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If you are preparing to sell a home in Johnson County Kansas or the surrounding Kansas City area, home buyers will be looking closely at the condition of your home. A home with new paint and carpet and that appears priced decently can go unsold if there are other issues once a buyer looks deeper. Granite kitchen counter tops are certainly an eye catcher, but if the buyer looks up and see a leaking roof then your wonderful kitchen may not matter. Gleaming hardwood floors are an attention-getting but if a buyer sees that your furnace is at the end of its life expectancy, such differed maintenance can kill your home sale. So when preparing your home for sale, don’t just be focused on the cosmetic items, also look closely for any mechanical or structural issues that will turn buyers away.

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Cosmetic and remodeling projects are great but sellers usually see the largest return on investment when they focus repairs on the core mechanical and structural items in their home. Buyers love an updated kitchen, remodeled bath and fresh paint and carpet, but they’re looking just as hard for major issues, such as window or siding issues… And they’re more likely to walk away from your home due to an old roof than due to old paint. The latest home improvement trends indicate several home improvements that stand out for their return on investment. One is kitchen updating, which nets sellers 94% on their return on investment. The second is siding repair. Knowing a home is weather-tight is a major concern for home buyers and that’s why home sellers recoup 93% of the money spent making siding repairs.

The best return on investment of all, and the only one that returns more than 100% on your investment is, wait for it… re-insulating your attic. Today’s buyers are conscious of utility costs and re-insulating an attic is of value to every home buyer — which is why it nets home sellers a 108% return on their investment. Other great improvements include roof replacement and window replacement, if either are at the end of their life expectancy — both return 80% on investment. Curb appeal is also important and because you never get a second chance at a first impression, replacing front doors and garage doors have a solid return on investment. Because home buyers will be looking for a home that’s in good cosmetic, mechanical and structural condition, you’ll want to be sure you don’t overlook any of these of areas when preparing your home for sale.

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Overland Park KS Real Estate Update

There were 53 homes sold (closed) in Overland Park Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 372 homes for sale in Overland Park, the city has 3.5 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Overland Park. The average new listing the past 15 days in Overland Park Kansas came on the market around a $357,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $323,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 119 $357,148
Total Active Listings 372
Newest Contracts Written 139 $309,250 64
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 53 $323,121 61

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 53 homes sold in Overland Park Kansas were on the market an average of 61 days, while the last 139 homes to go under contract did so in 64 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling an Overland Park Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Overland Park home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Overland Park home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling an Overland Park Kansas home or buying an Overland Park Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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Olathe KS Real Estate Update

There were 46 homes sold (closed) in Olathe Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 310 homes for sale in Olathe, the city has 3.4 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Olathe. The average new listing the past 15 days in Olathe Kansas came on the market around a $291,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $283,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 110 $291,208
Total Active Listings 310
Newest Contracts Written 110 $278,791 77
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 46 $283,411 50

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 46 homes sold in Olathe Kansas were on the market an average of 50 days, while the last 110 homes to go under contract did so in 77 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling an Olathe Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Olathe home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Olathe home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling an Olathe Kansas home or buying an Olathe Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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Leawood KS Real Estate Update

There were 11 homes sold (closed) in Leawood Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 109 homes for sale in Leawood, the city has 5.0 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a balanced real estate market in Leawood. The average new listing the past 15 days in Leawood Kansas came on the market around a $592,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $476,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 31 $592,069
Total Active Listings 109
Newest Contracts Written 34 $610,312 93
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 11 $475,523 92

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 11 homes sold in Leawood Kansas were on the market an average of 92 days, while the last 34 homes to go under contract did so in 93 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling a Leawood Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Leawood home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Leawood home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling a Leawood Kansas home or buying a Leawood Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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Shawnee KS Real Estate Update

There were 21 homes sold (closed) in Shawnee Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 131 homes for sale in Shawnee, the city has 3.1 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Shawnee. The average new listing the past 15 days in Shawnee Kansas came on the market around a $277,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $285,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 45 $277,172
Total Active Listings 131
Newest Contracts Written 63 $255,150 58
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 21 $284,982 65

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 21 homes sold in Shawnee Kansas were on the market an average of 65 days, while the last 63 homes to go under contract did so in 58 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling a Shawnee Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Shawnee home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Shawnee home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling a Shawnee Kansas home or buying a Shawnee Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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Lenexa KS Real Estate Update

There were 17 homes sold (closed) in Lenexa Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 133 homes for sale in Lenexa, the city has 3.9 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Lenexa. The average new listing the past 15 days in Lenexa Kansas came on the market around a $317,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $331,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 32 $313,672
Total Active Listings 133
Newest Contracts Written 41 $292,006 66
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 17 $330,838 73

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 17 homes sold in Lenexa Kansas were on the market an average of 73 days, while the last 41 homes to go under contract did so in 66 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling a Lenexa Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Lenexa home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Lenexa home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling a Lenexa Kansas home or buying a Lenexa Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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If you’re thinking about jumping into a real estate career, consider this recent Forbes news article covering the CareerBliss annual report on companies in the United States with the happiest work force heading into 2017. Narrowing the list below so we can look at just the top 10, it’s a who’s who of major U.S corporations. Keller Williams Realty continues its meteoric rise, not only in the real estate world, but settling in at #3 among all companies across the country.

