springfield mo homes for sale: Hello! I'm Walking Away From My Springfield Mo Home! - 02/10/11 02:02 PM
Hello!  I'm Walking Away From My Springfield Mo Home! These phone calls seem to come in daily these days.  Sellers have struggled for months knowing they are getting further and further behind in their payments.  There are so many Springfield Mo Homes for sale that are either in foreclosure or have been forclosed on.
Today, I received one of these calls.  The couple are getting a divorce and can't make their house payment on their own. 
NO!  Don't walk away.  Make an effort to save your credit.  There's too many reasons to just give up.  Here's one.  The bank can file … (8 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Sellers - Stop Using Information Boxes - Join The New Trend! - 02/08/11 02:00 PM
Sellers - Stop Using Information Boxes - Join The New Trend! Interviewing for a new listing today, I began explaining some of our advertising techniques.
No paper advertising.  Selling Springfield Mo homes takes more than advertising a home. No open houses in out of the way places.  We have better ways to show off your home. No information tubes on real estate signs.  Totally obsolete! The sellers totally agreed.  Their home is a "one of a kind" property that needs more than just an ad in the paper and a sign in the front yard.
So, what do we do to … (17 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Hiking Trails In Springfield Mo - Dreaming Of Spring - 02/03/11 02:08 PM
Hiking Trails In Springfield Mo - Dreaming Of Spring Dreaming of Spring, Springfield is well known for the large number of natural hiking trails in and around the city.  Many of the hiking trails also include bike trails and beautiful parks.  Here are several hiking trails that will reopen as soon as the weather permits:
South Creek Greenway Frisco Highline TrailBusiek State Forest Ritter Springs Park and Sac River Mountain Bike Trail Springfield Conservation Nature Center  
My most favorite is the Galloway Creek Greenway.  Located on the Southeast side of Springfield, just off of Sunshine, stop at the Springfield Conservation … (6 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Moving On Up? 2011 Is The Year To Buy Springfield Real Estate! - 02/01/11 12:27 PM
Moving On Up?  2011 Is The Year To Buy Springfield Real Estate! Want to take advantage of the low prices in 2011?  Great!  Let's get started.  Oh, but you have a house to sell.  What to do first.
This is a scenario that is occuring all over the country.  Once you get the itch to move, your first step is to get you prequalified to buy another home first.....that is, unless you're paying cash.
As your real estate agent, let's make sure that the price range you are wanting to be in is within your ability to purchase.
Second, let's get … (8 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Looking For Ozark Missouri Homes For Sale in Christian County? - 01/30/11 08:32 AM
Looking For Ozark Missouri Homes For Sale In Christian County? I love living In Ozark Missouri and have for over 30 years.  After retiring from the military, our family settled here.  There are so many wonderful estates, and subdivisions.  Beautiful rolling hills, scenic views, natural caves and so much more.

I took this photo last fall driving down a back road near the Villages at Hillstone.  Not far from here is Smallin Civil War Cave.  Closed for years, it was purchased by a private couple and is now open to the public. 
Ozark is located six miles south Springfield Missouri … (0 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Your Foreclosure Can Keep You From Being Hired! - 01/28/11 02:05 PM
Your Foreclosure Can Keep You From Being Hired!  Did you know some employers are now checking your credit to see if you are a responsible person before they hire you?  Not only does it affect your credit, but a foreclosure can keep you from being hired.

 

I've been checking out foreclosures as they come on the market for the past few months.  I'm seeing less that 33% of these foreclosures have been listed for sale. 
Some homeowners, wanting to salvage their credit, contact a realtor to complete a short sale.  Others contact their lenders to try and complete … (5 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: My New Favorite Techy Application - Vocanote - 01/27/11 01:30 PM
My  New Favorite Techy Application - VocaNote It never fails......when driving down the road in my car to an appointment, I remember something I have to do.  I need to write it down, but I don't want to pull over and stop.  By the time I get back to the office, I forget.
 
With VocaNote, I can record a message and it converts to an email and immediately I never have to forget again.  The application is free.
 
