As you may know, my family and I relocated to St. Louis just a couple of years ago. Putting down roots and making this our beloved home...we couldn’t be happier.

From Forest Park and the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo to the 11-time World Series Champions, the Cardinals, this area is a wonderful place to call home.

What’s more, with St. Louis poised for significant job growth, while still maintaining attractive and reasonable housing prices, is it any wonder it’s predicted to be the second “hottest” top real estate market? In fact, St. Louis is ranking ahead of other top markets, even San Diego and New Orleans. That’s great news for home buyers and sellers. This is the perfect time to consider a move.

However, serious buyers need to be ahead of the game. I’ve heard our mortgage colleagues comment how buyers really need to be prepared in this housing market. Their recommendations? Show up to open houses educated on the property, prepared to make an offer, and with mortgage pre-approvals in-hand.

Pre-approval will indicate to the sellers you’re a serious buyer and not just casual onlookers. It also gives buyers the critical timing advantage over their counterparts without it, ensuring you’re ready to make an offer on that home or property you’ve always wanted.

This is truly one of the things that make what we do so great–helping make dreams, including dream homes, come true. That’s why we’re always evolving, striving to ever-improve our client experience for you.

From your first starter home and move-up to that second home or carefree retirement villa, our experienced mortgage professionals are here to help along the way. We’re committed to building lifelong relationships with our clients.

What better time to get started? On the road of life, many adventures await.
Let’s get started–and moving.

* These Will Be the Hottest Real Estate Markets in 2016, Fortune.com