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Clever Ideas for Building Your Home

by Azur Meskovic

I have had a lot of clients who have built their dream home, only to say "I wish we would have.....". Since you will be there for a while, take your time and get creative with the details. Below are some great ideas to get you thinking! If you are ready to build call me at 636-346-4163 or email me to get started! 

 Kitchen Ideas:
Pot Filler
Instant Hot Water Faucet
More Drawers than Cabinets

Laundry Ideas:
Main Floor
In Wall Ironing Board
Mud Room/Laundry Room

Misc:
Heated Floors
Magnetic Door Switches in Closets 
Gas Line for Grill
Grey Water System
Outlet Placing for Christmas Lights and Decor
More Windows, More Windows, More Windows
Central Vacuum System
 

 

 

 

 

It is time to build your dream home?

by Azur Meskovic

2017 is proving to be an exciting and fast-paced year for New Construction. If you have ever thought about building your home, now is the time. The options are limitless and the result is always perfection. I have been working with several builders in the St. Louis area and can help you build your dream home within your budget. Call or text me at 636-346-4163 or email me to learn more!

Spring Has Sprung!

by Azur Meskovic

It is time to get out of the house! Start your Spring Cleaning or soak up the sun! If you are itching to see some of that fresh spring landscaping you should head to the Botanical Gardens! In April the gardens are just full of color and are bound to put some Spring in your step! Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to freshen up your garden! On April 30th the Garden will host the Tulip Trot a 5k through the gardens so you can see it all while helping the Children's Garden! Click here to learn more!


 

Speaking of the Front Door!

by Azur Meskovic
 

Last week I talked about Curb Appeal and gave some suggestions for cleaning up your front yard before listing. One of my suggestions is painting your shutters and front door. Bright, bold colors are all the rage and really make your home pop! We've noticed listings with these bright colors attract more attention and it is a fairly inexpensive way to freshen up your home.  

Is it time to list your home? Click here to check your home's value, you may be surprised! 

Curb Appeal Matters!

by Azur Meskovic

 

In a world where first impressions are everything, curb appeal will make or break your sale. Typically potential buyers will know within 30 seconds if they are interested in your home, so why wouldn't you improve your curb appeal? Spring is a great time to spruce up the face of your home. It doesn't take much to make a big difference. At the minimum you should prune, weed and clean up leaves in your yard. You can go a little further and plant some flowers and shrubs and treat your grass to brighten up the feel. If it is time for a major overhaul of your front yard think about re-doing retaining walls and painting shutters and your front door. If you are thinking about listing, try and do these things first so you can get a great picture, because potential buyers will see this first. 
If its time to list your home and would like to learn more call me or text me at (636)346-4163 or email me!

Pool or No Pool?

by Azur Meskovic

Summer is right around the corner and if you are shopping for a home or thinking of selling your home you may be thinking about a pool. Pools can be a wonderful feature for a home but there are few items you should think about before buying a home with a pool or installing a pool.

If you want to learn more about buying a home with a pool call me or text me at (636)346-4163 or email me. 

Buying with a Pool

Smaller Selection of Homes

Insurance Costs

Maintenance Costs

Opening/Closing Costs

Potential Existing Repairs

Installing a Pool

Very Expensive

Saltwater vs Freshwater

Very Little Return

Maintenance Costs

Opening/Closing Costs

 

How should you save for a downpayment on your home?

by Azur Meskovic

Something New Buyers don't often think about when buying a home is where their down payment will come from. With most loans a down payment of some size will be required. While each loan has different requirements its important to know what your responsibility will be up front, your Lender will be able to explain this to you in detail. That being said, I have included some tips for saving a Down Payment that will help you get in your new home faster. 

1. Cut Back Expenses

The most obvious way to start saving for a Down Payment is buy cutting back on some unnecessary expenses. Look at your budget, or make one if you don't have one, and choose what isn't as important to you. One great example is cable. Many people are taking advantage of great, inexpensive services like Netflix and Hulu. Often times they aren't utilizing their cable services and paying a great amount. Think about canceling cable and putting the money you are saving into savings.

