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September 7th, 2017

So proud to be a part of such an amazing organization. Visit REDrelief.org to donate to all the hurricane relief efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of these storms!

RED Relief 2017

From the moment Hurricane Harvey first made landfall, YOU have come together with full hearts for our Keller Williams family. You've contributed tens of thousands of volunteer hours, raised millions of dollars, and launched a fleet of KW Cares trucks "carrying love and supplies for those in need!"With Hurricane Irma threatening to disrupt even more lives we are preparing to support both our family members affected by #Harvey and those who are in #Irma's path. KW Cares anticipates that our family's needs will far exceed any we've experienced in our company's history. You've already pledged more than $4 million dollars. Our family needs much more!Together, we have the ability to make an enormous impact in people's lives. And, it will take EVERY one of us. Our goal is to raise $20 MILLION in support of Hurricane Recovery.Visit REDrelief.org to make your contribution today.

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4 Ways the Real Estate Market Changes After Labor Day

August 29th, 2017

Must Know Tips For Post Labor Day Changes In The Real Estate Market

 4 Ways the Real Estate Market Changes After Labor Day

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, then before you start your search or list your home, you need to know that the time of year can have an impact on your success. In one of the most glaring examples of this theory, the real estate market changes pretty substantially after the Labor Day weekend.

Like the heat of the season, summer’s frenzied buying season starts waning once fall sets in. Many home buyers put their home searches on hold until spring because they don’t want to get involved in a move with school starting and the holidays on the way.

But, that doesn’t mean opportunities aren’t available in the fall. In fact, if you know what to expect from the fall market, you’ll stand a better chance at making a great deal. Here, we look at the four key ways the market changes after Labor Day, and why the holiday is such a pivotal one for the country’s real estate market.

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#1: Home Prices Start Falling

In the fall, the leaves aren’t the only things falling. In most cases, homeowners who listed their properties in the summer with hopes of taking advantage of summer’s sell-off but weren’t able to close their deals will usually re-evaluate their position after Labor Day. This traditionally results in sellers lowering their prices, and being more accommodating in terms of negotiations after the three day weekend.

#2: The Market Turns Into a Buyer’s Market

In the summer, a seller can essentially set their asking price, compare offers, and select the best one. But, with the number of home shoppers dropping off significantly after the holiday, the real estate market suddenly turns into a buyer’s market because those buyers who are still shopping suddenly have more negotiating power thanks to the decline in competition.

In most cases, the fall real estate market is very opportunistic for singles, young professionals, couples without children, and retirees. Since these buyers don’t have children, they don’t have to worry about things that can’t be changed, like school start dates.

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#3: Fall Is a Great Time to Shop for a Vacation Home

If you vacationed somewhere this summer and you are thinking about buying a vacation home in the area, then the best time of year to go shopping for one is after the Labor Day weekend. Not only will you be able to take advantage of the reduced prices, less competition, and better selection, but you’ll also be able to buy your home and have it fixed up and furnished by next year’s summer vacation season. Instead of paying money on rent someone else’s home, you can enjoy your very own vacation home!

Or, if you buy a vacation home in the fall in a part of the country with a strong winter vacation season, then you can quickly turn your second home into a nice income-generating opportunity by renting it out to skiers and winter enthusiasts. Very quickly, your vacation home will start paying for itself.

#4: The Fall Buying Season Doesn’t Have a Deadline

Most buying seasons come with some sort of deadline. For instance, most home buyers who select a certain neighborhood because of the quality of its school systems have to be in their homes before school begins. But, if you don’t have kids and you’re looking to buy in the fall, you don’t have to worry about such deadlines. This means your fall buying season can extend as long as you need it to be to find the home of your dreams at the price you want.

Sure, most people want to be in their homes for the holidays, but for some, even that isn’t a concern. The post-Labor Day real estate market offers good things to those who wait, so if you can wait to buy until after Thanksgiving, you stand to find even greater deals.

http://www.homes.com/blog/2016/10/must-know-tips-post-labor-day-changes-real-estate-market/

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May 23rd, 2017

NEW listing in Berkshire – a private retreat

May 23rd, 2017

 

BEAUTIFUL NEW LISTING!

