Dec. 10, 2018

6 Holiday Activities In & Around St. Charles

Bundle up the family and friends and head out to one of these great holiday offerings in and around St. Charles!

  1. Christmas Traditions - The hands-down best fun for free in St. Charles during the holidays is to take a stroll along Historic Main Street and see all of the characters dressed up in period garb and fanciful costumes celebrating the season. Make it extra special and go at night to enjoy the lights!
  2. Celebration of Lights  - If you are a big fan of lights, O'Fallon's Celebration of Lights is sure to engage your sense of awe. Options for enjoying the mile long light display include walking, trains, carriage rides and drive through.
  3. Dan's Emerald Forest - This hidden gem in Overland is one man's epic holiday display that includes lights, trains, characters and more. Support the little guy who just wants to spread Christmas cheer!
  4. Polar Express Train Ride - Put on your pajamas and bring your family to this very special chance to to ride a real train to the “North Pole.” Christmas comes to life on a journey to see Santa Claus who is waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.
  5. Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park - Slowly meander among a million twinkling holiday lights fashioned into over 100 displays of holiday characters and festive scenes. Walk this display on Mondays, buy carriage ride tickets in advance or just drive through at $10/car.
  6. And a whole lot more! - This handy guide lists a TON of free holiday activities in St. Charles County. From an ugly sweater party to train displays to meeting Santa and his reindeer, this list is comprehensive and shows just how much our town loves to celebrate the holidays! Merry Christmas!


Oct. 8, 2018

Buying or Selling in the Fall? It's More Likely Than You Think!


Unless you have access to a crystal ball, waiting for the "right" time to buy or sell your home could end up costing you money. While traditional thinking might say spring and summer are the best seasons to jump into the real estate market, there are plenty of great reasons why fall is the sleeper season for home buying and selling. Here are four reasons to get off the fence about fall's real estate market!

  • Major Motivation: Where there are motivated buyers OR sellers, there are savings to be found. Since inventory is typically lower in the fall, buyers are motivated to act fast when they find something they like. On the other hand, sellers are often motivated by mitigating circumstances to list in the fall so pricing may be favorable to buyers.
  • Competition Calms: Because of that historical idea that fall is less appealing, competition can be a bit calmer for both buyers and sellers - and it can be a great thing. With fewer homes on the market, sellers' homes stand out more. With fewer buyers crowding the market, you might have a better chance winning a bidding war.
  • Colorful Curb Appeal: Autumn's colorful leaves, mums, pumpkins and wreath choices make for stunning curb appeal. 
  • Money Matters: From motivated sellers accepting a wider range of offers to end of year appliance sales, the fall housing market offers a lot of opportunities for saving money. Get in touch with your SRE Agent to pursue listing your home and/or finding you a new place to call HOME!


Posted in Tips and Tricks
Sept. 13, 2018

September Celebrations: Pepperoni Pizza, Pecan Cookies & Oktoberfest!

Did you know there's a National Pecan cookie day? Neither did we! September has a bunch of fun national days to celebrate and ushers in Oktoberfest. We've compiled a list of some of the fun national days and information for local Oktoberfests below. 

September 20th is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. The hands-down most popular pizza topping has it's own special day. Any day is great for pizza but be sure to "celebrate" the original pepperoni slice next Thursday!

September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day. As if we needed a reason to enjoy pecan cookies! Missouri is having a bumper crop of pecans this year so be sure to have the ingredients on hand to make this yummy Butter Pecan Cookies on Friday.

September 25th is National Comic Book Day. Anything that encourages reading is a good thing and kids have been inspired to read by comic books for decades. Pick up a graphic novel and share the joy of reading with someone on the 25th.

Oktoberfest in St. Charles is September 28th - 30th. The last weekend in September is marked with giant steins of beer, lederhosen and oompa bands on the St. Charles riverfront. Our local German heritage is on full display and with the crisp fall weather, it's a great festival for the whole family. Kids rides, beer tents, live music, weiner dog races and of course, all the sausage (and other fair food) you can eat!

If you're in St. Louis, Illinois or just want to hit every Oktoberfest in the area, check out TripSavvy's list of the 7 Best Oktoberfest Celebrations here

Posted in For The Community
Aug. 9, 2018

"Treat" Your Dog on National Dog Day!

Ever since early humans domesticated wild dogs, these steady companions have proven themselves valuable beyond measure. Since 2004, August 26th has been celebrated as National Dog Day and to honor our canine comrades, we created this list of ways to take your love for the pooches to the next level on their dedicated day. 

  • Can You Say "Dog Party"?! - Most dogs love interaction with other dogs. It's great exercise and develops/maintains social skills. Invite your friends with dogs over and let them run run run! If you don't have a fenced yard or other suitable location to let the dogs roam free, take your dog to a dog park for the same effect.
  • Donate to a No Kill Shelter - Next time you're at the store, pick up an extra bag of dog food and drop it off at Five Acres Animal Shelter for their Animeals Pet Food Pantry. Collect older blankets and towels from home and donate those. Shop Stray Rescue of St. Louis' Amazon Wish List and help them with supplies for their trauma center. No matter what, make sure you rescue your next pet and not buy from suspect breeders or pet stores!
  • Car Ride! - Don't you love seeing a dog with their head hanging out the window of a car? Most dogs love car rides and with all the Great River's Greenways and the Katy Trail, there are great places to take your dog for a walk nearby. Just remember to take the scenic route so the hünd gets plenty of car time. And always remember, if it's over 70º F, never leave a dog in the car, even with the windows down.
  • Doggy Makeover - Get your furry friend a new collar and leash or get them a doggy spa treatment (yes, these exist!). Invest in training at your local vet and teach an old dog a new trick. 
  • Frame a Photo - Take your favorite photo of your pet, print it and frame it. And take video of them rolling in the grass or frolicking in the yard...dogs are gone too soon from our lives so these moments captured on your phone will be cherished!
Posted in Tips and Tricks
July 18, 2018

Beat the Heat! Cool Things to Do Around Town

Want to get out of the house but can't stand the heat and humidity of a St. Louis summer? You can still enjoy every bit of summer with these great attractions around town! This is by no means a comprehensive list - tell us which ones we missed in the comments!

