Homes For Sale In Blue Springs, MO

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*PRICE REDUCTION – $319,900

-NEW Carpeting Throughout Lower Level!

22816 E 29th Street Lane Court Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

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Homes For Sale In Lee’s Summit, MO

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mls_1685NEWoodlandShores (39 of 40)

$544,900

1685 NE Woodland Shores Drive Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086

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$496,000

1451 SW M 150 Highway Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082

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$367,960

NEW MODEL HOME – Villas of Lakewood

3912 NW Redspire Street Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064

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$379,970

NEW MODEL HOME – Villas of Lakewood

3841 NW Cimarron Street Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064

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$254,900 – ONE SIDE

NEW TOWNHOME MODEL – Brookeside at Arborwalk

1200 SW Arborcrest Drive Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082

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$254,900 – ONE SIDE

NEW TOWNHOME MODEL – Brookeside at Arborwalk

1204 SW Arborcrest Drive Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082

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mls_1804FountainDr (2 of 39)

$525,000

1804 SW Fountain Drive Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081

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$651,000 – 31 Acres

Pryor Road Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081

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HELPING SENIORS MOVE

SIDE NOTE AND A SOLUTION- Last time I shared with you about my experience with my Mom and moving her to a ranch home and handling the objection of moving to a new home. Even though, I think after 22 years of helping people buy and sell homes I know what I am doing and can guide ANYONE to make a good decision, I find out, it is quite different with a relative. Well after a tearful conversation with my mother, I learned, this was not going to be as easy as I thought.
So I will digress a bit and tell you that basically, I told my Mom that a lot of her “stuff” was not going over to the new home. After all since she will be “renting” from me, and I will be maintaining the home I wanted to keep it simple and easy to maintain. The plan was to paint the home all one color, clean and repair any immediate needs of the home and then help her move in. I expressed to her that she did not need to bring all her favorite trees and bushes that currently have taken over her yard, a menagerie of yard art and the pias to resitance, a coi pond.
My brothers and sisters quickly informed me that I had hurt my Mother’s feelings (unbeknownst to me) and she did not understand why first of all that I would not let her own her own home and secondly why she cannot have all the things that she currently enjoys. (These are all the same things that create more work for me and my siblings as well).
I needed to work fast for a resolution with my Mom but was going to be firm about what was going and what was not going to the new home. Some really smart person said once “pick your battles”…you know the ones you can win.
Well guess what folks, I did not win any of these battles.
As Mom and I sat on her back deck she said to me in a solemn and unhappy voice. “If I can’t have the things around me that I enjoy the most…why am I moving and if I don’t own anything anymore what is my purpose for even being here?”
Once I picked myself up off the deck and tried to control my urge to all out ball like a baby, I conceded with some mutually agreed upon rules.
My brother is responsible to maintain the coi pond and no one else is expected to do that job, small starts of the bushes and 1 tree can come over. They will need to be stratigiacally placed in the yard to look asthetically pleasing instead of the jungle look that currently graces her back yard. I did win on the buy over rent objection since she really is not in a financial position to buy at her age. She was also worried about the equity of her home and why she did not get that. I explained that we needed to fix up her home to sell and after thinking about it, if there was any profit left, it could be thought of as some equity in her new home but it would come to me as an offset of my expenses to purchase and fix up the new home.
So there you have it- a real ife experience and the solution to these questions:
1. What happens to my “treasures”
2. How do I begin the process to move and when?
3. What happens to the equity of my home in the scenario of a relative buying a new home for the Senior?
Next up we will address repairs needed for the Seniors current home and Who can I trust to help me through this process?

