Tracy’s Spring & Tracy’s Summer Housing Forecast

One of the most common questions I receive is what is expected in the real estate market this year?  This spring is off to an incredible start and home prices are rising month after month based off the data we’re seeing.  Does it seem like prices will continue to rise? All we continue to hear is that demand continues to increase… Continue reading Tracy’s Spring & Tracy’s Summer Housing Forecast

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Things to Think About When Selling a Home There is nothing more stressful than selling your home.  During this period of turmoil, homeowners are probably not thinking about the tax consequences of this action.  But due to the sale of home exclusion, homeowners may be in for a pleasant surprise. For an individual that qualifies, a gain… Continue reading Blog with Tracy Follow Tracy’s Blog at

Questions and Answers with Tracy Ellis

Tracy is also featured in Gazelle West & Gazelle St. Louis as the local Real Estate Contributor. Are people still buying upscale homes? Yes, the demand for upscale homes continues to grow.  Buyers realize high-end homes are likely to be more affordable than they will be in the future.  The luxury housing market was the first to recover after… Continue reading Questions and Answers with Tracy Ellis


Home staging is all about helping property owners present their homes for sale in the best condition possible.  You can show potential buyers everything a house has to offer by depersonalizing and de-cluttering.  Along with intelligent merchandising, these methods will transform your home in just a matter of days. THE HOME STAGING DIFFERENCE Make selling your home less stressful through Final Stage Home… Continue reading WHAT IS HOME STAGING?

New Show on ABC 30

Rick & Tracy Ellis are proud to exclusively represent Home- Source Custom Homes, a unique company that specializes in helping clients design and build custom homes from start to finish.  HomeSource, a multi-generational, family-owned company was founded by Bill Courtney almost 40 years ago.  Today, Bill Courtney works with his son Joe, as they attempt to grow the business with Joe’s… Continue reading New Show on ABC 30

Cottleville, Missouri

I’ve lived in Cottleville, Missouri, for over 15 years, and it’s changed quite a lot since the final touches were made to our house in the Estates of Fairfield Manor all those years ago. Now, it seems like Cottleville is on the fast track to bigger and better things, heading forward with plans to build more parks, housing, business… Continue reading Cottleville, Missouri

Historic St. Charles Home

Built in 1833, 701 N. Third St. was built to be strong enough to last throughout the generations, and it has remained sturdy and beautiful, just as it was the day the first hand-made bricks were laid.  This house has shared the rich history of St.Charles, Missouri, made stronger and more vibrant by the prominent families who built and… Continue reading Historic St. Charles Home

Colorado Style Retreat in St. Charles County

About a quarter of a mile down an almost unnoticeable street off a highway on the outskirts of the St. Louis suburbs sits an incredible custom-built home.  Surrounded by trees on all sides, this beautiful home fits right into the scenery.  The stone columns, vertical siding, and earthy color scheme bring out a truly rustic, Colorado-lodge style feel.  When pulling up… Continue reading Colorado Style Retreat in St. Charles County

2015 What’s In & What’s Out by Sandra Garrett, Home Decor Contributor

In: The forecast calls for stormy Walls. That’s right, deep sexy shades of Indigo.  While Blues have always been calming & cool, they also add richness and drama.  Try it with Pink,Ivory, Sage Coral and Grays. I recommend Sherwin Williams “Navel”. Out: Tuscan is out!  Stay away from Earthy Reds and Golden Yellows. In: Brass is back!  Not the Brady Bunch… Continue reading 2015 What’s In & What’s Out by Sandra Garrett, Home Decor Contributor