The Chad Wilson Group Blog

Welcome to our blog page!  We post topics that we think will be helpful for home buyers and sellers, so you are more comfortable and confident with the home buying and selling process.  Feel free to reach out to us if there is a topic that you'd like more information about and we will happily blog about it!

- The Chad Wilson Group

May 16, 2019

Empty Nest? Your Next Move

Are you looking forward to an empty nest and planning for what the next stage of your life might hold? Or have you been living in an empty nest, feeling like most of your home is going un-used and are frustrated with the upkeep? If so, you are probably contemplating downsizing to a smaller home with less maintenance, allowing you time to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Your next move could be renting or buying a smaller home, or it could be purchasing a maintenance-free home, condo or villa where an association takes care of the exterior maintenance. There are several communities with associations in St. Charles County that will take care of exterior maintenance for you, and there are even some communities that are limited to individuals that are 55+ years old, offering amenities to complement your active lifestyle.

We’d like to spotlight the Heritage of Hawk Ridge community as an excellent option for empty nesters who are craving a place to connect and engage with others and desire a low-maintenance home of their own.

The inviting 55+ community of Heritage of Hawk Ridge is beautifully nestled amongst the trees in the coveted peaceful setting of Lake St. Louis. This gated community offers a tranquil yet energetic way of life. Heritage of Hawk Ridge welcomes a lifestyle that promotes healthy aging and active living without the burdens that accompany home ownership, such as shoveling your driveway or mowing your lawn. Heritage of Hawk Ridge lets you live the best of both worlds; it offers exceptional-quality private single-family and attached homes to meet the needs of today’s active adults, and outstanding community amenities designed with the idea that retirement was meant to be enjoyed.

Relax in a luxurious carefree lifestyle and live the retirement you’ve always dreamed of with breathtaking golf course views and a community that stimulates your mind, body, and soul. Heritage of Hawk Ridge has a public golf course that winds through the community. The golf course is a first rate, 9-hole, par 3, executive-style golf course. The golf course is open 7 days a week, from 7 am-7pm, and offers hassle-free tee time bookings and carts available for rent.  It’s a great walking course where a round takes less than 2 hours, so carts aren’t necessarily needed. The golf course offers a Ladies’ League, golf shop stocked with essentials, and the Hawkeye Grill, which is the perfect place to begin or end your day, grab a quick bite or relax with friends over drinks. 

Prepare to fall in love with the other numerous amenities this active community offers. Residents enjoy the outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts, gazebo and 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, which includes an exercise room, hobby room, table tennis, billiards and social areas (including a reading room, ball room, and kitchen).

     

     

NEW CONSTRUCTION IN HERITAGE AT HAWK RIDGE

Interested in building a new home? Limited opportunities remain to build and move in for 2019. Lombardo Homes knows that after retirement, lifestyle goals change. They offer 6 single-family home plans to meet your changing needs in the peaceful seclusion of Heritage of Hawk Ridge. Plans range from 2-4 bedrooms, and offer open layouts with exquisite exterior elevations. Plan a visit and tour their model and learn about remaining home sites.  Our new construction experts at The Chad Wilson Group are ready to help you plan your build and negotiate the details with the builder. Our familiarity with this community and this builder allow us to represent your interests with confidence to help you build a home most suited to your desires at the best possible price.

OUR LISTING IN HERITAGE AT HAWK RIDGE

Ready to make a move to Heritage at Hawk Ridge and don’t want to wait to build? We have a home for sale right now in the community!

2043 Hawks Landing Dr Lake Saint Louis, MO, 63367 - priced at $385,000

You will love living in this active 55+ community with amenities galore! HOA covers yard, snow removal, 9-hole golf course, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, fitness center, restaurant & fun community events. Outstanding finishes in this 3-yr-old ranch, with hand-scraped hardwood floors, 9' ceilings, crown molding & gorgeous lighting. Luxurious kitchen boasts Cambria counters, 42" soft-close cabinets w/pull-out trays, huge breakfast bar island, walk-in pantry, custom barn door & stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the open living room with a gas fireplace or step out to the screened porch, composite deck & patio with golf course views. An entertainer's paradise! The master suite has a walk-in closet & spacious bath with dual sinks & handy laundry room next door. Spectacular lower level rec room finish includes surround sound, bar area, egress window & a powder room. Eleven ft garage bump out for extra storage. Gorgeous irrigated landscaping. You earned it...now enjoy! See this beauty today!

Click HERE to see all the property details and to schedule a showing of this home! Or check out other homes for sale in Heritage at Hawk Ridge.

AMENITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN HERITAGE OF HAWK RIDGE

Do you dream of downsizing, but worry about making friends in a new neighborhood? Heritage of Hawk Ridge residents are all pretty much in the same place in life, having worked hard for many years, some raising families, and now looking to enjoy a relaxed retirement, so it is easy to find people with common interests to build friendships.  There’s something to be said for having a conveniently-located group of potential friends, and HHR cultivates an atmosphere that encourages shared interests. This community offers a large variety of activities, such as cultural events, seminars, movies, speakers, activities, trips and sightseeing excursions. Philanthropic residents can also volunteer for events such as Boy Scouts Food Drive, Adopt-A Family, and Circle of Hope. The community residents host social events on an ongoing basis, including ladies’ night out, game nights, progressive dinners, and holiday parties! Clubs and classes are formed by residents under the guidance of a full-time lifestyle director who matches the genuine enthusiasm of the participants. Club categories span arts and crafts, fitness and sports, books and learning, cards, games and hobbies. A few are listed below…there truly is something for everyone. Join in as much or as little as you like!

  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Annual Boy Scout Food Drive
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Ask A Geek
  • Bike Club
  • Billiards
  • Bocce Ball
  • Book Club
  • Bowling & Lunch
  • Bridge
  • Care & Concern Committee
  • Cedar Lake Cellars
  • Chair Aerobics
  • Christmas Tea
  • Circle of Hope
  • Computer Club
  • Cookies with Santa
  • Cooking Class
  • Craft Fair
  • Crazy Game Night
  • Cribbage
  • Dance Club
  • Dances & Concerts
  • Dapper Dans
  • Easy Exercise
  • Euchre Game Night
  • Garden Club
  • Grandkids Ice Cream Social
  • Halloween Party
  • Happy Hour
  • HHR Comedy
  • Hikers
  • Holiday Hearts Toy Drive
  • Holiday Pageant
  • Horseshoes
  • July 4th Celebration
  • Knitting
  • Ladies Bocce Ball
  • Ladies Golf
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Ladies Pinochle
  • Low Roller Poker
  • Mad Hatters Knitting Club
  • Mah Jongg
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Pinochle
  • Men's Poker
  • Men's Softball
  • Monster Ball
  • New Year's Eve Party
  • Pass the Trash
  • Pickle-ball
  • Ping Pong
  • Pinochle
  • Poker
  • Potluck Golf
  • Practice Tap
  • Quilters
  • Recycled - Performance Group
  • Richard Simmons Exercise
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Scrapbooking
  • Spring Fling
  • St. Patrick's Dinner/Dance
  • Tai Chi
  • Technology Club
  • Tennis League
  • Vocal Belles
  • Walking Club
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Volleyball
  • Woodworkers
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Situated between the booming communities of O’Fallon and Wentzville, Lake St. Louis has maintained its retreat-like lifestyle with the convenience of nearby amenities. Lake St. Louis is surrounded by greenery and open air and is the perfect spot of seclusion in St. Charles County. Located less than 1.5 miles from the Meadows, a Lake St. Louis outdoor shopping center, which offers upscale, dining and shopping as well as a Farmer’s Market, summer concerts and holiday events. The Shoppes at Lake St. Louis and the Shoppes at Hawk Ridge with grocery stores, shopping, restaurants and movie theaters, are less than 2 miles away.

St Louis is well-known as a region rich with outstanding health care options. Among the many hospitals and health care facilities are Progress West Hospital and SSM Health St Joseph Hospital, just a few miles from this community, with doctors and specialists in nearly every field The close proximity to I-64 and 364 offer a convenient commute to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals play at Busch Stadium, catch a show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, or walk the gardens at the impressive Missouri Botanical Gardens. With so much to do inside and outside of Heritage of Hawk Ridge, it’s easy to see why 55+ buyers are flocking to this active adult community in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. 

If you are looking to enjoy life at a slower pace in the Heritage of Hawk Ridge in Lake St. Louis, CONTACT US today to help you in your home search!

SEARCH OTHER CONDOS FOR SALE IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY

For more options in the St. Charles County area for low-maintenance living, check out these condo searches in area cities.  Click the "Save this Search" button on the area you are interested in to receive daily email alerts when there are new listings in that city:

Ready to make a move?  Call us today at 636-229-7653 or CONTACT US today for a free, no-obligation Discovery Appointment with one of our Buyer Agents or for help setting up a customized home search!!

 

May 3, 2019

Meet Doug Howell

Growing up, Doug knew he was destined to have a career in real estate. His parents were involved with buying real estate, and his mother was a top REALTOR® in the St. Charles County area for many years. After a short career in radio, Doug decided to join the family business, and had owned & operated his own successful office for many years. Doug’s 20+ years of real estate experience and his attention to detail are what set him apart from the average agent. His focus is always on the client’s best interest, and his experience has taught him how to foresee potential problems in the transaction before they occur, thereby making sure his clients are always prepared and informed throughout the entire process. Doug has always considered his job description to be more of a consultant role, rather than a salesperson. He feels his duty as a Realtor® is to inform, educate, and skillfully guide his clients through the often challenging process of selling or buying a home. Doug’s friendly, relaxed demeanor makes him a trusted advocate for his clients, and the reason that they continue to call him (and refer him to their friends and family) anytime they have a real-estate question or need.

