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get top dollar in Winter

ou might think that the winter months are a less-than-ideal time to enter the real estate market, but recent research will have you thinking again.

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according to a study by online brokerage redfin, homes listed in winter months sold faster than those posted in the spring — and for top dollar. if need or desire has you considering listing in the winter, here are three strategies that will make your listing stand above the rest.


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price it right price your home to sell and it surely will. Your real estate agent should do most of the heavy lifting, but it won’t hurt for you to visit a few real estate websites and look at the list and sale prices of comparable homes in your area. remember, don’t get greedy here. price your home at market value and you are more likely to garner attention from buyers.

perform a selfinspection it is important to take a look at your house the way a buyer would. does the roof look to be in good shape? are the gutters clean and securely fastened? are all your windows double-paned? if there are major issues, it is in your best

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interest to address them now. a hanging gutter in the back of the house might seem like a small project you’ve been “meaning to get to,” but to a potential buyer, this could hint at other hidden problems. if this one issue needs to be fixed, what else needs looking after?

plan, if possible if you know ahead of time that you will be listing your home in the winter, consider taking photos well in advance. homes look their best in the spring and summer, and by planning ahead you can show potential buyers aspects of the home and property they

might miss in the winter. if your listing photos show the thick and lush green lawn or a pool that is clean and glistening in the sun, potential buyers are more likely to swoon over the home’s curb appeal or imagine themselves in a deck chair in the backyard.

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Winter staging


e sure to always show off your home’s best features — even in the “off-season.

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Clear the path getting to your front door should not be a quest in and of itself. sweep or shovel your driveway and all walkways that lead to the front door and around your home. not only is this a safety issue, but clearing the path allows potential buyers to notice the chevron brick walkway or flagstone path. this is an important time to keep up with your yard work — especially if there is no snow on the ground. leaves should be raked up regularly, and landscaping should be pruned to avoid

looking scraggly, as if it hibernated for the winter.

think ‘Cheery and Bright’

Make it CoMfortaBle a chilly house can be uncomfortable. turn your thermostat up before a showing. arrange an extra coat rack near your front entrance so potential buyers can take their coats off and view your home in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Bonus tip: a warm house invites lingering in colder months — giving them more time to fall in love with the space.

Cold and dreary weather doesn’t make it easy for your home to put its best “face” forward. take extra care in the presentation of your front entryway. Brighten it up with a colorful wreath or a swag of fresh greenery. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint and add planted seasonal bushes — such de-personalize — as holly — on your front porch or to an extent stoop. Consider greenery on the ever wonder why “show homes” mantel for a cozy touch. sell new builds so well? it is

because building companies have mastered the balance between enough furniture and decor so that a space looks lived in and cozy, but zero clutter and personalization. removing personal photos and replacing them with inexpensive, general artwork is a great first step. removing all clutter (like those stacks of paperwork you’ve been meaning to get to or the piles of toys littered throughout the house) is a must. staging your home is a great way to both show potential buyers all your home can be and depersonalize it a bit so that they can better imagine themselves in the space.



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Vicky Crocker Realty is a top producing non franchised Real Estate office in the Mineral Area, helping clients buy and sell property within St. Francois County and surrounding Counties. We are dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, we’ve helped hundreds of families reach their real estate goals, and we want to help you too! Whether you are buying or selling, contact us today 573-327-8300, we have full time agents eager to help you!

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real estate guide | selling tips

the declutter Factor W

e’ve all heard how important curb appeal is to selling a home.

Having a tidy and put-

together space inside is just as important — especially in the winter when buyers spend less time looking around the exterior of the home. if you are one of those obsessively neat people by nature, then you’ve already found out how to do this. the remainder of us, however, have some work to do. it’s time to highlight the strengths, downplay the weaknesses and make your home appealing to the masses of homebuyers.

stage your space

removing clutter is the first step in staging your home. the next is all about arrangement. your rooms should be staged to be walk-through friendly. after you’ve removed all extraneous junk from a room, take a critical look at the furniture. you might find that moving a chair to the other side of the room or moving a bookshelf down the wall a foot or two opens up a room. shuffling things around can provide better access around larger furniture pieces, such as a couch or dining table.

