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    American Fighter vs American Dream

    This American Fighter Just Secured The Title of Homeowner!

    It started with a pizza and ended with… uh, pizza???

    Rewind to this past February and you’ll find me sitting on a bar stool on a Thursday night at one of my favorite downtown spots, Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill. In true fashion, I’m on my laptop toggling back & forth between reading business articles and browsing the week’s newest real estate listings. One of the Hotshot’s girls had just delivered my favorite pizza when I felt somebody playing with my ears from behind… it was Matt Pulliam, a local car enthusiast and MMA fighting fan. Matt has trained and fought in various local and regional mixed martial arts matches in the past and apparently has excellent taste for casual clothing as he shares my affinity for American Fighter t-shirts, lol.

    Train and prepare for your day

    We began discussing the current real estate climate while annihilating that pizza. Matt had already taken several important steps to get a jump on the process and was ready to get started. He had just met with a loan officer at his bank earlier in the week to get an idea of his borrowing parameters and his pre-approval letter would be ready the following Monday. Over the next weeks he would continue to shop lenders in order to compare loan products as we began our search for his target property. Matt began identifying potential houses that he’d found on various websites but it didn’t take long to realize that LiveLocalListings.com offers cooler features and a clearer view of the local market without the hassle and disappointment of sold & expired ads that typically linger on other platforms.

    Keep one eye on your target and the other on opportunity

    Although Matt qualified to borrow a respectable amount, he conveyed to me that he preferred to buy into the market well below his borrowing cap and not get caught up in any hype or emotion that would deflect from his goal. Over the next 3 months we toured several handfuls of properties that fit his criteria on paper, typically gleaning one potential contender from each batch. Matt exercised great restraint in the face of some really tempting properties at the top end of his buying spectrum. Eventually we whittled the list down to the final 4 which included a “diamond in the rough” that we had decided to keep an eye on. All indicators suggested this one could be an awesome buy if all of the dynamics happened to align within Matt’s purchasing timeline. We were gearing up to take a swing at another house when out of the blue Matt spotted the price drop flag and in one click of a mouse this home had emerged as the new challenger!

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    Be prepared to strike…

    Photo of Brandon Wooley, USA Mortgage
    Brandon Wooley, USA Mortgage

    Matt had taken all the steps that allowed him to be prepared to act quickly and pounce on this deal before the price drop exposed it to a whole new crop of potential buyers. Ultimately he decided to secure his financing through USA Mortgage, which offered him the best loan option compared to the other quotes he received. Brandon Wooley jumped in the ring as Matt’s loan officer and together they tag-teamed the loan process from start to finish.

    …and a team player

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    Tim Lappe, TWL Inspections

    I mentioned in a previous post about spotting signs of termite activity (in the form of mud tubes on the foundation) during a walk through of the property. Although my construction and real estate investment experience allows me to spot issues that many Realtors might miss, I remind my clients that I’m not a home inspector or licensed contractor and I strongly suggest obtaining professional inspections during the buying process. Matt took that advice and tagged in Tim Lappe of TWL Inspections who took a couple swings at the property with a pest inspection that ultimately confirmed my suspicion of termite activity at the home and ended up saving Matt over $1,000.

    How a $75 termite inspection saved Matt over $1000

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    Ding! Ding! Ding! Oh, the sweet sound of victory!

    Matt delivered the roundhouse knockout after a series of right jabs with an ink pen to a seemingly endless stack of documents pinned down by Metro Title closer Joy Baldwin thereby conquering the American Dream and closing the deal. At the end of closing day everything came full circle and we enjoyed a free celebratory pizza provided by our friends at Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill… thanks guys!

    Photo of Tracey Miller & Buyer at recent sale

    Efflorescence…Bubbles, Band or Bummer?

    Efflorescence – Bubbles, Band or Bummer?

    Mention the word efflorescence and most people instantly think of the early 2000’s rock band Evanescence… or the fizzy effervescence of Alka-Seltzer. Trust me, while efflorescence may end up causing you to pop an antacid, if you own a home or building made or trimmed with brick or stone this word is definitely nothing to sing about as it can end up spelling trouble for your investment…
    The issue starts with rainwater soaking into masonry. It dissolves natural salts that recrystallize when the surface dries. The salts build up in the masonry pores from repeated wet/dry cycles. In cold weather, water freezes and expands inside the masonry pores. At first the cracks and fractures from wet/dry and freeze/thaw cycles are microscopic. If left untreated, brick deterioration and cracking will start and eventually lead to other masonry problems! One of the best preventative measures is to clean and seal your masonry, which can help prevent issues for years to come. I strongly suggest that if you have not protected your brick do so immediately before larger problems have a chance to develop. If you attempt to do the project yourself just be sure to do your research and know what materials your property was built with as different cleaners, tools, and sealers react differently to various surfaces.
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    Termites… Tiny Equity Eaters