Doug's clients rave about the above-and-beyond service that they receive.  Here are just two of the many reviews from Doug's past clients:

  • Doug Howell was our agent who helped us find a house. We were moving here from Kansas City so we didn't know a lot about the different areas. Doug was very informative and went the extra mile for us in helping us find the right place in our price range. We had some problems to work out with a some water damage and water drainage problems in the back. He worked with us, the seller's realtor and the HOA to get things worked out. He even went to the board meeting of the HOA to get further information for us. We also appreciated that he wasn't pushy and he let us take our time in looking at each house. We would recommend him to our friends!

  • I've had a pleasure of working with Doug Howell on my townhome purchase. Given that I was transitioning from out of state with very stringent timeline and limited availability to view homes, Doug has been nothing but accommodating and understanding, and available & responsive to my family's needs. There were a number of specific items on our wish list which were somewhat complicated, again with limitations on timeline. However, Doug was able to meet most of our demands (not fully because our wants were very complicated). In addition, he came up with alternative listings in close proximity and comparable features. The showings were efficiently scheduled, covering all appropriate points and features, and not afraid to share his thoughts as to whether the unit was a good buy or not. I took this as that he is not quick to make sale, but had us in mind as a valued client. For this I new we were in good hand. After the showings were done, we had a lengthy discussion and additional ones over the phone and email throughout the week. Finally, selection was made and final offer placed. During the loan and closing process, Doug has provided us with insightful recommendations and guided us through all the little ins and outs of the purchasing process which we found very helpful. In summary, out of all the home purchasing experiences I had with past agents/brokers, I would place Doug Howell at the very top. He is a wonderful person and experienced agent who I would work again in future sales or purchases in the St. Louis area. When you meet him and work with him, you will know that this review is an honest and accurate review. And for aforementioned reasons, I recommend Doug Howell to anyone in the market.

 

 

Doug is married; he and his wife are proud co-parents of 6 children, plus 7 (and growing!) of the cutest grand kids anyone could ask for! In his spare time, Doug is an avid reader, loves to cook, and is passionate about volunteering with children.  Doug is too humble to list this in his bio, so we'll brag on our friend and co-worker, Doug.  Doug was recently honored with the "Starfish" Award presented by Children's Hospital St. Louis for his dedication and commitment as a volunteer on the cancer floor of the hospital.  

We are so honored that Doug has chosen to join our team as he brings with him a ton of knowledge and experience to enrich our team.  He is an incredible resource to our team, the newer agents in the office, and to his clients.

Give Doug a call today at 636-229-SOLD if you are interested in buying or selling a home in the greater St. Louis metro area!  We are confident you will have an incredible experience with Doug's patient guidance and extensive knowledge.

Posted in Meet the Team
April 30, 2019

Hoist the Sails for Lake Living in Foristell's Resort Community, Incline Village

Explore Incline Village

If you've dreamed of lake living--adventurous skiing, romantic midnight sails, shake-the-work-stress-off-boat rides--we have the location for you!  Incline Village is a gated, lake community offering 5 lakes, great for boating, swimming, and skiing.  Located in an idyllic setting among the gently, rolling hills of Foristell just 3 miles off of I-70, this neighborhood is a virtual retreat with a community swimming pool, beach, and community center.  Throw on your active wear for outdoor fun with sand volleyball courts, basketball court, tennis courts, fishing dock, horseshoe pit, and marina.  

Incline Village is your open invitation to enjoy life at a slower pace without sacrificing the lifestyle you deserve, where the warmth and privacy of the lake community is united with home-town tranquility of Foristell. 

OUR NEW LISTING IN INCLINE VILLAGE

Marketing and showing homes in Foristell, and especially in Incline Village subdivision are a treat for us; and we have the pleasure of presenting you this NEW LISTING today!

31449 Hillside, Foristell - JUST LISTED - priced at $325,000   UPDATE 05/03/2019 HOME IS NOW UNDER CONTRACT (JUST 6 DAYS ON THE MARKET!!!)

