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Real Estate Agent - Platinum Realty - KS: SP00230683
 I work with a lot of first-time home buyers. I love working with first-timers because I get to educate them on the home buying process and be their support system for all the excitement of finding the "one" and then the stress and negotiation of the contract and inspections, and finally the clos...
This weekend I was helping another first-time buyer make an offer on yet another house with multiple offers. The house was priced very competitively and was something you usually see on TV, surrounded by a beautiful Overland Park, Kansas, neighborhood that was full of homes that had been restored...
I've been saying this for about 6-8 months and today I'm going to back up my claims with some market statistics recently released from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors: Median Real Estate Prices in Johnson County, KS are up 10.6%. Average Real Estate Prices are up 9%.  What does t...
  Several times a year I'm asked by a couple who intends to sell their home in the next 5 years should spend money updating their kitchen. Or, I'm out showing buyers a house and they would make an offer, if only the basement was finished. Or, the buyers have found the perfect location but the hou...
What do you do when you sense a seller and/or their agent is being dishonest?  As licensed real estate agents in Johnson County, Kansas, we all have to, and should, abide by the Realtor's Code of Ethics. This generally states that you follow all the rules put forth by the Real Estate Commission ...
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Another of my listings, this one in Leawood, Kansas, has sold fast! The listings I've had lately have sold so fast, that I haven't even had time to get all of my marketing in place. As a seller, wouldn't this be a great problem to have? When you are getting ready to list your maintenance-provided...
Fast home sales in Johnson County are creating an interesting market dynamic and many sellers are asking themselves if they have underpriced their home. My answer: No!  In the current real estate market in our area, whether it's Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village or anywhere near those cities...
I thought I would try something new with my virtual tours! Rather than letting a program stitch photos together, which really isn't any better than just looking at the MLS photos, I filmed the house and then stitched the videos together, added music and captions, and voila! Tell me what you think...
When buyers are looking for a deal, they usually tell their agents they are interested in looking at foreclosures. But are they really? Buyers frequently mistakenly think they want a Foreclosure when what they really want could be either a Short Sale or an REO. Foreclosures are properties that ha...

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