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Friday, January 17, 2020

5 Things NOT To Do When Selling Your Home


5 Things NOT To Do When Selling Your Home

If you are considering selling your St. Louis or St. Charles County, Missouri home, you’ve probably gotten a lot of advice on things that you SHOULD do to sell your home. In fact, we’ve got lots of tried and true tips right here in this blog. Just type the subject you are looking for into the search bar. However, there are some things you should definitely NOT do when listing a home for sale. Here’s our short list.

What NOT To Do When Selling A Home


Things NOT To Do When Selling A Home

1. Do NOT Neglect Necessary Repairs

Homebuyers will definitely notice any broken or damaged parts of a home that are in plain view. Even small items like a broken cabinet hinge or doorknob may work against you because it might suggest the current owners haven’t taken good care of the property. Potential buyers may also use needed repairs as a way to negotiate a lower price for the home.

Though it may be costly to take on the minor and major repairs your house needs before listing it, it will increase the chances of the home selling in a timely manner.
And while it may seem expensive to take on these fixes, it’s generally more expensive not to. Homes sitting on the market cost sellers in both time spent on the market and ultimate sale price. Even if nothing is obviously wrong, some basic maintenance and simple home repairs before listing can go a long way.

Things To Avoid When Selling A Home

2. Do NOT Over-Improve

While preparing a home for sale, it’s a good return on investment to update things to be as current as possible. For example, updating old light fixtures or appliances are great ideas. However it’s important not to over-improve a home or over-customize a space to very specific tastes. For example, not everyone needs a trophy room, gun room, or music room nor does everyone likes bright or intense colors in their home.

Instead, neutralize the home for sale as much as possible. If you are repainting before the sale choose light, neutral colors. Packing away as many of your personal items is also recommended. This lets buyers imaging themselves living in the home. So there is no need to go above and beyond with home improvements, as you may actually lose money doing so.

Do NOT Do This When Selling A Home

3. Do NOT Overprice a Home For Sale

We understand the idea of wanting to “test the market”, but overpricing a home for sale is not the best way to do it. In fact it can backfire and cause your listing to lose momentum and languish on the market for months while you continue to pay the mortgage. Eventually you may have to lower the price more than what the home would have sold for if you priced it correctly to begin with.

We have some great information about The Dangers of Overpricing Your Home that you should check out.

When Selling A Home Avoid Doing This

4. Do NOT Attend Home Showings

It would be nice to be a fly on the wall to see what goes on every time an agent shows your home. But do NOT be a literal wall fly and hang around at home showings! Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you in your space. Take the family out or at least go sit in the car during the home showing. Homebuyers want to be able to look around freely without the homeowner looming over their shoulder. Don’t make it awkward for them.

What NOT To Do When Selling Your Home


5. Do NOT Go It Alone

Unless you are well versed in title law, real estate contracts and marketing do NOT go it alone! Knowing how to sell a home quickly for a fair price takes years of experience to master. Even then it can be a bit tricky without the right team as there are at least 80 tasks Realtors perform for sellers.

The Boehmer Team offers no obligation meetings to explain the process, the timelines, costs and options that you have when selling your home. Contact The Boehmer Team to answer your questions about listing a home for sale.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Year-End Deals on New Construction


Year-End Deals on New Construction


The competitive real estate market in St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri has created a more active end-of-year real estate season. Homebuyers wanting the best deal on the perfect home are willing to make offers even in the midst of the holiday season. And these smart homebuyers are finding some of the best deals of the year.

In a blog we wrote last year, we pointed out how December 26th is one of the best days of the year to get a good deal on a home, whether it’s a new or pre-existing home. Since historically winter months are a little slower in real estate, some of the best deals come out during this time. If you are dreaming of a newly constructed home, December is an especially good month for getting the most value for your dollar.

Home builders work year round. Many have homes for sale that are in the process of being built and homes for sale that have recently been completed. So you won’t have to wait long to get into a brand new home. 

Move In Ready New Construction Homes

Are you ready to move into a brand new home?
If you are ready right now for a brand new home, you’ll want to visit BuyNewAndNow.com.  Here you can find a list of homes around the St. Louis and St. Charles County area that are newly built and available for sale.