This stunning updated ranch backs to a quiet lake in Incline Village. Vaulted ceilings & gleaming wood floors lead you from the great room with a stacked stone fireplace & wall of windows to the kitchen boasting granite counters, white cabinets, tile backsplash, stainless appliances & jaw-dropping lake views. Exit French doors to the Trex composite deck overlooking the lake. Wake up to lake views in the master suite with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet & ensuite bath. Walk-in closets in all bedrooms. Finished lower level has a full bath, bedroom & a rec room w/a wet bar & gas fireplace that walks out to a covered patio & fenced landscaped yard leading to the lake. Fridge, water softener & whole house air purifier included. Resort living with lake fishing, beach swimming, boating, water sports, tennis, pool, community center & adjoining 18-hole golf course. Just 3 miles north of I-70 yet a world away from the stress. Not just an amazing home but a totally new lifestyle! See it today!

Click HERE to see all the property details and to schedule a showing of this home!

Or take a look at some of the amazing homes in Incline Village for sale right now!

THE FORISTELL REAL ESTATE MARKET

The median home sales price as of March 2019 in Foristell is $255,000, 6.25% higher than the median sale price of St. Charles County, and 38% higher than the median sale price of Warren County homes.  Foristell straddles the boundaries of Warren and St. Charles Counties.

Back in 2009, only 40 homes were reported on the local MLS as being sold. As of March 2019, 130 homes have closed in the last 12 months.  That's a 225% increase!  Foristell has become a great opportunity for homeowners seeking retreat from suburbia.

Most of the homes sold in Foristell in the last 12 months are priced between $200,000 - $399,999.  Although there are many opportunities for more luxurious homes over $400,000.   

Click HERE for fast Foristell real estate statistics from our local MLS.

MORE ABOUT FORISTELL

Grab your clubs and tee up at the Golf Club of Incline Village, which is adjacent to the subdivision of Incline Village.  Golfers delight in the course's rolling hills as well as some steep grades, offering some challenging holes and breathtaking scenery.  

St. Charles County Parks and Recreation own two beautiful parks in Foristell, Towne Park and Indian Camp Creek Park.  Both parks offer hundreds of acres of park land for hiking, biking, and an afternoon away from the kids' video games! 

If you are looking for an escape from sprawling suburbia, and desire lake living in a resort-like community, consider a home in Incline Village and CONTACT US today to help you in your home search!

April 24, 2019

Unique and Spectacular Defiance Real Estate Market

Defiance, MO is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind area in St. Charles County. The scenery is breathtaking, and it can feel like an Ozark vacation spot with the rolling hills, mature trees, rock-lined roads, and lakes.

Not only is the scenery distinctive, but the homes in this area differ greatly from the traditional suburban homes of St. Charles County. Of the 43 homes that were sold in Defiance in 2018, 39 of them were on situated on 3 - 12 acres. There are only a few established subdivisions in Defiance and most of them are tiny, one-street subdivisions. There are no mega-subdivisions here, which is quite a change from the planned communities in the rest of St. Louis suburbia.

Take a look at some of the amazing homes on 3+ acres for sale right now in Defiance!

Another facet that sets the Defiance real estate market apart from the rest of the county is the wide range of home prices and amenities in the homes offered for sale. The median sale price of homes in Defiance is currently $415,000, whereas the rest of St. Charles County has a median sale price of $240,000 (using 12-month rolling average).  Click HERE for fast Defiance real estate statistics as of March 2019 from our local MLS.

The homes sold last year in Defiance included true luxury properties, priced over a $1,000,000 with 7 bedrooms and 5,000+ square feet, fabulous outdoor entertaining spaces, pools, and loaded with features. And homes sold last year also included traditional mid-priced home plans which enjoy room for pole barns and lots of elbow room to give you privacy from the neighbors. 

We love marketing and showing homes in Defiance; and we have the pleasure of presenting you this BRAND NEW LISTING today!

2 Lakeway Ct. Defiance - JUST LISTED - priced at $569,000

Spectacular wooded 3 acre estate with privacy, located 6 miles from I-64 and less than 30 minutes to I-270; Stunning custom kitchen with amazing cabinet space, large island, granite counters with rich walnut bar top, glass lighted display area, under-cabinet lighting, soft-close doors, deep drawers, stainless appliances including under-counter microwave, and pendant lighting. Open concept into great room with vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling stone wood-burning fireplace, and wet bar. First floor includes powder room, walk-in storage pantry, rich wood flooring in dining room and large flex room, and expansive laundry area with utility sink. Second floor luxurious master suite has wood closet organizers, marble and tile large shower with frameless glass door, double sinks. Fenced yard, wrap around porch, and 30 x 60 insulated WORKSHOP outbuilding with newer HVAC, newer roof on both home and outbuilding; home warranty included. Francis Howell Schools.

 

Click HERE to see all the property details and to schedule a showing of this home!

Have we tickled your interest in shopping for a home in Defiance on acreage?  We've set up a custom search on our website of homes on 3 - 12 acres; to save this search to your own personal home-shopping portal, click HERE and then sign up on our website!

