6 Amazing Vacation Rentals in Lee’s Summit, MO

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The Cottage – Entire home

This ADORABLE 1 bed, 1 bath – renovated milk barn is just one mile from Downtown Lee’s Summit and about 20 mins from Downtown KC. Enjoy a spacious 2 acre backyard, firepit (with available wood) and memory foam mattress! 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24186058?adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1584456083_rEqjY65dmC%2BusTf1 

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The Browning Inn – Private room in house (B&B) 

This historic home is completely updated with a charming farmhouse feel! They are located in Downtown Lee’s Summit and offer a beautiful patio space with bistro tables, patio furniture, front porch with rockers, living room, dining room & kitchen. You’ll have your own private bedroom and bathroom (not attached to room-but located directly to the left of it) with access to all the main areas at the Historic Browning. 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19484642?adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1584456168_dZpsNDOHHrBmNicD 

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Estate Home with Chef Kitchen – Entire home 

This gorgeous home is set on 8 gated acres and offers 4 bedrooms (can sleep up to 12 people) 3 baths, oversized main areas for entertaining and dining and tons of parking space! This home is perfect for reunions, retreats, family get-aways, etc. Also enjoy a a beautiful chefs kitchen, large outdoor space with patios, outdoor grill, firepit and SO much more! 

https://www.vrbo.com/689296?adultsCount=1&noDates=true 

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Filmore Manor – Entire home 

This renovated English Cotswold-Style home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and can comfortably sleep up to 10 people. This home is great for large families, reunions, showers, etc. Your stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast and access to a fitness center! 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25321845?adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1584456379_mDcGVtvzCcg%2BBfmT 

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Modern Condo – Entire home 

This condominium is just minutes from Downtown Lee’s Summit and offers 3 bedrooms & 3 baths! This clean and bright space offers board games for the family and a large green space out back for you to enjoy! 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/41263621?adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1584456256_PMe2latrBpoWfjoO 

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The Hummingbird Vista – Entire home 

This newly renovated 1930s home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths can comfortably sleep 12 people. This home features hardwood floors, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living area, and a large deck all overlooking the beautiful grounds and golf course. 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/38066504?adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1584456437_KyK3kce18JBvlTSG 

MAKE YOUR HOME READY TO SELL- PART 2- FIRST IMPRESSION

 FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING

When the potential buyer approaches your home in their car, they make their first decision…whether to STOP and look inside!  A neat, attractive yard is invaluable to enticing a buyer to view your home.

You’ll need to use a keen eye to carefully evaluate every aspect of  the exterior of your home! The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Curb appeal can seal a deal right off the bat because the potential buyer can easily get emotionally attached to a home at the front door. If the home is warm and friendly looking and a buyer can see that the home has been well maintained and the yard is manicured  he will be much more apt to forgive some imperfections on the inside as long as they are not screaming at him when he enters. This concept works both ways. If it is impossible to achieve an overall perfect appearance of your home, then make sure at least one or the other (either the inside or outside) are  perfect. 

VIEW YOUR HOME THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BUYER- USE THIS LIST TO GET YOU STARTED!

  1. Keep your yard mowed, raked, fertilized and watered.
  2. Remove all toys bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, garden equipment and debris.
  3. All landscaping should be pruned and trimmed regularly.
  4. Outdoor furniture should look great, cleaned and painted if needed
  5. Firewood should be stacked neatly and out of sight if possible
  6. In wintertime, keep snow and ice off sidewalks and walkways
  7. Paint mailbox if necessary
  8. Ensure street numbers are legible and easily distinguished from the street
  9. Porches, steps verandas etc, should be swept and free from leaves and debris at all times
  10. Paint all entrance doors and change front door handles if necessary
  11. Shades and awnings should be in great condition and if not replace or remove. Remove windsocks/chimes.
  12. Keep trash cans out of sight of the front of the home and deodorized.
  13. Gates, fences and outbuildings should be clean and/or painted.
  14. Clean, repair or replace downspouts and gutters
  15. Repair, replace roof shingles if needed. Also fix any sign of leaks on ceilings inside.
  16. Make sure garage doors open easily and electronic eyes are installed. Paint or replace if needed.
  17. Paint and/or repair chimney stacks, tuck point bricks and stone, caulk where needed.
  18. Excessive wear on the exterior of the house might merit a new paint job.

