Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lofty Views Now Available in Clayton!

900 South Hanley, Unit 8A
Clayton, MO 63105

Listing Agent: Kelli Graf 
Contact at: Kelli.L.Graf@gmail.com  314-603-2993

This 1900+ square' condo sits above the treetops in Clayton.  South and West views, windows galore, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  Pool, workout room, covered parking, 24 hour security. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Benifits of HOUZZ and a Talented Husband

Do you know about the website HOUZZ?  I highly recommend it!  It is as if every designer magazine has been cataloged in one easy to use website.  It serves as wonderful inspiration

When brainstorming a small mudroom / porch addition, I showed this picture from HOUZZ to Joe:

Here is his final creation (not the greatest snapshots!).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trending Listing Mistakes

During the course of a day, I review hundreds of homes online.  There are consistent listing faux pas that cross my screen.  Resulting in lost money $$$ for the client.

Unprofessional Photographs ~

Regardless if your home is listed for $80,000 or $5m, your home deserves top notch pictures.  

2/10ths of a second..... studies show that this is how fast an online visitor forms their first impression of what you're selling.   

2.6 seconds.... for the first impression to be reinforced. 

Online impression is everything in today's real estate industry.

I have had clients tell me stories of past agents pulling out their cell phone to snap the house pictures.  Others tell of amateur acquaintances doing the agent a favor.   If your real estate agent of choice uses one of these methods... stop and ask questions.  You are paying your agent to market and sell your home.  This is a professional business that deserves upfront investment and excellent resources.  Bottom line.

Property Launch Without Photographs ~

This is becoming more common and I'm scratching my head to understand the logic behind this approach.  Properties are hitting the market without photographs. 
The problem?... Once the property is launched, many 3rd party websites pull the listing for all the world to see, without photographs!  Your debut is everything. Many of these sites pull the listing when it goes live, and don't revisit the updates.  Do you want your lovely home on multiple websites without a picture?  This listing hit the market yesterday.  Notice the price point.

Lack of Design Consultation ~

Fresh eyes.  Every house needs fresh eyes.  A strong team will provide clear direction and suggestions for furniture placement, color schemes, and decluttering.  

Dull Property Descriptions ~

"4 bedrooms, 3 bath home with an updated kitchen..."  yawn.  Gone are the days of listing every technical attribute of the home.  Buyer's want to know what experiences the home offers.

Here are a few examples of homes that just listed in St. Louis.  I wonder if online viewers are lingering for more... or choosing to pass.  These homes are lovely... just lacking on their debut.

By stark contrast, the following pictures shine and leave the viewer with positive, lasting impressions.   Just a few of my recent listings / sales.

Monday, February 13, 2017

6411 Quincy Street ~ Why Rent or Condo Hunt?

Take a morning stroll to grab a latte, Walk to impressive Onesto’s for dinner, then head down Hampton for a workout… The conveniences are endless with owning this charming, updated bungalow. Sunny rooms at every turn. Enjoy the massive fenced in yard… have a puppy?…He will love you forever. Use the lower level for a workout room, media den, or rec room. Updated kitchen, bath, hardwood floors, thermal windows, 2015 roof, and new electrical panel. Simply move in and enjoy!


Listed by: 
  • Kelli Graf  
  • Dielmann Sotheby's
  • 314-603-2993

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sold ~ Stunning 50 Portland Place

This historical St. Louis Gem has a new owner.  I had the privilege of selling this home to my buyers.

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In their book, Westmoreland and Portland Places: The History and Architecture of America's Premier Private Streets, 1888-1988"  Hunter and Primm state:
"Nowhere in America has the private place flourished as it has in St. Louis, and no private places have played a more important role in that city's or the nation's history than Westmoreland and Portland. Owned by the residents rather than by the city and governed by a board of trustees responsible for lighting, sewers, roadways, security, landscaping, and refuse removal, Westmoreland and Portland are lined with spectactular houses in the style of Italian palazzi, French chateaus, and English country estates.
The residents of Westmoreland and Portland have run many of the largest businesses and industries in St. Louis and in many cases in the United States. In 1904 they were among those who planned one of the most spectacular world's fairs ever, and in 1927 they helped finance Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. They served in the cabinets of presidents Cleveland, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, and Hoover. By examining these and many other accomplishments of these families, Julius Hunter provides a unique historical perspective on the past century of American life.

Westmoreland and Portland Places: The History and Architecture of America's Premier Private Streets, 1888-1988 (Hardcover)

Westmoreland and Portland Places: The History and Architecture of America's Premier Private Streets, 1888-1988 Cover Image
By Julius K. Hunter, James Neal Primm (Foreword by), Esleu =Hamilton (Editor), Robert Pettus (Photographer), Leonard Lujan (Photographer) 

This interesting book can be purchased here:  http://www.left-bank.com/book/9780826206770

Monday, January 30, 2017

Time Savers For a Brisk Winter Market

Spinning plates... it's what busy mamas do.  While working an offer, running comps for a client, and pondering college thoughts with my son; I squeezed in food prep for the busy week ahead....

Blueberry muffins made with oatmeal and yogurt for a quick "grab-n-go" breakfast.

I threw in potatoes while the muffins were baking.  
Rubbed with shortening and sprinkled liberally with sea salt.
The boys had "stuffed baked potatoes" for dinner.  

I'll use the leftovers for breakfast burritos (add eggs, ham, and cheese) and as a dinner side one night this week. 

Cooked Ground Beef will become Chili after tossing ingredients into the crock pot.
The remaining ground beef was made into quick hamburger sliders for an easy lunch.

Washed lettuce will help create a fast salad on demand.

Fresh veggies are washed and chopped for munching and quick side dishes for dinner time. 
(I eat more healthfully when I pre-prep)

Veggie leftover parts were tossed into a dutch oven with water and garlic cloves ~ I now have 4 quarts of yummy veggie stock for soup this week.

Now... if I could just wave a magic wand and make the dirty dishes disappear!  I'm thankful for dishwashers!