    Termite Inspections in Southeast Missouri & Southern Illinois

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    How A $75 Termite Inspection Could Save You Big Money

    I was recently helping a client narrow his top 3 property list down to the target home we’d be making an offer on. While walking around the exterior of his #1 choice, I spotted something that might go unnoticed unless you’ve had experience dealing with the issue… mud tubes. At just over 10 years old, this house is relatively new and located in a nicely maintained subdivision right here in Cape. This just goes to show that practically any home in the area can be targeted by these destructive little critters.

    I tout my construction experience and eye for spotting defects as an asset for clients looking to exclude properties outside various scopes of repair; however I’m not a home inspector and always encourage scheduling professional home inspections when a contract has been secured on the target property. In this case a $75 termite inspection will allow my client to officially present this issue to the seller to be addressed before closing the deal. I’ve included a link below to more information on this subject by a local home inspection company that has performed termite inspections for several of my clients in the past.

    *Update: The termite inspection confirmed a minimal level of live termite activity at the residence which was remedied by the seller at a cost of $1,008 via professional treatment. Read more here

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    4 VA Home Loan Myths

    Like most government programs, the intricacies can become so confusing for the people they’re intended to help that the program eventually takes on a reputation of being a hassle to even mess with. One common misconception that seems to resurface with clients I’ve worked with is the perception that VA loans are a one time perk for veterans trying to purchase their first home, when in fact the benefit can be used multiple times in various ways. This article from Zillow addresses 4 more myths relative to VA home loans.
    4 VA Loan Myths That Hamper Veteran Home Buyers | Zillow Porchlight

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    Residential For Sale

    928 7TH Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966

    Beycome brokerage realty, LLC
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    20Picture(s)
    840Sqft
    Visits:0
    Great starter home. 840 sqft 2 bed 1 bath. Screened in back porch great for entertaining. Attached carport and a 2 1/2 detached Garage. Covered front porch. Bathroom remodel done in March of 2022. Bluetooth bathroom fan. New floors in kitchen and living room. New butcher block countertops. All stainless steel appliances(Fridge, Stove and Microwave included in sale).
    $79,900

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    1200 Highway 53, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    27Picture(s)
    287,060Sqft
    Visits:1
    $125,000. 1200 Highway 53, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 30x40 metal shop with older home sitting on 6.59 acres m/l. Shop was built in 2006 and has 2 10x12 garage doors, 14 foot ceiling and slider doors in back.
    $125,000

    Farm For Sale

    532 County Road 369, Harviell, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    3Picture(s)
    871,200Sqft
    Visits:0
    $89,500. 532 County 369 Harviell, MO. 20 acres m/l of vacant ground!! Property has perimeter fence and one cross fence. Approximately 14 acres of pasture and 6 acres of woods.
    $89,500

    Residential For Sale

    897 County Road 605, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    14Picture(s)
    1,680Sqft
    Visits:0
    $229,500. 897 County Road 605, PB. Lots of possibilities with this property!!! Property consists of 3.56 acres m/l and has 4 mobile homes sitting on it!! First mobile is a 2005 with 1,680 sq. ft., 3 bedroom 2 bath. Second mobile is a 2005 with 1,976 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Third mobile is a 2010 with 1,664 sq. ft. 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Fourth mobile is a 2000 with 1,152 sq. ft.
    $229,500

    Residential For Sale

    15347 Laminack Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918

    Concept Real Estate Co Inc
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    99Picture(s)
    1,920Sqft
    Visits:0
    This 85-acre piece of land, located on the Wine Trail in the National Forest, features a 10-acre lake and two homes. This rare find is abundant in natural beauty and wildlife.rnrnThe private drive winds you through beautiful timber which is featured throughout the custom home. There is a wrap-around deck with lake views, an outdoor fireplace, and a charming garden cottage.
    $1,600,000

    Land For Sale

    0 Rue Vicki, Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628

    RE/MAX Best Choice
    4Picture(s)
    17,995Sqft
    Visits:1
    Great Building Lot located in Terre Du Lac Lake Community. Close to Lac Lafitte and the Golf Course.
    $4,000

