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September
19

Home Addition

If your home no longer fits your needs, you might be thinking of building an addition. A new wing, great room, or even bedroom can make your current house feel more like your home. You may also consider an addition if you find an awesome home for sale that's simply lacking in a few ways. We've seen plenty of Belleville homes for sale with additions that blend in well with the original architecture. Here are some key things to know if you're thinking about having an addition built.

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September
6

Oktoberfest Belleville

Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture that dates back to the early 19th century. It has since been adopted by communities all over the world, including right here in Belleville. Our real estate agents are eager for the fun to begin again this September. 

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August
15

Front Yard Tips

You took your time looking at Belleville homes for sale, finally found the right one, and moved in. Now, you're looking at your front yard and thinking it could use a refresh. Sound familiar? You're not alone. Front yards do need a little revitalization from time to time to keep them looking fresh and inviting. Here are some ways you can spruce up your front yard and enhance your home's curb appeal. 

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August
1

Midwest Arts Festival

Looking for a fun and exciting way to experience local culture near Fairview Heights homes for sale? With a bustling social calendar, there's always something new to see and do. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop you need to make the most of it.

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July
18

St. Clair County Dining

Summer in Saint Clair County means outdoor dining, and our real estate agents like it even better when they're not doing the cooking. Join family and friends for a meal on the patio at one of these wonderful local restaurants.

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July
5

Furniture Tips

Are you feeling dissatisfied with your home? If it's starting to feel a little stale or like it doesn't meet your needs anymore, it could just be that it's time to rearrange your furniture. Changing your room arrangements can breathe new life into your home and remind you why you love it. Or if you're getting it ready to list, rearranging your furniture can help stage the space better for potential buyers. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for a winning room arrangement.

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June
20

Kitchen Tips

Tired of having to search through multiple cabinets to locate the pot or pan you're looking for? Feel like your cabinets and drawers have a lot of wasted space?

Organizing your kitchen helps you quickly find what you're looking for and makes cooking more enjoyable. Follow these tips from our real estate agents to get your kitchen organized and clutter-free. 

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June
6

Community Gardens

Belleville homes for sale enjoy the combination of natural beauty, a vibrant local economy, and quality amenities anyone would be happy to have close to home. Our real estate agents know the character of a community is also an important factor, and this is one area where Belleville truly stands out.

Belleville's tradition of community gardens makes it easy for residents to get involved in sustainable urban agriculture with a local focus. Community gardens are managed and maintained by volunteers, with plots available for anyone in the community to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and more.

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May
16

Belleville Pets

Some of our real estate agents love taking their dogs with them wherever they go. After all, dogs are part of the family too! Whether we're heading to grab a bite to eat or are looking to give our pets a bit of extra luxury and pampering, we created this guide to the best dog-friendly places near Belleville to help our fellow pup parents.

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May
2

Down Payment Tips

The spring real estate market is here and is sure to continue to heat up! If you are looking into Belleville homes for sale, you are likely considering the down payment you'll have to invest. Saving adequate money for the down payment is a hurdle for many, but a solid savings plan makes homeownership possible. Our real estate agents have compiled an easy guide below to get you closer to owning your dream home.

Most homeowners hesitate to start the homebuying journey because they can't make a 20% down payment. While many mortgage lenders demand a 20% down payment, you can put as little as 3% down with a fixed-rate conventional loan. You may pay for even less or no down payment if you qualify for a VA or USDA loan.

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April
18

Downtown Belleville Art

If you're not already an art lover, the incredible abundance of creativity around Belleville will quickly make you one. Our real estate agents share their favorite art displays and events that are within minutes of Belleville homes for sale

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April
4

Home Coffee Station

One popular feature in today's kitchens is a coffee station. While some people design their kitchen remodels with dedicated space for a coffee station, you can get the same effect in your kitchen today while making minimal changes. Here are a few ways our real estate agents recommend incorporating a coffee station in your kitchen.

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March
21

Belleville moving

You've spent time looking at Belleville homes for sale, you've found the right one, and now you're ready to move. Moving into a new home can be really exciting, but it also makes for a very busy couple of weeks. Amidst all of the excitement and the changes, it's easy to forget things. Why not learn from others' mistakes instead of making your own? Here are some things people often forget when moving.

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March
7

Belleville St Patrick's Day

It's time for the one day of the year when everyone is a little Irish, and as always, Belleville will be hosting some great events for St. Patrick's Day this year. Our real estate agents have all the details on the busy lineup of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Belleville this year.

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February
21

Spring Cleaning

Spring will be here before you know it! If you're like most people, once the seasons change, you'll focus on cleaning your home and getting it ready for the warmer months ahead. It's not too early to start planning your spring cleaning routine, especially if you're planning on listing your home in the near future. Our real estate agents have some tips to help you with your spring cleaning endeavors. 

