22 Westmoreland Place: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

by Chuck Roper 31. December 2013 07:39

Modern convenience mixes with traditional elegance in this three-story, 7,400 -square -foot home in the heart of the Central West End. Built in 1891, this historic home features an expanisve restored antique French Zuber wall covering and coffered ceilings. Marble fireplaces, wood floors and bay windows provide comfort and luxury, while five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and four-car garage and walk-out basement offer functionality.  Gas appliances and a kitchen island make cooking enjoyable, and diners can choose to nosh at the breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen or separate dining room.  Guests will love staying in the renovated carriage house and taking dips in the in-ground, heated Pebble Tec pool with salt filtration.  The slate terrace and beautiful landscaping make for a stunning backyard.  Amenities include French doors, security system, game room, library with built-in bookcases, in-ground sprinkler system and sun room. 

For more information on this fabulous home contact Katherine Holton:



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Larry Levy: A Claverach Park Trifecta

by Chuck Roper 4. October 2013 10:25

Unless you represent a builder and work a subdivision, multiple home sales in any subdivision during a calendar year are quite rare.

Research suggests that in established subdivisions, turnover is generally low and most agents are fortunate to sell a single home in a given year.

Yet, such expectations were vanquished during the third quarter by Larry Levy, a Janet McAfee Real Estate Top Agent.

In an unprecedented display of marketing proficiency, Larry sold three homes in sought-after Claverach Park during the third quarter. And, just for icing on the cake; Larry sold another home in Davis Place during the same quarter. Selling prices ranged from $600,000 to just under $1,000,000.

Three of the homes were listed by Larry. He also represented buyers on two of the homes. All of his listed homes sold quickly. Leveraging his impressive network of agent contacts, Larry sold two of the listed homes before they made their market debut. Using the collective resources of Janet McAfee Real Estate and their multi-channel marketing, the other listed home sold in 36 days.

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about buying or selling a Clayton home, look to Larry Levy and Janet McAfee Real Estate for professional representation and verifiable results. If you reside in Claverach Park, it might make sense to contact him immediately.

To contact Larry:



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14 Briarcliff: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

by Chuck Roper 18. September 2013 06:06

When the Ladue News Magazine searched for an example of luxury living in Ladue, they sourced the distinguished team of Jim Human and Kevin Hurley of Janet McAfee Real Estate. Their handsome listing at 14 Briarcliff in Ladue offers over 4,100 square feet of updated and sophisticated living space together with an attractive white-washed brick exterior and rich architectural detailing throughout.

In a Distinctive Home feature article by Staff Writer Michael De Los Reyes, the highlights of the residence and its sought-after neighborhood follow:

A 13-room, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home in Ladue is listed for $1,185,000.


BUILT IN 1936, THIS 2.5-STORY offers extensive updates, while retaining its original architectural character.

The traditional layout offers 4,154 square feet on a .7-acre lot and an expansive brick-laid terrace allows anyone to enjoy the space in the shade of mature trees. French doors and a plethora of windows create a sunny interior.

A spacious living room adjoins the dining room. The breakfast room adjoins the kitchen, which features granite counters and custom cabinets.

The second floor master suite has a fireplace, updated bath with separate tub and shower, and a sitting room. Three additional bedrooms and two full baths complete the second floor.

The lower level is ideal for entertaining and offers a fireplace, full bath and office.  Other amenities include three gas fireplaces, historic millwork, built-in bookcases, walk-in closets, French doors, pocket doors and a two-car garage.

For beautiful color photographs and more property detail, go to:



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Katie Dooley Curran: Our Agent of The Month

by Chuck Roper 13. September 2013 07:16


Vitality and Verve

Earlier this year, we described Janet McAfee Real Estate Top Agent Katie Dooley Curran as a "Force Majeure."  Katie is a force of nature. She radiates vitality and verve which she converts into action as she advocates for her clients. Her unbounded energy has again, propelled her to a Top Agent status with the firm.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Katie to discuss the "secrets" of her success both in real estate and her personal life.  Her insights, observations and sense of humor reveal a great deal about her professionalism and her client appeal.  You will quickly learn why Katie represents the next generation of Janet McAfee professionals.

