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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!

    FOR SALE by Tracey Miller, Realtor - About Me

    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

    FOR SALE by Tracey Miller, Realtor - About Me

    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

    Picture of active termites | 63701 termite inspection

    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

    100 James Street, Steeleville, Illinois 62288

    Golden Key Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    2Parking(s)
    21Picture(s)
    1,092Sqft
    Visits:0
    This lovely home is one to see. The kitchen has been newly remodeled including granite countertops. Living room has a built-in shelf unit next to the fireplace. With freshly painted rooms and new laminate flooring makes this a move-in ready home. Main floor laundry has additional storage space. An attic fan is great for those late spring/early summer days to bring in the fresh air.
    $114,000

    Residential For Sale

    300 4TH Street, Colp, Illinois 62921

    C21 HOUSE OF REALTY, INC. C
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    24Picture(s)
    1,056Sqft
    Visits:1
    Nice, newer 3 BR 2 BA home that is ready to move into. Back patio, front porch and portable shed are just a few of the amenities that make this home so nice. Corner lot and just a few blocks from Mayor Caliper Dr gives you easy access to Carterville, Herrin and Carbondale. Located close to Walker's Bluff. This home would also make a great rental property.
    $65,000

    Residential For Sale

    10555 Stotlar Road, Herrin, Illinois 62948

    COLDWELL BANKER J. DAVID THOMPSON
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    37Picture(s)
    2,640Sqft
    Visits:0
    This solid 1970's home is perfect for a makeover. It's spacious and built from Minnesota Douglas Fir. The woodburning fireplace has electric blowers located under the mantle. It sits on 3.5 acres that's been surveyed and will receive it's new tax id number after closing. The master suite includes a walk in closet and an attached bathroom.
    $210,000

    Residential Income For Sale

    217 16TH Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948

    RIVER 2 RIVER REALTY, INC.
    7Parking(s)
    55Picture(s)
    0.16Sqft
    Visits:1
    INVESTORS: Add this VERY PROFITABLE turnkey, furnished, 4 unit Airbnb within close proximity of Herrin Hospital to your portfolio before someone else gets it! The seller indicates that it has many clients that are temp working & seeing patients at Herrin Hospital. The 4 units generated 550 rented nights in 2022. Annual rent was $43,100.
    $255,000

    Residential For Sale

    619 WEDGEWOOD Lane, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

    Coldwell Banker Prime Realty Carbondale
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    11Picture(s)
    1,501Sqft
    Visits:3
    Nestled in this nice southwest Carbondale neighborhood on a quiet street near Murdale shopping center. With numerous improvements including new roof, new vinyl and carpet flooring, new paint and much more. Plenty of space inside consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a large family room and a completely restored 2 car garage.
    $170,000

    Residential For Sale

    903 Rix Drive, Marion, Illinois 62959

    Coldwell Banker Prime Realty Carbondale
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    29Picture(s)
    1,584Sqft
    Visits:1
    Excellent well maintained home in East Marion. Small, quiet neighborhood. Executive suite with private bathroom and large walk-in closet. Enjoy your 3 season sunroom with a beautiful view of you stunning backyard! Mature landscaping that has won awards in the past. Large, fenced backyard with inground liner pool and two gazebos.
    $155,000

    Residential For Sale

    605 Third Street, Coulterville, Illinois 62237

    SHAMROCK REAL ESTATE
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    19Picture(s)
    1,792Sqft
    Visits:0
    Reputable local carpenter built home with excellent floor plan - this 3 bedroom 2 bath home features spacious kitchen with abundance of cabinets and snack bar open to dining and LR - master suite with private bath and large closets - utility room - full basement ready for your expansion - corner lot - thousands below construction cost - relaxing front porch with plenty of shade - roughed in plumbi
    $164,000

