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The St. Louis Realtor Podcast is hosted by Realtors® Adam Kruse and Shannon St. Pierre of the Hermann London Real Estate Group in Maplewood, Missouri which Adam is the owner of. In each episode Adam and Shannon will share their vast real estate knowledge to tell stories, give advice, interview experts, and share deals on their favorite properties. For more information about Hermann London, to ask a question, or recommend a topic to discuss, email PODCAST@HermannLondon.com

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The St. Louis Realtor Podcast is hosted by Realtors® Adam Kruse and Shannon St. Pierre of the Hermann London Real Estate Group in Maplewood, Missouri which Adam is the owner of. In each episode Adam and Shannon will share their vast real estate knowledge to tell stories, give advice, interview experts, and share deals on their favorite properties. For more information about Hermann London, to ask a question, or recommend a topic to discuss, email PODCAST@HermannLondon.com

Blog - hermannlondon.com/podcasts/
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    Ep. 65 Staying Optimistic During Coronavirus

    Ep. 65 Staying Optimistic During Coronavirus

    In this episode, REALTOR® Adam Kruse and REALTOR® Shannon St. Pierre talk about Coronavirus and its effects on the real estate market. Find out what practices Hermann London has implemented to make sure its agents stay successful during these uncertain times.
    Email questions to PODCAST@HermannLondon.com
    Adam Kruse-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/
    Shannon St. Pierre-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/
    ITUNES-http://goo.gl/rs1q9X
    Producer - Joey Vosevich
    Theme Song by Trastornobeats
    1:30 This podcast was broadcast live via Zoom from Adam’s basement and Shannon’s home office
    2:18 Zoom Video Conferencing to do daily chats to build community among the agents, lenders, and employees
    3:02 Hermann London has been paperless for a long time
    3:16 Direct deposit 
    3:39 Walkthrough videos
    4:12 Docusign and esignataures 
    4:27 Hermann London has always had a high tech and high touch approach
    5:05 Agents are reaching out to clients and neighborhood communities like MapleGood 
    6:16 REALTORS® have been deemed an essential business
    6:52 Should a seller list their house now or wait until Coronavirus quarantine is over?
    8:06 Will days on market (CDOM) become less of a stigma during Coronavirus?
    8:46 What precautions are Hermann London taking during home showings? 
    9:12 ShowingTime is limiting the amount of people who can look at a home
    11:24 Hermann London is doing video walkthroughs for every listing
    12:00 Shannon’s son interrupts the interview
    12:08 The screening process has become more thorough
    12:50 Missouri Association of REALTORS® came out with a form to let the seller’s decide if they want to let people come through their house
    13:30 Are buyer’s still looking at houses?
    14:52 Buyer’s that are out looking are serious 
    15:26 Photos and video are more important than ever
    16:25 The virtual tour video links on home search websites like Realtor.com and Zillow have always been hidden for some reason. Hermann London agents have been putting the virtual tour video link in the open house comments section.
    17:31 Wizah.com is Hermann London’s property search website and it now has a “request virtual tour” button.
    19:22 Wizah.com now allows buyers to submit an offer without having to wait on or meet with anyone
    20:50 How has Coronavirus affected inspections? How has the Association of REALTORS® dealt with delayed inspections?
    21:53 Will a seller extend a contract if a buyer loses their job during Coronavirus?
    23:00 Are inspectors and handymen working during Coronavirus?
    26:22 When the Fed lowered interest rates to 0% did it affect mortgage rates?
    29:45 How are REALTORS® handling Coronavirus?
    30:29 How is Coronavirus similar to the 2008 housing crash?
    33:20 Verne Harnish has 5 C’s for dealing with Coronavirus

    • 44 min
    Ep. 64 Kevin Kelly of Snake Bite Co. and Anti- Agency on Living Where You Work

    Ep. 64 Kevin Kelly of Snake Bite Co. and Anti- Agency on Living Where You Work

    In this episode, REALTOR® Adam Kruse and REALTOR® Shannon St. Pierre talk to Kevin Kelly, the owner of Snake Bite Co. and Anti- Agency. Find out what Kevin was thinking when he bought a mixed use property to serve as both his home and office and how he gets the most productivity out of his day.