    Residential For Sale

    138 Casey Lane, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Cynthia Dunlap Premier Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    2Parking(s)
    39Picture(s)
    1,640Sqft
    Visits:0
    Check out this immaculate, maintenance free 3Bedroom, 2Bath Craftsman ranch style home in a great neighborhood. Coffered ceilings, custom cabinets, center island, SS appliances, laminate, ceramic and carpeted flooring. Master bedroom suite has a jetted tub and separate tiled shower with a beautiful glass door, double vanity with cultured marble tops and large walk-in closet.
    $245,900

    Residential For Sale

    701 Spruce, Bismarck, Missouri 63624

    Nash Realty, Inc.
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    18Picture(s)
    1,064Sqft
    Visits:0
    Home has three bedrooms & one bath .Bedrooms are good size, Living room & Dining Area are great for entertaining. Located on two lots with back yard fencing. Home has Covered front porch. There is a one car garage located in corner of back yard and a cellar under the house. rnrnrnWhen showing property, bathroom and kitchen lights are to be left on.
    $79,000

    Residential For Sale

    44 Meadowbrook Lane, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    2Parking(s)
    15Picture(s)
    1,040Sqft
    Visits:0
    $119,900. 44 Meadowbrook Lane (off CR 425). 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a garage, shed, and fenced backyard on 1.74 acres. Home is on a slab foundation. Central H/A (newer trane unit). Backup LP heater in living room.
    $119,900

    Land For Sale

    1416 HARRISON Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948

    RIVER 2 RIVER REALTY, INC.
    4Picture(s)
    0Sqft
    Visits:2
    Multiple building sites. Appox.
    $28,500

    Residential For Sale

    17352 Hwy C, Annapolis, Missouri 63620

    Buck Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    18Picture(s)
    289,238Sqft
    Visits:0
    2 Solid buildings but needs extensive rehab. Great location with scenic views. Just 10 miles to the Black River or Clearwater Lake. Excellent hunting in the area. This property could be easily turned into a weekend retreat or year round home. Scenic pine grove right off your wrap around porch.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    700 North Street, Leadwood, Missouri 63601

    Realty Executives Five Star
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    6Parking(s)
    49Picture(s)
    1,764Sqft
    Visits:0
    SO much to offer! Great home with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms- detached 2 car garage, cover for RV/camper and a 30x30 detached garage with loft, car lift, office or recreational space-fenced yard, above ground pool and so much space for entertaining.
    $224,900

    Residential For Sale

    511 SPRINGER Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

    TRI COUNTY REALTY, INC.
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    1,344Sqft
    Visits:0
    If you love beautiful hardwood floors, you will love this Brick 2 bedroom, Full Bath cozy home. A large 21 X 15 Living Room and mostly open floor plan gives the home a welcoming feeling. The Kitchen has new counter tops and the sizeable back yard is graced with a new concrete patio. The laundry hook ups are located in the 12 X 23 one car Garage.
    $135,000

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    119 State Highway 169 Highway, Karnak, Illinois 62956

    JOE OLLIS REAL ESTATE & AUCTION
    62Picture(s)
    0.60Sqft
    Visits:0
    This is an online only auction for a sub shop. It comes with almost everything in it (I believe they are keeping the mops). Property Comes With Andy’s Subs LLC Which Holds The Gaming & Liquor License However, Buyer Does Not Have to Take This. Successful bidder or bidders will be required to enter into a written contract and deposit $5,000.
    $1

    Residential For Sale

    309 CANTERBURY Drive, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

    Coldwell Banker Prime Realty Carbondale
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    1,279Sqft
    Visits:1
    Location location location! Check out this 3 bedroom 1&1/2 bathroom home. It is a blank slate waiting for your unique style to bring it new life! This home was prepped for a remodel then life changed that plan! Great bones, Nest Thermostat, Great backyard. The hard work has been done for you.
    $80,000

    Residential For Sale

    1007 Carbon Street, Marion, Illinois 62959

    COLDWELL BANKER J. DAVID THOMPSON
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    8Picture(s)
    959Sqft
    Visits:0
    Convenient location within a few blocks of schools. This 2bd/1ba cozy bungalow gives the feel of spacious living, with an eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets, and pantry for storage. Refrigerator and stove stay with the home. Nice full unfinished basement, with gas water heater, and central air. attached garage and carport! This home would be great to start investing in your future with.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    208 Brookside, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    Semo Home Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    23Picture(s)
    2,380Sqft
    Visits:0
    This 4 bed/3 bath, ranch style home is extremely well maintained. Buyer's wanting a turnkey move in ready says this home is the one for you!! High quality finishes throughout home and beautiful hand scraped wood flooring in the living room, hall, and master bedroom. Main level laundry room for your convivence. Refrigerator and all kitchen appliances to stay.
    $259,900

