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5 Tips For Homeowners Looking To Sell

Posted on: 1:08 pm, March 14, 2012, by

To view the interview with Kelly Hager and Christine Buck, click here.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KPLR11)-Despite a down housing market, spring is always a popular time to sell homes.  If you’re looking to sell your home, Kelly Hager of the Kelly Hager Group was in studio to give homeowners five affordable tips to help you sell your home.

1.  Keep your house really clean and clutter free

2.  Spruce up the front yard

3.  Replace dinged/melted siding

4.  Replace wallpaper with paint

5.  Change Outdated lighting fixtures

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Tips to selling a home in a buyer’s market

11:58 AM, Mar 10, 2012

To view the interview with Kelly Hager and Kelly Jackson, click here.

St. Louis (KSDK) – Home values are down around 24% from the start of the recession, and economists predict they could fall even more this year.  So the experts are weighing in on how to sell a home in a buyer’s market.

St. Louis realtor Kelly Hager says there are five main things people should do before putting their house up for sale.

Those things include getting rid of clutter and making sure the house is clean.  She also says to make sure the front yard is tidy.  Damaged or dirty siding may also turn buyers off, so sellers should make sure to replace any that stands out.  And inside the house, homeowners should replace any wallpaper with paint and get rid of outdated lighting fixtures.
March 7, 2012
Contact: Greg Severin
Lents & Associates



Co-owner of two St. Louis area Keller Williams market centers receives Cultural Icon Award

For the third consecutive year, Kelly Hager of The Kelly Hager Group has received a Cultural Icon Award from Keller Williams.

Hager, a licensed realtor who owns parts of two Keller Williams market centers in Chesterfield and St. Charles, was honored for her St. Louis area fundraising leadership on behalf of Joplin tornado victims.

Serving the St. Charles and St. Louis County communities since 2005, The Kelly Hager Group specializes in buying and selling homes through a team-oriented approach and exceptional customer service. An affiliate of Keller Williams, The Kelly Hager Group is a Top Selling Real Estate Experts™is one of The Top Selling Real Estate Experts™


Editor’s note: Kelly Hager lives in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.

Short sales rise in St. Louis

BY JIM GALLAGHER • > 314-340-8390 |                                           Posted: Thursday,  March 1, 2012 5:27 pm

Banks are becoming more willing to accept “short sales,” and that’s changing  the market for distressed property here.

In metro St. Louis, 597 homes sold from October through December while their owners were in default on their mortgages but before foreclosure, according to  figures from RealtyTrac released  today. That’s up 20 percent from the same period in 2010. Such homes now make up a third of all distress sales.

RealtyTrac, says these are often “short sales,” in which the homeowner sells the property for less than the mortgage amount, and the bank agrees to swallow the loss.

Meanwhile, sales of all distressed homes – those in default and those already taken in foreclosure – were down 5.6 percent.

That follows a national trend. Distress sales before foreclosure are up 15  percent nationally, while sales of foreclosed homes are down 12 percent.

Buyers are getting a bargain. In metro St. Louis, homes sold before  foreclosure sold at a 30 percent discount to non-distress sales. That is the  fifth biggest discount among major metro areas, says RealtyTrac, an online  market for foreclosed property.

Lenders are becoming “much more short-sale friendly,” says Elizabeth Kayser, a St. Louis lawyer who specializes in negotiating short sales for homeowners and realtors. “This is a paradigm shift.”

It’s happening because lenders lose less money through short sales, she says. They avoid the cost of foreclosing, maintaining and selling the property.

Homeowners avoid a foreclosure on their credit record. Banks will often, but  not always, waive their right to sue the homeowner for the “deficiency” – the difference between the sale price and the mortgage amount.

“The banks are loosening up, but it’s not perfect,” said real estate agent Kelly Hager, of the Kelly Hager Group in Chesterfield.

Would-be buyers have to wait months while the seller’s lender mulls the offer. “They call them short sales, but there’s nothing short about them except that the bank gets shorted,” said Hager

It can take two to five months for the lender to approve. That’s down from four to nine months in previous years, says Kayser.

Banks rarely agree to short sales if the homeowner is current on the mortgage, says Kayser. But banks are making exceptions in divorce cases.

“A lot of banks look at divorce as prima facia evidence of hardship,” says Kayser.

Nationally, distressed home sales were down 2 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, but RealtyTrac expects that number to rise as more come on  the market.

Last month’s settlement between the Justice Department an five major banks over foreclosure practices could clear the way for more foreclosures.

“We expect to see foreclosure-related sales increase in 2012, particularly pre-foreclosure sales, as lenders start to more aggressively dispose of distressed assets held up by the mortgage servicing gridlock over the past 18 months,” said Brandon Moore, RealtyTrac CEO.