How do you stay on top of your profession?

Even with all the technological advancements in real estate, I never lose sight of the fact that we are in the relationship business. I love helping my clients and I am always available to them. I also feel they appreciate my honesty. If a purchase or sale of a home is not in the client’s best interest, I never hesitate to tell them and the reason why.  When I work with buyers, I actually share my list of obstacles to avoid. I find total honesty really creates significant levels of trust. I am always excited at the closing table knowing we optimized a client’s sales proceeds or, in the case of a buyer, that we successfully searched for and found the perfect home.

Today, the majority of my real estate practice is from clients referring their friends, family and co-workers to me. One client affectionately called me "Ms. Execution!" This is the best affirmation you can ask for.

I do leverage technology to stay in contact with clients using social media and my iPhone.  And, my iPhone, iPad and the proliferation of Wi-Fi networks enable me to office anywhere, respond quickly and offer great customer service. Technology also allows me to keep abreast of activity, inventory and price levels for St. Louis Central Corridor housing.

I also make it a point to routinely touch base with other agents to discover homes they may have in the pipeline or MLS exempt. So much happens before a listing is published in MLS and you have to have a great network to give your client the inside track on great opportunities or know if additional competition is heading their way, when they have their home on the market.

What personally drives your success?

Like the flight attendant suggests, I always put on my oxygen mask first so I can take care of my family and clients. To maintain my high energy level, I start my day with a little bit of Katie time before the rest of my house wakes up and then one hour of a fitness regime. I am highly motivated and competitive. I live and breathe real estate every day, even on vacation. It seems everywhere I go; everyone talks about real estate which makes my job fun.

How do you manage your priorities?

I am task oriented. My calendar and daily to-do list reflect it. I prioritize it daily. Fortunately, all my planning and responsibilities are recorded digitally, so everything is always at my fingertips. Time management is my greatest asset. I always figure out how to squeeze a last minute showing request in my day. I never like to say no to a client and they appreciate it.

What do you do when you are not working?

I turn off the phone, unwind and do my best to be to fully engaged with the special people in my life. I enjoy dates with my cute husband, family gatherings, getting together with friends, travel and catching up with my family each evening on our veranda (my sanctuary).  I am very blessed and continually try to pay it forward!

To learn more about Katie and to see her fine listings, visit






Our Stories: Real Estate Problems and Solutions

by Chuck Roper 5. September 2013 06:20



My buyers fell in love with a home which contained high radon levels.

During the inspection and environmental testing phase of their purchase, we received a radon test indicating radon levels of 37.4 pCi /L (picocuries per liter).

We thought it must be an error as the EPA has an action level of 4.0 pCi/L. Further research indicated that radon levels were unusually high in this particular area due to rock formations.

We asked the Seller to immediately install a radon mitigation system to reduce levels. Within days, the new mitigation system did its job and follow-up tests showed radon levels had gone from 37.4 pCi/ L to 0.6pCi/L, well below EPA standards.


Cindy Lee Gladney   I   314.503.4234


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Our Stories: Real Estate Problems and Solutions

by Chuck Roper 21. August 2013 07:56



A filthy, dirty oven is discovered at the final walk-through.

Make sure all built-in kitchen appliances, especially the oven and the refrigerator, are thoroughly cleaned before the property goes on the market. Why, you ask?

First, potential buyers will be inspecting them during listing appointments. Their cleanliness will reflect on the condition and quality of your home. Second, once the home is sold and you are in the midst of a hectic move, it is easier to simply wipe them down if they have already been deep-cleaned.


Tricia Kolbrener I 314.504.5564


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Susan Hurley: Agent of the Month

by Chuck Roper 15. August 2013 04:03


A very wise woman once wrote, "….each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint…and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."

