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Ranked One of America's Best Real Estate Agents!

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

 

The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage was Named to the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Teams

 


 

The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.  The Linda Frierdich Group is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked Number 4 for the state of Illinois.

 

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. The individuals ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 73 transaction sides and an average sales volume of almost $37 million. Teams ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 144 sides and an average sales volume of almost $61 million. This ensures that only the best of the best are included on the prestigious list.

 

“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8.6 transaction in 2016 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” said Murray. “To say that the Linda Frierdich Group is an exceptional sales team is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”

 

“We are also pleased that two of the nation’s most prominent online real estate websites, Trulia® and Zillow®, have partnered with REAL Trends to bring a superior level of customer exposure of these sales agents’ performance,” Murray added.

 

 “I am obviously pleased and honored to be ranked on this ranking of the country’s top residential real estate agents,” said Linda Frierdich.  “It represents the time and effort that we put into each customer that we serve and how much work it takes to build a successful real estate career. The level of sales it takes to qualify makes it a truly special recognition.”

 

Frierdich continued, "We would never have achieved this level of success if it were not for the support we have receieved from our friends, families, clients, and communities.  We cannot thank them enough for their continued support over the years and the referrals they give us.  We are grateful and honored."

 

 

Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online at http://www.americasbestre.com

 

ABOUT REAL TRENDS

REAL Trends is a privately-held, Colorado-based publishing, consulting and communications company specializing in the residential brokerage and housing industries. Recognized as the leading source of trends in the industry, REAL Trends, The Trusted Source, also publishes the REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal and the REAL Trends 500, which ranks the top brokerage firms in the United States. Visit REAL Trends at www.realtrends.com.

 

Zillow is a registered trademark of Zillow, Inc. Trulia is a registered trademark of Trulia, LLC. These marks are used with permission.


4 Things to Do This Weekend in the Metro

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

4 Things to Do This Weekend in the Metro

 

The weather forecast for this weekend has continuously changed, and the closer the weekend gets, the more it looks like we will have some significant dry time.  This is great news, because there are some really wonderful events happening this weekend in St. Louis and the Metro East.

 

 

Art on the Square

Downtown Belleville, Illinois

May 19-21

Friday 5 - 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Head on over to downtown Belleville to experience one of the top ten art shows in America!  Enjoy the view and take in some of the beautiful art as you sit on one of the outdoor patios while enjoying food and drink from local restaurants!  This event isn’t just for adults- kids are certainly welcome!  Kids that attend can participate in the children’s entertainment and attractions, as well as the Children’s Art Garden.  For the art lovers, there is so much to see.  Art on the Square is a juried show featuring over 100 artists from around the world, and you can also catch fantastic musical and stage performances!

 

Visit the website here.  

 

 

St. Louis Antique Festival

Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center

May 20

10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May 21

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

While you’re in the Belleville area for Art on the Square, be sure to stop by this awesome event!  This festival is held twice a year at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds, and it features 90+ antique dealers from 32 states.  With a wide variety of specializations, these dealers offer high quality antiques all in one place.  Many of the dealers at this show are members of the Associated Antiques Dealers of America, so they not only offer a variety of products at a variety of prices, but you can also be assured that their products are of a high quality.  The show is indoors in a climate-controlled Building with free parking, so it not only costs very little (admission is $6), but this event will be held comfortably, rain or shine.

 

 

Ticket to The Beatles Concert

Metter Park, Columbia, Illinois

May 20

3 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

This fun event is held at outdoors at Columbia’s Metter Park.  Attendees can listen to the classic tunes of The Beatles performed by this wonderful cover band while relaxing in the grass, shopping at any of the local small business vendor booths, or enjoying food and drink provided by local restaurants and organizations.  This event is not only a great time; it also supports Columbia’s Historic Main Street Association, a group of local business owners who are committed to hosting community events, boosting community involvement, and working toward giving Columbia a stronger small business district!  Did we mention this event is FREE?!

