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Selling a Home Kansas CityAs an experienced realtor in the Kansas City community, I know the difference is in the details. Taking the time to ensure your home is in the best condition for marketing is a priority for me. Here are some of the steps I will take as your realtor to help your home stand apart from the competition:

Home Stager: First impressions count. We work with a professional home stager who will visit your home at your convenience to make it most appealing to potential buyers. This may include recommendations for furniture arrangement, as well as assistance with décor items. If a “spruce up” is needed – items will be loaned for your use until your home is under contract.

Professional Photography: Most homebuyers start their search online. To make sure your home shows its best, we contract a professional photographer to take interior and exterior photos of your home to use for your online listing, as well as all other marketing materials.

Online Marketing: Your home will be featured on all real estate websites. We also use social media to increase your home’s exposure – this may include highlights on Facebook, Twitter and/or our blog.

Traditional Marketing: Color flyers with property details and pictures will be placed inside and outside your home while you’re on the market. Your home may also be included in direct mail projects based on timing.

Open communication with you is my first priority in providing excellent customer service. To keep you informed, I strive to obtain feedback from all showings to share with you via email. I will also provide you with a weekly report that includes neighborhood sales trends.

Inventory is still low around the metropolitan area, making this a great time to sell a home. Call me at (913) 980-2434 for a comprehensive market report and plan to get your home listed right away!

KCRARIf house-hunting is on your list for the weekend, take a quick look at the most-recent market report from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors before you head out. This market overview can provide you with a good sense of the residential real estate market around the metropolitan area. Here are a few highlights from the May 2014 report:

  • The average sale price for new and existing homes (combined) in May 2014 was $197,838. This represents an increase of 3.5% over the same time last year.
  • Combined home sales totaled 3,135 (2,863 existing/272 new) in May 2014. This is 1% higher than May 2013.
  • Inventory of combined homes in May 2014 was 12,802 – nearly the same as May 2013, when inventory was 12,847.

The bullets above cover the broader group of combined home (new and existing) statistics. If you’re interested in learning about existing home or new home figures separately, the report provides that as well.

A Balanced Market

The supply for combined new and existing homes in May 2014 was 5.3 months. This represents a balanced combined home market. This calculation is determined by taking the inventory and dividing it by the 12 month average of the number of sales. In general, when this figure falls between 5 months and 6 months, it equates to a balanced market. When it exceeds 6 months, the market favors buyers; and when it is under 5 months, it tends to favor sellers.

If you would like market data on a neighborhood you are interested in, or on your current neighborhood to help determine a listing price for your home, give me a call at (913) 980-2434 – I would love to help you!

Image Credit:  Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors

A potential buyer’s first in-person impression of your home begins with the home’s exterior. When they pull up for a showing, does your home offer a clean and welcoming curb appeal? If not, review these tips below to see what steps you can take to make that first impression a great one!

Tidy Up: This is a “must” for every home before you even take photos for your listing. Tidy up your home’s exterior! If you have toys or yard supplies cluttering your yard, find a place for them in your garage or storage. From there, walk the parameter of your home. Do you have bushes that need to be cut back? Old potted plants that need to be dumped? Leaves that need to be raked? Branches down in the yard? Taking time to clear these things will be a huge first step!

Sweep and Scrub: If your home is a little dingy after winter, freshen it up. Wipe down doors and windows. If you have siding that needs power washing, that can make a big difference in appeal. Sweep off your deck and patio; again, a power wash might be helpful here. Same goes for gutters – if they are full with leaves from the seasons past, take a few hours to clean them out. You don’t want potential buyers to feel overwhelmed at a list of possible to-dos facing them if they select your house. Have it clean and clear so they can stay focused on its positive points!

8213 Hauser DriveA Fresh Coat of Paint: An exterior paint job would be on the larger list of things to do to improve your home’s curb appeal, but if your home is sorely in need of new paint, addressing this before you list is probably a good investment. If the home looks OK but your entry needs sprucing up, you could always consider painting the front door for a fresh, bright appearance! This recent listing we had in Lenexa is a great example of how a pop of color can enhance curb appeal!

Show Some Spring: Spring has sprung (hopefully for good now!). And buyers are ready for signs of spring. Consider a colorful wreath or new welcome mat at your front door. Pot a few inexpensive flowers to brighten up your home’s entry. Clear out leaves from the flower beds and put down fresh mulch. Mow once a week to keep the lawn fresh.

Need a Second Opinion?

If you want to list your home soon, but aren’t sure what steps you should take to get the most bang for your buck, give me a call – (913) 980-2434. I would be happy to come to your home and do a walk-through with you and provide suggestions. It’s a great time to sell a home – if I can help you, let me know!!

Last week I received a copy of the February 2014 Kansas City Housing Market Report from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS and Heartland Multiple Listing Service. Sellers (and potential sellers), this report had some good news for you!! Last month the average sales price for new and existing homes combined was $167,496 – this is 3% higher than the same time last year!

With spring approaching and new listings hitting the market, February was a busy month for our team. We booked more than $3M in sales in February 2014!

February by the Numbers

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While there were approximately the same number of home sales around Kansas City last month (1,629 in 2014; 1,622 in 2013), home inventory is still down in our market. It was down 4% compared to February 2013.

For February 2014, the supply of new and existing homes was 4.5 months. This is lower than February 2013 (5.1 months) and represents a seller’s combined home market.

Make Your Move

We are now entering what is traditionally the busiest time of year for residential real estate in the Kansas City area. If you have been on the fence about buying or selling, this is a great time to make that move! Though rates have increased over the past year, they are still historically low, and predicted to continue to rise.

Give me a call at (913) 980-2434 if you’re ready to sell or buy. I can put a plan together for you to get the process underway quickly! Thanks!

More than half of home buyers start their home search online. And according to the National Association of Realtors, 43% of recent buyers first found the home they purchased online. To be successful marketing your home for sale, you not only need to participate in traditional marketing methods, like providing flyers in your home and sign box, you also need to invest in online marketing.

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Our team has a consistent presence online that we use to promote our listings. In addition to including your home’s listing on all real estate websites, we use social media to increase your home’s exposure. Through our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Google+, we share information with our networks on a regular basis to enhance the visibility of your listing.

If you’re reading this, you’re already following us on at least one of these networks. Be sure to check them all out!

Strike While the Iron is Hot

Your home will receive the most attention the first days on the market. We know this and are ready to support your listing when it goes live through social media. We often publish a blog post, like this one, for a new listing and share this content on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We also use these tools to post alerts about open houses and agent tours.

Help Us Spread the News

Social media marketing is a great way to promote your home. People are on their computers, phones and tablets much of the day and it’s a good opportunity to provide information where people are already spending time.

As a seller, you can help spread the word about your listing using the tools we provide. All of our posts can be shared quickly and easily from your social networks or by pasting a link in an email to friends and family.

When people make major decisions, like buying or selling a home, they often seek guidance from people they trust. If your friends and family have an easy way to share the news of your listing, they can be that trusted source!

Creating Content You Care About

We strive to post information that is of interest to you, beyond buying and selling a home. Outside of marketing, we use these channels to share news about Kansas City, real estate and tips for homeowners. If you have content ideas, please let us know!