An investment in painting your home can really make the difference between “turning on” the buyer or sending up a “red flag” about the condition of the home. You may lose buyers due to what you might consider to be an insignificant issue. If there is a lot of peeling and chalking on the outside of the home it could affect a buyer’s ability to obtain financing for your home. 

MAKE YOUR HOME READY TO SELL!! PART 1

One of the most important aspect of marketing and selling your home is showing it at it’s very best. Use these practical tips below to get the most out of your showings and win the buyer!

Your home is being “interviewed” by every potential buyer.  Use these tips to ensure its best features are displayed!

  1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades and let in the sunlight. Rooms bathed in sunlight appear bigger and have a positive impact on buyers.
  2. Install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly-in its best light. Turn on all the lights for showings.
  3. Remove all clutter from each room. Remove coats, shoes, clothing, pet toys and food bowls, trash cans, toys, child safety barriers, playpens, etc.
  4. Make beds and smooth bedspreads. All linens and curtains should be fresh, clean and attractive. Keep laundry put up or out of sight.
  5. Organize closets, and pantry.  Remove unnecessary items and put them in storage. Large, well organized closets sell homes. Buyers will be impressed with the fact you took the time to organize your closets and the pantry. It shows you care. 
  6. Dust the home and vacuum floors often. Do not leave soiled towels around. Wipe down showers and tubs after use and caulk and remove mold if needed.

Carefully evaluate your home with a critical eye for small details that may detract from its beauty.

  1. Create a positive mood. Turn on all the lights day or night. Open the curtains during the day. If it is cold outside, turn on the fireplace. If it is summertime keep the house cool for visitors.
  2. Open doors to areas you want buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, etc. Place air fresheners inside closets. 
  3. Prune indoor plants if needed and minimize an overloaded area of plants in small spaces.
  4. Remove excess extension cords or put out of sight for easy traffic flow.
  5. Keep pets out of the way or remove from the house during showings. Barking dogs are a distraction that can impede the successful sale of your home. You should be absent along with your pets. Buyers will get a feel for how they can live in the home  if owners are not present.
  1. If it is impossible for you to leave go outside or in a different area than the buyer. Do not interfere with the showing agent by offering comments or apologizing for the condition.
  2. To make that psychological impact go farther make sure all personal items and pictures are taken down and put away.
  3. Play soft music, turn off the TV and burn scented candles or smell goods of some sort like cinnamon apple or vanilla scents.
  4. Place a plate of fresh homemade cookies and water bottles on the kitchen counter with napkins and paper plates. Leave a sign welcoming and inviting your visitor to have a cookie and a drink while touring.
  5. Leave the Home Feature brochures provided by your Realtor close by for the visitors to grab at the same time as the refreshment.

In closing we will help you professionally stage your home and advise and consult with you going room to room on what needs to be done for the home to show it’s very best and maximize your efforts and profits.

4 Local Wineries To Try Near Lee’s Summit, MO

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Stonehaus Farms Winery 

Personally we have had multiple events here and always enjoy our experience! The staff is super friendly and informative about each wine that they create, you can tell they really love being there and are loving what they do! As for their wines, enjoy everything from light refreshing Vignoles to dry reds and  deep ports. You can even grab a bottle in the evening and are welcomed to sit outside surrounded by their lovely landscaping, patios and deck overlooking the lake for as long as you want! 

So bring some cheese and crackers and make a wonderful date night/girls night out of it! 

