On Sunday, June 29, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties was honored to be named a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The kitchen is a great place to start when making updates to your home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value report, a minor kitchen remodel should regain up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the increasing value of the home. When concentrating on this essential part of the house, many homeowners look for ways to add to add modern and luxurious modifications without breaking the piggy bank.

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Explaining a mortgage and how it works

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Q: What exactly is a mortgage and how does it work?

A: A mortgage helps make owning a home possible for most people. Simply put, it’s a loan that is secured by real property. The lender holds title to the home until the loan is completely repaid. If you don’t pay what you owe, the lender has a right to take the property and sell it to recover the owed money.

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In June, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) celebrates National Home Ownership Month by recognizing the critical role homeownership plays in America’s communities. This year’s theme is “Preserving the Dream,” which emphasizes the Obama Administration’s work in building a more steady and fair housing finance system that advances the American Dream of homeownership while avoiding the unsustainable forms of home purchase that fueled the recent housing crisis.

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Your home can say a lot about your personality. A slick new kitchen loaded with a double oven probably means you enjoy cooking and entertaining guests. A backyard with play sets, a treehouse or basketball goal is probably an indicator that your house is a hot spot for neighborhood kids. 

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Q: Do Government Programs Exist That Can Help Me Finance a Home?

A: Yes, although many are designed to assist first-time homebuyers, generally defined by lenders as people who have not owed a home in three years.

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When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both homebuyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

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The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently issued its “Blueprint for Access,” outlining the additional steps the agency is taking to expand access to credit for underserved borrowers. These steps include encouraging a broader use of housing counseling. In addition, HUD will publish a notice in the Federal Register for the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) pilot program to further incorporate housing counseling into the home-buying process for borrowers using FHA-insured financing.

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Go green for Home Remodeling Month

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

May is National Home Remodeling Month. A look at the National Association of Home Builders’ recent survey highlights the most common building features consumers are using to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

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Preparing your child for a move

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Millions of American families pack up their belongings and embark on new journeys every year. Some move to reduce their expenses; others move for employment opportunities, to reduce their expenses, increase their space or, perhaps even, to make a fresh start. Moving is stressful for everyone, but it can be especially taxing for children who are used to a routine and often don’t understand the reasons for moving.

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