Brett O'Daniell

Co-Founder of HomeTraq. 18+ years real estate and mortgage experience.

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How to be a Professional Home-Owner

Feb 12, 2020 12:12:57 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, foreclosure, payments, mortgage payments, maintenance, emergency funds

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It's right around the corner; The paperwork is done, the insurance is paid, you are moved into your new home. The power is turned on and the movers just set down the last piece of furniture. Finally, you have time to rest right?

You're almost there!

By following the expert's check-list provided by HomeTraq, you can guarantee that you manage your new home or property like a professional!

 

 

Mortgage Payment

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Finding The Right Home Inspector

Feb 10, 2020 11:55:16 AM / by Brett O'Daniell

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ashi.org: The website of the American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc., (ASHI) has a search feature that allows you to locate local home inspectors with one of the following designations:

Certified Inspectors are members of ASHI who have met certain requirements:

  • ƒƒPassed the National Home Inspector Examination and ASHI’s Standards and Ethics Examination.

Examination

    -ƒHad inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice.

    -ƒSubmitted valid proof of performance of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice.

ASHI Examinations

  • ƒƒASHI Inspectors have passed the National Home Inspection Exam or a valid state exam, completed ASHI’s Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics modules and submitted a valid list of performance validating at least 75 fee-paid home inspections.
  • ƒƒASHI Associates are new to ASHI and have not yet completed its requirements to move up in membership.

    While going through the home-buying process it's easy to become overwhelmed with the industry jargon. We are here to guarantee you the best real estate and home-hunting experience by providing you with the knowledge and resources to make the best decisions possible.

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6 Things You Can Learn About Credit Right Now!

Feb 8, 2020 7:48:17 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Lending, millennials, Credit, Credit Score, homeownership, baby boomer

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Whether you are a millennial just starting to think of possibly applying for a loan, or if you are a baby boomer getting ready to refinance your 3rd house, its always good to keep track of what is going on with your credit and your credit score. Here are some quick highlights as to why it is so important and how you can monitor one of your most important assets.

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Want to help your kids buy a house? Check this out

Dec 6, 2019 8:01:12 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in buying a home

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Tips on limiting your risk and encouraging adult children’s independence

Real estate tips for young adults

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Five key estate planning documents: not just for the rich

Nov 29, 2019 5:25:44 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, buying a home, online home buying

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A will isn’t enough

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HomeTraq Update + STL Startup Week Events

Nov 4, 2019 8:32:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in St. Louis, STL, innovation, startup

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What's happening? We are excited to announce that our newest version is now live and features active listings with MLS access! Please check it out and let us know your thoughts. We are also very proud to be involved in the first ever STL Startup Week which celebrates new innovative companies in the region. Learn more below, hopefully you may be able to join us at one of the local events.

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5 steps to get ready for your home search

Sep 15, 2019 7:43:00 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Pre-Approval, home shopping, house hunting, home search, homebuyers, housing market, step-by-step, Credit, first-time, homeownership, home tours, home ownership, financing, before you buy, buying a home, moving checklist, homebuying, boosting credit, loan

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In a competitive market where homes can fly off the market in a week or less, it’s essential that buyers come to the table prepared. Here’s a list of steps every home buyer should consider in their search.

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Check out these historic neighborhoods

Sep 9, 2019 8:41:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in listing, St. Louis, home for sale, buying a home, Oakville, Chesterfield, the hill, neighborhoods, historic, soulard, central west end, lafayette square, STL, lafayette farm, glencoe

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Explore a new (or old) neighborhood...   Each area in St. Louis has its own history, architectural styles, community and story to tell.  From Soulard to The Hill to Whitmoor, there are 100s of distinct areas in the St. Louis area.  Check out these homes in some of the area's most popular neighborhoods. 

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6 game-changing FHA home loan features often overlooked...

Aug 31, 2019 8:39:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Lending, FHA, Back to work, homebuyers, housing market, millennials, renovation, step-by-step, training, 203k, Credit, Credit Score, first-time

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Can you tour homes without a real estate agent?

Aug 3, 2019 8:24:00 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, buyer's agent, commission, listing, homebuyers, first-time, homeownership, agency, listing agent, home showings, disclosure, procuring cause, home tours, do it yourself, hometraq

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When you speak to an agent at an open house, call an agent for more information about a house, or ask an agent to show you a home, you might be opening a can of worms for yourself if you don't intend to buy a home through any of these agents. Don't make the mistake of leading an agent on, even unintentionally, because it can come back to bite you.

The real estate agent and brokerage who have a home listed for sale represent the seller and that person's best interests. The listing agent is contractually obligated to report to the seller all activity & material facts they learn about the local market and potential buyers. 

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