Want a new home with your preferred paint and finishes?
If you are willing to wait a few weeks for your newly constructed home, you could get in on the end of the construction process and choose some of the paint colors and finishes. Visit our New And Almost Ready for You page to see an updated list of homes for sale that are currently in the construction process around the St. Louis and St. Charles County area. (Link to page also available on BuyNewAndNow.com)

Quality St. Louis & St. Charles County Home Builders

Some of the esteemed home builders that often have new construction home inventory at the end of the year include: Payne Family Homes, Fischer & Frichtel, Bridgewater Communities and Genesis Development Company. These home builders each have unique offers and products.

New Home For Sale - St Charles

Fischer & Frichtel: This long-time company designs and builds to the highest standards for superior, enduring value. They offer a wide variety of floor plans and several great communities to build in.

New Construction Homes - Wildwood

Payne Family Homes: This award-winning residential construction company offers spacious, flowing floor plans built within amenity-filled communities.

New Construction Villa Home - St. Peters, Missouri

Bridgewater Communities: This great home building company specializes in villas. If you are looking for privacy and spaciousness in a home without the time consuming restraints of exterior maintenance, this builder is a perfect option for you.

Newly Constructed Home For Sale - Kirkwood, Mo

Genesis Development Company: Committed to providing premier customer service throughout your new home building experience, this company strives to deliver unparalleled workmanship on every new home.​ 

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The end of year may be busy, but savvy homebuyers will find some of the best deals during this time. Don’t forget to check out and/or bookmark BuyNewAndNow.com to keep tabs on the latest deals on brand new homes. You deserve the best quality new home and our goal is to help you get it. If you have questions about buying a new home, contact The Boehmer Team. We are here to help.




Friday, November 22, 2019

St. Charles County Holiday Events 2019


St. Charles County Holiday Events 2019

Happy holidays from St. Charles County, Missouri! St. Charles County has many different types of holiday events to choose from this time of year. The season brings shorter days and longer nights that are perfect for sparkling lights, hot cocoa by the fire and festive holiday events. We’ve put together a handy list of the many different holiday events to choose from. The list is ordered by event start date. If you know of any St. Charles County holiday events missing from this list, contact us and we'll get them added.


NOVEMBER ST. CHARLES COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS


The Meadows of Lake Saint Louis Mayor Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 22 from 6-8pm
Clock Tower Plaza in Lake St. Louis
https://themeadowsatlsl.com/event/mayors-tree-lighting-toys-for-tots/
Join us in the clock tower plaza on Friday, November 22nd from 6-8pm for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony with Lake Saint Louis Mayor, Kathy Schweikert. Celebrate the season with holiday songs from the Green Tree Elementary School Choir, complimentary carriage rides, and a special visit from Santa! Purchase cookies, coffee and hot chocolate from Roasted Coffee & Wine Bar AND, because it’s the season of giving, each person that brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will get a $5 gift card to Prados. Free event.

Treasure Chest Holiday Expo 2019
12th Annual Treasure Chest Holiday Expo!
November 22, 23 and 24

St. Charles Convention Center
https://www.treasurechestshows.com/
The Treasure Chest Holiday Expo offers unique, often one-of-a-kind products, and fun party atmosphere. The event welcomes back highly anticipated returning vendors; and are especially pleased about a great assortment of new, exciting and unique items being offered by new vendors. They'll have over 200 booths with arts, crafts, gourmet goodies, home decor, unique gift items, and more. Find just the right gift for everyone on your list this year. Free admission, free parking, raffles and door prizes throughout the weekend.



O'Fallon Celebration of Lights

November 29 through December 30
Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
http://www.ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights
Celebration of Lights is a holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll. There are no reservations needed to drive through the exhibit. And don’t miss the Old Fashioned Holiday Stroll version of the event where one can walk through the Celebration of Lights on December 9th and 10th. Check their website (link above) for admission fees.

Holiday Train Display and Cookie Decorating

November 30 from 10:00am-5:00pm
St. Charles County Heritage Museum - 1630 Heritage Landing, St. Charles, MO 63303
Explore local history this holiday season when you visit the St. Charles County Heritage Museum's annual train display! Bring your family and friends to see the historical Katy Railroad-themed scenes; this year's display includes extended tracks and new St. Charles County landmark model buildings. Adults and children of all ages will delight in the sights and sounds of the trains as they make their way through part of the museum. In addition to the train display, guests may also tour the exhibits at the museum, which focus on the sporting heritage of St. Charles County. Opening day will also include free holiday cookie decorating (and eating), while supplies last.

