Archive for May, 2016

Your Home: Revisiting composition over shake shingle roofing

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

I originally wrote about this topic in June 2013 and I know it is still an important topic because I get asked about it every two weeks or so. Just this week, one of my baseball coaches said he had Googled the topic and my archived column popped up. I love that an almost three […]

Your Home: The shift is here?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The days of a frenzied seller’s market could be coming to an end in the near future due to a current market shift that we are seeing all over northeast Johnson County and across the state line into northwest Jackson County as well. Market shifts happen all the time. Some are seasonal, some are major […]

Your Home: Renting versus owning in retirement

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Recently I have had the pleasure of meeting with several potential home sellers who are exploring the option of selling now while the market is hot and just renting moving forward. One consistent theme for them has been to “simplify life.” In most cases, they are tired of the everyday maintenance that goes into keeping […]

Your Home: We all need each other

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

I know this sounds like a very “kumbaya” topic, but the statement is true. We do all need each other. Sellers need buyers to be sellers and vice versa. Listing agents need buyer’s agents to bring them buyers on their listings, and buyers need listing agents to bring on new inventory. I bring up this […]

Your Home: Selling your home 3 times

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

It does not take long for the news of a hot seller’s market to get around. And one of the by-products is overpricing. Oftentimes sellers are misinformed that they can start their home at a fantasyland price and if it does not receive any offers, they can simply adjust the price down to make the […]

Your Home: Pre-inspections are a must

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Pre-inspecting your home prior to it going on the market could be the best money that you spend in the entire process. Even in today’s strong seller’s market, condition is important. Yes, a seller can get away with more due to a shortage of competition, but at the end of the day you still need […]

Your Home: The reluctant move-up buyer

Monday, May 16th, 2016

If you were to ask me the number one contributor to our historically low inventory levels, I would have to say that the reluctant move-up buyer would take the top spot. This particular group of homeowners is currently in their first or second home, has a need or a desire to purchase a larger home […]

Your Home: What to do when you find water in your basement

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Photo source: Flickr/Gabriele Diwald Whether it is your first experience with water in your basement or not, the discovery is never fun. No one wants water in their basement. It is a royal pain. That being said, I am confident that over half of the homes that I have encountered in our area have had […]

Your Home: Preparing buyers for a seller’s market

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The hardest job for any Realtor in a seller’s market is clearly setting expectations with your buyer client. The rules of the game are completely different in a seller’s market than in a buyer’s market or even a balanced market. And sometimes, the rules don’t even make sense. That is because the sellers and their […]

Your Home: Nothing else matters but school funding

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Tear downs, overlay districts, and face lifts at the Coring Shops- none of this matters if our local schools are not funded. The state legislature has until the end of June to arrive at a constitutional funding plan for Kansas school districts, otherwise there will no plan to pay for K-12 education for the state […]