O'Fallon, MO Real Estate News

By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Monday Motivation…I remember my grandfather always saying that something wasn’t worth a dime.  To a kid back in the day a dime was a really big thing, ‘cause if we got a nickel we were in tall cotton.I soon came to understand that if something wasn’t worth a dime it Wwas considered “Worthless”.  Seeing that my grandfather could have been considered quite opinionated at times there weren’t many things that were worth a dime.  Then I found this quote by Yogi Berra and it so fits today’s economy: “A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.” Yogi Berra I haven’t gone back and researched what a nickel is worth today but when we used to be able to go to the movie, get a tall soda and a big bag of popcorn, and stay all day for just a quarter! I am thinking that a nickel isn’t worth a plug nickel.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
A simple survey, iPhone or Blackberry……..As fast as technology improves who has time to stay on top of all of it?  One thing for sure we need to be able to get the job done while being either in the office or on the road.  If not we will be playing catch up with our clients and customers.Two years ago I went out to the AR community and asked a question very similar to this question.  With over 200,000 members I am sure I can get a load of good information on my next phone.  Or is that smart phone?So my question to the community is to iPhone or not to iPhone., then If I go with the iPhone then which one, the 2g or 3g or 3gs?If I was to stay with the Blackberry then which one would you suggest?I am open to your ideas SO what say YOU?
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Sunday March 6th Dentist's Day…….Are you ready for this? Dentist's Day is a day to display a big, toothy smile. After all, your Dentist plays a role in that big, bright smile.  He or she is an important person in keeping your smile bright, and your teeth and mouth healthy.  My big toothy smile was lost when my wife introduced me to our cast iron skillet about a week after we were married.If my Dentist is such an important person, then why am I so scared of the next dental visit?  Is it perhaps the fear of discovering a cavity?  Maybe, he will find the beginnings of gum disease?  The fear of the dentist ranks right up there with.... the fear of pulling teeth! I’m not even going to say I would rather have a root canal!!Some of the ways to celebrate today are: Giving your dentist a big "TY...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
I have read that today is Multiple Personality Day……………And now I am beside myself who is also beside my other self.   Does this mean that when I talk of myself in the third person that I have this disorder? Multiple Personality Day is an opportunity to get in touch with all of you.Someone with a split personality has two personalities. Someone with multiple personalities has more than two personalities.  It’s a psychological disorder that I hope none of my readers have. Don't be surprised to find yourself surrounded by people who are talking to themselves today.  You might find yourself talking to yourself, too!When you wish someone "Happy Multiple Personality Day", you may need to do so multiple times, once for each personality.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
“Tomb of the Unknowns”.............This is an email that was sent to me a couple of days ago by my brother and I thought that I would share it with you here in the Rain.  I am not asking you to do anything like forward this on to your whole mailing list or sphere of influence or anything like that.  Shucks you don’t even have to read it BUT, if you don’t you will miss out on some interesting information about those on guard duty at the “Tomb of the Unknowns”.On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was "How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns" ---- All three contestants missed it! -- This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance.     Very  fascinating.  Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 1. How many steps does the guar...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Today March 4th is “Hug a GI Day”…….Today, and every March 4th, is a day that we all can get close and hug. It's "Hug a GI Day". Give a great big hug to any and all GIs you see today. The men and women in our armed forces deserve our thanks and appreciation.Our military men and women (GI's) perform an invaluable service to our country. They risk their lives for our freedom, and to keep us safe. A simple hug is a small thank you for this vital service to our country.Have you ever wondered what GI stands for?  The answer is: Government Issue. If it was General Infantry, then artillerymen, airmen, clerks and cooks wouldn't be GIs. When you go to boot camp, all your personal items are taken away and everything you have is Government Issue.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Today is March 3rd “National Anthem Day”.....The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key.  National Anthem Day is celebrated every March 3rd and celebrates the song, and the history behind its creation, and the day that congress made the Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem.The song officially became our national anthem on March 3, 1931.Celebrate today by proudly flying the flag. Also listen to and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
St Charles County MO the 2010 Census Numbers are in……This is always an interesting time because there is a lot that depends on the census especially when the political scene is so fired up.So what kind of a picture did the 2010 census paint?  The painting of St Charles County MO shows it with a booming residential development that has been a major destination for a continued migration of the region’s population over the last decade.On April 1st St Charles County’s population rose to 360,485 residents a 27% growth over the 2000 census.  This makes the county the fifth fastest growing county in Missouri.  This means that there are more people living in St Charles County MO than in the city of St Louis MO.It also shows that two local cities are among the 10 largest cities in the state, O F...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Monday Motivation for Feb. 28, 2011, There are days when you are on top of the world and everything just seems to be going just PEACHY.  It is on those days that folks seem to be paying attention to you and complimenting you all day long.  Or at least it seems as though they are.Then there is the other kind of days when nothing seems to be going right and just because you are down there is the big bully kicking sand in your face.  Why?  ‘Cause he can and will if given the chance.  And of course with those kind of days there is no compliment; even it is just for brushing your teeth and using mouth wash.  It is on those kinds of days that we need to listen to Mark Twain…………. When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.   ~Mark Twain   So today give yourself a pat on th...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
