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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You found it! Should you call the listing agent to view the home?

Aug 21, 2019 8:09:00 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in buyer's agent, commission, listing, home purchase, homebuyers, housing market, dual agency, homes for sale, real estate tech, representation, agency, listing agent, selling agent, St. Louis, Zillow

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You can call the selling agent to setup an appointment to view a home, but not having your own representation could be tricky...

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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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Do I have to use the agent who shows me the home?

Jul 23, 2019 7:58:00 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in touring homes, buyer's agent, commission, listing, homebuyers, dual agency, homes for sale, agency, listing agent, open house

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Many buyers wonder if the listing agent of a home they are interested in will show the home to them. The answer is "yes", as the listing agent is obligated to show his or her client’s home. A listing agent is hired by the seller to work 100% for the seller’s best interests.  

Additionally some buyers wonder if they can save some money by going directly to that seller's agent to buy the home. On the surface, the thought of cutting out the "middleman (a buyer's agent)" may sound like a way to save time and money. While it may save time, the buyer will NOT save money on that specific purchase transaction.  

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17 questions to find the best agent for you

Jul 16, 2019 8:14:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Home tour, home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, home search, real estate agents, agents, real estate agent, professional, buyer's agent, commission, listing, realtor, home purchase, sales contract, home inspection, homes for sale, listing agent, selling agent, home showings, home for sale, hometraq, home ownership, buying a home

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Interviewing potential real estate agents before deciding on whom to hire is a good idea. It’s in your best interest to ask them some or all of the following questions to gauge their knowledge and fit with your needs. Take a look below, and let us know if there are any other questions you’ve found valuable when interviewing agents.

 

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What is a "Coming Soon" listing? How quickly can you tour one?

Jun 28, 2019 7:07:00 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in buyer's agent, listing, homebuyers, listing agent, home showings, option, coming soon, consumer, housing demand, housing inventory, pending

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Coming Soon listings continue to become more common as the local housing inventory tightens.  It causes concern among buyers, sellers and real estate professionals.  It has prompted real estate commissions across the country to issue guidance on the topic. Here’s what you need to know to keep informed and to understand all sides of the equation.

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What does Pending, Under Contract, and Contingent mean?

Jun 14, 2019 7:21:00 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in listing, home showings, option, pending, home tours, cancelled, contingent, expired, kick out, short sale, status, temporarily off market, active, sale pending, sold, withdrawn

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Can you schedule a showing for a home in Pending status? Does the Under Contract status mean that there is a chance the current offer on a home may fall through? Will the seller consider a back up offer from you in the case that the current buyer is unable to sell their current home soon? These are all fantastic questions and each property status requires these questions to be addressed in different possible ways.

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Pick the Right Real Estate Agent

May 17, 2019 5:32:00 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Home tour, home shopping, real estate, house hunting, agents, real estate agent, professional, buyer's agent, commission, listing, realtor, home purchase

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Though your search for homes may start online, it won’t end there. You can do a lot of research on your own. The National Association of Realtors reported that 68% of home buyers found the home they ended up buying on their phone last year, but once you find your perfect home, you will need the help of an expert when it comes to actually securing it.  A buyer’s agent can help you navigate through the home-buying process. When it comes to making an offer, your agent will negotiate on your behalf so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to.

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