 

 

Musicans’ Music Festival: A Benefit Concert for Elsa

Monroe County Fairgrounds

May 21

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

This event is sure to be nothing but pure entertainment, and all for a great cause!  The music starts at 11, and the concert features a variety of local musicians all day.  In addition to the music, there will be a faire act, 50/50 raffle, food vendors, face painting, ice cream truck, and a barrel of booze raffle.  This event is BYOBeverages & lawn chairs.  Show your support for this local family and their lovely young daughter as she fights cancer. 

 

If you can’t make it to the event but would still like to donate to her family’s expenses, click here.

Southern Illinois' 2017 Housing Forecast

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Southern Illinois Housing Market Forecasts for 2017

 

2016 was a good year for real estate, and the trends tracked in that year are giving housing market and financial forecasters a lot of good information regarding the trends that will come with this new year.

 

By looking at the trends that were happening in 2016, we can get a better idea of what will happen in 2017.

 

 

Buyers in Illinois were extremely motivated in November, and because of that, sellers benefitted.  To start out 2017, the trend seems to be indicating an increase in Illinois home sales.  Home sales in Illinois during November 2016 gained momentum, as indicated by double-digit increases in annual home sales.  Statewide home sales are up 14.8% in November 2016 in comparison to November 2015.  Also rising are the gains in median home prices, meaning that there aren’t just more homes selling as of lately, but that the price at which those homes are selling is increasing, as well.  Statewide, median home sale prices are up 7.9% from November 2015 to November 2016.

 

Also trending in an exciting way is the time that a home spends on the market.  In November of 2015,  the average amount of time that a home spent on the market before selling was 68 days in Illinois.  In November of 2016, however, homes only spent an average of 62 days on the market before selling. 

 

From 2015 to 2016, available housing decreased 14.7% in Southern Illinois.  While at a glance, this number may seem like a bad thing for the housing industry, all that it means is that the market is great for sellers.  There are a number of reasons for this, from the demand increasing due to an increased amount of Millennials purchasing homes, an increased number of Baby Boomers buying smaller homes, the largest wage increase going to people ages 35-34, and an infinite number of other reasons.  This trend, in particular, is a driving force of the other trends happening in the market.  Where there is a discrepancy in supply and demand, there is always a group benefitting from that difference. 

The above information, predictions, and statistics all provided by Illinois Realtor® (http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/node/4142) and Realtor.com® (http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-real-estate-trends-2017/)

 

On an extremely local level, it’s worth noting that St. Clair and Randolph counties are reporting record numbers of year-to-date home sales in November.  In fact, these two counties have seen more homes sold in November 2016 than the total of the previous five Novembers

 

As far as the amount of time that a home is on the market before it sells, St. Clair County saw a 26% decrease during November 2016 from November 2015.  As for Monroe County, there was an incredible 53.8% decrease in the days on market!

The above information, predictions, and statistics all provided by the Realtor® Association of Southwestern Illinois (http://www.618realtor.com/local-news-and-resources/metro-east-housing-stats/)

 

Although this information may seem frightening for those looking to Buy a home this year, this information should be taken with consideration.  The market may be benefitting the sellers a bit more than the buyers, but that doesn’t mean that buyers are seeing negative consequences of the market.  It simply means that currently, there’s a seller’s market in local real estate.  As the President of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois, Mike Gross puts it, “Now is a great time to take advantage of the unique opportunities of the Metro-East Housing Market… Interest rates are anticipated to inch higher, median home prices are stable, and homes are selling at a faster pace than years past, and sellers are seeing the benefits.  At the same time, buyers are still able to purchase homes at affordable and stable prices.  The Metro-East offers so many great opportunities to build a future.” (Realtor® Association of Southwestern Illinois, “Metro East Housing Stats” http://www.618realtor.com/local-news-and-resources/metro-east-housing-stats/)

 

According to Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economic Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois, the median price of homes sold in Illinois is expected to increase any level from 2.1 to 6.9 percent this year.  The National Association of Realtors® expects home sales in the US to grow modestly in 2017, which would be indicative of the market stabilizing, a great sign for the housing industry.  Although local market trends are so much more important than national ones in regards to what home buyers or sellers should be worried about, there is often a slight correlation, if not with all trends, then with some.  From the way sales nationally and locally went in the real estate industry for 2016, 2017 seems like it’s on the right track.

