Your Home: Why hire a buyer agent?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Honestly, the title of this column could be, “Why not hire a buyer agent?” That’s because the benefits of hiring a buyer agent are tremendous. The gift of buyer agency has only existed since the early 1990s. Until that point, all buyers worked through the listing agent when purchasing a home. The challenge with that […]

Your Home: Timing the spring market

Monday, December 12th, 2016

As the cold weather sets in and Thanksgiving has passed, potential home sellers seem to be postponing their upcoming move until 2017. And in most cases, they are planning on spring when the market is hot and the weather begins to warm. You know, April or May when things begin to bloom, and buyers hit […]

Your Home: Median home prices up in November

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Median home prices have seen a slow and steady decline since the peak value point of $212,000 at the end of July. That is until November. As of the end of October, the median home price for the Shawnee Mission area was at $197,000. November’s numbers, fresh off the presses, show that although demand is […]

Your Home: Buy before you sell – why not?

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It is most common when a homeowner decides they need to purchase a new home that they sell their current home first and then go out and find their new home. But why? The answer is because that is the way it has always been done in the past. And because most homeowners need the […]

Your Home: The next housing bubble?

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Who would have ever thought a sweet little word like “bubble” could be so scary to buyers and sellers. But it is. One of the most often received questions lately has been,”Are we headed toward another housing bubble?” And my answer is: “Depends on what you mean by bubble.” Are we approaching the pre-recession values […]

Your Home: Considering a second home? Think about this.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

As I write this, I am looking at and listening to the waves from the Atlantic Ocean breaking on the beach just about 100 feet from the back deck of our rented VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). I can’t help but consider how beneficial it could be to own a second home in a destination […]

Your Home: The gift of the shift

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It is almost time to say Happy 4th of July and not only does this time of year bring fireworks and cookouts (two of my favorite things), but it also brings a shift in the real estate market. This shift that I speak of is normal for this time of the year. Historically, we see […]

Your Home: Tips for keeping your home secure while you’re on vacation

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

‘Tis the season for weekend getaways and family vacations. I love this time of year, as do most people — including thieves. Sorry to sound so gloomy, but it’s true. It is reported that over 2,000,000 homes are broken into each year in the United States. And the highest percentage of home break ins occur during […]

Your Home: House person or location person: Which one are you?

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

As I meet with potential sellers every day, many of them have the fear of the other side of the sale. Meaning, will they be able to find a new home after their current one sells. To me it all boils down to one question: “Are you a house person or a location person?” Not […]

Your Home: Making your home ‘market ready’, staging, and searching for homes online

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Summer is in full swing and the Kansas City real estate market is moving full speed ahead. In this fast-paced market, I would like to cover several topics in this week’s column by sharing some recent questions that we have received from our clients. How long does it take to get a home “ready” for […]