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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.


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!

2016 was a big year for us, closing more than $60 million in sales! We love what we do and are positioned for another great year ahead. With that, we are very excited to announce long-time Kansas City real estate agents Mike Dyer and Tina Dyer recently joined Bradshaw Group!

bradshaw ghavami groupFor the past 10 years, the husband-and-wife team has worked as real estate agents and investors across the metropolitan area. And, together, the couple currently own several rental homes around Kansas City! Mike and Tina’s personal and professional goals align with Bradshaw Group’s commitment to provide the very best service to our clients, making this a complimentary transition. We know the couple’s combined real estate experience – including their knowledge of short sales, property management and commercial transactions – will be an asset as we continue to grow in the KC market.

Tina brings more than 17 years of real estate experience to Bradshaw Group! In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of real estate transactions – both personal and professional – Tina also has an extensive background in the title business. Her detailed title background will guide our clients through this piece of a transaction. Tina is also considered a specialist in short sales and has negotiated and closed several hundred such transactions. As an agent and investor, Tina puts customer service first. That’s why you’ll find her approach to be education-focused. Tina wants to help her clients see past the elementary part of a purchase or sale, and to understand the big picture items that may be involved in buying or selling a particular property.

Similarly, Mike believes real estate is an excellent long-term investment for everyone. Buying or selling a property is among the biggest financial decisions you will make! You can rely on Mike’s strong experience in all facets of real estate – including residential, commercial and investment properties – to ensure you’re on the right track to a solid investment. Mike is a long-time investor, having personally purchased and sold millions of dollars of real estate for his own investment. He also specializes in financially and physically distressed property situations. In addition to Mike’s direct real estate experience, his work history also includes experience on the lender side of transactions.

Mike and Tina are proud to provide quality homes for people through the rental properties they own. With this in mind, the couple strives to make community service part of their everyday focus. Mike and Tina live in Olathe and own a local farm where they enjoy making improvements and raising livestock. Between them, the couple has two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. Mike is a private pilot, and both enjoy traveling, diving and wine.


Please join us in welcoming Tina and Mike to the team! We hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit with them soon!

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find a lenderSo, you’ve decided to buy a new house and are eager to get out and start looking. That’s fantastic and we hope to have the opportunity to help guide you! But in all honesty, there are a few things you need to do before you begin a serious search, and one of them is to start on your financing. This is a biggie – especially given the current market conditions.

Inventory across Kansas City is super low and demand is high. This is putting many buyers in competitive circumstances. In this environment, sellers are less likely to accept a contingent offer. So, you need to have your house sold or at the very least listed, if you are not in a position to buy without a contingency. Sellers are also not going to consider an offer without a preapproval letter. This will be provided to you by the lender you select.


We work with a variety of lenders on a regular basis. If you need a couple of referrals, we can help with that. We recommend our buyers talk with at least two lenders before making a commitment to ensure you are getting the best loan package for your needs. Overall, you’ll probably find rates to be very similar. So, what you need to do is look at the details – pay attention to different fees that might be part of the deal.

We get that this isn’t the “fun” part of buying a home, but trust us that this is really important right now! When you’re out touring homes and walk into “the one” you want to be able to put your best, most solid offer forward. And with homes moving quickly, there isn’t a lot of time to get all of this together before submitting an offer. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a lot of give on these terms right now. A clean, strong contract is key and we have lots of experience presenting offers and managing the negotiations that follow.

What might seem overwhelming to you is everyday business for us. We have lots of trusted contacts to get the finance piece rolling for you. And we are well prepared to get your home market-ready and listed fast! Bring us in the loop early and the whole process will be much easier and less time-consuming for you. Call us to schedule a meeting TODAY at 913.402.2599!

time to sellInventory across KC is still really low, making it a great time to sell! Where were traditionally see homes popping up for the spring market in February, we’re already seeing movement in 2017. The good news is, if spring is your set time for listing, you have plenty of time in the weeks ahead to get your home shiny and bright! And if your time frame isn’t firm and you want to get a jump on spring competition we can get your home market-ready and listed fast.

Here are the 5 biggies we recommend you start on now:
  1. Declutter, declutter, declutter.  And de-personalize while you’re at it. Go room-by-room, level-by-level … whatever will work for you. Pack items you want to keep and get them out of site. If you have items in gently used condition you no longer want, find a local charity and arrange a pick-up (here’s one). Other items you aren’t using should go in the trash. Set a clean, tidy space that buyers can envision as “their” home. The more they relate to your home, the better!
  2. Fix it Up! If you’re aware of an issue with your home, it’s easiest to resolve before listing. Some problems you can probably address on your own. If you need a professional, here’s a list of folks we trust. Let us know if you don’t find what you need and we’ll get it for you. Don’t forget little projects like making sure all lightbulbs are working or touching up paint on wall blemishes.
  3. Give a Deep Clean. This is one you can do on your own to save money. However, if your home needs a little extra TLC, it might be worth investing in a professional cleaner. Same goes for carpets. If yours show dirt, stains or odor, bring in a carpet cleaner. A clean slate goes a long way toward a good first impression!
  4. Spruce Up Curb Appeal. Walk your property. Examine the exterior of your home, as well as your lawn and landscaping. Clean up any debris or items that should be stored (balls, toys, leaves and sticks). Do you have bushes in need of a trim? Would fresh mulch make your front beds pop? Is your exterior paint in good condition? Would a bright front door add curb appeal?
  5. Call Us! At this point we can come in with our stager and photographer to start the marketing side of your listing. But, feel free to bump us up to #1 on the list if you want input and help with the items above! We can come by anytime and review your home to provide suggestions for updates and to prep it for sale. As market experts, we offer guidance on where you will get the most bang for your buck. We can also give you a market report so you know the activity in your neighborhood and the comps. We will work with your timeline to get your home listed and sold so you can move on to the next step … buying!

You can reach us anytime at 913.402.2599! We’re already taking listing appointments in 2017 and would love the opportunity to sell your home. As always, thanks for your continued business and your kind referrals!


As the end of the year nears and we prepare to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our team. We understand buying a home is a large investment and major decision in your life – thank you for trusting us to help you with this milestone.

May the magic and wonder of this holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year. Happy Holidays!!