The above information, predictions, and statistics all provided by the Realtor® Association of Southwestern Illinois (http://www.618realtor.com/local-news-and-resources/metro-east-housing-stats/)

 

2017 really does seem like the right time to Buy or sell in Southern Illinois!

Contact The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage today to discuss your real estate needs!

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Century 21 Advantage Gives Back for the Holidays

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Giving Is Better Than Receiving

 

Century 21 Advantage Office Adopts Local Family for the Holidays 

 


This holiday season, the office of Century 21 Advantage donated time, money, and gifts to a needy family for Christmas.  This time of year tends to make us all feel grateful for the people, things, and circumstances in our lives, but it’s often easy to get caught up in that and forget that there are many others out there who aren’t having the same holiday experience.  When a mother struggles to pay her bills to keep a roof over her children’s heads, it’s difficult for her to give them the Christmas she feels they deserve. 

 

Partnering with a variety of local organizations and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the United Way compiles a list every year that details the “Neediest Cases” around the St. Louis metro area, on both sides of the river.  It was through this program that the office of Century 21 Advantage learned about a local single mother who was struggling to financially provide for her family of five children, despite working three jobs.  The office decided to adopt this large case, because Century 21 is a fairly large office, and it resonated with all involved that the kids were facing the prospect of having no gifts on Christmas morning.  So, the office got into contact with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, the organization that was handling the family’s case, and began collecting donations.  The office is proud to announce that they were able to raise enough money to get all the kids a variety of gifts, a stocking filled with goodies and toys, a TV, a laptop (so the kids could do homework), and one of our office mates even donated their WII and a variety of games.  There was even enough left over to give the family in hopes that it could put a dent in their debt and perhaps stop the eviction in progress. 

 

These events that encourage us at the office to give back are so important, because it is so easy to get caught up in our own busy lives and forget about all the people in our own community that are struggling.  It is not only humbling and inspiring to participate in programs like these, it’s also so important that we support our neighbors, because that’s what being a member of a community is all about.  The office of Century 21 Advantage is so happy to get the privilege of helping others, especially during the holiday season, to keep us grounded and involved.  We all feel very lucky to be able to give back to others, because that means that we have a lot to be thankful for in our own lives.

 

We’d like to thank all of the agents in our office who participated in this program, as well as the family and friends that also donated money and goods to help this family have a wonderful Christmas.  Also, we’d like to thank The United Way, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (in particular, Nancy Rivera, who was our contact through the adoption process and was beyond helpful), and the Century 21 Advantage office that allows us to put working hours into events and programs like this.

 

If you would like to learn more about the 100 Neediest Cases program, click here

If you would like to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters & what you can do to help, click here.

 

We Volunteered at Rosati Center

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

The Linda Frierdich Group Gives Back

Painting Units at Rosati Apartments for Semi-Independent Adults

 


 

Last week, members of The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage, out of Columbia, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri volunteered time and labor at an apartment complex for semi-independent adults.  Referred to this organization through St. Patrick Center, one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment, and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the Group found time to donate for a few hours.  St. Patrick Center, through all their work, assist more than 5,700 people each year.  Their work is admirable to say the least, and that’s what inspired The Linda Frierdich Group to volunteer through that organization.  Thanksgiving was the perfect holiday to donate; while spending a significant amount of time being thankful for what we have, we also should be realizing that not everyone is quite as lucky. 


So, the Monday before Thanksgiving, our Group headed down to the Rosati Apartments, where semi-independent adults are given the means to have their own apartments with all the amenities they desire, while still maintaining supervision and assistance that’s just a few steps away.  The mission of the program is to provide a therapeutic environment and stability to homeless adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  The organization provides techniques such as counseling, education, training, and medication compliance as the vehicles to rehabilitation.  Our project for the day was to completely paint two apartments in the complex, so that the residents there might have a freshened space to live in.   We arrived and split into two groups, so that we could get both rooms done in the amount of time we had available.  Contributing time to such a worthy organization left us all feeling grateful and self-reflective.  For all of us, it was a great way to start the Thanksgiving week.