    Residential For Sale

    511 Springer Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

    Tri County Realty, Inc
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    21Picture(s)
    1,344Sqft
    Visits:0
    If you love beautiful hardwood floors, you will love this Brick 2 bedroom, Full Bath cozy home. A large 21 X 15 Living Room and mostly open floor plan gives the home a welcoming feeling. The Kitchen has new counter tops and the sizeable back yard is graced with a new concrete patio. The laundry hook ups are located in the 12 X 23 one car Garage.
    $135,000

    Land For Sale

    320 N Knob St, Ironton, Missouri 63650

    R Gilliam Real Estate LLC
    4Picture(s)
    21,780Sqft
    Visits:5
    Endless Possibilities with a blank canvas to start with. This listing comes with 3 connecting city lots that are zoned residential for single Family dwellings. Lots 4/5/8 of block 14 in the city of Ironton come to .50 acres +/-.
    $45,000

    Land For Sale

    00 Parrish Ridge Lane, Goreville, Illinois 62939

    C21 HOUSE OF REALTY, INC. CD
    26Picture(s)
    1.09Sqft
    Visits:3
    WATERFRONT LAKE OF EGYPT PROPERTY. Not many waterfront sunset lots on the lake left to build on, so don’t let this one pass you by. Beautiful trees and great water come with this property. Paved road takes you to this beautiful large lot. Association dues give you access to private boat launch.
    $69,000

    Residential For Sale

    911 CONCORD Street, Marion, Illinois 62959

    C21 HOUSE OF REALTY, INC.
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    7Picture(s)
    910Sqft
    Visits:0
    Beautiful 2 bedroom home setting on a larger corner lot in Marion. This home features a 3 season back porch as well as a pole barn providing lots of storage.
    $87,500

    Residential For Sale

    1104 Dulle Street, Marion, Illinois 62959

    COLDWELL BANKER J. DAVID THOMPSON
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    33Picture(s)
    2,456Sqft
    Visits:0
    This beautiful spacious home with alluring light and, open floor plan will take your breath away. Accommodating 3 spacious bd rms & 2.5 baths, featuring partial finish basement and area for storage. You will be enamored by the cathedral ceilings in the living room and foyer. You will enjoy your formal dining room with plenty of room for company.
    $335,000

    Residential For Sale

    312 Bentley Street, Marion, Illinois 62959

    House 2 Home Realty Marion
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    13Picture(s)
    1,020Sqft
    Visits:0
    Charming 2 bed/1 bath with detached 2 car garage in the center of Marion. Large enclosed front porch, large living room and unfinished basement. House has brand new central AC, furnace, water heater, and sump pump all replaced in 2022. Washer and dryer are included with this home.
    $79,000

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    18762 State Highway C, Advance, Missouri 63730

    Edge Realty
    40Parking(s)
    25Picture(s)
    174,240Sqft
    Visits:0
    20 storage units - fully rented plus 4 acres for room to build more units. Also, 4800 sq ft building currently operating as a restaurant, however, could be converted to climate controlled storage. Tons of restaurant equipment included in purchase. Back area/basement is being rented as an apartment.
    $220,000

    Residential For Sale

    0 9361 CR 529, Senath, Missouri 63876

    CENTURY 21 SEMO INC., REALTORS
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    16Picture(s)
    0Sqft
    Visits:0
    This 2-bed home would be a perfect starter home! This home sits just outside of the city limits and offers a southern feel! This is a one owner home! Check out the space of the yard, plenty of room!
    $95,000

    Farm For Sale

    2890 Riversbend Road, Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628

    Grisham Realtor
    33Picture(s)
    635,540Sqft
    Visits:4
    Horse lovers take a LOOK !!! One of those hard to find properties has finally hit the market !! 14.5 acres m/l , with some of the most beautiful pasture you will see.
    $389,900

    Residential For Sale

    346 Kyle Drive, Jackson, Missouri 63755

    Ritter Real Estate
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,860Sqft
    Visits:0
    One level living, corner lot, three car garage, Jackson School District. Need I say more? This is a really cute three bed, two bath home convenient to North Elementary. This home has almost 1900 finished square feet and offers a second family room. This house sits on a corner lot with beautiful concrete landscaping curbing all around.
    $199,900

    Residential For Sale

    520 Theodore St., Park Hills, Missouri 63601

    Midwest Real Estate
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    18Picture(s)
    10,803Sqft
    Visits:0
    Won't last long! 2 bedroom 1 bath home completely renovated! ALL BRAND NEW! New roof, siding, gutters, soffit and facia, windows, doors, central heating and cooling, new cabinets, stainless appliances, electric, new bath room...
    $119,900
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