 
I found the application on my Droid cell phone.  For those of you that have a Droid, go to your … (8 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: What Kind Of Home Do You Want To Buy? Springfield Mo Homes For Sale! - 01/23/11 09:36 AM
What Kind Of Home Do You Want To Buy?  Springfield Mo Homes For Sale! Springfield Mo is made up of several different types of homes:  single family residential homes, multi-family homes, patio homes, condominiums and Townhouses.
Single family residential homes are the most common type to buy.  Buyers usually consist of a single family or college students, and single people looking to invest in real estate.
Multiple family homes:  Usually consist of two or more separate living areas.  Duplexes are the most common.  Owners can live in one side and rent out the other to help with their costs.  Some lending institutions … (1 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: When's The Best Time To Sell Springfield Mo Real Estate? - 01/07/11 03:11 PM
When's The Best Time To Sell Springfield Mo Real Estate? Actually I'm talking about sales between $100,000 and $150,000.  During 2010, sales varied from month to month.   
In 2010, 750 homes between $100,000 - $150,000 sold.  The month of May saw the largest amount of sales.... What does this mean to sellers? With the average time of 120 days on the market for Springfield MO real estate, Springfield MO real estate sellers need to market their homes now.   Don't miss out on the best time of the year to sell your home. Statisics courtesy of Springfield MO MLS
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springfield mo homes for sale: Financing A Home In 2011 - Tips To Make Sure You Succeed! - 12/30/10 02:57 PM
Financing A Springfield Mo Home in 2011 - Tips To Make Sure You Succeed!  
2010 is almost over and with the start of 2011, comes great real estate opportunities for buyers wanting to buy their first home or moving up.  Before you start searching for a home, it may be time to take a look at your budget.  Here are a few tips to get you started.  1. Check Your Budget.  Don't have a budget, then develop one.  Find all your receipts for the previous last few months to get you started.  Focus on the items you can do without.  You'll … (4 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Springfield Mo Homes For Rent - Barrington Springs - Springfield Mo Homes For Sale - Luxury Homes For Rent - 12/19/10 09:37 AM
Springfield Mo Homes For Rent - Barrington Springs - Springfield Mo Homes For Sale - Luxury Homes For Rent - No Longer Available Executive homes in Springfield Mo are rare.  This wonderful executive rental located in Barrington Springs, Ozark is just minutes from Springfield.  Live out of the hussle and bussle of city living in a community of wonderful neighbors.

Available January 1, 2011 for lease. Beautiful spacious home that comes complete with a finished walkout basement, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath, built-in hand crafted oak cabinetry, granite kitchen countertops, stainless appliances, 2 stone fireplaces, central vac, sprinkler systems and more.  … (3 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Craigslist Scam Strikes Again - Beware of Craigslist Ads For Rent - Ozark Mo Real Estate - 12/13/10 02:37 PM
Craigslist Scam Strikes Again -Beware of Craigslist Ads For Rent - Ozark Mo Real Estate Several times throughout the year, I've received calls from consumers asking questions about one of our listings that they found on Craigslist for rent.
This scammer is taking the photos of my listing off the MLS, researching the address to find the seller's name, then sets up a bogus email address to be contacted. Today, I received another call from a consumer letting me know they drove by one of my listings for rent, talked with a gentleman from my team and was getting ready to … (19 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: 2749 W Village Terrace, Springfield Mo - Glendale Terrace - Springfield Mo Homes For Sale - 12/10/10 02:55 PM
2749 W Village Terrace, Springfield Mo - Glendale Terrace - Springfield Mo Homes For Sale
 
 
 
We just listed a beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bath home in the Glendale Terrace Subdivision.  Built in 1974, the home has a five year old roof, brick and permanent siding and two car garage.  
 
 
 

Inside you'll find a formal living room off the entry.  The family room, with a cozy woodburning fireplace is just off the living room and extends to the kitchen dining area.  The kitchen has new tile flooring and looks out to the back … (4 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: 389 Waterwheel, Sparta - Ranch Style Homes In Sparta - Sparta Mo Real Estate and Homes For Sale - 09/25/10 03:10 PM
389 Waterwheel, Sparta - Ranch Style Homes in Sparta - Sparta Mo Real Estate and Homes For Sale

 SOLD! $78,000 Located in a Millbrooke subdivision, a subdivision of Ranch style homes,  here's a Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in Sparta just 20 minutes from Springfield.
 
