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Backstoppers Event

by Colleen

The Corner Pub and Grill, at the corner of Clayton and Clarkson, is a place where I land for dinner a lot.  It's close to Lifetime Fitness, so a good workout followed by a salad and some diet wine Wink,  makes for a nice way to end a long day.  On February 13th they are having a fundraiser to benefit the Backstoppers, a local charity that provides needed support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units, who have lost their lives performing their duty.  Check out all they do at www.backstoppers.org.

This event starts at 6 pm, and features terrific food and and  an open bar.  My husband and I will be there, and anyone who emails me by February 1 with "Backstoppers" in the subject line will be eligible for a drawing to win 2 tickets to this event. 

This local business does a lot to support the community, and it's always fun, with great food and great people. www.cornerpubandgrill.com

  So, drop me a line at LawlerColleen@gmail.com and good luck!!

Wildwood offers Free Skiing to Residents

by Colleen

Here's something I found in the Wildwood Resident Newsletter today...mark your calendars!

Wildwood Winter Sports Day

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the City of Wildwood is sponsoring a "Wildwood Winter Sports Day" at the Hidden Valley Ski Facility. The first one hundred (100) residents that come to Wildwood City Hall, beginning Monday, January 24, 2011, at 8:30 a.m., will be provided a Ski Lift Pass or a Tubing Hill Pass free of charge for use on February 5, 2011. The Tubing Hill Pass will be valid for the morning session, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until Noon. The Ski Lift Pass can be used at anytime on February 5, 2011. These passes are again offered free of charge to Wildwood residents only, AND THERE ARE ONLY ONE HUNDRED PASSES AVAILABLE. Individuals coming to City Hall to pick up a pass must bring a utility bill and/or a drivers license to verify they are a Wildwood residentand, please note, a maximum of four (4) passes will be allowed for each family. Passes cannot be held or reserved; interested participants must appear in person at Wildwood City Hall. If you have any questions, call the Department of Planning and Parks at (636) 458-0440.

Let's reconsider Spring Cleaning

by Colleen

The St Louis metro area is under a winter storm warning...all my teacher friends are clapping their hands, because the truth is, they like snow days more than their students! 

I don't know who invented "spring cleaning", but I think winter cleaning is a much better concept.  We'll all be stuck at home tomorrow, and it will be really cold outside.  If I can't get to the office, I'll be cleaning out closets and cabinets!  When spring gets here, I am too busy to clean!  The weather is beautiful, and if I am not selling a house, I'd just as soon be outside enjoying Greensfelder or Queeny Park,  instead of cleaning anything. 

So on snow days, turn up the iTunes and tackle one closet or one cabinet while something wonderful is at work in the crock pot.  Don't over commit!  Just do one little project, but do it extremely well!  At the end of the day, you'll have a great meal and  a sense of accomplishment.  In 60 days, get outside, hit the walking trails in Wildwood,  and have some fun while everyone else is "spring" cleaning!

When does Spring start in Real Estate?

by Colleen

It's the middle of January, and like clockwork, this year's sellers are calling, wondering what the best timing for coming into the market is. 

Sellers almost always want to come on the market when the grass is turning green, the daffodils are in bloom, and spring is quite literally in the air.  In St Louis, that's April-May.  It seems like a good idea...the house looks so much better when things are blooming than in the dead of winter!

Over the past 25 years, in great markets and in not so great markets, spring comes a little earlier in real estate.  It seems to me that buyers make a New Year's resolution, "We are moving this year!"  Then they start the hunt, right there in the coldest, darkest part of the year.  Lots of them will buy a house well before the daffodils are peaking out of the ground.  I see a lot of contract offers flying in January, February and March.  The sellers that are on the market early are not competing with so many other sellers for the buyer's attention. 

You know the saying, "early to bed..."?   Here's the real estate version: "Early to List, Early to Sell, Makes a man happy, wealthy, and well!"

Snow Days in St Louis

by Colleen Lawler

The weather forecasters have it right this year...a nice gentle 3 inch snowfall made a perfect white Christmas in the St Louis area, and a mid January snow day is perfect for finishing up putting Christmas decorations back in their place. I knew if I didn't rush to get the tree down and the garlands packed, that a day like today would present itself!

That being said, all the files in my office for 2010 are waiting to get packed up to make room for 2011, so what I really need is a blizzard that slows things down for more than just one day.  I know they say "be careful what you wish for" but it's been a long time since we had a really hefty snowfall.  Do you remember it?  I think it was January 1983...my son was just a month old, and no one could go anywhere.  4 wheel drive vehicles were commandeered to get nurses to hospitals, and everyone else just hunkered down.  On my street in Ballwin, we sent the men folk on a mission to walk to the closest store for milk, bread, beer and pork steaks.  One of our neighbors dug out his barbeque grill (literally), and we had a luau, everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts.  

Snow days...a lot of them are etched in my memory.  A man who I swear is my guardian angel pushed my Ford Pinto (yes, a Pinto!) up the exit ramp from 270 to Manchester Road at least 35 years ago. I think of him every time I see someone helping someone else in that predicament, and I find myself unable to pass up a motorist in need.  I've only been to Art Hill once to go sledding, but a St Louis lifetime is not complete without that experience.  Don't forget to ice skate at the Forest Park rink while you are in the area.  

Today, neighborhood streets are clear, but Baxter, Clayton and Manchester roads are snow-packed...in the city of St Louis, I imagine the reverse is true.  Regardless, I think the metro area is pretty good about getting the road back into shape pretty quickly and I have no excuse to stay home and pack up that Christmas tree - hopefully it will be stowed before Valentine's Day!  

While I'm packing those files I'll be thinking of a really nice couple from New Jersey who will be house hunting with Debbie today.  Debbie and I discussed the challenges of house hunting in the snow last night.  Will the streets be passable? Will the sidewalks leading to the homes be cleared?  Boots on, boots off...in and out of the weather.  This move is a hard one for this couple, the wife is not happy to be leaving family and friends, and slogging around looking at houses on a grey snowy day won't be much fun. Maybe Debbie should just take them to Art Hill.  Even if they aren't into sledding, watching others having fun is contagious, and then they could go to the restaurant at the Art Museum for some hot chocolate.

Meet the newest member of our team

by Colleen

Debbie Londoff joined our team in mid November as a buyer specialist.  Debbie has been working in residential real estate for over 10 years, including a long stint at William French Buyer's Agency.  Prior to real estate, Debbie was a flight attendant with Ozark Airlines.

Debbie and her husband live in the West County area, and I am pretty sure that the love of their life is their beautiful grandson-he happens to be about the same age as Kathy and my grandchildren, so watch out...if you put all 3 of us in the same room there are only 2 topics of conversation...real estate and babies!

Debbie has been working like crazy since she joined us, and I have been thrilled with the feedback from both buyers and sellers about her.  Rick and Karen Moceri told me that she is a "5 STAR person in our book - GREAT job", and one of our buyers, Larry, told me she's an "A Player, top to bottom, I wish she worked for me"

Everyone on the team knows that job requirements on The Irvine Team include being smart and experienced, multi-tasking, having a heart, and having a commitment to our team and our clients...Debbie fits right in to that mold!

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