melissa boyer

Your Local Realtor with National Connections

I am a designated residential real estate specialist (RRES) experienced in homes with acreage, horse properties, and residential real estate.  If you are looking for a dependable agent to help with buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I'd love the chance to earn your business!  Call (314) 565-2369 today!

Relocating to live with or near your Senior loved ones

  • Created: Thursday, 23 February 2023 13:54
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Relocating When an Older Loved One Needs Help

It’s difficult to live alone in old age and without a support system, it can be dangerous. If you know what signs to look for, you’ll know when an older loved one needs you closer, though they may not communicate it openly. You’ll need to find somewhere to live, figure out your work or business arrangements, and determine what level of care your loved one will need. That may seem a bit overwhelming. Luckily, Boyer Select Properties has some tips and resources to make the process much easier.


Signs They're Unsafe

Many seniors cling to independence and may omit or downplay their struggles when talking to you. It’s important to visit them in person and observe their living circumstances. If their home is cluttered, they don’t have much food, they’re struggling with a disability, or they can’t manage financial obligations on their own, it may be time to make new arrangements. Be mindful about helping them gradually adjust rather than trying to force a change immediately. If living alone isn't really viable anymore, consider home health services or a senior community.


Buying or Renting

If you do decide to move closer to an older family member or friend, you’ll have to figure out whether you’re going to buy or rent a place to live. Buying a home typically takes longer and can become complicated; you can always buy at a later time. Renting is often the better option if you don’t plan to stay for good. You can find many rentals through online listings for something in your price range that has the space you need.


Moving Your Business

If you’re a business owner, uprooting your business can be an unpleasant thought. If you do choose to move, make sure you do due diligence to avoid problems. Any moving company that you use should be highly reputable. Label every box clearly so you can keep track of your belongings. Plan the move in advance to avoid dealing with last-minute issues. If possible, consider working remotely to make the transition smoother.


Products That Help

It’s practically impossible for you to be near your loved one all the time, but there are some products that can make their time alone safer. You can install a video camera doorbell to monitor their home and even intercept visitors. An emergency alert pendant will enable them to call an ambulance or other emergency services with a simple touch, keeping them safe in case of falls or other incidents. 

Also, an automatic pill dispenser is a great tool to manage medications, so seniors with poor eyesight or memory won't take the wrong dose by mistake. If they cook, consider a burner device that can automatically turn off the stove if a fire is detected. Read reviews from this unbiased source before buying any products to avoid disappointment or scams.


Keeping Seniors Safe

Helping your loved one to live a safe and comfortable life is a noble but challenging goal. If you’ve determined that you need to move closer, get some advice from the experts, figure out whether you’ll buy or rent, arrange for your business to be moved, and assess your loved one’s options moving forward. 

Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or investor, Boyer Select Properties has the knowledge and experience to help make your dreams come true. Call (314) 565-2369.

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Planning your Senior Moving

  • Created: Friday, 17 September 2021 14:27
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Senior Moving: Are You Ready for Your Next Phase?

Starting a new phase in life is never easy. As an older adult, your retirement should be exciting. However, if you think it's time to part with your old home and find something new, you may find it a different experience from when you were younger. Boyer Select Properties offers some tips for your senior move.

Determining Your Changing Needs

If you are like most older adults, you're probably thinking about downsizing. About half of all retirees choose to move into a smaller home. However, choosing where you want to go can be a difficult decision. Think about what you need in a new home. For example, if it is difficult to maintain your property, look for a place with a smaller yard or where you can hire landscapers. Other reasons to downsize include:

  • Having unused rooms
  • Feeling isolated in a big house
  • Having too many items to manage
  • Inability to afford the home
  • Having a lot of equity in the home

No matter if you decide to change locations or remain local, get a sense of the housing market where you want to be. An analysiscan tell you how much properties in the area cost. Judge the days on market, the number of new homes, and median home prices.

Accepting Your Strengths and Weaknesses

As you age, you may have different strengths and weaknesses. For example, you may have the experience to know how long a move takes and the preparation it requires, but you may not have the strength to pack and move boxes on your own.

According to the CDC, arthritis is prevalent in older adults. By 2040, approximately 78 million people will have been diagnosed with arthritis. If you have this or other conditions, you may have difficulty moving heavy items or handling the labor of a move. While there are exercises that you can do to reduce the likelihood of accidents, you may want to leave moving to the professionals.