Lake Living in Defiance

Another unique offering in the Defiance real estate market is the opportunity for lake-living. One of St Charles County's best-kept secret is Callaway Valley subdivision.  Be swept away by the breathtaking panoramic views from this lakeside retreat. For the buyer looking for a lifestyle not just a home, come see where tranquility and entertainment-possibilities galore meet in this subdivision which is in a class all to itself. Enjoy the subdivision's sandy beach, marina, swim area, covered picnic pavilion, and grills.

Callaway Marina and Beach         Callaway Lake Views

Check out these fantastic homes that enjoy access to the exclusive Callaway Lake & Farms HERE.  We've set up a custom search on this webpage of homes in Callaway subdivision; to save this search to your own personal home-shopping portal, click HERE and then sign up on our website!

MORE ABOUT DEFIANCE

In this sleepy area of St. Charles County, there is so much to do for those embracing an active lifestyle.  Enjoy 494 acres of beauty at Broemmelsiek Park, with 7 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, several fishing lakes, and home to the only observatory in the region offering Friday night astronomy viewings weekly.  This park also features the "Best Dog Park" in the region.  Or take in nearby August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, with trails, shooting range and fishing galore (where your next fishing tale awaits!). 

Missouri's wine country begins in Defiance with several local wineries, including popular Sugar Creek Winery, Chandler Hill Vineyards and Yellow Farmhouse Winery.   

Learn more about the history of Defiance and things to do in Defiance by exploring the town's website!

If you are looking for an escape from sprawling suburbia, and desire a home on acreage, consider a home in Defiance and CONTACT US today to help you in your home search!

April 19, 2019

Four Fun & Free Things to do This Year in St Charles

Are you looking for something fun and free to do with friends and family this Spring & Summer?  Look no further than the City of St Charles!

To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the founding of St Charles, the City is hosting a Sestercentennial Festival, with a diverse field of events planned.

 

(Seaman statue at Bogey Hills County Club in St Charles)

     Find Seaman! Twenty-five decorated statues of Lewis and Clark’s faithful dog, Seaman, have been placed throughout St Charles.  Each has its own unique style.  Try to find each one, snap a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #stc250.  Here is a list of the locations with a map to make them easier to find:

     Continue to Explore with Lewis and Clark!  Print out and color your very own Flat Lewis and Clark and take them with you wherever you go in St Charles or on your summer travels.  Share photos with them on social media with the hashtag #stc250.  Print a copy here, or pick one up at the Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 230 South Main Street.

     View Special Artwork:  Stop by City Hall and see “Le Vigilante”, a painting commissioned by artist Gary Lucy just for this anniversary.  It depicts the journey of Lewis and Clark as they made their way from New Orleans.  Also displayed in the City Hall lobby is a statue of Sacajawea called “Birdwoman” by artist John Soderberg.  The status is on loan just for this special 250th year.(Seaman statue at Plaza Lanes Bowling/Tubby's Pub & Grub on Droste Road in St Charles)

     Enjoy the Festival!  Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 18 and 19, as the festival happens in Frontier Park and Historic Main Street. The celebration kicks off with a parade featuring 25 floats and groups, each depicting a decade of the City’s history.  Actors portraying influential figures like Mary Sibley, St Rose Philippine Duchesne, Archer Alexander and Louis Blanchette will be strolling the streets for you to meet.  Historical demonstrations and more fun events will help visitors understand the rich history and many changes that have taken place.  The festival runs Saturday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Sunday from Noon to 5:00PM. Check here for parade routes and more details.    

     Kids, teens, and adults will find something fun to do!  See you in St Charles!

 

April 19, 2019

Building New Construction in St Charles County

Take a short drive just about anywhere in St. Charles County, and definitely in Western St. Charles County, and you are bound to find the telltale signs of new construction homes: Homes in framing with house wrap, cement trucks, cranes, and tradesmen. Oh yes, and mud, lots of mud. Some of the fastest growing communities within Missouri, including Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, and O’Fallon, still have undeveloped land that builders are snapping up as new construction homes continue to be in high demand.

We regularly provide new construction training for all of our team members to best equip our agents with building expertise which translates into added value to our buyer clients. In 2018, 20% of the buyers that we served chose to build new construction. Because of our commitment to training, our agents are powerful advocates throughout the home-building process; they provide insight during design and selection, expert skill during contract negotiations, and advocacy as the home takes shape.

Our buyers choose new construction for many reasons. Sometimes they can’t find what they are looking for in a resale home, sometimes they want to create a home where every feature is customized to their preferences, and a lot of the time they are looking for a home where everything is new with the newest products and innovation to give them many years of very low maintenance and an energy-efficient home.

