ourselves. You’re selling? We cut our commission in the back end so that selling your home doesn’t put you in the dumps and it is an easier and more affordable process. Buying? We ABSOLUTELY DO NOT charge a buyer’s fee like a lot of other local real estate companies in St. Louis/St. Charles County areas. We are here to help you!
Call us today to find out how at 636-265-2801 and reference this blog post. We know it’s the holidays, so no pressure, but we are always here for more information and to make you more comfortable with whatever home process you need!