St. Charles Christmas Traditions Event 2019

Christmas Traditions Festival
November 30 – December 22
Wednesdays 6-9:00PM, Fridays 6-9:00PM, Saturdays 10:00AM-9:00PM, Sundays 12-5:00PM
Historic Main Street: 230 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301
https://www.discoverstcharles.com/event/christmas-traditions%c2%ae/1223/
Capture in your mind the essence, that time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical.  Regardless of the evening or weekend you choose to visit Christmas Traditions®, you will find decorated, brick-lined streets, harmonious carolers, unique historic characters and an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities.  There’s something for everyone this holiday season.

DECEMBER ST. CHARLES COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS

Nutcracker Tea
December 1 and 8 From 2-4pm
Foundry Art Centre
http://www.foundryartcentre.org/nutcracker-tea-2019
Don your finest tea apparel and visit the "Land of Sweets" for Nutcracker Tea! Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland full of art activities, treats, and an accompanied ballet performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for adult members, $15 for children 12 and under, and $13.50 for children members. Don't miss this holiday favorite at the Foundry Art Centre. Tickets must be purchase by November 24th. 


Wentzville Holiday Night Lights 2019

Wentzville Holiday Night Lights
December 2 Through the Holiday Season
Rotary Park, Wentzville

https://www.wentzvillemo.org/departments/parks_and_recreation/holiday_night_lights.php
Walk, carriage ride or sleigh ride through a multitude of lights featuring beautiful scenes and tunnels of twinkling light. This year, there will be LIVE REINDEER, a photo booth with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and carolers! The cost for admission is $3 in advance and $5 day of, per person. Costs for carriage and sleigh rides at the link.

Gateway Ringers Holiday Concert 2019

The Gateway Ringers Holiday Concert
December 6 at 7:30pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, Mo 63366
http://www.gatewayringers.org/
The Gateway Ringers are members of the Handbell Musicians of America. This auditioned community handbell group performs using five octaves of Malmark handbells & six octaves of Malmark Choirchimes®. See their fantastic holiday concert at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.


St. Peters 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to Feature Holiday Hop with Butch Wax and the Hollywoods
December 6 at 6:30pm

St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO
https://www.stpetersmo.net/article/7770/St-Peters8217-30th-Annual-Tree-Lighting-Ceremony-to-Feature-Holiday-Hop-with-Butch-Wax-and-the-Hollywoods.aspx
Bring the family and enjoy the music, then step outside for the lighting of the tree! Other groups performing at the ceremony will be: Childbloom Guitar Program of St. Charles County, directed by Chris Peleshenko; Fort Zumwalt East High School Orchestra, directed by Jocelyn Garner; and Lindenwood University’s Voices Only, directed by Pam Grooms. Following the music is the countdown to the lighting of the tree, and photo opportunities with Santa in the City Hall lobby. Free Event.


Christmas Candlelight Walk
December 6, 7, 13, 14 from 6:00-10:30pm
Daniel Boone Historic Site
https://apm.activecommunities.com/stcharlescountyparkrec/Activity_Search
Thousands of candles illuminate a world on the edge of the frontier. Step back into the early 1800s to experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the past with stories, music and hot cider. Limited tickets are available. Reservations are highly recommended.


Augusta Candlelight Christmas Walk
December 6 & 13,  5:00-10:00pm
Downtown Augusta
https://augusta-chamber.org/event/2019-augusta-candlelight-christmas-walk/2019-12-06/
Experience more than a thousand luminaries lighting the historic town of Augusta, Missouri at the 37th Annual Candlelight Christmas Walk. Catch a ride on a free antique trolley or join in the scavenger hunt. Shop boutiques and galleries for holiday gifts including hand-blown glass, paintings and jewelry. Enjoy food vendors, restaurants, wineries & brewery decked for the season and serving traditional holiday fare.


Holiday House Tour
December 7, 3:00-6:00pm
Augusta, Mo
https://augusta-chamber.org/event/2019-holiday-house-tour/
Step back in time as you walk (or drive) the quaint, picturesque streets of Augusta and tour five beautifully decorated homes for the second annual Augusta Christmas House Tour. The festivities include wine tasting by Montelle and Augusta Wineries at the historic Harmonie Verein. Admission: $15.00 Children under 12 free. Ticket price includes the house tour, wine tasting and a free souvenir Augusta wine Glass.



