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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Pool Properties

Once Memorial Day arrives to the St. Louis area, the public pools open for the season. But if you own St. Louisor St. Charles County area real estate with a pool, you can open your pool whenever you want. However pool homes come with both pros and cons.

The Pros of Owning a Property with a Pool

- Pools are aesthetically pleasing and create a more beautiful landscape in your yard.
- Pool parties are a great way to entertain.
Pool Properties in St Louis- Get exercise, relaxation and fun, all in your backyard with a pool.
- Eat and drink whatever you want by your own pool, whereas other pools may have restrictions.
- Pools allow you to enjoy the outdoors in the hot St. Louis summers.
- A home for sale with a pool is a big attraction for pool people.

The Cons of Owning Property with a Pool

- There are costs associated with maintaining a pool.
St Louis Homes with Pools- Pools take some time to maintain - unless you hire someone to maintain it.
- Pools can be a safety concern for small children or those who can’t swim.
- In Missouri you are required to have a fence around your pool for safety, so you my have to install fencing.
- You must keep homeowners insurance that covers the pool under “other structures” portion of the policy
- A home for sale with a pool is a turn off for non-pool people.

Pool Homes – Another Option
St Louis homes with community pool

If you love a pool but are unsure of having your own pool at home, there is another option. Consider purchasing a home in a neighborhood that offers a community pool. This way you will have pool access without the maintenance.  However you will still have some costs associated through homeowner’s association fees.

Adding a Pool To Your Property

If you are adding a pool to your property there are a few things to keep in mind. First, check for any city or neighborhood restrictions for pools. Especially check any regulations for required fencing types or height. You may want to install a pool cover or alarm to keep unwanted pool guests out. Also, compare types of pools. Some homeowners are finding saltwater pools to be a great option that is more expensive in the beginning but less expensive over time.

Buying or Selling a Home with a Pool

New Villa Home With Pool for sale in Wentzville, Missouri
Newly Constructed Villa Home For Sale in Wentzville with community pool.
The Boehmer Team has a page dedicated just to St. Louis and St. Charles County area pool properties. Check it out to see pool homes currently on the market. The Boehmer Team has worked with many homebuyers and sellers over the years that have purchased and sold pool homes. Put our expertise to work for you the next time you buy or sell a pool property.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

March of Dimes St. Louis March For Babies

Did you know that in the United States one in ten babies is born premature? Sadly some of them don’t survive and others carry on birth defects that affect the rest of their lives. But with the help of March of Dimes, we have seen the rates of premature birth decline as much as ten percent. Lower preterm birth rates help families and also help save our nation’s healthcare system millions in costs.

The March of Dimes, founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies.  The noble mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The funds the March of Dimes raise assist community programs, advocates in Washington, supports medical research and educates families.

Our friends at Fischer & Frichtel take fun and philanthropy seriously. This year their construction team, office team and sales team are competing against each other to see who can raise the most money for the March of Dimes March for Babies. In addition their construction team built an adorable playhouse that looks like a tiny version of one of their beautifully constructed homes. This playhouse will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the March of Dimes. Click here to learn about their raffle.

This year the March of Dimes is hosting its March for Babies 2 mile walk in Forest Park on Saturday, April 29th.  The Boehmer Team is looking forward to participating in the walk and would love to have you join us. You can also participate by making a donation here:

The St. Louis region goal we hope to help the March for Babies reach is a whopping $650,000. So come on out, St. Louis, and join in this great cause that supports families and communities. To learn more about the St. Louis March of Babies event by the March of Dimes, click here.