18 Nov 2009
PASADENA HILLS, Mo., Nov. 18, 2009 — A California entrepreneur has put up a Web portal called “Buy My Mom’s House” (www.BuyMyMomsHouse.com) to help sell his mom’s house in Pasadena Hills (St. Louis) Missouri, which has been on the market for a year and, while sitting idle for open houses, has been eating through mom’s savings.
According to Christopher Laird Simmons, who put up the site, “What is this Web site all about? Well, my mom is now alone since my father passed away in 2003, and since my grandma passed away 2 years ago, my mother moved to a California community called Victorville which, where she lives, is made up of retirees. She is on a fixed income, has no retirement income other than social security, and needs to sell this house to live on for the rest of her life, literally.”
The lovely 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath colonial home is close to the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and is an ideal first family home since it qualifies for the $8,000 first time buyer credit, and a $3,000 St. Louis county buyer program. The house, at 7336 Country Club Drive, has 1,790 sq. ft. of living space, coved ceilings, home office space, large family room, formal dining, and large yard. The house has been priced for quick sale.
“Unfortunately,” says Simmons, “mom put this house on the market right before the banking/credit collapse and, like most homes out there, it’s been hard to find the right buyer even though it’s a great Colonial and brick home and family-ready. It’s been a harder sell, too, because it’s not an ‘ultra-modern’ home with the latest celebrity-endorsed stainless steel appliances.”
He adds, “My late father Dr. JL Simmons, PhD, was a visiting professor at UMSL, and hence why my parents moved here two decades ago. He wrote several books while living here, was interviewed here for radio and local St. Louis TV, and one of the non-fiction books was a ‘Book of the Month Club’ selection. My brother got his degree in Math at UMSL while living at home, here, before he moved to Washington State for an internship, and is now working in the computer industry.”
Simmons does not get any commission or any revenue from helping to promote the site. “While putting up a site to sell a home is nothing new, I thought the domain name was on the nose, ‘Buy My Moms House,’ so I registered it, put up the site, and you never know — if the right person sees the site, they might call the REALTOR(R), make an offer and there you go. Merry Christmas, Mom!”
Visit the site at: www.BuyMyMomsHouse.com .
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NEWS SOURCE: Christopher Laird Simmons
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UPDATE OCT. 2010
Thank you for “buying my mom’s house!” Very happy to report my mom’s house finally sold, and is now “off the market,” as a new family now owns the home. The domain will start to close very soon, as the house has been sold. Thanks to everybody who helped spread the word, helped my mom in a tough economy, and congratulations to the new homeowners.
-Christopher Simmons, Oct. 22, 2010.