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When your home is on the market you suddenly become acutely aware of the importance of keeping things in order. Calls for showings sometimes come last minute, or even when you’re away, so trying to leave your home in tip-top shape all the time really is the best strategy. It’s hard, but think of it this way, if you do it right you’re likely to get a contract quicker and then you can really move on!

Open houses can be another way to market your home quickly. And if you are in a sought-after neighborhood or a high-traffic area, even better for you! I tell my clients to treat an open house like their most important showing. You will likely have the most eyes on your home for this showing, so do what it takes to make it look great: clear the clutter, have it clean, tidy up the lawn. If you’re on the market, hopefully you’ve taken these steps already.

CookiesIf that’s the case, go a few steps further to stand out from the other homes buyers will likely see that day before and after yours. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

• Bake cookies right before the open house and leave them out for potential buyers – not only will your home smell good, weary house-hunters (and realtors!) like to snack
• Place fresh flowers throughout the home – this welcoming touch can also fragrance the home
• Put a bit of vanilla extract on light bulbs – and be sure to have all the lights on; the brighter the better!
• Add a fabric softener sheet in your HVAC vents – a fresh, clean scent is always nice
• Remember the details – clean the windows, the screen doors, etc.; you wouldn’t believe how many buyers notice tiny cosmetic details like this … you want them focused on the good, not little smudges

This may seem like a lot of work, but just pick a few things that would make an impression on you. Chances are you might just make that same impression on the type of person who is going to be attracted to your home! Let me know if I can help get your home ready to list or polished up for an open house. You can reach me any time at (913) 980-2434.

Photo Credit:  Dan Smith

According to the March Kansas City Housing Market Report from the Kansas Regional Association of REALTORS and Heartland Multiple Listing Service, home inventory for March was down 16% from March 2012! Other highlights from the data include:

• March 2013 average sales price for new and existing homes combined was 5.7% higher than March 2012.
• There were 2,324 homes sales (new and existing combined) for March 2013 – 8% higher than March 2012.
• Pending sales for new and existing homes combined were only 1% lower for March 2013 vs. March 2012.
• The supply of new and existing homes for March 2013 was 5.3 months; nearly 2 months lower than March 2012. A 5.3 month supply represents the lower end of a balanced market.

For those of you contemplating a move, this might be the right time to sell. I’d be happy to discuss a marketing plan with you – just call me at (913) 980-2434 to schedule a time.

Fairway Front

And if you happen to be looking for a home in the Fairway area, check out this great listing! We’ll be holding an open house Sunday (April 28) from 1 to 3 p.m., if you want to swing by and take a look in person … it’s supposed to be sunny and in the 70s by then. Perfect weather for house hunting!


A small community filled with opportunities for recreation, education and commerce – that’s Roeland Park! This city is just minutes from several of the metro’s most popular attractions, including the Country Club Plaza, Power & Light District and Crown Center. Yet at just 1.62 square miles and a population around 6,000, you can live near these amenities with the feel of a smaller community.

Roeland Park boasts 18 acres of parks, and art aficionados will love the popular Art in R Park, a program started in 2007 by the city to showcase art in public places for the community to enjoy. You will find sculptures on display throughout the city!

Roeland Park is served by the Shawnee Mission School District, and Roesland Elementary School, St. Agnes Elementary School and Bishop Miege High School are located in the city, as is a branch of the Johnson County Library. City residents can take advantage of the nearby Cedar Roe Library!

Click here for more quick facts about Roeland Park!

Sound like a place you’d like to live?


Call me at (913) 980-2434 to see this BRAND-NEW listing!

This move-in ready 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom ranch features an updated kitchen and bathroom. The home provides beautiful natural light and large sized bedrooms, and the sunroom and deck are perfect for entertaining! Other highlights include newer thermal windows and roof. Stop by and see for yourself at an Open House this Sunday (April 7) from 1 to 4 p.m.


Spring forward with this move-in ready 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Waldo home! This charming home boasts refinished hardwood floors, as well as an updated kitchen and bath. Other highlights include a large second-floor bedroom with walk-in closet, new roof and AC, fresh interior and exterior paint, as well as a full, dry basement for lots of storage.

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The home also features a great screened in porch for relaxing, as well as a two-car garage. Home warranty included!

Call me at (913) 980-2434 to schedule a time to visit, or stop by our open house this Sunday (March 10) at 7641 Locust Street from 1 to 3 p.m.


Reece & Nichols is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a special Open House Celebration. Join us for a week-long, company-wide clothing drive to benefit this organization that helps children in our community realize their potential and build their futures.

Donations will be accepted at open houses across the metro March 2-3, or at your local Reece & Nichols office March 4-8. Thanks for considering this opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children in KC!