2. Match Savings 

This idea isn't new, but for sure is a way to build your savings quickly. Every time you spend money on something you don't need take the total and transfer the same amount to savings. Not only will this help you save more, but it can help you see exactly how much you are spending on things you probably don't need. 

3. Consider Your Home-Buying Timeline

Depending on the price of the home you purchase your Down Payment could be any where from $5,000 to $50,000. These numbers can seem intimidating, but there is no rule saying you HAVE to buy right now. So, consider your time frame. Make a plan and stick to it! 

4. Saving Guides

You probably have seen Saving Guides on Facebook or Pinterest. These can be a great start to your budgeting. Check out this one below!

 

 

South County School Districts

by Azur Meskovic

South County has so much to offer its residents. Many times our clients are looking for homes in high quality school districts. Here are three of the many school districts in South County as always, if you are ready to start searching, email me or call me (636)346-4163. I can set you up in a search today or you can sign up for your own here


Affton

"Affton’s continuous journey toward excellence sparks innovative teaching and learning, developing students as responsible citizens prepared for the challenges of the global society. Students grow as highly capable, curious, and confident learners through customized instruction, fueled by technology integration and the passions of the Affton community."

-Affton School District 


​Kirkwood

"In partnership with its dynamic communities, the Kirkwood School District has built a solid reputation as a district where children and their needs come first. Kirkwood schools and communities share a proud heritage and respect for tradition as well as a progressive attitude toward education for all children. District staff, parents and community members work together to provide innovative educational programs which focus on what today's youth must know and learn to become tomorrow's leaders.

 

The district, chartered in 1865, is among the oldest in St. Louis County and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River. Located in southwest St. Louis County approximately 15 miles from the city of St. Louis, Kirkwood School District covers an area of 15 square miles and serves all or portions of the following suburban communities: Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Oakland, Sunset Hills, Town and Country, and Warson Woods. The district also welcomes eligible students from the city of St. Louis through participation in the St. Louis Voluntary Transfer Program.

 

With sidewalks and tree-lined streets, many Kirkwood School District neighborhoods are within walking or biking distance of the district's five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The Kirkwood Early Childhood Center and a Parents as Teachers program serve the needs of children ages birth through seven years.

 

The Kirkwood School District and its surrounding communities reflect a blend of old town charm with new suburban vitality. Residents enjoy beautiful parks and recreation facilities, thriving municipal business districts, large shopping malls, an open air produce market, and a nationally acclaimed children's science museum. Several parochial schools and a junior college are located within the district's boundaries."

-Kirkwood School District


Rockwood

"In Rockwood, we are striving to reach higher levels of excellence in order to meet the needs of our students and their learning. Our strategic plan provides this direction for outstanding achievement and high performance at every level of the organization. These five goal areas are the result of a community-based engagement process lead by the Comprehensive School Improvement Committee."
-Rockwood School District

Best of South County Restaurants

by Azur Meskovic

South County wouldn't be one of the best areas in St. Louis to live if it didn't have some of the best restaurants in St. Louis! 

Pieology Pizza - 122 S. County Center Way, St. LouisMO 63129 

"At Pieology, we've reinvented the traditional way of creating and serving pizza. Here, we believe you should have the freedom to enjoy a delicious pizza or salad that reflects your unique personality. With a tasty variety of fresh quality toppings, house-made crusts and signature sauces, any flavor combination you can dream up is yours...all for one affordable price.

Don't be concerned if there's a long line. We move fast! Our Pieologists interact with you to bring your pizza to life, and our open-flame oven bakes your smoking hot creation in under 3 minutes. In all, your expertly crafted made-to-order pizza or custom salad can be delivered to your table in about 5-10 minutes!

Our dedication to community, family and friends is at the heart of the Pieology family. We invite you to gather around our table, be inspired and make a positive difference, one pie at a time."

 

Molldeli's Delicatessen - 11836 Tesson Ferry Rd.

