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St. Clair R-XIII Offer Online Classes

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

St. Clair High School will be offering online classes for the students at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Many of the classes are labeled “recovery,” which means they can be taken if students failed the course in the classroom setting the first time around. Special advanced placement courses also may be available. Some of the online courses will also be offered during the summer. “This opportunity allows students to take classes that we do not offer in a regular classroom setting,” Hunter said. Hunter also said that the selection process for the classes will be looked at on a case-by-case basis, and students could be placed in a specific class for a variety of reasons. The high school students have been told about the online offerings and are eager to receive the entire list of courses this fall. 

New Disc Golf Course in Evergreen Park

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

The St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board has set  the official grand opening of its new, nine-hole disc golf course in Evergreen Park for Tuesday, June 3, at 4pm. City employees and St. Clair Lions Club members have been working on the completion of the course since earlier this spring. Fairways have been seeded with grass and some general landscaping has been done. It is a par 30 and will be open from 7:30am till dark so go check it out next month!

Community Pride Week

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

This week is Community Pride Week! In conjunction with MODOT'S "No More Trash Bash" and St. Clair's City wide clean-up, the town is hosting Community Pride Week.The Mayor is encouraging every resident to take a few minutes of their time to pick up litter in our community and place it in a designated bag and put it out by the curb to be picked up by the City of St. Clair. The designated bags will be available for pick up at City Hall and St. Clair Police Station on Monday, April 21st- Wednesday April 23rd. Call City Hall at (636) 629-0333 ext. 104 to schedule a pick up. The trash must be in designated bags or the City will not pick them up.

St. Clair R-XIII Takes A Step Up in the Technology World

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

To start off the second semester of the 2013-2014 school  year Junior High and High School students received their own Chromebook for educational purposes. Faculty and administrators received their Chromebooks before the school year started to be able to help the students more when they received theirs. Each student will have to pay a $20 insurance policy to be able to take their Chromebook home with them after the school day. If they aren't able to pay the insurance policy the student will have to check-out their Chromebook from their adviser at the beginning of the school day and are required to check it back in to their adviser before they leave the campus. The Chromebooks have the same websites and apps blocked that they did on the school computers to keep the students from using the Chromebooks unconventionally. The students have been using them for about three months now and the administrators have been able to work out most of the bugs.

In Love With Two Houses?

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

Things you will want to consider when deciding between two houses: 

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  1. The neighborhoods. If the two final contenders are in different neighborhoods, evaluate the pros and cons. If you have kids and being close to a park is important, you'll want to consider that. How close are shopping, restaurants, church, and other services? Are the streets maintained? Do homeowners landscape and maintain their homes nicely? How long will your commute to work be?
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  • The schools. If you have school-aged children, you definitely want to consider the reputation of the neighborhood schools. You can usually find general district information and state standardized test results online. But once you're this deep in the process, you'll want to visit the schools and receive the information first-hand from school officials. You should also talk to teachers and parents.
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  • Crime. Go to the local police or sheriff department and ask about crime in your specific neighborhood. You might find theft or vandalism to be more prevalent in one area than another.
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  • The houses compared to others in the neighborhood. While it may boost your self-esteem to have the biggest house on the block, it's typically a better idea to stay away from purchasing the neighborhood monster. When it comes time to sell you'll find that the lower value of your neighbors' homes will shrink your home's value.

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                                                                                                                                            Michele Dawson

 

 

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Why Buy A Home Protection Plan?

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

Why Buy A Home Protection Plan?

Key Points to Remember:

  • All covered systems and appliances must be in normal operating condition at the time coverage takes effect.
  • Call first before having warranty work completed.
  • Only one heating and cooling system is covered unless additional coverage is purchased.

​Sellers

Offers FREE, No-Strings-Attached coverage during the listing (up to 6 months) and allows you to decide, depending on the purchase offer, whether to make the warranty a permanent condition of the sale. If the warranty is included in the final sale, payment is due at the time of closing. If the warranty is not included in the final offer, the warranty cancels and no money is owed regardless if there have been repairs made under the warranty.

Affords you with peace of mind and budget protection against untimely and expensive repairs during the listing of your home.

Offers you protection after the sale. The home buyer now has a place to go for repair work to mechanical systems instead of inconveniencing you after the sale.

Gives potential buyers confidence that your property is sound and provides them with protection that they will not get with the purchase of another home.

Fills the "wear and tear" gap that is created by the exclusion to your homeowners' insurance coverage (subject to the provisions of the warranty).

Buyers

Provides you peace of mind on one of the largest investments of your life. No more worrying about expensive repairs on your home's appliances and mechanical systems. One toll-free number is all you need.

Affords you with budget protection after buying a home. The most your covered repair will cost is a low service fee. 66% of homeowners report a failure of at least two major items within the first year of home ownership and the average homeowner has 1.6 service calls per year.

Fills the "wear and tear" gap that is created by the exclusion to your homeowners' insurance coverage (subject to the provisions of the warranty).

While a thorough inspection by a professional home inspector or by yourself will ensure mechanical systems and appliances are in working order on the day of inspection, no one has the ability to predict when one of the covered systems fail. Your Home Protection Plan gives you the confidence that your mechanical systems and appliances will be covered in the event of a breakage or failure.

Allows you the choice of service providers to complete the repair. A preferred servicer (if available) will perform the initial diagnostics.

(www.homewarrantyinc.com)

Quick Fixes - Home Staging

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

Quick ways to prepare a vacant home for sale!

1. Hire a professional cleaning crew to clean the house, inside and out.

2. If you don't plan to stage the home, have the carpet deep-cleaned or replaced.

3. Give all the rooms a fresh coat of paint.

4. Put a lamp in every room with timers so lights can turn on and off at different times. That way, buyers won't need to search for light switches in dark rooms.

5. In a non-distressed property, keeps the rooms at a comfortable temperature.

6. Put at least one air freshener in each room and closet out of sight so the home smells good.

2013 Hickinbotham Real Estate Community, Customer & Client Appreciation Celebration!

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

You are cordially invited to the..

2013 Hickinbotham Real Estate Community, Customer and Client Appreciation Celebration!!

When?: Saturday, July 27, 2013- 1:00 pm until ?

Where?: 456 Lakeshore Drive (Lake St. Clair), St. Clair, MO 63077

Bring the family and your favorite beverages and join us for all the fun!

FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED!!

BARBECUE       WASHER GAMES    SWIMMING     PONTOON BOAT RIDES    FISHING    HOT TUB!!

Music by Keith and Michelle Gowert (including Karaoke) from 5:00pm - ?

Home Safety While on Vacation

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

Tips for keeping your home safe while on vacation:

1. DO NOT announce on Facebook or Twitter that you are leaving for vacation.

2. Maybe leave some lights on or blinds open.

3. One could have a family member stop by and take your mail inside for you.

4. Make sure you lock all your doors and windows.

5. Set alarms and make sure the security company has a close relative's phone number in case the alarm sounds.

6. Don't leave any spare keys under door mats or on top of door frames.

7. Don't post any pictures on the beach or Disney World until you get back home.

8. Make sure you turn all electrical appliances off before leaving.

9. Make sure all prescription medications, expensive jewelry, guns etc. are locked in a safe.

10. Make sure all guns are unloaded and ammunition also locked up.

City of St. Clair to Host EEZ

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

ENHANCED ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX BENEFIT PROGRAM

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Purpose

Provide tax credits to new or expanding businesses in a Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone.

 

 

http://www.ded.mo.gov/BCS%20Programs/BCSProgramDetails.aspx?BCSProgramID=39

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