We are unable to imagine a finer description of Janet McAfee Top Agent, Susan Hurley. Today, her successful real estate practice is a personal calling founded on her passion for helping clients achieve their goals. Against her heavy transaction levels and unbounded geographic service area, her superior service ethic is fueled by infinite energy. She is truly a rising star in our small galaxy of bright lights.

We invited Susan to sit down and talk with us about her success as a Realtor. Her insights and efficient observations reveal a great deal about her professionalism and her vision.

How do you stay on top of your profession?

Exploring fresh solutions and staying relevant are key, as each project is so different than the next. This includes surrounding myself not only with current information, but maintaining relationships that offer positive energy and optimize my network.

What personally drives your success?

The intrigue of a new challenge is irresistible, and once I have a vision of how I see that project coming full circle, I take great pride in all the steps involved to meet the expectations I set out to accomplish and eliminate mediocrity. The feeling at the end of the day knowing you have kept your best foot forward is a great one, and consistent preparation allows that.

How do you manage your priorities?

I do have a system for that...it is simple, just not easy... I use my best energy on the hardest task of the day... it takes a bit of discipline but once you do this, the rest of the day flows much smoother allowing me to be focus on being in charge of my day.... rather than my day being in charge of me!!

What do you do when you are not working?

At the top of my list: weekend getaways, anything outdoors, hanging out with my family, and trying new and unique restaurants.

To learn more about Susan and to see her fine listings, simply follow the link to her website: www.janetmcafee.com/susanhurley.


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9847 Litzsinger Road: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

by Chuck Roper 14. August 2013 07:26

When the Ladue News Magazine sought an example of the top one-percent of luxury home offerings in the Saint Louis market, they turned to the team of James Manion and Barbara Wulfing of Janet McAfee Real Estate. Their listing at 9847 Litzsinger Road in Ladue unites over 12,800 square feet of beautifully articulated luxury finishes with a commanding presence on a private 3.4 acre setting.

In a Distinctive Home feature article by Staff Writer Katherine Comfort-Mason, the glorious highlights of the residence and its impressive amenities follow:

A 5-bedroom, 10-bath home in Ladue is listed for $7,100,000.



A TREASURE TUCKED AWAY ON 3.4 secluded acres; this châteauesque home is both impressive and inviting. From the sweeping circular drive, step through heavy double-doors into the entrance hall, which features a grand staircase.

The parlor and two-story dining room each boasts a fireplace and chandelier, plus plenty of natural light. The kitchen, which has been photographed for several national publications, opens onto a breakfast banquette and a cozy hearth room. There also is a library lined with built-in bookcases, a wood paneled game room with a wet bar and a soundproof state-of-the-art home theater.

 Completing the first floor is a lavish master suite with his and-her bathrooms, separate closets and a sitting room. There are more bedrooms upstairs, plus comfortable living quarters for a guest or housekeeper. Beautiful terraces, a pavilion and swimming pool extend luxury living to the outdoors.

For more impressive details, simply follow the link below:



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Saint Charles Summer 2013 Market Report

by Chuck Roper 9. August 2013 08:39


Saint Charles residential housing was robust for the first two quarters of 2013
. Our research suggests the real estate market continues to grow. The overall trend is encouraging and represents a continuation from the four quarters of growth in 2012. It’s all in our Summer 2013 Market Report for the Saint Charles Community. A link is furnished below.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of residential housing activity including price levels for the Saint Charles community and is segmented by property type and school district.

The continued improvement in activity levels, modest price level increases and the relatively low inventory levels all contribute to our favorable outlook for St. Charles housing for the balance of 2013.




Our Stories: Real Estate Problems and Solutions

by Chuck Roper 6. August 2013 11:17

Disputes between buyers and sellers regarding which fixtures the sellers can remove.

The sale contract lists the items and fixtures that are automatically included with the sale. Sellers should review this list prior to bringing the house on the market and remove items they would like to move to their new home. While excluding them from contract is an option, a safer decision is to replace the items with similar fixtures before you list your home and photograph the interiors.

Megan Holekamp:



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