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Sell Your Home Faster!


Ready to sell your home in O'Fallon or the surrounding communities? The time that people will really be the most interested in your home is when it hits the market, so you need to be ready. You need to make sure that your home is as ready to present to the public as you can. Here are some methods are sure to help you sell faster and be better prepared for when your home hits the O'Fallon real estate market.

Get Storage

De-cluttering your home is essential. But you can't just shove everything in the closets or storage room, or the shed or garage for that matter. Get all unneeded items off the property and into storage. This serves tow purposes - making the home look cleaner, and also easier for you to move into your new home since you're already packed. Also make sure to store personal photos and items as these can distract potential buyers from the seeing the home as their own home.

Professional Staging and Photography

The first representation of your home that most people will see is on the internet. That means photos. And of course the photos will need to be of a well-presented home. The comfort and ease of shopping for a home on the internet means that your home needs to stand out.  And if you don;t have money for professional staging, then do your best and have a friend or your agent give you honest insight on how your property looks from a buyer's perspective.

Lighten Up

The darker the home, the more depressing it will seem.  Make it brighter by using artificial and natural lighting.  Buy higher wattage bulbs if needed and replace burned out bulbs. Open the windows.  You can even paint the rooms more neutral colors, like a neutral gray.

There are certainly more things you can do to get your home ready to sell. Please feel to ask us for more advise on how you can sell you home more quickly and get more from the sale.

Say Thanks to Dad!


It's time to say thanks this Sunday to the man who made all the difference in our lives as children and to all the fathers still making a difference.

If you're still looking for a great way to say thanks to dear old dad this week, there's some great Father's Day events coming up in St. Louis.  There's The Great Rivers Festival on Saturday, Father's Day Brunch at Cedar Lake Cellars, and Father's Day Car Show, Bluesy Beer Garden to name a few.

Have a fun and happy Father Day!


Enjoy the Fun and Beauty of Belleville Parks


If you buy a home in Belleville, one great perc is the fact that Belleville Parks and Recreation has so many outstanding places to enjoy yourself. You’ll find places to walk, bike, fish, play with your kids, have a picnic, play a variety of sports, and just enjoy the beauty of the city.

The largest park in Belleville is Citizens Park that features two large lighted softball diamonds, along with a main baseball field that is the home field for the American Legion and Althoff High School baseball teams. Daredevils will enjoy the BMX bicycle ramps.  And the kids can romp around on the playground while you enjoy a nice picnic.

For a more scenic outing, Bellevue Park is a tranquil setting where you can fish, play tennis, get in a good walk, or just relax and enjoy the view.  It’s also a great site for small weddings, and there’s also a music facility for occasional live music.

Looking for the perfect park to spend time with your canine friends? The Dog Park at Rotary Park is a great place to play with Fido.  There’s all sorts of amenities to keep everyone happy, even including agility equipment and convenient waste disposal.

Check out the Belleville Parks and Recreation site for a full list of parks in Belleville.

Find the Perfect Home in O'Fallon


If you’re looking for an ideal community to call home, especially if you need to be near Scott Air Force Base, then O’Fallon is the place to find the perfect home.  It’s a fast growing community with a lot to offer. 

O’Fallon is close right next to Scott Air Force Base, which is why so many civilian employees at the base live here.  And if you want to go to downtown St. Louis, you’re only minutes away from all it has to offer. But you don’t have to leave O’Fallon to find great shopping with O'Fallon Plaza, and nearby St. Clair Square.  Or you can go to Oldtown O’Fallon and enjoy Fezziwig’s Marketplace.

And the food here in O’Fallon will keep you from leaving town with selections like Bella Milano, The Egg & I,  The Mansion, and Syberg's.

The parks in O’Fallon have everything you need to relax or get in some exercise. You can get together with your friends for a cookout at Community Park, which has an outdoor kitchen and several pavilions, along with a host of amenities. And if you’re kids love to skate, there’s a great skate park on N Seven Hills Rd. 

If O’Fallon sounds inviting, then visit our O’Fallon Real Estate and Community Information page to find out more about what makes this community so great, as well as search for your dream home.

Memorial Day in O'Fallon!


O'Fallon pays homage and tribute to the many sacrifices made by the men and women of our nation's armed forces with several remembrance ceremonies throughout the community. 

Starting at 9 a.m., the first ceremony takes place at the City of O’Fallon Cemetery, located on North Oak Street.

This program includes a flag presentation, a speech by Phil Goodwin, and a three-volley rifle salute. Following the morning ceremonies, the Sergeant Charles A. Fricke memorial service will be held at Mount Carmel Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. For further information, please contact VFW Post 805 at 618.624.6575.

The second program will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the City of O’Fallon Veterans Monument (737 East Wesley Drive). 

The guest speaker for the event will be Brigadier General Stacey T. Hawkins, USAF, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, HQ AMC. 

Participants include the O’Fallon District 90 Fifth Grade Music Program, St. Clare School and First Baptist Academy Choruses, OTHS AFJ ROTC, VFW Post 805, USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team, and more. 

The ceremony will also feature introducing 16 newly-inscribed veterans memorials. 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the events. Residents who plan to attend the programs are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and water bottles.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the First Baptist Academy Church of O’Fallon (1111 East Highway 50). 

For more information, please visit the Monument website at


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Refinery Salon, the small town salon with a big city vibe.  You will be well taken care of from the moment you step through the door till the moment you leave.  The Salon offers a wide variety of services to include hair care, manicures, pedicures, waxing and airbrush makeup just to name a few.  The salon carries a wide range of products.  Many of these products are organic.  They have also partnered with the American Cancer Society as a Wig Bank.  Cancer patients can make an appointment to receive a wig at no charge.    Stop by check them out and make an appointment.

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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
Fax: (984) 222-6820