    Email questions to PODCAST@HermannLondon.com

    Adam Kruse-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/

    Shannon St. Pierre-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/

    Kevin Kelly of https://snakebiteco.com/ and http://www.anti-agency.org/

    ITUNES-http://goo.gl/rs1q9X

    Blog-https://hermannlondon.com/resources/

    Producer - Joey Vosevich

    Theme Song by Trastornobeats

    1:42 Adam introduces Kevin Kelly, the owner of Snake Bite Co. and Anti- Agency

    1:56 Adam helped Kevin buy a building 7 years ago

    2:44 Kevin started Snake Bite Co. 6 years ago

    3:06 Custom wholesale is a big part of Snake Bite Co.

    4:05 Adam and Kevin did an event on Cherokee where Adam was giving away coozies while Kevin was selling his

    4:40 Definition of Perfunctory

    6:00 Snake Bite Co. started by making over designed bottle openers

    8:35 Adam didn’t know whether to show Kevin commercial properties or funky houses

    10:52 Kevin has filmed commercials in his home

    11:50 The public office idea fell away after 2 years

    13:37 Kevin had to strategize how to stop people from wasting his time by taking less meetings

    15:03 Kevin has a system to his day that includes avoiding his phone and reading a book

    16:30 Kevin’s problem with pop psychology self-help books and why he often prefers fiction

    18:55 Going to a coffee meeting doesn’t mean you furthered your business

    19:49 Kevin quit his 60 hour a week art direction job when he was 25

    22:22 Adam has friends who works from home but are tracked by mouse movement and phone calls

    23:35 “You won’t be happy until you work for yourself but I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody”

    24:10 What are vacations like when you work for yourself?

    26:18 What happens when no one expects you to be at the office?

    29:58 “Being productive is a form of meditation”

    31:44 Kevin never takes his laptop out of his office room

    39:20 “Time is the most precious currency that people give away so freely”

    39:40 Will the Corona Virus cause more people to work from home?

    40:35 Kevin hates video conferencing but currently likes https://whereby.com/

    42:15 Kevin used to lie and say Anti- Agency was 9-15 people but it was just him

    44:00 Finding good employees is the hardest thing to do

    47:44 Listen to the Anti- Podcast http://podcast.anti-agency.org/


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    • 52 min
    Ep. 63 Amrit and Amy Gill of Restoration St. Louis

    Ep. 63 Amrit and Amy Gill of Restoration St. Louis

    In this episode, Realtor Adam Kruse and Realtor Shannon St. Pierre talk to Amrit and Amy Gill of Restoration St. Louis http://www.restorationstl.com/. Find out how they have succeeded in breathing life back into neglected neighborhoods like The Grove by developing the worst 10% of the properties.

    Email questions to PODCAST@HermannLondon.com

    Adam Kruse-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/

    Shannon St. Pierre-https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/

    Amrit and Amy Gill-http://www.restorationstl.com/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HermannLondon/

    Producer - Joey Vosevich

    Theme Song by Trastornobeats

    1:51 Hotel Saint Louis is their latest project

    2:23 Everyone within their companies must know the mission statement

    2:39 Their mission statement is to strengthen and enhance the communities they operate in by redeveloping neglected neighborhoods and making them great places to live, work, and play

    3:08 Adam remembered seeing their double headed eagle logo spray painted on homes 14 years ago 

    3:28 The first neighborhood they redeveloped was the loop and then they worked their way to the Coronado by SLU campus

    4:58 A & A Contracting was their first company

    5:39 How did they choose to start redeveloping The Grove neighborhood in St. Louis?