12306 Granada Road, Leawood, KS 66209
Priced at $769,000
Bedrooms: 6     Bathrooms: 5.2     Home Size: 4325 sq. ft.    MLS Nmbr: 2046486
 
Property Description
BERKSHIRE  – your private retreat! Enjoy unprecedented views of Tomahawk Creek and bridge from your two tiered deck plus patio. Breathtaking 2 story stone fireplace greets you as you enter the home to the 2 story Great Room with floor to ceiling windows. Home provides many upgrades amenities including HEATED driveway, Dining Room with Fireplace, Viking Kitchen appliances, 102 Pella windows, extensive millwork, front and back staircase, walk-in attic, SO MUCH storage. Romantic main level Master Suite with update Bathroom, spacious secondary bedrooms and huge loft complete the second level. The lower level is perfect for living and entertaining with bar area, stone fireplace, walk-out to patio through mud room, two bedrooms and fantastic game room. Storage Area with built-in storage shelves will wow you!
Directions:
Between Nall & Roe to 124th St, North to Granada Rd, home at end of cul-de-sac

PAINT THE TOWN RED One day. Hundreds of open houses. Thousands of coat donations. One color.

January 24th, 2017

JOIN US AS WE MAKE HISTORY… AGAIN!

Last November, Keller Williams held over 350 open houses on the same day, as a way to serve our clients and to give back to our community. Our Paint The Town Red event was so successful, we’ve decided to do it again all across the metro area, and beyond! Both here in Kansas City, and in partnership with our office in Topeka, we will be holding hundreds more homes open all across Missouri and Kansas on January 29th. http://www.paintthetownredkc.com
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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

January 3rd, 2017

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Every year when January rolls around you vow to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But what goals do you set for your home?
By: Melinda Fulmer
 http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/5-new-years-resolutions-for-your-home
In the spirit of new beginnings, HGTV has consulted the experts and come up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.
Here are our five picks for the best home improvement resolutions for the new year and how to achieve them:

1: Streamline the stuff

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter.
Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.)
This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in, says Antoinette Nue, an Atlanta consultant who specializes in helping people simplify and go green.
“Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken,” she says.
Stash useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays, says Stuart McCormick, a designer with Liz Levin Interiors in Washington D.C.
Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home.

2: Make it safe and sound

Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they’re not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk.
First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. And with test kits costing as little as $20 at your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get right on that.
While we’re on the subject of deadly gas, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. Like a radon test, this is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard.
Watch out for dryer lint. We know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it’s highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.
Make sure your house can breathe. Hickory Hills, Ill. home inspector Jack McGraw is always surprised at how many people’s bathrooms and attics aren’t vented to the outside (or the vents are covered over with shingles.) This makes you a prime candidate for mold.
And if you’re considering a remodel — and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 — consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will have to handled properly during removal, or particles can be released into the air for you to ingest.

3: Shrink your bills (and your carbon footprint in the process)

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference.
Not so, says Bob Schildgen, who writes the “Hey Mr. Green” column for Sierra magazine. It just takes a little old-fashioned common sense.
The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home:
  • Remember your mom’s advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.
  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
  • Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
  • Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
  • Water your yard less. Put in drought-tolerant landscaping if necessary.
  • Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.

4: Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean

Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control from Jeff Campbell, author of the book Speed Cleaning and owner of the Clean Team housekeeping service in San Francisco.
Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night – no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.
Weekly: Clean your entire house, using these tips:
  • Keep all of your cleaners, as well as rubber gloves and spare cleaning cloths – in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.
  • Stash cleaning implements such as a toothbrush, scraper, sponge, a few cleaning cloths and plastic bags in a builder’s apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
  • Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It’s faster, Campbell says. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
  • For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, Campbell says, leaving more time on the weekends for the park or the movies.