 

 

 

Albonee Country Inn & Winery 

The Albonee is quaintly set in a beautiful valley surrounded by hills on the back roads in Independence. 

According to many raving reviews this winery has an cozy cottage feel and a beautiful view of the pond and vines.  They also offer an assortment of fruits, cheeses, semi-sweets & more! This winery is also a bed & breakfast so if you want to get away for the night or weekend this beautiful winery could be the perfect place to reset! 

 

 

 

Peculiar Winery 

This newer winery has an industrial-farmhouse feel inside and we are loving it! They not only offer grape wines, but a variety of other fruit wines as well like; pear, cranberry, raspberry and blackberry. And for the non-wine drinkers who got dragged along, they also serve coke products, beers and an assortment of cheeses, meats and crackers! Check out their website for local singers and food truck events happening on the weekends! 

 

 

 

Odessa Country Winery 

The Odessa Country winery offers tons of  variety when come to wine; from grape to elderberry to cherry to even Jalapeno!!! Enjoy a comfortable, down home feel and enjoy all that this beautiful acreage has to offer. Hangout on the large covered patio overlooking the lake, walk to vineyards or stay inside and sample all of their assortments of wines! 

 

 

 

 

These aren’t your typical “country side” wineries, but here are a

couple of local gems for all you wine lovers out there!! 

 

 

 

Headquarters All American Pub & Micro-Winery  

Located in Downtown Lee’s Summit, Headquarters offers an array of red & white wine options.

They also have a delicious looking Italian menu that features handmade flatbreads, paninis, pastas and more! 

 

 

Red Door Wine Store 

Also located in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Red Door offers a very large selection of wines and is the perfect place to pop in to purchase a quick gift! Stop buy for their wine tastings every Thursday ($5 or free with any purchase)! 

 

 

Top Hat Winery 

Top Hat Winery is located right off Downtown Independence Square and manufactures over 70 different wines and over 20 different hard ciders. Their wine collection menu makes it easy to learn about each wine and adds to the experience of trying new ones. From fruit to drys to their specialty wines they seem to have it all! They also offer a simple, yet flavorful looking menu of bbq, wings and flatbreads!

 

 

**WINE TIP**

Frozen grapes will keep your wine cold without watering it down! 

The 4 Best Flower Shops in Lee’s Summit

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All A’ Bloom Flowers & Gifts
5 SE 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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All A’Bloom Floral Design, is located in Historic Downtown Lee’s Summit and has been a local florist for more than 12 years. Named “Truly the Best Business” by Lee’s Summit Chamber in 2019 and voted “Best Florist in Eastern Jackson County” in 2018. They are a family owned business and committed to offering Instagram worthy flower arrangements for any occasion. With 4.8 stars and 99 amazing reviews on Google this adorable flower shop is sure to wow you with some beautiful arrangements and spectacular service!

 

 

Licata’s Flowers and Accessories

207 SE 3rd St #102, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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As we were reading these outstanding reviews about Licata’s Flowers,  we realized almost every single one of them mentioned the superior customer service,  uniqueness to each floral arrangement and freshness of these beautiful flowers. They seem to have exceeded people’s expectations and have wowed many brides over the years! Licata’s has easy access and is located near Downtown Lee’s Summit. 

 

 

 

 

Five Petals Floral 

122 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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From weddings to funerals to Mother’s Day, Five Petals is a local favorite amongst the community! Located in Downtown Lee’s Summit Five Petals offers an awesome team of Designers with over 70 years of experience between them. Schedule a meeting with their design team in store or use their user-friendly ordering system online! 

 

 

Jacks Floral Decor & More

816 NW Park Lane Suite C Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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Jacks Floral Decor is located off Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit and brings 35+ years of floral designs and creations, as well as Hallmark Cards, DeBrand fine chocolates and gift items. This is a great one-stop-shop for any occasion. With  5 Star reviews, many people mentioned wonderful wedding day experiences and that they couldn’t wait to order from this genuine owner again!