No Brainer Day!! Another weird/bizarre holiday, “No Brainer Day” will always fall on February 27th Having the choice of writing about the Polar Bear (yes they have a special day too) or “No Brainer Day” I decided to take the obvious topic. By definition, a "No brainer" is doing something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. So, today is the day for you to do all those "no brainer" tasks and activities, I just have to be careful though it could become second nature.  Why?  Think about it, if a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then it’s not going to be the chore to do today.Some people think that Christmas should be every day of the year. Not me, I think that No Brainer Day should be every day of the year.   Even though I think that this day sho...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Tell a Fairy Tale Day, Another Weird or Bizarre Holiday,So what is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”?“Tell a Fairy Tale Day” will always be found on February 26th.Today is a great opportunity to read your kids.  That is if the kids are around.  If they aren't around, it’s perfectly okay to read a fair tale alone.  We all know that everybody loves a good fairy tale, including a macho, macho man.To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with "Once upon a time.....".  But, they normally do.  It is a requirement that the story has a happy ending.  You know the one that says “and they lived happily ever after”.  There's no better ending.On Fairy Tale Day, I would recommend that you get a tall mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows), cozy up under a blanket with the kids and read a fa...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Surviving Your Serengeti………The Metaphor,I have just finished reading the first two chapters of Stefan Swanepoel’s book titled Surviving Your Serengeti.  What an easy and interesting read too.  Have you read it yet?From the very start of his book Stefan sets the stage using the Serengeti and its primary residents, the animals, as a metaphor of our journey through life and how each of the animals handle different situations.  It is easy to see that our journey through this life, no matter where we live, can be compared to the Serengeti and the problems that one can be faced with there.The book Surviving Your Serengeti is scheduled for release on March 1, 2011.  I would suggest that if you haven’t already, read the first two chapters of the book and take the quiz.  Taking the quiz will tel...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day......Today and every February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit  Appreciation Day.  So Ralph The Real Estate Dog this is another day for you ole buddy.International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the value of a dog biscuit, unless it is the taster at the plant. They say "Every dog has his day". And, today is definitely his day, when you give him those extra tasty dog biscuits.Can you eat dog biscuits?Oh Yes!  Hey, Jennifer Aniston has done it and so did my son.  He thought it was a Hershey’s Kiss!!You or I appreciate that dog biscuits’ value in pleasing our dog, as a reward for behavior, or when we entice them to do a trick. But, in the end, the dog is the r...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
OK All You Dog Lovers Just For YOU, Today is Walking The Dog Day,Every February 22nd is “Walking the Dog Day”.  This is a first for me and I would bet it is for a lot of folks out there.  So mark your calendar for next year.Walking the Dog Day is a special day that your dog looks forward to all year long. Wait a cotton pickin’ minute.........Don't you walk your dog just about every day? Sure you do!  Well maybe not in Minnesota or Alaska, and, weather permitting, it’s enjoyable for you and your dog.  Well I guess a Husky wouldn’t mind the cold weather.  In that case they could take you for a walk.On this day walking with your dog is a must. If you don't have a dog, you could borrow one or perhaps you could join a friend while he or she walks their dog.As a side note, "Walking the Dog" i...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Monday Morning Motivation….We have all we need to chart our course! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss Stop and think about it for a second.  We have a brain in our head, so how are we going to use it this week?We have feet in our shoes.  So we can walk without hurting our feet as we go through this life.On top of that we have a steering wheel in our hand so we can steer ourselves in any direction we care to go.  We are that person!Who do you wanna be and where do you wanna go.  You are your ships’ captain.   Success or Failure is in your head, feet and hands.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Hoodie Hoo Day A Really Bizarre Holiday……..This is a young and bizarre holiday always celebrated on February 20th in the northern hemisphere.  In the southern hemisphere it will be celebrated on Aug. 20th.If you didn’t get enough hoopla on Groundhog Day then on this winter day, you can go out at noon, wave your hands over your heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".  There is nothing saying that you need to be in a top hat or even fully clothed.  Simply go outside at high noon, sounds like an old western, wave your hands over your head and shout “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase winter away and bring back spring.After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere, except William Feela, is sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
National Chocolate Mint Day!!!Every February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day.  A day to celebrate everything and anything that is chocolate mint flavored.  Anything with chocolate in it can’t be all bad can it?Ice Cream, candies and all kind of desserts are the most favored of the chocolate mint flavor.  Just think about the good job chocolate mint candy does after a fine Italian dinner and all that garlic.  Chocolate mint will cover that garlic breath just fine.For those of you that don’t like Chocolate Mint, I’m sorry.  I can’t imagine who that would be!  But there is always a really nice piece of Dark Chocolate that can be enjoyed!  I hear that chocolate is a food group unto itself, is that true?For those Chocolate Mint lovers out there, this is truly a great day. Make sure to ge...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Another wonderfully Weird Holiday……Today February 18th is National Battery DayWhen you look at it there are very few things that don’t either depend on a battery or it has a battery back-up.  Will the list ever stop?  My guess is probably not.  Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs.We are all energized by the many uses and applications and today is an opportunity to celebrate this vital invention.  Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox, is there such a thing anymore, to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. The...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day......What a follow-up to yesterday, do a favor for a grouch day.  Always February 17th, and you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness.  Almost any kind deed will do.  It is highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.This is a favorite day of many people.  I think it is because people like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. It’s a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.What goes around always has a tendency to around.  A Random Act of Kindness is highly contagious.Here are a few ideas for a random act of kindness: Anonymously pay for a meal or for the coffee of the person behind you Pump gas for ...
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By Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
(Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield)
Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Not me, I plan on staying this way for a very long time.  Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time.  That’s me, the one with his hand up……It's in their nature.  You got that right…..…..Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc.  Why be an occasional grouch be when you can make more people miserable being that way all the time?  A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood.  Not me, But you will know when I am a GROUCH, they still need cheering up. Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him/her a favor that will cheer up their day. There are plenty of grouches out ther...
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