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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.

prepare your home to sellWe’re already taking listing appointments for spring. You read that right! The demand for inventory across the Kansas City market provides a great opportunity for people thinking about moving. Many of our clients have experienced the benefit of a sellers’ market throughout 2017 where homes are selling quickly and at good prices. And, quite of few of these sellers received multiple offers and/or sold over list price! With similar market conditions expected in 2018, we’re already taking calls and making appointments with clients who want to get a jump on the spring market.

Typically by this time in November, we’re seeing market activity taper off. But signs of holiday decline aren’t showing as early this year. In fact, homes are still coming on the market, even with Thanksgiving just two weeks away! This in and of itself is an indicator of the need for more listings. The buyer demand is there and it’s strong. Winter is a smart time to take advantage of time indoors to get your home ready to be ahead of spring competition!

Prepare Your Home to Sell Now and Be First to Market!

Our listing appointments generally take about an hour, and there is no prep work required on your part. There is also no commitment required from you. We will bring recent market data from your surrounding area to discuss pricing nearby to so you can determine if a move in 2018 makes good financial sense for you. We will also ask for a tour of your home so you can share any special features or updates you have made to the property. This is important for two reasons. One, it helps us determine where you home ranks in value compared to your neighbors for strategic pricing. Two, it lays the foundation for a pre-listing checklist of items that need to be addressed before your home is staged and photographed to market.

We have a solid grasp on what area buyers are looking for and can use that insight to ensure your home is in top condition to list. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and it’s our job to make sure that impression is the very best it can be!

If you have a particular agent on our team you’d like to invite to your home for a listing appointment, you can find individual contact information here. Otherwise, you can reach us anytime at 913.402.2599 or info@bgsellskc.com and we’ll assign your appointment to an agent who is very familiar with your neighborhood and surrounding area. We are excited for what’s to come in 2018!

whitney meinersJoin us in welcoming Whitney Meiners to our team! Whitney brings a strong sense of community pride to Bradshaw Group, as well as a natural ability to put clients first. A long-time Kansas City resident, Whitney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. and her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Whitney went on to complete her Juris Doctor degree at Washburn University in Topeka. Her prior work experience ranges from legal case work and mediation to development for area non-profits.

Whitney’s enthusiasm for Kansas City and its myriad communities, combined with the excitement of home ownership for others, led her to embark on a career in real estate in 2017 when she joined our team. As a home owner and real estate investor, Whitney shares her skills as a trained advisor, advocate and mediator to help our clients invest in real estate. Her legal and mediation training taught Whitney to be a focused listener and fierce, yet fair advocate. You will find Whitney’s business approach to be direct and client focused. Her hometown pride is contagious and Whitney is excited to help more people make the Kansas City area their hometown! She is licensed to represent you in both Kansas and Missouri.

Whitney lives with her husband, Gerard, in Kansas City, Mo. The couple enjoys supporting locally-owned restaurants and businesses around their neighborhood in the Waldo and Brookside communities. Whitney has worked with a variety of local non-profit organizations both in professional roles, and as a volunteer. Whitney has shared her time and talents as a volunteer for Heartland Therapeutic Riding and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). We hope you’ll reach out to Whitney soon or keep her in mind for your future real estate needs! You can reach her at whitney@bgsellskc.com or 913.669.4624.

Bradshaw Group America's Best Real Estate Agents Kansas CityHow about a little HOT news on this HOT summer day?!? We are thrilled to announce Bradshaw Group was just named one of America’s most productive sales teams as part of the REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report product by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.

This honor is based on a ranking of more than 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their closed sales in 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify a team must achieve a minimum of 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed volume. Thanks to our awesome clients (that’s YOU!) we completed 147 transactions in 2016 with more than $60 million in closed sales volume!! You make what we do every day a pleasure, and we value the trust you place with us through your continued business and kind referrals. So, THANK YOU!!

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