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If you’ve considered getting your real estate license, let me know your questions regarding getting into the business. I’ll let you know what I see as the keys to building a successful real estate career. I’ll also help you gain an understanding from a “real estate agent’s point of view” on why Keller Williams is the #3 happiest company to work for in the country, why Keller Williams has more agents than any real estate company in the country, and why my Overland Park Keller Williams office is the #1 producing office of any real estate brokerage in the entire metro area. Even if you’re already licensed and working elsewhere, contact me because I can definitely help you with making a switch to Keller Williams Realty.

I can quickly get you a meeting scheduled with the leader of our 500+ agent office, where any additional questions can be answered. My office will go over what it takes for a new agent to get their career off on the right foot. Some agents want to go it alone, others want to form a team with another agent, some want to be a buyer’s agent with a group in the office, etc. There’s benefits and challenges to each of the possibilities and my office will go over all of them with you. My office has a mentoring program where a productity coach works with new agents to help them through each important early career step, including getting started (obtaining your real estate license), generating business (contacts and relationships), handling the business (contract to closing) and working to build a thriving real estate career.

Most real estate companies operate under the belief that the company is great and that makes their agents great. But at Keller Williams Realty – and specifically with my Overland Park Keller Williams office – the belief is that our company and office are great because OUR AGENTS MAKE IT GREAT. My Overland Park Keller Williams office is an award winning organization offering the training, technology, leadership, favorable agent commission splits and profit sharing model that you won’t find elsewhere.

The Forbes article considered how employees rate their work environment, workers relationship with management, growth opportunities, compensation and overall satisfaction with their position in the company.  Check out the full article here on the list of top 50 Happiest Companies To Work For In 2017 and contact me to discuss the possibilities of joining Keller Williams Realty.

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The important first step in buying a home is getting Pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This involves contacting a lender, having them run your credit, going over details such as your income and employment history, and ultimately receiving a Pre-Approval Letter showing how much home you can afford. Choosing a lender is a very important decision that has both short term and long term consequences, so it’s not recommended to simply choose the first lender you come across. There are some critical questions that need asked about the lender and, more specifically, about the loan officer you’re considering using… Does the loan officer get 99% of their loans closed on time? Does the loan officer offer competitive mortgage interest rates? Are the fees charged by the loan officer/lender competitive with other lenders?

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Getting a solid mortgage interest rate is critical and will affect your mortgage payments for years to come. Interest rates also don’t just vary from one lender to another, they can vary from one loan officer to another. Many banks give their loan officers THE interest rate for the day and that’s it… Take it or leave it or check back tomorrow. Some mortgage brokers (with ability to lend funds from multiple sources) allow their loan officers to choose their compensation model, which directly affects the interest rate the loan officers offer borrowers. Yes it’s true, one loan officer could offer you a lower interest rate than the loan officer sitting in the next cubicle.  It’s simply worth checking with more than one loan officer/lender to be sure you’re in good hands.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, I have a great list of mortgage lenders that has been formed over my 20 years in the real estate industry. It’s critical to my buyers and my success that a loan officer gets the job done and lenders can and do move up and down my list over time. A few of the requirements to get on my list include being recommended from someone I know personally, having a minimum 3 years of mortgage lending experience, offering competitive interest rates, charging reasonable loan fees and the loan officer’s office being located within the metro area. From there performance is critical to be high on my list.

If you’d like my current list of top 5 mortgage lenders/loan officers, click the link below for several ways to contact me…

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Overland Park KS Real Estate Update

There were 81 homes sold (closed) in Overland Park Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 386 homes for sale in Overland Park, the city has 2.4 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Overland Park. The average new listing the past 15 days in Overland Park Kansas came on the market around a $320,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was close to $291,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 40 $320,375
Total Active Listings 386
Newest Contracts Written 48 $288,441 79
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 81 $291,092 59

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 81 homes sold in Overland Park Kansas were on the market an average of 59 days, while the last 48 homes to go under contract did so in 79 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling an Overland Park Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Overland Park home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Overland Park home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling an Overland Park Kansas home or buying an Overland Park Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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Olathe KS Real Estate Update

There were 78 homes sold (closed) in Olathe Kansas the past 15 days. Comparing this sales rate to the current 300 homes for sale in Olathe, the city has 1.9 months of inventory on the market. This volume of real estate inventory indicates a seller’s real estate market in Olathe. The average new listing the past 15 days in Olathe Kansas came on the market around a $298,000 list price and the average sales price during the same time period was nearly $265,000.

Type # Average $ Avg DOM
Listings Past 15 Days 42 $297,633
Total Active Listings 300
Newest Contracts Written 54 $265,860 76
Sold (closed) Past 15 Days 78 $264,906 55

* The Average $ of Newest Contracts Written considers the list price when the homes went under contract. Data pulled from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Low samplings in a category can skew results. Stats cover approximately 15 days from post date. DOM = Days On Market.

The last 78 homes sold in Olathe Kansas were on the market an average of 55 days, while the last 54 homes to go under contract did so in 76 days on average. We look forward to helping you assess the effect these market stats have on your your real estate investment and the decisions you make when buying or selling an Olathe Kansas home.

The Jason Brown Group gives Olathe home sellers powerful representation and we get the majority of our homes sold in 30 days and for nearly 99% of list price. We represent Olathe home buyer’s best interests throughout the home buying process and help with locating all area homes for sale that fit our buyer’s needs. Get an overview of how we will assist you in selling an Olathe Kansas home or buying an Olathe Kansas home and contact us for personal real estate assistance.

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