How to Stay Safe During Monroe County’s Cold Weather

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"Baby, it's cold outside!" is a holiday song that has been on my mind lately. The holidays are enhanced by snow but sometimes extreme low temperatures are dangerous. The City of St. Louis recently updated their Cold Weather Alert for homeowners living in Monroe County IL and the greater St. Louis area. Safety tips included: Avoid alternative heating … [Read more...]

Will Mortgage Rates Go Even Higher in Coming Months?

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It may seem that trying to forecast interest rates on a home loan is really just a guessing game. Still, it behooves the home buyer to pay attention to them and the signals sent by the government about future rates. In this way, the astute buyer can lock in an affordable rate at the right time. So, considering the latest trends, the most pertinent … [Read more...]

Annual Sheep & Craft Festival Coming Up in Waterloo

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The Annual Waterloo sheep and Craft Festival will be arriving in Waterloo, Illinois on Saturday April 13th, 2013.  This annual festival is in its 27th year and each year the festival gets bigger and better. Gates open to the public at 8am and admission is free. Yes, free! This is a fun day to take the family out and enjoy some free … [Read more...]

Best Bathrooms Colors For Your Metro St. Louis Home

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Common wisdom holds that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. When you are preparing your home for the real estate market you want to ensure that the bathrooms in your home are fully operational, tidy, and attractive to buyers. Choosing the perfect colors can help set your home apart! Since white is still the most popular color for sinks, toilets, and … [Read more...]

Home Sales & Prices Indicate Uptick in Illinois Market

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The good news for the Illinois real estate market continues! September 2012 marked a year of consistent sales gains, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. Home sales rose 15.9% over September 2011 numbers and sparked excitement across the Monroe County real estate market. Specific data includes: The median price of a home in Illinois … [Read more...]