Now that most of our children are back to school it is time to think about providing them with the tools to succeed. The first thing that typically pops into a parents head is how do I keep my child organized? I would like to say that I have that natural ability to stay organized but I don’t so I decided to research the subject and found several books on School Organization for children that may help. Here are just a few I thought I would share. (more…)
Several years ago, I decided to enclose an open space by adding a wall. It looked pretty basic, and I thought I could do it myself. I had the studs cut and delivered, along with the drywall, and set about the task. All went well until the taping and mudding – what a mess! I soon realized that my new mantra was “Home Improvement – Know Your Limitations!” Now when it comes to Home Improvement projects, I realistically decide what I can do on my own and admit that some work will have to be turned over to someone with acquired skill. (more…)
Property owners and savvy investors are able to rent real estate in up as well as down markets. A few proactive measures may help you avoid rental losses. Prepare yourself for emergency repair calls and tenants who pay late. According to Microsoft (MSN) Real Estate, “Tenant screening is perhaps a landlord’s most crucial task.” Perform a credit check and contact the applicant’s past landlords before you hand over your keys. Property management firms provide peace of mind by handling issues that arise. (more…)
I am a “Boomer.” Growing up, I came to believe that the biggest part of the American Dream was to own one’s own home and that, above all else, I should strive to buy a house as soon as I reached adulthood and was able to do so. This principle I passed on to my own children as well. And when my mother passed away, at 94, she was especially happy that all of her adult grandchildren owned their own homes. In speaking to my almost-adult grandchildren, however, I have come to understand that homeownership is no longer the American Dream for their generation. (more…)
As a member of the St. Louis community, property owner and property manager in Ferguson Missouri, it saddens me to see how the Ferguson Riots have caused Ferguson and St. Louis to be portrayed in the national media over the past week.
I have been asked by several of my clients and investors over this past (more…)
Home to the giant Gateway Arch, St. Louis is a center of art, outdoor recreation, sports, music and dance. The city offers museums and galleries, wineries, golf and places to hear classical music, blues and jazz. It also hosts both the St. Louis Rams football team and the Cardinals baseball team, as well as the St. Louis Zoo, (more…)
Plumbers can be expensive, often charging more than $100 an hour to fix your leaking toilet. If you have just a few basic skills, you will save money by taking care of the most common toilet repair problems yourself. Toilets today have the same basic parts and usually need one of a few simple fixes. However, you will run into several problems along the way. (more…)
Even if you have only been a homeowner or tenant for a few years, you have no doubt purchased pictures, clocks, mirrors and other pieces of art for the walls in each room, hallway, entryway, etc. of your living space. If you have been a long-term owner or tenant, you have probably changed your decor more than once and, with each change, the artwork changes. These costs can mount quickly! Before you look for pieces from a retailer, however, consider wall art on a budget with some easy do-it-yourself pieces that can be absolutely stunning. (more…)
Clayton – In the Mood for some Chinese?
Clayton is a major business district in St. Louis, Missouri, second only to the downtown area in business density. Clayton boasts some of the city’s finest eateries as well as many restaurants and cafés that serve freshly prepared international cuisine. (more…)