5: Get your place ready for entertaining

Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update?
You don’t have go for broke here and invest in a new kitchen remodel. All it takes to get a fresh new look is a little bit of rearranging and a few updates says designer McCormick.
One easy update that makes your home seem more “finished” is the addition of plants, she says.
“They bring in new energy and help clean the air,” she says. “And it’s a great way to decorate if you’re on a budget.”
A couple of dramatic presentations like a large flowering agapanthus or potted palm in a bright ceramic planter that complements your existing color scheme will do the trick.
Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of a new pillow or throw to update your look, McCormick advises. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space.
Lastly, take some time to rearrange your furniture so it is oriented in conversation groups and not just facing the television. That just might up for chances for real conversation and connection in the New Year.

PAINT THE TOWN RED One day. Hundreds of open houses. Thousands of food donations. One color.

November 10th, 2016

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JOIN US AS WE MAKE HISTORY

On November 13, all seven offices of Keller Williams Realty are coming together to do something no brokerage in the city has done before: hold over 500 homes open on the same day. Our goal is to help our clients sell their homes, but also to do something big to help say thank you to Kansas City for embracing our company and helping us to succeed. Click here for a complete list of Open Houses

FIVE WAYS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR FALL

September 8th, 2016

FIVE WAYS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR FALL

Though the parade of Pumpkin flavored things have arrived at your local grocery store, Fall is still 12 days away, thank goodness. I for one, am in no way prepared to start thinking of winter that cold time between fall and spring, but I have been thinking about what things should happen in your home to get ready for fall to make it easier to transition into the chilly nights that are sure to come sooner rather than later. I hope these help you start to think about your home’s cold weather needs, and starts getting you excited for the next season. Salut!

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Caulk Drafty Areas

The nights are definitely starting to get that crisp feeling, and I think one of the best ways to help be more energy efficient and save money  is to do a check of your windows and doors and fill in any holes or cracks with calk or spray foam (for anything larger than a half inch or so). This will keep your AC in your house during the summer and heat inside for the winter, not to mention keep general draftiness to a minimum.

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Get an Inspection of your Water Pipes 

This is definitely something to do before the first snow or hard freeze, because it’ll cost you thousands of dollars if you have a pipe freeze and burst, leaks should be fixed as soon as possible, and water valves or spigots should get a thorough cleansing to make sure there’s no corrosion or build up. This video can show you what you’re looking for and how to fix common problems. IF there’s a leak or something more complicated, definitely  call a plumber: there are 3 things in my world that require experts, anything having to do with water, anything having to do with electricity, and anything having to do with gas lines.

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Tune Up Your Heating System

This will ultimately help you save money! Call a local technician to do a quick inspection and tune up. You can also get a programmable thermometer so you can set it to a lower temperature during the day or when you’re not home.

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Clean and Extend the Gutters 

This may have to wait until the leaves get closer to falling, but clean out your gutters so snow melt and water doesn’t clog up in there, potentially damaging your siding, roof, and actual gutters. It’s also a good idea to add 3-4 feet of gutter to the end so that any melt will be diverted away from the foundation of your home.

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Drain Your Water Heater 

Your water heater can develop sediment and gunk in the bottom, resulting in less water heated at a time, gunk in the water that can get into your pipes and sinks & tubs, and maybe even destroy the thing. This video can show you how to do it easily and quickly, but if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself you can always call a technician to do it for you

Author: Bonnie Cavoto Marketing

Here’s the skinny on the Real Estate market so far this year!

August 18th, 2016

Here’s the skinny on the Real Estate market so far this year!

 

NEW opportunities for Kansas Citians who want to live downtown KC!

August 2nd, 2016

HOME SWEET (URBAN) HOME

Union Hill and One Light usher in a wave of new opportunities for Kansas Citians who want to live downtown.

Story By Katy Schamberger  |  Union Hill photos by Jason Dailey

Downtown Kansas City’s transformation has been nothing short of remarkable. Once-vacant buildings, run-down blocks and little pedestrian activity outside of typical business hours have evolved into a thriving mix of commercial and residential development sparked by projects like the Sprint Center, Power & Light District and the Kansas City Streetcar, as well as wildly popular events like First Fridays.