The Top 5 Best Breakfast Places In Lee’s Summit, MO According To Yelp!

The Top 5 Best Breakfast Places In Lee’s Summit According To Yelp!

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1. Ginger Sue’s

Enjoy breakfast, brunch & lunch at this local favorite in Lee’s Summit right off Douglas. You will definitely get a good amount of food for your buck and their signature seasoned bacon is to die for!

2. Whistle Stop & Mercantile

This adorable coffee shop is located on Main Street in Downtown Lee’s Summit and a morning meeting place for many locals. Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, pastries & their most craved Saturday Morning Special — Belgian Waffles!

3. Neighborhood Cafe

Forget everything you know about cinnamon rolls because this local favorite is serving up some of the best! Feel right at home when you walk into this diner-style restaurant in Downtown Lee’s Summit that has been serving up food since 2001!

4. The Big Biscuit

The Big Biscuit is another favorite in the KC metro and is serving up all the classics from pancakes to ‘BIG’ fluffy biscuits! So many reviews go on and on about how wonderful the portion sizes are and the friendly service!

5. Terra Health & Wellness

New to Lee’s Summit and a healthier option to start off your day is Terra. Terra offers a juice & smoothie bar, light breakfast choices for on-the-go and according to reviews very friendly and helpful service!

 

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

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5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

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5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

Most homeowners have invested large sums of money in their homes. Not only by virtue of the fact they have paid a mortgage on the home for many years, but if you have maintained and updated your home to increase its value, you have continued to spend money. Keep reading this important report so you can avoid making costly mistakes when selling your largest investment.

  1. HIRING THE WRONG PERSON I need to say that the number one mistake to avoid is hiring the wrong agent to sell your home. If you have a trusted agent you have used in the past, rehire them. If not, look for these attributes when interviewing your next agent.  Do you feel a trustworthiness and a good rapport with this person during your interview? Did they bring you a market data/research report showing you what the best price would be for your home based on homes that compared very closing to yours that included a time frame to get your home sold? Did they explain the advertising they would be using and how they would attract buyers to your home? Did they have experience?
  2. OVERPRICING YOUR HOME  Regardless of what the current market is doing, never overprice your home. People think that when the market is “hot” and there are fewer homes on the market you can ask just about anything and get it. Not True! A good Realtor will always suggest pricing that follows  the last comparable sale in your neighborhood or surrounding area. Overpricing today just like in the past will cause you to sit on the market waiting for a buyer and ultimately chasing it downwards with continual price reductions thereby causing you to actually lose money.
  3. NO PREPARATION . We suggest always putting our best foot forward when preparing to sell. Do a thorough cleaning, declutter, organize closets and cabinets, assess repairs and updates needed. This will maximize your profits and give you a return on your investment.
  4. POOR PHOTOGRAPHY.  A picture is worth a thousand words and when Buyers are searching the internet they will scrutinize every detail of your home via the pictures you offer online so having high definition, professional photos of the inside and outside of your property are a critical piece of the advertising and selling of your home.
  5. BEING PRESENT AT SHOWINGS When Buyers come to view your home they are actually coming to see if they feel an emotional attachment to it. They may be excited by the pictures and the staging they saw online which caused them to want to go inside, but once they open that door and see you the homeowner, it can quickly take the excitement right out of them . Since they see you living there, they cannot see themselves living there. It is very psychological I know, but very true. This situation makes your prospective buyer uneasy about expressing their likes and dislikes and it can make you uncomfortable as well. So avoid being in attendance at showings.

 

For even more great tips on mistakes to avoid when selling your home, reach out to us at 816-365-9807. We are happy to provide a Free home market analysis which includes a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your home to sell and a pricing report as well.  Call today!

