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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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    The time is closing in!! Wash and seal up your house before the harsh wet winter months damage your brick/stone! Call for free estimate!! 573-225-5514

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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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    Photo of Tracey Miller Realtor Spotting Termites

    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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    Commercial Sale For Sale

    950 Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste Genevieve, Missouri 63670

    Realty Executives Five Star
    42Picture(s)
    0Sqft
    Visits:0
    Cafe Genevieve is a very well established business! Included in the sale is the business, land, building, most inventory, beer cooler, bar and bar stools, kitchen equipment, refrigerators, freezers, grill, ovens, 2 walk-in coolers, tables and chairs, shed, smoke room, 3 baths (one wheel chair accessible), full basement, storage rooms, covered porch, paved parking lot, a piece of history here! Drea
    $375,000

    Residential For Sale

    1105 Saddlebrooke Ridge, Jackson, Missouri 63755

    Edge Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    73Picture(s)
    3,425Sqft
    Visits:0
    Beautiful stone & brick 1.5 story home sitting on 1.41 acres that backs to a lake. 2 story entryway, open floor plan, living room features beautiful new wood floors, fireplace, & a wall of windows. Kitchen walks out onto the new composite deck overlooking the in-ground pool & lake. Main floor master suite featuring separate whirlpool tub & shower, w/ a large walk-in closet.
    $574,900

    Commercial Lease For Sale

    700 Main Street, Sikeston, Missouri 63801

    Century 21 Premiere Realty
    6Picture(s)
    79,715Sqft
    Visits:0
    Outstanding stoplight location on Sikeston's north end. Property is anchored by Food Giant, a large regional grocery store chain. This unit was formerly a pharmacy location and has retail space, stock room, a covered drive-through that exists onto a side street and offices for management. Two-pole pylon sign is included. Tenant improvements are negotiable. Lease rate negotiable.
    $5,396

    Farm For Sale

    1110 Madison 9329, Fredericktown, Missouri 63645

    Coldwell Banker Hulsey
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    35Picture(s)
    1,568Sqft
    Visits:0
    When it comes to a great home with tremendous seclusion, it's hard to beat this home nestled into a country setting with wildlife and timber all around you. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers knotty pine walls and doors along with beautiful bamboo flooring. This adorable home is equipped with stainless steel appliances, as well as an upgraded 50 gallon water heater.
    $415,000

    Land For Sale

    6036 Virginia City Trail Trail, French Village, Missouri 63036

    Realty Executives Five Star
    8,973Sqft
    Visits:0
    Looking for a getaway? Here are 2 lots in a Camping only area of of this private lake community. Goose Creek is a gated family friendly community with much to offer. There are several property owner groups that host many activities, such as poker runs, pot luck dinners, youth swim, Easter Egg hunts, Trunk or Treat, Christmas Parties and much more....
    $15,000

    Land For Sale

    6060 6064 Virginia City Trail, French Village, Missouri 63036

    Realty Executives Five Star
    2Picture(s)
    9,017Sqft
    Visits:0
    Looking for a getaway? Here are 2 lots set up for private camping. Includes storage shed, 200 amp electric service, electric hook up for camper, and port a potty. The lot is cleared and a pad is set up and ready for your camper. Goose Creek is a gate community that provides many amenities for all to enjoy.
    $25,000

    Land For Sale

    LOT 70 Parrish Ridge Lane, Goreville, Illinois 62939

    Whitetail Properties Real Esta
    17Picture(s)
    1.01Sqft
    Visits:1
    Building lot near Lake of Egypt! This property is Lot 70 located within The Peninsula Subdivision on Lake of Egypt. It has power, water and fiber already established along the road frontage. The property is timbered with a gently rolling topography and is ideal for building your lake home! It sits just ¼ mile from the boat ramp, a community dock and Stafford Landing.
    $24,900

    Residential For Sale

    4615 PINEWOOD Lane, Metropolis, Illinois 62960

    RE/MAX ADVANTAGE
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    37Picture(s)
    1,960Sqft
    Visits:0
    This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is pretty as a picture and definitely will bring a smile to your face when you arrive! Fresh paint and lots of windows makes it light and bright. Ready for you to move in and enjoy! Country kitchen with center island. Formal dining area. Large living room with free standing electric fireplace and built-in shelving. Almost 2,000sf split-floor plan.
    $169,900