Water Fun - If you are trying to stay cool with kids, nothing is better than some form of swimming or splashing in water. Check out these ideas to quench the summer thirst for water fun!

  • St. Charles Parks: McNair, Blanchette and Waplehorst all have great pool facilities for a relatively inexpensive way to keep cool and expend that neverending kid energy!
  • Six Flags Water Park - Combining rides with refreshing water, Six Flags Water Park is a great way to spend a hot St. Louis summer day!
  • Other nearby waterparks: Aquaport in Maryland Heights, Raging Rivers in Grafton (IL) and Citygarden's splash pad are all excellent options for heat-busting family fun.

Museums - So many great options in and around STL for adding a learning component to activities while staying safely indoors and soaking up the air conditioning. Just to name a few...

Other Indoor Options - Again, here are just a few ideas!

Posted in Tips and Tricks
July 10, 2018

Heat Up Your Business @ SRE

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  • Commission caps structured to put more money in your pocket
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  • Agent-branded email marketing to your SOI list
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Posted in Recruitment
July 1, 2018

Looking for Fun this 4th? Check Out These Events Around Town!

Lots to celebrate this Fourth of July so head out to one of these great festivals and enjoy the community and the holiday!

St. Charles Riverfest - On July 4th head to the Parade at 10 am and enjoy vendors, music and fun until the fireworks start at 9:20 pm

O'Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest - Free concerts, free parking and fireworks on July 3rd and 4th

Webster Groves Community Days - The Lion's Club carnival with $25 all you can ride wristbands on the 1st through the 4th with fireworks "spectacular" on July 4th

July 4th Fest with Six Flags & Coca-Cola - Exclusive ride times, fireworks all 5 nights, festive foods & more

Posted in For The Community
June 11, 2018

June is for Dads!

Dads do it all and then some! So what is the best way to show appreciation this Father's Day? Here are a couple of ideas that Dad will love!

  1. Dad Jokes - Punny jokes must be in a dad's DNA. Add to your dad's collection by sharing some good finds from Internet sites made to celebrate this dad oddity
  2. Gear - Got a tech-loving dad? The latest gear - or accessories for his newest tech toy - is always appreciated. Get it personalized for a special touch!
  3. Alone Time - Just like overworked moms, dads can crave time alone. Carve out a weekend to let dad have the house to himself or plan a quick and quiet trip and handle all the details so he can just set up camp and be lazy with no one watching!
  4. Hobbyist Gifts - Wood working? Sports watching? Music playing? Whatever your dad's hobby, a gift meant to increase enjoyment or make it easier will mean a lot.
  5. Put Your Feet Up - In some cases, dad's comfy chair isn't so comfy anymore. And while change can be hard, a fancy new chair will make dad's eyes light up. 
Posted in For The Community
May 8, 2018

Beyond Brunch: 5 Ideas for Mother's Day Fun!


Spending time with Mom is the best gift she could ask for on this coming Mother's Day. So if you're looking for something a bit different to do with Mom this year, check out these great alternatives to brunch happening around town!

Laumeier Art Fair - If Mom loves art, the Laumeier Sculpture Park's Art Fair is sure to please!

Eckert's Strawberry Festival - Fun for the whole family with rides and attractions!

Bike the Katy Trail & Visit Wineries - Bicycling, nature and wine is a combination any Mom will love!

Grant's Farm - Interacting with animals is a great option for families with small children.

Free Mother's Day Yoga in St. Peters - For those fitness-minded Moms!

Posted in Tips and Tricks
April 12, 2018

6 Smart Investments in Your Home Using Your Tax Refund

It can be hard to refrain from spending your refund on fun things you don't really need, but consider it as a handover of money the government has been saving for you for the last year. If you haven't yet spent your tax refund (Reminder: Deadline for filing is Tuesday, April 17th!), consider these ideas for reinvesting that money into your home.

  1. Upgrade old or inefficient appliances. That 20 year old dryer is costing you more money than it's saving you by not replacing it. Upgrading inefficient appliances will undoubtedly make your life easier, your home more comfortable and save you on energy costs - a triple win!
  2. Get started on that home improvement project you've been considering. Regular monthly expenses often take precedence over buying paint for that bedroom with the ugly wall color or replacing the dilapidated mailbox. Using your tax refund to pay for these types of small - or larger - home improvements is a great reinvestment that often increase the value of your home.
  3. Enhance your landscaping. Landscaping plants and labor is an expensive endeavor and is often far down on the priority list. Your home's curb appeal is its first impression and investing in it is always a great idea.
  4. Take a chore off your plate. If your hard is hilly or your lawnmower outdated, consider hiring a lawn care firm to take care of it for you for a year. The extra time it buys you will pay for itself in no time and your neighbors will envy how good your lawn looks!
  5. Pay more on your mortgage. Paying even $100 more per month on your mortgage can significantly reduce the time it takes to pay it off and the amount of interest you'll pay. 
  6. Start a rainy day fund. Many Americans don't have adequate savings and if this is you, consider starting a rainy day fund with your tax refund. You should have between 9-12 months of expenses socked away in case something happens and you can't work. 
Posted in Tips and Tricks