5 EASY STEPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY TO SELL

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Are you ready to sell your home but stressed about how to get it ready to get on the market? Have no fear! Below find 5 easy steps to ready your home that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

You can start by grabbing a pen and paper to write down what needs to be done. Walk around your entire home, interior first. As you do this put yourself into the shoes of a prospective buyer and look for things that would stand out to you if you were buying this home. Follow the list below:

  1. Walls and trim. Determine if new paint needs to be applied to cover up old outdated wall colors or will a just freshen up coat be needed to cover up marks and scratches?  Notice your wood trim, is it scratched and marked up? If so you may need a good once over with a MR.Clean dry eraser or maybe some cover up paint.
  2. Look at flooring, hardwoods, carpet, ceramic tile and laminates. If these things are worn beyond cleaning and repair, you may have to replace. Use the guidance of your Realtor to help you determine the cost versus the gain in what you will profit from the sale of your home. It might serve you to just give a flooring allowance if replacing is outside your budget.
  3. Buyers today notice updates like fixtures, lighting and door handles and will pay for them. If everything is out of date, consider replacing with inexpensive light fixtures and faucets purchased at Lowes or Home Depot. Replacement Door hardware can be purchased on Amazon at very low prices as well.
  4. Look for overall cleanliness and clutter throughout your home including the garage and outdoor sheds or storage units that will stay with the home. Do an extensive deep clean throughout.  Now is the time to throw away and give away the things you never use or haven’t used in the last 5 to 10 years. Straighten and organize closets, bath and kitchen cabinets. It will be so easy to move when these things are already done and ready to pack. You’ll save money too because you won’t pay to move items you will never use in your new home. Some movers charge by the pound.
  5. Check out your exterior. Look for rotted wood and trim boards, fading and peeling paint and fireplace issues (cracking brick or fireplace cap issues). Review the landscaping. Does it need a cleanout by pulling weeds, replacing or removing dead shrubs and replacing mulch or rock?  Again use your “Buyers eyes” to determine if this would bother you if you were buying this home. How does it look when you drive up to your home? Does the front door need a fresh coat of paint?

Sprucing up your home by doing these few simple tasks will add so much value to your bottom line. Selling your home is kind of like competing in a beauty contest. The homes that have great curb appeal (first impression) smell the most pleasing and look well maintained and fresh, sell quickly and for the most money. If you have any further questions or would like a Free consultation on how to get you home ready to sell and a pricing analysis, call us anytime at 816-600-7355. We are happy to help!!

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY SELL YOUR HOME IN ANY MARKET

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY SELL YOUR HOME IN ANY MARKET

First, let me THANK YOU for taking the time to read this book. It is a quick-read, but chalked full of information to help you get started on the road to successfully selling your home.

CHAPTER 1 – PREPARE YOUR HOME TO SELL

For some, this will be hardest part of selling their home. The prep work for most major projects is always the hardest, but not to worry, keep reading to find out step by step what to do. Giving you this information via bullet point will make it easier to follow. First, grab paper and pencil and take a few moments to walk around your home. Pretend YOU are the buyer.  It will give you a different perspective on what needs to be done.

