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buying a home kansas cityWe’re headed into the first weekend of the New Year. Who’s ready to find a new home? Listings are starting to tick back up on MLS after the holidays, and there are plenty of active buyers seriously looking in our market. If you want to buy ahead of true spring competition, take these steps NOW to be able to put forward your strongest offer.

Get Pre-Approved:  Contrary to what many people think, getting pre-approved is a quick and simple process. Like same day simple, in most cases! What’s important prior to making an offer is that you talk with a lender to determine a buying budget that makes financial sense for you. Once you set that budget, you’ll have an estimated idea of expenses to expect and you’ll receive a pre-approval letter. This letter is a must in our market for an offer to be considered.  Not sure where to start? We can provide you with a list of lenders we know and trust.

Have Earnest Money Available:  Earnest money will be part of an accepted offer. When we write a contract, it will include a line for your earnest money deposit. The price of the home and the demand will be factors how much this should be. In most cases, you will be writing a check for approximately 1% of the home’s price. A copy of the written check needs to be submitted with the offer (so if you are an online person, find that checkbook!). If your offer is accepted, the check will then be held by the title company until closing.

Be Non-Contingent:  In this market, few sellers are willing to accept a contingent offer. So, if you need funds from a home sale to buy your next home, our first step should be getting your current home sold. We have the resources to get your property market-ready and sold fast. And in some cases, sellers may be willing to consider an offer if your home is under contract.

BUYING A HOME:  LET US HELP

Of course there are more steps related to financing and buying a home, but these are the first steps you need to take to make a serious offer. You can rely on our experience and vast network across Kansas City to help you every step of the way. Reach out to one of us or call 913.402.2599 to be matched with an agent in your target market to get things started right away. We can’t wait to work with you!

homeHOME! The start of a new year is always exciting for us as we think about those of you we will get to help along the way. Maybe 2018 will be the year of your first home purchase, or a move to be closer to family and friends, or maybe an exciting job change will move you across the city. Whatever the case, we can’t wait to work with you!

We’ve been out showing homes today – on January 1 – and are ready to find the perfect home for you! There was not much slow down across the market during the holidays and we look forward to seeing more new listings come on the market. Maybe yours will be one? We work with a professional stager and photographer for all of our listings and invest in marketing and social media to ensure our listings receive the attention they deserve.

GET STARTED

Our individual contact information can be found here, or you can call 913.402.2599 to be matched with an agent most familiar with your market. Cheers to 2018!! We wish you and yours all the best in the year ahead. Let’s talk soon.

Holidays are the perfect time of year to welcome friends and family into your home! Whether you’ll have company staying with you, or you’re on to host a holiday party, we’ve pulled together a few quick holiday entertaining tips to help!

holiday entertaining tipsOvernight Guests

It’s a busy season, and having overnight guests can add to your to-do list. But, keeping things simple can help manage the stress. Have a few ideas in your back pocket to keep everyone entertained – these ideas are great for a group to go out and do or as suggestions for your guests to explore our great city on their own!

As for preparing your home, it’s nice to provide fresh linens and have toiletries available for use. And, if you have time to clear a drawer or add some extra hangers, that’s great, too! Show your guests around when they arrive – if they feel comfortable to help themselves, that’s even easier for you!

Quick Meals

We all spend extra time in the kitchen this time of year, but every meal doesn’t need to be a fancy spread! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests by planning ahead for a few easy meals. Think of food that feeds a crowd – lasagna/bread/salad, chili/toppings/cornbread, soups/sandwiches or a taco bar! Meals like these often provide leftovers that make for quick lunches, too. A win-win!

If you want to keep it REALLY simple, carry in! You can place orders ahead with restaurants like Olive Garden, your favorite Chinese restaurants and more. This is a good option if guests want to contribute to a meal as well. Everyone can chip in and have a yummy meal with little effort!

Fun Apps & Drinks

Appetizers are also perfect for holiday entertaining! In fact, you can make a meal out of a few apps, salad/soup and a sweet for your guests. For those of you hosting holiday parties or attending events and need to bring an app, check out these quick snacks – from hot appetizer options to nacho recipes, you’ll find something that catches your eye!

And don’t forget about drinks! Have a variety available to guests, including mixers and fun non-alcohol options. If you’re feeling extra festive, here are some signature holiday drinks to consider! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Asbury Villas is a popular maintenance-free community for good reason! Residents appreciate a convenient south Olathe location that is tucked away on beautiful grounds with a walking trail and pond. Located just minutes from I-35 and area shopping and dining, it’s quick and easy to be out and about! Our new listing at 18627 W 157th Terrace, Unit 3402 is a 3-bedroom, 2.1-bath villa. Two of the bedrooms are located in the finished lower level, as is one of the full baths.

Asbury Villas

Curl up around the gas fireplace in the living room or carry your gathering to the basement for movie-watching or game night! This property also features hardwood floors in the dining area. And, a 2-car garage offers protected parking as well as additional storage. The back patio open to green space is perfect for quiet time or visiting with friends and family. Take a quick aerial tour of Asbury Villas to experience the privacy and beauty of this community.

     

     

     

Provided maintenance includes:  trash removal; lawn care; snow removal; upkeep of common areas and the year-round pool; water for sprinkler systems and exterior building maintenance. To promote a sense of community, Asbury residents gather regularly for scheduled events like bunco, poker, coffee and line dancing. A monthly social calendar keeps everyone involved! Amenities also include and exercise room and club house.

Asbury Villas Open SUnday

For your convenience, we will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE at this property Sunday, December 10 from 2-4PM.

You can contact resident-expert Ralph Apel at 913.579.4529 for a tour! Ralph and his wife, Elaine, have been members of the community for 6 years! You can always reach BGG at 913.402.2599.

It’s time to get ready for holiday guests! To all the Thanksgiving hosts, by now you (hopefully!) have your food and decor plans set. But, what to do after the turkey? We’ve pulled together a few ideas and links to make it a great weekend with family and friends!

get ready for holiday guestsSee the Lights:  From popular neighborhoods to drive, to big lighting displays like the Plaza Lights, KC dazzles this time of year! If you’re feeling extra festive, check out a Holiday Lights Ride, like this one from Kansas City Fun Tours that offers tickets for $20/person.

Eat Local:  Kansas City is known for a diverse food scene, and BBQ is a must-stop for out-of-town visitors. Whether you’re loyal to Joe’s, or dig the burnt ends at Q39 or more legendary fare from Gate’s, Arthur Byrant’s and a slew of others, KC BBQ won’t disappoint! And there’s much more to offer beyond BBQ across our fine city, too. See if any of these spots catch your eye!

Shop Local:  Bargain hunters will be out for those big Black Friday deals, but don’t leave our local shops behind! Many also offer specials and promotions around this time – and you’re likely to find more unique gifts from local vendors. Get ideas of where to shop and share a little KC love this holiday season! This list of KC’s 2017 best will point you in the right direction for shopping and MORE!

Game Night or Movie Marathon at Home:  Break out your best holiday movies with popcorn and cocoa, or gather round the table for serious night of games! A themed night at home can be a great holiday memory maker and it’s easy on the budget! Plan your movie line-up or pick-up some family-friendly games, and you’re set!

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope these ideas help to make your Thanksgiving holiday the best yet. Wishing you and yours a special holiday!

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