On the Move Team
Laura Goggin and Karen Schoenthal

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Is FSBO Worth It?

We recently listed and sold a house that had previously been a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). The owner had been marketing it on Zillow for about 9 months when we met with him about listing it with us. Fortunately he had not been in a hurry to sell the house, but his circumstances had changed and he was ready to get it sold. We implemented a comprehensive marketing plan which included staging, professional photography and aerial photos, as well as the broad exposure of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). We also did a market analysis which showed we needed to adjust the list price by about 3%. Eighteen days later we were under contract. Things don’t always work out this nicely, but this was a good example of why FSBO often doesn’t work.

If you’re thinking about FSBO, here are some things to consider. We don’t disagree that sometimes it can work out well for the seller, but there are definitely some things you should know before you take that step:


27 Sequoia, Troy, IL

This impeccably cared for home is nestled in a lovely, secluded subdivision on a large wooded lot just minutes to I-55 and shopping. Features include: oversized 3-car garage, beautiful hardwood floors, quartz countertops, and an open kitchen/dining/family room space. This 3-bed, 3-bath home is listed for $225,000, MLS # 18056062. Marketed by Karen & Laura of On the Move Team at RE/MAX Alliance. Call for your personal showing today! #onthemoveteam


Preventative maintenance is one of the home ownership items that often falls to the bottom of our to do lists. Here’s a good reminder of items that should be on your annual maintenance checklist. Keeping your home in good condition will make things so much easier when it comes time to sell!

9 E Huntington, Maryville

JUST LISTED IN MARYVILLE! This home is in a great location with easy commute times to downtown St. Louis, Scott Air Force Base and SIUE. Living on a cul-de-sac is wonderful for kids to play outside. The backyard is very private with mature trees. Having 4 BEDROOMS ON THE MAIN LEVEL gives lots of options for a guest room, home office or kids playroom. The garage is huge! Tons of room for a workshop and still able to park vehicles and store bikes and lawn equipment. Having a really large laundry room is also so handy with a growing family, and the extra big master closet is heavenly! The basement is a great entertaining space; plenty of room for a home theater. The 5th bedroom in the basement is also great for guests because there is also a full bath. Give Laura or Karen a call for more information!

15 Ginger Crest

THIS HOME HAS EVERYTHING…Walk out to your private, STUNNING 1.45 ACRE WOODED yard with direct access to the paved bike/walking trails. Enjoy the beautiful view from two decks or the gorgeous brick patio. Main living area includes great room with vaulted ceiling and wood burning fireplace, large eat-in kitchen, dining room and 4 seasons sunroom. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the main level, including the master suite. The walkout lower level has a large family room with fireplace, as well as a bedroom and full bath. There is also a bonus partially finished rec room. Main floor laundry and extra work space in the garage. Roof replaced in 2016. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! The subdivision includes a CLUBHOUSE, POOL, TENNIS COURTS AND FISHING LAKE! Conveniently located, just minutes from 270 and GLEN/ED shopping!

122 Behrens

Move in ready in a prime location! Three bed, 3 bath home with main floor master suite. Over 2,400 sq. ft. of living space with many upgrades including granite counters, stainless appliances and wood floors. Beautiful backyard with both a deck and brick patio, along with mature trees. Listed for $245,000, MLS #17056051. Marketed by Karen & Laura of On the Move Team at RE/MAX Alliance. Call for your personal showing today!

4 Ginger Forest Ct 3-D Virtual Tour

Prepare to be amazed by this gorgeous 4 bed, 3 bath atrium walkout ranch in Glen Carbon. Over 4,000 square feet of living space on a half-acre lot. Immaculate inside and out! Listed for $450,000, MLS #17052817. Call for your personal showing today! CLICK BELOW FOR A 3-D VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE HOME:

9644 Hosto Rd

Stately country home with large rooms. If you’re looking for a historic home with lots of charm, look no further. You’ll love the 10 ft. ceilings, beautiful woodwork on the doors and trim and 3 fireplaces. The front of the home has a large 2-tier porch. There is another large porch and gazebo on the side of the home. The kitchen has Amish made cabinetry and opens to the family room and eat in dining space. There is also a formal dining and living room, as well as a large rec room, art studio, office and full bath on the main level. On the second floor are 3 large bedrooms and 3 baths. The 3rd floor is partially finished and partitioned into 5 rooms. There is an oversized 3-car garage with additional living space above. Current parcel is 7.77 acres, but seller is including 2 acres with the house. Additional acres could be negotiated.

5 Country Maples

Don’t miss this beautiful custom built 4 bed/3bath home with open floor plan. The exterior is 3-sided brick with oversized 3-car side entry garage. Large .7 acre lot with mature trees and private backyard. The main living area is open with vaulted ceilings from the kitchen through the eat-in dining area and great room. Listed for $262,000, MLS #17043484. Call for your personal showing today!

Making House Updates Before Listing

Karen talks about whether it makes sense to do some house updates before listing.