Finding Joy

prepping for sale can be an ideal time to go through your things with a little more thought. get rid of things you haven’t used in ages; things that are currently sitting in boxes in the back of a closet do not need to be re-homed to a new closet in a new house. donate items to a local nonprofit organization or church that helps underprivileged populations. you can shed some extra belongings while giving to a great cause.

sustaining tHe end result

now that you’ve gone through the hard work of removing the clutter and arranging your furniture, don’t go back to the dark side. commit to keeping each space neat and tidy, and to not allowing the clutter to creep back in. if you have a large family, make a chore chart and hang it where everyone can see it. if everyone does a little bit, no one is left doing a lot.

prepping for sale can be an ideal time to go through your things with a little more thought.


avoid Buyer turnoffs

inter brings with it an array of problems. Cold temperatures and precipitation wreak havoc on our homes and add extra steps to our day-to-day routines.

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don’t let these pesky problems translate into buyers turning up their noses. Here are just a few areas to focus your attention.

OutdOOr gear Colder months bring with them the added bonus of many extra layers and outwear accessories. this can quickly turn into a lot of clutter. Make sure you have space for all the extra seasonal gear. Keep a basket by your coat rack for gloves and hats, and put away coats that are not being used. don’t let the first thing potential buyers see when they walk through the door be a pile of muddy boots and a mountain of coats.

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tant than right before you list to check up on all major systems — especially for a winter listing. Be sure to service your furnace and make sure your water heater is in good shape. Consider replacing outdated appliances. this is a great time to concentrate on greener, more efficient models. By making sure all

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don’t let the first thing potential buyers see when they walk through the door be a pile of muddy boots and a mountain of coats. the essentials are in good working order, you can put a potential buyer at ease knowing they won’t need to tackle any major projects directly after purchasing.

pet patrOl Winter months also bring with them a certain level of dampness, which

makes pet odors more apparent. stay on top of cleaning cages or kennels, and sweeping and vacuuming to eliminate these lingering odors. if you have a cat or dog that sheds excessively, be sure to regularly take a lint brush to the furniture.

dated HardWare

dated hardware is one of the most common turnoffs for buyers and one of the easiest upgrades a seller can make. Cabinet hardware and door hardware are the likeliest offenders — and changing them out takes only a bit of time, money and a philips-head screwdriver.

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Deb Goodson, Broker-Owner

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Farmington - $169,900 Totally remodeled in 2017; from the HVAC system, the dripirrigation septic system, new stainless-steel appliances, flooring and siding! Master bedroom with fireplace and half bath/laundry on the main floor. Upstairs are three more bedrooms. All on 2 acres!


Park Hills - $94,500

Tri-level with updated kitchen, 3 bedrooms and bath on upper level, additional bedroom or office in basement. Rec room with bar and outside door. Laundry/half bath combined, established landscaping, backyard patio with pond & waterfall. Fenced yard with shed.


Park Hills - $189,900

Town living but the privacy of woods on 1.85 acres. Eatin kitchen with a built-in desk, center island and plenty of cabinets. Original hardwood floors throughout the home except for ceramic tile in baths.


Park Hills - $159,900

Wonderful open floor plan has large kitchen with center island. Living room and family room have hardwood floors and seethrough fireplace! Great view from the deck off family room. Basement just recently remodeled.


Farmington - $414,500

5 bdrm, 3.5 bath, ranch home on 1.1 acres. Hardwood floors, central vac, maple cabinets with granite counters, breakfast/family room combo. Master suite has walk-in closet and 2 double closets, Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and double vanity. Lower level has 2 large bedrooms, family room, office, theater room and a full bath. 28x20 covered patio and sprinkler system.


French Village - $74,900 Mobile home that has been totally rebuilt and tastefully updated on the inside. New one car garage. Bonus sleeping cabin with microwave and small fridge. Property consists of 2 large level lots.