Lots of backyard space, privately fenced,  with separate fenced gardens. Large family room on an open floor plan with a 2 car garage. Large walkin closets and fantastic cabinetry make this a must see at 78,000!
This home is  in a Subdivision, with large lots, covenants and restrictions, and city water.  Sparta Missouri is located 20 … (1 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: 2009 and 2010 New Construction Sales for Springfield Missouri - Is It Up Or Down? - 08/26/10 03:55 PM
In a conference with a builder today, I realized I didn't know for sure the number of new homes constructed in the Springfield Real Estate Market.  All I know is the number of new homes on the market has decreased drastically from the past few years.
Here's a breakdown of 692 homes sold in 2009 and 2010 for new homes sales in Greene and Christian counties in Missouri.
In 2007 and 2008 2928 New Construction Homes Sold
From my point of view, anyone wanting a new home will pay more  in today's Springfield Missouri real estate market.  It's definitely a … (0 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Preparing For A Quick Sale In Today's Springfield Real Estate Market - 08/25/10 03:59 PM
Preparing For a Quick Sale in Today's Springfield Real Estate Market! I wrote this post in November 2006. Market prices have dropped since then, but the main reasons a home sells are:  Location, Price and Condition.
Springfield Missouri is a great place to live and raise a family.  Known as the Queen City of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri and the surrounding areas are nestled quietly in the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri. With its scenic beauty and vast array of lakes, Springfield is truly a great place to retire or raise a family.  
In today's market, if you want to sell your home … (3 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: 15 Things Your Buyer Agent Should (Will!) Do For You! - 08/21/10 03:26 PM
Buyers are more educated when purchasing  a home in today's Springfield real estate market.  Real estate agents are still vital when assisting buyers.
Gabrielle Nemes, of RE/MAX Select writes 15 reasons what a buyer's agent will do to help buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a home.

My daughter is currently shopping for a house outside of Washington State, where I'm licensed and practice. Although I cautioned her and her husband against making sign calls and suggesting (strongly!) that she work with a Realtor I interviewed on her behalf and recommend, they decided to make a sign call and then … (11 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Open House Sunday August 15 at 3318 S Palisades Springfield Missouri 65807 - 08/14/10 12:41 PM
Open House Sunday August 15 at 3318 S Palisades Springfield Missouri 65807 $122,900
Join the Kay Van Kampen Team at their open house even on Sunday, August 15 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at 3318 S Palisades Springfield Missouri.
The home offers 3 nice sized bedrooms, a large formal living room, kitchen dining combination, another living area in the partially finished walkout basement, 2 baths, gas log fireplace, large deck, 2 car garage and so much more.
Call Kay Van Kampen of the "K" Team at 417-839-4534 for a private showing or for additional information.
The home is located in Barrington Park Subdivision. 
 Children attending public … (8 comments)

springfield mo homes for sale: Open House Sunday August 15 at 2068 E Swallow in Springfield Mo 65804 - 08/14/10 11:54 AM
Open House Sunday August 15 at 2068 E Swallow in Springfield Mo 65804 $182,900 Join the Kay Van Kampen Team at their open house even on Sunday, August 15 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at 2068 E Swallow in Springfield Missouri.
The home offers 4 nice sized bedrooms, a large formal living room, kitchen dining combination, another living area in the finished basement, 3 bedrooms, tile countertops, newer windows, woodburning fireplace, fenced back yard, guest house or playhouse, large deck and so much more.
Call Rhonda Jones of the "K" Team at 417-880-4762 for a private showing or for additional information.
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springfield mo homes for sale: Ms. Buyer, We Rejected Your Offer On Our House-It's Okay Because We’re Not Going to Give It Away - 08/07/10 02:20 PM
After posting an article from Cindy Jones, here's a counterpoint written by Tom and Gina Branch about their experience is selling a great non-distressed home in their market.  Springfield Missouri Real Estate has great homes, listed below market value that are not distressed properties.


Counterpoint to Cindy Jones' blog titled, "Mr. Seller You Didn't Accept Our Offer On Your House-It's Okay We're Not Heartbroken"
 
Dear Ms. Buyer,
You made an offer on our property.  The offer was nowhere near our asking price.  We have a great listing agent and our list price is actually below the median sales … (6 comments)

 
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