January 2012

There are 5 blog entries for January 2012.

Have you thought about checking out the new Laurel Apartments in downtown St. Louis? Well the old Dillards Building is ready for you to stop by and do a little apartment shopping. These beautiful units are finally ready and available for immediate move-in on floors 6-11. (The first 5 floors house the Embassy Suites Hotel.) Amenities galore, indoor parking, and walking distance to everything. One bedrooms start at $900 per month so what are you waiting for?

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by Carla Hill

The latest NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers showed a growing trend among recent buyers.

The latest figures show that 89 percent of buyers purchased their home with the help of a real estate or broker. This is a sharp increase from a decade ago in 2001, when only 69 percent of buyers enlisted the help of an agent or broker.

Why do today's buyers buyers choose to work with an agent? Let's look at just a few of the many reasons an agent can be your biggest ally.

First, agents are licensed professionals, which means they had to complete coursework and pass an exam in order to become and agent. They have the education and experience to help you navigate what will be one of the biggest purchases of your life.

They also have

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Are you looking for a new place to lease in the Central West End? One of the most exclusive addresses is the Park East Tower. This luxury high-rise usually has a new lease come available once every few months. Well now you can choose from not one, but two units that just became available.

Click here to see the units, and contact Bret Staehling to arrange a tour!



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Technology has allowed buyers and renters alike to access real estate and property data faster than every before.  With so many websites at their disposal clients often find themselves overwhelmed with so much information that it becomes difficult to remember where the information was displayed.  The information displayed often can vary from site to site and the estimates given for property values from different may also be different further adding to the confusion.  

Enter Highrises.com.  With easy to use navigation bars users are able to quickly find top buildings and properties within a city and view both for sale and lease properties.  Typical user comments include how easy it was to find properties that matched the users needs, quickly establishing

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While economic growth was well below average for the first three quarters of 2011, a pickup during the fourth quarter bodes well for stronger housing market activity next year. Nearly all of the economic data released during the fourth quarter pointed to improvement. The labor market picked up, consumer confidence rose, and home sales activity increased. This week, in the final piece of housing data for 2011, Pending Home Sales rose 7% from the prior month, to the highest level of the year.

Low mortgage rates also contribute to the improving environment for the housing market. As we enter 2012, mortgage rates are at the lowest levels in decades, making homes very affordable. While there are factors which could push rates

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