Bonne Terre - $139,000

5 bdrms and 2 bath home on 10 acres of pasture. Don’t need 5 bedrooms, you have office space or room for guests. Additional acreage is available. Room for cattle or horses. Great place for entertaining and raising your family. 24 HOUR NOTICE PLEASE. PRE-APPROVED BUYERS ONLY, NO EXCEPTIONS.


Park Hills - $74,500 Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, move-in ready! INCLUDES-Stove, Refrig, Washer & Dryer. Heating & air conditioning only 4 yrs. old, roof just 2 yrs. old. Large double lot. THIS PROPERTY IS ALSO ZONED COMMERCIAL.

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relocating Before the Holidays M

oving around the holiday season can be stressful for the whole family. from social factors, to learning a new city or school, there are many reasons that moving can cause anxiety.

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consider the following tips as you guide your family through the transition to a new home.

Making it easier for kids Moving can be a scary thing for children — especially if they are leaving the only place they’ve called “home” for the first time. are you moving out of your child’s current school district? When you conduct school visits, take your child with you. if it’s possible, have them sit in on a class. the first day will be a lot less stressful if they already know some of the classroom routines or recognize a few friendly faces. also look for ways to turn anxiety into excitement with the new home. allow kids to help pick out the paint color of their new room or create a scavenger hunt in the new house for the first night.

Making it easier for Pets Moving to a new home can make pets feel insecure, but there are things you can do to alleviate their tension and help

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them adjust to their new space. one of the most important things you can do for your animals is to adhere to their usual routine. this means feeding them, walking them or playing with them as you normally would.

also be sure to bring along their favorite toys. Packing might entice you to throw out the old and buy new toys for a new house. this is not a good idea. familiar items such as toys, blankets and bedding help pets feel more in

control of new spaces.

Making it easier for You remember that those around you — kids and pets included — pick up on and absorb your emotions. if you feel anxious, they might act out or be extra-

sensitive. do things to stay calm and avoid getting overly stressed. this could be as simple as lighting a candle in your favorite scent or taking the pressure off yourself to cook the first few nights by ordering take-out.

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real estate guide | types of homes

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Vacation homes

aybe the cooler weather has you thinking of warmer climates — and homes. purchasing a vacation home is a big decision.

Not only is it a significant financial investment, but also it means you have found an area that you love so much that you want to return to it on a regular basis — even if it means giving up other holiday locales. Before you commit another property to your real estate portfolio, consider

the following aspects of owning a second home. make a souNd iNVestmeNt

make sure your potential property is zoned to rent. your real estate agent should have this information, but it can also be obtained from local government agencies. properties that cannot be rented out in your “off-season” aren’t just a wasted second-income opportunity but become sitting ducks for theft and disrepair. Not eVery day is a VacatioN

this brings us perfectly to the second

point: understand that it is more “home” than “vacation. especially if you purchase a home over a condo or apartment — there will be a lot of maintenance to keep up with. all those little projects and repairs you need to complete at your yearround digs exist in a vacation home too. and you likely have even less time to deal with them. Will you be responsible for all of these types of things? are you prepared to hire out for maintenance? make sure that in all your vacation-home dreaming you allow for a good dose of reality. hoW ofteN Will you go?

are you retired? do you consult, freelance or work from home? if not, you need to consider how much vacation time you are allowed each year and how long and often you can comfortable be away from your office. are you willing to trade in frequenting other locations to stay in the same place each year? part of owning vacation property is understanding the worth of the investment. the right vacation home can bring immeasurable value to your quality of life. go into the process with a sound mind and level head, and you will surely be satisfied with the results.



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20x26 SHOP

Lots of house for the money here! 1791 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and many updates. Expansive living room with full Masonry fireplace, lots of kitchen cabinets, breakfast room, large dining room and a private master suite with custom shower. Full, walk up basement features a 2nd kitchen, bathroom and tons of built in storage. Outside you will find an expansive deck, carport, workshop and oversized one car garage. Located on a large half acre corner lot with partial fencing, alley access and mature trees.