Yesterday, we had the privilege of a new construction “Hard Hat” tour and training by Lombardo Homes to better understand specific behind-the-walls construction techniques, standards, and products used in the Lombardo Home’s construction as they build a high-performance home. We started off in their brand new display home in Cambridge Falls subdivision just off of Wilmer Road in Wentzville. We also toured two inventory homes in the framing and drywall stage in the same subdivision, and two just-finished homes ready for immediate occupancy across the street in East Hampton Woods subdivision.

The Construction Superintendent pointed out specific construction practices to build an energy-efficient home. We learned about window flashing tape, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, home wrap, spray-foam insulation, and efficient, well-designed duct systems.

The “pros” of having an energy-efficient home are the energy savings and lower carbon footprint, but the “con” is that these homes can be so tight that the builder needs to have a plan for ventilation and moisture control within the home. Our training covered humidity controls both in the new construction process and education about what our clients should do and look for when living in the home to ventilate the home, allowing it to breathe. 

We were introduced to some innovative products currently being built into these new construction homes. Each of these homes had a radon-mitigation system installed to give peace of mind, plumbing manifold system to minimize joints in the water lines, and a behind-the-walls pest shield system.

          

We learned about how builders carefully schedule each phase of construction accounting for best building practices for building a quality home. Sound building practices include allowing appropriate time for the concrete to cure and for the ground to settle before backfilling the foundation.

Finally, we discussed the pros and cons of zip strips vs. saw cuts in concrete, as well as using screws to hang drywall, and ways to prevent truss uplift.

As a commitment to the neighborhoods, each of the homes that we toured had either an irrigation system already installed or the prep for the irrigation system installed and ready for the homeowner to easily hook up a system.

Let us share our expertise with you.  Hire us to represent you on your new construction build in a subdivision, on your own land, or in the purchase of an existing inventory home!

All five of the homes on our tour are currently listed for sale. East Hampton Woods subdivision and Cambridge Falls are conveniently located off of Wilmer Road in Wentzville, suburban convenience with a country-living feel.

East Hampton Woods Subdivision

These are the last two inventory homes, and there is just 1 lot left in East Hampton Woods. Don’t miss out on these amazing new construction subdivision, one of the few new construction subdivisions with mature trees!

108 Woodspur Dr Wentzville ~ priced at $490,000

Ready for immediate occupancy!

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom Two-Story

  • 9' Ceilings
  • 2-Story Great Room
  • Stone Fireplace
  • Wood Floors
  • Chef's Kitchen with Quartz Counters
  • Stone Arched Kitchen Wall
  • Private Bath Access & Walk-In Closets in Every Bedroom
  • 3-Car Side-Entry Garage
  • Irrigated Yard with a Patio
  • 9' Pour Lower Level * Wentzville (Timberland High) Schools
   

137 Woodspur Dr Wentzville ~ priced at $480,000

Ready for immediate occupancy!

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Ranch

  • 11' & 9' Ceilings
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Chef's Kitchen with Quartz Counters
  • Double Wall Oven
  • Gas Cooktop & Chimney Hood with a Tile Feature Wall
  • Office with French Doors
  • Private Master Suite with a Seated Shower
  • 3-Car Side-Entry Garage
  • Irrigated Yard with a Deck
  • 9' Lower Level Pour
  • Wentzville (Timberland) Schools
   

Cambridge Falls Subdivision

The final lots in this subdivision are selling fast!

494 Cambridge Manor, Wentzville ~ priced at $425,000

 

Ready for immediate occupancy!

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Ranch 

  • 11' & 9' Ceilings
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Chef's Kitchen with Quartz Counters
  • Stainless Steel Appliances including Gas Cooktop
  • Double Wall Oven
  • Soft-Close Cabinets with Pull-Out Trays
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Master Suite with Trey Ceiling
  • 3-Car Garage
  • Irrigated Yard with a Deck
  • Wentzville (Timberland) Schools

503 Cambridge Manor, Wentzville ~ priced at $470,000

 

Scheduled for completion in May!

4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bathroom Two-Story

  • 9' Ceilings
  • Chef's Kitchen with Granite Counters
  • Gas Cooktop & Range Hood
  • Fireplace * Master Suite with Sitting Room
  • 2 Master Walk-in Closets
  • Finished Lower Level Rec Room
  • Landing Room Cubbies
  • Private Office
  • Patio with Fire Pit
  • 3-Car Garage
  • Wentzville (Timberland High) Schools

509 Cambridge Manor, Wentzville ~ priced at $445,000

509 Cambridge Manor

 

Scheduled for completion in June!

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom Two-Story

  • Covered Patio with a Stone Fireplace
  • 9' Ceilings
  • Chef's Kitchen with Quartz Counters
  • Gas Cooktop and Double Wall Oven
  • Private Study
  • Finished Lower Level Rec Room and Bath
  • Spacious Master Suite
  • Loft * Irrigated Yard
  • 3-Car Garage
  • Wentzville (Timberland High) Schools

Interested in seeing for yourself the homes that we toured? Give us a call today at 636-229-SOLD or contact us through our website. If you are interested in other areas for new construction, either in an established subdivision or on your own lot, contact us to talk about your options.