    Residential For Sale

    64 Rosebud Road, Golconda, Illinois 62938

    SHAWNEE TRAILS REALTY
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    36Picture(s)
    2,402Sqft
    Visits:0
    Charming 2 story home sitting up high on a bluff surrounded by 40 acres of woods and pastures. This home has rustic Cedar siding, Custom built in 2007. Inside on the main floor you will find an open floor plan with Beautiful high wood ceilings and balcony.
    $329,000

    Residential For Sale

    2907 LOCUST Street, Eldorado, Illinois 62930

    House 2 Home Realty Marion
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    36Picture(s)
    1,370Sqft
    Visits:1
    If you want the convenience of town, but don't want to give up your space, then this is it! The home sits on 7 lots with a HUGE fenced in back yard and 2 additional lots across the street pass with sale as well. Walking in through the covered front porch you have a mudroom with build in storage for coats and shoes. Next, is the living room with gas fireplace that opens up to the eat-in kitchen.
    $120,000

    Residential For Sale

    1019 47 HWY, Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628

    Vicky Crocker Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    46Picture(s)
    2,814Sqft
    Visits:0
    Country elegance is apparent as you drive up to this beautiful home on 3 acres of 'good earth' just outside of historic Bonne Terre. As you enter you'll see a striking staircase that leads to the two balconies that dominate the upper floor. Your eyes are drawn upward by the floor to ceiling windows.
    $349,900

    Commercial Lease For Sale

    1600 Maud St. Suite 3, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    4Picture(s)
    10,890Sqft
    Visits:3
    !,400 per month. 1600 W. Maud Suite 3, PB.
    $1,400

    Residential For Sale

    401 Dayton, Bernie, Missouri 63822

    Smith-Payne Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    4,966Sqft
    Visits:0
    $34,000

    Residential For Sale

    903 Rix Drive, Marion, Illinois 62959

    Coldwell Banker Prime Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    4Parking(s)
    29Picture(s)
    1,584Sqft
    Visits:0
    Excellent well maintained home in East Marion. Small, quiet neighborhood. Executive suite with private bathroom and large walk-in closet. Enjoy your 3 season sunroom with a beautiful view of you stunning backyard! Beautiful, mature landscaping that has won awards in the past. Large, fenced backyard with inground liner pool and two gazebos.
    $155,000

    Residential For Sale

    4111 Hwy 51, Fisk, Missouri 63940

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    2Parking(s)
    44Picture(s)
    2,087Sqft
    Visits:0
    Country living at it's best. The long asphalt drive leads to a well maintained 2087 SF, 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath, brick and vinyl sided home.
    $319,500

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    7302 Highway T, Wappapello, Missouri 63966

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    40Parking(s)
    20Picture(s)
    0Sqft
    Visits:3
    Looking for a business and residence relocation? This could be your opportunity with access to majority of the Lake traffic! This Turn Key property has a 3 bedroom / 2 bath home with large rooms and a master bath with raised jacuzzi tub. Add to that, 18 occupied storage units currently collecting ($75 x 18) or $1,350 Gross Monthly income.
    $475,000

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    909 Harris Drive, Dexter, Missouri 63841

    Young Real Estate LLC
    19Picture(s)
    7,275Sqft
    Visits:1
    Commercial Building for sale in Dexter. This 4000 sq ft steel frame building was previously used as a carpet retail store. Featuring 10 ft ceilings, 2 overhead doors, restroom, concrete floors, central heat/air and paved parking in front. Located 1/2 block from Business Hwy 60, this highly visible warehouse-style property could be used for any type commercial/retail business. A clean slate...
    $180,000

    Farm For Sale

    6483 Wayne Route P, Lowndes, Missouri 63951

    Premier Farm Realty Group LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    62Picture(s)
    4,944,060Sqft
    Visits:0
    If you are looking for a great hunting property, a place to house your livestock, and/or a place to hang your hat at night, look no further, as this property offers it all. This multi-use property boasts 113.5 +/- acres of mostly wooded land, but still plenty of open ground for livestock to roam.
    $425,000