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February
7

Belleville Parks

If you're selling your home in the Belleville area, then you know how important it is to give prospective buyers a chance to see your house in person. A great home showing can be a game-changer. The question is, where are you and your kids going to go while your home is being shown? 

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January
17

Belleville 2022

The start of the new year brings the perfect opportunity to explore all of your favorite places in Belleville, both new and old. Whether you're looking for family fun, fascinating educational attractions, great shopping, or the chance to spend some quality time in the great outdoors, you'll find it close to home in Belleville. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 of the top places for you to visit in Belleville this year.

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January
3

Fairground Events

If you live in or are thinking of moving to the Belleville area, then allow us to draw your attention to one of the best event venues nearby: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center. Conveniently located off Highway 15 in the historic district, this event center host numerous conventions, performances, and sporting events throughout the year. Take a break from looking at Belleville homes for sale, and consider attending one of these upcoming events.

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December
20

Belleville Gift Ideas

Searching for unique, outside-the-box gift ideas that will bring a smile to anyone on your shopping list? Then this is the perfect time to skip the big box stores and shop locally at the many fantastic small businesses located on Main Street near Belleville homes for sale. In addition to finding some great gifts, you'll be supporting the small businesses that make the community so special and benefiting the local economy. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the many excellent shops where you can find distinctive gifts on Belleville's Main Street.

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November
22

Belleville Events

Looking forward to sharing the holidays with family and friends? Join our real estate agents in celebrating at these festive events, taking place just minutes from Belleville homes for sale.

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November
1

Interior Design

Did you know that National Stress Awareness Day is on November 3rd? This important day always falls on the first Wednesday in November, as Wednesday is typically the most difficult and stressful day for Monday-through-Friday workers. The day was made an event by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to recognize how much stress people carry and the harm it does both physically and psychologically, as well as to promote methods of managing stress.

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October
18

Cozy Fall Home

Fall is the ideal time to make a few cozy upgrades to your home. A cozy, inviting home makes the transition from long summer days to shorter, chillier fall days (and eventually frigid winter days) less daunting. 

When it's time to add your property to the inventory of Belleville homes for sale, potential buyers will appreciate these homey, inviting upgrades. Here are a few projects to add to your to-do list. 

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October
4

Belleville Soup

The changing leaves and the nip in the air are sure signs that fall has arrived. Whether you love cold weather or could do without it, there's something super comforting about enjoying a hot bowl of soup on a chilly day. Our real estate agents love trying specialty soups at local restaurants so we can pass on recommendations to the new residents we work with. 

From a simple broth to a filling chowder, some of our area restaurants are serving up incredible soups that we're sure you'll love. Here are a few you won't want to miss. 

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September
20

Walkway Ideas

As if landscape design hadn't been breaking new frontiers in recent years in so many inventive ways, here comes the latest: outdoor walkway ideas that promise to dazzle your visitors and set the neighborhood talking. Whether your walkway design is brick, wood, stone, tile, or gravel, it can become a real talking point -- or selling point, if you plan to list your home among Belleville homes for sale.

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September
7

Comic Book Day

While Wonder Woman and Spider-Man fill movie screens everywhere, Archie and his friends pop up on the small screen, making comic books more popular than ever. On Saturday, September 25, celebrate National Comic Book Day along with our real estate agents at these wonderful comic book shops around Southern Illinois.

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August
16

Belleville Security

When you have a home that you love, it's important to have security features to keep you and your family safe. 

Our real estate agents know that a few simple changes make a significant difference in the security of your property; these upgrades also make your home appealing to potential buyers. Here are some security upgrades to consider adding to your home. 

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August
2

Belleville Walking Trails

Going for a walk or a bike ride is one of the most convenient ways to get exercise. It's also a nice way to enjoy some scenery and get to know the local area. While you can always walk down the sidewalk and explore your neighborhood, there are also some awesome trails in the Belleville area. Our real estate agents recommend strolling or cycling along these trails when you get the chance.

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July
19

Farmers Markets BellevilleSummer is the harvest season for so much of the fresh, Illinois-grown produce that we all know and love, which is why now is the perfect time to plan a trip to your local farmers market. In addition to stocking the freshest produce, meat, and other ingredients, farmers markets are great places to pick up so many different hand-crafted items from local artisans. Shop local, give back to the community, and find some outstanding deals in the process. Our real estate agents have all of the details you need on 5 of the best farmers markets in the Belleville area.

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July
5

Outdoor Updates

When you're getting ready to list your home on the market, many sellers primarily focus on their home's interior, but it's important to remember your outdoor space too. Your home's exterior is your first chance to make a good impression on potential buyers. A beautiful exterior is an excellent way to attract attention to your listing. 