Not all new construction homes are listed on the MLS, so without an expert to guide you on local area new construction builders and subdivisions, you might miss an opportunity. Contact us to help you find new construction homes or to put you in touch with area builders.

Ready to make a move?  Contact us today for a free, no-obligation Discovery Appointment with one of our Buyer Agents!

Not ready for that step yet, well visit our New Construction page which lists subdivisions where area builders like McKelvey, McBride & Co, Rowes, Payne Family Homes and others are currently building.

Testimonials from past clients who we represented while they built new construction:

“We built a new home, and The Chad Wilson Group was there every step of the way to answer any questions we had. They worked with the builder to make sure we were getting a home worth our investment. Their experience, alone, speaks for itself.”

“…our home building experience (was) incredibly easy and flawless. She was knowledgeable about the area, worked to get us the lowest price, and kept in constant contact with us through the entire 4 month process to answer any questions we may have had. “

Posted in Buying Your Home
April 2, 2019

Missing Homes as of April 2019

 

Spring is here, and Spring weather is on the horizon. Trees are doing their best to come back to life with new buds. Bulbs are poking through the cold dirt. These signs of Spring are indicators in real estate that selling season has arrived! Trends show us that the active inventory of homes for sale dips during the Winter months, and that sellers choose to list their home when we put Winter to bed and Spring arrives. Usually in late March our local market starts to pick up on listing inventory. These trends are repeating themselves this year. Although this year, buyers are eager to take advantage of the recent dip in interest rates, and they are in a hurry to do so!

The buyer agents on our team are working with the following buyers (real people ready to make a move!), and the current homes on the market are not meeting their needs and wants. Take a look at this list, and contact us if you are ready to make a move and have a home meeting the criteria below. Or share this list with friends you know that are looking to make a move in 2019!

  • Looking in Wentzville School District (Timberland or Liberty) for a 3+ Bedroom home with trees, a nice yard, front porch and a finished lower level ~ < $270,000
  • Looking in High Ridge, Arnold, Fenton, Valley Park, Manchester, Ballwin, Twin Oaks for a 3+ Bedroom, 2+ Bathroom with a level backyard for a playground, 1,600 square feet. This buyer needs to be the home by May 17 ~ $220,000 - $275,000
  • Looking only in Francis Howell High School area for a 3+ Bedroom, 3+ Bathroom, 2,000 square foot ranch home with a finished basement ~ $400,000 - $550,000
  • Looking in Richmond Heights or Clayton in Clayton School District for a 3+ Bedroom, 2+ Bathroom, 1,500 square foot home for move in by June ~ rent under $1,600/mo or for purchase between $200,000 - $250,000
  • Looking in St Charles, St Peters or O'Fallon for a home with finished lower level and 2 car garage ~ $185,000 - $210,000
  • Looking in Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, St. Peters in a 55+ community for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom ranch villa < $250,000
  • Looking in Manors of Fieldstone Farms neighborhood or Francis Howell School District for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Ranch with walkout and finished basement that backs to woods ~ $300,000 - $400,000

Posted in Missing Homes
Feb. 28, 2019

Have You Heard of the iBuyer? They’re Coming Your Way!

You know all about iPod, iPad, iPhone, iHome, & iTunes…but have you heard of an iBuyer?  If not, now is the time to become familiar, because their advertising will be at your door any day.

The term “iBuyer”, short for Instant Buyer, is being used to describe the major real estate corporations who are making cash offers to home owners to buy their homes.  Companies like Zillow, Opendoor, Knock, OfferPad and HomeLight are amassing huge pools of money from investors all over the world and in many different industries, including those in the mortgage and insurance fields, and working hard to inform home owners of their programs.  So how does it work?

Zillow Offers

While attending the Keller Williams Family Reunion in February, I was fortunate to listen to a panel of real estate agents who live and work in communities like Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth where iBuyer offers have become very common.  These agents said iBuying sprouted up overnight in their cities in 2018.  Home owners who are thinking about selling their home are going online to sites like Zillow or Opendoor and inputting basic information about their homes, often including a few photos.  The companies respond within a day or 2 with a cash offer to purchase the home, with a closing date that suits the seller, from just a few days to often as far as 9 months out.

The offers are generally around 90% - 92% of the home’s present market value, making it very tempting for the seller, considering they won’t have to clean and declutter their home or be inconvenienced by showing it.  Let’s give a real example to make this clearer.  Let’s say Zillow says your home is worth $300,000 in today’s market. They will make an offer to purchase it for cash for $270,000, 90% of the market value.  They tell you the 10% difference is to cover their closing costs and fees, which are generally not defined. 