    Residential For Sale

    18428 Lake Circle Drive, Dexter, Missouri 63841

    Young Real Estate LLC
    1Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    47Picture(s)
    1,940Sqft
    Visits:0
    Gorgeous custom built shouse (shop/house) completed in 2020. From the beautiful wooden cathedral ceiling to the luxury waterproof plank flooring, nothing was spared in creating this slice of paradise in a secluded section of Dexter. This highly desirable property includes the living quarters/shop, 10+- acres with stocked pond, detached 16 x 48 shed and circle drive.
    $469,900

    Residential For Sale

    1402 Perry Avenue, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    Ritter Real Estate
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,321Sqft
    Visits:2
    $132,900

    Residential For Sale

    311 St Michael Street, Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628

    Nash Realty, Inc.
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    24Picture(s)
    1,360Sqft
    Visits:1
    Very nice ranch home. Great Terre Du Lac location. Attached 2 car garage. Full unfinished basement. Large private lot. Ready to move into.
    $239,900

    Residential For Sale

    622 State Highway P, Oran, Missouri 63774

    Edge Realty
    2Room(s)
    4Picture(s)
    1,000Sqft
    Visits:2
    Great investment opportunity! The post office is only thing for sale for 29,900. Post office is leased until 2026 until further notice for $400/month. Can get postal agreement upon request. Need appointment to see entire post office as its a government ran facility. Survey recently also. New metal roof in 2015.
    $29,900

    Residential For Sale

    2010 Allen Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    Edge Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    2Parking(s)
    1Picture(s)
    2,347Sqft
    Visits:1
    Unique 1.5 story home in Alma Schrader Elementary school district. Features 2,347 sq ft finished above ground with 4 beds and 3 baths. Main level master and laundry. Volume ceilings with beams, 2 story brick fireplace, and cat walk overlooking the living room. Fenced backyard with patio.
    $210,000

    Residential For Sale

    1713 Grandview Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    EXP Realty, LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    24Picture(s)
    1,584Sqft
    Visits:0
    STOP the car... you've found your next home! Make this split-level your own with large bedrooms, eat-in kitchen and dining area, that flows into a spacious screened-in porch and two decks. In the winter months, cozy up in the living room with the wood burning stove that walks out into another porch in the private, wood fenced back yard.
    $184,900

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    64 Highway NN, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

    Poplar Bluff Realty Inc
    7Picture(s)
    87,120Sqft
    Visits:1
    High traffic property on highway 60 east with two warehouses one is 31x46 and the other is 60x30 with HVAC.
    $180,000

    Residential For Sale

    2202 Sherwood Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    Edge Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    34Picture(s)
    2,712Sqft
    Visits:0
    This one and a half story home that has been remodeled/updated offers three bedrooms and 2.5 baths - is move in ready! It offers three living-recreational areas, dining and eat-in kitchen, some wood floors. Enjoy the private backyard on the patio or in the gazebo. Move right in and start enjoying your home! All measurements are approximate.
    $244,900

    Residential For Sale

    5603 Lexington Street, Jackson, Missouri 63755

    Area Properties Real Estate
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    1,496Sqft
    Visits:0
    Picture perfect Klaus Park home that’s just adorable! Super inviting as you step into the open concept main living area adorned by a gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and custom wainscoting. Fabulous kitchen with white cabinets, granite countertops, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, and center island.
    $272,900

    Residential For Sale

    19659 Trillium Drive, Marble Hill, Missouri 63764

    Edge Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    9Picture(s)
    1,458Sqft
    Visits:0
    Investor alert! 3 bed/2 bath home sitting on 3 acres.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    604 Timberlawn Court, Desloge, Missouri 63601

    Triple Creek Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    32Picture(s)
    1,700Sqft
    Visits:0
    Walk right in, literally, to this charming slab on grade 3 bed/2 bath home. This home is setup perfectly for anyone who appreciates no steps. This property is located just minutes from the schools, churches, and amenities in Desloge. The level lot is .3 acres situated nicely at the corner of Timberlawn court and North County lane.
    $219,000
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