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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Boehmer Team Welcomes Pat Bastunas To Their Award Winning Team

The Boehmer Team, the number one real estate team in St. Charles County and the number three team in the country for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, welcomes REALTOR Pat Bastunas to their team.

Bastunas, a previous Rookie of the Year for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, will assist The Boehmer Team with residential transactions and client communication for smooth closings.

Top row: Kelly Boehmer, Linda Boehmer, Jacob Gould, Nancy Hitt, Pat Bastunas 
Bottom row: Joan DeSplinter, Sharon Henthorp
“I couldn’t be happier to have Pat join our team,” said Kelly Boehmer. “She is an excellent communicator and has extensive industry knowledge, both are of upmost importance when assisting people with one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.” 

Linda Boehmer said, “Pat’s abundant industry knowledge and kind professionalism make her a great fit for The Boehmer Team.  It is a privilege and an honor to have someone of Pat’s caliber join our team!”

Bastunas will be joining award winning team founders Linda and Kelly Boehmer along with Jacob Gould, Nancy Hitt, Joan DeSplinter and Sharon Henthorn on The Boehmer Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County Office.

Pat Bastunas, REALTOR
“Being able to give my past and present clients the opportunity to work with some of the top agents in the country is a great honor, said Bastunas. “Having a strong partnership with the Boehmer Team, I look forward to building continued success in real estate as a team in a way that will serve my clients better than ever.”

Like Linda and Kelly Boehmer, Bastunas is a long-time supporter of The Sunshine Kids, a charity that assists children with cancer. Together they will continue their support for this great charity.

Bastunas, originally from Hazelwood, Missouri, currently lives in Lake St. Louis with her husband, Jason, their fourteen-year-old son, Tyler, and dog, Buddy. When not working in real estate you can find Bastunas cheering on Tyler at his select team baseball games or working in the garden.

Learn more about the team at:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Radon in Missouri Homes

What is radon and how does it affect my home? 

Radon is a chemical element (Rn). It is produced via the natural breakdown of thorium and uranium, their decay product radium, which creates its decay product radon. It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity. 
Studies have shown a clear link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidence of lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor home air quality worldwide. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking.

How do you find out if you have radon in your home?

For Missourians there is a FREE RADON TESTING KIT you can order. Click the following link and fill out the quick form to receive your testing kit in 8-10 business days:

What if you find radon in your home?

If you have performed only a single test, the US EPA recommends a follow-up test before fixing your home. Radon levels fluctuate naturally and it is important to know if the initial test was an accurate assessment of your home's average radon level or whether the high levels could have been caused by unusual weather.

What if you discover radon and plan on selling your home?

If you are involved in a real estate transaction, the EPA recommends fixing the house prior to sale if the average of your original and follow-up tests are 4.0 pCi/L or higher.

How to mitigate radon in your home:

  1. Hire a qualified licensed residential radon mitigation contractor.
    You can find a list of qualified licensed residential radon mitigation contractors for Missouri at:
  2. Do it yourself:
    To install a DIY radon system requires a variety of skills and some very special knowledge. Yes a radon mitigation system is really quite simple by design, but a poorly installed system could actually make your level worse. Here are a list of books to help you install a home radon mitigation system correctly:    

Find more information on radon in Missouri at This site contains county levels, inspectors, mitigators and more. Or talk to The Boehmer Team about their preferred radon inspectors for your area.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How To Get The Best Price For Your Home

Determining how to correctly price a home for sale is one of the most important factors in selling a home. Statistics show that setting the correct market-determined price the first time will ultimately achieve the best sale price. To find the best price for a market an impartial evaluation of recent market an experienced REALTOR should perform activity.

Why shouldn’t I price my home high at the start then go lower if no bids come in?

Putting a home on the market at a price that is over market value in hopes that a buyer will fall in love with your home and be willing to pay anything is a strategy that rarely works. This type of buyer is extremely rare. Buyers generally want the most home they can get for as little money possible.

Pricing a home correctly the first time captures the momentum a new listing has in the marketplace.