Posted in Local on Thursday, March 1, 2012 5:27 pm Updated: 10:37  pm. | Tags: Jim  Gallagher, Kelly  Hager, Foreclosures  In St. Louis, St.  Louis Home Sales, Realtytrak, Brandon  Moore



February, 22 2012

Contact: Greg Severin
Lents & Associates


In a recovering market, local real estate company generates healthy home sales numbers

In what remains a challenging real estate market, The Kelly Hager Group continues to post strong home sales numbers in the St. Charles and St. Louis County areas.

“We are definitely bucking a trend in an industry that is still recovering,” said Kelly Hager, a licensed realtor who owns parts of two Keller Williams market centers in Chesterfield and St. Charles. “We are encouraged by our sales figures and expect to significantly grow those numbers moving forward.”

An affiliate of Keller Williams, The Kelly Hager Group sold 70 homes and generated $12.5 million in total sales during 2011. In December alone, The Kelly Hager Group sold 10 homes for $1.8 million.

“We increased our sales by 400 percent,” said Hager. “It was truly a December to remember. We exceeded our projections and went far beyond our expectations.”

Utilizing a team concept and the latest in lead generation technology, Hager said her agents have been able to consistently identify opportunities and successfully close transactions.

“We are very aggressive in hunting down business,” said Hager. “We are client driven with a businesslike approach that is unique to the market.”

Hager also credits Keller Williams for providing the ongoing training, tools and support to help her business succeed.

“Keller will teach you how to get more business and the company also gives you the autonomy to create a brand that is unique and fits your market,” said Hager.

Because business is up, Hager has expanded from a four-person team in the beginning of 2011 to the current 15-person team, and is looking to grow further.

“We feel great about our sales numbers, but being able to create more jobs is particularly gratifying,” said Hager. “We are fortunate to be in that position.”

Hager is also feeling very fortunate these days. Nearly two years ago, an illness left her hospitalized and in a coma for weeks. The exact nature of the illness was never determined but Hager has since fully recovered.

“My team really sustained the business in my absence” said Hager. “They did an amazing amount of work and volume. I am so grateful to them as well as for the clarity I gained during the whole experience.”

While Hager’s expertise is real estate, she grew up in the bookstore business. She is the daughter of Terry and Allen Mittelman, who owned the popular and very successful Library Limited Ltd. in St. Louis for over three decades.

“I definitely learned a lot about how to run a business,” she said. “They knew how to build and sustain an independent bookstore and did so with great success.”

With the economy on the upswing, interest rates at near-record lows, and first-time homebuyers triggering the local market, Hager is confident about selling more homes in 2012.

“First-time homebuyers are creating a ripple effect,” said Hager. “And we want to continue to ride that ripple and generate a wave of more business this year.”
Serving the St. Charles and St. Louis County communities since 2005, The Kelly Hager Group specializes in buying and selling homes through a team-oriented approach and exceptional customer service. An affiliate of Keller Williams, The Kelly Hager Group is is one of The Top Selling Real Estate Experts™



The reasons they’ve seen up to a 30 percent increase in sales from a year ago.

12:12 AM, Feb 4, 2012,

To view the interview with Kelly Hager and Mike Rush, click here.

By Mike Rush

St. Louis (KSDK) – The worst may be behind us. That’s what local real estate agents are saying after a significant uptick in home sales over the last couple of months.

Karen Kesler is hoping her home will sell soon.   “One of my favorite things when you’re having a guest and everything is my pantry,” said Kesler. Even down to the food storage space, Kesler loves her Dardenne Prairie home, but she’s downsizing and that means a “for sale” sign sits in her yard.  ”It’s kind of hard when the house was worth so much at one time and it’s not worth as much now because of the economy,” said Kesler.

But Kesler’s encouraged by news from her real estate agent, Kelly Hager. Hager says showings on her properties are up 40 percent from this time a year ago. And because of that, “We’re on the hunt, so if you’re looking for a job we’d love to talk with you,” said the Keller Williams Agent.

Hager is hiring 20 agents. ”So many people are calling to help them find a house and to help sell their house that we feel that we need that many folks,” she said.
The upswing seems to be a shared experience. ”It may be premature to describe it as a housing recovery,” said Glenn Vatterott, President of the St. Louis Association of Realtors. But, he says the last couple of months seem to suggest the worst is behind us. ”In most of the market, 25 to 30 percent increase in terms of sales units,” said Vatterott. That’s a statistic Kesler sure wouldn’t mind being a part of. ”We’re very hopeful that we can sell within even the next month or so,” said Kesler.

She’s had six showings on her house since mid-December, which is pretty good for this time of year.
So what’s behind the surge? Vatterott says it could be a combination of a number of things, including extremely low interest rates, more affordable prices, consumer confidence and even the mild winter