  1. De Clutter/Eliminate- If you have lived in your home a long time you have most likely accumulated a lot of stuff. If there are items that you will not be using in your next home- give away or sell on eBay. (That is a rhyme to help you remember, however feel free to use Craigslist or Estate sales folks- we can help you with that too). Don’t forget the attic, garage and outdoor area needs attention as well.
  2. Paint--You should easily be able to tell whether or not the interior walls of your home need a brush up by closely examining them, especially hallways and bedrooms. Scuffs, holes, and mismatched paint will not fare well when your new Buyer is examining the condition of your home. The same thing applies for exterior paint. We can help you with correct color selection if the walls need all new paint, whether exterior or interior.
  3. Carpet and Flooring– This can be an expensive item. However, if the carpet or vinyl in your home is torn, chewed up or a pathway is worn through to the pad, you will probably want to replace it or offer a carpet allowance. That is an item we will discuss if we feel that is the right course of action for you and your pocket book. We will not be spending money unless it helps you sell your home for more!
  4. General maintenance– Sometimes we just live in our homes and put up or put off fixing things that need it. If you have leaky faucets, previous ceiling leaks, termite tunnels that have been treated but were left behind, rickety railings, broken glass or windows that have lost their seal, dry rot, or general things that just need fixing, make a plan to do it prior to getting your home on the market. Chances are the home inspector for the Buyer will catch them anyway and then it can become a point of contention with your new Buyer.
  5. Updates- This is always a tough decision because updates typically cost money. However, there are some things you can do that will not cost a fortune. Believe it or not, light fixtures and cabinet door hardware can be given an awesome facelift with spray paint, such as, the oil rubbed bronze color which is very popular right now. Painting is much cheaper than replacing, however if replacing is in your budget, light fixtures can often be found on sale and therefore, not a huge cost but make a huge difference. You can paint bathroom cabinets with Amy Howard low VOC paint either a light or dark color. It’s so easy and fast. Before thinking about any major remodeling or updates consult with us and we can guide you every step of the way! Also consult websites like Houzz.com and Pinterest.com for inexpensive ideas.
  1. Pre-Inspection– This can save

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Cost is around $350-$450.

The bottom line is, we want to maximize your profits so we will advise you on how to best accomplish that by using our market research.

CHAPTER 2 –  UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF THE REAL ESTATE AGENT

A great Realtor will not only help you through this process, but will get you top dollar with the least amount of hassle! That may sound a bit salesy, but it is oh so true.

An experienced Realtor is your best friend in the role of selling your home and has a fiduciary responsibility to represent you. The Realtor should always be on your side, advising you, preparing you, negotiating for you, and most importantly being honest with you. For example, telling you what you need to hear when Buyers are not making offers.

We are here to help guide you with the first consultation. We talk thoroughly about the preparation of your home; staging, marketing strategies (pricing and advertising), the legal paperwork, and the ultimate transaction and closing.

With our 23 years of experience and selling thousands of homes, we have seen deals get off course. The good news is that almost all the time we can solve the problem and get back on course. I always say we are only as good as the people who work with us behind the scenes. Therefore, we affiliate with people who have the same work ethic we do to get the job done RIGHT!!

CHAPTER 3 –  PAPERWORK

Our KCRAR-MLS requires that we must have contracts to expedite our duties as agents as well as the transaction between the Seller and the Buyer.

The first contract/agreement you will sign will be the listing agreement which mostly stipulates the agent’s job description and the terms of the listing. It entails, the agency representation, the commission- who is paid, time frames and what services you will receive. This contract is between You, the Broker of the company and your agent.

The second contract you will sign will be between You and the Buyer. This contract is strictly between the selling and purchasing parties (Seller and Buyer) but does stipulate which party each agent represents.

Not to get to detailed here, but just be assured we will thoroughly explain everything pertaining to these important documents which are binding agreements between the parties involved.

CHAPTER 4  – PRICING YOUR HOME TO SELL

This is one of the most critical points of discussion pertaining to the success of selling your home. I believe pricing your home correctly is 85% of the marketing we do and all great Realtors agree with this fact. We do an extensive search of comparable homes in your neighborhood and closely surrounding areas. We look at homes that are currently on the market, under contract and/or sold, to determine what price will best suit a successful sale of your property.  I am not talking a fire sale. I am talking the best price to maximize your profits and sell in a timely manner.

When a home stays on the market for long periods of time because of overpricing, the home becomes “shop worn” as we call it. Simply put, many Buyers have tramped through your property and turned it down to purchase another home more accurately priced.