Our real estate agents always encourage sellers to focus on sprucing up their outdoor space before listing their home, as it can actually have a positive impact on the home value and sale price. Below are some tips to help you get started today:

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June
21

Horseback Riding

Whether you've been around the stables your whole life or you're interested in enjoying the exhilarating experienced of horseback riding for the first time, our real estate agents are happy to report that there are a wide variety of excellent equestrian facilities in the Belleville area. This is the perfect time to visit a local farm for a lesson, some trail riding, or a great place to board your own horse. Start your search for the ideal horseback riding experience with our list of 5 popular equestrian facilities near Belleville.

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June
7

Gutter Maintenance

Homeowners routinely forget about their gutters when it comes to warm weather maintenance chores. However, there are a number of reasons you should check your gutters each year so that they're in good working order and you avoid potential damage to your roof. If you're listing your home among Belleville homes for sale, you should check out your gutters to ensure they are in good repair. Here's the lowdown on gutter maintenance for the summer.

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May
17

Home Office Tips

So many of us are spending more and more time working from home these days, so there has never been a better time to revamp your home office. Whether you want to impress your colleagues during your video conference call or simply want a more comfortable working space, improving your home office will improve your happiness and productivity. Our real estate agents love creating beautiful home offices, and they've been compiled a list of tips for giving your working space a refresh: 

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May
3

Belleville Disc Golf

It's a great time of year to be out enjoying the spring air in the Belleville area. It's not too hot, and not too cold—in other words, it's perfect disc golf weather!

If you're not familiar with disc golf, then you're in for a treat. It's the perfect fusion of Frisbee and golf, and it's a great way to have some outdoor fun with friends. Plus, some of our real estate agents' favorite local parks in the Belleville area have awesome disc golf courses. 

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April
19

Home Improvement ShowsHome improvement shows are perfect for lazy weekend binge-watching. An easy home renovation that's completed over the weekend and delivers dreamy results (complete with décor accessories) – who wouldn't want that? The popularity of home renovation shows has dramatically skyrocketed and perhaps changed the way viewers think about buying and renovating a home. However, things that happen on these shows are out of line with reality and can be misleading if you're looking to remodel or buy Belleville homes for sale. As you enjoy these shows, take everything with a healthy dose of cynicism. Here are some important things the shows get wrong.

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April
5

Historic Places St Clair CountyAs the oldest county in Illinois, St. Clair County is rich with history. Our real estate agents know that its unique charm is a big part of the reason why people from all over Illinois and across the United States choose the area for a new home.

As you visit Belleville homes for sale, you'll no doubt find the well-kept properties and beautiful variety of architectural styles striking. An abundant assortment of historic places are waiting for you to explore, and some of them may even be right in your own neighborhood.

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March
15

Belleville Breakfast

International Waffle Day, a holiday that began in Scandinavia and has made its way worldwide, is coming right up on March 25th. What better way to celebrate than by experiencing some of our real estate agents' favorite Belleville, IL breakfast spots?

If you're looking for a hot, fresh, homestyle breakfast in Belleville or its surrounding communities, you don't have to look very hard. Here are a few of our favorites! 

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March
1

DIY projects

If you're planning to add your home to the list of Belleville homes for sale, a few improvements might be needed to encourage buyers to make an attractive offer. And maybe you don't have the money for a major renovation. But don't worry, with a few dollars and a DIY attitude you can take your productivity to the max and knock out a few simple projects that will have a big impact on buyers. Our real estate agents have put together this list of 7 low-cost, high-value DIY improvement projects to get your home in excellent shape before that for sale sign goes up.

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February
15

Indoor Garden Tips

Some plants take a lot longer to grow than others, which can be challenging for us gardeners who live in cold weather climates. But there is a secret to getting ahead start on the season: start your garden indoors!

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February
1

Belleville Pizza

February 9th is National Pizza Day. Didn't know that was a holiday? That's okay! Now you know.

And now that you're aware that this momentous occasion is on the horizon, you can celebrate by ordering a pie from one of these fantastic local pizzerias in the Belleville area. You can bet that's what our real estate agents will be doing on February 9th. 

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January
18

Walking Trails in Belleville

Whether you're looking to work on fitness for the start of the new year or simply wish to enjoy some time outdoors close to home, the beautiful walking trails of the Belleville area are sure to have something for you. From well-traveled trails at popular local parks to quiet, out of the way trails located in nature, you're certain to find something that suits your style. Many of these trails are located in outdoor areas that feature other attractions for all ages, so you can turn your walk into a full family outing. Our real estate agents have all the details you need on 5 of the best walking trails that you'll find in the Belleville area.

