springfield homes for sale: Springfield Mo Real Estate Market Report - December 2012 - 12/30/12 10:23 AM
 Springfield Mo Real Estate Market Report - December 2012 2012 became the turning point for the down market for Springfield Mo real estate.  This year the market increased with sales and decreased in listings.  Haven't seen this in over 5 years.
What this means to sellers is that market value will begin to increase in 2013.  If listings continue to drop and sales continue to increase, it will become a sellers market once more. 
For buyers, low interest rates continue, but the days of a "great deal" may be behind us.  Buyers will now pay full price or or higher to … (0 comments)

springfield homes for sale: 2011 December Blogging Challenge | Necessary Tasks To Increase Business - Day 8 - 12/08/11 12:01 PM
2011 December Blogging Challenge | Necessary Tasks To Increase Business - Day 8
 
 

Today was a repeat of yesterday.  Calling several banks for updates on short sales, calling several of our sellers, then back to working closed files. Before lunch I started working distressed sellers that currently do not have their homes on the market.  This research is tedious, but rewarding when we list their home and save them from foreclosure.
 
My appointment to assist a seller with documents for a loan modification was cancelled and will have to be rescheduled.  So instead of spending the afternoon … (2 comments)

springfield homes for sale: A Change Of Pace- Showing Springfield Mo Real Estate - 06/25/11 12:14 PM
A Change Of Pace - Showing Springfield Mo Real Estate My job as a team leader is usually to list property, marketing, and answer the phone calls.  This weekend I am showing property.
Showing property is like riding a bicycle.  No matter how long it's been, you start the wheel rolling and keep the bicycle upright.  Right?  I feel like a kid in a candy store.  I get to see more than one home in a day.
Today, we looked at two homes.....vacant, so I didn't have to make appointments.  Tomorrow is a different story.  I have mapped out the homes … (2 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Survey Says Now Is A Great Time To Own A Home - 6 Reasons Why - 09/17/10 12:48 PM
Survey Says.......Now Is A Great Time To Own A Home - 6 Reasons Why Back when we bought our first home, buying a home was easy.  We were a military family with a fixed income.  We purchased a home with VA financing, 8% interest, with payments of approximately $300 a month.  Now that was great!  No money down.....money for the payment was on time every month......what more could we want!  Oh, I forgot to mention, homes were very affordable back then too.
Times have changed and so has the Springfield real estate market.  I've read several articles lately that say now is a … (12 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Buyers-Things You Need to Pay Attention While Improving your Credit - 08/08/10 04:07 AM
Showing property to potential buyers in the Springfield real estate market is no different than others places across the country.  Buyers must have excellent credit or take a hit on their interest rates to purchase if their credit scores are low.  Rita Fong, RE/MAX Real Estate Today has some great tips to offer home buyers.

Buyers-Things You Need to Pay Attention While Improving your Credit
 
Won't it be a perfect world when you are ready to buy a house, a car, or anything requires credit check, and your credit are sparkling clean to go?  But in the real world, … (4 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Careful! Using The Right Realtor To Sell Your Short Sale Just Might Work! - 07/08/10 02:26 PM
Careful!  Using The Right Realtor To Sell Your Short Sale Just Might Work! If you are in need of a short sale real estate agent to help sell your Springfield real estate, be sure this is what you want. 
 Having completed a large number of Springfield short sales, my goal is to successfully save your home from foreclosure.  If this is what you expect, don't change your mind once I've negotiated the short sale for you.
After working for several months with your bank, negotiating the short sale, pleading with the buyer's agent to encourage the buyers to hang in there … (7 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Short Sale Changes For Sellers - New HAFA Information - Springfield Real Estate - 04/22/10 03:12 PM
Short Sale Changes For Sellers - New HAFA Information - Springfield Real Estate
Important Information for Short Sale Sellers is Greene, Christian and Webster Counties in Missouri!  If you have been listening to the news lately, the government has a new short sale program that will assist you in selling your home as a short sale to avoid foreclosure.
Not only will you walk away from your home not owing anything, but the government may be willing to help you relocate and assist you with moving expenses.
 
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Alex Charpin, founder of CDPE has a great video explaining what HAFA … (1 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Cutting Utility Costs Can Help You Sell Your Springfield Real Estate Faster - 03/28/10 03:55 AM
Cutting Utility Costs Can Help You Sell Your Springfield Real Estate Faster. Spring is here and it's time to start sprucing up your home.  If you're thinking of selling your Springfield home this year or just need to cut utility bills, lowering your utility bills could increase the chances of your home selling.
Home buyers in the Springfield real estate market compare prices of homes and utility bills.  It is critical today to make sure your utility bills are low.  Here are a few tips that will help:
Check your toilet for running water.  Installing a new valve, flapper and other devises … (2 comments)

springfield homes for sale: 1770 Union Ridge, Clever Mo - Springfield Real Estate and Foreclosures - 03/20/10 12:43 PM
1770 Union Ridge, Clever Mo - Springfield Real Estate Sold - 20 Acres
 
Owners Loss Your Gain!
Your own cabin in the woods!  On 20 wonderful acres, built in 1939, this 3 bedroom home would make a home for new owners wanting space.
$59,900
 
Located South of Clever Missouri on Union Ridge Road.
 
This bank foreclosure won't last at this price.
 
