The real estate industry has changed dramatically over the years, and continues to evolve even today. For baby boomers who may not have bought or sold a home recently, entering the market can be especially overwhelming. Whether you’re planning on upsizing or downsizing, here are three things you should know about the industry.

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Clear up cluttered kitchen countertops

Friday, October 24th, 2014

While homebuyers seek ample kitchen counter space when searching for a home, surface area tends to fill up quickly as homeowners settle in to their new digs. Reclaim your countertops in time for the holidays with these clutter-busting tricks.

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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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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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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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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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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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