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Kansas City Real Estate Blog

Prepared to Buy a Home?Plenty of people still choose to own a home with many interested in becoming first-time homeowners. Before looking at available homes in a desired area, some may be want to know more about a few of the obligations and financial considerations that come with homeownership. Explore some changes and challenges that occur to those taking the plunge from renting to owning a home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Home Maintenance and Expense

Renters often fail to realize that their rent covers many expenses that a homeowner will need to pay out-of-pocket. Many routine maintenance tasks, repairs and home renovations are paid for by the

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The 4 Basic Steps of Selling a HomeWhen it’s time to sell a home, homeowners can easily become overwhelmed thinking about all the different steps and processes it’s going to take. From picking a price to preparing for showings, there’s a lot of things homeowners need to juggle in order to stay on top of it. Here are the basic steps of selling a home that ever homeowner needs to know so they can get an idea of what they can expect when they want to put their home up on the market.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Step 1:  Hire a Real Estate Agent

Some people think hiring an agent is optional, but for homeowners who want the best experience while selling and want to

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New Residential Building Technologies for New ConstructionEven though it may take time to adopt technologies in the new construction home industry, new technologies are transforming the landscape of residential construction. From bidding on projects to building, advanced technologies are being used and may serve to address common issues within residential building construction. Explore the latest advances and trends in residential real estate construction.

Sustainable Construction Practices

Values have changed and there are buyers looking for construction companies attuned to the need for more sustainable construction practices. Sustainability encompasses elements such as:

  • Efficiently using resources;
  • Preserving the natural environment; and
  • Promoting culture and social progress.

To

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4 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Curb AppealEvery homeowner wants a home that they can be proud of inside and out, but landscaping can be difficult for many people. Even homeowners who love interior decorating may find themselves lost when it comes time to focus on the home’s exterior because they’re just so different. For new construction homeowners who don’t know where to start with their home’s landscaping, here are some easy projects to get the ball rolling that can improve or maintain a home’s look without having to spend too much time or money on them.

1. Use Native Plants in Gardens

It’s no secret that gardens can be a lot of work: the more plants and flowers in a garden, the more upkeep is required between weeding, watering, and other care. Homeowners who want a green garden

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Condo Living: Benefits and Disadvantages for Home BuyersThe condo market is often appealing to niche buyers. For example, young people who are buying their first home may find condominiums to be an ideal option. Older adults who may not be able to maintain their own home like the independence they enjoy while living in a condo. When it comes to living the condo lifestyle, there are both benefits and disadvantages to consider.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Benefits of Living in a Condo

  • Condo owners enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. One of the largest benefits of living in a condo is that the condo home owners association will hire contractors to take care of maintenance, such as
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4 Ways to Prepare for Home ShowingsWhen a buyer is looking at an Overland Park home for sale, they usually will arrange a showing through their agent so they can come see it in person. Home showings are a crucial part of the buying and home selling process because this is where the buyers will form all of their opinions regarding the home. Because of this, homeowners need to ensure that their home is ready for the showing so it can make the best first impression possible. Here are some of the ways homeowners can prepare for visiting buyers.

1. Leave the Home While Guests Are There

When viewing a home, buyers should be able to take as long as they need and also be able to speak freely about their thoughts and opinions on a home. When the homeowner is present during a showing,

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4 Curb Appeal Mistakes You Might Be MakingWhen selling Kansas City home, first impressions are everything. They are what helps attract buyers to the home, and curb appeal is essential to a good first impression. Curb appeal can seem like a very simple thing, but it’s also easy to make mistakes concerning it. Here are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make regarding their home’s curb appeal and how to avoid or reverse it.

Mistake #1: Leaving Personal Decorations Up

Many homeowners like to personalize their home by adding fun decorations to the gardens or lawn. Pink flamingoes and garden gnomes are classic examples, but things like windchimes, signs, and even holiday decorations fall under this category. When selling a home, it’s recommended to take down these sorts of things

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5 Ways To Market Your HomeWhen selling a home, all homeowners want to make sure their home is reaching a wide audience because the more people who see it’s for sale, the higher the odds of reaching interested buyers. In addition to staging a home to sell, most buyers are unaware of the other ways that a home can be marketed. In reality, there are quite a few different ways homeowners can help market their own home in addition to what the real estate agent is doing.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Keep the For Sale Sign Visible

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes the simplest things are some of the most effective. Sometimes homeowners try to

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All About Credit Score and Getting a MortgageA person's credit score can have a big impact on their ability to buy a home. Understanding credit and how it affects the home buying process can help a person who wants to buy a home. If you're thinking about buying a new construction home or a pre-owned home soon, here's what you need to know about your credit score.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is Your Credit Score?

A credit score is a score that falls between 300 and 850. This score is a measure of a person's bill payment history and relative ability to pay bills. Bills paid on time make the credit score go up, while bills paid late can make a credit score go down. There

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Steps to Remediate Unpermitted WorkUnpermitted work in homes often goes unnoticed by everyone from the home inspector to the original seller. This is because unpermitted work can be one of the messier topics of home improvement. Different neighborhoods have different priorities, and few homeowners (or even home inspectors) have the time or the wherewithal to parse through numerous building codes. Unpermitted work often happens as an innocent do-it-yourself project, when the owner doesn't know they need a permit.

However, homeowners who do turn a blind eye to the quality of previous renovations can find themselves in trouble if the wrong person discovers the flaws. Bad or unpermitted renovations can include a renovation of a kitchen, bathroom or an addition to the home. Find out

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