Saint Louis, MO Real Estate News

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
I'm not a huge fan of winter, and it arrived with a vengeance this past weekend.  It snowed all day on Saturday.  We had two Holiday parties to attend that evening - one was in Maryland Heights - and we were glad to have the 4-wheel drive; we didn't have to use it, but it made me feel safer knowing we could use it if we needed.  It wasn't much fun travelling on Interstate 270, but we made it.  The second party was here in the city, two blocks away from home, so that wasn't bad.  Then there was a blast of cold - we had temperatures in the teens.  It should be warmer this week, in the forties - it will seem like Spring...I can't believe Christmas will be here in a week.  We've been decorating like crazy.  I wanted to cut back on the decorating this year- I just wasn't into it - but once I...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Listed at $69,000.ML#779072Why pay rent when you can be celebrating the holidays in this charming home. This one is larger than it looks & it's ready for immediate occupancy. According to tax records, there are 210 square feet of additional living space in the partially finished, walk-out basement. The owner used it as a bedroom, but it would make a great family room or office, too. All appliances (refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher) remain with home, inlcuding the stacked washer/dryer & dehumidifier in basement. This home retains the beautiful woodwork, stained glass & nonfunctional fireplace, but has been updated with modern amenities. The large kitchen features really nice cabinets, countertop, a butler's cabinet & ceramic tile floor. The bathroom has also been updated with v...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Dennis Horman, my partner, has just signed on with a new loan company.  He has been in the mortgage industry since 1998, and in my opinion, is one of the best.  At his last position, he actually trained all the loan officers and managed the day-to-day operations of the company.  The company he has joined is called Open Mortgage.  It's headquarters is in Texas, but they do have offices here in St Louis and Caseyville, IL.  He is able to originate loans in all 50 states - a major thing he was looking for in a loan comany.  He also has the ability to originate FHA and VA Loans.  Dennis is able to do purchase and refinance lending for primary residences and investment properties, as well as commercial lending.  You can contact Dennis at 314-974-4887, or dennishorman@openmtg.com.I don't like...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Here are the weekly condo/loft statistics for the city of St. Louis.  These stats cover the downtown area (area 1) and were gathered from the Multiple Listing Service:There were 32 new Active listings on the market, with list prices ranging from $38,000 to $599,000.Only 1 unit went Contingent, with list price at $169,900.6 units went Pending, with list prices ranging from $127,500 to 269,000.10 units Sold, with list prices ranging from $ 54,900 to $246,160.7 listings Expired, with list prices ranging from $139,000 to 249,240.And 7 units went inactive (Withdrawn/Cancelled), with list prices ranging from $115,000 to $305,550.Next week, I plan to add areas 2 and 3 to the search, so we get a complete picture of the entire city...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Here is the weekly market report for residential single family homes for the city of St. Louis (Areas 1,2,3).  These statistics were gathered from the local Multiple Listing Service:There were 124 new Active listings, with list prices ranging from $$20,900 to $895,000.There were 17 listings that went under contract (Option/Contingent), with list prices ranging from $89,900 to  $649,900.56 listings went Pending, with list prices ranging from $8,500 to $599,000.39 listings Sold, with sold prices ranging from $20,000 to $1,349,000 (wow!).98 listings Expired, with list prices ranging from $25,000 to $659,000.And 38 listings went Inactive (Withdrawn/Cancelled), with list prices ranging from $26,500 to $475,000.
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By Linda Graves Arnold, St. Louis Real Estate Pro - 314-422-2762 - Referr
(Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO)
I was reading an article on Forbes.com today about what a great place St. Louis is to live and live well.  http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2007/11/05/daily63.html?f=et82&ana=e_du St. Louis is know for it's affordability and is ranked 15th cheapest city to live in.  It follows other Midwestern cities like Cincinnatti and Indianapolis. A high level of affordabilty translates into affordable housing.  when buyers from the east or west coast relocate to St. Louis, they marvel at how much home they can afford compated to where they came from.  Often, a similarly priced home in California didn't even offer much of a lot or yard. St. Louisans are proud of their city and warmly welcome new families to the area who can share in the wealth of opportunities this city has to offer.   