The Linda Frierdich Group strives to help others often, because the feeling of brother and sisterhood are what make a community strong and vibrant.  If you are interested in learning more about what St. Patrick Center does and how you can help, as well, click here.  To learn more about the great things Rosati Apartments does, click here.  It’s always important to be thinking of ways to help others, especially during the holiday season.  To read about small ways that you can “give gratitude,” click here and be taken to a blog post that was written prior to Thanksgiving but still rings true for the holiday season, and all times of the year, really.


Wondering What to Do This Weekend?

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?


You've come to the right place!


The weekend following Thanksgiving is always so busy.  People are getting out their holiday decorations, beginning to shop for gifts, and looking for things to do to get them into the spirit of the season.  Here are some local events going on in our area that should help you find something to occupy your time this weekend!  


 


Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights

 

This event, which is a huge hit in the St. Louis area, is back again this year, and it returns with a few added features!  Visitors can still enjoy the free self-guided tours down Pestalozzi Street and around the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery.  Guests who are 21 and older receive a wristband for five 5oz samples of a variety of beers, and any hungry visitors can stop at one of the food stations in the Biergarten, where you can find a variety of dishes.  Visitors can also get a jump start on their holiday shopping, because there are a number of vendors selling crafted items at the Stella Artois Market.  New this year is the Bud Light Ice Rink, where skaters can glide along under the red glow of the Budweiser sign on the Bevo Packaging Plant.  Other attractions include the S’mores Station, sand and ice sculptures, and the chance to reserve a private fire pit for up to 8 guests, featuring wait service and 2 printed photos included in the price!

 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights 2016

 

November 17 – January 1

5-10 pm

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

(Excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve)

1200 Lynch Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

 

For further details, click here.

 

 

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Glow

 

This popular event is a gem of a St. Louis tradition.  Though it only began in recent years, its popularity has caught on quick.  Visitors can walk through the Missouri Botanical Garden and view the gorgeous light display, surrounded by lovely plants and mature trees.  Along the path, visitors can find food and drink stations with a variety of drinks, including the ever popular holiday drinks hot chocolate and egg nog (while also featuring alcoholic beverages, as well).  Along the way, visitors can find themselves around an area with fire pits to gather ‘round while listening to the live carolers featured in this event.  If you have never been, it’d be a great year to give the Garden Glow a visit—you’ll likely make it part of your holiday tradition from here on out. 

 

Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Garden Glow


The Garden Glow opens to Botanical Garden members on Nov. 18 & to the general public Nov. 19, and it runs through January 1.  It is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Hours: 5-10 pm (last entry at 9 pm)

4344 Shaw Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63110

 

For tickets and more information, click here.

 

 

Santa’s Express Train Ride

 

The St. Louis Union Station always puts on a great holiday event, and this year it hosts with a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas theme.  Although the train ride is the main focus of this event, there are plenty of other attractions to make your visit even better, including spectacular holiday décor, North Pole Village and activities, ice skating, and the new Fire & Light show!  The centerpiece of the event, the Santa Express Train Ride, takes ticket holders on a train ride out of the St. Louis Union Station to view the wonderful holiday features along the way. 

 

Santa’s Express Train Ride at Union Station


Wednesdays-Sundays, November 18-December 30

Trains leave the station at:

4:45, 6:15, 7:30, 8:30

1820 Market Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

 

For tickets and more information, click here.

 

 

Belleville’s Chriskindlmarkt

 

Chriskindlmarkts have begun to sprout up all over the country.  They are open-air Christmas festivals based on Bavarian traditions, but Belleville’s celebrations focus more on this area’s German heritage.  The event features European vendors and traditional German food and refreshments, as well as a Children’s lantern parade around this historic square on Friday night, cultural activities, arts, crafts, music, and dancing.  Even the way the vendors have their stations set up is unique, operating in individual wooden chalets and offering German lace, hand-blown glass ornaments, amber jewelry, nesting dolls, and more.  Head down to Belleville this holiday season and see what they have to offer.  You may even get a few gifts while you’re there!