Yet people don’t just want to work in or visit downtown Kansas City—they want to live there, too, a demand that’s fueled a flurry of new residential projects. Consider this your VIP tour. Fair warning: you might just want to move downtown when you’re finished!

A House on the Hill

Union Hill
Perched just south of downtown Kansas City awaits Union Hill, which spans 16 blocks and offers an enticing blend of history and modern construction. And if you thought downtown Kansas City’s revitalization is a compelling story, Union Hill just might top it.

One of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods, Union Hill was established in 1857. More recently, the area’s preservation and advancement is credited to local developer Bob Frye, who first proposed his plan for Union Hill’s development in his master’s thesis statement, then soon began buying pieces of land in the neighborhood until he fully bought out Union Hill’s original developer, Jim Young, in the late 1980s.

Now three decades later, Union Hill is thriving, home to an appealing mix of development that includes apartments, condominiums, townhomes, single-family homes and commercial buildings. Two new apartment buildings will soon be added to the mix—the Campbell building, opening in June, and the McCoy Building, scheduled to open in September.

John Price, Union Hill’s leasing director, says Union Hill is now home to approximately 1,200 people, and the waiting list continues to grow.

It’s no wonder Union Hill proves especially popular during the warmer months, when the neighborhood’s mature trees, carefully designed landscaping and walkability are in full splendor.

“People don’t always realize how close Union Hill is to everything,” Price says. “You can walk to First Fridays, Crown Center and Union Station. We have two hotels in the neighborhood, plus more than 30 businesses, including restaurants, bars and retail.”

Events are also popular in the neighborhood, an ideal way to bring both residents and visitors together. Price helped start a Food Truck Friday event last year, which drew more than 300 people to a picnic in an unexpected location.

“We ate in Union Hill cemetery,” Price says. “Not a lot of people can say they’ve done that!”

There’s much about Union Hill that makes it an enticing choice for a variety of residents, but the diverse living options take top honors. A mix of apartments, townhomes and condominiums are available in three styles, each thoughtfully designed and carefully built with convenience and comfort in mind.

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The Classic Lifestyle collection includes stone and brick architecture inspired by Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Buildings include Union Hill Place, located near the World War I Memorial and Crown Center; the Michael Diveley Building, Mattie Lykins Bingham Building and Johnston Lykins Building, all part of the Founders community; and M.C. Wood Building townhomes, an ideal blend of affordable urban living with the comfort and features of a full-size home.

For those who covet loft-like features in a more traditional neighborhood setting, Union Hill’s Loft Lifestyle properties include the Allan B.H. McGee Building and, later this year, the John Calvin McCoy Building. You simply have to step inside the McGee Building to see the attention to detail that’s common throughout each Union Hill home. Multicolored LED lights are cleverly placed in the ceiling, welcoming you with a vibrant glow. The contemporary lighting is balanced by the warmth of load-bearing cedar beams and benches made from locally reclaimed wood.

Inside apartments, loft-inspired features like exposed ductwork and open floor plans effortlessly mingle with chrome hardware, serpent-style lighting and spacious kitchens accented with islands. Walk-in pantries offer ample shelving that Price says “justify a Costco trip,” and bathrooms are made more spacious with recessed sinks.

For those who covet luxury, Union Hill delivers. Seven of the neighborhood’s buildings are part of the Platinum Lifestyle collection, inspired by Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. You’ll be greeted by concrete pineapples that top the entrance gate to the Jacob Ragan Building, part of Founders Phase II that also includes the John Taylor and John Campbell buildings. A stone-paved courtyard features exquisite landscaping and a bubbling fountain, which leads into an elegant lobby complete with marble tile floors.

Apartments in the Jacob Ragan Building, part of Union Hill’s Platinum Lifestyle Collection, offer ample storage, gas cooktops and crown molding.

Apartments in the Jacob Ragan Building, part of Union Hill’s Platinum Lifestyle Collection, offer ample storage, gas cooktops and crown molding.

