The slick, entertaining formats of HGTV’s many buying and selling programs makes for great entertainment – but, as anyone who has ever actually bought or sold a house knows, they tend to leave some key information on the cutting room floor. Sure, real estate sales in Kansas City can in fact involve elements of creativity, presentation, personality, … [Read more...] about Kansas City Real Estate Sales Make for True-Life Reality Shows
For veteran homeowners, a move from one property to the next is usually prompted by family, job, or budget considerations — factors which tell them where to begin. But for first-time house-hunters, they have to be thinking, “With all these houses for sale in town, where do I start?” The questions abound. Should they buy a home that will … [Read more...] about With All These Kansas City Houses for Sale: Where Do I Start?
If Kansas City’s baby boomers are echoing national demographics, they are either already enjoying retirement or are preparing for it. But for soon-to-be seniors, that word retirement has taken on some new connotations. Today’s seniors may be headed to a retirement with some major differences. Taken as a whole, boomers remain a markedly active … [Read more...] about Boomers’ Housing Choices Show Tilt Toward Comfort
Last week’s jobs report met familiar disagreement about the progress of the nation’s economic recovery: more new jobs, yes; too many of them part-time: yes; economy improving: sort of; enough? barely— if at all…etc. etc. etc. What is less controversial is the resumption of the nation’s home-buying preference for ever-larger homes. The price of … [Read more...] about Large Footprints Show Up in Area Real Estate Listings
Who doesn’t give a quick second glance when they drive past a Kansas City property for sale? Our curiosity seems almost automatic, even when we ourselves don’t have the slightest inclination to move out of our own home. For more and more people, there’s a new reason for more serious rubbernecking when they pass one of those ‘FOR SALE’ signs. It’s … [Read more...] about Kansas City Property for Sale: Appealing Retirement Investment?
Kansas City homeowners don’t have to be planning to sell anytime soon to be curious about the market value of their property. A home is such a major part of any family’s financial picture, it’s only natural. One important indicator of the direction of Kansas City home values is how the builders of new homes gauge the future market. After all, if … [Read more...] about Disparate Reports Indicate Strengthening New Homes Market
Those who have been paying close attention to how the houses for sale in Johnson County have been performing may have observed the results of the dreaded “multiple offer situation.” When a closing price seems to rise unexpectedly, it could be because of something called the “Notice of Best and Final.” That notice can be issued by a listing agent … [Read more...] about Best and Final: the Dreaded Multiple Offer