 

Belleville's Chriskindlmarkt


Downtown Belleville

November 25-December 23

Sundays – Thursdays: 10 am – 7 pm

Fridays & Saturdays: 10 am – 9 pm

 

For more information, click here.

 

 

Waterloo’s Glow Parade

 

Each float boasts over 1,000 lights, so attendees know that they are in for a real visual treat at this Waterloo tradition!  The parade starts at Gibault Catholic High School and follows the Porta Westfalica Route to downtown Waterloo.  There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than spending an evening in your community admiring all the holiday spirit your neighbors have!  Keep your eyes out for parade marchers in holiday-inspired costumes!

 

Waterloo's Glow Parade

 

Downtown Waterloo, IL

Saturday November 26

5:30 pm

 

For more information, click here.

 

 

Waterloo’s Christmas on the Square

 

This annual holiday event takes place in Waterloo’s historic downtown area.   Visitors have many chances to win great prizes, and Santa will even be in attendance!  In fact, free carriage rides take place from 12 pm – 4 pm each day!  Visitors who also wish to stick around for the GLOW holiday lighted parade can stake out their spots early and ring in the holiday season in Waterloo’s square.  Post-parade, the public is invited to a chili supper at the SPPCS grade school.  Sunday’s attendees get to vote on their favorite decorated lamppost around the courthouse square.  This event will also feature a free concert from the Waterloo Municipal Band on Sunday at 1 pm and a kettle corn vendor!  There is so much to offer to the community!

 

Waterloo's Christmas on the Square

 

Downtown Waterloo

November 26 – 27

 

For more information, click here.



Small Business Saturday


The Saturday following Black Friday has recently been dubbed, "Small Business Saturday," an event all across the country that urges consumers to consider spending their holiday money locally.  Small businesses, boutiques, craftsmen, and artisans all have sales on Saturday to help drive business.  Shopping around your community is more than just an enjoyable way to spend your Saturday, however.  Supporting small businesses this holiday season is such a wonderful choice to make on so many levels.  Money spent in the local economy has a much better chance staying local.  The more successful the businesses in your area, the more valuable homes are in that area.  Spending money at a small business is likened to investing in making someone's dream come to fruition.  There are so many wonderful things that come from spending your money at a small business or local craftsman or artisan.  The best perk about going out and spending money at small businesses this holiday season, though?  The gifts you give will be totally unique, and you're bound to find some things that your family and friends will LOVE!


Small Business Saturday


Your hometown

All Day Saturday

November 26

 

For information on Small Business Saturday and all that it does for your community, click here.


8 Ways to Give Gratitude this Thanksgiving

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Ways to Give Gratitude this Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is our next up-and-coming holiday, so it’s time we started thinking about ways that we can show our gratitude to others this year.  After all, it’s called Thanksgiving for a reason.

 


Thank You Cards

Sending thank you cards is arguably a dying art.  It’s one, however, that we should desperately be trying to save.  A handwritten thank you note can be such a wonderful thing to receive, especially when it comes from an unexpected source.  Consider these thank you card ideas for this Thanksgiving season:

Make a list of people who deserve thanks.  Look for these folks in the monotony of everyday life.  The mail carrier who delivers your mail no matter the weather, your trash service men, a family member or friend who often shows you kindness.  Whoever they are, write a thank you note to them.  It will mean more than you can even realize.  If you have children, get them involved in this activity as well.  Prompt them with some suggestions of who you chose to send thank you notes to; this should get them thinking about those in their lives who may usually be overlooked.