Santa's North Pole Dash and Children's Snowman Shuffle
December 7
Historic St. Charles
http://www.gstccc.com/santa-dash
Watch or join in this fun fundraiser for the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, now in its ninth year and gaining popularity. Come join the fun in historic downtown St. Charles. Children's dash as well as 5k and 1-mile walk also can be enjoyed. Children's Dash begins at 8:00 am at Riverside Drive & Jefferson 5K & 1-Mile Walk starts at 8:30 am at Riverside Drive & Pike Street. Click the link for more detailed information.


St. Charles Municipal Band Holiday Concert
December 10 from 7:00-9:00pm
J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts
https://www.stcharlesband.com/event/holiday-concert-at-scheidegger-center/
The Concert Band will open the concert at 7 PM after a short intermission at 8 PM  the Big Band with vocalist will close out the evening entertainment. There is plenty of parking all around the Center with full handicap access. The Holiday Concert is free with no tickets required.  Santa Claus has promised a visit to greet children of all ages.  Free event.


Winter Wonderland on Ice 2019

Winter Wonderland on Ice Show
December 13 at 7:00pm and December 14 at 5:00pm
St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road, St. Peters, Mo 63376
https://www.stpetersmo.net/calendar-details.aspx?eid=1469&m=12&d=13&y=2019
Celebrate the holidays as the Rec-Plex North ice rink comes to life and turns into an enchanted Winter Wonderland on Ice. The best Rec-Plex solo skaters and synchronized skating teams will dazzle audiences with the beauty and skill of their original programs. Beloved holiday characters join in the festivities to make this a delightful event for the whole family. Tickets go on sale Nov. 26 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road.  Rec-Plex passholders—$8.50/adult, $6.50/child (12 and under) and $6.50/seniors (55-over); General Public—$9.50/adult, $7.50/child and $7.50/seniors


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There you have it. Get out there and be merry this season! Every day is a gift to make the most of. Join our wonderful communities in St. Charles County and make memories to last a lifetime. And if you're looking for a home in St. Charles County this holiday season, put The Boehmer Team to work for you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Boehmer Team!








Friday, September 20, 2019

St. Charles County Fall Events 2019

St. Charles County Fall Events 2019

Fall in St. Charles County is filled with festivals, exhibitions, historical events and haunted fun. There are plenty of establishments, groups and businesses with fall events to choose from in the towns that make up St. Charles County including: Augusta, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Flint Hill, Foristell, Lake St. Louis, New Melle, O'Fallon, Portage Des Sioux, St. Charles, St. Paul, St. Peters, Weldon Spring, Wentzville, and West Alton. The Boehmer Team members work, live and play in the St. Charles County area. With so many fun things to do, we've put together a list of fall events for St Charles County, Missouri.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS


http://centennialfarms.biz

Seven Days a Week, Now through October
199 Jackson Street, Augusta, MO 63332
This is the 49th year of selling fruit and veggies on this farm that has been in operation for 197 years.  Pick your own apples or pumpkins and enjoy a “taste of history” along with seasonal fruit and good things made in the farm kitchen. Visit the market in the 160-year old timber framed barn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis Renaissance Festival

Open Weekends September 14 – October 14, 2019 from 10am-6pm Rain or Shine
2577 W Meyer Rd, Foristell, MO 63348   636-639-5173
Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday until October 14, 2019
The St. Louis Renaissance Festival is a long-standing event that brings you the adventure, excitement, and spirit of the Renaissance! Travel back in time and enjoy live jousting, areal acts, jester's juggling school, Giant Royal Puppet Troup, Mermaid Cove, bloody mary bar, Game of Thrones Tavern, turkey legs and much more. Free parking.

Augusta Harvest Festival 2019

September 20 & 21, 2019
5577 Walnut St., Augusta, Mo
Augusta: A Great Heritage – Explore a day in the life of a German Immigrant The Augusta Harvest Festival is held the third week in September and captures the rich heritage of past festivals held including gourmet picnic, parades, homemade pie walk, pony rides, pumpkin launch contest, square dancing, wine-makers dinner and much more to enjoy.