CHAPTER 5 –  STAGING

We have come to realize in the last 5 years the importance of staging a home to sell. This is why we offer free staging to our clients as part of our marketing. Staging provides a tremendous difference in how a home shows and is received by the buying public. Moving furniture in strategic areas for good traffic flow, eliminating some brick- a-brack, photos and decor will make a giant impact in the feel of a home upon entering. We hire our own professional stager to do her magic and make your home stand out in the crowd. We know this one thing will add value to your bottom line. But that’s not all……

CHAPTER 6 –  PHOTOGRAPHY

It hurts my heart when I see some of the photos other agents use that are displayed on MLS and other internet sites. We know that another critical piece of the real estate selling pie is top quality, high definition, and professional photos. However, a room cannot look complete unless the staging is there to allow a photograph to enhance the features of the room. So you see, these two actions go hand in hand with the presentation of your home. Even though cell phones take amazing pictures for some things, we believe professional photos do a much better job at showing the home’s true features and strategic angles. We want to put our best foot forward to prospective Buyers right at the beginning. It is like going to a formal wedding wearing a T-shirt and flip flops….well maybe in Hawaii. 🙂

CHAPTER 7  – MARKETING/ ADVERTISING YOUR HOME

We concentrate heavily on the Internet. The days are gone for most print advertising. Newspapers and magazines are unfortunately outdated and too slow a means to advertise properties. Buyers want to see what is for sale at lightning speed and the internet provides that route. So we advertise everywhere…. all major sites, Zillow, Realtor.com and many, many more. Most sites you probably never heard of but may have accidentally landed on when searching FOR property, because MLS syndicates. We also have contracts with other real estate sites on which we place advertising ads, such as Facebook. We pay for campaigns to boost your listing putting them out front and far above other homes for sale. We follow up with each and every lead we receive from our internet marketing.

The For Sale Sign that is placed in your yard is also an important factor to attract Buyers. People still like to drive around neighborhoods where they are interested in living. So, we may receive calls and emails on your property throughout the day and evening and we will take and return those calls to encourage a showing and/or a sale.

Open Houses are still a great way to get Buyers for your home. Sometimes a ton of folks show up and sometimes they don’t, but it can help get people in the door if showings are slow. One downside to note can be that the Buyers may not be pre-approved for a loan, when coming to view your home.

However, this objection can be overcome through our connections with our Lenders. You are not required to have an Open House. This is your choice and we can discuss in depth the pros and cons.

CHAPTER 8 –  THE CONTRACT TO PURCHASE

The best time to really explain the contract is when we have an offer on your property. We will go over every fine detail of what the Buyer is asking for. The contract typically consists of offering price, closing costs, a home warranty, closing date, possession date and at times personal property. A critical aspect of your contract is not only what the Buyer is offering but the time limitations that are placed on the specific contingencies of the contract. For example, you will have an expiration of the contract which means the Buyer’s agent has asked for a time limit on a response, as well as the inspection period, and the amount of time to procure the loan for the Buyer, just to name a few. The contracts are written to protect the interests of both the Seller and the Buyer and with 23 years of experience we are well equipped to translate all sections of the contract. Again, I want to assure you that we will be constantly supporting and advising you on your best course of action with your contract and keep you within state laws and statutes, as we know them. Once all the terms of the contract are agreed upon, we will be under contract and showings can continue for back up offers if you agree or placed in a pending status which no longer allows showings. We will discuss those options and you can decide the best course of action for you.

CHAPTER 9 –  CLOSING THE TRANSACTION AND YOUR MOVE

Once you are “under contract”, as the real estate term goes, there will be a flurry of activity. The first couple of weeks will be the inspection period where the Buyer and his agent will schedule a home inspector to come to your property. The inspection can take 2 to 4 hours depending on the size of your home and the quick assessment of the inspector. Generally speaking there will be a whole house inspection, a termite inspection and a radon inspection. Although the last 2 inspections mentioned are pretty self-explanatory, the whole house inspection will entail an examination of the foundation, roof, exterior materials such as the siding, windows and gutters, as well as plumbing, electrical and the interior condition such as sheetrock cracks, ceiling leaks, etc.  If there are lots of repairs or problems, the Buyer may request those items to be repaired or replaced before closing. (Remember I mentioned the pre-inspection to avoid some of this). Cool heads and an air of cooperation will see us through to negotiate the items in question and we will once again be moving forward towards closing.

