The client-real estate agent relationship will go a long way in determining how satisfied a customer is going to be with the entire home buying or selling process. First-time buyers need agents to reassure them and keep them informed to offer a seamless process, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study.

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This week, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Northwest Office did a fantastic job organizing the Dine Out 4 Ferguson event. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Northwest Office invited the entire company to join them in going out to eat at local restaurants in the Ferguson Business District. 

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Thanks to everyone who helped make Sunday's inaugural Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Sunshine Run to benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation an enormous success!

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In today’s market, bidding for a new home can get pretty intense very quickly. There are times you might be competing with a dozen or more buyers for the same property. Here are 3 tips to avoid getting outbid on your new home:

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Should you lock in the mortgage rate?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Q: Is it smart to lock in the mortgage rate?

A: The interest rate market is constantly fluctuating and often experiences quick, unexpected movements. Locking in a mortgage rate with a lender can offer protection from the time your lock is confirmed to the day it expires.

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Costs for putting together a child’s room can rack up pretty quickly, but with a little foresight and a few intelligent purchases, the choices you make for a nursery or toddler’s room can result in a functional, spacious room that is suitable well into your child’s teen years.

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St. Louis Real Estate Market Outlook

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Locally, St. Louis home prices continue their upward climb and the trend is expected to persist. The only actual problem real estate professionals are experiencing in the greater St. Louis marketplace is a lack of inventory. There just isn’t enough supply of homes for sale in the desirable neighborhoods to satisfy demand. There is a desperate need for good quality inventory.

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Home sales expected to pick up

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

After starting slow, home sales are expected to pick up the rest of 2014, according to the Freddie Mac U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July. The report showed varying data results for the housing recovery as we head into the final half of the year. While sales are expected to increase, home sales forecast remains at 5.4 million, a slippage of around 2 percent compared to 2013. Existing sales are predicted to be 3 percent lower, while new home sales are expected to rise by 10 to 15 percent.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the June edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including growing equity and a rebound in the sale of new and existing homes. While this scorecard notes positive overall trends in the housing market, officials caution that more work needs to be done as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. The full Housing Scorecard is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard.

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5 tips to save money around your home

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Homeowners and renters are doing everything they can think of this time of year to save money around their homes. From do-it-yourself projects to updating small appliances, there are plenty of ways to do this. Here are five easy tips everyone can take advantage of on a dime. 

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