St. Charles Octoberfest

September 27 - 29, 2019
Frontier Park, Saint Charles, MO
This year the Saint Charles Oktoberfest is located at the beautiful Lewis and Clark Boathouse Parking Lot off 1050 S. Riverside Drive, between the Missouri River and the Historic Downtown District. Just some of the fun events you'll find this year are a 5k and 10k and 1 mile fun runs, raise the stein event, antique car show, brat eating contest, wiener dog race and more. Don't miss the fun.

Micro Macro Art Exhibit

Through September 28, 2019
Foundry Art Centre
: 520 N Main Center, St Charles, MO 63301
At this free exhibition, size matters.  This show will display two opposites: one half focusing on small works (micro) and the other half focusing on works larger than 48 inches (macro). 

 
Through October 14, 2019
St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO

This beautiful gallery space for local and national artists is hosting a free land and see themed art exhibition. Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Wednesdays: 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Celebrate St. Peters Annual Community Festival 2019
September 20 - September 21, 2019
370 Lakeside Park, Lakeside Park Drive off MO-370, St. Peters, MO
This free two-day festival event features live music and entertainment on three different stages. Enjoy a carnival, vendors, kids’ activities, fireworks and more! Saturday is Sawyer Brown and opener Alyssa Lynn Little. Friday is Plastic Kings opening for Head East plus fireworks at 9pm.


OCTOBER EVENTS

Daniels Farm and Greenhouse October Harvest
October 1 – 31
352 Jungermann Rd., Saint Peters, MO 63376
$6 will grant admission to Daniels Farm October Harvest going on throughout October. Admission includes: giant straw maze, petting zoo, unique fort maze, tube slides, pony swings, giant tire swings, corn boxes, picnic area, antique farm equipment and more.

Valley Farms Fall Festival Foristell

Weekends in October: Saturdays 9am-2pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
1125 Dietrich Rd, Foristell, MO. 63348
Valley Farms fall events in October include the Craft Beer & BBQ Event, Rock & Roll Bingo Farm Style and of course lots of pumpkins, gourds, mums, straw, concessions, and crafts.  Come enjoy the hawk ridge hay ride, barrel train ride, Farm Land bounce house, pumpkin bowling, panning for gold and more. See the website for events by date details.

Cottleville Firefighter's Haunted Trail and Bonfire Party
October 12th and 19th from 8:00-11:40pm
In Legacy Park in Cottleville MO
Cottleville Firefighters Outreach is a nonprofit with a mission to raise our community's educational and awareness levels of safety and health issues in hopes of preventing misfortune. They setup a haunted trail that ends near the former residence of Mollie Crenshaw, a well-known witch that lived in Cottleville over 100 years ago. CWS Rotary Club will have beer and other adult beverages for purchase for those 21 and over and there will be a movie and bonfires. Wear shoes good for a gravel path and bring your lawn chairs and friends to enjoy a good time. 

St. Charles Food Trucks in the Park

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5-8pm
Blanchette Park, 1900 Randolph, Saint Charles, MO
Rev up your taste buds and enjoy tasting delectable foods from multiple food trucks. Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options.  The event is free other than the cost of food. It is recommended that you bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Legends & Lanterns Annual Special Event St. Charles 2019
Saturday, October 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
230 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO
Legends & Lanterns, a "spirited" journey through Halloween History is an annual event that finds its inspiration from the past. From the vintage charm of Halloween in the 1910s-1930s, to the historical rituals and customs brought to the holiday by the Druids and Victorians, to the ethereal atmosphere depicted in American ghost stories and Brothers Grimm fairy tales; this event will offer treats and tricks for guests of all ages. A little bit silly. A little bit macabre. But all in fun.
 
10th Annual Fort Zumwalt East High School Grad Night Craft Fair
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Fort Zumwalt East High School, 600 First Executive Avenue, St. Peters, MO
Get a jump on your holiday shopping with over 50 vendor and crafters. Awesome gift and craft items include: candles, quilts, jewelry, music boxes, pet items, purses, beauty & bath items, fashions, custom bears, holiday craft items and more. There will also be concession stands, vendor demonstrations, a bake sale, and raffles. This event benefits the Fort Zumwalt East High School Grad Night event for seniors.


Don’t forget to share with your St. Charles County neighbors. From all of us at The Boehmer Team, we hope you have a wonderful fall. If moving is on your mind, please contact The Boehmer Team.