Regular maintenance is an ongoing process for every homeowner. Keeping up with smaller projects is essential if you want to avoid major problems down the road.

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We have more exciting news to share! Berkshire Hathaway Home Services recently ranked Select Properties as the #1 affiliate in the state of Missouri. Additionally, Select Properties was recognized as the #28 affiliate in the entire BHHS network – nationwide!

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8 Ways to Soundproof Your Home

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Your home is your sanctuary. However, if outside noises prevent you from getting the rest and relaxation you need, your health and productivity could suffer. Soundproofing your home doesn't need to be a huge, expensive hassle. There are some easy ways to dampen the sound of your neighbor's dog barking or reduce the sound of trucks roaring down the freeway. 

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Have you heard the news? Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties was just named #2 Top Workplace in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the large business category! Select Properties was chosen due to our ability to outperform our peers and exemplify what employees value most in the workplace. We are beyond excited to receive this recognition and stand out as one of the best businesses in the city.

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Congratulations on your new home! You survived the paperwork. You got all of your belongings moved in and everything unpacked. You even got a lawnmower, some power tools and a massive tool chest. Now what?

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Being a real estate agent is tough work. Their days are filled with showings, closings, writing contracts, working with a variety of clients, and so much more. It can be tough for them to get a minute to themselves, let alone market homes in the communities they serve to the best of their abilities. Fortunately, your Select Property agent can better assist you with your real estate needs, thanks to a new tool called Agent Icon!

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The time has finally come. After finding the home of your dreams and placing a solid offer, the seller has agreed and you’re on your way to living in a new neighborhood! Before you can claim the keys and start moving in, there are a few important tasks you need to complete. The step that stands between and your new home is called closing, and it can be a bit confusing for first-time and seasoned buyers alike. Here are 6 crucial things you can expect at your upcoming closing:

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Spring is the perfect time to put your home on the market. Not only is it more convenient for buyers, but it is also less stressful for you when there are more buyers than sellers. What is one of the main things to consider when selling? Staging your home. Perceived value is very important for your sale and according to Custom Home Staging & Design, “staged homes sell for about 6% more on average.” Here are 5 tips on staging your home before showing.

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In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approvedfor a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute,school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

5. Document Your Home Visits

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy to document what you love and don’t love about each property you visit.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

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If you're ready to move, you can save a lot in the long run by buying a house that's brand-new. Many new homes on the real estate market include features that are designed to ultimately reduce household expenses, which will make it easier for you to pay your mortgage, utilities and other important bills on time.

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