    7:04 “Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”-Louis Sullivan

    7:37  In 2003 they mounted an aggressive effort to save the Harris Teachers College

    11:06 SLU wanted to buy up everything and tear it down. They would buy the drug houses around SLU and redevelop them.

    12:02 The Grove started out as a defensive project in 2004 

    13:10 Once people find out the Gills are coming, property values jump and speculators start to snatch up properties

    14:20 They buy unoccupied properties 99% of the time

    15:01 They will map out the entire neighborhood so they can focus on the worst 10% of the property

    17:15 Rents in The Grove were around 50 cents a square foot when they started developing the neighborhood.

    19:36 When the recession hit, the community banks they had construction loans with went out of business. The bigger banks tried to put liens against their properties

    27:15 How do they operate their business differently since the recession?

    42:30 How did Amrit and Amy Gill get started in redevelopment? What was the first building they ever bought? What happened when Amrit and Amy Gill tried to buy their first building in the Delmar Loop?

    52:08 They worked with Pulaski Bank to create a program where people could cash their checks with no charges and no overdraft fees

    56:42 What is the next area they will be redeveloping?

    58:07 St. Louisans are down on St. Louis because of the decline of downtown

    59:00 They will be expanding Hotel Saint Louis into The Chemical Building next door

    1:01:00 To redevelop downtown St. Louis it must be made attractive to young people

    1:04:08 If we care about St. Louis as a region and its place in this nation then we’ve got to make downtown a lot more vibrant


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 62 Serial Squatters with Jeff & Shelly Coffman of MissouriSellNow.com

    Ep. 62 Serial Squatters with Jeff & Shelly Coffman of MissouriSellNow.com

    In this episode, Realtor Adam Kruse and Realtor Shannon St. Pierre talk to Jeff and Shelly Coffman of https://missourisellnow.com/ about their recent problem with professional squatters and the nightmare they put Jeff and Shelly through. 

    In 2019 Jordan Harris and Barbarita Jimmerson took over Jeff and Shelly’s Hazelwood, Missouri rehab until KMOV investigative reporter Chris Nagus got involved and exposed Jordan and Barbarita on television. Find out just how manipulative these squatters were and how they got away with doing the same thing to at least 16 other property owners. 

    If you have been defrauded by Jordan Harris or Barbarita Jimmerson, contact John Shields at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office at 314-340-3417 or on his mobile phone at 573-645-2763.   

    DISCLAIMER: IN THIS EPISODE THERE ARE A LOT OF LEGALITIES DISCUSSED. WE ARE NOT ATTORNEYS. CONSULT YOUR OWN ATTORNEY TO VERIFY ANYTHING DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE.   

    Email questions to PODCAST@HermannLondon.com  

    Host - Adam Kruse https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/

    Shannon St. Pierre https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/

    Jeff Coffman -  https://missourisellnow.com/

    Shelly Coffman - https://humbleseedcoaching.com/

    2:00 KMOV did an investigative report on Shelly and Jeff Coffman’s squatter problem. Watch it here https://youtu.be/wnQ8OBOoe4I

    2:28 Jeff Coffman got started in real estate investing in 2014 and was able to quit his day job in 2017. Shelly quit her day job in August of 2019.

    3:30 Jeff enjoys doing Sub2 (subject to) deals. What is a Sub2 real estate deal?

    8:30 How long did Jeff spend rehabbing this home?

    9:30 Two months before the home was finished, Jordan saw the dumpster in the driveway, walked in the door, and told Jeff he was interested in buying the home. The house was not on the market yet.

    10:30 Two days before the home was finished, Jordan Harris showed up to the house again and asked to put a contract on it.

    12:07 Jordan gave Jeff a pre-approval letter and then spoke with Jordan’s lender

    13:58 A few days later Jordan asked to take possession prior to closing. Jeff said no but wrote up a 30 day lease instead

    14:50 Is buyer possession prior to closing on a property common?

