Ryan Shakofsky Blog

Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall!

Posted by Ryan Shakofsky on August 29, 2016 in No Category
Mortgage rates edged downward this week as the market anticipated Wednesday's release of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's July meeting, Freddie Mac reported. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped two basis points from last week to 3.43%, Freddie Mac said Thursday based on the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. A year ago, the rate averaged 3.93%. Similarly, the average rate for a 15-year FRM dropped a single basis point to 2.74... read more
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The Best Places to Live in the Greater St. Louis Area

Posted by Ryan Shakofsky on August 02, 2016 in No Category
Creve Coeur, Clayton, Richmond Heights and Olivette landed on Niche’s list of the ‘2016 Best Places to Live’, a list based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities and local amenities. Creve Coeur is tops among local municipalities, coming in at No. 34. The city landed a C in cost of living, a B in crime, an A in both public schools and education, and an A in both jobs and amenities. Clayton came in at N... read more
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Spruce Up With These Trends in Wood Flooring

Posted by Ryan Shakofsky on July 29, 2016 in No Category
That carpet may have to go. It looks old and worn even if it has been steam-cleaned a hundred times. It's time for a change. Who knows, you may have the perfect wood for your home interiors just beneath your carpets. It may be worth a peek. And it gives you a chance for change if you're in a home improvement mood. Here are the top five trends in hardwood flooring this year that could fetch you a better price on a resale.  #1 Wider and Longer Wood Planks Traditionally the planks in wood flooring were cu... read more
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Posted by Ryan Shakofsky on July 28, 2016 in No Category
It's always great to hear some pretty awesome stats from your Broker. Good agents work with good companies. We are Coldwell Banker Premier."It was announced at the Chairmen's Circle Meeting last week that Coldwell Banker Premier ranked number 8 of all real estate companies in the in the Coldwell Banker family for improvement in production over the preceding year. Those companies above us had much higher average sales price than we do. Most of these worked in the California market. Congratulations to... read more
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As we are spending more time outside and curb appeal season is ramping up, let's talk about these seven tips for keeping your yard green without doubling the water bill.  1. Determine whether the type of grass in your yard is the best variety for your climate. There are dozens of unique classifications of turf grass, and all varieties respond differently to their environment. A few basic examples are cold- or heat-tolerant, saltwater-tolerant, grasses that stand up to wear and tear. Start by asking a law... read more
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