We LOVE checklists…

Here is a helpful checklist for all you buyers who found the perfect house in a very heavy market thanks to Old Republic Title and Pinterest! Hope it helps! Have a Sunshine day!!

-The Sunshine Team

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Lake Saint Louis: DID YOU KNOW???

Good gloomy afternoon Sunshiners!

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! 😉

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Which hood fits you best?

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 :)!

-The Sunshine Realty Team

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Help us reach YOU!

5 Things To Do Before Scheduling a Consult…

Dear Homeowner:

Getting your home show ready is a hassle and it can be tough on home owners.  For your help and sanity, Sunshine Realty has come up with a list of 5 main things to do before you make the phone call to get more information about putting your house on the market.

1. DECLUTTER!  We can’t say this enough.  Think about searching for a home yourself and how you would want it prepared or how nice you imagine it showing.  Do things around your house and declutter that you would appreciate in your search.  For instance, get rid of old magazines, don’t leave loose items on desks, counters or tables unless it is decoration, organize knick knacks, etc.

2. WHEN WILL YOU BE READY? Think about when you want to put your house on the market.  If it is anywhere later than 2 months from your phone call to list, it is probably a bit to soon to schedule a consult/listing.

3. THINK ABOUT THE PRICE that you either want or need to get out of your home.  Consults generally provide you with comps for your area and tax values, but having a client with an idea of a price can also help an agent TREMENDOUSLY.  Definitely something to take into consideration during the consult.

4. DO YOUR RESEARCH.  Researching real estate companies and agents can help you in the long run by far.  If you do research on reviews, testimonials, commission prices and rates, etc. before the meeting, you don’t have to rely strickly on what the realtor is telling you. Take the offensive and know your stuff!

5. CLEAN.  I’m not saying do a full blown, run around your house and make everything spotless job.  Stick to the basics at least…tidy it up a bit.  Remember, a consult is also OUR first impression as a realtor of your home and it ultimately helps us see what we think you can get long term and in the end.

We hope this helps and we hope to hear from each and every one of you very soon (if and when you are ready to talk about going on the market ;))

Best Wishes!

-Sunshine Realty Team

http://www.sunshinerealtystl.com/