    Residential For Sale

    105 Sidney Lane, Goreville, Illinois 62939

    COLDWELL BANKER J. DAVID THOMPSON
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    15Picture(s)
    1,440Sqft
    Visits:0
    Don't miss out on this great home in a nice location featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bath. Vaulted ceiling in the Living Room and a large fenced back yard. Master has a large walk in closet w/ its own master suite bath. Kitchen features plenty of cabinets with new stainless appliances. The other 2 bedrooms are located on other side of house. Located just down the road from the school.
    $179,900

    Residential For Sale

    47 Spring Arbor Drive, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

    FIVE STAR REALTY
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    12Picture(s)
    2,496Sqft
    Visits:0
    Here is your opportunity to own a home in Giant City school district and Spring Arbor Lake subdivision! This 4 bedroom home has over 2,000 square feet. The upper level is open with a huge living room centered around a wood burning fireplace. The kitchen is galley style and has a good sized pantry. The master bedroom has a full bath attached and is huge.
    $120,000

    Residential For Sale

    406 MAIN Street, Anna, Illinois 62906

    SHAWNEE HILLS REAL ESTATE, LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    11Picture(s)
    1,044Sqft
    Visits:0
    Lot of living space and a convenient location. This home needs much attention and could be a perfect investment property of your future home. Call today for details and your private viewing.
    $29,000

    Residential For Sale

    1112 Dorothy Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    Edge Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    16Picture(s)
    1,768Sqft
    Visits:0
    $158,500

    Residential For Sale

    3304 Sunset Terr, Marion, Illinois 62959

    Coldwell Banker Prime Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    34Picture(s)
    1,780Sqft
    Visits:0
    Completely remodeled 4 bedroom, 2 bath brick home in Westernaire Subdivision, Marion! All new windows have been ordered and will be installed upon arrival. Brand new roof with lifetime warranty. Unique layout with formal living room and family room, both with access to your brand new kitchen with stunning black stainless appliances. Executive suite with full bathroom and walk-in closet.
    $239,900

    Residential For Sale

    1402 Warner Avenue, Scott City, Missouri 63780

    EXP Realty, LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    911Sqft
    Visits:1
    Property is a part of a 3 property scatter single portfolio. Seller prefers to sell all properties together. Property is currently rented for $775/m.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    1001 5th Street, Scott City, Missouri 63780

    EXP Realty, LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    1,346Sqft
    Visits:0
    Property is a part of a 3 property scatter single portfolio. Seller prefers to sell all properties together.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    714 Pine Street, Scott City, Missouri 63780

    EXP Realty, LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    2,067Sqft
    Visits:1
    Property is a part of a 3 property scatter single portfolio. Seller prefers to sell all properties together. Property is currently rented for $800/m.
    $75,000

    Residential For Sale

    132 Bast Street, Jackson, Missouri 63755

    Edge Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    2Picture(s)
    1,176Sqft
    Visits:0
    This light and bright two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow in the heart of Jackson is affordably priced and ready for new owners. Natural light, with hardwood floors and arched doorways provide lots of appeal. From your covered front porch, you can watch the world go by on this corner lot. Main-level laundry hookups save effort and add convenience.
    $127,000

    Residential For Sale

    722 State Hwy J, Hayti, Missouri 63851

    American Elite Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    2,764Sqft
    Visits:0
    The curb appeal of this home has you taking a second look as you drive down the highway. A beautiful 1936 home that embodies the romantic ideal of an English country manor. Walk inside to a sunshine lit reading room/sunroom to a large living room with vaulted cathedral style ceiling. Formal dining room, quaint kitchen, and a 23’ x 26’ family room.
    $270,000

    Land For Sale

    1229 Hwy OO, Fredericktown, Missouri 63645

    Swinford Realty, LLC
    8Picture(s)
    84,768Sqft
    Visits:0
    Looking for a place to build or somewhere to put a manufactured home? Here's your opportunity! 1.94 acres with an old homesite that has recently been cleared and ready for your next adventure. Black River Electric, county water, and septic tank on the property.
    $34,900