In addition to personal thank you notes, consider coming up with a generic thank you note to keep in your wallet or purse to hand out to anyone who shows you or someone else kindness, consideration, or helpfulness.  When the retail worker is especially friendly to you, hand them a note before you leave the store.  If you see someone doing something kind for someone else, hand them one.  Not only are you showing your own gratitude for those who show kindness, but you are encouraging further acts of kindness.  You can even include this on your card: “Please pass this on to someone you see showing kindness during this season!”

 

Those Who Serve

The first responders in your community work crazy hours, sacrifice time with their families, and put others before themselves.  If anyone deserves a “Thank you,” it’s them.  To thank your first responders, consider dropping off a baked good to their office while on your way to your own Thanksgiving celebrations.  Baked goods are a wonderful treat to give; they cost very little to make and are handmade, making them delightfully personal gifts.  First responders, like many others, are working on a holiday reserved for family and friends, and they have committed to this career because of their devotion to their community.  Send a small “Thank You” their way!

So many men and women serving in our Armed Forces spend the holidays away from home, missing precious time with friends and family, and often enduring loneliness and many other issues relating to their service.  There are also so many veterans who have returned home to fall on hard times and are currently fighting their own battles, often related to their service.  What better way to give back this season than sending something their way to let them know that they are appreciated and cared about.  Click here to find a link to Operation Gratitude, an organization that works for both active and inactive military members.  The name couldn't be more fitting, am I right?

 

Teachers: Get the Kids Involved!

It’s no secret that teachers are not compensated properly for the work they do for the future of our country: the education of our children.  It’s traditional to give your child’s teacher a gift around Christmas time, but consider doing an additional gift on the holiday reserved for gratitude.  For this one, however, mix it up!  It’s great for a parent to pick out something special for a teacher on Christmas, but for a teacher, have the child in your life come up with the idea of how to show their teacher that he or she is appreciated.  This gift does not have to be anything big or expensive.  Even giving your child 5 dollars at the dollar store and helping them choose the gift for their teacher would be suitable! For a little extra “thanks,” have your child write a thank you note on one side of a card’s interior, and write your own note on the opposite side.  It’s important for our teachers to know that we are grateful for their hard work!

 

Give your Time

Whatever your circumstances, there is something you can do to help spread gratitude this season.  Find a local organization that runs on volunteer work, and offer your time to them as a way to help.  Giving your time costs you absolutely nothing, but can do a world of good for an organization working to help others.  Your local food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or animal shelter are all great organizations that you could choose to volunteer at!

 

Make a Little Extra

During this season, consider occasionally making a little extra when you’re fixing tea, coffee, cookies, or dinner.  Invite over an elderly neighbor or lonely friend, or bring it to them.  Enjoy a little bit of it with them, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes, it can make a world of difference to someone who is facing loneliness at a time reserved for loving those closest to us.  Once again, it costs you very little, but it could make a world of difference for someone who may be struggling more than you know.

 

Donation in Lieu of Host Gift

Before you head to your own Thanksgiving celebration this year, you may be thinking about what gift to give to your host or hostess as a thank you for putting on the dinner.  Consider giving a donation to a charity you know that they support in their name & giving them a receipt or note with it, explaining the gift.  If your host is an animal lover, consider donating to your local no-kill shelter; if they are passionate about the outdoors, consider giving to the National Park Service.  Chances are, they will cherish this gift much more than the bottle of wine you would’ve brought instead, no matter how much they love wine.  ;)

 

Make Care Packages for the Homeless

Although the homeless are in need all year ‘round, it is often even more difficult during the winter, for a number of reasons, from loneliness to the bitter cold.  Consider making up small boxes or bags with necessities inside and carrying them in your car to hand out when passing a homeless person by a store or in the street.  Many necessities can be purchased at the dollar store for a very little total, but they could make a world of difference to someone encountering the struggles of homelessness and poverty.  Some things to include in your packages are:

-Hat -Gloves -Socks -Toothbrush -Toothpaste -Bottled Water -Soap/Shampoo Combo -Deodorant -Comb -Tissues -Toilet Paper

 