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Market Report for Week of November 2, 2007.  These statistics were gathered from the St Louis Multiple Listing Service and cover single family residential in the city of St. Louis (Areas 1,2,3).There were 113 new Active listings, with list prices ranging from $19,000 to $2,199,000.There were 23 listings that went under contract (Contingent/Option) with list prices ranging from $115,900 to $1,399,000.60 listings went Pending, with list prices ranging from $19,900 to $2,199,000.63 listings Sold, with sold prices ranging from $12,500 to $2,000,000.There were 160 listings that Expired, with list prices ranging from $17,500 to $849,000.There were 41 listings that were Withdrawn/Cancelled, with list prices ranging from $29,900 to $750,000.I hope everyone had a great Halloween.Don't forget to ...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
I can't believe it's already Halloween.  I started decorating the outside with the scarecrow, wreaths, and lights two weeks ago, but this afternoon I will set out my 30 or so lighted pumpkins, the blow-ups and my life-size Halloween figures.  I don't put any of this up until the day of Halloween because I don't want it to disappear. I'll take it down tonight after the trick-or-treaters have come and gone.  We finally purchased the Halloween candy last night.  We are running behind this year.  Last year, we have close to 150 trick-or-treaters, and with the weather being so beautiful, we will probably have that or more this year.  We got six large bags of assorted candy - $50 worth.  I may put some of the candy bars back for us...I want to wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween. 
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By Victoria Small, Remember Small is the name...not the SERVICE!
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Let me tell you something about my hometown and why you should buy a home here. St. Louis is an urban area full of history and historic sites. For you history buffs or those who just like old and interesting things here is a little of St. Louis' heritage:History Facts:St. Louis was established in 1764.St. Louis is one of only two cities in the United States that is separate from any county which makes it a home rule city, with the other city being Baltimore.St. Louis is the home of the world champion Cardinals baseball team (Go Cards!)St. Louis is the home of the Super Bowl Champion Rams football team St. Louis is the home of the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues hockey team (Do you bleed blue?)Historic Places:Gateway Arch and MuseumEads BridgeEugene Fields HouseMissouri Botanical Ga...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Here is the weekly market statistics for single family homes in the city of St Louis (areas 1,2,3) for the past 7 days.  These stats were gathered from the local multiple listing service:There were 116 new Active listings on the market, with list prices from $18,900 to $940,000.There were 33 listings that went under contract (Contingent/option) with list prices ranging from $59,900 to $1,399,000.59 listings went Pending, with list prices ranging from $29,900 to $439,900.35 listings Sold, with sold prices ranging from $24,000 to $349,900.79 listings Expired, with list prices ranging from $14,900 to $669,900.And 48 listings were Withdrawn/Cancelled, with list prices ranging from $13,000 to 1,250,000.http://www.timtanzhomes.com  
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By Candi Russell
(Coldwell Banker Premier Group)
IT DEFINITELY ISN'T FOR THE WEAK AT HEART THIS INDUSTRY.  IT REALLY CAN CONSUME YOU BUT FOR AWHILE I THINK THAT IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE THE MORE I LEARN THE MORE I CAN TRULY HELP PEOPLE.  I AM IN THIS FOR THE REST OF MY CAREER AND PLAN TO WORK FOR AT LEAST 25 MORE YEARS...i REALLY LOVE TO WORK, ESPECIALLY FOR GOOD PEOPLE!!!
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
While the kids were still in town, we took them to the City Museum on June 15.  If you get a chance to visit this place, make it a point to do so.  "'Where the imagination runs wild," is the slogan of the City Museum, and that is the truth.  I've never seen anything like it.  The man who created it is a genius.  Bob Cassilly, an internationally acclaimed sculptor is the mastermind of this project.  It is housed in the 600,000 square foot former International Shoe Company, and is an "eclectic mixture of playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects."  Cassilly and his crew of 20 artisans utilize the city's old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction bridges, buses, planes, whatever they can find.  I am awed by this man's creativi...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
In the Wednesday, October 10, issue of the South Suburban Journals, there were articles by two leaders in the St Louis real estate market.  These were great articles, and I just wanted to share the main points. The first article was written by Dennis Norman, 2007 President of the St. Louis Association of Realtors.  His main point of the article was that all real estate is local, and there are a number of local factors that affect home prices.  He pointed out that Detroit is suffering with the major layoffs from the big three auto makers, and their real estate market is not in good shape.  Seattle, on the other hand, has a surplus of jobs and is still in a real estate boom.  He continued that here in St Louis, we are not faring that bad.Mr Norman talked about the recent news that Centene...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