    35:50 During court, Jordan and Barbarita kept making a scene.

    40:55 On December 29th movers were hired by Jordan. After Chris Nagus and the police showed up, one of the movers started broadcasting the situation on Facebook Live.

    56:19 How did Jeff Coffman end up on KMOV?

    59:08 Can you garnish someone’s wages for not paying rent if they were not on the lease?

    59:40 How did Jordan and Barbarita use Realtors to find their next target? 

    1:01:42 Jordan used religion to convince people to trust him. Jordan told Jeff, “God told me to turn down this street”.

    1:02:50 How many people have been victimized


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 61 The 1st Steps to Take After Deciding to Become a Self Employed REALTOR®

    Ep. 61 The 1st Steps to Take After Deciding to Become a Self Employed REALTOR®

    In this episode, Realtor Adam Kruse and Realtor Shannon St. Pierre talk about the very first steps you will take when deciding to quit your W-2 job and become a self-employed Realtor. Find out the best ways to keep track of your expenses and how long it will take to start making money as a Realtor.

    Email Questions To: PODCAST@HERMANNLONDON.COM

    Host - Adam Kruse https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/

    Shannon St. Pierre https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/

    Producer - Joey Vosevich

    Theme Song by Trastornobeats

    1:41 Adam introduces Realtor Shannon St. Pierre

    2:21 This year’s Hermann London theme is “Someday is Today”. Quit putting off those things you've been dying to do.

    3:08 So you've decided to become self-employed

    3:44 How are escalation clauses used when there are multiple offers and how do different Realtors handle them?

    6:22 Why do home-buyers send letters to sellers when trying to convince them to sell the house to them? 

    9:08 Shannon and Adam are Realtors not CPA's or attorneys. Make sure you consult with your CPA and attorney first.

    10:08 Contact Hermann London before deciding to quit your job and become a Realtor and ask any questions you have

    10:56 What special things do I need to do to become self-employed?

    11:11 What will a self-employed person need to do to have health insurance?

    12:30 What should I ask my accountant and lawyer before becoming self-employed?

    14:30 Do I need business insurance when becoming self-employed?

    14:57 What is the very first thing I should do when starting a business?

    15:50 What is my new business classified as to the government? Sole proprietor? S-corp? C-corp?

    17:08 Should I file my LLC in Delaware or Nevada?

    18:11 How is a W-2 employee different from an independent contractor?

    19:34 Do I need an employee identification number (EIN) when becoming self-employed and to open a bank account?

    20:24 What kind of checking account should I open when starting a business and how do I avoid bank fees?

    22:44 When should I get an operating agreement when starting a business? What is an operating agreement?

    25:34 Is it better to have a credit union or online checking account when starting a business?

    26:58 What kind of credit card should I open when starting a business? Is there a difference between a personal credit card and a business credit card?

    29:59 How do I keep track of my business expenses and should I pay for a Quickbooks subscription?

    31:51 Do I need to keep a lawyer or accountant on retainer to run my own business?

    32:30 How does Hermann London Real Estate Group help agents with all their legal forms?

    35:19 When do I have to pay quarterly taxes when I become self employed?

    36:57 Do you have to pay off tax liens before you can buy property?

    38:05 How does becoming self-employed affect my ability to buy a house or get financing? Should I buy a house before I quit my full time job?

    40:30 How much are the required classes to become a Realtor and are there discounts if you contact Hermann London first?

    42:48 Agents often interview the brokerage to see if they want to work there

    45:02 Hermann London focuses on retention of the agents they already have over recruiting

    46:08 What will all of my expenses be to get started as a Realtor?

    47:25 What are the three big things you get access to as a Realtor? What is the MLS? What is Supra?

