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 A New Year; A New Start!
By: Kimberly Cameron, CRS
Wed, Jan 5th, 2005 5:01 pm

Well here it is, 2005. As the title says, "a new year; a new start." It’s a time to look at where we’ve been so we can make improvements to change where we're heading. That couldn’t be truer for me this new years as 2005 will bring about a lot of great improvements to change my life both personally and professionally. I would like to take a few moments to share them with you.

NEW NAME: No I’m not joining the witness protection program! I’m happy to announce that over the holidays I got engaged and come April I’ll become Kimberly Cameron. And the thing I’m excited about the most is I’ll no longer be the girl with the name too long to fit on a name badge. Yeah!

NEW TEAM: For everyone that I worked with in 2004, THANK YOU for a great year! Because of you, in 2005 I’ll be bringing on a team of agents and assistants to work with and assist me. This will provide you the customer better service and support. In next months Homeowner Update I’ll be announcing the first of my new team members!

NEW LOGO: To reflect my new Team Status, the Homeowner Update and StlAgent.com have a new logo. Pretty sharp huh?

NEW SERVICES: This is where I really start to get excited. I have a wealth of new services I’ll be providing customers in 2005. The first of which is a FREE service called, “The eHome Buyers Scouting Report.”

The internet has changed the way a lot of buyers do their initial search for a home. No longer do you waste days driving around town just to figure out what a home looks like- now you can preview listings from the comfort of your own home.

Unfortunately, searching for a home on the internet can still be an arduous task as real estate websites generally are delayed several days- even weeks- before the new homes get posted. It's not uncommon for the best homes to be sold before they ever show up on-line. Having listings e-mailed to you by an agent can get you the listings in a timely fashion, but those e-mails are difficult to search through and can clogg up your mail box with pages of duplicate homes.

Scouting Report solves these problems. First off, you are given your own personal website which will remember your search options so you don’t have to reenter them every time you look. You control the search options, so you can change neighborhoods, pricing, and other criteria as you narrow down your search.

Unlike listings that are e-mailed to you, you can delete the homes in a Scouting Report you aren’t interested in, and save the homes you want to look at later. And since it’s a website, you can look at it 24 hours a day from any computer you are at without worrying about your mailbox overflowing.

But the most important thing about Scouting Report is it pulls its reports DIRECTLY from the database Real Estate Agents use- so everything is fresh and up-to-date. No more “new” listings that are really several weeks old and already under contract.

To use the Scouting Report for free, simple visit my Website at http://www.stlagent.com .

NEW WEBSITE- In 2004, I talked to customers and evaluated hundreds if internet websites on to try and determine what I could do to make my website, STLagent.com, useful to you. Let me share some of the things I found.

“Make it Valuable to the Community.” Real Estate is all about the community you serve, which is why I wanted my site to serve you- even if you aren’t looking for a new home right now. That’s why I’m excited to present a new Community Bulletin Board service at http://www.stlagent.com/forum where community organizations can go out and create discussion groups to post meeting notes, reminders, notices and announcements, as well as hold discussions about their activities or beliefs. Log in and check it out. This is a free service, and I would love feed back on how I can improve it.

“Keep it Interesting and Fresh.” So many websites are made and then go months, even years without updates. Can you really trust the information you are reading to be accurate if it’s a year old? That’s why I’ve created an on-line journal, or web log (often called a blog), so I can post articles and news of interest regarding St Louis area real estate as I come across them. Think of it as a Homeowner Update newsletter you can read ever day. If you would like to read my web log, please visit http://www.stlagent.com and click on “Read the St Louis Real Estate Web Log (Blog)” under the Features category.

“Make Searching for a Home Easier.” I hear you. That’s why you can sign up on-line for the new Scouting Report feature, as well as the Home Hunter search which will send new listings to your e-mail. More important, I am working on being able to offer you TRUE, real time, access to search the St Louis Area Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This is the database agents use.

“Help Me Find Local Resources.” Finding a handyman to repair your gutters, or an inexpensive lawn service to mow your lawn can be tough because smaller companies don’t have the resources to advertise. That’s why I created a Local Resources Directory for local business people to have a place to advertise their products or services for free. If you are a local business person, please feel free to submit your business.

Yes, 2005 is going to be a year of exciting changes and improvements. Happy New Years everyone!

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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