This past June, Dennis' two neices and their children (they each have a daughter and two sons - so six kids total) stayed with us for a couple of days.  Talk about a house filled with activity - this place has never seen so busy.  After two days, this normally tidy house was trashed.  It was great, though, and we really enjoyed having them here.On June 14, we took them to the St. Louis Zoo.  It had been years since I had visited the zoo, and I enjoyed it as much as the kids.  The St Louis Zoo has been around a long time.  Since the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 (the 1904 Worlds Fair), the Zoo has grown to be one of the top attended zoos in the nation, with 3 million people visiting each year.  The zoo is home to 22,805 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered.   The zoo ...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
In the September 27 issue of the Riverfront Times, their Best of St Louis issue, our very own Tower Grove Park Neighborhoods received the pick for the Best Place to Live in 2007.These neighborhoods that surround Tower Grove Park - Tower Grove South, Tower Grove Heights, Tower Grove East and Shaw neighborhoods - have become a popular place to call home for many St Louisans, including my partner and myself.  We moved to Tower Grove South in 1998, and we have witnessed the transformation and blossoming of this area.  It is so neat to sit on our front porch and see all the people walking their dogs, bikeriding, or just stolling down the sidewalks.   We are close (we can walk) to all the shops and restaurants on South Grand Blvd.  To our west, the Morganford Business District is experiencing...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Among the many things to experience in Tower Grove Park are the many pavilions throughout the park.  This park was designed as a Victorian urban park, and still endures today.  These pavilions represent much of this Victorian architecture.  Henry Shaw commissioned their construction for the formal opening of the park in 1872.  From ideas gathered from Shaw on trips to Europe's parks and gardens, three St. Louis architects designed these pavilions.  They are each unique in style and color, and we are lucky to enjoy them today.I've created a virtual media presentation from pictures I took on an afternoon walk in the park.  I hope you enjoy...http://www.realestateshows.com/218792http://www.timtanzhomes.com 
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
The September 27th issue of the RFT (Riverfront Times) was their Best of St Louis issue - their readers' choices of the best of St Louis.  I think it's the largest issue of the paper for the entire year.  Everything was listed, from the best food & drink to the best tatoo parlor...Our own Tower Grove Park garnered two Best Distinctions.  The first was for the Best Place to Bird Watch - the Robert and Martha Gaddy Wild Bird Garden.  According to the article, spring and fall bring large numbers of migrating birds, and the park is the perfect place to spot them.The second was for Best Tennis Courts.  Tower Grove Park hosts 12 hard courts and three grass courts, with day passes available for $4 - $6 for two persons.Aside from those two distinctions, Tower Grove Park is one of the best parks...
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By Cheri Dueker, Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
(Transitional Designs, LLC)
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a loft in downtown St Louis? This is the weekend to take a peek inside some of the city's premier lofts and apartments. The loft at 1619 Washington, #603, was professionally staged by Transitional Designs, LLC and will be a featured loft on the tour. Here is the information on the tour:Fall Downtown Living TourOctober 13 -14, 2007Noon to 5 pmRegistration at: 9th St. and OliveCost: $7 Hopefully everyone will have the opportunity to visit these unique spaces.  Shuttle service will be provided to move from neighborhood to neighborhood and the weather will be spectacular. Come see what city living has to offer. 
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
This is the market report for the city of St. Louis for the past week.  This covers areas 1 (East of Grand), 2 (South City), 3 (Southwest City, CWE, North).  This is for single family residential homes.There were 139 new Active listings, with list prices ranging from $16,900 to $1,699,000.There were 26 listings that went under contract (Contingent/Option), with list prices ranging from $23,500 to $369,900.There were 49 listings that went Pending, with list prices ranging from $239,900 to $429,900.There were 34 listings that Sold, with sold prices ranging from $15,600 to $295,000.95 listings Expired, with list prices ranging from $14,900 to $785,000.40 listings went Inactive (Withdrawn/Cancelled), with list prices ranging from $19,900 to $845,000.Even though the market has softened, thin...
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
The campground we go to hosts a Halloween decorating contest every year.  Prizes are given for first, second and third place for camps that are decorated for Halloween.  Last year, I won first place.  The prize was a spider blow-up decoration.  I wasn't going to decorate this year.  The entire bed of the truck was loaded with Halloween decorations, with little room for camping gear.  Then we had to unload, set up the decorations, take them down, load them back up and then unload when we got home.  It was too much work.Well, a day before this year's trip, I started thinking about what I could do differently this year.  Long story short, I again loaded the truck down, and even strapped some decorations to the top of the camper.  We must have looked like the "Beverly Hillbillies" driving d...
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