Every city has its share of “famous” houses, and St. Louis is no different. Whether it is a location from a movie or TV show either set or filmed in our city or the home of a noteworthy celebrity, we all take some hometown pride in recognizing these places.
When homebuyers work with a real estate agent, it is helpful to be as clear as possible about what they are looking for in a home. One important factor to consider is the type of community they are seeking. A preference between urban or rural, for example, is fairly straightforward to explain. But other terms, like neighborhood and subdivision, are often used interchangeably— and that can make the home search a bit confusing.
With how much the housing market has changed over the last 50 years, or even, over the last decade, it can be interesting to think about what the future of home buying could possibly look like. With uncertainty around all of the things that go into the housing market like the environment, economy, work life, entertainment, styles, and personal preferences, who knows what the process will look like in the future? But still, it can be fun to speculate.
Standards of luxury change with the times. Fifty years ago, a two-car garage, a double-sink vanity, or a bar in the rec-room would have seemed pretty special in some houses. Today, those features are common, and one would be hard-pressed to find a new-build without things like walk-in closets, a security system, or a master ensuite. Heated floors, outdoor living space, swimming pools, and spas have become so mainstream that they are no longer the signatures of luxury homes.
There’s a lot on the line when figuring out what a home is worth. Setting the asking price too high might limit the number of offers and leave the house on the market a long time. Asking too little could mean leaving money on the table.
Foreclosed homes can be appealing to house flippers, investors, and ordinary homebuyers looking for a bargain. Once a lender takes possession of a foreclosed home, they will seek to sell it quickly. They are less concerned about making a profit and simply want to break even on the amount they lost due to non-payment of the mortgage.
People can have bad credit for all kinds of reasons. Does that mean they can’t own a home of their own? A bad credit score will make the process more challenging, but getting a loan and becoming a homeowner can happen.