Well maintained 3 bedroom home, just outside of city limits! This home is as clean as they come, featuring wood floors, granite counter tops, and updated lighting. The basement and breezeway provide a ton of storage space along with the 20x26 shop out back. The yard work won’t take too long, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the covered 12x16 deck. Don’t miss out on this great home in a fantastic location!



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Two commercial buildings on Two commercial Lots! Low maintenance 31x44 block building and 48x70 metal building both located on corner lots. Endless possibilities for commercial use, storage or rental income with large gravel parking area. It’s hard to find commercial property at this price so don’t let it pass you by!

6.10 acre wooded lot at Cherokee Hills. Private setting for that new home only minutes from town. Black River Electric, & mild restrictions for your protection. Several lots available.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! 1.38 acre commercial lot with a 450 sq. ft. building right on Business 67 Cherokee Pass, MO. Right across the street from a truck stop, subway & DogN-Suds, this is the areas go to spot for everyone to stop when traveling Hwy 67. Good visibility, easy access & a level lot.


RUSTIC RANCH ON 35 ACRES! Vaulted ceiling, 2 full masonry fireplaces, expansive kitchen, large master suite, & a very functional floor plan. 2 bay detached garage and an additional lean to with a concrete floor and over head door. Pole barn building with concrete floor and a separate electric service on the South end of the property. Located on 35 wooded acres just minutes from the St. Francis River & thousands of acres of National Forest. This property would make a great full time residence or weekend retreat!

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Terre Du Lac / $214,900

Newly constructed home with 2443 sq feet of living space and a full unfinished basement. This is a must see home with the spectacular 33x28 great room, something you just don’t see every day. The open floor plan shows off the large kitchen with slate cabinets, large pantry and comes with all appliances.


Bismarck / $69,900

15 beautiful acres to build your new home. Every view from your new home will be picture perfect with amazing scenic view. This property is also great for horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Bonne Terre / $329,900

Upon arrival you will be in awe of this beautiful brick/stone home which has been beautifully landscaped.Large stone pillars draw immediate attention to the amazing detail of this home & set the stage for the entrance to your dream home. Fabulous approx 4600 sq ft home sits on 4.68 secluded acres just outside Terre Du Lac.


Terre Du Lac / $234,900

Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 3.06 acres in private location. This lovely home has a spacious living room with wood burning fireplace and separate dining room both with beautiful floors. The large kitchen has eye catching cabinets, lots of counter tops and pantry, a great place to prepare meals for family and friends.

17023451 Cadet / $99,900

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Desloge / $59,900

3 bedroom home close to Desloge City Park. This home sits on a great lot with a large detached garage and carport. The home has a closed in front and back porch, great for morning coffee or evening relaxation. You will enjoy the spacious kitchen and living room.

17024088 Terre Du Lac / $239,000

As you pull up to this home I believe the word majestic might go thru your head as you see this newly built home. You will enjoy a large great room that walks out to a large covered front deck giving you unbelievable views of two lakes & beautiful scenery, what a place to end or start your day


Unique property, 1860 square foot building, 420 square feet includes a living room/kitchen/dining area and bedroom with adjoining bath. This is a dream property for a car enthusiast or mechanic! The property has two attached garages with a 1/2 bath and the lift will stay with the property.

Bonne Terre /$299,900

Beautiful all brick home on 3+ acres in the private community of Big River Estates. Enjoy the location & park like setting of being just outside of town. Step into this home and you will notice the detail of Bruce oak hardwood floors, granite counter tops & cherry cabinets in the kitchen.

14053885 Farmington / $750,000

Location, Location, Location!! Approximately 24.77 acres at the edge of town. Farmington area is growing leaps and bounds, don’t let this opportunity pass you by! This property is currently not in the city limits, but possibly could be annexed into the city. Numerous possibilities, retirement community, residential lots, apartments, condo’s or even commercial.

Let Vicky Crocker Realty do the running for you!