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Upcoming October Events in St. Louis!

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Looking for some great activities around the St. Louis area?  October is  full of exciting events & festivals!

Are you a history buff?  Being presented for the first time in North America at the St. Louis Science Center is the world renown Discovery of King Tut exhibition!  Exhibit starts September 27th, going through October 16th.

Artists and art lovers will appreciate The American Arts Experience St. Louis. From September 29th – October 15th, the American Arts Experience will be all over St. Louis in various places sharing a range of art from music to the visual arts.

For the foodies we give you the Q in the Lou: St Louis BBQ Festival! All over the country chefs will be packing up their grills and smokers to bring you a taste of their homestyle BBQ right to you. One of the most celebrated BBQ Cities in the nation. Mind blowing taste is going to happen here from September 29th – October 1st.

For a more complete list of upcoming events visit this link.

Find the Best Places to Eat in Belleville

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​If you own a home in or around Belleville and enjoy great restaurants, then you're in luck.  Belleville is chocked full of amazing places to eat. TripAdvisor.com has rated the best places to eat in Belleville. Here's a few of the top picks from the list.

BEAST Craft BBQ Co.

Leave it to a BBQ restaurant to top the list of best restaurants in Belleville.  BEAST Craft BBQ also is winner of "Favorite BBQ in St. Louis" in 2017 by GO! Magazine and in 2016 by the Riverfront Times. And it's easy to see what all the fuss is about with their hand-crafted approach to BBQ,

Papa Vitos

For the best pizza and hot wings in town, Papa Vitos tops the list.  They make pizza the old fashioned way, with fresh ingredients and sauce.  Papa Vitos is also in STLRestaurant.news list of highest rated pizzarias in the St. Louis area.

Tavern on Main

For a good time and a great burger and a drink, Tavern on main is the perfect place to unwind in Belleville. Whether you want to watch the game at the bar or dine in the enclosed brick courtyard, there's something for everyone here.

What Is Your Home's Value?

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Do you know how much your home is worth?  If it’s been over a year since you’ve determined your home’s value, you may be in for pleasant surprise.  The latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9% month-over-month. In general, there’s a higher demand for homes.  That means home prices have increased.

The latest Equity Report by CoreLogic shows that nearly 79% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity in their homes.  But not every homeowner knows how much the value of their home has appreciated.

The question then is, do you know how much your home is worth? We can help you with a free home valuation.  Click this link to start the process now!

Home Maintenance Tips For September

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As summer comes to a close, it's time to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter.  By performing just a few chores, you can make sure you're ready for the colder months and have less problems during the winter season. Here's a few tasks that are fairly painless and will help you avoid major repair costs when you least expect them.

Make Sure Windows are Sealed

If you have double or triple pane windows, there is an inert gas between the panes that insulates the window.  If you notice the window is foggy, that means the seal has failed. Try ashing in on the warranty if you can. If you can't, call a pro that can reseal them.

Sweep the Chimney

It's important that your chimney is clean before you use it during the winter. If soot builds up it can increase the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. You need to call a pro to handle this one.

Change Air Filters and Tune Up Furnace

This should really be done monthly, but certainly every year. You can replace the filters yourself easily. You can also call in a professional to do a tune up on your furnace.

Want some more tips for maintaining your home? Check out the full list of September maintenance tips here.

 

Have Fun This Labor Day Weekend

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Are you ready to have fun this Labor day weekend?  Being close to St. Louis means there's plenty of great things to do to bring in the end of summer. The St. Louis and O'Fallon area has a number of festivals and events to celebrate the weekend. Here's a few to look forward to:

Midwest Wingfest | September 1-2, 2017 | Fairview Heights

St. Nicholas Greek Festival | September 1-4, 2017 | St. Nicholas Church Central West End

The Great Godfrey Maze | September 1-4, 2017 | Godfrey, IL

Big Muddy Blues Festival | September 2-3, 2017 | Laclede's Landing

Check out more fun events!

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Are you looking to buy a home near the base, but looking for a unique community with easy access to both Scott Air Force Base and St. Louis? If that's the case, the “Beautiful City” of Belleville may be the ideal solution.  The word Belleville is French for “Beautiful City”, an accurate description of this fine community.  Whether or not you work at Scott Air Force Base, you'll find this city has an ideal blend of qualities that make it an ideal location to call home.

