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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.

 

Tips for Showing Your Home During the Holidays

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Tips for Showing Your Home During the Holidays

 

This time of year is often regarded as a terrible time to sell your home, because the housing market slows during the holidays.   However, this is not necessarily true.  There are a number of things you can do to help your home stand out during the rest, giving you an advantage despite the less saturated market.  In fact, if you play your cards right, there is even some evidence that sellers actually get better results during the Winter months 


There may be less buyers in the winter months, but that means that there are also less buyers.  You can make this work in your favor.  Hire an experienced real estate agent, and price your home right.  Remember, also, that many of the buyers looking for homes in the winter are doing so because they have a specific reason for moving.  Whether it be divorce, job transfer, or any number of reasons, buyers are motivated.  If you are a motivated seller, this can work in your favor in a major way.  Here are some tips to give you an idea of what works (and what doesn’t) for staging your home for sale during the holidays.

 

 

Decorating

 

First things first, decorating your home for the holidays.  There are two schools of thought on whether or not sellers should decorate their home for the holidays when they will be opening the home for showings.  On one hand, it would be awful to overwhelm a Buyer with personal decorations, because for many buyers, it can be difficult to picture themselves in a home that is so personal to the sellers.  Furthermore, many times, holiday decorations can get excessive and make the home look cluttered, which in turn makes the home look smaller and certainly doesn’t leave a good feeling in the buyers’ minds after a showing.  It’s also important to note that not everyone celebrates the same holidays as you do, and some people don’t celebrate the holidays at all.  Decorating your home heavily for the holiday you celebrate might alienate your home from some potential buyers who follow a different belief system than you.


However, there are some really great things that can happen if you decorate your home properly.  A home decorated for the holidays feels warmer, cozier, and more inviting.  Since light is such an important factor in your home’s appeal to potential buyers, including indoor lights into your holiday decorating can be a great way to decorate for the holidays, while helping to illuminate your rooms fully.  Simplicity is key, so when you are digging out the decorations, even if you usually go all-out for the holidays in your home, it’d be a good choice to tone it down this year and think, “simple and chic.”  Steer clear of the kitsch, and perhaps consider leaving many items packed away, at least for this year. 

 

Holiday Lights

 

Just like interior decorations, there are two schools of thought on putting up holiday decorations.  Some people will advise you to steer clear of decorating all together, and the other group will tell you that decorating your home can actually help potential buyers picture themselves in your home.  Keeping it simple is definitely the way to go, should you decide to decorate your home for the holidays.  Don’t go overboard with outside decorations, and sticking to the classics can be a great philosophy.  Steer clear of large lawn decorations, and keep it chic and simple with the lights strung on your home.  Given that it will often be dark when potential buyers are coming to your home, being one of the only homes on your street without lights can make your home look uninviting and cold.  The lights will help illuminate the outside of your home so that those coming to your home for a showing can easily find their way. 

 

The Usual Rules Apply

 

Just like in any other season, the tips for holiday selling also include the ones typically given for home staging.  De-clutter, de-personalize, deep clean, and illuminate well.  Be sure that the interior of your home looks tidy, bright, and maximize the utilization of your space as best you can. 

For more information on general staging tips, click here.

 

Light, Light, Light

 

Winter is often a tough time for many people because of the lack of sunshine and shorter days.  Any real estate agent who knows their stuff will tell you that lighting your home properly goes SUCH a long way on making your home appealing to buyers.  Some homes are designed to let in more natural light than others, and some have better lighting on the interior than others.  Knowing how to play up the light that your home does have is key.  In the winter, days are shorter, and because of that, there will be no natural light flowing into your home during the hours that most showings are scheduled.  Before showings, be sure that you turn on all the lights in your home. 

 

Keep the Outside Clean


Be sure that your home looks clean going into the colder months, because the winter weather can cause damage and dirt to build up on and around your home.  Despite the dripping, sloppy snow, make sure that your home is as clean as can be, so that your home looks neat and tidy despite the weather happening around it.  Keep your porches, walkways, and driveway clear of ice and snow, always.   You never want to turn away a showing, and you certainly don’t want to be liable for anyone getting hurt on your property.  Not to mention, if it is hard to get into, your home will seem less inviting, right off the bat.  


If your home is being listed during the holidays, meaning that your interior photos will be done during the holidays for the advertising of your listing, it is recommended that you either get the photos done before you begin decorating or that you hold off on decorating until after your photos are taken.  The holidays will soon be over, but if your home is still on the market, the images people will be seeing will be dated to the holidays and no longer be appealing in the same way they would be during the holidays.  


All in all, selling a home during the holidays can prove to be a tricky endeavor, but it can also pay off for the sellers, if they utilize the knowledge and tools that are available.  

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.


Things to Do in the Area this Weekend

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Events Happening this Weekend

 

This weekend brings on the last weekend before the official start of the holiday weekend, and there are so many events happening locally to help ring in the season!  Here are a few of the exciting things taking place in the Metro area 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.

 

 

Belleville Flea Market

 

Get some holiday shopping done early by attending this unique event featuring a variety of products.  Vendors will be situated both outside and inside the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, and the event boasts over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and merchandise, both old and new!  Shoppers can head to this event and get some of their holiday shopping done early, and they will find so much variety of products and price ranges.  Parking costs $3.00, but admission to the Flea Market is free!

 

Belleville Flea Market

November 19 & 20

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

200 South Belt East

Belleville, IL 62220

 

For 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.

 

There are so many great things to do this weekend to get ready for the holiday season to come!  If you're one of those who likes to wait until after Thanksgiving to begin your holiday celebrations, all of these events, except the Flea Market, are open through the end of December or beginning of January, so you've got some time!  

 


A Christmas Poem

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

The Move Before Christmas

‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the house

No one had room, even the mouse.

The stockings were hung by the stairwell with care

Because mom’s dream fireplace was simply not there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

While visions of a larger yard danced in their heads.

And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a restless cat nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

And bumped into furniture with a huge CRASH!

The street light glared off the new-fallen snow

And gave the luster of neon to the objects below

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a free moving truck...I knew a smooth move was near.

An energetic sales team, so lively and quick

I knew in a moment it was Linda Frierdich

With loads of experience her team members came.

And she whistled and shouted and called them by name

Now Whitney and Angi, Naureen, Lindsey and Sam!

“Let’s make this sale another easy grand slam!”

To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!

Now paint it, now clean it, now start packing it all!

My house will sell quick as a wink

Soon my wife will have her new kitchen sink!

My kiddos can sleep at easy rest

Knowing that Daddy hired the best!

With tax credits, low interest, and good buys around

Our purchase will be simple

And more space will abound!

The details will be covered and Linda will handle it all.

My wife and I can relax and we’ll all have a ball!

This Holiday Season my family made a great move

And using Linda sure made it smooth!

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Century 21 Advantage
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138 Concord Plaza Dr
Saint Louis MO 63128
MO: 314.649.0221
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