 
Search Springfield MLS … (5 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Banking On The Economy To Recover - Will We Ever See Good Times Again - 03/18/10 02:06 PM
Backing on the economy to recover in the coming months, many Springfield homes for sale will continue to be short sale and foreclosures.  Are we waiting for a pipe dream or will we ever see good times again?  In my opinion, the market continues to thrive from foreclosures and short sales.
Unemployment and reduction of income is among the major reasons so many Springfield Mo homes are facing foreclosure. 
Unemployment in Springfield is 8.2% (according to the Source: USDC, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, December 2009. Regional workforce data is occasionally one month delayed) of the workforce in … (9 comments)

springfield homes for sale: 1236 Meadowview - Terrace Park - Springfield Real Estate - 02/28/10 01:58 AM
1236 Meadowview - Terrace Park - Springfield Real Estate
 
$104,900 Terrace Park is an established neighborhood in Southeast Springfield.  The subdivision was establised in the 1970's and still remains on the best Springfield real estate areas to live. There's still time to purchase this home and take advantage of the government stimulus package.  This is NOT a short sale!
Nice and clean with lots of updates, this wonderful ranch home offers a formal living room (Or Formal dining), family room, great eat-in kitchen, updated tile and laminate flooring, fenced back yard, storage shed, rock and permanent siding. Ready to … (1 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your New Springfield Home - Kitchen - 02/23/10 01:04 PM
Top 7 Questions To Ask Before Buying YOur New Springfield Home - Kitchen Many homeowners today are turning to remodeling their current homes versus building a new home.  I been thinking of upgrading my own home with granite countertops and tile flooring.  Not wanting to move, but making sure when we do, there won't be major improvements or expense.
Stanton Homes have 7 questions to ask before buying your new home - but it also applies to remodeling your current home.
Via:  Stanton Homes

Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your New Home - Kitchen
Wondering how to … (2 comments)

springfield homes for sale: 2010 Sales By City - Springfield Mo Market Reports - 02/07/10 12:16 PM
2010 Sales By City - Springfield Mo Market Reports
 
Springfield Listings have started off with more homes on the market, than sales.  This report shows the number of active homes listed in January and the number of homes that sold in the month of January for Springfield and surrounding areas. 
 If you currently live in SE and SW Springfield, the number of new listings soared, with 29% selling.  Republic also started the year off strong with 43% of their active listings selling in January.
The average sale/listing was 32%. 
Figures courtesy of MLS of Springfield. 
 
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springfield homes for sale: A Formula For Disaster In The Springfield Market Place - 02/06/10 09:59 AM
A Formula For Disaster In the Springfield Market Place After spending several hours with a home owner today, I finally convinced the sellers to price their home at market value.  A few months ago I met with them and at that time the price was higher.  Now, the home is competing with a larger number of homes. 
Here's a great article by Paula Hathaway that backs up the reason to price your home aggresively in today's market.
Via: Paula Hathaway
OVER PRICING HOMES = HIGH INVENTORY + LESS SALES + DESPERATE SELLERS = CONTINUED HOUSING CRISIS: A FORMULA FOR DISASTER IN A FRAGILE MARKET PLACE!!!  
We … (9 comments)

springfield homes for sale: There Is Movement In The Springfield Real Estate Market! - 01/29/10 07:23 AM
There Is Movement In The Springfield Real Estate Market!
Seven of the eight Springfield homes I marketed in North Valley Estates in Springfield went under contract in January. 
Price ranged from $110,000 to $149,000.  These were only a few years old, but included stamped concrete driveways, open floor plans, more square footage, with a great location. 
The highest priced one was a finished walkout basement, that recently had new carpet and paint added to it. 
Wonderful buy, now just waiting for the right home buyer.  Just down the street, new homes are being completed, with less square footage, less amenities, … (0 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Why Should I Price My Springfield Home Like That? I Can Always Negotiate Down Later Right??? - 01/26/10 01:08 PM
Why Should I Price My Springfield Home Like that? I Can Always Negotiate Down Later Right??? For those sellers that want to price their Springfield Real Estate higher in order to keep negotiating power, 25% of homes placed on the market in Springfield in 2009 were sold.  Here's a great testimonial from the Team Carroll Cranford , RE/MAX Classic Group.
Via:  Team Carroll Cranford:

Sellers always ask me this question....it is a tough pill to swallow sometimes when I recommend pricing their home $25,000 less than what they were hoping to ask, even though the comparable sales can justify my price. Their … (7 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Expanded Tax Credit - What Has Changed With The New Law? - 12/05/09 01:19 PM
Expanded Tax Credit  - What Has Changed With The New Law?
Springfield Mo homes for sale just became more profitable.  Now, home sellers and buyers in the Springfield real estate market welcome the news that Congress added new changes to the Home Buyer's tax credit to help the economy to get a jump start.  First time home buyers have until mid-next year to purchase a home and also creadte a tax credit for repeat buyers.
Some of the changes are:
Deadline:  Buyers must have a contract to purchase a residence in place before May 1 2010, and the deal must close … (0 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Tick Tock - Counting Down First Time Home Buyers - This Could Be Your Last Chance At $8000 - 10/18/09 01:25 PM
Tick Tock!  Tick Tock!  This may be the last week for first time home buyers to make $8000 on the purchase of a new home.
With December 1 coming up fast, with loans taking up to 6 weeks for loan approval and closing, what are you waiting on?
Take a look at some of the best buys still on the market.
$89,900
1235 N Glenn, Springfield
 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, cul-de-sac lot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$99,900
827 N Concord Ave, Springfield, … (3 comments)

springfield homes for sale: Common Closing Costs in Springfield Missouri - Springfield Real Estate - 09/07/09 10:44 AM
Every state, county and city has different closing costs that apply for buyers and sellers. In Springfield Missouri, for the seller, some expenses will be fixed while others depend on the selling price. Below, is a summary of the sellers most common closing fees.Closing Fee: In our market, typically the seller chooses where they close, usually with a local title company. The title search fee ranges from $150 to $200 depends on the type of closing. If there is a 1031 Tax Exchange, the closing fee might be higher.Repair Items: Contracts used by the local Springfield Missouri MLS, allow the buyer to … (3 comments)

 
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