    Farm For Sale

    0 State Highway Y, Jackson, Missouri 63755

    Ritter Real Estate
    18Picture(s)
    1,369,530Sqft
    Visits:1
    31.44 acres of gorgeous land featuring frontage on both Highway Y & W. Located just minutes from both Cape, Jackson and I-55.
    $849,900

    Residential For Sale

    33 rivermines, Park Hills, Missouri 63601

    Midwest Real Estate
    4Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    30Picture(s)
    3,760Sqft
    Visits:0
    This property truly is unique in every sense of the word. Are you looking for a home that offers a ton of space??? How does 3760 sqft of living space sound??? AMAZING RIGHT!!! This property features 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge basement that offers so much storage it isn't even funny. It even gets better the home sits on approximately 1.44 acres of land, and yes you heard that right.
    $169,900

    Residential For Sale

    505 Smith Street, Farmington, Missouri 63640

    Nash Realty, Inc.
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    30Picture(s)
    13,547Sqft
    Visits:0
    Newly updated ranch in the middle of Farmington, just mins away from the middle school and Roosevelt elementary! As you walk into the home you'll find open concept living with a large dining/kitchen combo featuring a center island, perfect for everyone who loves to cook and entertain guests! The kitchen also features new stainless steel appliances and beautiful white countertops and cabinets.
    $214,900

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    240 Russell Street, Ironton, Missouri 63650

    Spitzmiller Realty
    5Parking(s)
    15Picture(s)
    8,276Sqft
    Visits:1
    Location, Location, Location. Built in 2021 Brand new Commercial location in Ironton Missouri. This 1700 SQFT space has 3 separate suites with One space already in operation and a second lease getting ready to be final. Suite A and B are both over 700 sqft and have so many different avenues of potential revenue the Skys the limit.
    $355,000

    Farm For Sale

    9016 Hwy J, Perryville, Missouri 63775

    Swinford Realty, LLC
    57Picture(s)
    1,679,670Sqft
    Visits:0
    38.56 acre wooded home site has it all! This nearly turnkey home site hosts blacktop frontage, well, electric, pond, 18x30 equipment shed and a 32x35 barn. With a fresh survey, marked property lines and trails throughout the property, picking the perfect home placement amoung the many mature white oaks and pines will be a breeze.
    $249,900

    Residential For Sale

    13584 Plaza Heights Avenue, Dexter, Missouri 63841

    EXP Realty, LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    2Picture(s)
    3,286Sqft
    Visits:0
    Discover the perfect blend of comfort and efficiency in this spacious brick home in the desirable Plaza Heights Subdivision, just north of Hwy 60. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home features a brick fireplace in the main living area, hardwood flooring, and many updates throughout. The kitchen is equipped with oak crown molding and a wood-burning stove in the finished walkout basement.
    $250,000

    Residential For Sale

    311 Wood Avenue, Fredericktown, Missouri 63645

    1 Nation Realty
    6Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    1,877Sqft
    Visits:1
    This 1877 Sq. Ft. home has all of the charm that a 1920s bungalow has to offer. With plenty of space for a growing family, this 6-bedroom 1 bath home has original hardwood flooring, original doors, and special millwork throughout. There are four spacious bedrooms on the main level, and two on the upper.
    $139,900

    Commercial Sale For Sale

    1420 Woodlawn Drive, Farmington, Missouri 63640

    The Home Team
    1Picture(s)
    186,001Sqft
    Visits:2
    4.27 acres located just outside of City Limits near the county Fairgrounds. This property has no restrictions. Currently zoned residential, but could easily be zoned commercial.
    $224,900

    Residential For Sale

    309 Lincoln Circle, Kennett, Missouri 63857

    American Elite Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    19Picture(s)
    1,859Sqft
    Visits:0
    Move in ready 4-bedroom 2-bath home in desirable neighborhood. This home features a large living room, kitchen, family room with a gas fireplace! Utility room and lots of closet space, 1-car garage. Outside you will find a detached garage with bonus room, hot tubs, and privacy fenced yard. Lot size 73.07’ x 115.
    $182,000
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