Helping Seniors move

As we continue through this Series and in an effort to help your loved ones make the transition I offer Objection # 2: Where is my next home?
Certainly not any easier than the elimination of a lifetime of “treasures” discovering where the next home will be can be very challenging. Are they going to buy, rent, go to a care facility? All of this will depend on the state of their finances and the state of their health.
I am actually getting ready to move my Mother to a new home. She is 83 years old and has been living in a split entry home that has a lot of stairs. She has fallen several times lately and seems to be having a hard time with balance. I am scared about her falling down or up the stairs and really hurting herself. Recently, I was able to purchase a small ranch home for her and here is how I worked it out since her finances are limited but she can afford to pay me rent. We will be doing some updating to her current home to get it ready to sell. She will continue to make the mortgage payment on her current home until we can sell it and then the equity from this home will be applied to the new home which will help offset my outlay of cash. If your Senior has a home that is paid for, this can be even more attractive. One great aspect of it is for her to no longer own a home. First, I will never have to worry about medicaid taking the home as payment for medical services if that were to happen. Secondly, it is affordable for her and practically maintenance free since I will be doing exterior and interior maintaining of the home as a rental. Third, it gives me an opportunity to own an investment property which should grow over time and hopefully do better than the stock market. I can sell it or continue to rent it once Mom is no longer here.
So that is one way to help with a move, but if your Senior needs some type of assisted living, there are wonderful facilities available all over Lee’s Summit and Kansas City. We can make some suggestions on some of the local retirement communities.
It is the best idea to be exploring these options before you sell the loved ones current home so you know they can feel at ease that they will not be homeless and begin getting use to the fact they will be moving from the old homestead to a happy new home. Change is hard for most of the older generation and having a well thought out plan with time frames will set expectations and help them transition easier to the new place.

New Series-Helping Seniors Move

As a side note, in our last publication we talked about the process of eliminating “treasures” in the Seniors home which is definitely a first step and my take a long time to accomplish. I have had clients call me out 2 years ahead of time to talk about what they need to do to sell their homes and get rid of items they will not need in their future home. They will often begin this process long before they have decided where they want to ultimately move to just because they know there is a lifetime of “stuff” to deal with and their current home is becoming unmanageable. So to digress just a bit, As the elimination process begins to take shape in order for the Senior to feel stable about a place to live, you will probably want to start exploring Senior housing communities, rentals or a new ranch in a quiet neighborhood. Whatever that looks like for your loved one, make sure this quickly becomes part of the “eliminating process” so that they can be excited about their new living quarters and it will help propel them into action to make the change.

NEW SERIES: HELPING SENIORS MAKE A MOVE

At some point those of us who are considered “Baby Boomers” will be faced with a move or transition to different housing or new lifestyle. To add to that many of us have parents who may need to make a move right now, because their homes are too large and require too much maintenance. In this New Series: Helping Seniors move, I want to introduce some tips and strategies to help our loved ones and ourselves make that transition and prepare for a future home.
I will present these as objections so it will be clear as to what the problem and is and then a solution.
Objection #1. I know I need to move but my “Treasures” are overwhelming. How can I move into something smaller and still have room for all my “Treasures”?
I am defining “treasures” a the lifetime accumulation of stuff, memorabilia, furniture of old, collections, pictures, clothes, books, other family member’s stuff, items not really being used but still living in the home.
Solution: If you are a relative of this loved one, you are the best person to help them begin to sift through and eliminate personal items that most likely have not been used in years. If the Senior agrees, you can ask other family members to come and take things that they would love and cherish giving the Senior piece of mind that someone will actually continue to care about these personal items.
Estate sales are a wonderful way to eliminate unused and un-needed items as well, but before we even get to that point, you will have to convince you loved one that this is the time to move before, the home falls into disrepair or the loved one falls trying to climb stairs. You will need to be compassionate about their needs taking baby steps at first to insure they will be well taken care of.
Stay tuned for more about How to Help Seniors Move!

MISTAKE # 1- WAITING TO SELL-FOR WHATEVER REASON!

We are certainly in an incredible market right now. It is crazy with homes selling within hours and owners receiving multiple offers, where each bidder offers higher and higher to try to win.
The real estate market changes on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. It cycles up and down. It can be so fast paced that a realtor cannot keep up with all the demands of the Sellers and Buyers, and then in what seems like a moment…it will slow down and we feel like we are twiddling our thumbs. Then to add to the confusion of this fast paced market, some homes will sell in hours…while others may take several months.
So what does this have to do with why you should not wait to sell? Because as you can see you cannot predict the real estate market anymore than you can predict the stock market. Your need to sell cannot always be timed just right to get you the absolute maximum amount of money. If you are waiting for the market to hit it’s all time high…you will not know it has hit it’s all time high until it begins to drop off. And by then, you missed the peak and it may be heading downward again. There is always a trade off when buying and selling property. If you sell at the peak of the market and maximize your equity getting the most you can get, and you also need to buy you will again be buying at the peak of the market. But realize you maximized the most amount of money you could currently get for your home.
It is the same with buying at the bottom of the market. If you sell your home for less money because market prices are down, you will most likely be able to capture the savings buying back in since prices are down.
The moral of the story is this…base your need to sell on what best suits your needs at the time. Homebuying is an emotional decision…this is your HOME! You may need to downsize because the “stairs” are killing you, you may need to upsize with the growth of your family, you may need to relocate for a better job opportunity or a better neighborhood for your children. So whatever the reason is, make a smart decision based on your needs and a sound reason for making a move.

