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Buying a home is grown up and impressive. Are you ready? Several factors weigh into making this determination. Like, should you rent or buy? What can you afford? And if you’re buying with a partner, are you on the same page?

These are serious questions, but the process should be fun, too! Here are some pointers in a great video from featuring Elizabeth Banks. It will be 2:27 well spent. Trust us on this one.

21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061

Don’t miss out on this move-in-ready Olathe home! This 3-bedroom, 2-full/1-half-bathroom home features unique details – like the wrap around fireplace and built-in shelf in the living room – that add character to the inviting space. Enjoy the new interior and exterior paint for years to come! Neutral colors will complement a variety of décor.

21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061  21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061

21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061  21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061

A finished walkout lower level includes a second fireplace and lots of extra living space for entertaining. The eat-in kitchen overlooks a huge yard with lots of green space. The deck and patio are ready for summer BBQs!

21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061  21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061

21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061  21487 W. 120th St., Olathe, KS 66061

Neighborhood, Convenience and Schools 

Located in the Cedar Brooke subdivision, amenities include a community pool and park/play area. The neighborhood is close to the 119th Street corridor for convenient shopping and dining. It’s also just minutes to I-435, K-7 and K-10 for easy access to the metropolitan area.

Students in the neighborhood attend Olathe Public Schools, including Ravenwood Elementary, Prairie Trail Middle School and Olathe Northwest High School.

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If this home meets your search criteria, call me at (913) 980-2434 to schedule a tour today!

Olathe Investment Opportunity 

Mortgage rates are still historically low. If you have been thinking about purchasing an investment property, this could be a great time to do that. We also recently listed a home in south Olathe that would serve well as a rental property. Contact me to learn more about this 3-bedroom, 2-full/1-half bathroom home at 1701 S. Taylor Circle.

2613 W. 76th Street, Prairie Village, KS

Whether you know it as PV, The Village or Prairie Village, residents of this community have a strong affinity for this smaller city. Prairie Village is located in the heart of the KC metro, with quick access to attractions like the Country Club Plaza, the Sprint Center, Union Station and the Kansas City Zoo! It’s also only a short drive to areas further south, including Town Center and One Nineteen.

Prairie Village preserves the ambiance of a village lifestyle, yet supports the livability of a neighborhood. The city offers a variety of housing options, and residents enjoy many local shops and eateries in the nearby Village Shops and Corinth Square. New this year are:  SPIN! Pizza in Corinth and STANDEES in the Village!

Served by the Shawnee Mission School District, as well as Highlawn Montessori School, Kansas City Christian School and St. Ann Catholic School, quality education is a priority.

The city is just under 7 square miles with a population around 21,000. It is known for its 64 acres of parks, as well as annual community events like the Prairie Village Art Fair, its VillageFest 4th of July Celebration and the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

Sound like a place you’d like to live?

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

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Located in the Meadow Lake subdivision at 2613 W. 76th Street, this 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom ranch features an open floor plan with lots of natural light. Updates include neutral colors, new Pergo flooring, thermal windows with 2 ½-inch blinds, a new garage door, A/C unit and roof! The bathroom and plumbing have also been updated and a covered patio is great for entertaining at home.

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If you’re free Sunday (12/22), come by our Open House from 2PM-4PM. Don’t miss out!!


A suburb of the greater KC metropolitan area, Overland Park is home to more than 176,000 residents, making it the second most populous city in Kansas. The city is also home to more than 3,800 companies and the headquarters of major employers like Sprint and Black & Veatch. Overland Park’s close proximity to Kansas City also means easy access to the amenities and diversity of a metropolitan area.

Public education is provided through the Blue Valley, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill School Districts, and a number of private schools are available. Area colleges/universities include Emporia State University Metro Learning Center, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, Kansas Community College and University of Kansas Edwards Campus.

Residents enjoy a suburban setting many entertainment options, including restaurants, shopping and miles of walking/biking paths. In fact, Overland Park is distinguished with national awards and business and quality of life rankings, including Money magazine’s “Top 10 Best Places to Live.”

With that in mind, there’s plenty to see and do in OP! From arts & music, to a thriving farmer’s market, arboretum and children’s farmstead – there really is something for everyone.

Sound like a place you’d like to live?

Come see this immaculate open 2-story “Cayman” plan by J-Right located at 15921 Ballentine, Overland Park, KS 66062. This 5-bedroom, 4.1-bathroom home features unique details like a full bar and wine cellar in the basement.

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Upgrades include hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Alder cabinetry, iron spindles, oak end caps and MORE!

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Call me at (913) 980-2434 to schedule a time to walk through this move-in ready home!!

Recently, we shared tips for sellers preparing their homes for inspections. This is an important phase of the home-buying process as well, and knowing what to expect can make it go more smoothly.TIps for Home Buyers Prior to Inspection

Here are a few items I recommend my buyers know prior to inspection:

  • Think about getting an insurance quote at this time
  • The inspector’s job is to inform you of anything that is an issue or could become an issue in the future
  • No house is perfect – even new construction!
  • Plan to be at the inspection 2-3 hours
  • Be prepared to pay the inspector at the time of inspection
  • Even homes being sold “as is” need an inspection to see if there is something major that would keep you from buying the home
  • Typical inspections include whole house, termite and possibly Radon

Once you have signed a contract on the home you intend to buy, there is a 10-day period to conduct inspections and negotiate any repairs. After the inspection is complete, we will review the inspector’s findings together and I will submit the list of repair requests to the seller.

It’s not unusual for negotiations to resume again at this point. Just keep in mind, as the buyer you have the right to cancel the contract if acceptable conditions are not agreed upon with the seller. Assuming you arrive at a fair agreement, both parties will sign a resolution document and the sale will move to “pending” status.

Most inspections go smoothly, but some can include another period of negotiations. This is all part of the process and luckily happens pretty quickly given the 10-day period. As your realtor, it’s my job to share my experience and help you identify and negotiate items to get you in the home of your dreams!