Something to mention, these iBuyers are not looking to buy “fixer uppers”.  They want homes that are easy to resell with perhaps just a light cosmetic rehab.  If a home needs a new roof, new HVAC or has foundation issues, they most likely will pass.

The panelists shared that these homes are being purchased sight unseen with a very lengthy inspection clause.  These iBuyers will send a local inspector to the home after their contract has been accepted by the seller to do a detailed inspection.  This is where the problems occur.  Repairs of the home are not considered in the original offer.  The iBuyer is coming back to the seller with a list of repairs, reducing the original offer by sometimes as much as $30,000-$35,000, far less than the home owner was planning to receive.  According to the panelists, these contracts state that they can back out of the sale at any time up until the day of closing, so sometimes homeowners are faced with difficult decisions about reducing their sales price after weeks or months under contract. 

Panelists said that in their communities, only 15% of the iBuyer offers are being accepted by the home owners, and articles in recent business journals seem to back up that claim.  Gary Kelman, CEO of Redfin, said recently that most sellers reject the offers they receive from Redfin Now.  That doesn’t seem to be deterring the companies, as Zillow Offers is currently operating in 6 cities with plans to expand to at least 3 additional in 2019.  Within 3-5 years, they have stated they want to purchase 5,000 homes a month and plan to make an offer on a home every 5 minutes. They purchased Mortgage Lenders of America so that they can capitalize on these home sales by offering mortgages on them.

At The Chad Wilson Group, we feel one of our most important services is educating our clients.  We want home sellers to be aware of the benefits and risks of every offer, including those from iBuyers.  There are certainly some situations where an iBuyer offer may be a viable option for our sellers.  In these cases, we believe the best way for home owners to manage this process is to let us guide you.  If you are interested in learning what instant offers you could receive, let us solicit them for you so you are not bombarded by advertising and solicitations.  We will gather offers from as many iBuyers as you like and present them to you as you consider your alternatives.  Whether you decide that listing your home on the market or accepting a quick cash offer is the better option for you and your circumstances, we will represent your interests until closing.  

As of the writing of this blog post, March 2019, iBuying was not yet available in the local St Louis market.  Keller Williams is developing an iBuyer program that they plan to roll out in late 2019 which they say will be more advantageous and standardized than those currently on the market.  We promise to keep you informed as the details become more available.

Feb. 14, 2019

Missing Homes as of February 2019

 

Our buyers are saying, "Where are all the homes?" We have buyers ready to buy, and they aren't finding what they want on the MLS right now as seller inventory continues to be low.

If you have contemplated moving, and your home fits one of these buyers' needs, please give us a call at 636-229-SOLD or email us at info@TheChadWilsonGroup.com to see if we can make a match!

Missing Homes Report

  • Looking in St Charles, St Peters or O'Fallon for a home with finished lower level and 2 car garage ~ $185 - $210

  • Looking in Lake St Louis for a 1 1/2-story home on a busy road with a nice front porch ~ $250-$300

  • Looking in Lake St Louis/O'Fallon for a 3 bedroom, 2+ bathroom ranch with 2 car garage < $215

  • Looking in O'Fallon (63368 or 63366) preferably close to Hwy K, 2+ bedrooms, 2.5+ bathrooms, 1+ garage, basement < $170

  • Looking along Hwy 70 in either St. Charles County or the Bridgeton / Maryland Heights area for 2 bedroom condo < $80

  • Looking from St. Peters to Wentzville for a 2+ bedroom home with basement < $130
Posted in Missing Homes
Feb. 14, 2019

Relocating Across the State Can Be Intimidating

When Jason and Crystal decided to move to the St Louis area to find the perfect school for their son, they knew it was going to be a difficult process.  Their current home in Republic, Missouri was over 3 hours away from St Louis and they knew very little about the area.  

Like many house hunters, their home search started online, looking for homes in their price range.  They found a few homes for sale in St Charles County that The Chad Wilson Group had listed, so they picked up the phone and made a call.  Deneke Bakalar answered their call, and since she lives in Wentzville, Missouri and is such a big fan of that community, she was excited to get to work to find them their perfect home!

Deneke toured a few without Jason and Crystal, since it was such a long drive for them, and shared videos of the homes and neighborhoods so they could narrow down the ones they wanted to see in person. 

They closed on their new home on Valentine's Day! Deneke is excited to help them get acquainted with Wentzville and show them why she loves it so much!  

A great real estate agent does more than just open doors for you.  Agents like Deneke who know the communities, school districts and area amenities will work to match you with a home that fits your family's needs. 

If you or someone you know is looking for a 5-star agent to guide them through the process, call Deneke at 636-229-7553.  She can't wait to get to work for YOU!

 

Posted in Meet Our Clients