A senior moving service specializes in helping older adults like you. Senior moving professionals understand the different facets of moving at this stage of your life. They can arrange specialty moving services to ensure your comfort and safety during this big transition, for one. They support you not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, too.

Creating a Game Plan

When it comes to moving, you should plan several weeks in advance. With the help of a senior moving manager, create a timeline and schedule for the move. The schedule should include all of the tasks you need to finish throughout the weeks leading up to the move.

A senior moving service can help you organize what you want to keep and can sort and pack your items to your standards. In the meantime, start sorting through your belongings to decide which ones you can keep in the new place and which you may need to part with. Decluttering can make your life easier and safer because you don't have to contend with obstacles and tripping hazards in your home.

As you create a game plan, remember to ask questions of your movers, from costs to inclusions (and more). Not only will you avoid creating a hardship for the moving team, but you can learn more about how the process will work on moving day. Before moving day, prepare your new home. It is critical to make sure that you can navigate your new home and that you have all of your accessibility needs taken care of.

Many seniors remain rooted in the same place for decades until they enter retirement and decide to downsize. As an older adult, a senior moving service is more likely to understand what you're going through and can stay with you from beginning to end.

For packing and house clean-out for sellers and family members there are great companies like Caring Transitions 636-263-5777

Call Melissa Boyer to discuss this further and plan a smooth move 314-565-2369


Your horse property specialist

  • Created: Saturday, 05 June 2021 13:35
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Melissa Boyer is avid about horses, horse ownership and horse well-being. This is why she is passionate about helping you bring your horses home, or help find a new place in a new area that you and your horses will love living at together.



Real Estate with COVID-19

  • Created: Saturday, 04 April 2020 19:51
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In light of all that is going on with the COVID-19, we have updated policies and tools. We are continuing the important work of helping people buy and sell homes as we are an Essential Business.

Boyer logo 2018 white background      We Now Offer:

  • Listing Appointments can be done using various apps to walk through your home virtually and give you an opinion on items you can work on so you can be ready to list.
  • Pricing and marketing are discussed ahead of ever having me inside your home. I will perform a drive by to check the curb appeal and what I would only know by physically driving past your home.
  • Coming Soon listings are new!!! The days on market do not count and you can be Coming Soon 60 days. It will go into the MLS and will be shared with agents who have clients that are, or will be, in the market for a home like yours. We can gauge interest in this manner while you enjoy your house without visitors.
  • Photographer, Inspectors and agents all make use of gloves and mask while in your home.
  • We are no longer holding Open Houses since we can't control how many people will walk in at one time. But, we are providing a "schedule your spot" on Sunday Open house format. Appointments can be scheduled up to the day of this way and momentum can continue to thrive in a manner that only an Open House can bring.
  • We are providing sellers with gloves to leave for buyers viewing the home
  • Sellers are asked to turn on lights before they leave and agents are leaving them on to avoid touching more than neccessary while in the home. 
  • Agents are showing your home with mask and providing them or encouraging clients to do the same.
  • Agents and clients are driving in seperate vehicles to showings. Buyers are researching ahead of scheduling showings to keep down the number of homes they need to enter
  • Title Companies are emailing packets to clients so they can sign a majority of the documents ahead of arriving. Some are calling these "Drive Up Closings" Agents are not attending closings.
  • I will drop off your closing gift on your front porch- if you have earned one :)

We want you to feel safe and that if you chose to buy or sell in this market you are supported. Boyer Select Properties is here for your needs in all situations. Buyers are still buying. Sellers are still selling. We are an essential business and we need to only practice smart real estate at this time.

Buying and Selling same day...can it be done?

  • Created: Wednesday, 04 March 2020 01:03
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How to Buy a House While Selling Your Own

house keyPurchasing a house while selling your old one is the best path to take for many home sellers turned home buyers. In a perfect world, this transition would take place in one day. You'd simply sell your old one, then go on to closing on the new one. Melissa Boyer has often managed to do just that for her clients. However, it's not always that simple, and you may need to plan to expect some time between selling your house and buying your new one or vice versa. 

The process is a difficult dance full of complex steps and a rhythm that is hard to get just right. If you're wondering how to buy a house while also selling your current house, extensive knowledge of the process is important, and empowering yourself with the information you need can save you a great deal of time and money.

So, you may be wondering, can I buy another house before I sell mine? The answer to that is, yes, you can, but the bigger question is whether you will want to once you understand the entire process. First, consider what you have to gain and lose by either selling before buying or buying before selling. 

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Can you buy a home in retirement?

  • Created: Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:54
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