Once the inspections are agreed upon and both parties have signed off, it will get pretty quiet on our end. This is the time for you to concentrate on moving. Get your mover lined up as they may be 2 weeks out or more in many cases. Our team and the Buyer’s agent team will be feverishly working on procuring clear title work and the loan process for the Buyer. About 2 to 3 weeks before the closing, the appraiser will reach out to me for an appointment to view your home. Don’t worry if your home is in a mess from moving. Appraisers are used to this and can generally see the amenities and features of your home amidst moving boxes. If the value of your home comes in below the agreed upon purchase price…. Be assured that we will be on top of any of these issues to work through them. This is a rarity, so no need to be nervous.

All repairs and items on the Resolution of Unacceptable Conditions document which You and the Buyer agreed upon will need to be completed a few days before closing as the Buyer will most likely request a walkthrough before closing to make sure all those repairs have been made.

Please remember to forward your mail, take utilities out of your name on the designated possession date and make your home ready for the new owner.

Finally, I know this can be a nervous period of time because of the many contingencies of the contract of which I have just lightly touched on, but again be assured that we have traveled this road many times and know how to handle all situations.

We want this to be a happy and exciting time for you, especially if you are moving to your new dream home. Most homes close on time with few hiccups!

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CHAPTER 10 – SELLING WITHOUT A REALTOR- GOING IT ALONE

This is kind of the elephant in the room for some folks who would like to try to sell on their own but are afraid to ask the Realtor if it is really a wise decision. And yes,15% of people do successfully sell their home on their own. But there are some things that you need to be aware of when trying it on your own.

  1. Correct Pricing- Pricing your home to sell is such a critical aspect of successfully selling your home. And it is more than just the beginning asking price that you advertise. What if you don’t get Buyers to view your home or make offers? We can interpret the market and find out why it is not selling.
  2. Open Houses- Having good sales skills are important to be able to talk to your prospective buyers. Questions that need to be asked are, Have you qualified for a loan or are you paying cash? Do you have a home to sell? These are actually delicate questions that are personal and not everyone just offers up that information.
  3. Advertising- Zillow is a website used by a lot of Buyers to shop for homes and a site that allows “By Owner” properties. However, it is not syndicated like MLS. This simply means that MLS, the website where your listed home is advertised, sends its information to hundreds of websites around the world where Buyers can and do shop. This is the Realtor’s most powerful tool to advertise your home all over the internet.
  4. Contracts- If I were going to sell on my own, I would probably hire an attorney. That could be expensive, unless you had a friend or relative who is an attorney. However, you would still be better off to have the legal protection and advice. Unfortunately, we have seen deals go bad and even though we have never had a law suit, those things do happen. You want to be very careful to make sure all aspects of a contract represents you in a fair and equitable way…not one sided, but fair to both parties.
  5. And while I am on the subject, it is a good idea to have a Sellers Statement of Condition. Our KCRAR board contracts require the Seller disclose all they know about the property during their ownership. That way it is less likely that a Buyer will come back to you stating you never told him that the basement leaked in heavy rains, for example. The rule for us is “Always Give the Buyer Full Disclosure”
  6. The other 85% of people, who tried to sell on their home, did eventually engage the help of a Realtor and many times sold the home fast and for the same or more money. If you decide to try by owner, get the advice of a good trusted Realtor to guide you and these days it is a good idea to agree in your advertising to work with and offer a commission to a Buyer’s agent who may have that perfect Buyer for your home!

In closing, I hope you enjoyed this little book. My goal was to give you an overview of what you can expect if you are contemplating a move and enlighten you to the fact that there are some tried and true basics to successfully sell your home. Couple that with our knowledge, expertise and experience and you have a Winner!!

It has been my pleasure to introduce you to this information and my wish is that you experience a wonderful and happy sale!

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!  All The Best to You!

Cynda Sells Realty Group