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January
4

Belleville Clean Home

Sure, you worked hard all spring and summer with DIY and cleaning projects, but we bet you overlooked something. Plus, now that the holidays have come and gone, chances are you've let some things slide in your cleaning routine. Be sure to follow these tips for getting your home sparkling clean this winter. Once you're finished, if you need help listing your home or buying a house from Belleville homes for sale, your local real estate agents are ready to help.

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December
21

Heating Bill Tips

With winter right around the corner, cold temperatures and harsh winter weather are in the forecast. While it's common for your heating bill to increase due to the frigid winter temperatures, there are things you can do to make your heating costs more affordable. Follow these tips to cool your heating bill this winter. 

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December
7

The holiday season is just over the horizon, and our real estate agents want to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We know you're busy, so we've brought together a list of local shops in Belleville where you can find unique gifts. Best of all, they're all located on Main Street, making it effortless to shop them all in a single trip.

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November
16

Belleville Tips to Organize Home

Cleaning and organizing your home isn't an easy task, and it can seem especially overwhelming when you have a lot of clutter. Getting rid of stuff you don't need and organizing spots that attract clutter can give you room to breathe and make things a lot easier if you decide to sell your home. Our real estate agents advise clients with Belleville homes for sale to de-clutter as much as possible before putting their property on the market. Here are some often overlooked areas where clutter may hide.  

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November
2

Bakeries in BellevilleNational Homemade Bread Day is Tuesday, November 17th, and our real estate agents are ready to order up a fresh loaf from one of our favorite bakeries. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic bakeries throughout the Belleville area. Join in on the celebrations by visiting one of these Belleville bakeries for homemade bread.

  1. Coffee Mill Café – 115 E. Washington St., Millstadt, IL 62260
    Love is brewing at Coffee Mill Café. Next time you're in the area visiting Millstadt homes for sale, swing by Coffee Mill Café for a cup of joe and a freshly baked pastry. Grab your bread fix with a croissant sandwich, biscuits, and gravy, or a delicious panini. If you're looking for a grab and go meal, order up a delicious donut and hot or cold cup of coffee.


  2. The Happy Bakery – 102 W. 6th St., O'Fallon, IL 62269
    If you purchase one of our O'Fallon homes for sale, you'll definitely choose The Happy Bakery for your custom cake needs. While their boutique custom creations brighten up any event, you can also enjoy many of their tasty treats any day of the week. On National Homemade Bread Day, head down to The Happy Bakery and order one of their breakfast or lunch items that are completely free of animal products. Whether you choose a burger or "sammich," you'll love your meal topped with their fresh baked bread and buns.


  3. Lizzie Bob's Bakery – 823 Lincoln Hwy Suite 102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
    Lizzie and Bob combine their talents for bread and pastry baking at Lizzie Bob's Bakery. If you're new to the area looking at Fairview Heights homes for sale, your neighbors will likely remember Belleville's The Pie Pantry run by Lizzie's aunt in the '70s and '80s. Lizzie continues the family tradition with her amazing pies, custom cakes, and giant cinnamon rolls. Bob's fresh-baked breads and rolls are ready to order and pick up every day. You can even let your dog celebrate National Homemade Bread Day by picking up a few dog sugar-free dog biscuits.


  4. Sweet Katie Bee's – 131 First Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
    Slow, feel-good food lives at Sweet Katie Bee's in O'Fallon. They believe that food is personal and should nourish the soul as much as the body. Take advantage of National Homemade Bread Day to try a half-dozen cinnamon rolls. They make rolls that are allergy-friendly as well as Keto-diet friendly, allowing those with restrictions to enjoy fresh-baked breads made from scratch. You could also opt to have breakfast or dinner ordered to-go, enjoying fresh avocado toast, biscuits, and gravy, a toasted sandwich, or pretzel bun slider on your way to work.


  5. The Abbey – 5801 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62226
    New residents of Belleville will love spending time at The Abbey. This espresso bar and café is one of the most comfortable places in town to grab a drink, a bite to eat and enjoy live jazz. Their full-service bakery features fresh 8-grain and rye breads. However, locals will tell you that no stop is complete without sampling their famous handmade Gelato.

Would you love to live close to one of these tasty bakeries? We'd be happy to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a private showing of our Belleville homes for sale.  

October
19

Belleville Italian Food

Did you know that Sunday, October 25th, is World Pasta Day? If you didn't, then you surely don't know that the World Pasta Congress created World Pasta Day back in 1995 so people all over the globe can celebrate more than 600 different shapes of pasta that have kept families full from as far back as the 4th Century B.C. Our REALTORS® believe that there is no better way to celebrate than to pick up a plate of pasta at one of these Italian restaurants around Belleville.

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