New listings are exciting to homebuyers who have been looking and know what is on the market. If they see your property and find that it is overpriced for the market, they may mark it off their list and move on. Incorrectly priced properties will lose this new-listing excitement among buyers as time goes on.  Marketing time for your home will become prolonged as the initial marketing momentum is lost.

Pricing a home correctly will bring in more potential buyers.

If a home is overpriced compared to the market, fewer buyers will be attracted and fewer offers received. The property will attracts lookersand will help competing houses look better by comparison. If a property does sell above true market value, it may not appraise, and the buyers may not be able to secure a loan. Or, the property may eventually sell below market value due to market stagnation and price reductions. 

So how do you correctly price a home for sale?

An impartial evaluation of market activity is the most effective way to estimate a propertys potential selling price. Experienced REALTORs use a Comparative Market Analysis that takes the following into consideration:
·      Properties that have sold in the recent past show what buyers in the market have actually paid for properties similar to yours.
·      Properties currently on the market that will be competing with yours for the attention of available buyers.
·      Properties that failed to sell should be studied to understand why they did not sell as to avoid similar disappointment.

Pick a real estate agent based on reviews and experience, not how much they will initially price your home.

When trying to win your listing some agents may be tempted to offer an unrealistic initial sales price to get your business. These agents know full well they will have to reduce, reduce, reduce – the wrong strategy.   Speak with The Boehmer Team before listing your home. They are highly reviewed, awarded and experienced agents that know the market well. Even if they need to recommend repairs or staging services, the Boehmer Team knows how to get the most for your home sale. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Natural Ways to Rid 3 Common Midwest Insects From Your Home

With the emergence of warmer weather come the bugs. They are climbing out of their hibernating spaces and looking for a summer home – in your house! But don’t fret; there are several easy and natural ways to keep common Midwestern insects out of your home.

Three Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants

  1. Cleanliness. Food dropped on floors or dripped down the side of an appliance will attract ants. Wipe down spills and sweep the floors. Avoid leaving out uncovered food or dirty dishes.
  2. Salt. According to James Mouyassar of 2 Nice Guys Pest Control, “use the same rock salt you use to de-ice your sidewalks in the wintertime and make a perimeter around your home along the foundation to keep ants away.” Note: this method will kill any plants the salt comes into contact with. Use a cup with a pour spout or something similar to help spread the salt with more control and less strain than maneuvering a heavy bag.
  3. Orange oil. 1.Citrus oils like orange, lemon and grapefruit contain d-limonene, which is toxic to ants. Spray a mixture of the essential oil and water along their entry points to mask their scent trails or add the citrus oil to a cotton ball and wipe windowsills and doorsteps. Note: Be sure to test any areas you don’t want stained as some orange oil sprays have an orange tint.

Three Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

  1. Do not leave molded fruit out.  2.According to Todd Schlenke, assistant professor of biology at Emory University, "Fruit flies spend their whole lives searching for the smell of rotting fruit, then get in through cracks in the door or however the smell is getting out of your house." A brown banana peel won’t cause fruit flies by itself but fuzzy or molding fruit will. If you notice any fruit that is molding dispose of it immediately.
  2. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Create a trap by covering a jar with a tablespoon or two of vinegar with plastic wrap. Hold the plastic wrap down with a rubber band. Punch a few small holes in it. The flies will go in and not be able to come out. Dump when gross.
  3. Red wine. A potential cause is also a potential solution. Fruit flies love the smell of wine. So leave an open bottle of red wine out with a little wine in the bottom and the insects will fly into the bottle and not be able to fly out.