Mistake #2 NOT ASKING YOUR REALTOR-HOW WILL YOU FIND A BUYER FOR MY HOME

There are of course many important questions to ask your prospective Realtor when interviewing them to sell your home and “HOW WILL YOU FIND A BUYER FOR MY HOME” may not be one that pops into your mind at first. It really is a simple question for an experienced, full time Real Estate agent to answer. We will procure a buyer for your home by way of our marketing strategy. It is multi faceted using different venues such as For Sale signs, call capture/text rider signs, mobile friendly websites featuring your home, and syndication through the MLS (Multiple Listing Service- a system where all listings are placed). From there all the public sites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc pull to update their sites. We will also use Open Houses, direct mail and our Facebook fan page as well as other web partners to attract the buyers. These marketing strategies are all important to the success of finding just the right buyer for your home. Don’t be fooled by the Realtor who simply relies on the use of the 3 P’s to sell your home, “Put a sign in the yard”, “Place it in MLS” and “Pray”. It takes a lot more than that! So ask a lot of questions and hire a competent Realtor who knows where to look for and find the buyer for your home!

MISTAKE #3 NOT PREPARING YOUR HOME TO SELL!

We know for a fact that the very BEST homes sell the fastest and for the most money! Think of your home in a beauty contest. The prettiest, most well maintained, and well presented to the public come up the winner every time!
So your asking how do I out-class the other homes for sale. I have the answer and some tips to prepare your home to sell.
1. The first thing a potential buyers sees when they drive up is the front of your home. The landscaping should be clean and manicured, front door freshly painted and door handles in great shape or new.
2. The entry is the gateway to your home and should feel welcoming, clean and smell wonderful upon entering.
3. The rest of your home should be impeccably clean, staged, and updated to maximize your profit.
I believe if you are financially able, you should spend money on some simple updates that make a lot of difference to your bottom line. An example of that would be new lighting fixtures, bathroom and kitchen faucets, door handles replaced, cabinet hardware, carpet if worn and stained and painting rooms to freshen or update colors. Take down heavy out of date draperies, wall hangings and pictures that are out of style. It really does not cost a fortune but makes such a difference to the eye of the discriminating buyer. A clean, fresh, new look is better than a cluttered one and today, less is more for showing a home.
Bring in a stager or organizer to help you de-clutter and make your home look like a model out of a magazine. It is possible with help from a great Realtor and her team of experts to expedite the tasks you need accomplished. Result: You win the beauty contest and bring in the big prize…quick sale and the most money!!

MISTAKE # 4-PICKING THE WRONG REALTOR TO SELL YOUR HOME

Selecting the RIGHT Realtor to sell you home will make the selling experience a happy one with the least amount of hassles and the most amount of money.
So you ask…How do I go about finding the right realtor to team up with and sell my home? Here is the answer in 5 easy steps:
1. Asking friends, family or business associates is a good place to start. Getting a referral from someone you trust about a Realtor or Realtors they had a great experience with is a very good way to find that perfect one. From there you can go to their websites and it check out to see if it is user friendly and up to date.
2. Look for an agent who works locally in your market or area. An agent that knows the area will have a big advantage over the ones who don’t. If they have really worked these areas, they are familiar with what homes are selling for and how long typically it will take your home to sell. They will have a pretty good handle on where the buyer will come from or where they will go to attract that buyer for your home.
3. In your interview, look for signs that they a relatable to your wants and needs. Ask if they are available to talk to you when you need an answer or assurance. Some agents only have you work through their assistants once they have taken the listing. If that is ok with you, then at least you will know how you will be communicating with them. And speaking of communication, ask the Realtor if most of their transactions go smoothly and how they accomplish that. No one is perfect and there will be transactions with challenges so you want an agent that communicates, negotiates and handles objections with professionalism and finesse.
4. Ask about the agent’s track record for sales ie, how many homes sold per year, days on the market and list to sales ratio numbers. (They should know this information and convey it easily.)
5.The agent should provide you with an actual written or computerized market analysis of your property. These will be facts about pricing and how long it will take to sell your home featuring comparable listings in and around your neighborhood.
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There are a lot of Realtors out there and having the best of the best is important! After all this is most likely the largest investment you own and you want a competent Real Estate agent to handle all the fine details and represent your interests!