One thing that many people like about this part of the Midwest is the change of seasons. But those moving from warmer climates might wonder what there is to do all winter besides hibernate and wait for spring. Even those who have lived in Missouri or Illinois for a long time might be looking for something new to do in the cold, dreary months following the holidays.
For a lot of people, a brand-new home is appealing. But there are others who seek out older homes. In addition to charm and character rarely found in a new build, old houses often feature solid construction and expert craftsmanship. They are often found in established neighborhoods with bigger lots and more mature trees.
As a Midwest hub for start-ups, universities, medical institutions, and several Fortune 500 companies, St. Louis has more than its share of transplanted residents. When a company needs an employee to move to the region, it’s not unusual for them to offer some type of relocation package. Depending on the company, they might offer the employee assistance in finding a new home, or the money to do it on their own. In recent years, third-party relocation companies and relocation realtors have become a lucrative niche in the world of real estate.
St. Louis is known as the Gateway to the West. Could it also be a gateway to the spirit world? Many people think it has more than the average amount of paranormal activity. The city is steeped in history, so it makes sense that legend and lore are common. Take a walk at dusk through some of its historic neighborhoods and cobblestone streets like Soulard, Laclede’s Landing, Lafayette Square, or the Central West End. Even the most skeptical can’t help but feel the presence of the city’s long-ago inhabitants.
Searching for a luxury home in the St. Louis area might take more effort than you’d think it should. It’s not that the region doesn’t have a robust market of magnificent homes—it most certainly does! The problem is that luxury means something different to everyone. The word is tossed into listings all the time, but just calling a house a luxury home doesn’t make it so.
The internet is filled with articles about fun things to do in almost every city in the United States. We could tell you all about what makes St. Louis great—from the Arch to gooey butter cake to the free zoo to our beloved Cardinals and Blues—but that’s been done. If you’re thinking of moving here, you don’t need another “best of” article. Let’s talk about what it’s like to really live in or near The Lou.
Figuring out where to live near St. Louis, MO can be a little overwhelming, especially for people relocating to the area who may not be familiar with all the different parts of the city, county, and surrounding areas. (And even for those who do live here, there are a lot of outdated views and myths that too often color people’s perceptions of certain areas...)
It’s not news that buying a house is a big financial investment. But many first-time buyers wonder if buying a home is worth it. They wonder how long it will take before breaking even compared to renting. The St. Louis region actually has one of the shortest break-even times in the country.
It’s best to be completely sure about selling before taking the plunge to put a house on the market—obviously. And while it doesn’t happen often, a seller sometimes wants out of an agreement. Deciding to keep a home is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
Taking on a mortgage, especially as a first-time homebuyer, can be intimidating. Finding out that it can lower your credit score can be downright stressful. It’s a bit of a “Catch 22”: You need good credit to buy a house, but buying a house lowers your credit.