Figuring out where to live in St. Louis can be complicated, especially for newcomers. It is hard for some to wrap their head around the fact that the city itself is small (with a population of about 300,000) but has 79 distinct neighborhoods, each with its own vibe and name. Just outside the city limits, more than 2 million people live in 100 different municipalities spanning several counties and 2 states—all of which are sometimes referred to as the Greater St. Louis region.
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Just like clothing fashions, home trends come and go and are reflected in the types of homes that are popular. The difference is that houses stick around a lot longer than clothes. When it comes to St. Louis home styles, many houses built more than 100 years ago are still standing, as are houses from every era since.
With how much the housing market has changed over the last 50 years, or even, over the last decade, it can be interesting to think about what the future of home buying could possibly look like. With uncertainty around all of the things that go into the housing market like the environment, economy, work life, entertainment, styles, and personal preferences, who knows what the process will look like in the future? But still, it can be fun to speculate.
Buying a house is a big deal no matter what. When it’s a first home, it can be overwhelming and even scary. We are here to help calm the anxiety and demystify the process.
Standards of luxury change with the times. Fifty years ago, a two-car garage, a double-sink vanity, or a bar in the rec-room would have seemed pretty special in some houses. Today, those features are common, and one would be hard-pressed to find a new-build without things like walk-in closets, a security system, or a master ensuite. Heated floors, outdoor living space, swimming pools, and spas have become so mainstream that they are no longer the signatures of luxury homes.
Originally published Friday, October 26th, 2018; Updated February 1st, 2022
Relocating can come with a wave of emotion, beyond the general stress of getting your finances in order and taking the time to find the right home. The stresses of moving may hit in different stages based on your needs and current situation, and a lot of that stress can come specifically from buying.
Some people in the United States think of the Midwest as little more than “fly over country,” while the coasts are where the action is. While there is generally less hustle and bustle in the midsection of the country than in New York or L.A., there is plenty of appeal, even outside of big midwestern cities like Chicago.
One thing that many people like about this part of the Midwest is the change of seasons. But those moving from warmer climates might wonder what there is to do all winter besides hibernate and wait for spring. Even those who have lived in Missouri or Illinois for a long time might be looking for something new to do in the cold, dreary months following the holidays.
According to the National Association of Realtors, FSBO (For Sale By Owner) accounted for only 7% of home sales in 2020. That means that about 93% of sellers, along with most buyers, relied on a real estate professional.
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