Three Natural Ways to Get Rid of Spiders

  1. Peppermint. Spiders despise the smell of peppermint. 3.Spray your area with a mixture of peppermint oil and water to keep spiders at bay. Your home will smell great too! 
  2. Vinegar. Already seen a spider in your home? Similar to peppermint, you can make a mixture of vinegar and water and spray your area, particularly in the cracks and corners. Note: This also works for ants as it destroys the smell of their trail and will help eliminate stragglers. 
  3. Dusting. Literally dusting away the cobwebs and cleaning in the corners is needed to keep spiders from settling into your home. Go over the corners of the ceiling and floors with the hose attachment on your vacuum at least once a month.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Green Building and Green Home Retrofitting

This is an exciting time for green home construction and for green retrofitting a home. Green building trends offer some amazing opportunities to ensure a healthful, efficient home, and this year we'll see even more options than we have in the past. Benefits include energy savings through water and energy efficiency, better indoor air quality and reduced construction waste.

Some of the myths about green building and retrofitting are that it is complicated and expensive. It’s true that some go to great lengths to build their own efficient, off-grid home. But many can improve their current home with some of the ideas below.

Green ideas for retrofitting the inside of a home:

Green ideas for outside the home:

  • Utilizing a rain barrel to water your garden
  • Diverting storm water to be infiltrated into your yard or landscaping instead of directly into storm sewers
  • Planting trees that shade the building to alleviate some of the need for air conditioning
  • Composting keeps your garbage scraps out of everyday waste and creates food for your garden
  • Using worms instead of chemicals to fertilize your garden

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now requires new constructed homes to meet the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in order for potential homeowners to be eligible for a conventional FHA-insured mortgage.  So purchasing a newly built home means getting more green features in your home. Plus builders want to work with green-minded individuals in the home building process.

Green home construction practices:

  • Building solar panels into the home during construction
  • Utilizing roofing materials such as slate, terra cotta, white tiles, special membranes, and metal roofing reflecting the sun’s energy away from the roof, cools faster at night and holds less heat for less time to help reduce energy costs and usage (see roof types)
  • Geothermal power is an option that involves a substantial up-front investment, but with it via the earth (think heat pump) you can heat and cool your home. (How it works)
  • Use of recyclable and sustainable materials
  • Green practices instilled in every phase from design to construction

We hope this article give you some ideas for ways to add more green features to your home. The Boehmer Team can connect you with a local green builder or find an existing green home for sale. Visit or call us today for assistance.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Boehmer Team Awarded Third in the Country at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices National Convention

HSF Affiliates LLC hosted its annual Sales Convention March 22-24 in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Linda and Kelly Boehmer of The Boehmer Team appeared onstage Tuesday, at the Mirage Hotel & Casino event, where they waited to hear their team rank out of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 35,000 agents from 1,100 offices in 47 states. Excitement grew as they continued to wait while 97 other of the top 100 teams in the nation were announced.

Finally the announcer called out, “the number three team in the nation is The Boehmer Team from St. Charles, Missouri.”

Several dozen Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties agents from the St. Charles and St. Louis area could be heard cheering loudly above the rest in the audience as The Boehmer Team crossed the stage.

After the event Kelly Boehmer said, “We are honored. Each day our team enjoys working together to successfully assist our clients and builders. To be awarded for doing a job we love feels amazing.”

Rick Colburn, Co-Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County office of The Boehmer Team said, “I can't begin to explain how proud I am of this team. Congrats to Linda, Kelly and the entire Boehmer Team.”

Several thousand real estate professionals and guests from all over the country attended the three-day event titled, Revolution 2015, to gain insight from motivational speakers, hear market observations, attend panel discussions, preview the network’s latest tools and resources, and watch the best of the best be awarded.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's Your Paradise?

The Boehmer Team wants to know, "what's your paradise?"

To find out, The Boehmer Team is holding a "My Paradise" Contest to win two tickets to see Jimmy Buffett in concert at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater on June 4th, 2015!

Is your paradise the beach? Your Garden? Motorcycling? Canoeing? A favorite meal at your favorite restaurant? We want to know.

Anyone can enter by doing the following:
  1. Like The Boehmer Team on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter 
  2. Post a picture of your paradise on Facebook or Twitter
  3. In the description type #MyParadise and tag @The Boehmer Team (To tag us start typing “@The Boehmer Team” and then click The Boehmer Team from the drop-down options.)
The winner will be picked May 1st, 2015.
The winner will be chosen at random. Anyone can enter and win.