The architecture reflects a unique mix of cultural influences.  There was a large influx of German residents who built what are called "row houses", which are simple brick cottages.  Other styles came into play later in the form of Victorian, French Second Empire, and other styles.  The historic district is a great place to see many of these styles.

And you won't have any problem finding great places to shop and dine.  The historic downtown area alone has a number of local boutiques and food venues.  The parks system in Belleville also offers a wide range of facilities and trails for your relaxation and exercise needs.

Visit our Belleville Illinois Real Estate and Community Information page for more details about this "beautiful city" of Belleville and search for your dream home today!

Millennial Homeowners - Is It Time to Sell?

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Despite what many people believe, Millennials are not a generation of renters. 34% of homes in the US were purchased by Millennials last year, and the most recent census report shows that the homeownership rate among Millennials is rising. In 2010 when housing prices crashed, many Millennials took advantage of the situation and purchased homes. If you're one of these people, now might be the time for selling your home for several reasons.

1. Equity Buildup

Home prices have been rising since the beginning of 2012, and your house may have appreciated by more than you think. According to ATTOM Data Solutions:

“…homeowners who sold in the second quarter realized an average price gain of $51,000 since purchase — the highest average price gain for home sellers since Q2 2007, when it was $57,000.

The average home seller price gain of $51,000 in Q2 2017 represented an average return of 26 percent on the previous purchase price of the home, the highest average home seller return since Q3 2007, when it was 27 percent.”

2. Projected Home Price Increases

If you've just gotten married or found that you're about to become a parent, you may have plans to move out of your house into a bigger home and maybe into a different area. If you wait to buy a more expensive home in this market, that probably wouldn't make sense. The home price expectations survey projected that home prices will increase by nearly 5% over the next year. So your house is price will increase, but not as much as homes currently valued higher than yours.

So if you're lucky enough to be one of those Millennials who bought a home in 2010 or even, later now might be the perfect time to move up to the home of your dreams

 

Find the Top Schools in O'Fallon

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It's almost time for school to start again, and if you're planning to buy a home in O'Fallon soon, you no doubt want to send your children to the best schools. GreatSchools.org has rated the top schools in O'Fallon, and 8 of them received a score of over 7 our of 10!  Schools are rated according to test scores, parent reviews, and more.  

Here's the top 4 schools on the list.  Click on a school name to see the full review:

O Fallon High School
600 South Smiley St, O Fallon, IL 62269
Score: 10/10

J Emmett Hinchcliffe Sr Elementary School
1050 Ogle Rd, O Fallon, IL 62269
Score: 9/10

Fulton Jr High School
307 Kyle Rd, O Fallon, IL 62269
Score: 8/10

Delores Moye Elementary School
1010 Moye School Rd, O Fallon, IL 62269
Score: 8/10

 

The Best Eats for Less in O'Fallon

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It's not always easy to save money and eat great food at the same time.  That's why its a good thing we have resources like TripAdvisor.com to find the best places to eat in O'Fallon on a budget. Here's a few of the top places to eat in O'Fallon that won't bust your bank account.

Daddy Ray Burgers

The reviews are in, and people are saying this is the best burger in town. And what would a great burger be without a fantastic shake to wash it down.  All this comes with fast friendly service.

Firehouse Subs

If you're looking for the best subs in O'Fallon, Firehouse doesn't disappoint.  They have all the toppings you could want, along with healthy choices.  You can even save more money by completing an online survey.

88 China

Why pay more for great Chinese cuisine when you can come to 88 China?  They offer your classic Chinese food selections all at reasonable prices.

There are more great places to eat for less in O'Fallon. View the full list here.

 

The Best Schools in O'Fallon

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Sure it may seem a little early to start talking about going back to school. But if you're thinking about buying a home in O'Fallon, it's never too soon to find the best schools to send your children. GreatSchools.org rates the best schools in every city in America with a score based on parent reviews, test scores, and other criteria.

The good new is that 4 schools in O'Fallon received a score of at least 8 out of 10!  Here's a list of those schools with links to their full reviews:

O Fallon High School
Score: 10/10

J Emmett Hinchcliffe Sr Elementary School
Score: 9/10

Fulton Jr High School
Score: 8/10

Delores Moye Elementary School
Score: 8/10

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The Ellerbrake Group
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1668 Windham Way
O'Fallon IL 62269
Office: (618) 632-0001
Direct: (618) 791-8773
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