Give Kindness

The last thing you can do for others during this Thanksgiving season is the easiest, least expensive, and arguably, the most important.  Work hard to be kind and considerate of others during this time.  The holidays can be immensely stressful; the stores get busier, people are stressed out, and there is so much to be done within the next month or so.  However, putting the effort in to keep your frustrations at bay, being understanding of others (even if you may want to be upset), and conducting small acts of kindness all can make a huge difference to the way others feel this holiday season.  You never know what another person is dealing with in their own life, so try to combat rudeness with a politeness, fight impatience with patience of your own, and give a smile when someone else gives you a frown.  Hold the door open for others, compliment the woman whose scarf you adore, and ask the retail worker what their holiday plans are.  A little extra kindness can make a world of difference.  It will make you feel better, and, chances are, it will make another person reconsider their mood. 

 

All in all, this season is about so much more than shopping, turkey, and pies.  Help yourself and others get into the true spirit of the season by giving back to your community in whatever way you can, even if it’s just the flash of a smile to a stranger.  Spread gratitude this season!


Ring in Fall with These Local Events!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

 

Ring in Fall!

Check out these local events focused around this lovely season!




Fall is in the air, and that means that many of our favorite local autumn events are coming up.  Here are a few local events happening this weekend that you can attend to ring in the Fall season!  The weather forecast for this weekend is gorgeous- Get out there and enjoy some of what the local communities have to offer!

 

Waterloo PumpkinFest

This event draws visitors from all over the area, and for good reason.  Last year, the event was packed with people, but it didn't take away from the atmosphere one bit- it only speaks to how wonderful this event is!  Browse through TONS of vendor tents (and maybe even grab a few Christmas gifts... It's only about 11 weeks away, after all Wink), eat at any number of food vendors, enjoy games and entertainment for the kids, listen to some live local music, and maybe even stop by a restaurant or shop there at the Courthouse Square.  This lovely event takes place on Saturday, October 8th, on the grounds of the Monroe County Court House and its surrounding area.  Team member Abby Moallankamp attended last year, and she very highly recommends this one for adults and kids, alike.

Check out the event's page on the City of Waterloo website for more information by clicking here.


 

Annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off

Few things say Fall like the season's first bowl of chili... Come down to Belleville's Chili Cook-Off to get your hands on much more than just one bowl of this cool-weather staple food!  The event, taking place Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th, hosts more than 60 vendors, from restaurants to organizations to individuals, who all come together to cook off for a chance at one of the Chili Cook-Off Awards.  This event is one of Belleville's biggest annual attractions, and it also is a great fundraising event.  Over half of the vendors who participate in this event are either a non-profit organization or a business raising money for a charity. 100% of the money you spend at that stand goes to the vendor.  In addition, attendees get to vote in the contest for their favorite chili for a price of $1 per vote.  All of those proceeds go to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville.  Head on down to this event this weekend and enjoy the live music, entertainment, and, of course, the chili!

To learn more about this event, visit the event's website by clicking here.


 

Maestown Oktoberfest

Head on down to charming & historic Maestown to enjoy the Oktoberfest festivities!  This antique, craft, and art fair features over 50 artisans, dealers, craftsmen, and food vendors at the area around the stone mill and bridge.  Enjoy the colors of Fall while doing some shopping, and even enjoy foods such as turtle soup, potato pancakes, and popcorn cooked in old-fashioned kettles!  The local inns, shops, and resaurants will all remain open during the festivities, so you can even stroll around this lovely town and do a little window shopping or dining while you are there.  This event is taking place on Sunday the 9th from 9 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about this event, visit Maestown's website here.

 

 

 



Yard Sale Fundraiser Helps Local Family

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Yard Sale Fundraiser Helps Local Family

 

As many of you know, over the weekend, The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage, along with Midwest Carpet Cleaning & CKE Construction and Design, sponsored a fundraiser yard sale event for the family of a local young girl with Stage 4 cancer.  This event was a HUGE success, and we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped us along the way...



Two of our biggest thanks are extended to the other two businesses who helped us put on this event.  Midwest Carpet and CKE Construction and Design were there through it all, offering their time, business space, and hard work to the event.  

