Sunday, March 15, 2009

Clean & Green

st louis real estateLast week I was picking up a future loft buyer at the Hampton Inn downtown and noticed that activity was picking up at the adjacent Urban Garden 2200 Pine. Spring season is upon us and some of the coolest events to participate in are upon us. Operation Brightside and Gateway Greening team up for the Urban Roots project on May 9th and 10th. Getting out and beautifying the urban landscape does a lot for the neighborhood and the region in general.

Also on May 9th, Operation Brightsides clean up St. Louis Project Blitz will take place in Downtown.

Traditionally there has been a good turn out in Downtown for both of these events. There is also the opportunity to buy plants and donate to help make this year's event a success. Visit Operation Brightside or Gateway Greening for more information.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Loft Deals Scooped Up

St Louis loft pricing
I bought my first home in February. It was strategic. My thought was, who in their right mind would be running around in the snow looking at homes. With a prospectively lower demand, supply constant, prices would drop.

This February, prices were favorable too. Still not as good as the media seems to think. A sports reporter talking to Cardinals 3rd baseman made the comment that his house bought last year had dropped 50% in value. He should stick to sports. Real estate values look great compared to stocks. Bucking the trend elsewhere, only one sale was a foreclosure. Several banks seemed to stop accepting offers last month due to the larger forces of government stimulus and equity transfers.

Two Units sold were new construction. Favorably priced, but still above the resale market, pushing up the average pricing.

Click Here to see the February 2009 St. Louis Loft Sales