"We believe good food speaks for itself.  Our servings are generous and our ingredients are fresh – sourced only from the best local vendors.  Great food is something you should expect."

 

Joey B's Food & Drink 189 Concord Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63128

"The roots of the Gianino's Family of Restaurants begins in the past century when Frank Gianino established his popular eatery Valencia's on Delmar. In the process of serving his patrons Old World Italian favorites, Frank began a tradition of good food and good service that is continued today through the Gianino's Family of Restaurants.

The family tradition was continued by Frankie's son, Bill Gianino in the early 1970's when Bill founded Gianino's Pizza Den. This initial location grew to a chain of four eateries by 1975. Building on his success, Bill opened his namesake restaurant in South St. Louis County in 1982. For more than 35 years, Bill Gianino's Italian Restaurant has been serving some of the best Italian specialties in portions that have become legendary. While guests will regularly find new items on the menu, the dedication to family tradition is evident. Frank Gianino's recipes are still an integral part of the menu from the tradition red sauce to Frankie's Original Pizzas. In recognition of his commitment to the restaurant industry, The Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association awarded Bill the prestigious 2005 Restaurateur of the Year Award.

Right next door to Bill Gianino's is Frankie G's Bar and Grill which opened in 1991. This casual spot is a perfect place for sports fans to gather before or after any event. With the array of appetizer and sandwich options available, the whole family can find their own favorite at Frankie G's.

Bill began a new chapter in the family tradition with the purchase of AeroHawk Catering in 1999. This operation provides corporate and private catering services throughout the St. Louis region.

Joey B's on the Landing is the place to party in downtown St. Louis. Located in historic Laclede's Landing guests will find many St. Louis favorites and live entertainment with no cover at 10pm. Joey B's on the Landing is captained by Joey Barczewski and is proud to deliver the great food and hospitality that is the hallmark of all of the Gianino Family of Restaurants.

Joey B's on the Hill brings the Gianino family tradition to the heart of fine Italian food in St. Louis. At Joey B's on the Hill guests will find the Blue Plate Special just like the other Ginanio's inspired restaurants as well as Steak and Chicken entrees. Classic St. Louis style pizza covered in Provel is available in addition to Specialty Pizza featuring the On The Hill extravaganza.

Recognizing the needs of many customers to the south of St. Louis, Frankie Gianino's was established in Imperial, Missouri. Frankie Gianino's is led by Greg Medeiros and was named in honor of the Gianino family patriarch, Frankie. Frankie is no longer with us but his influence is still strong throughout the Gianino's group of restaurants. Some of the same great tastes from so many years ago can still be found today at Frankie Gianino's. There is something for everyone and that's why we are dedicated to making it Your Place for Great Food and Fun in Imperial.

In 2012, the third Joey B's location opened in Concord Plaza at Lindbergh and Baptist Church Road in South County.

Since then, our family has grown to include Scottie's Pub House in Imperial, Billy G's in Kirkwood and now Joey B's Food and Drink in Manchester.

Wherever you may find yourself in St. Louis, there is a Gianino's family restaurant nearby. You are cordially invited to stop by any of our restaurants and Meet the Family. We believe it's the tradition of providing a comfortable, warm atmosphere and a commitment to good food that truly sets us apart and will make your visit one to remember."

Beautiful South County Area Parks!

by Azur Meskovic

South County is a wonderful place to consider a move to. Great schools, local restaurants and parks are just a few of the reasons people settle in South County. Check out some of the beautiful parks below!

  1. Suson Park- 6073 Wells Road, St. Louis, MO 63124
  2. Bohrer Park - 5705 South Lindbergh, St. Louis 63123 - "The County bought this site in 1958 and 1960 using funds from a bond issue and the sale of part of the Grandview County Park to the Missouri State Highway Department for the development of I-270 at Gravois Road.

    This park was named in memory and honor of George E. Bohrer, a County Councilman from the 6th district who served from 1957 until his death in 1960."
  3. Laumeier Sculpture Park - 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127

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