Inside, floor plans are available in several layouts, including studio, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom. Kitchens are a haven for cooking aficionados, complete with gas cooktops and electric ovens. Interiors are made even more spacious by 9- and 10-foot ceilings and accented with stylish finishing touches like crown molding and wood plank flooring. Several units offer wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor brick terraces, the perfect spot to savor the view over a morning cup of coffee or evening cocktail.

Although Union Hill offers a range of residential developments, all homes share a number of common features including full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets, personal intrusion systems and parking. And though you might not immediately associate an historic area like Union Hill with state-of-the-art technology, the neighborhood is home to three buildings—the Taylor, Ragan and McGee—that were the first in the world to be built with Google Fiber in the walls, rather than being retrofitted for fiber Internet and television. Additionally, select buildings include Nest thermostats.

Yet history remains a vital part of Union Hill. Look up at the Greenlease Cadillac Building, for example, and you’ll notice Cadillac emblems, reminders of the building’s past as the first Cadillac dealership west of the Mississippi. It’s that sort of thoughtful approach—and Frye’s visionary leadership—that propelled Union Hill into what might be its most successful chapter yet.

Shining Bright

One Light Tower, Kansas City, Missouri
It’s not often that residents lease an apartment without seeing it first, but that’s exactly what happened at One Light Apartments.

“One Light is the fastest project I’ve ever worked on,” says Marnie Sauls, director of residential management. “When we opened [in November 2015] we were 85 percent leased. Now we’re fully occupied. It’s crazy if you think about it—85 percent of people leased sight unseen.”

The soaring glass building occupies a prime piece of land at 13th and Walnut streets, putting residents in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The Power & Light District, Sprint Center, Crossroads Arts District and the Central Business District are all a short stroll away. Plus, One Light residents can get to Cosentino’s Downtown Market and Onelife Fitness without leaving the building, unmatched conveniences that Sauls says “you just can’t duplicate.”

Inside One Light, the sense of luxury is all encompassing, from the stylish, welcoming lobby to the building’s open concept floor plans accented by floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-foot ceilings, quartz kitchen islands and backsplashes and luxury appliances. It’s the windows—and, by extension, the views—that Sauls says contributed to “such high demand. When you think about what makes most people happy where they live, it’s sunlight, those windows and the views.”

Apartment Unit at One Light Tower
Thoughtful finishing touches contribute to that coveted luxury aesthetic, including eye-catching pieces of local art placed throughout the building with help from Weinberger Fine Art Owner and Executive Curator Kim Weinberger. Additional building amenities include a rooftop pool and bar, a business center, nightly rental suites, a wine wall, entertainment kitchen and club room. Those amenities—and a perpetually full activities schedule that includes two monthly residents events—contribute to what Sauls says is one of her favorite things about One Light.

“I think what I love most about the building is the sense of community,” she says. “Typically you don’t get that in an apartment community because you’re more spread out, but One Light residents know each other and the employees.”

As a result of One Light’s incredible popularity, plans have already moved forward to build Two Light, a 24-story tower under construction between Grand Boulevard and Walnut Street. The building is scheduled to open in March 2018 and will include 300 luxury residential units on 18 floors. The remaining six stories will house commercial and parking space. Sauls says the second project offers prospective tenants a wider range of options and a chance to find a home that fits their preferences.

“It just depends on what’s more important to you,” Sauls says. “Do you need a little more square footage? Or do you want the grocery store right there, so you don’t even have to go outside? It makes people stop and think and really prioritize, and no one else offers that in the city.”

Apartment Unit at One Light Tower
Sauls says One Light—and soon, Two Light—filled what had been a gap in the downtown residential market.

“We were missing that luxury lifestyle of being downtown,” she says. “I think other builders are catching on and understanding that residents want to pay more, they want a lifestyle—they will come downtown if we give them the product that they want.”

That said, demand for downtown living is so high that Sauls says there’s room for a variety of residential projects.

“Somebody moves out, somebody moves right back in,” she says. “We haven’t hurt anyone’s business by bringing on these units. Everyone’s still staying full, and that tells you how many people want to live downtown.”