    1:00:00 Shannon has a very interesting listing coming up in Soulard that has solar, a greenroom, is automated, and has emergency lighting throughout. Call Shannon at 314-583-0070


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 60 Trends to Avoid in 2020

    Ep. 60 Trends to Avoid in 2020

    In this episode, Realtor Adam Kruse and Realtor Shannon St. Pierre talk about what home trends to avoid in 2020. Find out what styles of countertops and cabinets are starting to look dated and why you should avoid installing backsplashes yourself.

    Email Questions To: PODCAST@HERMANNLONDON.COM

    Host - Adam Kruse https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/adam-kruse/

    Shannon St. Pierre https://hermannlondon.com/realtor/shannon-st-pierre/

    Producer - Joey Vosevich

    ITUNES-http://goo.gl/rs1q9X

    Blog-https://hermannlondon.com/podcasts/

    Theme Song by Trastornobeats

    0:20 Adam introduces Realtor Shannon St. Pierre. Call Shannon St. Pierre at 314-583-0070

    2:23 The Hermann London update

    2:30 New agents have joined in the past few months

    2:45 The big Hermann London business planning event is on Tuesday, January 14th

    4:00 Why is firewalking on Adam’s bucket list?

    5:50 Why is finding beauty in chaos on Shannon’s to-do list?

    6:45 A gigantic beautiful house that Shannon’s fantasized about living in came on the market so she took Adam to go see it

    8:15 There are agent comments in the MLS that the public can’t see. What things are mentioned in the hidden agent comments on the MLS?

    9:25 Is it false advertising if there are photos of items that are specifically not included in the sale of a home? What happens if the sauna or stove are not included in the sale of a home but are in the pictures?

    11:02 If something is not included in the sale of a house is it better to put it in storage or replace it before listing it?

    15:05 Why do you need a Realtor when building a brand new house? When using a Realtor to build a home, how long should the agent be involved?

    19:30 When you build a brand new home is it cheaper to get all the base level items from the builder and then have a handyman put in the custom stuff later?

    20:38 It’s currently winter but it’s time to start thinking about the spring housing market

    22:40 Trends to avoid in 2020

    23:06 Are granite countertops a dying trend in homes? Are quartz and wood the new trend in countertops?

    26:40 Are traditional wood grain cabinets a dying trend in homes? Are colored cabinets the new trend in homes?

    28:43 Is open shelving and cabinetry a drying trend?

    31:10 Are closed off kitchens a dying trend in homes?

    32:12 What is a dirty kitchen and is it a new trend in homes? Is a dirty kitchen similar to a butler’s pantry where the actual food prep and dirty dishes are kept out of sight while entertaining?

    35:16 Are dark paint and wood a dying trend?

    37:10 What is the paint color of the year for homes?

    40:11 Are do-it-yourself backsplashes and painted cabinets a dying trend? Should you avoid peel and stick backsplashes?

    45:25 Why should you avoid the cheap laminated wood cabinets? 

    46:34 Is ornately decorated items a dying trend?

    47:18 Avoiding mismatched styles in your home

    48:55 Property spotlight: Adam has 2 houses in Country Club Hills next to Norwood Country Club for sale for around $44,000. Contact Adam if you are interested.


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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

Moxie Minutes ,

Stand out show!

Adam really puts a listener at ease talking us through one of the most difficult and stressful things adults do in their lives. Purchasing and/or building homes. As someone who has done both, Adam’s knowledge is imparted on his audience in understandable terms. I’m particularly impressed with Episode 60... 2020 trends. Additionally, the production quality of this podcast is brilliantly executed, fluid, and consistent across the board! Well done team!

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Very Impressive & Highly Informative

I was genuinely impressed with the amount of knowledge I received from listening to just a handful of these podcasts. The host obviously knows his stuff and share is great information. I have no doubt that my first time home buying experience will be easier because of what I've heard in this podcast.I highly recommend listening for anyone who is planning to buy your first home or if you're buying your 10th home.

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Informative and fun

If you’r looking for a podcast about real-estate, then you have to check this one out.

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