Hope Christian Church- Thank you for letting us invade your parking lot for three days this week, and for all the volunteers you sent our way, as well as the baked goods your congregation contributed to the bake sale.  Having the location we had definitely played such a huge role in the success of this event.

Dr. Cangas & the staff at Illini Pediatrics- Thank you for your support, hard work, donations, and baked goods.  Dr. Cangas came out and volunteered to work the sale on Friday, and he was such a big help.  His team also brought us REALLY nice donations as well as a bunch of goodies for the bake sale.  I think it's worth noting, also, that we never solicited help from Dr. Cangas or his staff.  They heard about the event, and they contacted us to volunteer their time and donations. How awesome is that!?

The EMS crew, who brought us out boxes of gift bags for kids.  Thank you so much to the EMS who brought those out for us and showed their support for the community, but thank you, also, to the mystery donator who made up those gift bags and handmade the stuffed bears that were in them.  You are amazing!

Thank you to The Linda Frierdich Group- This team really came together, donating whatever time they could out of their busy schedules to make this event a success.  What an awesome team we have!

To the local businesses who donated items to the raffle:

Elements off Main

La Bella Rosa Boutique

Mill Street Treasures

Reifschneider's Grill and Grape

Rooster's Health Food

Elly Augustine - Independent Scentsy Consultant

Bad Sister Boutique

Philomena + Ruth

The Clothesline Boutique

Our House Cafe

Schneider's Quality Meats

Knott So Shabby

Tiny's Pub & Grill

Dear Diva Desserts


Our amazing community-

Thanks most of all to the people who donated items to our sale and came out to support this local family.  When you hear about a family going through what the Boyers are going through, your heart goes out to them, and the thought, "I wish I could do something" comes to mind.  This event gave the community a chance to do something, and the community came through, tenfold.  All the support, donations, both monetary and through sale items, have warmed our hearts beyond belief.  You make us PROUD to be members of a community that comes together to support one of our own in the way we did.  The sense of community displayed through this event is simply inspiring.

Songs4Soldiers Coming Up Next Month!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

4th Annual Songs4Soldiers Gears Up for Another Successful Year


Coming up on September 10, Columbia will again be hosting the Songs4Soldiers Benefit Concert after much anticipation.  For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Songs4Soldiers is a benefit concert founded by Dustin Row (brother of our very own Sam Row!), an Iraq War veteran himself, with a mission of helping local combat veterans.  Since it was founded, the organization has dispersed $128,000 and helped 76 local veterans in need!  Rather than handing out cash, the organization works hard to ensure that the money donated goes directly to the needs of veterans, and it operates under complete transparency, meaning that those who donate can watch to see exactly how their donations helped those who have served our country.  




The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group is an avid supporter of Songs4Soldiers.  For the 2016 year, we donated the use of our billboard, so that the organization could make more people aware of the event through advertising.  We are also immensely proud of the money we raised for S4S in February, through our "Lock Box Linda" event.  Our Team tended bar at three local establishments, donating all tips to S4S.  With much gratitude to Tiny's, Who Dat's, and Merz on Main for allowing us to get behind their bars, as well as to the community for coming out to support this wonderful organization, we are proud to say that we were able to write a check to Songs4Soldiers for $4,000!


Songs4Soldiers is an event for everyone!  The event is family-friendly, featuring a "Kids Zone," complete with bounce houses, balloons, and interactive projects.  Since Songs4Soldiers features food and drink vendors from local bars and restaurants, your family can attend and feel good about supporting local businesses while you help local veterans.  It truly is a wonderful organization and an exciting event!  To learn more, you can visit songs4soldiersstl.org, or you can attend and see it for yourself!

 

4th Annual Songs4Soldiers Benefit Concert

September 10, 2016

2:00-11:00 PM

Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park, Columbia, Illinois

(Rain Date: September 11, 1:00-9:00 PM)


We are proud to have this event so closely tied to our community, and as a donor, The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group looks forward to seeing an even bigger turn-out this year than last!  We'll see you at the park!

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